Building trends come and go, but in Steamboat Springs, the log home remains a classic symbol of the Western mystique.
"It's very American," log home dealer and builder Allan Antell said. "The log home takes people back to the frontier."
Although new homes reflect trends toward contemporary styles, there remains a select group of buyers that prefers the log look.
"People that like log homes are passionate about them," Antell said. "It's a smaller segment of the market, probably 10 percent or less."
Those buyers may account for the interest in a new Pacific Log Home duplex on Burgess Creek Road.
One unit is about 3,500 square feet and completely furnished. The attached unit, about 4,500 square feet, should be finished this week.
Construction on another nearby duplex should start in April.
"We haven't seen a lot of log homes built in the mountain area," listing broker Randall Hannaway said. "I'm pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest we're getting."
Dubbed the Lodges at Burgess Creek, the nearly complete duplex was built with dark-stained premium lodgepole pine logs harvested in British Columbia.
The logs are scribed and assembled into a custom-designed home at Pacific Log Homes in Canada. Antell reassembled the home in three days at the Burgess Creek site.
"It's better insulated than a stick-built home because of the mass of the logs," said Antell, owner of Mountain Homes Inc. "It also stays cool in the summertime."
The duplex is nestled in pine trees, and Burgess Creek runs through the rear of the property. Just minutes from the Steamboat Ski Area, the duplex offers a good combination of convenience and privacy.
The duplex units are three levels with four or five bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms.
The units have two-car garages, lower-level recreation rooms and loft bedrooms. The homes include standard quality finishes and amenities such as granite counter tops, hardwood floors and premium appliances.
Michael Buccino of Steamboat Interiors furnished and decorated the completed unit.
"One of the toughest things with selling a new spec home is sometimes it's very difficult for the buyer to imagine what it's going to look and feel like," Hannaway said. "Having it professionally furnished makes all the difference."
Of course, the furnishings give buyers the option of a ready-to-live-in home. The developer has even gone so far as to put a new 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Steamboat Motors in the garage.
The completed duplex is being offered at $1,125,000 unfurnished. The furnishings add about $78,000 to the price, and the car is available for about $33,000.
The larger duplex is priced at $1,426,800 unfurnished.
Call Hannaway at 870-8800
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