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Efficient use of luxurious space in new homes in Steamboat’s Flat Tops at Wildhorse

This model home at Flat Tops at Wildhorse Meadows is under contract, and two more in the six, single-family-home neighborhood, are under contract, with anticipated late-summer building starts. The areas of the building exterior covered in steel will soon turn a rusty orange.

The new model home nearing  completion on Bangtail Way, just removed from the base of Steamboat Ski Resort, is a demonstration of how a 21st-century, single-family home in a high-density zone district can balance efficient use of space and still feel spacious. And that's without having to touch seven figures.

Flat Tops at Wildhorse Meadows is a new neighborhood of 21 home sites a short walk from the Trailhead Lodge Gondola on Bangtail Way. Homes may range in size from 1,759-square feet to almost 3,000, and the development team is open to customizing floor plans and finishes to meet the needs of buyers.

"We were very critical about how to best use the square footage," development team member Kerry Shea said June 16. "A big driver for us was that we didn't want to be in the market north of $1.5 million. Being able to enter the market in the $700,000 range was big."

Shea, together with Brent Pearson and Gavin Malia, of Steamboat Springs, and their out-of town partners engaged architect Eric Smith, of Eric Smith and Associates, and Steamboat designer Charlotte Thomas, of Yampa Valley Design, collaborated on ensuring the multi-story homes have a wide-open, airy feeling.

The three-story Flat Tops homes resemble single-family townhouse, but the homes could actually be considered four stories, if owners take the option of finishing the roof-top deck. Yet, the the model home fits nicely into the landscape, and the flights of interior stairs are manageable.

Failing to finished the rooftop deck would be a shame; Shea pointed out that the deck on the model unit will always have views of the Flat Tops mountain range to the south. Some house-hunters will observe the walled deck railing and realize they could put a couple of camping cots on the deck and sleep under the stars all summer without the neighbors being any wiser.

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There is also a walk-out basement level which feels nothing like a basement. The bedroom on the walk-out level in the model unit (which is already under contract) has its own private deck for morning coffee.

The main level of the model home, with its 12-foot ceilings and light-grey color scheme, courtesy of Thomas, especially feels bigger than the square footage would  indicate. That's helped along, Shea said, by twin glass bi-valve doors that open the kitchen area to the main level outdoor deck.

When the new homeowners  entertain, their guests will naturally flow from the kitchen island to the deck and back. 

Homes come with 1.5-car garages (extra deep for storing outdoor toys), and a tandem garage (deep enough for two cars, one in front of the other) may be be specified.

Among the six homes in phase 1 of the Flat Tops at Wildhorse, three, including the model home, are under contract, and range in size from a three-bedroom, 1,949 square-foot, 2.5-bath home, up to a 2,904-square-foot, five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home. Two of those homes are expected to begin construction later in the summer.

Of the remaining three, two are two-bedroom homes with advertised purchase prices of $775,000. The third is a 1,854-square-foot home with an advertised price of $1.15 million.

Owners have access to the gondola that shuttles passengers to Gondola Square. Other amenities, at Trailhead Lodge, including the pool, are available to Flat Tops at Wildhorse.

In addition to being a member of the development team, Shea is a selling agent through Ascent Real Estate, 970-819-6342.

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