18 Dec Bighorn Meadows Vancouver Sun Article
The Residences at Bighorn Meadows Vancouver Sun Article
Bighorn Meadows at home in midst of mountain pursuits
Interest in recreation-rich Bighorn Meadows Resort continues to gallop ahead with more than half of its first release of townhomes now spoken for.
Bighorn Meadows is a mixed-use, 17-phase development by Luxury Resorts West Dev. Co. in Radium B.C. The four-hectare site sits within 30 minutes of 11 golf courses, two large lakes and an abundance of other outdoor pursuits.
On the heels of nine phases dedicated to apartment-style condo buildings, Bighorn debuted its first townhome offering in late summer.
“The idea being to maximize the value of the open space and allow each owner more exposure to the mountain views that are so beautiful in our area,” says Randy Trapp, president of Bighorn Meadows Resort Ltd.
At build-out there will be 44 townhomes at Bighorn, with entry-level pricing in the high $200,000s.
“We are extremely pleased with the amount of interest in our pre-sale program,” Trapp says. “We think regardless of economic conditions, there’s always an appetite for well-built product and exclusive locations that present good value to our customers.”
The latest stretch of Bighorn reaches along the 10th fairway of the scenic Springs Course, a par 72 adjacent to the Columbia River. Forty of the 44 townhomes units are attached in a duplex-style format while the remaining four are detached. They range from 1,150 to 1,200 square feet.
“The liveability in that 1,200-square-foot foot print is exceptional. They seem considerably larger,” he adds. Smart use of space is a key consideration, says Trapp, calling the kitchen and great room in the floor plan “very open.”
“Bedrooms are private and separated from the social areas inside the residences. The kids can go to bed and the folks can stay up and do their thing without either interfering with each other,” Trapp says. “These units are intended to be more friendly to family and extended family type groups where you might have the parents and the grandparents and the grandchildren out.”
These townhomes boast high-end finishes, air conditioning and fireplaces. “We have virtually an endless list of upgrades you can make within each unit to suit your personal tastes,” adds Trapp. But attached garages for these townhomes aren’t part of the plan — and for good reason, he says.
“The idea is we created a pedestrian-friendly environment where the units are situated in a park-like setting with particular attention paid to positioning of the buildings to maximize the views available, without the intrusion of vehicular traffic.”
A show home for the townhomes in Bighorn is slated to open in February 2016.
Beyond the appeal of its residential opportunities, Bighorn grabs the attention of recreation home buyers with amenities, both on site and in the immediate vicinity.
“The area just really drew me. More so than anything in the Columbia Valley,” says Scheerschmidt, a Stettler Ab.-based realtor who picked up a three-bedroom condo with his wife in 2008, which was early days for the Radium get-away.
Drive time from his Red Deer area town takes about five hours. From Calgary, the trip to Bighorn takes around three hours.
“Just things that we can do out there,” says Scheerschmidt. “The hiking, which we both love to do. We love to kayak and we’ve done quite a bit of that.” They also spend time during stays downhill and cross-country skiing. And they’ll never pass up an opportunity to spend a warm afternoon on 18 holes.
“There’s quite a few,” Scheerschmidt says on the selection of golf courses in the area. Four days ago he took on Greywolf Golf Course in nearby Panorama, B.C.
“They’ve got a brand new club house. Just a great course. If you’re there, you just have to play it, for sure,” he adds.
On site, Bighorn has an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and playground. There are also walkways with benches near eye-catching water features, intended for easy-going strolls in the fresh air. An expansion with fitness and spa facilities is expected to start construction in spring 2016.
“One of the advantages we have is the diversity in the activity that you can engage on a year-round basis,” says Trapp. “We’re within a half an hour drive of two of the largest lakes in southeast B.C.” This puts buyers close to water activities including wake boarding, water skiing, fishing and parasailing. There’s also white water rafting at Kicking Horse or the Kootenay River and close proximity to hot springs.
“At any point when you are in the Radium Invermere corridor, you are no more than 20 minutes from a natural hot springs,” says Trapp.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
PROJECT: Bighorn Meadows Resort
DEVELOPER: Bighorn Meadows Resort Ltd.
LOCATION: Radium, B.C.
PRICES: Townhomes start from the high $200,000s.