After slow start, Mountaineer is expaning |

After slow start, Mountaineer is expaning

— The Mountaineer at Steamboat, a development of duplexes near the east end of Walton Creek Road, was completed in 2000, but is now expanding to meet high demand for the units.

Five dual-family buildings are being constructed. Most of the concrete work is complete and several framing, siding and finishing crews are working steadily to get as much done as possible before winter arrives.

The demand for units at The Mountaineer was not immediate, project manager Jim Darcy said. Sales lagged at first, especially in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001.

But the demand is here now, Darcy said. Every completed unit in the expansion has been sold and just six of the units under construction remain for sale.

Each unit is at least 2,681 square feet and has four bedrooms and at least four bathrooms.

The construction is typical Steamboat design, Darcy said about the full timbers and stonework inside and out, 9-foot ceilings and overall Western flavor.

“We tried to stay with the Steamboat theme,” Darcy said.

Owners and visitors to The Mountaineer enter the units either through a two-car garage or a front door that leads to a foyer with a 30-foot ceiling. The ground floor of each unit includes two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and lots of closet space.

A staircase leading to the second floor is accented with hand-peeled logs by Bohlman Pine Designs. On the second floor are the family room, kitchen, dining room, another bedroom and a large deck skirting the family room.

The family room features an interesting fireplace with two mantles, one made of stone and the other stone with wood accents. The kitchen features tile floors and granite countertops.

The second floor also includes a loft overlooking the family room, which many residents use as an office, Darcy said. The lofts can also be used as extra sleeping space for guests, Darcy said.

The third floor is dedicated to a luxurious master bedroom suite. Many of the master bedrooms in the development have their own fireplaces and ceiling fans, and have expansive views.

The rooms also have private baths featuring dual sinks, a shower and a tub with massaging jets.

Some changes have been made with the design of The Mountaineer homes since the first phase was constructed. The changes, which include adding more rails in staircases and other minor details, reflect requests from the buyers over the years, Darcy said.

Prices at The Mountaineer range from $695,000 to $759,000 depending on the floor plans, which range from four-bedroom, four-bath to four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath.

The project is slated to be complete in May or Early June.

— To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail

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