Chadwick Flats introduces green, multi-unit horizontal living to Steamboat |

Chadwick Flats introduces green, multi-unit horizontal living to Steamboat

Innovative new design will maximize space and views, minimize stairs

Chadwick Flats is a three-unit residential development currently under construction on Eagle Glen Drive. In a design new to Steamboat, the three horizontal residences will be stacked atop each other to maximize views and provide single-level living.
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— A new three-unit residential development near the base of Steamboat Ski Area will offer private, single-level floor plans stacked atop each other, a design yet to be seen in Steamboat.

Chadwick Flats will use the grade of the lot’s hillside, allowing each residence to have comparable views and window utilization and attached, private, two-car garages.

The design is new for Routt County and for developer Garrett Simon of Meriwether Companies, who said the project was born following conversations with local real estate broker Chris Paoli from The Paoli Group of Colorado Group Realty.

Simon said the growing number of baby boomers in Steamboat aren’t keen on trekking up multiple flights of stairs from garages and into townhomes or multi-level condo complexes.

Paoli said that while considering the last round of development in Steamboat, he wanted to find a way to maximize living space for buyers and density for the developers. The flats concept allows for maximum living space by removing stair corridors, and it makes the best use of a site by the developer, Paoli said.

“With horizontal development, you’re going to maximize your views and get one-level living,” Paoli said. “And I don’t know anybody who is that excited about stairs.”

Nestled in an already developed neighborhood on Eagle Glen Drive, potential buyers at Chadwick Flats will appreciate the location and on-site amenities that are already available, Simon said.

In addition to its unique design, Chadwick Flats will be the first multi-unit residential development to meet the city of Steamboat’s Certified Green Building Program requirements.

In place since 2009, the program recognizes buildings that meet Energy Star efficiency requirements, use sustainable materials and have exceptional indoor air quality, according to city Senior Planner Bob Keenan.

Keenen said a handful of single-family homes have met the program’s standards so far, but Chadwick Flats was the first multi-unit development.

Components of Chadwick Flats that qualify the development for the Green Building Program include Energy Star-rated heating and air conditioning, appliances and double pane windows, recycled content decking, low-flow water systems, drip irrigation and green-certified carpeting.

Developers have purchased solar panels at the solar garden in Craig, a collaborative project of the Yampa Valley Electric Association and Clean Energy Collective, a Boulder-based solar energy company.

Without having panels on the residences, homeowners at Chadwick Flats will reap the electric savings from the power generated at the solar garden.

Simon is hopeful that the innovative new design and green standards will bode well in a nearly recovered Steamboat real estate market.

“The feedback has been good, but the market will tell us if this is the right direction to go in or not,” Simon said.

He said the residences are scheduled for completion in early summer, and though available for sale now, none of the three units are under contract yet.

“We are getting some very strong interest. It’s a little bit different from what people are into, and they may need to walk through it to get used to it,” he said.

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To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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