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Just 47 lots in the Sanctuary remain

— Mike Roberts, owner of Habitat Design & Construction, envisions the future when he builds a house.

As a fan of computer-controlled lighting, temperature and music in new homes, Roberts has installed these elements in the construction of his new home in The Sanctuary subdivision and the house next door, which he built to sell.

“People who didn’t grow up with computers sort of resent that stuff, but those in the next generation will expect it. We’re in this awkward transition between generations. But what I tell customers is that it simply maximizes the resale value if they ever want to move out.”



Roberts’ own home is a bit more high-tech than the house he is selling. In his house, virtually every function is controlled by touch-screen LCD monitors. If he is hosting a party, the computer can slowly dim the lights in one room as it lights up another, helping to move guests from one room to the next. Also, with a touch of the monitor, music can be heard throughout the house via a built-in surround sound system.

The neighboring house Roberts has put up for sale also has computerized lighting, minus the LCD screens. The house has been pre-wired to meet the demands of the latest technology, including surround-sound and home-theater elements.



“I encourage that in every house we build because it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to do initially but expensive and difficult to do later,” Roberts said.

Roberts’ two post-and-beam custom homes are among several newer homes that have been completed this summer at The Sanctuary subdivision along Steamboat Boulevard.

Only 47 of The Sanctuary’s 147 lots remain unsold.

“The lots sold quickly in the past few years,” said Pam Vanatta of Prudential Steamboat Realty.

Properties in The Sanctuary are owned by a mix of full-time residents and second-home owners.

The lots range in size from half an acre to 2 acres and in cost from $275,000 to $682,000.

Vanatta said they are the best lots in Steamboat because of their views, proximity to Fish Creek, and their city amenities, such as water and high-speed Internet.

Roberts’ homes are equipped for technological demands. Six phone lines and multiple cable connections could be installed with ease.

Roberts describes his business, Habitat Design & Construction, as a “sensitive homebuilder,” meaning its homes are sensitive to interior and exterior environments. The exteriors of his Sanctuary homes feature ponds with connecting, flowing streams and detailed landscaping. Fish Creek flows through the back yard of Roberts’ personal home.

“Comfort is one of our primary design criteria,” Roberts said.

In the interior of a Habitat home, residents can breathe easy, thanks to heat recovery ventilators that circulate fresh air into the home without sacrificing warm air in the winter. Such ventilation systems ensure the air is fresh and prevent pollution from accumulating.

“People who live in these houses are less susceptible to allergens and sickness,” Roberts said.

Both of his Sanctuary homes feature huge Gothic vaulted ceilings, which are not the best for keeping heating bills down but are “dramatic and beautiful,” Roberts said.

“You want the great room to be great,” Roberts said.

The home Roberts is selling is near a cul-de-sac at 2892 Golf Stream Court, off Steamboat Boulevard. It is 5,200 square feet with three levels, six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. It is offered at $1.75 million. Membership to the nearby Sheraton Golf Course is included in the price.

Other features of the home include cherry wood cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel, gourmet appliances in the kitchen; travertine tile and pewter or nickel bathroom fixtures; alder wood in all the doors and trim; a gas fireplace in the great room and the master bedroom; a steam shower and air-jet tub in the master bath; computerized and automated lighting; central vacuum system; and spaces for laundry machine hookups on all three levels.

For more information on Roberts’ custom home or other Sanctuary properties, call Vanatta at Prudential Steamboat Realty at 879-5928.

— To reach Nick Foster, call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com


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