Have I mentioned how lovely fall in Park City is? The air–if it can be so–is crisper. The light is warm and rosy and lays sideways in the afternoons. The leaves are golden across the valley. And let’s just say evening open house event attendance is quite high because who wouldn’t want to drink in as many moments of this as you possibly could:
I frequently see homes upwards of $5M that are terrible. (The Mo’ Money principle.) The higher the price tag, often the more specific the home and the less agreeable it will be to a larger number of people. You can see why: if you’re going to own a home that expensive it’d better be exactly the way you want it.
Which is why I don’t talk about every high-end home I see. It’s like dropping names, “Oh, I was in a $9M house today lah tee dah.” For it to be worth talking about, it really is more about the character of the home. Last Wednesday I toured a home in the gated upper Deer Valley Resort-area community of Bald Eagle that is definitely worth talking about. For the moment, this house is for sale, and you can view the official photos here and additional listing information (and full MLS property search) here.
I can’t stress enough how important a good entry is, and this house had some to spare. In the front door, down a few steps to a balcony overlooking the living area.
I do not say that a house is perfect very often. I do not say it is stunning, or epic, or nestled in the aspens. I hate the idea of devaluing a word by overusing it. ENOUGH HYPERBOLE TO KILL A HORSE.
But when I do come across a house that is extremely well-done, with splendid use of space, smart design, careful selection of fixtures and accessories, and has the bonus factor of a beautiful feeling in the home, I hope that I haven’t devalued the meaning of the word when I say it really is excellent. 2381 Lucky John Drive in Park City is excellent.
Five seconds of me horsing around on open house tour, filming vertically, before my phone stopped recording because I ran out of memory. Many wrongs do not make a right but IT DOESN’T MATTER LOOK AT THIS FAUCET.
The listing, while it lasts, and full photo gallery can be found here: http://kristinawatkins.summitsothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/280-l-773-nnxy7q/exceptional-custom-built-home-in-eagle-pointe-park-city-ut-84060
For my money, the Colony at White Pine Canyon is just spectacular. Generally 5 acre or larger lots, heavily treed with aspens and pines, tons of snow, and ski-in/ski-out at Canyons Resort, which is about to connect to Park City Mountain Resort and become the largest ski resort in North America.
So you know, no big deal.
The cool thing in the Colony is that often the homes are just spectacular. If you’re going to ask eight figures for a ski house, it had better be brilliant. I toured this land summer before last when it was just a little baby vacant lot with piles of lumber everywhere. Now it’s a full-grown ski home with 6 bedrooms, 9 baths, and some awesome fixtures. (This house has come off the market for the time being, so if you’d like more information on it please contact me.)
Holy cow, am I ever a sucker for Edison bulbs.
First and foremost, houses do not ooze. Or at least, for the love of all that is holy, they shouldn’t. Secondly, if this house did ooze anything, it would be charm.
Stop saying “ooze.”
Anyways, a historic home that has been nicely remodeled is a rare thing. And with a soul as old and heart as tender as mine, it’s difficult to connect with a remodel where the exterior is old and gorgeous and the interior could be any new interior anywhere. Yes you can have better storage and taller countertops and new appliances. And you must re-do all of the plumbing and electricity in older homes for safety. I’m talking about design here. Old doorknobs. Solid panel doors. Beautifully unnecessary moulding around windows, doors, floors. CHAIR RAILS, PEOPLE!
Well, after seeing a rash of homes come on the market in neighboring Heber City that were built in the early 1900s but then destroyed with cheap remodels in the 1990s, this house was as pleasant as a fresh spring breeze. (Which we had day before yesterday and then last night it snowed 4 inches. So maybe forget that metaphor.)
BEHOLD. This is a great house.
The Colony at White Pine Canyon is a ski-in/ski-out development adjoining Canyons Resort (and next year, should be accessible by Park City Mountain Resort as well). We have lots of lovely neighborhoods but for my money, Colony has always been on my A-List. Typically the lots are large, 5 acres or more, heavily wooded with mostly aspen trees, very very private. This is a particular price range: listed right now the median list price is $6.795M and the average is $8.673M, least expensive listing is $3.75M and most expensive is $24.6M. And in this type of price range, there can be a tendency to build bigger and bigger. More features, more rooms, more more more. The issue I run into is that it’s very difficult to find a buyer for a property that feels like a compound. Most people want a house that feels like a home, is livable and comfortable, and could accommodate the whole family at Thanksgiving if needed. Yesterday I toured a house that fits that bill and was just gorgeous. The full listing, while it lasts, can be found here: 79 White Pine Canyon Road, Park City, UT 84098
(For the full, gorgeous, Sotheby’s photos for this listing, click the link above. For hack pics of things I loved, see below.)
The living spaces and decor looked like they could have been from a magazine, MidMOD Quarterly or something (is that real? I’d subscribe to it.)
On the open house tour on Wednesday I toured a 4-bedroom condo at Silver Strike Lodge with a pret-ty terrible view off the balcony. The whole back side of the building faces the ski lift. I mean, it’s just too bad you don’t have a more direct view of the ski run amirite?
Silver Strike Lodge is in the Empire Pass area of Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah. The whole listing of the unit I toured (while it lasts) can be found here: Silver Strike Lodge #708
I saw the most beautiful range on open house tour today! It’s so Julia Child. This La Cornue stove is in a ski-in/ski-out condo at Silver Strike Lodge. Heather Humphrey of Alder & Tweed partnered with the listing agent for this open house, so luckily she was on hand to give me a rundown on this gorgeous thing.
Silver Strike Lodge is in the Empire Pass area of Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah. The whole listing (while it lasts) can be found here: Silver Strike Lodge #708