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Breckenridge's new Water House development features classic design

When it comes to selecting a new residence, whether it’s a house, a condo or even a rental, the process usually requires a balancing act of decisions. Do you want to be close to town or in a quieter, secluded area? Do you want sweeping mountain views or a nearby water element? But sometimes, all of those aspects come together into one place, fitting together like the pieces of a puzzle. Water House on Main Street, in Breckenridge, is such a place.

All in one

Water House is the final phase of the Main Street Station Resort, situated on the south end of Main Street. When completed, it will consist of two buildings with a total of 55 luxury condominiums.

Each condo differs from the next, from number of bedrooms (one to four) and location within the building (north, south, west, penthouse, etc.) to interior design.

Phase One of Water House began in 2007 and was finished in December 2009. Phase Two, the final phase, will start vertical construction this summer, with completion set for summer 2015. The developer is Real Capital Solutions.

Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate officially launched sales for Phase Two on Feb. 11. Interest has been high, with reservations recorded in the first week.

This does not surprise Slifer Smith & Frampton branch broker John Pfeiffer, as the residences come with a variety of benefits. They have easy access to downtown Breckenridge just down Main Street, with its many shops, restaurants and art galleries. The property has water frontage on two sides: Illinois Creek, which was redirected in 2007 by East West Partners, on the north side of the building and Maggie Pond on the west side. The building is also in close walking distance to the Quicksilver Super Chair

“You essentially have the big views, the sun, the in-town location, walk to slopes and the waterfront. It’s a bit unique compared to anything else,” said Pfeiffer.

All of that is in addition to amenities such as hot tubs, an Olympic-sized pool, ski valet and underground, heated private parking.

“It’s a great opportunity for buyers right now,” he said.

Buyers can choose to rent their properties or keep them private, which many in Phase One have chosen to do.

“It’s a blended demographic of people who use them as summertime second homes,” Pfeiffer said of Phase One owners, “and there are a lot of skiers, and we have a lot of families from Denver that come up a lot as well.”

One of the highlights of the location of Water House is that its variety of surroundings means that owners can choose their favorite aspect.

“In the new building, the southern side gets views of (Mount) Baldy and Peak 10, they get all-day sun. The northern side, they get the village view and the waterfront, and then the western residences get the big Maggie Pond and that million-dollar ski area view, so every side of the building is great to be on,” Pfeiffer said.

Designing the interior

For the Phase Two building, a new designer was brought in — Griffith Wood, a partnership between designers Colin Griffith and Andrea Wood, based in Denver.

Wood has 30 years of experience in interior design, including many jobs in resort communities.

“We have worked in all the mountain resorts, from Beaver Creek, Vail, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Deer Valley, Telluride,” she said. “We have never really worked in Breckenridge and that’s one reason we’re so excited about this project. What we do know is what the mountain resort home buyer is looking for and what they respond to.”

The design team created two furniture packages and two fixed finish packages for owners to choose from — Fresh Powder and New Rustic.

The term “fixed finish” refers to fixed surfaces, such as countertops and floors, Wood said.

The Fresh Powder palette features a soft gray look mixed with soft blues, while the New Rustic tends toward deeper tones like dark rich red, ochre and brown.

The design team was careful to keep both looks classic rather than trendy, said Wood.

“We have work from 30 years ago that is still absolutely current, so our work does not go out of style. And we feel like it never should, because if you want to keep that for the next 20 years, it will still look absolutely great,” she said.

Each residence also will include wide-plank wooden floors, 100 percent New Zealand wool carpet and natural textural wall coverings in every bedroom. The design team also created finish boards, which showcase what each package looks like and how it all ties together.

“(Buyers) will be able to see all the gorgeous slab granite countertops — each one’s different, they’re so pretty,” said Wood. “Each bathroom has a different tile and granite, and they’ll be able to see the finish of the floor and the carpeting and all the fixed finishings. It won’t be, ‘Oh my god, what’s my unit going to look like?’ No, they will have an absolute idea on what every single unit will look like. It’s not like they will have to take this giant leap of faith.”

Part of Wood’s job is to monitor the trends, updates and changes throughout the design world.

“It’s a continual process of observing what is out there, what are people responding to in the market, what do we think people are going to (like) in a particular market, what are they going to see and get really excited about and feel proud of,” she said. “Of course, we want people to feel very proud of these places. And we want them to feel like they got so much for the money that they spent.”

Wood’s favorite part of the design process is the beginning, when the project is just taking shape.

“It’s developing the identity of each project and what makes this project different from another one, what makes it work in this particular place, how does it fit into its location and its environment. That’s our favorite part,” she said.

The identity developed for Water House is that of a high-level resort, Wood said.

“Within that framework of classic traditional mountain finishes and construction, we have been able to infuse it with a bit of a fresh updated mountain look that will appeal to any age, any kind of person from anywhere,” she said. “We believe that. We think it’s really going to be terrific.”


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