Live or stay at The Porches in Steamboat Springs
With very few opulent hotels or boutiques, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has traditionally served as a rustic Western getaway. The Porches real estate development offers a rare element of luxury.
A quaint town tucked in the Yampa Valley, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has been home to ranchers, cowboys, ski bums, and more than a few winter Olympians.
Photos courtesy of The Porches
With very few opulent hotels or boutiques dotting Main Street, the hamlet has traditionally served as a rustic Western getaway.
The Porches real estate development offers a rare element of luxury in the northwest Colorado town.
Located at the base of Steamboat Ski Resort, the Porches community is an opportunity to own a vacation home in Steamboat Springs at a fraction of the cost of whole ownership.
The Private Residence Club allows for part ownership combined with the fun of a vacation retreat.
Arranged as private, three-story townhomes, each unit features a heated, two-car garage and wide-open floor plan — ideal for a multi-family or multi-generational visit.
When designing the community, the building team focused on a mountain-rustic architectural theme, highlighting the character of the rural ranch homes that once dotted the Yampa Valley.
The interior design features color palettes of natural patinas in warm and neutral colors, native stone, aged wood antiques, and furnishings from nearby boutiques.
All floors are made from a variety of reclaimed or hand-distressed wood, such as white oak or ash.
The garden level of the larger units is the fun level. It features a billiards table, entertainment system, and media center.
The professional kitchens in the Private Residence Club units include granite counter tops, custom cabinetry, Wolf ranges, and Sub-Zero refrigerators and come furnished with appliances like waffle makers, coffee machines, and blenders.
Bedrooms are outfitted with fine linens, flat screen TVs, and private bathrooms with Kohler faucets and fixtures.
One of The Porches' signature elements is a 6,000-square-foot onsite amenities building called the Barn (the floors are made of reclaimed wood from a barn built in 1883). Residents can relax in the lounge area next to a large stone fireplace and enjoy a complimentary latte.
There's also a business center, which includes wireless internet throughout, a printer, and fax.
An exercise facility provides Nautilus cardio and weight training equipment, a flat-screen TV, and an adjoining steam room.
Next to the fitness area is a game room with a TV, DVD player, Xbox and Game Cube systems, and several board games.
Just outside, residents can swim in the heated pool while taking in views of Mount Werner. The pool area also includes a Jacuzzi, a gas grill for cookouts, a gas fire pit, and an adjacent deck that's great for lounging and entertaining.
A concierge housed in the Barn can coordinate restaurant reservations, tee times, pre-arrival grocery shopping, and other activities.
When you have maintenance needs, the experienced staff can help. They'll take care of tasks like housekeeping and storage for ski equipment and other personal belongings.
Residents receive year-round private shuttle service to and from the ski resort and around town for shopping or dinner. Private Residence Club owners can call for private shuttle service to the regional airport.
Home ownership details:
• Whole ownership ranges in price from $2 to $3 million.
• Units range in size from 3,100 to more than 5,000 square feet. They're available with four bedrooms and five bathrooms or with five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
• Owners at the Porches have the option of renting their home and can use the onsite Pinnacle Resort Management team to help with the process.
Private Residence Club ownership:
• Club members get 1/8 share ownership, which includes at least six weeks of vacation each year (three weeks in summer, three in winter).
• Four-bedroom, five-bathroom residences are available in two different floor plans and start under $375,000.
• The five-bedroom, five-bath residence starts under $475,000.
• Members have exchange privileges with the Registry Collection, allowing four of the six weeks to be traded for vacations in other destinations.
Recognized for its trademark Champagne Powder, Steamboat Springs is a skier's paradise. Steamboat has produced 69 winter Olympians — more than any other town in North America — and the ski resort features six peaks and nearly 3,000 acres of world-class terrain.
What else is there to do besides ski? Plenty.
Steamboat offers four seasons of activities, like horseback riding, miles of hiking trails, rafting tours, cattle drives, fly-fishing, hot air balloon rides, hot springs, and ATV tours.