It is on old land, with a new identity.
Echo Spur is the first sustainable project in the Old Town historic district of Park City, Utah. It has seven contemporary, eco-friendly homes utilizing the latest solar, super-insulation and water management strategies to reduce the cost of homeownership and provide a true green living experience.This eco-friendly development is the first in Park City to use these strategies across each home.
Echo Spur is one of one of the last remaining multi-lot developments in the historic district, and many think the consistency of eco-sensitivity may be a growing real estate trend in this area.
Sean Kelleher, the lead developer of this project, has sensed this trend from its beginning, and how affects the new homeowner. In a recent interview, he said, “There have been dramatic changes with regard to the economics of home construction. Our goal with Echo Spur is to allow the new owner to understand how much practical and financial sense it is to own a sustainable home — one that reduces the monthly costs of homeownership by 70 to 90 percent.”
This sense of emerging trend is also shared by one of the top Realtors in Park City Real Estate, Cheryl Fine-Whitteron. I recently discussed this emerging trend with her, especially as regards the millennial population.
“Over the past few years in my real estate practice, “, she says,” I have consistently seen a trend toward smaller, more efficient homes. I sense the decade of McMansions may have come and gone.
“Those born into the computer age have moved into the home purchasing stage –one of the first questions they ask is about a home’s energy efficiency and built-in “smart” technology. Unlike the over fifty crowd, our tech savvy offspring are of the lock and leave mentality, preferring to use their precious free time for mountain biking, skiing, and a host of other activities our mountain life style has to offer.
“With our limited development space, Echo Spur has stamped a new standard for Park City. In the future, I suspect the planning commission may be asking if a new project, reflecting the values and products of Echo Spur, has super-insulation, solar panels, rainwater harvesting and smart phone/Ipad-controlled lighting & temperature and outdoor living spaces complete with green rooftop decks and patios suitable for flower or vegetable gardens. LEED, HERS and Energy Star Home Certifications may very well become mandatory, finally.”
These homes are designed to achieve the dual objective of minimizing external energy and water needs in a homeowner-friendly and financially sound manner. And, no matter what, location is still important in the world of high-end real estate development.
Echo Spur is within easy walking distance to Main Street’s restaurants, shops and galleries, as well as the Transit Center and hundreds of miles of trails. It is within one mile of world-class ski areas Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort and three miles from Canyons Resort. Park City is a convenient 40 minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport.
Below are a few of the interior and exterior features found in the Echo Spur homes, costing about $1000.00 a square foot.
- 2,700 to 3,500 square feet of living space
- Three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath (larger homes are 4/4 ½)
- Gourmet, state-of-the-art kitchen
- Passive radiant heating
- Wood and natural stone floors
- Elegant gas fireplaces in great room and master suite
- Versatile layout options
- Outdoor, multi-level entertaining areas
- “Green” rooftop deck can be used for flower/vegetable garden or patio
- Heated driveways, entry ways and two-car garage
- Hot tub and gas fireplace located on patio and/or decks
Echo Spur homes are offered by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties and range from $2.7 to $3.5 million with a five percent discount offered to the first homebuyer.
Susan Kime's career combines publishing, editorial, and PR/Media Relations. She was the Destination Club/Fractional Update Editor for Elite Traveler, and senior club news correspondent for The Robb Report's Vacation Homes. Her work has been published in Stratos, Luxury Living, European CEO, The London Telegraph, Caviar Affair, and ARDA Developments, and Luxist/AOL. Susan lives in beautiful Logan, Utah with her husband and Beagle. Online at Google + and Twitter.