Development retains the quality of original vision
Spyglass Ridge on Orchard Mesa is becoming the neighborhood that developer Skip Behrhorst wanted back in 2006 when he first began the project. He’s been able to hold on to the integrity of the project in spite of the national economic meltdown and the trouble it caused for countless other builders and developers.
“My vision for the development has not changed,” said Behrhorst, adding that the trails, the open space, the views and the community center all contribute to make it a unique community. “The HOA has done a good job of maintaining architectural standards. They have a real commitment to maintain the covenants and keep the overall integrity of the development.”
Behrhorst still owns 73 of the original lots and is working with G.J. Gardner to put homes on the lots. G.J. Gardner is building spec homes, custom homes and a model home in the subdivision.
“The model home will be within walking distance to the clubhouse,” said Lawrence Balerio, owner of the local G.J. Gardner franchise. Balerio plans to keep the model home as a model for more than a year, so prospective buyers will be able to see the finished product he’s building at the subdivision even if spec homes are at early stages of construction.
Right now, G.J. Gardner has one home available on the lower level and is working with buyers for one additional custom home below and two customs on the ridge.
“Everything we do is engineered,” Balerio said. Every home has a soils report done for the lot, an engineered foundation on the home and engineered drainage for the lot. Homes built by G.J. Gardner have a 10-year warranty on structural aspects of the home and a two-year warranty on all systems.
“It’s a third-party warranty that goes with the home,” Balerio said, which should give prospective buyers confidence that the home warranty will be an attractive feature even if they end up selling their home after 15 months.
The home at 2690 Whisper Court, which is on the lower level, is available for sale for $299,900. It has four bedrooms and three baths in 2,380 square feet, with two-toned paint, nine-foot ceilings, solid surface countertops, hand-textured walls, hardwood, tile and carpet flooring.
Homes built by G.J. Gardner on the lower level of the development are usually under $300,000, while homes on the ridge, where the views are a little more spectacular, are above $300,000.
When it is completely built out, there will be 224 homes built at the subdivision, but the development was planned with plenty of open space to take advantage of the views. The majority of the lots are view lots, whether they’re up on the highest ridge above the Gunnison River or on the lower level near the main entrance. On the lower level, most homes have views of Grand Mesa, the Bookcliffs or the city. On the upper level, homes have amazing views of the canyon behind the Gunnison River, as well as the Bookcliffs, Grand Mesa and the city.
The Spyglass Ridge Community Center is on the upper level of the development and is open to all property owners. In addition to the meeting rooms, kitchen and gym, the swimming pool is open for the season. The center is staffed and is available on a limited basis for homeowners to rent for private events.
To get to Spyglass Ridge, take Highway 50 to Orchard Mesa. Turn right at 27 Road and follow it until you see the sign for Spyglass Ridge and turn left. To chat with someone at G.J. Gardner about the neighborhood or the homes, call 245-7542.