Basecamp is coming
Special to the Daily
AVON — Any Vail Valley local or visitor who has passed through Avon the past few months has likely noticed the footprint of a development settling into the northeast corner of the roundabout nearest the entrance to Beaver Creek Resort. Those who have looked a little closer may have spotted the 1972 Airstream trailer sitting in the center of the lot — 21 feet long and wrapped with the logo of the property’s new name: Basecamp on Beaver Creek.
At the confluence of Beaver Creek and the Eagle River, Basecamp will feature 15 townhomes spread between three separate buildings. There will be five distinct unit types to allow for a range of living options, and every residence will have three stories and include an attached garage. Unit sizes will range from 2,079 square feet with a one-car garage to 2,654 square feet with a two-car garage. Two of the buildings will be set right on the river with cantilevered decks designed to reach out and over the water. The third building will have patios that face west, capturing views toward Beaver Creek Resort.
Water runs downstream here, creating a beautiful rushing sound, even in winter; if you’re standing where the decks will be, it’s amazing how the water drowns out nearby road noise from U.S. Highway 6 and Avon Road. There is a feeling of mountain serenity here, even with the central valley location.
Jim and Tommy Gregg, owner-operators of Gregg & Co. Builders, the father-and-son builder and development team behind the project, are both valley residents. They bought the Airstream from a Leadville couple, renovated it to reflect the finishes of the to-come interiors of Basecamp, and will continue to call this keepsake trailer their office for the duration of the project.
“People don’t always realize that it’s a local builder-developer doing this project,” says Jim Gregg. “We’re a father-son team, and people from this community.”
The Greggs have specialized in custom residences from Vail to Red Sky Ranch. For Basecamp, they devised the floor plans in tandem with 359 Design, known for its extensive work in multi-family mountain architecture.
The team broke ground for the project in October, and since then have laid foundations and completed the water and sewer mains. They will get rolling again and start building vertically this spring; the project’s timeline includes having two-thirds of the residences completed in 2018, with the last building set to be completed in 2019.
“We take huge pride in what we do,” says Tommy Gregg, “and that’s been a theme for us all along.”
A lofty feeling
The exterior of the buildings will be a contemporary interpretation of classic mountain architecture, with wood and stucco creating a sleek and sophisticated look. Open floor plans inside each residence will add an element of spaciousness, and oversized windows will allow for river and mountain views, with ample amounts of natural light. Tall ceilings and open stairs will give the homes a lofty feeling.
“A lot of older homes are really compartmentalized,” says Tommy Gregg. “We feel most people who want to live in this area also want a big, open floor plan.”
Slifer Designs has created two interior finishing packages: Mountain Chic and Urban Edge. Their vision for Basecamp is to balance upscale refinement with natural warmth. The two packages can also be blended in a residence, depending on each buyer’s personal preference. Each residence will have stainless-steel appliances, including Wolf, Asko and Subzero brands, as well as wide-plank wood floors and custom quartz countertops.
‘All the comforts’
Take a step inside the Airstream to get an idea of how the mountain modern designs will come together inside of Basecamp. Amenities of each residence will include: private, gated entrances; a private shuttle to Beaver Creek and Vail; a convenient location in Avon that is a short walking distance to shops, restaurants, and the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa across the street.
Hiking and biking trails are close by, as well as premier access to trout fishing in the waters that run alongside Basecamp.
“Basecamp is designed to combine the best of mountain lifestyle with all the comforts of mountain living,” Tommy Gregg says.
Basecamp offers an on-site open house every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., but visits are always welcome by appointment. For more information on the development and pre-sale options, visit http://www.basecamptownhomes.com or call 970-390-7443.
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