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Buckhorn Valley in Gypsum gets new partners

Kathy Filgo
Gypsum CO, Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Seeing his “vision,” the Buckhorn Valley residential community, complete and flourishing has been a passionate focus of developer Dave Garton for almost a decade.

And as one of the Eagle Valley’s largest remaining major residential devel-

opments, Buckhorn Valley is zooming back into high gear after a three-year hiatus.

Before the ink was dry on the contract papers, Buckhorn Valley’s next phase ” McHatten Creek Ranch ” was already off and running ” rather, off and digging.

The remaining 200-acre portion of the 600-acre project will be the site of more than 614 homes in the rolling mountains southeast of the Eagle County Regional Airport and will bring to fruition a longtime dream for Garton.

Garton originally assembled the land from homesteaders and by 2000 had created a project that more than doubled the size of the Town of Gypsum.

A resident in the Valley himself since 1967, Garton understood the housing market challenges faced by professional workers to find homes, in particular single-family homes that were affordable. His vision was to create a neighborhood with community at its core, a community that accommodated families and included single-family homes with yards and facilities where the kids could play in their own neighborhood.

Buckhorn Valley is a unified neighborhood with high-standard covenants and

lawns maintained by the homeowners’ association. Parks, lakes, trails, a recreation center and schools will serve to create and preserve the family community atmosphere.

Garton wanted it to be affordable for the middle-income families of the county.

With the initial three phases of the residential community in the final stages and 160 families living in Buckhorn Valley, Garton began looking for an influx of capital to finish the remaining phases of the project and develop the community’s amenities.

“I wanted to find a group with the capital and vision to upgrade my project. I wanted someone who could take this project to a level of excellence, and quickly, in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to do,” says Garton.

Garton found another company with a similar vision to his own ” the partnership of Dallas-based commercial real estate services firm International Capital, LLC (Christiane Hepfer, president, and Andreas Bremer, vice president) and locally, Buckhorn Valley Development LLC (John V. Hill and Jeffery Brode, principals). The deal was secured and the new owners are chomping at the bit to fulfill Garton’s dream.

“We are very happy to officially be a part of this very unique project and we’ve hit the ground running. This is such an enjoyable place to live and we enjoy helping people get into a home in this terrific place. And in order to make this type of multi-faceted community happen on a project of this scope, it takes a lot of cooperation with the town. We’ve worked on dvelopment projects all over the world and we find that the level of government competence and skill here in Eagle County is extraordinary. It means a lot to a community when the government says what they mean and you can trust what they say,” said Hill, of Buckhorn Valley Development.

The new team has already begun putting the many remaining pieces into place. The next residential phase of Buckhorn Valley, McHatten Creek Ranch, offers single-family lots with semi-custom homes built by carefully selected local builders.

Quality construction and high-end finishes will trademark these well-priced homes which will boast views and privacy.

The single-family homes presented in McHatten Creek Ranch range in size from 1,600 square feet to 2,400 square feet, have one and two levels with two-car garages, and are priced starting under $500,000.

The McHatten Creek Ranch homes will rest on 1/4- to 1/3-acre lots that rise to the south and southeast of the Buckhorn complex. Most properties have panoramic mountain views, many that include Castle Peak and Hardscrabble Mountain. This phase is desirably adjacent on three sides to Bureau of Land Management land. In the future Buckhorn Valley will also be bordered on the east by Windwalker Golf Resort, a project that currently includes an 18-hole PGA golf course, fractional ownership cabins, and a luxury hotel.

A 60-acre-foot lake crowns the peak of McHatten Creek Ranch which is stream-fed and will accompany other lakes planned in

the community. Senior water rights will enable the community to provide irrigation to the landscaping that is planned.

Spring-fed wetland restoration is underway to reinstitute the habitat for wildlife of the area, and it will be incorporated into the community’s hiking trail system.

Jeff Brode of Buckhorn Valley Development said, “It’s exciting to focus on upgrading and implementing all of the amenities

of the project that will make this a fun place to live. We are all dedicated to making McHatten Creek Ranch one of the best

places to live in the Valley.”

Access to outdoor amenities will provide owners with activities within their own community and walking distance from

their homes. Among the outdoor activities for families to enjoy are recreational parks, which will include basketball courts and

soccer fields, along with hiking and biking trails that will connect directly into the popular Eagle Ranch mountain bike system.

A large multi-use community recreation center is also planned, as well as a community daycare center.

To assist buyers, Frost Mortgage Lending Group, headed by Gayl Hill, will be available on-site. Frost Mortgage has many

unique loan programs available including low downpayment programs to help buyers find loans that fit their individual needs.

Ultimately Buckhorn Valley will be the home to 900 single-family homes plus lowdensity townhomes and duplexes.

A unique vision in the making, Buckhorn Valley presents a new form of quality housing that is affordable, along with the financ-

ing to get people into that housing. So with a new sign going up, landscaping being planted, and builders hammering away, this project is back in business.

For additional information contact Jeffrey Brode, Buckhorn Valley Development LLC partner, at 376-7204 or jbrode@mac.com.

The McHatten Creek Ranch area of Buckhorn Valley will offer semi-custom single-family homes starting at under $500,000.

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