The Electric Pass Lodge reservation system will launch on Tuesday

A rendering of the north facade of the Electric Pass Lodge, a 53 unit buildable residential building, Snowmass Base Village. image

By the numbers, Electric Pass Lodge is a large company in the base village of Snowmass: the eight-story building contains 53 residential units and will occupy over 76,000 square feet in the base village. The structure will be entirely powered by renewable energy sources.

And all it takes to get a place in the queue is $ 1,000.

When the reservation system for sales at Electric Pass Lodge opens at noon on January 26, potential buyers will only need a little over $ 1,000 and purchase interest to register.

“We try to make it easy and transparent,” said Andy Gunion, Roaring Fork Valley managing partner for Base Village East West Partners developer.

This is the first step in a process that will involve several checkpoints for buyers; a reservation is not a guarantee of a unit in building 11 of the base village still to be built, nor a binding agreement for the purchase of a residence.

But those who don’t hesitate to click on January 26 are all the more likely to make their choice: the first to submit reservations in the online system will get the first opinions on their choice of residence when the time comes to submit. overdue contracts. February. An additional $ 9,000 will be due at signing, with a 10% down payment on the purchase price – units start at $ 1.4 million – expected after the first groundbreaking (scheduled for April of this year) ; the $ 10,000 already paid will go to this deposit.

An ice sculpture on Electric Pass Lodge on Saturday January 16, 2021, at Snowmass Base Village.
Austin Colbert / The Aspen Times

The average unit spans over 1,200 square feet, according to building development plans approved by Snowmass Village Council in December. There will be 41 two-bedroom units and 11 three-bedroom units sold on the open market, plus a three-bedroom, restricted-access labor housing unit. The Scandinavian-inspired design of the building is a joint effort of 4240 Architecture and River + Lime, an interior design firm.

The main selling point of Electric Pass Lodge is the sustainability of the building, the developers pointed out. True to its nickname (a tribute to the pass of the same name), the building is entirely powered by electricity and will be LEED certified.

Holy Cross Energy’s plan to use 100% renewable energy sources by 2030 will ensure that Electric Pass Lodge (served by Holy Cross) will have a net zero carbon footprint within a decade.

“This whole building is focused on environmental sustainability, but also on the health of the occupants,” Gunion said.

The building will offer a number of amenities, including a health club, access to the swimming pool, lockers for equipment and nearby outdoor recreation. Other perks include underground parking with 37 spaces, a carpooling program, and quick access to restaurants and community spaces in the base village.

“Much of what we have done in the village is focused on health and wellness,” Gunion said. “I can’t think of anything else you (might) need or want. “

The mountain views are also part of the experience, but potential buyers will need to use a little imagination to visualize them from ground level. Unlike the hospitality sites on Fanny Hill which offer viewing platforms for potential buyers, there is no way to see the view from the Electric Pass Lodge units as of yet. The views would be comparable to some units at One Snowmass, located just west of the lot where the new building will stand, Gunion said.

So, will buyers be shouting at the door (er, website) once reservations open next week?

It probably won’t be clear until next week. Gunion said he was “optimistic” about demand, but has not established any firm metrics on what he considers a successful launch.

“I try not to set too high expectations for myself,” Gunion said. “We’re going to start construction on this building anyway.”

Gunion expects most of the interest in Electric Pass Lodge to come from buyers looking for a vacation rental opportunity or home away from home, rather than those looking for a full-time residence. .

“It’s become a specter at this point,” Gunion said of the buyer demographics. “I would expect (in) this building we wouldn’t end up with a large number of permanent residents.”

No matter who opts for the Electric Pass Lodge lifestyle (or when they occupy the spaces they buy), the building’s net carbon footprint will be the same: zero. This durable, all-electric model is exciting for Gunion, he said.

“(This is) something that I have wanted to do for a long time.”

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