August 19, 2015 by Shane Bryson
Homebuyers and visiting recreationalists alike are sure to be tempted by a number of options at Montane, the more than 600-acre planned community being developed just south of Fernie, off Coal Creek Road.
Pitched perfect for Fernie’s vacationer recreationalists, the most recent purchase option is one of The Cottages, which form part of The Terraces, the first neighbourhood to be developed in Montane. There are four cottages in total, positioned “to optimize views of the dramatic mountain scenery” (Castle Mountain and the Morrissey Range) and “designed to complement natural surroundings,” according to an August press release from the company.
The two-storey cottages advertise an abundance of storage space for outdoor gear of any description, with entry space and single-car garages. The cottages are on “fully serviced, strata managed lots,” meaning that the maintenance of the lot, including snow removal and landscaping, are taken care of for the owners even when they’re not around.
While they are advertised as “small, efficient, and affordable,” all come complete with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the upper floor. Calgary architect Catherine Chernoff (credited with designing The Brick House Bar & Grill) is the principal architect of the cottages’ interior design team. “We’ve taken a ‘mountain modern’ design approach to create comfortable and inviting homes,” she says of the buildings.
Two of the homes measure 1,245 sq. ft., with an open kitchen, dining, and living area on the main floor. These feature a two-storey living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, meant to allow residents get the most out of the view. The other two measure 1,105 sq. ft., featuring a living area on the upper floor area and adding a covered carport to allow more storage in the garage. These two also boast 12’ by 12’ deck.
Construction is now underway, and would-be buyers are advised to make reservations for The Cottages at Montane early, before the homes are officially up for sale on Sept. 5 (to reservation holders only). Buyers are expected to be able to move in next spring or summer.
Starting at 169,000, sales opened August 9 for homes that are part the third and final phase of the 45-home neighbourhood that is The Terraces. At completion, Montane’s homes are expected to have a total value of $200 million. The developing company, Parastone Developments, will be familiar to local residents from its work restoring the 1908 Fernie schoolhouse, creating 901 Fernie.