The ongoing evolution of Taos Ski Valley took another major step forward with the announcement in December 2018 that the ski area was embarking on its first housing development, the Blake Residences. The first portion of the project will consist of 24 condominium units, and as this was written about one third have been purchased. The initial units are expected to be completed in December 2020.
The properties will come in 1-3 bedroom options — from 890 square feet to 1990 square feet — in six floor plans; most include a balcony. They will be located on Thunderbird Road just north of Lake Fork Creek, replacing the temporary structures now there.
The finished building will rise four stories, with views of the mountain, or the creek, the mini-plaza, or up or down the valley. Prices start at $1.3M for a 1-bedroom unit, says Leslie A. Campbell, TSV’s director of real estate sales.
Their look will echo the traditional European alpine architecture of the base area with rustic New Mexico design elements. The residences will come fully furnished and appointed, inspired by the cultural influences of Northern New Mexico: Native American, Hispanic and European traditions. They are an extension of the hotel with a more contemporary interpretation, maintaining the tradition of regional craftsmanship, from Navajo-inspired weavings to handmade furniture. Evident throughout is a sense of comfort and luxury giving the spaces a strong sense of place within a European Alpine environment.
They will be connected by a wide pedestrian bridge to the new ski area base plaza at the foot of the new high-speed chairlift. Residence owners and guests will also have access to its sister property, the adjoining four-star Blake hotel, with its ski valet, heated pool, hot tubs, spa and wellness center, restaurant 192, and other services.
Owners will also have access to the warm, friendly and helpful services of The Blake hausmeister team. Another added benefit for homeowners will be is eligibility for special discounts on skiing, dining, activities and shopping.
They will feature onsite underground parking, a landscaped walkway along the creek, a snow-free mini-plaza area with skating rink surrounded by retail shops, and a resident’s lobby. The turnkey properties will include owner’s lockable closets so they can be easily rented.
Subsequent phases will see completion of a summer event stage, conference space, and additional residences, including some 4-bedroom units, flanking both sides of Thunderbird Road.
“For years we’ve had people asking for ownership opportunities so they can be more connected with this iconic property, the geography of our valley, the intimate scale and character of this resort,” said Taos Ski Valley CEO David Norden in a written statement. “We see The Blake Residences as the next step in our evolution to being among the best mountain destinations in the world.”
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