by Victoria Plasse
With world-class skiing and an average of 229 days of sunshine per year (the U.S. average is 205 sunny days), Park City isn’t your average mountain town destination, so why should your home be anything less? In a place where you can literally do it all in one day—paddleboard, golf, dine, and enjoy a modern art show—it’s a difficult decision to figure out where you might want to hang your hat at the end of the day. The Ridge makes the choice easy.
A few steps from the center of the Canyons Village, The Ridge sets residents at the center of everything happening on Main Street, while still maintaining an exclusive feel. The townhomes are only a short ten-minute drive to historic Main Street and only a five-minute walk to First Friday Fireworks, one of Utah’s top ten restaurants, The Farm, Canyon Kids, and The North Face store. The Ridge enjoys all the offerings of the Canyons Village including the golf course, proximity to hiking, and the carefree HOA.
There are 44 homes, all with expansive floor plans of 4-5 bedrooms and 2-car garages. The contemporary aesthetic with natural color palettes circulating from counter to floor to wall give a softness to the industrial-influenced townhome. The open design creates a graceful mix of the metropolitan and mountain lifestyle, including all the family members and friends coming to visit.
“The homes have spacious floor plans with generous living spaces and ample separation of the bedrooms. The downhill plans have a second family room while the uphill homes have a fifth bedroom that can easily function as a second living space if needed.”
–Sheila Hall, Park City Board of Realtors President & Associate Broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah
As Sheila Hall, Park City Board of Realtors President and Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Utah, explains, “The homes have spacious floor plans with generous living spaces and ample separation of the bedrooms. The downhill plans have a second family room while the uphill homes have a fifth bedroom that can easily function as a second living space if needed.” The Ridge curves along Red Pine Road, so some homes are more east/west-facing and others are more north/south-facing. Each home has a private hot tub and deck. “Each of the four floor plans has three and four levels, making the homes ideal for large groups and entertaining,” explains Tony Miller, the other listing agent at Berkshire Hathaway for The Ridge.
“The open concept of the main level creates a central gathering space, bringing the outdoors in with an abundance of natural lighting. Select floor plans offer game room areas on the lower levels,” expounds Jo Ann Howa, principal and owner at Natural Instincts, a Park City interior design firm established in 1990. Under her creative direction, Howa and her talented team have been designing luxury residential and hospitality projects in resort communities throughout the country, including working on the initial sketches for The Ridge. Howa’s firm has been the design consult throughout the build process for The Ridge.
“The Light package is bright & airy, incorporating organic warm wood tones and stone. The Dark package offers a beautiful contrast with neutral cool wood tones and stone. The mountain modern design combines contemporary elements with natural textures and tones to create a timeless mountain feel that can be enjoyed for years to come.”
–Jo Ann Howa, Owner, Natural Instincts
It is clear that Howa’s influence on the design makes these townhomes stand out from other planned subdivisions. The interiors of the homes are built around lifestyle and comfort, including a connection to nature. So how does a townhome take all of those elements into account? It’s all in the details.
There are two finish options at The Ridge, the Light and the Dark option. Howa explains the difference: “The Light package is bright and airy, incorporating organic warm wood tones and stone. The Dark package offers a beautiful contrast with neutral cool wood tones and stone. The mountain modern design combines contemporary elements with natural textures and tones to create a timeless mountain feel that can be enjoyed for years to come.”
The main wall of the living room area in both finishes boasts an organic feel and is the backbone of the building. Not only is the stone fireplace a central feature of the home, but there’s also a subtle bench that extends along the wall with naturally stacked stone or oak paneling and metal accents. Howa says, “In select units, the great room fireplaces have a unique exposed metal stack and fireplace surround as well as a hearth that is over 18 feet of Neolith or quartz slab, creating the perfect fireside seating area.”
According to Howa, “The brilliant surroundings of the Park City landscape and relaxed mountain lifestyle was the inspiration for the design. By fusing natural tones and textures with timeless finishes and modern amenities, The Ridge provides inviting and comfortable mountain living to be enjoyed by families for many seasons to come.”
Master bathrooms feature a walk-in shower and a freestanding soaker tub. All of the bathrooms are designed with contemporary plumbing fixtures, modern LED lighting, and oak cabinetry with custom details. The beautiful porcelain wall and floor tiles and quartz countertops are durable and easily maintained. The kitchen features gourmet amenities and is equipped with Thermador appliances, quartz countertops, and white oak cabinetry. The matte black and brushed nickel fixtures and decorative lighting throughout the home offer a modern yet timeless design unlike anything else. The sleek and serene details of The Ridge coupled with the proximity to all the area amenities and trails make it easy to confuse your home with a vacation.
Originally settled as a silver mining town, the little city of Park City has become a worldwide recognized address with the Sundance Film Festival and what many refer to as the best snow on earth. The culture and diversity that’s embedded in the town from the film world has infused a thriving community with a sense of stewardship and forward thinking—it’s not just the bike trails that are world-class but so are the schools on the eastern slopes of The Cottonwoods. But don’t discredit the bike trails. The 400 stretching miles of trails were the first ever ranked as a Gold Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Biking Association. The IMBA award is only shared with five other destinations around the world. Park City’s proximity to Salt Lake City allows residents to enjoy the pastoral setting of the Wasatch Mountains with accessibility to the city life, including a major airport. Park City Ski Resort is considered the largest ski area in the U.S., with over 7,300 skiable acres and a summit elevation of 10,026 feet.
Founded in 2004 and based in the Bay Area, Reed Development has overseen more than $500M in real estate investment and development. Its growing portfolio of projects in Park City includes the April Inn, Claim Jumper, and The Ridge. Think Architecture and North Ridge Construction were the other partners on The Ridge construction project. To schedule a viewing at The Ridge, contact Berkshire Hathaway’s Sheila Hall at 435.640.7162 or Tony Miller at 435.901.9126.