WARRENSBURG - Eyeing the economic rebound with optimism, area contractor and developer Mike Eddy of Athol has launched an upscale housing subdivision in the town of Warrensburg.
Named Snowshoe Ridge, it consists of 12 lots on 117 acres in the Forest Lake/Spruce Mountain vicinity.
Late last week, Eddy was finishing up details on the model home, which will be featured in an open house event this Saturday. Joe and Barbara Lyon of Caldwell Banker/King George Realty will be hosting the event from noon to 3 p.m Saturday May 23.
Although the subdivision features impressive views and large woodsy lots - four of which have frontage on a local pond - the main attraction may be the detailing of the construction.
The model has Adirondack Great Camp features, including branches for porch railings, split log sections for stairsteps leading to a loft bedroom, dramatic natural burl hand-selected by Eddy for dramatic detailing, a hand-cut rock fireplace, and soaring two-story mountain views.
The burl and other unique items are selected by Mike Eddy as he makes his frequent hunting and hiking trips through the woods, then stored until he has a project that will showcase the items. In one case, he's hauled timbers several miles out of the woods, he said Friday.
One impressive hulk of maple burl is featured on the Snowshoe Ridge model home's fireplace, surrounded with rock and smatterings of live moss.
"We are simply using nature's beauty," he said, noting he enjoys using a wide variety of wood, whether its white or red cedar, knotty alder, birch, maple, or other hardwoods.
Much of the wood used in the Snowshoe Ridge model home came from the subdivision's homesites, he said.
Beyond the beauty, there's apparently a quality of construction and attention to detailing that makes all the difference in home ownership. Ceilings are insulated to R-30 standards - and walls are not much less - in an effort to reduce heating and cooling costs.
The model home and its lot are offered at $695,000. Eddy said he has two of the subdivision's lots sold already - one five-acre lot, and one encompassing 28 acres.
He said that the national economic downturn apparently isn't a factor in selling quality Adirondack homes, and that the economy is turning around now anyway.
Snowshoe Ridge is located two miles north of the intersection of State Routes 9 and 28.
Wildlife abounds on the subdivision acreage, Eddy said.
"Deer roam, turkeys fly, it's beautiful up here," he said.