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But it’s time to change, say two developers in the Eagle Valley, who have retained famed architect Daniel Libeskind to design a condominium project somewhere “down-valley” from Vail. The site was not identified, pending a contract completion, but both Avon and Edwards would appear to be prime candidates.

Libeskind is steadily adding to his reputation of using alternative materials and off-centered geometric forms. All are found in the new addition to the Denver Art Museum, but other boundary-pushing projects designed by Libeskind are found in Toronto; Bern, Switzerland; and Dresden, German. As well, Libeskind was chosen to design the replacement structures at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Drawings for the 45 to 55 condominiums promise a 180-degree departure from anything previously built in the Eagle Valley, reports the Vail Daily.

“It will be art,” said one of the developers, Bob Hernreich, who lives in the Eagle Valley but who is a part-owner of the Sacramento Kings basketball team and the Arizona Rattlers football team. “People will be living in art.”

“We think it’s time for a change,” said Henreich’s development partner, Rick Mueller. “People want architectural diversity.”

The condominiums are to range in size from 1,800 to 2,600 square feet. The price per square foot will be around $500. Residential space has now surpassed $2,000 to $3,000 per square foot in some Vail locations, although down-valley locations tend toward lower prices.

“The market we’re looking at are people who have had it with 10,000-square-foot homes,” said Mueller. “People want to down-size.”

The developers do not necessarily expect the buyers to be part-time guests.

The condominiums will have various amenities: a concierge, transportation, and high-tech exercise rooms.


Taxes for childcare rejected

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – Generation X families are notably underrepresented in the resort valleys of the West. Part of this is because Gen Xers, with 44 million altogether, have been dwarfed by Baby Boomers, at 78 million strong at their peak, and by the latest generation, variously called Generation Y or Echo Boomers, who are at about 72 million.

But for now, Gen Xers are the main ones having babies — but they’re not doing it in the mountain valleys. Some evidence suggests they have found it too expensive, and so have veered toward more affordable urban areas.

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