At Nature's Door

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2300 Nordic Drive, Whistler, BC

At Nature's Door
At Nature's Door - WinterScene.JPG

At Nature's Door in the gathering dusk
Building Information
Developer Intrawest
Architect Lutz Associates
Management Company Fairmont Heritage Place
Number of Units 22
Number of Floors 3
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Shingle
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2300 Nordic Drive, Whistler, BC
Distance to Public Transit Shuttle Service
Region Vancouver
Municipality Whistler
Zoning RTA-9
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

The town of Whistler
Fairmont Heritage Place At Nature's Door in Whistler, British Columbia, truly lives up to its name. The popularity of Whistler as a vacation destination is undisputed. With outdoor adventures available for all seasons, residents and visitors of Whistler are sure to find an activity that will fulfill, and perhaps exceed their expectations.


Whistler has long been a go-to destination for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts for decades. In 2010, Whistler was the showcase for the 2010 winter Olympic Games. The world watched the competitions unfold against the beautiful backdrop of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.


This luxury development is part of Fairmont's elite Private Residence Club. Apart from being well situated on Whistler Mountain, these residences provide more services and amenities than other luxury condominiums or hotels. Owners have the opportunity to reduce their real estate price tag through shared ownership. Owners reserve specific times to use the property. But this is where any comparison to ordinary interval ownership (time-sharing) ends. Each owner of an interest of each property will have title conveyed to them by deed. The term interest is sometimes referred to as fractional ownership, in real estate jargon, and simply means each owner owns a fraction of the property. As with any other real estate transaction, each interest may may sold, willed, and/or transferred. This provides a superior investment for owners and includes common areas, the Club Houses, and furnishings. It is also common for owners to buy more than one interest of a property.


Other ownership benefits include access to golf courses, spas, tennis, and fitness equipment. At Nature's Door also provides two guest suites for visitors of owners in residence for a nominal fee. Guests receive the same benefits as an owner during their stay.[1]



Location

Whistler from a distance

At Nature's Door is ideally situated along the Dave Murray Downhill slope on Whistler Mountain. Residents can ski in or ski out from this run. It is peacefully nestled at the end of Nordic Drive slightly up Whistler Mountain. At first glance, it may seem to be out of the way, but Whistler Village is only a short drive away. The privacy afforded by its location is unmatched. Even the skiers using the Dave Murray Downhill make an interesting backdrop to the complex as they whoosh swiftly by.

Whistler is approximately 120 kilometers from Vancouver . The drive can be made in just under two hours along what may arguably be one of the most scenic highways in British Columbia if not Canada, the Sea to Sky Highway. The town of Whistler is nestled in between Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. Many of the residential neighborhoods are built on the slopes of the mountainous terrain of the region.

Construction

At Nature's Door site plan
The construction of At Nature's Door utilizes as much local material as possible for its structure and finishing aesthetics. Sturdy timbers are plentiful in the mountainous region and river rocks make fine paving stones and fire-place surrounds. Hardwood floors, natural stone and granite are featured throughout the development.


This Pacific Northwest architecturally inspired complex is built to withstand whistler's winter weather conditions and provide open concept living within. Large open beams hewn from single logs support the structure and there are a few just for show, too. There are wood burning fireplaces within a natural stone hearth extending to the top of the vaulted ceilings. Natural woods complete the finishing touches throughout.


The site plan indicates a community pond in the centre of the development along with the all season hot tub and pool. The pool decks have also been heated.[2]

Layout and Features

One of the Ensuites
A view from the lofted ceiling

At Nature's Door offers several similar layouts, but high quality furnishings and finishes are readily apparent. Kitchen appliances include Sub Zero refrigerators, a Viking gas stove, and Miele dishwasher. There are even dishes in the cabinets. Truly, a turn-key welcoming environment.


Some of the homes have three bedroom designs with 3.5 bathrooms, while others feature four bedroom configurations and have 4.5 bathrooms. All homes are fully furnished with high quality sofas, chairs, tables, and beds.


Two car covered garages are built into all the homes and there are individual lockups for each resident for sporting equipment. Each home has a fireplace and a private outdoor hot tub. There are wrap around sundecks offering serene views of the peaceful surroundings.

Floor Plans

At Nature's Door provides two and three level homes and have three or four bedroom plans. Here are a few examples:


Amenities

A natural stone fireplace in every home
The amenities of At Nature's Door are both inside the home and out. In addition to the interior features listed earlier, residents are treated to some of the following amenities:
  • The Owners' Lodge featuring:
    • River-rock fireplace
    • Big cozy chairs
    • A pool table
    • Plus DVDs, books, magazines, and board games
  • Spa
  • Sauna and steam room
  • A fitness room with the latest cardio equipment
  • A year-round heated pool plus two outdoor hot tubs
  • Two guest suites for visiting friends and relatives

And probably the greatest amenity of all - Whistler itself.


Bylaws

At Nature's Door Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes




  • Pets are allowed, but with an additional charge
  • Rentals are not permitted
  • No age restrictions exist for ownership
  • Each unit has its own natural gas barbeque

Sustainability

At Nature's Door has not specifically sought any green certifications like LEED. However, Whistler's building codes and environmental guidelines are already very efficient.


Construction of this development has certainly taken into consideration local building materials. This can be considered environmentally aware as fewer carbon emissions were required to bring the materials to the work site. As well, Canadian building laws require contractors to safely remove construction debris and to safely dispose of it in ways approved by government.


Within the homes, energy saving appliances are in use. Sub Zero, Viking, and Miele have excellent track records for producing efficient and energy conscious appliances.


Trivia

Dave Murray in action...
  • Dave Murray was noted for being a member of the Crazy Canucks downhill racers known for their fearless (and perhaps reckless) skiing style. In 1979, he was ranked third in the world in downhill. He finished 10th in the downhill at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. In 1988, he opened the Dave Murray Ski School attracting visitors across the nation. The ski run beside At Nature's Door is named for him and was used for the World Cup Downhill and Super-G races in 1993-95, and again for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Dave Murray passed away in 1990 at the age of 37 after a battle with skin cancer.[3]


The main cable spools for the Peak2Peak Gondola being delivered. Each weighs 90 metric tonnes.
Nancy Greene (left) with US medalists Mancuso & Vonn and ambassador Jacobson[4]
  • The Whistler Peak2peak Gondola, one of Whistler's biggest year-round attractions, spans two mountains - Whistler and Blackcomb. Its span between the support towers is 3.03 kilometers (1.88 miles) and at its highest point, it is 436 meters above ground (1,430 feet). It can transport 4100 passengers per hour.


  • Nancy Greene-Raine is a former Olympian who won the Gold Medal in the Giant Slalom event in Grenoble in 1968, among other medals during those Olympic Games. She became the most decorated ski racer in Canada's history. Nancy Greene and her husband Al Raine were instrumental in the early development of the Whistler-Blackcomb Resort.

References

  1. Fairmont Heritage Place Website
  2. Fairmont Heritage Place
  3. Dave Murray (Skier)
  4. [1] Wikipedia


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