Close to Home, Yet Faraway

Whether it’s sunny and 90 degrees or chilly and snowing, it’s amazing how faraway Suncadia, a 6,400-acre resort just over the Cascade Mountains feels. And that’s what is drawing so many Eastsiders and more to the resort. Whether they’re looking for a fun weekend stay at the intimate inn or at the large lodge, or are in the market to buy a second home they’ll use often, Suncadia near the tiny town of Roslyn is garnering a lot of attention.

 Suncadia is a master-planned residential resort community which currently has 82 completed homes, about 110 more under construction, and an additional 120 in the design review process. Homes range from $550,000 up to about $1.5 million.

For those who want to visit without commitment, some homes can be rented. There’s also The Inn at Suncadia, with 14 guest rooms and four suites. Each has private balconies, deep soaking tubs and fireplaces. The Lodge at Suncadia opened in spring and is a six story, 380,000-square-foot hotel that features 254 guest rooms and penthouses. Other amenities include a swim and fitness center with water slides, pools and an exercise room, restaurants, golf courses and groomed, multi-use trails. When it’s completed sometime in 2013 to 2015 it’s anticipated to be twice the size of Sun River in Oregon, officials say.

“We had been looking for a cabin in Eastern Washington and were excited to hear that there was a development coming that was a little closer to Seattle,” said Gregory Roberts, a married father of two who splits his work week between North Tacoma and San Francisco. “Our first trip over was very interesting. I think it was the first time I had ever been to Cle Elum and Roslyn. It was when they had first opened up the lots for sale. “The roads were not paved and there were only a few lots for sale,” he recalled. “There was several feet of snow on the ground. The place looked beautiful. They drove us around the property and we fell in love with the place and their plans for development. We ended up buying a lot that day.” Roberts visits Suncadia once or twice a month on the weekends and enjoys bringing friends with him. “It becomes a mini-vacation for all of us,” he said.

Tee-up
Each season brings a different look and feel to Suncadia. If you are planning a trip this summer, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, and you can bet the sun will be shining. Golfers will be dazzled by the Prospector Golf Course, a par 72, 7,100 yard course that will challenge all skills levels with its elevation changes and sand bunkers. The views of the Cascades and Cle Elum River Valley are what helped prompt “Reader’s Digest” magazine to name it one of the best new public courses in the $75 and over price bracket last year.

There’s also a private Tumble Creek Golf Course open to the residents of the Tumble Creek community in Suncadia. This 7,070 yard course meanders through forests and along a river bluff and is a par 71. It was created by award-winning course designer Tom Doak. Last year “Golf Digest” recognized it as one of the best new private courses in America. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2010 the Rope Rider Golf Course is set to open. It will be a 7,203 yard, 18-hole course ideal for families and young golfers.

If you aren’t comfortable with your skills and want to get into the swing of things, Prospector offers private instruction, junior golf and more.

Relax, unwind and play
The beauty of Suncadia is a natural draw for people to get outside, and have fun in the sun. The summertime is full of activities – it’s hard to choose.

“We just purchased a large number of bicycles for resort guests to rent, ranging from tandem bikes to single-track mountain bikes and everything in between,” said Stephen Dunn, the director of marketing for Suncadia and Tumble Creek. “We also have boats and canoes for rent at the Village Lake.

Prime cut
The massive beams of wood used to build the 425 magazine Resort Home come from Legacy Timber in Delta, B.C., near Vancouver. The builders from Bennett Homes learned about the unique company while at a home show in Florida.

“They harvest from Queen Charlotte Island,” Steve Jewett said. “They harvest the timber and handle the supply chain to the finished product that is delivered on site.” Officials from Bennett Homes actually visited the plant recently and watched the Douglas fir logs float down the river to the plant.

The high-quality wooden beams have nearly no knots. “They are the best part of the early growth tree,” Jewett said. Legacy Timber is a division of The Husby Group, a full-service forest management group that says it’s committed to environmentally-responsible business practices, including reforestation, landslide rehabilitation, stream restoration and more. Details: husby.bc.ca

“We also have the Kairos Festival, Suncadia’s chamber music concert series in July; Grammy Award Winner Arturo Sandoval for the Suncadia Jazz Festival in early August; and renowned female vocal artist and Grammy nominee KT Tunstall at the end of August,” he said. There are also outdoor movie nights.

The brand new Glade Spring Spa is scheduled to open this month and promises to be a place that will surely melt the stress from the city away – or help with those sore muscles after a day of play. The 9,600 square foot facility boasts 14 treatment suites, a manicure and pedicure salon, and treatment areas for couples.

The spa brings the outdoors in, as it is surrounded by pine trees and mountain views. There are five outdoor mineral baths outside, freestanding dry saunas, outdoor treatment decks, and outdoor lounges with fire pits. For the ladies there’s a private area just for them, nestled amongst a landscaped garden paradise, where there are chaise lounges for relaxing and catching some rays.
The spa will also offer wedding preparation and will host private parties. In addition special classes such as meditation, flower remedy therapy, silent nature hikes and other lifestyle education will be offered. Local natural and organic products will be available.
Suncadia is a community that is continuing to grow. “Suncadia Village, which incorporates The Inn, The Lodge, Suncadia Club Swim & Fitness Center and Glade Spring Spa, along with a two acre lake, outdoor ice skating rink and amphitheater, is planned to eventually include a pedestrian friendly outdoor retail shopping center with boutiques, coffee and wine shops, restaurants and additional residences,” the marketing director said.

But the rustic, outdoor Northwestern feel will not be lost, officials say. The Suncadia Conservancy, in coalition with the Yakama First Nations and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, vow to protect open space including a 3,450 acre easement corridor along the Cle Elum River.

“The reasons people love Suncadia are as varied as the people themselves — location, climate, setting, golf, sports and recreation, health and wellness, quality time with friends and family, entertainment, dining, arts and lifelong learning,” Dunn said. “Mostly, however, it’s probably the opportunity to immerse them in nature and enjoy the sunny skies and fresh air of Central Washington.”

Details: suncadia.com or 1.866.904.6301.

See our other Idea House stories:
East meets West
 (Sept/Oct 2012)
Home Green Home (January/February 2010)
Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece: Inside the 425 Idea House
Elegant Meets Rustic: Inside 425′s Coal Train Cabin
Finishing Touches: Picking Products for a Resort Home
Healthy Home: A Snoqualmie Family Goes Green
Seeing Green: Cutting-Edge Products in Bellevue’s Zero Energy Idea House (May/June 2009)
Ultra Green: Construction’s Under Way on Zero Energy Idea Home (March/April 2009)

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