Peak Ten Bluffs - Homes by Lou Glisan

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Peak Ten Bluffs - Homes by Lou Glisan

Posted by admin on October 23, 2018

When realtor Kouri Wolf wanted to schedule an open house and invite luxury home builder Lou Gilsan along to meet prospective buyers, he had to reschedule because the scheduled open house happened to be pizza day for his team of dedicated craftsmen. Many of them are children of his former team members. His commitment to these families is paramount, as they are the people who have been loyal to him for multiple generations. This type of camaraderie by a developer is uncommon in the construction industry and a big part of what makes the homes that Lou builds so unique and finished with such high quality.

Lou Glisan - A Master Builder

Lou’s construction career began decades ago as a carpenter apprentice while in high school in Illinois. He moved to Denver, then eventually Summit County where he has enjoyed a successful career building single-family luxury homes and townhouse communities all around the county.

But his greatest challenge had yet to be complete. A plot of land on a steep mountainside sat idle, waiting for someone with a vision to step up and build a beautiful community of high-end luxury homes. Kouri knew if anybody could do it, Lou could. So ten years ago he bought the land and began masterminding what would become Peak Ten Bluffs.

The Challenges of Peak Ten Bluffs

The original plan called for four duplexes, but Lou's more ambitious vision knocked it out of the park with eight high-end single-family homes. He was confident that eight luxury homes designed for second homeowners who enjoy their homes for a handful of weeks every year would sell - and he was right.

Achieving this feat of slopeside engineering was a significant challenge. Just a few stone retention walls were in place when the property was purchased. However, the majority of them were built by Lou and his team, incorporating a sustainable geo-grid system that holds compacted dirt and prevents it from eroding.

The steep pitch of the terrain posed the biggest challenge. Building access roads, installing gas and electric lines, and pouring foundations took well over a year before any of the new homes could be built.

The first phase began with five homes on the upper road with existing foundations requiring demolition and replacement.

Award-winning Design

Mr. Glisan partnered with the Hines Architecture Firm for state-of-the-art architecture focused on maximizing the space and feature windows to leverage great views throughout each home. From the outside, the homes appear to be non-imposing structures that blend well into the surrounding environment. But when you walk in, the spaces open up and display the home’s full potential, which is very hard to visualize from outside.

Everything Lou created in these homes is top of the line. From luxury, high-end finishes, to reclaimed wood doors from old barns in Wyoming, granite countertops, tongue and groove ceilings, and in-floor radiant heat - each of these homes is beautiful and one of a kind. Lou insists on very high levels of craftsmanship. Every detail in these homes has been carefully created with beauty and longevity in mind.

The abundance of beetle kill pine throughout the homes achieves their modern mountain style. The wood is milled by the craftsman at an old family log mill near Kremmling called Hesters Log & Lumber. This 15-employee operation sells firewood, but also produces custom orders for high-end homes like the tree stumps that accent the facades of these homes in Peak Ten Bluffs. The stumps were mounted on the exterior above the garages as focal points and helps create a whimsical feeling.

Lou and Juele - A Husband and Wife Dream Team

Lou’s wife, interior designer Juele Glisan also played a big part in orchestrating the interior design of these homes. The kitchens feature designer amenities like a built-in knife rack, an innovative lazy Susan drawer maximizing all available space, state-of-the-art appliances, microwave drawers, and custom cabinets made by the outstanding craftsmen at Leadville's Cutting Edge Woodworking.

The centerpiece of one kitchen is a light fixture hung by a rustic rope and pulley system mounted to the wall with Edison bulbs dangling below, creating a modern feel to the entire space.

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Interior details abound including rustic sliding barn doors, crystal chandeliers, white oak wood flooring accented with built-in lighting up and down the stairs.

Whimsical Features

Why not take the elevator which three of the eight homes have installed? One of the more unique home features are the secret doors disguised as bookshelves, giving hidden access to spaces like kids bunk-rooms or wine cellars with a stylish wine sampling bar. A piano hinge and roller work to support the weight of the door.

Latest climate control systems are installed to guarantee comfort. Each room has its own Nest thermostat for personalized climate control from room-to-room.

State-of-the-art fire suppression systems are incorporated into the lofted ceilings throughout the houses. Fire safety is a primary concern and no expense was spared to ensure these homes provide the best security possible.

Quality Home Construction

Construction of the homes at Peak Ten Bluffs was done one house at a time to give full attention to detail for each home, and it shows. The entire project took 6 years to complete and there is one final home now being finished up and prepared for sale.

Each home was purchased for the asking price or more. What attracts second homeowners is not only the ability to rent out their home to people on vacation but also to have a homeowners' association run like a condominium association to take care of maintenance such as snow removal. This ensures owners their property will be looked after while they’re gone or while guests are renting their homes.

As far as Breckenridge real estate goes, Peak Ten Bluffs has been the best priced for the value. Homes are all priced under two million dollars and current owners are extremely happy with their investment.

Peak Ten Bluffs Featured on A&E’s Vacation Rental Potential

The A&E television network called one of the Peak Ten Bluffs homes a blend of “glam and rustic” when it was featured on the show Vacation Rental Potential, where a buyer is shown multiple houses on their journey to invest in a luxury vacation rental. Buyers want to know their investment is going to succeed and in this case, they have. In Lou Glisan’s lengthy career, this project has been the most challenging but gives him great pride as his greatest achievement as a quality builder.

If you are interested in visiting Peak Ten Bluffs or similar properties, contact the Wolf Team to set up an appointment, showing, or to discuss current investment opportunities that fit your goals.

What Our Clients Have to Say

"We entrusted Kouri to handle 3 real estate transactions for us over the past 10 years. She has been in the area since the late 1970s, so she has tremendous familiarity with Summit County properties, both as they exist today and their history of development. Kouri complements her familiarity with Summit County with great competency that, for us, translated into savings in our pocket. She readily puts her tireless energy at work for her clients, which of course helped to build a long-term relationship with us and repeat business without hesitation. She's the best in Summit County!"  -User 0571849 via Zillow.com

 

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