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Schweitzer to add 20 residences to White Pine Lodge

Schweitzer Mountain Resort will add 20 new residences to White Pine Lodge. The four-story addition will add 16 two-bedroom/two-bathroom homes and four three-bedroom/three-bathroom homes, the resort says.

The three-bedroom homes will be designed as lock-off units, allowing for varied configurations for owner rental and use.

“These are whole ownership residences in the heart of the village,” said Rod Engel, Schweitzer’s director of real estate.

Schweitzer said it expects to release final pricing for homes in early February and will begin selling units at that time, with construction scheduled to begin as early as this summer.

Lydig Construction of Spokane, which built the original White Pine, is expected to construct the addition. Seattle based Collins-Woerman Architecture is handling the design.

White Pine Lodge has been the most successful project on the mountain in terms of sales prices and is in the highest demand from guests, Engel said.

The first phase was completed in 2002 and included 50 homes. Located in the center of Schweitzer Village, it includes 5,000 square feet of commercial space and amenities such as a fitness center, owners lounge, owner and guest ski storage and a terrace with hot tubs facing Lake Pend Oreille.

“The overall market for real estate at Schweitzer has improved dramatically over the past two years,” Patrick Werry of Century 21 Riverstone said in a news release. “The sale and the scheduled completion in 2014 is timed well, given what we believe will be a market that continues to strengthen.”

The White Pine Lodge expansion is the fourth major real estate development undertaken at Schweitzer in the past 14 years, dating back to the redevelopment of Selkirk Lodge in 1998.

“We want to grow logically and conservatively as the demand in the region warrants," Schweitzer Mountain President Tom Chasse said. "We are fortunate compared to many resorts across the west that were over-built and over-priced and are still struggling.”

Scott Maben
Scott Maben joined The Spokesman-Review in 2006. He currently is the Business Editor.

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