2458 Bogus Basin Rd. 

Funny how things change. Until recently this was a vacant lot and the prime location to catch a ride to Bogus Basin in the winter. Now "Hitchhikers' Lot" is called "Highlands Village" and is an upscale development of condos, flats and patio homes. We decided to tour one of the condos for sale in an effort to see if the hype passes muster.

We toured the Harrison, a three-story condo located in the interior section of the village. A short flight of stairs leads to the landing and nice leaded-glass door, which opens to a small landing and split-level staircase. Up the tan, berber-carpeted stairs, another landing leads to an airy and loft-like main level. Here we were greeted by an open kitchen and living area. The kitchen is done up with countertops in pretty golden brown slab granite, light maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances and hardware. A counter-bar provides definition between cooking and living spaces without completely separating the two. The living room is quite large and features a gas fireplace, built-in bookshelves and a very high ceiling (it must be at least 20 feet). Off the living area is a small deck overlooking a common area, which is home to parking spaces, landscaping and "pocket parks." The deck has been thoughtfully outfitted with a natural gas outlet. Hello barbecue!

Back inside, adjacent to the kitchen is a powder room, a storage closet and an entry to the master suite. The master bedroom is of decent size, has a medium-sized walk-in closet and attached bath. This bathroom is quite attractive. We really liked the green and gold rain-forest-esque marble countertops. The large shower stall is clad in travertine and stands next to a soaker tub. There are privacy windows to allow for plenty of natural light, and the toilet is in a separate room (closet, really).

From the main living area, another carpeted flight of stairs leads to the third floor. The landing area on the upper level gives the home its loft-like feel, as from up there, you can look down over the living area. It's on the top level that we found a linen closet, another full bath and two more bedrooms. These rooms are fairly large, have tan carpet, ecru walls and white trim. One bedroom has a walk-in closet and built-in shelves, the other a wall-length sliding door closet. The bedrooms share a bathroom--which sadly does not have its own window--with travertine counters, bath and backsplash.

All the way downstairs is yet another level of living space. This level provides access to the two-car garage, utility room, another full bath in travertine and a large fourth bedroom. This bedroom could easily be used as a working home-office, as a separate entrance provides access from the parking area outside.

Overall, this home is really inviting and comfortable, while maintaining a sense of elegance. The walls are painted a light tan color, and have been textured to eliminate sharp edges on the windowsills and open stairway half-walls. The living spaces flow well together, and the light maple hardwood floors work nicely with the abundance of natural light from south-facing windows. It seems this is a well-planned development, located next to a grocery store, coffee shop and a handful of restaurants. Also, the builder has included "pocket parks" of landscaped community areas, cobbled walkways and balconies facing the common areas. A $2,000 discount is available to buyers who use alternative forms of transportation to commute to work (and no, the lower-level home office does not qualify.)

HE SAID: Surprisingly well done. With the fourth bedroom/office, this property seems ideal for someone who works from home.

SHE SAID: These don't seem to be just another development to fill an open lot in the North End. I do hope, however, that teenage ski bums will respectfully use the sidewalks on Bogus Basin Road.

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