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June 14, 2013

Cougar Mountain homes available in a range of styles

Belvedere’s location on Cougar Mountain features views of the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains.


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BELLEVUE — It's the view that first draws homebuyers to Belvedere, says Stephanie Shurtliff, the listing agent at the hilltop community.

The views — of Lake Washington, the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains — "just take your breath away, and each home will enjoy at least a partial one," she says. "We always have everyone drive the entire community to get an idea of just how beautiful it is here."

Belvedere is located in Bellevue's Lakemont neighborhood at the summit of Cougar Mountain. It's bordered by the 3,100-acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

The community of 81 four- to six-bedroom homes is being built by CamWest, a Toll Brothers company. Construction is underway, which gives buyers the opportunity to personalize their homes.

"We are selling the homes presale, which is an amazing opportunity because the homeowner can make the home uniquely theirs by working with our project manager and an interior designer to modify and make changes," Shurtliff says. "Just within the standard finishes alone there is such a varied selection to choose from."

Introductory pricing is available at Belvedere while the neighborhood's model home is under construction. "We're putting a lot of truly wonderful options into the model home to spark homebuyers' design creativity," she says.

The community has a mix of architectural styles, including Craftsman, Tudor, shingle and contemporary.

"Each home plan offers a choice of two or three different exterior designs," Shurtliff says. "We won't put two of the same styles next to each other, so the neighborhood will mature very well [and have] lots of curb appeal. We are also adding beautiful stone driveway monuments with each home's address.

"It's rare to have a community of luxury homes of this size — it's 36 acres. It has a very distinctive flavor to it."

Set on homesites that range from 90 to 120 feet wide, the homes are designed to fit a range of lifestyle needs. Depending on the floor plan, they can include daylight basements, two-story great rooms and private guest suites.

"Everyone loves how open the floor plans are," Shurtliff says. "Older homes tend to be very choppy, but these homes were designed based on how people like to live now. The spaces were also laid out to capture the natural light, which we have a lot of, thanks to our location on the west side of Cougar Mountain."

Construction began recently on the first home with the Elinor floor plan, one of six designs that are being introduced at Belvedere. It has a front deck and a daylight basement.

"There are so many different uses that our homeowners are planning for the daylight walkout basements," Shurtliff says. "They are doing everything from adding custom wine storage to designing open rec rooms to adding home theaters."

Belvedere is located near The Golf Club at Newcastle, as well as a grocery store and a Starbucks.

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