Next Phase to Include Spring Construction

By Daniel Meyer

A multi-million dollar housing project in Ellicottville continues to move forward, with the first phase of the upscale development close to completion and plans for the next phase being finalized for a project that will result in the construction of 37 state-of-the-art townhomes.

The Glen Burn Trail townhouse project is being coordinated by Hillview Mews, LP, a Canadian investment team that has been very impressed with the great diversity of the marketplace, an indicator that Ellicottville continues to be a highly desirable place to live and own property.

“The marketplace is extremely diverse,” said Jennifer McNally, who is serving as the project manager. “In fact, I don’t think we can have a much more diverse marketplace than what we have so far given we have owners who are from Canada, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and South Carolina. I honestly don’t believe we ever could have imagined such a diverse group for the first phase of this project.”

According to McNally, more than $3 million was invested in Glen Burn Trail’s first phase, which saw the construction of nine townhomes, six of which have already been sold. The second phase, which calls for 13 townhomes to be built in what will feature a mix of two-unit and three-unit buildings, should see construction start this spring.

The third phase will see another 12 townhomes built, all of which will be duplexes. In all, including the three model homes, which will eventually be sold, Glen Burn Trail will feature 37 total townhomes, structures that are for sale beginning at $250,000 and ranging in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,000 square feet.

The project represents an exciting time for Hillview Mews, especially because it is the first of its kind in the Ellicottville area for the company. While there has been some chatter in the community about Hillview Mews considering other projects in the region, company officials say they are solely focused on the second phase of Glen Burn Trail and are not looking ahead.

“Given the scope of this current project, we want to see this through and come to fruition before we make any commitments and spreading our eggs around into other baskets, so to speak,” said McNally. “We are very pleased with how things are coming along and look forward to seeing 37 townhomes spread out over nine buildings that will be wonderful living environments for whoever chooses to buy them.”

McNally said some buyers have indicated their new purchase will be a year-round residence, while others have said their Glen Burn Trail property will be a seasonal home.

“I think what makes this project so unique and, as I said before, so very diverse is the different ideas and plans that our buyers have shared with us,” said McNally. “In some cases, you have people who really enjoy skiing and a lifestyle with outdoor recreation opportunities and they want to take advantage of that as much as possible by living in Ellicottville all year long, while others have said they want to have a seasonal residence and a place for family and friends to gather when everyone wants to get away for a bit and go on vacation somewhere that they are familiar with and comfortable with, and Ellicottville certainly offers all the comforts of home along with so much more that you just don’t find elsewhere.”