By Jann Wiswall

As you enter Ellicottville from either the east or the west, more than 200 new homes, apartments and investment properties are in various phases of completion for seasonal and year-round residents alike. And all are within walking distance of the lovely village shops, restaurants and activities that make Ellicottville so special at all times of year.

On the way into the village from the intersection of Routes 219 and 242, you’ll find the ready-to-finish townhomes in the EllicottVillas property and a brand new townhome development known as Glen Burn Trail. Just a couple of blocks down at the Ellicottville Square complex on Bristol Lane, 15 new apartments have been constructed. In the center of the village at 16 Martha St., another set of seasonal townhomes and apartments are in the works. And just up the hill from the village on Route 242 to the west, there’s the fabulous new WestMont Ridge development — part of a major expansion project by HoliMont.



EllicottVillas, at 6394 East Washington St., is not technically new construction. It originally was built in 2007 with the intent to be a time-share property. After the recession hit, however, the time-share market in the entire country was hurt.

Now, the property owners are offering these luxurious, 3,000-plus square foot townhomes with heated garages for sale as vacation or year-round residential properties. Many of the 18 units are ready for buyers to purchase from $179,000-$199,000 with unfinished interiors; buyers may complete the interiors to their specifications. Several homes have sold in recent months; buyers either plan to live in their properties or rent them on a seasonal basis.

Two of the townhomes have been finished and are being offered at $359,000 and $479,000 — the latter features a $100,000 chef’s kitchen and is fully furnished with everything from linens to dishes. Both are completely turn-key.

For more information, call EllicottVillas at (716) 699-6600.


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Glen Burn Trail 

This attractive new development of duplexes and triplexes is located at 6422 E. Washington St. next to the lovely Ilex Inn and just a few blocks from downtown Ellicottville. So far, two buildings containing a total of five units have been constructed.

Ultimately, the community will feature 38 beautifully crafted, 3-4 bedroom homes ranging from 1,600-2,000 square feet and starting at $250,000. Each has flexible floor plans and many available upgrades. All units include private patios and many have garages.

The property will be governed by a homeowners association, which will appeal to current Ellicottville residents who may want to downsize, as well as to visitors who want a home base in Ellicottville without the maintenance demands of a single-family home.

Buyer interest in the community has been very strong. In fact, as of press time, sale of the model home was being negotiated. A second model will be ready for showing during an open house planned for Dec. 28-29.
For more information, visit or call Melanie or Cathleen Pritchard with ERA Team VP Real Estate at (716) 983-4234.


Bristol Lane Apartments

Off Fillmore in the new Ellicottville Square complex on Bristol Lane, 15 new apartments have been completed for year-round and seasonal rentals. Most of the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments have their own covered porches, along with plenty of dedicated parking, onsite laundry and many other amenities.

And, with Tim and Bonnie’s Pizza, EVL Bowling, Rustix Hair Salon, Jonny Barber, CCSE’s ATM and drive-thru banking center in the complex, and the village just steps away along tree-lined streets, the location simply cannot be beat.

To date, all but four apartments have been leased. In fact, some were snapped up even before the walls were constructed. For more information, call (716) 258-0613.


16 Martha Street

Just behind the Ellicottville Brewing Company on Martha Street, right smack in the heart of the village, a group of investors is preparing to renovate two buildings on the property that formerly housed American Locker Co. One building will feature ten apartments; the other will be turned into four, two-story townhomes. The fully furnished, beautifully appointed units will be rented short- or long-term to skiers, festival goers and anyone else who loves visiting Ellicottville for the area’s abundant year-round outdoor activities.

Extensive exterior redesign of the buildings and the surrounding property is planned to ensure that most tenants have great views of the slopes at both Holiday Valley and HoliMont.

The property is still in design and planning stages. The developers hope to begin construction in the spring and to be available for rent by the beginning of the 2014-15 ski season.


WestMont Ridge

Just west of the main entrance to HoliMont, WestMont Ridge is under construction.

WestMont Ridge is the first phase of HoliMont’s $22 million expansion project, which ultimately will include 94 ski-in/ski-out residential properties; 72 condominiums; a new lodge; “Park & Pipe” terrain park with lighted, nighttime hours; a new beginner-friendly ski area; a high-speed detachable lift; a Nordic Center for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; parking and more.

Twenty-one of the first 31 lots for private residences have been sold since March. Interest in the last 10 properties remains strong. Sale of the luxury condominiums will begin in the spring, as will construction.

Infrastructure construction at WestMont Ridge is nearing completion; all of the culvert, sewer and water systems are fully installed and all of the earth work for the roads is complete.Closings on many of the lots that already have been sold are imminent.

For information, call HoliMont Realty at (716) 699-4800.

Of course, Ellicottville has many other options for short- and long-term rentals, vacation homes, permanent homes, hotels and inns. Contact any one of the many real estate agents or facilities for information. You’ll find them listed in the Ellicottville Times 2014 Phone Directory, available free to pick up at most area shops and restaurants!