Greenbrier project gaining ground

Sporting Club unveils full-scale estate home on resort's grounds

October 24, 2002|By SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Greenbrier Sporting Club recently unveiled its first full-scale estate home.

Club members got a look at the home in Town & Country Magazine, which developed it as a Design Showhouse in conjunction with architect Donald Rattner and interior designer Victoria Hagan.

Greenbrier Sporting Club is promoting a sports-oriented lifestyle. About 150 families from 24 states have purchased memberships at the club or land in the community on the grounds of The Greenbrier estate, where sales of home sites began in early last year. Sales have reached about $60 million.

"The market is catching on to the Greenbrier Sporting Club," said Steve Schram, managing partner of Dolan, Pollak & Schram Development Co. LLC, the firm that developed the Sporting Club in collaboration with The Greenbrier.

Home sites range in size and location from one-acre creek-side locales to 15-acre hillside lots.

More than 50 members have completed or broken ground on homes or initiated contracts to do so, and the start of a new neighborhood is imminent. The overall plan calls for 500 homes on the property's 6,500 acres.

An architectural review board monitors adherence to architectural and environmental standards and enforces rules on such things as building density, construction quality and similar considerations.

Members may participate various sporting activities and outdoor pursuits, including guided fly-fishing, naturalist-accompanied hikes, horseback riding, golf, tennis and squash.

"Increasingly, people are creating second and third homes, in locations they once might just have visited. It's a little like making your vacation destination a more permanent part of your life," said Pamela Fiori, editor in chief of Town & Country Magazine.

Amenities under construction include a 24-horse equestrian center; a members' lodge, sports complex and spa; and an 18-hole private golf course designed by Tom Fazio.

"We are intent on developing a community that complements the surrounding landscape," Schram said.

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