Sapphire Skies Land Company Breaks Ground on Cle Elum's New Community, Trailside at Woods & Steele

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Sapphire Skies Land Company has utilized local familiarity and a healthy respect for nature to develop a community for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.

Located in the heart of the Cascades Mountains of Washington, 80 minutes from Bellevue and only 10 minutes southwest of the town of Cle Elum, is Trailside at Woods and Steele, a mountain community developed by Kittitas County real estate company, Sapphire Skies Land Company. This updated version of the traditional mountain community combines rural natural living with modern resort conveniences to provide a unique home base for outdoor enthusiasts.

The recent completion of Trailside’s first cabin home began the creation of a community amid the scenic Cle Elum/Roslyn area and was only made possible by the establishment of a harmonious balance between nature and development. This balance is precisely what maintains its usefulness to people who enjoy outdoor pursuits. Sapphire Skies utilizes this understanding in conjunction with their deep abiding love of the area to create a mountain community that enhances its surroundings.

Sapphire Skies Land Company achieves this by:

  •     Studying the Area - By knowing Upper Kittitas County like the back of their hand, or maybe even better, it has helped them to determine ideal locations for lot and cabin placement. They have trekked by hike, bike, snowmobile and even helicopter to determine the optimum development plans that help to maintain the area's scenic beauty.
  •     Community Involvement - Sapphire Skies is proud of the local communities that they help to support. They work on the downtown planning committee for Vision Cle Elum and assist in creating a marketing platform for local businesses. A healthy Cle Elum and Roslyn preserves the history and natural beauty of the area.
  •     Water Banking - Water rights are a tricky business in rural areas such as upper Kittitas County. Sapphire Skies has pioneered the area's Water Banking system. Approved by the Department of Ecology, Water Banking commodifies water in a way that reimburses those with senior water rights. Negotiating this system in the area was a key element in reinvigorating development during the last couple of years.
  •     Maintaining Access - Developing an area that gets year-round use can be difficult. Keeping the health of an area as a chief concern allows developers to create infrastructure that promotes safe and effective access management. Roads are cleared and maintained throughout the year, creating an ideal situation for people who both utilize and appreciate nature. Creating a community that functions as a home base for outdoor enthusiasts allows for better roads and maintenance while reducing transient traffic. This cultivates a tight knit community that works hard to preserve its scenic surroundings.

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