Large Houses on Horstman Estates, Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler, BC
The purpose of owning in Horstman Estates is principally to have a large, detached house within walking distance to Whistler Village. Thus, enjoying close proximity to all the action, and convenience associated with this locale. Having a groomed ski-in trail from Blackcomb Mountain into the development is a backup reason for buying in Horstman Estates. The owners in Horstman acknowledge they have a 6-minute warm-up walk, or a 3-minute bus ride to access one of the most famous ski mountains in the world…Blackcomb Mountain.
Horstman Estates attracts buyers who intend to use their house outside of the winter season. Therefore, access to everything Whistler offers is of greater appeal than just access to winter sports.
- Active Listings
- Market update
- Distance from Whistler Village video
- Google map
- Civic address map
- Transit to Whistler Village
- Walk to Whistler Village: video
- Street View Video
- Ski-home trail: video
- Walk to slopes: video
- Bus ride to slopes: video
- Comparable sales
- Strata plan
- Zoning – residential
- Buying process
I would not describe sales in Horstman Estates as rare, but there are only 33 lots, so if one house is listed on the market every three years…is that rare? The following is the listing of luxury houses in Horstman Estates posted by all Whistler Brokerages:
- 5 bedrooms/5.5 bathrooms
- House 3,270 sq. ft.
- Built 1994
- Land 7,270 sq. ft.
Listed by Engel & Völkers
If there is no link on the active listing above, please search the property on WhistlerListings.com. This is the principal website for all Whistler Real Estate Agents and their listings. Click the link to view Active Ski-in/Ski-out Listings of large, luxury houses and other ski-in/ski-out locations featured on this site. Listings are posted by all Whistler Brokerages. What this means for you, is that you don’t need to trawl around the listing realtors to find ski-in ski-out listings. If there are any, they will be on this site.
When starting your initial search for Whistler real estate, it is important to understand the current market conditions. If you are not ready to connect with a Whistler realtor and would prefer to do your own homework, I encourage you to study the sales and listing statistics on the Market Update page on this site. The statistics are compiled by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) In addition, the monthly Whistler Real Estate Market Update video is a great way to stay informed in less than 99 seconds.
The layout of Horstman Estates can be seen on the civic map below. The homes have all been built to face west, getting the afternoon and evening sunlight. There is one main entrance to the development, and although the strata plan shows that the developer was astute to add several points of access to Painted Cliff Road, none of these access points are in place. This means that if you are on the upper side of Horstman Lane you are walking to the main entrance to catch the bus or to start your walk to Whistler Village. I would say having only one access to/from Horstman Estates bodes well to the homeowners’ desire to keep Horstman Estates as private a location as possible.
The Benchlands is an area in Whistler, which was developed in the eighties. Due to its proximity to Whistler Village, and the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain, the Benchlands were designated as prime real estate. Being in a prime location, it was deemed that would be where the tourists would want to rent, so it was zoned for nightly rental. However, please note, that Horstman Estates has residential zoning. There is no set boundary for the Benchlands, but to understand it see the Civic Map below.
Distance From Village
When Buyers are seriously considering Horstman Estates they have two immediate questions. The first is about the ski-in/ski-out access and the second is the distance from Whistler Village. The video below will take you on a drive from the Village Gate Boulevard up to Horstman Estates then back to Lorimer Road. Please see further down for the ski access video.
This map is courtesy of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). It was posted to show you what surrounds Horstman Estates, and the civic addresses in Horstman Estates. The map does not show you the ski access off Blackcomb Mountain therefore, this map should not be relied upon for ski access information. The Benchlands area is identified by the pink border.
Transit to Whistler Village
Most people who buy in the Benchlands, want to walk rather than drive. They park the car at their house the minute they arrive. From then on, they rely on the free bus service, walk or bike. With e-bikes, cycling up to Horstman Estates, or beyond, is now manageable for all levels. There is a free, village bus service that has a route through the Benchlands running past the entrance to Horstman Estates on the way up Painted Cliff Road, and again on its way down to the village via Spearhead Drive. Click this link bctransit/whistler and look for route 5, the Whistler Upper Village/Benchlands shuttle.
Walk to Whistler Village: Video
For those who enjoy walking, the walk to Whistler Village from Horstman Estates would never be described as a quick walk. However, for those with time and looking for some exercise then the walk from Horstman Estates to Whistler Village may be described as ideal. In other words, it is an easy 15-20 minute walk. The route would be down Spearhead Drive then take the shortcut above the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel to the Blackcomb Day Lodge. Watch the video below for the 5-minute walk to Whistler Village starting at the Day Lodge and taking the scenic route. You might find that you enjoy it enough to walk home from the Village.
This video will show you the layout and privacy of Horstman Estates. In addition, I point out the location of the ski-home trail coming in off Blackcomb Mountain.
The ski-in trail video should give you a sense of whether your family can safely make it home at the end of the ski day via this route. Some listing agents claim that the ski-in trail comes to the back of the property line for each strata lot. That is debatable and should be investigated further on a house-by-house basis. The image shows you the trail I take on the video.
Horstman Estates has a ski-in trail off Lower Cruiser on Blackcomb Mountain which leads into the designated access to Horstman Estates (see photo above). While there may look like more access points, the terrain has not been specifically cleared for that purpose. In addition, this is an old image, as Google seems to have forgotten about passing over Whistler.
Walk to the Slopes in Under 6 minutes
The 6-minute walk was timed, wearing ski boots and carrying skis and poles. The route started at the entrance to Horstman Estates. Then I walked down Spearhead Drive and turned left at the public path leading to the slopes. The flat public path was located between the side of the Aspens and the back of the Greystone Lodge. In summary, the walk was slow and steady. Now that I have done this walk, I would encourage potential buyers who are considering Horstman Estates, to do the same. Walking would be preferable to loading the car and coping with parking the car. In addition, the walk is a great way to warm up your muscles.
Bus to Slopes in Under 3 minutes
There is a free bus service which runs through the Benchlands every 15 minutes in winter. This service runs the rest of the year, but not as regularly. There is a bus stop opposite the entrance to Horstman Estates on the corner of Painted Cliff Road and Spearhead Drive. Without exaggeration, this is a 2-minute bus ride from this bus stop to the top of Painted Cliff Road. Once you disembark it is about 200 feet to the ski-out trail which leads you on to Merlin’s run. From there, it is off to the Base of Blackcomb for upload on the ten passenger, Blackcomb Gondola.
The same bus turns around at the top of Painted Cliff Road, and at the entrance to Horstman it turns left on to Spearhead Drive. If you wanted to take the bus to the Base of Blackcomb for upload, or Snow School drop-off, you just need to walk to the bus stop on Spearhead Drive. That is about 200 feet from the entrance to Horstman Estates.
If you decided to stay on the bus past the Base of Blackcomb, your next point of interest is the bus terminal. At that location, you disembark and walk towards the Pan Pacific Mountainside. In Mountainside Square, you will have access to upload via the Whistler Mountain Gondola, the Whistler Mountain Fitzsimmons quad chair, or the Blackcomb Mountain Excalibur Gondola. Spoiled for choice!Sales of luxury detached houses in the Horstman Estates, Whistler. Data was imported from the Whistler Listing System. Days on Market (DOM) has been recorded since 2010.
|Number||Street||Bedrooms||Bathrooms||House sq. ft.||Land sq. ft.||Sold Price||Sold||DOM||Listing Broker|
|4926||Horstman Lane||4||4.5||3000||8070||3,557,000||2007||S to S|
To view the sales of luxury homes in the other ski-in/ski-out locations in Whistler, click through to the Luxury House Sales (Sales: Houses). Please note, there are only five locations in Whistler that offer a detached house with ski-in/ski-out access to either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain. All five locations are featured on this site.
Horstman Estates is a bare land strata with 33 strata lots. That means that each strata lot owner pays a small, monthly strata fee. In bare land strata, the strata corporation, meaning the homeowners, are only responsible for the items covered by the strata fee. The responsibility of the strata corporation stops at the lot line for each strata lot.
View the complete Registered strata plan VAS2482 to understand what a bare land strata looks like and to identify the common property.
A bare land strata has the lowest strata fees as the strata fees cover the common property which includes:
- snow removal
- road maintenance
- ski-home trail grooming and maintenance
- common area hydro
- common area insurance
Parking is not encouraged on either Horstman Lane or Horstman Place, each house has been built with a number of parking spots which is meant to accommodate you and your visitors. The reality is that when a major renovation is underway, there will be vehicles belonging to the tradespeople parked on the road.
This is a confusing topic because back in the day, when the development was being created, Horstman Estates was classified under a Land Use Contract (LUC). In summary, the present day council is working to interpret the meaning of each LUC throughout Whistler. The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) website still has Horstman Estates as LUC zoning.
The last news I had regarding Horstman Estates was that the development was going to remain as residential zoning. However, some original owners who had been renting out nightly were making a case for themselves. Then the RMOW website was hacked and then the RMOW had bigger problems than the LUC interpretation.
If you are starting out and want to understand what the process is for buying a property in Whistler, have a look at the Buying Process page on this site. Print off the pages for a comprehensive Buyer’s Guide.
If you think I would be a good fit to work with you and your family, and you are not already working with a Whistler realtor, please contact me.
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