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Award-winning timber frame chalets are individually designed and carved atop nature’s beautiful mountain landscape.

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New “Valley View” Model Starting in low $300s

Development Process

Lot 15 is Move-In Ready

(Update October 11, 2018: Lot 15 has been sold and this offer is no longer valid.)

Lot 15 at Lofty Mountain Grandeur is literally on top of a mountain. Listed at $389,ooo USD. It’s located on one of the highest peaks of our development and it’s officially move-in ready. Here are some photos of the property, and the views the future owners of the chalet will be able to enjoy. Interested in a showing? Call Mike today at 716-583-0535.

Promotion for Canadian Buyers:  We are freezing the exchange rate at 1.20 until April 15, 2018! Aprox. $40,000CAD savings on our move-in ready Chalet on lot 15 – $389,000USD. Call now and save big! 716-583-0535.

Promotion for US Buyers: Fully furnished Chalet on lot 15 with reclaimed wood quality furniture. Tables, beds and more. See interior section of our photo gallery for examples. Call Mike and find out more! 716-583-0535. Offer expires April 15, 2018.

 

Buffalo News: Lofty Mountain Grandeur chalets provide a relaxing lifestyle in a unique setting
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Buffalo News: Lofty Mountain Grandeur chalets provide a relaxing lifestyle in a unique setting

Cookie cutter is not a term you’ll hear in conversations describing Lofty Mountain Grandeur chalets.

These award-winning custom timber frame chalets, located in East Otto, New York — just minutes from Ellicottville — are carved within nature’s beautiful mountain landscape and provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Developer Mike Incorvaia, who grew up nearby, knew others would appreciate this “wooded playground.”

Incorvaia and his business partner, Donald Matre, purchased 200 acres, parceling them into 31 five-plus acre wooded lots with deeded rights to numerous nature trails and fishing ponds.

Dana John Contracting constructed eleven 2,300 and 3,000-square-foot, three-level chalets as part of Phase I, all of which have sold. Five homes have been constructed so far as part of phase II.

What sets Lofty Mountain chalets apart? It’s the many extras — which, are in fact, standard – that create a rustic, elegant, yet comfortable, charm you can’t wait to come home to.

Incorvaia has a passion for finding unique and interesting materials and repurposing them when building his chalets.

“People call me when a barn or building is being torn down. They know I will make good use of the materials, they won’t be destroyed or land filled,” says Incorvaia, who enlists local experts to dismantle, inspect and treat materials he purchases and hires local craftsmen to do much of the work by hand.

Bricks used to create visually appealing interior walls might have come from a demolished building near Buffalo’s Broadway Market. Many exterior and interior walls are constructed from 8’by 8’ locally sourced Civil War-era white pine beams or wood from a nearby 100-year-old barn.

Read More at The Buffalo News

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Cookie cutter.

It’s a term you hear often in conversations about newly built homes. Contractors typically offer a few floor plan options, customers pick the one that best suits their lifestyle or budget, choose from standard fixtures, paint colors and flooring, and eventually move in to their “dream home” … which can look similar to other homes on their street.

Cookie cutter is not a term you’ll hear in conversations about Lofty Mountain Grandeur chalets. These award-winning custom timber frame chalets, located just outside Ellicottville, NY, are individually designed and carved atop nature’s beautiful mountain landscape. Not only do they reflect the serene, natural setting around them, they also include many extras that are, in fact, standard and add to the rustic elegant charm that sets them apart.

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It begins with the materials used to construct the chalets. Lofty Mountain Developer Mike Incorvaia has a passion for finding unique and interesting materials and repurposing them in his chalets. Materials such as the bricks that came from a building being demolished near Buffalo’s Broadway Market that were hand placed by a local mason to create visually appealing interior walls. Or the 8’ x 8’ locally sourced white pine beams and 100 year old barn wood used on exteriors and interior walls.

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Then there are the unique staircases, which are constructed from three-inch-thick reclaimed wood from the New Jersey factory where Buffalo’s Curtiss-Wright Corporation built airplanes during World War II. The handmade railings are welded out of natural steel by local craftsmen and add to the rustic industrial look.

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“I’m always searching for materials I can reuse,” says Incorvaia. “People are always calling to alert me when a barn or building is being torn down. They’re excited, because they know I will make good use of the materials, they won’t be destroyed or landfilled. Most of the barns in this area are hemlock or pine, so it gets very exciting when we find oak or ash.”

Incorvaia enlists local experts to help dismantle, inspect and treat any materials he purchases for reuse. He also tries to research the provenance of the buildings the materials come from, and hires local craftsmen who share his passion to help create the final product.

Kitchen countertops are handmade by local masons out of four-inch-thick sealed cement.

Amish Made Kitchen Cabinets from Reclaimed Barn Wood

“The cement countertops fit in with the style of the chalets,” says Incorvaia. “It’s a warmer look than granite and more durable.”

The cupboards are styled by Amish craftsmen from 125-year-old pine or oak from tobacco barns in Tennessee. Reclaimed light fixtures cast a warm and inviting look throughout the chalets.

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Cork floors are installed in the bedrooms because they work well with the chalets’ radiant heat and are quieter and easier on the body. “It’s like walking on a sponge!” says Incorvaia.

With every Lofty Mountain Grandeur chalet Incorvaia builds, his goal is to bring the outdoors inside, adding natural touches that are esthetically pleasing, durable…and standard.

But he doesn’t stop there. Incorvaia also creates unique furniture items out of reclaimed and repurposed materials. He started out creating pieces to be used in model chalets to attract buyers, but pretty soon was getting orders from chalet owners who fell in love with the individual pieces.

Click here to view a slideshow of the handcrafted furniture available.

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Development Process

Lot 15 Under Construction – Ready in November

Lot 15 – under construction now during Spring 2016 – at Lofty Mountain Grandeur is literally on top of a mountain. It’s located on one of the highest peaks of our development. Here are some photos of the construction progress, and the views the future owners of the chalet will be able to enjoy. Interested? Now is the time to put your finishing touches on the property, call Mike today at 716-583-0535.

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EllicottvilleNY.com: Looking for an outdoor Lifestyle that is Still in Civilization? It’s right here!

Living in a ski town, among all of the hustle and bustle that goes with the season and the sport, can be fun, but isn’t always what a family is looking for. Sometimes the escape, be it during the ski season or even during the Green Season, is just what the doctor ordered for a great lifestyle. That would be Lofty Mountain Grandeur.

That escape is exactly what Mike Icorvaia had in mind when he blazed a trail on Bailey Hill, not too far from Griffis Sculpture Park, in Ashford. In 2009, as a hobby, Icorvaia decided that the land, his personal wooded playground, would be the perfect place for others to create memories of catching that first salamander, seeing that doe and her fawn, even casting a line into a pond.

“I grew up on this land,” Icorvaia said. “I want others to experience what I grew up experiencing.”
Over the last five years, the land has grown into a nicely developed place to have a cabin in the woods, but still be safe among others. The first development area, Bailey Hill, contains 12 five-acre lots, each with deeded rights to numerous nature trails and fishing ponds on the land, are completely sold out. The second area, Rainbow Ridge, has only recently opened up for new homes. Of the 19 lots in Rainbow Ridge, one is sold and homes are going up on a few others.

Each home has a standard three bedrooms and three baths covering the 3,000 square-foot building design. Each building is a special place, according to Icorvaia.

“We use reclaimed materials,” he said, pointing to stairs made of wood from a Civil War-era barn that was disassembled from the area. “We try to build story lines into each place that tell a bit of the story of the material.”

One such place has brick from a Buffalo-area building, wood from local barns and custom-built furniture to represent an early, turn of the 20th Century industrial feel, to include a Larkin hand cart transformed into a coffee table. The wood is all locally cut and milled with each place having radiant heating.

One of the things that Icorvaia emphasizes about the larger area is that the homes, while close to others, still carry that feel of being in the middle of the woods, all by themselves. Each one with spectacular views, to include one that has a small view of Lake Erie – from central Cattaraugus County.

Lofty Mountain Grandeur is only 6.9 miles from Ellicottville. Homes range from $335,000 to $400,000. More information can be found on the development site, loftymountainhomes.com, or by calling (716)583-0535.

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Canadian Buyers

Lofty Mountain Grandeur: Why Canadians are crossing the border to make that lifestyle purchase

When you invest in vacation property, you’re looking for that lifestyle purchase to make family memories for years – or generations – to come. But you’re also looking for a good return on your investment, right? Canadians who understand that “value” pertains to more than just money explains why so many of them are crossing the border to purchase chalets at Lofty Mountain Grandeur. See what some of our Canadian buyers have to say about their purchase.

In fact, nine of the 12 properties in Bailey Hills – Lofty Mountain’s SOLD OUT Phase I project – have been purchased by Canadians, with many more expressing interest in our newly available Phase II lots in Rainbow Ridge.

We are offering a special exchange rate discount for potential Canadian buyers on Lot 15. Contact us for more information.

Defining value in so many ways.

When you compare Lofty Mountain with Canadian resorts such as Blue Mountain and Collingwood, you’ll clearly see why Lofty Mountain offers true financial value – and so much more.

But let’s look first at the financial value of purchasing a Lofty Mountain Grandeur chalet. Even with the volatility of the Canadian dollar, real estate remains a very good investment, particularly when you are looking for a four-season lifestyle your family can enjoy for generations.

After completing a Competitive Market Analysis in the Blue Mountain/Collingwood area, Dana Bodnariuc, a sales representative at Century 21 Dreams Inc., in Oakville, ON, had this to say about Lofty Mountain:

“A typical 2,500-3,000 square foot property on three to five acres in Canada ranges from CND $650,000 to CND $800,000 with property taxes of CND $5,800 – CND $7,000,” says Dana Bodnariuc, Sales Representative at Century 21 Dreams Inc. in Oakville, ON. “In my opinion, even with a weaker Canadian dollar, Lofty Mountain still offers a significantly higher value to a Canadian investor seeking a high-end vacation and/or skiing retreat within a two-hour drive from the greater Toronto area.”

Cross the border…and you’re in paradise!

Conveniently located just across the border, Lofty Mountain is just minutes from Allegany State Park and Ellicottville, NY, a quaint town known as the “Aspen of the East” because of its excellent skiing facilities, such as Holiday Valley and Holimont. An easy drive from Toronto, Lofty Mountain is less than an hour from Buffalo, NY. You’ll forget all the tensions of city living once you’re nestled in your cozy chalet, surrounded by miles of trails, ponds and streams for hiking, biking and snowshoeing. Love to golf? Enjoy kayaking? Both are just down the road! And you’ll never grow tired of the breathtaking vistas and stunning year-round views Lofty Mountain (and Mother Nature!) provide.

Our custom award-winning timber frame chalets bring the outdoors inside, from the 100-year-old barn wood to other unique touches by talented builder Dana John, such as the handmade jack fence and stone signage. An all-new, fully completed infrastructure includes roads, underground electric and more, making Lofty Mountain rustic and charming, as well as efficient and accessible.

Choose the design that best meets your family’s needs.

You can choose from two designs – 3,000 square feet or 2,300 square feet – both three-level maintenance-free chalets with all the amenities – just waiting for you to move in. Each chalet sits on five acres of land, strategically placed to take advantage of the view while providing privacy. Our community association takes care of all outdoor maintenance so you are free to kick back, relax and enjoy your family and friends!

Come visit Lofty Mountain. Step inside one of our gorgeous chalets, walk the trails, listen to the birds, take in the view. Then tour other properties. We’re confident you’ll feel exactly as we do that Lofty Mountain Grandeur is where you’ll want to create your legacy.