A roadside hotel in Eagle is being transformed into affordable homes — and other housing-strapped resort communities are watching
EAGLE — Hammocks stretch over the former poolroom turned yoga studio. A dog and bike wash station fills what was once a sauna. An amply couched nook, lined with old skis, has replaced the check-in desk.
“A lot of what we are selling is the experience of living here,” says Kelly Herzog, the Eagle Valley developer who converted a 54-room hotel in Eagle into a grown-up dormitory opening Dec. 1. “We are going for that community atmosphere.”
Herzog’s hotel-to-homes project could resonate among resort communities grappling with a housing crisis. Houses that once rented to working locals are shifting to the lucrative short-term rental market. Land and home prices are soaring alongside construction costs.