THE very first home designed for Hokkaido Tracks Resort Properties’ most ambitious project to date, The Escarpment, is complete, offering a glimpse into the lifestyle the estate will offer.
The Escarpment is the first master-planned resort community of its kind in Hirafu, consisting of 25 spacious sites for residences at the base of the village, with unobstructed views of Mt Yotei which are protected by design and covenants.
With the first home now complete, prospective purchasers can gain an understanding of the overall concept, and a chance to think through their own design.
The central spine of the estate is a paved avenue that begins at a stone bridge over a mountain stream, and features underground power lines, road heating, pocket parks, a community gathering space, and an illuminated staircase to the village above.
Year-round Hirafu resident Julian Bailey, from Hokkaido Tracks Resort Properties, says there are several reasons The Escarpment is unique within Hirafu.
“Firstly, there is no other location where the views are protected not only by zoning, but by nature,” he says. “The Escarpment will be the first and last master-planned estate within Hirafu.”
Another unique aspect is the surrounding natural environment. The Escarpment is a woodland buffer between the built environment of the village and the surrounding forests. “The protected woodland will provide those enjoying Hokkaido’s spectacular seasons with a natural seasonal soundtrack,” Julian says.
“Trickling snow melt in spring; summer birdlife; and crisp, dry leaves in autumn. Not to mention the silence of the deep white winters.”
While Niseko has largely been about powder snow until now, Julian says it’s this natural environment surrounding The Escarpment that makes it perfectly positioned to make the most of every distinct season.
He’s says Asian-based clients coming to Niseko rave about the summer here as much as Aussies do powder.
“Ask families living in Singapore, Hong Kong or Shanghai why they want to come here in summer and they’ll tell you clean, cool air, natural spring water, locally farmed fruit and vegetables and a chance to explore the beautiful, unspoilt Hokkaido,” he says.
“Ask one of the wave of investors in Capella why they are willing to spend several million US Dollars on a property far from ski lifts even though they can afford something closer – master planning, Mt Yotei views, and a sense of escape from the big city life are a significant part of that appeal.
“That’s what Hokkaido tourism will be all about for the lucky few – escaping an increasingly crowded world. Winter is just the bit that got discovered first.”