A small swirl of sawdust flew in the wind, and the whine of an electric drill shrilled Tuesday afternoon, as construction workers strove to complete more condominiums at Bison Cove in Payson.
Bison Ranch, the company that created Bison Cove, will host a pre-grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17.
To celebrate and introduce their product, the company is offering a free set of upgrades for homebuyers, such as appliances, window coverings, floor coverings and fireplaces. The upgrades vary by unit and are worth $12,000 to $15,000.
"I think (the condos are) probably Payson's most affordable housing, because they give a lot of value for the money," said Gary Martinson, president of Bison Homes.
Bison Homes has been creating desert and mountain life-style homes for more than 30 years.
There are three different floor plans at Bison Cove: two 2 bedroom / 2 bath and one 2 bedroom plus den.
"These are good entry level homes and good second homes -- as a retreat, getaway," Martinson said.
Basic units start at $200,000.
Eight of the 46 condominiums in Phase I of the project are finished.
In two more phases, over the next five to seven years, Bison Homes plans to develop the rest of the 40-acre property on East Malibu Drive, with a total of at least 300 condominiums.
Phase II will have a clubhouse with a fitness center, a place for social gatherings, and an indoor pool is under consideration.
Martinson expects homeowner association fees that insure the buildings and maintain the property with amenities to cost approximately $180 per month.
Easy walking access to shopping and restaurants were two of the reasons Martinson chose the site across from Payson's Town Hall to build Bison Ranch.
It is a sizable development and brings the right price point and a lifestyle Payson does not appear to readily have, he said.
Tours will be going on all day June 16 and 17.
"Come out and see Payson's latest and greatest," Martinson said.
Bison Ranch's Web site is: http://www.bisonhomes.com.