Plans are underway to develop a 275-lot subdivision for recreational vehicles on a plateau north of Newport, Wash., according to a report in the Spokane Journal.
The Saddle Mountain RV Resort, being developed by Newport residents Stan and Peggy McDaniel, has an estimated cost of $18 million.
The McDaniels began grading work on the project recently, and plan within the next nine months to have water, electricity, septic facilities and paved roads extended to every lot. They hope to sell all of the lots within the next three to five years, said Peggy McDaniel.
The couple owns a 680-acre equestrian guest ranch about seven miles north of Newport and plans to carve out about 100 acres of that land for the RV subdivision.
“We were studying how to better market our 5-year-old guest ranch and came across studies that said that, since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, U.S. citizens are vacationing in the U.S., rather than overseas,” said McDaniel. “The RV business is booming and is becoming a lifestyle for many Americans.”
She said RV lot sizes there will average 40 feet by 90 feet, with some as large as 40 feet by 130 feet. Beginning prices for each lot will range between $50,000 and $100,000.
The 35 higher-priced lots will have views overlooking the river or be located near an 8,000-square-foot lodge that’s to be built on the property, McDaniel said, adding prices likely will go higher, depending on the market.
Saddle Mountain RV Resort currently is taking lot reservations and will begin finalizing sales on those lots by the end of September, said McDaniel.
Ken Hamill, publisher-editor of Big Rigs Best Bets, a Kerrville, Texas-based directory that rates RV parks across America, visited the Newport site and noted, “Saddle Mountain is destined to be a premier RV resort in the Northwest, assuming the owners follow through with their site plans.”
Rich Stockwell, of RV Park Consulting LLC, of La Conner, Wash., who’s consulting on the Saddle Mountain project, said the Newport development will meet the needs of larger RVs, and that the subdivision could sell out even sooner than within three years.
“The old RV sites are often too small now, and there is a huge need to accommodate the newer RVs,” he said. “There are many people looking for larger sites, and many are buying more than one site when they find them.”