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High Star Ranch ready for business

The High Star Ranch in Kamas now has a model home and will begin selling lots in July.

Last month, the Kamas City Council approved a subdivision with 13 lots. Developer Mark J. Fischer said his goals are modest: three for now, including the model home.

"Effectively, it allows us to begin the sales process," Fischer said. "We have not put anything on the market for a lot of reasons but the economy is picking up steam."

The model home is 4,500 square feet with three floors, four bedrooms and a large front porch. The exterior is seasoned standing timber in the rectangular-log, dovetail style. It reflects the development’s theme of "refined rustic" with modern luxuries.

High Star Ranch is an equestrian community to be marketed to dressage and Western riding enthusiasts, Fischer said. The barn, clubhouse and general store are all ready now.

The project could someday have 73 homes and 40 cabins. But for the next several months, Fischer’s focus will be on selling the 13 lots.

The High Star Farm, currently in full production in a greenhouse across the street from the Kamas Food Town, will one day be transplanted to the ranch and serve as a community garden for members of the development.

As High Star Ranch grows, Fischer will ask the Kamas City Council for permission to begin a commercial project. He envisions a Lake Lodge with a hotel, fine restaurant and other businesses.

For now, the focus is on providing amenities for equestrians, he said.

The relationship with Kamas City allows the ranch to connect the homes to municipal utilities while contributing water from a well to the city’s other residents.

"It’s a higher quality way of going about it," he said. "We’ve been getting the infrastructure in the ground."


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