BOULDER – Tired of spending weekends taking care of your home and yard? Enjoy the lock-and-leave freedom of low-maintenance duplex living at Northfield Commons in northeast Boulder.
This vibrant new neighborhood occupies a 22-acre site between Kalmia Avenue and Palo Parkway. The semi-rural charm of quiet, tree-lined streets is balanced by easy access to trails, parks and recreation, plus the convenience of nearby restaurants, banks, shopping and public transportation.
A group of long-time local builders is creating the neighborhood: Coast To Coast Residential Development, Markel Homes Construction Company, Hendricks Fine Homes and Accent Properties. The homes are built to retain their value as sound investments, with durable, eco-conscious, high-quality construction that lasts for decades.
Luxurious Duplex Homes
Besides its luxurious single-family homes, which are almost completely sold out, Northfield Commons showcases easy-living, low-maintenance, “lock-and-leave” duplex homes that look and feel like single-family homes. Each enjoys private fenced-in outdoor areas and stunning mountain views. Owners may choose from a range of styles, floor plans and interiors, high-end finishes and design details.
“The lock-and-leave lifestyle that our duplex homes offer suits many of our busy and active homeowners, since it allows them to go skiing, camping, or traveling, and then come home to a property that is fully maintained while they’re gone,” says Sales Manager Scott Steward. “Residents don’t need to worry about shoveling their driveway and sidewalk, or blowing out their sprinkler lines in the fall. It’s such a relaxed lifestyle.”
Four duplexes are move-in ready. The first two, built by Markel Homes, incorporate outdoor living on all three levels, including a large covered front porch, back patio, and second-floor master deck. The piece de resistance is the third-floor west-facing skyloft and balcony looking out at the Flatirons and rolling foothills. An open floor plan gives a contemporary feel, with stainless steel and granite finishes in the kitchen, and hardwood flooring and 10-foot ceilings on the main floor. The unfinished basement offers great potential as a rec room and bath plus teen bedroom, guest quarters or quiet home office. Master bedroom, private deck and luxurious bath and walk-in closet occupy the second level, along with two more bedrooms plus bath and laundry room. Plenty of extra room for bikes, ski gear and scooter in the oversized two-car garage.
From Coast To Coast Residential Development come the second two duplex units. This magnificent stone and stucco duplex features separate entrances for enhanced privacy, and space for outdoor living, with a patio, deck or balcony on every floor. Step onto the covered front porch and through the foyer into an open living and kitchen area with adjacent patio. A stylish rectangular island and eating bar are situated opposite the living-room fireplace for added warmth and coziness. Ten-foot main-floor ceilings and open design create a spacious look and feel. On the spacious upper-level is the master suite and two more bedrooms, a Jack-and-Jill bath, and laundry room, Stargaze and relax on the glorious third-floor rooftop deck.
A duplex unit in the beautiful “executive series” from Coast to Coast Residential Development will be ready in November for $569,900; the other unit has sold. This stylish home features open living, dining and kitchen areas, with 10-foot ceilings and large windows to accentuate the natural light and contemporary feel. Enjoy outdoor living with spacious front and rear patios. Choose from a main-floor master suite with upstairs loft, bedroom and bath, or the more traditional two-story with all bedrooms on the upper level. The well-designed kitchen features stainless steel appliances, under-mount sinks, sleek granite slab countertops, pantry, and hardwood flooring. A cozy fireplace adds warmth and intimacy to the entire main-floor living area.
Groundbreaking is scheduled soon on two duplexes from Markel Homes. In the first you may opt for the ease of ranch living or the more traditional two-story. Both exist in this uniquely designed contemporary duplex. The main-level bright and spacious vaulted master suite is a favorite feature of the ranch floor plan. Both homes are designed with kitchens that open to well-lit living and dining areas. A study or additional bedroom and ¾ bath are conveniently situated near the front entry. The ranch includes a finished basement with large rec room, two bedrooms and a full bath with double sink vanity. Both master suites are located in the back of the home, creating a quiet and private space. The handsome newwest architecture features metal roof accents, post and beam porches, gabled roof, and siding, stone and stucco exteriors.
Commitment to Green Building
Every home meets green-built and Energy Star standards for eco-friendly and energy-efficient living, which means lower energy costs for homeowners, healthier indoor air, less water usage and improved overall comfort, while reducing pollution and conserving natural resources. Green features abound: high-efficiency furnaces, high-performance windows, recycled blown cellulose insulation, whole house fans, sustainable and eco-friendly products like rubber pavers, Trex decking and manufactured wood and stone products, low-VOC paints and cabinetry, compact fluorescent light bulbs and low-water-use toilets and fixtures, just to name a few.
“With Energy Star and an excellent HERS rating (measurement of energy efficiency) for our homes, owners cut their utility bills and improve their energy efficiency by 30
to 50 percent,” says Steward.
“The community is lively, with families, active retirees, and people who are just starting out,” Steward says. “I was walking by the neighborhood park recently, and a family was enjoying a birthday party there. People love that we are close to Wonderland Creek Trail, Four-Mile Trail, and the soccer fields.”
The Northfield Commons sales office and model homes are located in the southwest corner of the neighborhood at Kalmia Avenue and Silverton Street and are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call Scott Steward at 303.442.0309, and visit NorthfieldCommonsBoulder.com.
By Judy Finman, At Home Colorado