Monte Cielo: Green & solar custom homes on acreage lots

If a new custom home on an acre and a half lot, with stunning mountain views including Longs Peak, seems like little more than a dream, then Monte Cielo subdivision in Longmont is a dream come true. Monte Cielo

Still need to pinch yourself? This brand new subdivision nestled near the junction of Highway 66 and Hover Road has 53 acres total with 25 of those dedicated to open space. Three hundred conifers and a walking trail ring the property, and views of Longs Peak and the Front Range are breathtaking.

Loveland-based Midtown Homes, which builds from Ft. Collins to Longmont, acquired the community this summer. The first two homes out of the custom home series are for sale, out of the ground and will be ready for families by late December. Midtown’s belief that the customer should have exactly the home they want is a model that has seen them thrive in some very lean years for the housing industry.

Monte Cielo project manager Nick Galluzzo is confident the new homes are priced to market after the company made such a smart land acquisition. “In the original development plans, the cheapest house being built would have been beyond the million-dollar mark,” he says. “Our models – custom and specific to this subdivision – cost half that.”

Versatility reigns supreme in Midtown’s custom homes series. Ranch and two-story homes include abundant layout configurations, three- or four-car garages, and all sorts of bed/bath configurations. Homes range in size from 2,774 total square feet (sf) to 5,462 sf. Only 22 lots exist here, ranging from 1 to 1.5 acres, and the rest is natural open space that residents will love.

“With acre and acre-plus lots, people have room for their toys, their outbuildings and their projects,” says exclusive listing agent Steven Noel. “Especially considering the size of the lots, these homes are incredibly affordable.” Noel is the top-selling broker in Longmont and has seen many housing developments fall short in his 35 years of experience. “Some production builders do entry-level mediocre work,” he explains. “Here, you not only have the view corridors but also the custom standard features in the home like hardwood, slab granite, and high-end cabinetry. And just to have the option of a four- or six-car garage? Midtown is the only builder I know of that lets you choose.”

The Americana is a ranch plan with 2,412 sf on the main floor, 2,233 sf of unfinished basement and a whopping 817 sf of bonus space upstairs. As Nick Galluzzo puts it, “The basement is upstairs if you want it that way!”

Hardwood is standard through the kitchen, great room and breakfast nook, and cabinetry throughout the home is custom made for it. A standout of this gorgeous model is the “Command Center” just off the kitchen – the perfect place to pay bills, store recipes, and send an email without cluttering up your cooking space.  The Americana has two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms; however, configurations for three or four bedrooms are available. Midtown Homes wants the home to work for you – not the other way around!

The two-story Rockwell plan, with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, is the perfect family home. With 1,461 sf on the main level, 1,297 sf on the second story and 690 bonus sf upstairs above the garage, just imagine how everyone can comfortably enjoy the home. Want to make it a five-bedroom and upgrade to a gourmet kitchen with double ovens? You can!

Energy efficiency is given top priority at Monte Cielo. The Americana, for example, boasts a Home Energy Rating (HERS) index score of 33, making it 67 percent more efficient than a standard home. The HERS index score is based on on-site inspections including a blower door test, a duct test, and inputs derived from the house plan review. Monte Cielo homes are packed with energy saving features such as programmable thermostats, R-10 under-slab insulation, solar panel system, water-efficient plumbing fixtures and more. Americana homeowners’ estimated annual energy cost is $808 – or $68 a month. This is the kind of attention to energy-efficiency that conscientious Boulder County homeowners have come to expect. “The significant energy saving is in fact a way of buying more house,” says Noel.

Monte Cielo homeowners have the luxury of spacious, rural living, yet they’re mere minutes from dozens of retail amenities, restaurants and pubs, a mall, healthcare facilities and golf courses. Longmont has twice been listed in CNN’s Money Magazine Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States. Local schools in the St. Vrain Valley district are among the best in Longmont.

Midtown Homes will be happy to show you around the property and help you dream up the Monte Cielo home that will perfectly suit your family and your lifestyle. If you would like to build your own custom home or interested in purchasing a lot, contact Steven Noel at 970.456.4600 x 103 or visit montecielohomes.com. Stop by the on-site sales office at 12733 Strawberry Circle in Longmont from Thursday-Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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