ERIE – It’s been about two weeks since Shawn Carroll and his wife, Arianna Jakositz, settled into their new Boulder Creek Neighborhoods home at Brennan by the Lake in Erie.
“Yes, we moved in over Labor Day weekend,” Shawn said. “We moved from Frederick, where we had a two-story home on a third of an acre. Lots of cleaning and yard maintenance!”
That is one of the main reasons they chose to move to a low-maintenance easyHouse® at Brennan by the Lake.
“We realized that we were spending every bit of our free time on upkeep of our yard and home – which, as frequent travelers and outdoorsy people, meant very little time spent enjoying our lives,” said Arianna. “Brennan by the Lake gave us a brilliant floor plan, less space to maintain, and plenty of outdoor living space to enjoy. Additionally, the neighborhood is located in an area we’ve wanted to live in for years.”
There’s a lot to like about the couple’s new ranch-style easyHouse, as Shawn points out. “Our favorite things about the house are the construction quality and floor plan. There’s no wasted space on our home design. Given that we’ve only lived here for a [short time], we can’t speak to the realities of the “easyHouse,” but we’re already finding extra time in our evening due to shorter commute times and no need to worry about yard maintenance.” Shawn works in Westminster, and Arianna in Boulder.
Like all homes from award-winning builder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, every inch of space in their home has been thoughtfully designed. At easyHouse, everything needed on a daily basis is located on the main floor. That means no trips up and down stairs on laundry day! Other unexpected touches at Brennan include zero-step entries, wider hallways and doors, and flexible living spaces. Boulder Creek’s signature style has caught the eye of many homebuyers seeking to down-size. The company prefers to use the term “right-sizing” as the focus of their floorplans is to make the best use of a smaller amount of square footage for a sense of spaciousness and ease. Like Arianna and Shawn, many homeowners at Brennan by the Lake came to the neighborhood from larger homes and yards that required lots of time and effort on upkeep. These homeowners are finding that easyHouse at Brennan offers all the space they need, and none of the extra rooms they don’t. A “right-sized” home, main-floor designs, and low-maintenance lifestyle are part of what makes this neighborhood so popular.
Like all the low-maintenance communities built by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, many of the outdoor home maintenance chores are managed on your behalf when you live at Brennan, including snow removal and lawn care, assuring that you have free time to live your life the way you want.
Arianna and Shawn have found a lot to like about their new community. “This neighborhood has great people living in it and one of the most beautiful builder-created landscaping plans we’ve ever seen,” Arianna said. “It’s really easy for builders to fill every available plot with a home to maximize profit, but it’s not like that in this community. This community includes trees, walking paths, and will eventually have a park with a large grassy area and community garden plots. When you buy into this neighborhood, you are buying more than a home; you’re investing in a community and lifestyle.”
The couple had some absolute “must-haves” in choosing a place to buy. Brennan met their explicit demands and much more. “Our must-haves were basically a smaller house with a smaller yard more conveniently located to Boulder. What we found was even better: a home that fits us perfectly in a neighborhood that feels like a true community.” Arianna said.
With the couple’s switch to low-maintenance living, they are making plans to use their newfound free time when they’re not at work. Shawn says, “It feels like the sky’s the limit. We plan to spend more time with friends and family, riding our bikes, learning new things, not worrying about our yard, et cetera.”
The choices are sweet from this award-winning homebuilder: low-maintenance, right-sized homes in an award-winning city (among Erie’s many accolades, in 2015 Money Magazine named Erie one of the best places to live in America), enhanced by Colorado’s natural beauty. You may prefer main-floor living in an easyHouse® ranch patio home (starting in the mid $400s), or the flexible design of a yourHouse townhome (from the low $400s).
Erie has become quite popular as a place to live, and Brennan by the Lake offers homebuyers the chance to be part of this vibrant community. Boulder Creek has a well-earned reputation for top-quality homes at a great value. With homes ranging from 1,500 to more than 2,700 square feet, and prices starting in the $400s, the community is selling fast.
A few Quick Move-In homes are available for home seekers eager to begin their easy, low-maintenance lifestyle. For more information on Brennan by the Lake or any of the eight active communities by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, call 720.548.2820 to speak with their dedicated online sales concierge, or visit BrennanLiving.com for photos, floor plans and tours.
By Judy Finman, At Home