Brennan by the Lake, Erie, Colorado

Main floor living is the hallmark of Boulder Creek’s easyHouse series. Four model homes are available for tours.

ERIE – As the town of Erie continues to make headlines, home shoppers are flocking to the area. Small-town charm combines with all the modern necessities to make Erie one of the top Small Towns in America, as awarded by Money Magazine. Recognizing the unique nature of the area, award-winning homebuilder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods has found a winning combination of ranch-style patio homes and a low-maintenance lifestyle that is attracting home shoppers from throughout Boulder County. Among them is Margot Crowe, the proud new owner of an easyHouse® at Brennan by the Lake.

“I love my new home,” exclaims Margot Crowe, who recently moved into an easyHouse. “It’s exactly what I have wanted.” She said of her home. “I purchased it with the purpose that – although I was downsizing – I would have the same space as I had before on the main floor of my house.”

Margot moved from a ranch home in Boulder, which had a pool. “After my husband passed away, there was so much landscaping and a lot of work. Here I am free of all that responsibility.”

Those pesky outdoor chores are the prime target of Boulder Creek’s low-maintenance lifestyle. All of their neighborhoods benefit from the low-maintenance lifestyle; they’ve made it a hallmark of their company.

With Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, homeowners benefit from a Lifestyle Association that takes care of many outdoor maintenance chores. Margot elaborates “it covers the landscaping and mowing and irrigation, trash and snow removal…. I think it’s fabulous.”

Boulder Creek’s signature style of low-maintenance living has broad appeal – for those that may no longer be able to do yard work, and for those that simply have found other, more interesting things to do with their time. Boulder Creek made up a word for this idea:“Lifefullness®,” and it’s something they hope each of their homeowners can embrace with their new lifestyles.

It’s clear that Margot has embraced it at Brennan. She says,“I can walk my dog, Charlie, across the street and go around the reservoir. I could go fishing if I wanted. I could cross the street the other way to Brennan’s community gardens. There are miles of groomed walks in and around the development.”

“The maintenance fee here is economical; it covers the landscaping and mowing and irrigation, trash and snow removal, washing windows once a year, painting the house when it’s needed. I think it’s fabulous.”

There’s no denying the draw of Erie as well, and Brennan by the Lake is situated to take advantage of it all. Margot elaborates, “I love that the Erie Recreation Center and Library are just a mile away – I could walk there if I wanted. I can go swimming, or play pickleball; the Rec Center is comparable to an athletic club. An equestrian center is a mile away. And Old Town Erie has everything – fine dining to family dining, brew pubs.”

How did she first find out about Brennan? “One of my friends bought a Boulder Creek townhome in Calmante. I looked at the builder and how well the house was built. I went to see every one of their developments, and I kept coming back to Brennan by the Lake.”

“My friends said, ‘Why would you go to Erie?’ Then they come here, they see the homes, they see the view, and they say, ‘Uh-huh! I see!’ They tell other people, ‘Margot has a beautiful home.’”

She chose the easyHouse 82, a floor plan to suit her lifestyle. “I have a main floor master bedroom, bathroom and huge shower, and huge walk-in-closet. The laundry room is so accessible. My study is flexible – it could be a bedroom – and has its own bathroom. Everything is so convenient.”

Main floor living is the hallmark of Boulder Creek’s easyHouse series. The series offers homes that range in square footage from about 1,600 square feet, up to 2,700 square feet. Margot’s home is one of the two-story easyHouse designs in the “80s” series – featuring a spacious second floor loft with a bedroom and bathroom – a unique configuration available only at Brennan.

Margot moved from a ranch home in Boulder, which had a pool. “After my husband passed away, there was so much landscaping and a lot of work. Here I am free of all that responsibility.

With her new free time she has already joined a writing group and has a lot to write about. “I like to go on walkabouts and nice road trips, especially travels with Charlie, my lovable poodle.”

Micah Davidson, Community Sales Manager of Brennan by the Lake, describes the setting for Margot’s house concerts, where she hosts recent graduates of the University of Colorado’s College of music. “Margot is using the whole main level of her house for the concerts. The formal dining room, which opens to the Great Room, is the stage for the performers. The audience is going to be throughout the house – in the kitchen nook, kitchen island, living room, study, and overflow seating on the oversized patio..”

Davidson adds: “At Boulder Creek, a guiding principle in our company is the idea of Lifefullness. For Margot, her concerts are a the perfect way for her to live that idea. .”

If a low-maintenance lifestyle and main-floor living sound like features you’ve been seeking, now is a great time to get in touch with the Boulder Creek team. At press time, Brennan by the Lake offers a unique opportunity to tour four professionally decorated easyHouse designs, including the easyHouse 82 – the same floorplan that Margot purchased, and available now for quick move-in. Also available to tour is the easyHouse 31 – offering a three car garage, and also available now.

Homes at Brennan start in the mid $400s, quick move ins available for just over $500,000 and up to the mid $600s. The Boulder Creek Sales Concierge team is standing by to answer any questions you have or to set up a personal tour of easyHouse at Brennan by the Lake. Call them at 720.548.2820 or visit to be the first to know about community updates.

By Judy Finman. Photography by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.