LOVELAND – The sign for Thompson River Ranch in Loveland is hard to miss as one nears the junction of I-25 and Hwy 34. If you’re the least bit interested in living in this area, do yourself a huge favor and stop by the sales office at 3619 Idlewood Lane. There is so much to see and the well-earned buzz about this community is only getting louder. To paraphrase the great Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: “I don’t quite know how to put this, but … it’s kind of a big deal.”
Thompson River Ranch is just south of the Promenade Shops at Centerra. It’s a master planned community by Oakwood Homes that simply could not be more centrally or conveniently located. It’s south of Ft. Collins, east of downtown Loveland and west of Greeley. That’s particularly attractive to Denver and Ft. Collins commuters, whose beautiful and affordable homes here make their drive times and high gas prices bearable.
The community boasts a pool, 18-hole disc golf course, covered picnic shelter, playgrounds and miles of peaceful walking and biking trails. Is it perfect for the active northern Colorado family? Yes. Will it appeal to the empty nester looking to downsize and enjoy retirement? Yes again. How do I know? The last time Thompson River Ranch appeared on these pages, 37 Park House homes had sold (year to date). As of the time of this writing, that number has jumped to 69 after massive interest piques in May and June. “We just opened a new model complex on May 11, and the response has been big,” says Oakwood Homes sales representative Levi Rose.
“What jumps out at you first in this community is how family oriented it is,” Rose explains. “There is a recreation center and a second pool planned, which are amazing upgrades to the beautiful amenities that are already here.”
There are eight Ranch House and five Park House models available at Thompson River Ranch, amounting to a dizzying array of semi-custom choices and entry-level availability for first time homebuyers. “The prices for the first time buyer are fantastic, especially with interest rates as low as they are,” adds Rose. Indeed, the rate on a traditional FHA loan is hovering around 4 ½ percent- a far, far cry from yesteryear’s rates of 7, 8 or 9 percent.
Rose and company are focusing attention as of late on the Gunnison model within the Park House collection. This is a 2,049 square foot home with a 2-bed, 2-bath base plan, starting at $223,400. The buyer may choose to customize the space with up to five bedrooms and four bathrooms and maximize square footage to 3,337. One of the Gunnison’s most attractive features is its use of “smart space.” Whereas most ranch plans have dead, unfinished attic space, the Gunnison’s is finished, dry-walled and painted, effectively adding a room. Its function is limited only by the imagination of the homeowner. This customization is included in the base price of the home. There is a pretty nifty tool online at the Oakwood Homes website that actually lets users customize the Gunnison, and any of the models, to their specs. Want to add a high glass window package, a four-foot garage extension or fireplace in the master suite? Check, check, check. Numerous choices are presented, and with a click of a button the floor plan changes with their selections.
Ideally, interested buyers will stop by the sales office and arrange a tour of the show home in Thompson River Ranch. Nothing like seeing it for one’s self will tell the true story of this idyllic community. “The small town feel with such easy access to urban amenities … that’s what appeals to many people about living in northern Colorado,” says Rose. “You don’t have to pay Denver, Boulder or Ft. Collins prices to enjoy an excellent home in a beautiful community.”
Go online to oakwoodhomesco.com for your virtual Gunnison model tour and call 970.663.6428 to arrange a real one.
By Darren Thornberry, At Home