LONGMONT – Following the successful launch of their wee-Cottage® series in Loveland and in Stapleton, award-winning homebuilder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods has announced plans to bring the “right-sized” home series to Blue Vista in Longmont. This new neighborhood, located off of Quail Road near the Longmont Recreation Center, will soon be home to just over 100 wee-Cottages.
The size of the average American home has nearly tripled between the 1950s and today. As square footage has grown to “keep up with the Joneses”, so have prices. Because both cost and size have ballooned over the past decades, many buyers are finding themselves priced out of the market, or faced with an inventory of homes that don’t really meet their needs. The wee-Cottage concept is something different in Colorado’s red-hot real estate market. With a total size of around 1,000 square feet, the homes are designed to be efficient, functional and low-maintenance.
With new home sizes and prices continuing to increase, those looking to “right-size”, or move into a home that is the right size for their needs, are often left with little or no options. The driving force behind the design of Boulder Creek’s wee-Cottage is to offer a home with a smaller footprint and a smaller price tag. To a wee-Cottage homeowner, that means more opportunity for a life fully lived – whatever that might mean.
Boulder Creek’s homes are known for their signature style of low-maintenance living: many time-consuming outdoor home-maintenance chores are managed on the homeowner’s behalf. The same is true for wee-Cottage. A wee-Cottage owner can now focus on their free time, rather than shoveling snow or mowing front yards.
What makes the wee-Cottage really unique in the new home market are the square-footages, which range from around 900 to around 1200 square-feet. Though more petite in square feet, the insides of wee-Cottage feel open, spacious and refreshing.
Unlike a “tiny home,” the wee-Cottage floorplans were designed with a full-scale lifestyle in mind. That means the homes accommodate standard-sized furniture – full sized couches and queen beds. The kitchens feature full-sized appliances, cabinets, and even available islands in some plans. Main floors also offer powder bath options, coat closets, and pantries (depending on the plan). Blue Vista will feature both a ranch-style wee-Cottage and several two-story Cottage designs.
Many homebuyers focus their search on the resale market because of price point – the average price of a new home in the Denver Metro Area is now above $500,000. These buyers often choose to remodel an aging resale home, adding time and cost along the way. Building techniques have come a long way, and even a home built in 2000 will likely be less efficient than one built today. The wee-Cottages from Boulder Creek are built with the latest in building techniques and materials – including Energy Star rated appliances. With fewer resources dedicated to energy bills, home maintenance, and remodel projects, new home owners are free to spend that time and money on things they love.
Of course, buyers don’t have to sacrifice their personal tastes for their new home. A popular part of buying a wee-Cottage is what Boulder Creek calls “The Fun Part.” This is the personalization process where each buyer will choose their home finishes like flooring, cabinets, countertops, fixtures, and more. Some buyers have chosen contemporary finishes, while others are choosing a more traditional style for their new homes. Whatever your taste, a new wee-Cottage offers the rare opportunity to have a home that reflects your vision, without having to embark upon an expensive and time consuming home remodel.
While some are choosing to remodel an aging resale home, there is no question that a new home has some strong advantages. The first is that building techniques have come a long way in the last few decades, and even a home built in 2000 will be less efficient than one built today. Current homebuyers are reporting savings of around 50% on their energy bills from homes built in the 1950s. With less resources dedicated to energy bills, home maintenance, and even major projects like remodels or a new roof, new home owners are free from the burden of their old home and are free to spend that time how they like.
The wee-Cottages at Blue Vista are located just across the street from the recently-built Longmont Rec Center. Featuring several pools, daily fitness classes, and a climbing wall, there is something for everyone. For those that prefer to take in an art exhibit, the Longmont Museum is next door and offers rotating exhibitions, a summer concert series, performances, and other events. With less time spent on maintaining your home, and an exceptionally convenient location, all of these activities suddenly become available.
In speaking with representatives from Boulder Creek, one thing is apparent: they have an affinity for bringing free time back into the lives of their homeowners. With low-maintenance homes designed around easy living, it’s clear that their mission is all about bringing “Lifefullness®” to their homeowners. Lifefullness is a term that Boulder Creek invented (and even trademarked), and, can be translated to mean “a life fully lived.” That means different things to different people, an idea that Boulder Creek loves. Some buyers may use their newfound free time to travel the world, go hiking nearby, or explore new restaurants in downtown Longmont. Others may use their time to spend time with family and friends. Still others will take up a new hobby or practice their golf swing at one of Longmont’s many courses. Whatever you do with your free time, that’s what Boulder Creek calls Lifefullness. And they work hard to bring that to their homeowners through low-maintenance homes in desirable areas.
It’s no secret that the housing market in Boulder County continues to see price escalation. At press time, only about dozen homes of a similar size were available in Longmont under $400,000. As the Boulder County area continues to gain in popularity, it’s no wonder the interest in wee-Cottage at Blue Vista is strong. If you think you may be interested in a wee-Cottage, now is a great time to get in touch with Boulder Creek. Joining the interest list is the best way to stay in the loop with Blue Vista. You’ll receive all the latest news, as well as information on when the community is officially open for sale, what to do if you’re interested in buying a home, and updates on the progress of the neighborhood. Join the interest list at BlueVistaWee.com.
Sales are expected to start early this summer, and prices are anticipated to start in the low $300s and into the mid $300s.
Boulder Creek Neighborhoods builds low-maintenance homes and communities along the Front Range of Colorado. Homes range in size from around 800 to over 3500 square feet and are
priced from the $300s to over $1 million. Call 303.309.0088 to learn more, or visit their website at LiveBoulderCreek.com.