Is 2018 the year for a change in lifestyle?
Take a moment and ask yourself what you really need in a home. Now ask yourself, how does your current home stack up against those needs. The answer will be different from person to person – new families will probably prioritize a big yard and stellar school district, while an empty-nester couple will likely be looking for main floor living and a more right-sized floor plan.
Enter local home builder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. The Louisville-based award winning builder specializes in low-maintenance homes and communities across the Front Range, and is announcing new neighborhoods and home designs in a variety of floorplans and price points for those seeking a change in lifestyle in 2018.
Architect and Boulder Creek Neighborhoods Founder David Gregg is passionate about designing homes that deliver a right-sized, low-maintenance lifestyle. “Boulder Creek set out to develop homes with features desired by baby boomers and empty-nesters,” Gregg says. “Really, anyone seeking to find free time for hobbies, travel and spending time with family and friends is a good match for the Boulder Creek way of life.”
Gregg himself can relate. Speaking of his personal experience, “I’m a typical down-sizing story. My kids are grown and out of the house, so the extra bedrooms, large yard and swing-set are no longer necessary.” He muses, “I find myself realizing there’s more that I want to do with my time, and recognizing that a simpler way of living is becoming more and more attractive to me.”
According to Gregg, the average size of a home in the 1950s was approximately 900 square feet – quite a bit smaller than today’s average size of 2400 square feet. In spite of that trend and the popularity of larger homes, there’s a movement for some buyers to seek something different. Boulder Creek has built their portfolio by listening to buyer feedback and designing homes with unique features not found elsewhere in the new construction market. Home shoppers are drawn to reducing their square footage and the resources required for home maintenance and upkeep, and instead value features like main floor bedrooms and laundry. As their needs evolve, they are looking to right-sized designs that are better suited to meet the needs of their current and future lifestyles.
These concepts are on his mind when working through new floorplan designs. He understands that some people are not interested in the largest house they can possibly afford, and instead may be seeking a home that suits not only their current, but their future needs as well. For many, the wish list includes main floor living, fewer outdoor maintenance chores and more free time.
What to look for in 2018 from Boulder Creek
“We listen to our homebuyers,” says Gregg. “They are really the ones that tell us what type of homes we should be building, and where we should be building them. Some of our very best ideas have come directly from both current and future homeowners.” Boulder Creek is looking ahead to another year of strong demand for its unique home styles, and is announcing community updates and new neighborhoods across the Front Range for 2018. In addition to Tramonto, the successful enclave of homes in the Renaissance area, Boulder Creek launched a second low-maintenance neighborhood in Longmont in late 2017. Sales at Denio West, located at 9th and Hover, have been brisk, with buyers seeking the distinctive features of the easyHouse® patio home series. EasyHouse offers main floor living, wider hallways and doors, and a variety of floorplans – featuring lower levels, three-car garages, and a price point starting in the $430s. Also launched in late 2017 are The Villas at Calmante, the final phase of Boulder Creek’s wildly successful low-maintenance neighborhood in Superior. The Villas are a limited offering of ranch patio homes in a one-of-a-kind location across from thousands of acres of Boulder County open space. Model construction is currently underway, with a spring launch on the horizon. Starting in the high $800s, the extensive personalization options available at this unique neighborhood mean that many homes are finishing out well over $1M – an excellent value in a prime Boulder County setting. With only 33 homes in this community, interested buyers are smart to act quickly.
An exciting addition to Boulder Creek’s communities in the higher price ranges, is the company’s newest series, wee-Cottage®. The launch of wee-Cottage in 2016 sold out within several months at The Lakes at Centerra – with buyers clamoring to the smaller sized homes and the smaller price tags. With square footages from around 1000 square feet to 1300 square feet, wee-Cottages are just right for those that understand the benefits a smaller home – less space to maintain, less space to heat and cool, fewer rooms to clean, and more time and resources to spend elsewhere. Wee-Cottages launch in Stapleton this February, and Boulder Creek expects to begin wee-Cottage sales at Blue Vista in Longmont in late spring. Blue Vista is located just south of Quail Road in Longmont – close to the Longmont Rec Center and Museum. If downsizing to a new home that meets your needs sounds appealing, Boulder Creek Neighborhoods may be the homebuilder for you. With new homes that allow you to kick back and relax rather than worry about outdoor home maintenance chores, you’ll have plenty of newfound free time to spend with friends and family, take up a new hobby, or simply kick back and relax. Boulder Creek currently offers homes from the mid $300s to the $800s and above, in neighborhoods in Louisville, Longmont, Superior, Erie, Stapleton, Thornton and Aurora. To learn more about Boulder Creek’s low-maintenance lifestyle and the new homes that enable it, call 720.334.7973 to speak with the Sales Concierge Team who can answer questions, provide more information or set up an appointment for a personal tour. Visit LowMaintenanceColorado.com for pricing, model home locations, and virtual tours.
Renderings and photos courtesy of Boulder Creek Neighborhoods