Much ink has been spilled suggesting Denver and Boulder are the standard bearers for luxurious living on the Front Range. However, dismal traffic and not enough space to go around have caused families up and down the urban corridor to ask what else is out there. The trend to go north doesn’t appeal to the skiing crowd, which appreciates quick access to I-70, and the building boom east of I-25 unfortunately can’t move mountains.
At Discovery Ridge, the mountains can stay put. Eight miles south of Boulder (still in the county) on a gorgeous ridge overlooking the town of Superior, Canary Lane boasts unobstructed views of the Flatirons and a serenity you’ve likely not felt at any other address. The HOA-free development began with 20 homes, but sizzling sales in the dead of winter have brought the number of available units down to 11, at the time of this writing. The pandemic shut down people’s moving and home-buying plans for a while, but life goes on, carefully, and this amenity-rich development is taking off.
Newly-built single-family homes of this caliber are all but a dream in most crowded Front Range counties, which is why, if you long for understated extravagance in a quiet community, Discovery Ridge is a must-see.
Superior has staked its claim as a business- and family-friendly town, and the building boom on McCaslin Boulevard brings into fine definition that the town is serious about you calling it home. “As Superior begins to grow along with many other Front Range communities, our homes on Canary Lane will stand out amongst the rest,” says developer Dan Aweida. “From our amenities and views to living on a quaint lane where the only people who drive by are your neighbors, we hope that you feel at home from the first day you move in.”
A Discovery Ridge home can be completed, from foundation to closing, in seven or eight months. Think twice, though, if you plan to wait until summer to have a closer look at Canary Lane. Summer break might be a more convenient time to deal with a new home, but it’s anyone’s guess how many units will remain available four or five months from now. So, it goes without saying that no time should be wasted by anyone seriously interested in living there. A buyer’s first step is to select a Lot and desired home model. If a contract is signed soon, the homeowner may select a full finish palette and bring their home visions to life!
With clear views of the mountains, overlooking downtown Superior, being within walking and biking distance to downtown and Superior Marketplace, dreaming big will be the easy part! “We chase a more traditional architectural style with a western aesthetic and overtones of the mining history of the Superior area,” says architect Christopher Flora of Bray Architecture. “Additionally, the rooms of the homes orient and focus on the unparalleled views of the northern Front Range mountains with large windows and sliding glass doors. The homes were also designed with the empty nester in mind, with open floor plans, accommodating bedrooms and minimal yard maintenance.”
“Due to the scale, incredible views, low maintenance and accessibility to Denver and Boulder, we expect to attract a multitude of buyers,” says Aweida. “One of the signature features of our Gold Unit homes is a main level master suite. From empty nesters that want to ‘age in place’ to growing families wanting a mother-in-law suite, having the ability for dual masters is a great advantage. We’re maximizing the flexibility in multi-generational households and allowing the space to really work for the homeowner over time. Each unit has a basement patio and two upper-deck patios with stunning views.”
Interior designer Sara Blette designed the homes’ interior finish palette to be as transitional as possible. “When you are designing for a broad audience, it’s important to select options that are durable, timeless, and comfortable while maintaining a way for the home buyer to still make it their own,” she explains. “Whether or not you prefer traditional or a modern farmhouse aesthetic, we’ll be able to curate a design vision to meet your unique needs.”
Worth the Effort, Worth the Wait
The site of Canary Lane was difficult to develop. After all, it is on a hillside ridge. But everyone involved in making Discovery Ridge a reality is confident homeowners will be smitten with the look and feel of the open face with the jaw-dropping mountain views. And with the town’s plans to develop the downtown area in the next few years, it’s an exciting time to live in Superior. Discovery Ridge is sure to become an anchor of the community, adding to the richness of the downtown district. “Boulder County is running out of dirt to build on,” Aweida says. “Demand is very high and supply is very low, and a lot more very tight urban apartments and condos are going up. Ours are paired homes with an open look and feel on a hill with nothing in front of them—truly a rarity in the typical residential home density we are used to.”
There was some expectation that Discovery Ridge would primarily attract empty-nesters making an investment after dedicated careers, but young families have also jumped at the chance to grow up together on Canary Lane. Whatever your situation, this incredible new neighborhood will speak to you.
By Darren Thornberry. Photos: Timothy Seibert, Flatirons Pro Media.