Changing perspectives on how free time should be spent

ERIE – Brennan by the Lake is a Boulder Creek Neighborhoods community of new, low-maintenance homes in Erie, designed to encourage home owners to live the life they’ve always dreamed of living.

Brennan by the Lake homes are more than just houses – they are designed to be low-maintenance from the very start, to offer homeowners the vibrant, enriching lifestyle they’ve been seeking. Boulder Creek Neighborhood’s easyHouse® ranch-style patio homes and flexible yourHouse townhomes empower residents to savor weekends with less weeding, winters with less shoveling and summers with less trimming and mowing. In fact, Brennan home owners are liberated from a slew of outdoor home maintenance chores and free to explore downtown Erie, entertain friends and family, and enjoy their newfound free time.

So committed is Boulder Creek Neighborhoods to lives fully lived that the company has captured the concept with a mantra: “Lifefullness®”. “Lifefullness is about living how you want to live and focusing on what matters most to you,” said Micah Davidson, Boulder Creek’s Community Manager at Brennan by the Lake in Erie.

For many empty nesters who have discovered a new lifestyle in a Boulder Creek home, Lifefullness is walking the paths around Thompson Reservoir, adjacent to Brennan by the Lake, riding bikes into Downtown Erie and rediscovering treasured hobbies. For other homebuyers, Lifefullness may be taking time to travel or soak up some sunshine and gardening at the Brennan park.
For everyone, Lifefullness is valuable home ownership with less of the stress associated with upkeep – a welcome change from the aging homes on the resale market in Colorado.

WK Real Estate broker associate Jason Pickle explained that Brennan by the Lake is an “intelligently designed neighborhood created with a Lifestyle Association,” Boulder Creek’s take on a traditional home owner’s association. “The HOAs manage a handful of exterior home maintenance chores leaving more time for you,” he said. Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, an award-winning builder based in Louisville for more than a decade, crafts neighborhoods that foster community and floorplans that maximize vivacious living with “right-sized” layouts.

This idea of “right-sizing” is popular with the team at Boulder Creek. Davidson explains that many homebuyers are moving out of two-story family homes with large yards and room for the kids, and into homes that are better suited for both their current and future needs. Popular on their wish list are the main-floor masters and ranch-style floorplans, a Lifestyle Association to manage many outdoor chores, and an open floorplan designed to be more efficient, with fewer unnecessary rooms that cost time and resources to keep warm, cool, and clean. 

“The buyers interested in Brennan by the Lake really like the right-sized floorplan,” Pickle said. “The square footage is open, bright and built for entertaining. Buyers love the main floor living space and smart layout.” Homes by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods appeal to all stages of life. Hallmarks of the easyHouse patio homes are zero-step entryways, wider hallways and doorways, and spacious bathrooms. The distance between kitchen counters and the island is purposefully roomy, electric outlets are raised to reduce bending and one-story living saves time, energy, and daily trips up and down stairs. “It’s a great option for the aging adult,” Pickle said. “Many of the buyers are local and excited to downsize into a smart, low-maintenance, well-built home.”

Nonetheless, since Brennan by the Lake offers multiple floorplans for both single-family patio homes and townhomes, “there is something for everyone,” Pickle said. Brennan residents channel free time into hobbies rather than yardwork, and fill evenings with laidback Colorado living – instead of exterior home maintenance.

Shawn Carroll and his wife, Arianna Jakositz, for example, moved into a patio home at Brennan in September and said low-maintenance living has revolutionized their free time. “We used to live in Frederick, where we spent most of our free time taking care of our yard and home,” Carroll said. “We love to travel and are outdoorsy people, so moving to Brennan by the Lake meant we could have the flexibility to do the things we loved and not worry about weeding. Moving here completely changes your perspective about your free time.”

Carroll added, “It feels like the sky’s the limit. We plan to spend more time with friends and family, riding our bikes, learning new things, not worrying about our yard.”

Carroll and his wife also appreciate the diversity of ages in the neighborhood. “We’ve had some of our neighbors over, and we find it interesting to talk to people with different perspectives and life experiences,” he said.

Boulder Creek Neighborhood’s commitment to low-maintenance living helps influence their commitment to reducing energy use in buyer’s homes, which frees up valuable resources for other uses. Among other features, homes at Brennan by the Lake include top Energy Star-rated appliances and high-efficiency furnaces. After all, “durability and efficiency contribute to a low-maintenance lifestyle by reducing the likelihood of expensive home maintenance and repair projects,” said Davidson. “This frees up time and resources to spend on other activities, like spending more time with friends and family, hobbies and travel.”

“Brennan by the Lake is a great little neighborhood,” Pickle said. “It’s perfectly located just minutes from I-25 with easy access to Lafayette, Louisville and Longmont. You get to share in the charm of Erie as well as the many nearby communities with that small-town feel.” For perks, Erie has been named among “the Best Places to Live in America” by Money Magazine and boasts an outstanding take on the Colorado lifestyle. Next door, Thompson Reservoir is stocked annually with rainbow trout and features walking trails, picnic areas and wildlife viewing.

Carroll said the landscaping at Brennan by the Lake is “very well done” and includes a large park and community garden. A green belt runs between homes, lending natural ambience and promoting an open feel. Homeowners gather often to play horseshoes, shuffleboard or bocce in the communal space, and community book and discussion clubs meet weekly.

“Boulder Creek has a well-earned reputation for top-quality homes at a great value,” Davidson said. “Brennan is an ideal community for those looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle with lots of time for what they enjoy.”

Brennan by the Lake offers a variety of home sizes, layouts, and prices – with homes ranging from 1,500 to more than 2,700 square feet. Whether you are seeking main floor living, a three car garage, upstairs bonus space, or a home with two main floor suites, Brennan has a new, low-maintenance lifestyle ready for you. Starting in the mid $400s, homes are selling quickly, with only a handful of patio homes and
several townhomes remaining.

For more information, the Boulder Creek Online Concierge team is available at 720.548.2820 to answer questions or schedule personal tours of the models or the very few quick move ins (available now). Joining the interest list is the best way to stay up-to-date with new homesite releases and more information. Sign up at

By Sarah Huber. Photos by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods