Low-maintenance patio homes at Denio West in Longmont provides the perfect fit.

Denio West in Longmont
Dennis Coombs and his wife, Kristen Kanard, decided to sell their beloved family home of more than three decades for a new low-maintenance patio home at Denio West in Longmont. (Photo: Jonathan Castner).

When Dennis Coombs and his wife, Kristen Kanard, decided to sell their beloved family home of more than three decades, they resolved to remain in Longmont. “We wanted a low-maintenance home, which will allow us to travel more for longer periods of time without worrying about whether the walks are shoveled or the lawn is mowed, but we wanted to stay in the community we love,” said Dennis. “Denio West is what we wanted in a home and is only one and a half miles from where we live.” The neighborhood, built by Louisville-based Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, is located at the corner of 9th and Hover in Longmont.

The perfect city for active retirement

Boulder Creek homes are uniquely spacious and right-sized. (Photo courtesy: Boulder Creek Neighborhoods).

Longmont’s appeal looms large for the former Longmont mayor. In the 1980s, Dennis was happily working as an electrical engineer in Seattle when Ball Aerospace asked him to fly to Colorado for an interview. “I told them I wasn’t looking for a new job, but they reminded me it was ski season,” he recalled. He flew out and was mesmerized by “the epic powder and the blue sky,” he said. Still, Dennis and Kristen surmised they’d live in Colorado merely two to three years. “Then it was so sunny here, I didn’t think I could go back,” he said.

“To my surprise, a few years ago I was asked to run for mayor, and my first response was not only ‘no,’ but ‘hell, no,” he said, laughing. “But I attended a few council meetings and thought my team-building and people skills might really be valuable here. Even more to my surprise, I won and ended up serving three two-year terms.” As mayor from 2011 to 2017, Coombs led Longmont through the heart-wrenching days of the flood of 2013 and was instrumental in rebuilding a resilient St. Vrain River Corridor. Along the way, he said, “our team put away political differences and grew strong friendships through the disaster.”

Denio West
(Photos courtesy: Boulder Creek Neighborhoods).

He said, “I’m most proud of the NextLight Broadband Project. People were telling me I was crazy and foolish, but we did it.” He similarly spearheaded the redevelopment of the Longmont mall, Village at the Peaks.

“These are things we did to make Longmont an even better place to live,” Dennis said. “I love the small town feel of Longmont while being so accessible to what the mountains have to offer.” The airport is less than 45 minutes away, and Denver and Boulder proffer a plethora of nearby cultural, culinary and outdoor experiences. The Boulder County Farmers’ Market, annual Longmont festivals, gallery events and concerts create a thriving downtown.

Ease of living at Denio West

Dennis continued, “Kristen and I are healthy and active, but we wanted to move now rather than have to do it later. We’ve been able to take the time to organize and get rid of things.” Dennis and Kristen, like many of Boulder Creek’s homebuyers, are looking forward to the ease of living at Denio West. They like that their new home is a ranch-style home, where the master suite, living areas, kitchen, and laundry are all on the same level of the house. In the lower level, the rec room and additional bedrooms are there when you need them, and out of the way when not in use. “We wanted to have plenty of room for our kids when they’re home for Christmas, and we thought it’d be great to have a TV room with a big screen and theater seating down there,” Dennis said.

Kristen is anticipating the kitchen in their Denio West easyHouse 43 floorplan by acclaimed lifestyle builder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. “Kristen is an avid cook,” Dennis said. She’s especially looking forward to all the space she’ll have with the open layout of the kitchen and great room.

“This floor plan was the right size for us,” Dennis said. “We wanted a free-standing home, and we wanted a convenient location near the mall, our church and restaurants and close to our friends.”

Efficient, spacious and ‘right-sized’

Indeed, epitomizing efficiency and comfort, Boulder Creek homes are “uniquely spacious and right-sized,” meaning the home designs can flex to suit your lifestyle said Denio West sales manager Rebecca Lucero. Outside, Colorado-inspired design highlights contemporary style and classic finishes. Large windows usher in natural light, and spacious patios welcome tranquil evenings.

Furthermore, the Coombs’ were happy to learn that both home series available at Denio West, easyHouse ranch patio homes and yourHouse townhomes, have earned Energy Star certifications. Lucero pointed out that Boulder Creek’s Energy Star rated homes meet strict requirements set out by the EPA, and high-efficiency heating, cooling, and ventilation systems take a smaller toll on the environment and your monthly utility bills.

“These are things we did to make Longmont an even better place to live,” Dennis said. “I love the small town feel of Longmont while being so accessible to what the mountains have to offer.” The airport is less than 45 minutes away, and Denver and Boulder proffer a plethora of nearby cultural, culinary and outdoor experiences. The Boulder County Farmers’ Market, annual Longmont festivals, gallery events and concerts create a thriving downtown.

Low-maintenance enables hobbies, travel

In his free time, Dennis has always enjoyed staying active.
“I used to do triathlons and have done the Ironman in Hawaii twice, but at almost 67, I can’t run that far anymore.” Now he rides gravel, road and mountain bikes and frequently competes in championships. “From our new home at Denio West, I can get on my bike and be on some great country roads in a few minutes or to trails in 10 to 12 minutes,” Dennis said. He’s participated in the Courage Classic ride supporting Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation for more than a decade.

Lucero said Denio West is perfect for those who, like Dennis and Kristen, seek “the ease of a home designed for their stage of life, along with the convenience of low-maintenance living.” She added, “Our homeowners now have more time to spend on traveling, friends and family, hobbies, or simply relaxing with a good book. They can leave town and know that the sidewalks are shoveled or the grass is mowed”

Dennis agreed. He and Kristen are planning a trip overseas this summer and hope to travel extensively throughout retirement. “We’re looking forward to experiencing more cultures,” he said. “A low-maintenance home makes this much more convenient.” 

easyHouse ranch patio homes are available now in the high $400s. At press time, less than half remain. For those seeking a low-maintenance two-story home, the flexible yourHouse townhomes may be the right fit. The yourHouse series, also available at Denio West, offers up to four bedrooms, three-car garages, and the end units feature the master suite on the main floor of the home. The yourHouse series of townhomes is available now in the mid $400s.

To learn more about low-maintenance living at Denio West, call 720.961.2959. Boulder Creek’s dedicated Sales Concierge team is available 7 days a week to answer questions or schedule a private appointment that works for your schedule. More information is also available at DwellDenio.com.

By Sarah Huber for At Home.