More than half of the Superior neighborhood is now sold.

What happens when a leading Colorado builder partners with a top interior design firm?

While some in home construction value function above form, Boulder Creek Neighborhoods celebrates both, weaving low-maintenance convenience with winsome style, main-floor living with clean lines and a commitment to easy living with thoughtfully designed floor plans.

Known for its award-winning homes and communities throughout Boulder County, Boulder Creek partners with well-known local interior design specialist Saddleback Design to put the finishing touches on their homes – important touches like flooring, counters and tile work.

Such is the case at the popular Superior neighborhood, The Villas at Calmante. This exclusive neighborhood of just thirty-three low maintenance ranch-style homes (more than half of which have been claimed) showcases some of the most popular home design trends, from wall tiles to fireplace stone and beyond.

Exquisite design at 
The Villas at Calmante

Saddleback Design Manager Lesley Hodges said Saddleback designers transform well-designed, well-built “Boulder Creek houses into well-loved, peaceful homes.” She explained, “Calmante home buyers work with a Saddleback Design expert to create a functional space that reflects the buyers’ lifestyle and can become their sanctuary.” This empowers home buyers to create a haven they love with support from Boulder Creek Neighborhoods and Saddleback Design.

“It all starts with a conversation that happens when Boulder Creek home buyers come into our showroom,” Hodges said. “We listen, and ask the right questions. The designer is dedicated 100 percent to that appointment and to finding out who those homeowners are and how they want to live in their home. We help the homeowners find the right interior design for their lifestyle. We ask about their hobbies and interests and whether they have pets.” This information is invaluable when buyers are personalizing their new Boulder Creek home. Details like these can inform decisions on materials, styles, and create a home that helps the owner live the life they always dreamed.

Saddleback Design, based in a 7,000-square-foot showroom housing thousands of design options, experts guide home buyers through the design experience – what Boulder Creek calls ‘the fun part’. “Calmante homes tap into current and traditional design trends with simple, streamlined accents and smart, elegant surfaces,” says Hodges.

“In the kitchen and bath, Calmante home owners play with hued glass and tiles in vivid colors,” she says. “Buyers have moved away from more ornate designs,” such as the dotted backsplashes laid diagonally in the 1980s. Popular countertops are granite, quartz and natural stone.

Nowhere is this more evident than at the model home in the neighborhood. Located at 2741 Calmante Ave. in Superior, the model is full of interior design eye-candy… including travertine floors, stacked stone wall details, granite waterfall countertops and luxe wall tiles in metallics, glass, marble, mirror and mosaic.

“When you walk into a house we helped design, we can immediately tell whose home it is. We love bringing that level of personalization to the home – making it so you can feel the personality of the owners shine through with the finishes they’ve selected.” Hodges said. Calmante homebuyers visit Saddleback’s showroom and regularly request advice about paint and window treatments, in addition to the usual surface selections. “One of our Boulder Creek buyers came so frequently that they became a fixture. We love developing relationships with Boulder Creek home buyers,” Hodges said. “Once this family moved in, they had their designer over for a glass of wine and to see the finishes in their new home.”

“My favorite room in the Calmante floor plans has got to be the “Entertainer’s Kitchen,” Hodges says, pointing to a popular option available on several of the Villas floor plans. “I love to cook, I love to eat and I love to entertain – and this kitchen is perfect for that.” The Entertainer’s Kitchen at Calmante offers an expanded pantry, an enhanced island, multiple dishwashers, an ice maker and more – including a choice of upgraded appliances including Wolf and Thermador. Hodges gushes, “It’s an ideal space for entertaining and family gatherings. I really believe the kitchen is the heart of the home, and they nailed it.”

Low-maintenance and location equals ease of living

Chris Mason, community manager at the Villas at Calmante, noted that many buyers not only enjoy cooking and entertaining, but they’re also drawn to Calmante’s main floor, accessible living and perhaps most crucially, low-maintenance lifestyle. “People who move here aren’t necessarily downsizing, but they are ‘right sizing,’” he said. “They’re moving for main-floor living, for the convenience of being able to travel all over the world without worrying about what’s going on back home.”

Main-floor living means the master suite with walk-in closets and a spacious bath is near the laundry room, and the open-concept kitchen, dining and living area are all on the same level. A finished basement features a spacious rec room for a home theater, extra bedrooms for guests, and ample storage space.

Calmante “backs up to thousands of acres of Boulder County open space, and the topography of the site is such that neither side of the street looks directly at the front of another house,” explained Mason. “Each home has some nice elevation of its own.”

Ease of living is the goal at The Villas at Calmante, where the “intelligently designed neighborhood is created with a neighborhood lifestyle association, or HOA,” he said. Calmante home owners are liberated from snow shoveling, raking, weeding and exterior painting, among other household chores.

Calmante’s vibe

“There are broad variety of people who live here, of course,” Mason said, “but we definitely have an interesting community of professionals, artists and athletes. One neighbor is up early each day walking the trails in the open space across the street. Others are out cycling, hiking and skiing. People are walking with their pets and chatting.” Many home owners volunteer in the community and are involved in book and social clubs, lecture circuits and crafting bees.

Mason continued, “from the home design to the layout of the neighborhood, Calmante gives buyers something unusual in the market” – a low-maintenance home offering main-floor living at 3,000 to 3,700 square feet in a tight-knit community. Just as Saddleback Design is unique as a design company actually founded by designers, Boulder Creek is unique as a lifestyle builder genuinely dedicated to enriching lifestyles and fashioning homes that fuel passions and enhance lives.

Calmante home owners adore Calmante’s brilliant location and Superior’s downtown revitalization, Mason said. Denver and the Denver International Airport are about 30 minutes away, and there’s no shortage of things to do in Boulder County, with proximity to the mountains and outdoor sports, prime eateries, craft breweries and art galleries.

Presenting a limited opportunity, more than half of the homes at The Villas at Calmante are currently sold. Many buyers are finishing their homes in the $1.2 to $1.6 million range. For more information, visit calmanteliving.com or call 720.459.6262 to speak with the Boulder Creek sales concierge team, available seven days a week to answer questions and set up personal appointments to tour these amazing Villas homes.

By Sarah Huber

Photos courtesy of 
Boulder Creek Neighborhoods