By Wendy McMillan, At Home
It’s a busy world out there. Staggering leaps in technology, countless modern conveniences, and instant communication options via numerous channels keep life moving at a rapid pace. But sometimes everyone just yearns for a little peace, especially at home. Imagine waking up each day beckoned by shimmering lakes, miles of trails, genuine neighborly community, and stunning wildlife…all gently tucked away within the thriving heart of Northern Colorado. Sounds dreamy, right? Residents of The Lakes at Centerra consider it a dream come true.
Developed by McWHINNEY, a Colorado-based real estate investment and development firm, The Lakes offers a striking variety of new homes, from easy-living townhomes to spacious single-family homes. The broad range features the talents of four innovative home builders: Landmark Homes, William Lyon Homes, KB Home and Richmond American Homes. More than 15 different floorplans, starting in the $300s and ranging from 1,400 to 4,000 square feet, allow for everything from low-maintenance living to plentiful outdoor entertaining.
While not obvious from Loveland Exit 257, The Lakes at Centerra is nestled conveniently just off Boyd Lake Avenue at Highway 34. The prime location boasts a vast array of retail, dining, fitness, outdoor art, medical services and everyday conveniences within minutes, not to mention a prime position for a smooth commute. Add to that the community’s Lake Club, which overlooks Houts Reservoir and is the recipient of two key awards from the National Association of Home Builders. With beautifully decorated indoor and outdoor spaces, the Lake Club invites residents to relax and unwind, gather fireside, dockside, or poolside in a comfortable outdoor setting.
There are countless gems that make The Lakes at Centerra a true treasure. But perhaps what makes this special neighborhood stand out most is its a uniquely harmonious lifestyle. Purposefully and thoughtfully designed to an exceptional degree, The Lakes at Centerra offers deep, abiding connection to nature and a caring, vibrant community at every turn. Here is a place to celebrate and engage with the peacefulness of wildness.
Community Wildlife Habitat
Last year, Centerra was officially designated as Colorado’s first Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. What does this mean? Since 1973, the National Wildlife Federation has provided millions of people with basic guidelines for making their landscapes more wildlife-friendly, resulting in more than 200,000 certified habitats nationwide. Centerra and High Plains Environmental Center are brimming with pride to be Colorado’s first to join this select group of communities across the nation.
A Community Wildlife Habitat demonstrates commitment to a healthy and active eco-system. Nature, and the opportunity to connect with, enjoy, and sustain it, is nourished and prioritized. A Community Wildlife Habitat creates multiple habitat areas in backyards, schoolyards, corporate properties, community gardens, parkland and other spaces. To date, 107 habitats have been created in Centerra with 90 becoming a Certified Community Wildlife Habitat.
At The Lakes, it’s not uncommon to spot darting foxes while ambling along the bike path. Bald eagles soaring overhead or barn owls keeping an eye on things. They are not short of majestic company. In fact, roughly 150 different kinds of birds, fish, and mammals find welcome dwelling here.
“We are thrilled to become the first community in Colorado to receive this designation because it recognizes both our own deep commitment to creating sustainable communities that are environmentally aware and our residents who have joined us by designing and designating their yards with nature in mind,” said David Crowder, vice president of community development and general manager of Centerra. “We hope that this designation will inspire more Centerra residents to register their yards and become leading environmental stewards of our growing community.”
High Plains Environmental Center
Smack in the middle of The Lakes at Centerra, the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) epitomizes dedication to the natural world with its focus on restoring nature where we live, work and play. The urban environmental park is composed of 76 acres of land and over three miles of trails surrounding two shimmering lakes…The Lakes at Centerra’s vast backyard. At HPEC, discover a living laboratory experience that explores connections between sustainable living and ecological processes that foster personal community and well-being. Visitors are invited to explore the trails, fish in designated locations, and participate in numerous fun, hands-on activities, educational workshops, and presentations.
In 2014, HPEC applied to register the 3,000-acre master-planned community as a Community Wildlife Habitat. The team worked diligently over a four-year period to attain the certification and designation, leading various projects focused on wetland restoration, landscaping that attracts and supports pollinators, and native plant propagation. Centerra’s long-term partnership embraced the opportunity to team up with HPEC to create a community where people and wildlife can flourish.
At The Lakes, everybody benefits from the projects that earned the Community Wildlife Habitat designation. The evidence is all around. “These projects benefit native plants, wildlife, and people through the creation of sustainable landscapes that require little or no pesticides, fertilizers, or excess watering,” said Jim Tolstrup, executive director of High Plains Environmental Center. “These native landscapes connect natural areas that have been fragmented by human activity and allow for enhanced wildlife habitat and migration corridors. They consume less water and other resources than conventional landscapes, as they are adapted to Colorado’s arid environment. Native habitat landscaping can serve to beautify our urban areas and give residents pride in their neighborhoods.”
High Plains STEAM Neighborhood School
Included among the created habitats honored with the Community Wildlife Habitat designation are areas at Thompson School District’s newest pre-K-8th grade academy, the High Plains School. Adjacent to The Lakes, High Plains is proud to offer a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) focus. It is also a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) school. Noted for its dedication to supporting the whole child, students at High Plains are nurtured and empowered in their path to becoming successful, engaged citizens of the world. This neighborhood school is perfect for young learners to thrive, integrating creative arts with the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math.
Ready to make The Lakes at Centerra your personal haven? Nine beautifully decorated model homes are open for tours daily.
The Lakes at Centerra is located off Boyd Lake Avenue and Highway 34 at 4555 Long Pine Lake Drive in Loveland. It is about ten minutes from downtown Loveland, less than a half-hour from Fort Collins, Windsor and Greeley, and less than one hour from Denver International Airport.