LONGMONT – When the Groszs decided 18 months ago to downsize their home, they resolved to go low-maintenance – to trade weeding for international travel, snow shoveling for RV trips around the United States and raking leaves for concerts and lectures in Boulder. A new, low-maintenance home would allow them to spend their time on the activities that mattered most to them instead of burdensome home maintenance chores.
Artist and former healthcare administrator Arlyss Grosz discovers a country’s art scene when traveling. Her husband, psychologist Dick Grosz, studies people wherever they visit. Together Arlyss and Dick prioritize travel and the “priceless lessons” they glean abroad, she said. Dick added, “We appreciate being able to experience other cultures and learn,” he said. “We believe travel makes a broader person.”
This summer the couple, married 55 years, moved from Erie to the Tramonto community in southwest Longmont. They chose a new, low-maintenance home from award-winning homebuilder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. “We looked at many neighborhoods and builders, and we kept coming back to the designs by Boulder Creek,” Dick said. “We liked the openness and feeling of the homes.” Arlyss concurred, saying the clean lines and spacious feeling won her over, and her friends were impressed with the builder’s reputation in the area.
Arlyss said, “We’re very pleased in our new home.” The Groszs’ floorplan, The Cornerstone, boasts tall ceilings, voluminous light, a lavish kitchen with room to entertain and a modern, tranquil design. The ranch-style home design means that all the daily necessities like the master suite, living areas, laundry, and kitchen are all on the main floor of the home, while guest bedrooms, a rec room, and storage are located in the finished lower level. “Plus it’s easy to keep clean,” Arlyss said. “Once through on a daily basis, and you’re good to go.”
WK Real Estate broker associate Seth Williamson explained that Tramonto is a “quiet enclave that was designed with a low-maintenance philosophy. The Lifestyle Association manages a handful of outdoor maintenance chores which really puts time back in the homeowners hands to get out and do what they love.” Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, a low-maintenance homebuilder based in Louisville for more than a decade, crafts neighborhoods that foster community and floorplans that wed vivacious living with “right-sized” homes.
Right-sized floorplans with main-floor living
Indeed, the “right-sized” floorplans by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods strive to maximize living space. “We offer unique architectural details such as 36-inch wide interior doors, wider hallways, raised wall plugs and wider clearances between the island and the kitchen counters,” said Tramonto Community Manager Rebecca Lucero. “These are a couple of the details that illustrate our commitment to the low-maintenance lifestyle. At Boulder Creek, there is a real focus on easy living.”
“Homes by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods include Energy Star-rated appliances and industry-leading construction materials and methods,” said Lucero. This focus on durability and efficiency contribute to a low-maintenance lifestyle by reducing the likelihood of expensive home maintenance and repair projects, less home repair projects “frees up time and resources to spend on other activities, such as friends and family, hobbies and travel,” Lucero said.
Trade yardwork for travel, hobbies, volunteering
Arlyss and Dick are capitalizing on their newfound time to create and travel, and “we are not all disappointed,” Dick emphasized with a chuckle. Following years of raking leaves across a broad lawn, he’s thankful for the opportunity to forget about the leaves and the lawn, and instead focus on a trip overseas or to the library. “I enjoy having more time to read and do my woodworking,” Dick said. Arlyss joked that Dick is the “support system” for her glass art, as he is the master builder behind the shelves and light table in her new in-home art studio. Arlyss’ fused glass art is displayed in the Denver Art Museum and the Evergreen Gallery.
After raising their children in Boulder and working at the University of Colorado, Arlyss and Dick spent a few years in North Dakota before Dick retired from higher education. Then they returned to Colorado, where one of their two children live – and where Arlyss discovered the art of fused glass. She recalled, “I wanted to do something with the windows of our home in Erie and considered stained glass. I thought, ‘Why not do this myself?’” She took a course and soon was privately offering her fused glass sculptures.
Dick, meanwhile, relishes volunteering at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, and together they savor walks with their dog and panorama views of Longs Peak from the neighborhood. Tramonto’s park and community garden are peaceful getaways in the neighborhood, and Longmont’s vibrant festivals and concerts spice up weekends. “We’re excited to be in Longmont for the opportunities here and also glad to be closer to Boulder. We are looking forward to attending lectures at the university again,” Dick said.
Tramonto charm and convenience
Arlyss said the Tramonto neighborhood is quiet yet friendly, and neighbors are quick to introduce themselves. Community Manager Rebecca Lucero agreed, “The homeowners have created a camaraderie amongst themselves that has made their community a special place to live.”
In their previous home, Dick said, “we had a basement full of stuff we thought we couldn’t live without. We’ve found we don’t miss any of those things.” Their down-sizing move has paid off. For Arlyss, “making a change is energizing.” She said, “The exciting part is being able to decorate and create a living environment that is totally different.”
Ultimately, low-maintenance living at Tramonto means Arlyss and Dick can wake up each morning “and determine day to day where we want to go and what we want to do.” This is the Grosz pattern in travel and in life.
For Arlyss and Dick Grosz, their low-maintenance home is crucial to living the life they always dreamed. Gone are the tedious home maintenance chores that shackled them to their previous home. Now, they enjoy the peace of mind that comes with their brand-new home, and the free time that their low-maintenance home provides. They are now free to travel, explore, learn, and relax. From learning about fishing methods in Iceland, or studying art in Cuba, “These are the things we won’t learn if we’re home doing yardwork,” Dick said.
If you’ve ever wondered how a low-maintenance home can free you from the burdens of outdoor maintenance chores and give you the peace of mind that comes with a brand-new home, now is a great time to act.
The ranch-style patio homes at Tramonto are well on their way to selling out – with a very few homes remaining at press time. Just a few quick move ins are available this fall – selections have been chosen by professional designers, and prices are in the low $600s. If choosing your finishes is more your style, don’t delay – Tramonto has only two homes left for buyers to select options, with prices starting in the high $500s.
By Sarah Huber for At Home Colorado.
Photography by Timothy Seibert and Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.