Louisville restaurateur buys again in North End
Three years ago Emilio Ruggiero, owner of Parma Trattoria & Mozzarella Bar in Louisville, saw a sign for North End on his drive into work. He stopped by the sales center and picked up a flier. Five months later, with his place in Boulder sold, Ruggiero moved into a two-story home on White Violet Way. Last month, two weeks before Christmas, Ruggiero closed on his second North End property, this time a tri-level town home. “Markel always gives me a modern look that I like,” says Ruggiero. “Markel has consistency. I like the overall style, I like that each house is different, and I love the windows.”
Single family to town home
When construction started on the town homes last summer, Ruggiero went to Michele Steward, North End Sales Manager, and asked to see the project. “I was ready to downsize,” Ruggiero recalls, “so the town homes appealed to me. Now that I’m in, I like that the kitchen and living room share the middle floor. It’s cozy. The decks are awesome. The skylights are awesome. I like the two colors of cabinets in the kitchen and the big, south-facing window in the bedroom (and in the great room).”
Open and bright kitchen and living area
The kitchen and great room are on the second level, with large decks at either end. Ruggiero has plans for a grill on the deck off the kitchen. “It’ll be fun,” he says. “We’ll put outdoor seats and a table on the deck off the living room. There’s a lot of deck space with the town homes. I like that.” The third floor houses the master suite, two more bedrooms and a bath.
“I thought my (17-year-old) son might want that first floor space, but he really likes his bedroom on the top floor.”
Unique flex space on main floor
The town home floor plan features something new from Markel Homes – a flex space at street level, with its own entrance, large south-facing window, front courtyard and bath. “The lower level is cool,” says Ruggiero. “You can close the door and lock it and have someone in there, or use it as a studio or home office. The space has its own feel.” A home office or studio comes to mind, or rental income for a space that’s private and separate from the rest of the home. The two-car garage is located on the main floor, behind the flex space.
Falcon homes available now in Block 10
Six Falcons, one of Markel’s most popular two-story designs, are under construction on Snowberry Lane in Block 10, close to downtown Louisville and the shops and services on 95th Street. Open living, dining and kitchen areas, duo-tone cabinetry, stainless steel and solid surface finishes, and natural maple hardwoods give the Falcons their contemporary tone and inviting look and feel. The upper level features a vaulted master suite with five-piece bath and walk-in closet, two more bedrooms and a second bath and laundry room. The unfinished lower level includes rough-in plumbing for future expansion as a rec room, fourth bedroom and third full bath. The detached two-car garage and outdoor living area are to the rear of the home. The walking path through open space and around Hecla Lake is just up the street from Snowberry Lane. Waneka Lake and other popular destinations are easily accessible from Block 10 via the area’s trail network. Two Falcons will be move-in ready later this month, with pricing from $769,900. The other four will be ready throughout the winter and into spring.
Variety of home types available
Only three town homes are left in the six-plex on Hecla Way. All three are interior units with master and mini-master suites and the unique main-floor flex space for $624,900. The model town home at 1459 Hecla Way will be open for touring this Sunday, January 7th, from 1 to 3 p.m. A two-story duplex is under construction, with completion scheduled for March. At $639,900, the duplex unit features beautiful natural light in an open interior, modern finishes, three bedrooms, outdoor living and an attached two-car garage plus an optional lower level finish. For the condo buyer, the time to act is now. Only four condo lofts are left in the
12-plex breaking ground this month in Block 10, with pricing from $430,500.
Louisville attracts business owners
Born and raised in Rome, Ruggiero says he really likes the Louisville area. “I don’t see myself living in Boulder again. Every year more businesses are coming to Louisville. My business partner is from Naples. He takes care of the kitchen, I take care of the front of the house. Together we know how to run a restaurant.”
The year 2017 was good to Emilio Ruggiero. He sold one home for a profit and bought a second in a community he loves, in the city where his business is located. His restaurant won the Daily Camera’s Gold Award earlier this year and, just days before our interview, Parma was named Best Business of the Year by the Louisville Chamber of Commerce. Ruggiero will receive the award on January 24th, exactly six years after opening Parma’s doors.
Sales Center open daily
The North End Sales Center is located at 1805 Blue Star Lane in Louisville. They’re open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesdays 2 to 5 p.m.). Contact Sales Manager Michele Steward at 303.604.9196 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. For more information about the homes at North End and in the Markel Homes communities throughout Boulder County, visit the company’s website at www.markelhomes.com.
By Rebecca Lee, Photography by Markel Homes