Parkside at Quail Ridge offers the popular home style in three appealing models.
Everyone knows the saying: your home is your castle. But really, who’s looking for castles these days? From the tiny house momentum to minimalistic tidying, people in all stages of life are taking note of the appeal of simplicity. When it comes to architecture, that’s not necessarily a new trend, either. In fact, according to a recent Trulia study, ranch homes hold as the most popular style of home through much of the U.S., since first soaring in popularity in the 1980s. What makes the ranch style so endearing? That depends. If you happen to be among the content residents at Longmont’s coveted Parkside at Quail Ridge neighborhood, the question is really, what isn’t to love?
Built by Boulder-based Flatirons Homes, Inc., Parkside at Quail Ridge is comprised of 36 single-family homes and 93 townhome-style condominiums in single-level and two-story designs.
Included in the wide range of options are three ranch-style plans: one ranch condominium, and single-family homes featuring two, three and four bedrooms. These unique designs, like all those at Parkside, are well indicative of the experience and skill behind the neighborhood as a whole. The company’s owners have been building in Boulder County for over thirty-five years, and the experience shows.
Like all Parkside homes at Quail Ridge, the appealing ranch styles are exceptionally energy efficient. All homes are Energy Star certified and come with a HERS (Home Energy Rating Standards) certificate that includes the home’s energy rating. The principals of Flatirons, who have always prioritized eco-friendly practices, were incorporating green building and energy efficiency methods decades before the market demanded it, says Sales Manager Cauley Kim. Furnaces, windows, fiber cement lap siding, roofs and appliances at Parkside are an attribute of energy efficient new homes that exceed the national energy code standards. Residents not only appreciate the fact that their homes represent less consumption of natural resources, they can relish lower utility bills as well.
Residents are drawn to the sustainability of their homes; they fall in love with the beautiful craftsmanship inside and out. In line with all other styles, homes feature sleek, comfortable open concept designs. Builders are highly responsive throughout the process, dedicated to working with homebuyers to ensure the utmost in satisfaction.
At Parkside, ranch-style condos are built side-by-side, not stacked. What’s more, they are always end units, leaving just one shared wall with neighbors. Further, Parkside condos with the ranch floorplan are distinct from other models in that they all have attached single-car garages.
Ranch-style, single-family homes are available in beautiful two, three and four bedroom plans of similar design including a covered front porch, back patio, stunning granite kitchen countertops, main-floor laundry and spacious nine-foot ceilings. In the two-bed, two-bath version homeowners have the option to finish the ample basement. The three and four bedroom floor plan designs feature a large master suite with five piece bath and walk-in closet; additionally, the basement is finished with a family room, two additional large bedrooms and a full bath. Single-family plans come with a two car garage.
Ranch homes’ enduring design is ideal for those in or anticipating their senior years and young families alike. “We’ve grown accustomed to associate single-floor living with our elder years, but there’s a convenience factor in having everything on one level regardless of age,” Kim says. “Families with young children don’t have to worry about chasing toddlers up and down the stairs, for one thing.”
Mary Peraro moved from Connecticut to a Parkside condominium last year to live near her three grandchildren. “I was ready for a change after retirement,” she said. “I was bored within six months after working 39 years in education, so I sold my house and all the furniture and trekked cross country with my golden retriever. Parkside offered everything.
In making the move to Colorado, Peraro wished to downsize yet maintain her quality of life with a solidly crafted home. “The condominium was perfect,” she said. “Everything I needed and wanted was here.” Now, Peraro revels in the pace of life offered by Longmont, not least due to the special attributes of her chosen neighborhood. Conveniently situated mere blocks from Highway 287, Parkside enjoys easy access to Boulder, Denver International Airport and Denver, as well as other surrounding communities. The popular Longmont Recreation Center and Longmont Museum and Cultural Center are literally one block away, with the dynamic and enterprising Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley Schools just a stone’s throw down the road. Plenty of retail and shopping are within a five-minute drive including Longmont’s thriving, eclectic Downtown Creative District.
As significant as overall location if not more so, Flatirons Homes has invested great care and attention into cultivating a neighborhood layout aimed at ensuring the wellbeing of Parkside residents. As a result, Parkside has established a unique character of its own, tempting homeowners to enjoy their free time at the community’s numerous amenities. All streets lead to a central five-acre park. This beautiful, shared green space was highly prioritized on the part of the builders as a place purposefully designed to connect people and serve as the heart of the neighborhood.
Beyond the acres of neighborhood park space, Parkside basks in stunning mountain views which residents can make the most of while taking advantage of easy access to abundant surrounding trails. Many lots at Parkside back directly up to city open space, offering all the perks of a bigger yard without the hassle. Here, Longmont’s ongoing commitment to healthy, active living opportunities for the whole community is beautifully showcased. Proposed plans for the Wertman Park space backing the neighborhood include the potential for a wildflower garden, basketball hoops, pickleball courts, slackline and/or hammock posts, a playground, picnic area and more. “Proposed plans look just amazing,” Kim says. “Whatever is in store, Parkside is a great and friendly place to live, and it just keeps on getting better.”
Single-family homes at Parkside start from $449,900. Ranch-style condominiums from $349,900.
To learn more visit flatironshomes.com or visit the sales center at 323 S. Parkside Drive in Longmont to tour the beautiful model home. Contact the helpful staff at 303.848.4185 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Wendy McMillan. Photos by Flatirons Homes