LONGMONT – Jeff Stuffings wasn’t actually house hunting when he discovered Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. He was hanging out with a friend who lives across the street from one of the builder’s communities. Bored, the two decided to walk through some of the model homes just to pass the time.
He was impressed immediately, but that neighborhood wasn’t in the area he’s come to think of as home. However, one of the community managers mentioned an upcoming development in southwest Longmont. That’s how Stuffings first heard about Tramonto.
“I’ve lived in this area for six years,” Stuffings said. With over 40 years under his belt as an airline pilot, he’s been all over the world. “I’m going to retire this coming June,” he said, and he has no intention of leaving Longmont. This is where he wants to be.
While he didn’t first encounter Boulder Creek Neighborhoods as a part of a house hunt, he was on the lookout for a new home. With retirement coming up, he wanted to find a place that better fit his lifestyle. Like Boulder Creek, Stuffings understands the huge role your home plays when it comes to quality of life. He has every intention of having a full, active and fulfilling retirement, and that meant finding a home that works for him, and will facilitate an active lifestyle.
For Stuffings, the top priorities were location, layout, and a low-maintenance lifestyle.
Stuffings is familiar with travel. He’s a pilot. He knows all too well the hassle home maintenance can become when you’re on the road (or in the sky). Even simple tasks, like yardwork, become exponentially more cumbersome. His attitude toward household chores is pretty straight-forward. “Been there, done that,” he said with a laugh.
As a result, he resolved to buy a home that was easy to manage. Boulder Creek fit the bill perfectly. All Boulder Creek homes, including the ranch-style patio homes at Tramonto, offer a signature style of low-maintenance living. Many of the typical outdoor tasks associated with home ownership are covered. No more mowing the lawn. No more snow removal. All of those kinds of things will be done for Stuffings, allowing him to spend his time enjoying his retirement.
It’s hard to overstate the profound impact a low-maintenance home can have on lifestyle. Karen Sanders, the community sales manager at Tramonto, estimates that Boulder Creek home owners get back 6 to 8 hours of free time every week. Imagine everything you could do with an extra 6-8 hours of time each week. No matter what stage of life you’re at, that’s no small thing.
For Stuffings, the benefits go even further. He owns a condo on an island off the coast of Florida. He loves living in Colorado, but explained that sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the mountains and relax on a beach. A low-maintenance home will allow him to get away whenever he likes without having to worry.
Of course, even having chores done on your behalf won’t make a home a good value unless it’s paired with stellar construction and a solid, flexible layout. Again, Stuffings said the Boulder Creek homes at Tramonto were in a class all their own.
Boulder Creek specializes in homes that emphasize main floor living. In simple terms, that means the areas of the home most likely to see use on a day-to-day basis are all on the main floor. The kitchen, living room, master suite, and all exterior entrances are accessible without the inconvenience of stairs.
“Certainly, the designs are appealing,” Stuffings said, adding that his home will feature “a good, flexible, working floor plan” that “utilizes square-footage to the maximum.”
The final priority for Stuffings was location. He wanted a home not just in the Longmont area, but one close to the airport, with easy access to Boulder. Tramonto is located in southwest Longmont at the corner of Pike and Renaissance. The neighborhood is in close proximity to daily shopping, and Boulder is just a few minutes away.
Sanders, the community sales manager mentioned earlier, worked with Stuffings during his home-buying process. She’s candid about the value of Tramonto’s location. “This is the only, literally, the only ranch-style home community in this area,” she said.
In fact, just a couple of weeks ago Boulder Creek held a Grand Opening event for Tramonto. It was an opportunity for interested potential buyers to check out the community and find out a little more about the builder behind the project. “It was a very well attended event,” Sanders said. For the majority of the folks in attendance, there were two main draws: low-maintenance living and Boulder Creek, itself.
Boulder Creek has a strong reputation, not just regionally, but nationally. When Boulder Creek develops a new community, buyers know that everything about it, from the infrastructure to the floor plans of individual homes, will be done right. As evidence, consider this. The first phase of the Tramonto neighborhood includes 34 homes. To date, 13 of them are already under contract, and every one of those contracts was signed prior to construction.
If that sounds like a big deal, it is. Buying a home is a major investment. Buying one sight-unseen is almost unheard of. Unless, that is, you’re talking about Boulder Creek. It’s actually not unusual for the builder to contract multiple homes shortly after the announcement of a new neighborhood. Their reputation for quality construction and top-tier customer service is just that strong.
In the case of Tramonto, Sanders attributes the advanced sales to “limited availability of this kind of ranch-style, low-maintenance living in this area.”
For interested home buyers, the take-away is simple. The remaining homes at Tramonto aren’t likely to be on the market long. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, lifestyle-enhancing home in the southwest Longmont area, now is the time to act.
By Adam Martin, At Home. Photos by Timothy Seibert. Renderings Provided by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.