markel-homes-easy-living-louisville-2BOULDER – Boulder-based Markel Homes is fulfilling the homeowner’s dream of less maintenance and more freedom with a mix of product types going up in Block 10 in the southwest corner of North End in Louisville. Dubbed easy living products, the owners of Block 10 duplexes and condo lofts receive lawn care and snow removal services through the Home Owners Association, giving the buyers ready-made lock ‘n leave convenience. Home maintenance is kept to a minimum thanks to durable building materials, green construction practices and Energy Star® efficiencies.

Easy living amenities
Hassle-free easy living resonates with buyers looking to trade yard work, gardening and home maintenance projects for Saturdays on the bike path, hiking trail or ski slope. The ability to lock the door and leave – for an hour, a weekend or a month – appeals to people with an active lifestyle and those who want the freedom to travel without the worry of an empty home and untended yard.

Block 10 single-family homes & duplexes
The single-family homes and duplexes in Block 10 feature main floor and upper level master suites in 3-bed/2.5-bath arrangements. The single-family two-story homes are designed in contemporary and newwest architectural styling, with mountain and/or Hecla Lake views in certain locations.

The easy living duplexes are available in single and two-story styles, with finished lower levels in the ranch-style plan. Prominent windows, angled roof lines and a bold palette contribute to great-looking exteriors. The homes at 2103 and 2107 Hecla Drive are finished and on the market for $714,900 (2103) and $709,900 (2107). The duplexes are under construction, with the first scheduled for completion this fall. Duplex pricing begins at $669,900.

markel-homes-easy-living-louisville-4Condo loft presales under way
Markel Homes is about to begin construction on their third 12-plex of easy living condo lofts at North End. All three 12-plexes are located on Hecla Drive, east of 95th Street and one block north of South Boulder Road. Buyers in the first 12-plex moved into their condos in August. Sales for the second 12-plex – on target for a March 2017 completion – have been robust, with only one unit remaining. Markel broke ground on the third easy living  12-plex in July, with completion tentatively scheduled for Fall 2017. Building three pricing starts at $399,900. Several units offer Back Range views, and every condo includes a deck or patio and a single-car garage. Markel has future plans to also include easy living condo lofts in the product mix at Block 10.

Unique quad footprint
Every condo in these custom-designed 12-plexes occupies a coveted corner location, with large windows in the great room and master suite. Each condo has a patio or deck and several units offer Back Range mountain views. The building is equipped with a secured front entry and an elevator. The distinctive “butterfly” roofline and the variety of exterior materials create great-looking architecture with definite curb appeal.

Single-level loft living
Measuring 1,133 square feet, the 2-bed/2-bath floor plan features open living, dining and kitchen areas, with a patio or deck off the great room. The master suite includes a walk-in closet and an attached bath with a large shower and double-sink vanity. The second bedroom and full bath work beautifully as guest quarters, a home office, or media room. The stylish kitchen is equipped with maple cabinetry, solid surface countertops, gas range, pantry cabinet and peninsula with breakfast bar. The 12-plex is Energy Star® certified for durability, comfort and savings. The inside temperature is regulated with an innovative nest® thermostat, programmable from your smartphone or tablet.

Sales center open daily
The North End sales center, open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesdays 2 to 5 p.m.), is located in the award-winning contemporary Cascade model at 1805 Blue Star Lane in Louisville. To learn more about the condo 12-plex and the Block 10 products at North End, or to explore other Markel communities and properties, visit the company’s website at You can follow Markel Homes on and Facebook.

By Rebecca Lee, for At Home.