New Northern Colorado home communities deliver high-end sustainability and beautiful details

Home buyers seeking a home with high-end amenities, ultra-sustainability and excellent craftsmanship are in luck. Across the region, some of the newest home communities – including Baseline, Sonders Fort Collins and Saddle Creek – are on the cutting edge of smart home design and luxury touches. 

Baseline in Broomfield

Baseline is a master-planned community and haven for business, retail, education and natural wellbeing at the junction of I-25, Northwest Parkway and Baseline Road in Broomfield. Developed by McWhinney, a real estate investment company, Baseline includes Limited Edition and luxury homes by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, David Weekley Homes and Berkeley Homes. 

Baseline will link city and nature with more than 9,000 residencies, dozens of pocket parks, a comprehensive trail system, more than 170 acres of open land, a K-12 school and a dining and shopping district anchored by a pedestrian plaza. Parklands, Baseline’s 62-acre linear park under development, extends through the entire community, and the Butterfly Pavilion, currently based in Westminster, will relocate its facility to Baseline.

“Baseline’s community values of environmental stewardship, healthy living and sustainability truly do set it apart. No matter the price point, the mission of Baseline is to bring together varied housing solutions, meeting the needs of people at different stages in life, that collectively support a walkable, vibrant economic center where the community can thrive together,” said Kyle Harris, senior vice president at McWhinney.

Boulder Creek Neighborhoods

Exclusively for Baseline, Boulder Creek Neighborhoods “created a whole new line of designs to fit the community,” explained Jason Sinkey, creative manager at Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.

Boulder Creek’s Limited Edition collection showcases inventive, artistic designs that “flow seamlessly from the streetscape, reflect the priorities of the Baseline community and are grand and gracious from every angle,” said principal architect Mitch Traeger. He added, “The architecture becomes the jewelry on the street.”

The three-level Iconic model at Baseline dazzles with a two-story outdoor entrance and welcoming courtyard for outdoor living every day of the year. Inside, the entertainer’s kitchen includes a butler’s pantry, baking station, two dishwashers, a mini bar, a built-in fridge and Thermador, KitchenAid or JennAir appliance. Gorgeous cabinetry by Primary Kitchen and brass plumbing and lighting fixtures round out the food-prep wow factor. The Iconic, at about 3,100 square feet, starts at $1.1 million.

David Weekley Homes

The Fletcher by David Weekley Homes ushers the best of the builder’s Pinnacle Collection to Baseline. Combining an innovative layout with timeless appeal, the Fletcher floorplan radiates luxury and ease. An upstairs retreat is a cozy spot for family movie nights, and the open-concept living space on the main level leads seamlessly to a covered porch, perfect for outdoor dining and entertaining. Ranging from almost 2,000 to 3,281 square feet, the Fletcher starts in the mid-$800,000s. A Fletcher model will soon join David Weekley’s model home collection at Baseline.

Berkeley Homes

Residence 3 at Baseline by Berkeley Homes weaves a sleek design with spacious entertainment zones. A striking entry greets guests with an expansive flex room on the ground level before leading to the great room and dining area on the main level. Energy Star-rated appliances, quartz countertops and a gas range with hood bring beauty and efficiency to the kitchen. Indoor-outdoor living is prioritized, between a sun-lit balcony on the front of the home for morning coffee and an optional rooftop patio – ideal for those who love to host friends and family in spring, summer and fall. On the third level, the primary bedroom includes an ensuite bath with double vanities and a sizable walk-in closet. Residence 3 numbers 2,248 square feet and starts in the mid-$600,000s.

Sonders Fort Collins

Uniquely designed to foster a healthy culture for active aging, Sonders Fort Collins is the nation’s first Pre-certified Lifelong Community, as recognized by Colorado State University’s Institute for the Built Environment (IBE). This means that homes at Sonders are not only constructed with exquisite attention to detail and sustainability, but they also offer main-floor living to meet the needs of all ages and abilities. “This is truly a visionary community that is going above and beyond standard practices to create a place where people of all ages and abilities can live healthy, meaningful and engaged lives,” said Brian Dunbar, executive director of IBE.

Sonders Fort Collins is nestled along the shores of Richard’s Lake and boasts a network of gentle trails and parks seeded with native blooms. The Sonders Learning Center, one of the pinnacles of the lifelong community’s master plan, will feature an outdoor pool and studios devoted to specific life-enriching pursuits, such as fitness and the arts. Minutes from Old Town Fort Collins, Sonders ensures easy access to restaurants, shopping and multiple golf courses.

Local home builders make the dream of active aging a reality at Sonders. Model homes by Bridgewater Homes and Thrive Homes are open to explore, and move-in-ready homes are available. 

At Sonders Fort Collins: Bridgewater Homes

The Hudson by Bridgewater Homes is among the builder’s most popular single-floor homes. With five bedrooms over 3,710 square feet and a finished walk-out basement, the plan includes engineered hardwood floors, a fireplace and a master suite with a spa-like bath. In the kitchen, quartz countertops and cabinetry by Tharp partners with stainless steel appliances, a gas range and a walk-in pantry to fulfill every chef’s dream. The Hudson starts at $899,000.

At Sonders Fort Collins: Thrive Home Builders

Homes by Thrive Home Builders celebrate a modern take on the quintessential architectural style of Fort Collins. The Concord collection of singe-level patio homes by Thrive can be modified to fit a variety of lifestyles: Bedrooms may be swapped out within floorplans, and the living space can be expanded by up to 300 square feet. Flexible options include three-car garages or the option to transform a garage bay into an extra bedroom or study. The Retreat floorplan, available between about 3,300 and 3,600 square feet, offers the bonus option of a detached casita and starts at $836,872.

Saddle Creek in Boulder

Saddle Creek is a refreshing re-imagination of Boulder life. Thanks to decks boasting panoramic views on every level of each Saddle Creek residence, homeowners can daily sink anew into a personalized mountain retreat only steps from the Boulder Creek path to Downtown Boulder. Residences are designed with the lay of the land at the forefront, with stunning features inspired by the location and vibe of the community. “At Saddle Creek, you are just outside the heart of the city but feel like you’re deep in the mountains,” said Angela Moss of 8z Real Estate, who is listing Saddle Creek with Daphne Queen.

Designed by Creative West Architecture, DAJ Designs and Surround Architecture and meticulously appointed by TRH Interior Design, the multi-level residences at Saddle Creek present spacious floorplans and graceful transitions between interior and exterior spaces. Lot O, separated into two home units, offers a blend of modern design and captivating exterior stonework with folded roof planes and large view windows. In each unit, the master suite, accessible by elevator or stairs, inhabits the uppermost floor with a roof-top deck (with an optional hot tub) overlooking the surrounding canyons. EV chargers, PV solar panels and ultra-energy-efficient mechanical systems are standard. At four levels and about 2,480 square feet per unit, the residences of Lot O at Saddle Creek are priced at $3,570,000.   

By Sarah Huber, At Home Luxe. Photos courtesy Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, David Weekley Homes, Berkeley Homes, Bridgewater Homes and Saddle Creek.