New lower-maintenance ‘Opportunities’ in Westminster coming soon
As students return to school and recent graduates spread their wings, it’s the perfect season “to reevaluate your house needs,” said Jessica Champlin, chief revenue officer at Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. “Empty nesters often discover that they no longer require, or want to take care of, the sprawling two-story home with the huge yard.” Instead, she continued, “They’re looking for a lower-maintenance home that suits their changing lifestyle and their dreams for the future.”
Aiming to meet these new lifestyle dreams, Boulder Creek Neighborhoods is introducing the Knolls, a lower-maintenance enclave at West 128th Avenue and Huron Street in Westminster. Just a 20-minute commute from Boulder and centrally located between the Denver International Airport and northern Colorado mountain corridors, the Knolls at Westminster is planned to deliver convenience in both location and design. “The Knolls is a ranch-style community with paired patio homes featuring the main-floor living our homeowners love at the right size for them,” Champlin explained. “New neighborhoods in Westminster are rare, especially those focused entirely on main-floor living, making the Knolls a unique and desirable community.” More than 500 perspective buyers have already joined the interest list, in pursuit of the ease of main-floor living alongside the freedom and flexibility of a lower-maintenance home.
Living the life of dreams in a flexible floor plan
Based in Louisville, Boulder Creek Neighborhoods is known for its craftsmanship, efficient designs and commitment to what the team calls “lifefullness,” or “living your life to the fullest.” “Our homes and neighborhoods are designed to allow you to chase your dreams – whatever those may be,” Champlin said. Epitomizing the Boulder Creek call to “lifefullness,” homes at the Knolls present efficient, modern floor plans “while skipping the unnecessary spaces empty nesters no longer want to clean, maintain and heat or cool,” she said. Sales are expected to begin in the fall of 2023, with move-in projected next spring, and the Knolls will unveil two model homes in early 2024.
The Knolls will feature two of Boulder Creek’s best selling floor plans series: Opportunities One and Opportunities Two. Similar to neighborhoods recently built out in Superior and Thornton, The Opportunities series is focused on main-floor living, with no steps needed for daily conveniences such as the kitchen, master suite and laundry rooms. The Knolls will offer a variety of sizes and designs to meet a multiplicity of homeowner needs and wants. “The Opportunities series of homes is so flexible,” says Boulder Creek vice president of sales, Brian Fink. “These floor plans work for single buyers to roommates to couples that love to host out-of-town guests.”
Indeed, the Opportunities Two series start off with the most efficient design – homes that start on a crawl space, meaning they have no downstairs basement. “At 1,200 to 1,500 square feet, many buyers are thrilled to find a home that offers everything they need, and nothing they don’t,” says Fink. The neighborhood sizes up to an impressive 3,000+ square feet in an Opportunities One with a finished lower level (option) for the most spacious layouts. Boulder Creek’s commitment to ease of living remains regardless of size, however, with all homes featuring wider hallways and doors, raised plug heights, and main floor living focus.
Boulder Creek Neighborhoods is excited to offer two new floor plans within the Opportunities’ series, exclusive to the Knolls, said Fink, vice president of sales at Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. “The Vista is ideal for entertaining and conversation,” he said. “You can opt for a flex space that can be closed off with French doors to make a study or studio, or you can leave that space open to create a large open space.” The Vista’s private covered patio is a relaxation oasis, and there’s more than enough room for outdoor dining or a potted garden.
The second new floor plan, the Apex, likewise offers a flex space that could function as a study or as a casual dining area. “Our goal was to provide options so that home buyers can see what would best meet their needs,” he said. As with all plans at the Knolls, The Vista and Apex floor plans both offer a spectrum of options for finishes and appliances. “That’s so much of the excitement of building a new home, choosing your home site and finishes. It’s really the chance to make the home yours,” said Champlin.
A good number of home sites at the Knolls face westerly exposure, and the neighborhood itself leads into open space and the Big Dry Creek trail. “The entire neighborhood is anchored around a park with trails connecting to the Big Dry Creek trail – great for walking and biking,” Fink said. “The park will feature our homeowners’ favorite amenities, including pickleball courts, a covered gazebo and grills. It’s the centerpiece of the neighborhood.”
A ‘right-sized’ opportunity
“These homes are ideal for empty nesters and downsizers, and for those seeking an easy-to-care-for home,” Champlin said. Homes in the Opportunities One series span 1,800 to 2,000 square feet on the main floor and are expected to finish around $900,000. Opportunities Two floor plans offer between 1,200 and 1,500 square feet on the main floor and are expected to finish in the high $500s for homes on a crawl space (basements will add to that price).
A hallmark feature of this Boulder Creek community is the focus on lower-maintenance living. Many exterior home maintenance chores will be managed on behalf of the homeowner, including snow removal and yard care, enabling homeowners to trade time-intensive yardwork for weekends in the mountains, afternoons with family and friends or an evening in with a book.
Perhaps most importantly, the Knolls offers new homeowners instant community and meaningful connections. Champlin said, “We’ve built the Opportunities collection in Thornton, Superior and Longmont – and in all these places, we’ve seen empty nesters, single folks and siblings buying homes and then coming together to build a unique and interconnected community right from the start. They’re often at a similar stage in life and share similar values.” That’s why clubs and activities keep homeowners engaged in each Boulder Creek neighborhood. “These neighbors are socializing in their community and setting up book clubs, pickleball leagues, wine and bunco nights, walking clubs and more,” she added. “It makes these neighbors really welcoming and special.”
To join the interest list, visit LiveKnolls.com or call the Boulder Creek online concierge at 303.309.0088.
By Sarah Huber, for At Home Colorado. Photos courtesy: Boulder Creek Neighborhoods