The Lakes at CenterraLOVELAND – “Nature was part of the reason we decided to live at The Lakes at Centerra. We enjoy watching the hawks, pelicans, bald eagles, geese, and ducks. The lakes, ponds and open areas give us a sense of open country. It is easy to take a bike ride or just go for walk and you are surrounded by nature.”

So say Lindsay and Glen Cooper, who along with their four children just celebrated two years living at the Lakes at Centerra, Loveland’s award-winning, master-planned community. The Lakes at Centerra was created as a premier residential lifestyle community, with lakeside living, mountain backdrops, inviting trails, and remarkable community amenities.

Developed by McWHINNEY, Colorado’s premier developer of the Rocky Mountain region, The Lakes at Centerra features homes from six innovative home builders: Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, Landmark Homes, TRI Pointe Homes, William Lyon Homes, Wonderland Homes, and Richmond American Homes.

The builders offer more than 30 different floor plans, ranging from 1,400 to 4,000 square feet. Homebuyers may choose from low-maintenance attached town homes, low-maintenance patio homes, and single-family homes on a range of lot sizes.
A variety of price points attracts a range of customers and budgets – families, empty nesters, retirees, single professionals – with prices ranging from the low $300,000s to the $600,000s. There are nine beautifully decorated model homes, open daily, for new homebuyers to tour and enjoy.

The Lakes at Centerra is conveniently located off Boyd Lake Avenue and Highway 34. Major employers, retail, dining, medical center, fitness center, arts, and everyday conveniences and services are located within the community, or just minutes away.

The Lakes at Centerra Lake Club wins national awards
The Lakes at Centerra Lake Club – considered the heart of this active community – has won two key awards from the National Association of Home Builders. The Platinum Community Facility Award recognized the design and function of the Lake Club as “The Best in American Living” across the nation, and the Rocky Mountain Region Award recognized the facility as the best design in the region made up of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

With beautiful and thoughtfully designed indoor and outdoor spaces, the Lake Club is perfect for connecting with friends, family, and the natural beauty of the environment. At the Lake Club residents can relax from their hectic daily routine by gathering fireside, dockside or poolside in a comfortable outdoor setting.

It was one of the aspects of life that attracted the Coopers to The Lakes at Centerra. “There are many activities that the Lake Club offers year round. The kids enjoy every event we attend and we do, too. From the movies at the pool, Easter egg hunt, Halloween parties, potlucks, and Santa and Mrs. Claus—all of these events have created an opportunity for us to meet our neighbors and build new friendships for us and the kids.”

Connecting with nature, community, and amenities
Northern Colorado attracts people seeking a year-round active, outdoor lifestyle. Many are drawn to The Lakes at Centerra, where open space and lakes nestle in with shops, outdoor art and restaurants. When people want to unwind, the 275 acres of protected lakes, wetlands, and neighborhood amenities await them.

Resident Susan Bray says, “The Lakes at Centerra is very close to my work and easy to get into town or to Fort Collins and Windsor. This is a growing area and I’m excited to be a part of it. I have met a few of the neighbors at HOA meetings, potluck dinners and the pool and it is a very friendly atmosphere.”

She also is drawn to the outdoors and all nature has to offer.  “The garden area is very special to watch things grow and give my grandkids the opportunity to see the nature, with the birds on the lakes and the bees in the tree hives that had been transplanted. My granddaughter got to see firsthand the baby owls when they were banded, and pet one too.”

Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake lie at the eastern edge of The Lakes community. Residents can enjoy a quiet paddle, stroll along the miles of trails, or simply soak in the natural beauty.

The Lakes at Centerra is adjacent to the new Thompson School District pre-K through 8th-grade STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) school, to which the neighborhood kids can walk and bike. Students and staff enjoy immediate access to the neighborhood, connections to nature, open space, trails, and hands-on learning opportunities offered by High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC), a unique nonprofit that focuses on community design, land stewardship, and sustainable living.

Community lifestyle programming and events
As soon as you are under contract with a homebuilder here, you’re a member of the new community and can participate in the experience of living at The Lakes – you don’t have to wait until your house is finished. In addition to the pool and clubhouse, playground and picnic pavilion, there are kayaks at the boat dock to paddle away in. Life here includes events, such as monthly potluck get-togethers, a summer pool party, fall carnival, and holiday festivities, opportunities for volunteering in the greater community, and many other activities where residents get to enjoy the Colorado lifestyle.

With an ideal location at the interchange of I-25 and Highway 34, The Lakes at Centerra is easily accessible from every direction. It is less than one hour from Denver International Airport, downtown Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Visit the model homes and lakeside clubhouse
Visit the Lake Club and nine beautiful model homes by the six premier builders. The Lakes at Centerra is located at 4555 Long Pine Lake Drive (off Highway 34 and Boyd Lake Avenue) in Loveland. For more information about the lifestyle community and the exciting housing choices from the six builders, call (970) 776-9028, and visit

Enjoying nature’s proximity

“The Lakes at Centerra offers so many lifestyle amenities within the community and surrounding area that appeal to every age range. The trails are very active and popular amongst our retirees walking and biking to the HPEC gardens and around the lakes.  Employees of surrounding businesses on their lunch breaks, kids on bikes, and running clubs all enjoy Centerra’s trail system. People of all ages delight in fishing in the lake and watching a variety of birds that flock to the open spaces.  One of the great assets to our community is seeing residents in all phases of life – singles, young families, grown families, empty nesters, and retirees – gathering at community events and embracing the natural open spaces available to them.” – Kari Munson, Lifestyle Director, The Lakes at Centerra

By Judy Finman, At Home Colorado