By Linda Thorsen Bond forAt Home Northern Colorado

Photos courtesy Oakwood Homes

If you made a list of everything you dreamed of in a new home, what would you include? Would “location, location, location” be at the top of your list? Or great community, great neighbors, great house? Or would you go for nature: parks, lakes, trails, pools? Or the needs of your family for top-notch schools?

The Reunion community near Commerce City checks all the boxes on every dream-maker’s list. It’s a master-planned community that is also a real hometown. That means Reunion can be a wish come true if you’re seeking the best of urban and suburban living with a variety of architecture and amenities that make for masterful living.

If location is your standpoint, Reunion is about 25 miles from Denver, 20 minutes from Stapleton and close to the airport on 104th west of Tower Road. Jeff Friant, Sales Counselor for Oakwood Homes, said “Reunion is the most affordable, nicest community in the Denver metro area. You’re away from the hustle and bustle of Denver but only 25 minutes from downtown. You’re close to the airport but well away from the noise and rush of airport traffic. It’s safe and quiet and people have pride in living here. Reunion has small town charm, and everything you need is right here.”

Reunion is a good community by design. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders named Reunion the BEST new community in the United States in 2018. Regional Sales Manager Jeff Lopez said Reunion earned that award by being amenity-rich with a 21,000 square-foot recreation center fully equipped with a workout facility, gymnasium, multi-purpose areas, and two outdoor pools with interactive water features. The Rec Center is designed to look like a red barn which gives the community an old-fashioned country feeling.

Another community asset is the Reunion Coffee House, a spot for connection, entertainment, and a great cup of coffee. Friant said there’s bingo, games, and karaoke, and it’s possible to rent it out for baby showers and wedding receptions. It’s right on the lake across from Rec Center. He said the coffee house is a social enterprise that operates to support Community Uplift Partnership (CUP). CUP equips young adults with the tools and resources they need to make better decisions for their future and their families. It’s an outstanding healthy workplace for young adults. Young adults from the community are invited to apply. A benefit of employment is that all young adults are automatically enrolled in the CUP Resource program and young adult events.

If love of nature is top of your list, think about Reunion’s eight acres of lakes, 52 acres of parks, and 10 miles of trails.  There’s also Buffalo Run Golf Course, the beautifully maintained 18-hole links-style course within the heart of the community. It’s right in the middle of the parks and lakes, sports fields, picnic facilities, playgrounds, and a lawn amphitheater for movie nights and events. All of that with the backdrop of the Front Range!

If the needs of your family top your list, you’d be glad to see Reunion is in the 27-J School District and includes the public charter and Landmark Academy at Reunion, as well as the new STEAD School. STEAD stands for science, technology, environment, agriculture and system Design learning. It’s the newest designation for schools and even includes a greenhouse that was opened last year. Eventually the school will serve grades 9-12 but for now it’s only ninth grade. Students who live in Reunion are accepted first, and if any spaces are open students from outside the community will be accepted.

And then there’s the question of affordability. According to Lopez, prices range from about $400,000 to $750,000. There are five different collections: Carriage has seven floor plans and five models; Horizon has five floor plans; Meridian has five floor plans and four models; Porch Light has six floor plans and four models and Sterling has three floor plans. There are a few quick move-ins that will be available soon.

There is a Homeowners Association (HOA) but the fee is surprisingly affordable. Friant said the HOA fee for maintenance of the common areas, trash removal, access to both reunion pools, the water slide and recreation center is a super-low $36.50 per month.

So if you’re making a list and checking it twice, put the community of Reunion right the top. It’s a real hometown that checks all the boxes.

For more information on Reunion and current available homes visit or call 303.486.8915.