LONGMONT – Parkside is a new residential community located at popular Quail Ridge and built by Boulder-based Flatirons Homes, Inc. Located in a 3.5-acre landscaped park, it offers 36 new two-story single-family homes, and 93 townhome-style condominiums in single-level and two-story designs. These beautiful, energy-efficient homes are adjacent to manicured green space in a convenient south Longmont area – all at an entry-level price.
The single-family homes feature three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, an open floor plan, patio, attached two-car garage, and full, unfinished basement. The two and three-bedroom, two and two-and-a-half bath townhome-style condominiums present an open floor plan with outdoor living, single-car garage, and, in the two-story units, a full, unfinished basement.
Conveniently sited a few blocks from Highway 287, Parkside is 15 to 20 minutes from Boulder, with easy access to the surrounding communities, Denver International Airport and Denver. Just one block away are the Longmont Recreation Center and the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. Shopping is five minutes away. And Parkside is located in the St. Vrain School District.
Flatiron Homes, Inc.
The owners of Flatirons Homes, Inc., have built more than 400 homes in Boulder County. Parkside is their newest subdivision.
Sales Manager Cauley Kim describes two of the ways in which Parkside stands out. “I would say price is really where we stand out. Flatirons Homes is really trying to keep prices down so there are still some affordable options for people in Boulder County.
“And, as a green builder, we distinguish ourselves from others,” she says. “All of the homes are ENERGY STAR certified and come with a HERS certificate that states the home’s energy rating. Our home buyers will enjoy pretty low utility bills.”
Interview with Parkside homeowners
Mark and Larissa Crawford are Parkside enthusiasts. In the space of a year or so, they have bought two homes there – the first, a condo, in May 2016.
Mark says, “Larissa and I work on documentaries and, seeing the effects of climate change first-hand through this work, we’ve made it a life goal to go carbon neutral and energy independent as soon as possible. We saw how [the builders were] building energy-efficient housing, and those features, along with having the ability to choose some of our own interior finishes, matched who we were as first-time home buyers.”
Location, location, location
The Crawfords particularly like the convenience of Parkside’s location.
“As freelance filmmakers, we can literally work from anywhere there’s good internet… Sometimes, we do like to work out of coffee shops in downtown Longmont or commute to Boulder for meetings, but luckily there’s a bus stop within a hundred feet from our front door and the bus locally in Longmont is free.
“If we don’t bus it around, we’re usually biking. One of our favorite summertime activities is discovering new biking trails near us, followed by biking to all the breweries that are also within a few miles of our home. If we’re not biking, then we’re usually walking to the nearby Longmont Museum to watch movies as part of their summer series, walking to Prospect for the Sound Bytes food trucks and concert series, or walking to the Longmont Recreation Center. It’s one of the most gratifying feelings to have the freedom to travel in town without always relying on a car.”
Good value for the money
“When we first started out looking for houses, we made an offer on a 10-year old house in Broomfield, only later to find that we were outbid by a cash offer most likely by $30k more than the asking price. It was smaller, in a less favorable location, and we couldn’t make any changes to the house to make it fit us. When we saw the prices of the condos in Longmont, it was a no-brainer for us. Buying a new home was a much easier and less stressful process, and we could customize it a bit to match our style.
“It’s been a little over a year since we first moved in, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision. Our condo is energy efficient, and in doing so we save a lot of money on our utilities. Not only has the energy-efficient construction saved us money, but the cheaper and superior gigabit Ethernet has cut down on time in our work (which I’ve been told also equals money), as well as the ability to travel to any of our nearby locations for food or entertainment for little to
Buying a second house at Parkside
“So now, a year into living in our condo, the only thing we were missing from our ideal scenario was putting solar on our roof to continue our goal of becoming energy independent. Since it would have been a difficult process to put solar on the existing condos (hopefully that process may change in the future), we decided to buy a… single-family home just a few hundred feet down the street so that we could put solar on our roof. We loved our first home buying process. With the highly-efficient construction, and more options in our new house (like installing 240v plugs in the garage for an electric car down the road), this felt like a great next step in our lives.
“The new single-family home was just a hole in the ground when we first purchased it. We took a tour of another single-family home for sale on the block, liked the layout and quality of construction, looked at the blueprints to see what our new home could be, and we felt confident based on our condo that this would be a great first house.
“Cauley Kim, the [Flatirons Homes] sales manager who has been working with us since the beginning, has made our home buying processes incredibly easy and fun. She’s helped us work with the builder to tailor the home to exactly how we’d like it, and has been incredibly patient with our design ideas. Cauley really cares about making sure we are happy in our home and has been one of the most knowledgeable people to work with during this process.”
For more information about Parkside
To learn more about Parkside, see flatironshomes.com. Visit the sales center at 323 S. Parkside Drive in Longmont, and tour the beautiful model home. Contact the helpful staff at 303.848.4185, or e-mail [email protected].
By Judy Finman, At Home. Photography by Timothy Seibert