In the charming town of Berthoud, with its modest population of approximately 14,100 residents, a unique residential project, ‘Harvest,’ has emerged. This luxury custom home subdivision, notable for its absence of Metro Tax, features sprawling quarter-acre lots set against a dramatic mountainous landscape. Berthoud, conveniently located just 30 minutes from Boulder, Fort Collins and Estes Park, now hosts this 40-acre development.
‘Harvest’ boasts collaborations with 11 local custom builders, offering potential homeowners the opportunity to either craft their dream luxury residence or choose from nearly completed spec homes. The typical investment for a lot, inclusive of the home and landscaping, range from 980,000 to 1.3 million. This development’s lack of Metro Tax significantly reduces property taxes compared to other new subdivisions in the area. A homeowners association (HOA) covers various amenities such as trash services, walking trails and a pocket park. Further details, including the site plan, builder information and phases of available properties, are accessible on the project’s website, BerthoudHarvest.com. Currently, lots in Phases 1 and 2 are available, with Phase 3 expected to launch in early 2024. The builders at ‘Harvest’ have purchased multiple lots, allowing them to either construct spec luxury homes or work alongside buyers to personalize every aspect of their future residence.
Berthoud itself presents an attractive proposition for those seeking a connected and vibrant community. The town hosts numerous annual events, including a large July 3rd fireworks display, an authentic Oktoberfest, multiple parades, a farmers market and more. For the physically active, Berthoud offers a new recreation center, interconnected trails, and the recently completed 20-acre Berthoud Bike Park. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy boating, fishing, camping and hiking at Carter Lake, just a 10-minute drive away, and the TPC Colorado PGA golf course is a mere 5 minutes from the development.
The developer of ‘Harvest’ is a Berthoud local who sought to preserve the area’s agricultural legacy, once a working farm for three generations. The streets within the subdivision are named after family members who worked the farm for over a century. The name and logo of ‘Harvest’ pay homage to the decades of grain, corn and alfalfa harvests carefully tended by these families. The land originally belonged to Swan Peter Johnson and his wife Sophia, Swedish immigrants from the 1880s.
Mark French, President of the Berthoud Historical Society, provides insight into the Johnson family’s history. Peter Johnson, who managed the farm until his untimely death in 1902, left his wife Sophia to run the farm with their four sons. A fire following Peter’s death led to the construction of a new barn, still standing today, a testament to the family’s resilience and dedication to farming. The youngest son, William “Bill” Johnson, continued the farming tradition until his death in 1975.
The farm’s transition into the ‘Harvest’ residential development began when Art Johnson, looking to retire, met Alex Hoime of HT Land Partners. Their partnership and friendship eventually led to the creation of ‘Harvest,’ a testament to the Johnson family’s legacy. Today, ‘Harvest’ is not just a housing development but a community that embodies the spirit of Colorado living, offering its residents a blend of elegance and tranquility.
For more information, visit www.berthoudharvest.com or call Christine Torres at RE/MAX Alliance at 720.320.1405.