Knolls at Big Dry Creek in Westminster

Boulder Creek Neighborhoods has intentionally centered the neighborhood of Knolls at Big Dry Creek around several community gathering spaces, including picnic gazebos and pickleball courts.

Knolls at Big Dry Creek ‘checks all the boxes’ with main-floor living 

The Knolls at Big Dry Creek in Westminster, Colorado

The Knolls at Big Dry Creek in Westminster, Colorado

When Diahnna Saul and her husband, Jason, decided it was time to move from their sprawling home in Arvada to something more accessible, Diahnna knew exactly where to start. As a HVAC home comfort consultant who has partnered with Boulder Creek Neighborhoods for more than 14 years, she was familiar with Boulder Creek’s meticulous attention to detail and quality construction. “They are not a cookie-cutter builder,” she said. “They far exceed other builders, for the things you see and for what you don’t – for what’s in the walls.”

Even as the Sauls hoped to find a “right-sized” home that would feel safe and convenient for many years, they also sought main-floor living with plenty of space for Diahnna’s mom to visit. Perhaps most importantly, the Sauls wanted an uber-accessible layout that would work for Jason, who lives with health challenges after a serious car accident, and lower-maintenance conveniences that would free Diahnna from the responsibility of caring for a large house and yard. Thus, when Diahnna learned that the lifestyle builder was breaking ground on paired patio homes at Knolls at Big Dry Creek in Westminster, she started envisioning a new lifestyle for her family.

Main-floor, accessible living for years
The Sauls are most interested in Knolls’ Capstone floor plan, part of Boulder Creek Neighborhoods’ easyHouse line. “Main-floor living was very important to us,” said Diahnna. The primary suite and a second bedroom are steps from the laundry, and the entire home opens into a central living space. An enhanced lower level features additional bedrooms, a recreation room to hang out with family and friends, an extended patio and bonus storage space. “The Capstone checks all the boxes,” Diahnna said. 

“None of us have a looking glass to tell the future, of course, but I believe this is a home we can stay in comfortably and, hopefully, for a long time,” she added. Homes at Knolls at Big Dry Creek are crafted for ease of living, making life simpler for the Sauls: Homes are constructed with wide hallways with accessibility in mind, outlets are raised to reduce bending and steps are minimal. Outdoors, snow removal and yard care will be covered by the neighborhood lifestyle association, which will enable the Sauls to trade burdensome home chores for more weekend walks with their dogs.

“We like where we currently live, but the area never really got built up, and given the lay of the land, I can only either walk uphill or down,” she said. At Knolls, Diahnna and Jason are looking forward to a homesite that backs to Big Dry Creek open space. In minutes they can be shambling the nearby paths or heading to Standley Lake. In fact, Diahnna jokes that they will call their new location “the mecca” because “you’ve got everything here – shopping, restaurants and a beautiful neighborhood that really fits our needs.” They love that they can hop onto Interstate 25 and U.S. Route 36 or quickly commute to the airport to relax at their second property in Florida.

Diahnna and Jason are not alone in the search for accessible living, but it’s been increasingly difficult to find as northern Colorado has become more developed. This infused Boulder Creek’s decision to craft a community in Westminster, and is why home buyers who are seeking main-floor living, lower-maintenance conveniences and quality new construction are flocking to Knolls, located at West 128th Avenue and Huron Street.

Pre-sales at Knolls will launch this weekend, with more than 800 people already on the interest list, and Diahnna and Jason hope to be among the first to move into their new home by July. Three model homes will be available to tour this summer as well.

Flexible floor plans designed for convenience
Knolls’ floor plans are among Boulder Creek’s most loved easyHouse designs, which were very popular at other communities like Riverdale Ranch in Thornton and Lanterns at Rock Creek in Superior. “Whether you’re a downsizer, empty nester, retiree or just someone that wants the ease of not having to do stairs every day, it’s hard to beat the convenience of these floor plans,” said Jessica Champlin, chief revenue officer at Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. The modern designs are bright, efficient and, said Champlin, “skip the unnecessary spaces empty nesters no longer want to clean, maintain and heat or cool.”

Knolls’ floor plans are grouped into Series One and Series Two, with both series including open-concept designs, flex rooms and optional finished lower levels. Plans within Series One are about 2,500 square feet, and many back to Big Dry Creek open space and feature a walkout lower level. Series Two numbers about 1,500 square feet on the main level and are offered on an optionally finished lower level or crawl space. Multiple finishes are offered for home personalization. “Nothing compares to choosing your home site and finishes to moving into a brand new home and making it yours,” Champlin said.

Ease of living – and buying
After years of working with Boulder Creek as a trade partner, Diahnna “was not surprised but thrilled” to learn more about the floor plans from a homebuyer’s perspective. “Boulder Creek really cares about the buyer’s experience,” she said.

“This is an exciting opening,” says Champlin. “We are offering several homes that will be ready for summer move-in, as well as quite a few that haven’t started and are ready for the buyer to make selections.” Because the model’s grand opening won’t be until later this summer, Champlin notes that this “pre-sale pricing” can be an enticing value to homebuyers.  

Knolls at Big Dry Creek will launch for sale on April 13. Series One floor plans start in the mid-$600s and finish in the $800s to $900s for premium homesites. Series Two with a crawl space range is expected to finish in the low $600s, and Series Two with a basement starts in the high $500s and finishes in the $700s. The Priority List is forming now for current and future homesite releases at Knolls. To learn more, visit LiveKnolls.com or contact the Boulder Creek concierge team at 303.309.0088.

By Sarah Huber, At Home Colorado