The Louisville-based lifestyle builder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods has always been about meeting customers where they are and enhancing lives through intuitive, creative craftsmanship and lower-maintenance conveniences – what Boulder Creek celebrates as “lifefullness.” Yet this summer, in response to the “craziness of the Denver market,” explained Community Sales Manager Chris Mason, Boulder Creek is taking “lifefullness” to a new level and helping home buyers in two significant ways: First, the builder is announcing the availability of new homes in the highly prized Lanterns at Rock Creek neighborhood as the community enters its final phases; and second, this fall Boulder Creek will introduce a new home series at Rock Creek – floor plans that preserve the lower-maintenance, main-floor living features that homeowners love about the original designs at Rock Creek with slightly smaller square footage and at a lower price point than the original series.
Floor plans that enrich ‘lifefullness’
The draw of Lanterns in the established, tree-line community of Rock Creek is hard to resist. One of only a handful of lower-maintenance communities in northern Colorado, Lanterns at Rock is currently selling from a Priority List of seriously interested buyers from throughout Colorado and beyond. Others from inside the Rock Creek community are relocating just down the street and into a Boulder Creek Neighborhoods home, “as they are coming from large family homes purchased 20-plus years ago,” said Boulder Creek community sales manager Donna Lu Gamberg. “They find the smaller floor plans and lower-maintenance conveniences from Boulder Creek are what they’re looking for as they seek to ‘right size’ in the subdivision they know and love.”
To understand the homes at Lanterns, it’s important to consider the Boulder County market and the limited availability of new homes – let alone new homes that offer main-floor living and lower-maintenance conveniences such as lawn care and snow shoveling, the epitome of Boulder Creek’s passion for “lifefullness.”
Mason noted, “Many Colorado homeowners have seen their home price increase significantly over the past year, giving them more equity than they potentially realize. That, combined with continued low interest rates, are a unique chance for those looking to downsize and find main-floor, lower-maintenance living.” He added that several Lanterns at Rock Creek buyers “learned about Lanterns early in their home search but understandably felt compelled to search further in the Boulder County market. Those buyers eventually returned to Lanterns because they were unable to find anything close to what they wanted at similar price points in Superior, Louisville or otherwise in the Boulder County area.”
Gamberg added, “While Superior is perennially ranked among the best places to live in the United States, there’s surprisingly very little building going on here. Lanterns at Rock Creek is filling a niche for people who want to live in Superior, and Rock Creek in particular, and desire a lower-maintenance lifestyle that allows them to pursue their passions.”
Lanterns at Rock Creek will count 62 homes at completion, all ranch-style paired patio homes with two to four bedrooms and a main-floor laundry room. The homes include a two-car garage, a front raised pergola and a back patio with space for outdoor dining. “Coffee on the front courtyard and a cocktail on the back patio,” said Gamberg with a laugh.
Inside, a generous kitchen leads to a cozy great room with tall ceilings and a large sliding glass door to the back patio – “the ultimate kitchen and living space for entertaining or relaxing,” Gamberg said. The Equinox floor plan, part of the larger series, for instance, offers two main-floor bedrooms and an optional “lux kitchen layout” with walk-in and butler pantries. Home buyers are paired with a specialist from Saddleback Design in Denver to select finishes, and “as with any Boulder Creek home, the personalization opportunities are almost endless,” she said.
That acclaimed Boulder Creek personalization extends to the lower-level. “The difference for sizes and options appeal to so many people,” Mason said. Gamberg continued, “Some folks will only want to have the main-floor space, which has everything you need for daily living. For grandparents, movie aficionados and those who love to host, finishing out the lower level is a dream come true.”
Floor plans for all ages
Boulder Creek Neighborhoods’ dedication to “lifefullness” is evident even in smallest details of the home designs. Lanterns’ homes are meticulously designed, down to the raised electrical outlets that reduce bending, and main-floor living not only saves time and energy but also empowers home owners to live independently through retirement. Zero-step thresholds, 36-inch-wide doorways and spacious bathrooms are standard Boulder Creek, and a favorite with homeowners, Mason said.
Incredible neighborhood with an incredible price
Coming this fall, “The Opportunities Two series offers a fabulous option to home buyers,” said Lanterns at Rock Creek sales manager Chris Mason. “These are for those who are don’t need quite as much space as the original Opportunities floor plans and for those who want the conveniences and perks of a home at Lanterns at Rock Creek but are looking for a home in $700s, instead of the high $800s to $900s,” the price of the original series floor plans. “These are ideal for empty nesters and also for singles and young families looking for a lower-maintenance, easy-to-care-for home.”
The second generation floor plan series are modeled after the original Opportunities One series, and in response to direct feedback from homebuyers. Like the original floor plans, Opportunities Two plans present an open-concept, airy living space with a lower level for storage or optional finished space with a recreation room, bedroom and bathroom. While Opportunities One homes span 1,637 to 3,300 square feet, the Opportunities Two floor plans finish between 1,300 and 2,400 square feet. “They offer an additional option in the sought-after Rock Creek neighborhood, especially for those buyers who have found themselves on the sidelines in Colorado’s rapidly increasing real estate market,” Mason said.
Lanterns at Rock Creek is encircled by Rock Creek golf courses, dozens of parks, walking paths and open space. The town of Superior is a hidden gem on the Front Range, showcasing an unrivaled location that combines a small-town feel with the amenities of Boulder and Denver a short drive away. Nearby are Flat Irons Crossing shopping mall, art galleries and top-rated restaurants and breweries. Superior’s master-planned, revitalized downtown is delightfully walkable and proximate to medical facilities and unique shopping experiences.
Limited opportunity selling now
“Lanterns at Rock Creek is a very limited opportunity, and we expect these homes to find owners quickly,” Mason said. To embrace lower-maintenance convenience in a captivating location, visit LiveLanterns.com or call Boulder Creek’s online concierge at 303.309.0088.
By Sarah Huber, At Home Colorado