Lake views are everywhere at Barefoot Lakes. (Photo: Brookfield Residential)

What if your days started with walks around a crystal blue lake and ended under the stars around fire pits with your family? Imagine Saturday morning runs with friends, beginning in the neighborhood park and finishing at the local coffee shop. Sundays spent lounging by the pool or fishing or kayaking in the lake under the bright Colorado sun.

If this sounds like dream living, your fantasy home might be closer to reality than you think. Barefoot Lakes, a master-planned community established in 2015, with homes starting in the mid $300s, offers “the quiet respite that Coloradans are seeking,” says Ethan Demby, the director of integration at Art + Business ONE (A+B1), the brand and marketing firm working with the development.

Located in the growing city of Firestone, Barefoot Lakes sits just east of I25, offering easy access to Denver, Longmont, Loveland, and Fort Collins. Yet coming home means leaving the city behind and stepping into a peaceful neighborhood that offers something for everyone, particularly those with an affinity to water.

Barefoot Lakes features 100 acres of lakes and a sense of serenity that, in our constantly connected lives, is often hard to find. According to marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, that serenity is based on more than just a feeling—there’s also science behind it. In his book “Blue Mind,” Nichols combines the latest neuroscience and personal stories to show how proximity to water can actually improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

Watercraft rentals are available for recreation on the community’s two lakes. (Photo: Brookfield Residential)

Barefoot Lakes offers single and two-story homes designed for residents of all ages—and so much more. The community was designed to make it easy and fun to stay active, no matter what activities you prefer. Amenities include lakeside trails that extend throughout the rest of the community, The Cove amenity center with a pool, a fitness center featuring state-of-the-art equipment, as well as flex space for yoga and pilates.

There’s also plenty of room to play—for both grownups and kids. The 12-acre Peninsula Park features multiple open lawn spaces in addition to a kids’ adventure playground. Open now, residents and community members alike are able to take advantage of lake access through the third-party watercraft activity supplier, Colorado SUP Sports. Colorado SUP Sports will offer paddleboard and kayak rentals.

All ages enjoy the natural spaces surrounding Barefoot Lakes. (Photo: Brookfield Residential)

Barefoot Lakes is not only the perfect destination for those whole enjoy water sports—it’s also ideal for those who prefer to enjoy the water without getting wet. Among the new water features will be a series of plaques situated along the three-mile lakeside loop. The new plaques will point out designated fishing locations and will provide educational information on the surrounding native flora and fauna as well as the many birds that frequent the area.

Says Demby, the community is “replete with active and passive amenities.” Everything Barefoot Lakes has to offer, he says, is “right outside your door or a short, nice walk away. Once you hop on the nature trails on the other side of the lakes, you feel as if you live in one of Colorado’s State Parks.”

The look and feel of the development, says Demby, is “very Coloradan,” and that’s by design. For example, the Sunset Pavilion, which sits atop the Barefoot Lakes entry monument and offers a stunning view of the Front Range, is made of weathering steel. Demby loves “the natural feel and the amazing land planning and design strategy that puts the shimmering lakes at the doorstep to the community, with Peninsula Park and its various islands, including the Fitness Island with stair steps.”

Demby says Barefoot Lakes is branding itself as “A Step Ahead,” because it’s a leader in community design and planning, including large-scale amenities for all audiences. While features like The Cove are designed for residents, the regional Peninsula Park is open to the public. “It is a multi-generational community with multiple new home offerings from five different builders, with one builder supplying three types of home offerings for different life stages and lifestyles,” says Demby.

Whether you’re thinking about buying a home or you just want to check out all that Barefoot Lakes has to offer, all are welcome to tour along the community’s miles lakeside trails, through the 10+ model homes, and ending at one of the designated fishing locations around the lakes.

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By Pam Moore, for At Home