Southern Land Company celebrates grand openings

Ribbon Cutting for SLC Homes office in Erie was held on Fri., March 10. Those in attendance included: Kelly Zuniga, Planning Commission Chair, Town of Erie; Sara Loflin, Mayor Pro Tem, Town of Erie; Ari Harrison, Trustee, Town of Erie; Justin Brooks, Mayor, Town of Erie; Emily Baer, Trustee, Town of Erie; Tim Downey, Founder and CEO, Southern Land Company; Dan Hoback, Trustee, Town of Erie; Brian Sewell, President and COO, Southern Land Company; Tom Taylor, Ambassador, Erie Chamber of Commerce. (Photo courtesy: Southern Land Company).

Milestone events mark SLC’s growth in Denver homebuilding market.

Model homes at Westerly in Erie by Southern Land Company

Model homes at Westerly in Erie by Southern Land Company

ERIE (March 13) – Southern Land Company (SLC), a national real estate developer of award-winning master-planned communities and mixed-use developments, celebrated milestones related to its growth in the Denver homebuilding market this past weekend.

SLC Homes, SLC’s in-house homebuilding group, opened its new office in downtown Erie on Friday, March 10, with remarks from SLC leadership and local officials, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The grand opening of their model homes at Westerly, SLC’s new 400-acre master-planned community in Erie, was held on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12. Model homes debuted from SLC Homes and builder partners McStain Neighborhoods and Wonderland Homes, both well-known, longtime Colorado homebuilders.

“We are grateful to have our talented SLC Homes team based in the beautiful town of Erie now,” said Tim Downey, SLC Founder and CEO. “They bring such skill and care to the homes they build, and I am proud to see their work on display at Westerly. They truly are fulfilling our mission to create the extraordinary, and now community members and homebuyers can see it for themselves.”

Westerly marks SLC Homes’ first community in Colorado. For more than 35 years, SLC Homes has built exclusively in SLC communities and focuses on innovative design, high-end materials, elegant finishes, contemporary conveniences and lush landscaping. Six SLC Homes team members, all of whom live in the northern metro area of Erie, work from the new SLC Homes office, collaborating with SLC’s corporate team and a variety of partners. The office is headed by TJ Montoya, Vice President, Construction, SLC Homes – Colorado.

The Sales Gallery at Westerly in Erie by Southern Land Company / SLC Homes

The Sales Gallery at Westerly in Erie by Southern Land Company / SLC Homes

“We are thrilled to have a new dedicated office so close to Westerly and finally showcase our work with the introduction of our model homes,” said Montoya. “Our team knows this market, and we are eager for members of the community to see the results of our work.”

Montoya added that McStain Neighborhoods and Wonderland Homes continue to be the right builder partners at Westerly, and both McStain Neighborhoods and Wonderland Homes share the sentiment.

“McStain and Wonderland consistently demonstrate their commitment to high quality and creativity, and we are grateful to have them alongside us at Westerly,” said Montoya. “SLC was very careful in identifying the right partners, and I have the privilege of regularly seeing McStain and Wonderland’s talents and skills on display at Westerly, and now the broader community can, too.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to roll out our premier collection of homes in this exquisitely planned community with our amazing partners at SLC,” said Danielle Davis, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for McStain Neighborhoods. “Our collaborative efforts, attention to detail and true love for the community will leave prospective buyers with a feeling that Westerly has risen above all the rest to something truly extraordinary.”

“We appreciate this unique opportunity to build on our history here in Colorado and contribute to a one-of-a-kind neighborhood alongside two other great homebuilders,” said Mike Davidson, Director of Sales for Wonderland Homes. “We look forward to introducing two collections of beautifully designed and well-crafted homes in Westerly.”

Upon completion, Westerly will consist of approximately 1,200 homes featuring diverse designs, within a traditional neighborhood setting. It will include a variety of trails, as well as expansive views of Longs Peak and the entire Front Range. More than 100 acres of the community will be parks and open spaces. A community village center is planned, which is expected to include a mixture of restaurants, shops, and neighborhood services. In addition, Westerly will feature gathering areas for fitness and outdoor recreation, including a swimming pool, great lawn, and various play areas. There will also be an approximately 5,000-square-foot indoor space for community gatherings and indoor fitness.

Home sales at Westerly are underway at Westerly. A community grand opening is expected to take place this summer.

Westerly has already made — and will continue to make — a positive economic impact locally. Since beginning work on Westerly, SLC has created 10 full-time jobs dedicated to the project, which resulted in the opening of the SLC Homes office in downtown Erie. The company expects to add approximately 15 full-time jobs by March 2024, as construction in the community continues.

SLC has extensive experience designing and developing master-planned and single-family communities in other parts of the U.S. In December 2022, SLC’s flagship master-planned community in Franklin, Tenn., Westhaven, won a Best in American Living™ Award from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a prominent accolade recognizing achievement by builders and design professionals in the residential housing industry. Also in Tennessee, SLC has a 373-acre master-planned community underway in Nolensville. In Texas, SLC designed and developed Tucker Hill in McKinney.

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