LAFAYETTE – Boulder-based Markel Homes has been approved to create a new community on a 13-acre parcel of land just north of South Boulder Road in east Lafayette. The future community, called Blue Sage, will feature a variety of housing types to attract first-time buyers as well as families, empty nesters and retirees ready to downsize. A community garden is planned at the entrance to the neighborhood. Trails and open space are nearby, as well as shops and restaurants. Lafayette’s Waneka Lake is within walking distance.

Blue Sage will feature 78 total housing units comprised of single-family homes, town homes and duplexes. Markel Homes’ architectural team is exploring a variety of styles in their creation of a unique and attractive streetscape that will define the personality of the neighborhood. The builder is intent on creating smaller yet stylish, energy efficient, high-performing homes that deliver the Markel Homes brand at a more obtainable price point. The goal is to make it feasible for people to live and work in Lafayette, or to stay in Lafayette after they retire. Infrastructure work has begun at Blue Sage. Home construction is anticipated to start in mid 2018.

Markel Homes is in its fifth decade as a leader in Colorado’s home building industry. The company designs and builds quality homes that incorporate cutting edge, green building technology. The builder’s homes are Energy Star certified and LEED rated (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and they participate in the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home program. Beyond energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, Markel Homes supports sustainable living practices by creating communities with access to trails and open space, mountain views, and nearby shops, restaurants and services. Several existing Lafayette communities, including Spring Creek, White Hawk Ranch, Wild Ridge, Hawk Ridge and Silver Creek are the creation of Markel Homes. To learn more about the company, the homes they build and the communities they’ve created throughout Boulder County, visit