Barefoot Lakes’ new park, new homes bring nature to your front door

By Rhema Zlaten for At Home

Imagine the drive home. As you round the final corner after a long day, picture seeing natural Colorado green space. Shimmering lake water and trails help chase away the worries of the day. When looking for a home in thriving Colorado, just add water. The Barefoot Lakes nature-infused community offers extensive groomed trail systems that weave through natural open space and around lake shores, right outside the homeowner’s front door. This master-planned community is just 15 minutes east of Longmont, perfectly placed between Denver and Loveland in the growing town of Firestone.

The 2nd Annual Barefoot Lakes 5k/10k from
September 9, 2018. (Photo: Brookfield Residential)

“Coming home to Barefoot Lakes is like taking a breath of fresh air,” said Ethan Demby, Director of integration at Art + Business ONE, the brand and marketing firm for Barefoot Lakes. “You get that ‘ahhh’ sensation as soon as you see the twin lakes and the big Barefoot Lakes monument greeting you, a couple of miles off of I-25.”

There’s even recent research to back up the relaxation humans experience when interacting with water on a regular basis. The theory is called “blue mind science.” Marine biologist Wallace Nichols, in his book Blue Mind, explored why humans are drawn to water environments. Nichols theorized that there are neurological, psychological and emotional benefits to connecting with water spaces.

“If you come in contact with water regularly, it has major positive effects on energy, stress and attitude,” Demby said. The builders for the Barefoot Lakes property offer the opportunities people need to relax and recharge by adding such “blue mind” water spaces to their lives.

The WaterSide neighborhood at Barefoot Lakes, the first neighborhood on the property, offers a variety of new homes. Neighborhood trails meander through WaterSide Park and down to the nearly 3 miles of lakeside trails around two glimmering lake shores. There are still several homes for sale in the WaterSide neighborhood. Additionally, the community’s second neighborhood, The Havens, will break ground this year.

Fresh Air Inspired Amenities

In addition to the sprawling lakes and open spaces, Barefoot Lakes boasts Peninsula Park, a 12-acre space with a playground, amphitheater, picnic lawn, pavilions, and more. 

The Cove at Barefoot Lakes. Artist rendering only. Land plan, landscaping, amenities and artist’s conception may vary in detail and are subject to change without prior notice.
(Photo: Barefoot Lakes)

“Peninsula Park is an outdoorsy haven – plenty of open lawn space to drop a blanket or throw a frisbee, a playground inspired with natural materials and shapes, and multi-surface trails – all on a park that juts out into the middle of the lakes,” Demby said.

Peninsula Park is also home to the Barefoot Lakes 5K/10K. The third annual race will happen on Sept. 8, 2019, followed by a cookout at Peninsula Park with entertainment. All levels of racers are welcome, as the race is timed and over a variety of terrain, but also open to furry pups and strollers. A spring event is also in the works, where the public can come and tour model homes and experience all of the perks of water-front life firsthand.   

And coming this fall, The Cove will give residents the space they need to have fun and stay active without even leaving the community. Boasting a cutting-edge fitness center, a multi-use lap and splash pool, fire pits, pickleball courts and more, The Cove will help residents relax, explore new recreational opportunities and entertain, all in natural open space.   

“The amenities of Barefoot Lakes are made for those who enjoy the best of what Colorado offers,” Demby said.

The Incredible Builders of a Nature-Inspired Lifestyle

Barefoot Lakes boasts not only a good variety of price ranges and product styles for new home designs; they also have a good mix of homebuilders and new ones on the way. Brookfield Residential offers urban bungalow-inspired homes starting in the mid-$300s, with front porches and a mix of classic charm, contemporary cool and open floor plans. These homes are focused on people who want to start their home buying journey. They also offer larger homes ranging from the $500s with close access to the lakes.

Overlooking Peninsula Park’s Fitness Island from the trails. (Photo: Brookfield Residential)

Richmond American Homes features traditional family style homes starting in the $400s. They offer a variety of floor plans with five designs to choose from, giving families plenty of space to relax or entertain, indoors or outdoors. 

Lennar offers six floor plans designed for easy living, starting from the upper $300s. Homes feature great rooms, full basements, main floor studies, up to six bedrooms and many other customizations.

KB Home recently joined the building community of Barefoot Lakes. They feature value-oriented family homes from the high $300s. Buyers can choose from a range of ranch and 2-story plans and the option to build out the basement space or convert a den or loft into an additional bedroom. The newest builder, CreekStone Homes, just came on deck for the 2019 building season and they will have homes in the WaterSide neighborhood.  

To learn more about Barefoot Lakes’ builders and the homes available now, visit