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CELEBRATING OUR VERY FIRST MODEL HOME IN OUR VERY LAST NEIGHBORHOOD Come be inspired. By a beautifully decorated model from Epic Homes. Delectable cooking demonstrations. (Come hungry!) And the spectacular views of Anthem Reserve, an intimate enclave situated at Broomfield’s highest point. DETAILS AT
Anthem Reserve offers a limited number of new homes from the $800s. Choose from Epic Homes or our new custom homebuilder, Copper Homes. Newland is the largest private developer of mixed-use communities in the United States. With our partner, North America Sekisui House, LLC, we believe it is our responsibility to create enduring, healthier communities for people to live life in ways that matter most to them. newlandco.com | nashcommunities.com EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY: NASH Anthem, LLC (“Owner”) is the owner and developer of the Anthem Community (“Community”). Certain homebuilders, unaffiliated with Owner or its related entities are building homes in the Community. Owner has retained Newland Real Estate Group, LLC (“Newland”) solely as the Community’s property manager. North America Sekisui House, LLC (“NASH”) has an interest in one of Owner’s members. Owner, Newland and NASH are not co-developing, co-building or otherwise responsible for any of the obligations or representations of any of the Builders, and shall have no obligations to any buyer regarding a home purchased from a Builder. Owner’s obligations with respect to the community is limited to the development of certain infrastructure improvements and such obligations run solely to persons buying real property directly from Owner. Buyers of homes from any of the Builders waive any claims against Owner, Newland and/or NASH arising out of their purchase transaction. Actual development may vary from Owner’s vision. No guarantee is made that development will proceed as described. Not an offering to residents where prior qualification of out-of-state real estate offerings is required unless the Community has been so qualified or exemptions are available. ©2020 Anthem. All Rights Reserved. Anthem is a trademark of Owner and may not be copied, imitated or used, in whole or in part, without prior written permission.
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ow about living within it, with access to all you could wish for? At Anthem Reserve, you can find it all: a thriving community surrounded by open space, miles of trails and abundant ways to connect with neighbors. As the final neighborhood completing the popular Anthem community, Anthem Reserve is the epitome of saving the best for last. Positioned at Broomfield’s highest point, these homes (all with spacious home sites) are thoughtfully situated to take full advantage of the surrounding big views and wide open spaces. Inspired by the natural surroundings, particularly the stunning scenic overlook, Anthem Reserve’s on-trend homes have graceful character that reflects both the outdoor beauty and those who dwell within. Homebuyers are offered an exclusive experience to
exciting new opportunities to explore what Anthem Reserve is all about. FIRST MODEL HOME UNVEILING will unveil the first model home in Anthem Reserve. Epic’s homes in Anthem Reserve start in the $800s and feature stunning floor plans, including ranch and two-story layouts inspired by family living. The unique designs and options allow buyers the opportunity to greatly personalize their homes, making each Epic home one-of-a-kind. “I am excited to showcase our award-winning Pinnacle model in Anthem Reserve,” says Epic Homes President and Founder Christina Presley. “The Pinnacle features a jaw-dropping master bath, a second story outdoor deck to take in the views and surroundings, a spacious and versatile kitchen that allows for a great deal of cabinet and appliance flexibility, a stunning grand room with twenty-foot ceilings, and plenty of other ‘wow-factor’ design elements.” ATHOMECOLORADO.COM
A Denver-based homebuilder, Epic Homes was founded with a vision of building quality new homes and quality, long-lasting relationships. CUSTOM HOMES AT ANTHEM RESERVE Perhaps you have a vision for your dream home, and the drive to be as involved as possible in bringing it to fruition. Anthem Reserve is thrilled to announce the addition of a new builder that just may be your perfect match. Also local to Colorado, Copper Homes Limited offers custom and semi-custom homes from the $900s in Anthem Reserve.
The expert team offers an exclusive collection of custom plans that can be personalized, or adjusted to any specific needs or budget; they can even start from scratch, designing alongside buyers from the ground up. Buyers work directly with Copper’s architects and design team throughout the complete process of building their dream home. “If you see a house you like or have another style or set of plans you love, come talk to our in-house design team,” says Andrew Batson, founder of Copper Homes Limited. “We can take any style or plan and adjust it to your specific need or budget. You can even walk through your dream home digitally before it is built.” “As a long time Broomfield resident, I’ve always had my eye on the incredible views and prime location that Anthem Reserve offered,” Batson says. “I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to bring Copper Homes Limited’s rare, personalized approach to custom home design to this special community.” With Hilltop Trailhead and Siena Reservoir beckoning right outside, Anthem Reserve residents enjoy easy access to forty-eight miles of trails — the perfect invitation to keep active, or to simply breathe in nature. And when it feels right to break up serenity with activity, choice is abundant. Removed but not remote, Anthem Reserve invites residents to take full advantage of the greater Anthem amenities. It goes without saying, this is a unique opportunity. It’s also a limited one, with families already moving in. Stop by Anthem Reserve on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to be among the first to tour the first model by Epic Homes. > To learn more and receive timely updates about Anthem Reserve, visit anthemcolorado.com. Go to the Anthem Reserve tab and click on the ‘I’m interested’ box in the middle of the page.
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n architect-led custom home that integrates everything you want – beauty, function and sustainability – while respecting your budget and your schedule is the stuff of dreams – and of real-life dream homes, thanks to Boulder County’s premier design/build team Rodwin Architecture and Skycastle Construction. For two decades, the award-winning team, founded by Scott Rodwin, AIA, LEED AP, has been transforming dreams into extraordinarily beautiful, sensible and efficient custom homes. In fact, while Colorado’s green building regulations are among the most rigorous in the country, Rodwin Architecture and Skycastle Construction, with years of expertise in sustainable craftsmanship, elegantly translate those rules into tangible benefits for the home owner, such as low utility bills and healthy indoor air quality. Rodwin explained, “Creating a custom home can be one of the most satisfying and enduring expressions of who you are and how you want to live,” Rodwin said. “Most people never have the opportunity to live in a house that’s tailored
to their lives. We start every project by carefully listening to our client’s goals – not just for their house, but for how they want to live in it.” Rodwin’s design team takes those client concerns and fuses them with what the team learns from the home site, highlighting the site’s topography, optimal views and direction of the sun. EXQUISITE SUSTAINABILITY Rodwin Architecture and Skycastle Construction have successfully completed multiple LEED Platinum Homes (the highest green building verification offered by the US Green Building Council), including their innovative Hoefling House. This near-net-zero energy home is filled with green features, including a “live” green roof, 10kW PV solar panels discretely tucked onto the roof, a ground-source heat pump, foam insulation, an energy recovery ventilator and waterconserving fixtures. The 3,000-square-foot home incorporates sustainability into a thoughtful, creative design reflecting the client’s lifestyle: clerestory windows welcome light and suggest a floating roof, and the Doug Fir ceiling stretches into oversized eaves. Indoor/outdoor living is paramount: there are decks off ATHOMECOLORADO.COM
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of every bedroom. On the ground floor the sleek kitchen effortlessly connects to the outdoor garden and fruit tree orchard. Interior Travertine tile heated floors lead through sliding doors to a white concrete patio featuring a built-in BBQ and gas fire pit. Indoors, the simple open-concept floor plan, flowing seamlessly between public spaces, celebrates the natural environment. BEAUTIFUL, INNOVATIVE DESIGN While Rodwin Architecture is best known for its warm, modern designs, the team offers an impressive variety of styles, including craftsman, modern, mountain and farmhouse. The design team relishes crafting “living art” homes that are distinct expressions of their clients’ personalities and preferences, Rodwin said. For example, as the Hoefling House client desired a warm palette interwoven with the home site and deeply sustainable in performance, the home’s design reflects a meticulous balance between showcasing mountain views and passive solar design. A custom-designed pair of lasercut barn doors inspired by the towering trees on the site opens to an 18th century Chinese day-bed off of the family room. Gorgeous board formed concrete panels clad both the interior and exterior. The bathrooms sport handmade glass mosaic tiles, and one shower is designed to resemble a waterfall. One of Rodwin’s favorite parts of home design, he said, is “when we deliver the conceptualized design to the client, and for the first time they see something beyond what they ever imagined they could have, a home uniquely expressing
in personality and life aspirations.” He continued, “This is the fundamental part of why we do what we do. After all, your home is foundational in creating a high quality of life.” A CUSTOM HOME WITH A CUSTOMIZED PROCESS The firm’s secret sauce is what comes next: Their design/ build delivery system seamlessly integrates the design and construction process. Brandon David, head of Skycastle Construction, holds an Environmental Design degree from CU and leads construction from a holistic approach. “The structure, mechanical systems, building envelope, finishes and even landscape are all one complete design,” David said. “We integrate those design ideas with a builder’s perspective right from the start. That helps to control costs and ensures that our client’s original vision and intention is carried out through the final details.” Rodwin added, “We realize clients have three main priorities: quality, budget and schedule. We have a very flexible process to accommodate our clients’ wishes and how much or little they want to be involved in the process. We want the process to be as satisfying as the end result.” Rodwin Architecture offers a free site visit and project feasibility analysis to potential clients. They are eager to help you understand the budget, timeline and local regulations so that you can decide if creating a new custom home is the right move. > To learn more about a custom green dream home, visit rodwinarch.com and skycastleconstruction.com.
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By Sarah Protzman Howlett Photos: Home by Yours & Meyn, Unfinished Furniture Colorado
hether you’re looking for professional help with your design choices or seeking a fun DIY project, the right upgrades can showcase your personal style while keeping your spaces looking current. Mary Meyn, owner of Home by Yours & Meyn, a retail space and interior design firm in Louisville, says that because Colorado has so many transplants, it doesn’t have one hallmark style. Homeowners, do, however, like their interiors to feel visually uncluttered. “We see a very clean look in Colorado,” Meyn says. “People live a great lifestyle here because they are busy with their outdoor activities, so homes tend to be simpler.” Clunky, giant furniture with ornate finishes and flourishes aren’t as sought after in Denver and Boulder these days, she says; her clients are leaning toward neutral paint colors, simple window treatments and lighter wood finishes. Richard Lambert, owner of Unfinished Furniture of Colorado in Broomfield, has been happy to see that beetle-kill pine, a popular wood in Colorado for everything from accent walls to dining tables, is still very much in demand. “Wood prices are going up in general,” Lambert says, “and beetle kill has gotten more expensive precisely because more people are 16
looking for that attractive bluish tint.” We spoke to Meyn and Lambert to glean several examples of both new and enduring Colorado design trends.
NATURE MATCHES ANY TASTE As more and more transplants arrive here, Meyn says, everything from the traditional stylings of Midwest homes to coastal California décor is present in Colorado. When it comes to your personal style, anything goes these days so long as there are interwoven elements of nature — think plants, branches, stones, sand and herb-themed art. “You have a big mix as to what people put into their homes,” she says. CLEAN > CLUTTERED “Farmhouse” — a design aesthetic marked by mixing neutrals with elements such as reclaimed wood, wire baskets and shiplap walls — got a lot of buzz for awhile but isn’t as popular in Colorado due to its tendency to look and feel cluttered for some. The farmhouse style also ushered in the age of word art, but it’s played out, Meyn says: Opt instead for a large statement art piece instead of a busy gallery wall of signs (We’re looking at you, “Live Laugh Love.”) INVESTMENT PIECES Millennial shoppers are tiring of what Meyn calls “disposable furniture.” Even if they don’t have the budget to buy their “forever sofa” just yet, they prize furniture that will hold up. Look to purchase pieces in real wood over laminate or veneer, Meyn says. And in evaluating whether that set of arm chairs will wear out over time, homeowners benefit from many recent fabric advances: “We’re seeing upholstery treated with non-chemical products,” she says, “and that in some cases can be built into fabrics. They are stain- and soil-repellent if not altogether stain proof.” Look for brands like Crypton and Alta, and Sunbrella, which has grown its offerings to include hard-wearing indoor fabrics. POPULAR WOODS For families who already own wood pieces they like and desire to match, Lambert says alder is a popular choice. “Alder is known as the great imitator of woods,” he says. “It has the potential to look like many other types of wood and can be stained to go with things you already have.” On the other hand, he says oak is on the outs; many homes from the 1990s have so much of it, and homeowners who are renovating kitchens, for example, are replacing oak with more current looks like shaker-style wood cabinets.
Lambert also notes that parawood is gaining in popularity; also called rubberwood, parawood is a sustainable hardwood similar to birch or ash; a company called Whitewood Furniture Company makes a lot of products in parawood that Lambert does well with. SHAKER STYLES Shaker-style furniture — often in maple and marked by traditional round wooden knobs, tapered legs and subtle curves to convey minimalism and gentleness — remains timeless, Lambert says. A popular item in his store is an unfinished pine bookcase with an arch. It’s simple and versatile for many rooms in the house, and features no molding — but an arch adds visual interest. MAKING IT YOURS Lambert says both redoing old furniture and making new furniture look old are still major trends. DIYers are deploying distressing techniques on wood, and experimenting with chalk paint or milk paint. (Lambert sells a line of stains and paint called General Finishes.) “People in their 30s are not looking for the run-of-the-mill pieces of furniture,” he says. “They want something they can be creative with.” > Unfinished Furniture Colorado, 5095 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, 303.443.8229, unfinishedfurniturecolorado.com > Home by Yours & Meyn, 721 Front St., Unit B, Louisville, 303.665.2500, homebyyoursandmeyn.com
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t’s a well-known fact that not all real estate is created equal. The luxury market—usually defined in the Boulder/ Broomfield area as a listing priced at $1 million or more — has a very niche clientele. These buyers and sellers not only have the financial means to afford such properties, but they also have very specific criteria for homes they want to purchase. Whether it’s a buyer looking for a special new space, or a seller with a sizable asset they care about, WK Real Estate understands the delicate nature of luxury real estate. “Luxury properties will appeal to a different type of buyer than your average home,” says Dan Kingdom, president and owner of WK Real Estate. “The pool of buyers in the upper price ranges is a smaller one, and they need to be targeted with specific intention.” The $1 million mark isn’t a hard line for luxury listings, explains Kingdom. Some townhomes and condos that cost closer to $800 or $900 thousand, but boast an excellent location or elegant finishes, could be considered luxury listings. Fixer-uppers are an exception on the other end of the spectrum. “Conversely,” says Kingdom, “there are some properties in the $1 to $1.5 million range where the value of the property is primarily in the land and location and not in
5245 Idylwild Trail, Boulder This two-story home backs up to the 7th hole of the Boulder Country Club’s golf course, with mountain views from many rooms. A 600-square-foot main level master suite features views of both the golf course and mountains, as well as a private deck. Other highlights include the bright, open floor plan, an oversized three-car garage and a fully-finished lower level, all situated on a spacious third-acre lot with mature landscaping. > For more information, visit 5245.wkre.com. the existing structures. Those types of properties would not be considered ‘luxury’ from a marketing standpoint.” It is not only the clientele that are different when it comes to buying and selling luxury properties — the transaction itself is different, too. The high price of these properties comes with complications, and the buying and selling process is often more tangled than with homes in lesser price ranges. “Finishes, furnishings, systems, hardware, materials used, accessory buildings, lot size and location — a different level of knowledge and education is required to first understand and then effectively market these properties,” says Kingdom. While the needs of these listings tend to be different, WK Real Estate understands that all successful real estate
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transactions begin with the same simple step: listening. “Our clients’ needs, goals and timing are paramount and supersede all else,” says Kingdom. “When working with buyers, it’s our job to follow their desires, on their timeline, and then guide them through the home selection and purchase process only when they are comfortable. At all times, we are their advocate.” WK Real Estate associates present clients with all of their options, which can be especially plentiful when it comes to a luxury listing. The company empowers clients to be decisive and confident in real estate transactions. This philosophy carries over to those who are looking to sell, as well. “For our sellers, the single most important factor is ensuring that they are comfortable and able to make sound, quality decisions,” says Kingdom. This was the experience of Bart Macgillivray, who recently purchased a home in Niwot through WK Real Estate and is currently selling his previous home with the same WK associate, Chris Haught. “In order to sell the house, Chris had a list of things he wanted to see done to make it as marketable as it could be,” says Macgillivray. “WK Real Estate doesn’t put it on the market until they’ve done as much as they can to bring a high return back to the homeowner who is selling the property.” Macgillivray adds that Chris provided connections to a team of talented craftspeople who helped the home shine. “He had people who did staging, painting, landscape work — all at fair prices because they work with him a lot,” says Macgillivray. “That was an added benefit.” Another benefit provided to sellers by WK Real Estate is a carefully thought-out pricing strategy, individualized for each home, which leads directly to a customized,
1302 Baseline, Boulder For sale for the first time since 1976, this classic, Tudor-style estate is located just down the street from the iconic Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark area and park. Originally built in 1936 and designed by Glen Huntington, the home features an added carriage house and detached garage on a lot surrounded by mature spruce trees. > For information, visit 1302.wkre.com.
1719 Mapleton, Boulder This Whittier neighborhood home sits privately above Boulder’s iconic Mapleton Avenue, just three blocks to the heart of downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall and a short walk to neighborhood schools and the University of Colorado. The styling is both timeless and comfortable with rich, warm colors. The main floor features a sun-filled study with built-in shelving, an inviting living room with a fireplace and a dining room with an easy flow to a shaded patio. At the rear of the lot is a studio with a kitchen, bath and two offices. > For information, visit 1719.wkre.com.
multi-step marketing plan. “Our WK marketing plans utilize an intentional mix of online media tools and traditional marketing channels to position our clients’ distinctive properties to receive maximum exposure,” says Pam Metzger, vice president corporate services and relocation. “Every property listed with WK Real Estate, whether considered luxury or not, benefits from an impressive array of digital, print and other marketing options.” For luxury listings specifically, sellers reap the benefits of WK Real Estate’s status as a founding member of Luxury Portfolio International. Luxury Portfolio International is a network of the world’s most experienced and respected experts in luxury real estate. “This valuable affiliation provides WK Real Estate with key channels to market and promote our luxury listings to a global audience,” says Metzger. Luxury Portfolio International provides sellers with access to some of the most affluent buyers in the world. WK Real Estate converts at a rate of 73 percent when they work with referrals from this network. “By listing with WK Real Estate, our clients increase their chances of not only attracting a qualified buyer, but also bringing the buyer and seller together to a mutually beneficial result,” says Kingdom. “Our affiliation with the exclusive members-only Luxury Portfolio International network gives us that essential global reach that most other local franchises and firms don’t benefit from. First, we are local. But we are also global, and that is the best of both worlds!” > WK Real Estate, 4875 Pearl E. Circle, Suite 100, Boulder; 2101 Ken Pratt Blvd., Suite 100, Longmont; 303.597.8430, wkre.com
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Welcome to Superior Living M Superior is growing up quickly. Once Boulder’s sleepy southern neighbor, the town has become the apple of many a homeowner’s eye.
ost people think there’s no real estate left close to Boulder or that new builds might only be available in Erie or Longmont if you act fast. While it’s true
that the county is lean on newly built single-family dwellings, there’s a brand new neighborhood in Superior to consider: Discovery Ridge. Set along the ridge overlooking the town, with unobstructed mountain views and no HOA, the 20 new
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homes on the delightfully named Canary Lane, just eight miles south of Boulder, bring a breathtaking view of the Front Range home to you. Superior is growing up quickly. Once Boulder’s sleepy southern neighbor, the town has become the apple of many a homeowner’s eye, especially those who work, but don’t want to live, in Boulder. “As Superior begins to grow along with many other Front Range communities, our homes on Canary Lane will stand out amongst the rest,” says developer Dan Aweida. “From our amenities and views to living on a quaint lane where the only people who drive by
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first day you move in. “Due to the scale, incredible views, low maintenance and accessibility to Denver and Boulder, we expect to attract a multitude of buyers,” says Aweida. “One of the signature features of our Gold Unit homes is a main level master suite. From empty nesters that want to ‘age in place’ to growing families wanting a mother-in-law suite, having the ability for dual masters is a great advantage. We’re maximizing the flexibility in multi-generational households and allowing the space to really work for the homeowner over time.” At the time of this writing, 19 of Canary Lane’s 20 homes are available. A Discovery Ridge home can be completed, from foundation to closing, in five months. Aweida anticipates all units will be built and sold by December 2020. So it goes without saying that no time should be wasted by anyone seriously interested in living there. A buyer’s first step is to select a lot and desired home size. Then it’s a matter of selecting a finish palette and bringing one’s home visions to life! With clear views of the mountains, overlooking downtown Superior, being within walking and biking distance to downtown and Superior Marketplace, dreaming big will be the easy part! “We chase a more traditional architectural style with a western aesthetic and overtones of the mining history of the Superior area,” says architect Christopher Flora of Bray Architecture. “Additionally, the rooms of the homes orient and focus on the unparalleled views of the northern Front Range mountains with large windows and sliding glass doors. The homes were also designed with the empty nester in mind, with open floor plans, accommodating bedrooms, and minimal yard maintenance.” Interior designer Sara Blette designed the homes’ interior finish palette to be as transitional as possible. “When you are designing for a broad audience, it’s important to select options that are durable, timeless, and comfortable while maintaining a way for the home buyer to still make it their own,” she explains. “Whether or not you prefer traditional or a modern farmhouse aesthetic, we’ll be able to curate a design vision to meet your unique needs.”
WHY SUPERIOR AND WHY NOW? The site of Canary Lane was difficult to develop. After all, it is on a steep hill. But everyone involved in making Discovery Ridge a reality is confident homeowners will be smitten with the look and feel of the open face with the jaw-dropping mountain views. And with the town’s plans to develop the downtown area in the next few years, it’s an exciting time to live in Superior. Discovery Ridge is sure to become an anchor of the community, adding to the richness of the downtown district. “Boulder County is running out of dirt to build on,” Aweida says. “Demand is very high and supply is very low, and a lot more very tight urban apartments and condos are going up. Ours are paired homes with an open look and feel on a hill with nothing in front of them – truly a rarity in the typical residential home density we are used to.” According to Kelly Haney, mortgage loan officer with Great Western Bank, Colorado continues to dominate home values, growth and stability trends this year: “Boulder takes the cake in first position, followed by Fort Collins in #4 with Denver-Aurora-Lakewood coming in at #8. According to Norada Real Estate Investments as of November 2019, Denver real estate hasn’t fully transitioned into a buyer’s market yet, although it’s shifting in that direction. This shouldn’t raise too much concern at this time, as we are still very much in a seller’s market. Given that Superior is one of our smaller cities, it still continues to be a gem of a place to call home and definitely one to invest in.” Whether you’re a family looking for a great home to grow up in together or empty-nesters making an investment in yourselves after dedicated careers, this incredible new neighborhood will speak to you. No other development brings you the style, floor plans, convenience and lifestyle Discovery Ridge has to offer. > If you’re interested in calling it home, your first stop is the website: discoveryridge.net. There you’ll find floor plans, current availabilities and a thorough FAQ on becoming a resident of Canary Lane. Then, call the sales team at 720.410.6100. ATHOMECOLORADO.COM
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This 5 bed,6,686 sq ft residence is nestled along the creek and 3rd fairway within a forest of Blue Spruce on over half an acre in N.Americaâ€™s favorite ski resort.
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This magnificent estate on 2 acres features park-like grounds, dramatic mountain views, 5 bedroom suites, guest house, & 9 car garage.
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242-acre ranch with endless panoramic views offers you the chance to escape the hustle and embrace a lifestyle of the rugged west.
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32 acre estate with stunning 360 degree views. This extraordinary custom home was artfully envisioned, created and built from the heart.
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6872 Lemon Gulch Drive $4,000,000 Anthony Hollingsworth 303.944.8477 Richard Berst 303.809.6771
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A rare opportunity in Vail, this spectacular 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom duplex is in a quiet West Vail setting with mountain-top views.
Malibu custom masterpiece backing to open space. 8,163 finished square feet, 5 bedrooms, 7 baths and extraordinary finishes.
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Striking and modern in Hilltop one of Denverâ€™s favorite in town neighborhoods. 2 master suites plus 4 additional bedrooms. 20-foot nano wall that opens to the outdoors.
This 5,682 sq ft home offers spectacular ski area views and amazing open floor plan. 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, indoor sauna and plunge tub.
Perfectly positioned on an acre lot in the heart of CHV. This custom, modern farmhouse features six bedrooms, eight baths and an oversized four-car garage.
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Colorado living at its finest at Bear Creek Ranch. 163 acres, two residences, creek, ponds, barn, meadows, rock outcroppings, and spectacular views.
A slice of heaven views to die for! LIVwith Sothebys 5 bedroom, 7 bath estate situated on .90 secluded acres. 8,200 finished square feet.
Timeless Cherry Creek North contemporary home with thoughtful layout and impressive amenities. 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 6,937 total sq ft.
60 North County Highway 67 $3,000,000 Shawn Kelley 303.570.8354 Steve Redmond 303.359.7559
222 Equinox Drive $3,000,000 Audrey Will 303.503.0321
555 Clayton Street $3,000,000 Terry Oakes 303.809.9259 Cindy Oakes 303.807.5281
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Gorgeous retreat in Chenango on 2+ acres. 4,500 sq ft, walkout ranch, 5 bed, 4.5 bath with 3-car garage, BB court and full spa. Plus 4,200 sq ft loft style living space/garage.
Tranquility, privacy and resort living are yours in this custom 5 bedroom, 7 bath, 7,688 finished sq ft and .75 acres of gorgeous landscaping!
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18852 East Long Ave $2,875,000 Rochelle Mcnaughton 303.929.9001
1105 Northwood Lane $2,850,000 Audrey Will 303.503.0321
230 Campion Trail $2,700,000 Jack Wolfe 970.368.0018 Aniela Wasmanski 970.409.8476
Indulge in your equestrian dreams with a well-equipped 4-stall barn while the residence exemplifies the finest in southwestern architecture.
This property features a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom primary house. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom secondary residence, along with a coveted 2-car garage.
Water ski and trout-stocked lake estate. Paradise 12 months a year. Nestled in a gated community, with only twelve 35acre owners.
1764 Mesa Ridge Lane $2,650,000 Elaine Stucy 720.881.5718
1966 West Gore Creek Drive $2,595,000 Matthew Blake 970.390.2692
4409 Triple Eagle Trail $2,499,000 Nancy Grisham 303.981.9118
Luxury, low-maintenance living in the exclusive gated community of Belcara. Elevator, 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 6,310 total square feet.
Spectacular 21st Century Tudor on a grand block in classic Crestmoor. This wonderfully maintained legacy home belongs to a by-gone era.
Magnificent custom estate in Franktown sits on 35 wide-open acres and boasts spectacular, sweeping views of the entire Rocky Mountain front range.
401 South Garfield Street $2,495,000 Kate Perry 303.810.0474
250 Jasmine Street $2,350,000 Terry Oakes 303.809.9259 Cindy Oakes 303.807.5281
9415 Arabian Run $2,300,000 Linda Clure 720.849.6678 Bob Heir 303.901.8323
One-of-a-kind equestrian estate surrounded by 35 private, entirely usable acres of lush, gently rolling pastures. 5 beds, 5 bath custom home.
Stunning finishes and 2,800 sq ft of living space and private elevator entrance. Sun-filled rooms. Luxury living at its best. 25Downing.com
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884 Beeler Place $1,925,000 Doyle Richmond 303.390.9240
24 forested acres with majestic Pikes Peak views featuring a welcoming main residence, a guest house, workshop, and 6-stall barn.
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Rustic luxury in this 4 bedroom, 5 bath custom ranch. 5,800 square feet of upgrades and 13+ private acres.
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Private fishing retreat! Amazing 7,000 square foot custom home on four-acres situated along privately owned waters on Conejos River.
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Colorado Lifestyle Real Estate By Julie Kailus Photos: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
or more than a decade, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty (LIV SIR) has defined contemporary lifestyledriven real estate. Combining a vast global network encompassing some of the most regarded real estate professionals in the world with local experts that are devoted to the communities that they live in, LIV SIR sells homes that help people do one thing better than any other brand: “LIV the Life They Love.” “Whether it’s brokers, support staff, clients, vendors or the community, real estate is an industry where you have incredible exposure to a wide variety of people. This is an industry where you can truly make a difference in the world and in the local community. I feel very lucky to have found a field that is so dynamic, progressive and important,” said Scott Webber, president, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty. 30
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The LIV SIR history runs deep. What started in 1999 as Fuller Towne & Country Properties, a locally owned firm, became affiliated with the renowned Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) brand in 2008 when Webber purchased the firm. Back then it was 125 brokers in three Colorado offices. “I quickly realized how valuable our association with
the Sotheby’s International Realty brand was,” he said. “Especially during times of market uncertainty, clients maintained a higher level of trust due to the brand’s reputation and professionalism.” Today, LIV SIR, consists of over 450 brokers and support staff in 23 offices throughout the Denver Metro and surrounding areas, including Boulder, Castle Rock, Cherry Creek, Denver Tech Center, Downtown Denver, Evergreen, and the resort communities of Breckenridge, Winter Park, Dillon, Crested Butte, Telluride and the Vail Valley. While LIV SIR specializes in lifestyle properties, the Colorado real estate brand has built a strong reputation for other key success factors: leveraging the Colorado lifestyle experience, delivering exceptional results and building thousands of long-term relationships with homeowners and communities. Scott Webber calls what the firm has perfected “the art and science of real estate marketing.” He said in a recent blog, “Some brokerages treat homes like commodities, but we view every home as a precious possession, regardless of price point.” LIV SIR is ranked as one of the leading SIR affiliates in
the world and a leader in Colorado real estate. LIV SIR is dedicated to providing market data to clients. The data comes in monthly, quarterly and annual reports designed to help educate consumers in regional markets. The trends and forecasts also position buyers, sellers and agents to better understand market conditions in the communities that LIV SIR serves — and calls home. The latest year-end stats are compelling and demonstrate strong real estate markets throughout the state. LIV SIR expanded its footprint throughout Colorado to include Winter Park, Crested Butte, and Telluride in 2019. These new locations help LIV SIR better serve its clients and the growing demand for trusted real estate advisors in iconic Colorado ski towns. “As more and more people from around the world are drawn to invest in Colorado real estate, whether it be for a primary or secondary home, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty is positioned like no other firm with conveniently located offices and professional brokers,” said Webber. > For more information about LIV Sotheby’s International Realty properties in Colorado, call 303.893.3200 or visit livsothebysrealty.com. For market data visit coloradomarketreports.com.
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Discriminating buyers choose Innovative Openings for all types of window coverings. By Judy Finman Photos: Innovative Openings
nnovative Openings, based in Louisville, sells interior window blinds, shades and shutters, as well as exterior shading solutions including awnings and retractable insect screens. In addition to Hunter Douglas and other distinctive lines, they are especially proud to offer Insolroll Solar Shades, made by the company’s own award-winning manufacturer headquartered next door to their Louisville showroom.
Sales Manager Kevin Anderson notes that the clean look of roller shades makes them the fastest growing market segment. Consumers are interested in simple yet elegant, child-safe window treatments that don’t accumulate dust as traditional draperies do. They want to allow light flow and views, and offer functionality like motorization, smartphone control, creating scenes and schedules and even using voice control. “Our roots are in energy-efficient window treatments,” says Anderson. “We started out 40 years ago in Boulder County helping customers decrease heat loss through windows with more efficient treatments. The need for sun control and heat reduction in warmer months was clear, and in the late 1980s we established Insolroll as our manufacturing division. Today it’s a nationally recognized
brand offering solar, blackout, decorative and patio shades throughout North America. At Innovative Openings, we offer the Insolroll brand direct from factory.” He adds, “Window treatment possibilities are broader and more personal than ever before, and at Innovative Openings, we’ve got the experience, technical expertise and skill to maximize the look, function and efficiency of our customers’ windows. Offering both interior and exterior treatments with locally produced options, we provide a selection unique in our industry, and a full-service buying experience including warranty service after the sale. The care we take with detailing is something you can’t get from an online or ready-made seller.” ENERGY EFFICIENCY IS IMPORTANT Innovative Openings encourages the use of energy-efficient window coverings, lowering cooling costs in the summer and keeping rooms warmer in the winter. Solar shades, for example, block heat, glare and UV rays, without blocking the view. Completely retractable, they also allow passive warming during winter. Duette® Honeycomb Shades are another top energy-efficiency choice, designed with honeycomb-shaped air pockets that provide insulation at the window. New technologies available in motorization control enhance energy efficiency and homeowners’ daily lives. According to Anderson, “The demand and popularity of smart shades and blinds is higher than ever. Those systems have become more affordable, and are going into a wide range of homes.” Motorized shades can be controlled with smartphones and tablets. Users can set “scenes,” custom settings to move shades to chosen positions for specific time of
day, activity or occasion – with the touch of a button. Homeowners can also create schedules – for instance, having shades open halfway every day at sunrise. Appbased control allows shade control away from home, as well as Alexa voice control. Scenarios range from simple standalone systems with battery-powered shades (no hard-wiring required) to sophisticated integration with whole-home automation platforms controlling all residential systems. Simply scheduling shades to open and close at certain times of day increases energy efficiency, resulting in reduced cooling costs and less UV damage to floors and furnishings. > Innovative Openings serves Denver, Boulder and surrounding areas. 667 S. Pierce Ave., Louisville, 303.665.1305, innovativeopenings.com
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t the start of the new decade, luxury flooring options have never been more varied. Technological advances are making now a great time to be in the market for flooring. Traditional hardwood and carpets are seeing new treatments, and products like engineered wood and luxury vinyl are proving to be game-changers. Modern homeowners are looking for materials that have an organic feel. Wider planks and lighter colors are in demand, and many homeowners want to achieve a customized look through treatments like handscraping, distressing, wirebrushing and bleaching. ENGINEERED HARDWOOD Engineered hardwood is an exciting eco-friendly product that combines the stunning look of real wood with increased stability to meet the demands of the dramatic seasonal changes that we see in Colorado. The bulk of the plank is formed from layers of wood fused together, with the top layer finished in beautiful solid wood. The layered substrates and the top layer expand and contract at varying rates,
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making the plank more stable over time. CORK Environmentally conscious consumers may also want to consider other natural materials such as cork. Cork flooring, made from thin strips of bark from the cork tree, is one of the most popular options in this category. Its natural springiness holds warmth and makes it a good choice in kitchens, home gyms or other rooms where you’ll spend lots of time on your feet. LUXURY VINYL Luxury vinyl is one of the fastest-growing segments of the market. Thanks to new technologies, it can accurately imitate both the appearance and texture of hardwood, concrete, stone and tile. It’s durable and water-resistant, a great option for bathrooms and basements. Other vinyl options include wood plastic composite (WPC) and stone plastic composite (SPC) flooring. These products have a vinyl exterior and a composite interior core. Both products are offered in a vast array of style options, and are exceptionally durable and completely waterproof for amazing versatility in any room of the house. CARPET Carpet is still as popular as ever, and new technological advancements are bringing new looks and features. One exciting new technological advancement is the arrival of 100 percent waterproof carpet — just what active Coloradans have been waiting for. Recyclable carpets and carpets made from recycled materials are available. 36
Owner Scott McDonald of McDonald Carpet One in Boulder always tells customers, “Have fun with your projects. Think out of the box and open your vision to try different things. The possibilities are endless with today’s advancements in technology, so don’t be afraid to jump right in!” McDonald Carpet One is part of one of the world’s largest co-operatives, which gives them the ability to have greater buying power by working together. It also allows them to provide superior warranties and exclusive products. According to Scott, McDonald Carpet One is the area leader in providing the highest-quality carpets in the industry: “From Masland to Fabrica and wools to sisals, we have it all sampled and ready to explore in the showroom.” McDonald Carpet One also samples the market’s leading hardwood selections and carries luxury vinyl plank products and color lines that no one else in the area carries. Meyer Skidmore & Company in Boulder offers hardwood, tile and carpet. They install, sand and finish too. According to Owner Abbey Van Horn, they are unique in the industry because they are women-owned and their customer service is like no other. Meyer Skidmore & Company is seeing a lot of lighter-tone and natural hardwood floors. Abbey adds, “We are seeing a lot of kitchen cabinets in different jewel tones and finding the right hardwood and finishes around them has been really fun.” The company offers many hardwood products including Du Chateau, Colorado Mountain and RealWood Floors. They also offer the highest quality in finishes for hardwood. Godfrey Hirst and Fabrica are just a couple of their high-end carpet lines. With so many appealing choices available now, you can find beautiful and functional flooring for every room of your Colorado home. > McDonald Carpet One, 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 720.432.2916, mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder > Meyer Skidmore & Company, 7123 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303.444.1174, meyerskidmore.com
CHOOSING A SCHOOL
When Educational Options Abound, Instinct Is Key By Adam Goldstein
inding the right school can be overwhelming for any family. This is even more notable for newcomers to Colorado, where the public school district’s open enrollment policy gives students and families the choice to choose between traditional and charter schools, all within the same system. That’s not even taking into account the myriad private school options that also exist. A new student could sign up for a facility that teaches ancient languages, one that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or a host of other specialties. While that abundance of educational options offers plenty of pathways, it also lends for a fair amount of stress for those looking to find their perfect school. “For many of our families who are relocating, finding the right school is the most important piece in their decision,” said Susan Boyle, director of admissions and marketing for Boulder Country Day School, a private K-8 school that stresses community, social/emotional learning and broad curriculum. “They’ll choose their new neighborhood accordingly.” While the weight of that decision may seem, on its surface, overwhelming, Boyle and other educators say the choice really rests on basic principles, values and, to a degree, gut instinct. Each student and each family is unique, and finding the right school boils down to finding a good match. “What we feel is most important is for any family to check in with themselves and assess their values. When they tour a school, they’re looking for specific attributes,” Boyle said. “[Colorado] has an incredible array of schools and it’s important for a family to do research and make direct contact.” Boyle said that the most common criteria when it comes to choosing the right school are a combination of academic, social and geographic concerns. Standards like school ratings, test scores and graduation rates are easy guideposts, but more intangible elements like a teacher’s dynamic in the classroom or the availability of counselors and extracurricular activities can also be critical. “Things to consider are the school culture and sense of community, especially for families who relocating,” she said. “What are the teacher to student ratios? What are
the academic offerings, the extra-curricular offerings, the character and social/emotional programming? How does the school differentiate learning for students with different needs?” While the subject isn’t always easy to consider, the current process of choosing a school should also take campus security into account, she added. For private schools in particular, metrics for making a judgement can also include a facility’s fiscal soundness, its school government and its rating by outside institutions. Boulder Country Day School, for example, enrolls less than 400 students and is one of the few private schools in the area to be accredited with the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. Such ratings, statistics and facts are critical for an incoming family looking to make a decision about their child’s future education. But Boyle added that meeting the teachers, staff and administrators and touring the building itself can lend for the most decisive factor. “I always suggest that families trust their gut,” she said. > Boulder Country Day School, 4820 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, 303.527.4931, bouldercountryday.org ATHOMECOLORADO.COM
Up on the Roof
In Colorado’s increasingly hail-heavy climate, new high-resistance roof tiles can help save your home. And while rooftop solar power is always a good energy investment, experts also suggest you act fast to cash in solar tax subsidies, before they fade. By Andy Stonehouse
n recent years, we’ve certainly seen the destructive power of Mother Nature at work in the Colorado Front Range, as hail storms have impacted nearly every community. For homeowners looking to protect themselves from further damage – as well as those interested in finally making the leap to rooftop solar panels to help cut their utility costs by investing in renewable energy – local roofing experts have some timely advice on both issues that can help cut costs in the long run. Scott Brasington, owner of Longmont’s GreenPoint Roofing, says Colorado currently ranks second in the nation behind Texas for the severity and cost of hail damage claims. Based on the severity of storms over the last few
years, and the duration of the hail season, he recommends a variety of new, impact-resistant roof tiles, including those rated at Level 4 for their strength. “That includes our new F-Weight shingles, which are a synthetic product injected with thermal plastic that stands up to hail – look on YouTube for the video of an ice cannon being shot at them – to our Colorado-made Owens Corning Flex tiles, which are rubberized, more pliable and more resistant to hail, with a protective matting on the back,” he says. Brasington also sells and installs products from the Malarkey company, which integrate recycled materials into their polymer- and rubber-modified shingles, as well as the super-resistant Decra, a stone-coated metal roofing system which uses interlocking panels to create a look like tile or wood shake. Adam Kenyon, who operates GreenPoint’s solar partner, ProGreen Solar, says that while solar is always a good investment, especially in sunny Colorado, consumers may be motivated by changing federal subsidies that can help more quickly pay for their investment. “Initially, there was a 30 percent tax incentive, which is now 26 percent, but that is going to drop to 20 percent in 2020, and will drop to zero percent by 2022,” he says. “In the case of a $30,000 system, that is going to have some
long-term impact on affordability.” That said, Kenyon explains that new-generation solar systems are expected to provide efficient operation with little degradation over a 25-year life cycle, offering homeowners vastly lower utility bills and even the opportunity to generate power credits from utilities such as Xcel Energy. Before considering a rooftop solar project, Kenyon works with customers to review their current energy usage and bills, as well as any future increases in costs they foresee – hot tubs, extensive air conditioning use, or some who hope to add a small solar farm to their property. On average, he says up-front construction costs about $15,000 to $20,000, though current federal credits can take a big chunk out of the price. Another Front Range provider for solar upgrades, servicing and consultation is Denver’s Southard Solar Energy and Construction, which has been in business since 1987. Southard is a certified installer and has worked on solar projects on more than 500 Colorado homes, in both urban and off-the-grid settings. They also have expertise in mobile solar power trailer units and can remove or replace outdated or inefficient early-generation solar panels. > Greenpoint Roofing, greenpointroofing.com, 720.684.5500 > Southard Solar Energy and Roofing, southardsolar.com, 303.776.5271
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The Outdoor Oasis of Your Dreams By Pam Moore
sk nearly any Coloradoan what they love about the Centennial State and their answer is sure to include mountains, sunshine, fresh air or all three. So it should come as no surprise that when it’s time for a home upgrade, many of us opt to improve our outdoor space. When we’re not out hiking, biking, skiing or climbing, a comfortable, cozy outdoor living area offers a place to rest, relax or even entertain—while surrounded by the natural beauty we’ve fallen in love with. According to Mariah Maydew, president and CEO of Fruehauf’s Patio in Westminster, advances in patio furniture design mean it’s easier than ever before to create the outdoor oasis of your dreams. “Quality patio furniture has come a long way in terms of comfort to make spending time outside more enjoyable,” says Maydew. Not only that but the way we think about outdoor spaces has evolved. “More people are thinking of their outdoor space as added square footage to their home,” says Maydew. “Decks, balconies and patios are being treated as an additional room to be furnished and enjoyed.” When it comes to selecting the elements for your own backyard paradise, Maydew recommends a few “must-haves,” including comfortable seating, a fire pit or patio heater, a shade umbrella or awning to provide sun protection on hot days, and a grill. Whether you’re upgrading dining or lounge furniture or buying for the first time, seating is not something to skimp on. “Invest in durable, comfortable, stylish patio furniture,” advises Maydew. “If you are spending tens of thousands of dollars on an updated deck or patio, you want to have nice furniture so you want to spend time outside and maximize the use of the space.” Not only that, but it’s important to select your seating before building a deck or pouring a patio. “We often find that people have built their space too small or too narrow to accommodate the patio furniture they want,” shares Maydew. Building a space, only to discover it can’t accommodate the patio furniture you had in mind, is a headache that’s easily avoidable. When it comes to selecting the right deck or patio for your space, the professionals at Budget Home Supply in Longmont have you covered. As the largest composite decking dealer in Northern Colorado they offer competitive pricing and over 50 different finishes of trusted brands including Trex, TimberTech, EverGrain, Fiberon, MoistureShield and Fortress composite decking. If you’re not sure what you want, a visit to their 1000 square foot deck showroom should do the trick.
And in addition to stocking redwood and cedar wood decking, they’re happy to order any exotic hardwoods. They also carry the foundations, railings, lighting and the accessories you need to make your deck feel like your second living room. But if it’s a second kitchen you’re looking for, Budget Home Supply can take care of that, too. They carry a wide selection of Bull outdoor products including barbecue islands, bar islands, pizza ovens, fire features, waterfalls, outdoor appliances and more. As outdoor kitchens become an increasingly popular option, Maydew points out a few design trends as well. Right now, she says we are seeing “more lounge furniture including sectionals opposed to dining sets” along with cantilevered umbrellas to cover those larger lounge sets. “Neutral colors are popular and can be brightened up with throw pillows and rugs.” And for those who opt to stick with a grill as opposed to a full kitchen set up, Maydew notes, “We are seeing a demand for more versatility in grills, from sear stations and rotisseries, to the ability to cook with charcoal or gas.” Many people enjoy the freedom to be creative in setting up their ideal space, experimenting with furniture styles that don’t necessarily match the interior or even each other. But, says Maydew, for some it can be overwhelming. For this reason, many take advantage of professional designers. For those who opt for professional guidance, Fruehauf’s offers a house call service where one of their associates can come out to your home to help with layout and design on-site. If you’re thinking about creating an outdoor oasis of your own, don’t wait. Spring – or another 70-degree bluebird winter day – will be here before you know it. > Budget Home Supply, 780 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303.678.8800, budgethomecenters.com > Fruehauf’s, 6795 W. 88th Ave., Westminster, 303.449.9551, fruehaufs.com ATHOMECOLORADO.COM
Five-Star Retirement Balfour Senior Living Communities meet all your needs in style
By Wendy McMillan Photos by Balfour Senior Living
t began with the most personal of research. ‘What would my mother want’, Balfour Senior Living Founder and CEO Michael Schonbrun asked himself as he explored potential retirement communities for his fashionable, funloving mother. With his extensive knowledge of health care as former CEO of National Jewish Hospital, Schonbrun was obviously focused on top quality care. But equally important was a vibrant, thriving community that would allow his mother to continue to enjoy life to the fullest through the years. In the exhaustive search for such a place, the seeds of Balfour Senior Living Communities were sown. Established in 1997, Balfour Senior Living Communities is a collection of soon-to-be ten coveted luxury retirement communities: eight in Colorado including in Denver, Littleton, Louisville and Stapleton; and a new Longmont, location scheduled to open in late fall. Individually and
collectively, these elegant and comfortable communities debunk common misconceptions of aging in place as myth. Within each of the soon-to-be ten communities, an exemplary continuum of care offers the best in health, safety and style. “At Balfour, we believe health, safety, and good design can co-exist,” says Co-founder Susan Juroe, who leads design, offering thoughtful insight on the individual, overall look of each community. When preparing for senior living, it’s all too natural to feel apprehensive. Anticipating moving from home can stir up wells of unpleasant emotions. These are compounded by preconceptions surrounding senior living as being discouraging. Balfour dispels those preconceptions with heartfelt care. Each Balfour location offers award-winning architecture and design that reflects the unique personality and history of its beautiful surroundings. In Littleton, for instance, the 75,000 square foot building’s barn-style exterior honors the city’s equestrian history. Inside, the theme continues, with reins, saddles and other related
found objects adorn the lovingly prepared rooms and hallways alongside comfortably elegant luxury furniture, art and décor. In Longmont, the South Hover Street location will showcase spectacular views of the Front Range, with a unique design that incorporates Longmont’s history and local surroundings with thoughtful intent. “We truly care about our residents’ joy and happiness,” Juroe says. “We want everyone to be excited about where they’re living.” If great food something you typically associate with ‘senior living’, Balfour will have you think again. In fact, the cuisine could well be the best you’ve ever tasted. Executive
chefs are provided with large, well-equipped commercial kitchens from which to prepare their extensive, farm-totable menus. All meals are made in-house from scratch, focusing on locally sourced, organic ingredients. Residents may always request gluten free, vegan and diabetic-friendly options. What about keeping active? Having fun? Just like the physical surrounds and cuisine, Balfour goes above and beyond to offer rich experiences tailored to its residents. Opportunities abound to revel in life, from keeping physically active safely and to expanding minds. Well stocked libraries,
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a range of clubs and activities to choose from, ongoing social opportunities, on-site personal trainers and wellness experts are just a few of the many perks that residents can take advantage of according to their interests. Of course, no amount of perks can take the place of quality care. The fact is, as we age, our needs change. At Balfour the fullest range of services is available to ensure residents continue to thrive and enjoy the community that is home. Residents can fully enjoy independent living, assisted living with access to skilled nursing, and Alzheimer’s and memory care, depending on their needs. This continuum of care provided is seamless — there are no dividing lines or barriers, just full attention to the individuals. “You have to care enough to create solutions to make a community feel residential, not institutional, throughout the whole continuum,” Juroe says. “At Balfour, we do.” 44
Over two decades in, Schonbrun has his answer. “I know what [my mother] would have wanted,” he says. “She would have been right at home at Balfour.” > Learn more about the unique Balfour communities, balfourcare.com
A Fitter You at Home By Pam Moore
any Americans start the new year with the best of intentions, envisioning a future where we’re fitter, stronger and leaner. But studies show that only four percent of people who join a gym in the month of January actually step foot in the facility during the month of Dr. Patrick Curry February. Some of the most common reasons we fail to honor our commitments to fitness include lack of time and difficulty getting to a gym. But according to Dr. Patrick Curry a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon with BoulderCentre for Orthopedics and Spine, you can stay fit even if you’re short on time and lack access to a gym. There are in fact, many exercises you can do at home to stay fit — that don’t require a lot of time or much, if any equipment. Before starting any program, Curry recommends checking with your primary doctor to ensure you’re healthy enough to exercise safely. Once you’re cleared for exercise, 150 minutes a week of exercise at mild to moderate intensity or 75 minutes of high-intensity activity “is a good start point,” although he adds, “additional benefits are gained with longer periods of training.” When it comes to choosing which workout to do, the options can be dizzying. Google “home workouts” and millions of search results are at your fingertips in less than a second. Curry recommends pairing a moderate-intensity activity like yoga with more intense activities such as bodyweight exercise or weightlifting. To get the most bang for your buck, try compound movements to “target multiple muscle groups” (think squats or pushups) versus exercises like bicep curls or tricep dips, which only serve to “isolate one specific muscle group.” While you can use dumbbells or a resistance band to perform almost any resistance exercise, if you don’t have them at home, don’t sweat it. For an effective full-body fitness regimen, the only equipment you really need is your body and maybe a pair of running shoes. “A home program consisting of
running or yoga alternating with pushups, pullups and planks or use of an ab-wheel is a good start,” says Curry. He advises engaging in some type of exercise three to five days a week, and performing only what you can handle with good form before increasing the duration or the number of sets and repetition. Besides saving you the hassle and the expense of hitting the gym, exercising at home has plenty of other benefits, says Curry. “Regular exercise lowers the risk of all-cause mortality, coronary artery disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes type 2.” Exercise isn’t just good for your body, though. It also enhances your mental and emotional well-being. “It can also improve sleep, cognition and quality of life,” Curry adds. > For more information: BoulderCentre for Orthopedics and Spine, 4740 Pearl Parkway, Boulder; 1000 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette; 303.449.2730, bouldercentre.com.
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Financing Your Luxury Dream Home By Shelley Widhalm
uying a dream home isn’t just for millionaires, with some careful planning a dream home purchase can be achieved in a few key steps. Depending on the market, a million-dollar home may seem like a mansion — but in places like Boulder and Denver neighborhoods such as Washington Park and Capitol Hill, that amount equals a starter home, or something small for the first-time homebuyer. In the rest of the state, $1 million can purchase luxury living — think multiple bedrooms with amenities like a home theater, wine room, private gym or a pool. “It depends on where the home is located,” said Elizabeth Million, vice-president of mortgage lending for Elevations Credit Union, headquartered in Boulder with branches in Longmont, Broomfield, Louisville and Lafayette. “A million would get you a dream house in many locations.” According to Elevations Credit Union, Luxury homebuyers would want to take out a conforming or a jumbo loan, depending on the amount they want to borrow and the area where they plan to buy. In Boulder County, the conforming loan ceiling is $644,000, compared with $510,000 nationally. Any loan above that would be a jumbo loan and typically a higher rate than conforming rates due to a lack of investors in the secondary market. Before taking on either type of loan, Million recommends doing some information gathering. Elevations Credit Union provides a wide range of loan types for luxury homes but urges customers to compare the credit union’s loan terms, rates and closing costs to that of other credit unions, banks and lenders. “Make sure you’re talking to them and understanding the differences of what they offer,” Million said. “We try to teach our members in order to make an informed decision, you have to be educated.” Million also recommends getting pre-approved for a loan to identify how much can be spent on a future home. Gather the required documents, such as income verification from W-2s and pay stubs (usually for the past two years) and, if self-employed, tax returns, as well as proof of liquid assets that can include savings and checking accounts, an IRA, 401(k), and any gifts with a letter from the gifter. “It’s really being prepared ahead and gathering all the information the lender is going to need,” Million said. Other tips include avoiding taking on additional credit, 46
and if it’s necessary being sure to talk to the mortgage lender to further discuss debt-to-income ratio (the lender’s rule of thumb is a 38 to 43 percent ratio, or about $4,000 debt for every $10,000 in monthly income). Also, find out credit scores and be sure to pay down any existing debt — a mortgage lender can pull a credit score and provide advice. A larger loan also means a larger down payment and monthly mortgage, so be ready with the financing for a typical 10-, 20- or 30-year loan. For a loan of $1 million, expect to put aside at least five to 10 percent of that amount, depending on the loan program, Million said, adding that she typically sees 20 percent down. With a five percent down payment, the homeowner can expect to pay mortgage insurance, she said. Another consideration is deciding between an AdjustableRate Mortgage with a variable interest rate that periodically adjusts (ideal for short-term stays) or a Fixed-Rate Mortgage where the interest rate remains the same (ideal for predictable payments). “Definitely affordability is something we have a concern for our members,” Million said. “At the end of the day you want to have a monthly payment you can sleep with.” > Elevations Credit Union, locations in Boulder, Fort Collins, Lafayette, Louisville, Longmont, Loveland and Westminster. 800.429.7626, elevationscu.com
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