End of an Era at The Villas at Calmante in Superior
Lower-maintenance, main-floor living by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods
By Sarah Huber for At Home Colorado
After nearly three years as one of Boulder County’s hottest-selling lower-maintenance neighborhoods, Villas at Calmante by the award-winning lifestyle builder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods is reaching an end of an era. Nestled among Superior’s many walking and cycling paths, popular golf courses and vibrant shopping and dining experiences, the Tuscan-inspired Villas offer high-end living “with lower-maintenance conveniences in a new home at a price comparable to the cost of resales in Boulder,” explained Boulder Creek Neighborhoods’ Sales Manager Chris Mason.
The Villa 53 patio home floor plan, has been a favorite with homebuyers, offering a walkout lower level with a finished basement, a front courtyard with French doors opening into a bright study and perhaps most beloved, an entertainer’s kitchen. “The kitchen features a selection of the top level of cabinetry we offer, and the appliances like the refrigerator and dishwasher can be paneled to match the cabinetry for a personalized look,” Mason said. “We offer Viking and Thermador appliances (all top-rated by Energy Star) in the refrigerator, dishwasher and double oven, plus a gas cooktop.” The kitchen also includes a cozy breakfast nook, a generously-sized island, modern glass cabinetry for display pieces and a beverage refrigerator with an ice maker – ideal for those who like to host neighborhood mixers or celebrations with friends and family. The walk-in pantry is a baker’s dream, with more than enough space for every sheet pan, mixer and cookie cutter.
Furthermore, homes at Villas at Calmante intentionally welcome natural light, and even the lower levels showcases nine-foot ceilings. Mason said empty nesters “often appreciate the home’s smart layout,” which features minimal steps on the main floor, airy bathrooms and wide doorways and hallways. The homes feature up to 3,600 square feet, and for vintage car enthusiasts or those simply requiring more space, the three-car garage is icing on the cake. Outside, the homes at the Villas aim to offer outdoor living spaces to soak in the Colorado outdoors. Front courtyards take in the morning sun, and backyard decks and patios provide enough space for a potted garden, al fresco dining, and a grill.
As with all Boulder Creek homes, Calmante homebuyers partner with Boulder Creek Neighborhoods’ design team to personalize their home’s interior finishes. Options include lighting fixtures, cabinetry, and even door styles. For hardwood floors, tile, countertops and backsplashes, Boulder Creek partners with Saddleback Design, where buyers are paired with a dedicated designer to expertly create the home aesthetic of their dreams.
“Many homeowners at the Villas are excited for a new lifestyle now that their kids are grown and on their own,” said Jessica Champlin, chief revenue officer at Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. “They’ve realized that the bigger family home with the big backyard just doesn’t fit their needs anymore. They’re onto a different phase of their life, and the Villas have been a great solution.”
Small-town vibe in Boulder County
Boulder Creek broke ground on the first phase of Calmante in 2014, and sold 65 of the townhomes over the next several years, finishing construction in 2017. “Even before we started breaking ground on the Villas in the second phase of Calmante, the interest was high,” said Mason. “We probably had 40 or 50 people on an interest list before we officially announced that we were bringing patio homes to Superior.”
Since Villas at Calmante “backs up to thousands of acres of Boulder County open space and the topography of the site is such that neither side of the street looks directly at the front of another house,” homeowners at Calmante are often found sipping tea in the morning in their courtyard with an eye on the Flatirons or relaxing on the back porch at the end of the day, “perhaps watching the sunset,” Mason said. Walking and biking trails meander through and around Calmante, and mountain hiking and skiing are a short drive. In fact, Mason added, “it’s a quick hop onto 36 into Boulder and only about a half hour from Denver. Everyone says they love the location and the nice mix of being in Boulder County, easily accessible to Boulder and Denver but with the small-town vibe of Superior.”
Champlin concurred: “Boulder County is known for being lifestyle-focused, whether that’s spending time outdoors or in art galleries. Boulder County residents take their free time fun seriously.” Indeed, Calmante homeowners can’t help but be swept up in Bou
lder Creek Neighborhoods’ commitment to what the builder calls “Lifefullness,” or living well in pursuit of one’s passions.
Lower-maintenance conveniences leave more time for ‘Lifefullness’
“‘Lifefullness’ is a word we made up,” said Champlin, “but it’s ultimately about living your life fully. That’s why we offer the HOA services and the lower-maintenance features in our home designs.”
Besides the location, a significant draw to Villas at Calmante has been Boulder Creek Neighborhoods’ lower-maintenance commitment. After all, said Mason, Boulder Creek homes are built to empower homeowners to flourish. “What’s unique about the Villas, and all Boulder Creek homes, is the lower-maintenance lifestyle,” Champlin said. “Many exterior home maintenance chores are managed on behalf of the homeowner, which means more free time and less stress in dealing with things like snow removal and lawn mowing.” Homebuyers won’t have to worry about initial landscaping either, as landscaping is fully installed at each of the Villas.
As is Boulder Creek’s norm, Calmante homes are efficiently crafted. For instance, “these homes’ energy efficiency level is high because of the ‘two by six’ construction of all exterior walls and the class-four impact tile roofing,” Mason said. Solar paneling is included, and increased solar kilowatt capability and a garage battery wall are optional.
Mason noted that Calmante buyers appreciate their new homes’ main floor accessibility. “This floor plan thrives because the main level setup is so perfectly suited to daily living,” he said. “At Calmante, main floor living reaches a new level of convenience and comfort.”
For utmost convenience, the Villas include minimal-step entry ways, and three-foot-wide doorways and wide hallways. Boulder Creek Neighborhood’s meticulous design, showcased in the big things – such as superior-level roofing materials – to the little things – such as pre-wired WiFi and raised electrical outlets to reduce bending, empowers independence and saves time and energy for homeowners of any age.