Joann, Carl & Dale's Story

Posted September 27, 2020 Lanterns at Rock Creek

Boulder Creek Neighborhoods Celebrates Grand Opening of Lanterns at Rock Creek in Superior

By Sarah Huber for At Home Colorado

For many, the most-anticipated model home grand opening of 2020 is this weekend, Sept. 26 and 27, at Lanterns at Rock Creek in Superior. After months of queries from locals who adore the established neighborhood of Rock Creek and seek a beautiful, efficient and lower-maintenance new home, Boulder Creek Neighborhoods is proudly unveiling their paired patio homes minutes from downtown Superior and Boulder.

Boulder Creek plus Rock Creek equals the opportunity of a lifetime

This is a particularly golden opportunity for “Rock Creekers who are looking to stay in the neighborhood and are coming from large family homes purchased 20-plus years ago,”explained community sales manager Donna Lu Gamberg.“They find the smaller floor plans and lower-maintenance from Boulder Creek just what they’re looking for as they seek to ‘right size’”and move into an accessible home in the sought-after subdivision they know and love.

The floor plan series, named in honor of the stately lanterns adorning both Lanterns at Rock Creek and Boulder Creek’s Steel Ranch neighborhood in Louisville, presents ranch-style paired patio homes with an optional finished lower level. Homes include two to four bedrooms and one-level primary living with the master suite, an additional bedroom or flex room, depending on the floor plan, and the laundry room handily off the great room and kitchen. Buyers may choose from four floor plans, all of which may be personalized with select flooring, countertops, cabinetry and lighting features. Lanterns at Rock Creek is the ideal choice for those craving the comfort and conveniences of an immaculate, thoughtfully designed home in a community of diverse ages and experiences. Fourteen of the 62 lots have already been sold.

“While Superior is perennially ranked among the best places to live in the United States, there’s surprisingly very little building going on here,”Gamberg said.“Lanterns at Rock Creek is filling a niche for people who want to live in Superior, and Rock Creek especially, and desire a lower-maintenance lifestyle that allows them to pursue their passions.”

Thanks to the lower-maintenance lifestyle, two local families reconnect at Rock Creek

For Dale Mood and his friends, Joann and Carl Maneri, Lanterns at Rock Creek was too good to pass up: “After looking at homes, both new and pre-owned, for about two and a half years, when we found Rock Creek, with the low-maintenance aspect that would allow us to travel to visit grandchildren without worrying about mowing the lawn or shoveling snow, we knew it was for us,”Carl said. Joann and Carl, married 49 years, have lived in Boulder for 33 years, during which they raised their three children alongside the Mood family. While Dale Mood and his late wife moved with their five children from Boulder to Louisville 19 years ago, the Moods and Maneris remained tight friends. Dale, Joann and Carl regularly travel together, with stamps from Aruba to New Zealand in their passports, and meet weekly for church and bagels.

Thus, when the Maneris considered purchasing at Rock Creek, Dale tagged along to the first information meeting “as a lark,”he recalled. A lower-maintenance paired patio home by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, with its quality craftsmanship and sustainable efficiency, proved to be the answer to a question he hadn’t thought to ask. Dale said,“My current home is about 5,000 square feet, which is good because I have five children and 18 grandchildren and enjoy them home for Christmas, but the maintenance was getting to be burdensome.”He soon selected a Lanterns at Rock Creek floor plan, the Equinox, and put his Louisville home up for sale.The Equinox’s optional finished basement includes “two humongous downstairs bedrooms plus a rec room, a good place for a ping pong table, so there will still be room for family,”Dale added.The Maneris chose the Capstone floor plan, with its spacious great room, and the two families will be neighbors (with only one dwelling between them) by mid-November.

Dale, who retired as a professor from the University of Colorado Boulder after 47 years, said,“I’ve written six or seven textbooks, and having a nice den helps a lot with the work. And if you go with the den option in the Equinox, you also end up with a really nice kitchen – there’s a butler’s pantry and all kinds of cabinets and a big island.”

For Dale, though, the best part of the move will be living near the Maneris again, a sentiment echoed by Joann, a retired donor researcher for the University of Colorado, and Carl, a retired chief financial officer.“We’re looking forward to hiking, especially since our travel right now is limited by COVID,”Joann said. Dale and Carl currently “bike through Moab and Japan together”on their NordicTrack stationary bikes, but they’re eager to get out more often in person. Boulder Creek is installing a natural gas hookup on the Maneris’ patio, and Joann and Carl hope to host their supper club and family.

For the Maneris, this will be their “first new, not previously owned, home,”Carl said.“We’ve enjoyed the process and how Donna Lu and others from Boulder Creek have given us weekly updates and guided us through the process.”Joanna and Dale said the downsizing process has been somewhat emotional yet rewarding. “It’s been good to go through things,” Joanna said,“but also to pass it on where things are needed.”

Superior charm

The Maneris and Mood were among the first to buy at Lanterns at Rock Creek.“There are a lot of hiking and biking trails, and I love to get out to walk,”Joann said.“And since the area is growing, we expect the investment to appreciate.”Joann is grateful for a natural setting proximate to Boulder, where she is part of a tennis group and where she and Carl frequently visit (“at least during normal times,” she said) their favorite shops and restaurants.

Gamberg said,“The town of Superior is a hidden gem on the Front Range,”showcasing an unrivaled location that combines a small town feel with the musical venues, art galleries, sporting events and breweries of Boulder and Denver a short drive away – perfect for Joann and Carl. Superior’s masterplanned, revitalized downtown is easily walkable, and the Rock Creek neighborhood is encircled by golf courses, parks and open space.

New safety protocols, enduring mission

Home buyers can rest assured that Boulder Creek Neighborhoods will help them successfully navigate the homebuying and home closing process safely and calmly. Boulder Creek Neighborhoods continues to employ detailed social distancing protocols in their communities. Gamberg said,“We have transitioned our sales environment to allow for virtual communications, are disinfecting high-touch areas of the home before and after any appointments and wear masks when meeting with potential buyers.”

Limited opportunity selling now

“Lanterns at Rock Creek is truly a great, limited opportunity for people looking for a lower-maintenance, well-built home in Superior,” Gamberg said.

Source: Daily Camera At Home Article, September 25th, 2020