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After years of yardwork on an expansive lot skirting Longmont, Linda and John Gathman are shelving their trimmers and selling the lawn mower. “Moving to a low-maintenance home is a preemptive strike,” Linda said. “We want to downsize and organize while we have our health and while nothing else is on our plate.”
The Gathmans, however, aren’t venturing from their beloved city, where they’ve resided for 25 years this October. “Longmont is a good size for us, not too small or too large, and all our connections are here,” Linda said. John added, “When we came to Longmont, it had that small-town atmosphere, and the community feel is still present here. It’s a well consolidated place.”
Thus, Linda and John plan to move by Christmas time into a ranch-style easyHouse® at Denio West, a low-maintenance Longmont community by the award-winning, Louisville based homebuilder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods. Denio West Community Manager Rebecca Lucero said, “This community is ideal for those seeking the convenience of being located on 9th and Hover, along with the daily enjoyment of low-maintenance, main-floor living. You now have time to pursue your dreams and forget about shoveling snow and taking care of a yard after a busy work week.”
Indeed, Boulder Creek’s homes at Denio are more than just houses – they are a passport to a vivacious lifestyle, rich free time and the joys that it brings – whether that’s travel, adventure or time with family and friends.
easyHouse patio homes by Boulder Creek are designed around an open-concept floorplan. The homes are created to be comfortable both now and for years to come. With wider hallways and wider doors and all your daily necessities on the main floor, this home series will accommodate your needs even as they change. The Gathmans opted for the easyHouse 31 floorplan. “I love the fact that the bedrooms and office are tucked away,” Linda said, “and I like the modern feel of the floorplan.” Linda and John are also excited to ditch their staircase and enjoy main-floor living into retirement. “We saw the Boulder Creek home our friends bought in Erie and were impressed with the reputation of the builder,” Linda said.
Epitomizing efficiency and comfort, Boulder Creek homes are uniquely spacious and right sized, which means the flexible designs maximize storage and weave living and entertaining spaces together. Outside, Colorado-inspired design showcases contemporary style and classic finishes, and covered patios and decks welcome tranquil evenings. “Building a home has given us a lot of time to downsize,” Linda said. It’s a sentiment that rings true throughout the neighborhood, Lucero explains. “So many of our Denio homebuyers are coming out of bigger, family homes that just aren’t the right fit for their current lifestyle anymore. I’m really proud to be a part of that,” she said.
Not only are Linda and John excited about a new house, but they said they’re eager for the opportunities a low-maintenance lifestyle extends. Linda walks regularly with colleagues from her days as an elementary school teacher, and John and Linda both relish afternoons with a good book. Less yardwork will free up more time for their weekly movie watching club and give John more opportunities to deliver meals as a volunteer with OUR Center in Longmont. And Linda and John are itching to return to Europe, where they’ve traveled extensively. “Before, we could travel in the winter, but not in the summer due to yardwork. We won’t have that problem anymore,” Linda said.
When stateside, the Gathmans savor time outdoors. “My father was stationed in Colorado Springs during World War II when I was 10 years old,” Linda recalled. After John received his master’s degree, the couple transferred from the farmlands of Illinois to Longmont, where they raised their son. “We skied for years, but now we mainly walk. We’d like to get out to the mountains more,” Linda said. “In Illinois, once it’s fall and winter, the sun doesn’t shine,” John said. “The first October we moved here, we got a huge snowstorm, but of course, two days later it was gone. The climate here makes Colorado very, very nice.”