An Exquisite Colorado Haven
The Tuscan-inspired stucco Calmante villas by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods are a slice of heaven for those lucky enough to lock in one of the final three home sites.
By Sarah Huber At Home Colorado
The Villas at Calmante is “like a village,” said Calmante homeowner Gary Nutt. His wife, Mary Nutt, added, “A friendly village, a place where the neighbors care about each other and watch out for each other.”
With easy access to broad walking and biking trails, close proximity to Boulder and Denver and a priority on lower-maintenance living, the Tuscan inspired stucco Calmante Villas are a Colorado haven, a slice of heaven for those lucky enough to lock in one of the final few home sites.
Only three homes in the neighborhood remain – just in time for those seeking a peaceful and joyful 2021 in an elegant patio home by the award-winning lifestyle builder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.
Echoing Gary, Calmante sales manager Chris Mason said, “Calmante encapsulates an interesting community of professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, and retirees. One neighbor is up early each day walking the trails. Others are out cycling, hiking and skiing. People are walking with their pets and chatting.” Many homeowners volunteer in the community and are involved in book and social clubs, lecture circuits and crafting bees. Mason continued, “From the floorplan designs to the lifestyle, Calmante gives buyers something unusual in the market,” – a lower-maintenance home offering main floor living at 3,000 to 3,700 square feet in a tight-knit, welcoming community.
Picturesque location and lower-maintenance conveniences
For the Nutts, who closed on their Calmante patio home in October, Calmante’s location in the Town of Superior is ideal. Located at the corner of Coalton and McCaslin, across from thousands of acres of Boulder County open space, The Villas at Calmante is uniquely situated in Boulder County. Many evenings Mary and Gary, often with books in hand, watch the sun sink behind the Flatirons, and the Nutt’s two comfortably sized patios, the future home of Mary’s potted garden, make the most of the striking landscape. Since the Calmante Villas are arranged “theater-style”, or built solely on one side of the street, and back to open space, the neighborhood beautifully highlights the distinctive topography, and “each home has some nice elevation of its own,” Mason explained.
The Nutts were also drawn to Calmante by the lowermaintenance lifestyle that is a central feature in every Boulder Creek neighborhood. A retired University of Colorado professor, Gary said, “We built our home in Boulder on a huge lot, and it was a lot of work to keep it all going. As it was more than we wanted to do, we began looking for a place with less of an obligation for yard work, snow shoveling and the like.” Gary and Mary considered patio homes throughout Boulder County, yet when they discovered Calmante – complete with the stunning location Mary craved and the promise of more relaxation and fewer yard and exterior home chores – the Nutts knew they’d found the home “for our September years,” Gary said. “Calmante was the fit for us.”
Intuitive, accessible design
Gary and Mary attended high school and college together in Idaho, before marrying and moving to Seattle, where Gary worked at Boeing. They’ve resided in Colorado since building their Boulder home in the 1990s: “We moved back when our oldest of two daughters became a teenager because, well, Boulder is a great place,” Mary said. When the Nutts recently decided to sell their house in Boulder, “we didn’t want a condominium,” Mary said. “We wanted a stand-alone home with certain features.”
Some of the features include minimal steps, intuitive design, a spacious kitchen and excellent craftsmanship. For ease of movement, “I like living on the main floor,” Mary said. Their Calmante floorplan, the 53B, includes a master suite, a second bedroom and a flex room or study on the main floor, plus a formal dining room, a breakfast nook and the laundry room a few steps from the master suite. The openconcept great room flows into the Nutts’ optional entertainer’s kitchen, featuring white quartz countertops, a butler’s pantry and a large island for cooking and gathering. “We haven’t been able to have people over yet, but this kitchen suits our cooking lifestyle,” Mary said. While they’re “still unpacking boxes all over the place,” the Villa exudes serenity. The three-car, walk-out garage, roomy walk-in closets and storage on the lower level give the Nutts ample space to organize. In the finished basement, Gary is setting up a studio to repair guitars, one of his hobbies, and play music, and the spacious recreation room is a great hangout for guests and family.
Mason noted that Calmante buyers, like the Nutts, 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 entryways, and three-foot-wide doorways and wide hallways. Boulder Creek Neighborhood’s meticulous design, showcased in the big things – such as superiorlevel roofing materials – to the little things – such as pre-wired Wi-Fi and raised electrical outlets to reduce bending, empowers independence and saves time and energy for homeowners of any age.
Personalization opportunities galore
Like all buyers at the Villas, the Nutts were able to personalize their home from a vast array of interior design selections. Boulder Creek partner, Saddleback Design, offers thousands of options for flooring, tile, and countertops – those special touches that really make a house a home. The Nutts chose a calming palette of earth tones for their Villa, and are thrilled with the end result.
“It all starts with a conversation that happens when Boulder Creek home buyers come into our showroom,” says Saddleback Design Manager Lesley Hodges. “We listen, and ask the right questions. The designer is dedicated 100 percent to that appointment and to finding out who those homeowners are and how they want to live in their home. We help the homeowners find the right interior design for their lifestyle. We ask about their hobbies and interests and whether they have pets.” This information is invaluable when buyers are personalizing their new Boulder Creek home. Details like these can inform decisions on materials, styles, and create a home that helps the owner live the life they always dreamed.
Incredible location with only four homes left
Although Mary and Gary said they’ve mostly been inside unpacking, they’re eager to explore the nearby trails and revitalized downtown Superior. Denver and the Denver International Airport are about 30 minutes away, and there’s no shortage of things to do in Boulder County, from the mountains and outdoor sports to prime eateries, craft breweries, festivals and museums. Villas homeowners transitioning to a lower-maintenance lifestyle may just have some new found free time to explore it all.