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After living statewide – from Denver to two different houses in Loveland to a mountain abode near Glenwood Springs – and frequently driving more than 100 miles a day to visit family, Gary and Sherry Hoof settled into a low-maintenance home by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods near their family. Having previously owned a home by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods in Loveland, the Hoofs knew they wanted another. “They did a nice job on the build with quality materials,” Gary said.
In 2017, the Hoofs moved to Brennan by the Lake in Erie, a Boulder Creek low-maintenance neighborhood “just right for us,” he said. A low-maintenance community means that Sherry, retired from her work in the engineering department of a telephone company, has time to teach her family piano lessons.
Gary, a retired account executive, said his “big passion” is photography – his work has been exhibited on Good Morning America and other national outlets – and not having to shovel snow or pull weeds is a “big plus” at Brennan. “I used to work a lot of hours, and then on the weekends I’d have to mow the lawn. It’s nice to be done with that,” he said. “I like that the HOA also paints the house every six to eight years and does the landscaping,” ensuring the homes keep their appeal, Gary added.
Sherry relishes the ease of living inside, where the master bath, bedroom, living area, kitchen and laundry room are on the main floor of the Hoof’s yourHouse townhome at Brennan by the Lake. Upstairs is a loft, serving as an office and Sherry’s yoga studio, as well as two bedrooms for guests. Gary and Sherry were the first to purchase a townhome at Brennan, and Sherry said she was delighted with the many design selections, from the kitchen backsplash to the option to upgrade appliances during the building process.
Gary recalled, “Before the move, we were asking ourselves, ‘Why do we need this big house?’ We were getting lost in it.” He continued, “A while back, if you wanted a decent house with a wood floor and nice tile, you had to buy a 5,000 square foot home. Boulder Creek has tapped into a perfect market: a nicely done smaller house with nice amenities.” Gary appreciates the durable cement-based siding and “virtually hail-proof roofing.” He said, “From the moment you walk in, you can tell everything is made with quality materials.”