Homebuyers Choose Low-Maintenance Lifestyle

Posted February 13, 2012 In The News

By Judy Finman, At Home Colorado
Article courtesy of Boulder Daily Camera — At Home

Your free time is precious and you want to make the most of it.  If you live at Kingsbridge Townhomes in Longmont, you can ride your bicycle, climb a mountain or just relax, without the hassle of yard maintenance or outdoor upkeep.

These new high-quality, energy-efficient townhomes are built by Boulder Creek Builders, pioneers in residential development for the “active lifestyle” homeowner. This well respected local builder has delighted Boulder County homeowners with quality-built, low-maintenance homes to accommodate people’s desire for active, easy lives.

Kingsbridge is set in a quiet area of west Longmont, within a mile of shopping and restaurants, with amazing recreational opportunities nearby — trails, hiking, skiing and tourist activities.

Interview with a new homeowner
In December Kurt and Lisa Anderson moved from a single-family home in Erie into their new Kingsbridge townhome.

“We’re downsizing. Our kids are out of the house, and we definitely wanted to be in a place where we could just drop our bags and travel. We don’t have to do any landscaping or maintenance or anything outdoors here; they clear the driveways of snow and make sure we can come and go. We have a very flexible lifestyle, and Boulder Creek Builders understood that and have exceeded our expectations.”

The Andersons chose to move to Kingsbridge for several reasons.

“We became familiar with Boulder Creek Builders and tracked what they have been building. They’re good stewards of the environment, and that’s important to us.”

Location was key. They like west Longmont. And Kingsbridge is near Boulder and I-25 and close to hiking and biking trails. “The location they chose for this community is outstanding,” says Kurt Anderson, who is “an avid runner.” Lisa Anderson bikes and walks, and she works nearby at Avista Hospital. “A lot of people here work for IBM and other high-tech companies — our little Silicon Valley,” she says.

The green-built and energy-efficient features played a big role in their choice, too. “The quality of the home is tremendous. We are noticing already that our energy bills are lower. It’s really quiet in the home, even with the common wall; we have yet to hear our neighbors.”

The quality and beauty of the homes attracted the Andersons. “We were fortunate, because this Venice model already had upgrades in it when we bought it: gorgeous wood floors, the banisters, appliances. The builder had chosen very tastefully. We bought this model because it is lovely and one of the best townhome models we’ve seen. It’s an exceptional home. We hit it out of the park on quality and location.”

Kurt Anderson notes  that “I’ve never, in all my years contracting and building, seen the builder at a closing. But a Boulder Creek executive was at our closing; he handed us the keys. They kept to all the dates, were good about communicating with us, and everything was done on time.”

Built for the way you live
With four floor plans to choose from, the townhomes range in size from 1,400 to 1,793 square feet, each with three bathrooms and either two or three bedrooms, and a private attached two-car garage. The architecture is stylish and imposing, with attractive stonework and columns, and a courtyard concept.

Among the many included features are maintained landscaping throughout the community, 8-foot to 11-foot ceilings on the main floor, birch hardwood cabinets, low- VOC paints and carpeting for healthier indoor air, and Rinnai on-demand hot water.

“We are selling really well,” says Karen Sanders of the sales team. “Despite the current market, we are selling three homes a month. In Boulder County we are still in first place in townhome building permits and sales.”

The buyers are baby boomers, empty nesters, people who want a low-maintenance, lock-and-leave home so they can pursue their interests, grandparents moving here to be near grandchildren, families including children, and single professionals. The low maintenance and lock-and-leave lifestyle give them time to pursue their activities. The central location affords easy access to Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and I-25.

“The $175 monthly HOA fee is not like living in a single-family home, where every month you can have surprise costs,” Sanders says.

Quality-built, green and efficient
Kingsbridge townhomes are constructed to Built Green standards and qualify as Energy Star homes. Each home boasts dozens of green features, such as an Advanced Insulation Package that goes beyond the building code to provide a more comfortable home and results in lower energy costs; and certified composite wood trim and decking materials to reduce the use of natural materials. Homeowners never cringe when their Excel bill arrives. In fact, they look forward to seeing how much they saved on energy costs.

Visit Kingsbridge Townhomes
Learn more about Kingsbridge Townhomes, visit their website www.LiveBoulderCreek.com. Kingsbridge is located at 1656 Venice Lane in West Longmont just off Airport Road in Boulder County. The sales office is open Tuesday though Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Monday noon to 9 p.m. For more information, call 303.502.5338.