Location, lifestyle & value pricing at Kingsbridge - Daily Camera - At Home Section, June 15, 2012

Posted June 15, 2012 In The News

Kingsbridge Townhomes in Longmont offers residents the best of all worlds

By Judy Finman, At Home Colorado

Whether you commute daily to work, or have all the time in the world for leisure, life at Kingsbridge Townhomes is sweet. These new low-maintenance, energy-efficient, quality-built homes are close to trails, shopping, the employment corridor between Boulder and Longmont, and all that Boulder County has to offer.

Set in a quiet area of west Longmont, Kingsbridge is a community built by Boulder Creek Life and Home, pioneers in residential development for the “active lifestyle” homeowner. This well respected local builder has delighted Boulder County homeowners with quality-built, right-sized, low-maintenance homes to accommodate people’s desire for active, easy lives.

A new Kingsbridge homeowner

One of the newest buyers at Kingsbridge is Nadalie Williams, a first-time homebuyer.

She has been renting in Boulder for the last five years.  Her rent cost has continued to increase, causing her to consider owning her own home.

“I decided to buy because rents have been so high. You can buy a house, and the mortgage money goes to you instead of to someone else.”

She looked at a couple of communities in Boulder. “But then I saw these townhomes and loved the style, and the easy commute to work.” Williams works in Gunbarrel, a quick 7- to 10-minute ride. “They are really good compared to Boulder; the quality of building is many times greater than in Boulder.

“As a first-time homebuyer, she found the process both “pretty good” and “kind of stressful. The sales people at Kingsbridge helped me. They gave me a binder, ”˜Guide to Your New Home.’ It’s great for a first-time buyer — helps me to organize everything.

“I love that I have a two-car attached garage, for convenience and safety. The storage unit is right there near the garage. I have a front porch and a mountain view. I am close to Boulder and Longmont.” Williams loves to cook: “The kitchen is a great size, with granite countertops and a lot of storage.” She likes hiking, too, and is pleased that her home looks out onto a hike and bike trail, making the Colorado outdoors super-convenient for her. 

Williams chose the Florence floor plan, with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 1,400 square feet. “My townhome is the perfect size for me. A house would be too much. This is a good step from renting to owning a home. They maintain the exterior, so I don’t have to worry about it.

“It’s better to have my own home, to hang pictures on the walls, to have my own garden. It’s better than renting.”

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 whole-house tankless water heaters for added energy savings.

Kingsbridge buyers are a mix of baby boomers, empty nesters, people who want a right-sized, 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 central location affords easy access to Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and I-25.

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.

A good time to buy  a new home

Business is brisk at Kingsbridge. “We are at an all-time low for inventory, but we are busy building homes to suit our buyers. They can select finishes and make the homes completely theirs,” says Karen Sanders of the sales team. “In Boulder County we are still in first place in townhome building permits and sales.”

She is noticing a trend. “We’re seeing more first-time homebuyers than I’ve seen in about three years. A high proportion of our traffic last weekend was first-time homebuyers. Buying a home is your opportunity to build equity and participate in the American dream.” Though Sanders doesn’t have statistics on the first-time homebuyer trend, she reports what members of the sales team are experiencing and conversations with realtors coming to Kingsbridge to show the townhomes to their buyers. 

“Mortgage rates are at a 50-year low, making home ownership more affordable for the first-time buyer. Mortgage companies are lending. Often first-time home buyers are surprised to learn the lending environment is very positive, and there are a variety of mortgage programs available.”

She recommends to first-time buyers that they gather information about the size of the mortgage for which they may qualify. “I arrange a phone consultation between them and a very well informed mortgage lender. I suggest they tell their story to the lender — income, length of employment, debt, available down payment, and what mortgage payment is within their budget. With basic information, the lender will be able to give them very helpful information about the type of mortgage that will work best for them. Armed with this information a first-time buyer can approach the process of purchasing a new home with a great deal of confidence.  

Visit Kingsbridge Townhomes

Learn more about Kingsbridge Townhomes, visit AtHome.LiveBoulderCreek.com. Kingsbridge is located at 1656 Venice Lane in West Longmont just off Airport Road in Boulder County. The sales office and model homes are open Tuesday though Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Monday 1-6 p.m. For more information and directions, call Drew Kell and Karen Sanders at 303.502.5338.