Patio Homes by Boulder Creek at Erie Village:

Posted January 26, 2009

A friendly neighborhood with environmentally friendly homes

By L.L. Charles
April 11-13, 2008
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When Charles and Patricia Buhring decided to downsize from their large ranch-style home in Gunbarrel, they elected to take their time and find the perfect new home.

“It took us two-and-a-half years, looking at houses from Castle Rock to Fort Collins, before we decided on The Cottages at Erie Village,” Patricia says. “The design of the neighborhood and the construction of the homes were very appealing to us. It’s a nice blended neighborhood.”

The Buhrings have lived in the new home community for just over a year. “We’d always liked Erie Village’s colorful Victorians, and the interesting architectural styles,” Patricia recalls. “The homes are different from each other, not exactly the same. And we like the small-town feel of Erie. It is growing, but there is still the feeling of
community here.”

“It’s a very friendly neighborhood. We have young people and retired people, so it’s a nice mix. Everyone gets along and watches out for each other. If someone’s on vacation, there’s always someone to be sure the paper gets picked up.” The parks and nearby amenities are important to the Buhrings as well. “When our grandson visits he loves to go to the parks and play on the swings. There are lots of places to go for walks and friendly people to say ”˜Hi’ to. The Erie community center is about a mile away — we can work out or swim, and it’s also convenient to have the library so close.”

The Buhrings chose the two-story Acadia model. “We liked the very open floor plan of the Acadia, particularly
the way the rooms are laid out on the second floor. It’s a three-bedroom plan, so we have an office, a guestroom and
a bedroom. The rooms are good sized, too. This fit our plans and what we were looking for.”

Patricia Burhring says that the sustainable construction of their new home was important, too. “I drive a Hybrid
car, and the Built Green designation was a very big part of our home choice. There’s a real broad selection of Built
options and finishes to choose from nowadays. We all have to look at ways to live well, while managing our impact on the environment. It’s an efficient house, easy to heat and cool. We have great windows, so we get a lot of light, too.”

A “lock-and-leave” lifestyle

John Martin, sales associate for The Cottages at Erie Village, says that home owners love the “lock-and-leave” lifestyle, which means never having to mow a lawn, shovel snow or paint a fence. It’s a great fit for many “downsizers” who travel often or just want the freedom to enjoy a carefree lifestyle.

Private enclosed patios, large enough to have a small garden and still accommodate a patio table and chairs, are perfect for entertaining. Many of the homes back to a community greenbelt. And although the neighborhood is only minutes from major highways, residents don’t have to hear the din of busy traffic throughout the day, Martin says.

Special incentive for buyers
What better way to drive to your new home in Erie Village than in your new Toyota Prius Hybrid? For a limited time, buyers of select models at The Cottages at Erie Village will also receive a free, two-year lease on a 2008 Prius — perfect for getting out and enjoying the freedom of your new turnkey, lock-and-leave lifestyle.

Directions & Contact Information
From Boulder: Go east on Highway 7 (Baseline Road) to County Line Road, north through the Town of Erie to Bixler Blvd. Look for the flagpole on the left.
From Denver: I-25 to Exit 229, drive three miles west on Highway 7 to County Line Road, north through the Town of Erie to Bixler Boulevard, look for the flagpole on the left.
The sales office (303.772.3063), located at 1131
Village Circle, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

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