Steel Ranch in Louisville Celebrates its First Anniversary
by Judy Finman, At Home Colorado
In November 2011 Steel Ranch, the Louisville community taking shape on the west side of Highway 42 between South Boulder Road and Baseline Road, first welcomed the public to its model homes. Since then Louisville-based Boulder Creek Builders has enjoyed tremendous success with its signature single-family patio homes.
Fifty-four of the homes have sold, out of a total of 68 planned for the community. There are only 14 opportunities left to live in a patio home in Steel Ranch.
Sales Manager Bill Besher says, “We struggle to keep an inventory. The homes are sold before they’re completed. When people go out and look in this price range, they find that at Steel Ranch you can get into a manageable-size home with the finishes they’re accustomed to.”
The patio home lifestyle appeals to a very broad demographic. “We attract people who prefer to relax, travel or enjoy outdoor activities in their free time — empty-nesters and retirees, families with young kids, couples as well as single women and men. Our homes allow people to live the Colorado lifestyle that everyone wants — with lock-and-leave convenience, and a low-maintenance lifestyle with no more weekends mowing the lawn, raking leaves or shoveling snow. Everything they need — bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, dining and living areas — is on the main level. There’s an included finished lower level for company or entertainment.”
The community is a short walk from historic downtown Louisville. It features two parks, open space and trails that connect to the city trails. Families with children are attracted by the Boulder County Schools, including Louisville Elementary, Louisville Middle School and Monarch High School.
Interview with a Steel Ranch homeowner
When Mary Keelan and her husband, Ken, returned to Colorado after several years working abroad, they decided to sell their home in north Boulder and consider other communities.
“We looked at many housing developments and builders between Boulder and Denver,” she says. “Then we saw the Steel Ranch patio homes by Boulder Creek Builders.”
They liked the low-maintenance, “lock-and-leave” lifestyle that Boulder Creek Builders offers at Steel Ranch. “We’re just two people, no children, no pets, and we travel a lot. We don’t need a back yard, and we don’t want to take care of a yard.”
The patio-style home suited their needs perfectly. “We are fans of ranch-style homes. If we need to take care of our aging parents some day, or when we have guests — and we do have a lot of guests — we’ve got two bedrooms and two baths on the main floor, and then the lower level besides.”
The Keelans were impressed with the quality of the homes as well. “You see the homes being built and you see the quality of the workmanship and the finishes. So many of their included features here, like the finished basement, are upgrades elsewhere.”
Since they moved in four months ago, the Keelans have gotten to know a lot of people in the neighborhood. “I work from home and everyone here is so nice. And in April, one of the owners invited all the other residents and new buyers to a monthly get-together on Friday afternoons; everyone brings drinks and snacks. So I knew my neighbors before we moved in. We go to a different person’s home every month; it’s fun to see how other people’s homes look.”
The location is another plus for the Keelans. “The majority of my visitors have flown into DIA, and it’s about two miles from the parkway. And people can just hop onto 36 to go to Denver from here.”
They have praise for the builder. “One of the things that’s so impressive about Boulder Creek Builders is they’re small and local. We know just about everyone in the company. There’s a sense of community working with a small builder. They came to a Friday afternoon get-together and answered people’s questions. They listen to our needs.”
Functionality plus style
Boulder Creek Builders has pulled out all the stops at Steel Ranch. Big-ticket items that would ordinarily be considered upgrades are included, like air conditioning, tankless water heater, maple kitchen cabinets, and granite slab or Caesarstone® kitchen countertops.
Six floor plans are offered, with a choice among four architectural designs and nine color schemes. This makes each home unique and adds to the visually diverse streetscape.
All the homes are built to be highly efficient, based on Energy Star and green building technologies. With third-party Energy Star inspections, 2 x 6 exterior wall construction, R-23-wall and R-49 ceiling insulation with advanced insulation techniques, lower-energy-usage furnace, tankless water heater, low-E Argon-gas-filled windows, 50-year roof shingles and more, these homes are built for energy efficiency, durability and comfort.
“I am very excited about the one-year anniversary of Steel Ranch,” says David Sinkey, principal of Boulder Creek Builders. “Going into the community we felt that it would be successful, but we have been overwhelmed by the response to the patio homes. The quick sale and build out of the patio-home portion of the community provides the latest evidence that these ranch style, low-maintenance homes are in short supply. As we complete the sell-out of our patio homes, we are excited about our upcoming lifestyle townhomes at Steel Ranch. We are so happy to be a part of the Louisville community.”
For more information
Steel Ranch is located on the west side of Highway 42 at Paschal Drive in Louisville. Stop by to tour the innovative model homes. To learn more about Steel Ranch and Boulder Creek Builders call 303.745.1091 or visit www.AtHome.