Home Sweet Home
New area housing developments are targeting specific demographics.
The living room of the High Country Villa at Highlands in Paradise offers a bank of windows to take advantage of the sweeping views.
Located in the fast-growing northeast quadrant of Colorado Springs, Sterling Ranch is a master-planned community offering single-family homes starting in the low $300s. The neighborhood, on Vollmer Road just north of Black Forest Road, is located in School District 20 and provides easy access to the Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road corridors, so shopping, dining, recreation, and entertainment are just minutes away. Three builders are featured in Sterling Ranch, including Classic Homes, Challenger Homes, and Vantage Homes.
Classic Homes will be showcasing a new floorplan called Daylight that can be built as a ranch plan or 1.5-story with either a finished basement or crawl space, according to Doug Stimple, CEO of Classic Companies. There will be two models in the community and Classic prices will range from $322K to $440K. “This is a fairly large project with a master trail plan, parks, and amenities,” Stimple says. “With Sand Creek running through the community and its location, we expect it to be very popular.”
Vantage Homes is pleased to be able to offer its entire portfolio of plans in Sterling Ranch, and it also will have two models to view. “The varying lot sizes fit both our smaller and larger plans, and our designs fit within the architectural guidelines,” says Mike Hess, executive vice president with Vantage Homes. “But we are really excited to offer the option of an RV garage on some of our plans, and we think that will be very popular for buyers in this neighborhood.” Vantage prices will range from $320K to $500K.
Challenger Homes has the largest number of lots in the first filing of Sterling Ranch, and its home prices will begin at $320K.
Highlands in Paradise
Located just 20 minutes up Ute Pass is a little slice of paradise called, well, Highlands in Paradise. A project of Highmark Homes and Design, Highlands in Paradise offers Highlands Court, a private, single-level, maintenance-free neighborhood with a Tuscan theme. These high-end villas are situated on lots ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 acres. Mark McNab, owner of Highmark Homes and Design, says the project consists of nine lots, all offering space and views, in a deluxe setting.
There are two villa plans to choose from, and they start at 2,300 square feet of living space, but McNab says Highmark can customize any plan to meet the needs of the client. “We also offer a full in-house interior design service to include absolutely everything, even furniture,” he says.
Highlands in Paradise also includes custom home sites for single-family homes ranging in lot sizes from 0.5 to 1.75 acres with stunning Pikes Peak views.
Pricing for the villas will begin at $700K, and the single-family homes will range from $700K to $2 million. “There is nothing like Highlands in Paradise around,” McNab says.
Flying Horse North
North Colorado Springs is embracing a new luxury golf community that promises to mesh golf course living with larger acreage homesites and the beauty of living among the trees that Black Forest has to offer.
Located between Black Forest Road and Highway 83 at Stagecoach Road, there are 283 custom and semicustom sites, all at a minimum of 2.5 acres each. Flying Horse North is an affiliate of Flying Horse, the already well-established neighborhood to the south, and according to Stimple, it is shaping up to be one of the finest projects ever built in the city and county. Lot prices will range from $150K to $470K, and homes will start at around $850K to several million, Stimple says.
The 18-hole championship golf course is being designed by architect Phil Smith, who also had a hand in designing the course at Flying Horse, and the clubhouse and golf facilities will be managed by Flying Horse. The golf course opening is scheduled for summer of 2020.
Several area homebuilders have already purchased lots in Flying Horse North, including Tuscany Homes, Riverwood Homes of Colorado, Saddletree Homes, and Villagree Luxury Homes.
Tom Kazan, chief operating officer for Tuscany Homes, says his company is excited about this opportunity because the project is in the county and every home site will be on well and septic, and the views are spectacular. “The larger lot sizes and flexibility with well and septic opens up the opportunity to orient the house to take advantage of the breathtaking views,” he says.
Riverwood Homes of Colorado is so invested in the community that it will be leasing back one of the homes it is building to use as its first-ever model, according to Brad Bailey, co-owner. Bailey grew up in the area and says Riverwood has enjoyed a great relationship with the developer of Flying Horse. “The golf course will be unparalleled, and we really want to be a signature homebuilder in the community.”
Saddletree Homes is able to offer any of its current plans or a fully custom design, and it is pleased to add Flying Horse North to its list of premiere communities, according to community specialist Chris Mistich.
Villagree Luxury Homes is approaching Flying Horse North as a community in which to build your “forever” home. Gregg Cawlfield, president of operations and sales, says Villagree is known for its Old-World charm in the Tuscan or Spanish style, but building for life stages is what sets it apart. “Many of our clients have retirement on the horizon, so most of our custom designs include an elevator, walk-in showers, main-level living, and separate living quarters for an in-law or live-in help,” he says. “We really push our clients to focus on five, 10, or even 15 years out during the design process.”