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New home building in Colorado Springs is on the rise with a focus on comfort and lifestyle.

The builders in Gold Hill Mesa are getting creative with rooftop decks and balconies to capture the mountain views.

The builders in Gold Hill Mesa are getting creative with rooftop decks and balconies to capture the mountain views.

Now, more than ever, our homes are our sanctuaries and safe havens, and they are doubling as offices, schools, fitness centers, and more. With new home building on the rise, builders are focused on the processes, amenities, and features that will resonate with future buyers.

Mike Hess with Vantage Homes says that, although their homes have always highlighted functionality, as a company, they are looking at finding ways to keep costs in the affordable range without sacrificing quality and design. “Our plans have always had good form and function, but our goal right now is to try to get pricing down, and we are looking at many options for doing that,” he says, adding that builders across the nation are tackling this challenge by preselecting design options, so a buyer can still get upscale finishes, and the builder can capitalize on purchasing power and pass the savings on to the buyer.

Although open floor plans are still popular, especially in the kitchen and living room spaces, Hess says buyers are now asking for a dedicated space for privacy or flex space that can be turned into an in-law suite or separate living area. The Vantage entry into the 2020 HBA Parade of Homes in Sanctuary Pointe, called the Riverwood, features a separate fourth garage bay that connects to an in-law suite. “This is a significant option that completely changes the livability of the home,” he says.

In Gold Hill Mesa on the west side of Colorado Springs, developers are partnering with their builders to uphold and enhance the master plan of the community. Stephanie Edwards, executive vice president for Gold Hill Mesa, says having a self-contained community means focusing on walkability, public and private outdoor living spaces, and reaffirming the sense of neighborhood. “Porches have always been a signature amenity at Gold Hill Mesa,” she says. “But, as the developer, we have tried to seek out builders who understand our concept and have the capacity to build within it.”

Edwards explains that, for the builders, this means understanding how to build on narrower lots while capitalizing on views with rooftop decks and balconies in addition to the front porch. Buyers in Gold Hill Mesa also appreciate the smaller personal yard space because the community provides vast green spaces and parks for gathering within the neighborhood.

Mark Long with Vanguard Homes is building in Gold Hill Mesa and in other areas around Colorado Springs. One of Vanguard’s premier projects is the Villas at Mountain Shadows, a low-maintenance community of paired patio homes. These mostly ranch-style homes start in the mid-$400s and offer an open floorplan, a finished basement, a host of standard features, and the garages in the middle for an additional sound barrier. “This has been a very successful project for us, and our buyers like that everything is fully customizable,” Long says.

St. Aubyn Homes is in the final stages of completing Star Ranch, a gated community of mountain contemporary homes from the $700s at the top of Broadmoor Bluffs. Set against Cheyenne Mountain and high enough to capture city views, Star Ranch’s location challenged the builder with being able to showcase both mountain and city vistas in the home designs. Mark Ewell, director of sales and marketing, says the home designs have lots of windows that are situated correctly for the views and strategically for seclusion. “Our homeowners want to feel they have privacy, but they also want to bring the outdoors in,” he says. “Decks also provide outdoor living space for taking in the scenery and wildlife that are plentiful in the area.”

Joe Loidolt, president of Classic Homes, agrees that outdoor living is paramount to enjoying life in Colorado Springs although, he says, Classic is also conscience of the varying temperatures, wind, and other factors that don’t allow for doors to be left open all the time. Classic’s homes in Flying Horse and Sanctuary Point offer covered outdoor living spaces and decks and panoramic sliding doors that bring the outdoors in with ease even when the doors are closed. “We have a stable of plans that are set up to take advantage of the views in these neighborhoods,” he says.

Speaking of views, Alliance Builders’ entry into the 2020 Housing and Building Association (HBA) Parade of Homes is the Knollwood in Flying Horse North. Priced at $2.39 million, the home gives a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Prairie style of architecture with broad, flat surfaces and lots of windows. Brad Ausmus of Alliance says the property enjoys a very open floor plan with a main-level master and half second story with flex space and a bathroom that could be used for an exercise area or home office. There is also flex space on the main level and other popular features, including a deck large enough to accommodate a hot tub, fire pit, and dining area; a large, open basement for games and entertaining; and a walk-up wet bar with an area for bistro-style seating—all situated on 2.5 acres with sweeping Pikes Peak views.


Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 27 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15 for 16 years and older; 15 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at local Safeway stores, online through TicketLeap, or at all Parade homes during the Parade. Each ticket allows you to tour all homes throughout the Parade. For more information, visit SpringsParade.com

The 2020 HBA Parade of Homes will feature more than 30 custom and semicustom homes, says Rhonda Scurek, director of member services. Attendees will get to see a wide variety of the more current trends in home building from a 55+ community in Banning Lewis Ranch to a neighborhood zoned for horses and million-dollar luxury homes dotted throughout the region.2020 HBA Parade of Homes: Tour more than 30 custom and semicustom homes throughout the Pikes Peak Region and see the latest in home building and design from some of the top home builders in the area.