McStain Neighborhoods recently broke ground on four single family homes in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood. Curtis Park Corner is at 31st and Arapahoe streets, opposite Mestizo-Curtis Park. The homes, with just over 2,000 square feet each, will be priced from $575,000 to $590,000. The homes, scheduled to open this fall, will have three bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, and unfinished basements. Curtis Park Corner is McStain’s third urban infill development in the historic Curtis Park neighborhood. The builder’s first two projects were sold out before completion and won numerous awards, including the Mayor’s 2013 Design Award for a historically sensitive infill development and in February of 2014, a silver award for Best Architectural Design from the National Association of Home Builders. The new homes at Curtis Park Corner will offer open floor plans, balconies with mountain or park views and fully landscaped yards. They also will have front porches, wood floors on the main level and staircase and energy efficient construction with solar capabilities. Each home also offers quartz countertops in the gourmet kitchen. Curtis Park Corner is the first phase of the redevelopment of the Enterprise Block, a full city block that includes the Landmark Epworth Church, a Neoclassical architectural gem recently purchased by St. Charles Town Co. for mixed use redevelopment and the Enterprise center, which will be developed into either residential or commercial use during the coming years. McStain is the first builder to break ground in the new community, which is near light rail and numerous restaurants,. Curtis Park Corner is being listed by Stacy Neir and John Hayden at Kentwood City Properties. “I am really excited about it,” said Hayden, a longtime resident of the area. “This is going to be the beginning of the development of an entire city block, which I think will be really positive for the entire neighborhood,” he said. Hayden said McStain worked hard to make sure the homes in Curtis Park will look like they belong in the historic neighborhood. “I think McStain have done a beautiful job with the design to really make them fit in with the historical structures in the neighborhood,” Hayden said. “They have spent many, many months on this,” he added. “We started working with them last fall on it. They didn’t have to because it’s not officially on a landmark site. McStain spent so much time to make the homes fit in because they felt it was the right thing to do.” While there was a time when many buyers were skittish about spending north of $500,000 on a home in the Curtis Park area, Hayden said it can now hold its own against any of the trendy neighborhoods near downtown. “This site, specifically, really benefits from being across from Curtis Park, which is the oldest park in Denver and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2018,” he said. “You will be able to walk out your front door and walk to all of the cool restaurants in the area like the Populist and Hutch and Spoon, which are some of the best new restaurants in Denver,” Hayden continued. “You are also very close to the whole art seen in the RiNo district and you will be a couple of blocks from a light rail station, where in a couple of years you will be able to catch a train to DIA,” he said. “The fact is, you will have the best transit access in any neighborhood the city, other than maybe Union Station, and this is an actual neighborhood, if you know what I mean. It also is full of bike paths giving you quick access to downtown and is a very walkable neighborhood.” People also are being drawn to Curtis Park because of its economic and cultural diversity, he said. “I think its diversity is one of its greatest strengths,” Hayden said. “This is an area where a young entrepreneur can open a cool new restaurant and afford to live here,” he said. “Waiters and bartenders can also afford to live here, as well as people working in the nearby nonprofits. Unlike some other neighborhoods, where working people have been priced out, I think Curtis Park will continue to offer a wide variety of housing options for people of all incomes.” Given the shortage of homes, especially in Denver neighborhoods, he expects Curtis Park Corner to sell quickly. “Some people have already shown interest in buying homes there and it really isn’t even out of the ground yet,” Hayden said. He said the only regret is that they only have four homes to sell. “If we could buy more land, we would build more homes,” Hayden said. “Land is in very short supply in this part of the city.” Pin It
Are you waiting to decide whether it’s time to buy a new home? The spring home buying season may be in full swing sooner than you think. The weather is not stopping buyers from searching online as noted by real estate websitesZillow and Truila who saw a 25% increase in traffic in December. With the threat of increasing interest rates and the diminishing supply of homes on the market, buyers are actively looking and ready to buy now. McStain Neighborhoods presents a unique buying opportunity for those seeking a new home in an established neighborhood. Home prices are affordable today but prices are projected to appreciate by over 25% from now to 2018according to the Keeping Current Matters website. You will find a home that fits your budget and your lifestyle at any of our McStain communities. Our collection of innovatively designed homes range in size from 2-bedrooms to 5-bedrooms and in many locations are surrounded by trails, parks or open space. With inventory declining finding the home of your dreams has become more difficult. Many purchasers are surprised that there is no longer a large supply of houses to choose from. McStain Neighborhoods sets the new standard in the market place today, with diverse architectural design and benefits of “McStainability” including energy, safety, comfort, conservation, durability and innovation. We offer a variety of new homes to choose from and new home lot releases are happening monthly. We are prepared to continue to build eco-friendly homes and meet the demands of our buyers. Buying a McStain Neighborhoods home now could help you save a lot of money in the future. With interest rates projected to rise to 5% by the end of 2014 according to The Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Realtors, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, buying today ensures you the best possible rate on your new home. You’ll be able to sit back and relax knowing that you made the right decision at the right time. At McStain Neighborhoods, we have a passion to give you the best home buying experience and want you to enjoy your new McStain home for years to come. Contact Sales@McStain.com for more information.Pin It
McStain Neighborhoods has received a number of accolades over the last few months for our homes in Curtis Park. These three single-family homes are built with the Italinate style that is consistent with the surrounding properties dating back to the 1800’s. With all-brick exteriors, second floor balconies and detailed cornice trim, these green built homes bring a once vacant lot to life and contribute to the authentic urban feel of Curtis Park. Of the awards received, the most recent came from Mayor Michael Hancock, at the annual Mayor’s Design Awards that took place on November 6th, which honors excellence in architecture, design and place-making. Here McStain won for the category “It Just Fit’s”. Winning projects were selected for their contribution to the public realm through innovative design, and range from renovation of historic single-family homes to new, multi-use commercial projects. These Curtis Park homes were also recognized last September as the winner of the “Best Urban Infill Home”, by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver. These homes have also been entered under this same category for the National Sales and Marketing Association Awards; winners will be announced on February 4, 2014. While all of the homes at Curtis Park are currently sold, our next phase of new homes will be available in January of 2014. For more information or to join our interest list, email Sales@mcstain.com.Pin It
www.bluhomes.com) and McStain will build a new Discovery home in the Indian Peaks South neighborhood. The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 1,966 square foot Lofthouse with a 900+ square foot finished lower level is scheduled to open for public tours starting in the spring of 2014, and will serve as the introduction of Blu’s eco-friendly and energy-efficient home designs in the Boulder County community. The award-winning Indian Peaks South neighborhood incorporates over 300 home sites intertwined with miles of walking trails, pathways, pocket parks, community gathering areas and other outdoor features. The Indian Peaks South neighborhood is located in the centralized, southern corridor of Boulder County, which offers a close commute into the City of Boulder, Denver Metro area and Colorado Front Range. The Discovery Home, which is inspired by Blu’s Lofthouse, has a look and feel of a renovated farmhouse. It features a dramatic two-story living room with an overlooking loft space as well as two, three and four-bedroom floorplan options. The home has open or separate dining areas, and a multitude of interior and exterior finish options selected by the homeowner. This home will also feature a solar system as well as high ceilings to create a sun-drenched indoor environment that connects seamlessly with the outdoors. The Triple Crown Meadows community will feature nine available lots in Niwot, with easy access to Boulder and Longmont, Colorado. McStain will offer ranch and two-story homes from their Classic Collection series home options and Blu Homes will offer a rustic version of its Breezehouse®. The Classic Collection by McStain sets the standard for elegance in design, and provides a seamless balance between style and function. These homes offer front-loaded garages that are situated on prime, large lots and include upgrades typically found in more expensive homes. These spacious plans maximize livability by offering 2-7 bedrooms, plus dens, that are perfect for a growing family; while formal areas of the home complement the gourmet kitchens and are ideal for entertaining guests. The exterior of the Breezehouse will feature a country rustic look, matching the style of the neighborhood. The interior will feature vaulted ceilings, three bedrooms and plenty of windows to invite the outdoors in. Like all Blu Homes, the Discovery Home at Indian Peaks South and the Breezehouse at Triple Crown Meadows will be LEED-Silver certifiable, feature Energy Star® appliances and offer incredible strength, quality and durability for high performance in extreme weather conditions, including high snow loads. Both Blu Homes and McStain are committed to providing environmentally-conscious, energy-efficient homes and neighborhoods that captures the active, green lifestyles found in Colorado. Brett Chisholm, Blu Homes’ VP of sales and customer experience, noted, “We’re excited about working with McStain for many reasons, including their strong track record and reputation for building beautiful, green neighborhoods that connects people to the outdoors.. We’re pleased to merge our companies’ visions of bringing sustainable communities to Colorado.” David Ware, CEO from McStain Neighborhoods echoed the sentiment, saying, “As a Colorado-based Company, we’re proud to showcase new green innovations and technology to our home state. This alliance provides Blu and McStain homeowners a depth of green choices previously not available here, and we are excited to be moving the industry forward by providing new design options for sustainable homes.” For more information on Blu Homes, email email@example.com. Or, visit www.bluhomes.com, follow Blu on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/bluhomes) and Twitter (@BluHomes). More About Blu Homes Blu is the leading provider of beautiful and green precision-built prefab homes in North America. Blu’s inspired and nationally recognized homes are built in the company’s own 250,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Vallejo, California and can be found from East Coast to the Colorado Mountains and the Pacific Coast. Blu’s proprietary steel framing and building technology result in homes that are as strong as they are beautiful; ship efficiently; and are conveniently finished on site by our own teams. Learn more about Blu Homes at www.bluhomes.com. Pin It
McStain Neighborhoods has recently purchased new home sites in Boulder County! Homes will be ready for sale within the next six months in the following communities: Night Sky at Indian Peaks – Our Classic Collection of homes will grace three expansive lots in one of Indian Peaks most established neighborhoods, surrounded by trails, parks and open space. With close proximity to the 18-hole Hale Irwin signature golf course and clubhouse, these homes will sell quickly! Triple Crown Meadows – This established neighborhood in Niwot, will feature nine unique homes on spacious half-acre lots. The newly designed Classic Collection will include a number of new architectural design elements and boast a fresh exterior look in keeping with the character of the neighborhood. This community is ideal for families with high school children, and offers easy access to Boulder and surrounding areas. For more about these unique opportunities, contact our sales representatives below: Cindie Reddington phone: 303-665-8200 email: Cindie@Copperwest.net Joan Heller phone: 303-665-8200 email: Joan@Copperwest.netPin It
At McStain Neighborhoods, we believe sustainability is about more than just conserving energy – that’s why we build safe, comfortable, enduring homes and communities that create a sense of place, while having a minimal impact on the environment. In keeping with our mission to “Build a Better World”, we’ve been guided by these principles for nearly fifty years, and now we’ve upped the ante by expanding our collection of sustainability features for our homeowners…that’s the advantage of McSTAINability. McStainability is more than just a catchy name; it incorporates six components that enhance the homeowner experience – that’s good for your family and saves you money! These core elements impact all aspects of homeownership and offer benefits for years to come. Here is what you can expect through our McSTAINability commitment:
- Durability – We only use materials that are engineered to last for generations. Materials such as engineered wood products resist strain and weathering, while 2 x 6 wall construction enhances insulation and strength.
- Innovation – As Colorado’s leading, private Energy Star® builder, we know it’s our responsibility to push the innovation frontier a little further with every house we build. That’s why we’ve incorporated cutting edge sustainable technologies into our home design. Options such as Apple-based home automation to digitally control and monitor household energy usage or DOW Powerhouse solar shingles to convert sunlight into usable electricity are just a few examples of our technology-driven focus.
- Energy – Houses can use a lot of energy, which harms the environment and depletes critical energy sources. McStain homes save their owners more than 30% on utility bills through such features as Energy-saving Lighting and Appliances, Tankless Water Heaters and High Efficiency HVAC Systems to reduce energy consumption.
- Conservation – Development tends to change the natural landscape in many communities, but at McStain Neighborhoods we are focused on protecting the inherent characteristics of the land. We act as stewards to the environment by incorporating Xeriscaping to reduce the need for irrigation and planting of native grasses adapted to the local environment.
- Safety – Poor construction can present physical dangers and toxic materials can jeopardize your family’s health. Feel at ease knowing that we incorporate best practices when building your home and feature reliable materials to keep you safe for years to come. These include Low VOC paints to keep household air clean, whole house ventilation systems to flush out toxins, and sealed combustion equipment to prevent leaks.
- Comfort – Even the most energy-efficient home isn’t sustainable, if its owners are not feeling relaxed and comfortable. That’s why we take our owners’ wellbeing seriously, insisting on features that will put you at ease. Vented kitchen hoods keep the air smelling fresh, insulation applied in key areas keeps air temperature constant, and Low E windows reduce unwanted heat gain.
The Ironwood model at Indian Peaks South receives accolades for being the best at the Flatiron Tour of Homes
With all the homes that were featured in last month’s Flatiron Tour of Homes, one in particular stood out from the rest. Voted best interior and kitchen design, as well as a Silver award for best Adult Living Home, the Ironwood model has become a favorite for both homebuyers and judges alike. And it’s no wonder; the Ironwood model brings forth the essence of a great home with thoughtful detailing and functionality. The main level will entice your senses and make you feel truly at home. Whether it’s relaxing in the family room, catching up on some work in the home office or just cooking a great meal – this home offers it all. The upper level features a wonderful loft space with 10′ ceilings, two secondary bedrooms, laundry and of course a grand master bedroom. The home was ranked by six judges in the areas of sound design principles, finishes, and use of materials, function and general appeal. In addition, the Adult Living award considered lifestyle factors for the 50+ homebuyer. “We are thrilled to receive these awards,” states David Ware, CEO and president of McStain Neighborhoods. “It’s wonderful to be recognized for great homebuilding design and best building practices that appeal to a diverse group of homebuyers.” To visit Indian Peaks South and see the Ironwood model first hand, take US-36W to HWY 287 (Broomfield Exit). North on Hwy 287 for 6 miles and turn left on Baseline Road. Go 1.6 miles west and over 95th Street. Take the next left onto Roser Drive, straight through the roundabout, and turn right on Shadow Lake Road. Feel free to email Cindie Reddington at Cindie@copperwest.net or Joan Heller at Joan@copperwest.net or call 303-665-8200 for more information. Pin It
Bob Connors knows a thing or two about new home construction, since he’s been selling Real Estate for several years. He sees new housing projects on a regular basis, but something caught his eye the first time he visited Indian Peaks South. He wasn’t actively looking for himself, but once he got there, he bumped into one of the neighbors he knew. As they began to talk, it became apparent to Bob there was a unique sense of community that existed there and he became attracted to the neighborhood. It would be the perfect setting for his wife and young daughter, as there were many families who lived in the neighborhood with young children. Soon thereafter, Bob jumped on the last available home on the block. Even though construction had started, Bob was still able to customize the home to accommodate his lifestyle. His custom changes included a shower and tub reconfiguration in the master bath and a modification in the mudroom. McStain also allowed Bob the opportunity to change his exterior colors to a scheme that hadn’t been offered as a standard. “It is incredible that a Production Builder will say yes to custom changes. Normally these builders offer very few options and don’t have the ability to modify. McStain is clearly in a league of their own,” states Bob. “I’m completely impressed with the lengths the McStain team went through to make their buyers happy. Cindie went above and beyond as the sales manager, and Pat was great at managing the construction team.” Bob and his family have lived at Indian Peak South since last December and enjoy every minute of it. They love their home and the social aspect of the neighborhood. “It’s exactly what we hoped for and more,” exclaims Bob.Pin It
Perry and his wife were very familiar with Boulder County, having lived there since 1998. They enjoy the open space and mountain vistas found there, so when it came time to down-size to a smaller home, they were determined to stay in the area. That day came in January of 2013. Perry had always liked the Indian Peaks South neighborhood and was amused by the sign that boasts “Unlimited Options – Almost”, and wanted to explore the possibilities. His expectations weren’t that high based on his previous experience with other builders. He had built a few new construction homes in the past, and found that most builders were really not that flexible when it came to customization. To his surprise, the team at McStain was more than accommodating and even made suggestions on how to modify the home to fit his needs. “Cindie the sales manager was more than helpful when it came time to personalizing our home. She even suggested that we expand the 3- car garage to accommodate our vehicles. In addition to the garage expansion, we also modified the front porch and mud room, plus we eliminated the fireplace and added some cabinetry”, states Perry. In addition to the professional service they received from the sales staff, Perry was also impressed with the construction team. “Pat Murphy the construction manager runs an incredible operation. He kept me up to date on the progress of my home and the construction project ran like clockwork. I had the best homebuilding experience ever, and feel confident about recommending my friends and family to McStain Neighborhoods in the future”, concludes Perry.Pin It
Over the years, we at McStain Neighborhoods have worked with many exceptional trade partners, and EnergyLogic is certainly one of those partnerships we continue to value. From the very beginning, this relationship shaped McStain’s passion for using green building materials that were both cost and energy effective, and safe for the environment as well as our homeowners. It all started in the early 1990’s, when Robby Schwarz, currently a Principle of EnergyLogic and Director of Builder Relations, was an employee of McStain. He was working on McStain’s Eco House, a project designed to analyze the multitude of new green building materials that were new to the market at that time and figure out which ones were applicable to the production building environment. Robby gained an understanding and interest in applied building science and systems thinking, which is an approach toward building homes that looks for the synergies created through the interactions of all the parts of the house. This creates a home that truly performs and meets the core values that people have for their homes that are most often not spoken of during the sales processes; comfort, durability, safety, efficiency, and sustainability. From what he learned at McStain, Robby sought out additional training and started a home energy rating business in 1994. McStain Neighborhoods was one of his first customers and quickly adopted a new philosophy of building that was on the cutting edge of technology and building science and in perfect alignment with their environmental and community values. Over time Robby merged his business, BuiltWright, with his partner’s business, EnergySmiths, and in 2006 they created EnergyLogic. EnergyLogic specializes in utilizing the simulating performance for energy code compliance. This is a process that utilizes building science and the interactions created through systems thinking to offer tremendous flexibility to a builder in how they want to design and build their homes in order to not only meet the intent of the Energy Code but also meet the expectations of modern home buyers and programs like Energy Star. Robby and EnergyLogic were integral in helping McStain become a successful Energy Star partner, and as a result, McStain continues to build high performance Energy Star homes that meet the rigorous guidelines of the program. His company has grown progressively throughout the years, but he always remembers the principles that have driven his business. “Our vision is a future in which all homes have the least possible impact on the Earth, which is linked with McStains’ mission and makes our partnership so unique”, states Robby. “I’m very grateful for the relationship we have with McStain. Not only did they spark the initial interest to help me grow professionally, but they continue to build eco-friendly, sustainable homes that are aligned with EnergyLogic’s values”. “We are pleased to have a long-standing relationship with Robby and the EnergyLogic team. Energy efficiency and sustainability is important to both of us and is part of our company cultures. We appreciate Robby taking us down this path to help make McStain what it is today. This is a vital piece of what sets us apart from other production homebuilders”, concludes David Ware, CEO and president of McStain Neighborhoods. To learn more about Energy Logic call 970-532-3220 or visit their website at http://www.nrglogic.com for more information. Pin It