Archive for October, 2009

With ranches and a golf lifestyle that keeps expenses in check, Heritage at Todd Creek lures buyers from all over

Older buyers planning their retirement moves are getting a much-needed break from the stock market this week… but they’ll also find a break waiting at a 55-and-older community wrapped by an 18-hole Arthur Hills golf course, where you can see a 2,500-foot ranch today–basement and 3-car garage included–at a cost-per-foot of $144.

Lennar’s Mike DeNuzzi shows a large, single-family ranch with 3-car garage. Heritage at Todd Creek’s streets are private…covenant-controlled, with golf cart traffic allowed.

With ranches priced from the low $300s and some 2-bedroom “duos” from $269,900, Heritage at Todd Creek in Thornton has gone through five sales in the past month, during a year when you may imagine it hard to put together a retirement purchase. more »

On the Denver Tour of Solar Homes, ‘million ways to go sustainable’

“There’s no cookie-cutter way to build a sustainable home; there are a million ways to do it,” Colorado Renewable Energy Society’s Phil Von Hake said during a preview of one house you’ll see on the Denver Tour of Solar Homes Saturday, Oct. 3. …Fifteen homes in all, each taking a different route, with chances to talk to homeowners who have been there and done that.

Solar tour home in Hilltop
Colorado Renewable Energy Society’s Phil Von Hake joins solar homeowner Heather Isely and her sons Charlie, 6 and Masala, 13, beside their solar home in Hilltop.

Colorado has always led the way in ‘going solar’ (there are tours all over the state Saturday—Fort Collins, Estes Park, Durango, Glenwood, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, to name a few); but all of this is still new enough that people who take on these projects are pioneers…trying new materials, working with contractors that may never have built solar before.. more »