Sales have been brisk at Redlands Mesa, a townhome development at the Golf Course Community. Most of the units currently under construction are under contract, but there will be two more buildings that should be going up soon, with four units in each building.
By Penny Stine
The Redlands area is a popular place to live due to the nearby beauty and the recreational opportunities. It has been a difficult place to buy a new house in the last few years, however, as there were only a few neighborhoods with lots available for building. That’s beginning to change.
Dave Bagg and John Thomas, who partnered together to bring several Redlands neighborhoods along South Camp Road to market more than a decade ago, are working together again, along with new partner, Quint Shear. The three partners are developing Granite Falls, a 52-acre subdivision that will have 104 total lots.
There will be 31 lots in the first filing, and most of them are already taken by builders who plan to build spec homes. Right now, builders who have expressed an interest in the project include J. Howell Custom Homebuilder, Lopez Construction, Canyon Creek Builders, Canyon Vista Homes and Alegria Homes.
Infrastructure construction in the neighborhood is underway, but Bagg hopes to have a few lots ready at Granite Falls for residential construction by September. The address for the subdivision is 413 South Camp, but it’s on the west side of South Camp, across the street from the Trails West subdivision.
A new project at the Redlands Mesa Golf Course Community should also be ready for home construction in the fall. Ventana at Redlands Mesa is a new sub-community within the greater golf course community. Maves Construction will be the exclusive builder for the new neighborhood, which is off West Ridges Blvd., across the road from The Ledges at Redlands Mesa, another sub-community at the golf course.
“We try to combine with a great local builder,” said David Weckerly with Redlands Mesa. “They create a community like Porter Homes did with The Ledges, and it makes the master plan better and more complex. Michael Maves will be a huge asset.”
Those who can’t wait until September to start building their dream house have a few choices in new developments. Infrastructure is in and lots are selling at Pinnacle Ridge, a subdivision of 71 homes off Mariposa. There are 21 lots listed in the MLS, and those 21 lots include lots in filing 1 and 2. Four lots are already under contract with local builders who plan to start spec homes.
Pinnacle Ridge has a total of 45 acres, but local developer Robert Jones elected to dedicate almost a third of the total land mass to open space. The area already has informal trails that neighbors and the general public have used for years, so Jones has begun working with the Grand Valley Trails Alliance to create more formal trails that people can use to access the popular hiking and biking trails at nearby Lunch Loops.
Some of the lots at Pinnacle Ridge are ideal for ranch-style homes with a walk-out basement.
“The views from Pinnacle Ridge are unparalleled,” Jones said. “It also offers quick and easy access to Lunch Loops. If you own a home there, you could jump on a bike and be there in a matter of minutes. It’s also close to downtown.”
Home construction will also start this summer at Independence Estates, a 47-lot subdivision further west, off-Broadway and 20 1/4 Road. There are 18 lots available in the first filing, and the infrastructure is almost complete.
“We’re selling lots to people who want custom homes,” said Ron Abeloe, the developer of the project. “We’ve sold a few to builders, but mostly selling to individuals. There will be a number of good custom builders working in there.”
Abeloe is hoping the infrastructure will be complete and lots will be ready for builders by the end of June.
Homes at the Peaks at Redlands Mesa, at townhome development on Ridges Blvd. at the golf course, have been selling as quickly as the builder can complete them.
“Two four-unit buildings are completed, sold and occupied,” said Vona Murphy, the listing agent for the project. “Another four units are being framed right now, and all are under contract.”
There is only one unit left in the next building scheduled, and Murphy hopes that the final two buildings will be started soon.
Prices have gone up slightly, as the builder decided to add rooftop patios as a standard feature on all units rather than an option since they were proving to be so popular.
“We can’t get them built fast enough,” Murphy said. “I get three or four calls per day.”
Murphy hopes to have one of the townhomes in the 2018 Parade of Homes.
Those who choose to live in the Redlands for the nearby recreation will be cheered by the progress happening with the Lunch Loops Connector Trail, which will be a paved trail taking people from the Colorado Riverfront Trail system to the Lunch Loops area. The connector trail will make it easy for people to ride from downtown to the popular mountain biking area.
“The trail has been on the city’s and land trust agenda for a number of years,” said Libby Collins with Colorado West Land Trust. The group has held several meetings to find out how residents want to see the trail developed, and has identified the biggest wishes, wants and needs. It’s also been successful at raising funds to start construction.
“We’re almost at our goal,” Collins said. “We have two million raised.”
“We’re shovel ready and ready to go,” she said. Construction could start in late 2019, with an expected completion in the spring of 2020.
There are a few additional housing projects in front of city planners, so if you’re not ready to buy right now, there will be more opportunities in the coming years in the Redlands.
The total project cost is expected to be $2.3 million, and the land trust will apply for the final amount of funds necessary in a grant cycle coming up this summer. Thanks to the total already raised, and the enthusiastic partnership between all stakeholders, Collins is expecting a favorable outcome in the grant process.