Wrapped in pine forest, very contemporary new models are selling fast, 50 minutes south of Denver in Monument.
By: Mark Samuelson
One of the fastest selling communities anywhere along the Front Range this summer isn’t in Denver or its suburbs, but rather 50 minutes south of town in Monument, Colo., on the way to Colorado Springs. Today and tomorrow you can tour two very attractive model homes, wrapped in Black Forest pines, that have only been open a few weeks, but that have already lured more than fifty home sales. Many of which are going to Denver area buyers.
Sanctuary Pointe, with luxury home designs by Colorado Springs-based builders Classic Homes, Vantage Homes, and Saddletree Homes, is only five minutes east of I-25, but surrounded by forest, with some thru-views to Pikes Peak and the U.S. Air Force Academy (located just one exit south on I-25).
“It’s the feel of being disassociated from city yet being a part of it,” says Crystal Johnston, Marketing Manager for Vantage Homes, with a very contemporary ‘Riverwood’ model home open, featuring four bedrooms including a main-floor master suite. “The Black Forest feels like a home away from home, yet you’re five minutes from the grocer,” she adds.
Classic Homes’ Jeff Ellis, with a five-bedroom ‘Dynasty’ main-floor master suite model open, says that Colorado Springs buyers have been waiting for something like this – a community immersed in Black Forest pines, but with metro services including city water and sewer. Meanwhile, Denver buyers (they’ve already sold to a number of them) are coming for other reasons.
“People from Denver are amazed by the prices,” says Ellis, who can deliver homes the low $400s for luxury single-family homes; from $401,600 for a fast-selling series of paired patio-ranch homes. “Try and find homes in Denver that offer this size and features at this price. Buyers tell us that they see around an $80,000 difference to comparable homes up there.”
In both models, you’ll see a wide-open contemporary styling that’s a step forward from what Denver builders are showing this year: standalone entryways, lots of depth and intrigue in the kitchen-dining-family areas, and outdoor-living spaces that bring the beauty of the forested setting indoors.
Saddletree Homes is getting set to open its own five-bedroom, four bath ‘Dillon’ ranch model next month – but already has numbers of sales here, at prices from the low $600s. Along with the two model homes already open, you’ll see homes on track to deliver soon – including a ‘Monarch’ 5-bedroom 4-1/2 bath plan with 3-car garage, by Classic, ready now, priced at $588,469; and a ‘Nakota’ ranch, over 4,000 square feet finished plus basement and 3-car garage, backing to wooded open space, set for September/October move-in. It’s priced at $531,562.
There’s another reason why Denver buyers come down now, rather than waiting for later. Colorado Springs has picked Sanctuary Pointe as one of the main sites for the Parade of Homes this August; expected to drive even more buyers to these forested sites.
To visit Sanctuary Pointe, take I-25 south past C-470 and continue 35 miles to Exit 158/Baptist Road. Head east on Baptist 3.5 miles to Sanctuary Rim Drive, turn left a block to Mountain Mist, and left again onto Summerglow. Or check out the ad on Page __ of this section for a map.
Mark Samuelson writes on real estate and business; you can email him at email@example.com. You can see all of Mark Samuelson’s columns online at DPHomes.today.