As Cas­tle Rock ma­tures as an at­trac­tive Den­ver sub­urb, KB H ome has a show­case for the life­style in The Mead­ows

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The new exit from I-25 at Cas­tle Rock Park­way is giv­ing vis­i­tors a whole new way of look­ing at Cas­tle Rock and its life­style. That exit leads west into The Mead­ows mas­ter­planned com­mu­nity, where you can see a show­case for what Cas­tle Rock is of­fer­ing now, in the form of KB Home’s new Panorama at the Mead­ows, with two roomy, sin­gle-fam­ily mod­els, in­clud­ing a ranch.

Not ev­ery home in Panorama is go­ing to have a view of the moun­tains — but your first im­pres­sion of the neigh­bor­hood will likely be about what an at­trac­tive set­ting this has be­come, 20 years into The Mead­ows’ de­vel­op­ment. This is rolling ter­rain with very vis­i­ble open space cor­ri­dors laced with trails, where sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hoods built-out a decade ago are cov­ered with ma­ture trees, ac­cented by two nearby city parks and first-rate re­cre­ation. KB Home’s mod­els each un­fold to decks that have 9,700-foot Devil’s Head Peak on the hori­zon — a great fam­ily climb in nearby Pike Na­tional For­est.

Not sur­pris­ingly, nu­mer­ous home sales that KB Home has run up since these mod­els opened in March are of­ten go­ing to peo­ple com­ing out of older Cas­tle Rock homes who want to keep their Dou­glas County Schools and other ameni­ties when it’s time to move up. KB Home of­fers both fam­ily­sized two-sto­ries and ranch plans at prices from the low-to-mid$400s, but over half of those sales at Panorama have been ranches. “The pop­u­lar­ity of our ranches shows the de­mand from down­siz­ing buy­ers who want this set­ting for sin­gle-level liv­ing,” says Randy Car­pen­ter, Colorado Divi­sion pres­i­dent for KB Home. “But lots of younger buy­ers with school-aged kids like a ranch, too.”

You’ll tour the Hawthorne ranch, with two bed­rooms plus a den, more than 1,900 square feet on the main level, shown in the model with a full fin­ished base­ment that pro­vides a third bed­room suite and bath, along with a bar and large re­cre­ation space. It’s priced from $452,000, and shows off a wide-open kitchen-fam­ily room area with plenty of din­ing space op­tions, and a mas­ter suite over­look­ing the back deck that has a very ap­peal­ing bath that opens to the main-floor laun­dry room by a back pas­sage­way.

You can see the at­trac­tive set­tings that the first homesites of­fer, along with some sites that will be open­ing on a slightly longer time­frame where you could pair a ranch like the Hawthorne to a walk­out base­ment with over­head deck. KB Home is par­tic­u­larly proud of the ex­pe­ri­ence it gives buy­ers who plan a home from scratch, pick­ing their site and work­ing with their de­sign stu­dio to make it their own.

KB Home also has a fam­ily­sized two-story ready to de­liver now in Panorama at The Mead­ows. It’s a Mon­trose fourbed­room-plus-den de­sign, over 2,800 fin­ished square feet plus a base­ment and two-car garage, ready for end-of-the-month move-in. It’s priced at $557,000.

One way or the other, Car­pen­ter ad­vises you to take a look at this now. If you haven’t seen what Cas­tle Rock looks like in the past few years (in 2014 the city was named by Money Magazine as fourth Best Place to

Live in the en­tire United States) you’ll be amazed by the attractions that are ar­riv­ing, in­clud­ing the new Philip S. Miller “ad­ven­ture park” with its out­door con­cert venue, zip lines and 200-step Chal­lenge Hill, not to men­tion Cas­tle Rock Ad­ven­tist Hos­pi­tal in The Mead­ows, and the new Prom­e­nade mall.

From Den­ver, head south on I-25 and take Exit 185 Cas­tle Rock Park­way, head south on Castle­gate (it be­comes Mead­ows Drive) two miles to Mead­ows Boule­vard, and turn right to But­ter­field Cross­ing Drive.

– Mark Sa­muel­son writes on real es­tate and busi­ness; you can email him at mark@samuel­sonas­ See all of Sa­muel­son’s col­umns on­line at Den­ver­

KB Home’s sin­gle-fam­ily showhomes in The Mead­ows at Cas­tle Rock. Above right, KB Home’s Mar­cia Haek shows the kitchen-fam­ily area of the Hawthorne ranch.

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