As Castle Rock matures as an attractive Denver suburb, KB H ome has a showcase for the lifestyle in The Meadows
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 email@example.com. See all of Samuelson’s columns online at Denverpost.com/realestate
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.