Boulder County real estate inventory continues to be incredibly tight for home buyers. New home construction is the saving grace for home sales near Boulder; without new neighborhoods, we’d be in a worse bind than we already are. Thank goodness there is still some land to build on! The latest planned community I want to introduce to my clients is Trails at Coal Creek in Lafayette.
Interior image: Courtesy of Meritage Homes
Located off of Highway 287 and South Public Road, the location is ideal for those who travel regularly to Longmont, Louisville,
DIA, or head west to Boulder. It’s a quick trip to Old Town Lafayette, a downtown area that embraces the town’s historic soul and welcomes new businesses. The town has a steadily growing offering of restaurants, craft breweries, and coffee houses. Lafayette is widely known for its Oatmeal Festival and Peach Festival, two events that are family-friendly and fun for every age and taste bud preference. My favorite afternoon in Lafayette would be strolling around Old Town for vintage treasure shopping, stopping for an ice cream cone at Eats & Sweets, smelling flowers at Lafayette Florist, topped off by a dinner at The Post Brewing. The next day all those calories can be burned off on the Coal Creek Trail, the miles-long gravel path adjacent to the appropriately named Trails at Coal Creek community.
Construction in the new Lafayette neighborhood began in 2015 and is slated to continue through 2018. Single-family, detached homes will partner with 37 acres of open space. Meritage Homes, one of the subdivision’s developers, has incorporated the former stagecoach stop Waneka Stagecoach into the open space plan, giving a nod to the area’s heritage. The other on-site builder is Richmond American.
Meritage Homes offers two home design collection options: The Trail Collection and the Alpine Collection.
The Trail Collection has 6 layouts from the high $400’s to the high $500’s. All have three bedrooms. Two of the plans are ranches while four are two-story models. Many have three bay garages; a few have tandems (two cars parked front-to-rear), which is terrific for those with multiple cars or just need storage for all the Colorado toys such as ATV’s, bikes, kayaks, and camping trailers.
Meritage’s Alpine Collection is the next price level up with models ranging from the high $500’s to the high $600’s. Here you’ll find premium finish options to choose from. All of these models have three garage spaces, from tandem to three-bays. I love walking through the Meritage model homes; they have nice open floor plans, energy efficient construction, and beautiful modern finishes available through their sales office design center (which means upgrades). Both collections are worth a look.
Richmond American is offering larger footprints, with layout options from three to seven bedrooms. These homes range from 1850 to 3000 square feet and start in the low $500’s. Their layouts capitalize on entertaining space and open-concept flow between kitchen and living rooms.
While new home builds provide more options for those looking to buy real estate in the Boulder area, the supply is still limited and competitive. If you’re thinking of buying in East Boulder County the time is right to begin the process. Trails at Coal Creek homes can be built to suit your space and lifestyle needs. Let me take you on a tour of models so you can nab the most desirable lot and begin planning your next move.