Next time you see a family smiling, assembled in well-coordinated outfits, maybe standing beside the lake at Reunion a master plan community by Shea Homes, take a look to see who’s on the other side of the camera. Chances are it’s Holly Pilz, Reunion resident and up-and-coming family photographer.
Owner of Holly Jean Photography, Holly found her calling only about a year ago. She had begun to realize how much she loved photographing her own daughters, ages 5, 3, and 1-1/2, but the turning point was when she took them to a professional photographer. Amazed by the quality of photos and aware of his wife’s passion for photography, Holly’s husband said, “You should become a professional photographer” and bought her her first camera.
She’s never looked back. Besides running her own growing business, Holly is a photographer for a social media company and shoots images for an antiques store. While Holly also shoots in her dining room/studio—especially newborn sessions—her favorite places are in the open spaces of Reunion.
It certainly wasn’t for lack of trying. Dan Anglin had been house hunting for a long time. But all those resale homes lacked the modern style he prefers. And after he and Susan met at work and eventually married, they were in total agreement.
“All the resale homes we saw needed a lot of updating,” explains Susan. “In this market, the good houses get taken or they need a ton of work. At Stepping Stone we could build a new house for the same price as a fixer-upper.”
The Anglins discovered the SPACES homes in Highlands Ranch and fell in love with their modern aesthetic and open floor plans. Unfortunately there weren’t many homes left, but the good news was that a new neighborhood with some of the same Shea SPACES home plans was coming to Parker. Both Dan and Susan work at an oil and gas company in Meridian Village, so the location would be perfect. (On a bad day, their commute is all of 15 minutes.)
They showed up the day Stepping Stone opened. Theirs were the first names on the interest list—even though there was no model to see and barely a road to the lots, which Susan “could kind of see in the distance,” she says. Despite that, “we knew when we saw the floor plan and a picture of it that this was the one we wanted. We just had to use our imaginations.”
The home Susan and Dan chose was Shea Plan 4005 in the Modern Prairie elevation, whose clean lines and sleek, white brick exterior spoke to their contemporary tastes. The Anglins entertain often, so they love the modern, open plan.
Ok, let’s get the disclaimers out of the way. BackCountry by Shea Homes is wonderful for both genders. And of course, men and women like plenty of the same things. But are there aspects to BackCountry that men seem particularly to like? Definitely.
Hop onto one of BackCountry’s trails and you’ll probably run into several of the community’s very active bikers. The in-neighborhood trails connect to trails within the South Rim, the community’s private wilderness of 467 acres, and then to 26 miles of challenging trails within the greater acres of the Backcountry Wilderness Area. Bikers never get bored here. As resident Craig Wilmes says, the trail systems “are very well-maintained and offer various degrees of difficulty from ‘not-too-bad’ to ‘that was really hard.’” An avid biker, Craig hosted a community bike clinic in August and encourages fellow bikers to join him and a group of fellow riders each Saturday during seasonable months.