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BackCountry. Seven years. No itch.

by Shea Homes Colorado on March 24, 2015

 

It’s been seven years since Roxie Mountain-Weed and Rick Weed moved into what was then a brand new community named BackCountry. And back then, in the days before the Sundial House, Discovery Center, or even a single model home, when all there was to see was a trailer and some drawings, this was a leap of faith.

But when they saw the views of the Front Range and downtown Denver and understood the vision for the community, they both instantly agreed: “This is it,” Roxie recalls saying. “It was kind of wild. But because of Rick’s work in land development, we knew Shea’s reputation. We wanted a Shea home, and we loved all the open space that was going to be attached to the community.”

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Over the years, Rick, Roxie, and their three children (now in college) have logged quite a few miles on those trails in the 8,200-acre Backcountry Wilderness Area. Still do. One of Roxie’s favorite activities is taking a walk at sunset with her walking stick, “Moab,” and watching the deer and other wildlife come out. Other tried-and-true favorites include concerts and movie nights.

“There’s something wonderful about lying on the grass, under the stars, and watching a fun movie with all the little kids running around. And now you can run into Indulge [at the Sundial House] and grab something to drink. It’s just so cool here. Sometimes I just think…‘pinch me’!”

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Seven years later, Roxie still speaks enthusiastically about their decision, noting how well the community has evolved. “We’ve lived here long enough to know that Shea keeps its promises and does everything well. The Sundial House turned out so beautiful and high-end, so far beyond our expectations. And I can’t say enough about the landscaping.” Their home still makes them happy, too. It feels a little big with the kids gone, but Roxie says she can’t see herself moving. “Actually, I should probably get out more, but I just love to be home!” The indoor-outdoor living features are among her favorites, with a wrap-around deck that can handle a party of 50, plus French doors off the morning room that create a huge extension of the house. Perfect for the Colorado lifestyle.

So, no, they don’t plan on leaving BackCountry any time soon. “I am so happy that I live here,” says Roxie. “Even after all this time, I still feel like I’m on vacation. It’s like I have a mountain home, but in the city. I just can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

Here’s a video of Roxie and Rick sharing their thoughts on BackCountry back in 2012.

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Meet me at the barn, AKA the amazing Reunion Rec Center.

by Shea Homes Colorado on March 6, 2015

 

Dubbed “Big Red,” Reunion’s rural-themed, award-winning, 21,000-square-foot rec center is more than a $5.28 million investment in the community. It’s an investment in a sense of community.

On any given day at the rec center, you’ll see countless children’s sports programs in progress: basketball, soccer, and flag football, just to name a few.

“We have a young, dynamic community with lots of kids in the two- to eight-year-old range,” says Operations Manager Melissa Murray. “The children’s programs are extremely popular.”

Special events are equally well-received, she explains. “Reunion is a very tight-knit community. Everyone loves coming out and spending time with their neighbors.” Melissa says the best-attended events are the Red White & Blue Fest for the Fourth of July; Kite and Flight, a celebration of everything that flies, from insects to kites to radio-controlled airplanes; and Movie Nights, when films in the park are projected on a giant inflatable screen, supplemented by food trucks and games.

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Adults have fun ways to stay fit, too. The rec center offers Zumba, yoga, aerobics, boot camp, P90x, personal training, and more. Not to mention all the amenities, such as a full-court gym perfect for shooting hoops after a long day at work. Or the fitness center, which features 12 LifeFitness cardio machines, including ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes, and more than 40 pieces of free-weight and stationary lift equipment. In the summer, residents love to take advantage of the outdoor pool, with its 100-foot slide and interactive water features. Residents can even rent out the pool for parties, as well as meeting rooms for business or club meetings.

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Positioned at the eastern end of Reunion Park, the recreation center includes a wall of windows that makes those trips on the treadmills breathtaking—in a good way. Aesthetics played a key role in the center’s construction. In 2004, the facility won the Recreation Management Innovative Architecture & Design Award, cited for its “clear reflection of the community’s philosophy. A very rural character is conveyed in a state-of-the-art facility.”

 

 

Friends In ParkSo yes, Big Red offers far more than meets the eye. Inside this bright red barn with metal water tower and cozy porches is an amazingly up-to-date facility. And the heart of a community.

Check out their facebook page here.

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It all started with a trip to the grocery store.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 27, 2015

 

If it weren’t for the over-the-top King Soopers in Commerce City, Dawn and Johnathon Wilson might not have moved to Reunion last December. “We were living in Green Valley Ranch, but driving three miles over to get groceries,” says Dawn. “The Commerce City King Soopers has a great sushi bar and cheese bar. They even sell jewelry and furniture.”

On one of their shopping forays, the couple spied Reunion, with its ponds and statement-making rec center “I’m gonna live there someday,” Dawn declared to her architect dad, as she drove him around the community one day.

What really sealed the deal was the “funkiness” of the Shea SPACES model homes. “The minute we came around the corner, we were saying ‘Whoa, what are these?’ They were so us. We like clean lines with modern, open floor plans and we instantly fell in love. These are the coolest homes,” says Dawn.

The Wilson’s settled on Model 3507, crazy for modern touches like the clear garage doors, vaulted ceiling in the entry, glass gas fireplace and open design that allows for a clear view from front to back. They have lots of wall space for Dawn’s art collection, too, “and the kitchen is perfect,” she says. “There’s a giant island with a seating area where you can look right over into the living area. It’s one cohesive area. We have friends over a lot, so it’s perfect.” [read more…]

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They came back to the Ranch. But this time, to BackCountry.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 20, 2015

 

When Sadrian and David Alderson found out they were moving back from Arkansas to Colorado, choosing Highlands Ranch was a no-brainer.

“There was no question,” recalls Sadrian. “I love Highlands Ranch. The four state-of-the art rec centers, activities, safety, and the strong community feel make it a wonderful place to raise kids.”

And Sadrian’s hardly a newbie at evaluating communities. Although they are a young family, the Aldersons have lived in Louisiana, Illinois, Arkansas, and now twice in Highlands Ranch. But this time around, they discovered BackCountry and instantly fell in love with it. “Lured in,” Sadrian says, by the 8,200 acres of protected open space behind the community.

“We love to hike and mountain bike with the kids,” who are ages 6 and 1, explains Sadrian. “With small children it can be hard to drive the two hours into the mountains, but here we can just walk to a trailhead and hike as much as the kids can handle.” [read more…]

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There’s an acupuncturist in the house.

February 18, 2015
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  (A love story about how one resident found her forever home.) Deborah Farris-Ruka is a Stepping Stone resident on a mission: to make people feel better. “I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to help people get out of pain without drugs or surgery!” declares Deb. An acupuncturist and personal trainer, Deb and […]

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Why BackCountry is so much fun. And who’s behind it all.

February 6, 2015

  Bored while living at BackCountry a master-planned community by Shea Homes? Not a chance on Britany Chambers’ watch. Britany is BackCountry’s full-time Lifestyle Director, and she’s always stocking the community calendar with special events. “Right now I’m securing bands for summer events and bar nights,” Britany reveals. That kind of long-range planning makes for […]

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How this 13-year-old BackCountry resident is giving back.

December 29, 2014
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  And how you can too. For many, the holidays are a time for outreach to those who are struggling. You can find endless ways to volunteer—check out the ideas below—but if you need additional inspiration, look no further than BackCountry resident Lily Larsen. Last month, this Mountain Ridge Middle School student wrapped up the […]

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New Brightside Homes at Bay Meadows

November 14, 2014

  Excitement was in the air at the first Brightside home release at Bay Meadows in San Mateo. The release was a great success, with all four of the initial homes released being placed on hold. Brightside buyers were literally jumping for joy over their new homes, and we can’t blame them for being excited! With 4 […]

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The nest is empty. But the schedule is full at BackCountry.

October 16, 2014
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  Last year’s Empty Nester Christmas party had a new rule. Only the men could do the cooking. The end result was scrumptious lasagna, less-stressed ladies, and the largest turnout yet—upwards of 50 people. BackCountry is home to a wonderfully active network of singles and couples beyond the child-raising years. Lou Casteel, the informal head […]

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What to expect when you’re expecting. (A new home at Stepping Stone, that is.)

October 9, 2014
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  In every first-time endeavor—whether it’s having a baby, adopting a puppy, or buying a new home—it can be pretty comforting to hear from those who have traveled the path before you. And actually enjoyed the journey. Amy Menges and her husband, David, are two of those happy trailblazers. They closed on their new home […]

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