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

by Shea Homes Colorado on August 3, 2015

 

Being bored while living at Stepping Stone is simply not going to happen on Kimberly Aikens’ watch. Kimberly is Stepping Stone’s Community Manager/quasi-Lifestyle Director, and she’s busy helping to create the traditions that make a new community feel as though it’s been there forever.

Right now, residents can find Kimberly at the Lantern House three days a week. (As the community grows, so too will her job—into one that’s five days a week.) Kimberly helps new residents by answering questions, giving them community access cards, and planning special events, like the Easter Eggstravaganza, Dive-in Movies, and the Fall Pumpkin Patch. She welcomes everyone at Stepping Stone to stop by the Lantern House—which she describes as a community living room—and hang out, watch a sports game on TV, socialize at the pool, and share ideas on what activities they’d like to see in the community.

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“I adore our buyers,” she says. “They tend to be very community-minded, so we already have a spirit of inclusiveness here.” One past event, the holiday potluck, came directly from homeowners who requested a way to get together during the winter, when everyone tends to be hunkered down inside—not out gardening, taking walks, or playing at the park, which naturally spark friendly conversations.

IMG_3477_GamedayCompositeKimberly is also the Homeowners Association (HOA) contact for residents seeking approval for their landscaping plans. In case you’re new to HOAs, they help manage neighborhood concerns, such as adherence to covenants. Basically, covenants are guidelines and restrictions, such as exterior paint colors and yard maintenance that help maintain and enhance the value of the neighborhood for everyone. (Sorry, folks, no chartreuse polka-dot siding.) Currently, the Stepping Stone HOA is made up of five Shea employees, but as the community grows the positions will be filled by elected residents.

“This is my dream job,” says Kimberly. After owning her own business for years, she started a new career as a Community Manager six years ago and hasn’t looked back. “I love helping people and adding to the value of living at Stepping Stone,” she says. Kimberly welcomes ideas as to what that value looks like: “Would residents like to see bunco parties? Poker nights? Wine tastings and book clubs? I would love to get everyone’s input on what they’d like to see in in their community.”

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As a point of reference, here’s what’s on tap for residents for the rest of the year.

Dive-in Movie: Finding Nemo-August 29, Sunset
Come watch a family-friendly movie on a big, inflatable screen by the pool.

Pumpkin Patch-October 24, 10am-1pm
Pick your pumpkin and sip lattes and hot cocoa with the neighbors.

Visit with Santa-December 5, 10am-1pm
Little ones can meet the big man and munch on a cookie, fireside at the Lantern House.

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Jenna Karlstrum March 27, 2016 at 11:27 am

Hello,
we are planning on building in stepping stone. We would love to get a copy of the covenints for the neighborhood. We are excited to join the community.
Jenna Karlstrum
savedj316@aol.com

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Sheri Troy March 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm

Hello Jenna,

We are so excited to hear about your new home at Stepping Stone! Your Community Representative at Stepping Stone would be happy to help you with that information. The Stepping Stone offices can be reached at: 720-851-1444 for the SPACES Collection or: 720-541-6078 for the Watercolor Collection. I will also pass on your information to those offices as well, with your request. Thank you.

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Vicky August 17, 2016 at 11:01 am

Hello, this question is probably for Stepping Stone HOA but if Shea offices know anything on the matter would be great to find out the answer… We are in a process of purchasing our new home in Stepping Stone and I just found out that this neighborhood is just outside of RTD district boundaries (meaning if we plan to use RTD park-an-ride daily charges will apply). I wonder if there are any plans to petition RTD to annex our subdivision. Or since it was originally part of Meridian subdivision (and Meridian seams to lay within the District) maybe you know if RTD would just annex this property without petition?

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Sheri Troy August 18, 2016 at 9:19 am

Hello Vicky,

I have asked the team at the Stepping Stone offices to reach out to you at the email address you have provided, to assist with your questions. For your convenience the Stepping Stone offices may also be reached by phone at the following – The SPACES Discovery collection office: 720-851-1444 OR The Watercolor Collection office: 720-541-6078. Thank you.

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