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BackCountry, then and now.

by Shea Homes Colorado on April 24, 2015

 

Hard to believe, but it’s already been eight years since BackCountry’s grand opening.  Back in 2007, Shea Homes’ master plan was inspired by the magnificent views and commitment to conservation of the adjacent wilderness area.  The concept was to build a community that preserved thousands of acres of natural beauty, encouraged an active lifestyle, and nurtured a deep sense of community.  As residents eagerly tell anyone who will listen, mission accomplished.

Enjoy these photos, which show how our community has grown over the years and promise a natural beauty that only increases over time.

Images of the Sundial House, built in 2009.  From an idea taking shape out of bare dirt to an elegant and award-winning heart of the community

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A few intrepid kite flyers in Spring 2009.  The Kite Festival was the predecessor to BackCountry’s highly attended events of today: pool parties, concerts, egg hunts and so much more.

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Reflection Park, opened in 2008.  These pint-sized trees have grown into shade-giving beauties.  (Come on Summer!)

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Discovery Park has come a long way since 2009, and it’s a beautiful barometer of the changing seasons.

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A model home from the early Spirit Trail Collection.  Good design is timeless, but compare with today’s Somerset model, sporting a cooler palette and cleaner lines.

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View of the 8,200-acre Backcountry Wilderness Area just behind us.  Hasn’t changed a bit.  And best of all, it never will.

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There’s an acupuncturist in the house.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 18, 2015

 

(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 her husband Tim Ruka moved to Stepping Stone about a year ago. In fact, it was getting closer to her private practice in the Park Meadows area and to Tim’s job north of downtown Denver that inspired the move.

“We had bought a home in Castle Rock, but the commute was getting worse and worse with all the building going on down there,” she recalls. Now Deb is at work within 10-15 minutes and Tim within about half an hour. And their frequent trips to events at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts—a favorite venue—are easier, too.

 

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A better commute wasn’t the only thing on their wish list, though. They wanted a ranch floor plan, in case Tim’s mother-in-law should move in with them; they wanted modern design; and were looking for a reasonable price.

“First we looked around SkyRidge, but those ranch homes were double the price,” Deb estimates. When they found Shea Homes at Stepping Stone’s modern designs—and knowledgeable Customer Representatives—they knew they’d stepped into the right spot. “The sales process was so comfortable and the people so accessible. Shelby and Judy were fantastic. Very informed about the area and they answered all of our questions.”

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The Rukas bought Model 5001, a garden-level ranch with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, which they refer to as their “forever house.” Deb and Tim decked it out just the way they wanted, because they plan to stay, well, forever. “This was the first home we’ve had built from scratch, and we got to choose everything from outlets to cabinetry,” Deb explains. “The interior design choices were far beyond what we imagined, so we got everything we wanted.”

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The Lantern House in the Winter at Stepping Stone

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 17, 2015

 

If you visited Stepping Stone, a Shea Homes Community, in the summer, you saw how much families loved the Lantern House. Pool dates and swim lessons at the competition-sized pool. Parties on the deck. Picnics in the shelters and cabanas. Games on the lawn. And stargazing around the firepit.

But even in winter, there’s no shortage of ways for Stepping Stone families to enjoy the 3,000-square-foot Lantern House.

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The business center is a smart place to hold informal meetings for your business or club.

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You’ll find rooms perfect for classes and meetings with fellow hobbyists. The kitchen with bar seating and dining area create a great, flowing space that seats up to 75 people.

 
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Residents enjoy gathering to watch football and other sports events.

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And when you want to throw a fabulous birthday party, baby shower, or anniversary celebration, The Lantern House offers an elegant option to Stepping Stone residents. Best of all, it doesn’t require you to clean your own home.

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