Open Space

Just say no to hibernating.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 18, 2016

 

Ah. It’s the season of coziness. Saturday afternoons by the fire. Digging into a big bowl of chili. Blissfully nodding off, lulled by the soundtrack of your latest Netflix binge-watch.

We can do better than this, Coloradans.

Especially if you live in one of our Shea Homes Colorado CommunitiesBackCountry, Stepping Stone, or Reunion – winter need not be a four-walled purgatory until spring. Warm days are coming soon, so now’s the time to take steps (literally) to avoid a panic attack when shopping for your swimsuit.

At BackCountry, there are easy, daily ways to get moving. Strap on your snowshoes and explore the seven miles of trails and 467 acres of open space within BackCountry.  Or venture onto the trails and 8,200 acres of open space in the adjacent wilderness area.  No snowshoes? No problem. Residents can borrow a pair from the Sundial House whenever there is 12” or more of snow on the ground. That same terrain can be a blast for expert cross country skiers to explore too.

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Why the best parties happen at BackCountry.

by Shea Homes Colorado on January 12, 2016

 

Some might say BackCountry’s festive streak is simply a function of the fun, friendly people who tend to move there.  Or the very active HOA that’s always cooking up special events to help neighbors get to know each other. All true, but there’s another factor involved: BackCountry offers perfect places for entertaining, both at the Sundial House and in residents’ own homes.

The Sundial House is an award-winning gathering place where residents not only meet for community events, but can host private parties. Several venues provide superb backdrops for gatherings large and small. In more temperate months, cocktails around the courtyard fire pit, looking out over thousands of acres of wilderness, makes for a pretty memorable get-together. You could also host a Broncos watch party at Pikes Pub and Lounge or a lively, interactive dinner party in the demonstration kitchen and dining room. The community room is large enough for a wedding, but with intimate conversation areas perfect for smaller gatherings.

That said, BackCountry homeowners have some amazing places to entertain right in their own homes. Visit any of the model homes and you may find yourself dreaming up the guest list for your housewarming party. Every Shea home is designed for great entertaining, both indoors and out, since the great outdoors is so breathtaking in BackCountry.

Within the Shadow Walk Collection, the Somerset plan is made for entertaining. Guests can easily mingle in thoughtfully connected spaces, such as the formal dining room, morning room, great room, and this kitchen, with a rounded island and breakfast bar.

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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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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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Sophisticated Ranch Home Available Now At BackCountry

January 2, 2015
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  Does your list of New Year’s resolutions include changing your mailing address? If so, you can kick off 2015 in a new home at beautiful BackCountry in Highlands Ranch. Ready now is an exceptional 3-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath Sunshower ranch plan from the Shea Homes Shadow Walk Collection. Priced at $688,577* this 2,604-square-foot home built […]

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