Terrain in Castle Rock Named Denver's 'Community of the Year'

Posted 10/21/13

The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver has named a master-planned community in Castle Rock as its 2013 'Community of the Year' for the entire Denver-Boulder area

The Community of the Year award for 2013, Denver’s highest award honoring a new home community, has been presented to Terrain, the 1,185-acre master-planned neighborhood created by Starwood Land Ventures for a scenic site in Castle Rock that offers huge open space and the Colorado Front Range Trail.

The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and its Sales & Marketing Council awarded the designation to Terrain at its annual MAME Awards dinner last month.  The award followed 19 individual finalist awards in new home design and other relevant fields, that judges had given Terrain and its builders for their models and offerings in the community.

Home builders, already showing seven model homes at Terrain, said that the land plan, with around one-half of its expanse devoted to open space, set the neighborhood apart from competing communities.  “It’s all about the character of the development and the landscape,” said David Bubes with Taylor Morrison Homes, following the announcement of the award.  “This is a community where the natural features were left in place as the centerpiece, rather than scraped.” 

“It’s got the country feel, but is still surprisingly close to conveniences and to I-25 business campuses,” added Andrea Minott with TRI Pointe Homes, building from as low as the $290s at Terrain.  Lennar Homes’ Mary Connelly added that the amenities and open space provide an outdoor lifestyle that resonates with buyers.  Last month Lennar opened a new ‘NextGen’ single-family model that features a second, independent living space for an older parent or a young adult living at home.  Homes by Lennar and Taylor Morrison are priced from the mid-$300s at Terrain. 

Terrain’s comprehensive community amenities, already in place, contributed to community’s competitive appeal, according to builders.  Residents at Terrain already have access to a swim club that opened earlier this summer, just a short distance from all three builders’ models.  In the center of Terrain, residents find the Town of Castle Rock’s Wrangler Park, site of community picnics and other events, beside Douglas County Schools’ Sage Canyon Elementary, where students receive a ‘projects-based learning’ curriculum.

Meanwhile, homes and amenities are literally wrapped in open space, featuring scenic bluffs and canyons covered in sage and Gambel oak, leading into additional Douglas County open space beyond.  The Colorado Front Range Trail – already reaching from Terrain north into Denver and planned eventually planned to run all the way from Wyoming to New Mexico – passes directly through the community.

Terrain is three miles east of I-25 on Founders; and close to Castle Rock’s historic shopping/dining district.  To reach, head south on I-25 to Castle Rock’s first exit at Meadows/Founders Parkway, then east three miles to Rising Sun or Copper Cloud Street and follow the signs.  Terrain and its builders are on the web at TerrainCastleRock.com.