Over the past couple of years, more Americans have taken a fresh look at the basic elements of their lives — including where they’ve chosen to live. If you’re one of the many who are re-evaluating your current home, it’s a good idea to consider what values are important to you, and what kind of lifestyle you really want.
Where you choose to live says a lot about you — and makes a huge difference when it comes to how you live your daily life.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Would you rather spend more time walking or biking to places, rather than driving?
- Do you want a healthier lifestyle that includes more time outdoors?
- Are you yearning for the feeling of community?
- Do you want to live in a more sustainable home?
- Would you like the feeling of an urban neighborhood combined with the green spaces of the suburbs?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, what you’re looking for is a thoughtfully-designed and planned urban village like the Baseline community in Broomfield, Colorado. Situated about 20-25 minutes from Denver and Boulder, Baseline is not your typical suburban development. The master-planned community will be part dining district, part business hub, part science campus — and an entirely new way to live.
Baseline’s intentional community plan will integrate sustainability throughout many aspects of its design, such as:
- Landscaping that uses less than half the water of other developments
- Carbon-footprint mapping to guide Baseline in minimizing its environmental impact over time
- Colorado’s first Pollinator District,TM a first-of-its-kind pollinator-friendly ecosystem
- Urban gardens envisioned as a way to provide residents and local restaurants with seasonal harvest
- 172 acres of natural and recreational open space and green infrastructure including The Parklands. Oriented around Preble Creek, plans call for not a single park, but as a mix of inspired outdoor spaces, along the spine of the community perfect for small and large-scale community events
- “Pocket parks” — accessible outdoor spaces within a five-minute walk of every home in the community
- A pedestrian- and cycle-friendly trail network
“Our healthy living goals and sustainability program are interrelated,” said Kyle Harris, general manager, Baseline. “We’ve baked sustainability into the design — the block network, walkable streets, trails and parks are intentionally designed. We want people outside enjoying Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine.”
Variety and versatility
The diverse housing options available at Baseline can suit people at every stage of life and different price points, with homes for everyone including single professionals, young families, empty nesters and more.
You can choose from:
- 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments
- Paired and attached homes
- Townhomes and rowhomes
- 2- and 3-story single-family homes
- Planned for the future, for lease single-family homes and attached homes
Education and community
Within the community will be innovative educational opportunities both for K-12 students and for continuing, lifelong education. Some of the current and planned educational hubs include:
- Butterfly Pavilion which plans to relocate to a new 81,000-square-foot facility in the Baseline community. The new location will include greatly expanded guest experiences, a world-class research lab and an expansive zoological facility to serve as a preeminent local, national and global hub for invertebrate knowledge, conservation, inspiration and connection.
- Broomfield Library satellite branch
- Prospect Ridge Academy, a currently thriving K-12 charter school within the community
- Adams 12 STEM School slated to open in the next few years, as a problem/solution-based learning model in collaboration with 500 science, technology, engineering and math-focused companies
The future Center Street District amenities of local dining and retail options, along with great outdoor spaces for gathering, walking and riding, means it’s much easier for residents to engage and interact, forming an authentic community.
So if you’re looking for a new lifestyle and a whole new way to live — with a gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains as a bonus — check out all of the options at Broomfield, Colorado’s new Baseline community on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s that time of year again. With the holiday season comes that delicate balance of busyness and reflection. With a renewed focus on the priorities that matter most, we also look hopefully to the future, setting goals not just for ourselves, but for a healthy tomorrow for all. This year, as you look inward and ahead, consider wrapping your head around this truth: as one of our greatest, most impactful investments, where we live significantly impacts how we live. A golden, progressive opportunity is here to embrace a uniquely healthy, eco-minded, community-rooted and successful lifestyle all at once, at Baseline.
Located at the junction of I-25, Northwest Parkway (E-470) and Baseline Road (Highway 7), the visionary Baseline community is a residential and business haven passionately dedicated to sustainability and livability. Loveland and Denver-based developer McWhinney, created Baseline on three pillars of design: environmental stewardship, healthy living and innovation, and is unwaveringly cmmitted to incorporating these in all aspects of development. “These guiding principles are like the North Star,” explains Kyle Harris, Senior Vice President Community Development, Baseline General Manager. “They framed the vision for our master plan, and they drive all our development decisions as we move forward.”
What do those guiding principles look like in practice? There’s a harmonious blend of dynamic urban amenities with a celebration of nature and warm, budding community, for starters. Baseline features eco-friendly landscaping design and outdoor agriculture is coming soon. There are gridded street networks allowing for more efficient traffic flow, better walkability, and bikeability. The 1,100-acre community is planned for 9,205 residences, creating a synergistic nature-meets-city haven inclusive of a stunning network of pocket parks, a comprehensive trail system, more than 170 acres of open land, stellar educational opportunities, and will offer a vibrant – and growing – dining, business and retail district.
The Bees Knees of Eco and Friendly
“Infrastructure is about more than roads and bridges; it’s about supporting how people live,” Harris says. At Baseline, thoughtful design is a healthy mix of places to live, learn, work, walk, ride, shop, create and cultivate. A multitude of park areas, not least a plethora of more intimate neighborhood pocket parks, are woven together by gardenways, flora-rich, pedestrian-only corridors enhancing each and every journey.
Another feature really worth buzzing about–Baseline is planned to become the new home of the Butterfly Pavilion, which will be relocating from Westminster. In partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion, Baseline is designated as the state’s first “Pollinator DistrictTM”, meaning elements of the community are specifically designed using specialized irrigation techniques and mixes of plant types to maximize the overall number of pollinators as well as the diversity of pollinator species. “This is about more than bringing the Butterfly Pavilion over to Baseline,” Harris says. “This is incorporating science and research from the pavilion to a rapidly urbanizing area, and a key step to addressing the drop in numbers of our smallest species, fundamental to our food supply.”
Everyone’s ‘No Place Like Home’
“We want to be all-inclusive,” Harris says. “We envision homes for everybody – empty nesters, young families, single folks and more.” With that in mind, Baseline intentionally and seamlessly interweaves a broad diversity of product types, offering for sale single-family homes, townhomes, rowhomes and paired homes, as well as for lease apartments. Soon Baseline will be offering new for lease single-family homes and attached homes. Baseline further anticipates integrating affordable housing options into the community and has identified two locations within the Parkside East and future Southlands neighborhoods. Throughout the spectrum of housing options at Baseline, residents can count on the best in sustainability and efficiency. Baseline homes adhere to above-code sustainability guidelines, and drip irrigation and differentiated planting will dramatically conserve water. A program is being developed for all vertical development including alternative energy, LED lighting, and a whole palate of options to reduce water consumption and improve air quality.
Baseline is being developed in phases, the first being the development of West Village, the inaugural residential enclave. Oriented around two pocket parks, the neighborhood offers a mix of single-family, paired homes, rowhomes and townhomes for sale, as well as PARK40 apartment homes for lease. The neighborhood is a perfect fit for those who value design and thrive in Colorado’s active lifestyle – and buyers recognized its appeal from day one. “Sales were so brisk, our builders couldn’t get the homes built quickly enough,” Harris says.
Buyers, don’t let the “Sold” labels throughout the Baseline website discourage you. New lots in West Village are set to be released before the end of the year. David Weekley Homes, featuring beautiful detached, higher density single-family homes ranging from 1,779 to 3,152 square feet and starting in the mid $500s, will also be releasing new homes this season. Further, rowhomes and townhomes from esteemed builders Thrive Home Builders and Meritage Homes are underway, with first offerings expected to be available before the end of the year.
Rowhomes from Thrive Home Builders number three stories, 1,225 to 1,619 square feet and two to three bedrooms. Starting in the high $400s, they include a one-to-two car garage with a separate first floor flex space, ideal for urban dwellers desiring bike storage or a small home office. Three-story townhomes from Meritage Homes offer three to four bedrooms, three-and-a half baths, a two-car garage, and an optional rooftop deck. Coming in at 1,800 to 2,100 square feet, Meritage townhomes will start in the high $400s. In addition, new Baseline builder Dream Finders Homes, committed to integrity, flexibility, and a buyer-first ethos, have joined the development for phase two, offering stunning West Village Townhomes that will be introduced in the first quarter of 2022.
For those interested in rentals, PARK40 apartments is releasing a new building. The gorgeous, high-amenity one, two and three-bedroom apartments are “very dog-friendly”, and enjoy options for garages, as well as access to a clubhouse with yoga and fitness studios, a pool, spa, bark park, playground, and more. “As soon as these apartments are released, they’re fully leased up,” Harris says, advising interested parties in any of Baseline’s housing options to get on the interest list for up-to-date announcements and information. “We’re so excited to finally have homes to offer again.”
Opening in 2022, Baseline’s second residential enclave, Parkside West, will border the Parklands’ west side and will feature two cozy pocket parks of its own. Accessed through a network of pollinator-friendly gardenways, this neighborhood will epitomize harmony between nature and commerce, convenient to the Center Street District’s future restaurants and retail.
Development of this next big neighborhood means a huge, exciting variety of opportunity for all buyers. Stylish single-family and townhomes demonstrating a modern aesthetic more city than suburb, and prominent indoor-outdoor spaces that take full advantage of pure Colorado splendor.
The Parkside West neighborhood will showcase a different, equally exceptional, team of builders. New to the team Dream Finders Homes will be offering townhomes in Parkside West, a completely different product from that in West Village, Harris shares. Boulder Creek, committed to efficient homes that protect the environment and save you money, will be offering a beautiful selection of single-family detached homes. Berkeley Homes, will also be offering an impressive range of single-family homes. For renters, Davis Development will be putting in 238 luxurious apartment units with a pool and vast amenity complex and set to hit the market in 2023. McWhinney has further partnered with AHV Communities, a pioneer and one of the first-to-market developers of luxury single-family rental communities to offer incredible for-lease townhomes in the first phase of the Parkside West neighborhood.
Everything about Baseline’s intentional design encourages residents to enjoy Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine, from the walkable streets in the block network to the multitude of trails and parks. Of course, given the pure Colorado location with views of the Rockies and the connectivity of the neighborhoods and future Center Street District amenities beckon an invitation as well. “We love that residents can wake up and see the mountains,” Harris says. “Baseline captures what we love about living in Colorado.”
Ready to learn more? Find out what’s available, join the interest list, and take virtual tours at baselinecolorado.com.
By Wendy McMillan, At Home Colorado
Baseline’s builder partners are some of the very best. Recognized regionally and nationally, with awards for design, craftsmanship, energy efficiency and customer service. That last one is especially important if you’re new to new homes, since buying new often means taking the homebuilding journey with your builder – from choosing a floorplan and homesite, to personalizing your home, to weekly phone calls with the team, to in-progress and final walkthroughs. Luckily, Baseline’s builders have helped thousands of home shoppers (just like you) through the process – with beautiful results.
David Weekley Homes
At David Weekley Homes an online sales advisor will set customers up with a tour of two single-family models from their inspired Peaks collection, where they’ll meet with a sales consultant to discuss floorplans, exteriors, homesite options and structural upgrades like a third floor with a rooftop deck. Decisions are made, contracts are signed and then it’s off to the design center, where the homeowner-to-be picks out tiles, flooring, countertops, lighting, paint colors, appliances … all the things that personalize a home. Then, once everything is finalized, they’ll meet their personal builder, who’ll oversee the build from start to finish. They’ll have weekly phone calls with their personal builder and sales consultant, and get together as a team for the on-site pre-construction meeting, pre-drywall meeting and buyer introduction. The buyer introduction is the most exciting meeting since it’s when they learn to operate and maintain their new home. Another option for David Weekley homebuyers who are looking to skip the building process is to simply purchase a quick-move-in home, if any are available.
KB Home’s approach to customer service starts with asking lots of questions. An online specialist steers the customer to the right place, scheduling a tour of the paired home models from their Villas collection at Baseline. Then, at the sales office, a consultant steers the homebuyer towards one of six inspired floorplans to suit their needs, a homesite (with a personal tour of available sites), and an exterior style. An interactive display helps the customer envision all the options. With a “wish list” and a professional Design Studio manager, the buyer then gets to choose all their favorite fixtures and finishes that fits within their budget. The infinite combination of choices is why no two KB Home homes are alike. Once the contract is signed, weekly buyer and builder calls begin, along with 10 (yes, 10) in-progress quality checks. Where the homebuyer gets to see framing go up, the roof go on, electrical, plumbing and HVAC go in, drywall go up … well, you get the idea. Finally, the buyer gets an orientation meeting to introduce them to their new home. KB Home follows up in a couple months to make sure everything is working properly and if something’s not up to snuff, a customer service team will make repairs and make it right. At no point in the process are customers ever uninformed. An experienced KB Home team is there with them every step of the way.
Meritage Homes builds in lots of communities and has a design center called Studio M, where homebuyers can customize their new homes. However, at Baseline, keeping it simple keeps it affordable. Here, the homebuyer chooses a floorplan from Meritage Homes’ stylish Apex townhome collection – which can include a rooftop deck or balcony as an upgrade. Then, depending on the corresponding homesite, their home will have one of three pre-selected Live Now design packages: The Lush, Fresh or Elemental – each with its own complementary mix of colors, countertops, cabinets, flooring, tiles and finishes. These packages are created by professional designers using a contemporary aesthetic and quality materials. So homebuyers have fewer decisions to make and more time to plan the housewarming party.
Thrive Home Builders
With locally based Thrive Home Builders, the home search begins with an online consultant. After a conversation about how the homebuyer wants to live (and their budget) they’ll be put in touch with an on-site sales manager at Baseline’s DoMore Rows model home. Now, depending on availability, the homebuyer may put down earnest money on a rowhome under construction, nearing completion or one that has yet to be started. In which case the customer may have a few options. For instance, they may decide between a third-floor loft or a third bedroom. They may opt for the Health Package, an upgrade to the home’s air filtration system. And they may also choose one of the design packages: Urban Farmhouse, Modern Chic or Casual Elegance; or simply base the home’s interior on that of the model home. The home shopper may be able to customize within the packages, so long as their choices are consistent with the look and feel of the designer’s vision. Okay, so now they know what they’re building, what happens next? Thrive is with the customer at every step of the construction process, with weekly phone meetings and regular walkthroughs – framing, drywall, pre-close – next thing they know you’re putting the key in the door.
Thank you everyone who turned out at The Basin on Saturday, August 21st to help us celebrate Honeybee Day. Bluegrass Blitz’s high-energy pickin’ and fiddlin’ opened, what turned out to be, a bee-utiful August day. Their lively, ol’ timey strings set the tone as over 125 attendees strolled, crafted, and learned about bees and the many ways we can thoughtfully and sustainably support pollinators.
Cheers to our partners and vendors, too, for creating a honey of a day.
Brighton Bee Club wowed with their live hive and bee facts. Thanks to beekeepers Dan and Bob, visitors witnessed the many life stages of honeybees — up close and personal.
Brianna, from Sustainable Broomfield, taught a new generation of bee lovers simple ways to create welcoming bee habitats in their own backyards. By upcycling plastic bottles, adding some creative flare, and assistance from mother-daughter team Tonee and Tiana Garcia (members of Baseline Community Life), kids created bee houses and baths.
Our pollinator-loving vendors — The Beekeeper’s Den, Sarai’s Moisture Bars, and Soaps by Elleen — provided locally-made, bee-friendly products for residents to purchase.
Those ready for lunch visited The Captain’s Taco and Sushi food truck for Mexican-Japanese fusion dishes.
Acoustic guitar (and comedy) duo Skanson & Hansen and locally-made ice cream from Sweet Cow’s MooMobile helped us chill, as the afternoon warmed up.
Bands weren’t the only entertainment, members of Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities engaged event-goers with an art walk, juggling and a gazillion bubbles. One of the vendors daughter, Charlotte, with her bee tutu and dance moves were irresistible. And kids of all ages enjoyed Gail’s face painting.
All-in-all it was a wonderful day and a great opportunity to hang with bees and Baseline neighbors. To see more pictures from Honeybee Day, checkout our Facebook page.
Baseline’s newest builder, locally based Berkeley Homes, has begun construction on beautiful three-story, single-family homes in Parkside West, our newest village. Ranging from 1,641 to 2,323 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, these sleek, contemporary homes feature neo-traditional design and lots of indoor/outdoor spaces that take advantage of the Colorado climate. Perfect for anyone who loves the Colorado sunshine (which is everyone). Best of all, although prices have not been announced yet, Berkeley expects to list the collection’s four different floorplans as among Baseline’s lowest-priced detached homes.
Learn more in this Biz Journal press release.
Baseline residents and neighbors kicked off the summer by getting outside to enjoy the local biking and hiking paths at the Take to the Trails event on June 5. The event was in support of National Trails Day and marked the first day of the Broomfield 100 Challenge – an outdoor adventure that encourages riders to explore the many trails in the city and set a goal of riding 100 miles before the end of the summer. Riders easily accessed the city’s regional trail system via the trail connection at Prospect Ridge Academy, on the west side of the Baseline.
Our community partners from Smart Commute Metro North were on site to encourage residents to leave the car at home this summer and commute by bicycle instead. They helped several folks develop a bike routes tailored to their specific needs and shared details of their Bike to Summer program. Golden Bear Bikes generously provided free bike tune ups and encouraged participants to make a donation to Joyful Journeys – a non-profit providing critical human services to those in need in Broomfield.
The Basin park was a perfect setting for guests to relax after their rides and enjoy live music from guitarist David Lawrence. Kids and adults alike enjoyed the Bike Decorating and Bike Wash stations. Iced lattes from StoryMaker Coffee helped keep everyone cool in the hot June sun, while Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs made sure no one went home hungry.
Celebrate National Trails Day — Saturday, June 5 — by getting outside and enjoying our local biking and hiking paths. This day is all about improving our community’s overall health and quality of life. At Baseline, we’re taking it up a notch with food and festivities, too.
Part 1 – The Ride
Start your ride (or hike) at Basin Park between 9 AM and 10:30 AM with a caffeine kick from StoryMaker Coffee Bar. From there you can easily pick up Anthem’s Highland Trail (a short 2.8 mile loop). This is one of two scenic trails featured in this year’s Broomfield Trail Adventure, our city’s celebration of National Trails Day. Along Highland Trail, the city of Broomfield will have interpretive tables with handouts, including native seed packets, and educational information on nature, wildlife, and Broomfield’s iNaturalist project webpage.
Bonus, this also marks the first day of the Broomfield 100 challenge, an outdoor adventure that encourages you to visit as many trails in Broomfield as you can. This morning ride through Anthem is a great opportunity to get your first “stamp” in your Broomfield 100 passport.
Part 2 – The Festivities
Then return to Basin Park between 10:30 AM and 1 PM for food, music, and festivities.
There will be streamers and other complimentary adornments for kids to decorate their bikes. The pros at Smart Commute will help you find trails for biking anywhere and everywhere this summer. (All cyclists who visit Smart Commute’s table will be entered into their drawing to win an ultra-safe, dual-beam ShineOn bike light.) And, Golden Bear Bikes will be on hand to fill up bike tires and grease your bike chains for a small donation to an amazing organization supporting the Broomfield community called Joyful Journeys Community Enrichment*.
Once your bike is tuned up and decorated, and you’ve learned all about Broomfield’s trails, spread out a blanket, relax to the tunes of guitarist David Lawrence and enjoy classic picnic fare from Biker Jim’s Gourmet Hot Dogs and Colorado Fried Chicken .
Residents and guests are asked to maintain physical distancing standards and follow all Broomfield County, Colorado and Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
*Joyful Journeys Community Enrichment helps improve lives by providing critical human services like food, clothes, household items, hygiene products, baby items, and school supplies. While providing emergency essentials is necessary, it is only a Band-Aid to a much larger problem. They proactively create an impact by providing tutoring and after-school support, exercise and nutrition classes, sports and arts programs, financial literacy courses, and resume-building assistance. They also host community gardens, clean the streets, help struggling families over the holidays, and much more. Kids can decorate their bikes with streamers and other classic adornments.
Earth Day, April 22, 2021
At Baseline, homes are energy efficient, which reduces carbon emissions. Plus, saving energy saves money. A network of destination trails gets people into parks, restaurants and coffee shops without getting into cars. While also encouraging a healthier, more active lifestyle. Planned pollinator-friendly landscapes throughout the community bolster biodiversity and help agriculture. Native, drought resistant plants save water and add enduring beauty. And who would ever say no to more flowers?
The thing about sustainability is … it’s not just one thing. Protecting the environment and restoring nature is a big part of it and it’s the right thing to do. But sustainability is also about creating a better community. A community that endures right along with the environment. A better place to live, play and do your thing … whatever your thing is. Baseline is going to be around for a very long time. We want to ensure the world as we know it (if not an even better one) will be around, too.
Despite the chilly temps, many soon-to-be neighbors turned out at Checker Square Park, Saturday, to meet one another and enjoy some fall fun. Children dressed in Halloween costumes, danced, blew bubbles, and christened Baseline’s new wooden playground. Kingcomos Quesadillas made sure everyone was well fed. Even canines enjoyed Halloween bags of treats. The day wrapped up with a costume contest, four winners walked away with jack-o-lantern buckets full of goodies. And everyone took home pumpkins. But, the best part of the day, Broomfield FISH received 602 lbs. of donations. All-in-all it was a great beginning for Baseline, opening the door for more events – and opportunities for neighbors to connect – in warmer months.
This is not a tall tale but rather a tale of a tall townhome. Because this townhome has three delightful stories we can’t wait to tell you about.
Meritage Homes is bringing a brand-new townhome collection to Baseline’s West Village, available in three distinct floorplans, all of which are available with an optional sunset-enhancing, stargazer-friendly rooftop deck.
But let’s start at the bottom, the first story. Down on floor one it’s a little cooler and quieter, so the plan provides either a secluded guest retreat or the perfect home office, where you can really get away and get some work done.
Then, there’s the second story. Which is the main living space with a big open-concept layout that includes the kitchen, dining and great room to make entertaining a breeze. Speaking of breezes, there’s also a balcony so you can step outside for a breath of fresh air or to enjoy your morning coffee.
Just upstairs, the third story is where you’ll find the bedrooms, plenty of closet space, and a convenient laundry room. Add a rooftop deck and you’ve got the icing on the proverbial layer cake, where you can take in Rocky Mountain views that come only with a townhome this tall.
Yet for such towering townhomes the utilities trend terribly tiny. Homebuilder Meritage Homes has earned the EPA’s Energy Star® Partner of the Year Award for energy-efficient homebuilding for seven years running.
These three-to-four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath homes include an attached two-car garage, range from 1,858 to 2,181 square feet, and start in the high $400s. And they are available exclusively at Baseline.