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