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.
We were recently asked, “what’s the difference between a rowhome, a townhome and a paired home?” Good question. Let’s start with the fact that these are all multi-family homes, as opposed to single-family, where one structure equals one address or one residence. Baseline’s David Weekley Homes would be an example. Next up is the paired home, sometimes known as a duplex, where there can be two residences to one structure, usually one on each side, with a shared or common wall in between. They can be the mirror image of each other or they can be completely different floorplans. KB Home is building a beautiful paired-home collection at Baseline, for instance. Which brings us to rowhomes versus townhomes. What they both have in common is there can be many residences in the same structure, each with street-level entries and usually more than one floor. Where they differ is that rowhomes typically repeat the pattern of architecture for each residence – oriented in rows along a street, while townhomes may vary design and layout for each unit. (Then again, sometimes they may not and that’s where it gets murky) Thrive Home Builders’ DoMore Rows are a contemporary example of rowhomes at Baseline and Meritage Homes will be bringing beautiful new townhomes to Baseline soon. Ultimately, however, classifying the type of home is up to the builders themselves. Because each builder tends to reinvent and reinterpret architecture as needs change.
The Butterfly Pavilion and Greeley-based honey bottler Local Hive (along with about 1.5 million bees) have formed a sweet partnership. Local Hive will process and bottle honey harvested from 30 Butterfly Pavilion-sponsored sites throughout the Denver/Metro area. The fresh, limited-edition local honey will be available for sale with proceeds benefiting pollinator conservation and education. Learn more about the local honey harvest in the link below.
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 low $400s. And they are available exclusively at Baseline.
You can’t live in Colorado without developing an appreciation for the great outdoors and the climate that keeps everyone just a little healthier and happier than in the other 49 states.
Colorado-born Thrive Home Builders has been part of the local building scene for a couple decades now, and it’s no surprise this is a company that holds the environment (and the lifestyle that comes with it) in high regard. Which is why you can expect every home new Thrive builds to be next-level energy efficient. And designed to take full advantage of the centennial state’s quality of life.
Case in point: The DoMore Rows, a collection of two-to-three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath rowhomes in Baseline that live differently. Thrive Home Builders call them DoMore Rows because they are designed to do precisely that, more.
The first level of each three-story home comes with a flex space that can be anything you want that enhances your Colorado lifestyle … a gym, artist studio, cycle & ski workshop, home office, entertaining space … let your imagination run wild. And imagine this, the space is equipped with a garage door to quickly make it open-air. You’ll find more indoor-outdoor living with a second-floor balcony. Perfect for a morning coffee or happy hour IPA … proving these homes are Colorado-ready in every way.
Did we mention the DoMore Rows are uber energy efficient? Solar-powered, LEED-certified, airPlus qualified and NetZero ready, these homes are built to keep you and the planet healthy. Saving the environment (and utility money) comes standard with Thrive.
The new homes are nicely sized from 1,100 to 1,619 square feet (the smaller plans have a generous one-car garage, the larger floorplans come with an oversized two-car garage) and nicely priced starting in the high $300s.
In other words, DoMore Rows by Thrive Home Builders are made in Colorado, for Colorado by a Colorado company.
This rendering is preliminary and subject to change.