Our biggest event of the year is October 7—Prairie Harvest Fest!

At Painted Prairie, we’re pretty big on traditions. Every year since 2020, we’ve had a special tradition here that has continued to shift and evolve as the neighborhood grows -- Prairie Holidays. This year, the tradition carried on, as we welcomed a new holiday season at Painted Prairie.

Prairie Holidays has always been our way of celebrating the season, honoring the diversity of our neighbors, and bringing people together in the spirit of the holidays. Besides, what better way to celebrate the season than with your neighbors and friends? 

It was a special time where we gathered with friends for holiday cookies, s’mores by the fire pits, hot cocoa, coffee, and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. A special thank you to our sponsors - Jolynn Crownover of Compass Realty, Amanda Barry of Insured by Legacy Insurance Partners for supplying our coffee and hot cocoa -- and Ori Kouahi of US Bank Mortgage and Painted Prairie for the cookies from Gateaux Bakery.

Didn't make it to this year's Prairie Holidays event, don’t pout or cry, you have another chance to catch Santa before he gets ready for a night of preparing for gift drops! 

At that very first Prairie Holidays celebration, Santa and Mrs. Claus recorded a special message just for the neighbors at Painted Prairie. We may be guessing here, but ever since the Claus’ recorded that video, Painted Prairie has been Santa’s first Colorado stop on Christmas Eve night! Coincidence? We don't think so.

Relive that first Prairie Holidays as the jolly couple share a special moment with the Painted Prairie community by reading the holiday classic "Twas the Night before Christmas," suitable for all kids aged 1 to 100 (or older)! Share your traditions and favorite family holiday stories on Instagram or Facebook by snapping a photo, posting, and tagging Painted Prairie (@paintedprairieco on Instagram)!

The holidays are officially here and we’ve pulled together a list of the top activities to get you and yours into the holiday spirit. There’s no doubt that Aurora is just the right blend of urban amenities and natural wonders, and as the third-largest city in Colorado, it’s brimming with attractions and activities for all ages. 

Here at Painted Prairie, we’ve curated our top three must-do holiday activities to celebrate the season in Aurora – trust us, you won’t be disappointed!

Gaylord Rockies Resort – ICE! A Christmas Story

The Gaylord Resort is always up to something during the holidays, and this year is no different. Located just steps away from Painted Prairie, the Gaylord’s holiday offerings are always a hit with family and friends of all ages. 

ICE!, the annual holiday tradition at Gaylord Hotels, runs through Jan. 1, 2024. Using more than two million pounds - or 1,000 tons - of ice, the Warner Bros. holiday classic, ‘A Christmas Story™' is brought to life in ice sculpture form by a team of 40 world-class ice artisans from Harbin, China. The holiday celebration continues with performances from “Cirque: Spirit of Christmas,” ice slides, Christmas activities and a visit from Santa Claus.

In addition to the amazing ice sculptures, guests can also take rides down the two-story-tall ice slides and traverse through ice tunnels and arches. The ICE! experience concludes in a separate area dedicated to the Nativity scene, meticulously carved, and shaped in a dramatic display of crystal-clear ice.

“Cirque: Spirit of Christmas” returns for another year with dazzling costumes, breathtaking aerial performances, and feats that defy gravity. The original Gaylord Hotels production will feature high-flying stunts, acrobatic feats, elaborate staging, and a dramatic musical score directed by renowned Broadway Director Neil Goldberg. 

For tickets, more information, or to book an overnight stay, guests may visit ChristmasatGaylordRockies.com. Painted Prairie residents with access to the Painted Prairie app can get 20% off admission to ICE! A Christmas Story, and Cirque: Spirit of Christmas by logging in and clicking the Steals & Deals button for more information.

Camp Christmas – Stanley Marketplace

It’s quite possibly the quirkiest holiday tradition in Colorado. Camp Christmas is back at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. Brought to you by Hanzon Studios and Denver Center of Performing Arts (DCPA) Off-Center, Camp Christmas is open through December 24. 

Immerse yourself in a 15,000-square-foot, 360-degree kaleidoscope of yuletide cheer with just the right amount of camp; it’s everything you love about the holidays wrapped into one sparkling experience.

At Camp Christmas, you can leave your worries behind, discover your holiday superpower, visit Santa, and sample craft cocktails from the Base Camp and Fairy Bars. You can wander through a surreal mashup of nostalgic scenes, scratch your head at playful pun trees, and, most importantly, reconnect with the joy of the season. 

For more information and to buy tickets, click here. All ages are welcome. Children 2 and under are free. Everyone must have a ticket.

The Pond Ice Rink at Southlands

There’s something about a wintertime open-air skate sesh that just gives us all the holiday feels (and chills). The Pond at Southlands is one of Aurora’s holiday and winter traditions perfect for any age and ability. Open through February 25, you can ice skate all the way through Valentine’s Day. Advance session tickets are available for $14. To make a reservation, click here.

After your skate, head over to one of the fire pits located along S. Main Street and warm up with family and friends, or stop in to grab a bite or sip at one of the many amazing restaurants throughout Southlands Mall. Don’t forget the shops! Snag those last minute gifts for your holiday gift lists. Southlands Mall is located at 6155 S. Main St., Suite 260 Aurora, Colorado 80016. 


Looking for a bit more choices for holiday activities? Check out this list from Visit Aurora for more holiday fun.

Welcome to The Greenway! This charming park not only serves as the primary connector between the future Pioneer Park and the future Town Center but also offers a range of fun and engaging amenities designed with residents in mind. Phase I is now open and residents are already taking advantage of the ping pong, chess, and bocce ball courts along its path.

The park boasts a shaded pavilion for meeting with friends, and a community garden where residents can grow vegetables, fruit or flowers. Each outdoor space is thoughtfully created to bring neighbors together and provide a space to relax, play, or exercise.

The Greenway is a linear park, designed to create walkable paths and encourage physical activity for residents and visitors. In addition to supporting personal mobility and active recreation, linear parks like Painted Prairie’s The Greenway, provide additional access to green spaces, play areas, and community gathering spots that enhance the outdoor spaces along one of Painted Prairie’s major streets. 

At completion, The Greenway will be one of the best ways to walk, bike or jog to Town Center Park, Pioneer Park, and the many other parks in the Painted Prairie system. The park is located along 63rd Ave. and currently extends west toward the future Town Center. 

The Greenway is more than just a park; it's a new hub for getting together and hanging out with family and neighbors. So, grab your skates, your jogging shoes, or your scooter, and head to The Greenway!

This time of year, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the blessings in our lives. It's a season of gathering with loved ones, savoring delicious meals, and counting our many reasons to be grateful. 

In a special look into the traditions and thoughtful reflection on the theme of gratitude, Painted Prairie residents Jacci Cradle and Gabriele Dos Santos Prasse remind us that cultivating a spirit of gratitude and holding onto family traditions, is not just a once a year “thing.” It takes practice and a whole lot of honing in on what is truly important in life. Both women were kind enough to speak with us in greater detail about what this time of year looks like for them and their families.

Jacci Cradle

What traditions do you cherish during this time of year? How do you celebrate these traditions?

Traditions during this time of year are very important to my family. We cherish coming together to celebrate with loved ones, sharing meals, and giving back to the community. One of our cherished traditions is volunteering at local organizations, like food banks or shelters, to support those in need. We also enjoy decorating our home, spending time with family and friends. These traditions reinforce the values of giving, togetherness, and community, which are so important to us.

What are you grateful for this year? What brings you joy during the holiday season and throughout the year?

I am profoundly grateful for the love and support of my family, the opportunity to make a positive impact on people's lives through various means, and for the chance to meet and connect with people from all walks of life. What brings me joy during the holiday season and throughout the year is seeing the spirit of kindness and generosity in people, especially young people, who are actively engaged in their communities and working towards a better future. Their energy and determination remind me of the limitless potential in our society.

What makes Painted Prairie feel like home for you and your family?

Painted Prairie has become a place that feels like home for my family because of the strong sense of community and the diverse and inclusive atmosphere. It's a place where we can connect with neighbors, support local businesses, and truly feel like we belong. The shared values of unity, diversity, and sustainability in the community align with what our family holds dear. It's a place where children can thrive, and we can contribute positively to the community.

How do you cultivate a habit of gratitude not only in November but throughout the entire year?

Cultivating a habit of gratitude is not something that should be limited to just November or the holiday season. Throughout the entire year, my family and I make it a point to reflect on our blessings regularly. We do this by keeping a gratitude journal, sharing what we're thankful for during family dinners, and making an effort to express our appreciation to those around us. Acts of kindness and giving back to the community, whether through volunteering or other means, are also essential for fostering a sense of gratitude throughout the year. This practice reminds us of the importance of empathy, compassion, and working together for a better world.

Gabriele Dos Santos Prasse

What traditions do you cherish during this time of year? How do you celebrate these traditions?

The Thanksgiving tradition is one of our favorites. We celebrate with delicious food around friends and family.

What are you grateful for this year? What brings you joy during the holiday season and throughout the year?

We're thankful for officially moving to Colorado (4 months ago) and finding a great community to settle in. What brings us joy? Being able to do what we love and care for our family!

What makes Painted Prairie feel like home for you and your family?

We love being in an active community that brings us together at the different events throughout the year. We have been fortunate to enjoy the farmers markets, the neighborhood BBQ, the pancake breakfast, the family painting class, movies at the park and the Fall Festival! Our son and dog also love all the parks!

How do you cultivate a habit of gratitude not only in November but throughout the entire year?

We make time for uninterrupted family dinners and give thanks for those moments!

At Painted Prairie, we strive to promote a community of kindness and encourage our residents to extend that kindness beyond our neighborhood borders. We will continue to share stories about the people of Painted Prairie, our community, and what makes living here so special.

It was a beautiful day for the fourth annual Prairie Harvest Fest. The sun was shining, the fall vibes were vibing, and the community spirit was soaring as Painted Prairie's Prairie Harvest Fest kicked off October. With over 2,000 attendees, High Prairie Park was hopping with activity offering a day filled with fun, food, and fantastic memories.

One of the highlights of the day was our first-ever costume contest. The creativity and effort put into these costumes were nothing short of astounding. From adorable kids to adults who unleashed their inner superheroes (and more), the contest brought an extra layer of excitement to the event.

Foodies were in for a treat, with amazing food trucks serving up delectable delights, catering to every palate. From savory to sweet, there was something for everyone.

The open-air market featured 25+ vendors, showcasing local artisans and fresh produce. Shoppers had a chance to explore a wide range of products, from handcrafted jewelry to soaps and plants, making it the perfect opportunity to support local businesses.

The day was made possible by our generous sponsors. We thank Visit Aurora, Gaylord Rockies Resort, US Bank, Prairie Pediatrics, Focus Real Estate, and Exit Realty for their contributions that helped make Prairie Harvest Fest a day to remember.

Looking ahead, we can't wait to see you all next year. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates on our upcoming summer event series. We'll be back with more fun, more memories, and a bigger celebration of our amazing community. Thank you for being a part of Painted Prairie's Prairie Harvest Fest.

See you next year!

We have some "paw-some" news about Prairie Paws Park...it's OFFICIALLY OPEN! Located on E. 61st Drive, and close to the future Pioneer Park, Prairie Paws Park is an exciting new spot for canine fun that caters to dogs of all sizes. We can't wait to see all the fur babies out there enjoying our latest amenity.

Prairie Paws Park is the place for fun and excitement for dogs of all sizes. From spacious play areas to comfortable seating and shade structures, this park is just another great amenity to add to the list of amazing spaces at Painted Prairie.

Small and Large Dog Play Areas

Recognizing the diverse needs and play styles of our furry friends, Prairie Paws Park includes separate play areas for small and large dogs. This thoughtful division ensures a safe and enjoyable environment for all our Painted Prairie pups. Small dogs can frolic and socialize with dogs their own size, while larger breeds can indulge in energetic romps without inhibitions

Shade Structures

Prairie Paws Park is designed with comfort for both dogs and humans. The park features a couple of benches so you can keep an eye on your pets at play. In addition, sail shade structures provide ample shade during sunny days, creating a cool and sheltered space for dogs and people to beat the heat.

Play Logs and Stumps

To stimulate dogs' natural instincts and offer them a sense of adventure, Prairie Paws Park incorporates play logs and stumps into its design. These natural elements introduce a touch of the prairie, inviting dogs to jump, climb, and explore their surroundings. 

Synthetic Turf

We recognize the importance of maintaining a clean and safe environment for our furry friends. To ensure optimal hygiene and durability, Prairie Paws Park features a synthetic turf surface. This specialized turf not only provides a soft and comfortable area for dogs to play and run on but also enables easy maintenance and upkeep. Say goodbye to muddy paws and hello to a clean and easy play experience in all weather conditions!

With its carefully designed features such as separate play areas, comfortable seating, natural play elements, synthetic turf, and a concrete track, this park offers something for every dog and their owner. Whether you're seeking socialization, exercise, or a moment of rest, Prairie Paws Park is the go-to destination for you and your furry companions.

So, gear up, leash up, and get ready to embark on exciting adventures with your pups at Prairie Paws Park!

In the ever-evolving landscape of real estate, the decision to purchase a home is a significant one. Timing plays a pivotal role in ensuring a sound investment that brings value as it appreciates over time. Historically, home ownership has always been a hedge against inflation, and offers the stability of a set monthly housing payment. Your monthly housing payment is making an investment in your own asset. Something you don’t get by renting.

Market Conditions

Inflation impacts the cost of rents as well as interest rates on mortgages. The advantages of investing in a new home, such as stability, tax benefits, and – everyone’s favorite, building wealth over time – are hard to deny when choosing whether to rent or buy a new home.

New Home Features & Benefits

New construction homes, often built with modern amenities and energy-efficient features, are expected to offer lasting value. These modern features save you money, lower your utility bills, and feature the best in interior home design. Resale home inventory remains low, but new home inventory is available and ready for new buyers to move in. 

Another key factor in considering buying a new home construction home is that most new home communities are located in amazing up and coming areas. Painted Prairie is located in one of the fastest growing markets in the Denver Metro Area. The aerotropolis area is slated to bring thousands of new jobs, new ways to travel, and new opportunities to live, work, and play not seen in other areas of the country. You don’t want to miss out on buying when the community is growing. Median appreciation in the Denver Metro area is at 6%. Now is the time to gain optimal appreciation to help you reach your financial goals.

New materials and construction techniques contribute to a reduced likelihood of repairs and replacements. When buying new construction, builders typically offer warranties on various components of the home, providing you with peace of mind and potential cost savings in the long run.

New construction homes are designed with advanced insulation, HVAC systems, and energy-efficient appliances, resulting in lower utility bills and a reduced carbon footprint. Additionally, these homes often come equipped with smart home technology, allowing you to control various aspects of your home remotely. These features not only enhance your quality of life but also contribute to long-term cost savings.

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Financing and Interest Rates

The current lending landscape, and builder incentives are other factors that make now an optimal time for investing in a new construction home. Many homebuilders are buying down rates, and offering closing incentives to help people get into a new home. 

While interest rates may seem relatively high compared to the historic lows of 2020 and 2021, the rates are a lot less than the 10-12% interest rates of 30 to 40 years ago. In fact, today’s rates are still relatively low from a historical standpoint. Our home builders work with preferred lenders who can help you secure a mortgage at a favorable interest rate now, and help set a strategy to help you refinance in the future. 

Many realtors and real estate experts stress the importance of buying now versus waiting for “interest rates to go down.” Why? Because chances are interest rates are likely to go up again over the next few quarters in an effort to stave off inflation. Once things settle, rates will eventually come down and you will be ready to refinance, and have the one thing that every homeowner wants – equity

Home prices also continue to go up, even though prices have recently improved in the Denver Metro area. The moral of the story is that you can’t time the market. It just doesn’t pay to wait. Get in and gain equity to help you reach your future goals – pay off debt, save, buy a bigger home (when the time is right) – all to help you secure your financial future.

Want to see how far your money could go if you bought now versus three years from now? Check out this analysis by Nicole Rueth, SVP of The Rueth Team with Movement Mortgage. For example: If you were to wait three years to buy a $600,000 home in Adams County (the county where Painted Prairie is located) it would cost you $106,780. This includes annual loss in cash flow, loss of property appreciation, and amortization lost in just 3 years vs. buying now.

Now more than ever, it is a great time to consider buying a home today, versus waiting.

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about Painted Prairie’s builder incentives, visit our Inventory page to connect with one of our seven world-class builders. Click on a house for more information, and you will be redirected right to the builder to schedule a tour, get more information on the home, or sign up for an interest list. 

Happy house hunting!

We have exciting news! Three homebuilder model homes will join Berkeley Homes’ models on North Lisbon Street in September. Located across the street from the future Town Center, these model homes feature indoor/outdoor living, amazing floor plans, and plenty of room to gather with family and friends. You’ll definitely want to check out what’s happening on N. Lisbon Street on the weekend of September 23-24, 2023!

The New Home Co. will debut its Plan 2 model at 6196 N. Lisbon St., Aurora, CO 80019. Starting at $515,990, the two-story Plan 2 features 1,643 sq. ft. filled with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a 2-car alley load garage. All six of New Home Co. Woodrose plans range from 1,288 sq. ft. to 2,190 sq. ft. have designed great home plans for working professionals, empty nesters, and families too.

Remington Homes will move its sales center to its newest model, The Chickadee at 6048 N. Lisbon St. Starting at $613,000 the two-story Chickadee features 2,565 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a 2-car alley-load garage, and a home office. Front yard landscaping is included, with the option to include a finished basement during buildout.

Meritage Homes is also moving its sales center and Woodland and Orchard models right around the corner to 6362 and 6364 N. Lisbon St. These two-story townhomes range from 1,487 to 1,874 sq. ft., with alley-load garages and are steps away from the future Town Center.

Along with Berkeley Homes’ two models – Residence 2 and Residence 3, these additions to Lisbon Street offer new options for those seeking a place to call home at Painted Prairie. 

Watch our social posts, or sign up for our newsletter (check the bottom of this page to sign up) to stay in the know about all things Painted Prairie. You don't want to miss our next model home Grand Opening celebration happening September 23 and 24, 2023 on N. Lisbon Street at Painted Prairie. Want to see even more model homes? Check out our Explore Homebuilders page to find the perfect builder for you and your family.

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