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Our editors found future and current residents who fell in love with the quality of life that living at Painted Prairie affords. Take a moment and learn why they chose the nation’s best master-planned community to build a home and a life.
We are sure you will agree that loving where you live makes all the difference in the world for a happy, balanced life.
Taylor and her fiancé, Joshua, are future Painted Prairie residents who chose the community after spending a year hanging out with their best friends who are early residents. The couple fell in love with the neighborhood, its parks, the views, and the variety of house options.
“My favorite part of Painted Prairie is definitely the mountain views,” she said. “I feel like you can see them from almost anywhere in the neighborhood! We have always wanted to live in a neighborhood we could grow into and really feel like we are a part of, and we’ve definitely found that at Painted Prairie.”
The couple are under contract for a KB Home Villas model. The home is the perfect fit for the young couple who are busy planning their wedding and working. It was important for Taylor to grow into a community as they begin their lives together.
“We just knew we wanted to be a part of the community,” said Taylor. “We quickly fell in love with the beauty of the neighborhood, and the location, as it’s not too far from my job at Children’s Hospital. My fiance works from home, which allows him to get out and enjoy the parks on his breaks. We love and believe in Painted Prairie’s vision. We can’t wait to watch it come to life and be a part of all the fun to come!”
Was it love at first sight at Painted Prairie? For Liz and her husband, Paul, well, actually yes!
As a former Central Park resident and Realtor, Liz was already familiar with the community. As she researched Painted Prairie’s location, amenities, and builders, for her real estate clients, Liz began to daydream about living in Painted Prairie herself.
On a whim, Liz and her husband Paul, a Southwest Airlines employee, walked into the Washburn model at David Weekley Homes to ask about current inventory. The couple instantly fell in love with the layout and the surrounding amenities in the neighborhood. A day later, they learned a Washburn home was up for grabs after the original buyers canceled their contract.
“We were under contract the next morning,” said Liz. “We had no plans to move, but when the home became available, we knew it was a good decision. The floor plan checked so many boxes for our family, including a larger kitchen, dedicated office, larger bedrooms and closets, with the opportunity to design the basement in the future. With two teenage girls, we needed more space!”
The family loves the current parks and future amenities such as the dog park and Town Center – which will all be within walking distance. The added bonus? Paul’s commute is less than 15 minutes to DIA. The location, current and future amenities, and the design of the neighborhood all solidify Liz’s decision to move to Painted Prairie.
“We lived in Central Park for eight years and experienced firsthand the excitement of new parks, builders, building a home from dirt, and the idea of a community coming to fruition,” said Liz. “We were able to visualize the future of Painted Prairie and knew it was the right place for our next move.”
Painted Prairie is located near many of the major employment centers in the area, with more coming as employers move to the area. Only 17 minutes from downtown Denver, nine minutes from Anschutz Hospital, and eight minutes from DIA, the community is approximately a 15 to 20 minute drive from anywhere in the north and central Denver Metro area.
The weather may have been frightful, but the company was delightful! A cold front couldn’t stop the holiday cheer on December 5 when neighbors came together to celebrate the start of the holiday season.
Residents enjoyed hot cocoa and coffee drinks, smores by the fire, The Original Dickens Carolers, and a special guest who stole the show -- Santa!
From all of us at Painted Prairie, we wish you holidays filled with laughter, love, and treasured memories.
Without question, Painted Prairie is a special place. What makes it so special? One reason is its location. Situated just minutes from DIA and Downtown Denver, the neighborhood is the perfect place to find adventure locally or globally.
What truly makes Painted Prairie one of the best places to live in Colorado is its proximity to the arts, cultures, and cuisines of people from all over the world. More than 120 languages are spoken in Aurora, and the city is widely praised for its diversity. We are proud to be the home for many of Denver's diverse residents!
Planning a day rich in culture and history is easy in Aurora (and you will quickly realize that one day is not nearly enough to enjoy everything Aurora has to offer). It doesn’t matter if you are 2 or 82, you will find something for everyone to do in Colorado’s third largest city.
One of our favorite spots to visit is the Aurora Cultural Arts District. Home to the only cultural arts district in Colorado, the organization works to bring people together through the arts. Supporting local artists as well as immigrants, the district is home to three operating performance venues and over 50 working artists. Check out the Plan Your Visit tab for more information about current events and activities.
Recently, 5280 Magazine shared Visit Aurora’s take on what makes Aurora one of the best places to experience a global perspective right in your own backyard. Take a look, make some notes and get out and explore, and while you’re at it -- tag us on Instagram and Facebook at @paintedprairieco.
See you around town!
Photo Credit: Visit Aurora
It takes more than sticks and bricks to build a community, it takes people. In a few short months, Painted Prairie has become a great place to live, work, and build lasting friendships.
One example of this, is the recent collaboration between Centennial’s Ana’s Norwegian Bakeri and Roselle Hisbiscus Delight, an all-natural beverage company owned by Painted Prairie resident, Rosemarie Aarnes.
The two local businesswomen met while participating in Painted Prairie’s first Micro Pop-Up Market. From there, a friendship and now, business relationship grew. Ana agreed to carry Roselle’s Hisbicus drink at her bakery and the rest is small, local business matchmaking history.
“So excited to feature Sorrel by Roselle Hibiscus Delight!” said Ana in a recent social media post. “This drink reminds me of Gløgg, a traditional Christmas drink found in Norway. There is an Original option, Chia Seeds option, and Sugar-Free option. Made with Organic, Non-GMO ingredients, made locally in Colorado.”
Rosemarie is equally excited to be a part of Ana’s store. “We love Ana and her bakery,” says Rosemarie. “She is selling our drinks at her store. Like we always say, ‘Teamwork makes the dream work!”
We love it when our residents and our vendors make long last connections and friendships.
Whether you are a family of four or a family of one, Painted Prairie’s community gardens offer healthy lifestyle choices, a sense of community, and an easy way to enjoy the Colorado outdoors
Painted Prairie has two community gardens — Columbine and Indian Paintbrush Gardens. Both gardens are located within easy walking distance from anywhere in Painted Prairie. These gardens offer a place to gather, make family memories, or spend quiet time alone with your very own plot of homegrown vegetables.
Whether you are growing for your own family or to donate to a local food bank, community gardens offer more than a sustainable food source. Our community garden plots are for anyone new to urban farming and who want to connect with the outdoors in a healthy, nutritious way.
While not a new concept, community gardens are popping up all over the country, including right here in Colorado. From urban areas to the suburbs, national trends show that these small urban garden spaces are growing faster than in previous years. According to a blog post by The Trust for Public Land, in 2019, the number of community garden plots in city parks has increased 44% since the group started keeping track in 2012. Currently, there are approximately 20 community gardens in Aurora, Colorado, that provide food and community connections for residents.
It is that connection to the earth, the respite from life’s stresses, and the shear joy of growing and harvesting our own food that brings the neighborhood together at Columbine and Indian Paintbrush Gardens. Long before DIA was a blip on the radar, the early pioneers who settled this land joined together to grow their own food and live a simple, sustainable life. Our community gardens are designed to attract residents (and butterflies), and are another way Painted Prairie is tying into the agricultural roots of the community.
If you are ready to jump into urban gardening at Painted Prairie, we have a few easy steps to get you started:
If you are interested in renting a garden plot for the summer, reservations are available by contacting John with Advance HOA via email at [email protected]. Remember, gardening is fun and a great way to get to know your neighbors and enjoy the Colorado outdoors at the same time!
At Painted Prairie, we feel that anytime you move to a new home, become part of a new community, and settle into your new routines, that this is the perfect time to start new traditions. This holiday season, join us as we creatively celebrate the holiday season. Beginning later this month, all residents will become a part of Prairie Holidays, a virtual celebration of the holiday season. Stay tuned as we usher in new traditions and celebrations to make the rest of the year “Merry and Bright!”
Keep an eye on your email inbox (add Painted Prairie as a trusted sender to ensure delivery) for weekly holiday celebrations.
The Prairie Partners program grabs the top spot as the Best Broker Relations Program in the country
AURORA, COLO., March 15, 2021 — Painted Prairie’s, Prairie Partners Broker Relations program, was recognized as one of the year’s most outstanding work in residential real estate sales, marketing and design at the National Sales and Marketing Awards Ceremony (known as “The Nationals SM”), one of the building industry’s most prestigious events. Hosted by the NAHB National Sales and Marketing Council, the event took place March 5, as a virtual event with nearly 1,000 attendees.
“The Nationals are the most prestigious awards of their kind, setting the benchmark for innovation in new home design, marketing and sales,” said Angela Harris, 2020 chairperson of The Nationals. “NAHB’s commitment to recognizing originality, imagination and success has been exemplified by its award winners since the competition’s inception. “A diverse panel of industry professionals from across the country selected Gold award winners from more than 900 entries.
Painted Prairie also brought home a Silver award for its Socially-Distanced Event Series which began with its Grand Opening in 2020. According to the NAHB, 12% of entries were chosen as Silver Honorees, with 4% earning the Gold Award.
“At Painted Prairie we are dedicated to the success of our builder and broker community, this program is all about reinforcing our commitment to their mutual success,” said Cheryl Schuette, Marketing Executive for Painted Prairie. “It was an honor to receive two 2021 silver awards in the national category, and a thrill to win the Gold!”
The Prairie Partner Broker Program works to build relationships with our broker community and our builder partners. Our very own Broker Relations Ambassador, Neneh Biffinger is consistently out in the community hosting safe, socially distanced in-person, as well as virtual, events to promote the community and create a best-in-class experience for all real estate professionals.
Design and marketing services provided by Stephens Studio, Encinitas, Calif., and local agency Moxie-Sozo, Boulder, Colo., are the marketing agencies of record for Painted Prairie.
Painted Prairie is a neo-traditional design/land plan community designed by Peter Calthorpe at Calthorpe Associates, with the assistance of Mark Johnson at Civitas Denver. It is the only neo-traditional master-planned community in the northeast market of the Denver Metro Area. Painted Prairie is situated for easy commutes and access to Denver’s arts and cultural activities. Situated across the street from the Gaylord Rockies Convention Center and located halfway between Anschutz-Fitzsimmons and Denver International Airport, with easy access to the A-Line rail, E470, DIA, 56th Avenue, I-70, Downtown Denver, and I-225, the community is conveniently located from just about anywhere. Construction of Painted Prairie began upon the formal groundbreaking on September 21, 2018. Construction is slated to continue through 2030.
Painted Prairie’s High Prairie Park is more than just a playground. It is a place where all ages and abilities can play among a series of treehouses and natural landscapes. Isaac Hoff of Beanstalk Builders shares the vision and inspiration behind the Denver Metro Area’s next best community gathering place.
“As visions of Painted Prairie came to be, the focus was on creating something that the kids have never seen before. Giving them creative pause on how best to play, explore, and adventure through We also wanted to tap into the natural elements, giving the playground a natural look and feel, with the treehouses being positioned to capture the mountains and the surrounding landscape.
As the idea progressed, we also wanted to create accessibility components to enable a diverse age group and a diversity of abilities to play. As the design came to be, we began to think of ways that provoked imagination, sparking life, excitement, and growth. As we put together different elements, we created a varying array of difficulty, using each bridge and traverse as a means to build confidence. Including little touches here and there that added to the authenticity of this build.
The hope with all of this is that this sense of wonder, imagination, and growth transcends into the development of the child. Enlivening movement, fitness, mental acuity, and the purity of just having fun. Our hope, in the end, is that this playground becomes a hub for the community of Painted Prairie, a place where people laugh, play, and thrive together. In this, we feel like it will be a job well done. This is our ultimate barometer of impact. Did it create happiness? Did kids grow from it? Was it fun? Did it help bring a community together?
This playground has been a dream to build. As a kid, when I envisioned a really cool playground, I feel like it would have looked something like this. As a kid, I wasn’t able to execute that vision fully, but now with bigger tools and toys, it is great to see that vision come to fruition.” — Isaac Hoff, Beanstalk Builders