Music in the Park ft. SOUL SCHOOL (FREE) on 6/21 from 7-9pm. Good tunes & a food truck!

The first annual Spirit of Excellence Awards ceremony was a huge success thanks to our hundreds of dedicated real estate brokers and builder sales community. The purpose of this yearly ceremony is to acknowledge, thank, and show our support and dedication to these incredible people helping to make Painted Prairie the best community near Denver!

Now, let’s highlight our winners!

Prairie Partner of the Year Award: The Kearns Team, Realty ONE Group Five Star – Michael and Diana Kearns

• Million Dollar Club (Highest Closed Volume): Michael Kearns, Realty ONE Group Five Star

Leaderboard Club (Most Points): Michael Kearns, Realty ONE Group Five Star

• High Five Award (Five or More Home Sales): TIE for The Lassen Team – Metro Brokers & Kari Cummings – TJC Real Estate

• Brokers’ Choice (Top Builder Sales Associate): Linda Casey, Meritage Homes

• Builders’ Choice (Top Prairie Partner): AJ Moreno, Keller Williams Realty

• Social Director Award: Ashley Faller, Focus Real Estate

Congratulations to these individuals for all of your hard work and continued support for the community.

Any real estate brokers looking to get more involved in Painted Prairie, please visit the Brokers page for more information.

Here are just a handful of photos from this incredible event!

Congratulations to Deb Goetz of Denver Boulder Real Estate for her appearance on the January Prairie Partner Leaderboard. As a huge Painted Prairie advocate and community partner, it is surprising that Deb had not won our Leaderboard before now. She has successfully grown her 20+ year real estate business through referrals and repeat clients and we are grateful to have her as our partner.

“I enjoy bringing my homebuyer clients to Painted Prairie for the reputable builders in affordable price points, the wonderful upcoming community amenities and those views! Wow!”

Congratulations to Vanessa Thomas-Jones of Brokers Guild Cherry Creek as she debuts on the Prairie Partners March Leaderboard

Vanessa has been a Realtor for over 23 years, lived through the varied real estate economies, and is certain real estate is the one area which helps people build wealth. She takes care of her buyers and sellers, while specializing in first-time homebuyers, military, estate, and new home sales. We are excited to have her as our newest addition to the Leaderboard and member of our Prairie Partners.

April Denmon, of Denmon Realty is our February Prairie Partners Leaderboard Spotlight recipient. April is a Denver native, has been a Realtor for 18 years, and is soon to be one of Painted Prairie’s newest residents. She actively promotes our community to her clients, has consistently attended our events, and shares her time and insight to continue our neighborhood’s progress as a wonderful place to live.

“I know Painted Prairie is the next up-and-coming, hottest area to live in! I’ve sold two already in Painted Prairie , two more clients have chosen homes to purchase, and one more is in the process! I’ve also invested in the neighborhood and love my Ignite Elevated by Epic Homes!”

Congrats April on making it onto the Prairie Partners Leaderboard!

The Nationals awards program is the largest and most prestigious homebuilding awards competition for the homebuilding industry

AURORA, COLO., Dec. 17, 2020 — Painted Prairie, a neo-traditional master-planned community in Aurora, secured two silver awards by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) for its Prairie Partner Broker Program and its Socially Distanced Opening events. The recognition was part of The Nationals awards program, the largest and most prestigious homebuilding awards competition in North America. Since 1982, the Nationals has celebrated North America’s best new-home sales and marketing and recognizes outstanding achievements in 12 categories. 

“The Nationals is the ‘Best-in-Class’ awards program for our industry,” said Cheryl Schuette, Marketing Executive for Painted Prairie. “It is an honor to receive two 2021 silver awards in a competition with so many wonderful communities across the country. We are proud of our collective efforts and look forward to the gold awards ceremony in February.”

The Prairie Partner Broker Program – Best Realtor/Broker Program and the Painted Prairie Best Special Event Series – Best Special Promotion Limited Time Sales Event, placed in the top five among entries from across the country. Stephens Studio, Encinitas, Calif., and local Moxie-Sozo, Boulder, Colo., are the agencies of record for Painted Prairie. 

The Nationals awards program is presented by the National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC), a council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB, the Nationals showcases winners in distinguished national, regional, and local publications. The NAHB of the United States strives to protect the American Dream of housing opportunities for all, while working to achieve professional success for its members who build communities, create jobs and strengthen our economy.

To learn more about The Nationals awards program, visit To learn more about Painted Prairie, visit

About 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.

Media Contact: Michelle Tripp; [email protected]; 303-319-9669

A big congratulations and shout out to Kari Cummings of TJC Real Estate for her recognition as November’s Prairie Partner Program Leaderboard spotlight. As an active Realtor and Brokerage Owner, Kari has personally found homes for her clients, and enthusiastically promotes Painted Prairie to the brokers in her firm, encouraging them to take advantage of all our community offers.

Congratulations Eric Brown of HomeSmart Cherry Creek, the Prairie Partner Program October Leaderboard Spotlight. As a new Prairie Partner, Eric has become familiar with our current and future amenities, engages with our builder sales teams, and is eager to share Painted Prairie and everything we have to offer with all of his homebuyer clients.

Congratulations Diana Kerns of Realty ONE Group Premier for being named the Prairie Partners September Leaderboard Spotlight. As a soon-to-be homeowner in our neighborhood, Diana has a vested interest in our community, the residents, and amazing amenities (current and future). Her enthusiasm is evident in her choice of photo location, attendance at every event, and promotion with current and future neighbors to engage and connect with our community.

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