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New Home Build at Painted Prairie Community Will Provide Opportunity and Hope for Individuals Living with Disabilities

Last month, nearly 100 people gathered under the pavilion at High Prairie Park at the Painted Prairie community in northeast Denver. They were there to learn more about the 2022 Inspiration House, a collaboration between KB Home, a Denver area homebuilder, and its trade partners, whose donations or discounted services and materials significantly reduce the cost of the home build. The proceeds from the sale of the new home are then donated to Home Builders Foundation (HBF), a nonprofit organization that completes free home modifications year-round to help elevate the lives of individuals with disabilities.


2022 Inspiration House association and trade partners break ground on the new KB Home at Painted Prairie.

The house being built by KB Home at Painted Prairie is the eighth Inspiration House undertaken since the program began in 2003. The previous seven homes have together raised more than $700,000, which has helped HBF complete home modifications for nearly 2,000 individuals living with physical disabilities.

Among the speakers was Chris Layne, Miss Wheelchair Colorado 2020–21. Layne, a former nurse who was paralyzed while hiking in Clear Creek Canyon, shared the importance of the work done by HBF. After undergoing months of rehabilitation and adjusting to life in a wheelchair, Layne experienced true anxiety when she learned she was about to be discharged from Craig Hospital. Picturing the steps that led into the home that she’d lived in for more than 20 years and the second-floor bathroom, Layne was concerned that she’d never be able to live independently again. Fortunately, her family contacted HBF, who built ramps leading into the house, installed a stair lift, replaced flooring and created an accessible bathroom so that the home was ready for Layne when she was discharged. Layne explained how the modifications elevated every aspect of her life, saying, “With Home Builders Foundation allowing me to get that independence with my disability, I am able to do so much. I look at it as not what I can’t do, but what I can still do with my independence and my life.”


Chris Layne addresses trade partners at the 2022 Inspiration House groundbreaking event.

Randy Carpenter, President of KB Home’s Colorado division, has been involved with HBF for years and shared that being the sponsoring homebuilder for the 2022 Inspiration House is the perfect fit for the company’s values.


Randy Carpenter, President of KB Home's Colorado Division, visits with an Inspiration House trade partner during the May 18 event at Painted Prairie.

“Through our KB Cares program, we strive to invest in the communities where we build, work and live. We believe that we can drive change and have a positive impact on the lives of others,” stated Carpenter. “Last year, we donated more than $1 million, and our employees volunteered over 1,200 hours in communities across the country. We are proud to partner with HBF and lead the efforts to make a real difference for individuals and families living with long-term disabilities.”

The 2022 Inspiration House, which has already been sold, is expected to be completed in late fall. The new home blends attractive design features and includes three bedrooms, a loft, spacious den and large great room that flows seamlessly into the open kitchen. The 2,300-square-foot, two-story home sits on a corner homesite and offers breathtaking mountain views.

As with all KB homes, the Inspiration House will be ENERGY STAR® certified and include WaterSense® labeled fixtures, which will help to deliver significant savings on utility bills. Additionally, the home will be designed to deliver an enhanced indoor environment and include high-performance ventilation systems, low- or zero-VOC products and other features guided by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor airPLUS standards.

During the gathering, the Developers of Painted Prairie generously announced that they would be donating the entire cost of the homesite to the 2022 Inspiration House. Other trade partners in attendance eagerly joined in; to date, more than 20 partners have already signed on to donate or discount their labor and/or materials for this year’s Inspiration House.

Dave Highfield, Principal of Fortress Framing, announced his company’s commitment and encouraged others to join by saying, “Because we’re all in this together, our donations and contributions multiply. By the end of the project, we’re not just helping one family, we’re helping scores of families living with a disability.”

HBF has seen a significant rise in demand as more people with long-term physical disabilities are requesting services. The funds raised from this year’s Inspiration House will help HBF complete an estimated 280 projects this year — all of which will enable individuals with disabilities to live more comfortably, safely and independently.

When neighbors become friends, Kristin Walter knows she did a great job. In fact, that IS Kristin’s job. Beginning March 2022, she joins the team at Advance HOA as the Lifestyle Director at Painted Prairie. Her role is to coordinate curated, resident-focused activities that make Painted Prairie a special place to call home.

Picture of Kristin Walter, Lifestyle Director at Painted Prairie

“Painted Prairie is not a come home, lock the door, and “hide inside” type of community,” says Kristin. “It’s a place where you are excited to come home after work, drop off your stuff and head out to meet up with your neighbors and friends. It’s my job to make sure that you have those opportunities to meet new friends and connect as a community.”

Kristin has worked for other communities where she has seen neighborhood connections thrive and relationships flourish when people get together under a common interest. She wants to bring that same spirit to Painted Prairie.

“We already have a vibrant events calendar that draws our residents and future neighbors to the community,” says Kristin. “Book clubs and game nights are definitely on the list. I want to challenge the Painted Prairie residents into thinking about broadening our interests and forming charter clubs that take us out of the neighborhood and into the mountains, or out on the trails.”

Painted Prairie is already home to a few different meetups and hobby-based clubs. From gardening to wine nights, and the list is growing. If you are interested in starting a club, new activity, or a neighborhood meetup, contact Kristin at 303-482-2213 ext. 240, or kristin.walter@advancehoa.com for assistance.

First it was Denver Metro’s Community of the Year – Now, it’s the NATIONAL Community of the Year. Painted Prairie takes the Gold for Community of the Year, Best Landscape of a Community, and Best Signage at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)’s The Nationals awards competition.

Painted Prairie Named Community of the Year

Well, It’s official! Painted Prairie is the national Community of the Year. The neighborhood won seven awards at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)’s “The Nationals.” The gold awards were presented at the International Builder Show on February 8, 2022, in Orlando, Florida.

“To be recognized locally, and now nationally as the Community of the Year is a tremendous honor,” says Chris Fellows, President of Painted Prairie. “Out of nearly 1,200 entries a mere 12% earn Silver Awards and less than 6% earn Gold Awards. To take home seven awards at a competition of this caliber is incredible. We are extremely honored and humbled to be named Community of the Year and to bring this best-in-class community to the City of Aurora – and the state of Colorado for our current and future residents.”

As part of the selection process, The Nationals Silver Award winners are the top vote recipients in each category and are the finalists for the Gold Awards. In total, Painted Prairie received three Gold Awards – Community of the Year, Best Landscape of a Community, and Best Signage; and four Silver Awards – Best Brochure, Best Realtor/Broker Program, Best Special Promotion (Event Series); and Best Use of Technology (Painted Prairie App). 

In 2021, Painted Prairie took top honors as Community of the Year at the Denver Marketing and Merchandising Excellence Awards (MAME) awards ceremony. As a finalist in 10 of the 11 categories entered at MAME, Painted Prairie took home Best Innovative Use of Technology (Painted Prairie App) and Best Signage. The MAME Awards are typically seen as the precursor to the NAHB’s The Nationals, the largest and most prestigious awards competition in the home building industry.

The Nationals showcases the most exciting trends in New Homes Sales and Marketing throughout North America. The competition honors the best in the building industry – including home builders, developers, associates, and consultants – for their determination, integrity, creativity, and endurance. A diverse panel of industry professionals selected the 2022 Gold Award winners from almost 1,200 entries.

These wins at The Nationals competition solidify Painted Prairie’s reputation as the best-of-the-best communities in the nation. With eight world-class builders and hundreds of residents happily calling Painted Prairie home, and with more residential options and a state-of-the-art Town Center coming soon, this community is taking the Northeast Market to new heights. 

We invite you to stop by and see what makes us the Community of Year – locally AND nationally.

Painted Prairie also takes top honors for Best Innovative Use of Technology and Best Signage  

AURORA, COLO., Dec. 6, 2021 — Earlier this year, Colorado’s home building community came together at the MAME Awards on November 6 to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers and colleagues throughout the state. Painted Prairie took top honors in three categories to solidify its position as one of the best neighborhoods in Colorado.

During the event, Painted Prairie was awarded the coveted 2021 Community of the Year Award along with the Best innovative Use of Technology for its app, and Best Signage. In total, Painted Prairie walked away as a finalist in 10 categories. The MAME Awards are typically seen as the precursor to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) The Nationals Awards. The Nationals Awards event is the largest and most prestigious awards competition in the home building industry. Last year, Painted Prairie brought home two Silver Awards from The Nationals for its Prairie Partner Broker Program and its socially distanced Grand Opening Event.

“The Community of The Year recognition is one of the most sought-after awards for new communities in Colorado. These recognitions represent a year of passionate commitment from the Painted Prairie team to continue to deliver a best-in-class community for the City of Aurora and current and future residents here,” says Chris Fellows, President of Painted Prairie. “Our team works tirelessly throughout the year to create this amazing neo-traditional community and to offer a unique and captivating experience for homebuyers.”

About Painted Prairie

Painted Prairie is a neo-traditional master-planned community in the Denver Metro area featuring eight world-class builders. Hundreds of residents are already happily calling Painted Prairie home and with more residential options and a state-of-the-art Town Center coming soon, this community is taking the northeast market to new heights. Painted Prairie is situated across the street from the Gaylord Rockies Resort 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. To learn more about Painted Prairie, visit https://lifeatpaintedprairie.com/

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Media Contact:

Michelle Tripp

michelle@hipcatmediallc.com

303-319-9669

More choices, more great things happening as Berkeley Homes, Parkwood Homes and Remington Homes join the neighborhood’s best-in-class lineup of new homebuilders

AURORA, COLO., April 30, 2021 — Painted Prairie, one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Colorado, welcomes three new homebuilders to the community. Denver-based, new home brand Berkeley Homes; family-owned Parkwood Homes of Maryland; and homegrown Colorado builder, Remington Homes, are set to break ground on their new model homes later this summer.

Featured photos are from a different community, and are meant to be conceptual. Painted Prairie homes will have some of the same characteristics, but will be designed specifically for our community. (Photo courtesy of Remington Homes)
Featured photos are from a different community, and are meant to be conceptual. Painted Prairie homes will have some of the same characteristics, but will be designed specifically for our community. (Photo courtesy of Parkwood Homes)
Featured homes are from a different community and are meant to be conceptual. Painted Prairie homes may have some of the same characteristics, but will be designed specifically for our community. (Photo courtesy of Berkeley Homes)

Epic HomesKB Home Single FamilyKB Home Villas, and McStain Neighborhoods will continue to build their highly successful product lines at Painted Prairie. All model homes are anticipated to begin construction this summer.

“By offering today’s new home buyers more choices in terms of price, architectural style, and living options, we are offering a place you can call home for years to come,” says Chris Fellows, Developer for Painted Prairie. “We provide the ultimate opportunity for anyone who wants to live, work and play in a community that mirrors their values and hopes for the future. The addition of these new homebuilders to our already stellar lineup of Colorado’s best builders, furthers our commitment to welcoming everyone home to Painted Prairie.”

About Painted Prairie

Painted Prairie is a neo-traditional design/land plan community designed by Peter Calthorpe at Calthorpe Associates, in collaboration with 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. To learn more about Painted Prairie visit lifeatpaintedprairie.com.

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Media Contact:

Michelle Tripp

press@hipcatmedia.com

303-319-9669

AURORA, Colo., November 19, 2020 — According to a recent data report by Metro Study, the leading provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing and residential construction industry, Painted Prairie, a neo-traditional, master-planned community in Aurora, landed in the top 10 for home sales in master-planned communities in the Denver Metro Area with 195 sales as of the end of October 2020. The community opened March 2020 with five homebuilders and 13 model homes.   

“With the help of our incredible lineup of homebuilders and the tenacity of our sales teams, we have not only found great demand for our variety of home choices, but we have seen our significant focus on our parks and opens spaces come to life,” said Chris Fellows, President of Painted Prairie. “More than 80 families (and counting) now live in Painted Prairie. I am proud of our partners and what we were able to accomplish this year. I look forward to what we will achieve in 2021.” 

The Painted Prairie community is the only other Colorado community designed by the same team – Civitas and Calthorpe & Associates who successfully transformed Stapleton Airport into a world-renowned success urban redevelopment now known as Central Park. The most impressive thing to note about Painted Prairie, besides it’s amazing views of the City and Mountains is the 30+Acres of amazing parks and open space that have been activated this year.

“It’s really important to me and my company that the communities in which we build are complements to the homes we build – they have to be that same caliber,” said Chris Presley, President and Founder of Epic Homes, a boutique homebuilder in the Denver Metro Area. “I had not seen anything like that in this part of the market until I was introduced to Painted Prairie. I choose to stay disciplined and stay with the A+ communities and I can say that about Painted Prairie.”

Making the top 10 list is quite an accomplishment for a new master-planned community that opened right before Colorado’s COVID-19 restrictions took effect. The success can be traced to the Painted Prairie unique partnership program between the broker community, the homebuilders and the developers. To learn more about Painted Prairie, visit www.lifeatpaintedprairie.com

Directions to Painted Prairie

The Painted Prairie Community is directly across the street from the Gaylord Resort. Enter via 64th (From E-470) or via 56th on Picadilly Road. 6000 Picadilly Road, Aurora, CO 80019.


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, press@hipcatmedia.com or 303.319.9669

Please join us in welcoming Neneh Biffinger as Painted Prairie’s new Broker Relations Ambassador. With more than 15 years of real estate, sales, and business development experience under her belt, Neneh is leading the fulfillment of our Prairie Partner Program. Her energy and passion for connecting and forging relationships with brokers from across the Denver Metro Area, coupled with her tenacious work ethic, has proven to be an invaluable asset to the Painted Prairie team.

I am excited to be a part of the Painted Prairie community,” says Neneh. “This is a unique neighborhood, and it has been fun for me to bring our brokers and real estate agents together in such an amazing environment. The community truly sells itself. Seeing really is believing; and I invite you to come see for yourself.”

Contact Neneh Biffinger for more information regarding participation in the Painted Prairie Partner program at nbiffinger@lifeatpaintedprairie.com or on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nenehbiffinger/.

What is the Prairie Partners Program?

The Prairie Partners Program is designed to form lasting relationships with registered real estate professionals, agents, and Brokers by providing them with rewards and incentives, marketing opportunities, and a team comprised of homebuilders and a developer that is dedicated to their success.

From connecting and growing with real estate industry leaders, to earning points and perks for simply being a member — Together, we make dreams possible.

Meritage Homes is proud to announce its beautiful new community Painted Prairie in Aurora. This vibrant new community features townhomes that are available in three stunning floorplans and start from the low $300s. Each energy-efficient home is nestled in a convenient location — three miles east of Pena Boulevard on East 56th Avenue and only ten minutes from Denver International Airport. Beginning Saturday, March 28, you can set a personalized appointment to view our beautiful new models.

To learn more about Meritage Homes at Painted Prairie, visit www.meritagehomes.com

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. 

To learn more about The Nationals awards program, visit www.thenationals.com. To learn more about Painted Prairie, visit www.lifeatpaintedprairie.com

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

michelle@hipcatmediallc.com

303-319-9669

There are lots of apartment dwellers peering into the new year who are wishing they could escape their rental world for something attainably priced that they can own — exactly the profile of buyers who have been quick to take advantage of KB Home’s new Villas designs at Painted Prairie near DIA.

PAINTED PRAIRIE BY KB HOME

KB Home’s Villa Collection is comprised of paired homes — sometimes called “single-family attached” — that offer a huge jump in quality of life for anyone coming out of an apartment. 

At Painted Prairie, a master-planned community now open south of East 64th Avenue on Picadilly Road, they’re wrapped in trails and amenities including a 22-acre community park already visible, with playgrounds, picnic tables, and a community garden; with an urban town center planned to have a fitness center, unique retail and dining.

“These are buyers that definitely don’t want a condo or apartment,” says Randy Carpenter, division president at KB Home Colorado.

He adds that some early buyers have also gone to families moving up or re-sizing from older houses in nearby areas like Green Valley Ranch. Carpenter notes that KB Home sales representatives priced out monthly costs for one of these for a buyer coming from an apartment along the DIA freeway, and found that the cost was pretty much the same as she was paying to rent.

These start at $345,000 — a real price that will get you in with air conditioning, privacy fence and KB Home’s energy features already included.

You’ll tour two model homes that have size and brightness that sets them apart from typically attached home concepts — including a Cypress plan, offering a choice of three or four bedrooms and 2-1/2 or 3-1/2 baths, 1,430 square feet of finished space and a two-car attached garage. Basements are available as an option.

If you like the looks of these, KB Home has a roomier Walnut design that’s ready to go now, with three bedrooms plus a loft, a main floor den, showing 1,883 square feet of finished space, priced at $409,000.

If you have time for a plan to be built from scratch, KB Home can show you a number of sites available now that face onto that Painted Prairie community park, where you could personalize your home using the KB Home Studio and its professional design consultants to bring your ideas to life. 

Painted Prairie’s location is attracting sales from members of flight crews out of nearby DIA, as well as from other airport staff and from the Gaylord Rockies Resort. The Fitzsimons/Anschutz medical campus is about 15 minutes away, and nearby E-470 puts tech campuses either at Interlocken in Broomfield or in Meridian or Lone Tree all within a half-hour.

All plans are Energy Star-certified.

To reach Painted Prairie, where KB Home also shows single-family designs, take E. 56th east from Tower Road to Picadilly and turn north, or take E-470 to E. 64th and head west.

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