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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.

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.

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.

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

David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held builder, will soon begin building award-winning homes in the Aurora community of Painted Prairie. Located just 15 miles from Downtown Denver, the 628-acre Painted Prairie will offer six single-family floor plans.

Painted Prairie will feature a mix of ranch-style and two-story floor plans ranging in size from 1,500 to 2,700 square feet of living space. The community, nestled on the last high land facing the Rocky Mountains before the Platte River Valley, will maintain a connection to nature with community gardens, trails and parks throughout the community. 

Residents in Painted Prairie will also be able to enjoy City Lake, a future upscale Town Center with restaurants, boutique shopping, craft breweries and more. Homebuyers will also have convenient access to Peña Station, E-470 and Highway 287, as well as proximity to Denver International Airport, Anschutz Medical Campus and Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center.

For more information about David Weekley Homes in Painted Prairie, contact 303-872-5030.

About David Weekley Homes

David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 20 cities across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” Weekley has also appeared 13 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 90,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s website at www.davidweekleyhomes.com.

Food trucks and families all made an appearance at the McStain Neighborhoods grand opening event at Painted Prairie. Come take a look and see for yourself what makes Painted Prairie unique!

For more information about the McStain Spotlight Collection at Painted Prairie, visit www.mcstain.com/communities/painted-prairie.

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