Once again, there's new homes for sale in Arvada Colorado. Arvada doesn't have much available land, so most of the new neighborhoods are small - some consisting of a single street. There is one large community going in, for those who have no qualms about living near where the Rocky Flats nuclear plant used to be (now Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.
Not long ago, Arvada's western border consisted of 'country' - family farms and such. Well, the farms and grasslands are disappearing under the builder's bulldozers. I am of the opinion that the slowdown in building helped Arvada begin to recover more quickly than she would have, existing-home inventory has definitely dropped. Seeing the builders going again is an indication that they have noticed the turn-around. However, the price range where these new homes are is a difficult one. I hope the builders haven't gotten going a year or two too soon.
A lot of people don't even realize there's any building going on in Arvada, and feel they have to move to Broomfield or Westminster to find new homes for sale. So I stole a couple of hours and went for a drive. First, I found all the sites I could online, planned out a route, then set out with my camera.
From my house, I headed west on 80th Avenue to Pioneer Ridge. (Simms and 82nd). This neighborhood sides to Pioneer Park, which has some very nice ball fields. New homes in Pioneer Ridge are $500,000 and up. There's a severe lack of trees (par for new neighborhoods), but also has gorgeous views. I actually heard a rooster crow while I was there. Unfortunately, I also heard the raucous barking from a kennel located just down the hill from Pioneer Ridge, and noticed the coal train sitting on the tracks that pass directly south of the neighborhood. So, if views are important enough to you to overlook several trains passing by night and day, and lots of barking, this might be a good choice for you.
Just across the street is a small development called Tucker's Gate. Six lots available for sale. No dramatic view from here, but it's also farther from the train track and kennel.
Heading west again, I noticed a sign for 13 acres for sale at 86th (Hwy. 72) and Indiana.
Traveling on to 87th and Indiana, I explored Whisper Creek. This is the largest new development in west Arvada, located just north of the Village of Five Parks. This project is about 10% complete, and will have more of a feel of a community unto itself, with a fishing pond and dock, 13-acre park, pool, tennis. They'll build single family homes, patio homes, town homes, and estate homes. Some walkout lots and view lots are available. Patio homes start at $350,000.
A little farther west to Quaker, and south to 72nd, and I found Spring Mesa. It's pretty large also, with 272 lots total (57 have yet to be released). They're building big, beautiful homes, 2-stories and ranches. Spring Mesa is closer to all the new shopping, restaurants, etc on 64th Ave. I got a sheet describing seven available homes, the least expensive is 2482 square feet with a 3 or 4-car garage and 1352 square foot basement for $492,450, the the most expensive is 4115 square feet with a 3 or 4-car garage and 2017 square foot basement for $559,950.
Trail Village was the furthest west, at 64th and Virgil. Table Mountain looms up just to the south. There are lots for sale and completed homes. It looked like they're all patio homes. There was no staffed sales office.
Very close by was Boyd Ponds (63rd & Quaker). This is a Village Homes project, and Village filed for Chapter 11 on November 6, so they're just selling off the inventory that is already complete. Maybe you could help them out? This neighborhood is also near Arvada's new commercial area, where you'll find all sorts of shopping, restaurants, etc. Right now, they have a patio home with 2795 square feet and a 2-car garage for $441,153; three townhouses with 1702 to 1982 square feet priced at $339,580, $328,789, and $423,000; and a 1410 square foot condo listed for $280,000.
Heading east again, I found a single-street development at 58th & Ward Rd. It didn't seem to have a name, but there were some homes and some lots for sale.
Finally, I swung by Birch Valley, a subdivision of 28 lots at Kipling and 72nd.
So, there's the tour! I know there's not many details on each place, because I don't like looooong blog posts. So if you'd like more info on any of these neighborhoods just let me know and I'll find out whatever you seek. That way, you don't have to give your name and contact info to half a dozen real estate agents, only 1!
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