Jason August shows a personalized ranch on five acres in Elbert County, by builder Scott Moberg with G.J. Gardner Homes.
by Mark Samuelson
One builder in this year's Parade of Homes will be showing something that's particularly hard to find in today's Denver market - a roomy, ranch-style home on five acres of land, offering options for personalizing your design around the way you want to live. Best yet, you don't need to wait for the Parade to see it; it's open today and tomorrow.
Seven minutes east from Aurora Reservoir at Elkhorn Ranch, you can tour a completed Keystone ranch model by G.J. Gardner Homes - 2,500 square feet, plus an additional 1,300 square feet of basement finish. It has a side-load 3-car garage, accompanying a mountain-view home site of five acres - more than 20 times the size of the typical sites in average areas. If you like its looks, it's available for purchase at $799,900 - and GJ Gardner new home consultants can show you 5-acre sites nearby where you can personalize that floorplan, others in GJ Gardner's library, or start a design of your own starting in the $600s.
Personalization is just as important as those large lots sizes in driving G.J. Gardner's success, according to August. "People come to us because we'll create a home that lets them live the way they want," he says. Many of those buyers arrive from experiences with production builders where they weren't even allowed to move windows on models they'd chosen. G.J. Gardner sees an exceptional number of buyers now wanting intergenerational plans - ones to accommodate parents moving in to live with kids; or kids returning home to live with their parents.
G.J. Gardner's Scott Moberg's team builds homes at Elkhorn Ranch, and other sites in Arapahoe, Douglas and Elbert Counties - including in a new release of acreage sites at Inca Ridge in Perry Park (two ranch homes are under way there now, at just under $590,000 and $680,000, plus a main floor master 2-story at $605,000). G.J. Gardner can also find you sites in master-planned communities, such as Blackstone Country Club in Arapahoe County or Pradera in Douglas County, to accommodate your needs in your next home.
Tour the model today and tomorrow (from E470 take Smoky Hill Road east three miles to Powhaton Road, turn south a mile to County Line Road, and east five miles Elbert County 17). Or you can visit G.J. Gardner's design center at 8220 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree, open today noon-5 p.m., just west of Park Meadows, where you'll get oriented to sites and arrange a personal tour.
Interested in a home in the city of Denver? You can explore two today, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.: one at 3392 S. Albion Street in University park, a 5-bedroom-plus-study, 4-bath plan, 3,600 square feet, ready now, at $869,900 (take Colorado north from Hampden one block to Girard and turn east one block); or at 3847 Raleigh Street, Berkeley, just off Tennyson Street, three bedrooms plus a study, with a rooftop deck and 2-car garage, $674,900, ready next month.
G.J. Gardner Homes in Douglas/Elbert Counties, ranch model open, choices of sites in Douglas, Elbert Counties. Ranch model at Elkhorn Ranch; 3973 Eastout Ave, Elbert Cnty; from E470 take Smoky Hill Rd east to Powhaton Rd, south 1 mi. to County Line Rd, east 5 mi. to Elbert Rd 17