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Anthem Emerges As An 'Intergenerational' Master Plan

July 13, 2014

From The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com/ci_26130611/new-home-sales-that-have-doubled-from-last
By Mark Samuelson

Only halfway through 2014, some 144 homes have already sold at Anthem, the 1,750-acre master planned community at the crossroads of new 470 Northwest Parkway and Broomfield's Lowell Boulevard. That's a pace that would more than double Anthem's sales for all of year 2013.

"People talk about being an overnight success, but the truth is it takes a lot of work, and that's exactly what we've done in Anthem," says Jeff Handlin, operating partner for Wheelock Communities, which took over Anthem in 2011. Handlin and his team created new neighborhoods and brought in four new builders - and now have a community that stands apart not just for how fast it sells, but for how broad the appeal is - older and younger, spending for single-family homes that span from the $300s up to $1 million.

"We wanted someplace where we'd have friends and neighbors, a place that would foster that good feeling," says Nina Taylor, who with husband Frank moved into their new home by Standard Pacific Homes last month. Frank is past age 55, making the Taylors eligible for Anthem Ranch, Anthem's fast-selling active-living enclave with ranch designs by Toll Brothers. However, they've opted instead for Anthem Highlands - no age restriction, and homes by Standard Pacific, Richmond American and Ryland, including a 'Landmark' main-floor master that won a design award for Standard Pacific last year. "It's very open, very inviting, a big-open concept with high ceilings and lots of space," says Taylor.

She adds they've already met numbers of friends - a chemistry that's built into the design of Anthem Highlands, which like Anthem Ranch, has its own 32,000-foot rec center and non-stop events designed to bring neighbors together. Frank Taylor, meanwhile, has only a 15-minute commute to an aerospace company in Louisville.

Developer Handlin says that a mentor early in his career told him that "homes are where jobs go to spend the night" - something that's redoubling the value of Anthem and its pivotal location as Colorado's economy grows. Anthem's surroundings, Handlin notes, rank among 650 zip codes that demographers are calling super zips - where well-over half of residents are college graduates, with median income in the highest ranges. Meanwhile Anthem is ten minutes from U.S. 36/Interlocken, 25 minutes from downtown, 15 minutes from Boulder (appealing both to younger and older denizens), and a near-amazing 25 minutes from DIA.

"This may be the only truly intergenerational new home community in Denver, Handlin adds. "It took years of planning and engineering." You can see those components - models in Anthem Highlands and Anthem Ranch, along with rec centers and 48 miles of trails. Take I-25 north past 470 to Highway 7, west three miles to Lowell, and south to Preble Creek Parkway; or from 144th in Broomfield head north on Lowell.

WHERE: Master-planned Anthem, intergenerational lifestyle community 20 min. from Denver, Boulder; 14 models by Ryland, Toll Brothers, Standard Pacific, Richmond American; rec centers for Anthem Highlands and for 55-plus Anthem Ranch, 48 miles of trails. Hwy 7 at Lowell, Broomfield; take I-25 north past 470 to Hwy 7, west 3 mi. to Lowell, turn south and follow signs. (Or from Broomfield, take Lowell north)

PRICE: Richmond American & Ryland from high-$300s, Standard Pacific from low $400s, Toll Brothers from $350s

PHONE: Richmond American 303-850-5750; Ryland 303-926-3980; Standard Pacific 303-428-4007; Toll Brothers 303-926-4140

WEB: AnthemColorado.com