Move Up to Markel Homes


Who knew the tag we created in the last millennium would be around more than four decades later. There’s a reason we’re still using it. Those five words describe exactly what we do: design and build homes with character, appeal and value.


What does Move Up mean for you, the homebuyer?

  • A better built home
  • Lifestyle benefits of a superb location
  • Investment protection and value retention
  • Lower energy costs
  • Less energy consumption
  • Less maintenance—save time and $$
  • Carefully designed floor plans
  • Ability to customize the home to your tastes
  • Instant curb appeal
  • Beautiful, durable, high quality standard finishes
  • Comfortable and healthy indoor air
  • Outdoor living experiences
  • Peace of mind


Living in a well-built, well-designed, great-looking home says a lot about your sense of taste, your priorities, your lifestyle, your values. We have customers in their second, third and even fourth Markel home. We like to think we exceed a homebuyer’s expectations by giving them something they didn’t know they wanted until they see it. Once you experience that level of satisfaction, it’s hard to settle for less.

Visit one of our many open houses in neighborhoods from Lyons to Louisville. Get a taste for what it means to Move Up to Markel Homes.

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Worth the wait

Coffee shops and cafes a few blocks from home. Out-the-door trail access. A peaceful setting surrounded by established, leafy neighborhoods. Location is everything in our building book—along with the houses.

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Construction is under way on the first single-family and duplex homes in this sweet, intimate neighborhood. Conveniently located at Kalmia Avenue and Paonia Street in north Boulder, Kalmia38 sits between Sale Lake and Northfield Commons. It’s the brainchild of the same four builders responsible for Northfield Village and Northfield Commons—two of Boulder’s most popular neighborhoods.

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We’ve poured the entrepreneurial spirit of this extraordinary city into the architecture and design of single-family homes, duplexes and town homes. Markel’s properties feature open floor plans with outdoor living areas, lots of large-paned windows and high-style finishes, all built green, Energy Star® rated and Indoor airPLUS® certified for comfortable, sustainable, efficient living.


Here’s the really sweet part. These homes are situated on just thirty-eight prime lots in convenient north Boulder. We’re building custom contemporary and traditional styles to reflect fabulous style, a varied streetscape and an interesting mix of people at various ages and stages of life. Everything Boulder stands for.



One singular sensation


Model homes attract homebuyers like bees to honey. Our LAST town home in the first phase of our North End neighborhood—the town home model—is on the market. $524,900 lands a coveted corner location facing open space and the Back Range, with amenities galore:

  • Lots of glass and natural light
  • High ceilings and open plan
  • Large skylights allowing great light


  • Sleek stainless appliances
  • Handsome solid surface countertops
  • Flush-top peninsula for casual dining and entertaining
  • Vaulted master with 5-piece bath and large walk-in closet


  • Enclosed front patio courtyard with views
  • Attached 2-car garage
  • Central air conditioning and fridge included
  • Finished basement with rec rom and bath
  • Facing open space with instant trail access
  • 5 minutes to dining, shops and music

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Designer selections and a high-style personality—not to mention the natural light, views and fabulous Louisville location—make this town home just about perfect. Visit today. We’re open 11-6 PM daily (Tuesdays 2-6 PM). Call or email Michele Steward. (303) 604-9196.

P.S. Town home is code for next-to-no maintenance: freedom to come and go.



What’s included and what’s extra

nest handEarlier this summer we posted a piece about the popularity of the Nest thermostat in the Cascade model home at North End. Not just for models, Nest is a standard feature in every North End home—but wait, there’s more.


Our homes include an impressive list of energy-saving, high-performing standard features:

  • 92+ percent high-efficiency furnaces
  • Double-paned, insulated and argon-filled windows
  • Low-E window glazing technology
  • Advanced insulation systems to reduce air and moisture infiltration
  • Energy Star® appliances

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The icing on the energy cake? The Net Zero home—an option on all pre-sold homes at North End. The concept is simple: energy produced by solar panels offsets your annual energy consumption. An installed and leased 8,000-10,000 kilowatt photovoltaic solar system produces sufficient energy to offset your energy usage from Xcel.


The Summit and Avanti models at North End are Net Zero homes. Visit the contemporary Cascade and two-story Summit models, both furnished and open for touring. The large ranch-style Avanti is under construction, scheduled for completion in late 2014.

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Our sales center at 1865 Blue Star Lane in Louisville is open 11-6 PM daily, Tuesdays 2-6 PM. Talk with Sales Manager Michele Steward about Net Zero and the standard energy-saving features at North End. Feel good about the planet again.

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Back by popular demand


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There’s only one reason we repeat a floor plan: homeowners love it. So it goes with the Summit, our hugely popular model in the first round of building at North End—so popular, in fact, that we’ve made it one of three model homes in Phase II.

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Aptly described as the “right-sized house,” the Summit offers a nice amount of living, dining and cooking space in an open, inviting layout. Hardwood floors exude warmth and style, thanks to an incredible amount of natural light. The extended counter peninsula separating kitchen from living area creates an ideal flow for informal entertaining—or keeping tabs on things from kitchen central.

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We specialize in signature windows, and lots of them. The Summit’s main floor living and dining areas feature nearly floor-to-ceiling glass, with outdoor living areas at both ends: in the front, a covered porch with railing and wood accent beams, and beyond the glass doors at the back, a spacious deck with railing and overhead trellis.

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Good luck concentrating on work in the front study: those same large windows look onto the neighborhood and give the room its bright and spacious feel.

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A sense of openness characterizes the vaulted master suite as well. The combination of glass in the bedroom is particularly unique. Begin and end the day in luxury in the five-piece master bath featuring a soaking tub below a pair of windows, walk-in shower, large vanity with two under-mount sinks and a private commode.

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The Summit is staged and ready for touring. Located at 1574 White Violet Way in Louisville, the home is across the street from our award-winning contemporary model home and Phase II Sales Center. We’re open daily 11-6 PM (Tuesdays 2-6 PM). Contact Sales Manager Michele Steward by phone (303-604-9196) or email.

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Ranch-style Carbondale packs some punch

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Soaring to 16 feet at its peak, the vault in the main floor living, cooking and dining area of this North End home—newly on the market—provides a sense of spaciousness so real you can feel it. It’s a fact: you simply breathe better in a room with that much air.

We’ve gone for dramatic effect with the trio of cylinder-shaped lights suspended from a point near the highest pitch of the ceiling, illuminating the peninsula and kitchen with a contemporary glow.

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On the opposite side of the pitch hangs the dining table fixture. Sliding glass leads to the railed deck with Back Range mountain views. Indoors or out, it’s a sweet spot for a meal.

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Some aspects of the Carbondale lend a more traditional feel, like the painted white posts at the open stairwell leading to the lower level, offset by the natural maple handrail and balusters for a clean, pristine look. The hardwood floors are gorgeous, extending from front door to back deck in one long stretch of beauty. The natural maple is picked up again on the fireplace mantel in the living area.

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This is a Markel home, after all, so count on windows that make a statement. The vaulted master suite and second bedroom or study—both in the front of the home—feature nearly floor-to-ceiling glass configurations for awesome natural light and great curb appeal.

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We’ve built huge windows with wide egress wells in the lower level for homebuyers interested in the optional finish. This bright lower level adds a large rec room, third bedroom with full bath and walk-in closet, and generous storage area.

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Priced at $530,990 and available for immediate close, the ranch-style Carbondale is located at 1566 White Violet Way in Louisville. It sits next door to our Summit model home, now ready for touring, and across the street from our award-winning contemporary model home and Phase II Sales Center.

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Our North End office is open daily 11-6 PM (Tuesdays 2-6 PM). Contact Sales Manager Michele Steward by phone (303-604-9196) or email for more information about the Carbondale, the neighborhood and the top-rated, well-loved community of Louisville.

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Only in Lyons


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It takes a certain landscape to pull this off: a walk-out level that literally transforms a ranch-style home into a two-story.

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Step outside and breathe in that natural beauty: mountain views, rolling hills, trails that beckon and birds that call.

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To sweeten the pot, we’re offering July homebuyers a $10,000 incentive on 501 Goranson Court—a good start on the finish that turns a roughed-in walkout into the real deal.

Multitudes of windows bring the stunning 360-degree geography into the interior spaces, infusing natural woods with natural light. Much of the home is vaulted to accentuate that sense of openness.


If peaceful environs can influence state of mind, this place is golden. Add a cool Main Street, fabulous summer music scene, good dining, excellent schools and out-the-door access to recreation, and you’ve set yourself up for an amazing lifestyle.

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Move-in-ready 501 Goranson Court is available for an immediate close. $558,000 with a limited-time-only $10K buyer’s incentive. We’re open every Saturday and Sunday, 11-6 PM, or by appointment. Our sales center and furnished model home is located at 334 McConnell Drive in Lyons. Contact Marlita Lazo at (303) 522-7028 or send her an email. Hope to see you this weekend.

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Best plan in best hood

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The judges in this year’s Tour of Homes had their eye on North End in Louisville. The Cascade model home and new Sales Center took the gold for Best Floor Plan, echoing the oohing and aahing we heard during the Open House. North End, the neighborhood, was awarded gold for Best Urban Living.


The ranch-style Cascade offers the ease and flow of single-level living, and so much more:


  • Contemporary flat-roof design
  • Lots of huge, unique windows and great light
  • Open living, dining and kitchen areas
  • Tall ceilings and hardwood floors
  • Stunning tile-to-ceiling gas fireplace

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  • Gorgeous master suite with 5-piece bath
  • Second bedroom and bath en-suite or home office
  • Large outdoor living area
  • Bright ready-to-finish lower level

North End has been a favorite Louisville neighborhood from the get-go. Good reasons for that, too:

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  • Bike trails and walking paths
  • Hecla Lake and Hecla Lake Open Space


  • Mountain views in the neighborhood
  • 5 minutes to vibrant, historic Main Street

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If you haven’t been in awhile, pay us a visit. New trees and landscaping—as well as new homeowners—are moving in daily. Construction is under way on two more Net Zero model homes: The Summit will be furnished and ready to tour next month, the large ranch-style Avanti in October.


See for yourself why North End scored gold. We’re open 7 days a week, 11-6 PM (Tuesdays 2-6 PM). Contact Sales Manager Michele Steward at (303) 604-9196 or send an email.

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Louisville Downtown Street Faire kicks off tonight!


Set aside those superstitions. This month Friday the 13th brings nothing but good news to Louisville. The annual Street Faire commences at 6:30 tonight in the Steinbaugh Pavilion on Front Street. Experience the mix of magic and musicality called the BoDeans, kicking off the 2014 line-up of Great American Music.


Add friends and family, excellent food, cold drinks, activities for the kids, quality arts, crafts and sundries, and the Street Faire gets bigger and bolder every year. There are rules, of course, but easy ones, and suggestions about parking cars and bikes. Better yet, walk. It’s Louisville.


Live music, rain or shine, FREE, for nine Friday nights, June 13 – August 15. Load up the young ones, bring some cash for ice cream and head to where it’s happening. Downtown Louisville Street Faire, 5-10p. Starting tonight!


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Talk about location

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Living in a setting that exudes peacefulness is a big step toward balancing the frenetic pace most of us keep. Majestic trees, acres of open space, a body of water and mountain views settle the mind and calm the nerves.

A serene location isn’t easy to come by in the city, but so worth it when you do—like 632 Portside Court in Willow Creek, completed just this week.

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Situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and bordered by open space to the west and south, the home is the last one to be built in this intimate, lovely, peaceful neighborhood.

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Giant cottonwoods stand at the edge of the backyard, marking the beginning of open space and Hecla Lake. A walking path at the edge of the property leads to Waneka Lake and Hecla Lake Open Space, and vibrant downtown Louisville is just 2 miles away.

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Beautiful views of the grasslands, the lake and the Back Range are available from the deck, the living, eating and cooking areas, and upper level master suite.

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The home is the last to be built in the Willow Creek enclave of just 11 residences. The streetscape features a tasteful variety of architecture, custom designs and attractive landscaping. The only traffic comes from residents and their guests in this established west Lafayette neighborhood.

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632 Portside Court is open to the public for the first time this Sunday, June 8, from 1-4 PM. To schedule a private showing, call Kent and Diane Zaitz from Wright Kingdom Realty. 303-444-7591.