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High-style single level living

Prairie-style design in a pastoral setting: just saying the words feels relaxing. Low-pitched roof lines and the broad, overhanging eaves on the stucco and stone exterior with corbel accents give the home  at 1570 Spring Creek Drive in Lafayette its first-rate architectural appeal.


True to its architectural roots, the ranch-style residence sits on a spacious half-acre lot in an established neighborhood of custom homes on generous-sized lots.

The open living, dining and kitchen areas—and the private master suite—are located in the spacious back half of the home. Huge glass windows in the living area and in the master bedroom overlook the backyard for incredible natural light and natural beauty.

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Two bedrooms, two bath and the study occupy the front of the home, creating a deliciously quiet and private master suite.

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An impressive square-shaped, quartz-topped island becomes the gathering point of the main floor, situated in the midst of a high-end, well-appointed gourmet kitchen:

  • Quartz countertops and quality cabinetry
  • Thermador® professional series stainless appliances

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  • Dual-fuel range with separate hood
  • Built-in wall oven and microwave
  • Blanco Diamond™ sink
  • Built-in “tech nook” desk with window

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The home features entertaining options galore, including the formal dining room with coffered ceiling, the fabulous island and the covered back patio beyond glass atrium doors.

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An open stairwell with a maple and metal handrail leads to the fully finished lower level with large rec room and optional wet bar, terraced window well, two additional bedrooms, a full bath and extra storage.

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The four baths feature quartz vanities, under-mount sinks and wood-framed mirrors.

We’re hosting an Open House  at 1570 Spring Creek Drive in Lafayette on Sunday, Nov 23, from 12-4 PM. Questions? Call realtors Kent and Diane Zaitz at (303) 444-7591. Priced at $1.225M.

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Add living and sleeping space on our dime

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Submit a contract on 4118 Clifton Court by November 21st and we’ll finish the lower level—an added rec room, bedroom and full bath—at no additional charge.

As well-designed as it is beautiful, this magnificent two-story sits on a coveted corner lot facing the Northfield Village neighborhood park, with green space along the south-facing side patio and mountain views from the rooftop deck.

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Step inside for a closer look:

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High-end finishes, impeccable design, fabulous floor plan—and a FREE lower level finish. Contact Roz Giannasi by phone (303) 974-5529 or email to schedule a personal tour.

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From location to layout, this one’s a gem

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In the real estate world of location, location, location, this house rules: corner lot facing the intimate neighborhood park, with green space to the immediate south, in well-loved Northfield Village. This architectural beauty features a blend of stone, stucco and siding, contrasting wood beams, gabled roof lines and stone pillars flanking the entrance. Professional landscaping gives the property its immediate curb appeal and polished look.

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Enjoy mountain views from the spacious rooftop deck and views of the park from the vaulted master bedroom and private deck.

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Built to showcase the open living concept, highlights include:

  • Dramatic two-story entry and stunning contemporary fireplace
  • Large windows for incredible natural light and shadows
  • Extended peninsula separating gourmet kitchen from dining area

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  • Dark cabinetry and sleek stainless steel Thermador® appliances
  • Glass doors from dining to south-facing side patio with trellis
  • Gleaming hardwood floors and tasteful lighting

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  • Side-by-side windows above the soaking tub in master bath
  • Built-in bench and large closet in owner’s entry at 3-car garage
  • Vaulted loft with contemporary rail and bars open to main floor

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Located at 4118 Clifton Court in north Boulder, the home is move-in ready, priced at $1.150M.  Contact Roz Giannasi by phone (303) 974-5529 or email to schedule a personal tour. OPEN HOUSE Sunday, Oct 26, from 11-2 PM.

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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

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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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