For Michael Markel, founder and president of Markel Homes Construction Company of Boulder, finding a perfect location for a new community is more than just luck. He searches for that unique parcel of land with stunning views and wide-open space, where the outdoors is a vital element of people’s daily lives.
One of Colorado’s premier homebuilders, Markel Homes plans, develops and builds neighborhoods that integrate the natural landscape and comfortable lifestyle of the West. Innovative design, superb craftsmanship and distinctive architecture characterize a Markel Homes community, along with quality construction and green- built practices.
Family-owned and operated in Boulder since 1973, Markel Homes reflects the vision of its founder, whose lifelong passion for design has led to the creation of some of Boulder County’s most appealing and livable neighborhoods. All are designed with an appreciation for their surroundings, with multiple outdoor living areas and exciting floor plans that appeal to a wide variety of homeowners. They are almost always close to trails and open space, with gorgeous views, and within walking distance of amenities.
In the 1990s Markel Homes gained prominence in the high-end, semi-custom, single- and multi-family-home niche. As it continues to excel in the creation of signature homes, the focus has expanded to include a concept called newwest living. Inspired by the heritage of the West, newwest living combines favorite traditional elements with the spacious feel of contemporary design and an attitude of urban sophistication. newwest homes, town homes and lofts display compelling exteriors, natural building materials and multiple outdoor living areas. Fluid and open floor plans feature warm, high-style interiors with fine finishes and detailing.
The company started incorporating environmentally conscious building practices years ago. All of Markel’s new homes, regardless of style or type, are built green and Energy-Star® rated to preserve natural resources, lower energy costs and enhance indoor air quality and overall comfort. The homes are healthier for their inhabitants and the earth as a whole.
Under Michael Markel’s direction, Markel Homes has survived the cyclical nature of Colorado’s homebuilding industry to remain a leader in both design and functionality. Further, it has grown to represent honesty and integrity in the building process and top-notch customer service and satisfaction. Savvy homebuyers will continue to become happy, satisfied homeowners in Markel communities.
Living in a Markel Neighborhood
Steve and Sunny Brown are residents of Lyons Valley Park, a Markel Homes community.
“I developed an interest in how Markel built a house, and I formed a very favorable opinion,” Steve Brown says. “I liked the way they build; they take a great deal of care, starting with the foundation. And the houses are built like custom homes, with a wide variety of options.” He noticed, too, that “The house is quiet as can be – we feel comfortable and secure. The systems in the house – like the furnace, for example – are high quality. They’re green houses, and we’ve not had trouble with anything.”
Michelle and Tom Kramer watched the creation of Lyons Valley Park from nearby – the house in Lyons that Tom Kramer had built in 1993. “We were watching the construction, the building process and the interior finishes,” says Michelle Kramer. “We liked what we saw.”
They had been warned that building a house would be stressful. “But Markel made it a wonderful experience,” Kramer says.
The green aspect of the construction also pleased the Kramers. “It gave us more of a reason to choose Markel. We have extra insulation, good windows. It’s efficient; the heating is even throughout – we didn’t have cold spots in the winter. And we noticed a difference in utility costs; our bills here are lower than in our other house, even though this house is twice as big!”
New Markel Communities
Following are six neighborhoods where Markel is actively building now:
Dakota Ridge Village is adjacent to vast open space, with 360-degree views and great trail access just minutes from downtown Boulder. Markel is currently offering custom solar single-family homes starting in the high $700,000s.
Lyons Valley Park is a friendly neighborhood featuring single-family homes bordered by red sandstone cliffs and the St. Vrain River in historic and recreational Lyons. Prices start in the $300,000s.
Yeager Farm is a neighborhood midway between historic Main Street and convenient Hover Road in Longmont, with excellent pricing of single-family homes starting in the high $200,000s.
North End is located near Old Town and open space in top-rated Louisville, with single-family homes starting in the $400,000s.
Northfield Commons and Northfield Village are two neighborhoods located in northeast Boulder, offering a wide variety of home types, styles and price ranges, including single-family homes, duplexes, row houses, town homes and condominiums.
Contact Information
Visit Markel’s Web site – – for pricing, floor plans, photos, virtual tours, maps of all locations, current availability, and more about the company and its neighborhoods. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Markel Homes at 303.449.8689.

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