Winter Park / Fraser: Rekindle your spirit with a Cozens Meadow Townhome
February 8, 2008
I nearly crashed my car watching the grooming machine carve out curved grooves and corduroy in the newly fallen snow. Just any old Friday morning, and there it was; the meadow’s periphery was now a fresh slate for Grand Park homeowners. The street lights spaced out neatly on the roads help me envision what’s to be: diverse neighborhoods alive with trails and tree-lined sidewalks that will invite residents to walk, bike or ski their way to the eventual town village, including the new recreation center that was recently passed. This town center, featuring architectural styles reminiscent of the old west, should light up the south end of this expanse within about five years, adding an eclectic mix of eateries and retail opportunities.
If you’ve ever driven through Grand Park, you would have gazed at the single-family homes with cozy porches and luminous colors. I met Meredith Lipscomb and her yellow lab, Daisy, in the comfortable model home and she gave me some background as to why she was here. “My husband and I met in Aspen, but we thought the Winter Park area would be a much better place to raise a family,” she explained while playing catch with Daisy. They saw this development opportunity as a way to give something back. “We wanted to build a community and create places that would instill a sense of fun”we have the recreational component down pat, and in time, the future town center will add that extra oomph, giving people more options to connect with family and friends.”
The model home was extremely inviting, especially with the fire crackling inside and the snow falling fast outside.
I half-joked to Meredith that to fully appreciate their neighborhood, it would be imperative that I try out their cross-country ski trails, and the hospitality she extended, with her sweet southern accent, was music to my ears.
It just so happened that I had my classic skis in the car, and ten minutes later I was gliding along on the crisp trail with my two labs by my side. Half way around the trail, a red fox popped his head up from his snowy cave and stared at us from just about twelve feet away. The dogs kept their cool, giving me time to snap a few close-ups before it ducked back in. Talk about a lucky day.
Smack Dab Between Heaven and Earth
“We searched the Valley for the perfect home for us, and we kept circling back to Grand Park,” confessed Kirsten Laraby, Grand Park’s marketing director. They bought one of their bungalow-style homes when it was just ink on paper, but she knew that the quality would be outstanding coming from these Developers. “We bought the vision of this neighborhood before the first shovel hit the dirt,” she continued. “And now, there’s nothing quite like gazing out to the meadow and seeing moose and other wildlife in their natural habitat. It inspires you to get out there and enjoy life.”
The original Cozens settlers (pronounced cousins) that made a name for themselves in our valley in the late 1800’s, were the first western settlers to pronounce this land “home”. And it’s no wonder since the location couldn’t be much better”Continental Divide views prevail, and the meadow that surrounds the development is pristine and peaceful. The Cozens Meadow Townhomes will be perched on a slightly elevated site to capitalize on the views; though this area was zoned for 30 townhomes, the Developer decided twelve was enough to further enhance the open space feel that so many people crave. Given that 1,800 square miles of high alpine terrain surround Grand Park, residents will likely breathe easy for a long time to come.
Who’s Behind the Green Curtain?
What does Grand Park have in common with Chaparral, an equestrian ranch just outside of Aspen, and Kealia Kai, an oceanfront resort on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii? Cornerstone Holdings, LLC, is responsible for the existence of all three, plus a myriad of other special places scattered across the globe. Cornerstone Holdings, LLC is a real estate, investment and development group with 30 years of experience, and the faces that represent it are members of our community. Clark Lipscomb heads this visionary group that includes Adam Myers, Gerald Lugo, Brian Hnath, Susan Koeneke, Gary Verdin, Kirsten Laraby, and Mary Kay Wray, plus a slew of hardworking professionals that make up their forestry and construction crews. The friendly faces that greet you at the model include Brandi Brown, Beth Sands, and Meredith Lipscomb, all of which make up the sales team. It’s true that they’re committed to Grand Park’s success”many of them walk the walk by living within the very community they’re building.
Like other founding fathers with an eye to the future, the founders of Grand Park established the Cornerstone Community Foundation. A percentage of each sale is added to the initial funding from Cornerstone, allowing the Foundation to focus on culture, education, recreation and healthcare in the Fraser Valley. The 1,330-acre parcel canvas is on its way to offering the “healthy, sustainable 21st century lifestyle” that reflects their enthusiastic claims, and their earnestness to grow with the common goals of the existing community is part of this development’s charm. These amenities and benefits given through the foundation will complement the existing Fraser Valley framework.
Inspired Architecture that Performs
“What catches your eye first, in regards to the townhomes, is the architecture,” said Kirsten. “They’re unique because they feel more like a single family home than a typical townhome.” Indeed! It seems they’ve had their ear to the ground since these homes capture the details people want. The site’s design allows for more end units with covered, wrap-around porches and wonderful interior homes with second-story decks. Mind you, these are not just ‘show’ decks, but spacious decks you can really stretch out in and enjoy. The heated square footage for these homes varies from 1,618 to 1,627, each with its own attached garage.
“We really tried to think outside the box with the townhomes,” said Brandi Brown, a broker associate with Grand Park. “With front doors facing the Continental Divide, quality ‘green’ construction, high end finishes, elegant stone fireplaces, private bathrooms in each bedroom, and lots of thought surrounding the floor plans and window placement to ensure the best natural light and views.” The triplex design includes patios, morning rooms and secluded backyards so owners can sunbathe amid their own flowerbeds (quite an attraction in my book!)
Want To Be One Of Twelve?
Time is of the essence if you want to claim one of these unique homes; the sales team is primed and ready to accept more reservations. “We are currently taking reservations for the first six and they’re going fast; ideally owners will be able to move in by next ski season,” said Meredith Lipscomb. These 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath townhomes are starting at $499,000, a price reflective of its pre-construction stage.
For more information, contact them at (970) 726-8700, visit them on the Web at http://www.grandparkco.com, or drive directly to the sales center that is open daily: right between the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, turn at Bank of the West and look for the Model Home sign.