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Welcome to “Getting Home,” a new column featuring residences and communities that reflect life along the fairways. From a one-bedroom condo overlooking Heather Ridge that recently sold in the low $100s to the stunning residences of Castle Pines Village or Cherry Hills Country Club that reflect price points in the $3 million range, numerous select homes become available on an ongoing basis. 

Getting Home is brought to you by Martin Yeager, Owner of R/E Studio Works, a company specializing in balancing the intangible character and lifestyle of homes to create a stronger, more aligned impression with you, the buyer. Every issue of Colorado AvidGolfer will feature a real estate community in Colorado—spanning the Front Range to Grand County, from Cherry Creek to Columbine Valley— supplemented with individual listings every other week here on ColoradoAvidGolfer.com. Martin and the Colorado AvidGolfer team will bring you the best homes in the state to get you settled into the lifestyle you’ve always wanted, all while placing you next to the best golf experiences in Colorado. 


27 Holes, 277 Homes

Pole Creek, Grand County’s foremost golf course, is also a great place to live all year long.

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WITH MORE THAN 250 golf courses and private clubs across Colorado, we have numerous choices to live where we play. As winter takes hold, we often shift our definition of “play” from the fairways to the slopes. Finding a place to call home that offers both activities is one of the best reasons for living in Colorado.

Which brings us to Grand County’s Pole Creek Golf Club, the perennial 27-hole favorite among Colorado AvidGolfer readers and the home to a distinctive collection of 277 residences and home sites located just outside the quiet town of Tabernash.

Surrounding the course is The Fairways, a collection of fine homes and open building sites—each offering a minimum of two acres. There’s also Pole Creek Meadows, which extends the community with both existing homes and open lots without the higher costs associated with fairway living. Pole Creek is a year-round community with two ski areas—Granby Ranch and Winter Park—less than 25 minutes away.

For years, Tabernash remained another sleepy mountain town bordering the highway. It still appears that way, but just a mile up the road, Pole Creek Golf Club hides away in the hills just west of town, an unassuming entry to an exceptional mountain sanctuary. Chiefly designed by Denis Griffiths, whose credits also include Lakewood’s Fox Hollow, Pole Creek emerged in three phases between 1982 and 1999, redefining the area into a year-round destination with world-class amenities.

Mary Moynihan, who has worked at Pole Creek since 1994, manages the clubhouse, a distinctive, welcoming structure that opened in 2009. The perfect setting for special events, the clubhouse keeps its restaurant open with a limited schedule during the winter, primarily for the year-round residents at The Fairways. Pole Creek is part of the larger Fraser Valley Recreation District—a collection of active venues that enrich the lifestyle of those fortunate to live in the area.

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    2049 County Road 511 – The Fairways at Pole Creek. 2-acres located between the 4th green and 5th tee on the Ridge course. $243,000.

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    219 Columbine Lane – The Fairways at Pole Creek. 3 bedroom, 5 bath located on the 8th tee on The Meadows course. 4,448 square feet, two levels. $1.1 Million.

REALTY CHECK

The Fairways at Pole Creek consists of 277 home sites with approximately 80 impressive residences completed. A limited number of the homes are on the market with prices ranging from $1.1 million up to $4.25 million. Each property sits on a minimum of two acres, ensuring privacy for the homeowner as well as protecting the golf course’s extraordinary fairways and views.

The YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch borders the community to the west, preserving the 360-degree vistas for The Fairways, ranging from a number of 14ers to miles of open meadows. Janene Johnson, longtime resident of the Fraser Valley and a realtor with Real Estate of Winter Park offers her own insights: “I would describe the area as authentic. I love visiting resort communities like Vail and Aspen, but I love coming home even more. The pretenses are gone and for me, this is Colorado at its best.”

Home sites in the Fairways range from $69,900 to $275,000, with the views and fairway locations determining the difference. Utilities are in place along the roadway, while each site requires its own separate well and septic. Anticipate a longer construction timeline, as demand for new home construction is growing across Grand County.

Additionally, neighboring communities offer greater value with lower prices and smaller lots. Pole Creek Meadows offers homes priced from the mid $600,000 up to $975,000 with lots available from $89,000. A few miles north lie a collection of established neighborhoods including Alpine Park and Winter Park Highlands offering smaller land parcels with home prices starting in the mid $300,000s.

Collectively, the communities surrounding Pole Creek offer a wide range of options for year-round living or owning a second home. The location is perfect for skiing, fishing, hiking and the addition of a four-season clubhouse makes living in the area complete. The golf club is meticulously maintained and as soon as the cold weather wraps up another ski season, the fairways will be waiting.

MARKET REVIEW

The mountains are not the only golf communities that see a slow down this time of year. Currently, there are 295 homes for sale in golf communities with 1,010 sold since January 1st. The number of homes for sale has remained stable though specific golf communities show fewer days on market due to a low number of homes available. Looking ahead, we anticipate the first three months of the year to be consistent with 2017-representing 205 of homes sold in the first quarter with sales increasing in the early spring.

If you are considering a home purchase in 2018, now is a great time to start exploring your options. We have created a specialized home search website for golf communities at FairwaysColorado.com.


Martin Yeager, Colorado Avid Golfer’s Real Estate feature writer, is a realtor with the Colorado Fairway Home Team at Keller Williams DTC. He is available at Martin@FairwaysColorado.com and 303-668-9373.

Special thanks to Mary Moynihan, Clubhouse Manager at Pole Creek, Janene Johnson with Real Estate of Winter Park and Melanie Lee with Liv Sotheby’s International Realty for their insights and assistance.

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Presenting Sterling Custom Homes

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Finding the right home for you on your favorite course is often a challenge in the metro Denver area.   The growth in new residents has heated up the competition for homes across the Front Range. Every year, we see approximately 1,200 homes sold in golf course neighborhoods. That amount is less than 10% of the total number of homes sold in the metro area, making the selection even a greater challenge.  Finding the right home with your own specific features and floor plans often creates a longer home search than you anticipated.   One option is finding the right home site along the course and having your dream home designed and constructed just for you.

Woody Howarth, owner and founder of Sterling Custom Homes in Castle Rock, has constructed, redefined or updated over 260 homes in the past 12 years. Currently, the company has over 45 projects underway – an impressive accomplishment for any builder. If you have played Ravenna, Castle Pines, Bear Dance, Colorado Golf Club, or a host of other Colorado premier golf courses, you most likely have seen his exceptional residences.

One of the first aspects I found intriguing was the expansive array of homes Sterling Custom Homes presents in their Castle Rock showroom. Unlike many builders that work with a specific formula, Woody explained his sustaining philosophy is still in place – to create the perfect “heirloom home” designed around his individual client’s lifestyle, preferences and comfort. If you are hoping to find an existing Sterling Custom Home on the market, you will be disappointed. A check of recent homes for sale along the greens and fairways shows none of them are Sterling Custom Homes—a testament to their impressive customer loyalty.

In fact, one of the biggest challenges for Sterling Custom Homes is finding the right home site to meet their client’s expectations. As Woody pointed out, Castle Pines Village started with 1660 lots available in its inception and only 34 lots are currently available today. For many of his clients, he finds that both the gated communities at Ravenna and Colorado Golf Club present exceptional opportunities. At Ravenna, known for its Tuscan-style architecture and challenging golf course (a perennial favorite for Colorado AvidGolfer’s CAGGY Awards), the community’s impressive surroundings balance perfectly with the style of homes from Sterling Custom Homes. On the opposite side of the metro area is Colorado Golf Club, providing more extensive home sites with amazing views of the Front Range.  In both golf clubs, the surrounding terrain creates unique challenges to a builder yet that is all part of the project.

“I still look at each project we’ve completed as a work of art,” states Woody. “When our clients complete our initial questionnaire we provide, we have the complete story to build on.” The investment of time and extensive collaboration with every new home owner up front is just one of the keys to the company’s success. The other competitive advantage for Sterling Homes is their commitment to their employees. Rarely will you find a builder that retains an in-house staff of 50+ craftsmen – keeping the quality consistent in every residence and in this competitive real estate and construction market, it insures time lines are met and costs remain consistent start to finish.

While the extended timeline of having your dream home built may seem longer than simply exploring the existing number of homes in golf communities, it often insures you will love the final outcome. For more information, please visit www.SterlingCustomHome.com   For information on all golf course homes currently on the market or for information on all your real estate options, please feel free to call or visit my website at ColoradoFairwayHomes.com

Martin Yeager, Realtor – 303 668-9373.


Presenting 7081 Salvia Street – West Woods Golf Club

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Colorado AvidGolfer and ColoradoFairwayHomes.com, in association with Bob Isabell of KW Avenues Realty are proud to feature this beautiful property bordering the 6th tee at West Woods.

The details: Five bedrooms, five baths with a three car attached garage. The residence offers 5,454 finished square feet located on .25 acres. Built in 1994, the home was featured in the award-winning Parade of Homes.

Discover this exceptional residence located on the 6th tee at West Woods. The home offers five bedrooms, five baths including a lower level guest suit. The spacious projection theater room is a rare addition to a property priced under $900,000. With over 5,400 finished square feet, the home feels even larger as there are so many options to redefine the interior spaces. While being on the course offers an open feel with its impressive views, the lower level is more secluded – nestled lower than the adjacent fairway and complimented by water features, mature trees, and perennial landscaping.

The home represents one of the most affordable golf course residences currently on the market. The street presence instills an elegant, welcoming ambiance with its curved drive, and classic side load attached garage. The custom architectural elements that won its selection into the Parade of stand out – from the hand-plastered walls to the custom glasswork and etched windows – each one adding to the resident’s unique interior. The floor plan offers a main floor master suite that opens onto the raised deck for quiet evenings watching the sun set over the Front Range.

“We love to entertain here,” stated Jerry Caruso, the only owner of this home since 1994, “and the entire neighborhood and community is a great family environment.”

With the fully finished walk-out level, wet bar and covered patio, we certainly understand why! The custom home retains its classic architectural elements while creating a truly inviting setting for gathering with family and friends.

From the back of the home, you will enjoy the open space of the 6th fairway and a perfect view of Table Mountain and the Front Range. Even West Woods Golf Course’s website highlights that the par three, sixth hole as offering one of the highest vantage points of all the 27 fairways. With the home’s raised, wrap-around deck facing the Southwest, the open fairway insures an unobstructed vista from the main living areas of the home. As the homeowner points out, it’s virtually impossible for any errant ball to find its way onto the property, guaranteeing a more serene setting.

The home is presented by Bob Isabell, listing agent at Keller Williams Avenues Realty (720) 484-7469 Robert.Isabell@gmail.com

For more information on this home or other featured properties, please contact Colorado Avid Golfer’s Real Estate Feature Writer/Realtor, Martin Yeager at (303) 668-9373 Martin@FairwaysColorado.com

The Colorado Fairway Home Team at Keller WIlliams DTC, LLC


Presenting 1190 East Kenyon Avenue – Cherry Hills

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Colorado Avid Golfer in association with the Colorado Fairway Homes team at Keller Williams DTC, presents this exceptional estate listed by Lisa Chirico of RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals. Located along the 12th green at Cherry Hills Country club, this stunning property includes the main 7500 square foot residence along with an attached carriage house and 2 separate 2 car garages. recently redefined to expand the main floor owner’s suite, this is a truly elegant residence.

Price: $2,995,000

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From the Fall 2017 Issue: Bear Dance’s Best-Kept Secret

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For those seeking space and seclusion, the areas surrounding the popular Larkspur course hold great appeal.

By Martin Yeager

The great American architect Louis Kahn once said, “The sun does not realize how wonderful it is until a room is made.” With Colorado getting more than 300 days of sunshine every year, there’s more than a chance his belief would apply to many houses across the state. And for most of us, adding a rolling fairway just outside that room would create the perfect setting to call home.

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A pine-ensconced $1.5M home on Grayhawk Place in Bear Dance Village.

Welcome to “Getting Home,” a new column featuring residences and communities that reflect life along the fairways. From a one-bedroom condo overlooking Heather Ridge that recently sold in the low $100s to the stunning residences of Castle Pines Village or Cherry Hills Country Club that reflect price points in the $3 million range, numerous select homes become available on an ongoing basis. 

As of this writing, there are approximately 320 homes for sale that offer a golf course view. My experience tells me that not every residence described with a “view” borders a course, though many are within the surrounding neighborhoods. 

Approximately 1,400 similar homes sold in the past year while new custom homes continue to expand your real estate opportunities. If you are considering a home adjacent to one of your favorite courses, you will find options in all price ranges.

Just don’t expect your neighbor to complete your foursome. An estimated one-third of golf community homeowners are not active golfers; they choose to live there for the open space, serenity and the unique vantage point. Traditionally, homes adjacent to the golf course bring a higher price than similar homes. Builders often add a premium lot price for new homes on the course, which adds to the increased resale values. Many golf neighborhoods have seen surges in home prices greater than those in metro area.

Sterling Pointe – Homes from $700K-$1.1M, Home Sites from $200K+

We tee up this newest section with The Golf Club at Bear Dance, located just south of Castle Rock in Larkspur. While the golf course has rightfully earned numerous CAGGY Awards for Best Public Course, the residences and home sites nestled in the tall pines of the surrounding communities could be Bear Dance’s best-kept secret.

The Bear Dance Clubhouse

The Village at Bear Dance and the adjacent Hidden Oaks at Bear Dance are so secluded, you may not know they exist. They benefit  from the same sense of privacy afforded by the thick pines and dramatic foothills that the golf club does.

Both Hidden Oaks and the Village at Bear Dance are gated communities, combining existing custom residences and undeveloped building sites. The vision of the initial planners and developers sought to retain the natural landscape while developing the area into a prestigious golf club and community. They represent part of the master plan of Southwest Greens, the company that developed the course and continues to own and operate it.

Only 47 of these estate residences exist in the entire development, while neighboring communities of Sterling Pointe and Sage Port offer additional options and collectively create the quintessential Colorado lifestyle.


Martin Yeager, a realtor with Keller Williams DTC, writes Colorado AvidGolfer’s Getting Home section. To find out more about golf course homes and properties, reach him at
Martin@FairwaysColorado.com or 303-668-9373. Special thanks to Kerry Comstock of Eagles Nest Construction, Jay Johnson of Vision Real Estate Services and Ben Wolfe of Wolfe Realty Group.


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