Many homebuyers these days are wise enough to look beyond the purchase price of their home, and to consider their annual expenses associated with homeownership as well. This is something the development team at Sterling Ranch understood, as we took careful measures to incorporate energy efficient design guidelines for our builders, for example.
Within the master-planned community development model, though, there is a unique cost structure that many homebuyers don’t fully understand, so we wanted to help spell this out as clearly as possible.
First, let’s acknowledge the most common misperception. Living at Sterling Ranch does not come with HOA dues. All shared community costs that are associated with homeownership at Sterling Ranch come in the form of a Mill Levy. The biggest difference between HOA Dues and Mill Levies? Tax allocation. HOA Dues are not tax deductible as a part of the standard homeownership tax deductions, though Mills are.
The Sterling Ranch Metro District mill levy, the HOA-esque equivalent line item, is 88.444 mills. This Metro District mill levy includes all the amenities that are normally incorporated within an HOA fee such as snow removal, recreation center access, and landscaping of common grounds. In addition, Sterling Ranch includes some unique additional amenities in that amount such as annual parks passes to Colorado’s State Parks.
July 21-July 30, 2018
Working jointly with Douglas County, Sterling Ranch is executing significant improvements to bring its surrounding roads up to current code standards. Sterling Ranch is committed to improving the safety and mobility of surrounding roads and is developing an internal road network to keep drivers, bikers and pedestrians safe.
Titan Road Improvements
Commuters should expect rolling lane shifts throughout the week ahead, beginning on Saturday, July 21. Any detailed additional updates will be posted as they become available. This work is due to the expansion of rainwater drainage capacity along Titan Road, an improvement that will greatly the reduce flooding impacts that Titan Road has seen during storm events in the past.
We thank you for your patience, and we are glad to be leading the improvement of this important route for our region.
Other area projects commuters should be aware of:
- Online Tool to Navigate Traffic in Douglas County: You can access NearMeDC, a free online tool to help you navigate cone zone traffic congestion throughout Douglas County. The tool allows you to identify one or more areas within the county through which you travel, subscribe to and then receive a Cone Zone notification specific to the areas you’ve chosen. When a cone zone occurs in your area of interest, a notification – via email or text – is delivered. Douglas County developed the online tool to help those who travel within the county become aware of, plan for and navigate around county cone zones – before they begin their journey to work, school or play. The county also announced its two-way data-sharing partnership with Waze, the free, real-time navigation app.
Sterling Ranch is pleased to announce two new Colorado-based businesses coming to the community – the Grist Brewing Company and Atlas Coffee. The two companies will soon provide their craft-made products in the community’s first commercial building, the Sterling Center, opening this Fall.
“Sterling Ranch is an incredible new community in the southwestDenver area, and we are excited to be a part of creating an inviting new community environment in the Sterling Center,” said Chuck Norman, Director of Grist Brewing Company. “In addition to providing our own craft beer, we are also planning to offer wines from Colorado-based wineries at this location, an exciting new foray forour team.”
“We created Atlas with the idea of building community through the creation of craft coffee,” said Brad Heykoop, Owner of Atlas Coffee. “From building opportunity for workforce development in the bean-growing countries where our coffee is sourced, to creating a space that welcomes all members of the community for meetings, connections, and sharing, we saw a great alignment between our own mission and that of the creators of Sterling Ranch. We couldn’t be prouder to become a part of this community.”
Sterling Ranch, a master-planned community located in northwest Douglas County just south of Downtown Denver, has welcomed its 100thfamily. This milestone comes less than
a year since the community celebrated its grand opening in August of 2017. An additional 200 homes are also under construction, with the population anticipated to reach 600+ residents before the end of 2018.
In its 10 months since opening, the community has grown significantly, noting a total investment of $500+ million on its 3,400 acres of land on track for 2018. Infrastructure investment has been the most significant to-date, with roads, water systems, electrical and technology infrastructure already built out for its entire first Providence Village neighborhood. Providence Village is slated to host nearly 800 homes upon completion, which is anticipated to reach its full build out by 2020.
“We are so thrilled to be watching the community of Sterling Ranch come to life with this group of vibrant residents, as building homes is just one small part of community building in our minds. The real ‘community’ takes shape as these families become connected, a part of a special neighborhood and this place becomes somewhere they make shared memories and new friends. We’re enjoying watching that happen and being a direct part of it week in and week out,” said Harold Smethills, managing director of Sterling Ranch.
Earlier this month, Harold Smethills, one of the founding visionaries behind the Sterling Ranch community, was invited to speak at the “Next Generation Water Summit” in Santa Fe. The second annual event focused on water conservation and water reuse in the arid Southwest. The summit brought together a cross-section of hundreds of builders, designers, architects and water professionals to share best practices and brainstorm new ones through charrettes.
Smethills’ presentation, titled Water Challenges of Big Developments, was given at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. His presentation focused on educating the audience on the advance work and research that went into the Sterling Ranch community’s game changing Sustainable Water Plan, to reduce the learning curve of others working across the region.
Diane Smethills, one of the leading partners in the development of the new Sterling Ranch community in southwest Denver, was honored today by the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce at their “Women Who Soar” event.
Smethills, one of three women honored at the event sponsored by the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation, received the recognition in front of Federal, State, and County officials. The selected women were recognized for their ability to “inspire us to be better leaders and are blazing the path for future generations. They have made a difference to us in our community and have positively impacted the lives of others,” according to an announcement.
Sterling Ranch is proud to be underway with the design and development of its first, on-site community recreation center slated to open in time for the Summer of 2019.
Located within Providence Village, this first recreation center will feature a large pool with a patio deck, a community exercise facility, and high-end locker room facilities. Additionally, a second floor “Great Hall,” with an adjoining kitchen facility, will be provided for the benefit of community events and gatherings. The outdoor areas around the recreation center will also provide flexible use space and facilities for outdoor play and gathering, and will become a thriving community meeting points fit for a multitude of uses.
The latest gathering of the Sterling Ranch Pioneers, our first 100 home owners, was held at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. The afternoon featured a presentation on the collaboration between Sterling Ranch and the Denver Botanic Gardens to determine sustainable landscape plans for communal areas in the community, and tips for our residents on environmentally conscious and water-wise plantings for their own home landscaping. After lunch, the Pioneers were treated to guided tours of Chatfield Farms.
Celebrate the Model Grand Opening of
The Elements Collection by Lennar at Sterling Ranch
Lennar is hosting a Grand Opening event on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14, showcasing its Elements Collection starting in the mid $400s. Tour this collection of court-style single family homes that provide low maintenance living and a modern lifestyle ranging 1,811 to 2,302 sq ft. Every new home comes with Lennar’s signature Everything’s Included® features at no additional cost, so you can enjoy stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, beautiful kitchen cabinetry and so much more.
Warm up with coffee and hot cocoa by The Espresso Affair from 9am to noon on Saturday (1/13) and 11am to 1pm on Sunday (1/14). Indulge in MoonTime Crepes food truck and facepainting from noon to 2pm all weekend.
Address: 9827 Geneva Creek Lane, Littleton, CO 80125
Hours: Saturday, January 13th 9am to 5pm | Sunday, January 14th 11am to 5pm
For more information about the models available from Lennar, click here.
We’ll see you there!
We are pleased to announce the groundbreaking of Sterling Ranch’s civic center – Sterling Center – that took place on Friday, July 21, 2017.
Anticipated to open in late 2018, Sterling Center will be located at the entrance to Providence Village – Sterling Ranch’s pioneer village. It will be a place for community gathering, learning, business leaders and health and wellness. Read More