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5 Tips to Help Prepare Kids for a New Home

5 Tips to Help Prepare Kids for a New Home

Moving can be a real thrill, whether it is across town or across the country. While moving is exciting and momentous, it can be a bit overwhelming for children. Thinking ahead and taking several steps can ensure that it is an exciting time for your kids too. Involve your kids in the process No matter what their age, kids like to know what to expect. Try to keep them in the loop with age-appropriate information. Write big dates on a calendar, so they know when packing begins, when the movers are arriving, and when the actual closing date is.If you are looking at homes in a specific neighborhood, pull it up on line so that they can see the nearby parks and recreation areas. When you have picked out a specific home, let them come with you to do a walk through. A vacant home invites kids to run through and imagine themselves in it. Introduce them to their new neighborhood If you live in the same city or area, this part will be easy. Drive through the neighborhood, so they are familiar with it. Search out parks and coffee shops, places that will make them feel like they are at home. If your move is out of state, becoming familiar with the new neighborhood is still possible. Utilize the internet to introduce your kids to local places, like a neighborhood library or a nearby froyo shop. Make connections in school and with activities Stress for children often comes from not knowing what to expect. Taking away the unknowns can help them feel at home and transition to a...
Winter Fun in the Pikes Peak Region

Winter Fun in the Pikes Peak Region

Winter in the Pikes Peak region is more fun than you can imagine! Going to the mountains for a long ski weekend is great, but there is no need to drive hours for fun when you live in Colorado Springs. Plenty of fun for the whole family can be found in the Pikes Peak region during the cold months. Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is an easy and inexpensive winter sport that even little ones can have fun with. Look at local sports equipment stores or online for basic snowshoes, and make sure that they fit well. Strap them on and you can go anywhere that you would typically take an easy hike or run. Start easy, on a fairly level trail, so that you and your family get the hang of how snowshoes feel. Some basic trails for snowshoeing that you might already be familiar with are the Sante Fe Trail, Seven Bridges trail, and the Rampart Reservoir trails. These are all easily accessible, and good for all ages. Sante Fe and Rampart Reservoir both have fairly little elevation gain, but can be long. Seven Bridges is shorter, but has over two thousand feet of elevation gain. Cross Country Skiing Cross country skiing, or Nordic skiing, is something that you don’t have to travel to ski resorts to have fun with. Cross country skiing is fairly inexpensive, easy to learn, and can be done almost anywhere within an hour of the Colorado Springs area. Grab a pair of cross country skis at your local sports store, or rent a pair, and travel to a Nordic Center to get the hang of...
Fantastic Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Near Cordera

Fantastic Last-Minute Holiday Shopping Near Cordera

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a frantic time spent fighting holiday crowds. Plenty of prime shopping is just a stone’s throw from Cordera. You can get something for everyone on your list, without the normal stress of holiday shopping. Promenade Shops At Briargate Shopping at the Promenade shops is a dream. As a bonus, it is a dream less than four miles from Cordera! High end shopping can be found at the Promenade Shops, so you don’t have to worry about trekking to Denver or having items shipped. Women’s clothing shops such as Anthropologie, Chico’s and White House Black Market promise to hold beautiful treasures for your special friends or sisters. Pier 1 and Pottery Barn both feature gorgeous housewares for the home designers in your life, and Williams Sonoma is sure to have something for a foodie on your list, whether it is a timeless Dutch oven meant to last through the ages or peppermint bark for stocking stuffers. Gifts from Athleta and Lulelemon are guaranteed to make your yoga enthusiast or runner very happy when they unwrap gifts. And a store like Apple will make everyone on your list happy, whether you go big with a new Macbook, or if you splurge on the latest Beats headphones for a music lover. Academy Boulevard Just slightly further from Cordera lies North Academy Boulevard. This corridor of one of Colorado Spring’s main streets has several great shops to choose from. Best Buy and Barnes & Noble are both great stops to get something for everyone. A new bestseller, an xBox game, or a board game for the whole...
The Meaning of Mortgage Rates

The Meaning of Mortgage Rates

We all know mortgages are required the vast majority of the time when we buy a home. We also know they are a serious responsibility, but we may not know the nuts and bolts of mortgages. Learning a few basics about mortgages can make them a little less mysterious and enable you to choose the best mortgage when you decide to buy a home. Mortgage Rate Definition First, the definition of a mortgage rate is simply the rate of interest charged on a mortgage. It is typically set by the financial institution or bank that you are obtaining your mortgage from. The mortgage rate will vary depending on the interest rate, which is set by the Federal Funds Rate. This rate can be changed several times a year, and can instantly change your mortgage rate, if you are applying and not locked in. Mortgages: ARM versus Fixed Rates Mortgage rates typically can be divided into two different categories, a fixed-rate mortgage or an ARM mortgage. A fixed-rate mortgage simply means that you will pay the same amount on your home (not including taxes or insurance) , whether you choose a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage or a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. This security works well because there are no surprises with a fixed-rate if rates rise or inflation spirals out of control. The downfall is, if interest rates fall substantially, you will have to refinance to see the savings. An ARM mortgage is an adjustable rate mortgage. This means that you may start out with a fairly low interest rate on your mortgage for a set number of years, but after...
Venezia Park Will Be Unlike Any Other in Colorado Springs

Venezia Park Will Be Unlike Any Other in Colorado Springs

The north side of Colorado Springs has become one of the most desirable places to live in the entire state. Its schools rank among the top in Colorado. Several major employers call northern Colorado Springs home. Esteemed shopping is nestled in spacious corridors. And soon, northern Colorado Springs will soon also have a world-class park that has been years in the making. Just a stone’s throw from the Cordera community, Venezia Park will be a centerpiece with something for every member of the community. Named after one of the founders of the original Briargate corridor of Colorado Springs, Venezia Park promises to be a crown jewel of the Briargate Master Plan. The many years of thoughtful planning that went into the design and development of Venezia Park will make it unlike any other park in the area. 30 acres of land will serve as the actual park, with an additional 80 remaining protected open space for the Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse. Paying Tribute to Colorado’s Roots Located at the corner of Briargate Parkway and Union Boulevard, Venezia Park will be a short bike ride or stroll from the Cordera community. City officials and park planners are creating a park that recalls Colorado’s pioneer and ranching roots. Different areas of the park will pay homage to the state’s early days. Homestead A large set of pavilions, the Homestead, will anchor the park. The pavilions can be used for family gatherings, birthday parties, celebrations and community building events. Ample parking and shaded areas will make this the center of Venezia Park. Corral A large Universally Accessible Playground called The Corral will...
2015 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes

2015 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes

The 2015 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes promises to showcase the best home builders and communities in the area. Each home and community that is selected to be part of the Parade of Homes exemplifies beautiful design, hot trends, and the latest and greatest amenities available. Every home featured overflows with ideas you can incorporate into to your own living space, whether with current design trends, landscaping features, or technological innovations. Cordera has proudly been part of the Parade of Homes for several years. Many builders in Cordera have received numerous Parade awards, and our Villas at Estancia won over 10 industry awards at last year’s Parade of Homes. Year after year, Cordera continues to raise the bar for what a community should be. Community An intentional and master-planned community, Cordera is different than many neighborhoods that you may have lived in before. Trails and sidewalks encourage neighbors to get out on foot. Beautiful landscaping and thoughtful street designs stand out from other neighbourhoods. Ample cul-de-sacs provide safety, space and beautiful views for homeowners. Our community features several home builders and many different home designs, allowing your individuality to shine through. With the variety of builders and floor plans available, there is no danger of Cordera ever feeling like a neighborhood where your home looks exactly like every other home on the block. Education Cordera lies in the heart of acclaimed School District 20, and Chinook Elementary is located within the community itself. Academy District 20 consistently ranks as one of the top school districts in the state. Class sizes remain small, students score higher nationally than their peers...
Tips to Reclaim Your Garage Space

Tips to Reclaim Your Garage Space

Garages are one of the greatest things about modern homes. Older homes often have no garage, a carport, or a tiny one car garage. New homes tend to have, at the very least, oversized two car garages. All of this amazing space is wonderful, but it often gets overtaken by items that have no place in the garage. Garages often become the landing place for broken items in need of repair, out of season decor, and other items that have no defined home. Organizing your garage space will make everyday living easier, and you can open your garage door without being embarrassed if the neighbors see the inside. Set aside time Cleaning your garage requires time. Layers of Christmas lights, sports equipment, and outgrown toys did not accumulate overnight, and will take time to sort through. A dedicated weekend is ideal. If it is possible, plan for a weekend with no looming storms or rain, so that you can utilize your driveway while organizing. Plan Figure out exactly how you want to use your garage. Besides parking your vehicles, decide how much space you need for lawn equipment, sports gear, seasonal decor, storage, and camping equipment. You may only need a small area for gardening tools, but if you have kids involved in three or four sports, this might require substantially more space. You might even sketch out plans of what the ideal garage looks like for your lifestyle. Sort This step is where you need a sunny weekend, and is almost of the utmost importance to get you organized. It might be painful, but pull things out of...
Keller Homes Cultivates Timeless Design At Cordera

Keller Homes Cultivates Timeless Design At Cordera

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of posts featuring the Colorado Spring new home builders working in Cordera. Keller Homes has a solid history in Colorado Springs. The locally-owned new home builder has watched hundreds of families grow up in its houses, and has had the privilege of building houses for the children of past clients. With 30 years of home building under its belt, Keller Homes has a reputation for quality and for innovation. The builder consistently introduces new designs and finds creative ways to improve on old construction conventions. Crafting a home “There’s a difference between a home that’s built and a home that’s crafted,” Keller Homes owners say. “We prefer the latter.” Crafting a home means paying careful attention to the details. From design through planning and construction, Keller Homes is thoughtful and deliberate. Whether drawing out a new floor plan, selecting the materials for the construction or hiring the contractors to do the work, there’s a measured and meaningful decision to be made and Keller Homes approaches those decisions with care. Value and inclusions No one likes to look at a model home and feel like the version of it they can afford is inferior. Keller Homes has paid careful attention to the upgrades homebuyers most want and made them a part of the standard home package. That’s why Keller Homes includes as standard a great many of the items most builders have as options. From solid maple cabinets and stainless steal appliances in the kitchen to a fully-finished basement in ranch homes, Keller Homes prides itself on offering clients value. Timeless...
Builder Spotlight: CreekStone Homes Has A Reputation For Design

Builder Spotlight: CreekStone Homes Has A Reputation For Design

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of posts featuring the Colorado Spring new home builders working in Cordera. CreekStone Homes is known for its edgy, modern and livable home designs. Owned by Rhonda McDonald, CreekStone has been building beautiful houses in Colorado Springs for more than 20 years. The company prides itself on being woman-owned, in large part, because that has influenced the way CreekStone homes are designed. A lot of thought goes into making spaces highly functional and beautiful. As a result, the new home builder has grown dramatically over the years. Home design CreekStone Homes has won numerous awards from the local Housing and Building Association. But it has also won national design awards for its bright, sunny and functional floor plans. The builder has created several plans specifically for the Cordera neighborhood with many cul-de-sacs and numerous lots with sweeping mountain views and the ability to add walk-out basements. Quality CreekStone prides itself in building high-quality homes with superior materials and special attention to detail. The company has a reputation for delivering homes built to last and for honoring its home warranties. Pricing CreekStone’s Cordera homes start in the low $300,000 range and include several features that buyers might expect would be upgrades. From beautiful finishes to vaulted ceilings and energy efficiency, CreekStone’s base models don’t need much upgrading. A sense of style More than anything, CreekStone has a reputation for building homes with character. The floor plans flow functionally. But they also come with lots of big windows, open concepts, unique shapes and character-rich details. CreekStone at Cordera CreekStone currently has brand...