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Campbell Homes Celebrates 50 Years in Colorado Springs

Campbell Homes Celebrates 50 Years in Colorado Springs

January 5, 2015 – Colorado Springs  Before there was Woodstock…before anyone heard of Sesame Street… or the Rubic’s Cube…we were here, making homes that would make history. Before there was a world wide web…before there were Cabbage Patch kids…before man took his first momentous step on the moon…Campbell Homes was already fulfilling it’s commitment to customers and community, crafting homes that would weather the test of time! “Kicking off a new year is even more exciting for Campbell Homes as 2015 marks our 50th Anniversary in Colorado Springs,” said Randy Deming, CEO of Campbell Homes. “As El Paso county’s oldest locally owned home building company, we’re excited to start our yearlong celebration that will includes new locations, new home sites, new home plans, and new model homes.” Deming continued. Turning 50 is a milestone for everyone. It’s even more momentous for a home building company to celebrate the big 50! For Campbell Homes, it’s been a lifelong philosophy of doing it right (and building it) right from the ground up. Without compromise, Campbell Homes has made a name (and a legacy) for itself by choosing the right locations, the right home plans, and the right craftsmen to help create Campbell’s award-winning homes. Exemplary customer service has been a cornerstone of Campbell Homes and has created customers for life with many Campbell homeowners on their second and even third Campbell Home. Locally owned since 1965 and the only three-time recipient of the Housing and Building Association’s Builder of the year award – It just doesn’t get any better than that! Campbell Homes – offering Life with Comfort, Life with Style,...
Vantage Homes Wins 10 Parade Of Homes Awards – All In Cordera

Vantage Homes Wins 10 Parade Of Homes Awards – All In Cordera

Congratulations to Vantage Homes! Cordera is so proud to have one of the best home builders in Colorado Springs winning recognition for the beautiful homes it constructs right here in our master-planned community in northeast Colorado Springs. Vantage received a whopping 10 awards from the Colorado Housing and Building Association for it superior homes in Cordera. Wining the $501,000 to $600,000 category Vantage Homes swept the category between two of its floor plans – the Nokota and the Monaco. The Nokota, understandably, won for best floor plan. The large, open ranch plan is intrinsically appealing and filled with wonderfully flowing space that feels both comfortable and luxurious. The Monaco won first-place in its price category for: Best kitchen Best Master Suite Best Interior Design Best Craftsmanship Best Overall Home Best Architectural Design The Monaco It’s no wonder the Monaco received such accolades during the Parade of Homes. The villa-style home ranges from 1,955 to 3,910 square feet and boasts some of the most thoughtful design and luxurious finishing work among any new homes in Colorado Springs. The Monaco is at the heart of Vantage’s new Estancia at Cordera, a neighborhood designed for low-maintenance easy living in classic villas built to be livable and luxurious. Vantage is in the midst of building 43 villas in Estancia, which will go quickly following such a strong showing at the Parade of Homes. Winning the $461,000 to $500,000 category Vantage Homes entered three of its models into the 2014 Parade of Homes. All three received great recognition for the superior design and construction. Even in this highly-competitive price range, Vantage Homes outshines the...
Visit Cordera During The Colorado Springs Parade Of Homes

Visit Cordera During The Colorado Springs Parade Of Homes

Visit Cordera during the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes. One of the finest home builders in Colorado Springs will showcase brand new Villa style plans in low maintenance community Estancia. Vantage Homes is featuring its Valencia floor plan at 4413 Portillo Place and its Monaco design at 4474 Portillo Place in the 2014 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes. Both houses are beautiful and speak to the character of the Cordera community. 2014 Parade of Homes There are so many gorgeous homes to see during the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association’s annual Parade of Homes. You’ll have a chance to visit all of the newest communities and tour some of the best new homes Colorado Springs builders are constructing. Visit Cordera during the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes One of the great things about the Parade of Homes is that it gives you an excuse to get out and discover new neighborhoods and developments. Don’t just look at the houses – explore the communities as you stop along the parade route. We suspect you will fall in love with Cordera. All of the streets are cul-de-sacs. You’ll find that Colorado Springs home builders in Cordera concentrate on classic architectural styles that draw nature into the design and have a timeless beauty. The neighborhood is connected with a vast network of pathways and boasts an award-winning elementary school and a fantastic community center with an outdoor pool. Vantage Homes Vantage Homes designs homes for the people who live in them. Since the company was founded in 1983, it has focused on building new homes in Colorado Springs that enhance quality...
Fun Spring Activities in Colorado Springs

Fun Spring Activities in Colorado Springs

Spring is such an exciting time at Cordera and all over Colorado Springs. The weather is changing and we have plenty of beautiful sunny days, with a few snowy ones mixed in to remind us that it’s not summer yet. The kids are eager to finish the school year, adults return from their tropical spring breaks with funny tan lines and sunburns and everyone seems to be looking forward to the season change. But there might be some fun springtime activities in Colorado Springs and nearby that you didn’t know about. Cordera pool opening and Memorial Day Barbecue Of course, we have to start with Cordera. You don’t even have to get in your car to enjoy these two events. The Cordera outdoor swimming pool opens May 24 for the season. Bring the whole family for a splash. The community barbecue kicks the season off right Monday, May 26. Territory Days Also Memorial Day weekend, Old Colorado City will host the 39th annual Territory Days celebration. Entertainers take the stage in Bancroft Park while venders from all over the West set up stands in the streets and sell everything from jalapeno-stuffed olives to fine one-of-a-kind art pieces. When the weather is nice, it’s a great family activity. Rafting While we don’t have any rivers running through Colorado Springs, the Arkansas is just an hour or so to the south. Several established rafting companies run fantastic river-rafting trips from Canon City. You can typically decide if you want an easy float or a thrilling ride through the rapids. The spring is considered the best time of year for rafting as...
What A Difference 30 Years Makes

What A Difference 30 Years Makes

by Pam Keller EVP Sales and Marketing, Keller Homes, Inc. It only takes me nine minutes to drive from home to work each day. On my way I pass hundreds of homes that we have built over the last 30 years. All the homes are still beautiful and have stood the test of time both in neighborhood and exteriors. It is intriguing to see from the outside what people have done to their homes over the years. Of course, paint colors have changed and landscaping continues to grow, which took a while in the semi-arid climate we enjoy. Many families have actually expanded their homes by adding rooms or closing in deck areas. This tells me they needed more space but love their home and community and chose not to move. What I didn’t mention is my drive takes me by a good portion of Pine Creek and Cordera. Both neighborhoods were designed and developed by La Plata Communities. It has been our good fortune to be a part of these neighborhoods and work with them for well dare I say decades? It is hard to imagine a better partner who listens to the builder and creates a vision from the “dirt” up that eventually becomes a cohesive neighborhood. The magic of seeing a community come to life is a joy to observe. I’ve really wandered from my intention when I started with this blog post as it is such a pleasure to walk down memory lane with you. So much has changed in 30 years. In the 500 words given to me I can only address one topic...
Cordera Holiday Lighting Contest

Cordera Holiday Lighting Contest

Are you decorating your Cordera home this holiday season? Is you’re your home’s sparkling light display stunning and putting you and your neighbors in the holiday spirit? La Plata Communities has decided to sponsor a contest for the most festive holiday house in our Colorado Springs master-planned community this year. The winner gets a $50 gift card for the Promenade Shops at Briargate!The contest starts today and the final votes will be tallied at noon on Friday, Dec. 20. We’ll announce the winner on Saturday, Dec. 21 How it works You nominate yourself. It’s easy. Just follow these steps. Like Cordera on Facebook if you don’t already. Snap a picture of your festively decorated house. Post it on the Cordera Facebook page with your address. Tell your friends and neighbors to visit the Cordera Facebook page and like your post. Every like is a vote. The house with the most likes wins the contest. Enjoy online, but be wowed in person For those of you voting, scope out the pictures online, but try to get around to visit houses in person. They’re usually even more impressive live.Recruiting advocates If your house or a friend’s house is nominated and you want to rack up the votes, it’s acceptable to invite people from outside of Cordera to participate in voting, but please encourage them to look at all the entries before they vote to support yours. The prize The winner will be able to pick up their gift card at the Cordera Community Center after the votes have been tallied and the winner announced. Happy decorating! Get out in the neighborhood...
Why NOW is a Great Time to Build  the Colorado Springs Home of Your Dreams

Why NOW is a Great Time to Build the Colorado Springs Home of Your Dreams

There are so many reasons why the timing has rarely been better to build a home – exactly the home you want in the perfect Colorado Springs master-planned community. 1.    The resale market is tight. If you’re ready to buy a new home in Colorado Springs, you might have been working with a local real estate agent and scoping out some of the existing properties. So, you know the good ones are going fast. Agents have reported that houses are selling extremely quickly, with multiple competitive offers. The pickings are sometimes slim and it’s not always easy for buyers to find an existing house that fits their needs. 2.    Interest rates are low. You know mortgage interest rates are near historic lows – and that knowledge could even be your motivation for house hunting; but you might not have fully assessed what low interest rates mean: • It means you can buy a bigger, nicer, more expensive house and have the same or even lower monthly payments you had in a less expensive home with a higher interest rate. • It also means you might not want to move after the standard five to seven years in your home. That interest rate is so appealing and if rates go up in the future, moving won’t be easy to justify for a lot of homeowners. 3.    Get the house you really want. When you consider today’s interest rates and all the market conditions at play, now is the time to build your dream home – exactly the house you want in the neighborhood where you want to live and where...
Colorado Springs Community Wildfire Preparedness

Colorado Springs Community Wildfire Preparedness

Last year as the Waldo Canyon fire raged, we heard heartbreaking stories about families being rapidly evacuated from their homes knowing they had left treasured belongings behind. What can you do to be prepared to leave your home in the event a fire does come too close for comfort? What do you need to remember when you are scrambling to get your family and pets away to a safe location and may have no time to think? Remember, you will have to be careful to think of only the essentials. You might only have time to leave with a car load, so be very specific and focused. Here are some tips to keep in mind. Some  of these tips you can organize ahead of time and others you may need to put together the moment you hear there is a fire near (don’t wait until you think you will be evacuated, it may be too late): Have and practice a fire evacuation plan with your family. Make sure everyone knows and has practiced it so that it is not new to them if they actually have to do it. Include a clear understanding of what the escape routes are, where to meet up and other emergency details. Plan or build your “grab and go” disaster supply kit. This should contain at least 3 days of water, any required family medications, small amount of clothing, cash/credit cards, some food, a first aid, address book, cell phones, cell phone chargers (so you can contact family and friends to let them know where you are and that you are safe). Plan or...
Protect Your Colorado Springs Home from Wildfires

Protect Your Colorado Springs Home from Wildfires

It was June of last year that the Waldo Canyon Fire was blazing and local news channels were flooded with updates. Many of us witnessed this massive plume of smoke and fire take a hard right down a hill into the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. The community was awestruck by the power of the fire while heartsick knowing there would likely be a huge loss of homes and all that they contained. Now we are entering into a time of less rain fall and face a possible summer drought. Many families are wondering if they are doing enough to protect their properties were a fire to unfortunately strike our city again. Luckily, the Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado State Forest Service and Colorado State University all have fantastic resources about fire mitigation full of safety tips. Here in Colorado, we are blessed with homes that are located in what is called the “Wildland-Urban Interface” (WUI) which means while our homes might be in communities and subdivisions, our wild land is closer to us than it typically is in a strictly urban area. So, when/if a fire does break out near a neighborhood, there is a chance that the fire will spread because of the consumable fuel in this WUI. Such fuel as grasses, pine needles, twigs, what they call ‘duff’  (organic matter on the ground), branches, slash, and wood chips. Not to mention the trees, bushes and other landscaping that we want around our homes. All this ‘fuel’ tends to feed the fire and bring it to towards the house. But what can we do – especially if we don’t...