Mail Creek Crossing, New Home Construction in Southeast Fort Collins

Spruce Creek Drive on July 22, 2014

Spruce Creek Drive on July 22, 2014

National builder Meritage Homes has nearly sold out of lots in Kechter Crossing, a new southeast Fort Collins community consisting of 74 energy-efficient homes selling in the $400’s and $500’s.  As the demand for new housing in southeast Fort Collins remains strong, Meritage Homes continues to develop the 39 acres immediately south of Kechter Crossing.  Model homes at Mail Creek Crossing could be built as early as December 2014, nearly one year after the land development plans were approved by Larimer County.

For more information about homes for sale in Fort Collins, contact Richard Jensen with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at (970) 818-6161.

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Spruce Creek Drive coul-de-sac looking northeast toward Kechter Crossing

Spruce Creek Drive coul-de-sac looking northeast toward Kechter Crossing

Fort Collins Vicinity Map of Mail Creek Crossing subdivision

Fort Collins Vicinity Map of Mail Creek Crossing subdivision

Kidz Zone at the Taste of Fort Collins

The annual festival known as the Taste of Fort Collins was held this past weekend (June 7, 2013 – June 9, 2013) at the intersection of Laporte Avenue and Howes Street near Old Town Fort Collins.  Sponsored by First National Bank, the Taste of Fort Collins showcases food and drinks from local restaurants and breweries.  A celebration of cuisine and music, this popular event also includes a full stage and live music nearly every hour from both local and national bands.  This year’s headliners included Matt Nathanson on Saturday evening (June 8, 2013) and AWOLNATION on Sunday afternoon (June 9, 2013).

As if the delicious food and tasty beverages were not enough to attract massive crowds, the Kidz Zone on the north end of Howes Street was a sure hit among families and children.  I have been a regular at the Taste of Fort Collins for the past several years but this was the first time I took my kids for an afternoon of fun…and they loved it!  My son (4 years old) and my daughter (2 years old) had a blast in the Bounce House and Dual Lane Slide.  Both kids also climbed their way through the bouncy Obstacle Course, but by far my son was most excited about the Quad Bungee Trampoline.

At first he was a bit reserved about putting on the safety harness.  He was both excited about doing something new but cautious about not having his Mom and Dad right next to him.  After a few small jumps to get the hang of it, he was ready to jump over 15 feet in the air…and that’s exactly what he did.  He was a bit scared on some of his intial descents, but after he got used to the feeling of falling toward the ground he was all laughs and giggles.  What an awesome experience for a four year old!  His little sister felt a bit left out, but hey, she’s only two.

For more information about the 2013 Taste of Fort Collins you can visit the official website here.

Here are some pictures from the Kidz Zone, and you can see more pictures from the Taste of Fort Collins at NoCo Lifestyle or our Facebook page.

Richard Jensen with Kids

Richard Jensen with Kids

Bungee Trampoline

Bungee Trampoline

Bungee Trampoline

Photographer Ryan Levander on Flattop Mountain

NoCo Lifestyle photographer Ryan Levander snapping a photo on top of Flattop Mountain.

NoCo Lifestyle photographer Ryan Levander snapping a photo on top of Flattop Mountain.

On Monday, May 13, 2013 Richard Jensen and Ryan Levander hiked Flattop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. This picture shows photographer Ryan Levander snapping some photos at over 12,000 feet.

Why Live in Fort Collins, CO?

My family has some friends who moved out to Fort Collins, CO from southern California a couple of years ago.  If we were to break down the list of reasons why they moved to Fort Collins, CO it would look something like this:

1.  Cost of Living: The median price for a single family residence in Orange County, CA was over $400,000.  The median price from home in Fort Collins two years ago was appoximately $230,000.  Furthermore, property taxes in Orange County, CA were 1.1% vs. less than 1.0% in Fort Collins and sales tax in Orange County, CA was in excess of 9.0%.  Gas prices in southern California were over $4.00/gallon and the traffic easily added 15-30 minutes to a commute less than 10 miles away.

2.  Education:  Public schools in southern California were suffering due to the student-teacher ratio and the budget crisis.  Several of our mutual friends were teachers who claimed that classrooms were crowded and students were not given enough personal attention, which resulted in lower test scores.  One alternative was to send children to private schools, and annual tuition costs could easily exceed $3000.00 per year.

3.  Recreation:  Orange County, CA is so developed that parks and natural recreation areas are scarce.  This resulted in residents having to drive several miles to reach parks, national forests, and open space suitable for outdoor activity.  Fort Collins, CO offers miles of bike trials, natural space and parks maintained by the City of Fort Collins, and easy access to free hiking trails within city limits.

4.  Community:  The lifestyle in southern California is one in which everyone is competing with each other to see who ultimately has more money, drives the most expensive car, and lives in the biggest house.  Cities in Orange County, CA all merge into one large concrete structure of buildings, homes, shopping malls, and industrial-commerical businesses.  The sense of community found in Fort Colllins, CO is much more connected with real people who care about their friends and neighbors.

5.  Opportunity:  Fort Collins and Northern Colorado offered tremendous opportunity to start-up and maintain a business in nearly every industry.  Gaining popularity as one of the best places to live in the United States, Fort Collins offered steady employment and a thriving economy to sustain growth over the next decade. 

There are several other reasons that motivated our friends to leave the busy and superficial lifestyle of southern California and pursue a more meaningful and rewarding life in Colorado. 

Please call or email me if you have any questions about relocating to Colorado or the NoCo Lifestyle. 

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