Rock Creek Neighborhood In Superior Colorado

Here’s a tour for you of the Rock Creek subdivision in Superior, Colorado. Many people have gravitated towards Rock Creek in Superior as their place to call home. I’ve met folks that say they like the master-planned community, the convenience of outstanding shopping and other amenities, proximity to jobs at Interlocken and soon ConocoPhillips, and of course the easy travel via Hwy 36 to Boulder and Denver.

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The town of Superior was originally founded in the late 1890’s and owes its roots to the coal mining industry.  For most of it’s recent history Superior remained home to about 250 people. It was a quiet town that most folks coming to and from Boulder on the turnpike knew of only because of the Superior/Marshal exit sign they would see approaching Davidson Mesa from the east.

Then in the late 1980’s a large portion of land which was part of Rock Creek Ranch was subdivided, eventually McCaslin road was widened going south from Marshal Road and homes began popping up.

Now the Rock Creek development, which consists of homes mostly built by Richmond American, and a few custom builders, makes up the bulk of what we now consider Superior, Colorado.

Over time, a commercial area known as Superior Marketplace came into being, and brought with it businesses like Target, Costco, Wild Oats (now Whole Foods), Sports Authority, and a selection of other retail businesses.

One of the benefits of  Rock Creek that keeps property values up and folks moving into the area is the careful planning and continued efforts of town officials to preserve the quality of life in Rock Creek. While there are some undetermined plans for the 135 or so acres along the turnpike (Hwy 36 between Denver and Boulder is often still called the Boulder Turnpike by locals), for the most part, Rock Creek is a fully developed and complete community.

Given that there isn’t a continuing supply of newly built homes, as long as demand stays strong from home buyers wanting to live in the area, the real estate market and home prices will remain strong, as they have for years.

The area includes about 2700 single family homes, approximately 1800 multi-family homes (condos and apartments), and altogether is home to about 12,000 people.

One of the big attractions for many people are the well-planned parks and open spaces, and especially the way these public lands are all so interconnected. There are almost 600 acres of parks, green spaces and open spaces in Superior, and almost 30 miles of trails. These trails connect parks such as Community Park on the South end of Rock Creek which is home to Williams Field, Purple Park on the north end of the community, and numerous pocket parks, greenbelts, tot lots and the schools and community pools.

If you want to explore your opportunities for living in Rock Creek, or are thinking about selling your home and want to talk more about your plans with me, call or email me today and we take it from there!

Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, Eco-Broker®, full-time RE/MAX professional, and author of

The Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide 

The Boulder Condo Guide 

The Home Buyer’s Handbook

Call, text, or email me today!… I’d seriously enjoy having the opportunity to talk to you about your plans if you’re moving, or if you know someone who is considering a move, and needs some straight answers.

Superior Colorado Home Profile

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Beautifully updated home on coveted Clayton Circle w/ massive lot, huge deck with gazebo and brand new hot tub, carpeting, wood floors on main level, upper level laundry, designer paint throughout.

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Superior Colorado Home For Sale, Popular James Model

This classic James model is one of the most popular home floor plans in Rock Creek. You’ll find this beautiful Rock Creek Ranch home very near Superior’s Eldorado K-8 school, which is in the Boulder Valley School District, and a very short distance to Flatiron Crossing Mall, Downtown Louisville, the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, and downtown Denver and LODO.

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If you’re looking for a great home, in a fantastic well-planned suburban community full of miles of trails, parks, open space and great amenities like neighborhood swimming pools, tennis courts and all that you’d expect from a Boulder County-based community this is the place!

Property values have remained stable and strong in Superior, just as they have in nearby Louisville, and Boulder, so you’re also making a great real estate investment, both financially, and for the safety, and high lifestyle for you and your family.

More details to come, in the meantime, please watch the video.

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You may also find my Boulder County neighborhood profiles, and Boulder business profiles informative and useful. They’re both great ways to learn more about what’s going on in Boulder.

Thinking about buying a new home, or getting ready to sell?

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-Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, full-time RE/MAX professional, and author of the Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide.

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Home Energy Audit Is The Best First Step

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If you’re inclined to look at your home and ask yourself, “what can I do to improve the energy efficiency of this place?” then it may be time for an energy audit.

I took the time to meet with Eric Van Orden from Standard Renewable Energy recently, and we did an energy audit of my home to get a sense for where I could improve efficiency.

The audit included a blower-door test, and the use of an infrared hand-held device to find out where I had leaks and insulation problems.

Simple Solar Perfect Choice For Boulder Custom Builder

This business profile of locally owned Simple Solar focuses on a custom home built by Bob Hughes. Bob’s business, Hughes Construction, is a company which has a history of giving local Boulderites green building solutions. As a result, Simple Solar is a natural fit for Hughes and his Boulder real estate project.

With local roots locally as a company founded right here in Boulder Colorado, and extensive history as the most experienced solar electric system provider, Hughes found the choice to be simple for his photovoltaic power solution.

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hughes-one-lineOn the three different days when we worked on the location work for this video profile for you, we were lucky enough to experience the typical weather changes often found in Boulder. Our first day on site we talked with the crew briefly to learn that the early stages of the project were focused on setting the stage for installing the panels. As it turns out, the crew is full of highly experienced professionals, and in this case all of those on the team are electricians.

After the first day Boulder got a bit of snow and winter weather, which isn’t too surprising for us here in February. It wasn’t a problem for the Simple Solar team since they have several projects under way during any given week. Attention was shifted towards adding resources to another project while we waited.

hughes-pv-schematic-1Fortunately for everyone, Boulder’s weather includes 300+ days of sunshine and the following day brought just that. As you can see in our video profile tour, warm sunshine prevailed and the crew was back on the job and finishing up the final steps to get the system finished and up and running.

One of the most important things I have learned about Simple Solar is that they are very strongly oriented on understanding their client’s goals. This shows up in the consultation part of the process as they help homeowners look carefully at how both Simple Solar and the homeowner can work together to maximize the effectiveness of their solar system, as well as the financial efficiencies of the project design.

When you talk to a consultant at Simple Solar, you’ll see that the objective is not to propose the largest possible system that might fit on your roof. Rather, Simple Solar consultants work closely with you as a homeowner to understand your needs.

I’ve seen some systems designed by Simple Solar which met the objective of creating a solution where the homeowner would continuously produce more electricity than they could use, and consequently the system always sells energy back to the grid.

Other systems have been designed to simply supplement the electricity needs for the homeowner. Whichever solution makes the most sense for you, it can be done, and it is possible to have a keen eye on the return on your investment (ROI) at the same time.

hughes-final-layout-1-21-09In the case of this particular installation, Bob Hughes designed this home very carefully so that it was exceptionally energy efficient, and it was also insulated and sealed very well. Knowing that a Photovoltaic solar system was part of the long range plan played a big part in how he designed and built this home. He even installed ‘tie-offs’ along the ridge line of his roof knowing that installation professionals from Simple Solar would have to contend with the very steep roof pitch on his home.

This steep roof pitch actually works very well for the photovoltaic panels. The angle works to maximize the efficiency of the panels (they get some of the highest levels of sunlight at this angle), and it also helps to promote snow shedding so that the panels are once again exposed to sunlight as quickly as possible.

Hughes chose a somewhat smaller than average system of about 3.5 kilowatts. He didn’t want to completely offset his electric bill, but did want to find a compromise between aesthetics in building design and function along with eco conscious choices. The two dormer features add essential living space solutions for the home, but they interrupt the space that could have been otherwise used for solar panels on the south facing portion of the roof.

Under typical circumstances, this size of solar photovoltaic system might be able to supply about 50% of the electricity needs for a house like Bob’s. However, given the forethought Hughes had about his home, he’ll likely see a return from his solar system of somewhere around up to 70% of his actual electric energy needs. Nice work Bob!

Another key to this system is the use of the SunPower 225 panels. These are very sexy and stealthy all-black panels that produce a whopping 225 watts each. Simple Solar engineered this system to work with 16 panels which brings the total system potential up to about 3.6 kilowatts. In many areas, SunPower is only available through one dealer in a given market, and here locally Simple Solar is a premier  SunPower dealer. What I love about the SunPower 225’s is their low-key, stealthy look. and even more important to many of you in our science and technology rich community; the SunPower panels are extremely efficient. You get a huge bang for your buck with these panels!

What also makes a solar photovoltaic system attractive is the attention given to details. Things such as solar panel placement, location of the conduit runs, ingress and egress points of the conduit and electric lines between the panels and the inverter, and also the location of the inverter itself. We want these things installed to the ancillary parts and pieces are as unobtrusive as possible. Simple Solar did a bang-up job for Hughes, as they have for many other clients during their decade + run of experience in the industry.

I still believe that the main focus of any home solution is to find a way to make the project fit in with your personal values and mission for your home. Simple solar is the kind of organization that embodies this kind of principle.

My goal is to bring you business profiles on people and businesses who definitely have a goal of their own to know their client’s needs, and to work closely to meet their personal goals. I hope that this profile gives you another reason to want to call or email me now, so that I can help you connect with one of the regions best solar electric providers.

-Zachary Epps, full-time RE/MAX professional, Realtor®, and EcoBroker®
FOLLOW THE LINKS I have for you on the right side of this page, all of my tours are categorized for you to help you find just what you are looking for! Business Profiles, Neighborhood Profiles, and Homes for Sale, or just browse the list from my Video Tour start page!

Best of all, you could call or email me now, so we can start talking about what’s important to you about the Boulder real estate market! I look forward to hearing from you.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®

Superior Real Estate For Sale in Rock Creek Ranch

Here’s a great example of a home for sale in Superior, CO with plenty of room (over 2900 square feet), a finished walk-out basement, amazing views, and all the amenities and conveniences of Rock Creek.

Take a look at the tour below and see for yourself what this great home has for you. Better yet, call or email me today to get inside this home for your personal tour.

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This home in Rock Creek includes four bedrooms and has some great views of the mountains from the family room, kitchen, and especially the master bedroom.

The kitchen was recently updated with many excellent upgrades. Beautiful maple cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances are the most obvious and highly demanded features you would expect to find.

There are also hardwood floors in the kitchen and family room, and there’s even an enlarged Trex deck just off the back of the kitchen. The new deck is large enough for a full-sized grill, and still plenty of room for a large table and chairs for family dining or entertaining. And, don’t forget the wonderful mountain views.

The back yard has lots of large trees, which offer plenty of privacy in the back yard. You’re just a few steps away from the Yarrow access to 27 miles of trails that connect hundreds of acres of parks, open space lands and recreation areas.

If you want to be close to the Hwy 36 Corridor, Flatiron Crossing Mall, and don’t want to pay the higher prices of Boulder real estate which don’t include all the benefits of a master-planned community like Rock Creek, you owe it to yourself to check out this house soon.

When you think it’s time to explore your needs with someone that really knows the area, call or email me today!

In case you’re wondering why I put together these tours, especially when it’s not one of my listings (that’s real estate jargon for who represents the sellers), I want you to know that it’s because I’m looking to build relationships with people just like you. Buyers need personal and professional representation.

You have a great tool here with tours like this to learn more about this home and many others. I want you to find the house that really fits your needs. I want you to have the most information possible, and I want you to have someone on your side, working as your advocate when you make such a large decision.

Whether you’re looking for a new home for yourself, or a great investment opportunity, homes like this in the Rock Creek neighborhood of Superior, CO might just fit the bill for you. Call or email me now to get more info or to set up your private, personal tour.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®

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… OR, you can FOLLOW THE LINKS I have for you on the right side of this page, all of my tours are categorized for you to help you find just what you are looking for! Business Profiles, Neighborhood Profiles, and Homes for Sale, or just browse the list from my Video Tour start page!

Best of all, you could call or email me now, so we can start talking about what’s important to you about the Boulder real estate market! I look forward to hearing from you.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®

ConocoPhillips Demolition Progress

Even though the ConocoPhillips people haven’t shared too much lately, and seem to be playing their cards close to the vest, we can see that there’s progress at the old Storage Tek / Sun Microsystems campus.

Home sale activity in Boulder county is already picking up, compared to a few months ago, and we’ll see even more activity as jobs come into the area due to visible progress like this work going on by ConocoPhillips.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts about these changes and how they will affect your decisions to buy or sell real estate. Please call or email me if you’re interested in talking about what’s going on.

I’ve had a couple of recent opportunities to exchange email with Mary Manning, General manager, global real estate and facilities services, ConocoPhillips Co. While the assurances that she gave me about start dates for demolition are proving true as you can see behind me in the video above, I haven’t secured an answer yet from Ms. Manning on whether or not ConocoPhillips plans include deconstruction versus demolition.

From what I’ve been able to observe, the work is moving along at a steady pace, but the work with heavy equipment seems to indicate strictly demolition. This may not be what many more environmentally sensitive folks in our community had hoped for, but the speed and efficiency with which ConocoPhillips moves ahead with their work removing the old Storage Tek buildings may be the more salient issue for local residents right now.

Whether it takes months, or even years, to realize the job growth impact for the towns along the Hwy 36 corridor, the region is already buzzing with evidence of market confidence. I’m seeing more buyers poking their heads up and looking around to pick up some of the remaining great values in the area.

Last month, four homes of the 33 that were for sale in the local MLS system in Superior were bank-owned, and three of them are under contract with a buyer and due to close soon.

I had hoped to hear from Ms. Manning some more details about how ConocoPhillips plans to implement green building techniques as a part of the construction phase, and I’m sure that we’ll get more updates and information on that in due time. Since it may be many months before plans are devised about the campus, I’m sure many decisions are yet to be made.

A recent Denver Post article quoted Mary Manning:

“The ConocoPhillips Colorado campus is a key component in the strategic future plan for the company,” she wrote in an e-mail. “2009 project work will focus on deconstruction of the existing buildings, working on entitlement with the City of Louisville, and meeting with state officials on long-range traffic/Highway 36 issues. It will be a year of planning and preparation.”

Given that Manning shared this Post article with me, I’d say that she’s behind Louisville Mayor Chuck Sisk’s notion that CP will get behind improvements to Hwy 36. That can and should be a great benefit to everyone living in the area. Even though Storage Tek had upwards of 4000 people in it’s highest employment cycle, it’s been a few years since then and when we see 7000 or more employees at the new CP facility, as well as the ancillary job growth and commuter traffic, having turnpike improvements will be a paramount issue.

Exciting times for our area! As Mayor Sisk has said many times, this is an economic benefit to the entire area, not just the city of Louisville. Watch for some great things happening in all the local communities from Boulder to Denver due to this progress.

When you’re ready to talk more about the local real estate market, or have some questions about your personal plans, please call or email me, I’d really like to learn more about what you think and what your plans are if they include our local community.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®
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… OR, you can FOLLOW THE LINKS I have for you on the right side of this page, all of my tours are categorized for you to help you find just what you are looking for! Business Profiles, Neighborhood Profiles, and Homes for Sale, or just browse the list from my Video Tour start page!

Best of all, you could call or email me now, so we can start talking about what’s important to you about the Boulder real estate market! I look forward to hearing from you.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®