Creating Mountain Communities with Relationships in Mind

Rocky Mountain homes can’t follow the same design grid as urban neighborhoods

People want to be in the mountains – so much so that many are making the decision to call the mountains home, and either work at Colorado’s higher elevations full-time or commute down to Denver for work. As a result, mountain communities are either being planned or are underway on parcels of land that have been approved for residential development in the high country. Unlike the mountain mansion getaways that sit luxuriously on mountainsides, the homes in these communities are designed and built with relationships in mind.

The relationships that architects and developers envision when designing new mountain communities include neighboring homes, the landscape, view corridors and privacy. These places can’t follow the same design grid as urban neighborhoods. Rather, new mountain communities must follow the flow of the terrain and have the overall landscape and natural elements serve as their guide.

One example of a new mountain community that is appealing to the desires of those who want their primary home in the Rockies is Summit Sky Ranch in Silverthorne. This 240-unit, single-family-home development is built on 416 acres and taking into account all of the ways to design and build a very special high-country community.