Big value in small-town Castle Rock: Super energy-efficient Meritage readies to open single-family models from $460s

If you’re one of many families taking a new look at suburban single-family living in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, Meritage Homes has an opening coming early this fall that offers a way to get lots of value in home size and energy features, while staying close to good recreation and entertainment attractions.

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“We’re seeing people wanting out of the urban areas now,” says Meritage Director of Sales Josh Dowling, as Meritage prepares to open an attractively priced option for them at master-planned Terrain, just east of Castle Rock’s historic downtown.

Meritage’s new Sunstone Village, four miles east of I-25 on Founders Parkway, will offer five single-family plans including a ranch, from the mid-$400s — a real price that can deliver a Primrose ranch, almost 1,600 sq. feet, plus a basement and a 2-car garage.

Included in that price are Meritage’s energy and water conservation features, the best by any popular market builder, centered around a polyurethane insulation system that keeps homes warmer in winter, cooler in summer.  All Meritage’s designs achieve Home Energy Rating scores in the mid-50s (lower is better)—way better than older homes of the same size perform, and noticeably better than what you’re likely to find from other builders at this price range.

Those plans also offer something else to reach buyers looking to migrate from urban to suburban, after the stay-at-home.

All have comfortable spaces for home offices or other ways of working from home. And Meritage’s energy design has an added benefit — allowing families to ‘breathe easier’ in a home built to the highest indoor air quality standards of any production builder (each one gets a MERV 13 high energy particle filter).

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Meritage has big-family sized plans coming here (one provides over 2,600 finished feet, from the low $500s); and all offer access to Terrain’s swim club, community center, and other amenities.

Sunstone Village will also put you within four minutes of Castle Rock’s downtown, where new dining attractions mix with some venerable taverns, cafés, and mom-and-pop shops dating from when this was a ranch town. You’ll find a major investment in parks, including Phillip S. Miller Park (ten minutes) with a challenge hill, zip line tour, and a community amphitheater. Sunstone will be a short walk from King Soopers.

Sign up for advance VIP information at Meritage’s web site, and you’ll be provided with some pre-sale pricing that will likely be a faint memory by the time the model homes open here.

The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.

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