Where It Is Located—Southwest Denver
This 634-acre gated, private golf community is neatly nestled into a quintessentially natural Colorado environment as it abuts Pike National Forest and rolling red rock formations. The South Platte River meanders along the perimeter on the northwest, and the neighborhood is bounded by Waterton Canyon and Roxborough State Park on the north and south.
What Makes It Special—Breathtaking Views and Amenities
Resident Kevin Collins says, “People love living here because of the 18-hole championship golf course, the spectacular views and the peacefulness of the neighborhood. It is minutes away from nearby shopping and only 30 minutes to downtown Denver.” Residents take advantage of water sports at nearby Waterton Canyon and Chatfield Reservoir as well as fly-fishing on the South Platte River. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy access to parks and trails at Roxborough State Park and Pike National Forest.
The community features multiple enclaves representing the hills of Italy like Terracina, Estancia, Capri, Bella, Sera and others. Of the 244 lots, 150 are custom home sites, 12 are semi-custom homes by Burdick Homes, 24 are ranch-style golf villas by Remington Homes and 29 are ranch-style estate homes by Thomas Sattler.
Why It’s Hot—Golf, Nature and Amenities
Not only is this neighborhood gated and serenely beautiful, but it also surrounds the Jay Morrish-designed 18-hole golf course. “This was Jay Morrish’s last and final design,” says Collins. The 360-degree views include the Dakota Hogback red rock outcroppings, the Denver skyline and Pike National Forest. Many of the homes back to the golf course, while others offer privacy off the course. “This is a private protected neighborhood and once residents and guests enter the community, they get the feeling of being in the mountains and getting away from it all,” shares Collins. There are five levels of membership at The Club at Ravenna. All memberships are for families, and memberships are not limited to residents.
Shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities are plentiful just outside of Ravenna. “Residents are within minutes to the grocery store and only four miles to C-470 with easy access to downtown and shopping centers. Aspen Grove and Park Meadows are close for shopping, dining and entertainment. Residents who live here say it feels like they are living in a peaceful vacation resort with the everyday conveniences,” describes Dale Schossow, a real estate broker with the community.
The restaurant at The Club at Ravenna offers residents the opportunity to enjoy fine and casual dining. Newly appointed Executive Chef Christopher Moore is dazzling members with innovative, fresh and creative menu options. Collins says, “Members love the new menu and the restaurant staff will deliver to residents’ homes.” The Club has indoor and outdoor dining and is the locale for live music and other regular social events.
Who Lives Here—A Range of People
Resident Dale Schossow says, “Ravenna is full of interesting, diverse and successful people. We have families with children and a lot of people are like me—entering the empty nest stage of life, ready to continue enjoying the outdoors and to simply have fun.”
What You Will Pay—Six to Seven Figures
Real estate sales have surged in 2015, with home prices starting from the low $700,000s. Custom lots begin in the mid $200,000s with custom homes targeted for completion around $1.3 million. There are also re-sale home options beginning at $1.69 million. The homes are Old World Mediterranean-styled, architecturally melding into the rolling red rock landscape around the development. Lot sizes range from roughly one-quarter acre to more than an acre and nearly all back to open space with views.
Situated in Littleton, the children in the community attend Douglas County schools. Nearby private and charter schools in Littleton give a variety of choices for parents of elementary, middle and high-school-aged children.
BIO: Kathy Smith is a freelance writer and editor who has been published in local and national publications. She is a chef, mother of four and a fitness enthusiast.
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