Spotlight on Community: Leyden Rock

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Jay Simon and Rocky Mountain Aerials

With low impact design, authentic character, and diversity of homes, the Leyden Rock master plan offers the convenience of modern life in balance with a profound experience of nature. Low impact design reduces the overall development footprint and increases open space preservation. The developer achieved more than twice the density of traditional low density development while preserving three times the open space as well as the rural character along Leyden Road. Home sites are set back 500+ feet and 125+ feet above Leyden Road.

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600 acres (60 percent) of native landscape is preserved as open space and includes expansive neighborhood parks and 19 miles of trails. Native and naturalizing plant materials accentuate the character of the land while protecting ridgelines and steep slopes. View corridors from within neighborhoods provide visual and physical access to surrounding open spaces.

Authentic community character began with the ranching heritage of the Rocky Mountain West. The palette of metal, stone, timber beams and open rail fence styles suggests this classic Colorado era. The confluence of Leyden Creek and Barbara Gulch is a natural community gateway. Community monuments, inspired by the Monjeau Lookout in New Mexico, are signature landmarks in scale with the panoramic open space setting and expansive parks are visual focal points and centers of activity to accent neighborhood identities and enhance overall community character.

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Diversity of home styles contributes to successful, sustainable development. Leyden Rock includes ten home builders and seven product lines- 2nd move-up, 3rd move-up, small patio, luxury patio, paired patio, semicustom, and luxury – 52 models, and 156 different elevations. Progressive land planning and landscape architecture helped this community become the fastest selling single-family development in Colorado and the 9th fastest in the nation.

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