The latest on Solstice, Littleton's new 1,100 home development
Updated: Nov 6, 2019
2 miles from Sterling Ranch, models are being built overlooking Chatfield State Park
New model home under construction at Shea's new Littleton community, Solstice
If you've been following new home construction in southern Denver, you might have heard of Littleton's new master-planned community overlooking Chatfield State Park, Solstice.
If you're not familiar, the short story is Shea Homes is building 1,100 new homes along the High Line Canal, just south of Chatfield reservoir. Approved by Douglas County in 2017, this new community - called "Solstice" by Shea Homes - is picking up steam quickly.
Sterling Ranch is only 2 miles south of Solstice and will share Titan Road as well as other infrastructure, retail, schools, and amenities with Solstice. So it's only natural that here at the Roundup we've been following Sterling Ranch's new neighbor closely the past couple years.
We'll regularly post new information about Solstice on our new page, the Solstice Scoop, but I wanted to provide an update about Solstice on the Roundup so that our Sterling Ranch friends and clients know the latest!
Before I dive in, I wanted to cover three questions we often get about Solstice here at Focus Real Estate:
1. Will the community include a new Douglas County school, in addition to Sterling Ranch's projected 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school?
Potentially yes. See the ~15 acre designated school area in Solstice's preliminary site plan below. The anticipated school site borders the High Line Canal, close to the eastern perimeter of the development.
2. Will Solstice have a new recreation center? Potentially yes. Called the "High Line House" for now, Solstice's pool and recreation center will tentatively be located along the High Line Canal. If you check out the site plan, in the top middle of the map you'll see "Tract L (Recreation Amenity)."
Located due west of the tentative school site, a preliminary site plan of the High Line House has been released.
Sterling Ranch's amazing recreation center is under construction right now and is anticipated to open in 2020 (Recreation center construction underway). I'm guessing Solstice's recreation center has a much longer timeframe, but regardless it's interesting to know there will be another state-of-the-art facility 2 miles away from Sterling Ranch.
3. Will there be home lots directly along the High Line Canal? Potentially yes. Check out the site plan above for an early look at potential lot locations. We're tentatively projecting that lots could be released in the next few months. If you'd like more information on lots, be sure to follow the Solstice Scoop or shoot me a note at Mariel@Focus-Realtors.com.
If you'd like to catch up on some of the other early details about Solstice, you can check out our original story on the community here: Shea to build 1,100 homes overlooking Chatfield Reservoir.
But the questions I'm hearing these days from friends and clients about Solstice are less about the future amenities and features of our soon-to-be neighbor. Given the construction traffic and site work, I'm now being asked - what exactly is happening over at Solstice these days, and when can everyone expect residents to start moving into the community?
So here's what we know today. I toured the Solstice and Chatfield areas last week, and right now Shea is working diligently to build two model homes at Solstice.
Though this is only a guess, based on the status of construction when I snapped a few of the photographs in this article a week ago (as you can see, one home was at framing, the other just past the framing stage) it seems the models could be done potentially as early the first part of the first quarter of next year.
That said, one thing I've learned doing new construction in Sterling Ranch and other communities is that until a roof is up on a home, construction is very much dependent on the weather. Neither home was roofed yet, so we'll just have to see how winter progresses.
Shea also recently released 14 different floor plans it intends to build at Solstice. I'm a bit of a floorplan geek (I know, I know), so I'll write more about each floorplan in detail on the Solstice Scoop, but you can imagine there are a lot of options amongst 14 floor plans.
Here are three quick examples of what Shea will be offering at Solstice:
Skywalk (4051) -2,230 sq. ft., 2-4 bedrooms/2.5-4 baths. Ranch floorplan.
Morningside (4054) - 3,135 sq. ft., 4-6 bedrooms/3.5-5 bathrooms. 3 car tandem garage.
Shadowbrook (5054) - 4,092 sq. ft., up to 6 bedrooms/baths with a 3 car garage.
Pricing hasn't been released yet for the 14 different floorplans, but we'll be sure to update the Solstice Scoop with more information on pricing when available.
Given that models are being built, floorplans have been released, and other infrastructure/grading/construction work appear to be ongoing at Solstice, here at Focus Real Estate we're guessing that Solstice will continue to pick up steam through the end of this year and into the first quarter of 2020. So it's possible our Sterling Ranch friends might be saying "hi" to new Solstice residents at Atlas Coffee or elsewhere in the community later next year.
That's it for now! Be sure to follow the Solstice Scoop, where we'll keep you posted on Sterling Ranch's new neighbor.
Mariel Ross is a realtor who specializes in helping clients budget for, design, and build their dream homes. At Focus Real Estate we've helped clients build hundreds of new homes around Denver with Lennar, Parkwood, Richmond, Wonderland, Shea, and many other builders.
Learn more about what I do here, as well as the cost (in short, your builder pays your realtor, not you, so our services are at no additional cost to you - which is how we're able to offer our free New Home Package).