by John Callis, Longmont real estate expert
Longmont has always been considered a lazy, rural town between Denver and Fort Collins. More recently it has been considered as a suburb to Boulder and even a Denver “ex-burb” for those don’t mind a longer commute to downtown Denver. Now, Longmont has a planned urban community, Prospect New Town, within its city limits.
All of a sudden sleepy Longmont has a hip, “town-center concept community” to rival Lowry and Stapleton in Denver. It’s diverse homes include stately Victorians, “Denver Squares, Brownstone row houses, lofts and even bungalows.
Prospect New Town on Route 287 and Pike Road in Longmont, planned by Buany Plater-Zyberk & CO, features wide connecting sidewalks, tree lined streets, a town center with florist shops, clothing stores, boutiques, an ice cream and chocolate shop, bakery, restaurants, hair salons, all featuring timeless American traditional architecture and a 5 minute walk from residences reminiscent of historical Longmont, USA.
A “New Urbanist” development, Prospect values strong community and convenient, modern living, ecology and economy with artistry, and options for a diverse community. Prospect won the Governor’s Smart Growth Award in 1996 for actualizing such values.
Designed to offer a small town, close knit community atmosphere with modern conveniences, Prospect dwellings include higher-end single family homes with customized designer upgrades and apartments above detached garages, courtyard homes, town homes, and live/work lofts.
Prospect is planning Elder Co-housing for active adults 55 plus. The European concept incorporates dual objective of independence and community: Privately owed homes with shared indoor and outdoor amenities and areas.