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Why the best parties happen at BackCountry.

by | December 9th, 2015

Some might say BackCountry’s festive streak is simply a function of the fun, friendly people who tend to move there. Or the very active HOA that’s always cooking up special events to help neighbors get to know each other. All true, but there’s another factor involved: BackCountry offers perfect places for entertaining, both at the Sundial House and in residents’ own homes.

The Sundial House is an award-winning gathering place where residents not only meet for community events, but can host private parties. Several venues provide superb backdrops for gatherings large and small. In more temperate months, cocktails around the courtyard fire pit, looking out over thousands of acres of wilderness, makes for a pretty memorable get-together. You could also host a Broncos watch party at Pikes Pub and Lounge or a lively, interactive dinner party in the demonstration kitchen and dining room. The community room is large enough for a wedding, but with intimate conversation areas perfect for smaller gatherings. (Residents, find more information about reserving the Sundial House at or contact John Lyon at 303-346-2800 or

That said, BackCountry homeowners have some amazing places to entertain right in their own homes. Visit any of the model homes and you may find yourself dreaming up the guest list for your housewarming party. Every Shea home is designed for great entertaining, both indoors and out, since the great outdoors is so breathtaking in BackCountry.

Within the Shadow Walk Collectionthe Somerset plan is made for entertaining. Guests can easily mingle in thoughtfully connected spaces, such as the formal dining room, morning room, great room, and this kitchen, with a rounded island and breakfast bar. 

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A grand vaulted entrance welcomes guests to the Northern Sky model in the Water Dance Collection.

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Once the party gets going, everyone will find themselves gravitating toward this gourmet kitchen, where the spacious morning room easily seats eight and extends out into a covered outdoor dining terrace. The formal dining room and butler’s pantry complete the space, which is perfect for your more traditional holiday gatherings.

Kitchen and morning room

Also within the Water Dance Collection, the Solstice model offers a special twist for get-togethers. A spacious hearth room connects to the great room, kitchen, and dining area. With a dramatic fireplace as its focal point, the hearth room is an inviting place to break off from the crowd for an intimate conversation.

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Those looking for ranch homes and low-maintenance living (more time for parties!) should peek into the Alize model in the Whispering Wind Collection

This plan has a large great room with fireplace and a morning room that accesses a covered dining terrace, which is perfect for Sunday brunch with friends. Evening might inspire parties downstairs in the finished basement that comes standard—a perfect place to share movies and popcorn or a game of pool.

Alize Basement

Parties at the Sundial House, parties at home…BackCountry offers several places to entertain guests. Discover your own party headquarters here.

A neighborhood for the ages. Every single one of them.

by | August 26th, 2015

Some neighborhoods are all about young families and kids. (You know, the ones with porches packed with strollers, bikes, and scooters.) Others cater to empty nesters, even requiring a minimum age of 55. But BackCountry is uniquely multigenerational, naturally attracting every age group—which creates an interesting and inclusive place to live.

BackCountry Parks and Trails

Why is this the case at BackCountry? Actually, a number of factors are at play. Families with children tend to choose BackCountry for its access to quality schools, the safety of a gated community, good-sized homes (with custom homes available), community center with pooland all the activities that come along with parks and trailsa wilderness areaand a very active HOA. But residents in middle and later stages of life appreciate the activity, community connections, and safety just as much—along with the Whispering Wind Collection of homes that feature main floor living and low maintenance.

Because of the diversity of homeowners, the BackCountry HOA is always brainstorming ways to reach out to all residents. For example, July’s Kids ‘N Canvas event offered a painting class for children ages 6-13, and this month’s Back-to-School Pool party spoke to youngsters’ hearts with snow cones and pool games. On the other hand, the book club, cooking classes, comedy nights, and wine tasting events appeal to the adults. And you’ll even find empty nester-focused events, including potlucks and mahjong and bridge games.

Summer concert series in BackCountry Colorado

But we have plenty of age group mingling, too. BackCountry’s year-round roster of community events brings together grandparents, parents, and children. Summer concerts truly earn an E for Everyone. Little ones love the face painting and other kid activities, while the grownups enjoy the music, food trucks, and socializing. (This summer’s first concert, Doobie Brothers tribute band, Black Water, earned especially high marks with fans from the 1970s.) The 250 or so all-age residents who attended the annual, July 4th-ish Patriotic Country Music Concert enjoyed music by Colorado legends Chris Daniel and the Kings, along with a cowboy performing rope tricks and a glitter tattoo “branding station.” Who could resist that?

Like BackCountry itself, the residents are anything but one-dimensional. And so, BackCountry amenities, events, and activities respond in kind.  

The nest is empty. But the schedule is full.

by | October 20th, 2014

Last year’s Empty Nester Christmas party had a new rule. Only the men could do the cooking. The end result was scrumptious lasagna, less-stressed ladies, and the largest turnout yet—upwards of 50 people.

BackCountry is home to a wonderfully active network of singles and couples beyond the child-raising years. Lou Casteel, the informal head of this loose social network, counts about 80 residents on her email list. Each quarter, they meet for potlucks in the comfy sitting area and kitchen at the Sundial House. “It’s perfect,” says Lou. “You can get together with lots of people and no one has to clean their home.”

Other functions include a monthly Empty Nester Coffee, Monday games of mahjong, Thursday bridge, and couples’ canasta/hand-and-foot (plus potluck) one Friday a month.

BackCountry Colorado community group
Noting that four or five new couples joined the last quarterly potluck, Lou says they’re an especially good way for new residents to meet others who share the same interests. She should know, as she and her husband Steve are relatively new residents themselves, having moved to BackCountry from Pennsylvania about three years ago after retirement. They wanted to be near their kids and grandkids, and after looking for a year, they saw BackCountry online and instantly fell in love with it. “This place was so different from everything else we saw, with the views, open space, trails, and Sundial House,” says Lou. “We didn’t want our kids to feel like they had to entertain us all the time. We wanted a cool place where the grandchildren would be excited to come.”

Indeed, visiting grandma has proven to be a pretty cool thing to do, between the pool, picnics in the amphitheater, and events that include face-painting, games, and other high-energy, kid-friendly activities.

But grandkids aside, it’s been the perfect next step for the Casteels. Their home in the Luxury Villas includes a main floor master, and the front lawn is mowed and watered and snowy sidewalks are shoveled by the HOA. Without the maintenance to handle, there’s plenty of time for things to do, between the community-wide happy hours, comedy nights, and nearby activities. “Good shopping is close by, and so are the Highlands Ranch rec centers, which are wonderful. We like to take light rail to Rockies games. And there’s a group of six of us who enjoy going downtown and trying out new restaurants once a month.”

For Lou and Steve Casteel, retirement is proving to be a very busy time. But in a very good way.

BackCountry Canterbury Model Tour

by | September 18th, 2013

Life in a ranch-style luxury villa awaits you in Shea Homes’ Canterbury plan. Part of the breathtaking Whispering Wind Collection, enjoy low-maintenance living full of thoughtful conveniences and elegant details.

BackCountry Alize Model Tour

by | September 18th, 2013

Welcome home to the elegant Alize, part of Shea Homes’ beautiful Whispering Wind Collection of ranch style villas. Nestled in a breathtaking gated community, this exquisite plan is the height of low-maintenance living and gracious entertaining spaces.

BackCountry Canterbury Model Tour

by | September 18th, 2013

Life in a ranch-style luxury villa awaits you in Shea Homes’ Canterbury plan. Part of the breathtaking Whispering Wind Collection, enjoy low-maintenance living full of thoughtful conveniences and elegant details.

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