In 2021, the Canyon Pines Development Company purchased 180 acres of forested land on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains with plans to create a fully custom residential community immersed in nature and steeped in high-quality design. But this was far from the beginning of the vision for this special stretch of land, which first began to be assembled in 1980. Now, over 40 years after the initial land acquisition, Canyon Pines has come to fruition.
Canyon Pines represents a unique luxury living opportunity with its dual inimitable access to mountain recreation and its effortless proximity to some of the Front Range’s most vibrant hubs, including Golden, Boulder and Denver. Comprised of 90 homesites on lots ranging from half-acre to three acres of land, the community is an unmatched combination of tranquil mountain living with everyday convenience and an ideal location.
Perhaps the most distinguishing factor of Canyon Pines, though, is the developers’ staunch commitment to honor the landscape’s natural identity.
“Our guiding principle is to minimize the impact of the infrastructure and homes on this incredible piece of land,” says Debra Wyatte, SVP of community experience with Canyon Pines. “Canyon Pines celebrates the special relationship between the land and architecture with custom lifestyle design that brings us closer to nature. We do this by honoring three community pillars.”
As Debra notes, the first of these foundational pillars is existing as “One With the Land.” She notes that every site within Canyon Pines tells a different story and that every decision, from the original community layout with built-in natural viewing corridors to mindful architecture, is made with a synergistic perspective. Not only are the grand, sweeping views of Coal Creek Canyon to the west and the Great Plains with Denver’s skyline to the east honored but also the individual characteristics of each lot.
“The first sign that we have alignment with prospective architects and homeowners is when their design starts from the unique aspects of their lot,” Debra says.
The second piece of the Canyon Pines philosophy is that it be “Architecturally Diverse.”
“No two things in nature are exactly alike,” Debra says, “nor are they at Canyon Pines. Each lot, home and resident present an opportunity for a thoughtful design that harmonizes with our ecological diversity and gracefully recedes into the landscape.”
Multiple modern architectural genres are available to buyers at Canyon Pines to ensure that they are empowered to create a home customized to their unique style, but that can also exist seamlessly with the natural landscape. These styles include modern, prairie, cabin, homestead, ranch and vernacular.
“In reviewing the design guidelines, touring the lots and reflecting on the design opportunities, Canyon Pines sets a new standard in harmonizing modern design and nature,” Ken Andrews says, AIA and principal architect at Arch11. “This fully custom home community pushes boundaries, seamlessly merging the built environment with the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Great Plains and Coal Creek Canyon.”
The third Canyon Pines pillar is the idea of “Porch to Peak”—that buyers are afforded access to connect with nature in myriad forms just by stepping out their door. Whether this involves tranquil relaxation while taking in the stunning views, exploring the internal network of trails and over 1,200 acres of open space surrounding the community or taking a quick trek to one of the nearby outdoor recreation destinations, the community is supremely positioned to facilitate natural connections in all forms.
“As soon as you arrive at Canyon Pines, you feel a natural decompression that comes with being outdoors,” Debra says.
Alongside this reverence for the natural landscape is a recognition of the area’s unique history. Road names throughout the community pay homage to the Union Pacific Railroad, which is yet another intriguing sight visible from the community.
Peak mountain living at Canyon Pines is also enhanced with modern amenities, such as municipal sewer and water from the City of Arvada, and fiber optic internet connections included with every lot. And, when a jaunt into the city is on the agenda, convenient access to CO-72 makes popping into one of the Front Range’s urban centers with all their shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities a breeze.
In all, Canyon Pines is a community that embodies the dual love and respect for nature and the desire for a modern lifestyle that is prevalent throughout much of the Front Range.
“As we considered our options, buy or build, we visited Canyon Pines and knew, the moment we took in the view and experienced the natural environment, that we found the place we wanted to call home,” said Dave and Jeremy, buyers in Canyon Pines. “Surrounded by the serenity of mature Ponderosa Pines and perched upon the slopes of Coal Creek Canyon, we felt at peace, removed from the frenetic pace of the urban life but close to all the amenities and services of Golden, Boulder and Denver. We can think of no better place to be, no better place to live the Colorado lifestyle.”
To learn more, visit CanyonPines.com.