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Mountain Modern Defined

How Nederland’s Caribou Ridge Community Exemplifies Luxury Front Range Living

Article by Lisa Van Horne

Photography by Caribou Ridge, Mark Sorenson, James Maynard

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle

According to the teams at Boulder’s Compass Real Estate and Cornerstone Homes, there are two overarching elements that make up the meaning of the mountain modern moniker.

The first is technical. A mountain modern home should include all of the modern conveniences of new construction while still being nestled in a natural mountain setting—amenities such as fiber optic internet, fire mitigation systems, and buried natural gas, electric, and water lines.

The second comes down to style. A mountain modern home should exhibit architecture that blends modern forms such as flat and shed roof lines and glazing with traditional mountainous materials like timber, wood, and stone.

Combine these traits and you get a new standard in mountain modern luxury—a standard that Nederland’s Caribou Ridge development wholly exemplifies.

Made up of 34 custom and semi-custom home sites, Caribou Ridge is just 30 minutes from Boulder and makes mountain living at the same time rugged and sophisticated, secluded and connected, wild and tranquil, naturally stunning and impeccably designed.

“Surrounding yourself and living in Colorado’s majestic outdoors shouldn’t have to mean sacrificing contemporary amenities and conveniences,” says Zach Zeldner, Realtor with Compass Real Estate. “The state-of-the-art infrastructure of these homes delivers the ease and access you’d expect in an urban environment right in the middle of the Front Range wilderness.”

Bordered by protected open space, private land, and Roosevelt National Forest, the community feels as if it’s a private park in and of itself, surrounded by epic mountain views and panoramic vistas that stretch all the way to the Continental Divide. The homes themselves mirror this natural beauty with their soaring vaulted ceilings, expansive windows, and open floor plans.

Each home is likewise purposefully constructed to blend with and respect the site’s topography, incorporating numerous natural design elements. The homes’ designs are defined by bold, luxe details such as exposed timber framing, high-end finishes, and locally sourced stone.

This immersion in nature extends to the multitude of outdoor activities conveniently accessible quite literally from the backyard of the community. Easy access to Eldora Mountain Resort means the ability to get in a few runs without having to brave the often heavy ski weekend traffic. Nederland is close by, complete with its craft beer and mountain music festival offerings. Paired with the ample hiking, fishing, and biking opportunities that abound in the surrounding area, Caribou Ridge homes encapsulate a truly Colorado living experience.

“I’ve been involved with new construction and development for 15 years,” says Patrick Brown, Realtor with Compass Real Estate. “And when I think of these homes, true mountain modern sophistication is what comes to my mind. These homes really have it all.”

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Nine of the homes in Caribou Ridge have been pre-sold, with two more under contract and four additional ones in the wings to be released. For more information, please contact Patrick Brown at 303.242.6012 or Zach Zeldner at 720.480.7650. 

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