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    Community Profile: Thompson River Ranch- Loveland, Colorado

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Thompson River Ranch a master-planned community is conveniently located in Loveland just off I-25 and Highway 34- south of the Promenade Shops at Centerra. The community brings homes in Loveland active living, while remaining extremely convenient to major roads for travel, minutes from shopping centers surrounded by quality schools like Thompson School District. Centrally located in Northern Colorado, Thompson River Ranch is just down the highway from Fort Collins, east of downtown Loveland and west of Greeley. 

    Neighborhood Amenities 

    • Community Pool
    • 18-hole disc golf-course
    • covered picnic shelter
    • Playground
    • Multi- use field
    • Miles of trails for walking,  biking and more

    Dining Options

    The Thompson River Ranch community is located near The Promenade at Centerra offering a variety of restaurants options.  Whether you are craving Italian, American, Chinese or Mexican food, you will find it all at The Promenade.

    Shopping Venues

    The Promenade shops at Centerra are the newest shopping experience in Loveland, Colorado. Located east of I-25 at Highway 34. You will find stores including Macy’s, Journey’s and Barnes and Noble.

    On the west side of I-25 and Highway 34 you will find the Outlets at Loveland offering a great selection of stores and brand names including; Nike, Ralph Lauren and Coach. The outlets offer trolley transportation, ATM, strollers and wheelchairs.  


    Loveland is often called the “Gateway to the Rockies.”  Spend the day  swimming, water skiing, rafting, boating, or fishing at one of lakes, rivers or streams Loveland has to offer. Thompson River Ranch is located a short distance from Budweiser event center which hosts an array of concerts, sporting events and more!  

    For more information on our Thompson River Ranch community visit our website!

    5 Benefits to Owning a New Home

    Last updated 5 years ago


    One of the best parts of owning a new home is that it’s YOURS!  You can paint the walls, plant flowers and have pets without consent from a landlord.  Owning a home not only gives you independence, privacy & security, but  it can provide you with a source of pride, enjoyment and satisfaction. 

    Ability to Customize and Personalize

    When building a home from the ground up, you have the ability to personalize and customize your home from the beginning of the process. You can truly personalize your home through color choices and option selections, which in an old home have already been chosen by someone else. 

    Builder and Manufacturer Warranties

    Your home will be cheaper to maintain (new appliances = fewer repairs). If  for some reason something in your new home does break, you are covered by builder and manufacturer warranties. This provides a peace of mind.

    Energy Efficiency

    New homes are constructed to operate more energy efficient, not to mention contain more energy efficient appliances.  This will have a lower impact on our natural environment and your pocket book. Check out Oakwood Homes' High Performance Guarantee and Guaranteed Energy Bills Program.

    Current Architectural Styles & Floor Plans
    New homes have contemporary architectural styles and floor plans catered to fit the modern family’s needs. Browse Oakwood Homes' Home Gallery to see spa bathrooms, large walk-in closets, spacious layouts and more!

    If you are considering buying a new home visit to browse homes by community, price range or quick move-in.  At Oakwood Homes, our higher standards are evident in communities throughout Colorado and now Omaha, where truly livable homes come with the "wow" features homeowners love - and ongoing support they deserve.

    How to Find the Right Community for your Family

    Last updated 5 years ago

    House hunting can seem hectic at first. Start by focusing your efforts towards finding the right community that fits your family’s lifestyle. Unfortunately, there is no one community perfect for everyone’s needs. These simple tips will help your family select a community to call home.

    Wish list

    Start the process by brainstorming your family’s biggest desires in a community. What does your family need from a community in order to be happy? Here are some things to take into consideration:

    • Schools- If you have children, selecting a community with good schools is probably going to be high on your check list.
    • Proximity to work- How far or close to work are you willing to be?
    • Proximity to major highways -Do you want instant access to highways or do you prefer to be farther removed from the noise?
    • Outdoor amenities- How much time does your family spend outdoors? Are trails, parks, playgrounds, important amenities to your family?
    • Recreation Center- Does your community need to have a recreation center?
    • Golf Course- Have you always wanted to live on or near a golf course?
    • Shops/Restaurants-Does your family dine out regularly?

    Spend Time in the Community

    Once you have compiled a list of your desires spend time in the community. Visit it multiple times at different times of the day; morning, after school, night etc. If you have children bring them to visit the playgrounds and parks in the area. Eat at local hang-outs to get a better feel of the community.

    If you love the community, tour the model homes in the area. Pinpointing a specific community will narrow down your house hunt and take a load off your back!

    If you are ready to start searching for a new community visit Oakwood Homes' website to browse homes by community, price range or quick move-in.

    3 Simple Tips to Enhance Curb Appeal for Selling Success

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Curb appeal is the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street. Think of it as your homes first impression to potential buyers. If the outside of a home is dingy potential buyers may assume the inside is the same. However, by making a few simple changes you can enhance your homes curb appeal and leave buyers eager to see the inside!

    Dress up the Front Door

    The front door is the focal point of your home, so make sure it looks great! Revive your front door by adding a fresh coat of paint and polish the door fixtures.

    Next, place container gardens on each side the front door to create symmetry. Symmetry is very pleasing to the eye, not to mention will brighten up the front of the house. Container gardens are ready-made, affordable and can be purchased at your local grocery store, or home improvement store.

    Lastly, warm up your front door by hanging a wreath. For the spring hang a bright floral wreath.

    These simple and affordable fixes can all be completed within a day.

    Make your Windows Sparkle

    Start by washing the inside and outside of your homes windows; you can either do it yourself or hire a professional.

    Vinegar is a great “Do it yourself” home remedy to use to wash your windows. It is inexpensive, completely natural and will cut through grim & dirt. Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and use a squeegee or microfiber cleaning cloth to wash the windows (a normal cloth may leave lent behind).  

    Consider adding a few window boxes to the front of your home. Window boxes are a quick, affordable way to create charm and color to your home. For a traditional-feel use a copper or iron window box and for a cottage- feel use painted wood.

    Groom the Lawn & Garden

    Well-groomed says well-maintained and your buyers definitely want a home that has been well-maintained. Stay on top of mowing your lawn and trim any overgrown bushes or trees, you never know when a potential is going to drive by.

    Once the trees and lawn are manicured shift your focus to the garden. Start by pulling weeds. If the garden appears dingy or just needs more color, plant flowers that are already in-bloom. These flowers can be purchased at your local grocery store or home improvement store.Last buy a few bags of mulch to replace the faded mulch. This will give your garden a fresh appearance. Plus, mulch keeps weeds to a minimum while retaining moisture for flowers.

    If you are considering purchasing a new home visit our website or call 303-486-8570. Oakwood Homes offers affordable luxury homes at every level.

    How to Find the Right Floor Plan

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Use your current home as a guide

    Finding the right floor plan to fit your lifestyle can seem overwhelming, but using your current home as a guide is an easy place to start.  Assess the pros and cons of your current floor plan. Brainstorm what you like about your current living situation and what you would change.  Maybe you love the master bedroom on the main level, but would prefer to have his and her vanities.

    Choose a floor plan that suits your lifestyle

    Selecting a floor plan that suits your lifestyle is crucial. Consider the layout of bedrooms in comparison to your family size and ages of children. Do you want to master suite to be secluded from the other bedrooms or closer? Typically families with younger children prefer the master suite to be in close proximity to their children’s bedroom. However, families with teenagers may prefer more separation and privacy between bedrooms. It is important to find a floor plan that flows easily with your daily routine. Here are some questions to consider:

    1. How often do you entertain?
    2. Where is the guest bathroom located?
    3. Do you prefer the home office to be secluded?
    4. Where do you prefer the laundry room?
    5. Would you prefer a single-story or multi-story home?

    Anticipate future needs

    Selecting a home to fit your current living needs is essential, but remember to anticipate your family’s future needs. Do you plan on having more children in the next few years? Will this home accommodate those needs? Maybe you will need to customize your home to be wheelchair friendly. Whatever your personal circumstance may be, remember to consider the future.

    View online interactive floorplans

    Once you have determined what you need out of a floor plan, start browsing online. Oakwood Homes for example, has interactive floorplans on their website. This allows you to customize and change the floorplan to meet your individualized needs.  

    Tour model homes

    A floor plan can seem perfect on paper, but before committing be sure to tour the model home. You may notice something you love about the home that you didn’t notice on paper, or you may discover something that deters you from purchasing the home.  Do not get distracted by the model home decorations.  Instead, focus on the structure of the home and try to envision your belongings in the home.

    If you are considering purchasing a new home visit Oakwood Homes' website, or contact us at  303-486-8570.

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