Updated: July 5, 2012 at 12:00 am
Under new ownership from Oakwood Homes partnered with Mountain Real Estate Capital, Banning Lewis Ranch is the place to be this weekend with open houses and free giveaways from each of the community builders. With numerous builders offering a wide range of brand new models and floor plans from the high $100s to $500s, you can tour each and register to win prizes this weekend. If you haven’t visited the community before, or if it’s just been a while, now is the time to see what Banning Lewis Ranch has to offer. Additionally, through July 15th, Banning Lewis Ranch will donate $250 for every home sold to the American Red Cross to aid the victims of the Colorado Springs wildfires.
In 2011, the community was the best-selling neighborhood in Colorado Springs with 96 net sales. With Oakwood Homes’ at the helm of 2,600 acres, they have enhancements planned that should make it even more attractive of a community to live in.
The 2,600 acres are divided into numerous “villages” with Village 1 being around half complete with 350 homes. Not only growing in residents, but plans are in place to expand the current amenities as well as complete those that were put on hold with the previous development company. Included in the list of changes is the community center which Oakwood plans to redesign the workout room with more equipment that residents have been requesting, a functional meeting room, demonstration kitchen and more.
Already in place is a charter school, multiple parks including sports fields and a “Fit & Fun Park”, playgrounds, walking trails and a community center with a fitness room, tennis courts, pool and patio/grill area. Some of the projects and parks that were put on hold should see the light of day; and this is all just in Village 1. Oakwood has even more in the planning stages for Village 2 when that time comes, including the possibility of a high school which is highly desired by the residents.
In the week after Oakwood purchased Banning Lewis Ranch, they held an open barbeque for all the residents as an introduction and to simply get some input from those who have every day insights to the community. This local ownership will definitely be a benefit in helping towards a big-picture plan, which sets Oakwood apart from the previous owners that were from California. “We work and build where we live,” said Pat Hamill, CEO of Oakwood Homes. “We are a local company, we understand the marketplace and our expertise is in building great communities.”
After receiving overwhelmingly positive reactions from the residents, Oakwood is even more comfortable with their plans for the community. This comprises working with several local homebuilders including Classic Homes, Richmond American Homes, Vanguard Homes, Vantage Homes and D.R. Horton. Between all the builders in Banning Lewis Ranch, homebuyers are certain to find what they are looking for with all the options available. From the high $100s to the $500s, bedroom ranges, basements, and general square footage… whatever your needs are, something in the community will fill them perfectly.
For more information, you can reach the Ranch House at 719-522-2432. Tour hours are from 10-6pm Monday through Saturday and 12-6pm Sunday. To get there from Powers and Woodmen, head east on Woodmen then turn south onto Marksheffel Rd. Turn left onto Vista Cerro Ave and the Ranch House will be right there. If you’re coming from Powers and Constitution, head east on Constitution till you reach Marksheffel Rd and take that north. Turn right on Vista Cerro Ave and you’ll be in Banning Lewis Ranch.