Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Sterling Ranch has opened a new neighborhood, which now has homes available for presale. The process of opening the community has been unique, as the pandemic …
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Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Sterling Ranch has opened a new neighborhood, which now has homes available for presale.
The process of opening the community has been unique, as the pandemic pushed all permitting and associated paperwork, normally completed in an office, into a virtual setting, said Harold Smethills, president of Sterling Ranch's board of directors.
“It's different because it's all remote,” he said. “It's been a challenge.”
Many of the required steps for opening the community were completed through Douglas County, which has all of its offices open virtually.
“The county hasn't missed a beat,” Smethills said.
Sterling Ranch is a master-planned community in northwest Douglas County that is projected to eventually be home to more than 30,000 people. The first homes broke ground in 2016 and the community is expected to be built out over a 20-year span.
The Ascent Village, which makes up 584 acres, is planned to eventually hold more than 1,500 homes. The community will also include the first townhomes offered in Sterling Ranch.
While the community has the same amenities as the primary neighborhood, called Providence Village, the architecture style and models will be unique.
The new village will include multiple small parks and a regional trail.
“A cultural trail is also planned where local art exhibits will be periodically staged along the trail,” according to a release from the community.
Eleven homes in the village are under construction, with eight of them having already been sold, Smethills said. The first residents will be able to move in this summer, he said.
“We're moving right along,” he said.
The homes will be priced similarly to the already existing property, with prices ranging from about $400,000 to more than $1 million.
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