Metropolitan Homes Inc.

When looking for their ideal home, prospective homeowners look for different amenities and a layout that will best fit into their lifestyles. Metropolitan Homes  Inc. has been specializing in building low-maintenance, “life-expressing homes” on Colorado’s Front Range for the past 20 years. 

“We spend a lot of time studying how, where and why people live the way they do,” President Greg Krause says. “We design our homes for individual’s ever-evolving lifestyle.” Its “life-expressing homes” slogan emphasizes Metropolitan Homes’ goal of building homes as distinctive as the people who live there. 

 The Englewood, Colo.-based company specializes in building a diverse range of products, including lofts, flats, townhomes, golf villas and single-family homes. The properties are low-maintenance living environments that mostly appeal to empty nesters, Krause says. “When we choose a location to build, we come with clearly defined goals, quality planning and design, and an uncompromising commitment to the promise of life-expressing homes,” the company states. 

Metropolitan Homes was founded by Peter Kudla in 1994 after he had been introduced to the housing industry as one of the youngest directors of housing at Boston University. The company is privately owned and best described as a boutique developer and builder, Krause says. “We focus on boutique opportunities that target a specific age demographic and lifestyle,” he adds. 

Custom Building

To keep its homes highly sought-after, Metropolitan Homes’ design professionals and trade partners incorporate many new trends. For example, the company has found the main floor living area to be the most important today because its target demographic looks to primarily live and entertain in that space. “We provide kitchens that integrate with the living and dining rooms with large islands and combined indoor/outdoor space for entertaining,” Krause explains.

 Homes built by Metropolitan Homes include main floor master suites with walkout lower levels that allow residents to take in the view. Because the outdoor views are a big part of the home, incorporating as many glass windows as possible is important, Krause adds. “Exceptional windows and our floor plan design allow buyers and their guests to enjoy the view upon entering the home, highlighting the amenity view whether it be a lake, mountains or a golf course,” he says.

The attached golf villa triplex homes average 3,000 square feet and are priced from $700,000 to $1.2 million. Metropolitan Homes incorporates both for sale and leasing options in their neighborhoods in response to the growing rental market. 

“Our target tenants are those downsizing from a single-family home, usually empty nesters who are looking for a luxurious and convenient place to live,” Krause says. “We will provide the rent-by-choice demographic with a beautiful place to live and the comfort level they desire.”

Vallagio at Inverness

Metropolitan Homes’ newest development is the Resort Collection at Vallagio in its hometown. The community sits on 23 acres and will include 36 villas along the Inverness Golf Course and two 48-unit luxury age-targeted apartments with underground parking. This is the third phase of the development. The golf villas are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015 and the two 48-unit complexes will be completed in the third quarter. The remaining eight acres of land is still under development. 

The transit-oriented development Vallagio at Inverness is composed of three phases. Vallagio I includes 200 homes and 272 luxury rentals. Vallagio II features a retail center, 90 residential units and a dedicated light rail station with a covered pedestrian bridge. “Metropolitan Homes’ success is made possible, in large part, through our network of highly skilled professional partners who share our passion for excellence from inception to finish,” Krause notes.

The Vallagio at Inverness homes include extraordinary interiors, including 10- to 12-foot ceilings, a horizontal gas fireplace in the family room, laundry rooms with countertops and cabinets, granite countertops in the powder room, decorative brushed nickel lighting or oil-rubbed bronze lighting, spacious walk-in closets and finished walk-outs. 

The kitchens are designed with granite countertops, stainless steel under-mount sinks, stainless steel appliances, spacious pantries, oversized islands and 36- to 42-inch upper cabinets. 

Homeowners will be delighted by the exceptional construction at the Vallagio at Inverness, the company says. 

Metropolitan Homes built the Vallagio at Inverness with concrete structural floors, low E, vinyl windows, a 50-gallon hot water heater, carrier heating and cooling Infinity Zoned system and the property is Energy Star Qualified. All homes come with a one-year builder warranty and eight-year structural warranty.

The Vallagio at Inverness is located near a number of amenities, including restaurants, clothing shops, grocery stores, the golf course, fitness centers, hotels and hospitals. The property is also a short drive from the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado Convention Center, Coors Field, the Denver Zoo and the Pepsi Center.

In the future, Metropolitan Homes will continue to look for boutique opportunities in the Denver area and does not have any immediate plans to expand to other locations. 

“We continue to pay attention to our customer and not just the market,” Krause says of the company’s marketing and development approach. “We are constantly evaluating who is purchasing and renting the homes and look for opportunities that fit our model of age-targeted products that we have experience in building.”

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