Location: Castle Rock, CO
Client: Standard Pacific Homes of Colorado, Inc.
Project Type: Multi-Family Residential
Size: 35.65 Acres, 173 Units
Services Provided: Site Planning, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design
The Good Stuff: Latigo, in the Metzler Ranch neighborhood of Castle Rock, was a very challenging site with a dramatic drop in elevation, several large stands of Gamble Oak and Large Ponderosa Pines, and dramatic views of the Castle Rock area. Even though most of the adjacent developments were scraping their sites and building massive retaining walls, we and our client made the conscious decision to work with the existing vegetation and land to create a very unique community.
We mapped out and preserved many of the large stands of Gamble Oak and Pines, and minimized grading as much as possible. The client was also open to incorporating a variety of floor plans and building sizes, as well as some drive-under garage units. All of this allowed us the flexibility to work with the land, minimize disturbances, and minimize retaining walls.
As a result, we were able to achieve a density of almost five units to the acre, with an open space ratio of almost 60%. By preserving much of the existing vegetation, we were able to reduce the required amount of landscaping and enhance the character of the community.
In a difficult market, this project was a runaway sales success, with most units sold prior to construction.