This could prove to be a good year to buy a brand new house, as there are several new housing subdivisions in development and planning stages, and several more that are already built and ready for homeowners. Granite Falls, a 104-lot subdivision in the Redlands off South Camp Road, is one of the most scenic new neighborhoods, as it's nestled next to Colorado National Monument, close to nearby biking routes and golf courses.

The infrastructure at Granite Falls was started last summer, and the first filing is almost completely sold out. That doesn't mean, however, that the finished homes are all under contract with homeowners who are patiently waiting to move into the neighborhood.

Most of the lots at Granite Falls were purchased by home builders, who are planning to build both spec and pre-sold custom homes. There are currently three homes under construction in the neighborhood, although one is in the early stages and looks more like a hole in the ground than a construction project.

Justin Howell with J. Howell Home Builders is building a custom home at Granite Falls that he hopes to complete by April. Howell owns three other lots in the neighborhood and plans on starting a spec home at the end of the month. He also plans to build a home in the neighborhood on a schedule that will allow him to enter it in the 2019 Parade of Homes.

"We're working on the plan right now," Howell said. "We working really hard to bring something new and fresh, on both the interior and the exterior."

Dave Bagg, one of the development partners in the subdivision, is hoping that several of the home builders in the neighborhood can put homes in the fall Parade. It would bring thousands of potential buyers to the neighborhood, and he hopes to have the second filing ready for home construction by then. Playing host to multiple Parade homes would also create an exciting energy for the neighborhood, where John Bennett with Canyon Vista Homes has the other home that's currently under construction.

The home was designed by Kraai Design, and it will have four bedrooms, two and a half baths and an enormous covered patio that gives homeowners a great place to enjoy the views. The lot size is also large enough to accommodate RV parking on the side of the home behind the fence.

Hal Heath with Metro Brokers will be listing the home when it is closer to completion and when buyers will be able to see more of the colors and finishes that have been selected for the home.

Other builders who hope to start construction soon on homes in the neighborhood include Chuck Lopez, Amber Alegria with Alegria Homes, Greg Toft, Maves Construction, Jason Rund, All-Build, Jason Dangler, Bishop Construction and Griffin Concepts. Other builders are welcome to buy the remaining three available lots in filing one.

"The neighborhood has such a diversity of builders," said Alegria, who's planning a spec home that will be similar to the well-received home she entered in the 2018 Parade of Homes. "They can put their own flair on their homes; there's a lot of unique, really good builders."

Lopez is planning to start a custom home soon, and is also thinking about building a spec home in the neighborhood to enter in this year's Parade to bring more attention and potential buyers to the neighborhood.

"There's nothing else up there on the Redlands like it," Lopez said. "With those great views and good soils."

Lot sizes in the neighborhood are generous, usually around 12,000 square feet. The remaining lots in filing one are priced between $121,900 and $125,000. Prices for lots in filing two haven't been established yet due to construction bids that haven't been received. Most of the builders are choosing to build homes that have at least 2,200 square feet, although some are building homes with more than 3,000 square feet. Prices vary, but start in the low to mid-$500s for smaller homes and in the upper $500s for larger homes. To find the neighborhood, follow S. Broadway to the intersection of South Camp, then follow South Camp past Avenal Lane on the left. The subdivision is also on the left, before Canyon Rim subdivision.

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