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Reunion offers small-town vibe, new construction near DIA

Reunion, a growing Commerce City neighborhood near Denver International Airport, offers buyers more home for their money.

ReNee D. Charles, an 8z real estate agent, lives in her third home in the area. Her husband works at the airport.

“Reunion has a small-town feel. You still see people at the grocery store you know,” she says.

Tami Choe, a West+Main real estate agent, says it’s become more appealing as the area developed. “When it first started, it felt like you were in the middle of nowhere,” she says. “You had to drive to Brighton or Green Valley Ranch to get anything.”

But now, the area boasts a large King Soopers that anchors a shopping center with restaurants and a doctor’s office, and other stores and chain and mom-and-pop restaurants fill the area near the 104th and Chambers intersection.

The neighborhood itself offers a large recreation center and pool, parks, walking trails, and a community coffee house that helps train disadvantaged youth so they have the skills to compete in the workforce.

In addition to being about 15 minutes from the airport, Reunion also offers easy access to downtown Denver, Golden, and Boulder.

“You can be anywhere in 30 minutes,” Charles says.

What’s available?

Charles says that if you want to buy a new home, with multiple builders constructing single-family homes, paired homes, townhomes, and condos, Reunion is a great place to start.

Construction is underway at Reunion itself, an Oakwood Homes master-planned community, and half a dozen other developments, including Buffalo Run, Fronterra Village, and Potomac Farms.

With multiple developers, buyers can find options ranging from $475,000 to $1.5 million. Homes typically stay on the market for five days or less.

Despite the new construction, there’s still not enough inventory, Choe says. “Even the new builds have wait-lists with some interest lists 40 people deep.”

Who’s moving in?

The community draws a mix of homebuyers. Many are first-time homebuyers, often young professionals with families. Others work at the airport and want a shorter commute.

“We joke everybody has 2.2 kids and a Labrador,” Charles says.

And the new homes let buyers stretch their dollars, Charles says. She says that the price for similar homes west of Interstate 25 costs buyers an extra $20,000 or more.

Choe agrees the area appeals to first-time buyers, but rising prices may push them out. “I’ve worked with people who wanted to get a single-family home but had to switch to a paired home.”

The homes in Reunion offer a low-maintenance lifestyle with landscaping and snow removal included in homeowners’ association dues. That appeals to many older buyers who want to downsize and not have to worry about home maintenance, Choe says.

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