An Apple Pie, Front Porch Swing Kind of Neighborhood

August 20, 2020

Now more than ever, we can all appreciate the importance of getting out of the house. A chance to move, to breathe, to explore, and connect with people outside our own home. How about those friendly neighbors living right down the street in our conservation community?

At Independence, we think the best way to make these new connections is right on your own front porch. Spending time here on a rocking chair or sitting on the front step allows passersby to walk up for a quick chat without coming inside your house. They’re also a great place to spend time with friends and neighbors while maintaining a safe distance with circulated air—perfect for having folks over for a drink or a casual, outdoors get together. And best of all, you don’t have to clean up the house afterwards.

Our Front Porch Philosophy

Because there’s no better, more comfortable and welcoming place to spend quality time, we’ve designed spacious areas to gather at the front of every Independence home to encourage neighborly interaction and add a gracious transition from outside to inside and shelter from inclement weather.

All front porches throughout the Independence Community are oversized to give you plenty of space to spread out and are designed to be visible from the street, so you can keep an eye on your kiddos playing in the yard and say hello to neighbors walking by. We’ve also built our streets with additional curves and narrower widths to slow cars down and to create a safer place for neighbors and kids to mingle outside their homes. Together, these considerations help create active, social front yard gathering places throughout the neighborhood so you can safely enjoy the community and fresh air beyond your four walls.

Ideas For Your Porch

To inspire you to embrace the front porch space you’ll find here at Independence, here are some suggestions for how to utilize this incredible amenity, right beyond your front door:

1. Start a small garden with fresh flowers, vegetables and herbs.
2. Watch a thunderstorm roll over the front range.
3. Enjoy a glass of homemade lemonade.
4. Read a nighttime story to the kids.
5. Host a book club gathering.
6. Set up a telescope and star gaze.
7. Build a wind chime to hang from the ceiling.
8. Enjoy a family meal outside.
9. Install a porch swing, of course!
10. Take a nap, maybe on that new porch swing.
11. Sit on the front step and connect with your neighbors!

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