Every community is home to different types of bakers. There are the baking curious, baking enthusiasts, and holiday or special occasions bakers. No matter what type of baker you are, the holiday season is perfect for those who have baked their fair share of pies, tried a recipe or two, or are finding the courage to don an apron and pull out the measuring cups. Tis the season, so let’s get out the rolling pin and bake one of these five must-try recipes!

The Top American Recipe of 2022

The number of recipes out there is staggering, and finding the most popular recipe in 2022 can be daunting. A Google search by York Test revealed that the Magic Cake is the most sought-after American baking recipe in 2022. This French dessert’s magic comes from its unique batter creating three distinct layers as it bakes, eliminating the need for three pans. Like magic, the ingredients bake into a fluffy, sponge top layer, creamy middle layer, and a firm, custard bottom layer. There are many variations of the Magic Cake recipe. This one requires four ingredients and is easy to make, whether you’re a  baking newbie or a top chef.

Most Popular Pandemic Recipe

Changes and trends from the pandemic lockdown still echo through our lives. Stay-at-home or remote work is increasing, staycations are more appealing, and a greater number of people are spending more time in the kitchen. Food & Wine calls out this banana bread recipe  as a top ranking choice during the pandemic. Make this classic that inspired bakers in 2020, whether it’s the Food & Wine version or one with a twist. 

Best Vintage Recipe

Vintage or retro trends circle back around, showing up in fashion, home decor…and baking. For this recipe, we travel back to the 60s for the Tunnel of Fudge Cake, an  era that also gave us tie-dye and ponchos, which are still popular today. You can’t go wrong with a classic. 

New Thanksgiving Dessert 

With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s the perfect time to try a new dessert. Save that pumpkin pie for another day and give Spoon University’s new Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake a try. A fresh twist on dessert will add a unique and delicious element to the day if you are cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Combine the fall-like flavors of an apple cinnamon roll with cake, and top it with glaze. It’s sure to be a memorable dessert! 

Healthier Pumpkin Brownies

These flourless brownies combine chocolate with pumpkin to satisfy a craving for sweets without a ton of butter or sugar. Fudgy with the right amount of gooey, bakers watching their waistline or wanting dessert without the guilt can enjoy these mouth-watering brownies all year round. 

Whether you are a patissier or new to the art of baking, there are recipes to match your taste and level of interest. Try your hand at a classic, challenge your skills with a vintage or complex dessert, or find a new favorite. Our warm-hearted Independence Community in Elizabeth is getting ready for this holiday season, and we look forward to welcoming you. Contact us to learn about the homes available in Elbert County. 

There are many reasons to keep your vegetable garden thriving during the snowy winter months, including growing your own food, getting exercise, and adding beauty to your yard. Understanding that gardening in cold weather isn’t for everyone, there are several vegetables that thrive in colder temperatures and are perfect for warm soups and heartier meals throughout the colder months. If you’d like to give winter gardening a try, here are a few tips to help ensure the most successful (and tasty!) winter crop possible: 

Choose Wisely

The best vegetables to plant during winter are those with hardy reputations. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, parsley, broccoli, fava beans, garlic, and spinach can recover from freezing temperatures. Beets, carrots, many types of lettuce, and radishes aren’t as resilient, but tend to do okay in temperatures that dip just below freezing.

Water Regularly

Some gardeners assume that plants need less water once the summer sun disappears for its long winter nap, but watering a winter garden is just as important in cold weather. During the winter, water right before an expected frost, as damp soil is slower to freeze. Water during the day, as well. Watering too late in the evening can leave your plants more susceptible to complications. 

Consider Containers

Growing plants inside a container isn’t always aesthetically appealing, but it is practical, especially if you reside in an area prone to temperature plunges. The main advantage of using containers is that they make your plants portable and enable you to bring your vegetables inside if necessary. 

Light it Up

When gardening in the summer months, throwing a little shade at your plants is no big deal. In fact, a reprieve from the blazing sun may even be beneficial. This is not the case when it comes to a winter harvest. Because you’re already dealing with cold temperatures, your winter garden needs all the warmth and sunlight it can get. To give your plants the best chance at thriving, plant where the sun provides a generous amount of exposure.

Accessorize

There are many garden accessories that will help your plants survive the harsh winter months. From simple frost covers and cold frames to the more extensive (and expensive) polytunnels and greenhouses, you can readily insulate your crops once the weather turns. Snow makes a great insulator, as well.

Independence in Elizabeth, Colorado, offers beautiful new homes with views for miles and gardening opportunities for green thumbs. Contact us to learn more about what we have available.

While spring cleaning is hot on the radar after the last frost melts, preparing for the winter by decluttering in the fall is also advantageous. Living in a clean space and cultivating a calming oasis can help one better prepare and embrace Colorado’s most indoor-inspiring season. Here are a few simple tips for decluttering your home: 

What is Clutter?

Start by defining your idea of clutter. Some people prefer a minimalist design aesthetic, where even a bookshelf would be too hectic. Others like to have shelves of personal objects or momentos displayed in common rooms to inspire conversation or fond memories. Clutter can be defined as anything you keep that doesn’t add value to your life. A junk drawer full of spare parts, a garage packed with broken sports equipment, and filing cabinets full of documents will not likely add inherent value to your day-to-day life. Instead, they will get in the way – both literally and figuratively. Determine what you personally define as clutter, then get to work. 

Start with the Closets

Tidying up expert Marie Kondo suggests that her clients first empty and organize their storage spaces. Take a weekend and pull everything out of your home’s closets, piling your objects in a central location. Say goodbye to items you haven’t used in the past year by donating them to a local second-hand shop, or posting them on a free exchange site like Facebook’s Buy Nothing groups. 

Move Room to Room

After your closets have been decluttered, make a plan to purge unwanted items from each room in your home. This way, you can ensure that there’s no project left unfinished. Assess each room’s items and create a donation pile, a trash pile, and a ‘maybe’ pile. After you’ve removed items you don’t want, need, or use anymore, sort through the ‘maybe’ pile with a better idea of how much spare space you have. 

Use Economic Principles 

This is specifically referring to ‘sunk cost’ and the ‘80/20 rule’. Sunk cost is the amount initially spent on the object that can never be recouped. Unless an item appreciates in value over time (like mid-century barware and 19th century equestrian paintings), most objects lose value the minute we buy them. Don’t keep something because of the money you spent on it years ago if it isn’t adding any value to your life now. Additionally, consider the 80/20 rule: 80% of the time we only use 20% of the items we own. This extends to clothing, cookware, decor, and the like. Separate those 20% items that you know you use frequently, then go through the rest and determine what you would like to keep. 

Read About It Then Sleep On It

A mindset shift is often needed to release possessions that are no longer serving us. Our culture is one that cultivates consumption often in the form of material possessions. This can make it tricky when we’re trying to declutter, despite not wanting our home, cabinets, or closets to seem scarce. Consider reading about minimalism, like The Joy of Less, or Chasing Slow, to gain a new perspective about the things we keep close. 

Waste Not & Donate Locally

Decluttering can feel wasteful because while we are ridding ourselves of belongings, we are offloading them elsewhere. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prevent unwanted items from ending up in the landfill. Donation Town accepts gently used household items, including home furnishings, furniture, kitchen appliances, dishes, etc., and resells them at a fraction of the cost of buying new. Schedule a pickup to make donating a breeze. 

You don’t have to rid yourself of every material possession to create a decluttered space. Consider what is important to you and why you keep the things you do before going removing what no longer matters. A house is so much more than a place to keep your belongings; it’s a place to make memories, cultivate relationships, and recharge after a long day. The Independence Community in Elizabeth, Colorado, believes that life is meant for living, for sharing, and for embracing the great outdoors. Come see what our warm, welcoming neighborhood is all about. 

You don’t have to be a self-designated foodie to appreciate the magic of a good meal. If you live in Elbert County, casual dining doesn’t just mean knowing where to eat; it means knowing what to eat. We recommend trying these favorite dishes the next time you dine locally: 

The National League at Buzzards Big Mouth Pizza

Buzzards Big Mouth Pizza is located right down the road from the Independence Community in the heart of Elizabeth. It features some very unique flavors and toppings, including cheeseburger, alfredo sauce and even boneless HOT wings (yes, as a pizza topping)! The National League, which merges Italian and Mexican cuisines, is among our favorites. It’s made with refried beans, salsa, cheddar cheese, black olives, onions, jalapeños, and topped with tortilla chips. The restaurant also offers grinders, pastas and calzones, along with options for seniors and kids. 

The Blueberry Streusel Pie at the Tea Spoon

The Tea Spoon can be found in the middle of Elizabeth on Main Street in a charming house that can be challenging to locate without a sign. Don’t let this little detail keep you from stopping by for breakfast or lunch, however! The Tea Spoon offers a wide selection of lunch and breakfast items (with a special focus on teas), and it’s the perfect place to sate your sweet tooth, as well. We recommend the blueberry streusel pie to get the job done. 

The Queso Burger at the South 40 Bar and Grill

The South 40 Bar and Grill in Elbert has an extensive menu that caters to various tastes. It focuses on burgers and offers some wild selections, including a Spicy Peanut Butter Burger and a Pastrami Burger. Our favorite is the Queso Burger, a mouthwatering bite made with a beef patty, bacon, grilled onions, queso, and pepper jack cheese on a pretzel bun.

The Brisket at Little Valley Smokehouse 

If you’re in the mood for barbecue, Little Valley Smokehouse is a hometown favorite. Located in Kiowa, it’s known for its large portions and personalized service. While you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, we recommend the brisket – it’s quite flavorful!

The Chicken Fried Steak at Bernie’s Kitchen

Offering an extensive menu of comfort food classics, Bernie’s Kitchen is located on Kiowa Road in Elizabeth. Bernie’s specializes in Southern and American favorites and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you’re looking for nourishment that truly feeds your soul, check out the chicken fried steak. 

From well-known restaurants to hidden gems, Elbert County offers a range of dining out options.  Try one of the above to see if our favorites become your favorites, too.

Independence in Elizabeth, Colorado, offers beautiful new homes located near these restaurant options. Contact us to learn more about what homes are available.

Sometimes life gets so busy, it’s all we can do to make it to the weekend. That doesn’t mean you have to stay home to relax and recharge or hop on an airplane when you have so many options here in the Centennial State. Colorado boasts a plethora of hotels, resorts, and getaways that make remaining in our home state a wonderful and enticing option. The following spots are within a few hours’ drive of the Independence Community, offering a  chance to make memories with an impromptu, easily planned staycation.

Fort Collins, Colorado

Just over an hour from Independence Neighborhood in Elizabeth, Colorado, Fort Collins is a fun college town with mountain vibes. Nestled against the foothills, this historic city is equal parts elegant and down to earth. Splurge on a stay at The Elizabeth Hotel in Old Town and enjoy walking to numerous fine-dining restaurants peppered throughout Fort Collins’ charming downtown. If you’re looking for something more low-key, rent a quaint historical home on AirBnB and bike to local craft breweries – this town has 20 of them. Looking for a little more adventure? Rent paddle boards or pack a picnic and head to Horsetooth Reservoir for a day spent splashing in the water and the sun. 

Grand Lake, Colorado

Only a two-hour drive gets you to this picturesque mountain town just west of Rocky Mountain National Park. This alpine lake getaway transports guests to a tranquil, high-elevation hideaway free from Summit County crowds. Post up in a rustic cabin lake-side or book a room at one of Grand Lake’s many hotels or AirBnB. Rent a pontoon boat at the marina and cruise around the gorgeous sparkling waters of Grand Lake. Take a stroll around the small downtown on foot or bike, chat with locals, and fill up on small-town charm with this staycation. 

Boulder, Colorado

There’s a reason that Boulder continuously tops ‘best of’ lists year after year. It’s a beautiful, well-rounded city that offers the best of all worlds. Renowned outdoor recreation like climbing, paragliding and hiking attract adventure enthusiasts from near and far. World-class restaurants continue to find footing along the historic Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, while dive bars like the Sundowner host locals who will happily share legends of old Boulder in exchange for a beer or two. Award-winning hotels, such as the historic Hotel Boulderado and St Julien are ready and waiting to welcome you with open arms and show you the best that Boulder has to offer. 

Alamosa, Colorado

Known for the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Alamosa has some other unique draws that make it a cool spot to hang for the weekend. Catch the sunset at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and bring your camera to snap shots of gorgeous rare birds. Take a train ride back through time by boarding the Rio Grande Railroad and soaking in views of the near-by mountains from the comfort of a train car. If you’re really craving some true rest and relaxation, visit Valley View Hot Springs to soak in natural mineral pools overlooking the valley. Or, camp in luxury just a stone’s throw from the Sangre de Cristo mountain range with Dunes Desert Camp. For a complete list of things to do in Alamosa, check out this article.  

Our welcoming neighborhood is only a hop, skip, and a jump from some of Colorado’s most epic adventures. Contact us today to learn more about Independence, a conservation community  where residents can engage with neighbors, take in scenic views, and embrace this beautiful place we are fortunate to call home. 

Colorado is home to some of the most scenic terrain in the country, and our state’s national parks depict that perfectly. We have four national parks  scattered around the Centennial State, and each is worth a long weekend trip, at the very least. In fact, you could spend a lifetime exploring Colorado’s National Parks and still not see everything there is to see. Here are a few of our favorites:

Rocky Mountain National Park

This legendary national park tops the list. Rocky Mountain National Park is the closest national park to the Front Range and is well-worth a visit or two each year. Reservations are required to enter the park during peak season, so be sure to plan ahead. Trek to sparkling alpine or sleep under a starry night sky to soak in the majestic beauty of this place. Drive over Trail Ridge Road and experience the thrill of moseying over one of the highest paved roads in the country. Spot elk, moose, deer, and more by visiting off-the-beaten-path trails or by going during the off season.  

Black Canyon of the Gunnison 

This national park is one of Colorado’s best kept secrets. Regardless of the season, peace and quiet are easily attained  in this deep canyon. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison has steep walls that can reach over 2,000 feet in some places – talk about views! On hot days, you can hike winding trails all the way to the canyon’s floor and dip in the chilly waters. 

Mesa Verde 

For archaeology enthusiasts or history buffs, Mesa Verde can’t be missed. Visitors should plan to camp out and enjoy the dark skies and Milky Way views over the park. Mesa Verde was once home to ancestral Pueblo tribes whose former homes can still be seen nestled throughout the park. As one of the best preserved archaeological sites in North America, Mesa Verde will transport visitors back to a time before colonization and industrialization to understand more about the people who originally called our state home. 

Great Sand Dunes

Unlike any other state or national park in Colorado, the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Alamosa, Colorado, is remarkable to witness. Open 24/7, this park boasts the tallest sand dunes in North America, right  in the middle of mountain ranges. Miles upon miles of yellow sand dunes undulate like waves in the ocean, beckoning exploration and enjoyment. Rent a sandboard and practice surfing the biggest ‘waves,’ or pack a picnic and hope for minimal wind. Because it’s basically one large sand box, kids of all ages can find something fun to do at the Great Sand Dunes. 

Colorado’s national parks are some of the best that our country has to offer. Captivating landscapes, swathes of wild earth, and solitude in the great outdoors can all be earned by planning a trip to any of these four destinations. 

Independence neighborhood in Elizabeth is conveniently located in Denver’s southeast metro area, making it easy for residents to hop on the highway and take a scenic road trip to any of these national parks. Our community-focused neighborhood encourages both roots and wings by creating welcoming spaces to engage with neighbors and scenic views that inspire adventure, enthusiasm, and wonderment. Contact us today to learn more. 

When it comes to furniture and decor trends, the only constant is change. We try to accept that floral-patterned wallpaper has been sent out to pasture and we begrudgingly move on from futons. 

But this circle of style means there’s always something new and exciting coming over the horizon, giving us a chance to reinvent living rooms and kitchens all over again.

This year, there are all sorts of trends to update your home, including the following:

Bright and Bold Colors

The colors of walls, appliances, and furniture have always been audacious; even avocado green firmly holds a place in 1970s style. But the most modern trend ditches the dull for the bold: think bigger and brighter. Whether you’re opting for a cheery orange accent wall, a sunny yellow rec room, or an uplifting but more muted light blue bedroom, color has a way of affecting moods and emotions. A brightly-colored room can leave you energized, whereas a softened room is better for reflection, mindfulness, meditation, and rest. 

Outdoor Space Meets Indoor Ambiance 

If quarantining taught us anything, it’s that a backyard or front yard can serve as a happy place when the usual happy place is closed for business. In the latter part of 2022, expect to see trends that embrace the importance of a deck or a rose garden. You can forget the cheap patio furniture of yore; elements on your porch are about to get posh! Think lively, chic, vibrant, and adaptable. 

Rugs Running Rampant

Rugs aren’t something most people consider all that often, but it’s time we roll out the red carpet for them. Designated the “Year of the Rug” by Homes & Gardens, 2022 is the year for runners, throws, and floor mats to take center stage. Rugs offer the dual-advantage of practicality and comfort, so be sure to give this design option ample consideration. They will also leave your home warmer and brighter, while protecting hardwood floors from scratches and damage. If you have dogs, they will also protect your eardrums from the echoing noise of barking (because someone has to warn you about that dangerous delivery person). 

Nature Nurtured

Expect this year to be one where homeowners bring the outdoors in, embracing natural decor and anything that connects with Mother Earth. Marble, stoneware, and terracotta are making a big splash (in the form of a backsplash, possibly). Knick-knacks and conversation pieces will honor nature, as well, through down-to-earth decorations.

Curves Ahead

According to Better Homes and Gardens, curved furniture is one of the top design trends to look for in 2022. That’s right: rounded corners are just around the corner! They’ll be joined by arched shapes and blended edges. Regardless of your budget, you’ll be able to find something exemplifying this trend. While straight-edged furniture can be harsh on the eyes and the atmosphere, soft edges and round corners have the opposite effect.

The 2022 interior design trends focus on turning your house into a place of warmth, cheer, and solace, which makes perfect sense after two years of pandemic related worry. After all, when comfort is key, your home sweet home gets a little bit sweeter.  

Independence in Elizabeth, Colorado, offers beautiful new homes with views for miles. Contact us to learn more about what we have available.

Nothing screams Colorado summertime quite like delicious eats sizzling on a hot grill. Warm weather is best enjoyed in the company of friends over a tasty meal. Inspire your grill game with these fun takes on traditional flame-fired recipes. 

Shop Sustainably at Local Markets 

Before we dive into our summer grilling recipes, let’s take a look at how we can shop local and support the growers, ranchers, and makers that create our Elizabeth, Colorado, community. Spending money purchasing local produce, grass-fed beef, and pasture-grazed pork lets local farmers know that their community is interested in ethically grown, sustainably raised food.  

Elizabeth Farmers’ Market

Every Friday from June 10 to August 19, the Elizabeth Farmers Market boasts a bounty of fresh veggies, ripe fruits, and other goodies perfect for your grill. Take some time to peruse the stalls and chat with your neighbors who are taking a concerted interest in growing your food. 

Ponderosa Plains Farm

This local farm supplies residents with fresh eggs, sweet jams, and so much more. Get creative with your grilling recipes by incorporating infused olive oils, apricot preserves, and wild honey, created and jarred right down the road at Ponderosa Plains Farm

Now that you’ve got a plan to source fresh, bright ingredients, here are a few of our favorite recipes: 

Surf ‘n Turf Foil Packets

If you’re hosting a big party and want to spend more time mingling than flipping food over the hot grill, these foil packets are easy and no-mess. Marinate shrimp and steak separately, ahead of time, in your favorite chimichurri or teriyaki sauce. Load aluminum foil down with a healthy smattering of each, toss in a few red onion slices and garlic cloves and lay them down on the grate to cook. Get the full recipe here.  

Chicken and Bok Choy Kebabs

Bok choy is in season and your local farmers market should be stocked with bright green springs of this lesser-known vegetable. For a lighter dinner, marinate chicken in a hoisin-soy sauce concoction while preparing bok choy. Slide each onto kebabs in alternating patterns and lay them on the grill. When the chicken is fully cooked, slather some extra sauce on the mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds for a photo-worthy platter. Here’s the recipe

Grilled Corn on the Cob 

Celebrate Colorado’s famous Olathe sweet corn season by preparing the tender cobbs on the grill. Flame-charring the corn brings out its sweetness and offers a nice crunch. To level up this simplistic dish, drizzle some lime, honey, and cotija cheese over the top of the finished cobs. Learn more about how to perfect grilled corn on the cob here

Chipotle Tofu and Pineapple Skewers

Surprise the vegetarians in your life with this spicy-tangy recipe. Tofu is a great vessel for finger-licking sauces. These juicy skewers are the perfect blend of fun flavors, like zesty chipotle and fresh, sweet pineapple. It takes no time to cook these up, so consider putting these skewers on the grill when everything else is finishing up. 

Grilled Broccoli

Need some green to partner with your beer brats and cheeseburgers? Grilled broccoli has quickly become the way we like to eat this cruciferous vegetable. Find large heads of broccoli at the farmers market and slice them into sizable chunks. Season with worcester and soy before slapping them on the grate to grow tender and char. Once soft, remove and sprinkle them with red pepper flakes and a little parmesan cheese. Here’s the recipe for this tasty side dish! 

Cooking on the grill is a great summertime activity that allows you to play the host and party guest at the same time. What are you waiting for? Now’s the perfect time to throw a party or gathering in celebration of summertime. At Independence, community is encouraged and celebrated. See what else our beautiful Elizabeth, Colorado, neighborhood is all about – contact us to learn more! 

With the warmest season in swing for its three-month stay, summerizing your Colorado home is vital to comfort and staying cool in high temps. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean installing an above-ground pool in your backyard. 

It’s easy to get ready for summer with a few simple steps, starting with the following:

Screen Your Screens

From wasps to moths to mosquitos, Colorado is no stranger to summer invasions. Insects get into your home through open doors, as well as open windows with tattered screens. Before the season gets into full swing, assess your window screens for any damage. Bugs don’t just bug you; they also bite, sting, cause disease, and irritate the skin.

Splurge on Shade

The UV index, which measures the level of UV radiation, is quite elevated in Colorado during the summer months. While fall and winter can introduce low-to-moderate levels, June, July, and August have ratings that teeter between high and extremely high, making it easy to sustain a sunburn in 20 minutes or less. Sunscreen and layers offer protection, but so does shade to some extent. An umbrella and other types of shelter provide this reprieve without the inconvenience of constant SPF reapplication.

Clear Out the Gutters

Clearing out the gutters is a chore that’s easy to overlook. After all, clogged gutters aren’t a problem until they stop working. A gutter filled with dead leaves and other debris will plug eventually, resulting in standing water that overflows and a mess of decomposing foliage. If you’re not comfortable with ladders, there’s no need to conquer your fear; there are companies willing to clear your gutters for you. 

Give the AC Some TLC

The high in Denver in July and August, the apex of summer, hovers just under 90 degrees and tends to stay high until the sun goes down. In other words, it gets toasty! Making sure your AC is in working order helps you, your family, and your pets stay comfortable. The easiest way to do this is to hire an HVAC company once a year for routine maintenance (even when the AC is working fine). Regular maintenance stops problems before they can start. 

Redo the Decor

By now, your holiday decorations are probably safely stored somewhere in your basement or attic, but you may still have some winter decor and necessities front and center. Consider swapping out dark-colored pillows, blankets, and comforters for lighter, softer hues. Put away pumpkin-scented and clove-scented candles and get out those with lemon, mint, or grapefruit aromas. Finally, consider removing heavy drapes and curtains and hang thinner options, instead. 

Summer in Colorado is when the sun has its moment to truly shine…and staying cool and comfortable requires just a little proactivity. We hope these tips have been helpful!

The Independence Community in Elizabeth, Colorado, offers beautiful new homes with views for miles. Contact us to learn more about what we have available.

As they say, the only constant is change. Take a look at most small towns in America and you’ll see that this is true. From new businesses to new homes, old stomping grounds tend to evolve and transform. 

Of course, there’s still something to be said about history, nostalgia, and the good old days. So, while you can’t stop time, at least you can preserve it…and Independence Community is doing just that.

To honor the heritage of the area, Craft Companies is restoring a handful of structures and putting a modern spin on old memories. Some of these structures, located in the Independence neighborhood, date back centuries. The Independence Homestead House, the Farmhouse Victorian, and the barn are presently being restored and turned into community spaces for residents  to enjoy. 

Restoration enthusiasts are converting the Farmhouse Victorian into a coffee shop and community center. Originally built in 1921, the finished space will merge the times of yore with a cup of joe. The shop will include original artifacts, which are being restored, as well as information on their history, giving patrons a chance to explore the Elbert County that once was. 

The History Quest, a local company that focuses on restoration and genealogy with a special niche in ranches, farms, and houses, is leading the restoration process. The company is headed by Shawn Strain, a local and lifelong resident of Elbert County and the former owner of an antique shop in Elizabeth.  

The restoration is slated to include everything but the kitchen sink (although it may very well include the kitchen sink, too). Furniture and glassware are on the list of items scheduled for repair, and anything too damaged will be disposed of. 

The process will even go beyond buildings and wares. Craft Companies, the developer behind Independence, is focusing on the outdoor surroundings, as well. Three windmills have been deemed iconic landmarks and protections are being put into place for wildlife corridors, natural vegetation areas, and wetlands.  

Craft Companies has also partnered with the Butterfly Pavilion and Denver Urban Gardens to ensure that the Independence Community habitat is inviting to local pollinators, while laying a foundation for new gardens, complete with water-preserving techniques. 

The Independence Neighborhood proves that everything old is new again, at least with hard work and a creative eye. The restoration will honor the history of the region while providing the community a place to gather, celebrate, and rejuvenate. It’s the ideal way to preserve the past and the future simultaneously.

Independence in Elizabeth, Colorado, offers beautiful new homes with views for miles. Contact us to learn more about what we have available.