Empty Nester Homes

Rediscover the life you’ve always wanted with our perfectly sized

 Empty Nester Homes

colorado mountain homes


The largest group of retirees to ever hit the U.S. housing market is arriving at the rate of 10,000 people per day. These are the baby boomers and they number nearly 76 million.  With the decision to retire, and with the children out of the house, boomers are downsizing. Our sales confirm that the homes we’re building meet the expectations of this burgeoning empty nester market segment who seek out main floor master suites, zero entry showers and low maintenance homes.

Welcome to The Villas at Cotton Ranch!

A new luxury home community in a remarkable location in the Vail Valley that offers a lifestyle you didn’t think existed in this price range. These homes express modern design from an award-winning builder, combined with exceptional quality. That quality of the building and workmanship must be seen to be appreciated — it is top-of-the-line and the end result is a lovely home of which you can be proud.

The Villas at Cotton Ranch is the quintessential location for the active lifestyle of today’s empty nesters and retirees. The HOA maintenance program is tailor-made for the person on the go. The responsibility for outdoor home care need no longer be a concern or a burden; your lawn will be mowed, watered and irrigated; landscaping overseen; even your driveway is plowed — so instead of spending time doing yard work you are free to pursue the Colorado lifestyle you so crave. And when you leave your home for days, weeks or months, this provides flexibility and peace of mind few people can experience. It is also what makes this the ideal home for second-home owners.

This area is custom-made with countless recreational options to address the individual desires of any outdoor enthusiast.

The Gypsum Creek Golf Course — essentially your backyard — is always beckoning and because of the mild climate and lower altitude, there is an expanded season for outdoor play. Within walking distance is the golf course’s clubhouse, home to The Creekside Grill, open year-round and a restaurant that has earned its place as a locals’ hangout. The deck overlooking the course and highlighting the northern mountains is a place neighbors and visitors gather to enjoy one other’s company in a picturesque and comfortable atmosphere. Also, available at the clubhouse are new pickle ball courts, tennis courts, and a large outdoor swimming pool with grill.
The Gypsum Recreation and Fitness Center is a short walk from your Villa home with exercise classes, workout room and indoor swimming pool.  The Eagle County bike trail system provides a delightful opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors along with rafting, fly-fishing, hiking, even hot-air ballooning.  Skiing in Vail or Beaver Creek is just 37 miles away, and Aspen is close enough for a day trip and dinner back at home.  And while the weather is much more temperate than up-valley, when it does snow the golf course presents the perfect venue for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.  Even the public library is just down the road, as is the Eagle Regional Airport and Jet Center for those jaunts out of town or guests arriving for a visit.

While the abundant activities and events are but a short distance away, you are far enough from the hubbub to enjoy life at your own pace. And it should not go without saying that Eagle County is the county with the third highest life-expectancy rate in the nation.

We invite you to come to Cotton Ranch and experience our homes — soak in the sun, admire the quality, examine the floor plan, enjoy the location, contemplate the convenience of low-maintenance — you might decide that this active adult community is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Visit our model home at 86 Black Bear Drive. Open weekdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and weekends noon – 4 p.m

Contact Us Now


Homeowner’s Testimonials

My wife and I came up to Eagle County looking for a 2nd home for weekend getaways. After several disappointing weeks of searching, we stumbled across The Villas at COTTON RANCH. What a find! With proximity to a ‘real’ airport, a fantastic layout, stunning scenery and the ability to reach Denver, we knew that we had found our new home. Three months after closing we decided to leave Denver and move up full time. If you’re a working professional and thinking about moving up to the high country I can’t think of a better choice!
~ Erich
There are many reasons why I bought at The Villas at Cotton Ranch. What initially drew me to my home was the 1st floor master suite and walk-in shower. The interior finishes are upscale and it’s evident that the builder is conscientious about using quality building materials. My house is so well insulated that my heating bills are very low. The community is wonderful and friendly, located just off the golf course and a quick walk to The Gypsum Rec. Center and library. I love my new home!
~ HK
I've lived in the Valley for 40 years and have been in real estate for almost 20 of those. Having lived in most areas of the Valley, I decided the place for me now is The Villas at Cotton Ranch. I fell in love with them! They’ve combined a contemporary feel with wonderful old touches like barn door sliders and plank flooring, which I love. I can't wait to move in to my fabulous new townhome!
~ Lynn
I love the Villas at Cotton Ranch because of the modern design and the well thought out space. I love the community. We like to have people over so we really appreciate the open flow of our home and how easily we can entertain because of the open kitchen and living space that flows right out on to the back deck. When we were looking to buy a home we saw a lot of what the valley has to offer and nothing compares to the Villas at Cotton Ranch as far as value. The modern design, the efficient and stylish use of space, the price point, all of those factors made the Villas at Cotton Ranch far and away the best choice for us.
~ JC
Bridget and I are extremely happy about our purchase in The Villas at Cotton Ranch. The quality of the construction is what first caught our attention and after looking valley wide for a home, The Villas at Cotton Ranch stood out above the others and became our obvious choice. The master on the main level was a must for us and the floor plans are well thought out and very functional. All appliances and fixtures are of a higher quality than we found in other homes in comparable price ranges. These units are built very well with strong attention to detail. Excellent price point, great neighbors, nice golf course, hiking. biking, fishing, wildlife viewing, large patio and beautiful sunsets are all part of what makes The Villas at Cotton Ranch a wonderful alternative to up valley living. We absolutely love it!
~ Bridget & Farrow
Wow. From the moment we walked through the model and met the wonderful team at the Villas at Cotton Ranch, we just kept saying "Wow!" We knew this community was home for us. The construction is solid and the standard selection of fixtures, appliances, tiling and cabinetry are top notch. We absolutely love it here!
~ Anne and Scott
When I first learned about the new development at Cotton Ranch, I was intrigued! Living in Vail, I’d always thought about having a place in a setting that was just a little less “winter”-but without being that far from Vail. On Memorial Day Weekend 2016, I walked through the model home and was very impressed with the floor plan. What began as a general curiosity quickly became something I was serious about. The price was extremely reasonable, and the surrounding area was spectacular! Shortly thereafter, I contracted a home, and ended up closing three days sooner than scheduled! JT, Jeanne and Glenn were extremely helpful throughout the entire process, even when I threw them a few curveballs with upgrades and modifications. This was by far the easiest home purchase I have ever experienced. Living in the community has been even better that expected. The landscaping keeps the development looking beautiful, while the surrounding views speak for itself. I have already become friendly with a number of my neighbors. I could not be happier, and I highly recommend these beautiful homes to anyone looking for a little more space at a great price!
~ MM
Having first skied Vail in 1966 and living in the Valley through the tremendous growth periods in the 70’s and 90’s it was obvious that the Villas at Cotton Ranch is a fantastic new development in keeping with the beauty of the Vail Valley. The location is outstanding, the peaceful tranquility on the Golf Course and the surrounding mountains is wonderful as well as the beautiful neighborhood. Maureen and I decided this will be our home as we age gracefully in the years to come! The layout is perfect having the MB and Bath on the first floor with two bedroom’s upstairs for our family and guests to share. JT’s knowledge of “value construction” and Jeanne’s attention to coordinating décor and details is at the TOP. They did everything they said they would do from the smallest detail to the scheduled completion. We’ll be teaching skiing at Beaver Creek which is only a 25 minute beautiful drive up the Valley! Paul and Maureen

Colorado Mountain Homes

Colorado Mountain Homes