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Silverthorne Welcomes new homeowners to Smith Ranch

Published April 29, 2019

The excitement is palpable as Sam and Rosie bound toward the door to welcome us to their new home in the Smith Ranch neighborhood.  Rosie is giving slobbery kisses as new home owners KelLee and Roger Abdella explain that the pups are loving the soft carpeting to roll on and additional play space.  KelLee and Roger are most excited about the in- floor heating, garage space and gear storage.

The Abdella’s are the first residents of the new Smith Ranch neighborhood, a 50-acre neighborhood with an estimated 180 – 220 deed-restricted units located in the heart of Silverthorne.  All 60 homes from Phase 1 are under contract and the development team is in the process of attaining approvals for Phase 2. Phase 2 is scheduled to launch in the Summer of 2019 and consists of 49 townhome units.

Roger has been snowboarding since he was nine and after his first visit to Colorado from his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, he knew he wanted to be in Colorado.  KelLee, hailing from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after a summer working at Lake Powell, thought she would see what Colorado had to offer. On her first day of work at the rental shop in Keystone KelLee met Roger.  Fast-forward six years, KelLee is now the assistant manager at City Market in Breckenridge and Roger is the Pharmaceutical Operations Specialist for City Market, overseeing fifteen locations across the state. As Roger put it, “this is the job that I wanted, so I feel incredibly lucky.”

We sat down with the couple to learn more about why they chose Smith Ranch and what excites them about Silverthorne.

You are the first residents of Smith Ranch.  Tell us a little bit about what drew you to the neighborhood.  

“We owned a home in Wildernest and were ready to upgrade.  We started looking over in Fairplay, but wanted to stay in Summit County.  When we heard about the Smith Ranch neighborhood, it seemed like the perfect fit with plenty of nearby amenities, close proximity to I-70 for Roger’s job traveling to various City Markets, trail access, and it is not as crowded as other communities.”

The Smith Ranch location also had an added bonus for the couple: it is within walking distance of the Summit Climbing Gym. Roger is on the board of the co-op climbing gym and they have met most of their good friends through the gym, so being close makes it even easier to climb and socialize.

What’s your favorite way to spend the day in Silverthorne?

“We really love just being out hiking with the dogs.  All of the trails just out our back door – Salt Lick, Lily Pad; we hiked Buffalo Mountain this summer and loved it!  We just started doing some backcountry this past year and are enjoying Baldy Mountain or Vail Pass. Sam (our dog) loves getting out there with us.”

KelLee also plays in a band, Since Sunday, so she spends a lot of time playing guitar and singing at different venues across the County.

Can you give visitors any must-do tips for their trip to Silverthorne?

“Whenever we have family or friends in town we just try to get outside as much as possible.  Lower Cataract Lake and the Continental Divide over Loveland Pass always wow visitors from out of state and breakfast or lunch at Sunshine Café is a must.  We love everything on the menu!”

What are you excited about in Silverthorne?

“Silverthorne is the perfect location for everything we want to do and the views are amazing. We really liked attending the First Friday Art Festival last July and would like to be more involved in those community events now that we live here.”  

KelLee and Roger are also excited to see a few more families moving in and for their grass to start growing. Like the Abdella’s, the Town is excited for all of the Smith Ranch residents to call Silverthorne home.