by Brad Shannon

As warmer weather comes to Northern Colorado, one of the hottest neighborhoods in the area is Heron Lakes on the northwest side of Berthoud. If you love nature, views, staying active, golf and quality luxury homes, this is the place for you.

You can move in quickly if you appreciate the care, planning and effort that Lifestyle Custom Homes has put into 2702 Bluewater Road. It not only puts you in the lap of luxury, it blurs the line between vacation and home, as the developer likes to say. With a bevy of recreational opportunities, lake and mountain views, and a variety of wildlife as your neighbors, your dream home haven is just minutes from the rest of the northern Front Range and Denver.

With a lot in “The Rookery,” a gated section of Heron Lakes on the south end of the development, golf membership is included with the home. On the edge of Lonetree Reservoir, you’ll be close to the trees where the great blue herons nest.

Lifestyle Custom Homes owner Ed Rust is as excited as anyone about Heron Lakes. “I’m extremely happy and honored to have the opportunity to build here,” he said. “This will be a crown jewel for Northern Colorado. It’s just a special place.
“My obligation is to build the best houses I can, both from a design and a construction perspective,” he continued. “That’s what this project deserves. This home is super cool and was fun to design. It has amazing features both inside and out.”

The Avanti is a ranch floorplan in Colorado mountain-modern style. Through the private entry courtyard, you’ll find about 5,000 finished square feet of living space, including five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The master bath and laundry have heated tile floors, and the master bath features a free-standing soaking tub. Each of the bedrooms is en suite, with its own private bath and walk-in closet. “You can give teens, or guests, or other family members their own space,” Rust said. “If folks come to stay with you during the big golf tournament, you’re all set for that type of living.”

With space for three cars, the garages are split with two on one side of the home and one on the other. Both spaces are heated with epoxy floors. The kitchen features European-style cabinets, Miele appliances, quartz countertops and tile.

Security and home-automation systems, smart wiring and speakers throughout the home and a basement projection TV room with surround sound will ensure the technology-lover is at home here. You’ll find ceiling detail work throughout, including beams and coffered ceilings, along with decorative and functional details in just about every space.

Other amenities include a wet bar and a wine cave, along with the perfect special touch for those drawn here by TPC Colorado – a golf simulator room. Take your warm-up swings right in your own home, whether that’s before dawn or late at night. Work on your game all winter long in the cozy confines of your own basement to prep for spring league play or just your regular outing with co-workers, clients, family or friends.

No luxury custom home on the Front Range is complete without an outdoor living area. Here you’ll find another great space on your covered patio. With a built-in BBQ range, refrigerator, fire pit and television, you truly can enjoy Colorado’s 300+ days of sun and three seasons of al fresco entertainment. Whether on your own, with your spouse or family, or entertaining a large group, enjoy the fresh air and Front Range views day or night.

“That’s what this project deserves. This home is super cool and was fun to design. It has amazing features both inside and out.”

“Ed and I have worked together for almost two decades,” said lead sales agent Melissa Doherty. “We work as a team to give our clients great service. We will work with our clients to design and build the home that they envision. We’re building your home, not ours. It’s a very intimate, fun experience, and we become friends with all our customers. As a Berthoud native, it’s great to see this come to life here, and it means a lot to me to be part of it.”

If you love NOCO’s active, outdoor lifestyle, there’s much more here than golf. Hike, boat, fish, bike and more. Along with the 18-hole championship course, you get access to 8.7 miles of trails for hiking and biking, including a section of the Colorado Front Range Trail. There are several neighborhood parks, hundreds of acres of passive open space and a shoreline bar and grill on Lonetree Reservoir, with boating, fishing and paddle boarding from the 4.5+ miles of shoreline along McNeil and Lonetree Reservoirs.

Love golf? Then enjoy the world-class course, as well as the Grand Clubhouse, with café, pro shop and cart storage bunker. Phase two will bring a full-service restaurant, ample outdoor dining space, members-only locker rooms, a fitness facility and banquet space. You also can enjoy the community resort-style pool, Lonetree Grille at the turn, the Lonetree Lake Club and marina access.

Lifestyle Custom Homes takes great pride in being a leading homebuilder in Northern Colorado. With more than 35 years of building experience, you can be confident that your home will be constructed with the quality of workmanship and attention to detail that you would expect from one of the area’s top builders. Lifestyle Custom Homes will work hand-in-hand with you to ensure that your new home is truly yours, in a way that no other NOCO builder can.

2702 Bluewater Road in Berthoud was completed in January 2019 and is available now, priced at $1,700,000 for 5,656 square feet of wood/frame construction and 5,031 finished square feet. It is located in the Thompson R2J school district.

For more information on this home at Heron Lakes, and other Lifestyle Custom Homes, visit You also can call Melissa Doherty, lead sales agent and broker associate/partner at The Group Inc. Real Estate, at 970.391.5800, or visit

For more information on Heron Lakes, visit and for more information on TPC Colorado, Colorado’s first ground-up golf course development in nearly a decade.