For two years running, Flying Horse has been voted BEST HOME DEVELOPMENT by the reader's of The Gazette. We are pleased to share that the Flying Horse family was nominated in several new categories for 2018. The nominations are as follows (sections are alphabetized by category i.e. CITY LIFE SECTION, BEST HOME DEVELOPMENT category):
CITY LIFE SECTION
We kindly ask for your vote for 2018. The voting ballot may be completed online and you can vote for as many or as few categories as you wish.
As published in The Gazette Springs Houses on January 20th 2018
Classic Homes presents charming, unique alley-load garage concept in The Village of Torino
Today and tomorrow mark the official opening weekend for Classic Homes’ Renaissance Collection in The Village of Torino at Flying Horse. Starting in the low 300’s, this new collection of homes has never been seen before in this award-winning master planned community; and people are flocking to call one of the five available plans home. Of the 53 home sites nestled in the southwest corner of Flying Horse, 20 are already under contract. Three two-story floorplans and two ranch floorplans bring enticing options to all.
The distinct charm of The Renaissance Collection in The Village of Torino at Flying Horse lies in its intimate neighborhood feel, featuring alley-load garages, and endearing front porches that overlook green communal space or the future planned park. From the inside-out, this community concept is aesthetically unique and architecturally stunning. The garages, all facing each other at the back of the homes, do not detract from the alluring front exterior architecture; and out the front door, instead of seeing cars pass by, you see inviting community spaces that beckon you to enjoy some sunshine and good company.
The Renaissance Collection affords the perfect home buying solution for a range of buyers – from the empty-nester looking to downsize; to the new family aspiring to enjoy first-class amenities and award-winning D20 schools; to the young professional looking for a sense of community; to the country-hopper looking for a second (or third) place to call home in colorful Colorado. The cozy front porches and charming neighborhood feel makes for a vibrant lifestyle. As a bonus, all homes in The Village of Torino include a coveted Social Fitness Membership to The Club at Flying Horse, so residents will quickly enjoy the social atmosphere.
It’s not just the neighborhood, but the homes themselves that bring joy and ease to residents. Classic Homes has been named the Best of the Springs Best Home Builder for 10 years running, and extends uncompromising dedication to its buyers’ needs, wants and visions. All of the homes in the Renaissance Collection include stucco and stone exteriors, granite slab or quartz countertops, oak cabinetry, Whirlpool® stainless steel kitchen appliances, ThermaTru® fiberglass entry door, and unfinished crawl space with 2 Rheem® Professional electric water heaters. Energy efficiency, quality and charm are central to the concept.
The two ranch plans consist of the 1,535 square foot Fresco plan and the 1,457 square foot Harmony plan; and the three two-story plans include the 1,762 square foot Genesis, the 1,615 square foot Millennium and the 1,854 square foot Tranquility. Each plan comes complete with beautiful, low-maintenance landscaping. The highly popular Fresco and Tranquility model homes are officially open for viewing on Volterra Way during this weekend’s open house and beyond.
Just minutes away from this special collection are the praise-worthy amenities. With its lush, 18-hole Tom Weiskopf Signature Golf Course, European resort-style Golf Clubhouse, an exquisite Steakhouse, and a world-class Athletic Club and Spa, the community affords an extraordinary lifestyle. The Golf Course itself is rated as one of the top 10 courses in Colorado, while the breathtaking Golf Clubhouse offers sweeping terraces, an open-air fireplace, a wine tower, private dining and event rooms, outdoor dining, and spectacular views of both the golf course and the mountains. And, coming soon, residents have an opportunity be part of the next chapter of Flying Horse with an all-new 18-hole Phil Smith Golf Course currently under construction in Flying Horse North.
But you don’t have to be a golf lover to indulge in a full range of amenities. The Athletic Club and Spa features a heated year-round 25 yard lap pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, group fitness classes, yoga and Pilates studio, state-of-the-art athletic equipment and much more. The Spa extends hair services, nail care, makeup services, body treatments, facials and massage therapy. Further, a concierge medical center, D20 Discovery Campus K-12 School, and Shoppes featuring food, convenience and retail pads make the community an all-inclusive haven for its residents.
Attend the open house today Saturday, January 20 or tomorrow, Sunday, January 21. You can also schedule a tour or simply walk in during regular office hours Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 719-888-3445, visit ClassicHomes.com/Torino or stop by 2057 Ripple Ridge Rd., Colorado Springs.
Brazie wants to be best in the business
By: Audrey Jensen - December 8, 2017
As published in the Colorado Springs Business Journal
John Brazie started his career in food service in high school, and hasn’t ever steered away from the industry.
After working as the executive chef at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, a luxury hotel in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston for almost 20 years, Brazie relocated to Colorado Springs in August for his love of the mountains. His wife plans to move here this month.
On Aug. 17, Brazie started as the new executive chef of The Steakhouse at The Club at Flying Horse, one of Colorado Springs’ luxury resorts. In addition to working at The Woodlands Resort and Robard’s Steakhouse, one of the top-rated steakhouse restaurants in The Woodlands, Brazie also became a certified executive chef through the American Culinary Federation this year.
As the new executive chef at Flying Horse, Brazie said he hopes to create a culture and environment that will allow his employees to succeed in the food business.
Brazie spoke with the Business Journal about enhancing lives in Colorado Springs.
How did you get into the food industry?
The neat thing is, it’s all I’ve ever done. Literally. There’s not much else I know how to do. I started working in kitchens at 15 years old — I worked my way up from washing dishes. I was a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America a long time ago. My dad [also] liked to cook. … You’re a kid coming out of high school and your parents are going, ‘You want to go to college?’ I said, ‘Well I’d like to go to cooking school.’ My mom was stunned — thought it was the weirdest thing in the world. But they sent me, and it stuck. … I have been so incredibly fortunate, where I’ve worked, who I’ve worked with, to be able to land in lucky spots. I still love coming to work.
Can you describe your role as executive chef?
I see my job as a chef, [but] any chef’s job, anybody’s job, is so much more than the guy who makes the food. I see my job as putting a smile on your face. I see my job as creating a memory. I see my job as having a dish-washer who couldn’t graduate from high school but is making his way. I see my job as helping somebody put shoes on their kid. I see so much more than going, ‘Yeah I can cook, I can run a business, I can make numbers.’ That’s the easy part of my job. When people come into my establishment, it is my responsibility to enhance their life.
What are your plans as the new executive chef?
I fully expect The Steakhouse at Flying Horse to be considered one of the, or the best restaurant in Colorado Springs. I certainly want that for my own gain and my own personal drive, but I think I want it more because I believe that it deserves to be. I believe it’s a beautiful facility and I think we have a fantastic membership. I probably have 20 employees in there in white coats. At this point in my career, I want them to be able to work at the finest restaurant in Colorado Springs.
What have you noticed about the food industry in Colorado Springs?
Being on the north side of Colorado Springs puts you in a new, common environment. On the north side [we’re lacking] individuality. Some of that has to do with proximity and personal space when you start building suburbs or when you expand — things start getting farther apart, things start getting master-planned and designed and we have shopping centers and strip malls and then we lose the [individuality]. … I look forward to learning more about what the [food] culture is [in Colorado Springs]. I haven’t had a chance to meet or go to any of the other chefs’ restaurants in the city.
How is Flying Horse affected by growth in north Colorado Springs?
I think for Flying Horse itself it’s a win-win-win. It’s a master-planned community. One of the neat things I think of Flying Horse — it’s very similar to where I came from — Woodlands. … There are families, there are kids, there are people struggling to get by, there are people living in mansions. With that mix, a thriving culture, a society that works — it’s not relegated to one group. Diversity is a good thing.
Cozy, quaint, and delightful. These are just some of the words homeowners use to describe the floorplans in Classic Homes’ Renaissance Collection.
As the developer and one of the original homebuilders in our award-winning community of Flying Horse, the team at Classic Homes is thrilled to break ground on two new model homes in the newest neighborhood village to open in Flying Horse…The Village of Torino. Classic Homes began building the Renaissance Collection in 2014 in Indigo Ranch. Today, this collection of homes offers home seekers the opportunity to select from two ranch plans — the 1,535 sq. ft. Fresco and the 1,457 sq. ft. Harmony and three 2-story plans: the 1,762 sq. ft. Genesis, 1,615 sq. ft. Millennium and the 1,865 sq. ft. Tranquility. New home pricing begins in the $320s and all plans include an attached 2-car alley-load garage. Each home in this collection represents a distinctive charm and elegance that complements the look and style that Flying Horse is known for.
As an added benefit, each of the 53 lots include a coveted Social Fitness Membership to The Club at Flying Horse so homeowners in The Village of Torino will have the opportunity to enjoy state-of-the-art athletic equipment, group fitness classes, aquatics programs, along with a variety of seasonal social activities.
To learn more about The Renaissance Collection…call, visit, or email Classic Homes today!
Visit the Classic Homes model located at 2057 Ripple Ridge Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80921
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Online Helpful Resources and Quick-Links:
The Village of Torino – Interactive Site Map
Flying Horse Vicinity Map
About Classic Homes:
Classic Homes has been a leading local homebuilder in the Pikes Peak region since 1989 with a reputation based on a sincere and unwavering belief that quality, value, and commitment to customer satisfaction must remain at the forefront in the process of delivering a home to its customers. Year after year, Classic Homes is recognized as Colorado Springs’ Best Homebuilder by The Gazette and the Best in Business by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.
Flying Horse recently named John Brazie as Executive Chef for The Club and The Steakhouse at Flying Horse to lead the culinary team, including The Club’s private dining, corporate events, and weddings, as well as The Steakhouse at Flying Horse, which is open to members and the public.
"John is an exceptionally talented, acclaimed Executive Chef from the Houston area. He thrives on providing an outstanding guest experience across all food and beverage offerings." said General Manager, Wendy McHenry.
Having spent the last two decades as Executive Chef for the renowned Woodlands Resort, John has world-class exposure with the opening and operating of private clubs, branded hotels and hosting marquis international events. This encompassing experience has created an expansive repertoire and unique talent. His signature of quality is most proudly experienced in Robard's Steakhouse, Trip advisors #1 rated restaurant for that region.
He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and has continued his formal education with the Culinary Institute, being twice invited to attend the World Conference on Flavor at the Greystone campus and most recently was selected as one of only sixteen chefs nationwide to take part in a year-long culinary enrichment and innovation program, (CEIP). A crowning achievement this year was Chef John earning the title of Certified Executive Chef (CEC) from The American Culinary Federation. His tenure was filled with acknowledgments and awards, being named a Hyatt manager of the year, winning The Woodlands grand tasting Chef of Chefs competition and being named as a recognized Texas Chef three times by Saveur magazine.
John’s inspiration for cooking was his father Richard, spending countless hours together in their New England kitchen. His understanding of the nobility and importance of a chef can be attributed to the combination of a life of experience and a French mentor, who had a huge impact on him.
His personal creed is to be relevant, to contribute to the evolution of cuisine and to develop the chefs who are next in line. His philosophy is that "great food is recognizable and appropriate to its environment. A dining experience should be authentic and truthful, while allowing nature and skills to play the starring role".
To learn more about The Club visit www.flyinghorseclub.com. Information and reservations for The Steakhouse can be made by calling 719-487-2635 or visiting www.flyinghorsesteakhouse.com
Introducing Flying Horse North. Just north of Flying Horse, you will soon find a luxury golf course community nestled in the trees of Northern Colorado Springs located between Black Forest Road and Highway 83 just south of Hodgen Road. Upon completion, Flying Horse North will feature 283 luxurious custom & semi-custom homesites, a stylish clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course designed by golf course architect, Phil Smith. The clubhouse and golf course will be managed by The Club at Flying Horse. Development plans also call for a park and open spaces. Flying Horse North offers the rare opportunity to enjoy golf course living on large acreage (minimum of 2.5 acres) homesites with homes built by the area’s most respected homebuilders. Homesite sales are expected to begin early September, with construction beginning in 2018. Lot sales are managed and marketed by Flying Horse Realty. Golf course construction is underway with plans to open for play in 2019. To learn more about Club Membership opportunities, please contact Jennifer Weis at 719-494-1222.
This one-of-a-kind community is in the early phases of development. We invite you to be among the first to learn about development plans, golf course & clubhouse updates, membership opportunities and lot releases. Members of our interest list will receive information in advance of the general public. There are several ways to join the interest list:
Posted by Kim S.
Flying Horse once again earns the GOLD award for Best Home Development in the Gazette's 2017 Best of The Springs voter's choice awards. Voters said Flying Horse is "The best place to live. The Club is outstanding. A peaceful, beautiful setting coupled with very friendly neighbors."
The Flying Horse vision began taking shape in 2004 and for the past 13 years, our development team and community builders have been turning that vision into reality. Today, Flying Horse is comprised of a dozen neighborhood villages and is home to just over 1,200 households. The most recent neighborhood village to open in the community is The Village of Cortona, a quaint enclave that offers newly designed paired patio homes built by award-winning homebuilder, Classic Homes. Also worth noting is the fact that the team at Classic was named the Best Home Builder in the 2017 Best Of The Springs; this year marks the 10th year in a row that Classic Homes has earned this prestigious designation in Colorado Springs.
The crown jewel in the community landscape continues to be The Club at Flying Horse, where you'll find the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf Championship Golf Course, a Euro-style Athletic Club & Spa and an award-winning Clubhouse. In November 2015, Flying Horse opened its boutique 40-room Lodge and four luxurious independent 2-bedroom Villas with joining parlors. That same month, The Steakhouse at Flying Horse opened, offering Members, guests of The Lodge and the public the opportunity to dine at Colorado Springs' only north end Steakhouse. For more than 10 years, access to The Club and its amenities was limited to Members of The Club, the opening of The Lodge and The Steakhouse represents a key milestone in the legend of Flying Horse. One that we hope creates lasting enjoyment for those who come to stay, play, or ultimately live in Flying Horse. So thank you Colorado Springs, for selecting Flying Horse as Colorado Springs' single BEST HOME DEVELOPMENT for the 2nd year in a row. We appreciate your vote of confidence!
Posted by Ashley B.
So pleased to announce our recertification as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" from Audubon International Organization early this month. This certification means the Club has proven to be environmentally aware and takes voluntary actions to "sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them". "The Club at Flying Horse has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property". - Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International. Shout out to all of our hardworking staff for ensuring their commitment!
Posted by Kim S.
Scott Ellison, Flying Horse HOA Community Manager with Hammersmith Management, was named On-Site Manager of the Year by the Council of Community Association Professionals (CCAP). The announcement was made at Community Associations Institute’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando on May 4.
The Manager of the Year Award is the nation’s premier award for Community Association Managers. Among this year’s Top 10 Finalists were four Managers from Hammersmith Management: Scott Ellison, Timothy Bennett and Nickie Greco in the on-site category and Amy Bowman in the portfolio category.
“These team members all have successful careers with Hammersmith and provide platinum service to our clients,” said John Hammersmith, CEO. “We are extremely proud of Scott’s accomplishments and value his contributions to both the company and the community.”
Ellison earned his CMCA® certification and AMS® designation through Community Associations Institute. He currently manages Flying Horse Homeowners Association, a large-scale community in Colorado Springs, for Hammersmith Management. Flying Horse, a prestigious community developed by Classic Communities, provides residents with a private athletic club and spa, an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course, a clubhouse and restaurant, and mountain views.
Hammersmith Management, one of Colorado’s largest Community Association Management companies, recently celebrated 35 years in business. For more information visit eHammersmith.com or manageroftheyear.org.
About Hammersmith Management, Inc.
For more than 35 years the professionals of Hammersmith Management have been dedicated to building partnerships, adding value and delivering results on behalf of Homeowner Association Communities in Colorado. Hammersmith prides itself in providing the benefits of personalized full service management. Named a Top Workplace by The Denver Post in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Hammersmith is the only management company in the nation to receive the BBB’s Torch Award for Marketplace Trust.
Posted by Kim S.
Flying Horse earns the GOLD award for Best Residential Development in the Gazette's 2016 Best Of The Springs. Voters said Flying Horse epitomizes “the Colorado lifestyle” and they enjoy the luxury homes, athletic club and spa and 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course. The vision for Flying Horse began in 2004 and for the past decade, our development team and community builders have been working toward turning that vision into reality. Today, Flying Horse is comprised of 10 neighborhood villages and is home to nearly 1,000 households. The most recent neighborhood village to open in the community is The Village of Molise, a quaint enclave that offers newly designed paired patio homes built by award-winning homebuilder, Classic Homes. Also worth noting is the fact that the team at Classic was named the Best Homebuilder in the 2016 Best Of The Springs; this year marks the 9th year Classic Homes has earned this prestigious designation in Colorado Springs. The crown jewel in the community landscape continues to be The Club at Flying Horse, where you'll find the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf Championship Golf Course, a Euro-style Athletic Club & Spa and an award-winning Clubhouse. In November 2015, Flying Horse opened its boutique 40-room Lodge and four luxurious independent 2-bedroom Villas with joining parlors. That same month, The Steakhouse at Flying Horse opened, offering Members, guests of The Lodge and the public the opportunity to dine at Colorado Springs' only north end Steakhouse. For more than 10 years, access to The Club and its amenities was limited to Members of The Club, the opening of The Lodge and The Steakhouse represents a key milestone in the legend of Flying Horse. One that we hope creates lasting enjoyment for those who come to stay, play, or ultimately live in Flying Horse. So thank you Colorado Springs, for voting us your BEST RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. We appreciate your vote of confidence.