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New development brings new neighbors to Sedalia

The Keep is a new 1,100-acre residential project located just southwest of Sedalia.  Upon completion, it will have 64 home sites and 745 acres of natural reserve open space.

By Elizabeth Wood West; photos provided by Koelbel and Company

Denver area developer Koelbel & Company has broken ground on its newest high-end residential project called “The Keep,” located southwest of Sedalia at County Road 105 and Keep Drive.

Comprised of 64 spacious home sites, this 1,100-acre gated enclave with a 745-acre natural reserve blends the ultimate in privacy and security with easy access to shopping, dining and city venues.

Homesites range from four to 10 acres and start in the $600,000s.  According to the developer, the sites were selected with special concern for views, privacy, and the protection and conservation of native plants, trees, and wildlife corridors offering three different terrains: forested, rolling plains or scrub oak.  On site, a proposed gathering space includes an open door pavilion with grills and firepits, creative agri-themed play equipment, turf for fun and play and more.

The gated entrance to The Keep is accessible from US 85.

Five preferred builders have been selected, including Gray Construction, Koelbel Custom Homes, Sienna Custom Homes, Sterling Custom Homes and Thomas Sattler Homes.  The first phase of The Keep is available now and will consist of 20 homesites ready for building.

According to Koelbel & Company,  in 1861 when Colorado was still a territory, the land now designated as The Keep was offered to settlers in quarter-section parcels.  Then after five years, the families were allowed to purchase their land from the federal government for $1.25 per acre. The land remained largely open as it is now, with pasture cattle and wildlife as the primary inhabitants.  Cherokee Ranch & Castle owner Tweet Kimball eventually bought the property and used it for her Santa Gertrudis cattle ranching business for approximately 50 years.  Koelbel and Company purchased the land from the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation in 2000. 

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