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Mayberry in Colorado

Mayberry has come to El Paso County. Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife would feel at home with the narrow streets bordered by sidewalks and the wide variety of homes that are all within walking distance of essential stores and shops. 

Mayberry Communities is located on the south side of Highway 94 about 1 mile west of the intersection at North Ellicott Highway. The developers will be widening Highway 94 in front of Mayberry by adding acceleration and deceleration lanes.

“It is based on the small towns of Europe,” said Randy Goodson, president of Mayberry Communities. “The amenities are typically in the center of town.” Goodson was involved in the redevelopment of several large towns and villages in post-Cold War Eastern Europe. After putting into practice the principles he learned in Europe, Goodson earned several awards for communities he developed in the U.S.

According to their website, Goodson’s first large-scale community development in San Marcos, California — San Elijo Hills — earned Goodson the Gold Award in the “MasterPlanned Community of the Year” category at “The Nationals” and the Gold Nugget Grand Award in the “Community/Town Plan” category at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. San Elijo Hills was also named “Best Master-Planned Community” by MAME (Major Achievements in Merchandising Excellence). And Goodson was awarded Citizen of the Year by the city of San Marcos.

Mayberry is based on the philosophy, “Live, Work, Play,” which Goodson said permeates every part of their thinking. Under this concept, people can live within easy walking distance of recreation areas, shopping and places of employment.

This is not your typical “cookie cutter” subdivision, where it is easy to get lost on your way home because all of the houses look alike, Goodson said. The community is comprised of a total of 624.6 acres and the residential areas will offer 59 different basic floor plans with a variety of options, making the number of custom floor plans endless. The buyer can tailor the home to suit his needs with the options available. “All our housing is affordable,” Goodson said. A buyer can custom design the home they want and move in within 120 days. Another option is to buy a home already constructed from a standard plan and move in within 30 days. The 30-day move-in time allows a buyer to lock in the interest rate. 

Homes can be designed on a multi generational concept, which provides separate living spaces for up to three related family units in one house.

Mayberry also caters to RV owners, with RV garages, an RV wash and all the hookups available.

“I challenge anybody to find a home that meets your needs,” Goodson said.

At buildout, there will be 2,800 houses, including 1,200 single family units.

Mayberry has a system of walking and bicycle trails connecting a number of parks with various amenities, including dog parks.

The Ellicott School District will serve Mayberry, but Goodson said, “We are looking for that right charter school company” (for elementary K-8).

Land has also been set aside for a fire station.

The community is built around a town center, which is a short walk from anywhere in Mayberry. The town center’s plans include recreation areas such as tennis and pickle ball courts, a grocery store, a gas station, drug store and other necessary retail businesses. Close to the town center is the business park, which consists of eight commercial lots. The developers are open to any industry.

“We are looking for people who want to run these businesses,” Goodson said. “It’s a complete village,” patterned after the European villages he has been involved with.

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