South Rifle to add 12 single-family homes near Grand River Health

One of two residences completed as part of the Last Chance Commons project. 525 Last Chance Dr., Rifle, is listed for $585,000.
Troy Kampe/Courtesy

The town of Rifle will now see 12 distinct single-family homes emerging on Last Chance Drive, counteracting a depleting housing market that continues to be the topic of conversation in Garfield County. 

The undertaking, named the Last Chance Commons project, promises homeowners both individuality and quality in design.

“Each house is going to have a similar feel but the features, as well as the actual layouts of the residences will stand out from one another,” said Brian Stowell, contractor and visionary for the project.

A notable point of pride for this new enclave: no shared walls, ensuring privacy and independent living. With costs projected to swing between $5 million and $6 million, the promise is homes as unique as their future inhabitants.

Stowell not only is spearheading the showing process but has lent his expertise to pocket neighborhoods beyond the borders of Rifle. His handiwork has shaped locales from Washington to the Morning Star project in Aspen. His diverse portfolio includes helping complete the Boundary Townhomes in Carbondale River Valley Ranch and crafting speculative homes in the likes of El Jebel, New Castle, Aspen and Missouri Heights.

Ranging from 1,500 to 1,700 square feet, Stowell said he hopes the residences appeal to buyers who desire space without sacrificing individuality. The architectural blueprint? A blend of the past and present, harmonizing modern farmhouse aesthetics with both traditional and contemporary interior touches.

Two houses stand finished, heralding the vision Stowell has for the area. The first, a 3-bed, 3-bath home covering 1,507 square feet is priced at $585,000. Its neighbor, a slightly larger 1,740-foot unit with an identical bedroom and bathroom count, comes in at $609,000.

“What I’m trying to do is create a quality and low maintenance home for the people of Rifle,” Stowell said. “For anyone looking for newer construction in the Rifle area or looking to move further down the I-70 corridor, this is a great place for you.”

Sitting conveniently across Grand River Health, the homes beckon to potential buyers who cherish the Western Slope lifestyle but grapple with the housing prices of neighboring Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

“I feel like this location is ideal for the worker who wants to experience the Western Slope lifestyle but can’t afford to live in places like Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs,” Stowell said, a sentiment reflecting his deep connection to the region since 1990.

Listing Broker Troy Kampe gave a nod to the project’s innovation and Stowell’s commitment to the community.

“It’s a great concept and there are some beautiful homes,” Kampe said. “I think it’s fantastic what Brian is trying to create in the community with this unique and interesting project.”For listing prices regarding the Last Chance Commons project, visit

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