Colorado Real Estate News

Kentwood New Build Projects

Did you know that Kentwood Real Estate is the preferred brokerage by metro Denver’s leading residential builders? Home buyers seeking a newly built home can find the home of their dreams through an experienced Kentwood agent. Kentwood’s new build projects include everything from a single custom home in an exclusive community to affordable condominium projects with 50 or more units. Check out what’s available below!

3101 – 3109 West 18th Avenue | Sloans Lake

5 Stunning High End Row Homes for Sale in Sloans Lake just blocks from the Broncos Stadium. We offer 2 and 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a main floor offices for all units. Large 2 car garages. Beautiful large kitchens with contemporary finishes and high-end appliances. Enjoy your evenings on a large roof top patio with 360 degree views.

5 Row Homes | $600k – $650k

Completion: February 2019

Listed By: Kayla Schmitz

303.249.4118

Kentwood New Build Projects

Castle Pines Village Lots | Castle Pines Village

The Village at Castle Pines is offering the last available building lots. The .50 – 1.79 acre lots range in price from $395,000 to $790,000. South Denver’s premier gated community is just 15 minutes from the Denver Tech Center and offers 24 hour security, 3 swim clubs, fitness center, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails. The lots vary from secluded lots with mature pines to lots with views of the Front Range and Pikes Peak. Life has never been more uncomplicated. For more information or a tour please go to www.castlepinesvillagelots.com or call 303-570-3429.

Luxury Home Sites | $395k – $750k

Available For Immediate Possession

Listed By: Annzo Phelps, Chrissy Smith & Phelps Blair

303.570.3429 | CastlePinesVillageLots.com

Castle Pines Villages Lots

Cedar Lane Lots | Cherry Creek

Cedar Lane Lots – 23 luxury homesites, conveniently located in coveted Cherry Creek. This unique gated enclave of custom-designed homes offers the convenience to world class shopping, dining and entertainment. Pick your own lot, your style, your architect and builder. Don’t miss this opportunity to build your dream home.

10 Luxury Home Sites | $925k – $1.3M

Available For Immediate Possession

Listed By: Helm Weaver Helm

Pamela Helm: 303.548.1996 | Libby Weaver: 303.870.9930 | Patti Helm: 720.201.6573

CedarLaneLots.com

Kentwood New Build Projects

The Julian | Sloans Lake

Welcome to the newest addition to luxury condominium living in Sloan’s Lake! This spectacular project features a wide array of living options on levels 3-8. Every unit will boast mountain and/or city views with select northwest units offering stunning water views. All 8 structural levels have been poured with levels 3 and 4 currently being finished. The estimated project completion is late summer, 2019, with full scale marketing and sales to begin in May. 54 units from $375,000 to $2,100,000. Visit www.DenverJulian.com to provide contact information for project updates including launch & release dates.

54 Condominiums | $375k – $1.6M

Competition: Late Summer 2019

Listed By: Brent Jones & Dutzer Team

Brent Jones: 720.732.1525 | Dutzer Team: 303.916.2365

DenverJulian.com

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Lakehouse on 17th | Sloans Lake

Lakehouse is the premier new project on Sloan’s Lake. 196 modern condos and rowhomes with outstanding designer selected finishes. Spectacular 2nd floor building amenity level includes a guest suite, yoga studio, fitness lab, sauna, outdoor pool & hot tub, organic garden, pet spa, sports workshop, community living room and kitchen. The building is pursuing certification for the WELL Building Standard – focusing on health wellness.

196 Units | $532K- $1.99M

Completion: Late Summer 2019

Listed By: Dee Chirafisi | Matt McNeill | Kevin Garrett

303.949.9889 | Lakehouse17.com

Lakehouse 17

Laurel | Cherry Creek North

Laurel is an exclusive collection of high-rise residences in the heart of Cherry Creek North. These limited edition homes are highlighted by custom designer curated interiors, urban, city and mountain views, and elegant attended lobby and reception lounge, an enviable rooftop retreat with salt-water pool, summer kitchen and personalized resident services.

71 Condominiums | $700K – $7M+

Completion: Early 2019

Listed By: Dawn Raymond

303.777.7177 | LaurelCherryCreek.com

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Mount Vernon Canyon Club | Golden

These home sites represent the perfect opportunity for those seeking to build a new custom home in the mountains, both near Denver and convenient to Colorado’s world-class ski resorts. Mount Vernon offers vast expanses of natural open space, miles of hiking trails, abundant wildlife, a beautiful private clubhouse, fine dining, swimming, tennis, fitness center and a horse facility.

6 Custom Home Sites | $235k – $264k

Available For Immediate Possession

Listed By: Ann Lenane & Angela Beldy

Ann Lenane: 303.503.8086 | Angela Beldy: 303.579.3676

MountVernonLots.com

Kentwood New Builds

Williams Street Townes | Uptown

Williams Street Townes is located just east of downtown in the Uptown neighborhood and within minutes to City Park and everything 17th Avenue has to offer. Each of our townhomes have incredible views of the city from their rooftop decks and are customizable at our design center. We are currently half sold out with one of each of our floor plans left including one of our end units with a rare enclosed front yard.

Completion: Spring 2019

10 Townhomes | Starting at $499,900

Listed By: The Neir Team

Alex Neir: 720.935.4399 | Stacy Neir: 720.280.3004

WilliamsStTownes.com

Williams Rendering

Colorado Real Estate News

Barnum | Community of the Month

BarnumThe neighborhood of Barnum is a haven for working class families and home to many proud residents. It’s a small area bounded by Sixth Avenue, Federal, Alameda, and Perry Street. Often overlooked by the city, Barnum’s identity has been shaped out of a strong sense of community and quiet development. Although it was never an affluent neighborhood, it’s always been more prosperous than many of the other Westside Denver neighborhoods.

The Story of Barnum

Barnum began as a nineteenth-century Denver suburb and quickly became a haven for working-class families. In 1865, Daniel Witter bought 160 acres southwest of Denver. This was the first in a series of deals in the development of Villa Park. He envisioned this land becoming an expansive development that would be home to Denver’s wealthy elite. But his vision was never realized due to lawsuits and eventual bankruptcy. On March 11, 1878, the land was offered up for sale. In just two weeks, the American circus mogul, P.T. Barnum, bought up 760 acres for a mere $11,000. A few years later, the Barnum subdivision was platted.

The circus tycoon’s involvement with the development has become something of folklore in Denver. One legend even claims that the showman planned to establish a winter home for his circus there. The truth, however, is P.T. Barnum never wintered his animals here. In fact, he only made four documented visits to Colorado in his lifetime. Eventually, he sold off as much of the land as he could before trading what was left to his daughter for one dollar.

Barnum earned a reputation as a community devoted to improvement and ready to direct its energy at a government perceived uninterested in it. Early and continued efforts to secure necessities such as access to transportation, paved roads, and other basic amenities added to this reputation. Perseverance and humor were essential to life here. The community was annexed to Denver in 1896, and its fortunes improved as a result. New residents, new businesses, and new amenities followed.

During the last part of the twentieth century, there was a high rate of home ownership and household incomes. Much higher than other neighboring communities. Housing values for many of the modest homes remained high and the area continued to be a place where you could find comfortable homes at reasonable prices.

Barnum Today

Barnum was once labeled as one of the least desirable neighborhoods in Denver. While Barnum may have a rough exterior, if you take time to scratch the surface you will find a neighborhood with lots to offer. In fact, in 2016 the community was even dubbed one of Denver’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods. The proximity to Denver is convenient, it’s full of rich history and charming character, and the views of the Denver skyline are unmatched.

People love living in this community so much that they don’t want to sell their homes. More than two-thirds of the community’s housing is owner-occupied. Here you will find lovely post-war cottages built in the 1950’s that are well taken care of and well loved. And it remains a neighborhood for families of modest means. Barnum is home to over 11,500 people and the residents are younger than the rest of Denver. Although this community has a ways to go before it becomes as desirable as Sunnyside, it is an urban oasis of affordability which will likely pay off for homeowners in the long run.

Colorado Real Estate News

Jaryd Takushi | Featured Agent

Jaryd Takushi

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Hometown:

Mililani, Hawaii

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

The Aloha Spirit – Aloha is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. Aloha is the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion, and mercy.

What Was You First Job?

I worked in the restaurant business making local Hawaiian delicacies like poke, spam sushi, haupia, and lomi salmon.

Hobbies:

Softball, fly-fishing, golf, snowboarding, and craft beer.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Efficient, Loyal, Innovative, Authentic, and Precise.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Snowboarding on a blue-sky powder day!

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Any Local Brewery

One Unusual Thing About You:

In my early college years, I was an Introvert = Engineer, when I graduated I became an extrovert = sales relationships. Two different traits that I feel have strengthened my Realtor career.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I’ve grown into the Stapleton Community not just through real estate, but now my kids are in school. I’ve spearheaded a shoe drive, in the neighborhood, sponsored softball teams, and navigating my way into the PTA.

Who Inspires You?

My wife and two boys. I want to be present in the moment while building a legacy, so they can have every opportunity to be happy and healthy as they grow into kids and young adults.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

I’ve reached some goals in my life and business, but I think my proudest accomplishments are still to come, my boys are so young and I want to support and raise them to watch them accomplish their goals.

How Do You Define Success?

Living a comfortable life with no financial stresses and plenty of time for family. Being equipped with tools and finances to make choices that allow growth, and never saying money or work is an excuse to not living or experiencing life.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

My previous career path as a Civil Engineer had a purposeful impact building Denver’s infrastructure, stadiums, airports, highways, and trains. But my real estate career has built more personal relationships which are much more rewarding.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

My golf swing. I could enjoy all the beautiful golf courses from Hawaii to Colorado. I could be present and develop stronger relationships with my foursome. Maybe if I mastered my swing I could win some wagers for beer!

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Traveled the world – Asia and Europe with no reservations, a plane ticket, and a desire for adventure.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Barack Obama – I would love to learn about all the barriers he overcame to become President.  His early years in Hawaii, to college on the east coast, meeting his Michelle, his career, and two kids. Denver primary (rock star party scene) Not really interested in any of the politics.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Currently it is a group, we do a winter extravaganza. It starts with Thanksgiving, Hannukah, Christmas, my first son’s birthday and then my second son’s birthday on Jan 11th. Presents everywhere and ethnic food to feed everyone.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Jack Johnson at Red Rocks. Combining the two places I call home in one summer evening. The tailgating was perfect with Colorado beers and friends jamming on the ukulele. Live music, singing all the lyrics and clear starry night. A bonus was there were no crying babies, it was out first date night after new born!

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

Fixer Upper but with a landlord twist. I like to work with my hands. I’ve been fixing things or attempting to make them more efficient all my life. The design ideas in the show are amazing and I would love to apply this to my rental/landlord portfolio. Hoping to grow to 10 doors in 5 years to help with the residual income.

Colorado Real Estate News

How to Spend Valentine’s Day in Denver

Valentine's Day in DenverWhether you are looking for a fancy dinner at one of Denver’s hottest restaurants or something a little more out of the ordinary, there are plenty of ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Denver! Whatever you choose to do, V-Day is fast approaching so you’ll want to start making plans now before everything is booked.

Romantic Events & Activities

Orchid Showcase

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens

When: Jan. 10th – Feb. 17th | 9am – 5pm

Escape the cold of winter and surround yourself in blossoms and tropical warmth. The Denver Botanic Gardens’ Orangery and Marnie’s Pavilion will be host to a floral wonderland during their annual Orchid showcase. Take your sweetheart on a stroll through the exotic blooms featuring rare orchids from the Gardens’ collection.

Valentine’s Day 4 Mile

Where: Washington Park

When: Feb. 10th | 10am – 12pm

Come run your heart out at Denver’s Valentine’s Day 4 Mile and Kids Fun Run. Meet Cupid and maybe find a sweetheart (or run with your sweetheart). Come dressed up as your favorite couple from a TV, movie or book — or dressed ready for a fancy date night.

Valentine’s Day Sunset Stroll

Where: Butterfly Pavilions

When: Feb. 14th | 5:30pm – 7pm

Spend Valentine’s Day in the rain-forest taking a leisurely stroll and exploring the wonders of the tropics at dusk. You’ll discover creatures seldom seen during the day, experience dusk-blooming flowers and more on this short, guided tour accompanied with lots of self-led exploration time!

214 In the Cellar

Where: Balistreri Vineyards

When: Feb. 14th & 15th | Doors Open at 6:30pm

If you’re looking for a more classically romantic Valentine’s Day date, then this event is for you. This Denver winery is offering a Valentine’s Day meal and wine pairing featuring a decadent 6 course dinner paired with Balistreri Library wines, including some from the famous Lovies Vineyard!

Valentine’s Weekend with Chris Distefano

Where: Comedy Works Downtown

When: Feb. 14th – 16th | Various Times

Chris Distefano is an actor and comedian based in New York. Chris most recently starred in the IFC series, Benders. He performed his stand-up on Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC and Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. He also performed a half-hour set on Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. Comedy Works is offering Valentine’s Day packages featuring a dozen roses, and a heart-shaped box of chocolates!

Romantic Restaurants

Barolo Grill

Where: 3030 East Sixth Avenue, Denver

Barolo Grill prides itself on serving authentic northern Italian food while maintaining a comfortable, elegant ambiance. Known for hand crafted modern Piemontese cuisine, a spectacular wine cellar, and knowledgeable, attentive staff, Barolo Grill is the perfect choice for special occasions or just a great night out.

Beatrice & Woodsley

Where: 38 South Broadway, Denver

Nestled amidst an urban aspen grove, Beatrice & Woodsley combines sociable dining with seasonal Rustic-American menus. Their menus pay homage to recipes and methods of a collective melting-pot culture. Simple ingredients, careful technique, and adventurous imagination provides for a personal, one-of-a-kind dining experience.

El Five

Where: 2930 Umatilla Street, 5th Floor, Denver

Nestled high above LoHi on the fifth floor, El Five boasts spectacular, unobstructed city views of the downtown Denver skyline, and a wide frame of sprawling highlands for an unrivaled sunset view. The large open-air patio sits adjacent to its big sister: Edible Beat’s concept Linger.

Mizuna

Where: 225 East 7th Avenue, Denver

Mizuna is a top rated restaurant not just in Denver, but in the western United States. This intimate neighborhood joint provides cover for the biggest food laboratory in Colorado, a place where chefs have free reign to experiment with and explore the finest seasonal ingredient. Tiny Mizuna, with her linen-draped tables and soft yellow dining room has earned a reputation as a special place among food lovers and critics of all sorts.

The Fort

Where: 19192 CO-8, Morrison

The Fort, an award-winning Denver western restaurant located just southwest of Denver, is one of the nation’s most recognized establishments and sells more buffalo steaks than any other independently owned restaurant in the country. Featuring fine beef, buffalo, game, and seafood, The Fort’s menu offers a tantalizing selection of old and new foods from the Early West.

Colorado Real Estate News

Denver Real Estate Moves Toward More Balanced Market

Balanced MarketPredicting how the real estate market will perform is like looking into a crystal ball. So, the best way to forecast how 2019 will fair is by taking a look back at trends from the previous year.

New Year, New Market

Last year truly was split down the middle with two distinct tales. The first half of the year kicked off with the same flurry of homebuyer excitement and activity we have seen in our hot real estate market over the past several years. By June, housing inventory jumped which marked a major milestone moment for Denver-area homebuyers and sellers as the market took a sudden shift. At that time, the adjustment formally commenced and, since, conditions have been moving toward a more balanced market.

Home Sellers are Still in Control, with One Exception

Despite what feels like a major market shift, home sellers in Metro Denver are still in control in all housing price ranges, except homes priced over $1 million where homebuyers and sellers are on equal footing.

The luxury market was record breaking this past year. In 2018, 2,156 homes sold and closed for $1 million or greater – up 18 percent compared to 2017. The closed dollar volume in 2018 in the luxury segment was a record-breaking $3.29 billion, up 18 percent year over year.

Furthermore, the luxury market is kicking off the New Year on a good note. In December, the average days on market for luxury homes dipped slightly to 72 from 74 in November and 110 year over year. Close-price to list-price was up, just shy of two percent from December of 2017.

Surprisingly, Home Prices Continued to Rise

With home sales down and inventory up, it might not make a lot of sense for home prices to be up, but they continued to rise.

In 2018, compared to 2017, the number of home sales was down 5.5 percent and housing inventory was up 44.7 percent by year-end. The average price for a single-family home in 2018 was $522,839, up 8.05 percent in a year. The average price of a condo in increased 9.82 percent, ending 2018 at $351,677. Home prices continued to rise in large part because people continue to move to the Denver area.

Notably, though, with more competition, many home sellers have recently had to make price reductions for the first time in years.

 

Overall, a more balanced market is a good thing as we are shifting to a bit more normalcy. The Denver-area housing market is still hot, albeit seasonally cool for the time being, and offers exceptional opportunities for homebuyers and sellers alike.

Colorado Real Estate News

7 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Cozy

Make Your Home CozyWhile the colder months are the perfect time to make your home feel cozy and warm, every home could benefit from some added coziness regardless of the season! Cozy spaces invite you and your guests to unwind, feel pampered, and be mindful. These are likely things that we don’t find enough of in our day to day lives, so creating a space where you can feel these things every day is important! The following tips are simple ways to make your home cozy. They don’t require much effort, but will create a whole new atmosphere for your home.

Minimize & Organize

Before you can start creating the ultimate cozy space, you’ll first need to minimize and organize. No home can truly feel welcoming if it’s filled with clutter. Although you may not be aware of it, clutter distracts the eye and the mind. If you ever find yourself unable to relax in a space, it’s likely because it’s filled with too much stuff.

Visual clutter causes the eye to focus on too many things at one time. So, choose to display fewer items and store the rest. Leaving surfaces cleaner will help your home feel aired out and relaxing. And the few items that you do choose to display will grab more attention than before!

First Impressions Matter

Don’t underestimate the inviting power of some good curb appeal! Let your front door and entryway set a welcoming tone. A quick sweep of the front porch and a bright welcome mat will do wonders to create an inviting entryway. Place a big leafy plant inside the doorway to add instant cozy vibes. You and your guests will be greeted by an eyeful of green as soon as you walk through the door. A strategically placed sign welcoming guests to your home can also add a bit of comfort and personality.

Set the Mood with Lighting

The power of lighting in creating cozy spaces is unmatched! Instead of using overhead lighting, try incorporating wall, floor, or desk lamps. Keeping the lighting low can help any space feel warmer, especially in the colder months. Lighting that uses a dimmer is also a bonus!

Adding candles to your space can give the room an instant glow. Even a simple votive placed strategically in front of a mirror will amplify the mood. Candles can also help to freshen up your space and spread a lovely smell throughout your home.

Make Your Home Cozy with Touchable Textures

Adding plush and woolly fabrics to your space will instantly create a sense of security, stability and nurturing. This can be anything from throw blankets and pillows, to rugs, curtains or even table runners.

Throw blankets are a quick and easy go-to for adding warmth. They are excellent at adding both visual and physical warmth, and will encourage everyone to cuddle up to talk, read, or watch a movie. And when you really need some extra cozy in your life, add a few more pillows. Any couch or bed will feel more inviting when it has some added fluff to it!

Whether your room is covered in carpet or hardwood, rugs are another great way to add texture, color, and warmth underfoot. Try layering rugs with different patterns and materials for an extra comfy look.

Awaken the Senses

A cozy home is more than just warm fabrics and an abundance of pillows. Try enhancing the overall atmosphere of your space with scent. Spicy scents are wonderful for sparking conversations, lavender and vanilla are known for creating calm and soothing moments, and citrus scents are perfect for promoting clarity and energy.

Display Your Memories

Displaying family photos is an easy way to add comfort and personality to your home. Create a photo wall by hanging up different sized framed photos or fill a floating shelf with your memories. Update the photos once a year so that your guests can see what your family has been up to. It’s a simple way to freshen up your decor and a wonderful conversation starter.

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Incorporating a mixture of wood, stone, water, and plants is a wonderful way to make your decor stand out. It is also a wonderful way to create a Zen-like vibe in your space that helps you feel calmer, more mindful, and at ease. Natural items in interior designer help create peaceful and comforting atmospheres. So, don’t be afraid to add a plant here and there, display your cool rock collection, or get a small fountain. Himalayan salt lamps are a wonderful way to add lighting as well as a natural element to your cozy decor!