Colorado Real Estate News

7 Ways to Beat the Heat in Denver

Ice Cream

With Denver’s hottest summer in years not chilling out any time soon, here are seven great ways to beat the heat:

1. Take a Hike

Go up to the mountains! Well, you didn’t need us to tell you to head outdoors. People are passionate about defending the honor of their preferred trails and some won’t even share their favorites (and those are our friends and family), so we’re just going to skip past this one and let you figure it out with the use of the many resources available.

2. Cone or Cup?

For a city world-renowned for health and fitness, we are also an epicenter of cold culinary magic, more commonly known as ice cream! You’ve got Sweet Action, Little Man, Magills, Liks, Ice Cream Riot, Bonnie Brae and High Point, to name a few. For our money, if feeling like we’ve taken refuge inside an igloo is our goal, this conversation starts and ends at Sweet Cow. With locations in Platt Park, Highlands, two in Boulder, Louisville and Stanley Market, the Big Moo has built its brand on impeccably clean stores, tirelessly cheerful staff, a commitment to being green and simply unbelievable ice cream made from scratch. There might as well be a “G” in Sweet Cow’s name because they are so generous with their ingredients. The chunks of Oreos in their Cookies and Cream are bigger than a silver dollar! Somehow, they keep the cornflakes in their Bourbon Corn Flake crispy. Bonus tip — if ice cream is a bit too high for your calorie budget, try Yogurtland in Cap Hill. You’ll never know it isn’t ice cream.

3. Splish Splash

Pull up a seat in the shade out front of Union Station, close enough to the fountains that you can feel the refreshing mist. Heck, kick off your shoes, roll up your pants and skip through the fountains. Who cares if you’re the only adult out there. We won’t laugh and we might just join in!

4. Take in Some Cooling Culture

Denver’s museums are nothing short of world class. The Denver Art Museum continues to grow in stature (and size) while the Museum of Contemporary Art is always booking cutting-edge artists coveted by curators around the world. Two lesser known jewels in our fine arts crown are the Clyfford Still and Kirkland Museums, both of which are nestled in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. You will be blown away by the progression of Still’s body of work, especially his behind-the-scenes stories and seeing his work tools up close. You may not have made it over to the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art since it opened last year, but strolling around the exhibits is a great way to lower your temperature and increase your design imagination.

5. Movies

Netflix is nice but sometimes nothing beats a big tub of fresh popcorn and a really big screen. For our money, there’s just no place better than the UA Pavilions on 16th St. Mall. But don’t show up unannounced. Like pretty much everything else in Denver, reservations are strongly encouraged. Go online a couple days ahead and book the perfect seat because they recline so far you’ll feel like you snuck into first class on Singapore Air. If mainstream Hollywood isn’t your cinematic gig, how about going big and bold with a science or nature film on the IMAX screen at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in City Park?

And finally, we’re excited to report that the Landmark Esquire Theater has reopened on 6th St. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer than doing the time warp at a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

6. Go Tubing

Like pretty much everything else included in here, people are super passionate about their tubing spots. You have options all around Greater Denver from Golden to Littleton, but we’re suckers for Boulder Creek. Rent an inner tube, jump in at Eben G. Fine Park and float down the creek all the way to 55th Street. Sure, the water is freezing, buy hey, you were saying how hot you were right, so make up your mind. Oh, remember sun screen!!

 7. A Whole Other Kind of Float

No, we don’t mean root beer, although some of those ice cream shops up above do make some mean ones. There’s an entirely different kind of floating to be had. Check out Easy Float in Platt Park or Samana Float Center near Coors Field. Ever tried sensory deprivation like in that 1980 cult flick Altered States? No light. No sound. Just you and a few thousand pounds of salt poured into your bathwater. You will float on top of the surface like you never knew was possible. Feeling like a cork doesn’t only sooth those frayed nerves, it has been proven to help world-class athletes recover from injuries faster. Fallen off that mountain bike lately?

And, don’t forget the tips we provided just a few weeks ago on boating all around the state.

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Statistically, Denver is Still in a Seller’s Market

With 1.73 months of housing inventory across all price ranges in the Denver area, we are technically still experiencing a seller’s market. Homes priced above $1 million have the most inventory, however, with single-family homes at 4.93 months of inventory, just under the five months that signify a balanced market. The month of July ended with 4.36 months of condo inventory. Large condo projects like Laurel in Cherry Creek have been closing on units, pushing up the number of higher-priced condo sales.


Home Prices are Peaking

The average sold price in the residential market in July was $498,960, down slightly from June’s $500,010, still up 4.27% year over year. The median sold price was up slightly month over month to $434,000 from $429,000. The average single-family home price was up 0.58% from June to $551,516. Year to date, the average sold price was up 1.83%. The average condo sale price was down 1.46% in July to $362,922; this is lower than the past three months, but up 3.01% year to date.


Sellers Homes on the Market for What Felt Like a Long Time Compared to Last Year

The median days on market for single-family homes and condos was up 37.50% month over month to 11 days. While that percentage may seem high, home sellers only had to wait three more days to sell their homes in July this year compared to last. Year to date it’s taking, on average, 29 days to sell a home compared to 24 days last year.


Metro Denver is a seller’s market by months of inventory, but continues to head toward a balanced market, with conditions favoring buyers — like historically low interest rates, price reductions, and more homes to choose from with more time to choose.

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6 Home Renovations that Add Value


When it comes to making changes to your home, not all renovations are created equal. If you’re like most Americans, your home is probably your biggest investment, so it’s important to focus on renovations that add value to that investment, first and foremost. Of course, you need to make upgrades that are pleasing to you as the homeowner, but if you have any intention of selling your house in the future, you’ll also want to focus on improvements that provide the most value, too.

Before you go knocking down walls and installing subway tiles, it’s important to know which renovations will give you the most return on your investment. Here are six renovations to consider that add value to your home.

1. Landscape and curb appeal.

There’s nothing like a first impression, especially when it comes time to sell your home. You only get one chance to impress a buyer when they see your home for the first time, so it’s worth making sure that impression is a good one. According to a research study comparing the cost of renovations with the return you get on the investment, replacing your garage door yields the highest ROI, followed by adding stone veneer to the exterior and replacing your front door. Landscaping is also an important area to focus on, where simple things like refreshing the mulch, trimming back overgrown shrubs and planting colorful, seasonal flowers can be great curb appeal enhancers.

2. Kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and creating an updated, modern kitchen will add more than just value to your home, it will also increase your enjoyment while you’re living in it. When it comes time to sell, the kitchen is the focal point of most listing showings, and many home buyers will be more forgiving of other outdated areas as long as the kitchen is upgraded. Consider replacing appliances with new, more energy-efficient models, refacing or painting your cabinets, replacing hardware, installing new countertops and new flooring, and adding a new sink and faucet.

3. Bathrooms.

Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are another space that make a huge impact not only in your enjoyment of your home, but also its resale value. Opting for a walk-in shower, and replacing and updating the vanity, mirror and fixtures will go a long way to improve the look and feel of the bathroom.

4. Outdoor Space.

Especially in a place like Colorado where we get plenty of sunshine all year-round (even in the winter!), adding a deck for outdoor entertaining is a great investment for your home. According to the research study, adding a deck will increase the value of your home enough to nearly cover the cost of installing it. Adding features like a fire pit will also increase the value, as it allows you to make the most out of the space in all seasons.

5. A fresh coat of paint.

Painting the interior of your home is one of the least expensive updates you can do that will make a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. Lighten up dark, cramped rooms with a light, bright tone that will make the space feel fresh, clean, and more spacious. If you’re selling the home, opt for neutral color choices that would be appealing to a variety of people, such as creams, grays and pastels.

6. Flooring.

In addition to light, bright walls, flooring also makes a huge difference in how your house comes across to guests and buyers. Many buyers gravitate to hardwood floors over tile or carpet, especially in common areas like the kitchen and living room.

Ultimately, there are endless projects that can be done around the home to increase its function, livability and value. The important part of any renovation, however, is taking the time to plan and budget accordingly, and focus on things that will not only make a positive impact in how you enjoy the home, but also protect your investment.

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Must-dos in Northern Colorado this Fall

Fall in Northern Colorado

It’s that time of year again – summer is coming to a close, kids are heading back to school, and it’s time to start thinking about trading in the shorts and flip flops for flannels and boots.


Northern Colorado is a wonderful place to be at any time of year, but there’s something extra special about the Fall season. The weather is perfect, the scenery is spectacular with fall foliage as far as the eye can see, and there are tons of fun events and activities throughout the region for the whole family to enjoy.


Whether you’re new to the Front Range, or simply looking for new ideas to enjoy all that the Rocky Mountain State has to offer, here are our top tips for things to do in Northern Colorado this fall.


Enjoy the fall colors.

Of course, we have to start with leaf-peeping. Colorado has, without a doubt, some of the best fall foliage in the country thanks to its many Aspen groves. The best time to see fall colors typically runs from the last week in September to the second week in October. Just a short 45-minute drive from Fort Collins is Rocky Mountain National Park, which is one of the best places to marvel at the dazzling orange, yellow and red Aspen groves as you wind your way through the mountains. Other top leaf peeping locations include:


Lory State Park

Roosevelt National Forest

Poudre Canyon

Red Feather Lakes


Go hiking and camping.

Fall is the perfect time of year to go hiking and camping in and around Northern Colorado. The weather is comfortable and dry during the day, and crisp enough at night to cozy up next to the campfire. Some of our favorite camping spots are Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain State Park and Lory State Park, among others.


Crack open a seasonal brew.

Northern Colorado is a mecca for craft beer, with more than 20 (and counting) breweries in the region. As the leaves start to change, breweries create new beers incorporating seasonal flavors, from Oktoberfest-inspired ales to pumpkin spiced lagers. Not sure where to start? New Belgium Brewery and Odell Brewing Co. are two favorites known for releasing seasonal brews in the fall, and here’s a map of additional breweries in Northern Colorado from which to choose.


Unleash your inner child (or real-life child) at a pumpkin patch or corn maze.

Kids of all ages will love going to one of Northern Colorado’s local farms to pick out their own pumpkin to carve this Halloween. The Bartel’s Farm and Jack Lantern’s Corn Maze are two local favorites offering a huge selection of pumpkins, along with corn mazes and hay rides.


Get spooky at Colorado’s most haunted house.

Along with Fall comes Halloween, and one of the best places to get in the Halloween spirit is at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. Known as one of Colorado’s most haunted places, The Stanley Hotel is more than 100 years old, and was the source of inspiration behind Stephen King’s “The Shining.” And if you’re feeling especially brave, the hotel offers nighttime ‘Spirit Tours’ that will take you to some of the property’s most haunted areas.


Attend a fall festival.

There are several can’t-miss Fall events in Northern Colorado. FORToberfest is a fall festival in Fort Collins that takes place in September, and showcases the city’s dynamic music scene, vibrant brewing industry, and love for biking. Sip on a seasonal brew while you listen to live music in Old Town, and enjoy local art, food, and bike vendors throughout the day.

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Northern Colorado is Among the Country’s Top Destinations to Call Home

And we have the top team at Kentwood Northern Properties to find the home of your dreams


With the nation’s top ski resorts and national parks to the west, rolling plains to the east, and just an hour’s drive from the Denver International Airport, it comes as no surprise that Northern Colorado is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States. As if the great quality of life, active outdoor lifestyle and picturesque backdrop weren’t enough to convince you, Northern Colorado also boasts one of the most stable housing markets in the country. In fact, according to a recent study by SmartAsset, Boulder was ranked No. 1 and Fort Collins was ranked No. 4 out of 358 metro areas in the United States for overall home price growth, as well as stability.


If the next steps in your life journey lead you to experience the incredible lifestyle that Northern Colorado has to offer, our team at Kentwood Northern Properties are just the people to get you there. This team of Realtors® have deep roots in the Northern Colorado community, and local expertise that creates a market advantage for clients that is second-to-none.


Shirley Watson – Simply put, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who knows and understands Northern Colorado better than Shirley. She’s raised her family in Fort Collins and has more than 30 years of professional experience in Northern Colorado real estate. Shirley has been named one of the 25 most powerful sales people in the state by ColoradoBiz Magazine and has been recognized as a top relocation specialist and local expert in residential and new construction home sales. She ranks among Kentwood’s top 5 individual Brokers.


Catherine Rodgers A resident of Northern Colorado for nearly 30 years, Catherine treasures all that the community has to offer. With her extensive background in residential sales throughout the Front Range, Catherine has sold into the thousands, property-wise, and is also recognized amongst the one-percent of Realtors® nationally who consistently receive top recognition for salesmanship and production. She ranks among Kentwood’s top 10 individual Brokers.


Andrea Stull – Andrea has been involved in residential real estate for the last 15 years, and much of that experience came from owning a successful custom homebuilding company. Being on the front lines of building homes provided Andrea with insight into the market, market trends and a seller’s perspective that few agents can offer, and she has earned numerous national awards for her sales volume. She ranks among Kentwood’s top individual Brokers.


Matt & Paula King – This mother-and-son team delivers a powerhouse package of services to buyers and sellers of homes in and around the Denver and Boulder regions. The King Team has successful real estate sales experience in every conceivable market condition for over 30 years, and comprehensive knowledge of trends, values and communities from South Denver to North Boulder County. They rank among Kentwood’s top teams.


Sarah Tyler – To say Sarah’s roots run deep in the Northern Colorado community would be a massive understatement. She is a Colorado native, Colorado State University Alumna, a successful business owner in Northern Colorado, and is a member of the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®. Sarah specializes in both listing and selling homes and prides herself on making the experience enjoyable for her clients, while keeping in mind their preferences and the climate of the current market. She’s doubled her sales volume since moving to Kentwood in 2018.


Kris Laine – With over 20 years of diverse real estate experience, Kris brings passion, drive and determination to the Northern Colorado real estate market. She and her family relocated to Fort Collins in 2006, and her extensive knowledge of the community has earned her a loyal following from both residential and commercial clients.  Kris’ ability to combine her residential and commercial practices has afforded her the ability to bring a varied perspective to real estate solutions.


With growing home values, a thriving economy, exceptional schools, easy access to outdoor recreation and a great quality of life, Northern Colorado truly is one of the best places in the country to call home. Contact our Northern Properties office today and let us help you #PutDownRoots.