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Best Restaurants in Greenwood Village, Colorado

View of Greenwood Village from a Drone.

Western culture meets sophisticated living in one of Denver’s most renowned suburbs. Steeped at the west edge of Arapahoe County, the quaint neighborhood of Greenwood Village spans over 8,000 square miles and is home to 15,690 residents. Once a farming community, Greenwood Village has transformed into the perfect meld of residential living mixed with a vibrant business community. 

Whether you live in the neighborhood, work at one of the business parks, or are just visiting from out of town, we assure you Greenwood Village’s culinary scene is a second to none! From five-star establishments to local dives to large chains, below is our list of the very best restaurants in Greenwood Village. Whether you are thinking about listing a house, beginning a search for a new home, or have a question about the area, please feel free to contact Kentwood today!

Criteria For Making Our List

Atmosphere, food, service! These are critical factors for any diner when choosing where to fill their belly next. Does the establishment have something that sets it apart? Are there dishes or cocktails that stand out? Is the service and hospitality consistent night in and out? Each Greenwood Village restaurant on the list below brings something unique to the table while checking multiple boxes on service, food, and atmosphere. 

Chianti Ristorante Italiano

A Denver Tech Center standout, Chianti Ristorante is known for being hearty, delicious, and full of flavor. First opened in 2003, this Greenwood Village gem provides diners with a five-star Venetian culinary experience in a romantic setting. The wine display is quite impressive even for the most fervent wine aficionado, with hundreds of handpicked bottles resting on oak shelving. White table cloths, polished silverware, and sparkling wine glasses outline the tables, giving this authentic Italian experience a sophisticated touch. For primi, we recommend the Veal Meatballs or Burrata e Prosciutto. For secondi, we suggest Lasagna Bolognese or Pollo al Marsala. Of course, you can’t miss dolce, so be sure to try Cannolis or Tiramisu. 

YaYas Euro Bistro

Not only do we love the name, but we love the whole YaYas experience! Centrally located on Bellevue Avenue, just off I-25, YaYas Euro Bistro is a massive, multidimensional restaurant – one of the largest spaces in Colorado. There is an immense bar with high-top seating, a full indoor dining room, and a gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking Greenwood Village Crescent Park. In fact, YaYas even made our list of best rooftop bars and restaurants in Denver. We recommend the Summit Creek Lamb Burger, Truffle Mushroom Pizza, and Penne Carbonara for happy indulgences. On the lighter side, try the Hummus and Pita, Steak Tabbouleh Salad, or Colorado Striped Bass. Lastly, YaYas is infamous for their Sunday brunch, with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. 


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Del Friscos Double Eagle Steakhouse

Unparalleled ambiance marks Del Friscos Double Eagle Steakhouse. White linen-covered tables, mahogany wood staircases, massive wine rack walls, dimly lit overhanging chandeliers, and fresh, handpicked flowers help stimulate your dining experience. Founded in 1981, Del Friscos has been a Greenwood Village staple for over 40 years. But it’s not just the ambiance that sets this steakhouse apart. The food and wine list have won numerous awards, including notable mentions from New York Times, Business Insider, and Wine Spector. We recommend trying the Shrimp Cocktail and Blue Cheese Lettuce Wedge to start, paired with freshly baked bread rolls, of course. We suggest the delicious and always consistent Filet Mignon or Prime Strip, paired with a side of Creamed Corn or Lobster Mac and Cheese for your entree. 

Lucy Restaurant

Named after the family dog, Lucy Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant located in Landmark Village. Located above Comedy Works, this casual eatery is open only on selective days of the week, mostly Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Serving up modern American cuisine, some of our favorite dishes include the Lucy Burger, Lemon Chicken, and Roasted Salmon. For a delicious libation, delight yourself with the Mile High Mule, Double Platinum Margarita, or one of their many bourbons and blend.  

Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill is one of the best seafood restaurants in America because of its high-quality food and service. In the year 2000, they opened their first location in North Carolina. Since then, they have opened up more than 100 locations all over the United States, including an excellent location in Greenwood Village. There is something for the whole family to enjoy with seasonal specials, a kid’s menu, and gluten-free options. The market-fresh fish is flown in daily, plus an array of woodfire grill specialties for those who love turf a little more than surf. Some of our favorite dishes include the Corn Chowder & Lump Crab, Parmesan-Crusted Rainbow Trout, and The Angler’s Sirloin Steak. Bonefish Grill is a “can’t miss,” just waiting to fill your belly with delight!

JING

JING combines flavors and ingredients from around the world to create a menu chock-full of unique Asian food concepts. With locations in Las Vegas and Aspen, the Greenwood Village restaurant may be the standout among the three. Magnificent displays of molecular gastronomy are pronounced in almost every dish served, leaving you speechless and curious for more. White tables, white booths, and white decor line the large dining hall, giving this Asian restaurant an ultra-chic ambiance like none other. We recommend the Evil Jungle Salad, Wasabi Lambchops, and Famous Peking Duck. The extensive menu also includes a full selection of sushi, sashimi, and traditional Asian noodle dishes. 

Pizza Republica 

Fine dining is sometimes best defined by simplicity. Pizza Republica specializes in cooking traditional Italian dishes with fresh farm-to-table ingredients. The beauty of their cuisine is rather than creating eclectic dishes, they focus on perfecting the conventional. Caesar Salad, Stuffed Shells, Napoleon Wood-Fired Pizzas… these are the types of dishes you can expect at this favorite local spot. Locally owned and operated, with two locations in the Denver Metro area, Pizza Republica is truly sensational. 

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

If you are a diner who tends to avoid restaurant chains, think again! Despite having over 45 locations in eight states, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is still family-owned, and the values are reflected in the food and service. Even more impressive is how consistent the seafood is from location to location. That’s because the Pappas family is obsessed with freshness, quick delivery times from the fishing dock to the restaurant, and a commitment to food safety in the kitchen. One of the benefits of dining at a chain is that you can expect massive portions compared to smaller, local restaurants that lack buying power. With too many great options to choose from on their extensive menu, we recommend the Cajun Specialities. After all, where else in Colorado can you get the flavors of New Orleans?

Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar

“Hapa” is derived from the Hawaiian term that describes a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. Sure, their menu has an assortment of traditional rolls, nigiri, and sashimi; however, like their unusual robot logo, Hapa Sushi is best known for eclectic sushi you won’t experience anywhere else. The Booty Call Roll and Aspen Roll are two your taste buds will thank you for later. Their kitchen also produces several unique appetizers, such as the Daikon Fries and Spicy Tuna Nachos. You don’t need any more reason to visit Hapa, but they are also locally owned and operated by a Colorado family and have several locations throughout the state. Furthermore, they have the best sushi happy hour in Denver, which is all the more reason to visit them for your next meal out. 

Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

Opa! If you love Greek food, you are in for a real treat at Yanni’s. This family-run “taverna” has heart and soul, transcendent in the food, ambiance, and hospitality. Yanni’s brings out the enjoyment of life by making you feel like you are dining in a small Greek village. Sip a glass of wine or strong coffee while eating olives and spanakopita. Share a family-style meal such as the Village Sampler, Vegetarian Platter, or Pita Platter. Located at the Landmark in Greenwood Village, after your meal, peruse shops at the center or catch a flick at the nearby movie theater. 

Dionysus Wine Bar & Restaurant

Arguably Colorado’s best wine tasting, Dionysus Wine Bar is the epitome of sophistication and elegance. Located at the Landmark, this local establishment should be your go-to for upscale dining. The exquisite menu matches the impressive wine list. Enjoy small, shareable appetizers such as PEI Mussels, Smoked Trout Crostini, or Truffled French Fries. Satisfy your appetite with one of their signature entrees, including Grilled Rack of Lamb, Prime Filet Mignon, and Coriander Crusted Ahi Tuna. Dionysus is also infamous for having one of Colorado’s most extensive wine tastings with over 120 carefully curated selections. They also offer a fantastic happy hour and live music. Make sure to call ahead to make a reservation. 

Big Daddy Burger

You can’t have a neighborhood without a sports bar. Big Daddy Burger is a chain that prides itself on consistency. No member of the family should go hungry, as the salads are as delicious as the burgers, and the kid’s menu has something for even the pickiest little one. We recommend the Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids, Pastrami Burger, or Emilio’s Chicken for the overindulgence. If you are watching your figure, you can’t go wrong with Stella’s Greek Salad or the CYO Large Salad. The Big Daddy location at Landmark is massive, so you’ll have no trouble getting in. There is also a free parking garage right across the street for your convenience. 

The 1UP Arcade Bar

Where else can you drink, eat, and lay back as the little ones go wild? The 1UP Arcade Bar is packed wall-to-wall with arcades, pinball machines, and video games. They even have $2 beers and $3 well-drinks for happy hour every Monday – Friday and all day on Sundays. This family-fun concept has caught on quickly, as they now have three locations throughout Denver, but the Greenwood Village arcade is by far the most accessible, with free parking nearby. If your kiddos find themselves breaking the pinball machine records, be sure to check out their tournament schedule. This is also a fantastic place to reserve for a birthday party or special occasion. 

Shanghai Kitchen

Conveniently located off Bellevue and Yosemite, Shanghai Kitchen delivers some of the best Chinese Food in the Denver Metro Area. Catered more towards takeout and delivery, this authentic family-owned restaurant is perfect for an easy and convenient way to eat at home. The menu includes traditional dishes like lo mein, fried rice, egg rolls, and sweet and sour chicken. Delivery times are fast, the staff is friendly, and the menu is extensive, making this Chinese restaurant our favorite in Greenwood Village. 

Shanahan’s Steakhouse

The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach of the Denver Broncos wasn’t just good at coaching football but also restauranteering. Voted the best steakhouse by Mashed.com, Shanahan’s is a unique and rewarding dining experience for all five senses. The lofted ceilings and open layout allow for ample natural light, while the fireplace provides a cozy Colorado feeling during the cold winter months. The impressive wine cellar displays 4,000 bottles of red wine and 1,500 bottles of white wine, leaving even the most versed wine connoisseur awe-struck. All of the produce is Colorado-grown and organic, and the seafood is flown in daily and certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. We couldn’t rave more about several signature dishes, like the Dutch Harbor Red King Crab Legs, the 36oz Wagyu RibEye Tomahawk, and the Center Barrel Cut Filet and Lobster. FYI, the $79 3-course prime rib menu is perhaps the best special in town. Don’t forget to hold the 1997 and 1998 Denver Broncos Super Bowl Trophies before you leave!

Conclusion 

Greenwood Village has quickly developed into Denver’s most dynamic suburb. Once farmland and orchard, it has grown into a vibrant business hub, sprawling with quaint family neighborhoods and easy access to all major highways.  Whether you live here, work at DTC, or are just visiting Denver, the culinary experience in Greenwood Village is simply a cut above. We hope you find your next favorite restaurant based on the recommendations above. Whether you are thinking about listing a house, beginning a search for a new home, or have a question about the area, please feel free to contact Kentwood today!


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Best Ski Resorts in Colorado

Approximately 470 ski resorts are operating in the United States as of 2021. One of the top locations to ski in the nation is the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with upwards of 32 ski resorts open during peak winter months. Each destination offers a unique experience, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran. Finding the right resort in Colorado depends on your own unique personal taste, skill level, and budget. Keeping that in mind, here’s a list of the top Colorado ski resorts. 


Vail Ski Resort 

Originally a training base for the 10th Mountain Division during World War Two, Vail Ski Resort boasts over 5,300 acres of breathtaking terrain. Located about two hours away from the Denver International Airport, Vail has activities for skiers and non-skiers alike, making it an ideal destination for a family getaway.  

There are two base areas at the foot of the mountain (Lion’s Head, Vail Village), providing easy access to Colorado’s largest ski area.  There are plenty of blue and green runs for the novice skier, including Born-Free, one of the longest runs in America. We recommend heading to the expansive back bowls and an even deeper journey to Blue Sky Basin for the expert skier.  

Once you’re done skiing for the day, the beautiful town of Vail has heated cobblestone streets and is designed to resemble the European Alps with its many chalets. There is a plethora of fine dining and shopping to keep you occupied while your boots are drying. It’s enough to make you consider buying a home in Colorado to stay here forever. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $189 – $221 

Child Lift Ticket: $134 – $144 

Senior Lift Ticket: $187 – $199 


Steamboat Springs 

Located in Yampa Valley on State Highway 40, Steamboat Springs is a true cowboy town. About a three and a half hour drive from Denver, this can’t miss resort claims bragging rights for having some of the best champagne powder in the world. Known for its expansive tree skiing, Steamboat has produced more Olympic athletes than any other town in Colorado. For the young ones, the resort offers a fantastic kids camp, private lessons, and group lessons.  

After your long day on the mountain, reward yourself and the family by going to Strawberry Hot Springs – a natural geothermal pool nestled on the edge of town. Afterwards, head downtown to enjoy dinner overlooking the Yampa River. We recommend Salt & Lime or Mazzola’s Italian. Once you experience Steamboat, we promise you’ll want to return annually, or even make this diamond in the rough for your next vacation home.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $179 – $207 

Child Lift Ticket: $123 – $145 

Senior Lift Ticket: $177 – $197 


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Breckenridge 

Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resorts in the state, with 187 trails spread across five mountain peaks. You’ll also find North America’s highest chairlift, the Imperial Express Superchair at a whopping 12,840 feet! The ski resort rests at an impressive elevation of 9,600 feet, which means you’ll get quality snow, but also be aware of altitude sickness if you’re not used to being so far above sea level.  

Breckenridge is only an hour and a half from Denver, making it an easy day trip or the perfect winter getaway. It is also located near Frisco and Lake Dillon and a short drive to Silverthorne for shopping at one of Colorado’s premier outlet malls. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $178 – $191 

Child Lift Ticket: $110 – $123 

Senior Lift Ticket: $161 – $179 


Winter Park/Mary Jane 

Winter Park won the vote for the best ski resort in North America for the third year in a row. With 3,081 acres of terrain and 166 runs, it appeals to different ability levels, making it ideal for the whole family. Winter Park is also one of the more affordable resorts in Colorado and is only an hour and a half drive from Denver. 

Once you are done carving up the mountain, you’ll also find a slew of activities appealing to kids and adults alike. The resort offers ice bumper cars, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoe tours, and a tube park. Relax with a cold beverage or hot chocolate at Pepperonis or Goodies Mountain Creperie, and enjoy elegant dining at Deno’s Mountain Bistro or Fontenot’s Seafood and Grill. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $131 – $146 

Child Lift Ticket: $89 – $97 


Aspen Snowmass 

With a combination of four different ski locations around both Aspen and Snowmass Village, you’ll find a wide selection of terrain to slice some turns. Aspen Snowmass manages to rival even Vail for its massive size.  

Snowmass Mountain has over 3,000 acres of gorgeous runs and trails, ideal for skiers of an intermediate level. Buttermilk is best known for hosting winter weather sports such as the Winter X-games. You’ll find both beginner-friendly and intermediate runs at Buttermilk. Aspen Highlands is considered the local’s choice, fraught with double black diamonds and steep runs. Also known as Ajax, Aspen Mountain has a brand new gondola, providing easy access to this iconic mountain.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $191 – $217 

Child Lift Ticket: $138 – $146 


Beaver Creek 

Beaver Creek is only twenty minutes from Vail and is considered a sibling resort that excels at luxury. If you’re in search of the ultimate pampering experience, then Beaver Creek is for you. You’ll get everything from escalators between the village and the chairlift, freshly baked cookies, and an array of shopping and fine dining. Scattered throughout the village is a new artistic playground with oversized sculptures, perfect for picture taking and memories to last a lifetime.  

At Beaver Creek, you’ll find a less crowded environment but also a similar experience to Vail in terms of the gorgeous scenery and fabulous terrain. Birds of Prey is an iconic run home to Olympic trial competitions, and Red Buffalo is the perfect playground for beginners and intermediate skiers.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $199 – $220 

Child Lift Ticket: $131 – $144 

Senior Lift Ticket: $189 – $201 


Telluride Ski Resort 

Telluride is a remote town set high up in the San Juan Mountains. There is only one road in and out of this hidden mountain gem, with towering peaks overlooking a narrow, almost daunting valley. If you enjoy vertical ski environments, then Telluride is perfect for you. You’ll find over 2,000 acres of terrain, with a base elevation that starts at 8,725 feet and then tops off at 13,150 feet at the peak. Whether you are a beginner or advanced skier, you’ll find it all at Telluride. If you’re a hardcore expert, there’s a hike-to terrain offering extreme skiing. 

After you’re done skiing for the day, you’ll find that Telluride is an authentic mountain town with original, historical homes lining the quaint streets. The locals stay all year long, but this is also a popular, of-the-beaten-path destination for adventure seekers. Warm by a fire pit enjoying a cold beer and nibbling on local, farm-raised cuisine at the mountain base.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $199 – $205 

Child Lift Ticket: $110 – $119 

Senior Lift Ticket: $167 – $179 


Keystone Resort 

Spread across three mountains, Keystone offers ski trails that take you through the wilderness and away from the resort itself. Dercum Mountain offers runs best suited for those who enjoy leisurely gliding and jaw-dropping scenery. North Peak has a bit more advanced terrain, including steep runs to get your legs burning. The Outback has the resort’s highest peak at 12,000 feet and is suited for intermediate level and above. 

You’ll find two different villages at Keystone: River Run and Lakeside. River Run is the primary village at the mountain base, with various dining options and excellent shopping. Additionally, parking here is free, compared to being at a Vail premium. Lakeside Village is as the name sounds. Nestled around a small lake, Lakeside Village is a scenic little village with luxury hotels, shops, and restaurants on the water’s shore. During the winter, the lake freezes over and becomes a massive skating rink. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $141 – $159 

Child Lift Ticket: $82 – $92 

Senior Lift Ticket: $131 – $149  


Purgatory Resort 

Once known as Durango Mountain Resort, Purgatory Mountain Resort is a family-oriented destination despite how its name sounds. This unknown resort is right outside of Durango in the San Juan Mountains. Here you’ll find mostly ski runs that are suited for those at a beginner or intermediate level. However, Purgatory has established an array of runs to attract skiers at a more advanced level in recent years. 

One of the biggest attractions of Purgatory is it offers a money-saving program. Children 12 years of age and under get a pass to ski for free. On top of that, there are no blackout dates. There are excellent options for lodging in town, plus fantastic amenities including transportation, shuttle services, and direct flights to Durango.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $102 – $110 


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Copper Mountain 

About an hour and a half from Denver, Copper Mountain is perhaps the most family-focused resort on our list. With 23 lifts spread out across 2,465 acres, you will find a mix of runs for all skill levels and abilities. There are numerous parking lots at the mountain base, including several free lots, plus complimentary shuttle service to the mountain.  

You can also check out the Kids Club, which offers supervised activities for kids ages 4-12 throughout the day. In addition to skiing, the resort offers ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, sleigh rides, and more.  

Although Copper Mountain is a tiny town, it’s centrally located to Vail and Frisco, making it accessible for day-outings or overnight stays in both locations.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $171 – $197 

Child Lift Ticket: $113 – $124 


Arapahoe Basin 

Referred to by locals as “A-Basin,” Arapahoe Basin is one of the more elevated resorts on our list. The mountain falls within Loveland Pass and has a summit elevation of 13,050 feet. Because its base elevation is 10,780 feet, Arapahoe can often stay open past June, so if you’re searching for a place to ski in the spring, then Arapahoe Basin is your best bet. 

While the resort used to be known for having limited terrain and best suited for beginner to intermediate level, Arapahoe has worked hard to change that. The resort invested in a multi-year expansion and now has a hike-to destination for advanced skiers. 

Overall, you’ll find a more old-school, relaxed atmosphere at Arapahoe Basin. It’s commonplace for people to be seen eating lunch at picnic tables and watching skiers come down the runs. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $107 – $119 

Child Lift Ticket: $71 – $89 

Senior Lift Ticket: $80 – $89 


Conclusion 

Colorado is home to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains and leads the nation’s ultimate skiing and winter experience. If you love the outdoors and are thinking of moving to Colorado, we would be honored to help you find your new, perfect home. A real estate transaction can be a complex journey loaded with unexpected bumps and turns. Kentwood brokers intimately know the Colorado real estate market and will guide you down the best path and through any difficulties that may come up. Interested in buying a home? We can provide home buying tips, market trends, and lifestyle topics. Please reach out to us and let us know how you’re doing and how we can help. 

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N-ice Activities in Colorado

Winter in Colorado is a magical wonderland on its own. While the cold weather may send you running to curl up by the fireplace, there are special activities that you can learn and explore. Whether with family or friends, you can enjoy this season exploring these unique adventures in Colorado.

Ice Skating

Ice skating may seem like the typical Hallmark movie activity. However, it is a winter staple for a reason. With rinks in Fort Collins

and Denver, you can enjoy the lively atmosphere around the pedestrian areas and local cafes. With a picturesque mountain view, you can glide across the 40-acre Evergreen Lake. From Vail Resort to Ouray’s Swiss-like rink, there are many attractive options for you to skate in. Find your dream skating rink here.

Ice Fishing

Do you love to fish in the summer? Have you tried ice fishing yet? This experience is one of a kind. Sitting in a chair on a frozen lake and waiting for your catch, surrounded by the tranquility of nature, is truly a surreal experience. With Colorado’s abundant reservoirs and state parks, you have access to places designed to guarantee a catch. The only caveat: Be sure to get your fishing license. Add tension to your line at these spots.

Dog Sledding

With a powerful pack of huskies, you can sled your way through the beautiful Colorado mountains. This one-of-a-kind winter adventure takes you on a tour through the natural wonderland of Colorado’s backcountry. Several resorts in popular towns like Snowmass and Breckenridge offer dog sledding tours; local and family-owned dog sledding businesses also offer treks in various mountain towns. Learn more about this safe and exciting activity here.

Snowmobiling

With the snowy mountain tops, speeding through the powder is an activity one should not miss. If you feel the need for speed, snowmobiling is right up your alley. With family-friendly options, you can go on excursions in Colorado’s high country in popular areas, including Winter Park and Grand Lake. Embark upon your snowy adventure here.

With many seasonal activities out there, you can enjoy the unparalleled Coloradan lifestyle with your family and friends. Who says skiing and snowboarding are the only options for a thrill?

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How to Enjoy a Day Off in Northern Colorado

There are few better ways to retreat from the bustling city than to explore the adventurous regions of northern Colorado. NoCo is a popular destination due to its vast wilderness and beautiful scenery. After grueling hours of staring at a computer screen, getting outside can refresh your mind for the upcoming week. Not only does spending time outdoors decrease stress, but research suggests it can provide real health benefits such as reducing pulse rate, depression, fatigue and anxiety.

Even if you don’t want to devote your day to nature, simply changing your environment can still considerably reduce stress. Here are some NoCo locations you should check out during your next day off:

Unwind in a Hot Spring

There aren’t many states where you can regularly soak in a natural hot spring. Why not take advantage of it? Not only does it provide unique seclusion, but the high mineral content of the water has supposed numerous health benefits. NoCo is home to some of the most renowned Colorado hot springs, including Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa.

Trek Through the Rocky Mountains

As stated earlier, an outdoor retreat is a proven way of reducing stress. With 355 miles of hiking trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect place to escape your daily routine, gain some perspective and get lost in natural beauty.

Admire the Wildlife

Wildlife is scattered all over NoCo. Head up to the official moose capital of Colorado, State Forest State Park. Drive down U.S. Highway 34 near Big Thompson Canyon to observe bighorn sheep. There are countless options, and you’re bound to have an unforgettable experience discovering animals amidst the gorgeous Rocky Mountain landscape.

Venture Through the Stanley Hotel

Stay in this picturesque 155-room hotel where haunted meets extravagance. The Stanley Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular stop among travelers. Though a lush backdrop encompasses the Stanley Hotel, it is best known for being the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in The Shining by Stephen King.

Visit the Cultural Hub of NoCo

Fort Collins’ creative district is one of the most notable in the state, with over 20 galleries, museums and various creative spaces. Features include the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, The Downtown Artery and The Music District.

While this list helps narrow down some approaches to appreciate NoCo, the options are truly endless. If none of the above are particularly enticing, simply sightsee the vast regions of NoCo, and you’ll undoubtedly find something that inspires and invigorates you.

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How to Start Selling Your Home

There are many reasons you may want to sell your home: your family could be growing or shrinking, you could be relocating for work, you might want to move into an upgraded property, etc. Now that you’ve decided to sell, what comes next? Here is a checklist of eight things to do to jumpstart the process:

Get Your Home Ready

I know that seems like a ‘duh’ here, but what does it mean to really get your home … ready? To start, you’ll want to check the value of your home. You can get a free home value estimate easily online. HomeLight has a great home value calculator; they look at housing market data with information about your house. After checking the estimation of your property, take a look at your equity, and most importantly, start packing and performing your version of Marie Kondo shedding!

Hire an Agent Who Knows the Market

According to Bankrate, “An experienced agent earns the fee by exposing your house to the broadest audience to garner the best offers possible, and negotiating on your behalf.” A real estate agent helps bring attention to your home by figuring out your most valuable offers. If you do this by yourself, it would be far too much work to take on.

Kentwood’s knowledgeable real estate brokers would love to help you sell your home; you can learn more about our experienced group here.

Set a Timeline for Selling Your Home

Selling your home can take two to four months from start to finish and potentially longer, depending on the market conditions. When you decide to sell your house, it’s essential to start looking at real estate agents to find what will fit best for your situation.

Prepare Your Home for the Market

  • Get an optional home inspection.
  • Clean, clean, clean!
  • Take professional photos: they can make your home more appealing to buyers and renters. (Trust us, it’s worth the extra money to get these professionally done.)
  • Stage your home to make it inviting for those coming to look.

Kentwood’s Amplify services provide access to a team of professionals to help elevate your home’s value, and they tell you precisely what they believe you need done. They have options for renovation projects and cosmetic updates, such as staging, painting and decluttering. They also have options for deep cleaning, moving and packing assistance, and trash removal.

Set a Realistic Price

It’s critical to get your pricing right the first time. If you set it too high, your house might not sell. If you set it too low, it might misrepresent your home’s value. Evaluate your pricing based on the other homes in your neighborhood that have gone up for sale.

Put Your House on the Market

Promote your home, both online and offline, and prepare for showings by staging it and keeping it clean. A pro-tip from Bankrate is to let someone else show your home so that the potential buyers can come in and imagine themselves in your house.

Review and Negotiate Offers

When the offers start to come in, your real estate agent is your best advocate. Depending on the market at that time, you might get several offers or not as many as you would’ve hoped.

If you receive an offer, you can either accept that offer, reject the bid or make a counteroffer. Counteroffers have a short timeframe for the buyer to respond, and they should always be in writing.

Bankrate advises to look at other aspects of the offer, rather than taking the highest one:

  •  How the buyer is paying (cash or financing).
  •  The type of financing.
  •  Down payment amount.
  •  Contingencies.
  •  Requests for credits or personal property.
  •  Proposed closing date.

Sign the Final Paperwork

When you find the buyer and price that’s right for you, sign those papers! Review the settlement, determine what the buyer owes on the sale and receive your money. Selling your home is a process that can be time-consuming, but it’s extremely important and rewarding. By taking these steps, you’ll be able to find a perfect buyer. Good luck on your next homeselling journey, and congratulations on a new home! Kentwood Real Estate is all about helping people live their best lives. With a top-tier team of brokers, Kentwood is excited to help you with all of your home needs, including marketing for your home, intimate, local real estate knowledge and opportunities to get more for your home. Contact our team today at 1-888-621-7157!

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Northern Colorado Market Trends

The Frenzy for Attached Homes Slows in October

It’s becoming more and more clear that Northern Coloradans are growing weary of the hectic homebuying scramble, especially for attached properties.

Average Days on Market in October Increased Year-over-Year for All of Northern Colorado’s Attached Housing Markets Except Fort Collins and Timnath
Timnath didn’t have any closed sales while Berthoud’s attached market experienced a 604.65% increase from 43 days in 2020 to 303 days in 2021, and its detached housing market experienced a 3.37% increase from 89 to 92 days. During September 2021, only Boulder’s attached market experienced a year-over-year increase in average days on market.

Home Sales Decline in Northern Colorado

Closed sales were down year-over-year across all of northern Colorado, with Timanth’s attached market taking the lead down 100% from 7 sales to 0, and its detached market was in second place with a decrease of 80.85% from 47 days to 9.

Average Home Sale Price Increases Across Northern Colorado

Despite fewer homes selling, average sales prices have increased year-over-year across all of northern Colorado (with the exception of Timnath’s attached market). Berthoud’s attached market saw the largest year-over-year increase in average sales price of 92.39% from $309,800 to $596,017. Berthoud’s detached housing market experienced the second-largest increase in average sales price of 29.43%, from $544,798 to $705,141. Berthoud’s homes are taking longer to sell, and fewer of them are selling, but they are not going cheaply.

Timnath’s detached market saw the smallest year-over-year increase in average sale price of 7.15% from $695,271 to $744,959. Buyers need to act fast if they want to enjoy the lowest price increase in Timnath, as average days on market for detached homes dropped 48.25% from 91 days in 2020 to 47 in 2021.

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Denver Market Trends

October 2021 Exhibits Consistency With Past Years

In a year of turbulence, October represented a month of ease in the bumpy Denver real estate market. Across the board, the majority of statistics were seasonally consistent with what Denver has seen in years past, boding well for more households.

In Month-End Active Inventory, Denver Saw When Lower Numbers Change, They Yield Higher Percentages

At the end of October, there were 3,376 properties on the market, a 14.98% decrease from the previous month. The amount of listings also decreased by 13.28%, showing minimal changes in the month-end inventory.

While Properties Are Still Closing Above Asking, Realities Caught Up With Expectations

At 101.82% of the list price, buyers can be grateful that the extreme bidding wars are less common, and those without 20% to put down have a fair shot at a house, and the continued low interest rates can keep monthly payments down.

In the Luxury Market, Sellers Also Had a Lot To Be Thankful for in October

With homes only taking 25 median days in MLS to sell and sellers receiving 101.77% of their list price, luxury sellers have great opportunities to sell quickly and for top dollar. New listings were down 19.51% from the prior month and down 5.94% from one year ago. As soon as a listing came on the market, it was under contract, with 421 homes moving to pending status, up 4.21% from last month. With fewer homes on the market, Denver saw a 17.01% decrease in our sales volume month-over-month and a 12.04% dip year-over-year.

October Ultimately Showed That Even Though the Homebuying And Selling Process Is Hard, There Is Still Hope

Realtors® have had to re-strategize as buyers have felt demoralized and sellers have had to move, but there have been more homes purchased year-to-date than years past, and seasonal effects have re-opened the door for those that had previously felt discouraged from the buying process.

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Best Reasons to Jump Into a Real Estate Market Shift

CEO Reflections
Written by President and CEO of Kentwood Real Estate, Gretchen Rosenberg

You may have considered buying or selling real estate this year but so far you’ve decided to stay on the sidelines. You want to see what happens and whether the strong sellers’ market begins to downshift.

Those are reasonable questions to be asking. Here is the perspective from a real estate professional with over two decades in the business. I’ve witnessed several swings of the market pendulum over the years, and based on the signs we’re seeing today, it is a very good time to think about jumping in.

Ask yourself these two questions as you consider your options for 4th Quarter 2021 and into 2022:

  1. What will home prices be like in 2022?
  2. Where will mortgage rates be by the end of 2022?

Real estate markets periodically move from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market and back. There are usually some months in between these swings where markets are “in balance.” A balanced market is when we see around 5-6 months of available inventory, giving buyers plenty to choose from and sellers a good chance of selling at a reasonable price.

Let’s shed some light on the questions above to determine where we are in the cycle. Keep in mind that market dynamics vary for commercial real estate, depending on whether you’re looking at office, retail, warehouse, or industrial. One commercial sector might be on fire (currently warehouse and industrial) while another is languishing (currently office and retail.) Each sector experiences its own swing from buyer/tenant market to seller/landlord market. This discussion is for residential real estate. 


What will home prices be like in 2022?

Three major housing industry entities project continued U.S. home price appreciation for 2022. Here are their forecasts:

Using the average of the three national projections (6.27%), a home that sells for $500,000 today would be valued at $531,350 by the end of next year. If you delay, the same home will cost more. As a prospective buyer, you may end up paying an additional $31,350 if you wait.

Where will mortgage rates be by the end of 2022?

Today, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate is hovering near historic lows, although in recent days rates have ticked up. Most experts believe rates will slowly rise as the economy continues to recover and the Fed begins to taper their economic stimulus. Here are the forecasts for where rates may be in the fourth quarter of 2022 by those three major entities:

Still incredibly low, but the average projection for late next year is 3.7%. Close to a percentage point higher than today’s rates. An increase in mortgage rates will increase your cost.

Homeowners, Your Own Special Considerations! You see that prices are projected to increase into 2022, so you might be tempted to wait another year to sell. If selling later meets your life cycle needs, then wait for the best time. As rates and prices increase, there is the potential that your pool of qualified buyers may be reduced. Also, factor in the increased cost of your replacement home, along with the higher rate you’ll pay when you purchase.

What if both home values and mortgage rates rise?

Your payments will go up unless you’re paying cash. Assume you purchase a $500,000 home this year with a 30-year fixed-rate loan at 2.91% after making a 10% down payment. According to the mortgage calculator from Smart Asset, your monthly mortgage payment (including principal and interest, estimated home insurance, property taxes, and other fees) would be approximately $2,478.

That same home could cost $531,350 by the end of 2022, and the mortgage rate could be 3.7%. Your monthly mortgage payment, after putting down 10%, would increase to $2,835.

Another factor to consider is that if you buy this year, you’ll be building equity all of next year in addition to paying less each month. Your $500,000 home could be worth over 6% more at the end of 2022. And quite a bit more than 6% depending on which pundits get it right.

When Versus Whether

Many calculations come into play when considering a home purchase. Lifestyle, job security, and plans for the future come to mind. Whether you purchase has a lot more to do with these intangibles than when to purchase. It’s hard to time the market, so considering lifestyle and future plans is vital in buying a home. When to purchase is a secondary decision. If you’re ready and have savings, a steady income, or cash and you know it’s time, then don’t wait to see what happens with the market.

Remember the oft-quoted Chinese Proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Kentwood Real Estate Brokers are experts at their local markets, and Kentwood Commercial Brokers represent all commercial sectors. Prosperity Home Mortgage Colorado lenders will assist with your next home purchase financing. Reach out to our team as you consider the next steps in your life journey!

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Halloween in Denver

With the Halloween season creeping up on us, fill your October weekends with these thrilling events you can do with your family and friends. From haunted houses and parades to bar crawls and cabarets, here is a list of festivities you’ll be dying to attend!

A Wicked Weekend of Family Fun:

Glow At the Gardens is a Halloween special at the Denver Botanic Gardens with luminaria-lined pathways decorated with spooking lighting and glowing gourds. Pumpkin artists will be featured with their larger-than-life sculptures and detailed pumpkin masterpieces. There will also be a wide variety of activities and entertainment with autumnal food and beverages. The event runs from October 19–24.

A family favorite, the Broadway Halloween Parade is on for its fourth year. It features floats, bands and marchers filled with Halloween spirit. Show off your costume as you join this day of fun on October 23, and be sure to bring this Halloween bash to a close by shambling in the street at the end of the parade.

Enjoy not one but two weekends of Halloween festivities at McGregor Square. The McGregor Scare is filled with pumpkin carving, face painting and watching Halloween classics on the lawn. Children can participate in Trick-or-Treat Street on October 30 and get a head start on the candy collection. McGregor Scare is a full day of fun from October 22–24 and October 29–31. 

The Adults’ Haunted Halloween Nights:

Do you love a good spine-chilling thrill? Named the Number 1 scariest attraction in the U.S. by Fangoria Magazine, the 13th Floor Haunted House contains three hours of horror tours. This year’s eerie attractions include Frost-Bite, a high-tech cryogenics lab that successfully reanimates the dead, and Bad Blood, a gory battle between vampires and werewolves. Featuring intricate set designs, a stellar cast and spectacular special effects makeup looks, you will be in for a night of nail-biting terror. Buy your tickets now before they sell out. The attraction runs until November 1 and will also be open for the first two weekends of November. 

For the Music Lovers:

Any American Horror Story Fans out there? The Denver Horror Story Cabaret is a burlesque show that pays homage to the iconic characters from the TV show “American Horror Story.” It will be an entertaining night on October 20 in the most haunted room of the Clocktower Cabaret. 

Have a fun Halloweek at Red Rocks with the various concerts scheduled for the last week of October. Here are the events:

  • October 27 – G-Eazy 
  • October 28 – Blackberry Smoke
  • October 30 – Flatbush Zombies with Earl Sweatshirt, Young MA, Reason, Teezo Touchdown and Nyck Caution
  • October 31- $uicideboy$ 

Learn more about each concert and safety guidelines at: https://bit.ly/3oBIK7d

For the Ghoulish Drinkers:

Join the Halloween Zombie Crawl that will take over Denver’s LoDo district. Dress up and come over to pick up your zombie survival kit. You will receive a map of all the participating bars and nightclubs along with information about entry and drink specials. Join the hellish horde of pub crawlers on October 30!

Denver Halloween Bar Crawl is back! From dance parties to live bands to costume contests, it is an adventurous night to celebrate Halloween on October 30. Did we mention how your ticket grants entry into a $1000 cash giveaway if you follow @BeSocialScene #BeSocialScene?

There is no shortage of events to celebrate your Halloween spirit this month. Spend time with your friends and family and enjoy the fall festivities. For more spooktacular events, click (here).

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Fort Collins’ Craft Brewery Scene

Fort Collins, Colorado, is home to more than 20 craft breweries, including the fourth-largest brewer in the United States, New Belgium Brewing. Whether you live in Fort Collins or are planning to visit there, breweries are unique places to hang out and experience what “FoCo” has to offer. Fort Collins is so big on craft beer that Colorado State University has a Fermentation Science and Technology major. Crack into our favorite breweries below.

New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing was founded in 1991 in Fort Collins but has since expanded to other cities. This company is known for their prominence with sustainability and social responsibility, making it the fourth-largest craft brewery in the U.S. At the Fort Collins location, there is an outdoor seating area with food trucks that elevate your entire experience at New Belgium Brewing. It’s located right in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins at 500 Linden Street. 

Odell Brewing Company

Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins opened in 1994 as their home location. This location has a 125 barrel custom Brewhouse, three fermentation cellars, a full keg, can and bottle lines, and a taproom and beer garden. This fantastic brewery has outdoor patios, food trucks and live music on Wednesdays from 5 pm–7 pm and Sundays from 3 pm–5 pm. You can try their most popular beers and IPAs at 800 East Lincoln Avenue. 

The Jessup Farm Barrel House

The Jessup Farm Barrel House is known for its barrel and blending brewery with specialty oak barrels to create excellent-tasting beers. They have both indoor and outdoor seating options with the opportunity to bring your food into the brewery. With extensive bottle and tap lists, there is something for everyone! You can find The Jessup Farm Barrel House at 1921 Jessup Drive. 

Zwei Brewing

Zwei Brewing was started by two brothers who wanted to make beer with German standards in mind. Check out their specials on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Mondays, it’s the Maß Monday Special from 11 am–10 pm; you get $3 off of your beer, or “bier,” if you buy it in a one-liter Maß. Then, there’s the Tuesday Countdown Special; every Tuesday from 11 am–4 pm, they do a growler & howler fill special. To enjoy these specials and other days at Zwei, visit them at 4612 S. Mason Street, Suite 120. 

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co.

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. is a family-owned craft brewery in Fort Collins. Their Tasting Room is up and running, but they also have online ordering and curbside pickup available. Masks are required for everyone inside the brewery, but they are optional outside. This is another brewery that incorporates sustainability throughout their business. You can find Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. at 124 Racquette Drive. 

Funkwerks

Funkwerks originally opened in December 2010 by owners Gordon and Brad. Funkwerks typically specializes in saisons and sours but have been experimenting and now offer more Belgian and American beers, barrel-aged small batches and more specialty brews. Their year-round beers include saisons and sour ales, but you can find other beers on tap; they even do beer to go, too! They are now seating at 100% capacity for both indoor and outdoor seating. They are not taking reservations and are only seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Funkwerks is located at 1900 East Lincoln Avenue. 

There is no shortage of breweries in Fort Collins. There is something for everyone at these locations, from saisons, sours, ciders and IPAs to delicious food and atmosphere! So kick back, sip on a refreshingly delicious beer and taste what our beautiful state has to offer.