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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.

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Fall Maintenance Tips

Now that fall has rolled in, it’s time to start considering how best to prepare your home for the looming cold front. Fall weather provides the perfect opportunity to accomplish everything you need before the snow comes knocking on your front door. 

Whether you want to avoid potential winter damages or keep your home looking its best during the spring or summer, there’s no better season to plan for the future. Here are some fall maintenance tips that will keep you one step ahead:

Maintain Your Lawn

If you’d like to impress guests with a green and luscious yard during warm seasons, it’s essential to maintain your lawn before the cold weather blows in. Lawn Doctor emphasizes that fertilizing in the fall will give your lawn plenty of nutrients, help it endure the winter and strengthen the grass’s growth in the spring. 

Clean Your Gutters

Gutters are pivotal in blocking water from entering your home. Autumn leaves can clog gutters—and if left unattended, can cause problems when the snow starts to fall. Backed-up leaves can eventually freeze and add extra weight to the gutters, leading to potential damage and unwanted repairs. Fixr specifies that a single damaged seam in a gutter can cost $150, and more significant repairs could be priced up to $2,000. 

Fix Up Your Trees

Neglected trees undoubtedly pose a threat to your home. Thinning out dead or weak branches before a winter storm can reduce the risk of damage to property, cars or other possessions. Be sure to monitor trees with dead branches or branches hanging above risky areas. 

Check for Drafts

An easy way to keep your energy bill as low as possible is to search for drafts around the house. Most drafts are found around windows but don’t forget to examine doors, chimneys and wiring holes such as electrical outlets. 

Inspect Your Roof

According to Networx, even a tiny hole in your roof can give rise to severe complications such as roof material damage, health hazards and critter access. Dealing with such hassles is not only costly but can be extremely frustrating. Before the cold arrives, ensure that your roof is free of any holes and adequately supported to handle heavy amounts of snow. 

The autumn season offers cool air and fair weather, and there’s no better time to get your home in tip-top shape. If you want to weather the storm this winter and best prepare your home for the future, consider these fall maintenance tips.

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Denver Market Trends

September 2021 Report Indicates No Housing Bubble Despite Industry Unpredictability

After Realtors® felt a relative slow down and seasonal return in July and August, September fell back to today’s housing market’s normal red-hot speed. Closed properties were 12.81% lower than last month at this time and a notable 19.27% lower than last September. With lower inventory and fewer homes, the balance of supply and demand stayed steady, leading to another month of competition for buyers. 

Excluding $0 to $99,000 Homes, Most Competitive Market Ranked in the $300,000 to $399,000 Range

This price point had .51 months of inventory with a surprising 218 closed properties, showing that one can indeed still find a single-family detached property under $400,000.

Meanwhile, Least Competitive Market Was Attached Properties Over 1 Million Dollars 

While there were still 56 attached properties that sold over 1 million dollars, the month-of-inventory for this category was 2.16, more than four times less competitive than the $300,000 to $400,000 and the $400,000 to $500,000 range.

The Luxury Market Remains Strong With Slight Slowdown

The market saw 501 new listings hit the market, and inventory up 4.81% from one month ago and 15.17% year-over-year. 

Luxury Detached and Attached Homes Alike Remained Strong 

The detached Luxury market saw 445 new listings in September, with 362 going into a pending status and 383 closing in September at 101.54% over list price. Overall, buyers had a little more negotiating power in the Luxury attached market, with attached homes selling for 99.57% to list price and within an average of 25 days. 

Overall, the Residential Real Estate Market Shows No Sign of a Bubble 

With the big question on everyone’s mind whether or not we will see the housing bubble burst, the data continues to show that it’s not going to anytime soon. 

*Written October 5, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.

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Northern Colorado Market Trends

Home Sale Prices Continue to Rise

In September 2021, all of northern Colorado’s attached and detached housing markets experienced a year-over-year increase in average sales price, except for Timnath’s attached market because 0 homes sold this month. For the detached market, Windsor saw the largest average sales price increase of 32.29%. In the attached market, Loveland saw the largest average sales price increase year-over-year of 19.96%.

Where to Find Cheaper Homes in the Detached Market

In the detached market, Timnath had the smallest year-over-year increase in average sales price of 0.13%, followed by Fort Collins with the average sales price increase of 1.28%. Berthoud had the smallest year-over-year average sales price increase of 3.91%. For those looking to purchase a home without massive increases in prices, consider these markets.

People’s Affinity for Attached Housing

The attached housing market had an increase in closed sales volume in all markets except Windsor and Timnath. Loveland’s attached market experienced the greatest year-over-year increase in closed sales volume of 56.87% in tandem with its closed sales increase of 30.77%, the highest among all other attached housing markets. Loveland’s attached market is selling more homes at higher prices and contains stiff competition for buyers.

Berthoud’s Average Close-To-List Price Reaches Normalcy

Berthoud’s attached market’s average close-to-list price decreased by 2.90% year-over-year resulting in 97.1%. As the area with the lowest average close-to-list price and the only one that decreased year-over-year, Berthoud’s attached market may offer some of the best real estate deals for homebuyers. Although Berthoud’s detached market’s average close-to-list price was 102.2%, it had the second-smallest year-over-year increase of 0.89% behind Windsor’s detached market with a year-over-year increase of 0.20%. Berthoud’s attached housing market contains desirable opportunities for buyers.

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Best Pumpkin Patches Around the Front Range

Best Pumpkin Patches Denver

Colorado is one of the absolute best places in the United States to experience the magical season of fall. From the crisp altitude air to the breath-taking leaves changing across the Rocky Mountains, Colorado offers a plethora of opportunities to get outside and get some autumn sunshine. If you are looking for a fun activity for the whole family, we recommend experiencing one of Denver’s many pumpkin patches. Great for people of all ages, young and old, kids can pick out their perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween, while adults can enjoy fetching a few decorative gourds. Below is our list of the top pumpkin patches in the greater Denver metro area. Throw on a sweatshirt, pick out your perfect pumpkin, and even take a tractor ride. Make this upcoming fall one you’ll never forget!


Criteria For Making Our List

Pumpkin Quality

Pumpkins

It’s all about the produce! Picking the right pumpkin means the farm must have an excellent selection. 

Activities

Corn Stalks

All of these patches have additional activities to keep you entertained for hours. 

Accessibility

Gourds

These patches are located close to the greater Denver metro so that you can make a convenient and relaxing day trip out of it. 


Mile High Farms

Mile High Farms is a hybrid of pure family fun. Half of the farm is an amusement park, while the other half is a pumpkin patch. The Bouncy Castle and Petting Zoo are always kid favorites, and the corn maze represents an Indiana Jones-like adventure for the whole family. The pumpkin patch is sizable and always has a good assortment of girth and variety for your plucking pleasure. Mile High Farms is located in Bennet (just east of Aurora) on I-70, next to the Colorado Air and Space Port. 

Address: 11 Cavanaugh Rd, Bennett, CO 80102

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Anderson Farms

Located a short drive away from Boulder, Erie is one of Colorado’s hidden gems, making a name for itself as a fantastic place to call home. If wagon rides are at the top of your list for pumpkin patch experiences, then Anderson Farms is the place. This Colorado staple is a family-run business that has been in operation for decades. The site has a multitude of activities to keep the whole family entertained the entire day and even offers private campfire sites for those wishing to spend the evening! For you brave souls, we recommend sticking around at night for the Zombie Paintball Hunt and Terror in Corn’s Mile of Mayhem.

Address: 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms 

Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the most esteemed brands in Denver, and their operation over at Chatfield Farms is equally impressive. Boasting one of the longest corn mazes in Denver (7 acres), the Denver Botanic Gardens pumpkin patch is nestled next to Chatfield Reservoir. This year, the maze will have a space theme, so expect it to be one of the busier corn mazes in Denver. You can also take a night trip to the York Street location in central Denver for their Glow in The Gardens celebration, showcasing lit-up pumpkins and gourds. 

Address: 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128

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Cottonwood Farms

Opening on the 25th of September, Cottonwood Farms is Boulder County’s premier pumpkin patch. Cottonwood Farms is located in Lafayette, close to Boulder, and is considered a thriving hub for the county. The farm serves up an assortment of different items for the holidays that will leave a permanent grin on the face of any child or parent.  A giant pumpkin patch and a Christmas tree area are some of the highlights of this holiday hotspot. This beautiful farm is by far the most affordable pumpkin patch option; at a five-dollar entry fee, you can’t beat it! They also offer wagon rides and corn mazes to keep the family entertained for hours. 

Address: 10600 Isabelle Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

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Flat Acres Farm

Parker is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Denver, and Flat Acres Farm is the highlight of the area this coming fall.  Voted the top Pumpkin patch in Colorado in 2017 and 2018, and they have not missed a beat since. They host an amazing variety of local Colorado food options that includes funnel cakes and ice cream. There will also be a petting zoo with bunnies, sheep, goats, and ponies provided by Kodiak Ranch. For you Halloween lovers, check out Freight Acres – Colorado’s largest outdoor haunted attraction. 

Address: 11321 Dransfeldt Rd, Parker, CO 80134

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Miller Farms

Platteville is a quaint little farming community just east of Longmont, one of the fast-growing cities in Northern Colorado. Out of all of the pumpkin patches on our list, Miller Farms offers the most produce picking. Bring unlimited bags and fill up on peppers, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, and, of course, pumpkins. Tractors come around every thirty minutes and pick up a new group to take them on an hour picking tour, overlooking acres of gorgeous fields with the picturesque Rockies in the background. Old airplanes and farming equipment are scattered throughout the farm, perfect for playing and climbing on. This pumpkin patch will keep the kids entertained for hours and your fridge full for weeks. 

Address: 13912 CR 19 Platteville, CO 80651

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Conclusion 

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Pumpkin Patches Denver

Autumn in Colorado is a season that attracts visitors from all over the world. The red and yellow leaves covering the mountains and hillsides are truly a sight to behold. If Colorado is a place you call home, don’t miss out on visiting one of the above pumpkin patches this October. More than just a place to pick produce, these pumpkin patches are an experience the whole family will enjoy. Kentwood Real Estate is an elite team of REALTORS® whose exceptional service, local expertise, and deep community roots create a market advantage for clients. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, don’t hesitate to contact us today.  

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Best Rooftop Restaurants and Bars in Denver

Denver’s vibrant and eclectic food scene is one of the fastest-growing in the nation. One way to experience the expanse of bars, pubs, restaurants, and eateries is from high up. With sweeping views of the iconic skyline and breathtaking sunsets over the Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City boasts some of the country’s best rooftop restaurant decks. Some have a pool to cool you off in the summer, while others have fire pits for those chilly Colorado evenings. There’s one thing for sure, every one of the restaurants below offers something unique you won’t want to miss!


El Five

Created by Justin Cucci, one of Denver’s most prolific restaurateurs, El Five is located on the fifth story of a LoHi office building, providing the eatery with exceptional views of the surrounding area and stunning Denver skyline. But the eye candy doesn’t stop at the panorama: the rooftop decor is unmistakably hip and artistic, pulling inspiration from vintage Turkish posters and paintings, all with a modern twist.

“Creating dishes without a home country,” El Five’s assembly of the Tapas De Gibraltar is a melting pot of Mediterranean dishes. Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon, this culinary experience is truly one of a kind. In tandem, the drinks are nothing short of gourmet. Inspired by Spanish gin and tonics, the cocktails are brilliantly infused with herbs and fruits, leaving a gold rush of flavors for the palate. If you’re looking for a full-blown sensory expedition complete with stunning views, then this is your place to go. Brought to you by the same mind that conceived Denver favorites, including Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Linger, and Root Down, El Five is a true treat for the senses. 

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El Five Denver Rooftop
El Five Denver Rooftop View

Kisbee on the Roof – Jacquard Hotel

Nestled atop the tallest hotel in Cherry Creek, the experience at Kisbee on the Roof is quintessentially art decor Miami circa 1970. Picture the elevator doors opening. You immediately enter a slick, modern bar with a panoramic of downtown, backdropped by sprawling mountain peaks. Turn to your left, and the remaining two-thirds of the rooftop belongs to Jacquard Hotel’s private pool, encapsulated with trees and shrubs for privacy.

During the afternoon, you are so high up, all you can hear are the birds chirping. As the day grows older, the story is quite different. At about 5 pm, people start rolling in, the energy on the ascend. By nightfall, the vibe is alive.  It is loud and exciting, music is playing, the sound of ice crushing inside metal cocktail shakers. You are on top of the world! Although reservations are not required at Kisbee on the Roof, they are permitted, and we would recommend making one, as this hidden gem gets busy!

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Jax Fish House Glendale

An energetic, non-traditional fish house bringing flavors of the American coast to the Rocky Mountains. Jax Fish House has five fabulous locations in Colorado, but the rooftop deck at the Glendale location is a sight for sore eyes. Enjoy any of their classically crafted cocktails paired with fresh seafood while relishing a dazzling sunset over the eastern slope.

There are obvious risks to shipping fresh oysters from the coasts to a land-locked state like Colorado. Jax Fish House found a way to mitigate any mystery surrounding their fresh oysters by working with Rappahannock River Oysters (RRO) in Virginia to develop the Emersum Oyster. This oyster is exclusive to the restaurant. And, for every Emersum oyster grown, a dozen wild oysters are seeded. It’s clear that this local seafood spot is committed to sustainability. Jax restaurants were the first in Colorado and Missouri to receive a certification by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, one of the leaders in globally sustainable seafood. So go ahead: enjoy your oysters, your wine, and your immaculate view of the Rocky Mountains, all while knowing that you’re also supporting a business dedicated to environmental preservation.

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Jax Fish House Glendale
Jax Fish House Glendale

The Irish Rover

The Irish Rover is a classic Irish pub offering a warm, friendly, and rugged vibe only found on South Broadway. If you’re looking for a casual and relaxed way to spend your afternoon or evening, this is the rooftop for you. This pub prides itself on being a place to meet new friends or celebrate with old ones, and it’s easy to see why. The go-with-the-flow atmosphere and spacious rooftop allow for plenty of socializing, all while enjoying an eclectic assortment of delicious beers on tap.

Offering pub food with a twist, you’ll find a wide variety of familiar and flavorful treats to enjoy. There’s plenty to savor with your cold beer, from Fried Egg Burgers and Southwest Chicken Salads to Tempura Shrimp and Irish Breakfasts. And if you find yourself lucky enough to be at this great spot on the weekend, you can pop in for brunch, complete with breakfast skillets and french toast galore. Are you looking to mix it up a little? Every day has different specials and events! From Open Mic Nights to Trivia to Taco Tuesdays, there’s always something to put a smile on your face at this traditional Irish pub.  This rooftop deck experience is genuinely a Wash Park gem. 

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The Irish Rover
The Irish Rover

Elevated at Halcyon Cherry Creek

Elevated, a rooftop bar located atop the Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek is the definition of luxury. With gorgeous views of the mountains and the larger Cherry Creek area, the vibe errs on the side of the ultra-chic and sophisticated.  Elevated finds the prime intersection between classy and creative by offering plenty of fun cocktails, including Fruit Punch Pouches and Frosé.  The food and snacks provided include items like fish tacos, queso, and grass-fed cheeseburgers. If you happen to find yourself there on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, additional menu items are available, including grilled flatbread and artisanal hot dogs. So go ahead: treat yourself!

The second half of the rooftop is a gorgeous private pool with lounge chairs and umbrellas for hotel guests. Even if you live in Denver, we recommend booking a weekend stay at the Halcyon in the summer just to experience the sunset while sipping champagne in the pool.  

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Elevated @ Halcyon
Elevated at Halcyon

Avanti F&B

Avanti F&B has an expansive rooftop deck showcasing spectacular views of downtown, the Rocky Mountains, and LoHi neighborhood. The dynamic assortment of food and beverages is unique to only Avanti. They regularly change their indoor food trucks to keep their menus fresh and customers coming back for more.  

You can choose from their wide selection of wines, specialty cocktails, or the twenty draft beers they offer, as well as almost any cuisine you can imagine to pair with your drink of choice. From Nashville-style hot chicken, Thai street skewers, and Venezuelan arepas, you can quickly quench your thirst and satisfy your cravings by popping into this unique restaurant concept. Avanti also offers plenty of events to enjoy every week. Get the most out of the incredible rooftop experience by joining in on a weekly watch party! The Summer Movie Series at Avanti is offered every Thursday at 9 pm, where you can watch fan-favorite films projected on the rooftop and even partake in movie-specific cocktails. Or, if you want to venture through the rest of the building, you can go down to the lounge on Comedy Nights featuring Denver’s up-and-coming comics or even pop in for Trivia Nights every Monday at 7 pm. 

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Avanti Rooftop
Avanti Rooftop

Del Frisco’s Grille Cherry Creek

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is a chain of over 12 restaurants nationwide, providing consistently delicious American cuisine since 1981. The Cherry Creek location, Del Frisco’s Grille, is the second in Colorado and embodies the perfect blend of hip and classical. The restaurant is split into two rooms on the first floor, making for a unique design. An oversized bar, high-top tables, and leather booths occupy the south side, while a traditional dining area with wine bottle-covered walls decorate the north room. 

The magic of Del Frisco’s Grille continues when you venture upstairs to the rooftop bar on the second floor. With spectacular panoramic views of Cherry Creek, this large outdoor area offers a full menu, fire pit tables, umbrellas for shade, and stays open until 11 pm during the summer. With one of the best happy hours in Cherry Creek, we recommend the Cheesesteak Egg Rolls and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, paired with an Old Fashion or practically anything off their extensive wine list. Be sure to try the 16oz USDA Prime Ribeye with sweet potato fries and truffled Mac & Cheese for dinner. The original Colorado Del Frisco’s is located on Orchard Road in Greenwood Village. Both are excellent steakhouses where you’ll find nothing short of elegant dining and extraordinary American cuisine. 

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Del Friscos
Del Friscos

Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro

Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro epitomizes traditional Mediterranean cuisine in a sophisticated, upscale setting.  Located in Greenwood Village, smack in the middle of I-25 and the Denver Tech Center, Ya Ya’s is great for casual diners, business meetings, or private events. With a seasonal menu that changes daily, this family-owned and operated restaurant is committed to supporting local farmers throughout Colorado. In addition to Lunch and Dinner, Ya Ya’s also serves their infamous brunch on Sundays. We recommend the finger-licking Stuffed French Toast or hearty Eggs Benedict. 

The outdoor area at Ya Ya’s is more of a patio than a rooftop, but with spectacular views overlooking Greenwood Village, we had to include it on our list. Most rooftop decks ooze happy hours and excitement. On the contrary, Ya Ya’s deck is unconventionally calm and serene, perched above a small pond overlooking Crescent Park. With jazz playing softly in the background, you can hear ducks waddle in the pond below, the wind softly ruffling Karl Foerster Grass, and water trickling from the fountain. This outdoor space is by far the quietest and most serene rooftop deck in the Denver metro. Sit, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine or cappuccino at Ya Ya’s on a peaceful summer evening. 

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Ya Ya's  Rooftop
Ya Ya’s Rooftop

Colorado Real Estate News

Cherry Hills Village Colorado is Exquisite

Cherry Hills Village showcases magnificent private residences, exceptional schools, and a network of sprawling trails and parks. Residing in this exclusive neighborhood feels like living in the European countryside, but only minutes away from one of the fastest-growing cities in America. Douglas-firs, Quaking-aspens, and Gambel-oaks tower overhead in the Colorado blue sky. Purple Rocky Mountain Penstemons and Hardy Geraniums color gravel roads leading to French and Mediterranean-style mansions resting on massive estates. We best describe Cherry Hills Village as western elegance meets high-end living. This small town just outside of Denver is a slice of heaven, and we’re not alone in our viewpoint. According to Bloomberg, Cherry Hills Village is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in the whole country.

Location is Everything

The superb location allows for a short drive to Downtown, Cherry Creek, and Denver Tech Center – one of the state’s largest business centers littered with fortune 500 companies. It’s also near both major highways (I-70 and I-25) for quick access to practically anywhere in Colorado your heart desires – only three and a half hours to Aspen, two hours to Vail, an hour to Colorado Springs, and forty minutes to Boulder. Cherry Hills is also less than 20 minutes from both major reservoirs in the Denver metro (Chatfield State Park and Cherry Creek State Park).

Outdoor Activities

Woodie Hollow Park

Either you are a “native” and born to love the outdoors or a transplant who moved here for the three hundred plus days of sunshine. Either way, Cherry Hills Village is packed with fantastic outdoor activities year-round, sure to keep your heart healthy and lungs filled with pure Colorado air.  

Trails, Trails, and More Trails

The infamous Highline Canal twists through Cherry Hills Village, making stops along Three Pond Park, John Meade Park, and Blackmer Commons. The trail is a mix of paved and gravel paths, with endless subsidiary routes off-shooting into rolling meadows overlooking gorgeous estates. The trail passes by magnificent Kent Academy, and on an exercise-filled day, you can even take the trail all the way to Chatfield reservoir.  

John Meade Park 

If you are looking for a great place to take the kiddos, this open-air space is home to a fishing pier, picnic shelter, and playground. It is also located on the Highline Canal, so you can access it by bike or foot, with parking for those who wish to drive. 

Three Pond Park 

This untouched hidden gem is a breathtaking escape for a stroll, bike ride, or fishing outing. The soothing and serene atmosphere allows for bird watching and wildlife observing. If you are here long enough, you’ll be sure to see equestrians pass along on the dirt trails, horseshoes kicking up dust into Feather Reed. 

Private Country Clubs

Founded in 1922, Cherry Hills Country Club is Colorado’s premier luxury country club. Membership grants you full access to the outstanding 18-hole William Flynn-designed course, a 9-hole par three course, tennis courts, a lap pool, and a brand new 50 million dollar clubhouse. Cherry Hills Country Club has also hosted both the US Open and the PGA championship multiple times in its illustrious history. 

Humbling resting on the south edge of Cherry Hills Village, Glenmoor Country Club resembles an old Scottish lynx-style course. The clubhouse hosts two quiet pools with cabanas and a water slide for the little ones, as well as exceptional indoor and outdoor dining. 

A Plethora of Education Options

Whether it’s private or public schools, Cherry Hills Village has some great options when it comes to education. The neighborhood is located in Cherry Creek School District (CCSD),so from K-12, your kiddos start at Cherry Hills Village Elementary, then move up to West Middle School, and lastly finish at Cherry Creek High School.  If you would prefer your children to attend private schools, the neighborhood is home to Colorado Academy, Kent Denver School, and St. Mary’s Academy.

Shopping, Restaurants, Culture

Cherry Hills Village is, well, a village. This means there are limited shopping and restaurants within the city limits; however, due to its close proximity to Denver and neighboring suburbs, endless restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and shopping are only a short drive away. We recommend Trader Joe’s at Cherry Hills Marketplace or Whole Foods at Southglenn Mall for groceries. Cherry Creek Mall is only a 15-minute drive north for some of Denver’s finest indoor and outdoor shopping, and Park Meadows Mall is a 15-minutes drive south. We also recommend catching a concert at Fiddler’s Green – a fabulous outdoor concert venue featuring A-level bands and breathtaking sunsets over the Rocky Mountains. 

Where to Eat?

Steakhouse 10 – This restaurant exudes old-school cool. Serving expertly crafted meats, our favorite is the Sinatra steak with a port and bleu cheese topping. 

Izakaya Den and Sushi Den – These sister restaurants have exemplified fine dining in Denver for decades. They’re across the street from each other in the Washington Park neighborhood and have unique takes on magnificently executed Japanese cuisine. The fish is freshly caught and flown in every day from Japan, handpicked by the owner’s brother. The quality and service are unparalleled—one of the best independently-owned Sushi restaurants in the nation. 

Pino’s Place – This delightful local spot by chef and owner Pino Saverino features food inspired by his childhood in Italy. They offer classics like Osso Bucco Agnello, Gnocchi, and Snapper Livornese. The specialty of the restaurant is their delightfully thin-crust pizzas. This small and delicious restaurant is a neighborhood favorite notorious for treating its customers like family. 

Sushi Co – This local sushi spot is relatively new but has made a splash by producing excellent cuisine in a relaxed environment. The restaurant’s highlights include a delightful sushi bar and creative handrolls.  

Shanahan’s – Named after two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan, this exceptional steakhouse has a classic, old-school ambiance. Located in Denver Tech Center, we recommend the three-course Prime Rib Sunday Special. We also suggest taking a photo next to Mike’s two Lombardi trophies. 

YaYa’s Euro Bistro – With a seasonal farm-to-table menu and award-winning wine selection, YaYa’s has delivered unique and sophisticated cuisine in Greenwood Village since 1996. YaYa’s also makes our list of the best rooftop restaurants and bars in greater Denver. 

Conclusion 

Cherry Hills Village
Cherry Hills Village Park

Cherry Hills Village is Denver’s premier affluent and upscale neighborhood. Seclusion, nature, luxury – all of these characteristics define a lifestyle unmatched along the Front Range for its residents. With abundant greenery and gorgeous rolling hills, the allure of living in this private community is multifaceted. Picture your life in complete serenity – a place void of high-density development and traffic, preserved with its pristine ambiance and wholeheartedness of the land. Envision your children attending the best schools in the nation and belonging to Colorado’s best country clubs. All of this is at your fingertips, and the kicker is, it’s just a short drive away from Denver, and a hop, skip, and jump to the mountains!

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Denver’s Digital Art Scene

Want to explore the Denver art scene? Look no further! Denver is home to year-round art events in various vibrant and cultural art districts. This month, two exceptional digital exhibitions are coming to Mile High City. Meow Wolf Denver opened their doors on September 17, and the Original Immersive: Van Gogh Exhibit Denver is opening on September 30 to the public. 

Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf is opening their third permanent exhibition, Convergence Station, which is an experience one should not miss. Three years in the making with art from 300 creatives (over 110 from Colorado) explore four stories, five large “anchor spaces” and 70 distinct rooms of exquisite digital art. As a permanent location, embrace a unique and mind-bending adventure of innovative storytelling on September 17. Please note that masks must be worn at all times and gaiters, bandanas, valved masks or any other masks the CDC does not recommend are not permitted (CDC recommended masks will be provided if necessary). They recommend arriving 15-20 minutes before your reservation and parking is $10 per vehicle all day. For more information and tickets, visit (here).

The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit

Immersive Van Gogh is one of the most anticipated shows, and it is finally coming to Denver. The exhibition is a lifetime experience that consists of Van Gogh’s work in 500,000 cubic feet of projections. Step into the painting and explore the wonder of Van Gogh’s masterpieces in an immersive medium. The modern portrayal of the iconic artist in Lighthouse Denver is designed by Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated David Korins, creating a gallery unique to only Denver. For more information and tickets, visit (here) and learn about their safety protocols (here).

Denver’s expansive and entertaining art scene is elevating beyond the tangible level to new digital heights. Denver will be a hub of artistic creativity with Meow Wolf’s locally produced experience and Van Gogh’s modern interpretation through projections. Be sure to check out these events!