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Colorado Day – We Love Our State!

In Japan, “forest bathing” is the concept of immersing one’s soul in nature. Coloradans have embraced this notion, taking advantage of everything Colorado has to offer. Whether you’re taking in the sights from your porch, hiking 14ers, or enjoying happy hour at one of our local breweries – there is something for everyone in our state to leave an indelible mark on your soul and make you feel at home. 

Colorado Day is on August 1st and marks the 145th anniversary of the founding of our great state. We’re proud to be celebrating this milestone with you! As a Colorado-founded company, Kentwood has been serving our extraordinary community for 40 years. 

Below are a few facts and tidbits about our beautiful home in honor of Coloradans everywhere. These are our ideas on what makes Colorado the finest state in the nation. Many locals may have different thoughts and suggestions. It can be hard to narrow down the list in a state like Colorado. 

Brief History of Colorado

The United States acquired the Colorado Territory in 1803 through the Louisiana Purchase and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In 1861, outgoing President James Buchanan established the Colorado Territory with the same borders the state currently has. 

On August 1st, 1876, Ulysses S Grant signed a proclamation admitting what was then known as ‘Colorado’ to become the 38th state in America’s Union, officially becoming the Centennial State in honor of the nation’s 100th anniversary.

Interesting Facts about Colorado

  • Colorado has multiple nicknames, including the Centennial State, the Lead State, the Buffalo Plains State, and the Switzerland of America. 
  • Colorado is home to the largest hot springs pool in the world. 
  • On Mt. Evans is the highest paved highway in the country. 
  • On average, Colorado receives 300 days of sunshine a year, which is more than San Diego or Miami. 
  • Colorado has 75% of the land with an elevation over 10,000 feet in the country. 
  • Colorado has 56 mountains over 14,000 feet. 
  • Colfax Avenue is the longest street in America.
  • The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the US. 
  • The largest indoor rodeo takes place every year in Denver at The National Western Stockshow. 
  • The Great Sand Dunes National Park has the highest sand dune in the country. 
  • Colorado is the only place ever to turn down the Olympics. 

Literary Luminaries 

Colorado has a fascinating literary history and has been home to some incredible writers. Hunter S. Thompson lived at his Owl Farm compound in Woody Creek, outside of Aspen, where he wrote some of his best works. Phillip K. Dick, who wrote dozens of classic science fiction novels, was born in Colorado, and is buried here. Robert Heinlein, author of Starship Troopers, called Colorado Springs home. Jon Krakauer, who wrote the mountaineering classic Into Thin Air, lives in Boulder.

Also, horror master Stephen King is a big fan of our state and has set many of his books here, including The Shining. You can even stay in the hotel where King’s classic takes place if you dare. If you want to learn more about Colorado writers, past and present, stop by the Tattered Cover Bookstore, one of the best independent bookstores in the country.  

Top Quintessentially Colorado Things to Do 

Hot Springs

Colorado has over 200 natural thermal pools that are waiting for your visit! There are countless options, from remote to convenience, and each one offers its own set of benefits. For those looking for an easy access hot spring with therapeutic properties on the side, we recommend Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat – this is a perfect mountain town opportunity if you’re interested in soaking without too much hassle!

Local Breweries 

In the past decade, the popularity of the craft beer movement has helped boost the demand for local breweries. Today, breweries are popping up all over the state, with at least 150 throughout Colorado.

New Belgium Brewing Company, based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative changes to the industry in recent years. Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan founded New Belgium back in 1991 and have watched their small brewery grow into a national powerhouse.

Live Music

The live music scene in Colorado features variety and depth. You’ll find some of the best jazz in the country at Denver’s prestigious Dazzle Club, Boulder’s Jazz on Pearl Street, or Sunday evening’s Jazz in City Park. You’ll also find your favorite bands and artists at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, perhaps the most gorgeous place in the nation to see an outdoor concert.

Originally built in 1906 by John Brisben Walker and his business partner Charles Lippincott, Red Rocks Amphitheater covers 9 acres with natural red sandstone rocks providing a stunning backdrop for the performances. Red Rocks has been a go-to destination for many artists, including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, U2, and the Grateful Dead.

Ghost Towns

The history of ghost towns in Colorado began with gold seekers who discovered gold in 1859, bringing people worldwide to Colorado. As the population grew from 584 settlers at that time, they found themselves faced with difficult conditions and harsh terrain. To this day, you can find a reminder of these struggles all over our beautiful state: Ghost Towns!

One such town is St. Elmo, founded by prospectors looking for silver during the 1880s mining boom near Nathrop (on Highway 50 between Buena Vista and Salida). From its humble beginnings as an ore-processing camp to being abandoned due to flooding issues, visit today for a glimpse into early pioneer life or just stop off on your next road trip.

Hiking

Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking national parks in North America. Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park has endless hikes for all skill levels. There are also numerous hiking trails near Boulder, perfect for families with kids, such as Chautauqua Park. Garden of the Gods is a great place to explore if you are looking for a beautiful and relaxing mountain stroll. Near Durango lies one of Colorado’s most scenic routes – the Continental Divide Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada!

One of the most well-known attractions in Colorado is the 14ers – mountains with summits that are above 14,000 feet high. There are fifty-eight total fourteeners in Colorado, and below you’ll find just a few to get started on your adventure!

Mount Elbert – Located in central Colorado and was once thought to be the tallest mountain in America. Standing at 14,440 feet high, it’s no wonder Mount Elbert is one of the most famous mountains for hikers and climbers to explore.

Mount Massive – Three other peaks surround this mountain over 14,000 feet high: Mount Princeton (14,197), Mount Shavano (14,227), and Mt. Antero (14,197).

Skiing 

Colorado has arguably the best skiing in the world, offering residents and visitors the chance to ski or snowboard in diverse terrain, from challenging steeps to wide-open bowls. There are 26 resorts total, providing Colorado skiing with its unique charm.

For example, Vail Ski Resort has more than 100 runs spanning four mountain peaks, while Winter Park Resort has six mountain peaks that are all expertly groomed daily by their team of snow-makers. Breckenridge Ski Resort is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders, with an average annual snowfall of 200 inches per year. The resort features 92 runs that are perfect for all levels – beginner to expert!

Kayaking

Colorado is a fantastic place for kayakers to get their paddle wet. The Arkansas River offers both fast water and slow-paced paddling trips, which means it’s up to you what kind of experience you want! Whether looking for remote wilderness or picturesque scenery, the Arkansas River has something in store. It’s an adventure not to be missed by any avid kayaker—so grab your gear and head out on this beautiful river today!

Golf

Colorado offers a premier golfing experience with dozens of low-land courses in the Denver metro area to high altitude courses throughout the mountains. The Rockies are the perfect backdrop for an afternoon on the tee boxes. The cool mountain air is refreshing and invigorating and will allow you to enjoy your game even more. Some of our favorite courses in Colorado include Denver Country Club, The Broadmoor, The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, and Grand Elk Golf Course.  

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a sport that’s been increasing in popularity over the years with new technologies and features like suspension or disc brakes on mountain bike tires. Colorado has some of the best trails for this activity, offering natural settings and breathtaking views! There are two main categories of trails you can go down: downhill (faster speeds) or cross country (less steep slopes). But if you’re looking to go fast while going on obstacles-filled courses, then downhill might be your choice!”

Kentwood is proud to be a Colorado company, and we want you to have fun exploring the state as much as we do. Get out and enjoy your day; after all, the mountains aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! 

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Top Real Estate Predictions for 2021’s Second Half

Buyers and Sellers ask us what we see ahead for the second half of 2021 in Colorado’s real estate markets. It’s apparent that real estate has been in a hot seller’s market for close to a year, ever since pandemic lockdowns began to lift in mid-2020.

Record-setting low mortgage rates have driven home price appreciation while pent-up home buying demand supported a robust housing market in the first half of 2021. What does the forecast tell us could be in store?


Mortgage Rates Will Likely Increase, a Little

Most experts project a rise in interest rates later this year or early in 2022. The latest Quarterly Forecast from Freddie Mac states: We forecast thatmortgage rates will continue to rise through the end of next year. We estimate the 30-year fixed mortgage rate will average 3.4% in the fourth quarter of 2021, rising to 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2022.”

The anticipated increase is expected to be modest and well below averages for past mortgage rates. With a historical perspective on rates, it will still be a good time for homebuyers who hope to purchase in the next six months. Freddie Mac’s report goes on to say: “While higher mortgage rates will help slow the pace of home sales and moderate house price growth, we expect overall housing market activity will remain robust. Our forecast has total home sales, the sum of new and existing home sales, at 7.1 million in 2021….”


Home Price Appreciation Will Continue, at a Slower Pace

Joe Seydl, Senior Markets Economist at J.P. Morgan, projects home prices to continue to rise. His prediction encourages buyers who are interested in purchasing a home would benefit from jumping in soon. Waiting for rates or home prices to go down may not be wise: “Homebuyers—interest rates are still historically low, though they are inching up. Housing prices have spiked during the last six to nine months, but we don’t expect them to fall soon, and we believe they are more likely to keep rising. If you are looking to purchase a new home, conditions now may be better than 12 months hence.”


Inventory a Challenge, but Optimism Abounds

Home prices are rising, which should moderate as more housing inventory comes to market. George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com, notes there are signs in the U.S. housing market that we may see the current inventory challenges lessen, creating more choices for buyers. This will contribute to better affordability as buyers avoid bidding wars that often pushed values well above list prices. We have seen more new listings this year compared with 2020 in 11 of the last 13 weeks. The influx of new sellers over the last couple of months has been especially helpful in slowing price gains.”

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, commented on the improving economy as a positive for the housing market: “A growing economy in the summer months has multiple implications for the housing market. Growing consumer confidence, a stronger labor market, and higher wages bode well for housing demand. While a growing economy and improving public health conditions may also spur hesitant existing owners to list their homes for sale, it’s unlikely to significantly ease the super sellers’ market conditions.


Real Estate Takeaways

Looking at the forecasts for prices, interest rates, and inventory, experts remain optimistic about the second half of 2021. Contact a Kentwood Real Estate broker with your real estate questions or a Prosperity Home Mortgage consultant with loan or rate questions. Our team professionally serves the northern Front Range of Colorado from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins, Metro Denver, and Boulder.

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Real Estate Northern Colorado Market Trends

Windsor’s Detached Market Skyrockets

In June of 2021, Windsor’s detached closed sales saw a 4,355.88% increase year over year going from 102 in 2020 to 4,545 in 2021, along with a 92.52% year-over-year increase in closed sales volume. The detached housing market in Boulder saw the second-highest increase of closed sales at 53.61% year over year, with a closed sales volume increase of 85.62%.

Berthoud’s detached market closed sales decreased by 21.43% year over year, yet the attached closed sales increased by 800.00% with a 1,385.94% increase in attached closed sales volume year over year.

Days on Market Decrease

Average days on market continues to decline across all of northern Colorado except for Loveland’s attached homes with a year-over-year increase of 7.95%. Attached housing in Timnath was quick to fly off the shelves as it saw the most significant year-over-year decrease of 80.84% with the lowest average days on market at 41. Fort Collins’ detached housing also earned some prominence with the largest year-over-year decrease of 49.15% and the lowest average days on market at 30.

Love for Loveland

Loveland’s average close-to-list price was the highest for attached homes at 104.10% and the second-highest for detached homes at 104.20%. Fort Collins gained some appeal as the average close-to-list price for detached homes snuck ahead at 104.70% and had the highest year-over-year increase of 6.19%. 

Berthoud’s attached market had the highest average close-to-list price increase year over year of 6.40%, following May’s highest year-over-year increase across northern Colorado of 10.92%. As Berthoud’s average close-to-list price continues to climb, be wary of stiff competition in this region.

Sales Prices Rise

Timnath saw the largest year-over-year average sales price increase of 79.87% in the attached market, resulting in a price tag of $715,284. Windsor’s detached housing market had the greatest year-over-year increase in average sales price of 21.84%, resulting in $602,579. 

*Written July 7, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.

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Best Summer Events in Northern Colorado

Colorado has a multitude of fun activities and events to enjoy during the summer months. If you’re new to Colorado, you might be wondering, “Where do I even begin?” When in doubt, head north. There are some fantastic and unique occasions happening in northern Colorado that are more than worth the trip. Here are a couple of events we highly recommend attending! 

Fort Collins Peach Festival

Food, drinks and entertainment—what more could you want? This year the annual Peach Festival in Fort Collins is centered around a bluegrass concert with headliner band Head for the Hills. There will be a beer garden in addition to a variety of food vendors, and of course, lots of peaches! You can head to the Holiday Twin Drive-In at 5:00 pm on August 21, 2021, to get a taste of some Colorado fun. Learn more about the lineup, parking and admission at the link above.

Sculpture in the Park

If you’re an art lover, then this event is right up your alley. The annual Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, Colorado is the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the United States. From August 6-8, 2021, Benson Sculpture Garden is transformed into a giant outdoor exhibit with over 2,000 pieces to admire created by 160 different artists from around the world. With annual sales of over $1 million, be sure to check out the 37th iteration of this annual show. You can learn more about the history of the event and purchase tickets at the link above.

Whether you prefer a pleasant stroll through the sculpture garden or jamming out to bluegrass while eating a slice of peach pie, you’re sure to have a good time at the summer events northern Colorado has to offer. Hope we’ll see you there! 

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I Sold My House, Now What?

We all know Denver is a mile high, but what’s even more elevated is its housing market. Chances are your home has been sold at lightning speed. So, what should you do after you say your final goodbyes?

Keep Copies of Closing and Settlement Papers

It’s imperative to keep relevant paperwork so you can show documentation when filing taxes. If you won’t need additional forms for your tax return, it is still helpful to hold onto these papers if you become audited. Buying a file box or clasp envelopes can make your documents more organized and easier to find, sparing you the headache of losing important information. 

Hire a Reliable Moving Service

Your valuables are sentimental, from your baby’s first shirt to the vase your grandmother gave you before she passed. That’s why it’s crucial to hire trustworthy and competent movers. Kentwood’s relocation services offer various helpful tools, from temporary living and rental assistance to moving and settling-in services.

Be Mindful About Your Next Down Payment

When considering your next property, it’s vital to choose an appropriate size for your down payment since it has implications on mortgage programs. A 20% down payment is standard since it usually provides the best loan conditions and avoids expensive mortgage insurance; however, be sure to speak with an experienced mortgage lender to determine the best course of action for you.

Our partners at Prosperity Home Mortgage are always happy to serve you as well!

Send Notices That Your Address Changed

It would be quite a shame if your dachshund’s hot dog costume arrived at your old residence. That’s why it’s essential to send change-of-address notices, especially for something more serious than your Amazon accounts like family and friends, places of employment, billing companies and investment accounts. 

You can set up an overarching change-of-address through USPS that will route certain classes of mail for a period of up to 12 months for only $1.05.

Selling a property is a huge accomplishment. You are moving forward, ready for change and new beginnings. While challenging, following these tips will alleviate the hassle and uncertainty of “What’s next?” Through buying, selling and relocating to your new home, Kentwood Real Estate is here to provide ease and support on your homeownership journey.

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Top 5 Lakes and Reservoirs in Colorado

With the record-breaking heat in Colorado, locals are struggling to stay cool. Luckily, there are lakes and reservoirs scattered throughout the state that are open to the public. Whether you plan to jump in or just lounge on the beach, these swimmable watering holes are perfect for any summer day. So, pack up your swimsuits, sunscreen and snacks and head to our favorite mountain beach escapes.

Here are our top five swimmable lakes and reservoirs in Colorado.

Boulder Reservoir

This water source is a classic site for residents in Boulder to get away and unwind. Located about 10 minutes from CU Boulder’s campus, Boulder Reservoir has a white sand beach and several roped-off areas to swim in. There is access to boating, paddle boarding, fishing and other activities for those looking for more adventure. 

Grand Lake 

The town of Grand Lake is home to Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake. Despite being a bit of a drive, this quaint and charming town makes for a fantastic weekend getaway. Its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park also allows for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and camping.

Horsetooth Reservoir

What is known to be an outdoor paradise by many locals, Horsetooth Reservoir, can be found minutes away from Fort Collins. With over 3,900 acres of surface water, there is plenty of room for activities such as swimming, scuba diving, fishing, boating and much more. 

Chatfield State Park Reservoir 

For all the folks in Denver, this reservoir is the shortest drive away. Besides offering a sandy beach and swimming area, Chatfield is one of the best places to fish in the greater Denver metro area. You can expect to catch rainbow trout, bass, catfish and many other species.

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Located between Montrose and Gunnison, Blue Mesa is the largest body of water in Colorado, covering over 9,100 acres of surface water. This lounge-worthy beach is excellent for boating, water skiing, windsurfing and fishing. While the shoreline is rocky, you can find nearby swimming areas at the Bay of Chickens, Dry Creek and Old Highway 50 beach.

Summers in Colorado are some of the best the West has to offer. Each of the lakes and reservoirs listed above provides various activities, ensuring no one in the family is bored. So, why wait? Make sure to check out these refreshing mountain lakes while the sun is shining and adventure beckons!  

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Market Trends

June 2021 Displayed the Theme of What Goes Down Must Come Up 

Overall, month-end active inventory increased 50.46% compared to May 2021, which is the highest percentage of month-over-month increase in the Denver Metro Association of REALTORS® records. 

Listings Were Up Meaning More Opportunity

The number of new listings was up 23.89% month over month. Likewise, the number of closed properties increased 9.29%. More houses hit the market in June, and therefore more people had the opportunity to buy, which is reflected in the month of inventory increasing to 0.50. While historically, this remains incredibly low, it does show a slight shift from the previous month, which was 0.39.

Buyers Are (Finally) Competing a Bit Less

In last month’s market, buyers must compete with less competition, and therefore, the extreme bidding wars have drastically decreased. Sellers are now adjusting their listing strategy to what the comps suggest. However, while inventory did drastically increase from the previous month, Denver metro is still at less than one-third of the total inventory compared to 2019 at this time.

Attached and Detached Homes in the Luxury Market Also Had More Choices in June

New listings were up 20.42% from May. However, even with more options, sellers in this market barely felt the seasonal slowdown, with pending sales down only 1.51% month over month. Pending year-to-date sales were up 88.04%, and closed sales were up 138.20%.

June Also Reported Increased Sales in the Detached Luxury Market

Sales increased 24.20% from May to June and were up 132.28% year to date. On average, people buying luxury homes paid 104.74% of the list price in June, up 5.26% year to date. On the other hand, appearing to pull through the COVID-19 slump, the attached home market’s number of closed sales is up 306.25% year over year while closed sales are up 193.94% year to date. 

*Written July 11, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.

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The 6 Best Coffee Shops in Denver, Colorado. Period.

If we’re honest, it could just be a caffeine addiction. But there is something so satisfying about the rituals surrounding consuming coffee.

The smells. The sounds of the machines dispensing a dark elixir heightening your senses, all of the feelings of warmth and joy as you drink it.  These experiences are magnified when you get out of the house, leave your coffee pod machine behind, and go to an excellent cafe. Of course, you can stop by a certain Seattle-based multi-national and have a perfectly adequate cup of joe. However, there’s something to be said for a local neighborhood spot, free from corporate uniformity, pouring excellent coffee.

The locations chosen below are more than just a place to get a coffee; they represent their neighborhoods. In their cafes, you’ll find what makes an area unique, and they tie into a larger truth. Whether you’re getting an iced coffee in Saigon, bold Turkish coffee in Beirut, or cafe au lait in Paris, the true joy of the experience is interacting with your community, sitting down with a good book, or having a great conversation, and taking a moment to relax. 


Criteria For Making Our List

Coffee Quality

It’s all in the beans! High-quality coffee should have that smooth flavor that hits your lips in even just one sip.

Neighborhood

Can you feel the local culture while walking around the neighborhood with your cup of Joe?

Ambiance 

Is the atmosphere relaxed?  Are you able to work peacefully, hang with a friend, or have a productive meeting?


Pablo’s

This Denver gem has turned into the gold standard for great coffee in the Mile High City. Since 1995, when Craig Conner decided to quit his corporate job and max out his credit cards to follow his passion for coffee, Pablo’s, located in Capitol Hill, has been producing an excellent product. It goes beyond just roasting the beans themselves.

They eschew factory-farmed coffee beans and instead hunt down and source single-family farms growing unique blends. It’s a commitment far beyond fair trade; instead, an ethos to partner with fantastic coffee growers to bring one of the best products to Denver. There are three locations across Denver, including cap Hill, Governor’s Park, and East Colfax. Be aware Pablo’s does not have wifi.

Our Favorite Drink: Espresso 

Locations & Map

Colfax and Syracuse – 7701 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80220

6th and Washington  – 3806, 630 E 6th Ave Denver, CO 80203

13th and Pennsylvania1300 Pennsylvania St #102 Denver, CO 80203


Aviano

If a local coffee shop can be a microcosm for the neighborhood, then Aviano is quintessentially Cherry Creek North. It’s an artisanal cafe for those with discerning taste who are willing to pay for quality. They brew Intelligentsia coffee, and you notice the skill and pride the baristas take in their work.

The clientele is an eclectic mix of business meetings, college students, and shoppers looking to take a break. Aviano also has a great tea menu for those looking for some non-coffee options. FYI, our Kentwood Cherry Creek office is right next door to Aviano, so be sure to stop by and say hi and peek in the window at our listings!

Our Favorite Drink: Hot Oak Milk Matcha Latte & The Regular Latte

Hours & Locations 

Open Daily 7 am-4 pm 

Detroit Street – 244 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206

St. Paul Street 215 St Paul St, Suite 180, Denver, CO 80206

Open Daily 7 am-5 pm 


Wash Perk 

In many ways, this local gem is the opposite of a hyper-modern coffee shop. You’ll find a dedicated neighborhood staff cracking jokes, making book recommendations, and of course, pouring great coffee. Sure, Wash Perk only has one location, but who needs more when you are only blocks away from Washington Park.

So the next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop in for iced coffee before heading to the park to get some exercise and feed the ducks.

Our Favorite Drink: Hazelnut Cinnamon Latte

Hours & Location 

Open daily:  6:30am – 5:00pm 

853 E Ohio Ave, Denver, CO 80209


Mutiny Information Cafe 

Mutiny might be a little bit of a left-field choice because a lot is going on here. As you walk in, you might notice an incredible array of used books, including rare first editions or the excellent selection of comics and records. There might be an open mic happening with up-and-coming comedians, singer/songwriters, or a podcast recorded in their studio.

However, it’s a great example of what makes the South Broadway neighborhood so eclectic and unique. But make no mistake, Mutiny Cafe is making incredible coffee. 

Our Favorite Drink: Latte

Hours & Location 

Sunday-Thursday 8:00am-8:00pm 

Friday-Saturday 8:00am -10:00pm 

2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209


Blue Sparrow Coffee

With locations in the vibrant RiNo art district and the Platte Street community, Blue Sparrow is crafting extraordinary coffee concoctions Downtown. An ultra-modern aesthetic and a commitment to sustainability are the highlights of this vibrant spot. Every few weeks, the shop rotates a featured roaster to showcase an artisan they’ve discovered who shares their love of great coffee.

These unique roasters can be from right here in Colorado, all the way from Ireland and Netherlands. They also have a diverse menu of Japanese Iced Coffee, Upstart Kombucha, and house-made Chai, along with a wide selection of pastries.

Our Favorite Drink: Iced Matcha

Hours & Locations 

Open daily:  6:30am – 5:30pm 

3070 Blake St Unit 180 Denver, CO 80205

1615 Platte st Suite 135 Denver, CO 80202


Hudson Hill

This excellent Cap Hill spot strives to be a neighborhood destination by offering various menus and experiences. You can start by meeting a business associate or answering some emails in the afternoon in their spacious and comfortable space while sipping from their extensive coffee and tea options. Later on, you can order a cocktail like the excellent Race Day, with bourbon, lemon oleo, mint, and orange bitters.

Hudson Hill also offers a great variety of snacks you can order. Our favorite is the grilled cheese with cherry jam. 

Our Favorite Drink: The Dalgona

Hours & Locations

619 E 13th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80203 (303)832-0776

Monday8AM–10:30PM
Tuesday8AM–10:30PM
Wednesday8AM–10:30PM
Thursday8AM–10:30PM
Friday8AM–12AM
Saturday8AM–12AM
Sunday8AM–5PM

The locations chosen below are more than just a place to get a coffee; they represent their neighborhoods. In their cafes, you’ll find what makes an area unique, and they tie into a larger truth. Whether you’re getting an iced coffee in Saigon, bold Turkish coffee in Beirut, or cafe au lait in Paris, the true joy of the experience is interacting with your community, sitting down with a good book, or having a great conversation, and taking a moment to relax. 


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Best Colorado 2021 Firework Shows By City. The List.

Maybe you’re a fan of packing your 4th of July weekend to the brim with barbecues, live music, and lawn games. Or perhaps you tend to err more on the side of a casual brewery or winery with good company. One thing’s for sure: it’s not Independence Day weekend without fireworks! From Estes Park to Denver, Glendale to Brighton, all over Colorado, there are celebrations aplenty for our nation’s independence. 

Below is a list of the best places to see fireworks in Colorado (alphabetical order) for casual celebrators and festivity fanatics alike.  Also listed are canceled shows due to city bans on fireworks in the hopes of preventing wildfires.


Avon 

Canceled. What a shame. This annual celebration is typically a dazzling explosion of color and sound.

Boulder

Canceled. Too bad, Fireworks at Folsom Field have been a tradition since 1941.  Hopefully, they’ll be back in 2022.

Breckenridge

Canceled due to an indefinite ban on public and private fireworks.


Brighton

In Brighton, Colorado, you’re in for a treat at Carmichael Park this 4th of July. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., visitors will be delighted to find live entertainment, food, and fireworks galore. Shortly after the event kicks off, DJ Tidal Wave opens up the festivities with upbeat live music at 5 p.m., followed by Anavrin’s Day (a 90’s alternative grunge band) at 7 p.m.

A lovely day outdoors is finished off with fireworks to take place at the end of the concert, a display which is considered one of the region’s largest. Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, water, bug spray, and sunscreen.


Castle Rock

Castle Rock annually sports a stunning display that shoots off of the Santa Fe Quarry Mesa, and this year will be no exception. The show will begin around 9:30 p.m. at sundown, preceded by a three-shot salute 5 minutes before the show, and another three-shot salute 1 minute before the beginning of the display, so you’ll have plenty of warning to hunker down and find a great spot to enjoy.

This display should be visible from most places throughout the I-25 corridor, and if you’re local to Castle Rock, you can simply watch from the comfort of your neighborhood. However, suppose you’re not a local. In that case, a few of the best locations to view from include: Castle Rock Service Center, the lower lot of the Castle Rock Recreation Center, Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course, the south side of Butterfield Crossing Park, Bison Park, and more (the complete list can be found on www.crgov.com).

Also, if you’re planning to light off a few fireworks yourself, be wary of the regulations surrounding fireworks for personal use: only fireworks purchased at stands in Castle Rock are legal to use.  Also, you must use them only on July 4th, and if they leave the ground, explode, or break off into pieces, you are in violation.


Commerce City

The Commerce City 4thFest not only has the state’s largest public fireworks display, but it has plenty of festivities to enjoy leading up to the grand finale fireworks show. This show is coupled with a Colorado Rapids game at DICK’s Sporting Goods Park, making it a dream come true for fans of both 4th of July and soccer.

The pre-match festival begins at 5 p.m. on Burgundy Boulevard. You can find free, family-friendly programming before the game, starting at 7 p.m., where the Colorado Rapids will be playing the Seattle Sounders.


Denver

You can continue the celebration into July 3rd, where you’ll find Larimer Square bustling with activity. The party on the Square starts at noon, and the festivities are complete with portraits by caricaturist artists, foods, live music, and, of course, a bit of shopping along the way.

Feel free to lounge on the many outdoor patios and enjoy world-class food, cocktails, and brews while you listen to the tunes of live musicians, including DJ Al Ur Pal, Dotsero, and Hot Lunch Band. Then, on July 4th, you can journey back to downtown Denver to catch a Coloradan’s firework favorite: the Colorado Rockies Postgame Show –  a massive fireworks display. Even if you’re not in the stadium, be sure to look to the skies for the spectacular display, which can be seen widely across the downtown area.


Durango 

Fireworks were canceled this year.  Too bad.  The annual display at Green Mountain Cemetery was a tradition!


Estes Park

The Estes Park 4th of July Celebration is one you don’t want to miss. Quite a few events precede the concluding fireworks at 9:30 p.m., including a car show and live music. The “Steam-to-Electric” Coolest Car Show features over 100 vehicles to peruse and admire: head over to the Estes Park Events Complex to enjoy the wide variety of cars, ranging from street rods and sports cars to vintage and classic cars.

The Estes Village Band will also be giving a free concert at 7 p.m. Simply mosey to the west end of downtown at the Performance Park Amphitheater to enjoy their free, annual patriotic concert that features songs by John Philip Sousa and others. Then, the Big Bang Concert will offer views of the fireworks show, along with music, food, and local craft beer and wine at the Estes Park Fairgrounds in the Grandstands. Finally, finish the evening off by finding a grassy spot at Stanley Park along the Lake Estes Trail to catch the stunning fireworks show as it glimmers over the beautiful Lake Estes.


Fort Collins 

The past couple of Fourth of July festivities have looked a little different for Northern Colorado residents. Year in and out, tradition has been a massive fireworks celebration over City Parks Shelton Lake in Fort Collins.  Due to Covid, this year will be the second in a row with a drive-in fireworks show at The Ranch. 

The past couple of Fourth of July festivities have looked a little different for Northern Colorado residents. Year in and out, tradition has been a massive fireworks celebration over City Parks Shelton Lake in Fort Collins.  Due to Covid, this year will be the second in a row with a drive-in fireworks show at

The Ranch. Don’t worry about entrance fees, as this celebration is free, with 4,000 parking spaces becoming available at 6 pm. 

Fireworks will begin at 9.15 pm, with food trucks providing snacks and refreshments—music over the loudspeakers playing Big Rob on local radio station 96.1 KISSFM.


Kremmling

Steamboat has officially canceled its annual fireworks celebration, which is too bad because it might have been the best in all of Colorado, especially since it always takes place right after the infamous Howelsen Hill Rodeo. That being said, Kremmling is just a short 30-45 minute drive away from Steamboat and will host its annual “Fire on the Cliffs” display. 

Located in Kremmling Town Square, enjoy a beer tent, live music, and family entertainment before the show. 


Lakewood

If you want to catch a fireworks-only event on July 3rd, then Lakewood is the place to be! Big Boom Bash is a fireworks-only display taking place over Jeffco Stadium at 9:15 p.m. The Big Boom Bash not only includes an incredible array of fireworks but the production will also be choreographed to music. So, if you plan on taking a peek at this incredible display, tune in to 100.3 FM, MIX 100 to get the whole experience.

The show should be visible from Lakewood parks and residences located within a 1.5-mile radius of Jeffco Stadium, but bear in mind that parking will be minimal (so walking, biking, carpooling, or taking public transport is encouraged). Here are some of the best spots to enjoy the show: Creighton Middle School, Trailblazer Parking Lot, Lakewood Park, the west side of O’Kane Park, and more. The complete list of locations can be found on www.lakewood.org.


Steamboat

Canceled, unfortunately. This may be the most epic firework display in all of Colorado.  Check out 2020’s Guinness World Record Biggest Firework, Successful Launch.  Consider cruising over to Kremmling, just a short 30-45 minute drive away, to see their remarkable firework show.  


Vail

Canceled, along with Eagle and Beaver Creek. 


Winter Park 

The annual Winter Park 4th of July Celebration will be held on Sunday from 7 pm – 10 pm at Rendezvous Event Center, a terrific outdoor space in Hideaway Park downtown.  Enjoy a free concert before the firework display by Colorado Native, Buckstein. Take the whole family, roll out a picnic blanket, and watch the sky light up over Grand County.  There will be plenty of entertainment, including a cornhole tournament and bocce ball.  Make sure to get there early to lock down a good viewing spot on the lawn.  They must know, then, that the above-named gentleman whenever he was at leisure (which was mostly all the year round) gave himself up to reading books of chivalry with such ardour and avidity that he almost entirely neglected the pursuit of his field-sports, and even the management of his property; and to such a pitch did his eagerness and infatuation go that he sold many an acre of tillageland to buy books of chivalry to read, and brought home as many of them as he could get.


Colorado Real Estate News

Real Estate Northern Colorado Market Trends

The Acceleration and Deceleration of Days on Market

In April of 2021, Berthoud’s attached housing market saw the largest year-over-year decrease in days on market of 83.54 percent, ending at 26 days. In May of 2021, Berthoud saw the largest year-over-year increase in days on market of 97.87 percent, ending at 93 days in 2021. As these factors fluctuate, speak with an experienced broker to ensure you have the most current statistics for an informed decision.

Berthoud’s Disparity in Close-to-List Price

Buyers seeking attached properties in Berthoud had to pay, on average, 105.60 percent of the original list price to secure their home. As the largest average close-to-list price for attached homes across northern Colorado, Berthoud’s close-to-list price also saw the largest year-over-year increase of 10.92 percent! Simultaneously, detached properties in Berthoud saw the lowest average close-to-list price across northern Colorado’s detached market at 103.00 percent and had the smallest increase of only 3.00 percent year over year.

Homebuyers Are Attached to the Attached

Attached homes in Timnath saw a closed sales increase of 250 percent and a closed sales volume increase of 280.51 percent year over year. With the average sales price only increasing by 8.72 percent year over year, homebuyers are open to living in attached properties as they can find opportunities in this market for fewer dollars compared to Timnath’s detached average sales price increase of 41.69 percent.

Berthoud’s attached housing market skyrocketed in 2021, with a closed sales increase of 600.00 percent and a closed sales volume increase of 936.62 percent! This massive shift came with a large dollar sign as the average sales price increased by 48.09 percent year over year.

Windsor and Fort Collins were the only two areas in northern Colorado without a year-over-year closed sales increase of over 100 percent for attached homes, meaning there may be more opportunities to secure housing in these regions.