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Best Playgrounds in the Denver Metro Area

Central Park Denver Playground
Central Park Playground

As parents, we are constantly searching for new ways to engage our children in outdoor activities. Fortunately, Denver is blessed to have one of the best park systems in the nation. Most of our parks have fantastic playgrounds you can take your kids for an afternoon of fun in the sun. Below is our list of the best playgrounds in Denver. Did we leave any off the list you think should have made it?


Criteria For Making The List 

Fun 

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These playgrounds are a blast for the kiddos.  When you leave, they’ll beg to come back.   

Safety

Safety is a top criterion, so don’t worry about taking an eye off the little ones for a minute.  You deserve to relax while they play.

Neighborhood

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Burning off all that energy at the park will mean it’s time to fuel up.  These neighborhoods offer great restaurants and waterholes.


Washington Park

Wash Park is 161 acres of entertainment in the heart of the city. This massive outdoor space has almost everything you’d desire in a park, from volleyball to tennis, basketball to paddleboards, and even an indoor recreation center.

But, most importantly, for the kids’ enjoyment, on the east side of the park, you’ll find a large playground containing several slides, a tire swing, a climbing station, and a miniature bike path.  After the kiddos finish sweating it out, cruise over to Old Gaylord Street for lunch or grab coffee at Wash Perk (making our list of best coffee shops in Denver). 

Washington Park Denver Playground
Washington Park Denver Playground

Central Park 

Central Park, located in the neighborhood formerly known as Stapleton, is one of the most desirable and child-friendly areas in northeast Denver.  Central Park is a design masterpiece, with natural vegetation co-existing next to sports fields, sand areas, and even a sensory area filled with chimes and drums.

It’s a showcase for some of the fantastic modern trends in playground design. For a post-park bite to eat, walk over to Stanley Marketplace – a collection of over 50+ independently owned Colorado businesses. 

Central Park Playground Denver
Central Park Playground Denver

Westlands Park

This 25-acre park is a must-visit that won’t disappoint! The play area is quite diverse, with a village of playhouses, a hillside slide, an observation tower, and a flower and sculpture garden. It’s a gorgeous park that showcases a well-thought-out design, resulting in a fantastic area for kids to have fun and parents to relax.

Bring your sports equipment because you won’t want to miss out on pickleball and basketball.  Afterward, take a short drive over to YaYa’s Euro Bistro and sit outside by the artificial lake overlooking Greenwood Village.  

Westland Park Playground Greenwood Village CO
Westland Park Playground Greenwood Village

Gates Crescent Park

Located on the western bank of the Platte River, Gates Crescent Park is ideal for younger kids.  The suspension bridge is the main playground feature, filled with ropes and climbing ladders. There’s also a trolley that goes around the outside of the park. Your kids will love climbing on a handful of giant rocks and playing on the traditional playground resting below the suspension bridge. 

Parents can enjoy a picturesque view of Mile High Stadium and Elitch Gardens Amusement Park. If the kids aren’t quite worn out after a couple of hours of play, take them to The Children’s Museum – located just a couple of blocks away.  You can grab a bite to eat inside while getting a respite from the sun. 

Gates Crescent Park Playground Denver CO
Gates Crescent Park Playground Denver

City Park Denver

City Park is the most historic park in all of Denver. It’s central not only in location but also in its cultural importance to Mile High City. Here you’ll find the Zoo and the Natural History Museum, along with a wide variety of events taking place every weekend, from Jazz in the Park to art festivals.

However, it’s also a wonderful place to take the kids, filled with open spaces, numerous playgrounds, and a beautiful lake where you can rent paddleboards. It’s the perfect oasis from the hectic pace of city life. Afterward, take a stroll down 17th Ave for a bite to eat at countless local favorites, including Dos Santos, White Pie, or Olive and Finch

City Park Playground Denver
City Park Playground Denver Colorado

Denver Premium Outlets

OK, we may have cheated a bit with this one. It’s not technically a city park; it’s a playground at an outlet mall. However, it’s a sprawling, fantastic playground with so many slides, swings, and climbing areas your kids will be busy for hours. It’s also ok to bring the kids here even if you’re not doing any shopping. 

After your kiddos have finished jumping and climbing around, check out the outlet mall, littered with an abundance of fantastic shops such as Under Armour, Kate Spade, and Hugo Boss. We recommend dining at Rise Pies, Charley’s Philly Steaks, or Sachi Sushi for a little post-play fuel. Thornton is a delightful unknown suburb of Denver that you’ll be sure to want to return and explore more. 

Thornton Colorado Premium Outlets Playground
Thornton Colorado Premium Outlets Playground

Denver Rock Park

Many parks end up having very similar layouts and attractions. However, some have some excellent options off the beaten path, like this Central Park neighborhood favorite. It’s smaller in size than some of the other options on our list, but it offers some unique opportunities for rock climbing. So if you think your kids might be interested in this outdoor Colorado activity, this is an excellent place for them to try rock climbing safely.

Central Park, formerly known as Stapleton, is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Denver and filled with excellent dining and shopping options. We recommend cruising over to Stanley Market Place or Northfield Shopping Mall.  We promise your children won’t go hungry after burning energy on the rock climbing wall!

Rock Park Playground in Central Park
Rock Park Playground in Central Park

Estates Park

This Golden park has an elevation of over 6,000 feet with incredible views of the Foothills and Downtown Denver. The centerpiece is a skyscraper-esque slide sure to delight any adventurous kid. There are also tennis courts at the park, so be sure to bring rackets and balls. 

Downtown Golden is a short drive away for a quick bite to eat. Stroll down Washington and Ford street and take in all this cute little Colorado town has to offer. 

Golden Colorado's Estate Park Playground
Golden Colorado’s Estate Park Playground

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Colorado Day – We Love Our State!

Colorado Day

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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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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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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Kentwood’s Top Producer Dinner 2021

On June 30th, 2021, Kentwood held its annual Top Producer Dinner, honoring leading agents and brokerage teams. This long-time tradition is one of Kentwood’s most influential and distinguished events, commemorating award-winning brokers with sales between 10 million and 90 million-plus in 2020.  

The spectacular event was hosted at Denver Country Club, one of Colorado’s most prestigious and well-known country clubs, overlooking the breathtaking 18-hole golf course – originally designed by James Foulis in 1905. The dinner was held outside to practice social distancing. 

Contrary to the traditional sit-down style of years past, premier bars and grazing stations were casually sprinkled throughout several terraces and perfectly manicured lawns. Food stations included Italian charcuterie, assorted sushi and seafood, and build-your-own tacos. Sophisticated polyrhythms and melodies filled the night sky with live music by The Pet-Friendly Jazz Collective – a local Denver band. 

This was Kentwood’s first signature event since the pandemic. The event was a stunning evening bringing together colleagues and friends separated for the past 18 months – an exclusive gathering of Kentwood’s most brilliant talent. 

With cell phones required to be turned off, intimacy and connectedness were a focal point. For the agents and teams themselves, the event exuded excitement, celebration, and inspiration.  

 “That was one of the best parties…everything worked!” raved Luisa Staerkel, Managing Broker. 

“…and everyone was so happy to get back together.” 

Luisa Staerkel

“Could not have been a more elegant evening, and nobody could have made the night more special for us,” said Edie Marks, Broker Associate and Top of her Profession since 1977

With 30+ years of gathering top-producing agents, Kentwood looks toward the future for continued excellence in the Colorado real estate market. 

Notable venues from past Top Producer Dinners include The Art – a Hotel, Ruth’s Chris Denver Tech Center, STK Downtown, EDGE Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel, Coohills, and The Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar. 

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

Best Coffee Shops Denver CO

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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LeadingRE | REimagine Conference 2021

LeadingRE REimagine Conference
Stage in ballroom of Wynn Las Vegas for the REimagine Conference 2021.

The past week, Kentwood Real Estate was honored to participate in the prestigious Reimagine Conference hosted by LeadingRe at the Luxe Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. And wow, what an incredible experience it was!  Kentwood’s Managing Broker at our Cherry Creek office, Brandon Brennick, and top-producing broker Lori Pace, participated in two amazing panels for diversity and competition, respectively.  FYI, Lori is a member of Kentwood’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion counsel.  Also, Jason Exley, Director of Relocation and Business Development, helped lead a panel on ‘Recalibrating Relocation in the COVID Era.’  So proud of our fantastic team and their participation in this great conference!

Jason Exley of Kentwood
Jason Exley (left).
Lori Pace Kentwood Real Estate
Lori Pace (right).

Brandon Brennick (center).

Panel held by Jason Exley of Kentwood Real Estate:

Relocation departments shifted to focus on lead business during COVID to top aggregators such as OpCity, Rocket Homes, HomeStory, etc., with traditional corporate relocations down. Coming out of COVID with inventory slim, one brokerage introduced a partnership with Ribbon, which converts a conventional buyer to an all-cash offer, buyers can compete and win. The virtual environment we were all thrown into during COVID has led to higher engagement among agents at Relocation trainings and weekly sales meetings.  Also, By creating a more enhanced experience and upfront conversation via video/conversation with relocating clients, we are experiencing higher conversion rates.

Panel held by Lori Pace of Kentwood Real Estate:

The vitality of a brokerage’s future success will be contingent on how well agents and brokerages can respond to the changing circumstances of the world that impact global relationships.  COVID -19 and social unrest due to the death of George Floyd turned the world upside down; meanwhile, real estate was declared an essential business.  

Today, we face a lack of tools, resources, and leaders to ensure past real estate policies, laws, and business practices are inclusive and multicultural in creating positive solutions.  While at the conference, it was the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.  Buyers, sellers, brokers, owners, and agents representing neighborhoods, businesses, and organizations can no longer feel comfortable with the dehumanization and perceived threat of a black man in a community that has been neglected due to redlining.  

Redlining was used in our industry systematically to uphold racist philosophies and principles. LeadingRE recognized the need to do more than talk about inclusion but instead invest in inclusion by launching a Diversity Difference Experience program held in August.

Panel held by Brandon Brennick of Kentwood Real Estate:

Now, more than ever, relationships matter!  Clients are ready for eyeball time with their agents, and therefore, getting back in person with our clients is key. Competing against new competition requires being purpose-driven. Most agents are operating with a transactional model now; however, having a business plan that focuses on intention has proven to be a more successful and profitable route.

Most agents (70-80%) are buyer-centric, which contributes to the scarcity of inventory – the market is telling them they can’t get listings, but there are people out there ready to sell. They just don’t know how to do it. A more listing-centric strategy is key to more inventory. Approximately 14-23 million American will move in the next 1-5 years – 52% more than 2 hours away and 42% more than 4 hours away.

Why Should You Get to Know LeadingRE? 

Over two decades ago, 50 of the top brokerage firms in the United States launched a network now known as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). Today, LeadingRe has over 550 firms and 150,000 sales associates, operating in 70 countries. LeadingRE’s mantra is “Making the Best Brokerages Better.”  LeadingRE accomplishes this by providing these top local brands with world-class business resources and national and global connections. 

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.

Over two decades ago, 50 of the top brokerage firms in the United States launched a network now known as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE).Over two decades ago, 50 of the top brokerage firms in the United States launched a network now known as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). Kentwood Real Estate is not only honored to be a part of LeadingRE but grateful to be featured at their Reimagine Conference this past week.

Check out some of the photos and videos from the conference on LeadingRE’s Facebook Page.

LeadingRE Conference

Kentwood’s Involvement with Charities and Local Businesses

Thought leadership is our passion at Kentwood; however, we go beyond the real estate industry by supporting local charities and businesses to build a stronger local community. In today’s challenging times, we must lift each other up, now, more than ever.  Kentwood agents and staff support over 170 local, national, and international non-profit organizations.  Rooted in the Colorado economy, we are delighted to support local businesses through numerous civic and community endeavors, participating in regional events, and sitting on dozens of committees and boards.

Colorado Real Estate News

Are we in a Housing Bubble?

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

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently said, the period we’re in “is not a bubble. It is simply a lack of supply.”

  • In a recent article about the intense demand we’ve seen play out since late 2020, Lawrence Yun discussed the state of today’s housing market.
  • Yun addressed whether today’s high buyer competition and rising home prices are evidence of a housing bubble and said that this “is not a bubble. It is simply lack of supply.”
  • Today’s housing market remains competitive, with rising prices driven by buyer demand.

Kentwood Real Estate Agents Have Their Say

I queried several of our Metro Denver and Northern Colorado agents and they weighed in on the bubble theory.

“I’ve been in real estate sales in Colorado for several decades. There have only been three years out of the past 30 when we saw housing actually depreciate. Two of the Great Recession years and one year in the 1970’s.”

“I’ve been explaining today’s housing dynamics to my clients. They understand that there aren’t enough homes for the number of buyers in the market and absent a huge influx of inventory (unlikely) or a large rise in interest rates (not anticipated in the near-term) we will remain in a seller’s market for quite a while.”

“When supply and demand begin to get more in-balance, price appreciation will slow to single digits from double digits. I don’t anticipate it slowing to the point where we see loss of home values unless there’s a crazy unplanned incident. A “Black Swan.” Covid was that Black Swan in 2020 and even that only caused a two to three month pause in the housing market.”

Navigating the Colorado Real Estate Waters

For more information on Colorado housing, connect with a Kentwood Real Estate broker to talk about the best ways to navigate such an energetic market. Our residential and commercial brokers sell and lease properties across the Northern Front Range of Colorado from south of Castle Rock to Denver and up to the Fort Collins area.

Colorado Real Estate News

What to do With 40 Years – Build a Brand

Written by Kentwood Real Estate President and CEO, Gretchen Rosenberg

I have exciting news! Kentwood Real Estate is 40 this week!

Henry Ford said, “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” We’ve completed 40 successful years of changing lives.

In 1981 five brokers formed the beginnings of our brand, The Kentwood Company, which was renamed Kentwood Real Estate in 2008.

The incorporation papers were signed by Roger Campbell this week in 1981. Roger told me, “We wanted a name that was easy to say, easy to spell, memorable, and upscale so we settled on Kentwood.”

Colorado Real Estate History

Other notable names in Colorado real estate who contributed to our success as founders, owners, and leaders are Jim Nussbaum, John Fitzpatrick, Jerry Weigand, Bill Moore and Peter Niederman, Julie Hummel, Dee Chirafisi, Jim Theye, and Chris Vuletich. 

Our original office remains the DTC flagship. In 1998 we added Cherry Creek, in 1999, City Properties, and in 2018 we expanded to Northern Colorado. We added Denver Rental in 2011. Kentwood Commercial and Prosperity Home Mortgage were both launched in 2017.

Our previous owners sold the company to HomeServices of America in 2016, beginning the adventure of our Berkshire Hathaway affiliation.

To our brokers, our staff, and the management team – thank you for your ideas, collaboration, and professionalism. YOU make this company admired, productive and competitive.

To our clients, we say thank you for 40 years of working with the best brokers in the business, for your business, and your support. A focus on clients fostered our success over these 40 years. That laser focus on client experience and market knowledge keeps traditional brokerage relevant into the 21st Century.

Our brokers, loan officers, and support staff make our company special. An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it. We celebrate all who have contributed to 40 years at the pinnacle of real estate.

We have so much to be proud of at Kentwood Real Estate, Kentwood Commercial, Denver Rental, and Prosperity Home Mortgage, and much more to look forward to. 

At Kentwood Real Estate we believe in community. That we accomplish more together. That deep roots matter. We inspire people to imagine the next steps in their life journey.

Cheers to 40 years!

Colorado Real Estate News

How to Maximize Your Home Sale

Selling your home in Denver’s white-hot real estate market might seem like a breeze with houses flying off the shelves in record time, however, getting the highest possible return on your home sale is not as easy as you might think. If you’re looking to sell for the best attainable value, then check out these tips for how to maximize your home sale.

Hire a Skilled Real Estate Broker With a Marketing Plan

When selling your house, it may seem tempting to do it yourself or through an online site but the truth is, if you want to get the most out of your home sale you need to hire a great broker. A skilled broker will have years of experience and expertise to help you navigate the murky waters of your transaction. Along with a breadth of knowledge, experienced real estate professionals will be able to create a customized marketing plan with you that will ensure that you get the most bang for your buck. 

Have Your House Professionally Cleaned

Another great way to make sure your property garners competitive offers above the asking price is to have it professionally cleaned. You may be thinking to yourself, “My place is clean. Why would I need someone else to clean it?” The simple answer is that when selling a residence, appearance is half the battle, and a professional cleaner can make your house sparkle in ways that you probably don’t have the time to do. When it comes time for showing, and your home is gleaming, people will be more likely to see its full potential and thus will probably be willing to shell out a little extra. So if you want to maximize your property sale, hire a professional cleaner. Trust us. You’ll be glad you did! 

Check Your Curb Appeal

In life and real estate, first impressions are everything so when selling your residence, it is extra essential to make sure you have that “it” factor…curb appeal. While you may not notice the overgrown shrubs or the loose hose in the front yard, your potential buyers most definitely will. So if you want your property to stand out from the herd and fetch a pretty penny, it will take a little bit of extra effort. First, check your paint. If it’s peeling, then it might be time for a minor touch-up. Next, take care of any apparent outdoor maintenance such as overgrown tree branches or garden beds overrun with weeds. Lastly, if you’re looking to add a cherry on top of your curb appeal, add some fresh flowers and mulch to your garden beds. It will make your house a more inviting home.  

Minimize Items on Surfaces

That little angel statue on the fireplace or the family photos on your dresser may mean the world to you but to a potential buyer, those are all things that mark your house as yours. If you want to gain a more significant return on your home, you might want to try making it feel like a blank slate. By putting away the small items that clutter surfaces, you subconsciously communicate to buyers that your house is open for them to make it their own.  

Have Your House Professionally Photographed

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and in the world of real estate, this saying is a bell that will always ring true. A professional photographer can take advantage of your home’s best qualities and make sure that your listing photos highlight the spacious dining room or the beautiful natural light in the living room. Along with amazing images, a photographer can also film a virtual house tour, and in this pandemic, more and more buyers are buying site-unseen. So a virtual property tour can make all the difference in the amount of high-value offers you receive.  

How Kentwood Can Help

Here at Kentwood, we have a diverse network of brokers who can offer you personalized advice from advertising strategies and competitive market analysis to guidance on the best ways to elevate your estate sale. Our unique Amplify service grants you access to a curated team of professionals trained on how to best enhance your home’s appearance and value with no cash out of your pocket until your property is sold. Kentwood is also proud to offer a range of virtual home selling options such as 3D video walk-throughs, online open houses and showings, as well as virtual staging options. So if you want to get the most out of your property sale, give us a call and see how Kentwood can get you the best bang for your buck!