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Denver Market Trends

Throughout the ebbs and flows of 2021, interest rates remained low and buyer demand stayed high. 

DMAR found there were more homes purchased in 2021, 63,684 more than any previous year. While demand was at an all-time high, the number of new listings that hit the market throughout the year was down 5.26%, which is one of the reasons why the market ended the year with another historic indicator: month-end active listings. 

At the beginning of January, there were only 1,477 active properties on the market.

That is 11,175 fewer houses on the market than normal. Based on the sustained demand for housing and lack of inventory, the market is projected to see double-digit appreciation this year, which it has not seen in back-to-back years of double-digit appreciation since 2015-2016 and 1998-2000. 

In the Luxury Market, Denver Metro prices continued to climb. 

More homes are entering the ranks of the Luxury Market every month as demand continues at a quick pace. Within the past two years, the number of homes that sold within the Luxury Market more than doubled. The single-family segment of the market closed 4,672 single-family homes, a 53.99% gain year-over-year, while the attached segment experienced a 140.46% gain with 630 homes sold.

During the holidays, seasonal slowdown was palpable. 

While active homes on the market dropped 41.87% market-wide, the Luxury Market continued to outperform with a five percent increase in December for new listings. New listings for detached homes climbed slightly by 1.40% from last December, while closed listings increased 9.06%.

Meanwhile, the attached market continued to shine.

New listings climbed 35.29% in December with 23 more units compared to December the year prior. Closed sales came in at a staggering 89.66% gain with sales volume following closely with a 75.36% rise with an additional $75,932,105 in closed volume year-over-year.

*Written January 6, 2022. Updates may be available after this date.

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How to Sell Your Home for More

Anyone can get lost in the vast real estate market. People looking to sell their home want it to be a quick and easy process, but the reality is often the opposite. There is a ladder of steps with many moving parts, from hiring a real estate agent, price estimations, determining the best time to sell and so much more!

However, selling your home doesn’t need to be daunting and strenuous. Properly marketing your home can make the value surge and quickly attract buyers. Consider these valuable approaches to maximize your profits.

Know When to Sell

The housing market can be highly volatile, and oftentimes demand can dictate prices. Home sellers must stay on top of current market trends to pinpoint the right time to sell. Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a strong seller’s market nationwide, especially in Denver. 

However, Realtor.com predicts buyers will have better chances to find homes in 2022 and the seller’s market will increase in competitiveness. So it might be in the best interest of home sellers to sell sooner rather than later.

Convert Your Home into a House

Staging is the preparation of a property so it appeals to specific buyers. As the name suggests, it’s “setting the stage” and essentially the depersonalization of home. Staging should be one of the leading goals for all homesellers as it allows for buyers to visualize a property as their future home. 

According to the National Association of Realtors 2021 Profile of Home Staging, eighty-two percent of agents report that home staging makes this visualization easier. Although, for staging to pay off, homesellers must first know their target audience.

Know Your Buyer

Buyer demographics can vary from property to property, so it’s crucial to research ideal homebuyers that will pay top dollar. For example, a condo could appeal to younger buyers searching for their first place, whereas a single-family home would appeal to families seeking a move-in ready home. 

Proper Real Estate Marketing

An established real estate agency will take the time to research appropriate marketing techniques that attract the most buyers. Inadequate execution can jeopardize the client’s money, and it can be challenging to find a trustworthy agency. 

For over forty years, Kentwood has provided renowned service and local expertise to clients, so you won’t have to worry about placing your trust in our brokers

Selling your home is a big decision and should be employed with due diligence. These selling strategies will help you get started and provide you the basics of making the most off your sale.

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Northern Colorado Market Trends

December was a lot of the same news. Inventory was extremely low and prices continue to rise. Focusing on Fort Collins, there were simply are not a lot of homes on the market in Fort Collins. 

Fort Collins homes were selling for a median price of $575,500.

Fort Collins homes on average sell after 114 days on the market compared to 76 days last year. There were 129 homes sold in Fort Collins for December this year, down from 393 last year, at an appreciating increase rate of 22 percent from 2020. A normal annual appreciation for Fort Collins has historically been 5-6 percent on average, and that’s including the market crash in 2008-2009, so it’s safe to say the market will only continue to increase. 

Average days on market increased year-over-year for detached and attached homes in Berthoud.

Berthoud’s detached market experienced a 7.32% increase from 82 days in 2020 to 8 days in 2021, and its attached housing market experienced a 13.57% increase from 140 to 159 days. 

Meanwhile, Timnath saw a drastic decrease year-over-year in homes sold.

Timnath’s detached market went from 38 homes sold in 2020 to 14 homes, a 63.16 percent decrease. In its attached market, Timnath also experienced a drastic decrease in home sales at 37 versus 112 in December 2020, a 66.67 percent decrease.  

Boulder unsurprisingly saw a large increase in appreciation year-over-year in both detached and attached markets. 

In the detached market, the average price climbed from $1,334,760 in December 2020 to $1,557,840 in December 2021, an increase of 16.71 percent. The attached market saw an increase of 9.22 percent from $506,279 to $552,956

Loveland also continues to prove its desirability with a 30.78 percent increase in attached sales volume. 

In Loveland’s attached market, residents saw average sales price rise from $9,100,750 to $11,901,786. Meanwhile, their detached market saw a 19.94 percent increase from $452,529 to $542,763 in December 2021.

*Written January 6, 2022. Updates may be available after this date.

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Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season

Shh … we have a little secret! Did you know that the last couple months of the year are an underrated time to sell your home? Yes, we know what you’re thinking: it might be a bad time to sell since most everyone will be busy traveling and preparing for the holiday season, but it can actually work to your advantage. If you’re hesitant about selling your home in the winter weather, maybe these arguments will convince you:

1. Buyers are serious. Due to sudden changes in circumstances, like a new job or wanting to be closer to family before the holidays begin, people are willing to put down money for a home ASAP.

2. The real estate inventory is significantly lower. With less competition, your home can be sold for a higher price and quicker than when the housing market is in higher demand in the spring. Your real estate agent may also be more available since there aren’t as many other prospective homebuyers. You can also hold more showing times because buyers are more likely to be on vacation.

3. There’s nothing like walking into a warm and inviting house after coming in from the cold. A welcoming home allows homebuyers to picture themselves in the space. Invoking this emotional response in a buyer will give them that extra push to pull out their pen and sign the closing documents.

4. End-of-year tax breaks are an added benefit for purchasing a home before December 31st. Those buying a home in the winter can deduct mortgage interest, property taxes and interest costs by closing the sale before the year ends.

5. Decorating the interior and exterior of your home can also contribute to successfully selling your home during the winter. But err on the side of caution when decorating; too many baubles and things can distract buyers from the key points of your home. Highlight areas like fireplaces and living rooms to bring warmth to the space.

Though most home sales happen when the weather outside is less … frightful, the fireplaces inside the houses on the winter market are … delightful! You don’t need to wait for the sunshine to sell. For more advice on how to sell or purchase a home this season, contact us today at kentwood.com.

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Homeaid Share the Warmth Clothing Drive

HomeAid Share the Warmth Clothing Drive 2021

Give the gift of warmth this year by donating to HomeAid Colorado‘s Share the Warmth 2021 clothing drive.

As a proud partner of the local nonprofit, Kentwood Real Estate is hosting donation drives across Denver. At all four Kentwood offices, you can drop off socks, hats, gloves, and other winter items through October 29. Please call our office closest to you to schedule a donation drop off.

Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek
215 St. Paul Street #200
Denver, CO 80206 | (303) 331-1400

Kentwood Real Estate City Properties
1660 17th Street #100
Denver, CO 80202 | (303) 820-2489

Kentwood Real Estate DTC
4949 South Niagara Street #400
Denver, CO 80237 | (303) 773-3399

Kentwood Real Estate Northern Properties
2510 E Harmony Road #202
Fort Collins, CO 80528 | (970) 300-1985

If you are unable to stop by a Kentwood office throughout October, you can donate through HomeAid’s Amazon Wish List.

Your donation could help thousands of homeless men, women, and children facing a winter without permanent housing in Colorado.

To learn more about HomeAid Colorado, click here.

Kentwood Real Estate is a supporter of HomeAid Colorado, an organization devoted to building new lives for Colorado’s homeless through housing and community outreach. HomeAid works with local home builders, trade partners, real estate entities to supply essentials and build housing for people in need of a roof over their heads.

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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 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!

Kisbee on the Roof - Jacquard Hotel
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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

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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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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!