Colorado Real Estate News

Colorado Wildfires Will Impact Housing Shortage

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

The wildfires in Boulder County late last week devastated the bedroom communities of Superior and Louisville, Colorado. These lovely towns between Denver and Boulder are known as friendly, vibrant and boast great views of the Front Range. 

Colorado’s Front Range, from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins, has been struggling with a housing shortage for several years. The pandemic-created housing boom exacerbated our need for more homes for both sale and rent. Suddenly, one of our growing areas has lost close to 1,000 properties. Some of which were on the market and under contract at the time of the fires. 

The people of Superior and Louisville will spend several years rebuilding. As a former resident of Laguna Beach, CA whose neighborhood burned down in the early 1990’s, I remember it taking half a decade or more for all to be new again. The trauma never goes away, but it does get better once folks find a new home or rebuild. 

The immediate challenge is finding interim housing, making insurance claims and replacing household goods. The next challenge will be either entering a housing market with limited inventory or finding builders who have capacity to rebuild the homes that were lost.  

The Kentwood Cares Foundation is focusing on aiding those with immediate need due to the fires. Several of our brokers are also representing fire victims looking for a new home or rental. Please consider a contribution to Kentwood Cares and keep the Boulder County fire victims in your heart.  

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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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Harvey Park | Community of the Month

Harvey Park History

Harvey Park is a slice of suburb heaven sitting just 15 minutes southwest of downtown Denver. The area is brimming with mid-century modern charm, elevating it to the status of a true Denver gem.

Until the 1950’s, southwest Denver had remained largely rural. What was once undeveloped land, became a neighborhood overnight. Over the course of three years, around 4,000 homes were built in Harvey Park. They were built so quickly that for a time the community lacked basic amenities such as parks, streetlights, and schools. Harvey Park soon became inhabited with hard-working, blue collar workers. Some residents even grew their own food and raised chickens, a trend that carries on today.

About 450 homes in Harvey Park are from the mid-century modern era. Cliff May, a California contemporary architect, designed 170 of those 450 homes. These tract homes, also known as cookie-cutter homes, became widely popular in the 50s and 60s. Prospective buyers could tour a model home and then purchase a replica. There were only three color schemes to choose from and the homes featured open floor plans, floor-to-ceiling-windows, and private courtyards.

A Renewed Interest

Today, Harvey Park is quietly experiencing a resurgence. The neighborhood is still characterized by the brick, Ranch-style homes of the 50s and 60s, despite the newly constructed homes in the area. The coveted, yet affordable mid-century modern homes are a draw for Baby Boomers and Millennials alike. Not only is it the design that is attracting buyers, but the amount of outdoor space that accompanies these homes has major appeal as well.

Over the years, Harvey Park has become incredibly diverse. There are Spanish and Asian populations, young families, and people who have lived here their whole lives. But regardless of their diversities, all the residents seem to share a common appreciation and passion for preserving the mid-century modern charm of the neighborhood. Some people in the community are even looking to get either a historic designation for the neighborhood or for the Cliff May homes within it.

For those wanting to spend time outdoors, Harvey Park offers a significant amount of opportunity. The neighborhood takes its name from the park and two lakes in the center of the community. The park also includes a recreation center, an outdoor swimming pool, a sports field, and a K-8 school. On cloudless nights and warm weekends, the park is filled with everything from barbecues and birthdays, to loungers and strollers. Sanderson Gulch and Bear Creek trails connect Harvey Park to the South Platte Trail that will lead you straight downtown.

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Sterling Ranch: A Community On The Rise

The Nature of Sterling Ranch

Douglas County will soon be home to one of Colorado’s most remarkable master planned communities, Sterling Ranch. In 2016 alone, Douglas County grew by 8,770. While many residents believe that Douglas County is growing too rapidly, demand for housing in the area is high. And anticipation of the new Sterling Ranch community is palpable.

Situated between Santa Fe Drive and Roxborough State Park, Sterling Ranch will grow out of wide-open pastures. Nestled up against the gateway to the Front Range, the rolling terrain boasts sweeping views of the mountains and thousands of acres of a natural, preserved environment. The community will also have access to 30 miles of trails, open space, and connectivity to two state parks and three regional parks.

Where Innovation and Preservation Meet

Sterling Ranch is a mixed-use, master planned community like no other. The minds behind Sterling Ranch hand selected the most in-demand Colorado home builders to develop and customize the dwellings.  The community will feature authentic Colorado architecture, enriched by sustainable resources and forward-thinking technology. And there will be many homes differing in style, perfect for every walk of life.

There will be nine unique villages within Sterling Ranch. With pedestrian friendly design as a key element, these villages will radiate outward from an amenity rich community center and civic gathering place. Homeowners will save money and time while being part of an energy-wise community. Enjoy the amenities of modern living while still being mindful of the environment.

Providence Village is the flagship of the nine villages and will eventually include about 800 homes. It is also the first to offer new home opportunities. Those 800 homes will be the first of about 12,000 dwellings planned for the 3,400 acres community over the next 20 to 25 years. This could potentially bring more than 30,000 new residents to the area.

“At a recent Realtor Continuing Education Program hosted at Sterling Ranch, Mr. and Mrs. Smethills, the developers of Sterling Ranch, were in attendance.  Hearing their story, seeing their vision and enjoying their passion for “their community” we shared their excitement for the future.  Diane Smethills stated, “We are building a community for the children who’ve not even been born yet.”  In short, Sterling Ranch is a thoughtful community with unbridled potential.” – Tom Cryer, Kentwood DTC 

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Castle Pines | Community of the Month

It’s no secret that Colorado is brimming with picturesque mountainscapes, friendly neighborhoods, and endless entertainment opportunities. With such wonderful attributes, finding a great place to call home isn’t a difficult task. But even within these lovely communities, there are some places that rise above the rest. Truly encompassing the best of what Colorado has to offer, the city of Castle Pines is among those communities that shine a bit brighter.

Castle Pines | Community of the Month

Parks and Recreation

Castle Pines boasts some of the most beautiful parks not just in the state of Colorado, but in the country. Coyote Ridge Park and Elk Ridge Park are just two of the charming parks that call Castle Pines home. At Coyote Ridge, you will be greeted by breathtaking views and a pleasant atmosphere. Residents also have access numerous walking trails, a baseball field, picnic pavilions, a playground, and a skate park. Elk Ridge Park is the latest addition to the Castle Pines recreation facilities, and has many of the same features as Coyote Ridge such as walking trails and picnic pavilions. One of Elk Ridge’s unique attributes are fun, educational features that give facts about the history of Colorado. It also has a climbing wall, water fountain for children to play in, and art features.

Castle Pines is also home to one of Colorado’s most prestigious golf courses, The Ridge at Castle Pines North. The Ridge has four sets of tees that measure from 5,000 yards to more than 7,000 yards in length. And it has received both statewide and national recognition in various publications. Adding to the recreational opportunities, one of the largest parks in the Denver Mountain Park System sits just outside the city borders. Daniel’s Park is known for its bison herd, dramatic views of the Rocky Mountains, and historic buildings. Most of the park is a Bison preserve and natural area where visitors can view wildlife in their natural habitat.

Arts & Culture

On top of being a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Castle Pines is full of opportunities in the arts and those who are captivated by it. CPACF (Castle Pines Art & Cultural Foundation) is a proud supporter if the arts. They host the Missoula Children’s Theater as well as the Missoula Community Theater. And throughout the year they host several events for residents to enjoy. In the Fall, attend Fall in the Foothills, a celebration of the seasons. Here you’ll find food, music, education, and more that will bring residents together and puts a smile on their faces. And in the Spring residents gather for the Summer Solstice Fair.

 

Life in Castle Pines really offers the best of both worlds. The city of about 10,000 residents lies within the Front Range Urban Corridor and is considered part of the greater Denver metropolitan area. Living here you are only a short distance from all the amenities that Denver has to offer. But far enough away to have a genuine sense of Colorado living at its finest. When you call Castle Pines home, you’re close to some of the best winter ski resorts, hiking and nature trails, hunting, boating, golf, and so much more.

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Greenwood Village | Community of the Month

Making Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village is located just south of the Cherry Creek neighborhood and west of Cherry Creek State Park. 50 years ago, the Village was nothing more than land dotted with farms, dairies, gravel roads, and a population of just 500 people. Today, those rural elements have still managed to be preserved. The Village was named for the Greenwood Ranch and was developed during the 1860’s when settlers came looking for gold. What was once primarily a rural, farming community has developed into a dynamic blend of urban and residential areas.

By the early 1900’s, The Village was thriving with orchards of cherry, apple, apricot, plum, and pear trees. As time went on, the area became a mixture of farmers, suburbanites, and Denver residents who also owned “country homes”. By the 1950’s, many residents were concerned that creeping development was putting their pastoral lifestyle at risk. On September 8th, 1950, an election was held to incorporate the Village as a town. Nearly the entire population turned out and the vote was passed. The small rural community then became the Town of Greenwood Village.

Today, Greenwood Village offers some of the most diverse housing opportunities in metro Denver, from condominiums to magnificent luxury estates in gated enclaves showcasing outstanding amenities.

Greenwood Village | Community of the Month

Greenwood Village

Quality of Life & Culture

The community boasts a quality of life better than most of the rest of Colorado. A state with a quality of life already well above the rest of the nation. More than 70% of the people in Greenwood Village are permanent residents, a sign of a strong and stable community. The seven public and one private school in the area rank in the top 10% of Colorado schools. And the robbery and assault statistics are half the Colorado average.

People living affluent and progressive lifestyles dominate the Greenwood Village culture. The neighborhood offers residents the chance to take advantage of the outdoors, fine arts and theater shows, or spending time in high-class, contemporary dining and after-hours establishments. The area even has its own country club. The Glenmore Country Club is a high-end resort with a golf course, spa, fitness center, and three-star hotel.  Several areas within Greenwood Village provide panoramic views of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Residents of Greenwood Village enjoy access to numerous parks, in addition to an open space with miles of trails, and the High Line Canal. The area is just minutes from The Denver Tech Center, one of the finest and most expansive business campuses in the nation. Some of the nation’s largest companies are headquartered near the Greenwood Village area. And almost 25,000 people commute here every day for work.

Despite being a hub for business, Greenwood Village remains a small community with its own identity. And is one of the most desirable places to live in metro Denver’s southern corridor.

Greenwood Village | Community of the Month

Greenwood Village