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

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

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

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


Criteria For Making Our List

Coffee Quality

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

Neighborhood

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

Ambiance 

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


Pablo’s

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

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

Our Favorite Drink: Espresso 

Locations & Map

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

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

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


Aviano

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

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

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

Hours & Locations 

Open Daily 7 am-4 pm 

Detroit Street – 244 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206

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

Open Daily 7 am-5 pm 


Wash Perk 

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

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

Our Favorite Drink: Hazelnut Cinnamon Latte

Hours & Location 

Open daily:  6:30am – 5:00pm 

853 E Ohio Ave, Denver, CO 80209


Mutiny Information Cafe 

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

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

Our Favorite Drink: Latte

Hours & Location 

Sunday-Thursday 8:00am-8:00pm 

Friday-Saturday 8:00am -10:00pm 

2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209


Blue Sparrow Coffee

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

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

Our Favorite Drink: Iced Matcha

Hours & Locations 

Open daily:  6:30am – 5:30pm 

3070 Blake St Unit 180 Denver, CO 80205

1615 Platte st Suite 135 Denver, CO 80202


Hudson Hill

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

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

Our Favorite Drink: The Dalgona

Hours & Locations

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

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

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


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DMAR Awards

Congratulations to our Kentwood Denver Metro Association of Realtors Honorees

At Kentwood Real Estate we thrive on excelling at our profession, at serving our clients and community and being at the top of our game. One of our local Realtor Associations, the Denver Metro Association, honors top producers each year at their annual Excellence Awards.

This year we had 108, over half of our Denver brokers, qualify in one of the award categories.

We celebrate everyone on this list for their outstanding 2020 production and encourage you to reach out to any Kentwood broker for unparalleled service. Find all Kentwood brokers here.

Diamond | $40 Million+, 100+ Sides:

Individuals

Dee Chirafisi

Amanda Fein

Gina Lorenzen

Partnership

Kevin Garrett & Matthew McNeill

Team

Denver’s Top Team: Wendy Glazer, Sana Wood, Jacci Geiger, Mary Jones

Neir Team: Stacy Neir, Alex Neir, Laura Bohan Fuller

Titanium | $30-$3.9 Million, 85-99 Sides:

Individuals

Jim Rhye

Dotson Skaggs

Josh Steck

Partnership

Sarah Clark & Kayla Schmitz

Pam Coakley & Elizabeth Sacerdoti

Doug Hutchins & Leslie Monaco

Team

Hotz Group: Loren (Larry) Hotz, Elizabeth Hotz, Meredith Hotz, Andrea Holeso

Kruse/Nussbaum Team: Steven Kruse, Sandra Kruse, Staci Burns, Jim Nussbaum

theMOVEgroup: Allison Smookler, Gregory Yoshida, Zach Gilbert, Ron Smookler

Platinum | $20-$29.9 Million, 70-84 Sides:

Individuals

Karen Brinckerhoff

Keith Combs

Heather Ehret-Faircloth

Linda Hantman

Ann Kerr

Edie Marks

Blake O’Shaughnessy

Annzo Phelps

Dawn Raymond

Bob Serotta

Partnership

Patty Anton & Greg Card

Tom Gross & Britt Armstrong

Brian Harris & Jamie Harris

Bob Kelly & Sean Kelly

Alan Larson & Todd Landgrave

Ann Lenane & Angela Beldy

Roy Lopez & Jonathan Lopez

Greg Margheim & Kelly Sophinos

Team

Dwell Colorado: Martha Potter-Goldstein, Amy Hulsey, Brian Rosen

Lee/Turner: Bob Lee, Andy Lee, Bill Turner

Gold | $15-$19.9 Million, 50-69 Sides:

Individuals

Andrea Bell

Jim Buckley

Darrell Hamilton

Brigette Modglin

Kim Norton

Christy Owen

Jill Schafer

Jim Traynor

Julie Winger

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Jill Schafer

Jim Traynor

Julie Winger

Partnership

Christopher Ansay & Jeff Perry

Berenice Bejarano & Brian Noel

Jenna Fulk & Elizabeth VanCamp

Gayle Glucksman & Tiffany Glucksman Appel

Sean Larkin & Debbie Larkin

Sheila Schlifkin & Mitchell Rothman

Silver | $10-$14.9 Million, 35-49 Sides:

Individuals

Susan Axelrad-Giery

Michel Brossmer

Allison Craig

Susan DiLiberti

John Fitzpatrick

Chuck Gargotto

Sara Glaze

Stock Jonekos

Robyn Landry

Aimee Twarogowski

__________

Stephanie Lepard

Libby Levinson

Parker Loveless

Nancy Nielsen

Carolyn O’Donnell

Diane Sorensen

Luisa Staerkel

Jaryd Takushi

Sandy Weigand

Partnership

Tom Cryer & Dee Cryer

Thomas Dutzer & Rosanne Dutzer

Andrew Maguire & Justin Moser

Ed McWilliams & Ann McWilliams

Bronze | $4-$9.9 Million, 20-34 Sides:

Individuals

Laura Amann

Christy Andrisen

Kris Berton

Soley Maria 

Brandon Brennick

Keri Duffy

Bryan Facendini

Jinnohn Gilmore

Faun Hauptman

John Hayden

Megan Heagle

Brent Jones

Kris Kerr

Rob Kishbaugh

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Wendy Lee

Karl Lueders

Joyce Mahn

Elise Marks

Lori Pace

Tricia Potucek

Joyce Romanello

Scott Scholbe

J. Garland Thurman

Steve Travers

Pat Wall

Nancy Walters

Anastasia Williamson

Steve Wood

Partnership

Tom Colleran & Whitney Harris

Julie Egan & Sallie Grewe

Jon Gordon & Peggy Gordon

Bobbi Lou Miller & Jennifer Dechtman

Bryan Uhl & Kris Uhl

Bill Verdon & Andrew Gonzales

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Colorado Housing Market Scorches Before Summer Heat Sets In

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

Metro Denver ended March 2021 with just 1,654 active listings on the market and an average sale price of $663,749. That’s for a metropolitan area of approximately 3 million residents.

The Fort Collins market was down in new listings 16.4% YOY from Feb 2020 to Feb 2021 (therefore pre-COVID shut down.) Median days on market in Denver is … 4! Those are the days listing brokers need to sift through 35+ offers and create spreadsheets for sellers to evaluate.

When the supply of houses for sale is as low as it is today, buyers are left struggling to find homes to purchase. Competition among purchasers is fierce and some bidding wars are legendary. Sometimes buyers only have 15 minutes in a house and then need to decide whether to purchase the biggest investment of their lifetimes.

Thus, home prices are rising rapidly, and sellers are negotiating hard to meet their ideal terms. Buyers are faced with impossible choices like waiving home inspections and putting more money down to guarantee a sale even if an appraisal comes in lower than the purchase price. 

Where Are the Sellers?

Homebuilders can’t build fast enough and they’re experiencing severe constraints on their supply chains, which increases prices and slows construction. Many resale homeowners are fearful, and that fear is motivating them to stay put. Last year it was fear of COVID. This year it’s the fear of not finding a suitable replacement home, the fear of entering a bidding war.

We must figure out ways to encourage homeowners to become sellers or many buyers will come off the field. The potential of rising rates in future months will certainly chill demand somewhat. What if there was a way to increase homeowners’ desire to sell, therefore improving supply? Would a government tax credit help? Could a waiver of capital gains tax exempting those with more than $250,000/$500,000 in proceeds help spur the supply side? Now is the time for our industry and our policy-makers to get creative in solving for the massive supply/demand imbalance.

All along the Front Range of Colorado, there are many buyers who are ready, willing, and able to purchase a home. Low mortgage rates and a year filled with reevaluation have prompted many people to think differently about where they live. Our housing supply is not keeping up with the extraordinary demand. It’s a tremendously advantageous time to be a seller if you’re game.

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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!

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The Colorado Luxury Real Estate Market is Thriving in 2021

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

In Colorado’s overheated real estate markets, one notable sector that has benefitted from our current frenzied climate is the luxury sector. Two years ago, homes over $1 million were plentiful and sellers often had to reduce their price to get an offer. Our supply shortage was primarily in the mid-to-low-tier price ranges. At the time, we generally saw 4-6 months of inventory on the high end, providing buyers time to make their decision.

As people today are focusing on a revised set of housing needs, many are turning to the upscale housing sector for the space and features that will fit a new lifestyle. In a recent Luxury Market Report, the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) said:

“In a snapshot of 2020, despite the devasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the luxury real estate market has seen one of its strongest years since 2008. In comparison to experts’ predictions in early 2020, it is remarkable how significant demands for property type, location, and amenity preferences have changed amid the pandemic.”

Our Colorado lifestyle has provided those seeking Denver real estate and Fort Collins real estate with a new opportunity to work from home and a growing interest in having extra space for things like virtual school, working out, and a designer kitchen to cook more meals at home. The desire to own a home that can meet these needs continues to increase. Additionally, record-low mortgage rates are creating opportunities for homebuyers to stretch their legs into higher price points or even expand their real estate portfolios. The ILHM report continues to say:

Experts believe that the demand for exclusive residential properties outside the metropolitan areas will continue well into 2021; even with the introduction of vaccines, the pandemic is far from over.

For those who have moved to the suburbs and beyond, moving back to the city full time is unlikely while the work from home trend remains. Many of these affluent homeowners are now making their secondary properties their primary residences for the foreseeable future.”

If you’re interested in buying a home this year, it’s helpful to understand that our Colorado luxury home market is finding buyer interest nearly as intently as our mid-tier market is. Be prepared to put your best foot forward when making an offer. Sellers should look to maximize their pricing by placing effort on the prepping and staging of the residence prior to putting it on the open market.

Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research at realtor.comnotes:

“Interestingly, markets, where new supply is improving the fastest, tend to be higher priced than those that have yet to see improvement, suggesting sellers are more active in the more expensive markets.”

Good to Know

With rates still bouncing along the bottom, it’s good to know that you can buy more by leveraging your purchase. If you’re hoping to buy the luxury home of your dreams, this could be the year you achieve that goal. 

At Kentwood Real Estate we’re especially equipped to handle the purchase and sale of any luxury residence along the Front Range. We stand ready to help guide you through the complexities of our current real estate markets. Search for your next home at Kentwood.com and let us know how we can help!

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Kentwood Real Estate Announces Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

In its commitment to addressing homeownership disparity in Colorado and the real estate industry, Kentwood Real Estate has formulated a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council. The council is actively identifying and executing on initiatives to help underserved communities and to educate the brokers and staff through education, community activation and engagement, and by influencing policies.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion within our brokerage and our neighborhoods has always been a top priority to our leadership team,” said Gretchen Rosenberg, president and CEO of Kentwood Real Estate. “The DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Council is a place to create conversations in safe open dialogue. We want to unite the company, learning about our differences, and highlighting how this makes us stronger. We want to create a regular cadence of internal communication about opportunities for engagement in the community at large and in National Association of Realtors® affinity organizations.”

Members of the DEI Council are as follows:

Education is at the heart of the program. The DEI Council is planning an all-company panel on a range of topics tied to diversity, equity and inclusion. Furthermore, every broker in the company, plus a guest of their choosing, will be encouraged to attend at least one function per year with affinity or community groups. The ‘plus-one’ program will encourage brokers to tap into their sphere of influence to both expand education in the community and facilitate a level of comfort for people stepping into new situations.

On more granular levels, the DEI Council is examining all touchpoints within the company to find ways to ensure the brokerage is addressing diversity, equity and inclusion at every level – from translating homebuyer and seller books into Spanish, to confirming the equal housing guidelines are optimally represented on all marketing material.

Kentwood Real Estate is a proud member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), the Colorado Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (CAHREP), the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP®) Denver Chapter, the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). Kentwood Real Estate is passionate about and committed to advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the housing industry and beyond. To learn more about Kentwood Real Estate and available listings, visit www.Kentwood.com.

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Why 4th Quarter is a Great Season for Real Estate

Written by Kentwood Real Estate President and CEO Gretchen Rosenberg

The seasons are changing and it’s time to finish raking leaves; time to make sure you enjoy the great Colorado Outdoors while it’s still semi-summer and time to consider making a move.

Before stepping into management, I spent 22 years in real estate sales. It never failed that September through November were among my best months every year.

Odds of Selling

As a homeowner considering putting your house on the market or up for lease, your “odds of selling” are among the highest at this moment. It’s not typical to see a jump in inventory during the final quarter of the year and home buyers are left to sift through what little inventory there is. Anything new on the market is usually hotly contested. By choosing to get your house on the market soon, you know the buyer pool is at the highest it’s been in years.

Buying Power

Mortgage rates remain historically, breathtakingly low. The current odds of selling your home in Metro Denver rests at 73.4%. The ratio of buyers to sellers is out of balance in the Colorado real estate market. Those are some great odds! The pool of buyers has maximum affordability at current prices because of low mortgage rates.

In the Northern Colorado market, affordability is greater, with more to choose from in mid-tier price ranges. With similar inventory issues in the communities surrounding Fort Collins, buyers are left struggling to win the day among competitive bids. Having an experienced real estate broker in your corner can help you wade through a complex and sometimes frustrating process.

Craving Space 

Buyers are craving space with another COVID winter in our future. Many people are hoping that a move to a larger property will afford them the ability to weather the storm, literally. If you are thinking of listing your home for sale, consider your location’s appeal and price carefully. The odds of selling are high, but buyers are looking for updated and move-in-ready in most cases.

It’s the season for selling! Contact any Kentwood Real Estate broker for more information on listing or buying residential or commercial property in Metro Denver, the foothills, up the I-25 corridor, and areas surrounding Fort Collins in Northern Colorado. We’re here to provide you the information you need to make an informed decision. Tis the season!

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As single-family homes get snatched up, downtown condo listings stack up

While you may have heard that homes are being sold quickly and at record prices, one piece of the Denver real estate market doesn’t quite compare. The downtown condominium inventory continues to rise, and the prices continue to drop.

Read the full article in BusinessDen, and see what our Kentwood City Properties broker, Dee Chirafisi, has to say about the downtown market. Dee has been working in the downtown market for over 25 years now and shares her expertise on the subject, and what she believes will happen in the coming months.

Read the full article here: As single-family homes get snatched up, downtown condo listings stack up

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Kentwood Real Estate President and CEO Gretchen Rosenberg Honored with the 2020 HousingWire Vanguard Award

HousingWire announced today that Kentwood Real Estate President and CEO Gretchen Rosenberg has been honored with its 2020 HW Vanguard Award. This is the sixth year that HousingWire has recognized executives in the housing industry for their outstanding leadership. Rosenberg was selected for being a leader within the housing industry by “moving markets forward, each and every day” and positively contributing to the growth of the housing economy. 

“In the program’s most competitive year yet, 50 winners rose to the top, boasting their outstanding achievements in innovation and leadership,” said HousingWire Magazine Editor Kelsey Ramírez. HousingWire’s 2020 Vanguards have led their respective companies to spectacular success, as evidenced by expanding products, services, and profits.

“The achievements of this year’s Vanguards are hard to overstate,” said HousingWire Editor in Chief Sarah Wheeler. “They are leading some of the most iconic and successful mortgage and real estate companies in the world and adapting and innovating even in the midst of a global pandemic. The Vanguards represent the industry’s best and brightest, and we are excited to celebrate Gretchen Rosenberg’s remarkable accomplishments.”

As President and CEO of Kentwood Real Estate, Rosenberg’s role first and foremost is to support Kentwood brokers. Today, Rosenberg leads Kentwood’s growing elite team of over 240 Realtors® in Colorado’s finest luxury brokerage, which has produced more volume per agent than 99% of all real estate companies in the United States.

Under Rosenberg’s leadership, Kentwood Broker Associates closed over $2 billion in total sales volume and closed over 3,000 transactions last year. The overall average sales price notably rose year over year to $767,556 with four of the top 10 highest-priced home sales in metro Denver, more than any other brokerage in the top 10, according to REColorado data.

Additionally, Rosenberg has led Kentwood through the COVID-19 crisis. Stay-at-home orders disrupted what would have been a record-breaking start of the 2020 spring residential real estate rush. As other brokerages scrambled for direction, Rosenberg’s proactive leadership kept Kentwood’s brokers in front of the crisis by issuing guidance with every new milestone.

To learn more about Kentwood Real Estate and Gretchen Rosenberg, visit www.Kentwood.com.

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McGregor Square is Nearing Completion

McGregor Square is nearing completion! Denver’s newest luxury high-rise residence, located right next to Coors Field, is 65% sold out! It’s on schedule for occupancy in early 2021. Check out the link below for the full story!

http://kentwood.re/mcgregorsquare