Colorado Real Estate News

Fine Dining In Fort Collins

Picture this: you are searching for an upscale, sit-down restaurant in Northern Colorado, an area unfamiliar to you that you’ve wanted to explore. Casual places to eat lie on every block, and you’re looking for something a notch above. On top of finding a location, looking for fine dining restaurants can be difficult if you are unsure about the type of cuisine you’d like to enjoy as well. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of fine dining restaurants based on each food category to aid you in your search.

STEAKHOUSES
The Still Whiskey Steaks Restaurant, located at 151 N College Ave., is one of the three Fort Collins steakhouses in the city. This restaurant not only has staff that goes above and beyond but also serves extravagant food including whiskey-marinated steaks and sustainably sourced burgers.

If you are looking for a steakhouse that serves high-end steaks and seafood, then Sonny Lubick Steakhouse is the place for you. This warm and homey restaurant located at 115 S College Ave. (Old Town Square) in Fort Collins is the perfect place for a date night or night out with friends. Along with the delicious food, a wide selection of tasty wines are also available.

AMERICAN EATERIES
If you are looking for high-class American dining then The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm is a great place to visit. Located at 1957 Jessup Drive, this rustic restaurant serves seasonal American food with house cocktails and local beers.

The Emporium: An American Brasserie, located in the Elizabeth Hotel, is another American-style cafe that is not to be missed! This is not your typical cafe; you can sit and dine in the restaurant or shop the unique and traditional wines in the wine shop and market.

The third American Eatery restaurant located on 135 W Oak St. in Fort Collins is Jay’s Bistro. This establishment has a swanky atmosphere with American-style food, cool art hanging on the walls and live jazz music.

ITALIAN
Located on 101 S College Ave. in Fort Collins, RARE Italian is a must-visit restaurant. This elegant Italian restaurant serves an amazing selection of wines and pasta. There is both inside and outside seating available as well.

SEAFOOD
Did you ever think you could find good seafood in Colorado? Well, you absolutely can! A popular seafood restaurant that is available in some parts of Colorado is Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. Located at 123 N College Ave. in Fort Collins, this wonderful restaurant serves gourmet seafood dishes and homemade cocktails. This restaurant has a relaxed setting, letting you really enjoy the food and company.

These are just a select few of the more popular fine dining restaurants in Fort Collins. Whether you are more of a seafood lover or like classic American food, then Fort Collins has all the answers for you!

Colorado Real Estate News

Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Spring Sale

With the Denver real estate market setting historic numbers, you may be considering listing your home on the market or preparing to sell. There are easy ways to get your home ready for sale this spring and minor renovations that will pay for themselves upon closing.

Let natural light flood your home.

Natural light opens up spaces and brightens the overall mood of your home. We recommend raising shades and opening curtains to let the sun in rather than trying to keep it out during spring showings and open houses.

Fix what’s broken.

An inspection of your home can help you identify anything broken you may have overlooked when checking yourself, allowing you to repair accordingly. Little things like a loose doorknob or creaky windows can stick out to potential buyers and make them think, “what else is broken here?” Repair what buyers may notice, which is everything, and other things on your renovation to-do list. After all, homebuyers who make an offer will get your home inspected, and it is beneficial to get a jump on repairs rather than giving buyers any wiggle room to negotiate.

Renovate what is outdated.

If your kitchen or bathroom screams 1980s and may give buyers flashbacks, they should be updated before you start showing your home. Updating fixtures like bath faucets, towel racks and cabinets will speak volumes for your home. Just remember that on most renovations, you won’t recoup all of your costs dollar for dollar.

That’s why it’s important to think small with renovations. Rather than replacing your kitchen cabinets, just replace the doors or knobs and give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint. Rather than replacing the bathtub, reglaze it to make it look as good as new. If you’re going to spend serious money on renovations, we recommend focusing on the exterior of the home. This is the very first impression buyers get of your home, so you should make it count.

One renovation that pays for itself and boosts a visual appeal to homebuyers is a garage door replacement. On average it costs $3,600 but nets a 97% return on the investment. Another eye-catcher is stone veneer on the exterior of the home which is a costly upgrade but can boost the overall listing price and has a 95% return on investment.

Other minor adjustments such as applying a new coat of paint to the interior are a relatively cheap and easy way to give your home an instant facelift. If the current colors of your walls aren’t all that flattering, consider repainting with neutral, white and gray colors. These are generally the best paint colors to pick from. Anything more vivid may appeal to a few buyers but not a wide range.

One final way to prepare your home for sale is to pay attention to odors. The smell of pets, cooked food and dirty laundry can make buyers reconsider their thoughts on your home. Carpets, throw rugs and other fabrics like curtains hold odors. We recommend having your carpet professionally cleaned before putting your home up for sale. The addition of fresh-cut flowers to your home during a showing or open house can also add a natural scent to your home.

Completing these easy steps will not only prepare your home for sale this spring, and it will also help your property stand out against other homes on the market. At the end of the day, it’s the

little things that can make or break a buyer’s decision. Contact one of our experienced Kentwood brokers for help with your spring home sale at kentwood.com.

Colorado Real Estate News

Kentwood Northern Properties

Kentwood Northern PropertiesWith abundant recreational opportunities, flourishing cultural scenes, and world-class communities, Northern Colorado boasts a quality of life that is hard to replicate.

Kentwood Northern Properties’ premier location enables our leading real estate professionals to deliver exceptional service to the Fort Collins community and beyond. Our seasoned brokers not only specialize in Fort Collins’ charming neighborhoods, they also possess a broad depth of knowledge of the entire Northern Colorado area. An area characterized by a thriving economy, educated workforce, and recreational opportunities.

At Kentwood, we recognize that location, opportunity, and culture are all vital factors in deciding where to put down roots. Northern Colorado communities consistently rank as some of the best locations in the country for business, lifestyle, and craft beer. In fact, Northern Colorado has one of the highest performing economies nationwide. The area also offers access to high-quality, award-winning educational institutions. Among them are Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and two community colleges that are both nationally accredited.

If all that weren’t enough, Northern Colorado boasts more than 330 miles of scenic trails for biking, running, and hiking. There are more than 125 parks with amenities such as tennis courts, skate parks, picnic facilities, and illuminated athletic fields. Northern Colorado also offers endless opportunities for remarkable hiking, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, and world-class white-water rafting. It is truly an ideal location for those seeking outdoor adventure and natural beauty at their fingertips.

From Fort Collins’ eclectic enclaves and Loveland’s urban streets to Windsor’s small-town charm and Erie’s bustling communities, Kentwood Northern Properties provides you with the most dependable and effective residential real estate service possible. Because of Kentwood’s strong national and international connections, we work with buyers and sellers in all areas of Northern Colorado and beyond.