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Top Things To Do In Denver 

Things to Do in Denver

Droves of people are relocating to Denver every year to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine, endless outdoor activities, a fantastic culinary scene, and a booming economy. The state’s capital offers abundant activities and entertainment for residents and visitors alike. There is something for all age groups in the Mile High City with over five hundred restaurants, fifty museums, one of the largest public art collections, five major sports teams, and proximity to one of the best concert venues in the world. 

Below is an in-depth look at our opinion on the top things to do in Denver. At Kentwood Real Estate, we are proud to support numerous civic and community endeavors and serve as a proud member of Colorado’s growing community. Please contact us today to get in touch with one of our expert Realtors for your next home purchase or sale. 

Washington Park 

Hands down the best park in Denver, Washington Park is 160 acres smack in the heart of the city. Along the 2.3-mile loop trail are several playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, two lakes, and a boathouse. During the summer months, volleyball courts litter the grassy areas, and fishermen serenely cast lines along the banks of the lakes. The park is nestled in the Washington Park neighborhood. It has a long history of being an esteemed district because of its proximity to the University of Denver, culture, and prestige. Historic Old South Gaylord Street is a short walk east of the park and worth exploring for casual shopping at high-end boutiques, elegant dining, and local bars. 

Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo

Located adjacent to each other in City Park, the Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo are iconic Denver establishments that have been around for decades. The Denver Zoo’s “Light Festival” is one of the most breathtaking Christmas light displays in the city, so if you are in Denver during December, it’s a must-see! The Natural History Museum is a cut-above educational experience for children. They have an IMAX with daily short films, as well as planetarium shows on the hour. Depending on your children’s age, we recommend seeing the Natural History Museum and Denver Zoo on the same day. It might be too much for kids under the age of five, but those a little older will love the full-day experience. Both the museum and zoo offer a variety of food and beverages to keep your children well-nourished all day long. 

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Cherry Creek Reservoir 

Cherry Creek Reservoir is home to the largest body of water in the Denver Metro area, with the entire park spanning over 11,500 acres. The reservoir includes countless recreational areas such as water sports, biking, walking trails, scenic views, and camping sites. You can also take advantage of family fun options, such as picnic areas and boat docks. The reservoir is technically located in Aurora but only a short drive away from central Denver and Greenwood Village. Since you will be in that part of town anyway, we recommend checking out YaYa’s European Bistro for a bite to eat, making our list of the best rooftop decks in the Denver metro area

Red Rocks Amphitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheater is a natural, open-air theater located just west of Denver in Morrison. The rock formation surrounding the theater creates a natural acoustic sound perfect for live music. Red Rocks is one of the most famous music venues in the United States and the world. Many of the world’s top artists historically have called it their favorite place to play. You can also hike the arena and surrounding areas during the day, with numerous subsidiary trails, geological overlooks, and stunning red sandstone monoliths. In addition to a full concert lineup, the park offers “Yoga on the Rocks” on the weekends and “Film on Rock”s on non-concert nights. 

Amazing Playgrounds

Denver boasts some of the best weather in the world.  Due to the frequent sunshine, outdoor activities are possible year-round, even in the winter months. If you are a parent looking for fun activities for your little ones, Denver is a city designed to emphasize children’s health and well-being. Specifically, the Mile High City has a plethora of fantastic playgrounds for kids. The options range from large parks to more intimate spaces for families to choose from. One of our favorite playgrounds is located in the infamous City Park, centrally located in Park Hill. Whether you are a resident or visiting from out of state, City Park provides a full day of activity to keep your kiddos smiling and active, including easy access to the Denver Zoo and Natural History Museum. For more information on playgrounds in Denver, here is a list of our top choices

Coors Brewery Tour

Located in Golden Colorado (20 minutes from Downtown Denver), the Coors Brewery is home to one of the world’s most famous international beer brands. The brewery tour is approximately 30 minutes long and provides a wealth of information on malting, brewing, packaging, and Coors’ rich history in Colorado.  The brewery is the largest single-site brewery in the world, occupying 1,500 acres. The tour is available daily. Following the tour, we suggest taking a short drive to downtown Golden – a quaint town resting along the banks of Clear Creek, with a history dating back to the 1850s. 

Local Coffee Shops 

Coffee shops are embedded in the local Denver culture. They are a respite and peaceful escape from everyday Colorado life, a place where people go to catch up with friends, work on their laptops, or just take a break. Denver is notorious for being a big city divided into cute, unique neighborhoods with personalities of their own. For the perfect cup of Joe, we recommend Wash Perk, only several blocks west of Washington Park (our favorite Denver park). We also recommend Mutiny Information Cafe on South Broadway, among Denver’s oldest and most extraordinary neighborhoods. Here is a wonderful article we recently published on the best local coffee shops in Denver

Buckhorn Exchange

Colorado’s history is rich with western settlers, gold miners, cowboys, and ranchers. The Buckhorn Exchange is Denver’s most historic eating and drinking establishment, dating back to 1893. More than just a restaurant, there are hundreds of memorabilia on display showcasing Colorado’s history. You can also order eclectic culinary dishes such as rattlesnake marinated in red chile, fried alligator tail, and rocky mountain oysters. We advocate for the t-bone steak, Colorado lamb, or barbequed baby back pork ribs for a more traditional meal. The Buckhorn Exchange is an excellent opportunity to fill your tummy with sustenance and soak in a bit of the Old Wild West. 

Cheeseman Park

Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park is a once Native American cemetery now completely revamped and bustling with people. The park features a small amphitheater, walking and biking trail, and loads of green space for picnicking and sporting activities. With panoramic views of downtown and the Rocky Mountains, Cheeseman Park is our favorite place in Denver to watch the breathtaking Colorado orange, red, and blue sunsets. Located on the eastern side of the park is the Denver Botanic Gardens, and just north is historic Colfax Avenue. 

Denver Botanic Gardens

For those horticulturists and just plain individuals who love nature, the Denver Botanic Gardens will fill all of your photosynthesizing needs. The 23-acre park contains a conservatory, science pyramid, several lily ponds, and a plethora of themed gardens. The sunken amphitheater hosts regular concerts throughout the summer, where you can bring a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine. During the winter, Blossom of Lights is a can’t miss showcase of color display.  There are also pop-up exhibits sprinkled throughout the year, so be sure to check the schedule. 

Farmers’ Markets

Denver residents are passionate about organic food, healthy living, and supporting local farmers and ranchers. Littered throughout the summer months are numerous farmers’ markets offered at various times throughout the week. The South Pearl and Cherry Creek farmers’ market are two local favorites. Here is a list of farmers’ markets throughout Denver, with times and dates included. A couple of packets of organically grown raspberries can jolt you with the energy needed to conquer the day!

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Denver Art Museum 

The largest art museum in the Rocky Mountain region is centrally located in the Civic Center, just several blocks south of downtown. Home to an average of 10 permanent collections and 70,000 works of art, the Denver Art Museum is an impressive display of the world’s mastery and skill. Some of our favorite galleries include 19th Century European Art, Indigenous Arts of North America, and Gio Ponti. 

Coors Field 

Coors Field exudes ballpark vibes in a gorgeous, red brick, open-aired stadium. Home to the Colorado Rockies, the stadium was built in 1995 and is centrally located in Lower Downtown Denver (LODO) –  a hub of bars, eateries, and fine dining. While enjoying an evening game, spectators are blessed with an elevated view of magical sunsets overlooking sweeping vistas, perhaps the best vantage point in the city. If you are bringing the little ones, don’t miss snapping a photo with Dinger – a massive purple mascot. If it is an adult outing, make sure to check out the rooftop bar. 

Union Station

It’s not often a hundred-year landmark is refurbished yet still keeps its authentic look and feel. This is precisely what you get when stepping foot into Union Station, located in downtown Denver. Cooper Lounge, located on the second floor, has a classic early 20th-century vibe and overlooks the first-floor terminal. There is also an array of shopping and dining on the main floor, including Snooze AM Eatery and Stoic and Genuine. If you are coming from Omaha, Chicago, Salt Lake, or Oakland, you can take the train directly to the station and stay at the hotel located on the top floors. 

Fiddlers Green

Fiddlers Green is an outdoor venue located in Greenwood Village. Originally constructed in 1988, the largest open-air amphitheater in the Denver metro caters to many well-known artists, including Garth Brooks, Neil Young, Dave Matthews Band, and Willie Nelson. With over 7,500 seats and a general admission section for standing only, there is plenty of space to relax while sipping on a cold beer or wine,; dance, and enjoy the live music. 

Conclusion 

With stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, a vibrant culinary and nightlife scene, dozens of local breweries, and a fantastic park system, it’s no wonder Denver is consistently ranked one of the best cities for tourists and residents alike. Kentwood Real Estate is built on the foundation of broker excellence. We are passionate about real estate and inspiring people to imagine the next steps in their life journey. Whether you are thinking about listing a house, beginning your search for a new home, or have a question about the area, please feel free to contact us today.


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Greenwood Village Listings | Community of the Month

The Greenwood Village community boasts a quality of life better than most of the rest of Colorado. And people living affluent and progressive lifestyles dominate the culture. Today, Greenwood Village has some of the most diverse housing opportunities in metro Denver, from condominiums to magnificent luxury estates in gated enclaves showcasing outstanding amenities.

5402 Preserve Parkway

List Price: $1,699,000

Listed By: Edie Marks

Superior location and better than new condition defines this extraordinary Preserve custom home. It has been remodeled from top to bottom with new hardwood floors, a top-of-the-line custom kitchen, new baths, concrete patios and new stucco, windows and doors. It is in better than new condition with gorgeous gardens and incomparable outdoor living spaces that feature a custom fireplace and a sun/weather protective cover.

Greenwood Village Listings

Greenwood Village Listings

5407 South Florence Court

List Price: $1,525,000

Listed By: Greg Margheim & Kelly Sophinos

Situated on a cul-de-sac lot in the highly sought-after Greenwood Village neighborhood, featuring a 2-story Great Room with a wall of windows, main floor study, an elegant, open dining room, beautifully updated cook’s kitchen with large breakfast bar and nook.

Greenwood Village Listings

Greenwood Village Listings

5943 South Olive Circle

List Price: $1,395,000

Listed By: Sana Wood

Gorgeous Ranch-style home in the DTC – Amazing value and location in Marvella. Within blocks of shopping, dining, Greenwood Athletic Club, and Westland Park. Walking distance to Light Rail and Fiddler’s Green. Featuring high ceilings, crown molding, stunning gourmet kitchen with large granite island, high-end appliances, and walk-in pantry. With Sonos smart technology you can control the lights, sound, alarm, and thermostat right from your phone.

Greenwood Village Listings

Greenwood Village Listings

1441 East Lake Place

List Price: $1,247,000

Listed By: Bob Lee

Fabulous Franklin Meadows country estate; a spectacular location adjacent to Greenwood Village. This unique, secluded, and tranquil property offers multiple possibilities. Enter from a private drive across the picturesque bridge spanning a scenic flowing creek. 1.12 acres of park like setting is beautifully landscaped.

Greenwood Village Listings

Greenwood Village Listings

9320 East Berry Court

List Price: $1,200,000

Listed By: Jennifer & Todd Markus

Casual French country living nestled within an extraordinary private site backing to green space. Cozy up to the European stone fireplace and look out through French doors that lead to a covered patio. On a quiet cul-de-sac, this site has mature landscaping and stately trees. An opportunity to own one of the most irresistible homes in the DTC and a short walk to Belleview, Campus, and Cherry Creek High School.

 Greenwood Village Listings

Greenwood Village Listings

13990 East Maplewood Place

List Price: $800,000

Listed By: Jim Traynor

Traditional, custom built, brick Ranch-style home on a 14,000+ square foot corner lot. The foyer has hardwood floors and leads to the French doors of the private study. Impeccably maintained and tastefully updated kitchen with slab granite counter tops, double oven, desk area, large pantry and an eating space, open to main level family room.

Greenwood Village Listings

Greenwood Village Listings

7259 East Costilla Drive

List Price: $670,000

Listed By: Edie Marks

From its premier location on a private cul-de-sac in the executive community of Homestead in the Willows, this home is convenient to everything; schools, shopping, and transportation. This updated walk-out Ranch has a main floor master bedroom with a sitting room, two huge walk-in closets with reclaimed barn wood sliding doors and a matching dresser/TV hutch combination.

Greenwood Village Listings

Greenwood Village Listings

5431 South Netherland Court

List Price: $367, 400

Listed By: The Tom Gross Team

This desirable Park View Meadows home on a big end of cul-de-sac lot is the perfect first home for a family, in the Cherry Creek School District! Open and spacious main level featuring laminate wood flooring, vaulted ceiling family room with gas fireplace, big kitchen with stainless steel appliances and access to your deck for grilling and enjoying gorgeous mountain views.

Greenwood Village Listings

Greenwood Village Listings

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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

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Market Recap for The Villages Shows Closed Sales Down 45%

 

 

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7 Cherry Hills Farm Court, Listed at $2,850,000 by Nancy Nielsen

Kentwood Real Estate has released our latest real estate market statistics for Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village for January 2015.  Closed sales in January dropped 45.5 percent from January 2014, with the average sold price at $1,458,333.  The highest sold price in January was $1,967,000, while the average number of days on the market remained constant at 75 days.

Currently there are 74 residential listings and 17 land listings in Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village.  Kentwood Real Estate enjoys a 39 percent market share with 35 active listings.  Average price per square foot in The Villages increased 9.8 percent to $392 from the previous year.  There are 74 active listings and a total of 20 homes currently under contract.

There were two closed land sales in The Villages in January for a total of $3,300,000, an increase of 175 percent over January last year.  The average number of days on the market for land sales is 597 year to date.

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Home Prices Rise in Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village as Buyers Secure Limited Number of Premier Properties

DENVER – Home prices in Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village rose significantly year-to-date in July 2014 as buyers scrambled to secure a limited number of premier properties in two of metro Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods, according to statistics released by Kentwood Real Estate.  The average sales price in July 2014 was $1,685,166 compared to $1,520,457 in July 2013, an increase of 10.8 percent.

The average number of days on the market for homes in Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village declined dramatically from last year, which also reflects the current shortage of homes compared to last year.  Homes sold in July 2014 year-to-date were on the market an average of 101 days compared to 189 days for July 2013, a drop of 46.6 percent.

July statistics show that there are currently 107 residential listings in Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village.  Kentwood Real Estate, Colorado’s Premier Real Estate Company, enjoyed a 33 percent market share with 49 active listings in the two communities in July.

“While the metrics (sales volume, transactions, inventory and days on the market) show signs of year over year improvement, we are cautiously optimistic for the real market to remain stable for the Villages for 2014 and 2015,” said Peter Niederman, Chief Executive Officer of Kentwood Real Estate.

Denver area real estate brokers enjoyed a small reprieve from the dearth of homes in July as the number of homes on the market in all of metro Denver increased 6.5 percent in August, according to data from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.  The market still remains tight, however, due in part to first-time homebuyers coming to the market across the metro area.

 

 

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Kentwood Real Estate’s Significant Sales of July 2014

A quick recap of Kentwood Real Estate’s top sales from July 2014.

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5751 South Aspen Court | Greenwood Village | Sold for $2,400,000 | Listing Broker: The Sandy Weigand Team

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4900 South Birch Street | Cherry Hills Village | Sold for $2,100,000 | Listing Broker: Ann Durham

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5489 South Krameria Street | Greenwood Village | Sold for $2,048,680 | Listing Brokers: Kirk & Kathy Schuler

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10 Foxtail Circle | Cherry Hills Village | Sold for $1,965,000 | Listing Broker: Jennifer Markus

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674 Red Pass Lane | Castle Rock | Sold for $1,855,000 | Listing Broker: J. Garland Thurman

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5850 South Ash Street | Greenwood Village | Sold for $1,825,000 | Listing Broker: Chuck Gargotto

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4835 South Vine Street | Cherry Hills Village | Sold for $1,780,000 | Listing Broker: Gina Lorenzen

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17 Huntwick Lane | Cherry Hills Village | Sold for $1,675,000 | Listing Broker: Edie Marks

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4391 East Perry Parkway | Greenwood Village | Sold for $1,650,000 | Listing Broker: Edie Marks

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1434 South Josephine Street | Denver | Sold for $1,650,000 | Listing Brokers: Patty Ryan Anton  & Greg Card

720 Emerson | Denver | Sold for $1,575,000 | Listing Broker: Darrell Hamilton
720 Emerson | Denver | Sold for $1,575,000 | Listing Broker: Darrell Hamilton

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4960 South Gaylord Street | Cherry Hills Village | Sold for $1,550,000 | Listing Broker: Larry Hotz

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1490 Violet Avenue | Boulder | Sold for $1,499,000 | Listing Broker: Diane Sorensen

768 Cook Street | Denver | Sold for $1,250,000 | Listing Broker: Michel Brossmer

301 Harrison Street #105 | Denver | Sold for $1,225,000 | Listing Broker: Julie Winger

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215 Fairfax Street | Denver | Sold for $1,220,000 | Listing Broker: Gina Lorenzen

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817 Fairchild Drive | Highlands Ranch | Sold for $1,195,000 | Listing Broker: Craig Burns

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5006 Christensen Drive | Littleton | Sold for $1,150,000 | Listing Brokers: Ann Baumgartner & Steve Barrett

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8 Arabian Place | Columbine Valley | Sold for $1,130,000 | Listing Brokers: Karen Brinckerhoff & Katherine Gallagher

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2419 South Cook Street | Denver | Sold for $1,070,000 | Listing Brokers: Wes & Paula Friedman

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17 South Franklin Circle | Greenwood Village | Sold for $1,050,000 | Listing Broker: Jim Nussbaum