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Featured Community | Art District on Santa Fe

The Art District on Santa Fe is one of Colorado’s designated Creative Districts, with more than 60 art galleries, studios, and innovative businesses. The neighborhood’s Hispanic roots are evident around every corner, from colorful murals and the exhibitions at Museo de las Americas, to the Latino influence on the neighborhood’s restaurants.

The Art District on Santa Fe is dedicated to promoting public awareness of Santa Fe Drive as a unique art and cultural district, and furthering the arts and art education in the metropolitan community.

For 2016, the district will emphasize art collecting, educating, yoga studios, furniture and lighting stores, book stores, antique stores, radio stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.

Oldest Dining Joint

The district features some of the most authentic Mexican culture in the city. It’s also home to craft breweries and the Buckhorn Exchange, Denver’s oldest dining establishment with liquor license number one. The Buckhorn is a true original, decorated top to bottom in taxidermy and serving steak, rattlesnake, elk, alligator, buffalo, and Rocky Mountain Oysters. It’s located just off Santa Fe Drive.

First Friday Art Walks

First Friday Art Walks and Third Friday Collector’s Previews attract both locals and visitors each month throughout the year. Art lovers can meet and mingle with artists and gallery owners, while discovering contemporary, traditional and emerging art in unique and creative spaces.

The Art District offers a free shuttle for First Friday Art Walks. The shuttle runs in a loop around the district from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Access it at the light rail station on 10th and Osage streets and at the parking lot at West High School on Galapagos Street.

Denver Beer Trail

The Art District on Santa Fe is included on the Denver Beer Trail, which is a self-guided tour of Denver’s thriving craft beer industry. Check out Black Sky Brewery where you can find edgy music and pizza as well as locally crafted libations, or visit Renegade Brewing Company to sample this taproom’s Imperial Pilsner and Consilium Pale Ale.

National Attention

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe has gained attention in the national press in recent years. Publications include Sunset Magazine, Desert Living, and Travel Leisure Magazine. In addition, the cities of Cleveland, OH, Sacramento, CA, and Glendale, AZ recently contacted the district to learn how to create a successful art district in their cities. The Art District on Santa Fe’s continuing membership with Visit Denver has contributed to its growing cultural tourism business. Check it out this summer.

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Third Annual Hilltop Garage Sale !

Mor Zucker, an accomplished Broker Associate with Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek and leader of Team Denver Homes, has announced the third annual Hilltop Garage Sale for Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Denver’s historic Hilltop neighborhood.  The community-wide event provides a great opportunity for local residents to sell their unwanted belongings and for buyers to purchase quality items at bargain prices.

“Previous years have brought around 30 participating sellers to the Hilltop Garage Sale,” said Zucker.  “It’s a free event that’s open to the general public and a great opportunity for residents to connect with fellow neighbors and friends.  Participants can visit multiple homes in one day, and residents can sign up for the sale through May 11th.  It’s a fun event and we are looking forward to another successful sale.”

The sign up form for residents and more information on the sale is available on TeamDenverHomes.com under the tab “Hilltop Annual Garage Sale 2016”.  A map of the participating homes will be published on Friday, May 13th.  The map will be both interactive and printable, thus providing outstanding exposure for selling your household items.

For more information, contact Mor Zucker at 303-557-8862, email mor@denverrealestate.com.

HAG 2016

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Featured Community of the Month: Five Points

Resting on the northeast edge of downtown, wrapping around Coors Field and stretching along Welton Street lives Five Points; one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. In 1881, the area was dubbed Five Points for the five-way intersection of 26th, 27th, Washington and Welton Streets. Here you can find some of the oldest turn of the century homes in the city with block after block of beautiful Victorian homes with luxury lofts and new housing developments sprinkled in.

The community originated in the 1880’s as an upper-middle class neighborhood for professionals and business men. Residents were predominately German, Irish and Jewish. In the early 1900’s Five Points experienced a population shift and began growing into an African-American community. Many found work laying the track for railroad companies, while African-American doctors, lawyers and dentists also made their home in Five Points.

Being culturally rich has always been a staple of the Five Points area. It was once one of the best jazz hubs of the West and attracted many legends including Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. This reputation earned it the name “Harlem of the West”. Five Points is also home to the Black American West Museum located in the home of Colorado’s first African-American women doctor, Dr. Justina Ford.

Five Points is currently experiencing a resurgence of interest after years of dormancy. The community recently received a historical district designation and important buildings along Welton have received state preservation money for restoration. It’s close proximity to the city and landmarks such as Coors Field and City Park along with its rich cultural history make it a desirable location. While much of the area is still over due for a revitalization to preserve its history, it is still in a powerful position to become Denver’s next “it” neighborhood.

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Featured Community of the Month: Lowry

Built within the last decade, the Lowry neighborhood reclaimed what was once an Air Force base and transformed it into a haven for family living. For more than half a century, the Lowry Air Force base served our country by training military warriors from all branches of the U.S. and Allied Forces. During its 57-year span, military veterans acquired technical skills to sustain Air Force operations through World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War.

The main focus of the Lowry Air Force base was technical training, including aerial photography. When air and space technologies came to the forefront in the 1950s, the base began training missile specialists at a rate of 1,000 per year. It was also during the 1950s that the Lowry Air Force base became the Summer White House for Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife. The First Lady’s family lived in Denver, and they would travel here on the presidential plane named Columbine, just like the Colorado state flower.

Lowry Air Force base closed in 1994, after having graduated  1.1 million Armed Forces. In the wake of the closure, Denver and Aurora lost 7,000 jobs and $295 million in annual spending. Soon after, the Lowry Redevelopment Authority, otherwise known as the LRA, was created to redevelop the base. Their vision was to create a new urban community based on the best of classic Denver neighborhoods with the best new ideas in urban planning. Several of the original Lowry Air Force base structures have been creatively re-purposed, including some of the aircraft hangers, and are still in use which add to the areas rich sense of history.

Today, Lowry is one of Denver’s premier neighborhoods and a national model of urban sustainable development. More than 25,000 people live, work and go to school there. Residents enjoy its suburban tone that is also located close to many of Denver’s amenities and attractions.

Source: www.LowryDenver.com

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Featured Community of the Month: Cheesman Park

Cheesman Park
Photo Credit: Kentwood Agent Julie Winger

Cheesman Park is an urban neighborhood in central Denver, situated just southeast of downtown, offering the best of city living and green spaces. Historic mansions, high-rise condos and rental apartments are shaded by flourishing trees that add a sense of timelessness to the area. Residents enjoy luxurious living and breathtaking views along with close proximity to Capitol Hill, Cherry Creek, Downtown Denver, Denver Botanic Gardens and of course the neighborhood’s 80 acre namesake, Cheesman Park.

With city maps dating back to 1868, this is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. When the park was completed in 1915, the surrounding area was developed with some of the cities wealthiest people in mind. And while Cheesman Park feels a lot like a grown-up neighborhood and less like a nightlife hot-spot, many young nine to fivers are quickly moving in. In fact, it has more single/unmarried people than Denver’s average.

There are many rumors of the park itself, some of which include it being haunted and bodies being buried there. These rumors most likely stem from the park having been converted from a cemetery in the late 19th century. On an average weekend, you are more likely to run into a family having a picnic or friends playing a pick-up game of volleyball than you are to find ghosts and ghouls. Compared to many of Denver’s other parks, it doesn’t get overly crowded and there is plenty of room to sprawl out. With people taking early morning jogs, practicing Thai Chi and playing Frisbee, Cheesman Park is perfect place to do a little people watching.