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Kentwood Real Estate Broker Goes Beyond Realtor-client Relationship as the Ultimate Embodiment that ‘We are All in this Together’

Realtor® Pat Wall gifted her clients socially-distant family porch-portrait sessions to capture a nostalgic moment in history for Denver-area families

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamic of every home and every family across the world, and behind every front door is the story of how individuals are facing the challenges of today. So, Denver-area Realtor® Pat Wall of Kentwood Cherry Creek, a real estate agent with over 40 years in the profession, captured this moment in history for clients with whom she has built relationships with over the decades. 

Pat Wall hosted complimentary family porch-portrait sessions, hiring Denver photographer Emily Spetosky. The stories behind these ‘Porch Photos’ captured include:

  • Photo of parents and their young children having a fun time bouncing on a trampoline with rolls of toilet paper in the air. Wall represented this family in the purchase of their home.
  • Photo of twins that just graduated high school, but couldn’t have a formal ceremony. Wall has known the twins since they were 18 months old, having helped the family find homes in different stages of their lives.
  • Photo of three grown children staying at their parent’s home together for the first time in years, one of whom usually lives in Europe. You can see them sitting, laughing and bonding together. Wall has known the family since they moved to Denver in 1990, having helped them to buy their first home in the Denver area.
  • Photo of parents with a one-year-old baby that said this is the first time in months they got to get dressed up. Wall sold them a home that backs up to a park and lake which is perfect for a child during this time when social distance calls for families to stay home. 

These stories represent an important period in history. The nostalgia that Pat Wall is gifting to these families goes beyond a Realtor-client relationship – it’s the embodiment of ‘we are in this together.’

“Seeing these precious photos reminds me of all of the times we have spent together,” said Pat Wall. “I have known them as teenagers and now they have teenagers! I have seen all of their life events – births, deaths, weddings, graduations and all of their homes. These homes are central to their lives and so it was fitting that they be photographed in them while quarantining. The families enjoyed the experience.”

Pat Wall is a broker associate with Kentwood Real Estate. With over 40 years as an agent, she was designated a Realtor® Emeritus in 2018 by the National Association of Realtors®, an exceedingly rare honor. For more information, visit Kentwood.com. The photographer, Emily Spetosky, started taking Porch Photos in April. For more information on Spetosky, visit EmilyJanPhoto.com.

About Kentwood Real Estate

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. Our brokers are the highest producing, most knowledgeable, caring, and experienced brokers in the country who offer a quality customer service experience. The exclusive affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway’s HomeServices of America in Colorado, Kentwood Real Estate produces more sales volume per agent than 99 percent of all real estate companies in the U.S. The company is comprised of Kentwood Real Estate – DTC, Kentwood Real Estate – Cherry Creek, Kentwood Real Estate – City Properties, Kentwood Real Estate – Northern Properties in Fort Collins, Kentwood Commercial Real Estate, Denver Rental, and Prosperity Home Mortgage. For more information, visit Kentwood Real Estate online at www.kentwood.com.

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CEO Reflections

Rooted in… Team

By Gretchen Rosenberg, President & CEO of Kentwood Real Estate

It takes a tremendous amount of teamwork to run a company comprised of 240 of the top-producing real estate brokers in the U.S. and a top-notch support staff to help them reach their goals.

When I was a young agent, I had little idea what I was doing. I only knew I wanted to help people, I loved architecture and had a modicum of a mind for business. I also knew I had to, “fake it til I made it.” I was a single mom; I had no choice. 

My strategy was to ask for help. There were always older brokers on the other side of a transaction who loved to tell me how many years in the business they had. “I’ve been doing this for 25 years!” They’d say when I was advocating for my client and they didn’t appreciate my dogged stance.

One thing I noticed over and over was that Kentwood brokers rarely pulled that. (I wasn’t at Kentwood for my first 2 ½ years in the business.) They were consummate professionals. They offered to coach me and looked at a transaction as an opportunity to advocate for their client while also recognizing that the ultimate goal of everyone was a smooth transaction that resulted in a closing.

Many Kentwood brokers became unofficial mentors, coaches, and a part of my team. Once I joined the Kentwood Real Estate team for good, I never looked back. There’s never been another place I’ve wanted to make my work home. Never another team I’ve felt could match the passion and purpose we have at our company.

Our group of Metro Denver and Northern Colorado brokers, of managers and department heads, of support staff and their families, have something special going on. We believe in community and that we accomplish more together. We believe that deep roots matter and we always want to inspire people to imagine the next steps in their life journey.

You won’t go wrong being a part of our team or a member of our client community. We look forward to welcoming you – to the team!

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Jacci Geiger | Kentwood Featured Agent

Jacci Geiger

Jacci Geiger | Kentwood Featured Agent

Hometown:

I moved to Denver when I was 8 years old from Los Angeles. I like to say I’m 90% Native.

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

It sounds cliché’ but the outdoors. I have literally skied and golfed in the same day.  Where else can you do that?

What Was Your First Job?

Kentucky Fried Chicken at age 14, which they now so healthily refer to as KFC. I also sold Girl Scout cookies and babysat for the neighborhood.

Hobbies:

Golf, Peloton, biking, biking, concerts, live music, TRAVEL, live theater.

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Innovative, Creative, Determined, FUN, And Compassionate.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Mountain Golf, the balls go so much further!

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Anywhere there is good people watching! I love the bar at Izakya Den.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I am in an Adult Rock Choir and I have sung at Red Rocks! Oh, and I am getting married to the man of my dreams on June 15th. And your all invited!

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I am a volunteer at Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado, a Denver nonprofit empowering teen mothers and their children to be productive members of the community. I get to hold babies while these amazing women get an education.

Who Inspires You?

Brave people. People who are vulnerable and still tell their truth.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Well that, of course, would have to be my son, which I am sure most people say, and they should. Raising a child in this world can be challenging. I have one son. He and I have been a team for a very long time. He went to the Denver School of Arts and then on to Juilliard School in NYC. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his husband and they are living their dreams in TV, movies, and photography. He is also, and most importantly, a good human. That makes me very proud.

How Do You Define Success?

I think success is very personal. I come from a very hard-working family. My father was a tailor for the airlines and my mom was our school nurse, so with 5 kids, money was tight. But they put us through the best schools and we were in every sport possible. We never went without. Our parents were our coaches and our leaders. They spent late nights working on pine wood derby cars and helping with homework. They taught us to stand on our own two feet, push yourself and take care of others. I think I have accomplished that.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

A Psychiatrist or Psychologist…or a Rock-n-Roll star!

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Playing the guitar or piano. Or I would learn to speak French or Spanish.  I guess I have a few.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Traveled to Europe by myself. It was the most liberating and exciting thing ever!

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild. She’s a bad ass regardless of her losses and can put everything into words that I struggle with. Ruth Bader Ginsberg – no explanation needed. And my best friend, Brenda, who passed away suddenly 3 years ago. She made everything better.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

­­­Pretty simple. Chinese food and lots of Christmas Movies on Christmas Eve. Love Actually, Family Stone, Christmas Vacation, etc…with my family dressed in their “warm and fuzzy’s” (Pajamas).

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Well it’s not really a concert, but when your son is on Broadway and your front and center watching him up there living his dreams – well that is something that lives with you forever.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

Ohhhh this is a great question! I love so many books, TV shows, and movies! But I think I would have to say the Wizard of Oz.  It’s an adventurous, groundbreaking, and magical. But mostly because in the end Dorothy realizes what matters most is home and loved ones.

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Tom Cryer | Featured Agent

Tom Cryer

Tom Cryer | Featured Agent

Hometown:

I was born and spent through 8th grade in Lutherville, Maryland. My first recollection of the telephone was we had a “party-line”. We had to drive past Maryvale School for Girls to get to mine, St. Paul’s School for Boys. Those were the days, school uniforms!

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

Nothing but fields, woods, streams, and hideouts. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn would have been jealous. In my eyes it was perfect.

What Was You First Job?

Raking leaves and mowing yards. But I would say having my own paper route was my first real job. I still wake up early. Scarred for life!

Hobbies:

Family, skiing, hiking, walking, cooking, and my Land Rover. “I’d rather push my Land Rover than ride in your Jeep.”

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Loyal, Pragmatic, Tenacious, Happy and an Open-Book

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

I love road trips; Colorado offers some of the best. Colorado’s history is important to me.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Ned Kelly’s Irish Pub in Littleton, Colorado.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’m a 2%-er. 1%-er if you count the fact that I have blue eyes too. Being a redhead has set me apart in almost every room I enter.  Redheads never die, they just fade away…

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I serve on the City of Centennial’s Election Commission. I’ve been President of my HOA for the last 10 years. I can highly recommend Centennial 101, South Metro’s Fire and Rescue Citizen’s Academy and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. Knowing how your government and related services operate explains where your taxes go.

I also spend a fair amount of time with the Daniels School of Business DU.  Long story…

Who Inspires You?

My family and friends. I’m not much for putting celebrity or politico on pedestals.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Watching my wife write that last tuition check for the last of our children knowing we had accomplished our #1 goal. Provide a world class education for our 3 children. We sent our Children to Duke, Notre Dame, and DU. I think we succeeded!

How Do You Define Success?

Next to the “meaning of life” success is tough to define. In my own mind, I’ve achieved it. I live where I want to live, my children and now grandchildren are nearby. I have a lovely wife of 36 years. I have some great friends. I’ve traveled to a bunch of countries. I’ve been Heli-Skiing. I’ve driven over Black Bear Pass twice. I’ve climbed 15 or more 14ers. I’ve been to all but 3 states.  And, I have a sense of contentment when the market drops 500 points in a day, I don’t flinch. It’s a good life!

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

I have two material loves. I like houses and I like cars. I wasn’t going to be a car salesman. I probably would have been involved in construction. I’m happy with my choices.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I wish I was as brave as I was when I was younger and could still ski as hard as I did then. It would be great to ride a bicycle as fast as Dee.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

There have been so many. At the time, this was crazy! Two of my college buddies and I drove to California on our Spring Break. On the way back, we stopped off at the Havasu Indian Reservation and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and camped two nights at Havasu Falls. Google it. At that time and at that age, it was the epitome of paradise! Now I think it is some type of Eco-Tour.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Just one? Really? OK, let’s see. My father and brother, both passed now, would be top of my list. They meant so much to me. And, I know my mother would have loved to meet her great grandchildren, so I’d have to include her too!

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

We’ll be living it next week. Everyone in the Fam for a few days around the holidays talking about it all. Games, food, and skiing. Nestled in a house in Vail. Like I said above, they inspire me.  My children made me a better person. Life is for the living!

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

I would have to say Jethro Tull at Red Rocks 1971. I’m still not sure what happened, but helicopters, police, tear gas. Read about it – Denver History! There was no Rock-n-Roll for 5 years after this incident at Red Rocks, at the time, this was crazy punishment.

With all that said, I attended memorable concerts such as The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Bob Dylan and the Band, Steven Stills, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh, Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and most recently, for some reason, I had never seen Tom Petty. The kids gave me the tickets for my birthday. Dee and I wound up on the 4th row and two months later, Tom Petty was dead. That truly was a “Heartbreaker”.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

This is the easiest question of all. I would be John Galt in Atlas Shrugged. I love being the guy behind the scenes making it all look so easy! Who is John Galt?

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Brigette Modglin | Featured Agent

Brigette Modglin

Brigette Modglin | Featured Agent

Hometown:

Northglenn, CO

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

The North area is where I still live today as I currently live in Brighton. Northern Colorado is the the home of Water World, America’s Largest Water Park!

What Was You First Job?

My first real job was Water World as grounds then I moved up to a lifeguard.  Prior to that I helped my dad during the summers at a Bowling Alley that he owned.  I worked behind the counter getting shoes for customers and setting them up on their lanes, cooking at the snack bar and helping in the nursery.

Hobbies:

Yoga, Snowboarding, Traveling and Blogging

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Faithful, Honest, Motivated, Driven and Compassionate.

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Hiking in the mountains and finding fun treasures with my family.

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

My home or a friend’s home.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I am a pretty good bowler.  That’s because my dad owned a bowling alley when I was a kid.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I am the Chair for the yearbook committee for Flatirons Academy where my daughter goes to school, I sit on the Market Trends Committee for Denver Metro Association Of Realtors and I volunteer at my church.

Who Inspires You?

My church and the people I surround myself with every day.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Becoming a mother. It has taught me patience, strength, and courage.

How Do You Define Success?

Never giving up, becoming an expert in what you do, and always continuing to learn new things.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

An interior designer or fashion designer.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

Computer Coding. Computers are the way the world operates and if I could write code I could develop a lot of the tools I use every day.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Getting married at 21 years old and growing up together with my Love, Jay Modglin.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Jesus Christ, he was the greatest religious leader who ever lived. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and raised from the dead. And he was the greatest entrepreneur ever!

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Christmas. Christmas is always a special time in our family. We love to give to other families in need, remember Jesus’s Birthday and spend time with our families.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Beastie Boys.  This is where I knew I was going to marry my love, Jay Modglin. Long story short…I ended up getting a concussion from someone crowd surfing and had to go to the hospital and Jay took me back to my parent’s house and stayed with me the entire night to make sure I didn’t sleep too long. He ended up being “the one”.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

The Bible, specifically during the the Roman Empire.  The Roman Empire was the human political entity that God used to prepare the world for the birth of the Messiah and for the spread of the gospel.

Brigette Modglin | Featured Agent

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Sara Glaze | Featured Agent

Sara Glaze

Sara Glaze | Featured Agent

Hometown:

Rapid City, SD

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

It’s just outside of the Black Hills, home of Mt. Rushmore, I didn’t appreciate the beauty of the location until after I moved away.

What Was You First Job?

I was a car hop at Daisy Dell when I turned 14.  No, I didn’t have to wear roller skates, but balancing those trays proved hard enough for me.

Hobbies:

Martial arts, cycling, fitness education, and reading

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Energetic, detailed, fun-loving, sarcastic, passionate

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Concerts at Red Rocks

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Anywhere that has a patio…I LOVE the drinks at El Chingon & FNG.

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’ve been involved in Martial Arts for almost 40 years.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I love supporting local animal charities, supplying time and funds to help pets find forever homes.

Who Inspires You?

I am universally inspired by anyone with a positive and energetic outlook, great energy draws great possibilities.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

I biked to the top of Mt. Evans on my 40th birthday. At the time, I thought turning 40 was going to be dramatic…not so much.

How Do You Define Success?

My true definition of success comes from the friendships, repeat business and referrals I receive from the great people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. It’s the cornerstone of my business and I am very grateful.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Likely something in the fitness industry/martial arts.  I had a great teacher, and I love to coach.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I would LOVE to be a great writer. I think great writing has the ability to inspire, provoke and motivate.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

I am open-water scuba certified and a big fan of sky diving, but I still think that moving away from all my friends and family to come to Denver over 30 years ago took a tremendous amount of bravery at that time.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

I would have dinner with my maternal grandparents.  I never got to meet them, I’ve only heard some great stories.  They raised 8 wonderful children and I would love for them to see their huge and wonderful family now. Cousins are the best!

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Christmas with my family in South Dakota.  We get together every year without fail, and both my mom and my sister are GREAT cooks.  (a skill I haven’t mastered)

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Earth, Wind and Fire at Red Rocks…row 3, baby!  I love ANY concert at Red Rocks, but this one was so memorable because EVERYONE was dancing just as hard as I was.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I would live on Pandora, from the Avatar movie.  Love the beauty, the calm, and the intense connection to the surroundings.

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Eric Fitch | Kentwood Featured Agent

Eric Fitch

Eric Fitch | Kentwood Featured Agent

Hometown:

Denver, CO

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

I am the child of two Colorado natives. My Grandfather was the GM at Brown Palace so my mother grew up riding her tricycle around the lobby.

What Was You First Job?

My first job was at JL Cheers in Southmore Park. I would clean on the weekends after a bustling Friday or Saturday night.

Hobbies:

Skiing, hiking, and traveling

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Creative, passionate, sincere, adventurous, outgoing

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Catching a concert at Red Rocks

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Cooper Lounge at Union Station

One Unusual Thing About You:

I’m double jointed.

In What Ways Are You Involved in Your Community?

I serve on my HOA, I am a volunteer with Project Angel Heart, and I support the SCFD.

Who Inspires You?

My son – he finds joy in everything.

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

My proudest accomplishment is the incredible business I have built through referrals – it is a testament to my commitment to service and professionalism. I love what I do because of the relationships I have built with my clients, and my business is successful because of their continued support.

How Do You Define Success?

Success is the impact I have made in helping my clients reach their goals and milestones in their life. When I think of my professional success, I am thinking of all the people I have worked with, and the contributions they have made in my life.

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

I have served as a volunteer firefighter, I think I would have pursued that professionally if I wasn’t a broker.

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

I would really love to skillfully play guitar – not to be in a band or anything, but just to be able to play music with my friends and family.

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

I went on a solo trip to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu.

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

I would love to have a steak and whiskey dinner with Buffalo Bill. I am really into Colorado history and I think it would be fascinating to hear his stories over a long meal.

What Is Your Favorite Family Tradition?

Every Christmas Eve we sing carols in ‘The Cave’, which is this incredible red rock formation in our Morrison neighborhood. It’s shaped like a teepee and was used by Chief Colorow’s tribe of Ute Native Americans as a winter home. On Christmas Eve we have a big bonfire, eat cookies and hot chocolate, and sing together as a neighborhood. It’s a very special place and the perfect place to kick off the holiday.

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Harry Connick Jr at Red Rocks Amphitheatre –  it was a killer show, but I planned to propose to my now wife at this show. I couldn’t hold the secret so I ended up proposing to her at the Millenium Bridge a few weeks prior. But it was still an incredible concert and a really special time in my life.

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

I would be a gun slinger, chasing outlaws with Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in Tombstone.

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Keri Duffy | Featured Agent

Keri Duffy

Keri Duffy | Featured Agent

Keri Duffy


Hometown:

Boca Raton, Florida

What Is One Special Thing About the Place You Grew Up?

1)The highest point in all of Boca Raton is 24 feet above sea level, and it’s located in the guard shack at Camino Gardens.

2)One of the biggest television shows of all time – The Sopranos – prominently featured Boca Raton several times in its plot. Most notably in the episodes “Boca” and “To Save Us All from Satan’s Power.”

Number of Years in Real Estate:

12

Hobbies:

Yoga

Describe Yourself In 5 Words:

Bon Vivant, empathic, clumsy, sincere, and good-humored

Favorite Colorado Past-time:

Hiking

Favorite Place to Grab a Drink:

Denver Beer Company

One Unusual Thing About You:

I have an overabundance of freckles

What Is One Item on Your Bucket List?

Spend a 4th of July weekend in Montauk or Cape Cod

What Is Your Proudest Accomplishment and Why?

Currently, I’m the Denver Metro Association of Realtors Central District Co-Chair. It’s my 3rd month in the position but I’ve really loved getting more involved in the community. This role has allowed me to do that.

What Does Success Mean to You?

Having enough wealth and influence to help those in need

What Career Path Would You Have Chosen If You Didn’t Become a Real Estate Broker?

Counselor

If You Could Master Any Skill That You Don’t Currently Have, What Would It Be and Why?

To be handier. Right now, I’m more of #PinterestFail! I tend to color outside the lines 🙂

What Is the Most Adventurous Thing You’ve Ever Done?

I repelled off a building

If You Could Have Dinner with Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

Stephen Hawking – His outlook on life, he was a genius and kept his sense of humor, even though his physical life wasn’t easy. He will continue to be an inspiration.

The runner-up would be Bill Murray. He’s like a modern day Buddah!

What’s the Best Concert You’ve Ever Been To? What Made It So Special?

Any concert at Red Rocks. Because we’re lucky to live in Denver and have Red Rocks – it’s awe-inspiring. I’ve never seen a bad show there. Just like with your children, you can’t pick a favorite!

If You Could Live in A Book, TV Show, Or Movie What Would It Be and Why?

The town where Gilmore Girls took place is idyllic. Denver could use a Luke’s 🙂

Keri Duffy