Colorado Real Estate News

How to Enjoy a Day Off in Northern Colorado

There are few better ways to retreat from the bustling city than to explore the adventurous regions of northern Colorado. NoCo is a popular destination due to its vast wilderness and beautiful scenery. After grueling hours of staring at a computer screen, getting outside can refresh your mind for the upcoming week. Not only does spending time outdoors decrease stress, but research suggests it can provide real health benefits such as reducing pulse rate, depression, fatigue and anxiety.

Even if you don’t want to devote your day to nature, simply changing your environment can still considerably reduce stress. Here are some NoCo locations you should check out during your next day off:

Unwind in a Hot Spring

There aren’t many states where you can regularly soak in a natural hot spring. Why not take advantage of it? Not only does it provide unique seclusion, but the high mineral content of the water has supposed numerous health benefits. NoCo is home to some of the most renowned Colorado hot springs, including Strawberry Park Hot Springs and Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa.

Trek Through the Rocky Mountains

As stated earlier, an outdoor retreat is a proven way of reducing stress. With 355 miles of hiking trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect place to escape your daily routine, gain some perspective and get lost in natural beauty.

Admire the Wildlife

Wildlife is scattered all over NoCo. Head up to the official moose capital of Colorado, State Forest State Park. Drive down U.S. Highway 34 near Big Thompson Canyon to observe bighorn sheep. There are countless options, and you’re bound to have an unforgettable experience discovering animals amidst the gorgeous Rocky Mountain landscape.

Venture Through the Stanley Hotel

Stay in this picturesque 155-room hotel where haunted meets extravagance. The Stanley Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular stop among travelers. Though a lush backdrop encompasses the Stanley Hotel, it is best known for being the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in The Shining by Stephen King.

Visit the Cultural Hub of NoCo

Fort Collins’ creative district is one of the most notable in the state, with over 20 galleries, museums and various creative spaces. Features include the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, The Downtown Artery and The Music District.

While this list helps narrow down some approaches to appreciate NoCo, the options are truly endless. If none of the above are particularly enticing, simply sightsee the vast regions of NoCo, and you’ll undoubtedly find something that inspires and invigorates you.

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

Best Coffee Shops Denver CO

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. 


Colorado Real Estate News

What Style of Home Fits You?

Do you know what your dream house looks like? With the numerous styles out there it might be hard to discern between them and decide which one best suites your lifestyle. To help you find your dream home, we came up with a  list of the more popular styles of homes and what they look like!

Cape Cod

Cape Cod style homes have roots dating back to the 1600’s. These homes were inspired by Britain’s thatched cottages and became popular again in the 1930’s. The majority of today’s Cape Cods were built after World War II and were the first style used when building moderately priced homes.

This modest style home is a close relative of Colonial-style homes. Typically, Cape Cods are only one to one and a half stories and feature a steep roof-line- which is one of the most consistent characteristics of this style- wood siding, and multi-pane windows. They often boast dormer windows for added space, light, and ventilation.

Colonial

Colonial-style architecture started back to the 1600’s and Colonial-style homes are one of the most popular style of home in the United States. Due to the diversity of early American settlers, there are many different varieties of Colonial homes including French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Dutch Colonial and Georgian.

Regardless of the variety of the house, Colonial-style homes share several characteristics. These types of homes are symmetrical, or square, and feature a front door that can be found in the middle of the front of the house. They usually have two or three stories with evenly spaced shuttered windows. Columns and chimneys are also evenly proportioned to complement the formal style. The classic Colonial floor plan has the kitchen and family room on the first floor with bedrooms on the second.

Contemporary

The term “contemporary” has come to describe a broad range of homes and is a constantly category because it reflects what architects are creating today. Many consider Modern and Contemporary architecture to be essentially the same thing. But in reality, Modern homes have paved the way for Contemporary homes,  which meld historic elements with current lifestyle concepts.

Irregular or asymmetrical facades, along with strong, geometric shapes are all key features to a Contemporary home. There is a big focus on energy efficiency, sustainable and recycled materials, and natural lighting. Void of elaborate ornamentation and unnecessary detail, Contemporary homes often have a mix of different materials and textures, exposed roof beams, and flat or low pitched roofs.

Cottage

American architects were inspired to design these charming and cozy homes by Medieval homes of the English countryside. Cottages comes from the word “cotters”, who were European peasant farmers living in this style home in the middle ages. During the 1920s and 30s this style became especially popular.

A Cottage-style house typically refers to a small home with stone, stucco or wood siding, with a curved entry way and storybook character. There are a few common features across this style home including steep roof pitches and cross gables, arched doorways, and a prominent chimney. Yet, most Cottages have their own personality that evokes a comfortable and quaint feeling.

Craftsman

Bungalow and Craftsman style homes were born from the early 20th century Arts and Crafts Movement. This was a popular house style between 1905 and 1930, and we see it’s making a comeback today. It is common in Craftsman style home to embrace simplicity, handiwork and natural materials.

One of the most distinguishing features of Craftsman homes is the large amount of interior woodwork, such as built in shelving or seating. The exterior of these homes focuses heavily on a relationship to nature. They often have low pitched roofs with wide eave overhangs, exposed roof rafters and porches framed by tapered square columns.

Mediterranean

This style home is clearly based on the region by which it is named and became extremely popular in the United States from the 1920’s to the 1930’s. Today we are again beginning to see a revival in popularity of this style home, featuring lots of the original design elements including porticos, balconies and ornamental details.

Low pitched red roofs, arches and stucco or adobe exteriors are all defining attributes of this style. The typical U-Shape floor-plan is oriented around a central courtyard and fountain, making the garden an extension of the living space. With the rooms opening up to a courtyard there is a cool cross breeze and fresh flow of air.

Ranch

First built in the 1930’s Ranch style homes were originally modeled after rural Western ranches. It was one of the most popular styles in the home building boom of the 1950s and 60s. Although they may appear plain on the outside this style home offers great potential for additions.

Ranches tend to have a simple, effective and open floor-plans with either a single or split level. There is a big focus on easy connections to the outdoors and the backyard, bringing sliding glass doors into play. Focused mainly on practicality, most Ranch homes also feature attached garages. Ranch style homes are synonymous laid-back, family-friendly living.

Tudor

The name of this style reflects the close connection to the architectural style of the early 16th century Tudor-dynasty in England. Tudor is one of the most recognizable styles. They were generally built in established neighborhoods during the first half of the 20th century.

One of the most recognizable characteristics of this home is the steeply pitched roofs, which are perfect for rainy an snowy climates. Tudors also feature tall, narrow windows with small window panes, massive chimney’s, and half timber framing and false thatched roofs. These attributes give Tudor style homes a truly Medieval flavor.

Victorian

Victorian Architecture emerged between 1830 and 1910 under the reign of Queen Victoria. The Victorian era spawned several well known styles, such as Gothic revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, stick style, Romanesque style and shingle style. From the fabrics and patterns to the colors and textures, Victorian homes were romantic, distinctive, and abundant with detail.

These homes were constructed more for beauty than they were for functionality and tend to be more complex in design. Victorian homes often feature a dominant front facing gable, patterned shingles and decorative trim.  The majority of Victorian styles use wood siding and textured wall surfaces. Traditional and contemporary can be combined nicely in these houses.