Living Urban in Denver: Real Estate Blog


In the past few years I've had the pleasure of helping a handful of clients buy and sell age-restricted housing, which typically requires at least one member of the household to be 55+ years old. My clients and I have been shocked at the dearth of available housing. So it's no surprise that this type of housing is at a premium. 
    A condo I recently sold in popular Centennial at Riverwalk sold in 2 days for full price. Following the contract, I received several calls from agents whose buyers have been looking for months and not finding much in the affordable range (under $300,000). This particular 2b/2b unit with 2 underground parking spaces went for $185,000. Similarly sized duplexes and single family homes in communities such as Heritage…
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denver-uptown_323URBAN DENVER MARKET SALES STATISTICS - Denver's Uptown Neighborhood

Colfax Avenue to East 20th Avenue
and Broadway to York Street

 
Denver's Uptown neighborhood began in the 1880s as prominent families moved east, 'up the hill' from Downtown. Early in its formation, the westerly portion was named Brown's Bluff for Brown Palace developer Henry Brown. Today it thrives as a hip and vibrant neighborhood known for beautiful brownstone architecture, great restaurants and unique retail.

Uptown's diverse housing stock includes something for everyone-stately Victorians, Queen Anne's, lofts and high rise modern apartment complexes. The center of the neighborhood features 17th Avenue's "Restaurant Row" and its array of coffee shops and dining. The eastern anchor,

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1893574199_290MONTCLAIR: Colfax Avenue to Sixth Avenue and Monaco Parkway to Quebec Street
 
Montclair was established in the 1880s to attract wealthier residents away from gritty Denver, with its abundance of saloons and bordellos. It’s standards were high; Homes were built on lots twice as big as Denver’s standard size of 25 by 125 feet, were originally required to be at least three stories high, and made of brick or stone.

By in 1893, the silver crash halted construction, and in 1903, Montclair was eventually annexed into Denver. Mayor Robert W. Speer appeased disgruntled Montclair residents by extending parkways and boulevards, planting trees and erecting fountains and monuments.  It was quickly joined by homeowners building bungalows, cottages, Tudor revivals and

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CONGRESS PARK: Colorado Boulevard to York Street and Colfax Avenue to Sixth Avenue
 
exterior_image_used_400Denver's Congress Park calls itself “a traditional city neighborhood with a small-town atmosphere.” It prides itself on diversity in residents, who share a common love of older homes and the convenience of city living. Congress Park offers an array of housing stock from the mansions of 7th Avenue to preserved bungalows to quality starter homes on the Eastern edge. It boasts one of Denver’s jewels, the Botanic Gardens, and an abundance of tree-lined streets. Pride of ownership is evident. Its namesake park includes green fields and a public, outdoor pool.

Congress Park also features easy access to shopping and quality restaurants. Its a blend of quality housing and active

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Homeowners: HeatherCaporiccio and Ron Anderson

Occupations: Physical Therapist (Heather); Carpenter

Pets: Weimarainer, Odie, 9

Location: 44th and Raleigh in Berkeley

Budget: Approximately $80,000 (proving that DIY laborpays off!)

Square footage: 2,000

Style: Story and a half

What makes it pop: Charming and intriguing exterior that looks like a little city

Total renovationtime:  4 years, 5 months and counting…(five years total in the house)

 

By Jana Miller

FOR PHOTOS OF THE RENOVATION, GO TO http://www.northdenvertribune.com/index.php?s=Renovation+spotlight 

--Jana Miller is an agent with LIVE Urban Real Estate, www.liveurbandenver.com. If you have a suggestion for the Renovation Spotlight, contact jana@liveurbandenver.com. 

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Before the fun, there is the fundraising. The Sunnyside Music Festival volunteers have launched a fundraising effort to shore up the beloved Greater Highlands music festival, which suffered bad weather last September and left the rolls in the red.

The community, in true Highlands spirit, has begun to rally. A new Board has been formed to advise the Festival’s all-volunteer staff. The Board is headed up by community leaders such as former Councilman and new Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Rick Garcia; Mollie O’Brien, national recording artist and Prairie Home Companion regular; and our own John Skrabec, former advertising agency guru and owner of LIVE Urban Real Estate.

“The Sunnyside Music Festival is truly a premier event for

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Chandler Romeo and Reed Weimer, who live in the Harkness Heights neighborhood in northwest Denver, were faced with so many choices when deciding what to do with their kitchen remodel that they approached it from the opposite angle: What NOT to do.

Do not lose vintage character, do not put a modern island in a farmhouse kitchen, do not become seduced by mind-boggling options that can result in a mish mash of styles. And definitely do not replace a 1920s 6-foot sink with a new sink even if you have to send your vintage 6-foot sink across three state lines to be re-enameled. And when you uncrate your beautiful vintage 6-foot sink to find it bubbled and ruined in the re-enameling process, do NOT lose your mind.

See photos and read the rest of the

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