Denver, CO Real Estate News

By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
Whether it is your parent's fiftieth wedding anniversary, your wedding or a birthday party for your skating teenager, having just the right location for a party sets the stage. With 205 parks, Denver has the nations largest park system and amazing settings for a host of events. Picnic permits are available for private gatherings at sixty metro and eleven  mountain picnic sites. The permit is required for gatherings over 25 people and reserves the site. The fees range from $45 for standard picnic sites to $85 for sheltered sites.  There are five "Special Occasion Sites" that have capacity up to 350 people. Alcohol may be allowed with a permit. The fee is $230 without alcohol and $390 with alcohol.City Park- Flower Garden and Meadow AreaConfluence ParkSkyline ParkCentennial Park (Permit t...
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By david crowe
(live urban real estate)
A colleague in my office asked me if I knew of anything good in the $250k range in the Berkeley area, and I joked about finding ANYthing in that range in Berkeley.  That left us both wondering out loud, what happened, and how did it happen so quickly?  A couple years ago $200k bought a great house on a great lot over there, and today if you're not prepared to spend $275k+, you're out of luck!It's not surprising, really.  The location is great, the houses are cute, etc.  But I believe a bigger aspect is the community.  Seeing your friends and neighbors strolling along the Tennyson shops and restaurants, attending First Friday Artwalk with hundreds of familiar faces, going to the Oriental Theater to check out a band, these are things that the new urban communties are striving to emulate, ...
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By Judith Clausen, Judith R. Clausen
(Buyers Advantage Real Estate of Metro Denver)
People ask me all the time, especially folks from humid clients, what a swamp cooler is and whether it's as good as central air.  In our hot and very dry climate it may be that evaporative cooling ("swamp" cooling) is a much more energy efficient way to cool the air in your house than air conditioning.  The way they work is to cool air by using water.  The swamp cooler is a big box which pumps water to large cellulose pads.  The water is vaporized and then a fan inside the box blows the cooled air into your home.You can either mount a swamp cooler on the roof, use a window swamp cooler much as you would a window air conditioner, or put a portable swamp cooler in a particular room or area.They work on the same principle that makes you feel cool after getting out of the shower or pool and...
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By Judith Clausen, Judith R. Clausen
(Buyers Advantage Real Estate of Metro Denver)
It's still a terrific buyer's market in Denver, plenty of homes on the market to choose from. Prices are rising, but slowly. The median price for a single family home in May was $251,155. In June it had risen 4.72% to $263,000. Last year this time the median price was $261,750 for a 4.78% rise in 2007. A big factor in rising prices is the number of high-priced luxury homes selling for $1+ million. More sold in June than in May.For condos the price rise was lower, 1.90% over May and a 1.23% drop from last year this time. The median price in June was $157,950, down from $159,900 in 2006. Luxury homes had little impact on the condo market.Total inventory dropped from June 2006 by 5.2%. Experts speculate that sellers are keeping their homes off the market in order to lessen competition wit...
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By Judith Clausen, Judith R. Clausen
(Buyers Advantage Real Estate of Metro Denver)
Yesterday Heather and Mike and I did our inspection prior to closing next week on this very cute first home.  I took a picture of them for my website, something I do at the inspection.  Our inspector, Cal Fenimore, did a great job.  Too great it seems.  He found some serious problems with the house.  The attic wasn't accessible, but he looked through the attic window and saw evidence of a previous fire.  We needed to get into the attic to look further.  There was some wiring in the attic, which means that it should have been accessible to us.But the seller was an agent and wasn't going to make it easy.  So I told her to check with her broker, that he or she would tell her the law requires her to provide access to all mechanical systems.  She said she'd get back to me.  Half a day later,...
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
Summer is finally here with temperatures hitting almost 100 degrees. While it will be a hot job packing, just knowing that you have the potential of moving into one of the most beautiful areas of the city will make up for it. If you are looking to live in the Bonnie Brae and Belcaro neighborhoods, these houses are no longer an option.Here is a quick summary of June 2007 sales in the Bonnie Brae and Belcaro neighborhoods. The east and west boundaries are Colorado Boulevard and University Boulevard and the north and south streets are E. Exposition Avenue and E. Mississippi Avenue. It is a wonderful neighborhood with a eclectic selection of homes. From historical homes to custom contemporary construction, the neighborhood offers something for everyone. The neighborhood is within walking di...
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
Lowry averaged almost one sale per day in the month of June. Here is a quick summary of last month's sales in the Lowry neighborhood. The area is generally located between Yosemite Street (east) and Quebec Street (west), E. 11th Avenue (north) and Alameda Avenue (south). There is a small pocket that juts out to the west side. The Lowry neighborhood was developed as a result of the Lowry Air Force Base closure. It is a wonderful community that has a variety of parks, the Lowry Town Center and neighborhood activities that are scheduled year round. There is something for everyone interested in an active lifestyle. Try hockey on for size, both ice and roller. There are tennis court, soccer and baseball fields, a golf course and wonderful places to bike, walk and run.Lowry "Glory Days", the ...
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
Here is a brief summary of June 2007 sales in the Country Club and North Country Club neighborhoods of Denver. The east and west boundaries of the area are University Boulevard and Downing Street and the north and south streets are 6th Avenue and 1st Avenue. It is a beautiful neighborhood with historical homes and mature trees. Properties are within walking distance of Cherry Creek dining and shopping, Cheesman Park, the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Cherry Creek Bike and Walking trail. If you want to live close to downtown in a fabulous neighborhood setting, the Denver Country Club and North Country Club areas are a wonderful choice. Google Maps AddressSales PriceSold DateSquare FeetDays on MarketListing Company423 Downing Street$333,000June 15th1258315MB Executive Properties*543 Humb...
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
There are numerous neighborhoods within walking distance of the wonderful shops and restaurants in Cherry Creek North. On any given day, you will find people sitting outdoors enjoying coffee and families riding their bikes. There is a lot of new construction going on and if you are looking for an amazing place to live or vacation, we have just place. As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words. Enjoy! Don't forget, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival is next weekend and you can also see free movies during the summer Films on Fillmore series.
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
In a previous post, Budding Stapleton Movie Producers Called to Action, I told you about a video contest for Stapleton residents. Why do you love living in Stapleton? Are you up to the challenge? Snoopy is.   Remember, you only have until August 31st to submit your video.
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
It's another lazy Sunday and time for more fun Denver trivia.1. Denver had America's first electronic street car system built in 1886 by the Denver Tramway Company.2. Early private charity organizations in Denver merged to become the Community Chest, which then evolved into the nation's first United Way.3. Even more than San Diego and Miami Beach, Denver has more than 300 sunny days a year (including today).4. Denver has the highest percentage of Baby Boomers of any major city in the United States.5. Denver is host to the Great American Beer Festival. More than eighty different types of beer are brewed here, more than any other city.6. Denver is the only city in North America to own a ski resort.7. The dome of Denver's State Capitol Building is covered with 200 ounces of 24K gold.8. The...
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
I'd been waiting for weeks to see one of my favorite movies, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. The night was finally here, so I packed up my car with my favorite lawn chair and snacks and headed out in the direction of Sloan's Lake to meet my sister and her husband. I arrived a little early. It is a beautiful area. People were out riding bicycles, water skiing and jogging. Even Indiana Jones was there to entertain the crowd.I did a little recon before the movie. How do you show a movie at the park?    With a blow up projection screen, of course!Can you buy food and drinks?      No, but you don't have to worry about bringing your own. The food, which included popcorn, hotdogs, snow cones and cotton candy was all free. Sooper Credit Union sponsored the event and even paid for...
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By Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
(Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers)
A DENVER EXHIBIT TO SEE, FOR VISITORS AND RESIDENTS ALIKE  The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is known for its great traveling exhibits that it hosts.  And the next one is no exception.  This weekend the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition opens up and runs from June 22 - January 6, 2008.  The Titanic history and attractions are not new to Denver, as the Molly Brown House is quite a popular attraction in Denver.    It seems to me that this exhibit will explore a much deeper dimension to the tragedy as artifacts from the Titanic are displayed for the public to view and study than I have seen before.  The story of the ship & its grandeur and the wide array of passengers & their stories are displayed, capturing a new dimension to this tragic historical event.    Timed Tickets for the Denve...
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the Stapleton community is sponsoring its own local "On the Lot" video contest for budding producers.The challenge: Produce a two minute video on "Why I love to live at Stapleton".Not only will you have the opportunity to premier your movie at Stapleton Unders the Stars Events if you are one of the early entrants, but you could win two motorized Scooters from Sportique Scooters if your movie wins. The only problem may be limiting your reasons to a two minute video.Here's how you enter:1. Create your video. Don't forget to read the rules.2. Join the Stapleton You Tube Group. You can upload your video anytime between now and August 31st.3. Fill out the entry form.4. Send the video link to everyone you know. The videos receiving the highest number of vot...
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
Here is a quick summary of May 2007 home sales in the Lowry neighborhood. The area is generally located between Yosemite Street (east) and Quebec Street (west), E. 11th Avenue (north) and Alameda Avenue (south). There is a small pocket that extends out a few blocks west from Alameda Avenue to 2nd Avenue. The Lowry neighborhood was developed as a result of the Lowry Air Force Base closure. It is a wonderful community that has a variety of parks, the Lowry Town Center and neighborhood activities that are scheduled year round. Lowry "Glory Days", the neighborhood main event, occurs in September with concerts, historic planes and a multitude of craft and educational booths. Lowry living opportunities range from historical homes that have been renovated to areas still waiting for the soil to...
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
As you are aware, Central Denver Blog is still a fairly new site, having just begun in February of this year. New technology and skill levels always have a learning curve. I've definitely had my challenges getting the site and my brain to work in ways that makes this blog a valued member of the Denver Community. That journey resulted in a post designed to speak to other baby bloggers. The blog "The Little Real Estate Blogger that Could" is featured this week on the Real Estate Tomato. The Tomato is a highly respected site for real estate blogging advice and training. We made the big time!Share This
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By Jennifer Steck, Denver Real Estate
(Rocky Mountain Homescapes, Keller Williams, Denver Colorado)
Even Rudy (Gulliani) likes Bonnie Brae Ice Cream. If he is interested in moving into the neighborhood so that he can walk to the ice cream shop, there are a few houses that are no longer available.Here is a quick summary of May 2007 sales in the Bonnie Brae and Belcaro areas. The east and west boundaries are Colorado Boulevard and University Boulevard and the north and south streets are E. Exposition Avenue and E. Mississippi Avenue. It is a wonderful neighborhood with an eclectic selection of homes. From historical homes to custom contemporary construction, the neighborhood offers something for everyone. The neighborhood is within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, parks and transportation routes. AddressSales PriceSold DateSquare FootageDays on MarketListing Company 966 S. Uni...
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By Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate
 My wife and I recently visited Comedy Works.  What a great experience.  It has been around for 25 years and is one of the country's hottest comedy clubs.You can treat yourself to an evening of giggles, guffaws and downright side splitting laughter, because I have some coupons for Free Admission.  Best of all I am willing to share.I have 5 coupons to the Comedy Works in Larimer Square.  Each of these are good for two free admissions from Sunday-Wednesday only.  These expire on Sep 5, 2007.  If you would like to receive one of these FREE coupons just leave your name, address and email address in a comment.  As an alternative you can send me an email with the same information.  You can find my email address on my website.  I will send them out right away with no cost or obligation.  If yo...
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By Ben Hargis
(VR Business Brokers)
DENVER HEAVY EQUIPMENT SALES businesses are on the rise. With an expanding economy, regional growth and increased commercial building, this sector is a hot place to be.  How do you value a HEAVY EQUIPMENT SALES AND SERVICE business? 50% discretionary cash plus inventory, equipment and fixtures. If you own HEAVY EQUIPMENT business, now is the time to get the highest price in years.
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By Judith Clausen, Judith R. Clausen
(Buyers Advantage Real Estate of Metro Denver)
Courtesy of Denver Metrolist (MLS) 6/5/07Change vsMay-07Prior MonthYear Ago%%Single Family (Res + Cond)Active29,1104.49-4.42Under Contract6,3532.92-1.64Sold5,08115.51.42    Avg DOM102-6.016.07    Avg Sold Price$288,905 -1.40.55ResidentialActive21,5055.02-2.56Under Contract5,0453-1.66Sold3,95213.821.52    Avg DOM98-9.2610.11    Avg Sold Price$318,904 -1.121.16CondominiumActive7,6053.03-9.33Under Contract1,3082.59-1.58Sold1,12921.791.07    Avg DOM1180.85-4.07    Avg Sold Price$183,896 0.74-3.21Following on the heels of the OFHEO report a week ago which showed lower values during the first quarter of 2007, average prices for single family residential homes decreased in May slightly (1.12%) from April, but increased slightly over May 2006 by 1.16%.  Median prices for single family residenti...
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