Category Archives: Denver Neighborhoods

Come Enjoy the Taste of Lone Tree This Weekend

Lone Tree of Douglas County Colorado Celebrates

This weekend foodies and art lovers can combine their interests at the Taste of Lone Tree.  The festival will be held at Park Meadows Mall in the Vistas area to the west of the Mall.

The event is free to everyone.  Thirsty folks can purchase a $10 wrist band and enjoy as much wine and beer as they like.  Food Samples will be sold starting at $2.00.

Dates: August 14 & 15, 2010

Time: August 14 10-9 p.m.

August 15 11-6 p.m.

30 restaurants and 50 artisans will be at the festival, so be sure to stop by. for a detailed schedule of the Event download the schedule here.

Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 a Map

Using a Google Map to preview the Lone Tree neighborhood

Lately I’ve been working on creating a Google Map of Lone Tree, Colorado that illustrates the neighborhoods within the community as well as the amenities.

It’s interactive! Click on it!

If you click on the shaded part of a neighborhood, a pop-up window will show a picture of the area.  As you can see I have a lot of work to do, but so far I think this could be a valuable resource for people wanting to know more about Lone Tree, CO.

What do you think?  Does it work?

View Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 in a larger map

Highlands Ranch Colorado is in the Spotlight!

Denver Real Estate News – Highlands Ranch Featured

Highlands Ranch received a tip of the hat  from Money Magazine this month.  In a list outlining “America’s 100 best places to live” Highlands Ranch came in at #12!

The publication sited Highlands Ranch in Douglas County as having:

“over 8,100 acres of open space, 22 lush parks and activity possibilities that span from hiking to golf. This unincorporated area outside Denver offers the best of the Colorado outdoors.”

It is always nice to be recognized by national publications that we in the Denver Metro area have very desirable neighborhoods.  Of course folks discovered Highlands Ranch because it also has a wonderful infrastructure of good Douglas County schools, excellent shopping and remarkable views.  All this is within easy driving distance to the area’s employment centers, DTC, Downtown Denver, Cherry Creek etc.

Highlands Ranch is also within a quick commute of the Light Rail line for those working warriors who prefer to use public transportation.

Last week the Denver Business Journal reported that Douglas County topped the nation in the fourth quarter for the highese increase in average weekly wages, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The suburban county posted a 26.1 percent year-over-over gain in wages, or $244 higher, while the U.S. average was just 2.5 percent more, or $23 higher. – Denver Business Journal

Highlands Ranch is one of many great neighborhoods in Douglas County. Others are Lone Tree, Parker, Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Castle Pines North, Sedalia, Larkspur and Monument (which is really closer to Colorado Springs).

Colorado Weather Results in Beauty

Despite this October weekend is fall as per the calendar, our weather hasn’t been paying attention. In Denver there’s been an inversion, meaning it’s cold below freezing cold and it’s not changing.

Up in the mountains above the cloud the sun is shining and the temperature is warmer. I know, I’ve been there.

Last night we drove through the cloud to spend the night at the Conifer Mountain house (ele. 9500). It was 15 degrees warmer there. No kidding.

Among a few other reasons, my main objective was to photograph dawn. Denver didn’t see this, but I did and now you can enjoy it too:

Islands in the Clouds

Low hanging clouds obscured Denver, but from above the view appeared like an island in the sea.  The beautiful pre-dawn light softly warmed the horizon and the swarming clouds.

Oh the way down the hill, we took a drive to over to the south side of the mountain. There we could see Pikes Peak in the distance.  It looks like this:

A view of Pikes Peak from Conifer, Colorado It is a view like this that makes me glad to live in Colorado. I am so thankful that within a few minutes from my home I can see this whenever I wish.

Once again the low clouds hugged the valley offering a bright blue sky to those on an higher vantage.

How can a photographer’s morning get any better?

I wanted to stay and take photos, but there was work to do at  home.  We continued downward, passing through the mountain community of Conifer. This is what we saw: Crystal Morning Conifer

The cloud that engulfed Conifer, froze the landscape, leaving a crystal winter wonderland. The area glistened in the light of day.

Conifer Frozen Meadow Colorado weather is anything but normal.  We have learned to love its surprises both sweet and sour.  Most of the time it’s very nice here.  As you can see even when the temperatures dip we are still rewarded with dazzling results! Conifer Welcome Sign

If you are thinking about moving to Colorado and the metro Denver area, may I suggest the close-in mountains of Conifer?

It just so happens that I know a few outstanding vistas!  Give me a call, I’ll show them to you when we are house hunting!

Denver Living Streets Inititive

When I was growing up in a small town in New Jersey, it was easy to get around.  The kids walked to and from school each day including going home for lunch.  When Mom needed something from the store I would hop on my bike and go get it for her in about 15 minutes.

The streets were safe and busy.  People walked, rode bikes and seldom thought to use a car, unless it was for major shopping or going long distance.

Today the cities are trying to get back to those days, using various initiatives like “Denver Living Streets.”  It seems odd to me that teaching people how to ride a bike instead of driving is necessary, but so be it.

Rocky Mountain PBS has a short video series on how Denver is working to influence neighborhoods to pattern themselves into the new urbanism stream of life.  They are well done and worth watching.

It’s time to dust off that old bike and fill up the tires!

If you would like to watch the entire series visit Denver Living Streets.

There’s no better place to live than a neighborhood where people take an interest and have pride in the area.

Denver rocks!