Category Archives: Urban Denver Living

Innovative Gardens of Denver

Colorado gardens come in all sizes and shapes.  Homeowners from suburbia to the urban neighborhoods of Denver are finding creative ways to cultivate the art of gardening.  No longer are gardens limited to a slice of dirt in the backyard.  Gardeners are using pots, wheelbarrows, railroad ties, stair trusses, you name it as planters!

Many gardens have gone vertical, using airspace with a minimal footprint.  This makes good sense when there’s plenty of vertical available and not much ground space!  I also like the idea of  not having to bend over!  It’s so much easier on the knees and back!

Herbs of a Fence

 

I took this picture at Denver Zoo where they are displaying wonderful options for gardening in vertical containers.

 

Tierd Garden made from stair risers

It is easy to see how appealing these containers can be to gardeners who don’t have lots of room but are craving a little digging in the dirt!

What sort of creative gardens are you seeing?

Median Price Charts for Denver, Englewood and Littleton Real Estate

Latest statistical news from Altos Research indicates a very positive trend in the Median Price for Denver, Englewood and Littleton!. The chart below indicates an upward trend since about April 2008 (didn’t I report that here and here?). Well it is so folks, perhaps Denver metro will lead the country out of a real estate recession!

All in favor…say “I”

Asking prices fell at the fastest rate in Las Vegas – down 3.3% during November – and 6.9% over the most recent three-month period. This marks the eighth consecutive month that Las Vegas has posted the fastest rate of declining prices among major markets. Listing prices rose at the fastest rate in Houston – up 2.4% in November. Denver, Dallas and Houston are now the only markets showing three months of sequential price increases. Mike Simonson ~ Altos Research

FYI ~ Denver stats include all ZIP codes in Denver County.  Littleton also includes the ZIP codes in Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree. Englewood ZIP codes include Greenwood Village (aka DTC – Denver Tech Center).

Inventory in these areas is decreasing. Of course this time of year we see seasonal decreases in inventory and of course last month was chock full of bad news. Just the same, inventory decreases are a positive sign.

Properties are being absorbed at a steady rate in Englewood and Littleton. Denver has seen a more significant drop in comparison, but not drastic.

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Light Rail services universities in Denver metro

College students and parents are always pleased to learn Denver has a great public transportation system.  RTDRTD Light Rail - Littleton Colorado Light Rail has stations at the University of Denver, Arapahoe  Community College and the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver.

Typically universities and colleges whether they be live-in campuses or commuter have issues with parking.  Finding a space and getting to class on time can be an very big challenge.  Coupled with the fact just having a car on campus is yet another expense, it makes good sense to utilize the RTD Light Rail.

Students find they can easily commute to a station near their home, hop on the train and in a few minutes be at school.  The trip allows time to relax, listen to some tunes or catch up on studying.

Parents also appreciate the fact their children won’t be trapped without transportation when they are living near campus without a car. Having the option to ride the light rail to travel to other locations is a convenience not offered in smaller cities.

Light Rail expands housing options

The Light Rail currently has three lines completed, the original line to LIttleton-Mineral Station runs down Santa Fe Drive, Southeast line that flanks I-25 ending in Lone Tree and the spur that follows 225 to the Nine Mile Station.    Student housing options are increased since they can use the rail line to live either in the city or the suburbs.

RTD offers a Bike-n-Ride program so students can combine their personal bike with a transit ride to shorten the commute.  Bikes are allowed on both Light Rail and buses.  Of course there is always the “space available”problem. If there is an event going on, there  might be a problem loading a bike onto an already full train.  Typically this is not an issue.

RTD park-n-rides also offer bike lockers for storage of the bike. The lockers are available on a first come, first-served basis.  One does need to rent a $20 RTD special padlock.  Designated leases are available.

Students with a college I.D. from participating colleges may purchase a College Pass to ride the RTD Light Rail.

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Street View

Technology continues to deliver new and better ways to assist in the sale and purchase of real estate. The latest WOW tool is being delivered via Trulia and Google, called Street View.  Lucky for us Denver is one of the top 20 communities to have the service.

Naturally, I had to look up my latest listing at 2622 Gaylord Street in City Park.  The system delivered for me, big time. See for yourself…

Be sure to move the cursor around to view the street in front of the home for sale. Too bad Google didn’t take the photos AFTER my real estate sign went up!

Wow this is very cool. Now I can show people the neighborhood around my listing and the lovely City Park Golf Course (see bottom photo).

Thanks Trulia, this is the best!


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Here’s City Park Golf Course
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City Park Golf Course

Denver’s City Park Golf CourseThe middle of March seems like a funny time to be talking about golf courses. Actually this time of year Colorado golfers are watching the weather report and ready to jump on the course at the hint of a sunny day.

In fact two weeks ago, we had such a day. I was over by City Park, picking up a client to look at houses. We both remarked on how this beautiful, sunny Colorado day had brought out the golfers at City Park Golf Course. The parking lot was full to capacity, the side streets were lined with golfer cars and the driving range had a line!

It’s no wonder City Park Golf Course is a popular place. The location is very convenient,Denver City Park Clubhouse only 10 minutes from downtown Denver. The green fees are reasonable, approximately $37 with a cart. The nearly new club house is very nice, as is the pro shop and the well-run restaurant overlooking the fairway.

The course is fairly challenging but not over-bearing as many courses tend to be. If you loose a ball you don’t have to wade through rattle snake territory to retrieve it! Long hitters may have an advantage, but if they don’t place their shot in the right spot on the tilted green they will end up putting more than wanted.

Denver Skyline at dawn, from City Park Golf course

City Park Golf Course is my favorite place to shoot a Canon. In fact some of my most favorite Denver skyline shots were taken from the 8th tee box. The course location offers some of the most inspiring city/mountain views. It is not unusual to find me roaming the course after dark or at day break, in anticipation of a perfect sunrise/sunset with the Denver skyline in the frame.

City Park Real Estate

Homes surrounding City Park Golf Course come in all shapes and sizes. The area to theCity Park Homes west offers older homes, bungalows, Denver Squares and two stories. Many homes in this area were built in the late 1800′s. Home seekers looking for a fine vintage home to restore (or a fully restored one) will find some good choices (value & style) here to the west of City Park.

sculptured trees of City Park NorthTo the north (above 23rd Avenue) the neighborhood was developed in the 1940 and 1950′s with a mixed bag of architecture. I particularly enjoy some of the scuptured trees and bushes in this area. For some reason when I think of City Park north this vision comes to mind. Homes in this area are priced beginning high $200′s for less than 1000 sq. feet.

The eastern border is in Park Hill along Colorado Blvd. Here we find large lovely homes of the early 1900′s. These homes built opposite the golf course and the park have an extraordinary, unmarred view of the city and with the mountains as a back drop. These homes are still very popular despite the fact they are on a busy boulevard.

New construction along 17th at City Park in Denver, ColoradoSouth of the golf course is City Park, Denver Zoo, Museum of Natural History and the Imax. Further south of 17th Street is another fine mixture of new development and historic older homes. Homes here were built at the turn of the century. There is a new multi-use development of high rise, row houses and condos with modern finishes and some “knock your socks off views” of the Front Range, City Park and Denver in general.

The Pinnicle a high rise bordering Denver’s City ParkThis location is becoming even more appealing with the restoration of Colfax
Avenue. The Tattered Cover relocated its store to the Lowenstein Theater complex from the popular Cherry Creek location. Many feel this move is just the beginning for many good things to happen along this once blighted avenue.

The price range of homes in this area will begin in the high $200′s for a very conservative brick bungalow with natural woodwork, two bedroom, one bath and off street parking. On the high end, a brand new row house can be had in the $600′s or a nicely redone Victorian 1900 vintage home in the $500′s ++. The area offers such a diversity in housing, one can pick the price point if one is flexible on requirements!

Hope you have enjoyed your virtual golf tour of the City Park Golf Course and City Park neighborhood. I encourage you to visit the area and enjoy it live and in person! If you would like more information about City Park Real Estate, I’m happy to chat with you.