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SE Metro Denver Real Estate Report ~ May 2014

Looking to buy or sell a  home call Kristal at 303-589-2022

SE Metro Denver Region Real Estate Report by Zip Code

Neighborhoods in the area include (but are not limited to):

Englewood

Littleton

Greenwood Village or Denver Tech Center (DTC)

Cherry Hills Village

Southeast Aurora

Parker

Highlands Ranch

Sedalia

Castle Rock

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SE Metro Denver stats are green with the exception of one area, Sedalia!  This area is considered a little remote from the metro area and homes just aren’t selling as fast!  With an average price at $426,900 this area has mostly custom homes.  Buyers in this price range have many options and those include building to their custom needs.  High end buyers might find the best deals in the Metro area in Sedalia, so be sure to take a look!

Average days on market for the SE Metro area is just at 33 days.  This means most homes are selling within a day or two taking the rest of the month for the buyer’s loans to be approved!  Sweet news for home sellers who can enjoy knowing their home is sold without having to be showing it for weeks on end.

Questions about your neighborhood? Need more specific data on your home for either purchase or to sell? Feel free to call for more in depth reporting. Kristal Kraft 303-589-2022 I welcome your call.

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Based on information from Metrolist, Inc. for the period of May 2014. NOTE: this representation is based in whole or in part on content supplied by Metrolist, Inc. Metrolist does not guarantee nor is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by Metrolist may not reflect all real estate activity in the market content.

July 4th Independence Day Celebrations in Metro Denver


Where to Find 4th of July Fireworks Celebrations and other fun in 2013

Metro Denver is full of wonderful celebrations on the Fourth of July!  Some begin on the 3rd and continue through the weekend, so rest up now and get ready to rock the 4th!  Here is an overview of our fine cities festivities.  Hope you can get out and enjoy the USA’s birthday!

Arvada

Arvada’s annual Fourth of July celebration will continue on Thursday, July 4 at the Lutz/Stenger Complex, W. 58th Avenue and Oak St. just west of Kipling, starting at 4:00 p.m. Festivities organized by Arvada Festivals Commission, the City of Arvada, KOOL105 Radio, and Apex Park and Recreation District include live music, kids’ amusements, a classic car show, a military display, great food, and a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is Free. Parking will be available on a first come, first served basis (including handicapped parking) beginning at 3:00 P.M. in the Lutz and Stenger parking lots.Call 720-898-7400, or go to Arvada.org for more information.

Aurora

Aurora celebrates the with 4th of July Spectacular fireworks display, scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. and patriotic music on Studio 1430 KEZW radio.  All activities, live music and entertainment take place on Aurora’s Great Lawn located on the west side of the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, on Wednesday, July 4. Free activities for kids abound with face painters, balloon twists, a stilt walker and craft making throughout the evening. Don’t forget to tune your radios to Studio 1430 KEZW, our radio partner, where you can hear the fireworks choreographed to classic beats. Limited seating is available on the Aurora Municipal Center lawn. The fireworks also may be viewed from surrounding areas. Best viewing locations include east of Potomac Street, south of Sixth Avenue, north of Mississippi Avenue and west of Buckley Road. Visit AuroraGov.org or call 303-326-8FUN.

Boulder

Fireworks spectacular at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado with Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast. Fireworks, choreographed to live music, begin at 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 8 p.m. and program begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission to the fireworks display is free. For more information about parking and shuttle buses, go to Boulder4thofJuly

Brighton

Celebrate Independence Day in Brighton with an early concert held at Carmichael park followed by an exciting display of fireworks.  500 s. 4th Ave.  We will “Brighten the Brighton” sky at 9 p.m. Come at 4 p.m. and enjoy the music, concessions and other activities in the park. For more information, call the event hotline: (303)655-2000 . Learn more at BrightonCo.gov

Broomfield

Great American Picnic and Fireworks Extravaganza will be held at Broomfield County Commons, located at 132nd and Sheridan on July 4. We start our celebration at 5:30 p.m. with children’s entertainment and carnival games. At 7 p.m. enjoy a free concert with FACE and later Sould X. Bring your picnic dinner or enjoy a hot dog grilled to perfection for a minimal cost at the park. After the concert, at dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.) , the fireworks display begins at the Broomfield Commons. For additional information, call (303)-464-5530 or visit broomfield.org.

Castle Rock

The Meadows neighborhood will host its 4th of July party at Metzler Ranch Park, 4175 Trail Boss Road, on July 4. It’s a holiday helping of family fun with kids events, live entertainment and of course, a fireworks show. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and ends with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. The best view will be from within the park, 4175 Trail Boss Road, though other areas with views of the park also will have views of the fireworks. The display will last about a half-hour. The website for the event is the website for the Town of Castle Rock.  Town fathers of Castle Rock want to express the fireworks are contingent upon the “ever changing weather and fire conditions.

Commerce City

On July 4, the fireworks will start after the Rapids game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Free family festivities kickoff at 5 p.m. with a kid’s circus, karaoke, live 80s band, zip line, mechanical bull, climbing wall and many other activities for all to enjoy. Fireworks to follow Rapid’s game.  Purchase tickets to see the4 Colorado Rapids take on the New York Red Bulls at Colorado Rapids. from Dick’s Sporting Good Park. Tune into 92.5 The Wolf to hear music show along with the fireworks! More information available at To learn more go to ColoradoRapids.com or to the official website 4thFestColorado.com or call 303-727-3500.

Denver

Celebrate the 4th of July in Denver with a Free Concert by Colorado Symphony Orchestra – Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Civic Center Park Listen to all-American favorites followed by fireworks and light show. FREE

Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration – Four Mile Historic Park featuring horse-drawn wagon rides, games and music. 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Cost: Adults $7, youth and seniors $4. Free admission for children ages six and under, members of the military (yeah!!!) and residents of Glendale, Colorado.  For more information contact: 303-399-1859

Park Hill 4th of July Parade – Thursday, July 4, 2012 begins at 1:30 at 23rd Ave and Dexter, continuing to Kearney Street.  Free

Cherry Creek Arts Festival – Friday July 5 thru Sunday July 7 2013  10:00 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday  Cherry Creek North welcomes artists from around the country to this very fine annual showcase.  Food at the venue.

The Colorado Rockies will have fireworks after their game on Wednesday and Thursday the 3rd and 4th of July!  Buy tickets online at ColoradoRockies.com

 

Englewood

Fireworks display will be launched from the baseball fields at Cornerstone Park at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th and can be seen from Belleview, Progress and Cornerstone Parks. There will also be games, entertainment, food and fishing on hand starting at 11 a.m.. To see the full schedule, call (303)762-2680 or go to City of Englewood. As a reminder, all alcohol, glass containers, pets and fireworks are strictly prohibited.

Firestone

Firestone has a fun filled day attracting folks from around the region.  Festivities begin early and continue past dark.  Here’s the schedule:
Miners Park, 226 Grant Ave.
American Legion Auxiliary Breakfast – Starting at 7 a.m.
Tri-Town Trot by the Carbon Valley Recreation District – 8 a.m.
Parad 10 a.m.
4th at Firestone Main Event 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Evening Concert int he park 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Fireworks at Saddleback Gf club 9:30 p.m.

Georgetown

Georgetown claims to have the best small town parade in Colorado! Go find out for yourself!  For info call 303-569-5065  6th Street, Georgetown, Colorado
8:00 a.m. 5k Race
11:00 a.m. Parade
12:00 BBQ at City Park
2:00 p.m. Bucket Brigade races
6:00 Bingo at the community Center
Dusk – Glorious Fireworks

Glendale

Fireworks are scheduled for Wednesday July 3rd at 8 p.m. . As in years past, the fireworks will be launched from Creekside Park at E. Virginia Ave. and S. Clermont St. Best viewing is at Cherry and Exposition. Come early to play in the new park just south of the Infinity Park stadium; and then walk up Cherry Street to snag your favorite viewing location because views of the fireworks will be limited from Infinity Park South. Call 303-759-1513 or go to the city’s website for more information.

Golden

Fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. on July 4 at Lions Park, located 10th and Maple Streets. The Golden Lions Club will sponsor the day’s activities at Lions Park. Park in the outlying parking lots to avoid the congestion on 10th St. after the fireworks. Entertainment will be provided all day from various bands. Drawings for door prizes, children’s rides and food will also carry on throughout the day. For more information go to GoldenLionsClub.org or call the Golden Chamber of Commerce at 303-279-3113.

Green Valley Ranch

Fireworks on July 4 at the Amphitheater and Plaza at Oakwood Homes area. There will be food, live music and fun. To learn more, go to GVRCO.com or call 303-595-8747.

Highlands Ranch

The party includes rides, games, live music, 5K Run/Walk, Family Bike/Pet Parade, Celebration in Town Center, Skateboard Demos, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Fireman Challenge, Pet Adoption Fair and Fireworks.  HRCA will be accepting donations for the wildfire relief so bring your piggy bank to help your neighbors in distress!  A full outline of activities can be found at HRCA Online.

Idaho Springs

Enjoy the July 4th Festival “Tribute to our Heroes” on July 4th in the center of the Idaho Springs Historic District along Miner Street starting at 2:00.  The 2013 Celebration is in Honor of our Heroes: Firefighters, Police, EMS and also recognizing our past and present military veterans.

Three local bands will be featured; the Colorado Veterans of Foreign Ward Band; the 101st Army National Guard Band, rough Riders; and a WWII style USO show by “Reveille 3.”  An exciting fireworks show to follow over the water wheel.  Dancing in the streets until midnight!

Indian Hills

The Indian Hills Fire rescue EMS will be hosting their annual Fourth of July celebration.  The day-long event celebrates the nation’s birthday with this schedule:
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Air life Helicopter Fly-in
11:00-1:00 p.m. Parade
4:00 – fireworks Food Vendors
4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Beer Garden
4:00 p.m. – dusk Live Music Featuring Austin Young
9:20 p.m. Fireworks (weather permitting)

More details can be found at Indian Hills fire Rescue

Lafayette

This wonderful July 4th celebration is free to the public and will take place from 4 pm – 10pm at Waneka Lake; 1600 Caria Dr. in Lafayette. The celebration will include free kid’s activities, live entertainment, food concessions, lawn games and fireworks at dusk. Donations are being accepted for the fireworks show, contributions are trickling in but we have a long way to go. There are many ways that you can donate. Visit Lafayette Colorado or call at 303-666-9555.

Lakewood

Lakewood on Parade will not happen this year.  Check back next year!

Littleton (All Fireworks displays in Arapahoe County have been prohibited.  This event has been cancelled!)

The 18th annual Fourth of July Family Festival and Fireworks Show will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Belleview, Progress and Cornerstone Parks near the intersection of Belleview and Windermere. With an emphasis on a safe night for families, there will be strict enforcement of laws prohibiting alcohol and personal fireworks. Pets are strongly discouraged. Learn more at Littletongov.org.

Lone Tree

Lone Tree’s Independence Day Celebration:

The City of Lone Tree’s Independence Day Celebration will continue as planned on July 4th beginning at 3:00 pm with the children’s free bike decorating activity followed by the bike parade at 4:00 pm.
The event officially opens at 4:00 pm at Sweetwater Park and includes musical entertainment from Raising Cain and The Six Million Dollar Band and a large amount of free activities including quad bungee trampolines, climbing walls, face painters, caricature artists, airbrush artists, inflatables, clowns, a petting zoo and the popular Celebration Hat making activity. Food vendors will be onsite to sell refreshments. All activities will conclude in the park at 8:30 pm.

Independence Day Wristbands Required:

Due to safety concerns associated with overcrowding at Sweetwater Park, wristbands are still required to enter the event. Each household in Lone Tree and Acres Green can pick up four (4) wristbands for free and with a $5 contribution to Hearts Across the Miles an additional four (4) wristbands may be purchased. Hearts Across the Miles is a local nonprofit who provides support for American troops overseas.

For additional information please visit the City’s website at  www.cityoflonetree.com call 303-708-1818.

Louisville

Fireworks on July 4 at Coal Creek Golf Course, 545 West Dillon Road. There’s no parking at the golf course. Free shuttle from Louisville Recreation Center and Home Depot. Call 303-335-4536 or go to http://www.ci.louisville.co.us for more information.

Northglenn

Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. over Webster Lake at E.B Rains Jr. Memorial Park, 117th Avenue and Community Center Drive (S.E corner of 120th and I-25.) Scheduled activities include a pancake breakfast, a bake sale, a kids’ fun area with inflatables and a military recognition. Pedal boats will be available for rent throughout the day and during the fireworks show. Call 303-450-8713 for more information or go to Northglenn.org.

Parker

Let Freedom Sing! Celebrate Independence Day at Parker’s annual celebration ~ Presented by Children’s Hospital  Salisbury Park, 11920 Motsenbocker Rd. From 6 to 10 p.m.  Additional information about the event can be found at Parker Online

Thornton

Fireworks display at Thornton Multipurpose Fields at East 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard at 9:35 p.m. Events prior to fireworks include walk-around entertainers, food and the Kory Brunson Band at 8 p.m. and a parachute jump just before fireworks go off. Call 303-255-7800 or City of Thornton for more information.

First Time Home Buyers ~ Ready to Play All or Nothing?

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First time buyers have hit the JACKPOT this year. $8000 is a handsome sum that a first time home buyer will receive just for purchasing a home. This unprecedented incentive is meant to stimulate the economy and give a boast to a well deserving home buyer.

$8000 is a lot of money, it’s not a credit, it’s a check. As a first time home buyer there are many things you can do with this money, perhaps improve your new home, buy furniture, pay off a few bills or maybe stash it in the savings for a rainy day.  However it is spent will be determined by you.

But are you willing to lose it?

The deadline for closing on your first home is December 2009. That date is creeping up on us, from today it’s only 149 days away. Ah but still there must be time to write an offer, finalize financing and close.  Leaving this to the last minute will not do, unless you are a Riverboat Gambler, I suggest the latest one needs to finalize on a contract is October 15th.

Forty-five days to close on a contract leaves just enough time to get the job done. So 149 minus 45 leaves 104 days to gather a down-payment and start your house hunt.

104 days to gain a house and $8000 in cash or nothing.

If you start now it is a sure bet, so what are you waiting for?

Anschutz Medical Campus

Gracing the site of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in North Aurora, the Anschutz Campus is the home of the University of Colorado’s Health Science Center and University of Colorado Hospital. Actually, those well known institutions are just the tip of an enormous iceberg-like medical and research center that promises to be in the top tier of such medical research centers.

With the 2007 opening of the Children’s Hospital, and the soon to be constructed new Veteran’s Administration Hospital, the Anschutz Campus also houses the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Facility, and numerous research centers and educational facilities.  The present Fitzsimons Golf Course, built for the Army, will give way to the Colorado Science and Technology Park at Fitzsimons.  When fully developed, this 578 acre research park will provide jobs for as many as 40,000 people, working in up to 18 million square feet of state of the buildings.

With the hospital facilities and research park employing as many as 90,000 highly trained people in as little as 20 years, the question of where to house those people comes to mind. The areas of Aurora surrounding the campus are old, crammed with obsolete housing, and offer little in the way of modern amenities.  To its credit, Aurora has undertaken a massive urban renewal effort, but much remains to be done before there is any hope of matching the spectacular facilities of the Anschutz Campus with its surroundings. The nearby Denver neighborhoods of Stapleton and Lowry offer new, higher end housing built to the standards of New Urbanism.  Stapleton, 10 minutes west of the Anschutz Campus, is a continuing redevelopment of Denver’s former airport. Lowry, a similar redevelopment of the site of the former Air Force base, lies 15 minutes from the campus.  15 to 45 minutes south, neighborhoods in south Aurora, Centennial, and eastern Douglas county offer modern housing in all price ranges, with the added benefits of top notch schools and plentiful shopping.

The northeast Metro Denver area, especially Aurora, will reap the benefits of the Anschutz Campus and adjacent Science and Technology Park far into the future.  Hard work, imagination, and money from many sources, including over 91 million from the Anschutz Foundation, have come together to create this milestone project from an abandoned military hospital.

Buckley AFB

Buckley Air Force Base and the Giant Golf Balls

100 Real Estate Tips in 100 Days (Day 28)

by Larry McGee

Looking ever so much like golf balls lined up for practice swings from a giant golfer, the picture above shows just some of the 15 protected satellite dishes that Buckley Air Force Base is known for.  Visible from Lookout Mountain, the distinctive “Golf Balls” house the communication links that serve the Aerospace Data Facility, one of the many tenants of the 460th Space Wing,which manages Buckley AFB.  Other major tenants include the 140th Wing, flying F-16’s; the Army Aviation Support Facility; and some 34 other military units, representing every branch of the armed forces (including the Coast Guard), with active, reserve and national guard components in residence.  Buckley houses some 10,000 military and civilian employees, and supports some 90,000active and retired military men and women and their dependants.

Buckley has one 11,000 foot runway; capable of servicing every type of aircraft operated the armed forces.  Although the growth of Aurora has impacted the base in a few ways, some care has been taken to avoid building residences close to the approach zone of the runway. For the most part the occasional whine of an F-16 or the “thump-thump”sound of an Apache helicopter is more reassuring than irritating.

Neighborhoods in close proximity to Buckley include Murphy Creek (reasonably priced homes on a golf course), Smoky Hill, Saddle Rock, Wheatlands, and a large number of subdivisions in South Aurora and Centennial.

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