Living Urban in Denver: Real Estate Blog




Some of you may have noticed that there is a permit in the window of what once was an apartment building and retail storefront at 32nd and Tejon.  Business partners Todd Colehour and Sean Kenyon will be "mixing up" a new concept for the space that will continue to bring new life to LoHi - a speakeasy reminiscent of prohibition-era establishments.  While the storfront will read "Williams & Graham", the inside will be replete with furnishings true to the 1920s, with mixologists stirring cocktails true to the era, as well as a menu board with food offerings too.  I've always loved this building and the views offered from the second floor will be part of the second phase of the project, that is proposed to have private rooms and a second bar.  This

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A lot of sellers that I speak with want to know what they can do to help attract buyers, get an offer and sell their home quickly, for the best possible price.  The January issue of REALTOR magazine had a great article addressing some common home improvements, and what sellers could expect to recoup when they go to sell their home.  It may not be surprising that four out of the top five improvements have to do with curb appeal.  In fact, replacing your garage door can recoup up to 93% in the Denver area.  For example, if you spend $1,228 on a new garage door, its resale value would be $1,143.  Replacing your entry door with a new steel unit would yield 86% of the cost recouped during a resale.  While these numbers cannot be applied accurately to an

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So what will it be - the braised pork belly with ricotta truffle gnudi or perhaps the bruléed bone marrow?  If you’re like me, this is not the typical question I ask myself when I’m looking for a place to have dinner.  However, Denver Restaurant Week gives me an excuse to try out some of the fine eating establishments in the Mile High City.  This year, Denver Restaurant Week will be February 26 – March 11, 2011.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, Denver Restaurant Week is a two-week celebration of the culinary scene in Denver. Participating restaurants will offer a multi-course dinner for the fixed price of $52.80 for two, or $26.40 for one (not including tax or gratuity).  Diners can sample some of Denver’s finest cuisine, while

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Many first time home buyers took advantage of the $8,000 First-time Home Buyer tax credit and are getting ready to close on their new home.  Did you know that there are other great incentive programs available to first time home-buyers?  Below is some information from the Denver Office of Economic Development regarding the City and County of Denver 2009 Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program.  There are some limitations and qualifying factors - all of which can be found here.

The MCC program allows qualifying borrowers to receive an annual federal income tax credit equal to 20% of the annual interest they pay on their mortgage loan. A tax credit enables a taxpayer to subtract the amount of credit from his or her total federal income taxes owed

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Over the weekend I visited the South Pearl Farmers’ Market where I met Ashleigh Quillen, graduate student in the University of Colorado Denver’s Landscape Architecture program.  Ashleigh is not only a student of landscape architecture, but her and fellow classmate, Ryan Sotirakis, have developed an interesting concept for the urban farm – growing a vegetable garden in the back of a 1966 Ford F250.  Using technology found in green roofing systems, Ashleigh and Ryan were able to retrofit the truck bed into a mobile garden containing all the essential ingredients for fresh salsa (tomatoes, various peppers, cabbages, shallots, Spanish yellow onion, cilantro and Boxwood basil).  While planting a garden in the bed of truck may not be every gardener’s dream,

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What is LEED?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was developed by the US Green Building Council (USBGC) as a voluntary green building certification program that provides a third-party rating system for “green-built” construction.  This internationally recognized rating system applies to a wide variety of buildings, both residential and commercial, and provides a framework for owners and operators to design, build and operate structures that have improved levels of energy savings, CO2 emissions reductions and improved indoor lighting and air quality.  The LEED rating system also promotes infill development opportunities by offering incentives during the site-selection process and proximity to public transit.  The

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Mark your calendars, the 39th annual Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN) People’s Fair will be back this June 5th and 6th.  This FREE arts and crafts festival is a Denver tradition and is a showcase of some of Denver’s finest artisans, food crafts and entertainers.  Each year, roughly 250,000 people attend this neighborhood event and this year CHUN is stepping up their efforts to help attendees “go green”.  The People’s Fair Green Team will not only be available to educate fairgoers on how to recycle, it is a part of CHUN’s effort to minimize waste through this year’s composting pilot program with the vendors. 

The current entertainment lineup is available now and can be found here.  More information on the People’s Fair, including a

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Farmers’ markets are a great way to spend an afternoon and also offer access to locally-grown produce, arts and crafts and live entertainment.  Here in Denver we are fortunate to have multiple farmers’ markets throughout the metro area.  Following is a list of farmers’ markets where you can get out and mingle with the locals, spend time with family and friends and get to know your local vendors.  So get out there this Spring and Summer and explore what lies beyond your grocer’s aisles.  More information can be found at


Cherry Creek Fresh Market

When: Saturdays, May 1 – October 30, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.,

Wednesdays, June 16 – September 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: E. First Ave &

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