New in Denver

blue bearWe’ve always known Denver was an incredible place to live, and sometime in the last few years, the rest of the country seemed to figure it out too. Population has increased by over 10% since 2010, in a report from Denver Urbanism.

As Denver’s population and popularity grow, so must the city.

The last few years have been filled with exciting developments, as a great city becomes even greater. With numerous projects in the works right now, here is an update on the ever-developing Denver.

 

Lightrail Introduces New Lines

We wrote a little bit about some of the Lightrail’s additions a few months ago, and the expansions continue. These changes are actually very exciting, as one line goes all the way to DIA!

“FasTracks is RTD’s voter-approved transit expansion program — the largest in the nation — transforming transportation through the Denver metro area,” reads the RTD website.

Union Station to Denver International Airport is set to open in late April. January promises the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit to Boulder, and summer is expected to extend the Lightrail to Westminster and then to Wheat Ridge in the fall. The Lightrail expansion will continue through next winter, on I-225 from Nine Mile Station to I-70. By 2016 the Lightrail’s mileage will have more than tripled.

 

New Apartment Projects: One Belleview Station, The Den

one belleview stationQuebec Street and Belleview Avenue is a hoppin’ area, with two new living-space projects, restaurants, and even an Orangetheory Fitness anticipated by the end of winter through fall of 2016

One Belleview Station is a 330,000 square-foot office building slated to be finished by fall 2016. The office is part of Belleview Station, “a 42-acre, master planned, mixed-use, TOD campus…strategically located with direct access to the Belleview Station light rail platform.” With over 2.2 million square feet of office space, 2,000 apartments and condo units, 250,000 square feet of retail, and more, Belleview Station is intended to create a space where employees live, work, and play.

The Den is a 325 unit apartment project, anticipated to be open by summer 2016.

 

 

New Outdoor Music Venue

We all know Red Rocks can’t be beat, but Ruby Hill Park is looking forward to adding more outdoor music venues to the vibrant Denver music scene. It also aims to be a companion park to the popular Wash Park.

“We were walking around Washington Park one day, talking to people about the city’s plans for Ruby Hill Park,” said Kent Sondgerath, Senior Landscape Architect and Project Manager for the Denver Parks and Recreation Department. “Probably about 85 percent of the people we talked to had never heard of Ruby Hill, and it’s only a couple of miles away from Wash Park.”

The park began with new picnic tables, playground equipment, and a new pavilion, but the project’s glorious finale is an urban mountain bike course and 7,500 seat amphitheater.

The big unveiling is scheduled for July 1, 2017. It will be launched with five free concerts in the summer and fall. The Levitt Pavilion Denver Executive Director, Chris Zacher, says they plan to bring in acts to raise some money for the park as well.

 

The Source Gets a Hotel

new_belgium_source_hotelIf you haven’t been to The Source, you’re missing out. This beautiful, open space houses numerous vendors, from coffee and beer to a butcher shop and Mexican cuisine. It has been under renovations for a bit, working towards the addition of a hotel.

The hotel has “unconventional rooms,” and will also house a yoga/exercise studio, pool, and the tasting room from a ground-floor New Belgium pilot brewery, The Woods.

“It’s going to be a pretty lively space,” says architect Stephen Dynia.

More than just a hotel, it will also house retail space for The Source, with the addition of new places to dine and even a tattoo parlor and men’s clothing store.

 

Living Above Whole Foods

Formerly known as 17W, Pivot Denver is a 579-unit apartment complex joining the LoDo area in spring of 2017. It is part of a new trend in Denver, featuring a mixed-use building with apartment complexes above the ground-level Whole Foods.

The project is bigger than Pivot, and by its full completion in 2018 will have three towers, all looking out over a spectacular city view with Union Station as the backdrop.

“What’s really going to set us apart is our amenity package,” says senior development director, Peter Petricca.

He describes three quarter-acres of outdoor space featuring a pool, deck, firepits, and deck. An indoor common space provides 20,000 square feet of common space with a demo kitchen, meeting rooms, and more.

“It’s going to be second to none in the market,” he says.

 

New Collective Workspace

Collaboration is key inshift_collaboration business, but it can be hard for people who freelance or work off-site. Shift Workspaces opened in 2012, a huge success. Creating space for collaboration and an inspiriting work environment, a new location is coming in May 2016 – Shift Bannock.

The new collaborative workspace actually has a little bit of everything – a gym with classes, coffee and beer, a kitchen, and mailboxes, not to mention the typical meeting rooms, internet, and events center.

SLOANS, New Urban Neighborhood

Previously the site of St. Anthony’s Hospital in West Colfax, the area is being redeveloped into SLOANS.

“SLOANS is a mainly residential, mixed-use development bringing new neighborhood serving retail to Denver’s West Colfax and South Sloan’s Lake neighborhoods,” the website explains.

Retail and residential will fill the mixed-use space, a trend growing in popularity, especially in Denver. Among the retail additions are a second location of the popular Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, as well as Highland Tap and Burger. Little Man Ice Cream is joining the party, bringing the new production and tasting room to West Colfax and SLOANS.

Fostering Student Community at Auraria Campus

The Auraria campus in downtown Denver is home to three universities. It is almost entirly a commuter school, often making community hard to find. The universities opted to charge each student an additional $5 per semester on their tuition fees, using these funds and funds from the Auraria Fund to build the Tivoli Park and Quad.

“The Tivoli Park/Quad will be an engaging and pleasant place for students to relax, study, and socialize. It will have a number of excellent features, making it a true upgrade to students’ campus experience,” says the Auraria Higher Education Center.

A patio, quad, coffee shop, and more will inhabit the space, making it an ideal place for students to hangout, have conversations, study, and meet.

“What it brings to the campus is a much needed student gathering and activity space,” says Auraria Highter Education Center CEO, Barbara Weiske. “This is something we’ve never had before.”

The park and quad should be open to use mid to late fall of 2016.

 

The Rebirth of Union Station

Union Station got a facelift, and it has continued to impress with the incredible restaurants, hotel, ambiance, and beauty. It is a popular place to grab a drink, dinner, or experience Denver, and is an iconic “Denver view.”

One of the last stages of its remodel is a 19-story, 342-unit condominium tower. It will be the first, and only, for-sale housing in popular downtown. 4986594234_fe3a2b1dfd_o

It will be the first of its kind to also offer affordable housing, a “mandatory” requirement for commercial real estate that is often opted out of or bypassed by building managers.

“Downtown is for everybody,” said East West managing partner Chris Frampton.

The managers aspire to foster a diverse and welcoming community and are excited for the new Union Station condos. Mayor Hancock is equally thrilled for the condos, calling its affordable housing piece the project’s “golden nugget.”

The condos plan to also include a fitness room, garden, rooftop pool, club room, 19,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and a 452-stall parking garage.

 

 

 

To Do in Denver, This November

 

2015-beet-saladFirst Bite – Alright, this one’s not in Denver, but it’s so close and so cool, we had to include it! Boulder’s 10th annual restaurant week is November 3-21. With over 40 of Boulder’s top restaurants, $29 per person is truly a steal. Details and a full list of participating restaurants can be found at www.firstbiteboulder.com.

Mustache Dash – Grow a mustache, draw a mustache, glue on a fuzzy mustache, it doesn’t matter how you get it, but come ready to run on November 14! This 5k partners with ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer (link: http://zerocancer.org/) to raise funds for research. There’s no better reason to take your ‘stache for a run! More details at: www.mustachedache.com/Denver.

Snow Sports Film PremierChasing Shadows, this year’s release of Warren Miller’s annual film on snow sports, premiers November 19-21. Perfect way to start out ski season! Tickets can be purchased here: www.skinet.com/warrenmiller/events/paramount-theatre.

Ice Skating – Downtown Denver’s famous Skyline Park skating rink opens November 24 – February 15. So lace up your skates and practice those spins! Skate rentals are only $2, and skating is free. Details at: www.downtowndenver.com/category/southwest-rink-at-skyline-park.

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Grand Illumination – The holidays are upon us, and we all know the day after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas season! Head downtown to Union Station on November 27 for the lighting of hundreds of lights and the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit! Details at: www.denver.org/

Denver Film Festival – November 4 – 15 is full of films through a non-profit dedicated to bringing people together and transforming their lives through film. “Come sit and be swept away,” the website invites. More details at: www.deverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org.

Denver Arts Week – This 9th annual event celebrates the artistic diversity of this beautiful city. The eight-day celebration November 6 – 14 is throughout the city, highlighting museums, theaters, and more that are often overlooked. For more details on the 300+ events, visit www.denver.org/denver-arts-week.

Ten Tips for a Happy Halloween

happy halloween banner1. Spooky, not scary!

Creepy is half the fun of Halloween, but don’t be too scary with your costumes and decorations. You              don’t want to scare your neighbors, friends and trick-or-treators away.

2. When trick-or-treating, say no to unwrapped candy or homemade treats.

This goes for trick-or-treators and the ones handing out the goodies! I know the homemade caramel       apple looks so good, but it’s better safe than sorry and you never know what extra things made it into the mix. And please, don’t put out a big bowl of unwrapped candy corn. It’s gross.

3. You’re never too old for pumpkin-carving.

And those roasted pumpkin seeds are just so good!

4. Drive carefully.

While this is always good advice, it is especially relevant on Halloween. Be careful of kiddos running around in the dark, and if you’re suffering from an intense sugar-coma or a little too much to drink, take an Uber.

5. Too much sugar and/or alcohol aren’t so fun the next day, snack smart and stay hydrated!

If you’re hosting a party, be sure to keep water and some healthy snacks available too. There are tons of creative, delicious Halloween recipes out there. You never know what your guests can and cannot eat…and we all know a few carrots definitely make all those Snickers bars okay.

6. Be thoughtful as you engage with trick-or-treators, you never know what allergies, social anxieties, disabilities or shy kid is behind the mask.

If a kid refuses your candy, maybe they aren’t rude, just shy or allergic. The TV show Parenthood did an excellent episode on Halloween and the anxiety two parents encounter going into trick-or-treating with their autistic son, Max. There are tons of organizations doing amazing work around this, like the Blue Pumpkin Project centered around Autism, and the Teal Pumpkin Project creating awareness for allergies. Be sensitive and caring, and believe the best about the cute little ghost. Maybe he isn’t being rude after all.

7. Dressing up is fun, but opt for creativity over cruelty and avoid offensive costumes.

Even if it seems really cool or funny, if it is caricaturing, misusing or misapporpriating someone’s culture, maybe go as something else. The options are infinite!

8. Don’t let the kiddos trick-or-treat alone.halloween-pumpkin

Halloween is great parent-bonding time, or make sure the little kids have an older sibling or friend with them. Don’t forget a flashlight!

9. Pick up those wrappers.

Parties are fun, and candy is delicious, but keep the environment in mind too. Here are a few tips for tidying up after Halloween mayhem.

10. Have fun!

It’s really the most important one.

 

Madison Report || 2015, Q3

Q3Denver held on to summer for a long time, but with these past few days of chilly air and drizzling skies, it’s finally been time to bring out those jackets, scarves and boots. With the changing seasons come changes in the real estate market, too. Read more from our president, Justin Knoll, recaping Q3 as we move into Q4!

“As we wrap up a fast-paced 3rd quarter, and the best September for the residential market over the past five years, market conditions are starting to shift in favor of homebuyers as we enter the 4th quarter. Typically in Denver, the Daylight Savings time change (Nov. 1st this year) shifts buyers’ efforts to find homes from weekdays and evenings to more time on weekends and day time hours. This will decrease demand in many areas and will increase the inventory of homes on the market, which are the leading reasons why October is generally considered the best time of year to purchase a home.

Entering October, we have already seen an increase in price reductions and some sellers are now facing the reality that they may have missed the peak selling season. Overall, showing activity, a valuable metric to track the market, is starting to slow as well, making this an opportunistic time for homebuyers to find a new home.

justin knollAt the end of Q3, the average (attached + detached) sold price was $356,005, down 2% from the previous month, but up 12% year over year, while listings under contract decreased by 10% in September to 4,844. This is a 4.8% increase year over year. A quick year to date summary shows new listings at 54,816, DOM at 29, average price at $362,200 and a record-smashing $15.4 billion in total sales volume, a 15% increase over 2014.

Nationally, the economy continues to grow quarter over quarter with Housing making a major contribution as Residential Investment has grown at an annual rate of nearly 10%, faster than the GDP. With much speculation, any interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve, now expected in December by many, is not likely to derail the strong housing performance.

According to the S&P/Case-Schiller U.S. Home Price Index, San Francisco and Denver have reported the highest year over year home price gains in the nation. These are the only two markets to realize double digit gains, while Denver posted a whopping 10.3% increase compared to the 5% national average many experienced.”

                                                                                         – Justin Knoll, President, Madison & Company Properties

You can view the full Madison Q3 Report here.

Colorado Facts

Park Meadows MallAt Madison & Company, we are passionate about keeping our clients and communities informed about everything, from the real estate market to home upkeep, the goings-on of the Denver community and of course, the history and culture of our beautiful city and state.

Part of our services includes a guide to Denver’s neighborhoods, and we are so excited to announce the arrival of our guide to Denver’s suburbs, coming soon this month!

As a little preview for this guide, here are 10 Fun Facts About Colorado, many of them are featured in the new suburb guide!

 

 

  1. Colorado is known as the “Centennial State” because of Colorado’s admission to the Union in 1876, the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence.
  1. 75% of Colorado’s land is above 10,000 feet.
  1. Denver’s Colfax Avenue, which holds the Colfax Marathon every year, is the longest continuous street in America. Perfect for the many avid runners who live in this state!
  1. Denver is home to 205 parks within city limits, and over 20,000 acres of parks in nearby mountains, making it the largest city park system in the nation. Adventures never cease.
  1. Colorado’s southwest corner, bordering Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, is the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.Horses
  1. Colorado means “colored red,” Red Rocks and Garden of the Gods are two beautiful places to see some of the reason for the name.
  1. The world’s largest stock show, the Western Stock Show, is held in Denver every year, and the world’s first rodeo was held in Denver too.
  1. Horses 1Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state, and Coloradoans sure love their beer.
  1. With Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas, we’re passionate about preserving the great outdoors.
  1. The view from Pikes Peak inspired Katherine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful.”

Denver’s Best October Fall Events

Elk Fest – Who doesn’t love elk, and even better is a festival celebrating the large elk population that grace Estes Park. Live music, Native American performances, elk-viewing and more. || October 3-4, Estes Park

lakeestescoursemountainelkRocky Mountain Oktoberfest – Incase you missed, or didn’t get enough of, Oktoberfest the last two weekends, the party goes on! Enjoy this joining of the Rocky Mountain brewery scene and the popular Munich tradition. || October 2 – 3, Pepsi Center

Fright Fest – Denver’s largest Halloween event, promising “fright by night,” and lots of scary fun! || Weekends, October 2 – November 1, Elitch Gardens

Mile High Horror Festival – Every fall this film festival showcases the world’s best genre films. It has been recognized as one of the top five “coolest horror/sci-fi film festivals in the world.” || October 1 – 4, Alamo Drafthouse 

Pumpkin Harvest Festival – Free family fun, with pumpkin patches and scarecrows, historic games and lots of crafts! || October 3 – 4, Four Mile Historic Park, 7155 S. Forest Street

Haunted Houses – What’s fall without Halloween, and what’s Halloween without a good scare? Visit these top-ranked haunted houses for your dose of the Halloween scare. || October 1 – 31, 13th Floor, The Asylum, Haunted Field of Screams

Pumpkin Fest – An excellent family tradition, the three-day festival is full of mazes,pumpkins, pony rides, face painting, music and more. The MillerCoors beer garden is open, and the Gardens’ famous Corn Maze is just next door. || October 9 – 11, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield 

Stem Cider’s Harvest Party – Colorado bluegrass and Colorado craft cider, does it get any better? Join Stem for their annual Harvest Party, celebrating community, cider and the “flavors of the season.” || October 10, Stem Ciders (2811 Walnut Street, Suite 150 80205)

Zombie Crawl – One of Denver’s most popular fall events, join the 10th annual celebration of zombie obsession and excessive creepy face paint, plus a really good excuse not to wash your hair. || October 17, Skyline Park

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – There’s no better way to run then with live music and the incredible city Denver as your scenery. It’s not too late to join the run and signup for a 5K, 10K, half or full-marathon. If running isn’t your thing, join the crowds to cheer the runners on!  || October 18, Downtown Denver

Boo at the Zoo – It’s always great to wander around the first-class Denver Zoo, but add trick-or-treating and its the perfect fall day. The weekends are full of “creepy crawly animal demonstrations” and the promise of fun for the whole family. || October 24-25, October 31 – November 1, Denver Zoo

Happy Fall (Home Maintenance)!

fall-cleaning-outdoors-360x240The first day of fall was greeted with a cool, overcast morning, a relief after Monday’s high temperatures. Leaves are just starting to change, hints of yellow and orange tinting green leaves.

In honor of the changing season, we’re sharing our top ten tips for a fall home maintenance.

  • Clean those gutters!

Be proactive: have the gutters cleaned before leaves have fallen, then cover the gutters with mesh so they stay clean and water can flow freely. If it’s too late for proactive cleaning, be sure to clean the gutters regularly and especially after leaves have finished falling. The fallen leaves can get caught in gutters, clogging them and preventing water from clearing out. Failure to clear gutters can result in pooling water that damages siding, roofs and basements.

  • Rake the leaves

Fall-CleanupWhile we’re on the topic of leaves, don’t forget to rake them! Kiddos love jumping in your freshly raked piles, and you may even be able to convince them to pick up a rake themselves and help out. Unraked leaves can kill grass, especially if they get buried by Colorado snows. Most cities have places leaves can be dropped off, you can find more information about Denver’s LeafDrop here:   www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/trash-and-recycling/composting/seasonal-programs

  • Weather-stripping

We all know the bills go up in the cooler seasons. Weather-stripping is one of the best ways to keep the warm air in, the cool air out and the heat bill just a little lower (and vice versa in the summer). According to the U.S. Department of Energy, gaps in weather-stripping and caulk account for around 10% of your heating bills.

See: Instructions for Weatherizing Your Home via Home Depot

For craftier folks, here’s quick guide to making your own draft stopper from Houzz.com:

1. Cut a length of material about 3 inches longer than the width of your door (to allow for seams) and 6 to 8 inches wide.

2. Fold the material lengthwise, with right sides together.

3. Stitch a seam (by hand or on a sewing machine) down the long side, creating a tube of fabric. Stitch one end closed.

4. Turn the draft stopper right side out so the seams are hidden on the inside (use a yardstick or wooden spoon to get it completely turned right side out).

5. Fill with dry rice or beans.

6. Fold the open ends under and sew shut.

  • Fix the outside

Before snow falls, which could happen at any moment with Colorado’s crazy weather patterns, it is important to complete exterior home repairs. Get your roof checked out to make sure it can bear the weight of Colorado snow. Leaky windows or a damaged roof could result in extensive interior damages.

  • Become a chimney-sweep

Flashback to a childhood of watching Mary Poppins…

Jokes aside, it is important to make sure your chimney, boiler or furnace is clean and functioning properly before turning on the heating system. Have your heating system checked by a professional to ensure everything is safe and in proper working order.

  • Don’t let pipes freeze

Exterior water pipes can burst in the winter if still filled with water or not properly insulated. Shut off exterior water sources; and for pipes that remain in use throughout the winter, be sure to wrap the pipes to prevent them from freezing.

  • Stock up, be prepared

It’s always a good idea to be well-stocked on winter supplies. Storms can keep you off the roads and away from stores for a few days, and it is important to be prepared. It is a good idea to keep a few blankets in the trunk of your car, and don’t forget the snow scraper for windows. Keep the pantry stocked with canned goods and emergency supplies. Have a stock of salt for sidewalks, as well as shovels and ice scrapers.

  • Check safety devices

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested regularly and the batteries replaced, fall-cleaning is the perfect time to keep them up-to-date! Check out your fire extinguisher and replace it if the expiration date has passed. Check the home for radon, as cooler weather increases the chances of this harmful gas being trapped in your home.

  • Keep sidewalks safeDSC_6118

We all know how treacherous the journey from the car to the front door can be in frozen winter months. Don’t let a damaged driveway or sidewalk make the journey any more dangerous! Repair cracks or holes in the walkways, stairs and rails before the freezing weather comes. Smooth sidewalks and driveways are easier to shovel, too.

  • Clean!

And last, but not least, don’t forget to clean! Fall tidying is just as important as spring cleaning. We all love the fresh, crisp fall air flowing through the open windows of our house, but with it comes dirt and dust, adding to the mess of summer. Deep clean the house before it’s too cold to be motivated. Wash the windows, scrub the floors, deep clean the kitchen, freshen the furniture, sweep every corner and find more ideas from Organized Home.

Do you have more ideas for preparing for fall? Share them with us in the comments, or visit our Facebook page.