The New American Dream House

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There is the Good News and there is always the Bad News.

 For all you McMansion lovers, developer-designed architectural disaster divas, bedroom,bathroom and oversize quantity qualifiers, maximalists in every sense...this is the Bad News.  The next generation aka Next Gen is not looking for that home design so if you own a home with less than four bedrooms, perhaps two master suites that are on different levels and horizontally distant you have a WINNER.
 
The facts, according to Candace Jackson's opinion in the NYT the millennial's new American dream home is an architectural design that will fluctuate in need and space.
For example, the millennial is looking for a home with an office and in addition to the master bedroom suite, an additional suite that can become a rentable Airbnb unit.
The need for a large garage is more minimalized, the new want is a carport that can transform to an outdoor entertaining space.  This generation not only travels light, but they live light.

Why the shift?  Millennials are the next generation that grew up during the housing recession where they saw the personal/family wealth of many vanish overnight.  This is the generation that saw For Sale signs morph into Foreclosure signs and half built McMansions in developer planned communities linger for months.  This generation wasn't old enough to buy the "see-through" homes that became Buyer steals, but they were old enough for the big take away on buying a dream house. The Next Gen dream house is the house you never have to leave.

Major builders are looking to this large group as their future consumer so they are adjusting the old McMansion plan for an "architect" designed plan that includes flexibility with a focus on outdoor living as well as rentable space.  The kitchen space for this generation is sleek, functional open to the entertaining areas of the home.  The traditional dining and living rooms are not wanted nor needed by this group of keeping it simple buyers.  

So, if you have or are planning to design a new home, keep your future buyer in the mind of your architect.  Put the "American Gothic" on the back burner because the generation after the Millennials may want just that.

For more information on the ever changing and fluctuating housing market, contact me.  I have worked with Buyers and Sellers in the greater Denver area for over 30 years.

Judy Fahrenkrog
LIV Sotheby's International Realty
Mile Hi Modern
255 Clayton St #100
Denver, CO 80206
  posted: October 15, 2018
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Game Changer

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Millennials and Baby Boomers are more alike than different!  Seriously check the facts:

 MILLENNIALS are the fastest growing sector of our population in the area of financial success, and many are already on their second or third homes. They know how to buy right and sell, they are not necessarily looking for the "forever" home.

BABY BOOMERS have been the population of seeking and finding financial success, they have lived and learned through a couple of recessions so they know how to buy right and sell Baby Boomers are already on their second or third homes, many owning second and third homes simultaneously.

MILLENNIALS insist on a design concept with an open floor plan and great spaces for entertaining family and friends.  This is a must have on the Buyer list for this group.  The formal concept of separated living and dining rooms is archaic to the millennial population.
 
BABY BOOMERS have lived in the traditional formal homes with separated living and dining rooms, they have sold the china cabinets along with the china.  This population of empty nesters with big bucket lists are driven towards the open floor plan ideal for lots of entertaining since  they have the time.   They want to see their guests while cooking or wine tasting, casual living is a high priority.

MILLENNIALS are the new workforce with global reach and remote workspaces.  This population will seek jobs that allow opportunities to work from home, they are not commuters.  Top on the Buyer need list is a home with a separate office or work space that is large enough to accomplish the "at home" office needs.

BABY BOOMERS do not need nor want to travel to the office, they have been there and checked it off the list.  The must have for this group of Buyers is the separate home office that has the capability to look and feel like the big office they just left.

MILLENNIALS seek a home that is environmentally friendly and socially responsible.  They see the value in timeless design and materials and are moving away from "trendy". 

BABY BOOMERS want a home that exudes timeless design and are prone to choosing homes with organic materials rather than pre-fabricated designs and materials.  This group wants a home that blends into the environment that it lives  in rather than a home that pops "nouveau" .  Again, this group has nothing to prove, they have already done that.

So, let me set. your intention back to the common ground of the millennial and baby boomer generations because this is the Game Changer.  Millennials and Baby Boomers want the same style home, and will remodel to achieve that or line up with other Buyers to win that design.

Available in Castle Pines Village is the perfect Game Changer.  The custom home on 70 Indigo Way, along the 10th fairway of the Castle Pines Golf Club and designed by John Knudsen brings all the elements together.  A large open floor plan, ideal for entertaining with large decks, lock and slide vanishing doors, abundant use of marbles, woods, granites, and stones;  soaring ceilings and skylights make it the number one home in the Village.  Check out the photos on this website or
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70 Indigo Way

For more information on this home  email me at 
judy@milehimodern.com posted: August 23, 2018
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#seventy

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Seventy Indigo Way will not only be featured in the Sunday Denver Post real estate section...twice indeed...but it will be the house to see at the Castle Pines Village Homes Tour on Sunday, June 24,  between 1 to 4 pm.

Seventy Indigo Way or #seventy is a stunning custom home designed by architect John Knudsen and built in 2009.  Set back approximately 60 feet from the road, on 1.57 acres, the design reflects a contemporary aesthetic that blends the organics of the natural beauty of the surroundings.  The premier location is in the heart of the original village with custom homes not less than one acre sites.  Buffered from the feeder roads into Castle Pines by open space of the rocky ridge below the Cliffs and the dramatic first twelve holes of the Golf Club at Caslte Pines, traffic problems only occur when the hummingbirds migrate back in the summer 

The bespoke constructionof #seventy blends all the organics that symbolize Colorado and the Colorado lifestyle.  Superior materials include, walnut and alder woods, locally. quarried stone, granites and meticulous metal work.  The statement calcite back lit sconces on the rock fireplace wall were a collaboration between the homeowner/designer and the sculptor just south of Castle Pines Village.  Lock and Slide phantom doors in the great room blur the lines between interior and exterior.  Both inviting and entertaining, the great room challenges with duelling fireplaces and comfort seating, but the push/pull of the home occurs with the walk-our level walk-in wine cellar and tasting area.  Champagne problems!

We invite you to not miss this unique opportunity to see this exceptional luxury home, right on the #one handicap hole of the infamous Castle Pines Golf Club's International course and the chance to enter and tour around Castle Pines Village without prior appointment.

Located just 15 minutes south of the Denver Tech Center, and 10 minutes from the Park Meadows Mall shopping/dining area.  Take I-25 south to exit 187, Happy Canyon Road.  
Turn right at the first round-about and enter the main gate for Tour Maps.

Castle Pines Village is a gated community with 24 hour Emergency services and attended gate houses.  The community is home to two Jack Nicklaus private 18 hole golf clubs, the Golf Club at Castle Pines and the Country Club at Castle Pines.  There are three swimming pools, tennis courts, work out facility, hiking and biking trails, and an active and informed community with book clubs, bridge-mahjong-bunko clubs, garden clubs, birding clubs and social clubs.  If you can't find it here it doesn't exist.

Castle Pines, where Denver becomes Colorado again.

See you soon at #seventy

For more information contact:
judy@milehimodern.com
  posted: June 23, 2018
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Mile Hi Rankings

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It is not a surprise that Denver usually takes the number one spot in the USA for the most fit city, but did you know that we ranked "numero uno" as the top metro for small business employment beating out Seattle, Houston and Dallas.  We also topped out in the highest increase in skilled labot knocking out Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston and Portland.

If you look at win, place and show...we landed the show spot in the best place to live in the USA, falling behind Austin and our neighbor to the south Colorado Springs...which is a real surprise to Denverites!  We are the third fastest growing large city, no surprise to the commuters out there and the fourth most exciting food city in America, beaten by LA, Austin and Chicago...I agree but there wasn't a craft beer category.

Business and careers rank Denver as fourth, that number could change soon if a major company makes a move to Denver.  My favorite category was best city for working women and Denver landed at fourth place, exciting that Denver is embracing the female work force.

These stats are provided by the Downtown Denver Partnership.

For more information on what Denver has to offer contact me at judy@milehimodern.com

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www.livsothebysrealty.com posted: June 11, 2018
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Hot Art

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Summer Art Fairs...the great summer weekend pastime that  stretches the legs and the imagination.  Denver is a mecca for artists these days with art districts that are open regularly mixing live work space with galleries, studios and plenty of street art, but nothing matches the bohemia of a summer en plein art fair.

The annual Art Student's League kicks off the summer series the second weekend of June.  Missed it?  No worries, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival is just around the corner over the 4th of July weekend and it will be a firecracker.   There is the Colorado Black Arts Festival July 13-15 followed by an art fair in Cheesman Park July 28-29 then on to Sloan's Lake on August 11.

In addition to the festivals and fairs in urban Denver, there are plenty in the mountains.  Colorado is a superb setting for artists with the incrdible weather, the sky in Denver changes every 15 minutes...no two clouds nor snowflakes are the same.  Cityscapes, mountain and river scenes, Western composition and people...the beauty, intrigue and individuality of Colorado.

Don't miss these fairs, a variety of local artists are represented but artists flock with their pieces from all over the country.  Most of the fairs mentioned are juried shows and the prices range from the typical "starving artist screamin' deal" to  
investment pieces.  

A major art piece makes or breaks the first impression of one's home and adds to lasting enjoyment of our homes.

Note To Self....Get the Cherry Creek LIV Sotheby's Mile Hi Modern office readied for the upcoming arts festival in Cherry Creek North the weekend of July 7th.  We are conveniently located at 255 Clayton St.

Judy Fahrenkrog
LIV Sotheby's International Realty
Mile Hi Modern
milehimodern.com
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  posted: June 10, 2018
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The Must-Sees of Summer

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Ah, summer is here and the Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure section"s article by Mike Hale marks it with the
Must Sees of Summer... in television, theatre, summer reads and travel.  Castle Rock was listed as a Must See, albeit the TV show, but the stunning residential community of Castle Pines Village should be on the to do list for anyone residing or visitng the Denver area.   CPV is located just twenty minutes south of Denver, at an elevation of 6280 feet above sea level, the place where Denver becomes Colorado again.
This gated community of luxury estate homes, townhomes and patio homes sits on approximately 2800 acres of lush foliage, Ponderosa pines, two Jack Nicklaus signature private 18 hole golf courses and mountain views.  Wildlife is abundant and resort style amenities throw the gauntlet at any of the mountain resorts.  

The trick is getting in to see the Must See!  Well, June is bustin out all over with opportunity.  LIV Sotheby's will be hosting an Open House of a stunning array of homes available for purchase on Solstice Sunday, June 24th, 1-4, and the headliner will be the home located at 70 Indigo Way.
Start on Indigo Way.

Known for its curves with stately pines and bordered by two of the signature holes of the famed Castle Pines Golf Club International course, Indigo Way maintains a three decade reputation as the "Street".  The lots are magnificent.
70 Indigo Way sits on a 1.57 acre lot with an 80 foot setback from the street.  It borders the 10th hole, known as the #1 handicap hole of the Golf Club at Castle Pines.  The award winning location, along with the extoradinary architecture and design make this home the Must See of the tour and will be featured by another great journalist in the Sunday edition of the Denver Post in the real estate section.  

So if seeing is believing, ink this date! 
Sunday, June 24th
1-4 pm
70 Indigo Way
$2,850,000
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For more information call or email 
Judy Fahrenkrog
303-888-4760
judy@milehimodern.com posted: June 4, 2018
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Not Your Queen's Castle

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Assuming the Queen's invite was lost in snail mail, and you will be around during wedding weekend...take a quick carriage ride to another Castle...Castle Pines Village, where Denver becomes not Windsor but Colorado again.  
Castle Pines Village is hosting an Open House tour of fantastic luxury homes on Sunday, May 20 from 1-4 pm.  The Guard Gates...yes just like Buckingham, will have maps for the homes that will be open and there will be several to view in all price ranges.

One luxury home in particular, first time on the market, is an architectural gem.  Designed by famed architect, John Knudsen, this sprawling ranch is located along the 10th fairway of the Castle Pines Golf Club, home to the International Golf tourney.  It sits back from the prestigious Indigo Way, a tree lined driveway winds to the custom, double mahoghany front door.  Perfect for entertaining, the main great room vaults to approximately 21 feet and crowned (no pun here) with a large skylight.  Lock and Slide doors open the outside to the inside creating the illusion that there are no boundaries.  The home is constructed with organic elements of stone and woods, copper and calcite. Two master suites with ensuite master bathrooms, main floor and walk-out level, 
an additional bedroom and a fitness room/extra bedroom option.  Decks, fireplaces, waterfalls, grills, top of the line kitchen, extroadinary wine room with tasting area, safes, vault and too many upgrades to mention.  Seeing is believing!

Stop by Sunday afternoon at 70 Indigo Way.
Castle Pines Village is a gated community located just 20 minutes from the Denver Tech Center and less from world class shopping in the Park Meadows Shopping district.  Castle Pines Village is home to two eighteen hole Jack Nicklaus designed private golf clubs.  The community has 24 hour emergency services, 3 swimming pools and recreational facilities, hiking and biking trails,  a design review committee sensitive to the natural beauty of the Village, a demographic of a community that represents all.

For more information contact me at 
judy@milehimodern.com
  posted: May 18, 2018
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BONNIE NEW PRICE

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Start packing as you will want to get in and move in to the best house in the best neighborhood.
966 Bonnie Brae Blvd has an amazing new list price of ...
$1,299,000... $100,000 off the recent appraisal

This New England styled house is vacant, move in ready and perfect for the upcoming holiday season.  It has the Martha Stewart vibe that will make you break out the 'How To Make Thanksgiviing' guidebokk that made Martha famous and will make you famous too!   The white picket fence is just screaming "garland me" along with the wrought iron banister that drops into the intimate living room with a hand carved fireplace mantle and mosaic tile surround of fine English china.  The white wooden plantation shuttered windows highlight the dream of a Dickensian English holiday...
boughs of holly and scents of spice and twinkling lights. 
Quick close and the stage is set.

This charming house has  a large master and master bath ensuite up and three additional bedrooms so the visions of sugar plums can dance around the darlings  Speaking of the Darlings...the house is accomodating for precious pups and their owners,  it is a short walk to the sweet park along Bonnie Brae Blvd and the neigborhood is very pet and child friendly...seriously Disney made this house the star of that cute little Lady film...or was it the film with the adorable children and their unique Nanny with the umbrella...whatever, your children will see this house and say...
"There's no place like home" 

Call now, or contact your broker for a showing!

Judy Fahrenkrog
LIV SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
MILE HI MODERN TEAM

  posted: October 16, 2017
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Do You Remember

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...dancing in September...never was a cloudy day...
Earth Wind and Fire (1978)

Ahh, September, without a doubt one of the better months of the year with a touch of fall in the air, schools are back in session, football game days are here, and yes, the last chance to find the perfect house and move in by the holidays.  Let December share  the love you can find in September ...
Attend the Castle Pines Village Open House on Sunday, September 10 th from 1-4.
The Village will be open to the public to view homes for sale that are listed with LIV Sotheby's International Realty and the fan favorite will be 466 Lorraway Drive!

The two story red brick home at 466 Lorraway Drive channels every verse of the song September.  The home exudes vibrance and charm from the moment you enter the front door and take in the breathtaking entry with marble flooring and a side sweeping staircase.  The entertaining rooms on the main floor extend from the formal dining room with double french doors to the gourmet kitchen that opens to a vaulted great room perfect for football parties or family pizza nights.  The five bedroom home can serve all the lifestyles that the neighborhood accomodates...great neighbors, great schools, great golf courses, great nature trails, great soul.

Speaking of entertaining...never was a cloudy day or night on the back patios with a large firepit and stone waterfall, an upper patio for hammocking under the stars and flagstone square footage for al fresco dinner parties and dancing the night away in the professionally finished European styled pub in the basement complete with a disco dance floor, chef's catering kitchen, full mahogany bar, billiards and theatre. 

You need to see this to believe the incredible price and luxury of living the dream in this dream home.

For more information contact:

Judy Fahrenkrog
LIV Sotheby's International Realty
Mile Hi Modern and The Coolest Homes In Town
303-888-4760 posted: September 6, 2017
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Rock Star Status #Mile Hi Modern

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Rocketing to the marketplace is an exceptional modern home that compares to none.  This is where Denver becomes WOW and transports the observer to an exclusive property say on the Cote d"Azur or the Italian Riviera, but it truly is located in the coveted Belcaro neighborhood at 919 South Garfield.

This home has it all, from the exclusivity of Nest Architecture and Boa Construction to the best designers this city has to offer.  This modern ranch organically brings natural materials such as steel, stone, glass and wood to brilliance and luxury.

 The drama begins at the entry with a direct visual of  the 14 foot stone fireplace that is the focal point of the great room with 14 foot ceilings and clerestory windows.  The La Cantina Bi-Fold Collapsing doors blend the interior and exterior and open to the 900 plus square foot outdoor living room with three large patio areas, an outdoor fireplace, large Viking applianced outdoor kitchen, skylights, 4 outdoor ceiling fans,  Delany & Long outdoor drapery, and plush landscaping with custom water features that include a stone waterfall and Basalt domed water sculpture.  The outdoor living area also walks into the, dining room lounge, third main floor bedroom/sitting room and the main floor master suite.
The master suite is acutally the master retreat with Loro Piana custom draperies, a walled fireplace (there are seven in this home) Phillip Jeffries fabric wall coverings and an ensuite master bath that rivals any luxury spa with its wet room complete with glass 72x36 doors that encloses a steam room with a soaking tub and marble bench seating, two wall -mounted and six ceiling- mounted shower heads and two hand- held wands.  The Ann Sacks designer tiles and Dornbracht fixtures with dual facing sinks complete the elegance and bring the word clean to a whole new level.

The kitchen is flanked by a Butler's kitchen and a wet bar, both complete with dishwashers, wine refrigerator, ice makers, refrigerator drawers, et. al.  All the appliances, in all the kitchens, wear names such as Kitchen-Aid, SubZero, Asko. Viking and Miele.  Imagine sipping your house-made espresso from the wall mounted Miele espresso machine while walking your espresso stained white oak wood floors whilst admiring your art from the museum grade level one walls and cantilevered art shelves enhanced by the Lutron lighting system.

If you don't entertain, you will, in this home with the various conversation areas from the formal dining room crowned by the Murano glass chandelier, or the formal living room off the entry.  Everyone knows the crowd pleaser while entertaining is hanging in the kitchen and you will since it is open to the great room and complemented by the outdoor living space and outdoor kitchen as well as the adjoining butler's pantry.
But, the competing area for seizing your guests is the downstairs grotto wine and tasting room that houses 915 bottles and the guest suite/theatre room with ensuite bath.  The 9 1/2 foot ceilings give so much lift to this seductive area of the house that you hardly know that you descended the floating wood staircase.

Don't miss the chance to own a piece of this va va voom.
Check out the video tour on this website by clicking on the top right link on the homepage or go directly to the website 
MileHiModern.com. 

For more information contact 
Judy Fahrenkrog
Mile Hi Modern Team
LIV Sotheby's International Realty
303-888-4760 posted: August 2, 2017
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