Congratulations...

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...you received an extra day on the calendar! Leap Day occurs every four years, affording everyone the opportunity to leap! How are you leaping through the day? Need some ideas? Denver's downtown luxury condominium market is exploding with deals, bargains and negotiations. The Four Seasons just experiencd a major price reduction in their luxury condos; as a result the one bedroom and most of the two bedroom units are SOLD! Think you missed your chance? Think again, they are continuing the sale until they are closed so there is still time. The price reduction was in the 40 percent discount range, placing it as the most competitive luxury product in the city, until Leap Day. It is not too late to reserve at another downtown luxury development, affording the proximity to a major hotel with all the amenities of luxury concierge, spa, two dedicated parking spaces and more, much more! The prices have been reduced dramatically for a limited time, making it more competitive than any luxury condo development city close. As of Leap Day, two reservations and one under contract since the private unveiling so before the ink dries, take advantage of that extra day on the calendar and spring into action. For more information email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. posted: February 29, 2012
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April Love

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Bertrand Russell said that "Italy and the spring and first love, all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy." The same can be said for Colorado, and this spring season did not disappoint. After a quick April Fool's trick from Mother Nature bringing a wet, drippy snow, the blossoms and the tulips have popped. Everywhere you look, spring is in the air ...Denver is dressed in sundresses and bonnets. The Denver Botanic Gardens are celebrant in their own Cherry Blossom Festival. An early morning stroll through the gardens will lift the winter dust, and the surrounding neighborhoods are on parade with forsythia and a hint of lilac ready for your walking tour. The two signature Jack Nicklaus courses in Castle Pines Village should be host to the famed tourney in Augusta, this year we have more sunshine and the grass and scrub oak are springing back to life. Picture the foursomes from the tenth hole's perch at 89 Indigo Way or if you need a more immediate move in date to coincide with this early golf season, buy 61 Indigo Way and move right in! The ranch style walk-out home at 61 Indigo Way is a short golf cart away from the tee box of the number one handicap hold at the famed Golf Club. April, even the name is both romantic and melodic with a hint of whimsy. If you are lucky enough to be born in April you will find a collection of songs bearing your name. The first month of the freshness of spring, get out and enjoy. If you would like more information on the Denver Botanic Gardens or a beautiful tour of Castle Pines Village, email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. Enjoy the weekend, with family and friends and a bit of April Love! posted: April 6, 2012
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JUST LISTED!

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Just Listed in Castle Pines Village is 303 Castle Pines Drive South!  We had to immediately list a stately, custom, red brick home on the celebrated Castle Pines Golf Club course since the other home bearing the same adjectives (706 Golf Club Drive)  went under contract in a quick four weeks!  Hold on to your mortar..the market has picked up the pace of the other villages with little inventory and the stately red brick home is in demand.

The custom home at 303 Castle Pines Drive South is over 8,000 finished square feet, with true divided light windows, dormers, custom designer features such as signature wall coverings, wood-burning and gas log furnaces...4 on the main floor, a large kitchen, main floor master and library, marbled master bath and more.  Click on the photo link on this website for photos...go to listings and 303!

Speaking of 303, the history of the home was that the site was selected specifically because of the lot number!  Despite the views, the towering ponderosa pines and sprawling gambel oak on a very level lot, the 13th fairway of the Golf Club course and the prestige of the old village location; the original owner chose the lot and the number 303 because he was the CEO of the new telephone company known as US WEST with the area code 303.  The house has a few more fun and interesting notes to pass along so call or email me for more information.

303 Castle Pines Drive South
List Price  $1,800,000

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
email:judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: March 27, 2013
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Doorknob Deliberation?

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What were you thinking? That house is sale pending and the ink isn't dry on the for sale sign! The last Friday of the fourth month of 2012 was remarkable...closings beginning at 7:00, extending to 7:00. Showings set in the morning to be cancelled in the afternoon due to contracts pending. Multiple offers accompanied by love notes to the sellers that wax poetic on nostalgic aspects of homes and neighborhoods. NPR, National Public Radio, did a piece on the changing real estate market today that mentioned a multiple offer situation where the only reason that the acceptance of a buyer's offer against the multiple offers received was because he was willing to accept the family pet as an inclusion! Talk about Seller Downsizing! If you haven't tuned in to the real estate market in the Denver metropolitan area, tune in because it is one of the leaders in the rebounding marketplace. Pent up desire to move real property was anticipated, but not at the explosive levels seen in the last few months. Doorknob deliberation is a thing of the past, buyers are heading out with pre-qualifying letters and a Realtor with a mobile device that can electronically send offers within minutes. If you are a Buyer, this is the Spring training of the buying season. A pre-qualifying letter for the mortgage allows a buyer to move to a higher position while competing with multiple offers. The internet may or may not be your new best friend. The market is swift, so commit to a Realtor that specializes in the area you will search. A Kentwood agent has the advantage of three major offices in the metropolitan area, and active sales meetings and tours that often highlight properties that never make the multiple listing service. A neighborhood specialist networks, and networking is the new best friend for this housing market. The National Association of Realtors will be hosting its annual Open House Weekend this last weekend in April. There will be many homes held open including the new listing in Castle Pines Village at 61 Indigo Way. This is an opportunity to see one of the best lots in the Village, a short golf cart's distance away from the 10th tee box of the storied Castle Pines Golf Club. It is a ranch walk-out with a main floor master and over-sized guest suite on the walk-out level. The large open kitchen and great room along with oversized decks beckon. The home is stucco and real stone quarried in the neighboring mountains. A gently sloping 1.27 acre lot with mature professional landscaping and strong curb appeal will sell this home...multiple showings in the first few days. Stop by for a tour this Saturday from 11-2 pm. Take I-25 south to exit 187 (only 10-12 minutes fromt he Park Meadows Mall). Exit 187 is Happy Canyon Road, proceed down the winding tree lined raod to the round about that will lead to the main Guard Gate and follow the signs to the Castle Pines Golf Club, you will find 61 Indigo Way. Look for a green sign that says JUDY FAHRENKROG Email: judy@kentwoodcity.com, the Castle Pines Village specialist and Cherry Creek Realtor. posted: April 27, 2012
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Greening Up Denver

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Green Shoots! Just in time for a Spring delivery, the housing market in the Denver area is on the verge of a recovery...green shoots. A report on the Today Show identified Denver as the number one real estate market topping out San Francisco, Seattle, Austin and Raleigh. Citites that are appreciating an economic recovery share the same attributes such as job growth and a growing population, the dancing duo for an economic upswing. Good weather and a vital downtown also top the list putting Denver in the #1 spot with world class art museums, opera, symphony, theatre and six professional sports teams at the foot of the Rocky Mountain playgrounds. A well educated population is a strong indicator of cities that will recover early, yet the most interesting factor that signals a city's recovery is a large number of foreclosures... early. Denver lead the nation down the foreclosure tunnel early but there is light now and the green shoots are appearing. The inventory of homes for sale is low along with rental vacancy rates, competition for buyers and sellers and multiple offers are on the rise. Low interest rates are bringing the green, it is the perfect time to buy if you are a first time buyer, a move-up buyer, a relocating buyer or an investor looking for a good REIT. Email me now for more information on the Denver area market which includes markets from Castle Pines Village to Boulder. email:judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: March 1, 2012
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A Gingerbread Condo

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An update from a fan client revealed that he was referring a new client, his eight year old daughter. This adorable, intelligent and somewhat precocious daughter prefers the word "peeps" when referring to her school chums. Seems the word "people" takes up too much time, or perhaps 2 many syllables? She has also requested an alternative to the traditional holiday baking, instead of a Gingerbread House she wants to bake a Gingerbread Condo! Wow, game on, this is the client of the future and it is beginning to look bright! According to the Case Schiller report as reported in Inside Real Estate News, Denver home prices did not collapse to the level of many major cities. The negative media headline news has been highlighting markets such as Las Vegas and Phoenis, markets that built and developed right through the bubble. Their housing became too big too sustain, too big to fit. Those markets declined on the average of 60 percent, most markets lost 30 percent while Denver dropped 14 percent. Surprisingly, if you purchased a home in Denver in 2000, there has been an increase of about 13 percent on the average. These numbers fit, and are reasonably comfortable for buyers and sellers to negotiate around. Having a Goldilocks moment yet? Not to worry, the future is bright for the Denver area as the inventory is quickly diminishing and the buyers are increasing. With low interest rate opportunities, it is a great time to buy or sell in Denver... in fact in Denver, you might even hear the phrase it's a Tebow time to make things happen...courtesy of my newest client! posted: December 12, 2011
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The Final Four!

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Springing forward in residential real estate is equivalent to March Madness in college basketball. Now is the time to choose the brackets and select the winner that will bring your home to the enviable position of the Final Four, the short list. As open house signs pop up all over the metro area and cars loaded with buyers are seen driving around neighborhoods, maps, smart phones and Ipads in hand, the search brackets down. Just as the Final Four center court bracket lays out, so does the buyer/seller home bracket...region pitted against region or neighborhood to neighborhood. If a homeowner was to strategize with a bracket, the start date would be now, prepping the home for the first weekend of competition or putting the home on the market against 60 plus other homes and this is considered the second round, the first round was narrowed via the internet. The typical home in Cherry Creek North would compete against the east and southeast region of the Denver area, Cherry Hills and Greenwood Village, likely candidates for fierce competition. The west and southwest regions would include Littleton, Lone Tree and Castle Pines Village or other gated/golf communities. Then there is the constant influence of the central region with LoDo, Riverfront and the Highlands bringing more players to the dance, in addition to the areas that are considered to be on the "bubble"...Boulder, Evergreen and Parker. Round three only narrows the list of available homes down, the number of neighborhoods reduce as well but not until the Regionals begin. That fourth round of regionals will narrow the playing field down to one or two neighborhoods and one or two micro-neighborhoods, the search narrows to a Sweet Sixteen. The Sweet Sixteen takes possibly one or two days to bring the working number to a shortened list of eight down to the ultimate semi final and final round, the Final Four. In less than a month, a home could be listed, visited and purchased during the ultimate of selling seasons with the right strategy and the right team. Whether you are a buyer or seller, your first priority is to connect with a Realtor that will position you in the marketplace, do not get passed over. Let the games begin! posted: March 14, 2011
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Modern to Market

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Launching to market in one of the most sought after "hoods" in the mile high city is 984 South Vine, a super chic modern home in East Wash Park. The home, organically constructed, represents modern architecture that blends with the traditional architecture of the neighborhood, dubbed Denver's Crown Jewel by the most recent 5280 Magazine. Aspenites and Telluridistas love the trendy lifestyle demographic of East Wash Park with its convenience to local restaurants, boutique shopping, salons, spas, yoga and pilates studios, coffee houses and bike shops. It is the "ultimate" in living local, not a chain store or chain restaurant on site. It is also close to the park, minutes from downtown and the Cherry Creek shopping district. This modern home at 984 South Vine is crafted of granites, hardwoods, stainless and key elements of modern/contemporary design. Over 5600 finished square feet with 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, a wired multi media room, great outdoor patio and deck spaces, a living/dining room wet bar plus a full bar in the lower recreational room and a mini wet bar in the upper master bedroom. Call now for showing information or email: judy@kentwoodcity.com The new Modern in Denver will sell quickly. posted: August 10, 2011
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Priceless

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A before and after photo from a client was received with the following text: Construction Gloves $ 12 Bottle of Sunscreen $ 5 Bosch Saw $ 129 Tearing off Deck Priceless The satisfaction and reward of actually knowing that a task needs to be accomplished and actually getting to "yes" on that accomplishment is priceless. Whether you are gifted at "do it yourself" home improvements or gifted at "out-sourcing" the work, getting it done insures that your investment will grow. The economy has presented sellers with the growing challenge of preparing their homes for sale. In listing a property, the first discussion is list price and the second discussion is home staging. Home staging is essential in a competitive buyers market, and a well staged home usually gets a second showing. Home staging begins with the de-clutter process that requires no expertise but a little hard work. Packing up everything that you are certain you will not move to a new home and getting it to the appropriate charity or consignment shop is the first step. After you have done that "spring cleaning" the next step is to pack up and organize the things you will move that are personal; all the family photos, all the framed wall photos and all those souvenirs or objects of art from family and friends. Although your #1 Mom coffee mug is your priceless treasure, it needs to be packed and ready to move. After the de-clutter process, the next step is to assess each room. The master suite needs to be clean and pressed, in other words counter tops free of bottles, brushes and well worn linens. Giving the master suite the fresh look of an expensive hotel room adds subliminal value to the home...and don't forget the closets! A well organized closet adds volume. While you are in the de-clutter mode, go through the wardrobe and store or pack the off-season clothing. The next room is the kitchen, one of the most important rooms in any home and the room that usually is the easiest to stage. Free the counters again, the food processor and blenders, etc. get a time-out in the cabinets. Giving a kitchen a clean modern look does not have to be an expensive or time consuming project. Replacing the cannisters with a simple bowl of fresh apples and one cookbook on the counter is all you need. Remember, you don't have to be barefoot or a contessa to give your kitchen the look of a chef. After staging the two most important rooms in the home, the rest is easy and you'll quickly notice the necessity of bringing the other rooms up to speed. If you have a garage whether attached or detached, it is a room too, so get it done. You may be the next client that sends a text reading: Moving and Storage boxes $ 15 Rubber gloves $ 4 Ibuprofen $ 8 Staged Home PRICELESS Contact me to get connected with a few moving and storage companies in Denver that will provide storage, boxes and pods with considerable discounts and savings if you are a Kentwood client. email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: April 20, 2011
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A Mile Hi Contract!

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One of the most inspired homes in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Denver was for sale and then... gone, under contract within days. Belcaro's gem, 980 South Steele Street, is the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired testament to living MODERN! As seen in milehimodern and featured in the upcoming issue of Modern In Denver, the home is sited on a 16,000 plus square foot lot and is designed around towering evergreen trees and professionally landscaped tiered steps in the wrightian style. The home is constructed of organics such as stone and copper, concrete tile and marbles, glass subway and penny round tiles. Walls of windows capture the tree and cityscape, electronic woven windowshades are installed. The fenced back yard boasts a glass gravel firepit and waterfall feature, along with soffit down lighting, with two covered patios. Entertainment areas are abundant, complete with state of the art technology. The William Ohs kitchen and bar area provide ample convenience and ease, a wall of burled wood cabinetry hides the double sided refrigerator and freezer and top shelf appliances for modern cuisine. The house was listed at $3.2 million, and sold in two weeks. There are many modern homes in the Denver area, I can connect you. For more information you may email: judy@kentwoodcity.com. posted: May 31, 2011
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