Indigo Gold

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The color Indigo has been so valued for centuries that it shared a celebrity status with the precious metal, gold. Such is the existing inventory on the most celebrated street in Castle Pines Village, Indigo Way. Indigo Way was actually named for the Indigo blue skies that are unique to the old part of the village. Indigo Way sits high on the north side of Happy Canyon Road, and is protected from the I-25 hustle/bustle and the congestion near Castle Pines North. The protection comes from the backdrop of the rock ridge that houses the Country Club at Castle Pines at the top. Indigo Way also sits away from Santa Fe Drive and Happy Canyon, you actually need to listen for a train whistle as it is not in your backyard. All of the single family homes on Indigo Way are on one acre, minimum, lots. There are rows of ponderosa pines on each lot, ample scrub oak and relief in the terrain. Indigo Way is so removed from the compact neighborhoods, that the night skies are brilliant with dark Indigo colors and galaxies of stars. Coming to market soon is a custom main floor master home situated on a one acre plus lot with an oversized garage and plenty of outdoor living areas for star gazing. The main floor plan is open and entertaining, and the walk-out level has two bedrooms with an additional master bedroom. The home is the perfect home that configures for all sorts of lifestyles, the empty nester or the boomeranger group, the raising kids group, even the golf club out of towners that want to co-own a summer property. This coming soon home is a short golf cart away from the first tee of the Castle Pines Golf Club. The address is 61 Indigo Way. Listed and available, complete with architectural drawings that have received design review approval is the lot at the end of the cul-de-sac on Indigo Way. Views of the 10th green of the Castle Pines Golf Club and mountain views make this the ideal location for a custom home. Build your decks wide, and enjoy the Indigo skies. The address is 89 Indigo Way. For more information on both of these properties email me at: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: March 25, 2012
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Jumping In

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According to the Denver Post, the metro area home sales are up from a year ago...by 14.7 % and the dollar value is up 13%. The latest mortgage rates are 3.01% for a 15 year fixed, last week it was 2.99%. The number of houses that are currently listed has dropped since a year ago and more houses are going under contract prior to being listed in the MLS! The water is fine...time to jump in. Timing is everything and jumping in at the right time is a matter of timing. With the inventory dwindling, sellers need to stop pacing the edge of the pool...time to jump in because there are buyers wading in. A strong indication that the market is changing is the number of new retailers that are jumping into the Denver area market. Trader Joe's announcement that new stores will launch in the metro area received rave reviews, as well as the announcement that Dunkin Donuts will open 11 new stores. The Union Station redevelopment project has brought excitement to the lower downtown area with a flurry of residential sales. The Four Seasons reportedly put several condos under contract during there 3 week price drop, most will close before the outdoor pools open. Time to jump in! If you are looking for someone to encourage you to take the plunge, email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. Working in the Kentwood City Properties lower downtown office affords buyers and sellers opportunities in real estate that no other location can offer. The marketing materials exceed any in the Denver area and the listing inventory is exceptional, allowing my clients first hand market information and previews of real estate prior to a market launch. Working with a professional realtor is akin to swimming high tide with a lifeguard,... email:judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: February 9, 2012
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The Wright Stuff

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When Frank Lloyd Wright died in the late fifties, he had more than 500 projects that had not been completed but in order to give them the cache that it is a Frank Lloyd Wright design, it must be authenticated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Oh, to Wright or not to Wright!  The bottom line is that referring to a structure with the famed name as the designer is a bit of a framed name.  However, it is acceptable to refer to a design that has similar elements as a "Wrightian" design.  In other words, 762 Valderrama, in Castle Pines Village with photos posted on this website was designed with a Wrightian vibe both in roof line, construction materials and even the clerestory window effect which was a Wright trademark.

In many of the original Wright homes, the clerestory window was not only on the edge for the mid-century thinker, but it was well received in many booming areas such as California.  When 762 Valderrama was designed, by a northern California architect, the lot suggested Wrightian so the design included many of the famed clerestory windows to bring the incredible outside of the home's lot right (intended) into the home.

The lot of 762 Valderrama is located off the third hole of the famed Castle Pine's Golf Club's International course.  The clerestory windows capture views of the course, the ponderosa pines and gambel oa,  the mountains and the starry, starry nights or bluebird Colorado day skies.  The setting gives more of a Wrightian vibe than the design of the house, but the house is not to be missed.  Click on the link to view the interior photos that mix Colorado organics with French antiques.

For more information on this home or any other homes in Castle Pines Village contact me at:
judy@kentwoodcity.com
Judy Fahrenkrog
303-820-2489

JUST LISTED ALERT!  Across the fairway from 762 Valderrama is 706 Golf Club Drive, a stately brick manse with over 8,000 finished square feet at $1,600,000.  Watch for the photos and tour to be uploaded soon.

posted: February 5, 2013
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Light Up Your Life

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As the winter soltice approaches, afternoon dusk will play the early visitor. Daylight is officially shortened. Adjusting to the dark? The brilliance of less daylight, is discovering what we can do with darkness...light it up! A quick drive around the micro neighborhoods of this late autumn/ early winter wonderland will lighten any life. Larimer Square is dazzling in a canopy of white lights that stretch the entire city block. Cherry Creek North is wired in tiny white lights along Third and Second Avenues. Soon the Denver Botanic Gardens will be lit with their holiday display of light themes that coordinate with the garden themes; a great spot for a romantic evening under a riot of illuminated color. Urbanites can enjoy window views of the Denver skyline, spectacular in the evening, and views of the Elitch amusement theme park's whimsical ferris wheel. Neighborhoods from Lo-Hi and Riverfront to Washington Park offer a kaleidescope at night. Add the bonus of a mile high sunrise with the pink alpen glow and your life will be light. So whether you are enjoying the lights around the city or with mantels of candles in your own home, take a moment to light it up. For more information on homes, condos and townhomes that will light up your life email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: November 7, 2011
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Ideas

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"Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas." Paula Poundstone Internet and computer technology was not on the list of "things to be" when the Kentwood Company's Chief Information Officer was small but it became his career and he was just honored for his efforts. The Denver Business Journal and Society for Information Management nominated Lance Smith as CIO of the Year. This is a great honor for Lance as well as the Kentwood Company as the competition was stiff and included organizations such as Level 3 Communications, Time Warner Telecom and the Daniels Fund. Kentwood has been an innovator in marketing technology, giving clients maximum exposure to today's real estate markets. Internet technology is the primary marketing source for the newest wave of home buyers, the Millennials, the children of the baby boomers (1978 - 20001). Millions of homes will sell in the next few years to this group, most of the home research will be via the internet and social networks. With Lance Smith as CIO of the Kentwood Company and three strong locally owned offices in the metro Denver area, it is the leader in residential real estate. So connect with kids, ask them what they want to be when they grow up, get the ideas and act or get a MOVE on. To connect with the leaders email judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: April 21, 2011
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Contextualized Shopping

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Shopping through text has been the hit sensation for the last few years. One can point, click and buy a European vacation, or an entire new wardrobe, an automobile or deck furniture from the luxury and comfort of your own deck. Need shoes? Go to Zappo and read the text on a plethora of shoes available. Need to book your next vacation? You will probably surf the web, read the text and the reviews, point...click...and go! You can shop your next sojourn from a tweet, book a restaurant from a website and find a match.com from a comment on facebook. Like? The residential real estate market is working to keep the contextualized shopper well informed. From housing values and trends to neighborhood data, many a buyer can view the texts of data prior to making their first buying tour. A seller can use social shopping to "guesstimate" the temperature of the market prior to pricing a home. However, at the end of day, the only way to become "linked in" to a purchase or sale is to touch and feel the product and the most reliable method for searching is through the knowledge and expertise of a Realtor. Choosing the right Realtor is essential whether you are buying or selling, text cannot provide what experience has taught. A typical buyer's agent will conduct a Metrolist search and continue with the auto search to keep up to speed with the speed of this changing residential market. A professional Realtor will know that the average days on market has dropped from a 184 number to 145, a negative 21.2%. That fact influences pricing a property. A Realtor that continues to stay informed of the markets knows that the 2012 Million Dollar Sales continue to outpace 2011, and the highest price sold has increased a whopping 74.8%! This is text you can believe. Contact me today for a comparative market analysis of your home, or context for homes in a neighborhood that has sparked your interest. A joint effort in contextual and personal shopping can put you into your next great home. email:judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: April 9, 2012
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Prestigious Par

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What do Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and you have in common? Access to one of the most prestigious golf holes in America and the most talked about on the PGA tour. Situated on the Castle Pines Golf Club's internationally acclaimed and very private golf course, this sweet piece of land is going on the market at a sweet price. The treed lot with mountain and golf course views is located at the end of a cul de sac and will be listed below the most recent 2011 appraisal. Put yourself on Ernie's turf, he once remarked that it was the most beautiful spot in the world. Once you have built that dream home on this gorgeous piece of ground, maybe you can treat a foursome for dinner on the deck....the invitations are ready. For more information contact me at judy@kentwoodcity.com or Kentwood City Properties 303-820-2489 posted: October 12, 2011
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Mile Hi Modern

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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 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 restaurant on site. It is also close to the park, minutes from downtown and the Cherry Creek shopping district. This modern home at 980 South Vine is crafted of granites, hardwoods, stainless and key elements of modern/contemporary design For more information or a private showing email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: June 24, 2011
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Labor of Love

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"I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand" John Rockefeller...via Aha Life Design. The dignity of labor, I am loving this concept especially in today's world. An architect was once told, upon being asked his profession, that being an architect is a "noble" profession. There are many noble professions, but when an architect uses the mind and creates a design and a construction firm uses the hand to confirm the vision, it is true dignity. This labor of love can be seen through the many listings that you can access through www.judysdenver.com. The modern house that sold in ten days at 980 South Vine with a Wrightian influence is a lovely example of dignified labor. The spectacular custom design in Castle Pines Village at 762 Valderrama, a delayed collaboration between architect and interior designer extroadinaire. This home doesn't compete, with nature or any other homes! It can be shown by appointment. The newest listing at 984 South Vine is currently available and attracting showings and offers. It is located one block from Gaylord Street and constructed by Muscle Builders, Inc. For information on any of these homes or other fine examples of the dignity of labor, contact me at judy@kentwoodcity.com Have an enjoyable Labor Day Weekend! posted: September 2, 2011
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If A Tree Falls ...

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...in your path, do you regard it as an obstacle or part of the path? Reminders of how we view obstacles occur daily and sometimes how we view the obstacle determines the outcome. This past weekend was bursting with activity in the field of residential real estate. The National Association of Realtors promoted its annual Open House Weekend and buyers were out opening doors and collecting brochures. Interesting to hear comments from buyers and how buyers view homes. One of the greatest obstacles in a home that is listed for sale is getting the home "de-obstacled". A seller may have spent the budget on the draperies that match the living room couch and side chairs but are they an amenity to the home or an obstacle? Buyers need to see the forest, it is very hard to visualize the mill work in a large library if the books, mementos, photos and kindergarten palm prints are creating visual obstacles. One person's treasure is another one's yard sale, and the mantra when launching a home to market is de-clutter, de-doily, de-funk and remove the obstacles. Be your own personal home stager and follow three simple rules in getting rid of the obstacles. 1. All the photos, art objects, albums, souvenirs, etc that you plan to move should be boxed for the move, immediately. This will save the time and energy when you are under the timelines of a contract, and in the long run money from the move. 2. All items you are not planning on moving need to be boxed and removed immediately. If the kids are taking "mother's china", box and send it! All the trips to consignments and charities should be completed prior to the lock box placement, and don't forget the clothes! If you haven't thinned the closet, do it before the first showing. An overstuffed or full closet is always viewed as an obstacle rather than part of the path. Furniture follows the same rule, if it doesn't travel to the new house, it needs to go. 3. The front door;is there an inviting path that leads to the front door or a course that needs conquering? Do quick drive by your home for street appeal. If there is a leftover party hosted by old man winter, send the party packing. A well tended path to the home will set the mental tone for the offer to follow. If you are interested in launching your home to market, call or email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. posted: April 30, 2012
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