Going Green

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Well, Kermit, indeed it is easy being green...just ask any Kentwood City Broker! Kentwood City Properties is proud to be a promoter of Denver's B-Cycle Program. The B-Cycle program began during the Democratic National Convention and was so well received that Denver Bike Sharing installed B-Stations throughout the city. There are stations from downtown Denver to multiple neighborhoods. For a nominal fee, a rider can check a bicycle out at any number of stations with one swipe of a credit card, a membersip makes it ever so easy and breezy with the B-Cycle card that can be secured off their website. The Bike Rental Charges are $0.00 for the first half hour, $1.00 for the second half hour and $4.00 for each half hour after that. You have the ability to check the bike out at one B-Station and return it to another, if it is within the half hour you are not charged. If you check the bike out at a Cherry Creek North B-Station and drop the bike off at Riverfront, a 30 minute bike ride, you will not be charged. When you are ready to ride back or to another location, you check out a new bike and will not be charged if it is under 30 minutes. Your ride route from station to station is an encouraged practice, and very economic. You will be greening Denver without spending the green. This is also the perfect travel option to a sporting or cultural event, farmer's markets and any of the many Rockies games. The B-Cycle Stations are effortless, the red bikes are equipped with baskets and locks, helmets are strongly encouraged. An easy way to get started with B-Cycle is to tour Denver's neighborhood with one of the high energy brokers at Kentwood City Properties. You will be able to see Denver Landmarks, learn the history of the neighborhoods, tour a few available properties and get educated on the market from the neighborhood specialists. It is a fun, informative, sustainable and healthy way to see Denver real estate. The tours will be held from April through October, generally on a Sunday and will cover neighborhoods such as LoDo/Riverfront, the Highlands, Curtis Park, Park Hill, Stapleton, Congress Park, Cherry Creek, Denver Country Club, Washington Park and Platte Park. Promoting Denver is one of my passions, I will be hosting two tours, my childhood neighborhood Park Hill and Cherry Creek North where I currently live. My National Association of Realtor's Green Designation is also another passion so I look forward to being a part of a city wide effort to go green with the B-Cycle program. Look for our advertisements and schedule of bike tours so you can get out and have some fun! posted: March 17, 2011
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Good Earth Friday

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Wondrous spring and the celebration of earth's rebirth brings energy and a renewed spirit. With Earth Day falling on Good Friday, we have time to recommit to preserving the blessings of Earth for future generations. Decide to reduce the carbon footprint, and explore ways to recycle or reuse. Appreciate the efforts of architects, builders, city planners and citizens that promote awareness and commitment to a green environment. As a realtor with the National Association of Realtor's Green Designation, this day is a re-commitment to finding more avenues to reduce the carbon footprint. posted: April 22, 2011
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The Crown Jewel

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Denver has oft been referred to as the "Queen City", the nomer dates back to the mining days but is relevant today. Another jewel in the crown of the most successful and locally owned real estate company in the "Queen City" is a new affiliation with Christies International. The Kentwood Company has formally announced to brokers and staff that it has affiliated with Christies International Real Estate. One of the world's oldest art auction houses and currently showing the famed Elizabeth jewels, Christies started its real estate arm in 1995. The original auction house was established in 1766, ten years before Colorado established statehood! Adding the Christie's brand to the familiar and respected Kentwood brand is a win for all. The luxury home market is one sector of all the real estate services that are offered by the three Kentwood offices, the company markets and sells properties in all price ranges. This new affiliation allows properties valued at more than one million a broad international showcase through internet and print marketing. The gorgeous Christie's International Real Estate magazine is rich in its color, photography and design. The magazine has a distribution to more than 1,300 cities in 48 countries from Denver to Dubai. It is available in fashionable resorts, hotels, private airport lounges and newstands and Affiliate offices and client mailings. Look for the next Kentwood City Properties listing under Judy Fahrenkrog in the next magazine. For more information on the real estate services that I provide for buyers and sellers, or for a marketing presentation please contact me at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: January 25, 2012
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GOING...GOING...

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GONE!  Under Contract in one day, the room with a view!  Four Hundred East Third Avenue is the spectacular condo sophisticate int he Cherry Creek area.  This is the contemporary building that can actually boast mountain and city views, no mall sightings from this great location!  The 1503 square foot condo on southwest corner of the ninth floor boasts black walnut hardwood flooring, a gourmet kitchen and a built-in Murphy bed/sofa in the study.  The building itself boast amenities that rival any other condominium buildings with concierge services, on-site maintenance, fitness and entertaining rooms and walkabiliy. For more information on this unit or other options in the Cherry Creek or Washington Park area contact me!  Judy Fahrenkrog  Kentwood City Properties posted: April 15, 2013
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If I Had a Wagon

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...I would go to Colorado! On the last day of November, Coloradoans are experiencing a fairly typical Colorado late autumn day. The late autumn foliage is ready to change out the closet for winter white. While temperatures are going to be mildly 60 something with bluebird skies, there will be a sudden drop as the clock strikes midnight and an expected five inches of snow will arrive with December. This is Colorado and this is why people want to live here. If it snows five inches Coloradoans don't expect school to be cancelled and will probably wear flip flops to that early morning yoga or spin class. Humidity? It is humid to the average Coloradoan if it is over 25%, which is why it never seems too cold or too hot. The determining factor if someone is from Colorado is that they give directions by saying toward the mountains or away from the mountains and they know what the Continental Divide is and where it is. Spotting a bear on your front porch or a herd of elk across your golf course doesn't bother you...if you are from Colorado. You probably have a ski pass hanging next to your car keys and you have experienced off roading in a vehicle that was never intended for such activities. You don't store your bike for the winter and you keep your holiday outdoor lights up through Stock Show. You have been to the Brown Palace for Christmas tea and the showing of the prize bull in January. You own a cowboy hat. Sounds like fun, right? This is why Colorado hits the top ten list for desirable places to reside in every category, so why not make that move to Colorado. We have plenty of room! One option is to build your dream home on the most spectacular lot in Castle Pines Village on the prestigious Castle Pines Golf Club's hole #10. There is a foundation ready on this nearly 2 acre wooded lot with views of the ponds and mountains and the golf course. Castle Pines is one of the most desirable residential communities because it has mountain living yet it is city close. Only a 20 minute drive down the Interstate (another Colorado term and you are there! Check out 89 Indigo Way in Castle Pines Village on this website and the Kentwood website at www.denverrealestate.com If you are interested in exploring options for your new life in Colorado email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. posted: November 30, 2011
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Caveat Emptor

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"A maxim of Roman law, now part of British-tradition common law, that a buyer's omission to make funamental inquiries and inspection of property leaves the purchase of deficient property at the buyer's peril." This is the common definition of the Latin words Caveat Emptor, or "let the buyer beware". This rule has been assailed but it is too well established to be dismissed, therefore, buyers in a transaction to purchase lands or other real estate must take heed to see the the title he is buying is good. A person who buys a house without a third party inspection, who later seeks to reverse the sale because of some issue related to fitness for habitation may have no rememdy. This is caveat emptor and unfortunately this definition was not disclosed in a recent article in a daily newspaper, but the definition is readily available compliments of Google. In the recent article, the author mentioned a couple that purchased a home without the expertise of a buyer broker. It made note that the couple "saved" $2,000 on the purchase because a commission was not paid to the selling agent. Most buyer broker fees/selling commissions are paid by the seller and not by the buyer, so a savings is not necessarily related to buying a property without the advantage of a buyer broker representing your interests. This was not mentioned in the article, nor what services a Realtor provides during agency with a buyer. In addition to selecting appropriate homes in the appropriate price range for buyers to tour, the broker also provides expertise in neighborhoods and communities as well as up to date zoning, environmental and landmark issues. Brokers receive on going training and education in all matters related to the contracts to buy and sell real estate, contracts that protect both buyers and sellers. In a normal contract, the buyer goes through the inspection process, survey process, lending process, appraisal process and the due diligence of documents relating to the real estate prior to reaching the closing table. Buying and selling real estate has been anything but normal the last few years. Horror stories abound, many involved misrepresentation or no representation by a professional real estate broker. You actually do get what you pay for in this area of the economy, usually $2,000 rarely covers the costs to remedy. The internet is a marvelous tool for buyers to search on their own, saves time and eliminates the obvious during a home search. The internet cannot provide information or notice on the proposed Dollar Store strip mall that is going in across from the million dollar home for sale that looks like a "steal" because the seller will look at all offers. The internet will not help when the funds are not wired prior to the closing deadline. The internet cannot write an amendment to the contract nor negotiate the options. Protecting one of the major assets in a financial portfolio is more critical today than ever before, and the competence of a professional realtor is key. For more information on the services that I provide as a Realtor with over 30 years in the Denver area real estate market, email me at judy@kentwood city.com. posted: February 11, 2012
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Put A Brick On It!

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Just as in Beyonce's  Super Bowl hit song...
"If you lilked it then you should have put a ring on it".....calling all the single ladies, and the married ladies too, don't put a ring on it, put a brick on it!  Forget the diamond fellas, this year buy her a brick home!

According to the Masonry Advisory Council, "Studies by the National Association of Home Builders and other building organization continually find that 60% of the nation's homebuyrs prefer brick homes."  The red brick two story home conjures feelings of security, investment, family.  The rich stature of a red brick home speaks to the old world heart strings and when it sits on a premier golf course such as the Castle Pines Golf Club, known for its famed history as host to the International the music becomes a symphony.

In addition to 60% of homebuyers preferring brick homes, studies have shown that brick is virtually low maintenance, red brick never needs painting or staining, brick will not burn and can save on insurance premiums, brick is energy efficient  and will not rot nor seep water.  Brick homes bult hundreds of years ago are still standing today and on the average a brick exterior enhances the resale of a home by 6%.

706 Golf Club Drive, just listed in Castle Pines Village, is the ultimate red brick home.  It is a two story, four car garage estate quality home on the third fairway of the International.
Over 8,000 finished square feet with rich cherry wood finishes to the study, great room boasting over 20 foot ceilings  with wood plantation shutters, a main floor master suite, theatre room, lofted recreation or nanny's quarters, and plenty of bedrooms for family and guests.  Visit the tour on this website for an aerial tour and a tour of the entire home.

For more information on this home or others in the Castle Pines Village community, email me at:
judy@kentwoodcity.com
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489 posted: February 7, 2013
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Get Your MODERN ON!

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One block from eclectic Old South Gaylord is a new modern in Washington Park and new to the market. 984 South Vine is just listed at $1.3 million, $231 price per square foot with approximately 5623 finished square feet. The stucco and stone two story is constructed with top of the line in marbles, slates, granites, stones, custom cabinetry, stainless, and more. Entertain from two large great rooms and outdoor patios and decks. Three wet bars, one on each floor, add to the fab in this contemporary interior. The master suite is complete with a balcony deck, fireplace, and bath suite with floor to ceiling marble steam shower and jetted tub. The walk-out literally walks out to an outdoor patio with stairs to the front door...cocktails on the terrace? Which terrace? A media room, exercise room, recreation room and guest room top the bottom off. Just a block from Old South Gaylord, known for locally owned boutiques, restaurants, floral and gift shops, hair salons and studios from art to abs. For a private showing of this Modern South Vine Masterpiece near Old South Gaylord email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: August 13, 2011
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Bye Bye Blackbird

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Bronco bustin began a week ago in the Mile High City, not the Hitchcockian playoff variety but the dusty arena variety as National Western Stock Show commenced one week ago and will play through to next weekend.

This is Colorado and the Denver area's signature annual event, where downtown's 17th Street Financial district welcomes long-horn steer and the wranglers to match.  The Brown Palace Hotel's lobby debuts the prize winning steer, less than one month ago 20 young debutantes were presented by white tied fathers.  They can be seen this week in Lucchese boots and jeans. 

Denver will host ranchers, equestrians, farmers, agri-scientists, entrepeneurs, investors, musicians, professional rodeo and the old fashioned cowboy type.  The event that lasts over two weeks is not only a huge bonus for the Denver economy, but the results are long lasting.  There have been many a downtown pied a terre sold to the rural gentry, the penthouse at 1551 Larimer Place as an example.  LoDo, LoHi, the Highlands and Cherry Creek offer the perfect city get away with the proximity to all the major sporting events, world class theatre, opera, ballet and the symphony.  Shopping and restaurants abound, all within walking distance of the downtown area or a short cab ride from areas such as Cherry Creek or Uptown.

Email me for more information on the listings offered city close and beyond.  There are many reasons to love Denver and the state of Colorado...blue-bird skies, colorful sunrise and sunsets, the white capped Rocky Mountains and the broncos too.

email:  judy@kentwoodcity.com

Denver's standing temperature on Friday, Jan 18 is 60 degrees.  posted: January 18, 2013
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48 Hours In Castle Pines Village

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Hot Town Summer In the City...are you looking for a way to beat the heat? Take a short twenty minute drive from 5280 south towards Castle Pines Village where it is 6280, we are talking a whole new altitude for the attitude. Castle Pines Village is the planned community south of Denver and north of Castle Rock built on approximately 2800 acres of a Ponderosa Pines forest with two signature Jack Nicklaus 18 hole golf courses. If you drive down on Friday, you can arrive in time to stop by Tony's Meat Market in the village shopping center, load a basket with gourmet delicacies and head up to Daniel's Park for an al fresco picnic while wishing upon one of the million stars that will light up the sky. If you see that shooting star, make a quick wish that you will find the perfect place to settle (as in a home in the village). Saturday morning brings a delightful round of golf; in addition to the Country Club at Castle Pines and the Golf Club of Castle Pines, the Ridge at Castle Pines is a daily use course that ranks amongst the best in Colorado according to Avid Golfer and Golf Digest. During the famed International Golf tourney, many a pro player was sited at Bud's Bar in nearby Sedalia Colorado. Bud's Bar is a 50's styled biker bar complete with juke box and a menu of 4 items, hamburger, cheeseburger, dbl burger, dbl cheeseburger...do not ask for fries and be prepared to wait for a table behind golf foursomes, polo players, anglers and bikers...tour de Sedalia and Harleys. If you plan a weekend around the Douglas Country Fair, be prepared for the parade down main street Castle Rock, a rodeo and country western concert and carnival. Don't forget to grab an old fashioned shake at the B & B Cafe, either right before the Shriner's miniature car show or after the Douglas County High marching band. Wrap up your Saturday with a hike up around Decker's and drop a rod or head back to the village for a dip in one of the community outdoor swimming pools. A quick lounge chair nap in the park like setting and you are ready for dinner! Castle Pines Village is home to two member clubs, with the ultimate in dining experiences and wide wine lists, but the surrounding Village shopping area, Castle Pines North, and Castle Rock offer unique dining experiences from country to European. Sunday arrives with many opportunities for relaxing or shopping....as in homes! You can't leave without stepping a toe into one of the homes available for sale in Castle Pines Village. The architectural design review committee has worked with developers, builders and homeowners to assure that the beauty of the area would be preserved through its architecture. One such magnificent property is a quiet listing at 762 Valerrama Court, featured on this website. For more information on this home or any of the other homes available for sale in Castle Pines Village, contact by email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: July 21, 2011
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