Surf's Up!

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Surfing the web has taken on a whole new meaning for the Denver real estate market. Denver.com was recently purchased by Peter Niederman, the CEO of the Kentwood Company, Denver's premier real estate firm. Denver.com is the source and guide to the city's arts and culture, tourism, hotels, entertainment, sports, dining and music. Location is the keyword in the real estate world, in the digital world the brand name is the location. Denver.com, the geodomain, is the newest addition to previously acquired brands. Google keywords place Denverrealestate.com at no. 1 , followed by Denverhomes.com then HomesinDenver.com. all directing traffic to Kentwood. Ride the wave with the keyword Denver, for instance Google Denverfootball or footballDenver and the No. 1 spot goes to the Denver Broncos, followed by Fantasy Football. Google Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos fall to No. 6, missing is the keyword Denver. Type in PeytonDenver and Broncos rise to No.1, maybe they can do that with the regular season. Try the words Judy and Denver and you will be directed to a website that highlights the 2012 Colorado Home of the Year, 31 Albion Place in Castle Pines Village. Since most Buyers and Seller in the national and international real estate world surf the listings first, having Denver as a keyword positions Sellers and adds one more layer of value added for Buyers. In Niederman's own words, Denver.com's price tag is "priceless". For priceless service while buying or selling real estate, add the value by choosing an experienced broker. I have been serving Buyers and Sellers in the Denver, from Cherry Creek to Castle Pines, for over 30 years. Email: judy@kentwoodcity.com for more information on the real estate services that I provide. Judy Fahrenkrog Kentwood City Properties www.judysdenver.com www.denver.com posted: August 16, 2012
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SOLD AND SOLD!

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The Denver area real estate market is as hot as the outside temps! New Under Contract is 1551 Larimer St #3101, recently reduced to sell and that it did! Also, New Under Contract is 1133 14th Street, better known as the Four Seasons Residences, another 34th floor unit with views! Whew...Bring Out the Fans! While I have been busy negotiating with buyers and sellers for these fantastic downtown properties, I always have time on the calendar for new clients. I specialize in city close or urban properties as well as the villages just south of Denver. If I do not specialize in your desired area, I have a wide network of qualified brokers that I know and trust. Referrals from friends and past and current clients have always been the cornerstone of my business. The June Million Dollar Sales Surpass 2011 YTD! Through June 2012 year to date, Buyers purchased $340,217,658 in single family Million Dollar properties comprised of 226 transactions compared to $292,343,422 in sales and 198 transactions in 2011. This resulted in an increase of 14.1% in transactions and a 16.4% increase in volume respectively. For more information contact me at Kentwood City Properties 303-820-2489 or judy@kentwoodcity.com If you are currently engaged in an agency relationship, this is not meant as a solicitation. posted: July 6, 2012
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Santa Baby...

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...slip a Christie's under the tree!

Hot off the press is the December issue of Christie's International Real Esate magazine and the cover girl is Gan Aden, better known as 31 Albion Place in Castle Pines Village.
The cover photo is a first for Colorado and the central region of the United States, there have only been international and east and west coast estates that have been chosen in past issues.

Gan Aden, is the Colorado Homes and Lifestyle's Home of the Year for 2012 and listed for sale at $10 million.  The inspired architectural design blends modern/contemporary architecture with the natural wooded beauty of the Castle Pines Village landscape.  It sits on a one acre lot that was professionally landscaped by Martin Mosko of MARPA, mixing zen and Asian influenced garden themes with the natural and indigenous plantings of Colorado.  A teahouse and koi pond are visible from the major rooms of the home, offering a tranquil retreat for the homeowner and guests.

The home is the brainchild of Chris Davis and Sarah Brown of Semple Brown Architects and Kevin Collins of Cadre Construction.   Rooms are articulated in subtle zones with eleven foot ceilings and floor to ceiling pocket doors, allowing for the transition between public and private spaces of the home.  The design mixes a contemporary aesthetic with imported antiques.  The spectacular outdoor courtyard boasts a stunning reflection pool and waterfall, engaging the eye immediately upon arrival.

Many of the amenities include a spectacular saltwater aquarium in the master suite, a temperature controlled wine room with red leather flooring, an in-home gym,a professional grade chef's kitchen,  a smart home system with energy efficiency including heated surfaces throughout the interior and exterior.

Gan Aden, Hebrew for the Garden of Eden, is contiguous to 32 Albion which is also available, and is a continuation of the stunning gardens with a complete pool/spa area and separate home/guest home.

For more information on this home or other homes in the Castle Pines Village and Denver areas, please contact me at
judy@kentwoodcity.com


posted: December 10, 2012
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Happy

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, the Colidays...not a typo but the Holidays in Colorado. Take a look at a holiday trip around the Denver area the weekend before Christmas and Chanukah. Day One: Friday evening brings a walk through the Denver Botanic Gardens spectacular light show, Blossoms of Light or the whimsical display at the Denver Zoo for Zoo Lights. Both are so illuminating that you need to see both, don't forget the 3 D glasses as seeing is believing. After cups of hot cocoa it is time to dine at one of the many new organic and "foodie" restaurants that have just opened in Denver...Charcoal, Linger, Bittersweet, even the names tempt the palate. Day Two: A Saturday stroll down Larimer Square with performing carolers, swags of evergreens and local shops. Stop into the French Bistro Vendome for a quick Croq or Tartare before walking up to the Denver Performing Arts Center for the Colorado Ballet Company's performance of Tschaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet or Broadway's revival of West Side Story. It makes you want "to live in America"! A quiet evening of wrapping gifts or driving through the Denver neighborhoods for to view the holiday home decorations and lights. Country Club, Morgan's District, Cheesman and Park Hill are appealing and Dickensian with tudor architecture and towering pines. Day Three: Teeing the Bow on your favorite Bronco fan and tailgating on a sunny Sunday Funday in the mile high city. Temps in Colorado can swing from 40 to 60 in one day. A Patriot win is not really a Denver loss as they had to go home to Boston and Bronco fans were soon planning a trip up the hill for fresh tracks on Monday morning. With skiing out the back door, it is easy to shut the front door on a bah humbug loss. The perfect ending to a Sunday evening with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's sold out performance of Handel's Messiah. What city offers a weekend of world class ballet, symphony, theatre, dining, shopping, football and skiing? For more information on the Denver area's residential real estate market email: judy@kentwoodcity.com. Spend the "Colidays" here! posted: December 19, 2011
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Losterity

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A word that should be a word, according to Lizzie Skumick and the New York Times, is "losterity" along with "lostentatious" and "elostic".  When thinking antonymicaly, losterity is the opposite of prosperity but in thinking residentially compulsory downsizing, or losterity, is not the negative to the postive.  If this is lost in translation, reflect back on the last few years during the housing crisis.  During that time, downsizing became compulsory for many households and families.  Even the one percent did not escape the downsize trend, less vacation or second homes equals losterity.  However, losterity was not necessarily the hardship that many anticipated, in fact, it has gained a certain cache in the last year.

During the "boom" years neighborhoods such as the Highlands or the Golden Triangle were considered investments with risk.  Today, homes selling in the Highlands are pricier than a few years ago and are flying off the market.  These neighborhoods have become the new modern for the downsizer, those leaving the larger lots, larger neighborhoods and larger full size homes.
Downsizing is the new trend and it is a trend back to the city, usually in areas that have been redeveloped into chic urban communities with small plate restaurants, cozy coffee shops, petite boutiques and corner wine shops.  The trend is small, downsized with a vibe and friends of the early elostics are ready to get on board before the prices and interest rates rise.

Kentwood City Properties specializes in residential properties city close and country wide.  I have lived and worked  in communities from Castle Pines Village to Lower Downtown.  I currently reside in Cherry Creek North.  I know the city and I work with brokers that list and sell properties, many prior to notification in Metrolist, Trulia or Zillow.

For more information on some of these neighborhoods and options if you are downsizing or just thinking about a change, email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com or you can reach me at
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489 posted: February 10, 2013
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Best of Belcaro

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One of the loveliest and most quiet neighborhoods in Denver, Belcaro, is known for the Phipps Mansion, that was nicknamed Belcaro. Lawrence C Phipps, a US Senator from 1919-1931, developed the community known for its ranch style homes on large sprawling lots along tree lined streets. Many of the homes are mid century but a few lots were scraped to accomodate new architecture and design. Coming to the market soon is a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired masterpiece on a 1600 square foot lot with towering pines. Built in 2008, the contemporary floor plan is ideal for the modern lifestyle, main floor master, six bedrooms and eight baths, over 6500 finished square feet. A bonus spa/massage room and William Ohs kitchen makes this a must see! Call for an appointment today and see before it goes to market! posted: January 29, 2011
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Modern A MileHi

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The newest member of the MileHiModern team at www.milehimodern.com has just listed a Modern in Washington Park located at 984 South Vine. The home's exterior architecture and interior floor plan exudes modern themes but has the unique ability for a transition to more traditional themes. The hardwoods, granites and marble warm the home's interior, creating the perfect blank slate for a more traditional feel in furniture and art. This is the perfect home for the eclectic taste aka... picture Mad Men mixologists in Hyannis Port. Seeing is believing, so email now for a private showing to judy@kentwoodcity.com...the newest member of the MileHiModern team! Visit the website at www.milehimodern.com posted: August 17, 2011
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Cherry Creek North Solds - 4th Quarter

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Cherry Creek North is one of the premier neighborhoods in the Denver area. The community boasts the city's top restaurants, shops, salons, spas, clinics, art galleries, coffee shops and more. The following list reflects the recent solds, showing an increase in activity. There has never been a better time to purchase, so don't hesitate. For your connectivity into the Cherry Creek North Area phone or email Judy Fahrenkrog, your connection. 478 Saint Paul...$3,050,000 100 Detroit #501...$2,084,810 370 Clayton...$1,674,000 521 Columbine... $1,400,000 566 Monroe...$1,325,000 211 Madison...$1,075,000 344 Saint Paul...$1,050,000 217 Madison...$1,000,000 2930 E 4th Ave...$ 950,000 277 Garfield...$ 610,000 450 Monroe...$ 587,500 340 Madison..$ 525,000 posted: January 31, 2011
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Bullseye!

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According to the 2011 report of the Brookings Institution, Denver is now the #1 gainer of the 25-34 year olds with its amenities, highly educated population, active transportation and attractive urban center. Big news for a city the is under construction with the number 1 transportation project, the 122 mile Fas-Tracks system of new rails and light rail lines and 18 miles of bus rapid transit aiming for the redeveloped Union Station center... Bullseye! Employers are strategically positioning a return to urban real estate to attract the demographic of the Millenial generation, those born from 1981-2000. This generation is trending to a live/work lifestyle with urban amenities that include but are not limited to cultural and entertainment venues, healthy lifestyle venues from food markets to health clubs and dog parks, access to mobility with roads that accommodate bikers and hikers, daycare that is convenient and good schools. These urban amenities also appeal to the demographic of the Baby Boomer, a generation that is decidedly downsizing. That demographic is the live/work but for much longer lifestyle, extending retirement and moving from the sub to the urban. They are investing in healthy liveable real estate with access to fun and entertainment. Both the Millennials and the BBoomers want less and more, less commuting and more community; less conspicuousness and more intelligent consumption. Both groups have made decided changes in how and why they purchase and where they purchase, both groups are tech savvy. In the last decade Denver's urban real estate has experienced major change from rising skyscraping condos to the urban renewal of older diverse neighborhoods that are conjoined to the city center by pedi-bridging. Denver has built to attract with both housing and cultural targets such as the expansion of existing and the creation of new world class museums. Denver has reinvested in its beauty and appeal, the ultimate facelift. Isn't it time that you explore the urban real estate options that are available? There ar a growing number of options from affordable to luxury, many with recessionary price reductions. Contract me for an overview of Denver's real estate. email judy@kentwoodcity.com The information and research was obtained from two sources: Downtown Denver Partnership and the Progressive Urban Management Associates posted: March 7, 2012
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The Bigs

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Over the latte at the local coffe bars the conversation was the general state of affairs on the court, it appears that everyone's "bracket" is lopsided...the Bigs are gone. The Bigs are the coaches that lead their schools to the Final Four generally every year or at a minimum every other year. This year, the Bigs such as Duke, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Purdue, Gonzaga along with their players are going on an early spring break. There are a few Bigs left, but not as many so the brackets are weak. The same scenario played out in the real estate market over the last few years. Some of the Bigs have either been sold, closed or restructured to be able to stay in the game. In a tough market, a buyer or seller needs to connect with a Big company with the presence, marketing expertise, solid foundation and the most successful and professional brokers. The Kentwood Company is the Big in residential real estate in Denver. Kentwood is locally owned, and Kentwood City Properties posted its best year since it opened, yes, in 2010! So get in the game, go with the bigs and be a winner. Judy Fahrenkrog, Kentwood City Properties. www.judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: March 25, 2011
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