Yes, Grasshopper!

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In March of 2011, a vintage Grasshopper Lamp sold for $13,750 at Wright Auction House in Chicago. Designed in 1947, the lamp has a tripod stand and elongated conical shade that rotates. You can direct the light where needed. The dsigner was Greta Magnusson Grossman who immigrated to America with her husband in 1940. Her Swedish modern style became a staple for movie stars, architects, designers and more. She went on to design homes in the Los Angeles area during an era where Case Study houses were being designed and built by architects with iconic names such as Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen. Mid-century modern has stood the test of time, but you do not have to buy a mid-century product to achieve the look. Modernism is more approachable than ever with prices that will fit within many budgets. The community of modernism is vast and well represented throughout the design community in the Denver area. The lot at 89 Indigo Way,on the 10th green of the Castle Pines Gold Club's international course, has the perfect setting for any style home, and one can catch a slight glimpse of a home that has a modern flair. The Arts and Crafts home that is contiguous to the lot at 89 and situated on the 10th fairway, is a newer build with a Gustavian flair. A remodelled home at the 11 th tee box is of the "Beaver Creek" look that so many Coloradoans prefer when nestled into the trees. A recent sale on Indigo Way was a Colorado flagstone contemporary with a Wrightian feel. The street is the perfect community for inspired design. Time to build! While you are getting in touch with your inner modernism or design inspiration, you might need a Grasshopper Lamp, or a reproduction built to Greta's original specs. You can find it a Design Within Reach in Cherry Creek North, and you can find a variety of light fixtures and furnishings that have been the inspiration and invention of the most elite community of designers. It's worthy of your time. For more information on Lot 89 Indigo Way or the DWR store location or catalogue that provided much of the information on the iconic lamp, please email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: November 14, 2011
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Spring Into Action

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Springtime in the Rockies is the celebration of renewed energy and the joy of living in one of the most desired areas in the country. Spring awakens the inner child that wants to get outside and be playful, so jot down a few of these activities to get you started. The Santa Fe Arts District celebrates the First Friday Art Walk on April 1st. You can stroll the Art District and sample foods and sip wines while enjoying culture and waking the senses with visual sensations from the many art galleries that line the district. For the animal lovers, there will be a tribute to cats, sculpted to a 2 to 3 foot size, in several galleries and proceeds go to CatCare, a non-profit. Rockpile seats and brats, the best way to spend the first day of April at the Colorado Rockies Opening Day. If you go wear a hat, sunglasses and grab a mitt for the action. The weatherman promises a "chamber of commerce" afternoon. The Denver Botanic Gardens will be announcing the Summer Concert Series in April and the annual Spring Plant Sale in May. The concerts run throughout the summer, popular musicians mixed with summer nights and picnics in the gardens. Educational programs are also abundant this Spring, classes from Backyard Aquaponics to Kundalini Yoga. The Gardens and special events are open to the public, but membership is affordable and fun. Spring is a beautiful time to visit the promenade of cherry blossoms. There are many venues for springtime activity, the Denver Zoo is abundant with spring arrivals and the stroll provides plenty of entertainment for all ages. If you are looking to connect with spring, get connected with a Denver native. www.judysdenver.com posted: March 31, 2011
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Start It Up!

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Denver welcomed the latest and greatest in the techno savvy world! MapQuest has moved into 17,000 square feet of office space in the Sugar Cube building in Lower Downtown...the newest heroes since the original Bombers. Mapquest and AOL celebrated the office opening and the 15th anniversary of MapQuest. On hand for the champagne toasts and press conferences were the President and Editor in Chief of AOL's Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, and the COO Jon Brod. The interior space was designed by the architectural firm IA Interior Architects, a global firm with an office in Denver headed by Larry King who dialogued with Jon Brod about the concepts of the new MapQuest office. Jon's vision for the office was to have the feel of a "start up" firm as most of the skill sets of their employees are based on the "start up" culture; Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. The cooperative efforts of King's firm and MapQuest culminated in a space that is filled with walls of windows and tremendous ambient lighting. The interiors were done to LEED specifications with a downtown loft feel. The work stations/office desks are centered in the space and clustered together in a collegial setting. Jon Brod re-labeled the conference rooms, they are referred to as huddle rooms, with state of the art technology for video conferencing, tele conferencing and more, in each room space. The huddle rooms are named after international locales that can be found through MapQuest, such as Mt. Everest, Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower and so on. The walls of the huddle rooms are strategically placed and treated for idea brainstorming sessions, capable of withstanding sticky notes and markers. The graphics throughout the entire office are in keeping with the MapQuest graphics. MapQuest is located in the Sugar Cube building that has residences for short and long term leases as well. The building also houses the hip start up restaurant Cholon. If you would like a tour of Sugar Cube please connect with me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. posted: April 28, 2011
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Hat Tricks

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This is not an April Fool's joke, you can really have the ultimate Hat Trick in Colorado on this Friday, April 1. It is a bluebird skiing day in the high country with a foot of powder, fresh tracks await the early spring bird. After a glorious morning of runs, it is down the hill to the urban golf courses for a quick round of nine. After snacks at the turn, hop on the light rail to see the Colorado Rockies Home Opener at Coors Field for an afternoon of peanuts and cracker jacks, you really won't care if you ever get back. You might be able to accomplish the Hat Trick in other states, but probably not two days in a row. On Saturday, begin again and add an hour or two of fly fishing on your way down the mountain....tis a privilege. Get connected with the broker that can connect you with your local Hat Trick venues. As a Colorado native, I know the fast track to downhill skiing, fly fishing, glorious public and private golf courses and of course, the coveted baseball ticket. I have a number of listings available to show in all of the wonderful neighborhoods in the Denver area. This is no April Fool's. www.judysdenver.com posted: April 1, 2011
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Finding Energy

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The word clutter derives from the mid-English word clotter meaning coagulate or clot. To quote attorney/life coach Laurie Hawley clutter is "stuck energy". In launching a home to today's market, sellers are often told to de-clutter their homes. The first task in this process is to go through each room and remove all the items that you are not going to move at all. Box all of these "unmovables" and deliver them to any number of charity drop-off spots for a tax write-off or a consignment shop for a bit of cash, or if it is really a former treasure the local dump. After removing the "unmovables" or former treasures, go back through each room and remove all of the "movables" and box them in boxes provided by the moving company. The "movables" include all the photos, photo albums, most of the books (including cookbooks), objets d'art or fragile and valuable sculptures, crystals, etc. Removing valuables from view also prevents accidental breakage and loss. Once you have carefully boxed and removed all the "movables" you will have immediate "Clutter Shock"! This is the natural response to looking at your home as a "house" not your home, a very important step in getting emotionally ready to let go and view your home as a business transaction rather than your first real home or the home where you raised your family. Removing the emotion from the house that is launching to market is key preparation in the marketing of the home, bringing new energy to the house that is for sale, creating an open and inviting environment to the buyer that will become the new home owner. Get unstuck now, create the new energy and get ready because the Denver area market is better than many of the major cities. For more information on preparing your home for market contact me at this website or my email address: judy@kentwoodcity.com The Kentwood Company has relationships with several of the local and professional moving and storage companies that will assist you in preparing your home for the move. Contact me to get started! posted: September 8, 2011
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Million Dollar Baby

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You look like a million bucks! Or so say the buyers that have purchased Million Dollar Plus properties in the Denver area. In recapping January of 2012, buyers have purchased $56,193,722 in single family and condominium Million Dollar Plus properties compared to last year at this time of $49,760,083. This resulted in an increase of 14.7 % in transactions and a 12.9 % increase in volume...now this is "news you can use!". As the inventory has decreased so has the number of days on the market from 264 to 211. All of this information is from the Kentwood marketing department and it is good news. The Million Dollar Baby is making a comeback, so get started and climb aboard before the train leaves the station. If you are thinking about listing a property email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. If you are thinking about buying a property let's get started while the interest rates are still low. If you have a property that is listed, this is not meant as a solicitation but a congratulation and let the momentum continue. www.judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: February 16, 2012
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To Your Health

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Struggling to get back to a healthy economy...housing, recovering and showing signs of health...a healthy retail forecast for the holidays... so many predictions and forecasts, but are we headed back to health or wavering on the brink. The best way to insure that your home and home marketing is on the positive health side is to do the work, afterall, when it comes to health, the path is diligent. Get the house healthy, as you would your own body, to present it to a housing market where the healthy houses get sold. A pre-sale routine should include a pre-inspection. Sellers that conduct a home inspection prior to launching the home to market are well rewarded at the time of a sale. Any issue that might arise from the inspection can be thoughtfully addressed without the pressure of a contract deadline, and once the inspection items have been corrected the house can be marketed as a "healthy" house. Another step towards good health for your house is to do the heavy lifting! Just as in weight training, put some muscle into the yard work by extracting dead or unhealthy shrubs, trim the trees, manicure the lawn, weed out the gardens and seasonally prepare, just get it "buffed" up! Nothing suggests health more than a refreshed face, so give the front of your house that face lift by fillers in the home's hard wrinkles....caulk, caulk, caulk. Also, if the roots show, color it, nothing freshens a home and projects good health like fresh paint and crystal windows. If this seems overwhelming, start with the easiest task and build or get a trainer! Contact a realtor to help be the trainer for a healthy home, it will pay off with a healthy sale. The slippery path that many home owners take is to assume that the buyer will want to make changes or corrections, but do not go down that path or your home may wind up as a nominee for the Biggest Loser. Get busy and get going, afterall it's your health. posted: October 2, 2011
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Festa delle Donne

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March 8th marked the International Women's Day, bella signore and auguri! In Italia, the day is more of a celebrated holiday honoring women the Italian way. It is not uncommon to see a blossoming mimosa sprig on the counter of the local Bar for the barista that prepares your daily cappuccino. Internationally the day is devoted to discussion and focus on issues that address political and social issues relative to women, or health and economic issues. It is uncertain if there is an International Men's Day, if it exists, it exists without fanfare. As they say in the south..."if Mama ain't happy, ain't no one happy". And, so it goes with the home buying experience. Many decision makers in the purchase of a home are women, eventhough the men make decided opinions on pricing and per square foot values it is the women that carry along the tape measure to make sure the furniture fits. This is the yin and the yang of the home buying process, trust the trained professional. While the internet is a convenient tool for searching neighborhoods and homes, the actual process should be left to a trained professional. Choose a realtor, a realtor that specializes in the neighborhoods you are searching. The realtor you choose should know where all the schools are located and the names, the shopping areas that include stores from dry cleaning to flowers. The chosen realtor should be informed and up to date on issues that involve the values of homes in the neighborhood such as zoning and redistricting. As a Denver native, I have lived in several neighborhoods and have specialized in selling real estate in these neighborhoods. I have lived in Park Hill, Hilltop, Denver Country Club, Cheesman, Lower Downtown and as far south as Castle Pines Village. If I do not specialize in the neighborhood, I do not hesitate to refer a realtor that has that specialization, my priority is the client/clients. email me today at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: March 9, 2012
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Home Chic Home

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If STAYING HOME IS THE NEW GOING OUT TO A FANCY PLACE, does your home qualify? Today's economy does not have to take a toll on your leisure downtime. Picture a Sunday morning, lolling around with French press coffee and stacks of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or that electronic book or book you have earmarked. Are you picturing yourself in that outdoor living room with autumn foliage and a water feature or on a comfy shabby chic couch in front of a cozy fireplace readying for a day of football? You can create these spaces in a 1000 square foot house or a sprawling estate, it only takes a wish list. Rather than spending the bank at a local steak house, open that special bottle at home and fire up the grill, indoor or outdoor. Kitchens are now more coveted than a luxury auto, and with a little networking with the cooking network, you can stun your friends and family for a quarter of the cost. Put that on your wish list. Is your home ready to be the new great place to entertain or hang out? There are options to update and "chic" the home front, with interest rates at an all time low, the possibilities are endless for purchasing the home that fits the wish list. If you purchase soon, you could be in for the next round of holidays. Contact me at this website or at judy@kentwoodcity.com. I work with buyers and preferred mortgage lenders to make the home buying process easy breasy. So, Got Gourmet? If not let's chic you up! judy@kentwoodcity.com View homes at www.denverrealestate.com posted: October 3, 2011
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Teaching A Cat To Bark

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In John Maxwell's "Leadership Gold" he states there are three reasons not to try and get cats to bark...you will frustrate the cats, you will frustrate the dogs and you will frustrate yourself. This phrase is used in many leadership training workshops and as a model for hiring and keeping the right people for the job. The saying is also common in the world of real estate, it is about finding the right house for the right time in your life. If you have been in a home a while, you have probably experienced the typical seven year itch...itching to upgrade the appliances or countertop or look at a major kitchen overhaul. Remodelling a home is a project, and can be well compared to teaching a cat to bark. So you remodel that kitchen with a sexy six burner stove with that flashy blue smile as you open the oven door. You can't take the prom queen to the dance with old countertops, or perhaps the space is tight because you gave up or added that island along the way. You are now in the business of teaching a cat to bark. Once that kitchen is completed, the rest of the house will take on the look of your high school yearbook. The bathrooms will look dull and dated, low countertops will need to be replaced or the shower expanded to accommodate the spa dream. And what about those fixtures!!! Out with the old brass and in with the new. Now you're talking real time and real money during the best buyer's market this country has seen in a decade. Before you begin the process, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the homes that are available that are still well below market value. If you can't find the home that fits, take a look at some of the build to suit opportunities that are priced well below market value. Make the silk purse out of the silk purse, now is your chance. The lot at 89 Indigo Way is listed below a recent appraised value and is the last great lot available on the golf course of the Castle Pines Golf Club. Architectural plans have been completed and approved for a spectacular home sited on the existing foundation, but the lot is available to purchase without the plans if a buyer so desires. This is the perfect opportunity to start anew. Don't spend time teaching that old dog new tricks or the cat to sing. Email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: March 11, 2012
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