A Perfect 10

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Another average day in Paradise, or so the new owner of 89 Indigo will say every morning, noon and night! Picture views back up the Castle Pines Golf Club's Fairway #10 from the morning deck with a fresh cup of coffee. This is your view! Or sip an afternoon glass and watch the stillness of the pond on the edge of the green on #10. Lounge on the deck off the Master Suite and listen to the rippling waters of Cally's Creek or the distant train whistle while gazing at the Indigo blue night sky. All angles and corners of the site on #10 seductively present picturesque views as it is the premier spot in Castle Pines Village. Number 10 of the internationally acclaimed Jack Nicklaus signature golf course leads from the club house towards a spectacular pond near the sloping green. It is the number one handicap hole on the prestigious course. It is the perfect 10! For more information or to schedule a tour email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: October 21, 2011
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Casa

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The best, the first, the biggest...the significance of a word can take on a new meaning by adding a superlative or diminutive to the end. There is nothing theatrical or affected by the use of superlatives, they are just a way of making language more colorful and a truly colorful language is Italian. The Italian word for house is casa, the same word in many languages. As small house is a casina, casita in Spanish. A simple little cottage is a casupola while a farmhouse is a casale, the shed and the little shed are the casotto and casottino appropriately. If you live in a casetta, you live in an insignificant house. A casino is a bordello, hmmmm, wonder if Vegas knows that term; a casino there might prove lucky for you and you could end up in a castello or castle. Hopefully your castello is bello and not a casona, which is a big and slightly ugly house as opposed to a casaccia, big and really ugly. Whatever type house you have, the Italians probably have a word for that house and that word would make it more interesting. In real estate the marketing words used to describe houses are also colorful. For instance, in describing a small bungalow in Wash Park you might see the word "cream puff" or "dollhouse"; a new home on an old lot in the Highlands might receive words such as "urban mod" or "contemporary chic". The more exclusive suburbs have homes that are "estate like" or "old world" with a touch of "Euro". The descriptive word for a home can be the defining selling point. Give me a call to stop by and see your house, let's brainstorm words and perhaps take a look at some other marketing strategies for you or your neighbors. There is a considerable drop in inventory in homes for sale in the Denver area, might be a "primo" time to sell! Email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. The Italian terms for houses was researched in the book "Italianissimo" by Louise Fili and Lise Apatoff posted: December 4, 2011
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Jumbo Shrimp

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The jumbo shrimp of real estate is the micro mansion. It is the ultimate example of an oxymoron and oxymorons do occur in the real estate industry. Have you ever driven by an installed real estate sign and been distracted by the "coming soon" rider at the top? How could it be coming soon when it has a sign in the front yard...isn't it here? Is that your only choice? Pardon the oxymoron! There are many oxymorons tossed about in the industry and many are seen in the advertising...."a remodelled mid-century (in the first part of this century) with a genuine imitation hardwood floor." In my unbiased opinion, oxymorons are used almost exactly as often as facts. Did the comparative market analysis give you an exact estimate? Is this house your only choice or a definite maybe? Same difference! I read the other day that an expert was giving even odds that interest rates would remain low for the larger half of the year. This is almost exactly right, if it didn't make one clearly confused as to the constant variable in making the decision to buy now. I'd say buy now, you never know when a minor crisis will take the economy to a rolling stop. This is seriously funny, but one thing is crystal clear...the real estate market has changed. It has changed for buyers and sellers. This is not an open secret. Now is the exact time that you should connect with a realtor that specializes in your marketplace, a realtor with years of experience and a wide network. Email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. By the way... COMING SOON... 61 Indigo Way, ranch walk-out home with a main floor master and an oversized guest room in the walk-out level with two additional rooms. The home sits on a 1.27 acre lot in the heart of the old village and is a quick golf cart ride to the 10th tee box of the famed Golf Club of Castle Pines. Email me for details at judy@kentwoodcity.com! posted: April 16, 2012
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Sold and Sold!

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A full moon and Halloween, tricks or treats, and multiple offers?
Tis true, 61 Indigo Way announced a price reduction and days later multiple offers came knocking on the door.  No surprise, the house sits on a lot that is gently sloping and over one acre.  The professional landscaping and multiple decks and patios capture views of the ridges, mountains and the forest of scrub oak and ponderosa pines.  The house is solid construction of stucco and natural stone that was locally quarried.  A main floor master suite and large kitchen family room adds a contemporary vibe for today's lifestyle.  Plantation shutters add a rich flair to the home.

61 Indigo Way is within walking distance, or a short golf cart ride away from the Castle Pines Golf Club, once home to the famed International Golf Tournament. 

But wait, if you missed this great opportunity, the home at 2715 Castle Glen Place sits right on the number one fairway of the Castle Pines Golf Club and the price on this house was just reduced TODAY!  This spectacular home sits on two of the lots at The Glen with professional landscape and multiple decks and patios.  The construction is of stucco and the same natural stone locally quarried but it has a copper roof and copper gutter system, trex decking and retractable awnings.   The main floor master opens to a deck that captures mountain and fairway views.  The living, dining and kitchen are open offering that same contemporary vibe for today's living.  The wet bar and walk-in wine closet are perfect for entertaining and the main floor solid wood library/study is both elegant and functional.
This home is a car lover's dream, with a pristine and designer finished garage.  This is a must see, must buy, but don't wait as multiple offers are becoming the norm in Castle Pines Village.

For more information on this home or any other homes in the metro Denver area please contact me at judy@kentwoodcity.com.
I work with buyers and sellers to show and sell my native city and the surrounding communities.
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties posted: October 29, 2012
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Twas the Night be...FORE!

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The New York Times Magazine's cover story on Sunday was titled, "Is There Anything Wrong With This Economy That A Jack Nicklaus-Designed Golf Course Can't Fix?" The answer is NO! The article centered around reviving an area in Michigan by giving it a second life with a golf course community. If you build it they will come, the recurring motto for areas across America. Castle Pines Village, just south of Denver but within the metro area boasts two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, one famous for the many years it hosted the International PGA golf tournament. The advantage of living in a community with a beautifully designed golf course is the acre upon acre of open fairways and greens, lush landscaping and manicured boundaries. Most golf courses offer a clubhouse for entertaining and traditionally great food. In Castle Pines Village, the golf courses offer fields of deep white virgin snow on this first day of winter. You may see an occasional animal or human track, as many of the residents will enjoy snowshoeing on a wintry morning. Both courses in Castle Pines Village are member only, but the Country Club at Castle Pines has both golf and social memberships available. The community is near complete so premier lots are unique, especially lots with location and views. 89 Indigo Way is offered as a near two acre lot located at the green of the Castle Pine's Golf Club's number one handicap hole, a long par 5 sloping fairway with a spectacular pond at the green. It is offered below the appraised value, and is available with approved architectural plans if so desired. For more information on building the home of your dreams on a spectacular lot in an established community, contact me at: judy@kentwoodcity.com Your dream house is just a tee shot away! posted: December 22, 2011
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Castle Pines Village

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Sweet Sixteen!

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According to Money Magazine, Colorado has 5 cities among the 100 Best Places to Live in America. Fort Collins was at No. 70, Boulder ranked in at 60 claiming its residents are among the happiest and healthiest in the nation. The family friendly cities of Centennial, 49, and Highlands Ranch, 23, have great outdoor spaces such as pedestrian and bike trails and great parks and recreation centers. But, in the top 20 and the address of Castle Pines Village is Castle Rock at 16, how sweet it is! Castle Rock is the yuppy town with an old west vibe, a mix of western horse trailer and Bentley... just saw one in the Castle Pines Country Club parking lot! It is one of the few cities in the nation that on a summer weekend you can trifecta with a round of golf on one of the Jack Nicklaus signature courses in the morning, fish, hike, bike or lounge by a pool in the afternoon and take in a rodeo in the evening. A vacation day like this would cost a fortune, yet it is the backyard playground for many a Castle Pines resident. Castle Rock is just two exits from Castle Pines Village to the south, it is the county seat for Douglas County and home to government entities as well as the famed rodeo and parade. Quaint shops and restaurants dot the town, and most of the townies serve up cowboy hospitality. For more information on one of Money Magazine's best cities in the nation, email me or connect on my website. I was a resident of Castle Pines Village for 20 years, currently reside in Cherry Creek North and a 4th generation Denverite. posted: August 21, 2012
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The Pose

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The "asana" in yoga is the practice of posturing, the positioning of the body while incorporating natural elements to achieve a greater awareness, it is the pose. How one moves through or stays in a pose is the art of the practice. Architecture is similar to the asana because the design is based on how the structure is positioned on the site, how it incorporates the foliage, topography and environment to achieve greater awareness. A truly great design is reflective of the way the architect poses, it becomes the home's asana. The Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home at 980 South Steele stands proud in its pose. Angular lines, the abundant use of organic materials along with the positioning of the home, sited high on the lot with the preservation of the towering pine trees is the greater awareness. This is modern, this is cool, this is unique. It is the asana. For more detailed information about this home, email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: May 17, 2011
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Shared Intelligence

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Painters and Architects, Architects and Artists, Artists and Scientists, Scientists and Artists...when art shares life, intelligence and beauty prevail. This is the story of the ultra cool and uber sexy modern home that recently SOLD in Belcaro in the Mile High City. As seen in Modern In Denver magazine, the home that was co-listed...Judy Fahrenkrog and Peter Blank, www.milehi modern.com. Multiple offers, and heightened interest when the Under Contract sign was posted brought the highest price this year for the Wright inspired home in the Belcaro, Polo Club and Bonnie Brae area. The home's architecture and construction bring new meaning to beautiful sustainability, recognized by shared intelligence. For more information on homed of this quality contact me at Judy@kentwoodcity .com posted: July 3, 2011
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Game Changer

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CBS Sunday Morning featured cities throughout the United States that buyers are flocking too. The requirements were simple, lifestyle lifestyle and lifestyle. The number one city on the list was Boulder, and the buyer profile was the 40 something plus, early retirees, and more individuals or families looking to combine work and recreation in one day. A restaurant owner was featured fishing in the morning then off to work for the lunch crowd. Boulder and Denver are short commutes back and forth, so both areas are attractive to buyers but the game changer for Boulder's real estate market was the special attention it received, things have changed and the market is as hot as summer. That renewed energy has been noted in several of the Denver markets, we have the same attractions and more, and we have the benefit of a lower price per square foot. A recent under contract in the Boulder area was approximately $900 per square foot, higher than Denver for the same quality house. Many of the homes in the Denver area are priced to sell, an advantage for the buyer. Vacancy rates for rental homes, condos and apartments are at record lows and seller inventory has decreased, more game changing moves in the residential market. With interest rates at record lows, it is time to change your game or get in the game. For an overview of the market, contact me by email at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: June 10, 2011
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