Zenderful Chi

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It has been said by many that even if you do not know what zen is, something happens when you drive down Happy Canyon Road into Castle Pines Village. The mind has that switch, where you turn the day off, the world off and you actually feel your blood pressure drop. Castle Pines Village is just south of Denver off the I 25 corridor with acres of Ponderosa pines, mountain scrub oak and breathtaking views from many of the cliffs and ridges. Located on the world reknowned Golf Club at Castle Pines is an estate home that defines zen and embodies the feng shui principle of chi. Chi is the invisible flow of energy circulating though earth and sky, man lives best when the structures he creates echo nature. By appointment only, 762 Valderrama Court was designed and appointed with the harmony of the environment. The San Francisco based architect spent days on site studying the colors from sun rise to sunset, different seasons and the changes in the mountains and sky. The blend of stone and steel, abundant use of clear story windows capturing either a ridge or a pine adds to the zen like quality of the home. This home lives in harmony with nature, giving warmth in the winter and shade during summer. A preview of the home's interior, designed by a notable Denver area professional, are posted under my Listings, watch for more photos of the exterior landscape and views as spring appears. posted: February 24, 2011
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Housing

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The word "housing" is front page news throughout the media, and it is positive!  Housing starts are up according to the National Homebuilders Association!  Housing prices are increasing according to national statistics from reputable researchers!  Stock market hits record high citing a robust housing market as a key factor!  Housing inventoryhits a record low, market goes from buyer's market to seller's market in the first quarter!

Housing is back...for many, not all.  There is still an incredible need to continue efforts to make housing affordable and available for everyone.  One of the most successful not for profits organizations in the Denver area, and a model throughout the nation is Warren Village.  Warren Village is apartment living with on- site full time day care facilities for single parent families needing assistance.  The reason Warren Village is so successful is the model it has created for success.
The residents at Warren Village are on assisted living allowances but are  working full-time on goals and a career, many full time students earning college degrees.  The alumni of Warren Village work in fields of education, real estate, banking, law, medicine and their children are going on to secondary schools because of the solid foundation they received at Warren Village.  The cycle of welfare is broken in this housing community.

Most of the residents at Warren Village are women, generally leaving backgrounds of abuse and total dysfunction.  There are on-site support groups, classes in parenting and job interviewing, nutrition and exercise.  Each year the residents set goals that are measured.  Each year the children continue to feel safe and cared for in a nuturing environment. Each year the Friends of Warren Village host the All Stars Breakfast, the major fundraiser for the organization.

This year the keynote speaker for the All Stars Breakfast was the infamous Joe Theismann, entertaining and informative.
Joe came from a very functional, loving two parent household and was blessed with incredible talent that earned him Hall of Fame notoriety but his message was direct and meaningful.  To whom much has been given.......so, thanks to Joe, the room raised over $50,000 on top of the sponsorships and table attendance.  The residents at Warren Village are too young to have ever seen Joe Theismann throw a football, but his support will earn him hall of fame honors in their community.

For more information on Warren Village or a tour of the facilities, it is located at 1323 Gilpin Street across the street from Cheesman Park.  As you drive up you will see a wonderful playground off the Greta Horwitz Learning Center next to the entrance of the Fahrenkrog-Beck Apartments or you can contact me.

Judy Fahrenkrog
email: judyf@denver.com
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
posted: March 7, 2013
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Winning

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Football season is here and all thoughts and emotions are focused on the win. When teams win, the fans and near fans walk around with complete ownership; as in "we brought home the win"; but when the team doesn't win there is total disassociation and the "we" becomes "they". Not dissimilar in real estate, when a transaction is winning, the high fives are all around but if a deal crashes, disassociation is rampant. This is human nature, but in order to have a successful season we need to learn from the disassociation and become owners in the process. Get on board with the process, get involved with a realtor with a winning attitude, contact info at judy@kentwoodcity.com. A nod and a "like" to Scott at www.warrioracademy.com! Namaste! posted: September 18, 2011
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Hunted House

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No, the title is not a typo from the robo spell check on the Iphone, there really is a Hunted House on this very Halloween, in fact there are plenty of hunted houses in this unusual real estate market and many are available for quite a bit less than a few years back. Sellers have dusted off the cobwebs from earlier aggressive pricing and have had a "come to spirit" meeting with the market, so the pricing is better than last Halloween. Mixing scary low interest rates (and how long will that last?) with dropping prices, you can't afford not to drink the brew! Many of the houses that are available are easily viewed on line, but many of the new "under contracts" in our downtown Kentwood City Properties office are not available on line as they are sold before they hit the MLS! The opportunities are there, and Buyer Brokers are finding them...snoozing is losing so contact your realtor or email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com to search the market and develop a game plan. Happy Hunting! posted: October 31, 2011
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Sprezzatura

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"Sprezzatura is an Italian word from a book written in the 1500's describing someone who can make something difficult look easy." William Safire Kate Middleton, the new Duchess of Cambridge, has eased into her new role effortlessly and with a certain element of classic nonchalance. She is the perfect example of sprezzatura, defining classic style in her dress and manner but displaying a contemporary vibe that is most appealing. How does one cultivate sprezzatura? There is such a certain easygoing form of direction and nonchalance with sprezzatura that it escapes a floor plan. It is easier to observe sprezzatura than it is to define. For instance, the condominium at Larimer Place, featured on the Home Page of this website is known for its sprezzatura. There is a uncontrived ease in the floorplan that can be adapted effortlessly for one's style or taste. The spectacular views from all the floor to ceiling windows and outdoor decks gives the location of the penthouse a certain panache. The building is understated and without the fanfare of hotels or street level retail, giving it style without cliche. This penthouse has sprezzatura! Competitively priced for the location and views, it is across the street from historic Larimer Square and within two blocks of world class opera, symphony, ballet and theatre in addition to its close proximity to the Pepsi Center for hockey, basketball and concerts or baseball at Coor's Field. For more information on Larimer Place or the penthouse condominium, email me at: judy@kentwoodcity.com. Judy Fahrenkrog, Broker Associate Kentwood City Properties Christie's Affiliate posted: June 12, 2012
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Must Love Dogs...

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.....a job skill for residential real estate professionals. On a recent zero degree snowy Denver morning, the Kentwood City Properties brokers toured several properties that were just listed or are listed as coming soon. Since the temps dropped to well below zero the night before, and the snow had fallen in inches on the two previous days, the sidewalks were hard packed and icy. Job skill set #3 for selling residential properties, a background in figure skating. Undaunted by the snow and ice, the lock boxes containing house keys provided ample opportunity for flesh adhering to cold metal. Job skill set #2, prior work experience as a locksmith. Selling residential real estate is not for the meek nor weary. Upon entering a property on tour, a rather old, precious, blind and hard of hearing Lassie-esque dog was standing on guard in the hallway on her bed. Skill set #1 Must Love Dogs. The notion that residential real estate brokers must be schooled and tested in real estate law, real estate agency, real estate finance, real estate commission approved contracts, real estate markets and marketing, real estate web sites, the internet, real estate development, mortgage rates and other lending opportunities, real estate titles and commitments is correct. Residential real esate brokers must also be current on mandatory subjects as it relates to contract changes and inspection issues, must keep a license current with several hours of continuing education course work and keep a current ethics class certificate to be members of the local, state and national realtor boards. All of this is what makes a real estate broker a professional. What is not commonly known are the other skill sets involved, including #1 Must Love Dogs. A fews years back, a well known and beloved dog in the Castle Pines Village neighborhood was at home when a broker with a scheduled appointment arrived with a client. The adorable Bichon greeted the broker and client with a coquettish wagging of tail and the obligatory asana (original dog pose) of rolling on his back for a tummy rub. The broker and client toured the all three floors of the house unaccompanied and upon leaving they were greeted at the door by the same dog in full palace dress...teeth bared and growling. It seems, his technique for getting the house sold was to keep the client in the house. The broker did not panic, made a few phone calls (luckily Castle Pines Village is a 24 hour gated community with emergency services personnel) and the real guards showed up with none other than Popcorn treats. You just can't make this stuff up. So when considering a brokerage firm to represent you and your family, including the furry friends, trust a company whose brokers have the skill sets necessary. You can email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com for a market analysis of your home and current marketing strategies or if you are interested in purchasing a new home, rates are still at all time lows so it is a good time to buy. Or, if you are interested in learning more about becoming involved with one of my favorite non-profits ...you guessed it....The Denver Dumb Friends League, I would be happy to share that information. posted: December 6, 2011
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HAPPY BEARTHDAY!

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Earth is celebrating another birthday with the usual list of interesting guests, earthquakes in California and snowstorms on the east coast. But the party this year was held in Colorado...on the actual Earth Day, Sunday, temperatures hovered just under 80 and on Monday went over 80. The Denver area, is experiencing the most glorious spring in years with blossoming trees in full bloom, lilac bushes full with fragrance and parks and golf courses greening up. If you are to "Go Green" to celebrate Earth's birthday, Denver delivered. The remainder of this last full week in April promises more record breaking temperatures, the summer sneak peek. And if the weather is heating up in Denver, the housing market is hot! The National Association of Realtors is celebrating its national Open House Weekend, April 28-29. On Saturday, 61 Indigo Way will be held open from 11-2 and while you have finished touring 61 Indigo Way walk on down the fairway to view the lot at 89 Indigo Way, the lot on the tenth hole of the Castle Pines Golf Club. To get to Castle Pines Village, take I-25 south, approximately 10 minutes from C470 and the Park Meadows Mall. Take Exit 187, Happy Canyon Road, and meander down the tree lined path to the round-about and stay right to go through the Main Guard Gate. There will be arrow signs posted to Indigo Way. email:judy@kentwoodcity.com for more information posted: April 23, 2012
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Death and Taxes

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...two things that are certain in life, and one of them is coming right up. Whether you procrastinate the inevitable or even extend, you have to plan for taxes. As we move through each year, the constant knowledge that we will be paying taxes is ever present so we plan for it. How different the concept of death as many do not plan for that inevitable event. Many consider a long term estate, but a short term plan is as valuable. In developing a short term plan a basic decision to make is whether you are in the right home, need to sell a home or perhaps change to a different community or area. If you have longed for a beach house as "soon as we sell the big family house with the never ending yard", maybe now is the time to list that house so you can plan for the beach house. If you have not tried but have yearned for an urban loft style existence, what are you waiting for? Make a short term plan to get that house listed. There has never been a better time to make a short term plan that will eventually fit the long term goal. We are seeing a low number of listings in a variety of neighborhoods throughout the Denver area and a large number of buyers. With interest rates remaining at record lows, buyers are looking but many are not satisfied with the lack of inventory, so it is a great time to buy and a great time to sell. A new product on the market is a 10 Year ARM at a 4.375% fixed rate. You can make a lot of plans during a 10 year period, even a few "change of plans". If you are interested in developing a new plan, listing and selling a home or purchasing a new home and taking advantage of the low interest rates and how they fit into your tax planning, contact me. The IRS has extended the tax deadline to April 18th, so you have some extra time to start planning. As always, if you are currently contracted with a broker as a seller or purchaser, this is not meant as a solicitation. www.cherrycreekrealestate.com Referrals are the "cornerstone" of my business and appreciated. posted: April 12, 2011
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Canon del Cerro

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The City Different brings to market the most spectacular architectural gem that dares different. This modern 4,000 square foot semi-circular home built on the side of the Cerro Pinon Mountain is designed to "float" the landscape. Sweeping panoramic views of the entire Pojoaque Valley, Chama Canyon, Navajo Peak, the Sandia and the Ortiz mountains from the 3500 square foot outdoor living space. A kaliedoscope of ochra, umber, magenta and tourquoise from the rocky plateaus and northern New Mexican sky provide the backdrop from the walls of windows or the intimate balconies and decks. Inspiration abounds with the integration of the sky and sculputural landscape that dominate the setting and dominated the themes of O'Keefe, Baumann, and Parsons. Santa Fe adobe construction and a 100 year metal roof, glycol radiant heating, block limestone floors, clerestory windows, Bose sound system throughout , Lutron low-voltage lighting, custom cabinetry, gourmet kitchen and Venetian diamond finish plaster walls make up the sustainable quality. The home is ADA compliant with a discreet lift. This 5 acre lot in a gated compound is zoned horse property with access to riding trails. The home is located in Nambe, minutes from Chimayo and a short commute to the Santa Fe Opera, Georgia O'Keefe's Abiquiu ranch, and the world class restaurants, galleries, shops and museums of Santa Fe. The home is aggressively priced at $1,650,000 with motivation to dialogue offers, perhaps under the Enrico Embroli canvas in the dining room titled "Dialog". For more information visit my website or email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com visit the home on my link at www.cherrycreekrealestate.net/53-Canon-del-Cerro.htm. posted: July 12, 2011
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