Advanced Modern

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New style term or old synonym?....both...the definition of the adjective sophisticated is advanced modern.  Examples?
Take a visual tour of a new sophisticated lising at
333 Josephine  St #2!  The sophistication in this 3 story townhome with a finished basement is advanced and stunning.

The first level, street level,  of the townhome is a work/live space with French doors for a separate entry, glass walls for a private office or additional bedroom, a butler's pantry with sink and refrigerator and a half bath.  The entire space, Brazilian hardwood flooring throughout and a bit less than 900 square feet, is zoned commercial and can be leased for a small office.  With two additional parking spaces in a private parking lot behind the townhome add additional value to an office space lease.  A finished basement with identical square footage has an additional bedroom, a travertine and polished stone three quarters bath and a temperature controlled 650 bottle wine room with glass walls for additional sophistication.  Combine both to enhance that office space!

The second level of the townhome is accessed by flagstone steps behind large stone planters of professional landscape. a large open floor plan, 21 foot width to over 10 feet ceiling heights and wide plank walnut hardwood floors. French doors walk off from the living room to a deck with views of the living dining room with a large stone fireplace and wall detail around three alcoves.  The large kitchen, with an additional deck for outdoor cooking or enjoyment, is advanced modern in its state of the art Thermadore 6 burner stove and Vent A Hood over a granite island bar, an LG commercial grade refrigerator, an additional oven, microwave and a Thermadore dishwasher.  The second level has a powder room that is professionally designed with a sink encased in a mirrored wooden cabinet and a stunning art deco mural.

The third floor hosts the master bedroom with large master bath en suite, a see through fireplace and large walk in closet.  The guest suite has separation from the master suite by a loft/bonus room space flooded with light from two large skylights.  A walk in closet and large full bath en suite complete the guest suite.

The townhouse has a two car finished garage, in addition to the two deeded parking spaces in the private walled lot in back of the townhome with access off the alley.  The commercial zoning with the ample parking makes the townhome unique to the Cherry Creek North area.  Combine all of this with the ample finished square footage, 4515, and you have the most advanced and modern product on the market.

For more information about this sophisticted listing, contact me at Kentwood City Properties!

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: February 23, 2016
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Condo Classic Coming Soon

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Coming to the hottest residential market in decades is a classic condominium in a classic building.  Contrary to the product coming out of the ground in a nano second, this concrete and steel building was built with classic construction and designed by a certified and licensed architect...what a concept!  The building design of 400 Hundred East Third Avenue is so classical that it could be lifted and placed into any of the classic cities around the country...Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, New York, yet the condo coming to the market in this city will be offered for half the price or real estate in those cities.

This is a super cool two bedroom, two bath condo with mountain and city views.  It brings a modern twist to the more classical vibe of the building with a move to the transitional style trend.   

The building offers underground and secured parking, controlled access, concierge services, an onsite residential building maager, a sports/workout room, conference room, party rooms, buisiness center, two guest suites and a smoke free environment.  The location is superb, within walking distance to  Cherry Creek North and Cherry Creek hike and bike trails, within walking distance to Washington Park and minutes from the Denver Art Museum and Clifford Stylls, and minutes from the center of downtown.  

The condo offers 2 parking spaces, but you will only need to use a car for the I 70 westbound and down mountain trek... it is minutes from access to I 70.

Call me now as this will not last, two showings set for Tuesday and it is not in the MLS yet!

Offered at $ 499,000, with the HOA at $581 per month.

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
judy@kentwoodcity.com


  posted: January 11, 2016
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Center City

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According to the Downtown Denver Partnership, Denver's vibrancy is enhanced by its Denver Center City Neighborhoods.  Approximately 72,700 and change residents choose to live within a 1.5 mile radius of Downtown Denver.  You know these folks!  They are your friends, office mates, former neighbors and they live in "hoods" called Golden Triangle, Ballpark, Uptown, Jeff Park or the up and coming Rino District.  You say you want your order Sunny Side?...well it is just up the street from Lincoln Park.  The Highlands, Lo-Hi and Sloans are neighborhoods that have enjoyed a burst in the trendy restaurant scene that is receiving a national nod.   Cap Hill was named one of the 10 best neighborhoods to inhabit in the nation!  LoDo  and the Central Business District have enjoyed a popularity since the Baby Boomers started downsizing, while Golden Triangle has seductively seized the Denver Art Museum regulars.

Take a look at some of th Center City stats.  From 2010 to 2015 the  percentage of households with children in Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park and Rino went to 24% while Rino is up 75%!  This city is exploding, which begs the question "Can the city handle this population growth?"  

From 2011-2015 in the Center City, 6,768 residential development units have been completed and 6,165 are under construction, the highest growth spurt occuring in 2015.  Of the 12,933 residential units added or under construction, 95.9% are rental units.  That's right folks, less than 5 % are residential units for sale.  Seller's market?

Denver is one of the greatest cities in this country, and it is becoming even better.  With its proximity to the mountains offering a Winter Wonderland for sports enthusiasts or a Summer Playground for everyone else, Denver has become the recruiting agent.  Denver is now the beer mecca of the nation and touts ownership in 6 professional sport teams and ownership in theatre, ballet, orchestra and opera companies.
 
If you are moving to Denver, or are contemplating a move to Denver, contact me for an overview of the housing market.  To navigate in this market, working with a professional is key.  Kentwood City Properties has the best listing inventory in the Center City, and the Kentwood Company is number one in the metro area.  

Make Denver your home and make it permanent!

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489 posted: November 30, 2015
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One and Done

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One and done and now gone!  You missed it!  On the Number One fairway of the prestigious Castle Pines Golf Club with a double lot, 2715 Castle Glen Place closed, color it gone folks.
This was without a doubt the best value and deal within the entire Village.  Main floor master suite, main floor study, open floor plan and walls of windows with uninterrupted views of the Castle Pines Golf Club course and mountain range.  The extra lot that was originally vacated and incorporated into 2715, has a paid water tap fee and an easy area to add a pool, pool house or a guest house and still keep the profile low to preserve the views.  The oversized three car garage was finished to the highest level, previous owner is a luxury car collector.   This home is the ultimate in luxury living!

Castle Pines Village is a resort style community located 10 minutes south of C470 off I-25 and the bucolic Happy Canyon Road, the commute to and from my office in downtown Denver is deceivingly quick.  The community is gated with emergency services 24/7, a large fire station located on Happy Canyon Road.  Castle Pines is known for its 100+ year old Ponderosa Pine forest and two, count em' two private Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses. There are hiking trails,biking trails, wildlife in abundance and starry, starry nights.  It is a great place to launch a career, business and family....I know first hand!
 
For more information on Castle Pines Village or a tour of the community, contact me at judy@kentwoodcity.com.  If you are looking for properties city close, I can help with that as I am a fourth generation Denverite and my office is located directly across the street from the newly renovated Union Station...we can meet up and discuss your residential needs at the Coope rLounge in Union Station...reservations required so let's book it.

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489

*2715 Castle Glen Place was co-listed with Liv Sothebys posted: October 20, 2015
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#370Clayton#BestInShow

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The numbers are in, the ultimate Final Final, and the numbers are strong.  Highest price per square foot in a while for this middle weight champion!  Weighing in at well over $1,000 per square foot is 370 Clayton!  The exquisite, single family home right in the heart of Cherry Creek North sold for $3,330,000 and worth every penny!  

The two story home with a French Quarter vibe is a total remodel from the studs; with hardwood floors, radiant heat, french doors, a gourmet kitchen complete with a La Cornue stove and a walled courtyard.  It really is the Best In Show!

For more information on homes that are available in the Cherry Creek area or any other neighborhood along the Front Range don't hesitate to call or email.  I work with Buyers and Sellers, many are repeat clients.

Judy Fahrenkrog
www.judysdenver.com posted: August 4, 2015
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If You Lived Here

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....you would be home now!  Truly, if you lived in Denver or anywhere in Colorado, you would not only be home now but you would be living now!  Colorful Colorado is a spectacular state, if not the most spectacular state amongst the 49 contenders. Name a state that can hold the trifecta on Memorial weekend...the trifecta/hat trick being a few quick ski or shredding runs in the morning (Arapahoe Basin is still running lifts daily), a round of golf mid day and fly fishing in the early evening.  Three of the many activities that can be enjoyed during the merry month.  You can also bike to each activity, or take a hike from one to the other.  This is one of the most physically fit states in the nation and it is not a result of the altitude but may be the attitude.  If you lived here you would adjust to both quickly.  They say we are not a "cow town" anymore, but then again we are!  Let's just say it's a Cown Town With Attitude!

The Denver Post ran a Summer Getaways magazine on Sunday, May 17th and listed Easy Day Trips from Denver, all unique and offering the full Colorado mountain experience.
They only featured 3, but I would and could suggest 3x that amount.  In fact, you can do a day trip from Denver to Aspen, yes, returning the same day with a different route each way.  But you actually cannot do any of this without actually living here and Denver is the fastest growing metropolitan city in, yet again...THE NATION!

Why the allure?  Lifestyle!  Denver has one of the largest demographics of millennials entering the work force, and employers are bringing that generation into the fold.  It's easy to attract a younger population as Denver has 6 professional sports teams; owns its opera, ballet, symphony and theatre companies; has a hip new bar and restaurant scene; and of course a new legalization law in place.  Denver's close proximity to all the mountain playgrounds and outdoor activities adds to the allure, as well as easy access around the world from an international airport.  Denver is the new It Girl, and the origial nickname for Denver is the Queen City.

Denver also has been attracting the new Baby Boomer population, I say new because in the last few years the retiring Boomer has changed dramatically.  The new retiree has new knees, new hips, new parts altogether enabling a lifestyle that is filled with outdoor physical activities. Yep, they have traded up... knitting needles to hiking sticks and river poles.  The new Baby Boomer, raised in the hippiest of hip decades, desires an active lifestyle surrounded by young people.  This retiree invented the last scene of Mad Men, the martini lunch is now the yogini lunch!  Baby Boomers are also moving closer to the grandchildren because they are fit enough to actually play with the grandkids.  Lowry is a dynamic community with a mix of young and old, the ranch style home listed at 886 Ulster and featured on this website is a great example.   Lowry is just one of the many communities in Denver that attract a diverse community.

But if you don't live  here...

Call me for information on living in Denver.  I represent Buyers and Sellers in this robust market and would be happy to assist you!

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: May 20, 2015
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Self Helpless

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We are all guilty of this...self diagnosing a medical ailment by clicking on Google.  I have diagnosed myself with a multitude of chronic illnesses from the research gleaned on the web.  It's a wonder I get around these days.  Fortunately the local pharmacists are wise enough to steer clear of the "self helpless" and suggest a professional doctor, and not the pretty ones on  morning news shows wearing sleevelss dresses in frigid February.  The referral is to a trained, licensed medical doctor that can actually make time in their day to physically see you and then utilize  years of medical training and experience to help the helpless. 
The Internet is and will always be a credible tool for everyone, but the game changer today is the lost syndication rights for both Zillow and Trulia.  That's right folks, the information that was often misleading and incorrect is going to get a lot more silly.  ListHub and the Denver metro area MLS system has said "bye-bye" to the two sites used frequently; they will not have access to the information.  No worries, getting the right and correct information for the purchase or sale of a home isn't critical.  I mean it's not like mis-diagnosing something chronic....right?  Actually, wrong!

Check it out:
http://denver.cbslocal.com/.../home-sellers-finding-problems/

Getting the correct information in this tricky Denver market is critical.  Don't be fooled by what you find on your own, help yourself to a Realtor, someone educated and experienced in residential real estate in your local market.

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
 
  posted: April 15, 2015
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The Big Clean

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Spring has arrived!  A Cleanse the Nest Shout Out to all domestic engineers, or maybe just unecessary pressure?
Help is on the way, and it isn't in the form of the Merry Maid Posse.

A series of three very informative and fun evenings explore the idea of the BIg Clean.  Whether you are "right-sizing" your current home, "down-sizing" to a smaller and perhaps one level home or condominium, or transferring the wealth to the next generation, the realization that you have accumulated too much stuff becomes daunting.  As the comedian George Carlin quipped, Americans tend to spend the week buying stuff that they sell in their yards on the weekend!  Comedic relief aside, baby-boomers have acquired too much stuff and the millenials are moving to panic mode with a future that bodes of inheriting either the goods or the problem.  You think those millenials are tough inside your refrigerator?  Wait until they get into your closet!

The first series was held on Tuesday, appropriately March 31 because the next morning attendees peered into their closets  and thought ...."April Fool"!  Three speakers discussed solutions for "too much stuff".  Susie Houston and Brooke Hecht, a mother/daughter team, are professionals in the solutions to moving or right sizing.  Their mission statement is clear, "we organize your home one drawer, one room, at a time..."  They actually reversed the notion that you need to spring clean the closet in one afternoon.  Susie is known for quipping the obvious as in her  "The fastest way to get to the end is to BEGIN" mantra.  Some of their suggestions were clear and not over whelming.  If you are preparing for a move, pick a room and go one drawer at a time even if it is just one drawer in an afternoon.  If that is overwhelming, call them and they will whip through your home in a nano second, one drawer at a time.  They are also experts in fashion and can help or wean you away from that 20 year old ball gown or designer suit that you have been sure you will wear again if you lose 5 pounds or if it comes back into style. 

The third speaker was Leigh Dyer of In Dire Need Professional Organizing.  Leigh not only helps clients downsize, move or right size but she is a professional that will organize your office, your files, your life!  Leigh has the energy and patience to transition the most complicated areas of a person's life to sleek, simple and stress free.  Leigh had many easy tips for keeping the pared down new you in shape  so the clutter monsters don't invade the home again.  

Leigh has a  list of resources for removing the "stuff" you do not need.  For instance, the Denver Dumb Friends League will take old blankets, pillows, towels and sheets and  dry cleaners will take and recycle wire hangers, which you will have plenty of after your closet purge.

You can imagine what fun we had!  The second series will focus on appriasing fine art, jewelry, china and silver with experts in the appraisal field and also a professional estate sale consultant will be on hand to help with the task of selling what you don't need or what the next generation does not want.  The second session will be held in late April so contact me for details.  The series is being hosted by myself and Devvy Altman and Hanne Lichtenfels, seasoned brokers of Kentwood City Properties.

For more information you can contact me at 
judy@kentwoodcity.com
303-820-2489
Kentwood City Properties. posted: April 1, 2015
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Cheesman Craftsman Sold

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As they say in Italia, chuisi!  Closed!  The incredible California Craftsman home on Little Cheesman Park....lots of similar consonants, closed for a price that does not have a c for the first consonant!  What is unique and endearing about this sale is not price but the joint execution and mutual respect of the buyers and the sellers created by their mutual love of this outstanding home.
The sellers purchased the home over 30 years ago and took the first renovations to the artistic level of an early century California Craftsman bungalow style home.  They stripped the beautiful carved wooden staircase of the prior paint, restoring the wood to its original beauty.  They commissioned an artist to paint canvas trompe l'oeil panels to fit between the coffered wood beams on the ceiling and a mural that lines the living room ceiling with a landscape resembling the California wine country...honestly Gustave Stickley would have bought this house!   Detail upon glorious detail in one of the most prime locations in central Denver. 

The buyers, re-locating back to Denver, had walked Little Cheesman many summer evenings and had long admired this home, knowing but never dreaming that the wish list would come to fruition.  Now their summer evenings will be sipping a lovely vintage under the pergola while listening to the summer concerts from the neighboring Botanic Gardens.  You honestly can't make this stuff up, it is true!

To manage your wish or bucket list, and make your dreams come true, call me as I am that unique 4th generation Denverite with time and energy.

For more information contact:

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
www.judysdenver.com
judy@kentwoodcity.com
303-820-2489 posted: March 31, 2015
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March Myths and Madness

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Top seed in March is not necessarily a term for the early spring gardner.  A top seed is the reference to the "most likely" team to proceed to the Big Dance Marching On to the Final Four, but that is just a myth and the madness.  Many of the top seed coaches are back home throwing that other top seed around.  Truly one of the greatest myths of March is the perfect bracket, but one of the other mystifying rumors is that March is the perfect time to sell a home, which leads to buyer and seller madness.

March does trump the hibernating months, and March is still half in and half out of winter, and the selling season.  Bringing a property to market in March does not always guarantee the perfect bracket.  It does give the home early exposure and is a wonderful month for spring cleaning the home, inside and out.  The selling market is active, over active in a price range under 400,000, but buyers are still as particular as ever and the lenders and appraisers do not suffer fools when it comes to market reality. So if you need a spring sale, March is the month to launch but keep the madness at bay if you find yourself into April, which is when the other March Madness officially ends.

Myth alerts and St Joseph:
Bury the statue upside down next to the sign?
Bury it next to your door step facing away from the home?
Bury it next to the street facing towards the home?
Bury it 8 inches deep versus 3 feet deep?
Put one on a shelf in your condo?
What to do?

When thinking of buying or selling a home, contact a Realtor, an active member of the local and national Board of Realtors.
The list of requirements to keep that status active is lengthy and includes yearly courses to update contracts, legal changes in laws and practices, and ethics courses.  There are many options out there, including the St Joseph statue, choose wisely.  Choose a Realtor

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
Realtor/ Broker Associate
303-820-2489
judy@kentwoodcity.com
  posted: March 23, 2015
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