#ThrowBackThursday

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Throw BackThursday and this home on VASSAR LANE stirs the nostalgia.  Close your eyes and picture a child's linen dress drying in the sun on a line that stretches the width of a nearly half acre lot...think you are back in the fifties?  Want to get back to that feeling or thinking?  The backyard of this home will fire the amygdala and send you daydreaming back to summer nights filled with freeze tag, bbq briquets, croquet mallets and... want s'more?  The southern facing lot is summer perfection with morning patio breakfasts lingering into lazy afternoon hammocks and evening sunset suppers al fresco...mmmm!
This is it, Martha...bring it on!

The interior does not disappoint either!  The architectural design calls for pitched wood ceilings with wood beams, planked wood walls and windows flooding sunshine throughout.  The kitchen is open to the great/living room, a formal dining room offers a cozy wood burning fireplace, there is even a main floor bedroom!  The style is artist retreat or mountain contemporary or uniquely cool.  The neighborhood is a hidden gem, with homes on large lots in the heart of Denver yet within the Cherry Creek School District.  Minutes from the Yale Light Rail station, the Highline Canal, University Hills shopping, Eisenhower Park, Wellshire Golf and the sweetest farmer's market in the city.

In this world of cookie cutter shapes and sizes along with cookie cutter/builder delivered homes on cookie sized lots, this home on Vassar Lane offers the unique and custom quality of years and ideas gone by.  The architecture and finish are custom,  the lot is unquestionably a "hard to find" urban feature. 

Stop by and visit at the Open House on Sunday May 18th
from 2-4 pm!
  posted: May 15, 2014
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Spring In Your Step

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Need to add Spring to your step, or personality?  Try a drive around the older Denver neighborhoods and take a blossom tour, there has never been a prettier Spring in Denver!  Buzzing through Denver Country Club is not only a trip down memory lane but a close second to the Botanical Gardens display of Spring flowers.  This will fire all the senses and jump start that allery season, but what a show!
Best in show, however, is two blocks short of Washington Block and a half block closer to Heaven.  Touring through that "hood" I hesitated and stopped at a SOLD listing from a year back and found my delightful buyer battling the wind to tend to her spring planting.  Blew me away, and I am not talking the wind!  I knew that this creative and artistic Buyer in collaboration with her artist/mother muse would transform this bit of "old town Aspen" Victorian into a showpiece.  

They began with transforming the free standing garage into a casita that also functions as an art studio.  Many of the furnishings in the casita were transplanted from the Santa Fe abode and guest house..think Grant Corner Inn meets Denver.  The casita is filled with original paintings by the Buyer/Owner's mother and contributions from other artists.  They added a fireplace tot he casita and a large palladium style picture window adding light that plays with the color of the art.

The gardens are both whimsical and intimate, with several cozy corners for morning coffee or late afternoon wine.  Each garden cluster plays art and sculpture with annuals and perennials.   Antique mirror windows hang from various fences to reflecting the garden beauty, doubling the aesthetic pleasure.  Enchantment at every turn.

What a lift, added to my day.  Not only the chance to see a transformation of delight and personality to a home that already had great architectural style, but a chance to visit again with one of the most warm and intelligent clients that I have had the pleasure to know.  Thanks for the Spring added to my step! posted: April 30, 2014
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EPIC WEEKEND FOR COLORADO

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Wake up Ground Hog!  Get ready for the most epic weekend in Colorado's history.  You guessed it...two feet and counting of champagne powder in the high country and a Super Bowl win by the Denver Broncos.  Don't doubt, it's true. Doubters stay home.

Fact:  Predictions for snow fall amounts measuring feet began on Wednesday, ample time to wax and ride the corridor to the world class ski resorts of Colorado.  Fresh tracks in knee deep powder, it's still snowing so tracks refresh faster than this Mac.  Plenty of time remains to get there so dust off the Fat Boys and fet ridin'.

Fact:  Predictions are for a Bronco Super Bowl win by many odds makers.  If Super Bowl is an unchecked item on your bucket list, then get moving because the game is Sunday!  Go big or stay home...no one does it better than NYC, not even Omaha!  The game is in Jersey but the fun is in the city.

Fact:  Bronco win you predict?  This weekend is the 2014 Chinese New Year, the year of the HORSE!  Any more questions?

More Facts:  Colorado is one of the prettiest states in this great union and Denver is one of the greatest cities.
With over 300 days of sunshine, more parks than any other city, 5 local professional sports teams, and our own symphony, ballet company and opera company along with a performing arts center that brings Broadway musicals to the heart of downtown.  Denver is a young and vibrant town, most of the population is of the Gen age...but the Boomers are boomerangin' back for a Denver's  retirement lifestyle.  Denver is the city of the future and I am available to show you a few of the highlights from farm to table restaurants, park venues, local wine shops and brew pubs, and plenty of hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, angling and I have run out of space.

There are wonderful communities with a wide variety of 
homes to choose from, including new product that is selling quickly..pre-sales before ground breaking.  As a Denver native and over 30 years as a residential realtor, I know how to navigate this great city so contact me at...
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
judy@kentwoodcity.com

Go BIG or STAY HOME is the new Rocky Mtn High! posted: January 31, 2014
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Gan Aden Will Be Gone!

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On February 27, Gan Aden will sell to the highest bidder at a Concierge Auction event.  The auction will be attended by pre-registered bidders and will include three bidding opportunities, one for 32 Albion, listed at $1,999,000 and the second for 31 Albion, listed at $10,000,000.  The third bidding opportunity would be to purchase both properties, that will definitely up the ante to the highest bidder.

Why auction?  Castle Pines Village is a unique community with several homes in the value range of 8 million upwards to over $20 million.  Some of the luxury homes that sit on 5 to 15 acres have never been offered for sale and likely will not be offered for years to come.  This is a chance to purchase that luxury home in a premier, gated golf course community that is located just 25 minutes from the cultural and sports mecca of downtown Denver.

Gan Aden sits on a heavily wooded and award winning landscaped lot with 32 Albion as its neighbor.  The landscaping was done my MARPA, the archtecture of Gan Aden is by Chris Davis and Sara Semple, Semple Brown.  

View the home on this website with beautiful drone shots of the grounds and Castle Pines Village or touch and see the properties by phoning 877-751-8051 for an appointment between 1 and 4 pm daily.

  posted: January 24, 2014
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A Passport To...

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The Passport is the official entry document needed to transport an individual and the Denver Art Museum does not disappoint.  Passport To Paris, the current exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, transports one from 2013 to pre Impressionism in France through the entire era.  The Hamilton wing takes on rival museums and is host to a record number of Monet paintings and drawings in one building.  The history of the era from Louis III & IV through the French Revolution and the Napoleon empire straight to the golden age of La Belle Epoque is uniquely told through the incredible Hamilton and Denver Art Museum collection.  Experience the Pissaros and Manets in a presentation that is breathtaking.  There are three significant rooms, Court to Cafe, the Drawing Room and the En Plein Aire collection.  As with all forms of transport, plan on a delay as you will find yourself floating in front of a Monet for several minutes or travelling back for another glance at the Sisley.  The collection was compiled by the museum's inspired curator Angelica Daneo and is a must see!

The Denver Art Museum is but one of the many cultural sites offered in the Denver area, nestled amongst the Clifford Still museum and near the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the Ellie Caulkins auditorium that is currently host to the Denver Film Festival; all just minutes from the landmark condominium building of Four Hundred East Third.  The location of Four Hundred East Third is ideal, as a primary home in the city without the inner city, or a secondary home for Coloradoans who cannot resist the lure of the mountains seen from most units.

Available now is a two bedroom, two bath unit with sweeping views from the southeast to Pikes Peak and west to Mt Evans.  The unit has two secured underground parking spaces and amenities such as a concierge, fitness center, business and entertainment rooms and two guest suites available for family and friends taking in the cultural events in Denver.

Call for an appointment to see this incredible value, the Cherry Creek alternative.

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
  posted: November 8, 2013
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NOT A TRICK...A TREAT

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Moving around Cherry Creek these days is a real trick!  With construction traffic and the lack of available parking, it is no treat to visit or live in the area and it will be years before the problems are resolved.  A great Cherry Creek alternative, just listed and available immediately is a fabulous corner unit with views in a sophisticated controlled access building within walking distance to the Cherry Creek Mall, lower price per square foot and it has parking!

Just Listed is a ninth floor unit in the Four Hundred East Third Ave Building, off Speer Boulevard and Logan Street.  The building has easy access to Cherry Creek, Washington Park and all that is available in downtown Denver.  The contemporary building boasts city and mountain views, this corner condominium has both along with 2 bedrroms, 2 baths and 2 garage parking spaces.  The building has ample off street and free guest parking, a concierge, elegant large guest room suites, a fitness room, a business center and conference room and large rooms for entertaining.  The secured access is twenty four hours allowing for a true lock and leave location.

The unit just listed is a southeast corner unit with views of Pikes Peak and Mt Evans, city views towards Cheesman Park and southern views of Washington Park.  The views this time of year are a riot of color!
The listing price is $575,000, the unit across the hall sold prior to actually hitting the market.  The building is hot, the area is hot, the Cherry Creek alternative is hot!
Get in now and get this TREAT!

For more information contact
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: October 30, 2013
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Autumn#Castle Pines Village

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Castle Pines Village, at 6280 feet above sea level, is an area in Colorado that indigenously grows gambel oak or scrub oak.  It isn't seen in the city limits of Denver because of the lower altitude, nor in Evergreen and near mountain communities because of the cooler temperatures.  It grows in Castle Pines Village because the environment is deliciously nourishing!  Take note...good for humans too!  The gambel oak and the other deciduous trees are in full color, mix that with Colorado bluebird skies...en plein aire pleasure.

Commonly referred to as the "best kept secret in Colorado", Castle Pines Village is only 25 minutes from downtown Denver's major sports scene, cultural scene and bar hopping, only 12 minutes from the shopping and restaurants in the DTC and Park Meadows area.  A minor commute for a resort like community.  Nestled amongst a century old Ponderosa pine forest and two major Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses, Castle Pines is where Denver becomes Colorado again!  

Come visit us!  Holding a Broker Open House Thursday, October 24th from 12 - 3 pm with lunch provided by Daniel Dexter, Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Banking.

2715 Castle Glen Place is a 5,996 finished square foot  home situated on a double Glen lot on the Castle Pines Golf Club's #1 Fairway, with mountain and course views.  
Available at $1,500,000.

303 Castle Pines Drive South is a classic red brick two story with a mountain vibe on a 1.6 acre lot on the Castle Pines Golf Club's #13 Fairway.  This 8,011 finished square foot custom has entertained a former US President and several famed professional golfers.
This home is co-listed with Richard Berman of Kentwood DTC.

Castle Pines Village is a gated community with controlled access.  You may gain entry by emailing 
judy@kentwoodcity.com 
Kentwood City Properties phone 303-820-2489.
If you have a relationship with a Realtor, this is a Broker Open and all brokers are invited to bring their clients.

We look forward to spending a magnificent autumn afternoon in colorful Castle Pines Village, Colorado!
  posted: October 23, 2013
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Contextualism Castle Pines Style

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Chicago, the city of architecture, so iconic that the city should be renamed...Chicarchitectgo!  On a recent trip and architectural tour along the river, several of the renowned high rise buildings were spectacular representations of conceptual design/contextualism.
Contextualism is when the design form follow the context of the environment, as in building on a curve to represent the curvature of the Chicago river, the result is a beautiful design with green windows that curve out  to form a vertical river design.

Contextualism is sustainable design and ever present in the beautiful community of Castle Pines Village.  The architecture in a custom home in Castle Pines is screened by an architectural design review committee that collaborates with the architect and lot owner to conceptualize a home that coordinates with the lot site, adapting several of the topographical and landscape features.  A few examples are visible on this web site.

Gan Aden, Hebrew for Garden of Eden,at 31 Albion Place is an excellent example of contextualism.  Articulating the natural landscape with interior rooms was the primary goal.  Upon entering the home, the tena nd eleven foot floor to ceiling windows bring the outside into the home's interior.  Hopes high windows and doors, including spectacular pocket doors, allow the appreciation of the Marpa designed landscape from each room.  The lot combines the indigenous flora an fauna which makes Castle Pines Village unique, with a zen quality in placement of koi ponds, a tea house and sculptures.  

Another example of contextualism can be seen at 2715 Castle Glen, a home situated along the first fairway of the Castle Pines Golf Club's famed International course.  This home has the advantage of an additional lot within the Glen, to protect the mountain and golf course views and privacy within the Glen community of cluster homes.  The tiered extra lot allowed the landscape to resemble the lustrous and manicured greens of the gold course.  

Take your own architectural tour in a community that respects contextual design.  Phone or email:

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

Castle Pines Village is a gated community located south of the metro Denver, 20 minutes from  Park Meadows Mall, Centennial Airport and the new Skyridge Hospital and medical complex.  It is located within a century old Ponderosa pine forest, abundant in scrub gambel oak and two signature Jack Nicklaus golf courses.  The communit has three swimming pools, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, abundant starry nights and natural wildlife.  The homes are designed to compliment not compete with the environment.  This is where Denver becomes Colorado again.  Call now for your private tour. posted: September 26, 2013
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#Invited!

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Post Labor Day...fashions change but for this event "you can leave your whites on"!  A cordial invitation is out for a late summer lunch and Broker Open House in Castle Pines Village.  There will be 5 homes open for the progressive lunch and the tour will begin with the most spectacular, Gan Aden!

Gan Aden was the featured home of the year in Colorado Homes and Lifestyles and is one of the chosen homes in the Christie's International Bespoke program of luxury  real estate.

The architectural design of the home is context and site specific, timeless in character and sustainable through a natural use of materials and a modern aesthetic.  From the dramatic arrival sequence, featuring a stunning reflection pool and waterfall to the exterior courtyards and patios with views of a tea house and a koi pond amidst landscaped gardens.  No need to "google zen" because you will find zen at Gan Aden.

Castle Pines Village is a gated community located south of the metro Denver area,  just ten minutes from the Park Meadows Mall, even less from the state of the art Sky Ridge Medical Center.  The community is comprised of luxury homes, two signature Jack Nicklaus private golf clubs, two community pools and tennis courts, a private health club with lap pool, hiking and biking trails, plenty of natural landscape and wildlife and a century plus ponderosa pine forest.  The beautiful sunrises and sunsets and starry, starry nights are included in the package.

For more information about Castle Pines Village and to rsvp to the Open House for gate admittance, contact me.

Late Summer Broker Open House and Lunch
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
judy@kentwoodcity.com


posted: August 27, 2013
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TWEET #HOUSING

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SUNDAY, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, featured housing, in all shapes, forms and styles.

One of the great American dreams right up there with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is housing.  Housing is one of the most established investments for the American family.  Housing remains the center of the American family and housing plays a major role in the health of the American economy.

One of the more interesting segments on the show was the American passion for birdhouses, including birdhouses that reflect the homes of the very rich and very famous.  Martha Stewart's Connecticutt farmhouse, several of the famed Wyeth portrait homes are among a few of the upper end homes for feathered friends, but the smaller, child-like versions are just as charming.

Housing is back and it is time to jump into the market.  There are still many communities where opportunities are abundant.
Find the home that fits you and your lifestyle, work with a professional that will get the job done.

For more information on housing in the Denver metro area, contact me.  I have sold properties city close and in luxury communities in and around the metro area, including Castle Pines Village.  Let's find a home to tweet about!

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: August 25, 2013
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