Occupy Home

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Colorado was the perfect setting for the Thanksgiving holiday week. Temperatures were mild to unseasonal, with an afternoon round of golf as the major rival to an afternoon of football. Biking around the Denver area there were sightings of homeowners hanging outdoor holiday lights and greens and a few just hangin' on a sprawling porch catching a late autumn tan. Denver's rating as the number one city for male, female and pet fitness was obvious as the parks and corridors were teaming with joggers, bikers, tennis players, volleyball gamers and dog walkers. All were out with family and friends from near and far and all were headed to one place this evening....home. Home is still the number one fan favorite for Thanksgiving. Home is where one goes to fire up the olfactory receptors, to ignite the inner child and to rekindle memories. Home is the yin and the yang of family relationships, the alpha and omega of our personal transparency. Home is the plate of our lives, so why not live in the home that reflects you and your family. As you took the time to Occupy Home this holiday weekend, if it didn't fit, now is the time to make that change. A few of the holiday classic movies that played had themes around moves to make the home fit the family. "Miracle on 34th Street" was themed around believing in something bigger than yourself, something that can't be seen and to Susan's surprise, the one dream she wanted was a wish granted...a new home. "With Six You Get Eggroll" is a movie about a blended family trying to make the new step relationships work with little room to spare. In the end, they made room in their hearts and lives for each other but they also moved to a new home...their home. The movies may have been filmed in the 40's and 60's, but the themes are as current today. The home is the cornerstone of our society, it is as American as turkey and gravy. If you want to spend some time looking at the possibility of making a move with your home, phone or email me. The holiday season is a great time to tour homes for sale. Interest rates are still incredibly low and lenders are lending. email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: November 27, 2011
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Timeless Albion

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Albion is the oldest known name of the island that is now recognized as Great Britain. It is used poetically and mythically. Etymologists have stemmed the word to "white" or "earth world" and "hill". Myth has it that Brutus and his fellow Trojans escaped and set sail to the promised island, "which time shall ne'er destroy, nor bounds confine." The goddess Diana referred to this island as Albion. Did the promise deliver? Albion Place in Castle Pines Village delivers on the promise. Sited on a private cul-de-sac and offered to the national and international markets through Christie's International Real Estate, the ambient architecture both in structure and landscaping is sophisticated and timeless. Chris Davis of Boss Architecture created a house design with sophistication, scale, presence all in harmony with the site. Next to the twelfth hole of the Castle Pines Golf Club, Albion Place is sited on more than 3 acres of inspired landscaping by Martin Mosko of Marpa. The designs incorporate elements of a modern aesthetic with elegance, quintessential beauty and sustainability. The rooms are composed in zones for both private and public functionality. The design encourages inoor and outdoor living, creating vibrant living spaces taking full advantage of the gardens with koi ponds, a tea house, pool, reflective pools and waterfalls and the promise of Albion, a meditative white garden. For more information on Albion Place contact me. Shown by appointment only, price upon request. Judy Fahrenkrog Broker Associate Kentwood City Properties posted: July 17, 2012
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Have Them From Hello

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The most oft heard comment when feedback is given for a house preview or showing is "stage".  Staging the home is one of the most important steps in getting a home sold, falling just short of listing the house for sale.  A well staged home literally upstages any negative aspects of a home such as floor plan or traffic sounds and will engage the buyer to spend more time in the home.  Once that front door opens, you need to have them from "hello".

Staging a home is less difficult than one would presume.  Obviously if the home is for sale, the seller is moving so the first step is to start packing.  Early packing is key, choose what you will not move and either donate or dispose.  Remove is the new normal, the operative word!

An easy place to stage is the kitchen,it is the most seductive room in the house and you are there nearly three times a day so it is easy to give it a fresh look.  The operative word for a well staged kitchen is fresh.  Clean to spotless counters with little to nothing on display but a fresh bowl of crisp apples!  Make sure that all the cupboards are organized, and all the chipped or well-used dishware are removed.  Buyers test drive the cabinets, cupboards and drawers in the kitchen, it is an inviting visual.  Does your cutlery drawer seduce?  It is not hard to achieve through a local container or hardware store.   

Less is more when staging the kitchen, if the coffee maker is used everyday then find a time-out hidden storage area for that pot to rest while the home is on the market.  This same rule measures out for the food processor, toaster and any other small counter top appliance.  If replacing appliances is not within your home sale budget, then spend a little extra time and elbow work giving the elderly appliance a make-over.,  there are many products available to spit and shine an old stove top.  Buyers will notice the cleanliness of a room more than the age of the appliance.  And lastly, the smell test rules, from the front door to the back door.  While your home is on the market, the trash cans should be emptied everyday and the food preparation should be sensitive to what will permeate the next day.  If you can, grill out or eat out (especially if you favor ethnic foods).  The smell test also applies to the everyday habits of the family pets, and pet odors will travel and linger as long as the unwanted houseguest.  The same rule holds true for manufactured air freshners, often sending the wrong scent and message.

On the warm late autumn days, open the windows often and keep the cleaning items handy.  You will not get weary of these tasks, a well staged home usually sells quickly.

For more information on staging your home for sale or the process of selling and buying residential real estate don't hesitate to contact me at judy@kentwoodcity.com .  I have been serving buyers and sellers in the Denver metro area for thirty years, often with repeat clients.

Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
posted: November 5, 2012
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Three Days

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The Super Bowl has become the East Coast bowl but the talk of this town is "win or lose, they still have to live on the east coast". So, what is so intriguing about the life and style in the mile high city, home of the AFC West champions and four other professional sports teams? Let's take a look at the last three days in Denver. Friday afternoon, temperatures hovered around 60 degrees with a front range chinook...golf anyone? The city's municipal courses hosted foursomes from around town and the mountain communities. City Park's golf course was spectacular with views of snow capped mountain peaks and sweater weather. After an afternoon of fresh air, time to breathe in the city views from a rooftop deck at one of the newer nightspots opening in the boutique Denver communities. Linger, in the Highlands has a rooftop deck with views of the luminous Denver skyline, but don't linger (double pun intended) two days to go. Saturday, temperatures hovered between the late fifties and early sixties so time to cruise through the morning. Everyone had a ride, from Schwinn to Harley to muttons. The last weekend of the National Western Stock Show features the Mutton Bustin contest along with the finals for the other bronco bustin. This was the weekend to get your chaps on! Part of the National Western Stock Show tradition is to keep the holiday lights lit, so it was the final weekend to take in the post holiday glow, including the spectacular canopy of lights at Larimer Square. The nightlife on Larimer Square rivets with the block long selection of bars and restaurants, including a speakeasy under the street. You do not need to go where everyone knows your name in Larimer, between the food, bars and music you will find plenty of "cheers" and a closing time of 2 am is not a deterrent as fresh tracks await. Sunday, early start for winter sports in the high country. While Denver enjoyed a mid-winter thaw, the mountains received inches to feet of the white stuff. The many world class ski resorts are less than a two hour drive so Denverites can pick and choose, no flights required. To round out the three days, a leisurely afternoon at an apres ski spot to catch the final two minutes. With the Rocky playground in the background, many a Denverite smiled, the East Coasst may have two Super Bowl contenders but we get to live here. For more information on the life and style of Denver and the many real estate opportunities to help you live here, please contact me at: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: January 23, 2012
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Change You Need To Believe In!

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If you don't like the weather in Colorado on any given morning, wait a day and it will change. So goes the residential real estate market. A year ago, sellers were dealing with a market that was glutted with short sales and foreclosures, inventory was high and buyers were warming up in the locker rooms/rental market. This year, not so much. Denver is experiencing an extroardinary lack of inventory in available homes for sale, in all price ranges. Buyers have warmed up and are ready to buy, facing a seller's market with multiple offers on the existing inventory. What a difference a year makes, this is pent up desire. The desire is high for several reasons, with a changing economic outlook more buyers are now qualifying and the interest rates are still low. Rental rates have sky-rocketed and the vacancy rates are still low. While buyers took a breather, sellers did the research. posted: April 4, 2012
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48 Hours in Cherry Creek

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The number one tourist attraction in Denver is the Cherry Creek Mall but there is so much more to this toney hood than a mall crawl. Spend 48 hours this weekend and discover what is currently happening in the Cherry Creek and what is soon to open. Friday afternoon, the sneak peek of the Cherry Creek North Sidewalk sale. This is the signature event for stores such as SOL, Store of Lingerie, they need a limit for women maxing out on the Hanky Panky but you can return and buy more! Slip next door to the forever chic boutique MAX, he moved his Highlands Ranch store to Cherry Creek....hmmmm....that speaks volumes as in MAX the volume. Next stop, crepes, oooh la la are we in Paris yet? The Creperie serves up the most delicious French food this side of Provence, food without the "tude"...the servers are gracious! A short walk to the Denver Botanic Gardens (they want to have an 06 area code) for a delightful stroll through the most amazing installation of the Allan Houser sculptures integrated amongst the flora that you never thought would grow in Colorado. A quick stop by the Vineyard for a wine tasting before the late Friday nap and dinner at any one of the "grills" where you will see locals mix with the tourists. Or, if you want to be seen in the scene, Barolo Grill's bar seating is the place, complete with a splendid wine list and great Italian fare. Ooops, they may be travelling in Italy for more wine and cuisine knowledge. No worries as Satchel's is down the street on Sixth next to the iconic Oliver's Meat Market for the local country club foodies! Satchel's has a wine list and small plates, also a rumored chef. Saturday, only 24 hours to go and hours to burn...starting in the sun drenched Farmers Market, okay it's Colorado, so you'll buy baskets and provencal linens until the Olathe corn comes in but the tastings are great from homemade tamales to biscuits and gravy....gluten free...well not the tamaes. Guilty of the pleasures? Bike the sins away with Denver's BCycle Bike program at several locations, Milwaukee St. is the most pristine! Take a bike and travel the Cherry Creek to the confluence of the rivers. You can drop the bike and pick one up later for the ride back. Dine in LoDo or the Cherry Creek area, your choice, it's summer! But wait, fall approaches and with it some great new store openings including the new Sugarliscious candy store by Ralph Lauren's offspring, stay tuned! For more information on how you can spend 48 hours in Cherry Creek, or if you want to look at some real estate on the clock...contact me at my email address: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: July 13, 2011
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Bottoms Up

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Spring has made an early arrival, time to celebrate not only the arrival of early morning tweets from our feathery friends, as well as the webbed friends, but to celebrate the return of spring's housing market. Many buyers are still pondering the timing issue or if the market has "bottomed out". Interest rates are still holding a favorable mark and new inventory is hitting the market, the timing is now. All signs for Colorado point up, Aspen just recorded the median price point at 4.5 million making it the most expensive town in the USA, allowing Denver to look up not down. With such favorable news in the housing arena for Colorado, now is the time to connect with a buyer's agent with connections. I have two brilliant homes that will launch to market in late spring, but available by appointment only now. So connect with me to move on pre-market pricing and raise a glass to spring...."Bottoms Up"! posted: March 4, 2011
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Park Charmed

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Located just a block from one of the most popular parks in the city of Denver. Designed by the German landscape architect Reinhard Schuetze between 1899 and 1908, the design includes Smith and Grasmere lakes and the Lily Pond. Washington Park developed as a neighborhood around 1886 due to urban sprawl in Denver. Yes, Wash Park is officially the "BURBS", the first suburb of Denver. Most of the houses were built between 1900 and 1940. Eugene Field, a reporter for the Denver Tribune and author of children's poems lived in a small cottage on West Colfax that excaped demolition of Titanic proportions by none other than Molly Brown who moved the cottage to the upper East side of Wash Park. It became the Eugene Field Branch of the Denver Public Library and is located near the Wynken, Blynken and Nod statue memorializing Field and his poem of the same name. In the early 1900's Judge Jessie Northcutt retired and relocated from his southern Colorado home to the West end of Washington Park into a brick home on Downing Street. Who knew that Wash Park is ideal for empty nester retirees? Jessie Northcutt was a territorial judge in Colorado and the New Mexico territory (before New Mexico became a state). His most famous trial centered around a domestic dispute involving one of the many families of Kit Carson. He is also well known as the Great Grandfather of judysdenver! Find out more about Washington Park, the neighborhood and the homes available for sale. Just listed is 245 South Lafayette Street on the north east side of the Park, about one block's walk. It is just off Alameda and 1/2 block to the Steele Community Gardens and Steele school. It was designed and built by the architect Michael Kephart, abundant in charm and detail. There is a main floor master, with a master bath suite that includes a steam shower. A large living and entertaining dining room, a kitchen with a contemporary flair, European styled cabinets an top of the line appliances. The inviting yard and garden offers an off the park atmosphere with outdoor sitting and dining areas for entertaining or a quiet meditation or reading area. Envision a morning latte, a latte, a vase of Black Eyed Susans and the early morning birds and you have envisioned the gardens at 245 South Lafayette. Stop by for a visit. The house will be open this Saturday, August 1, from 1-3 pm. For an appointment, contact: Judy Fahrenkrog at judy@kentwoodcity.com Kentwood City Properties posted: August 28, 2012
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Top of the Morning!

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A typical Irishism..."Top of the Morning to You!" meaning not only the best of the day but from the idea that the cream always rises to the top.  We now have the cream at the top in one of the most sought after communities in the Denver area.

JUST LISTED in the Cherry Creek and Washington Park areas is a high rise condominium in the landmark building of Four Hundred East Third!  Located on one of the highest floors, the ninth please, with sweeping views of the front range mountains and city views as well.  You can actually have your cream with your coffee while watching the sun rise up over Pike's Peak, in the master bedroom or living room windows and a top of the evening libation while watching the sun set over Mt. Evans.  Here, you can have it all!

Four Hundred East Third is located a few blocks from the historic Washington Park, with gardens and lakes, bike paths and running trails, a pavillion for parties and tennis and volleyball courts and the infamous Croquet Court!  The location is just west of the Cherry Creek shopping mall, a short walk to the upcoming seasonal Farmer's Market and the year round, seven days a week Whole Foods store.  The walkability is high, a short walk from Elways and True Foods to the east and the "foodie favorites" along Sixth Avenue to the north.  The boutique neighborhoods of Old South Gaylord Street and Old South Pearl Street with locally owned shops and restaurants and specialty weekend markets and fairs are a good walk, and a shorter bike, scooter, cab or car ride.  Speaking of cars, this new listing has two underground garage parking spaces, bike racks and a storage room for skis, snowshoes, fishing gear and all things that speak Colorado.  There is ample guest parking and two guest suites in the building for all your "you live in Colorado?" friends!  There is an exercise fitness room, a business and conference center and a large party/entertainment room.

The sophisticated condominium unit on the ninth floor at Four Hundred East Third is 1503 square feet with designer elements such as wide plank black walnut hardwood floors, slate tile, gourmet kitchen appliances, a built-in Murphy bed/couch in a study with built-in shelves.  This one of a kind listing competes!

For more information contact:
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
303-820-2489
judy@kentwoodcity.com
posted: April 10, 2013
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Someone's In The Kitchen With.....

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The kitchen, the focal point of any home be it condo, apartment, bungalow or estate is the central chakra of the home. It reads all the senses; the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, heart and the solar plexus. The kitchen feeds! The kitchen greets, the kitchen chats and cries and laughs, it is the well being of the home. It is the most travelled room in the house, it makes the home's statement. The family kitchen acts as control center and usually is equipped with a planning desk, nurturing room, "whining" room (Kitchen, we have a problem), brag board, media room and the immediate go to gossip center. Singles and couples that entertain often usually find it difficult to move the party out of the kitchen, it is the party statement. Does your kitchen measure up? Would Dinah dig your digs? If not, it's time to either remodel or hang the pots in the kitchen that speaks to your soul. With interest rates at a record low, below 4% for a 30 year fixed mortgage, you can find the kitchen of you dreams, house included! Buy one and you'll be strummin on the old banjo! Contact me for a tour of some of the best kitchens in Denver and the Denver metro area. email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: October 7, 2011
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