Tis a Privilege!

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posted: November 6, 2012
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Prosperity

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"The return of good times is not wholly a matter of money. There is a prosperity of living which is quite as important as prosperity of the pocketbook." Ladies Home Journal, October 1932. The magazine stressed that resignation was not an option and that the country needed to revive the ideals of the founders and learn the new value of money, "where we were specialists in spending, we are becoming specialists in living." This magazine article resonates today as this country has moved through tough economic times hitting the housing industry hard. The Amercian dream of home ownership has been challenged, but with interest rates low and a new generation of home buyers entering the market, the rebound is a reality. Kentwood City Properties reported the highest volume in residential real estate sales since opening its doors in 1999 with $340 million in sales. Most of the sales were first time home buyers taking advantage of low interest rates and tax credits, however, many luxury home sales were represented in that number. The prosperity of living, the American dream for our home and lifestyles. Connect with dream-makers and positive brokerage services. www.judysdenver.com posted: April 14, 2011
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Embarras du Choix

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In France as in Italy, imbarazzo della scelta, the description of a state in which the only difficulty is in choosing among so many choices. Choices, our lives are filled with choices and in today's real estate market there are many choices, but the task is not an "embarras" when working with the right real estate broker. During the buying process, a good agent will frame a property search around the buyer's parameters, search the MLS daily and find new properties to match criteria, preview properties and make appointments, analyze comparable property values and advise on current market conditions and bringing the myriad of choices to a manageable list. Many buyers in today's market recognize the value of time and money, choosing an experienced realtor will add value and savings. Make the right choice. www.cherrycreekrealestate.net. posted: April 17, 2011
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To Market To Market

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Washington Park is one of the most iconic neighborhoods in the Denver metro area. Tree lined streets, a major park circling two lakes with a boathouse, playground, tennis courts and jogging/cycling paths, blocks of Denver brick bungalows mixed with contemporary new builds and restaurants abound on cozy corners in the area known as Wash Park. Inventory is low, but coming to market soon is a unique gem. Built in 1929 and thoughtfully expanded, this home mixes styles with ease. Owned by a renowned architect, the home incorporates large patios, a courtyard and porch; it also features green and energy efficient qualities such as solar collectors and two high efficiency furnaces. Only one and one-half blocks to Washington Park , a half block from Steele Elementary and only two short blocks to the north end of Denver Country Club's golf course and Speer Blvd....location, location, location! Email judy@kentwoodcity.com or contact me at Kentwood City Properties 303-820-2489! posted: October 10, 2011
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We would like to thank the Academy!

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Award season has started early and the Best Production of the Year goes to the 2012 Colorado Homes and Lifestyles home of the year...31 Albion Place, in Castle Pines Village! The August issue of the premier home and garden magazine in Colorado hit the newstands, the front cover shows the incredible interior of an incredible home with 12 pages of color photos. Sophistication, scale and presence in harmony with the beauty of the cultivated gardens were created with respect for the landscape that is Castle Pines Village and the owner's elevated vision. The collaboration of Architects, Chris Brown of Boss Architecture in Denver and Sarah Brown of Semple Brown in Denver, Martin Mosko of Marpa Landscape Design Studio of Boulder and Richard Lee, Interior Designer in New York, New York created the stunning design. The operative design word is "ambient" allowing the architecture to respect the landscape incorporating elements of sustainability through a natural use of materials and a modern aesthetic. The design is site specific, with a dynamic arrival sequence which includes a unique entry into and through the house creating a strong dialogue between the interior and exterior spaces of the home. The house is composed in zones, for both private and public functionality. Hopes high end residential doors and windows, 9 to 11 feet, maximize the vibrancy of each space. Exterior courtyards, patios and decks both covered and uncovered maximize the enjoyment of the spectacular gardens, complete with a meditative Tea House and koi ponds. The interior of the home includes a palate of hand brushed level 5 walls, textured stone floors, hardwood flooring, horizontal shiplap cvg oak walls and integrally colored, board formed concrete walls. The interior designer incorporated elements of 17th century fireplace mantles to the modern textures and angles. In a word or words, this home is "jaw dropping"! The Marpa landscaping includes reflecting pools, the ceremonial tea house, waterfalls, ponds, organically placed boulders and an abundance of perennial and annual plantings. This is zen! For more information on this home or other homes in Castle Pines Village, email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. Visit the video tour on this website of the gardens at 31 Albion Place. Judy Fahrenkrog, Broker Associate Kentwood City Properties posted: August 9, 2012
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The Keys

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"My mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy". They told me I didn't understand the assignment and I told them they didn't understand life" John Lennon The key to happiness is in your purse or pocket or on your desk or counter or in your mind or imagination. They key to happiness is under your thumb, near your being every minute and you are the keeper of the keys. Every time you unlock the door to your home, or car or place of work you are unlocking the doors to your life and ultimately your happiness. If home is where the heart is, let this be your happy place and if your current key does not unlock that happiness, maybe it is time to build a new lock and grab a new set of keys. There is a magical community in Colorado where one can build, a new home with a new key to a new kind of happiness. Lot 89 Indigo Way in Castle Pines Village is available at a below appraised value and can be purchased with or without Craig Bush architectural plans in collaboration with reknowned builder, Don Andrews. Castle Pines Village is internationally recognized for its award-winning architecture and great natural beauty. Within 2800 acres of ponderosa pines, scrub oaks, cliffs and meadows is a master planned gated community with distinctive residential areas. 89 Indigo Way is situated in the heart of the "old" Village near the green on Number Ten of the Jack Nicklaus signature private eighteen hole course at the Golf Club of Castle Pines. The 1.94 acre lot provides views back up the fairway towards the Ridge, a view of the pond near the green, views towards Castle Rock and Pike's Peak and views of the Seventeenth fairway. The views are spectacular, the setting is fantastic and the lot is one of a kind. This is the Colorado that the Denver area suburbs can never be, it is the postcard Colorado with pure air, bluebird skies, wildflower meadows and photo ops at every turn. Castle Pines is the Currier and Ives Thanksgiving spot or the holiday winter fairyland, the community where children can sled or bike or participate in home grown Fourth of July parades. It is a childholld haven and adult sanctuary, it is happiness. Find your keys and build your dream. For more information of Castle Pines Village or a chance to tour the lot at 89 Indigo Way email judy@kentwoodcity.com. posted: November 3, 2011
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The Art of the Move

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In a recent article in Inside Real Estate News, John Rebchook highlights the trend to downsize from a sprawling estate home to a low maintenance lock and leave home, without downsizing the lifestyle. Many of the newer luxury condominium, townhome, lofts and flats that are available in the Denver area accomodate the downsizer by designing floor plans that will highlight what will be moved. The typical downsizing client will move what cannot be replaced; designer clothing, Italian dinner ware, art. In a recent sale of a Cherry Creek North townhome the buyer had an options list that read as follows... additional master bedroom closet space with variable hanging space and an additional shoe closet, a Miele built-in espresso machine and Fisher Paykel dishwasher for the wine goblets, a show stopper La Cornue stove and lots of wall space for the art collection. It's not about the size of the home anymore, it is about the quality of design and the content. If you are considering a downsizing move, connect with a specialist that connects with the builders and developers that have designed these spaces. To quote from the Rebchook article "One of the things we found is that people not only brought their art collections with them, but they kept collecting," said Judy Fahrenkrog "It's not about the move, it's about the art of the move". posted: March 7, 2011
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The Mom Cave

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Men have longed for a place in the home that is singularly the "male domain" or "man cave". But what about the woman's room? Some would say that the entire house is the Mom Cave, but eventhough Mom generally maintains and manages the entire home, she still needs a room of her own. Some of the necessities of making a Mom Cave are the special accessories that would be particular to a woman. For instance, chandeliers add that essence to a room with light play and healing powers. Crystals have long been reknowned in drawing energy, so a beautiful crystal chandelier is a priority for the Mom Cave. Comfortable seating, be it shabby chic couches or a round or square table with upholstered chairs, Mom's love comfort. Cozy up to a burning fire's glow with a great book on a chaise or love-seat and you have the perfect Mom Cave atmosphere...even your children will tip toe around the space. A spectacular painting or sculpture, some whimsical table stones or shells, soft electrical lighting, and candles. The perfect Mom's Cave should bring out the ingenue and trigger the romance memories. Even if you can only devote ten minutes a day to the Mom Cave, do it. Mom Caves can be created in the smallest rooms, even a closet. Women spend a great deal of time in their closets, so add a pretty chandelier and a few scents and voila, you have the cave. So if you are trying to find the perfect Mother's Day gift, begin by creating a Mom's Cave. This is the perfect DIY (do it yourself) solution to finding that perfect gift. If you cannot find a space in your home to create a room for Mom, I am available all weekend to help you find the perfect home that will accomodate. 61 Indigo Way, in Castle Pines Village is a clean palate that will allow enough room for the Mom Cave, the Man Cave and lots of outdoor spaces and rumpus room for the children. It is easy to show so email me at judy@kentwoodcity.com. To all the Mom's out there, Happy Mother's Day! posted: May 11, 2012
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Ichiban!

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The latest 5280 Magazine has published the annual neighborhood guide, introducing it with the adage that if you don't know what "it" is you will know "it" when you see it. What defines "it"? You know it when you see it as in walking into a crowded room and seeing the stand out, the "it" person to meet. This is the individual that exudes a charismatic attitude with effortless elegance, in dress and stature even the accessories, a simple pearl necklace or an exceptional escort. The Japanese have a word for "it" defining what you can't describe, you just know it when you see it. The word is "ichiban" and when someone has plenty of ichi it shows. A listing coming soon defines living with effortless elegance. Artistic architecture and organically constructed; natural sandstones and woods mix well with the sense of style and color that the owner brought to the home. There is an energy in the home, a certain ichi that one feels as you walk into the entry and see the airy crystal light fill the rooms through the walls of windows. From the same windows, mountain and golf course views are visible through the towering pine trees. If you don't know what ichi is, this house will show you. As Henry David Thoreau said, "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Connect with me for a preview of this home that will soon be listed for sale. email: judy@kentwoodcity.com posted: May 3, 2011
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Happy Old Year!

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The Kentwood Company has just announced  record sales from the year 2012...$1.7 Billion in sales!  Of the three offices, the Kentwood City Properties office sold $527 Million, a $197 Million dollar increase from the prior year.  The combined three offices at $1.7 Billion outperformed the market.
 
The high-end Million Dollar market saw an increase as well with an average sales price of $1.6 Million.

Along with continued low interest rates, property values are increasing and the inventory is dwindling, time to take your toe out of the water and get your head in. 
For more information on the Denver real estate market and the properties that are available don't hesitate to email me at
judy@kentwoodcity.com.
Judy Fahrenkrog
Kentwood City Properties
Happy New Year too!
posted: January 15, 2013
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