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Top 5 Parks in Denver

Top parks in DenverDenver is home to an astonishing 250 parks that cover almost 6,000 acres of land. It’s an outdoor lovers’ paradise with nearly limitless locations for summer grill outs, jogging, playing catch, and people watching. Choosing the top 5 parks in Denver is no easy task, but here we go.

City Park

City Park is almost universally considered the region's premier urban park because it has so much to offer. Situated between the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (including the IMAX theater) and the Denver Zoo, City Park gives you easy access to a wide range of activities. Within the park grounds, you’ll find historical monuments, two lakes, picnic sites, playgrounds tennis courts, soccer and football fields, baseball diamonds, and more.

Washington Park

This 155-acre gem features two lakes and two impressive flower gardens. One of the gardens was designed as a replica of the famous gardens at George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon. Excellent dining and shopping options are nearby on Old South Gaylord Street after you're done strolling through the lush park grounds. 

Cheesman Park

Cheesman Park is a popular refuge for Denverites, especially for inhabitants of the densely populated neighborhood of Capitol Hill that borders the park. For many, it’s a favorite spot to fly kites, throw frisbees, or to go jogging. The Walter Scott Cheesman Pavilion hosts weddings, concerts, and many other special events throughout the year.

Civic Center Park

Situated in the heart of the city, Civic Center Park is usually bustling with activity. It features beautiful landscape, copious communal spaces, and quick access to some of Denver’s greatest attractions. The Colorado State Capitol Building, the 16th Street Mall, and the Denver Art Museum are all nearby.

Ruby Hill Park

Ruby Hill Park is Denver’s winter sledding mecca. This Hilltop park has just added a playground and a mountain bike track to be more summer-friendly, but it has long been one of the best parks in Denver for cold-weather outdoor fun. Kids and adults have been sledding down the big hill and making memories for generations. 

With 250 separate locations to choose from, we can’t highlight all the amazing parks in Denver. Did we miss some of your favorites?

Leave a comment and let us know about your top 5 parks in Denver!

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How do HOAs in Denver Work?

How do HOA'a workWhen you purchase a property in a planned development like a gated community, leased land property, or subdivision, you will be required to become a member of that community’s HOA (homeowners’ association). HOAs in Denver collect annual or monthly fees from members to pay for maintenance and upkeep of common areas.

If you’re thinking about buying a property that requires you to join an HOA in Denver, here’s what you need to know.

The Basics

HOA fees typically fall in the $200 to $400 per month range, but communities featuring a lot of upscale amenities will likely have fees in excess of $400. The more amenities, the higher the cost of membership.

One very important thing to understand up front is that regular monthly or annual fees do not cover all potential expenses. For instance, if a common building needs major roof repair work, the association may not have enough reserve funds to cover all of the costs. In this case, each member of the HOA would be charged an extra assessment to make up the difference.

Fees and extra assessments may seem like a potentially heavy financial burden, but they go a long way toward protecting the property values and maintaining a high quality of life for all members.

CC&Rs

HOAs don’t just exist to maintain common spaces and charge fees. They also set and enforce rules -- referred to as covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) -- that apply to all members. Rules may specify what color your front door should be, what types of pets are allowed, what type of landscaping you can do, and so on. If you can get the HOA to grant you a variance, you may be able to circumvent some restrictions.

Tips for Dealing with HOAs in Denver

1. Know the rules before you buy. If you can’t find information online about a specific HOA, ask Denver real estate agents to dig around for you.

2. Make sure your prospective home is in compliance. Dealing with costly or frustrating HOA-compliance issues right after a purchase can spoil what should be a happy time.

3. Get the facts about fees. Obviously, cost is a big factor, so you should ask what is covered by regular fees, how much the association has in reserve funds, and how often they increase fees.

4. Ask for a copy of the latest HOA meeting minutes. You want to find out if there are any major ongoing issues that could affect the home you’re looking at.

If you’re considering properties with HOAs in Denver, start your research at the HOA Information and Resource Center for Colorado.

Contact the Neir Team for help finding the right property and the right HOA! 

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Best Dog Parks in Denver

Best Dog Parks in DenverDogs, just like their owners, need a change of scenery and a little socializing every once in awhile. Sometimes the usual backyard jaunt isn't enough.

If your pooch is dying to stretch his or her legs and meet some new friends, we've got everything you need. Here's our list of the top dog parks in Denver.

Greenway Park

E 22nd Ave and Syracuse Street

Online info: Greenway Park

There are several brand-new options for canine lovers looking for off-leash parks, but the classic Greenway Park is still arguably the best. This location earns rave reviews for cleanliness, security, and friendly visitors (both canine and human). The park’s amenities include copious plastic bags, hydrants, and shaded benches.

Stapleton Dog Park

2002 N. Spruce St.

Online info: Stapleton Dog Park

At the Stapleton Dog Park, your little friend can dig in the sand, roll around in the mud, and run wild through large grassy areas. It’s a huge park with a convenient location for many residents of Denver’s east side. No pitbulls and children under 12 years old are not permitted to enter.

Berkeley Dog Park

4544 W. 46th Ave.

Online info: Berkeley Dog Park

The dog park at Berkeley Lake Park on Denver’s west side, isn’t the biggest patch of canine-friendly land in the metro area, but it’s still one of the best. It’s nestled in one of Denver most historic and beautiful neighborhoods, and it offers gorgeous lake views (although no lake access). It’s a fun spot to unleash your furry friend and let them roam free in the dirt and grass. Pitbull ban enforced.

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Home Staging: Does it Make a Difference?

Staging WorksHome shoppers often assume they’ll be able to look beyond empty rooms or ugly decor to find the true potential of a property. Unfortunately, in reality, they rarely can.

That’s why new construction builders rely on luxuriously finished model properties to sell buyers on homes that haven’t been built yet. And it’s also why so many real estate agents tell their home seller clients to invest in home staging.

Despite the obvious advantages of providing potential buyers with the visual suggestion of the lifestyle they aspire to, many sellers wonder if home staging really makes a difference. The answer is a resounding yes -- if it’s done right, of course.

Here are some expert home staging tips that are helping Denver home sellers get more money for their homes right now!

1. Curb Appeal

Not sure where you should begin? Sprucing up interiors is a must for any home sellers, but home staging isn’t just about living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens.

Realistically, home buyers are going to make up their mind about your property within the first 30 seconds of a visit, maybe a minute if you’re lucky. They might even know whether they’ll buy or not as they walk up to the front door. That makes exterior spaces just as important as interiors.

Trim foliage, remove dead plants and old mulch during growing season and add external lighting. That’s an easy DIY home staging action plan to get started with.

2. Know Your Buyer

Targeted staging is the new paradigm. Specific design aesthetics can be crafted to resonate with a particular audience of buyers looking at your home. Whether it’s industrial, hipster, classic, or modern, fitting the right style to the right audience can help you gain a major impact from home staging.

No one knows local homebuyer demographics -- and the home design elements that speak to each individual group -- better than a real estate agent. Working with a professional will allow you to hone in on a targeted staging plan that resonates with your buyer audience.

3. Colors and Accessories

Color can have as much of an impact as anything. In most metropolitan markets, staging is starting to lean toward vibrant, eclectic colors rather than bland neutrals. The right color choice depends on the type of home your selling, your price bracket, and the average age of your potential buyers.

The one universal rule of color is that you should choose photogenic hues. The wrong shades of red, for instance, can look terrible in online photos and potentially undo the hard work you’ve put into staging.

Contact the Neir Team for Professional Staging Advice! 

Whether you need assistance picking decor, selecting colors, or finding out how to target a home staging plan to a particular type of buyer, The Neir Team can help you through the process.

Contact us today to learn more about how home staging can make a difference for you!

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RiNo Building Height and Zoning Change

Changes ahead for RinoDenver's community planning and development departments are considering zoning changes to the area surrounding the 38th and Blake commuter transit stop is RiNo. The impetus for the discussion is to create higher density and promote transit-oriented development in close proximity to the transit stop.

The planning process has been centered around how the transit stop will influence the area. Specifically, how pedestrians are going to move through the area, the quality of life for residents and a desire to retain the character of the neighborhood.

Proposed zoning changes will increase the current height restrictions of, primarily 3 stories to a mix of 16, 12, 8, 5 and 3 story zones. The tallest buildings with the greatest density will be centered at the transit stop at 38th and Blake Street. Appropriate height transitioning will be established from the transit stop to existing residential areas. 

The desired qualities of the community vision/plan for the rezoned area call for a high degree of design quality. Specifically:

  • Active, walkable and vibrant public domain
  • Promenades and open space for a vibrant neighborhood
  • Integration of the RiNo Arts District throughout the area
  • Minimization of parking complication
  • Quality pedestrian spaces such as plazas and gathering spaces
  • Preservation of the existing historic character and fabric of the area
  • Increased affordable housing

38th & Blake Plan Amendments: Public Review Draft Map with June 9th Revision

Proposed Rezoning for Rino

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10398 E. 28th Avenue in Stapleton Home For Sale

Poised in one of Denver’s most desirable neighborhoods and situated on the F-15 park and pool you’ll find a stunning Mediterranean style home on a fantastic corner lot. This John Laing home was built in 2006 and is in like-new condition with its newly finished oak hardwood floors.

10398 E. 28th Avenue Exterior 

The Main Floor Includes a formal dining room, formal living room, a study with French doors and built-ins and a powder room. It also features a large great room that flows from the kitchen to the living room to the backyard, which makes this home perfect for entertaining.

10398 E. 28th Avenue Family Room

The Gourmet Kitchen is to die for with 42” cherry cabinets, slab granite countertops, stainless steel Kitchen Aid appliances, a breakfast bar and breakfast nook, a butler’s pantry and built-in desk area. It will make any chef green with envy!

10398 E. 28th Avenue Kitchen

The Upstairs Living area The master retreat is spacious with its 5-piece bath, slab granite counters, two sink areas, two closets and a large soaking tub. It also includes 3 additional spacious bedrooms, a full bathroom with dual sinks and a convenient laundry room. The deck from the front bedroom overlooks the park and is perfect for sipping on coffee or a cocktail.

10398 E. 28th Avenue Master Suite

The location of this home is perfection. It’s a stone’s throw from the F-15 park and pool and the new Eastbridge town center, which will feature new restaurants such as Troy Guards Los Chingones, the Kitchen Next Door and new King Soopers Grocery Store. In addition, Stanley Marketplace is just a few blocks to the south which will feature a community inspired market with over 50 businesses including some exciting restaurants like Denver Biscuit Company and Annette Scratch to Table.

10398 E. 28th Avenue View

Other Special Features: • Spacious unfinished basement with rough-in plumbing • Professionally landscaped backyard • Lifetime concrete tile roof • Custom blinds • Custom Light Fixtures

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RTD Light Rail Expansion

RTD A-Line to DIAThe much anticipated East Corridor rail line (A-Line) has opened. Denver's Regional Transportation District (RTD) FasTracks initiative is changing the fabric of our great city. The energy in Downtown Denver is growing, thanks in large part to a transportation plan establishing Downtown Denver's Union Station as the hub.

If you examine the growth of larger metropolitan cities like Atlanta, San Diego and Washington DC you see a pattern of the impact well planned public transit has on a city. Daniel Chatman of the University of California at Berkeley and Robert Noland of Rutgers University produced a study, they think the hidden economic value of transit could be worth anywhere from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion a year, depending on the size of the city. That is significant and I feel that Denver is at the north end of that range. 

Denver still has 4 major lines and 1 minor (extension line) under construction and slated to open over the next 2 years. Those lines are the R-Line, B-Line, G-Line, N-LIne and Central Line Expansion. 

The R-Line or I-225 expansion line (opening 2016) is 10.5 miles and is the extension of the I-225 line from Parker road to the Peoria station. This expansion is a key line as it brings transit access to the Anschutz Medical Campus.

The B-Line or Northwest Rail line is a 41-mile transit line that stretches from Denver's Union Station to Longmont. This line will have stops in Westminster, Broomfield, Louisville and Boulder. The first 6.1 miles of the project that stretch from downtown to Westminster  and will open in 2016. The remainder coming on-line when funding becomes available.

The G-Line or Gold Line is 11.2 miles and stretches from Denver's Union Station to Wheat Ridge. This line is scheduled to open in 2016.

The N-Line or North Metro Rail line is 18.5 miles and runs from Denver's Union Station through Commerce City to 124th Avenue in East Lake.

FasTracks Light Rail Map

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Neighborhood Plans for Globeville and Elyria-Swansea

Proposed Neighborhood RedesignThe neighborhood plans for the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea are part of 6 major redevelopment and infrastructure projects taking place in North Denver. These 6 improvement initiatives are part of Mayor Hancock’s North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC). These projects will have a significant impact on residential real estate values in north Denver.

North Denver projects include:

The neighborhood plans consist of 6 projects that dictate the land use, design and infrastructure improvements for these neighborhoods in north Denver. The key elements of the plan include community strength, connectivity, health and commitment to the core culture of each neighborhood.

Washington Street Improvement
Washington Street has been identified as a transformative project. Similar to the Brighton Blvd improvement, Washington St. will be improved so that it becomes an attractive corridor, inviting reinvestment and development. The redevelopment will be guided by Colorado District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado). Their complete study.   

40th and Colorado Improvement
As part of the Denver Public Works transportation study, improvements are being considered for 40th Ave. between York and Colorado Blvd.  The complete study.

Odor Ordinance
A top priority identified by residents, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and the NDCC are proposing changes to Denver’s odor ordinance.

Mobility Study
Transportation within the area is challenging with highways, railways and waterways all converging in close proximity. Additionally, multiple residential and industrial properties intermixed within the area make design and implementation of transportation solutions critical. View the complete plan.

Globeville Landing Outfall (GLO)
Flood protection improvements are being implemented in the Globeville Landing Park for new stormwater open channel connection to the South Platte River.

47th and York Connectivity Study
The intersection of 47th and York where 2 major railroads converge at grade has been flagged for improvement. This intersection is critical for Swansea Elementary School access. Full connectivity plan.

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Townhome for sale in Uptown Denver 1637 Gaylord Street

OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY JUNE 4TH FROM 10-12!

Incredibly charming ½ duplex in the hot Uptown neighborhood! Just a stone’s throw from 17th Avenue’s “Restaurant Row”, City Park and Downtown Denver.

1637 Gaylord Exterior

 

This beautifully remodeled home has it all! The wonderful open floor plan of the main floor features hardwood floors, exposed brick, a gas fireplace and a fresh coat of paint. It also features a built-in nook for either a small office or mudroom and a newly remodeled ¾ bathroom.

 1637 Gaylord living room

The kitchen has been tastefully redone with white cabinets, newer stainless steel appliances, a mosaic backsplash, an area for a coffee bar as well as a breakfast nook.

 1637 Gaylord kitchen

The 2nd floor features a large master bedroom with a built-in wardrobe and a second bedroom. Enjoy a newly remodeled 5 pc. bath and a convenient laundry room that is just a few steps away from your master suite.

 1637 Gaylord bathroom

Walk up to the third floor and you will be greeted with new carpet and an additional bedroom, flex room or play area.

 1637 Gaylord finished 3rd floor

The backyard was renovated by HGTV and is to die for! It features two deck areas perfect for entertaining and the umbrella is included! It also includes a 1 car garage.

 1637 Gaylord backyard

Other special features:

  • New hot water heater
  • New paint throughout
  • New carpet
  • New deck/front porch area
  • Newer stainless steel appliances
  • Over 600 sq. ft. of storage in the basement

 All offers will be considered by Monday June 6th at 12:00 noon.

For more photos CLICK HERE or call Stacy Neir at 720-280-3004

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Stanley Market Place Stapleton | Update

Stanley Market Place"Here Comes Stanley!"

 The Stapleton community, as well as much of central Denver, is counting down the days to the opening of the Stanley Marketplace later this year.

One of the biggest projects as of late in our area is coming alive at 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO 80010.  There will be several restaurant venues, retail stores, offices, etc. in Stanley Marketplace, plus the green space around the complex will be gorgeous!  Think outdoor concerts and activities when the weather permits, which in Denver can be upwards of 300+ days a year!

When Stanley Marketplace first announced their plan to convert a former aviation factory into a 100,000 square-foot food and retail hall, restaurateur Kevin Taylor was the only person on board.  Now, since that time in September 2014, there is a total of fifteen-anchor food and beverage places, plus many other amazing outlets.  So far, a grand total of 30 vendors have committed.  To give you some perspective, Stanley Marketplace will be a tenth of the total size of Cherry Creek Shopping Center (at 1.1 million square feet), which houses over 160 shops and restaurants.

Just last month, five more businesses have been added to the Stanley Marketplace roster.  On the food side, Izzio Artisan Bakery with Etai's Juice Bar will serve a combination of baked goods and made-to-order juices and smoothies.  In addition, Etai's will have take-and-bake pizza and cookie dough!  Maria Empanda will also open a second location at Stanley.

MindCraft is a retail and maker space where people of all ages can gather to learn and invent, using 3D printers and laser cutters and other cutting-edge technology.  MindCraft at Stanley Marketplace is coming from the same people who brought eXL Learning to Lowry.

Coming in as the #5 newest place to join the Stanley family, Savory Spice will be opening a kiosk that will offer their well-known amazing herbs, spices and seasonings.

Already building out at Stanley Marketplace are Comida, Denver Biscuit Co., Endorphin, Hot Mamas Exercise, Kindness Yoga, Kismet, Mondo Market, Natural Balance, Poppy + Pine, Sweet Cow and Tootsies Nail Shoppe, to name a few.

Watch for more, exciting grand opening info at stanleymarketplace.com, and mark your calendars for part two of the CherryArts at Stanley festival, this September 16th - 18th.

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