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Cherry Hills Village Community Profile

For many years, Denver-area home buyers have viewed real estate in Cherry Hills Village as the gold standard for the area. Located just a few miles south of the Denver metro area, this affluent suburban community offers beautiful rolling landscape, grand homes and a long list of eye-catching features.

Homes in Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village is home to many gorgeous mansion-style homes, many located within the area’s gated communities. Expansive properties and open, rolling terrain make it the perfect setting for homes with horse stables, gardens, and lush greenspaces.

Schools

Quality of education is one of the top reasons for families to relocate to Cherry Hills Village. This community is home to a few of Denver’s best schools. Top private institutions include Cherry Hills Village Elementary, West Middle School and Cherry Creek High School. The leading private schools are Colorado Academy, Kent Denver School and St. Mary’s Academy.

Math, writing and reading test scores typically rank in the 98th percentile or above.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Knowing who your neighbors will be is just as important as knowing about the property you are interested in. Here is some key data on Cherry Hills Village residents:

  • Average annual household earnings is an estimated $389,043
  • More than half of the population here is under 65, and the average age is 42.8
  • Approximately 85% of residents are married, and almost half have young children.

What's There to Do?

Whether you're single, engaged, married with children or retired, you'll find that there's plenty to do in Cherry Hills Village. Golf is one of the most popular local activities, with two world-class private golf clubs nearby – Glenmoor and Cherry Hills Golf Course. Those who love to shop will find a handful of high-end boutique shopping plazas to enjoy. The entire family can head to performance arts centers for shows, visit beautiful botanical gardens or find entertainment at the zoo or one of the museums. Denver’s bustling city life is just a short drive away.

Find Real Estate in Cherry Hills Village Today!

If this community sounds like a good fit, you can start searching for your dream home today. Visit our page on real estate in Cherry Hills Village or call 720.280.3004 or 720.935.4399 today to learn more about the best available properties!

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Best Denver Neighborhoods for Young Professionals

Best Denver Neighborhoods for Young ProfessionalsYoung professionals from the millennial generation and Generation X are playing an increasingly large role in the Denver real estate market these days. These young home buyers typically fall into one of two categories: (1) looking for a turnkey home that requires little improvement or upkeep (2) interested in investing sweat equity to add value and put a personal stamp on a property.

The Denver home market is filled with opportunities to satisfy the needs of both types of buyers. Here is a short list of the best Denver neighborhoods for young professionals.

Wash Park

Split into two sections -- Washing Park and Washington Park West -- this area has a lot to offer young professionals looking to purchase a home. Its excellent walk score and proximity to outdoor adventure, bars, restaurants, and coffee shops make it an ideal location for young singles or couples on the go.

If you’re looking for a turnkey home in a beautiful neighborhood that caters to your needs as a young adult, check out our page on available Wash Park homes.

Cheesman Park

Like Wash Park, this is another top Denver neighborhood built around one of the city’s best parks. What sets Cheesman Park apart is its affordability. Relative to some other top neighborhoods around town, it has lower priced homes that offer young professionals a chance to save money upfront and build value through sweat equity.

Cheesman Park has tons of green space, a nice variety of retail stores, and close proximity to downtown. Check out our Cheesman Park neighborhood profile for more information, or start your property search on our page devoted toCheesman Park real estate in Denver.

LoHi / Highlands

The connected Highlands and LoHi neighborhoods of Denver feature plenty of great restaurants, bars, and coffee shops all within easy walking distance. In this section of town, there are activities and opportunities to meet new people, explore a new shop, and enjoy life every day. Proximity to downtown Denver and the highway gives LoHi residents easy access to the best of urban and outdoor adventure.

Check out our LoHi homes for sale to begin your property search in one of Denver’s hippest neighborhoods.

Riverfront

The Riverfront neighborhood offers some of the great features of the other areas mentioned -- quick walk to downtown, easy access to highways and public transportation, trendy shops and restaurants -- but it is much more affordable.

Visit our page on Riverfront Park homes to see what’s available for you in this up-and-coming neighborhood.

To learn more about the best Denver neighborhoods for young professionalscontact the Neir Team today!

If you have an opinion on which Denver neighborhoods are best for young professionals, leave a comment and let us know!

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Neighborhood Profile: Denver's Washington Park

Neighborhood Profile: Denver's Washington ParkInterested in relocating to a home in Denver's Washington Park neighborhood? This area of town has some amazing features that make it a great choice for families as well as singles and couples of all ages.

To get started on your real estate search, visit our list of Wash Park homes on the market. Read on if you’d like to learn more about the neighborhood and all that it has to offer.

The Park

The neighborhood is centered around – and takes its name from -- one of the finest parks in Denver, known as Washington Park. The park sits on 165 acres and has a lot to offer, including two beautiful lakes, running trails, the largest flower garden in the city and a serene atmosphere that appeals to singles, couples and families. The park extends from Downing Street all the way to University Boulevard.

Neighborhood Statistics

Other than the gorgeous park setting you can visit anytime, you may be interested in who lives in the area. According to the most recent numbers from City-Data.com, the average median rent was $1,293 and the average value of detached homes was $521,029. The median income per household in the area, as of 2011, was $95,691, which is more than double the median salary of all Denver, which is $47,371.

In Washington Park, about 46.1% of the households are populated by married couples. Approximately 42% of households have children. The median age of residents is 40 years old for both men and women, which is a couple of years older than the median in Denver and Denver County.

Other Features

Some of the restaurants that you can find locally include Max Gill & Grill, Reivers Restaurant, Washington Park Grille. Curious about eating healthy locally? You can shop at the local Whole Foods Market, or swing by King Soopers, which is open 24 hours daily.

If you have children, there are grade schools nearby, including two of Denver’s best public schools, Steele Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.

Find Your Dream Home!

Overall, the Washington Park neighborhood is a great place to live and play. It has everything a small community needs and is ideal for singles, couples and families alike.

The Neir Team is your expert source for everything related to Washington Park real estate! Check out our Wash Park Denver homes for sale page to find your dream home today!

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Tips to Hire the Best Denver Real Estate Agent

Seeing through all the hype is probably the hardest part of finding the best Denver real estate agent.

When it comes time to buy a new home or sell your old home, you need a qualified agent capable of backing up their claims. Anyone can say they are the best, so you need to do a little homework to ensure you wind up with a professional who has what it takes to help you reach your real estate goals.

By following a few tips below, you will be able to get the information you need to make a solid judgement on an agent’s ability to lead you to success in a real estate buying or selling.

Check for the Right Experience

It would be ideal to find an agent with experience that will increase their chances being successful with you. Ask them for examples of homes they have found or listed in your price range and location. If you have a home for sale and they have successfully sold a property in the same neighborhood for an equal or higher amount, they are likely to be a good candidate.

If your home has some unique features, ask about their past experience with those as well.

View Current Listings

To double check whether or not you have found the best Denver real estate agent to handle your price range and location, check the current listings on their website. Are there homes that you are interested in buying? Are there similar homes for sale in Denver? If yes, this is just one more signal that the agent has the experience needed to help you reach your real estate goals.

Speak with Previous Clients

Ask a prospective agent to supply you with a short list of clients they have worked with in the last year. They should be able to provide you with at least a couple properties they have successfully listed and sold in the recent past.

Once you have the contact information from the previous clients given to you by the agent, don’t be afraid to call and ask questions. Probably the most important question to ask is, “what was your original asking price, and what was the final sale price?” Ask delicately and politely and you should get a clear, honest answer.

Check Credentials

Colorado has a real estate commission that tracks licensing and monitors professional agents. Check here to make sure a prospective agent is properly licensed and does not have any troubling complaints or disciplinary actions against them.

Contact the Neir Team Today!

Alex and Stacy Neir of The Neir Team have the experience and credentials home buyers and sellers are looking for. To work with the best Denver real estate agent team, contact us today!

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Best Denver Neighborhoods for Foodies

If you’re looking for mouthwatering cuisine, there are several Denver neighborhoods that can provide you with a wide variety of great dining options. You just need to know where to look.

These days, The Mile High City has much more to offer than just breathtaking mountainous terrain. In fact, its reputation as a foodie destination is growing more and more each year.

Here’s a short list to help you make sure your next home is located in one the best Denver neighborhoods for foodies:

Five Points/RiNo

Five Points may be one of Denver's oldest and most historic neighborhoods, but it is on the forefront of the city's emerging food and restaurant scene.

The neighborhood’s top restaurants -- Snooze (breakfast and brunch), Biker Jim’s Restaurant (creative burgers and hot dogs, lunch and dinner), Comida (Mexican, lunch and dinner), Acorn (new American, lunch and dinner), The Populist (new American, dinner only), and Work & Class (new American, dinner only) – will keep you full and happy morning, noon, and night.

Check our RiNo Denver real estate listings page to find a property in River North, the neighborhood adjacent to Five Points.

Highland/Jefferson Park

The burgeoning restaurant scene is one of the main reasons that the Highland neighborhood has become one of the hottest parts of town. If you include the nearby Jefferson Park and its own list of excellent eateries, it’s easy to see why this area is earning rave reviews from visitors and residents alike, especially from foodies.

In Highland and Jefferson Park, restaurants like Duo, Über Eats, Sushi Sasa, Park Burger, Linger, Lola, Old Major, Root Down, Sassafras, Uncle, and Sartos helped the area capture a high ranking on Travel+Leisure’s recent list of “Emerging American Neighborhoods.”

Highland’s history is rooted in Hispanic and Italian residents, and these traditions come to life in the modern food scene. There are plenty of amazing family-owned Mexican, Italian, Argentinian, and Peruvian restaurants to explore.

Visit our Highlands Denver real estate page to browse available properties in this foodie wonderland. 

Washington Park

Wash Park has long been home to a beautiful blend of contemporary and historic architecture that pleases the eye. Now it’s also a great destination for people looking for blends of classic and new flavors that please the taste buds, making it one of the best Denver neighborhoods for foodies.

The top Wash Park area eateries give residents plenty of opportunities to enjoy a great meal in good company:

Vert Kitchen (technically in Wash Park West, but definitely worth a mention) uses French cooking techniques to bring new takes to world flavors. Devil’s Food Bakery & Cookery is a fun breakfast, brunch, and comfort food spot to explore the sweet and the savory. Fooducopia is a grocery/eatery with tons of tasty dishes. Homegrown Tap & Dough is a pizza/Italian restaurant that can please all palettes.

To find your next home in this top foodie destination, check out our listings ofWashington Park Denver homes for sale.

Uptown

Last but not least there’s the Uptown neighborhood, home to one of Denver’s most concentrated sections of quality dining. There is no shortage of great restaurants in this part of town, especially along the stretch of 17th Avenue better known as “Restaurant Row.”

Uptown favorites include: Humboldt Farm Fish Wine, Il Posto, Steubens, Beast & Bottle, and Ace.

There are many more Denver restaurants and neighborhoods that deserve a mention for their great food. Leave a comment and tell us which parts of town gets your votes for best Denver neighborhoods for foodies!

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Should Home Sellers Consider Basement Finishing?

Homeowners often look at their unfinished basements with rose colored glasses, imagining how it is only one remodeling project away from becoming a home bar, a high-tech media room, a man cave, or more.

Dreaming about the untapped potential of a basement is all well and good… until it comes time to sell your home. At this point, it comes down to hard facts and figures. It’s time to figure out whether or not it would be a sensible investment to remodel your basement shortly before selling.

Competing with Other Homes on the Market

If the other homes in your price range or general location commonly have unfinished basements, a remodeling project would give you a huge advantage over them. Your new space would be a major selling point that you could highlight in listings and show off to buyers who come to your property in person.

If a lot of competing properties already have finished basements, that might be an even better reason for you to move forward with a remodel. You don’t want to be working at a disadvantage – especially if you have a tight time frame in which to sell.

Crunching the Numbers

The cost of basement finishing can run from $10,000 all the way up to as much as $60,000 or more, depending on the size and complexity of the project. In congested real estate markets where square footage is always at a premium, a finished basement is a highly valuable commodity that could easily provide positive return on investment in the form of more interested buyers and a greater sale price.

Choosing professional basement finishing in Denver will ensure you get the best possible results and open up a range of possibilities that wouldn’t be possible for a DIY project.

In a seller’s market where square footage is less of a concern, it makes less sense to invest in an update or remodel right before selling. You may not be able to recoup your investment.

Seeking Assistance

Professional guidance will help you make the right decision to maximize value when you’re selling a home in Denver CO.

Contact the Neir Team for answers on whether or not to remodel before listing and other key questions that face home sellers in Denver.

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More big development announced for Rino (River North) in Denver

The Rino or River North neighborhood of Denver is primed to undergo a significant metamorphosis over the next two to three years.  Three substantial public improvement projects combined with another massive mixed use development from the folks at Industry Denver will improve the landscape of the neighborhood significantly.

The North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, an initiative through the Mayor’s office, has six redevelopment projects identified in a nearly 23-mile stretch connecting Union Station to Denver International Airport named the Corridor of Opportunity. Within the Corridor of Opportunity there are 3 redevelopment projects that will impact Rino directly; The RTD Station development at 38th and Blake, The Rino pedestrian bridge at 36th Street and the Brighton Blvd Corridor Redevelopment. Additionally, the inventors and pioneers of the “collaborative working ecosystem”, Jason Winkler, Ellen Winkler together with partner Sean Campbell, have announced Stride Denver at 38th and Walnut. 

 “Denver is taking bold steps to re-create a connected and sustainable community that will drive job creation and growth on a globally competitive scale.” - Mayor Michael B.  Hancock

38th and Blake Street StationThe FasTracks initiative through RTD is bringing light rail via the East Rail Line to the Rino neighborhood in 2016. The 38th and Blake station will offer commuter access to Union Station and Denver International Airport with eventual connection to the Central Corridor Line and a direct link to the convention center.

A new pedestrian and bike bridge is planned to stretch between Blake and Wazee Street at 26th. and will provide access to Brighton Blvd from Blake Street.

Brighton Blvd Improvement

The Brighton Blvd Corridor Redevelopment will bring infrastructure improvements to Brighton Boulevard transforming the street from a neglected back door into a prominent gateway to the city. Critical improvements include but are not limited to the following:

  • Widened pedestrian sidewalks
  • Bike lane
  • Streetscape including foliage and lighting
  • On street parking

Stride Denver

Stride Denver has been announced by Industry creators, Jason and Ellen Winkler along with Sean Campbell and includes a 10+ acre development spanning multiple phases that includes office, residential, hospitality, restaurant and retail use. Stride Denver is a continuation of Industry Denver’s “collaborative office ecosystem” concept; Like-minded firms, primarily from the tech and creative industries, cohabitate, sharing office resources in a collaborative environment fostering creativity and growth. The concept has been wildly successful originating at Battery 621 in 2009 through the minds of Mike Arzt, Frank Phillips, Jason Winkler and Ellen Winkler. The concept has gained further traction with the INDUSTRY Denver location.

In addition to Stride Denver, the Urban Land Conservatory (ULC) has announced their transit oriented New Development in Rinodevelopment (TOD) at 38th and Blake next to the Blake Street station. They have partnered with Medici Communities / Denver Housing Authority to complete a mixed use project consisting of affordable and market rate housing along with office and retail space. The partnership also produced the Evan Station Lofts which opened in 2013.

As with many other neighborhoods in Denver, the Rino neighborhood is changing dramatically and property values are likely to continue to climb. If you would like help determining if this neighborhood is a good fit for your real estate plans, please don’t hesitate to contact The Neir Team. (720)935-4399, info@neirteam.com

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Uptown Denver Neighborhood Profile

Uptown may be Denver’s oldest residential neighborhood, but its chic shops, trendy restaurants, and progressive vibe make it one of the hottest and hippest parts of town these days.

Head over to the Neir Team’s neighborhood page to start browsing for homes for sale in Uptown Denver.

Location

Less than three miles southeast of downtown, Uptown is bordered by 20th Street to the north, Colfax Avenue to the south, York Street to the east, and Broadway to the west. Modern high-rise apartments, Queen Anne and Victorian homes, and swanky lofts are mixed among the tree-lined boulevards.

Attractions

Restaurant row is just one of many attractions that has people flocking to Uptown. After you’re done sampling the flavors from one of the local gastropubs or upscale restaurants, you can head over to the city’s largest green space -- City Park. Within the park, you’ll find the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and miles and miles of scenic biking and jogging paths.

If you are looking to catch a memorable sunset over the Rockies, Uptown’s City Park is maybe the best vantage point in the city. In fact, it offers stunning panoramic views of the terrain around Denver at any time of day.

There is always something special going on in Uptown. In the summer, the City Park Jazz concert series and the Colorado Black Arts Festival are both very popular with locals. During the holiday season, the Denver Zoo’s Zoo Lights event is a hit with children and adults.

Uptown Denver Homes for Sale

Alex and Stacy Neir are experts on Denver real estate. Browse our listings from one of the hottest and hippest neighborhoods in Denver and then contact us to learn more about how to find the ideal home for your needs.

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Best Denver Neighborhoods for Families

As we get older, our values change. When we’re young and carefree, we may look for a home that’s close to bustling city centers, convenient public transportation, and exciting nightlife. Adding a spouse and children to your life will vastly change what you look for in a home.

There is no perfect way to define a “family-friendly neighborhood,” but there are a few factors that most of us can agree on: low crime, good schools, and plenty of other families around. Throw in some parks and some all-ages entertainment options and you have the makings of a family-friendly neighborhood.

Here are a few of the top Denver neighborhoods for families.

Stapleton

This neighborhood was planned and built with families and children in mind. In addition to great schools, you’ll also find more than 35 parks within the confines of Stapleton. There is no shortage of safe, open green space for kids to run around and play in.

If one of the hallmarks of a family-friendly neighborhood is a tight knit network of parents and children, then Stapleton is one of the family-friendliest areas you’ll find anywhere. On summer nights, roughly 500 local kids and adults will come out to enjoy free outdoor movies together.

Once the new light rail system between Stapleton and Denver is complete by 2016, this area will be an even more convenient location for moms and dads who have to commute into the city.

For The Neir Team has an up-to-date listing of the top Stapleton homes for sale. Check it out today!

Washington Park

Despite being conveniently located in the city, the Washington Park neighborhood has a distinctively clean, safe, and suburban feel to it. The tree-lined streets and the large park from which the neighborhood gets its name both contribute to overall charm of the area.

The park’s recreation center, playgrounds, lakes, gardens, and trails make it a fantastic spot for parents and kids to meet up and have fun. With easy I-25 and light rail connections to the city, this neighborhood is also super convenient for moms and dads who need to work downtown but want to raise their kids in a safe suburban-like environment.

You can search through the top Washington Park Denver homes for sale right here on our site.

Hilltop

Hilltop is an excellent choice for those in search of a family-friendly neighborhood within the city. It is centrally located and is stocked with quality educational opportunities -- including Graland Country Day School, one of the city’s renowned private schools.

The neighborhood features two beautifully maintained public parks, many mature trees, and some magnificent architecture. Based on crime rates from 2009 to 2013, Hilltop is also one of the ten safest neighborhoods in Denver.

Browse through our listings of homes for sale in Hilltop Denver.

Lowry

Stanley British Primary School, The Logan School for Creative Learning, and Denver Montclair International School all attract families to the Lowry neighborhood of Denver. Formerly home to an air force base, this area has been completely rebuilt to accommodate a wide range of demographics, especially young families.

In addition to great schools, Lowry has a convenient town center, great restaurants, and much more. It’s also earned the reputation of being very dog-friendly. If you’re a young and growing family with some furry friends, this area should definitely be on your shortlist.

To find homes for sale in the Denver neighborhood of Lowry, head to our property search form and select the neighborhood from the drop down menu.

Find Your Family-Friendly Neighborhood with the Neir Team

Stacy and Alex Neir are experts in Denver real estate. To find the perfect home and neighborhood for your family, call us at 720.280.3004 or 720.935.4399 today!

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How to Select a Denver Home Builder

Finding the ideal home builder is an absolute must if you are considering building a custom home from scratch. As you decide on a contractor, following a few key steps will ensure a speedy process that ultimately results in you getting your dream home.

Here is a simple plan to follow to ensure you find a builder who will be responsive to your needs and wishes and be able to execute a custom plan.

Find a Good Agent

Your search for a contractor should begin with finding a real estate agent. As Denver’s new construction experts, the Neir Team can help you through the process of building a custom home from scratch. We know where the best new developments are popping up and have experience dealing with many of the builders you should consider. Seek our local real estate expertise before locking down a contractor.

Know Exactly What You Need

To find the ideal builder, you need to know exactly what it is you desire. Some contractors may specialize in a certain size, type or price range. With some specifics in mind, you’ll find it easier to locate a home builder suited to your needs.

Look for Experienced Builders

Experience is something you definitely shouldn't overlook. This will determine the outcome of your new construction, so don't settle for someone who has minimal or no experience.

Ask for References

Knowing the satisfaction levels of past customers is a great way to get a forecast of what you'll receive. Ask for references and then make sure to contact them. You also could ask to tour a previously completed home to get a real look at what the builder can accomplish.

Verify the License of the Builder

Never hire a home builder without first knowing that he is licensed to work in Colorado. You can use online portals to check the license number.

What is the Resale Value?

Find out the resale values of the homes the builder has developed in the past. This will speak on the quality and the potential resale value of your home. 

Has the Builder Worked on Similar Projects?

Again, experience is everything. Go over the specific features you have in mind and inquire as to whether or not the builder has experience with them. They may even provide you with some incredible suggestions and alternatives.

Peace of Mind

Quality warranties ensure that you'll have peace of mind for years to come. They also show how confident a builder is in the materials he uses. You deserve to know exactly what you'll receive for the price you pay.

Building a custom home from scratch is a big undertaking. If you want to start the process out the right way, start by contacting the Neir Team. Our knowledge of Denver real estate will provide you with key insights into the new home market.

For more information on new home construction planning and building from a Denver contractor, check out Division One Construction.

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