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Townhome for sale in Uptown Denver 1637 Gaylord Street


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


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.


Lowry Neighborhood | Boulevard One

Boulevard One Lowry"Boulevard One is Going to Be HUGE!"

As all of us in Denver know, our city just keeps growing and growing and growing and getting better and better and better. Boulevard One in the Lowry neighborhood is going to be the main contributor to that positive, continued growth.

Boulevard One represents the last new neighborhood to be built at the old Lowry Air Force Base. It’s going to be West of Quebec Street at Lowry Boulevard, where the original Runway One once ended. The community also sits just east of Cherry Creek and minutes from downtown Denver.

The location of the new neighborhood is outstanding as the Lowry Town Center is across the street, as is the Schlessman Family Branch Library and Hangar 2.

The neighborhood is uber walkable and public transportation is ultra accessible. There will be three light rail stations within five miles bringing residents to Downtown, Denver International Airport, and the southern office parks. Connectivity has also been thought out as Crestmoor park will feel like an extension of the neighborhood across Monaco Parkway!

The Boulevard One area will be 70 acres in total, with 120 single-family homes, 230 row-homes and 450 apartments. It will have qualified income housing available as well.

Some of the unique factors of Boulevard One will be the studio option spaces offered and a lot of first-floor master bedroom options. The vast majority of the new homes being built will be some of the most energy efficient in Denver.

Boulevard One will have many of the neighborhood amenities that a planned community should. The mixed-use commercial area, planned out by Kelmore Development Company, will have cafes, shops, offices, specialty grocers, restaurants, wine bars, clubs and other entertainment venues, all of which are walkable.

The open spaces within Boulevard One will be filled with eclectic art, and will be comprised of one large 5 1/2 acre community park, 6 additional public parks, and the public plaza. When fully developed, the greenery will be amazing with over 5,000 shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses. Boulevard One is going to be preserving 39 mature trees, transplanting 26 more and adding 350 new ones. The amount of shade in the neighborhood will increase by 250% over time. Boulevard One will also be putting in a total of four acres of manicured turf grass and 5 1/2 acres of irrigated shortgrass that will help immensely in keeping water usage down

There are up to 10 builders working in Boulevard One on the 120 single-family homes, ranging in price from the $600s to over $1 million. Some of the most well-known builders are Berkeley, Infinity, Thrive Home Builders and Wonderland Homes, and the sizes will range from 1,400 to 3,200 square feet.

The row-homes will have prime spots within the Boulevard One community along the signature central corridor of Lowry Boulevard. They will have a balance of lively activity all around them while at the same time having private rooftop decks to get up and away.

14 of the 230 rowhomes will be income restricted, and those will be breaking ground mid-2016 on Archer Place. Price range will fall between $147,000 and $167,000. The companies that are involved with bringing the row-home portion of Boulevard One alive are East West Partners with BuildMark (who did parts of downtown's Riverfront Park and Union Station), and Koebel Urban Homes, who will build two and three-story homes.

The apartments at Boulevard One will range from studio size to one, two and three bedroom units, and 72 of the 350 total will provide a range of affordable rents. The Denver Housing Authority run, mixed income, four-story building will be at Niagara Street and Archer Place. Amenities include a community room, computer center, and on-site play area. Renters in the general Boulevard One apartments will also be able to take advantage of a resort-style pool, landscaped courtyards, a heated spa, an outdoor cooking area, fire feature, yoga studio, resident lounge, on-site bike and ski repair shop and an enclosed dog wash facility.

Last but not least in Boulevard One, there will be five established firms building 25 custom homes. Builders include Alpert Signature Homes, Bello Custom Homes, GO Builders Inc., Latsis Custom Homes or Wall Custom Homes. Six of the homes will be built on the block south of First Avenue and west of Magnolia Street, and the other 19 will be west of Quebec on Archer Place.


Stapleton Neighborhood Appreciation | Q1, 2016, Year over Year

Neighborhood Stats for Q1 2016

Well, the first quarter of 2016 is already in the books, how time flys. Let's dig in and see how each of the 8 established Stapleton neighborhood performed year over year for the first quarter of 2016.

The neighborhood with the highest average sales price was Central Park North with an average sales price of $743,875.

The neighborhood with the largest jump in appreciation was the 29th Avenue Neighborhood where the average sales price jumped a whopping 28.81% - WOW!

Total sales were down 10% with 66 sales in Q1 2015 compared to 60 in Q1 2016. 

Overall, the appreciation rate for Stapleton was 15.16%, which is outpacing Denver as a whole. 

This data set represents the last sales data we'll see before the Cental Park Light Rail Station opens up on April 22nd, 2016. I am very curious to watch the appreciation rate after the station opens. I wrote an article back in 2012 Stapleton property value set to increase with light rail stop, and I am hopeful that my prediction of an addition 10% bump comes true.

Q1 2016 Sales

Q1 2016 Appreciation

Here are the statistics for each of the individual neighborh

Conservatory Green
Units Sold Q / Y Beds Baths Above Grade SqFt Total SqFt PSF Above Grade PSF Total Sold Price CDOM
18 Q1 2015 3 4 2,300 3,377 $254.92 $174.33 588,263 51
23 Q1 2016 4 3 2,262 3,291 $277.56 $189.66 $626,561 53
-1.68% -2.61% 8.16% 8.08% 6.11% 3.77%
Central Park West
Units Sold Q / Y Beds Baths Above Grade SqFt Total SqFt PSF Above Grade PSF Total Sold Price CDOM
4 Q1 2015 4 4 2,254 3,483 $276.37 $176.90 $617,725 32
2 Q1 2016 4 4 2,020 2,929 $315.87 $216.14 $627,500 3
-11.58% -18.91% 12.51% 18.15% 1.56% -966.67%

Stapleton's New parks in Conservatory Green and Willow Park East

What is the status of the completion of the large parks on the North side of Stapleton?  

 A park is a wonderful thing and we are blessed to have so many in our neighborhood of Stapleton. Stapleton has dedicated 35% of its land use to parks and open space. Why? Because parks are a place where we can get back to nature.  Parks are a place where we take our kids and dogs to play and breathe in that fresh Colorado air. Parks are important to our community and our well-being and you will find one within a stone’s throw of every home within the Stapleton community.

 Stapleton has continued to grow and flourish to the north of I-70 with four neighborhoods under construction or completed. Those neighborhoods include Conservatory Green, Willow Park East, Wicker Park and Stapleton’s next great neighborhood Beeler Park.

 There are numerous parks slated to be completed over the next few years and the Neir Team has the scoop.

Stapleton parks in conservatory green and willow park east


The large parks in Conservatory Green are all completed. They include the Conservatory Green and Uplands Park.The Conservatory Green area is similar to the Founders Green on the south side of Stapleton. It’s a gathering place for community events including markets and concerts. The large trunk space running through Conservatory Green is complete and is called Uplands Park. The park runs West and East and is bounded by Stoll Place to the North and E. 50th Avenue to the South.  It features walking/running trails, picnic areas and ping-pong tables.


There are numerous notable parks in Wicker Park East including Prairie Basin, Prairie Meadow, Cottonwood Gallery, Sandhills Prairie, Willow Basin, Corridor Park, a Dog Park and Pizza Park.

 The big question on everyone’s mind is when is the BIG park (similar to Central Park on the south side of Stapleton) getting completed?

 This big park, located to the North of E. 51st Avenue and south of Prairie Meadow Drive, will be a total of 33 acres and will feature running/walking trails,  a playground and a community garden. It will feature native flora and fauna, large Cottonwood trees, a winding river and rolling hills.  It can be broken down in to three parts starting with the western most portion called Prairie Basin which is complete.

 Moving east of Prairie Basin along Uinta Street is a park called Prairie Meadows. Prairie Meadows Park will be a grand open space with a circular raised mound expected to have expansive mountain views. Construction will begin this Spring/Summer of 2016.*

Prairie Meadow Park in Willow Park East Stapleton

Moving further east of Prairie Meadows Park you will find a longer skinnier park called Cottonwood Gallery, which will feature a playground and Stapleton’s next community garden. Construction will commence this Spring/Summer of 2016.*

Cottonwood Gallery

 Sandhills Prairie Park connects with Cottonwood Gallery and flows Northeast toward Central Park Blvd.  This park is touted to be the highest point within the Wicker Park neighborhood and will offer stunning views of the Front Range. Construction for this park will commence in the Spring/Summer of 2016.*

 Corridor Park runs east and west along 56th Avenue with construction commencing Spring/Summer of 2016.*

 Pizza Park is shaped like a slice of pizza, hence the name. It features an outdoor kitchen, a grill and a pizza oven and numerous edible herbs to add to your slice of za. The construction for this park is complete.

 The three-acre dog park to the north of Prairie Basin will commence construction Spring/Summer of 2016.*

*The start date is contingent upon bidding and contracting.

For more information about Stapleton or Stapleton homes for sale contact the Neir Team!

Stacy Neir: 720-280-3004


Stapleton Neighborhood Appreciation | Q4, 2015, Year over Year

Stapleton Neighborhood PricesThe Stapleton neighborhood is comprised of 10 individual neighborhoods. Most analysis focuses on Stapleton's overall performance and how it relates to other Denver neighborhoods. We are starting a series that will be released every quarter that looks at each named neighborhood of Stapleton and how it compares to the others.

This article presents detached single family sales stats from the 4th quarter of 2014 compared to the 4th quarter 2015.

Based on the data, it looks like Central Park West was the best performer. Sale prices increased 19% year over year in Central Park West. Looking at the data it's important to look at the sample size when evaluating the results. For Central Park West the total homes sold in Q4, '14 compared to Q4, '15 was 3 and 5 respectively. With that small a sample size, each home sale has a greater impact on the results.  

That being said, Central Park North may have had the best performance. The neighborhood appreciated 15% on 13 and 15 respective home sales. 

Looking at each neighborhoods performance it is clear that Stapleton is a good place to own real estate. The average appreciation was 13.68%. Does your neighborhood give you bragging right?

Stapleton Neighborhood Sales Comparison

Stapleton Neighborhood Appreciation 

Here are the statistics for each of the individual neighborhoods.

Conservatory Green
Units Sold Q / Y Beds Baths Above Grade SqFt Total SqFt PSF Above Grade PSF Total Sold Price CDOM
24 Q4 2014 4 4 2,098 3,172 $260.26 $170.73 $535,871 54
23 Q4 2015 4 4 2,240 3,358 $283.58 $188.80 $628,562 31
% Change     6.34% 5.54% 8.22% 9.57% 14.75% -74.19%

Stapleton Thrive Home Builders | Current Inventory

Thrive Home Bulders"New Town Builders is now Thrive Home Builders"

One of our team's favorite builders in Stapleton is, and always has been, New Town Builders, which is now Thrive Home Builders.

For 24 years, New Town Builders has made a strong name for itself as an award-winning builder of energy efficient homes.  They have built more than 1,000 homes in several neighborhoods of Metro Denver.  You might ask, why change a name that everyone knows?  The company is locally owned, and according to CEO/founder Gene Myers, “The name Thrive Home Builders underscores our commitment to innovate the next frontier in home building We want to build well-crafted ‘healthy homes’ that promote our homeowners’ wellness. We’ve always been about staying ahead of trends, especially when they have a direct impact on our homeowners’ health and the environment.”  So you add that new platform and approach, on top of the already low energy use homes that New Town provides, using extra thick walls, solar panels, etc., and you now have Thrive.

A name change is actually not new for Thrive Home Builders, as Gene's first home building company was called Greentree Homes before New Town Builders.

Thrive Home Builders currently have seven projects in and around Denver:

  1. Solaris Collection at Stapleton
  2. ZEN Collection at Stapleton 
  3. Central Park Rows at Stapleton
  4. Ovation Collection Courtyard Homes at Boulevard One in Lowry
  5. Solaris Collection at Hyland Village
  6. Wildflower Collection at RidgeGate
  7. Greentree Collection Canyon Rim at Castlewood Ranch

The Neir Team are true Stapleton experts, as we all work in and live in Stapleton, but we can offer assistance with any of the areas mentioned above.  With regard to Stapleton, Thrive is still actively building Solaris homes and ZEN homes in the two most recent neighborhoods - Willow Park East and Wicker Park.  

Thrive's ZEN Collection in Stapleton just released the last block of homes in Wicker Park, and there is only one spec house left in Willow Park East.  All of the homes in Wicker Park have more flexibility with options.  The last house left in Willow Park East is at 9045 E. Prairie Meadow Drive and everything has already been selected for this home.  The total purchase price is $589,790.

The Wicker Park lots are below, and Thrive is hoping they will close around 3rd or 4th quarter of this year.


Lot- BLK- Filling

Plan #

Preplanned structural options

Current purchase price of home

Purchase price of home with removed basement option

Beeler St. Lot 7 & 8/ Block 7

5180 Beeler St.


Artizen/630 (B)

Finished basement, exterior garage service door, contemporary fireplace, open railing at loft, gas line to cook top, gas lined patio, bay window at nook.



5254 Chester St.


Artizen/630 (A)

Finished basement, garage service door, traditional fireplace, gas line to range, gas line to patio.



Prairie Meadow Dr.  Lots 17-23/ Block...

Stapleton Summer Fun | 5 Things to Do with the Kids

Things to do in Stapleton"Summer Fun in the City"!

Now that it's officially March, moms like myself (and dads too!) are starting to try and figure out some of the best things for kids to do in Stapleton this summer.  Summer Solstice might not be until June 20th, but kids will start getting out of school in May.  That's only two months away!

Stapleton, as usual, has a ton of options right in our backyard.  We identified a Top 5 list, while trying to keep the dollar signs to a minimum.  With over 40 miles of urban trails that connect us to so much, staying in and around Stapleton is easy and peaceful.

1) Nature Walks at the Bluff Lake Nature Center &/or the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge - Bluff Lake has a total of 23 acres on the eastern edge of Stapleton where kids can take in a beautiful lake and plenty of birds.  Perhaps a great game of hide and seek in the middle of glorious nature?  The Rocky Mountain Arsenal has a total of 17,000 acres with golden eagles and bison, and a great welcome center.  An amateur photographer's delight!

2) The Urban Farm - Kids can sign up for horse riding lessons all summer long.  They have both short and long programs available.  In addition, there are farm, specialty and poultry camps.  Workshops, on a farm, in the city. Who would have thought??

3) Stapleton's Incredible Swimming Pools - 6 community pools that all open Memorial Day weekend and run until Labor Day.  So whether your child like "F-15"s, wants to be an "Aviator", fly a "Puddle Jumper", cruise in a "Jet Stream" down "Runway 35", or just be a "Maverick" in general, there is a Stapleton pool for him or her.

4) Dick's Sporting Goods Park & A Colorado Rapids Game - Colorado's major league soccer team plays in the amazing arena just north of Stapleton.  The schedule runs from now through October, and kids and adults alike will enjoy cheering our home team on.  Plus, what an easy commute home after the game!

5) Concerts, Theater & Outdoor Movies - Every summer, Stapleton will sponsor between free concerts, theater productions and movies in many of our different open spaces.  For 2016, check back with the Master Community Association web site (http://www.stapletoncommunity.com) for this summer's upcoming schedule.  Then all you have to do is reserve a spot on a nice piece of grass and enjoy!

These are just our Top 5 picks for kids, but don't forget Stapleton's famous Central Park, our skate park, our dog park, our rec center, our three community gardens, and our 50 additional parks spread throughout our incredible neighborhood. Additionally, a simple walk or bike ride along Stapleton's 25 miles of pathway that link to the Sand Creek Trail is a great option.  Summer 2016, here we come!!


East I-70 Improvement | Eliminating the Viaduct

The Interstate 70 viaduct that stretches from Washington St. to Colorado Blvd. is failing and the Colorado Department of Transportation has been researching alternatives since 2006.

On March 2, 2016 the final public review period closed. CDOT has a finalized environmental impact study and preferred alternative to the existing viaduct. The finalized plan calls for I-70 to be completely overhauled from I-25 to I-225.

The purpose of this article is to focus on the viaduct section between Brighton Blvd and Colorado Blvd. This project will have a large impact on the neighborhoods along the construction corridor, thus presenting an interesting opportunity for investment.

I-70 Construction Overview

The finalized plan removes the viaduct from Brighton Blvd to Colorado Blvd and rebuilds I-70 below grade along this segment. This segment will add 3 lanes of traffic each direction with the addition of a 4th tolled express lane.

I-70 Construction Plan

The most exciting part of this project is the new covered section of the segment that will stretch from Clayton to Columbine Street. This section is being referred to as Partial Cover Park and includes an urban landscape with the potential to include a park, playground, plaza and community garden.  

I-70 Partial Cover

This addition will have a significant impact on the Swansea neighborhood. It’s inevitable that this improvement will spark interest and investment in the area. The location is 1.4 miles from both the Colorado Blvd. and Blake St. light rail stations.

Phase I of the construction is set to begin in 2017 and run through 2022.

If you are interested in learning about investment opportunities in the area please contact Alex Neir – (720)935-4399.

Homes for sale in Swansea.

All information and images courtesy of the Colorado Department of Transportation


Stapleton's next neighborhood: Beeler Park

Stapleton DenverStapleton’s next area to be developed is Section 10, located to the North of 56th Avenue and is bounded by the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to the North and East and Dicks Sporting Good complex to the west.  Section 10 has four new neighborhoods slated to be developed over the next few years with Filing 49 scheduled first.

According to our sources, Filing 49 will be called Beeler Park and is the neighborhood furthest to the west bounded by 56th to the South and Central Park Blvd. to the West.  It can be most easily described as the neighborhood that looks like a thumb. This is slated to be the largest neighborhood on the North side of I-70 with over 130 acres of developable land. It has been touted to have some of the best views from all of Stapleton including views of Downtown Denver, the Arsenal and Longs Peak.

Stapleton Beeler Park

According to the most recent Zoning and Planning meeting held in February, there will be a total of 820 single family detached units,  460 rental units and 160 affordable rental units. The prices will range from the $200,000’s to $800,000’s with many familiar faces building in that neighborhood.

Some of the builders confirmed to be building in Beeler Park will include KB Homes, Infinity Home Collection, Wonderland, Parkwood, Thrive Home Builders, Boulder Creek Builders and David Weekley. Most builders will offer fresh new floor plans and exteriors that we have not yet seen anywhere else in Stapleton.

The overall plan for this newest section of Stapleton includes a large green open space that will travel through the middle of the neighborhood. According to our sources the landscape for this open space will have a river running through it and will blend well with the natural landscape of the Arsenal. There will be an additional elementary school, called Inspire Elementary, and about 70,000 square feet of mixed-use space on the corner of Central Park Blvd. and 56th that would include office use, daycare or some sort of drugstore/pharmacy. 

The Stapleton MCA is currently negotiating with Forest City to add a 3 acre pool site to this neighborhood. There are already plans for an elaborate water feature in this neighborhood but a pool is highly needed given the number of homes to be built north of 56th. 

Another exciting development that will be a stone’s throw from this newest section will be a large multi-use development called Victory Crossing. Victory Crossing will include over 200 acres of restaurants, retail, shops, hotel and office use.

Forest City is already grading Filing 49 (Beeler Park) and lots are expected to be released some time this summer/Fall of 2016 in 8 different phases. All of Stapleton’s development should be completed by 2021 and 2022.