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New townhomes and condos in River North, Denver

The central park at S*ParkThe River North (RiNo) District is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Denver. Primarily comprised of old warehouses that have been converted to art galleries, restaurants, breweries, boutiques and bars, it has a very unique character. 

The problem, there aren't that may options if you want to buy a home in the RiNo neighborhood

That is quickly changing as a number of new construction townhome and condo projects are in the works. One of which is the S*Park Comunity being built by Tres Birds Workshop at 26th and Lawrence. 

S*Park gets its name from the parcel of land it is being constructed upon. The old Sustainability park of Denver that stretches between 25th and 27th streets and between Lawerence and Arapahoe Streets.

S*Park is being constructed with sustainability in mind. The project features and enormous solar grid, a community greenhouse and reclaimed brick from old Denver warehouses.

The project features 91 condo units and 8 townhome plans (phase I) ranging in size from studio floorplans up to 3 bedrooms units. Prices start under $300,000 and offer numerous layout options.

S*Park Building Rendering

Not only does the project boast an incredible location, with proximity to RINO, Curtis Park, Five Points, Ball Park and Lodo it has some pretty incredible design features.

All the parking has been located underground. That way there are no alleys or drive aisles throughout the community. This design has enabled construction of a centralized park to be located in the center of the project. A state of the art community greenhouse is onsite to offer a food coop. All of the electrical energy for the project will be generated by a massive solar grid. 

Green House at S*Park

This project is very exciting and should generate a lot of interest. If you would like to know more please call the Neir Team at (720)935-4399.


Washington Park home for sale | 650 S Ogden St

This is an immaculate newer construction Tudor built by Sheffield Homes and is located in the highly desired neighborhood of Washington Park. Perched high on an elevated lot, the home is two blocks from Washington Park and offers excellent walkability to the Wash Park, Cherry Creek, the restaurants & boutiques on South Pearl Street and light rail.  

The classic Tudor exterior features a beautiful blend of stucco and stone materials with elegant fascia accents. The home offers an oversized front patio, perfect for enjoying the setting Colorado sun. The front yard features a terraced landscape and wrought-iron fence.

650 Ogden St Exterior

Upon entering this stunning home you are greeted with soaring vaulted ceilings at the foyer accented by a circular stone inlay in the floor. Elegant ash stained Alder hardwood floors draw you into the home with a warm and sophisticated feel.

650 Ogden St Entry

The well appointed kitchen is complete with Thermador stainless professional grade appliances, white quartz countertops with clear glass backsplash, stainless apron-front under mount sink, Tharp 42” slab front dark stained cabinets, massive island, butlers pantry with wet bar, designer pendant lighting and barn style sliding door.


The kitchen overflows via the open concept floor plan directly into the living room. The living room features a Heat & Glo fireplace housed in a modern tile mantel with flanking sconce lighting.

Open Concept Living Room

The butlers pantry adjoins the kitchen and formal dining room. The dining room has a wine fridge and Tharp built-ins.

Formal Dining Room

The home office features the 2nd of 3 Heat & Glo fireplaces, tastefully set in a floor-to-ceiling tile mantel. The office also offers 2 art nooks with Tharp built-ins and overhead illumination. 

Home Office

The main level bedroom is spacious and has two over-sized closets. It is located next to the main level bath that offers a shower with poured pan, 12x24 vertically laid subway tiles with mosaic inlay and euro-glass door. The bathroom also has a pedestal sink and 12x24 brick set tile floors.

Main Level Guest Bedroom

Guest Bathroom

The elegant ash stained Alder hardwood floors continue up the stairs leading to the second story.

Second Level

The master suite is the true highlight of this home. It takes up the entire west portion of the second level. The master bathroom is a sanctuary. No specific element holds more draw than the comforting oasis of a great bathroom. This...

Jefferson Park Townhome for sale | 2507 Bryant Street

This luxury townhome, located in one of Denver’s hottest neighborhoods, has been professionally designed with top-of-the-line finishes. It’s European flare and views of Downtown from all four levels will amaze your senses. 

2507 Bryant Street Exterior

2507 Bryant St. | Jeff Park

The Foyer

Upon entering this stunning unit, you will find a large area that can be used as a foyer or a mud room, with a ½ bath, large closet space and an attached 2 car garage.

 2507 Bryant St. Kitchen

The Main Floor

Enjoy a wonderful open floor plan with 10’ ceilings and views of downtown from your main floor living and outdoor deck areas. It includes driftwood hardwood floors with a Teal wash throughout and a gas fireplace for those cold Colorado nights.

 2507 Bryant St. Interior

The kitchen is amazing with custom made metallic glass countertops at the breakfast bar, stone gray quartz countertops, modern stone backsplash, Ultracraft driftwood cabinets with frosted glass windows, Electrolux refrigerator and dishwasher, CDA 5-burner range and hood and built-in Sharp microwave. It comes complete with a chef’s pantry and designer pendant and sconce lighting.  This floor also includes a living room, dining room, a powder bath with a glass Decolav sink and a very spacious hidden storage space.

2507 Bryant St. Living Room

 The Upstairs Living area

Leading up the stairs to the 3rd floor of the townhome are custom metal and wood handrails to create a very dramatic, modern feel.  On this floor you will find the master suite, which has spectacular views of downtown, a 5 piece master bath, including a soaker tub made by Jacuzzi, double raised vanity sinks, walk-in shower, granite countertops and custom tile work.  There is also a room walk-in closet with custom built-ins, laundry area and second bedroom which includes a full bathroom with modern finishes.

2507 Bryant St. Balcony

The Top Floor Loft area

The top floor can be used as a third bedroom, office or recreational room. It includes a full bathroom and rough in plumbing for a wet bar and surround sound.  The views are amazing of downtown from a large 20’x 10’ outdoor patio that is perfect for entertaining and hot tub ready!

 2507 Bryant St. City View

Other Special Features:

  • Fire sprinkler system
  • Humidifier
  • Timed water recirculating pumps (for hot water)
  • Pre wired for central vacuum system on all levels
  • Pre wired for security
  • Pre wired for surround sound
  • Pre wired for intercom system
  • 10 foot ceilings
  • 8 foot doors in living room/kitchen/dining room, master and 2nd bedroom
  • Vaulted ceilings on 4th level
  • Pella doors and windows
  • Danze fixtures
  • Kohler and Jacuzzi tubs

Property Overview
Neighborhood: Jefferson Park
Year Built: 2009
Style: 4 story Townhome

Top 4 Mountain Bike Trails Within 45 Minutes of Denver

Denver's Top Mountain BikingProbably no other metro area in the United States offers as much access to world-class mountain biking as Denver. It’s truly one of the things that puts this city in a class of its own when it comes to inspiring and exciting outdoors enthusiasts.

There are well over 1,000 rides and trails within easy driving distance from the Mile High City. While each has its own memorable experience to offer, you probably don't have the time to ride them all.

Try the best first. Here are the top 4 mountain bike trails within 45 minutes of Denver.

Apex Park

It doesn’t get much more convenient than this for city-dwelling mountain bikers. The Apex Park tour is a short jaunt down I-70, south of Golden, just minutes away from the city center.

The eight-mile trail begins with a steep climb that finally reaches its peak (1,700 feet higher than you started) at mile five. Over the last three miles of the journey, you descend out into the wide-open country with stunning views of Denver.

Check the MTB Project page for the Apex Park tour for more information about ride times and trail features.

Lair O’ the Bear Park, a personal favorite 

It may begin with a peaceful pedal alongside the fly fishing waters of Bear Creek, but the Lair O’ the Bear Park trail will soon snap you out of your Rocky Mountain wonder. Just after the first mile of the 12-mile trek, you’ll hang a sharp left and start a steep climb. Technical challenges and plenty of bobbing and weaving await you on this difficult but thrilling ride.

Just a 30 minute drive south and you’ll be at the Lair O’ the Bear Park for one of the best out-n-back rides in the Denver area.

Betasso Preserve

The terrain at Betasso Preserve is diverse, well-maintained, reasonably challenging, making it a favorite destination for all types of mountain bikers in the Denver area -- weekend warriors and seasoned experts alike.

The entrance of the Betasso Preserve is just a stone’s throw from Boulder. It’s probably on the edge of being within 45 minutes of Denver, but it’s worth the drive. Take the trip and measure your skills against some of the top riders in the region. 

The Super Betasso trail comes highly recommended.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Another one at the edge of our range, Golden Gate Canyon State Park has the goods to attract mountain bikers all the way from Denver out to Central City, CO. At the end of your 45-minute drive, you’ll find one of the biggest riding challenges in the region. It’s a 24-mile trek with a 4,400-foot climb that will take you to your limits.

It’s a difficult challenge for even the fittest riders, but maybe that’s just what you’re looking for. Maybe don’t start here, but definitely put Golden Gate Canyon State Park on your list of must-ride trails.

The 24-mile trail is called the Full Pull. Find more info here.


Tips for First-Time Homebuyers in Denver

How to buy a homeThinking about taking the big leap into the world of home ownership? It may be the biggest purchase you’ve made in your life so far, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a frightening experience.

If you’re prepared and you have the right assistance, buying your first home should be a thrilling and positive experience. To ensure that your initial foray into property purchasing is a success, follow the Neir Teams list of top tips for first-time homebuyers in Denver.

1. Find the Right Denver Real Estate Agent

If you haven’t already found a Denver real estate agent to work with, that should be your first move. Real estate professionals are especially valuable to first-time buyers who have never been through the process before. Their advice will be invaluable when prioritizing needs, budgeting, searching for a home and negotiating.

2. Know Your Finances

When it comes time to buy a home, you don’t want your finances to hold you back. It’s wise to verify your budget capabilities and your credit score before you even begin looking for homes. Saving and budgeting aren't just for your down payment. You’ll probably need to tighten your belt a little to account for the new mortgage payment you’re about to take on.

3. Be Realistic About Your Needs

You’ve probably been dreaming for years about finding that ideal home that meets your every need and desire. We’re not here to say you shouldn’t have everything you want in a home, but the realities of the market and your budget may force some compromises. Work with your real estate agent to set a realistic list of needs that are must-haves with your first home.

4. Appraisals and Inspections

A realtor isn’t the only professional you need to work with to complete a successful property transaction. A home inspector must be hired to check out the condition of the property you’re interested in purchasing. You’ll also have to hire an appraiser to determine the accurate value of the home. Your real estate agent can recommend reputable professionals for both tasks.

5. Research Your Mortgage Options

Compare various lenders and really dig into researching their policies and rates before you secure a mortgage. It’s a decision that will affect your finances for years to come, so the more you understand upfront the better.  

6. Remember Closing Costs

We’ve seen plenty of first-time homebuyers in Denver who forgot to budget for closing costs. Take your time and work with a real estate professional to understand any extra charges that may come up after you close on your property. Land transfer taxes, legal costs, and disbursements are a few examples. 

Purchasing a home should be exciting, but there are plenty of obstacles that could spoil the experience. With the right help, you can overcome the challenges and find your dream home. Following our tips for first-time homebuyers in Denver is one way you can improve your chances of walking away happy.

If you’re ready to get started on your journey to becoming a homeowner, contact the Neir Team today! We are experienced Denver real estate agents specializing in the needs of first-time buyers like you!


Top Things to do with Kids in Denver

What to do with kids in DenverRunning out of things to do with your kids? After months of summer vacation, it’s understandable if you feel like you’ve seen and done every kid-friendly activity the Mile High City has to offer. We’re here to help.

 Here’s our list of the of the top things to do with kids in Denver. Check out these entertaining and educational spots around town the next time you need to plan a Saturday afternoon that will keep the entire family happy.

 Top Things to do with Kids in Denver

  1.  The Denver Museum of Nature & Science

    The DMNS aims to inspire people of all ages through the wonder of scientific discovery. There’s a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and enough exhibits to keep the kids interested and engaged for an entire day. The Discovery Zone is especially geared toward the museum’s younger visitors. Visit http://www.dmns.org/ for more information.

  2.  Downtown Aquarium

    Denver’s public aquarium features exhibits that highlight some of the most fascinating underwater ecosystems in the world’s oceans. There’s something for everyone in the family at Downtown Aquarium -- a 4-D theater experience, a carousel, the Nautilus Ballroom, the Aquarium Restaurant, shopping, and more! Find more info at Denver Aquarium

  3. Denver Zoo

    Ride the zoo train, feed the giraffes, and let your little ones learn fascinating wildlife facts in the "Be a Zookeeper Zone.” There are tons of interactive activities perfect for kids. Learn more about the zoo’s event schedule and visitor info at Denver Zoo

  4. Children’s Museum of Denver

    This museum is all about using programs and exhibits to encourage kids to embrace learning with open arms. They aim to inspire curious young minds to explore interesting topics and express themselves creatively. Visit the Children’s Museum website at Children's Museum

A Few Suggestion You May Not Have Considered

If you’ve already visited the top four places on our list, here are some less popular options that may be new to you:

What did we miss? If you have a favorite place to take your children that we didn’t mention, let us know! Leave a comment and tell us all about your picks for the top things to do with kids in Denver.


RiNo Neighborhood and North Denver Update

The RiNo Neighborhood and surrounding areas are growing and changing at a very rapid pace. There are currently six North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) projects in various phases in and around the RiNo Neighborhood in Denver. With so much going on, here is a quick update to bring you up to speed.

 RiNo Building Heights  Blake St. Bike Lane
The Denver Planning Board has approved the final draft of the 38th and Blake rail station height amendment. This amendment is geared toward increasing the height restrictions around the commuter rail station. The increase in zoning height is a result of promoting transit-oriented development in and around the rail station...More A new bike lane and 2-way traffic are coming to Blake street between Broadway and 35th Avenue.
 Brighton Blvd Improvement I-70 Interstate Cover 
Groundbreaking for the Brighton Blvd improvement has been scheduled for October 13th, 2016...More Construction on I-70 to replace the failing viaduct is scheduled to begin in 2018. The four-acre cover over the  interstate has new artwork....More
 National Wester Center Arena  
 The History Colorado State Historical Fund has given a $200,000 grant to the National Western Center to study converting the Stadium Arean into a public food Market...More  

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!


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.


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! 


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.