If you live anywhere near Denver, you probably know of Stapleton. But do you really know
Stapleton? For an inside look at Stapleton life, a resident shares her “Top 10 Reasons to Live in
Location, location, location: The old adage is true. Location matters. Just a 10 minute drive to
downtown Denver, Stapleton has easy access to I-70 and its connections to I-25 and I-225. There is
also an entrance to I-270 for travel to Boulder.
Grade A: Stapleton is home to some of the best schools in Denver and across the state. Residents
often comment that the public schools in Stapleton are on par with private schools – so Stapleton life
means a great education for your children without the high price tag.
The Great Outdoors: Open space and parks are at the heart of Stapleton life. Stapleton’s largest
park, Central Park, is also the third largest park in Denver. But that’s not all. There are 49 other
parks throughout Stapleton to choose from. There’s even a park just for Fido.
Put on Your Walkin’ Shoes: Walking is a big part of Stapleton life. Most of Stapleton’s amenities
can be reached on foot or by bike. You can also walk to Stapleton’s “A Line” station. Hop aboard and
you can head west to Union Station or east to Denver International Airport (DIA).
Fun for All: The Stapleton life includes great free community activities. Grab your blanket and picnic
and head to an outdoor movie, theater production or concert. Participate in the annual Easter Egg
Hunt or stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the summer Farmer’s...
2016 was a pretty big year in Stapleton Denver. With the opening of the Central Park Light Rail Station, the opening of Stanley Marketplace, Eastbridge Town Center is finally under construction and the launching of 2 new neighborhoods, its no surprise that Stapleton was named the 4th best selling community in the nation. We have so much to offer here and the numbers speak for themselves.
- Single Family average sales price hit a high water mark with an average sold price of $603,791, which is an increase of 6.36% over 2015.
- Our average Days On Market (DOM) was (and still is) under 60 days which means it is still a Sellers market out there.
- Despite inventory being low, 599 home were sold in 2016, which was a record number of homes sold in a year, ever.
- A new high water mark for sale price was achieved for the sale at 3106 Dayton which sold for $1,475,000.
- 11 homes were sold over the $1,000,000 mark in Stapleton, which is a 266% increase in this...
There are only two people in the world: those that are Irish and those that wish they were. Whether your are Irish or not, we’ve got your go-to guide for how to sham”ROCK” St. Patricks Day/weekend in Stapleton. Here’s a look at the Neir Team’s top 5 things to do in Stapleton to make your way through the Emerald celebration.
Caseys Irish Bistro & Pub – 7301 E. 29th Avenue. This is THE place to be on St. Patricks Day in Stapleton. Located in the 29th Avenue Town Center Casey’s will be featuring a modified menu including fish and chips, shepperds pie and other various traditional Irish dishes. They will also feature live bagpipes and Irish dancers to get you in the spirit. Their patio will be tented with heaters in case it gets cold. We’ve been told that “all hands will be on deck” for this fun-filled Irish celebration.
Take the Light Rail downtown for the St. Patricks Day parade. With the opening of Central Park Light Rail Station getting to downtown Denver is easier than ever. Denver’s St. Patricks Day parade will actually be held on Saturday March 11th this year which is the weekend BEFORE most St. Patricks Day celebrations. The parade starts at 9:30 am but you will want to arrive well before then to secure a spot. We suggest taking the 8:04am westbound train to Union Station...
The Bluff Lake neighborhood in Stapleton is a relatively new development that is filling up quickly.
There are plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options; a nearby farmers market, three neighborhood parks, a nature preserve, and much more. And that’s just scratching the surface of things to do in Bluff Lake.
If you think this area sounds like it could be a good place to continue your home shopping journey, read on for some of the most important facts about the Bluff Lake neighborhood for homebuyers.
Bluff Lake already has a lot to offer, but its proximity to two new developments -- The Stanley Marketplace and Eastbridge Town Center -- will expand its appeal even more.
This Stanley Marketplace development is still under construction, but it will soon feature plenty of new dining options for Stapleton residents. Logan House Coffee Company, Comida, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Stanley Beer Hall, Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen, and Sazz Pizza & Salads headline the list of vendors. The new marketplace will also host regular craft fairs and farmers markets.
The marketplace will be very bikeable and walkable from Bluff Lake.
Anchoring the new Eastbridge Town Center in Stapleton will be a massive new King Soopers grocery store location. The store is slated for 56,000 square feet of the complexes 220,000 square feet overall design. It will be a popular and convenient grocery destination for Bluff Lake residents.
In addition to some small shops and cafes, some of Denver’s food industry elite will also be represented. The Town Center development will...
Stapleton homes for sale usually aren’t available for long. Throughout most of the year, it’s common for homes to go into contract within the first or second weekend they are on the market.
Whether they just can’t act fast enough to get in on the Stapleton real estate they’re interested in, or they just don’t see the features they’re looking for in any existing properties, many people are turning to new home builders to meet their needs.
The Neir Team already has an extensive list of the builders operating in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver, but with some big developments underway in Buff Lake and Beeler Park a new builder has been added to the list: CreekStone Homes.
What You Need to Know about CreekStone Homes in Stapleton
Home builders are beginning to contract lots in highly sought after real estate in the new development areas in Stapleton: Bluff Lake and Beeler Park. The full list of builders participating in these sections of town include:
"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,...
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.
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.
CONSERVATORY GREEN PARK UPDATE
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...
The 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?
Here are the statistics...
"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:
- Solaris Collection at Stapleton
- ZEN Collection at Stapleton
- Central Park Rows at Stapleton
- Ovation Collection Courtyard Homes at Boulevard One in Lowry
- Solaris Collection at Hyland Village
- Wildflower Collection at RidgeGate
"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...
Stapleton’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.
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...
"Good Things Come To Those Who Wait"
Being an Eastbridge resident myself, I can fully attest to the frustration of waiting 10 years for our Town Center. Now, this Fall, we are finally getting one and it is going to be incredible!
Construction on the Eastbridge Town Center is in full swing after the sale of the land closed in November of last year. The area is going to be built-out in two separate spaces, restaurants and retail on the West end around a public plaza, and a new King Soopers on the East end of MLK and Havana. This layout is different than the East 29th Avenue Town Center, which was built around the public right of way of 29th Ave. The King Soopers grocery store will be modeled after their store near Leetsdale and Colorado Boulevard. Total acreage is 6.75 acres, with 58,000 square feet planned for the King Soopers and 20,000 to 22,000 square feet for the shops. The shops portion is just under half of what the E. 29th Avenue Town Center has. There will also be a fire pit on the West end, with the restaurants surrounding it, and the East end will have a water feature much to the delight of all the Stapleton neighborhood children.
There will be a public gathering place and fire pit on the West end with restaurants surrounding it. The East end will have a new water feature much to the delight of children throughout the neighborhood.
A characteristic that most Stapletonians enjoy is the walkability and bike-ability of our neighborhood. Let's face it, that's a big reason many of us live here. I am so excited that the Eastbridge Town Center will welcome and accommodate both. The Eastbridge Town Center is going to offer a wonderful place for Stapleton residents to gather at unique places, mingle with friends, and enjoy the amazing weather...
The Stapleton neighborhood of Denver has an assortment of advantages that have made it one of the hotbeds of local real estate in recent years. Architectural variety, eco-friendly lifestyles, great shopping, copious public green spaces -- Stapleton Denver real estate offers it all!
Starting in the spring of 2016, Denver’s premier northeast neighborhood will offer another great benefit to homebuyers: commuter-friendliness.
In October, the Regional Transportation Department (RTD) and Denver Transit Partners were on hand to officially unveil the Central Park Station Park-n-Ride at 8200 Smith Rd. in Stapleton. The event was a big milestone in the journey toward the opening of the East Rail Line that will connect downtown Denver’s Union Station and Denver International Airport, stopping at Central Park Station along the way, beginning in April of 2016.
Commuters will be one obvious beneficiary of the new rail line, but the impact is expected to be wide ranging. At the Park-n-Ride opening event, RTD officials predicted the following benefits for the Stapleton area starting next spring:
- Reduced transportation costs for residents
- Reduced traffic congestion
- More support for local shops and restaurants from people outside the neighborhood
- Greater economic development
- Lowered environmental emissions
Already the nation’s largest urban development, the opening of the East Rail Line should only help spur more growth and create greater demand for Stapleton homes. The neighborhood's population is expected to top the 30,000 mark by 2017.
Talk to the Stapleton Denver Real Estate Experts!
Stacy and Alex Neir -- The Neir Team -- live and work in Stapleton. No one knows local real estate better!
If you are interested in finding out more about what this neighborhood has to offer, take some time to explore the section...
Everyone knows that the holidays are one of the busiest times of year. For some people, they love it. For others, they just want them to be over. There is so much planning, organizing, shopping, whether it’s for turkey or presents, and we sometimes don’t slow down to actually enjoy ourselves.
Living in Stapleton, with all the different people in the 1,000s of homes, lies a lot of opportunity for parties, family get-togethers, dinners, you name it! The community as a whole also offers an array of Stapleton events to help make life a little bit easier during such a crazy time. Let others take care of the plans and logistics for you! You can even get some of your shopping done right in our 29th Ave. Town Center, and other areas within the confines, between our local grocery store and our small boutiques and shops.
One of the most anticipated Stapleton holiday events is the official “Winter Welcome”. A large Christmas tree is lit in the Town Center, there’s music, s’mores for the family, other kid-friendly activities, some early bird shopping, and even a special appearance by a favorite white-bearded man in a red suit. The very fun welcome will be held on Friday, November 22nd starting at 6:00 pm.
Two weeks later, on Friday, December 6th, there will be a showing of the movie Elf, as the official Winter Movie on the Green. With Colorado weather, you and your family and friends could be bundled up on AND under blankets at the outdoor flick, or it...
Some people think that when summer is over, all the fun is over. In Stapleton, they’re just getting started again! Particularly in Denver, Colorado, the residents here know how to maximize the amazing weather they have, truly all year long. The pools may be closed, and school might be back in session, but swimming with friends simply scratches the surface of what Stapleton as a community has to offer.
Stapleton events are for everyone. Whether you’re an individual, a couple or a family and whether you’re young, old or somewhere in between, there is always something to do. People will be out and about all the time, in the parks, on their blocks and up at the many retail areas and restaurants throughout the community.
For what’s happening in Stapleton, there are a million resources one can check, like the many informational websites online, their monthly newspaper called “The Front Porch”, their neighborhood magazine, the amazing new visitor’s center in the Conservatory Green area north of I-70 (did I mention they grow fruits and vegetables there and donate all the food to the lower income housing?!), etc. Events are organized keeping easy planning in mind.
The Stapleton events that are happening the month of September are:
- Friday Night Wine Tastings - Friday, September 6th, The Grape Leaf will be providing an assortment of 90+ rated wines at 6pm at the West Crescent. Tickets are $15 each and include wine samples and a complimentary Govino wine cup. Whole Foods Market - Cherry Creek will be providing cheese and charcuterie plates for the tasting. Tickets may still be purchased at the event for $20 each - cash only. This event is open to everyone ages...
Summer is in full swing and Stapleton events are off and running! With the warmer weather, longer days, and more people out and about, there are dozens of events to choose from almost everyday and that are perfect for the entire family. One of the best perks of this neighborhood is definitely the never-ending list of things to do in Stapleton.
One of Stapleton’s many monthly events kicks off this Friday, June 7th. First Friday Flights is an adult only event featuring an Italian wine tasting. Call up a babysitter and hit the town with fabulous wines from Italy, provided by Whole Foods and the Grape Leaf. This event is a great example of what’s happening in Stapleton that is geared towards a more mature age group. If you are interested, be sure to buy your $15 ticket today, as it is sure to sell out! If this Stapleton event sounds right up your alley, then meet at the West Crescent at 6pm and be sure to come thirsty!
If you are looking for a Stapleton event that is age-appropriate for the entire family, be sure to check out the various entertainment options at the Green. The first is Theater on the Green, featuring the Broadway hit, Hairspray, on June 7th and 8th. This play will be performed a number of times over the summer, so if you miss this weekend’s, do not worry, as it will be back again. Each week, a new movie will be showcased at the Green, including Moonrise Kingdom and To Kill A Mockingbird in June.
Wondering what to do in Stapleton is an easy question to answer. Even with the movies, plays, and wine tasting during the evenings, there are plenty of things to do during the day. A Stapleton favorite, the Farmers Market, opens for the season on June 16th and will come back every Sunday through October. This is an amazing opportunity to...
Despite the freak Colorado weather and the late season snowstorms, summer really is right around the corner! May is a wonderful month with the flowers starting to bloom, the temperature rising, and the increase of people venturing outside. This is more than true in Stapleton, when monthly events kick off and the much anticipate Memorial Day brings with it the opening of the pools and the official start of summer. Stapleton events are creative and fun throughout the year, but after a long winter, the events this month are even more awaited.
One of the perks of the warmer spring months is the ability to spend hours outside, basking in the sun. The Sweet William Market takes advantage of this and brings together vendors of all kinds. It sets up on the Green every last Saturday of the summer months, with its official kick off on Saturday, May 25th. If you cannot decide what to do in Stapleton on this holiday weekend, pack up the family and head down the Green and explore the various treasures and unique fares that are for sale. This is one of the most eagerly anticipated Stapleton events and the wait is finally over.
But arguably some of the best amenities in Stapleton are the four pools, dotted throughout the neighborhood. However, they don’t serve much purpose covered in snow. On Saturday, May 25th, all four pools open for the season in grand style. Every resident knows when this is happening in Stapleton, as music fills...
Stapleton Events in April
Stapleton has a lot of perks that attract all kinds of people to this master neighborhood. Some come for the innovative and designer housing, others like its close proximity to Denver and major circulation corridors, and still others come for the highly ranked schools. But no matter the reason people decide to move to Stapleton, once here, it continues to impress and exceed standards. The community does this in various ways, but one of the most prominent, and fun, is the constant flow of Stapleton events month to month. With parties, grand openings, farmer’s markets, and open-air movies, what to do in Stapleton is a very easy answer.
With the start of April, spring is finally here and the events in Stapleton are picking up pace. On Saturday, April 13th, the Urban Farm is hosting a traditional “Swing Your Sweetheart” barn dance. So dust off those cowboy boots and join this family-friendly event. For a $25 ticket, you’ll get a barbeque dinner and live music to dance the night away to. Stapleton events like this gather the community together and offer the perfect opportunity to show off your best dance moves!
If dancing isn’t your thing, but you still want to participate in what’s happening in Stapleton, the list of events is endless. For those with a greener thumb, help Stapleton United Neighbors and the Stapleton Master Community Association celebrate Arbor Day by planting 30 trees throughout three different Stapleton pocket parks. This initiative will require upwards of 20 volunteers and shovels. If you are interested in helping with the most environmental of all Stapleton events, meet at the Green at 8 am on the last Friday of the month, April 26th. Registered volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch provided...
The Stapleton Control Tower to Receive a Major Facelift
The old Stapleton air traffic control tower has become a permanent feature of the neighborhood’s skyline. For decades, the tower was the heart and soul of Denver’s primary airport, but since the closing of the airport in the late 1990’s, it has sat vacant and dilapidated. But as part of the continuing Stapleton development plans, the Stapleton control tower will now receive a much-deserved renovation.
Stapleton’s largest developer, Forest City, announced its plans to renovate the tower in early February, finally breaking the silence over what to do with this Stapleton icon. They will take on ownership of the tower, and then once renovations are complete, lease the facility back to the Stapleton Master Community Association. It only seems fitting that such an important piece of Stapleton history be used by the community and those living in Stapleton.
Plans for the Stapleton control tower include office space and, potentially, a theater space for a community arts center. This renovation is much needed as the tower is in dire straits. Currently, the tower stands empty and in disarray. Inside, there are holes in the floor and ceiling, as well as bird carcasses, dirt, trash, and flagrant signs of vandalism. However, the structural integrity of the building is still sound and thus, the tower can be saved. For the last few decades, Stapleton development has progressed around the building, yet no mention had been made about what to do with it. Now, the residents living in Stapleton have something to look forward to.
The Forest City team is currently working on a plan to purchase the site, including the tower, by the end of the year from...