The Dos and Don’ts For Selling Your Home in Denver
There is no doubt that selling your home in Denver can be a stressful and overwhelming time. From strangers walking through your personal space during showings to constantly trying to keep your home in top shape, the whole process is tiring. But in order to sell your home quickly and as stress-free as possible, there are a few Dos and Don’ts that all sellers should be consciously aware of.
By far the most important piece of advice that all homeowners should listen to when it comes to selling their home is hiring a licensed realtor. Many people think that they can price and sell their home on their own, but this could not be farther from the truth, especially in this volatile market. Using a licensed realtor substantially lowers the liability exposure for the home owner. The Colorado Real Estate Contract is 17 pages long and should be thoroughly explained by an expert broker to avoid unintended legal ramifications. A licensed realtor knows more about selling your home in Denver than anyone else. They know how to price it correctly; they have a huge sphere of connections and contacts that most non-realtors do not; and they have access to comparable homes in the area.
If your house is vacant, stage it! This will not only help with selling your home, but it will also take away a lot of the guess-work buyers go through when it comes to touring a vacant property. Staging generally creates a clean, open, and welcoming environment,...
Capitol Hill Architecture
Many of Denver’s numerous neighborhoods share the same architectural styles. One can find examples of the bungalow from Washington Park to the Highlands, the Denver Square from Cheesman Park to Park Hill. And while some styles are prevalent in a wide range of Denver neighborhoods, each area does offer its own style and atmosphere. This is most true in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. This area houses more historical buildings than any other in the city, making Capitol Hill architecture classically charming, timelessly interesting, and the most eclectic collection in Denver.
Living in Capitol Hill is different for everyone. Some residents may live in the quaint Denver Squares, while others find themselves in Victorian mansions or the American Foursquare. There are many celebrated homes sprinkled throughout this neighborhood that were once owned by historic icons. The infamous home to Titanic’s Molly Brown is a prime example of the Queen Anne style of architecture, a popular and romantic style from the late 1880’s. The Malo Mansion on East 8th Avenue is Denver’s best example of Spanish Colonial revival, with its elaborate details,...
David Weekly Releases Lots in Conservatory Green
David Weekly has announced lot releases in the much anticipated new Central Park neighborhood of Conservatory Green. 66 new sites have been released for both the single family and paired home lines. Model homes are under construction and should be ready to walk through in March to early April.
The Cottage Collection represents a new line of single family homes being offered by David Weekley, priced from the low $300,000 range. They will be nicely appointed 2 story homes ranging from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet. 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans are standard with completion scheduled for August/September.
The Paired Home Collection is a new concept for David Weekly in Central Park’s Conservatory Green. They are offering 3 distinct floor plans priced from the low $300,000. They will be attached ranging from 1,400 to 1,600 square feet with 2 and 3 bedroom plans available. Completion of the Paired collection will mirror the Cottage Collection with delivery scheduled for August/September.
The Conservatory Green neighborhood is situated to the north of I-70 and Northfield Mall. It will build upon the success of the Central Park neighborhood and offer numerous amenities. Walking distance from...
Our Favorite Spot: The Punch Bowl Denver
If you have been out in Denver recently, it is a pretty safe bet that you’ve heard of Denver’s newest hot spot, the Punch Bowl. And if you have not already been there yet, do yourself a favor and go! This warehouse size restaurant and bar has reinvigorated Denver’s nightlife and created a category all its own. One thing is for sure: going and eating out in Denver has never been so fun.
The Punch Bowl Denver is a self-claimed “social club”. Situated in a monumental, 24,000 square foot, warehouse-style building, this new bar literally has something for everyone. Who could have guessed that the building used to be a Big Lots retail store? The interior décor is retro and funky, modern and edgy. Tufted bar stools circle the center bar, while elk antler chandeliers hang overhead. An attention to detail is evident throughout, from the exposed brick to the wall of framed mirrors. But despite all of the trendy décor choices, the main vision of the Punch Bowl Denver is ever clear: entertainment.
It opens everyday at 7 am to serve breakfast and stays open until the darkest evening hours for those looking to stay up late. They offer endless entertainment options, including eight lanes for bowling, ping-pong, marbles tables, shuffleboard, darts, and boards games, just to name a few. During the day, the Punch Bowl Denver facilitates a very family-friendly atmosphere, with...
The Advantages of Home Staging
For many of those selling their homes, staging may seem like a waste of money. Why would you pay someone to set up furniture in a house you just moved out of? It is a valid concern and many homeowners struggle with this decision when it comes time to list their vacant property. But there are numerous benefits to home staging that more than out weigh its costs and can even help you sell your home faster and for more than asking price.
Habitually, human beings are very visual. But that does not mean we do not need a little help. As a homeowner who is selling a house you have lived in for a number of years, you visualize the living room with the furniture that has occupied it previously. But to a buyer who has never seen the living room before, it might look just like a big, empty space. A solid advantage of home staging is helping the buyer visualize the space, and potentially, their life there. A bedroom may seem smaller than it actually is, until a bedroom set is placed in there and the true dimensions of everything come together.
Another powerful advantage of home staging is its appeal to buyers and brokers alike. A broker is more inclined to show a home that is staged because staged homes tend to be cleaner and lack unexpected surprises. Buyers enjoy staged homes because they have a “move-in ready” vibe that empty homes lack. Professional stagers create a peaceful, inviting atmosphere, similar to that of model homes, that appeals to a vast majority of prospective buyers.
Some opponents to home staging may claim that “buyers want to visualize their own furnishings in the space and staging detracts from that”. In reality, a buyer may look at...
Congress Park Architecture and History
The lesser know Congress Park may seem overshadowed by its dominant neighbors: Cheesman Park to the west, City Park to the north, and Cherry Creek to the south, but this classic neighborhood is rich with an interesting history and vibrant Congress Park home styles. This portion of town offers access to the best parts of Denver, while still maintaining its character all its own.
Many of those currently living in Congress Park may not know how it came to be. Back in the mid-1800s, the area now called Cheesman and Congress Parks was a cemetery, called Prospect Hill Cemetery. As Denver did not have strong ties to any one religion, the cemetery was divided into separate areas for each faith, including Christianity, Catholicism, and Judaism. When Denver’s population started to growth rapidly towards the end of the 19th century, the cemetery fell into ruins. In order to meet the demands of the growing housing need, the holy ground was converted to two distinct parks, and neighborhoods began to flourish around them. Another housing boom added to these neighborhoods in the 1940’s, when Denver’s population hit another growth spurt. As evident today, Congress Park architecture has deep roots in this history.
The streets of Congress Park offer a wide variety of architectural styles, ranging from quaint bungalows to classic Victorians, Art Deco apartment buildings to 1960-style high rises. There are Congress Park home styles for every taste. But the Congress Park architecture...
Central Park Westerly Creek Construction
In an exciting announcement made on January 8th, Mayor Hancock confirmed that construction will begin before schedule on the Westerly Creek North open space. The date for commencement was on hold until 2017 when tax funds would become available, but as of early January, the process is underway. This Central Park Westerly Creek construction is exciting news for thousands of residents, as this park will only add to the Central Park open space and create yet another fantastic system of bike and walking paths.
The Central Park green space, located on the northern end of the already existing Westerly Creek area, has some major work planned before it opens to the public. Still owned by Denver International Airport, the open space area will need to undergo environmental remediation before the Central Park Westerly Creek construction can begin. The remediation will remove nontoxic substances from the ground, reaching down to at least four feet under the surface. Drums that were once buried, containing roofing material and asbestos from the 1940s and the 1950s, will be cleanly removed and disposed of. Once all of the material is removed and the excavation sites are refilled with clean backfill, turning the land into a safe Central Park open space can begin.
The eagerly anticipated completion date of the Central Park Westerly Creek construction is 18 months after the remediation is finished, which itself is expected to take upwards of two years. Although this may seem like a long wait, the final product will be more than worth it. This portion of Central Park open space will connect the Sand Creek and Westerly Creek...
Denver’s Glass House: Urban Living at its Finest
With the seemingly overnight growth of LoHi, the eagerly anticipated opening of the Union Station district, and the rising popularity of Riverfront, Denver’s expansion has taken a trendy turn. The neighborhoods north of Downtown have seen massive growth in both construction and development over the past few decades, trying to fit the high demand for Denver luxury condos. And one such luxury residence has stood out among the rest-Denver’s Glass House.
Situated next to the Riverfront Park, just north of Union Station, Denver’s Glass House is a prime example of gorgeous, urban living. Completed in 2007, this monumental glass and steel structure features two towers, both made up of 16 stories sitting on a shared, seven story base. Combined, Glass House is one of the highest in Riverfront’s residential project. This substantial height is the cause for arguably the best element of living in Glass House, the unobstructed, panoramic views of Downtown Denver to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west.
Denver’s Glass House knows how to take care its residents both inside and out of...