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Restaurant Week: Neir Team top picks

Tasty Top Picks for Denver Restaurant Week

Denver Restaurant Week

For us as self-proclaimed foodies, Denver Restaurant Week is the most wonderful time of the year! In case you are not familiar with Denver Restaurant Week, it is happening from now through March 4 and offers special menus at the Mile High City’s top eateries. Multi-course meals are available at three price points: $25, $35 and $45. 

Among participating Denver Restaurant Week establishments, our favorites are listed below.

  • Atelier by Radex: Here you can enjoy French-inspired entrees including Canadian wapiti with black currant demi or roasted poulet with shallots and duxelles. The $45 menu also includes an asparagus and watercress parmentier served with a winter salad and choice of appetizer and dessert. Atelier by Radex follows Chef Cerny’s popular L’Atelier in Boulder – we’re so glad to have a location closer to home.
  • Bar Helix: This swanky bar features an amazing selection of beverages and delicious small plates. For its Denver Restaurant Week menu, Bar Helix is featuring three #soulmatepairing courses for $35. Tip: Consider going early as Bar Helix only accepts reservations for parties of eight or more.
  • Citizen Rail: What we love about Citizen Rail is it dry ages, smokes and cures its meats onsite. For Denver Restaurant Week, entrée selections include New York strip and smoked short rib. You’ll also enjoy two other courses for $35.
  • Colt & Gray: This restaurant also features meaty fare with its $35 menu including carbonara, quail, short rib and cod. Its included appetizers and dessert selection are also sure to hit the spot.
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Stapleton Life: 10 reasons to live here

Central Park Stapleton

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
Stapleton.”

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...

Why investment properties make so much cents!

How to succeed at real estate investment

I was fortunate enough to get into the real estate game early. Much earlier than becoming a broker. I had the good fortune of having Mike Jensen, the Ft Collins real estate mogul, as my roommate in college. Mike was in my ear a lot about investing in real estate. He encouraged me to secure a first-time home buyer loan through a local credit union. I had no credit so my father agreed to co-sign. I bought my first investment property in Fort Collins in 1995 with only $3600. 

This decision kicked off an incredible real estate education through the act of doing. I would like to share my lessons with you.

Lesson 1 - Other peoples monryThe purchase price for the Ft Collins Property was $120,000. The first-time homebuyer program allowed me to purchase the property with a 3% down payment. Therefore my investment came to $3,600 and I used $116,400 of the bank's money to get me into the game.

Investment property 1

I bought the Ft Collins Property to live in but quickly realized it would generate a great deal of cash flow (total rent - mortgage = cash flow). So, I moved out and it became my first investment property. I managed the property for a number of years then hired a management company.

When I graduated college my wife and I moved to Denver and decided to shift my investment...