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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...

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.

CC&Rs

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...

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

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Home Staging: Does it Make a Difference?

Staging WorksHome shoppers often assume they’ll be able to look beyond empty rooms or ugly decor to find the true potential of a property. Unfortunately, in reality, they rarely can.

That’s why new construction builders rely on luxuriously finished model properties to sell buyers on homes that haven’t been built yet. And it’s also why so many real estate agents tell their home seller clients to invest in home staging.

Despite the obvious advantages of providing potential buyers with the visual suggestion of the lifestyle they aspire to, many sellers wonder if home staging really makes a difference. The answer is a resounding yes -- if it’s done right, of course.

Here are some expert home staging tips that are helping Denver home sellers get more money for their homes right now!

1. Curb Appeal

Not sure where you should begin? Sprucing up interiors is a must for any home sellers, but home staging isn’t just about living rooms, dining rooms, and kitchens.

Realistically, home buyers are going to make up their mind about your property within the first 30 seconds of a visit, maybe a minute if you’re lucky. They might even know whether they’ll buy or not as they walk up to the front door. That makes exterior spaces just as important as interiors.

Trim foliage, remove dead plants and old mulch during growing season and add external lighting. That’s an easy DIY home staging action plan to get started with.

2. Know Your Buyer

Targeted staging is the new paradigm. Specific...