Meritage Homes, with bullish view of Northern Colorado, arrives at resort community with golf, lakes

By Mark Samuelson

Meritage Homes, with Colorado’s best production-built energy efficiency package, likes the temperature of the water in Northern Colorado – with a great economic outlook, and buyers that have a special liking for environmental features. Meritage already had three neighborhoods open around Fort Collins (ranked by Forbes as 7th best place in the nation for business) when it unveiled its newest Northern Colorado offering last month: two models including a roomy ranch, for a resort styled-community wrapped around 27 holes of semi-private championship golf, and five large lakes.

Meritage's new ranch in Water Valley Meritage’s new ranch plan in Waer Valley.

Water Valley in Windsor, 15 minutes southeast of Fort Collins and around 45 minutes from Broomfield or Westminster, has amenities that sound more like Florida’s Fort Myers than Fort Collins: water features that average a 20-to-25-foot depth, some of them with sand beaches, and wrapped by 7.5 miles of trail that are slated to connect someday with Fort Collins via the Poudre Trail system. The two golf courses are anchored by the 18-hole Pelican Lakes course with a 4-star rating by Golf Digest — among the top-five semi-private courses in the state, according to Golf Digest.
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In Denver’s hottest neighborhood, six new townhomes are close to restaurants

By Mark Samuelson

You can’t find a hotter neighborhood now than the Berkeley area north of Highlands. When I met Kentwood broker/expert Deviree Vallejo there to preview six new townhomes you’ll tour north of 44th & Tennyson Street, she was already talking with two developers working on projects across the street, and waved to a third driving by.

Berkeley neighborhood along Tennyson Street in Denver.

“You could swing a dead cat from here and hit ten developers,” Vallejo quipped. “People don’t realize what Tennyson has; it’s such a thriving area,” she added as we grabbed a cup at Tenn Street Coffee & Books at 44th, where a fourth developer was sipping at a table nearby. more »

With tank near-empty on inventory, brownstones heading to Golden Triangle

Downtown Denver’s Golden Triangle area south of the new Denver Art Museum is set for a game-changing arrival in 2014 – 17 trendy-looking brownstone townhomes, coming to W. 10th and Bannock Street, just over a half-mile from the 16th Street Mall Shuttle, and much closer to upscale dining and entertainment arriving nearby.

Architect’s rendering of Ten10 Bannock, brownstone townhomes set to arrive in summer 2014.

“The Golden Triangle IS downtown,” says Deviree Vallejo with Kentwood City Properties, who along with Liz Richards launched pre-sales on Ten10 Bannock this week. “We’re going to be priced around $300 per foot; there’s nowhere else where you’ll get that.” more »

$399,000 for townhome near Highlands? Edgy designs near Sloan’s Lake will have rooftop decks

At a time when low inventory in Highlands, LoDo and other downtown satellites is driving younger buyers out of the market, Kentwood City Properties agent Deviree Vallejo has an eye-opening release coming on line today: A pre-sale of 12 edgy townhomes that will be two blocks from Sloan’s Lake Park … a little over a mile from Restaurant Row in Highland Square.

Artist’s rendering of Park Place XII.

Park Place XII will be fee-simple townhomes, Vallejo notes: 1,389 to 1,673 square feet of finished space, where you get a 2-car attached garage and own the ground below you (a much simpler association structure than condos have, with minimal HOA fees). The site at W. 17th Avenue and King Street, just east of where old St. Anthony’s Hospital has been torn down in a major redevelopment project, has so much going for it that it could become its own nucleus, rather than merely a neighborhood in Highlands’ shadow. more »

As Thanksgiving arrives, top agents carve up record year, are optimistic about 2014

Top real estate agents around Denver have lots to be grateful for as they sit down around the Thanksgiving table. “This is the best year I’ve ever had,” says Ken Caryl Valley specialist Eva Stadelmaier with RE/MAX Professionals, who will be seeing pretty close to $40 million in sales as the year closes.

RE/MAX Professionals agent Jackie Garcia recently recorded the highest sale of a custom home in Parker in recent years.

“People are getting a little nervous now, but those rates are still low, and I see people coming into town from the Midwest and California.” more »