Archive for June, 2008

At Lowry, builder opens patio-ranch plans with solar photovoltaic option

WHERE: Grand opening, Arbors at Lowry by Harvard Communities, ranch-style patio home, solar system free with purchase thru July. From Quebec St. south of First, take Lowry Blvd. east 1 mi. past ball fields and ice rink, to traffic circle, south on Yosemite.

PRICE: From high $400s
WHEN: 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
PHONE: 303-366-2555 WEB:

Builder John Keith was first to bring patio homes to Lowry…first to bring solar homes to Stapleton…and now he’s all by himself once again with a new ranch-style, low-maintenance patio design, and you can see it at a Lowry grand opening.
Harvard Communities

Project Manager Mario Mendoza and Sales Rep Judi Phillips inspect Harvard Communities’ new ranch patio model at Lowry, for today’s opening.

Harvard Communities’ Arbors at Lowry ranks as the only new patio homes being built in the city of Denver today…a design difficult for builders to do, at a time when, despite the slower market, more and more buyers in places like Hilltop and Crestmoor are looking for them.

Keith knows how well patio homes work at Lowry. He created four Harvard enclaves of patio plans in Lowry’s earlier areas and quickly sold out. Harvard’s trendy energy efficiency, meanwhile, grabbed the attention of the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden——and they’re spotlighting Harvard and some large-scale energy companies in a permanent exhibit for the Colorado Convention Center.
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In Winter Park, Brits are finding value…and a style they like, too

While Winter Park works to shed its image as a slightly dated ski town with a bit too much chalet-gingerbread architecture, one market that hasn’t minded are vacationers from the British Isles.

Listing in Pole Creek
An exceptionally snowy winter and the low dollar are adding to the allure of Grand County to purchasers from the British Isles, who have long favored Winter Park.

“Winter Park has always appealed to the British,” says Denise O’Connell, Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties, who was part of a team of local real estate specialists who flew to London several years ago to present at a travel exhibition.

Now, O’Connell’s newest buyers for a custom home in Grand County are British. “They’ve had fabulous packages on Winter Park travel for years,” she says, adding that those opportunities have only become better as United has begun offering London-DIA non-stops in competition with British Airways; and as the dollar’s fall has made a vacation to the U.S. something akin to the way Americans view travel to Mexico.
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Grand Junction takes a breather from fastest growth, but outlook strong

While agents in other parts of the state were marveling at the strong performance posted west of the divide in Colorado River counties of Eagle, Garfield and Mesa last year, brokers in the region’s big town of Grand Junction were noting a slight cooling off…but one that appears as a respite, not a trend.

Custom home on 35 acres

Custom home on 35 acres ten miles southwest of downtown Grand Junction is on market at $1.45 million

“We’re maybe down a little now, but we’ll have a good year,” says Sharon Vaughn, who along with husband Larry are part owners of Coldwell Banker Home Owners Realty in Grand Junction. A major factor fueling recent growth—oil, gas and shale oil production in the region—is likely to keep bringing relocations, including to Grand Junction itself, where some employees are willing to commute 45 minutes up the valley to Parachute near many of the energy industry ventures.
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Looking over Stapleton’s Central Park from a penthouse-styled row home

Where: Stapleton Penthouse Row Homes, by McStain Neighborhoods, three models open, only 7 homes available. Take Martin Luther King east from Quebec into Stapleton, 1/2 mile to Central Park Ave., north past the park one block to 33rd, then east 5 blocks to Xenia, model on corner
Price: From $440s to $590s
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 12-6 Sunday
Contact: 303-399-9799

By Mark Samuelson

McStain Neighborhoods was a “green” builder long before their creative homes became a hit at green-minded Stapleton. Today you can come tour three McStain models designed on a concept so appealing that 80% of them sold out at Stapleton before anybody got a look inside.


McStain’s Brian Karpowich at Penthouse Row Homes

Quite a few of those people purchasing McStain’s Penthouse Row Homes have come from inside Stapleton itself – buyers who are stepping up in size and features, getting closer to the newest parks, while keeping their access to all of the restaurants and shopping.
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