Archive for June, 2009

Denver’s newest school brings a ‘sense of place’ to Green Valley Ranch

By Mark Samuelson

In a week when Forbes Magazine named Denver ‘Best City to Buy a Home’ in the nation, Oakwood Homes is showing you a great place to do just that–Green Valley Ranch, where last week Oakwood CEO Pat Hamill helped officials break ground for Green Valley Ranch’s E-12 campus, an ‘energized platform’ for learning that will blend high-tech with green/sustainable energy features.

E-12 groundbreaking at Green Valley Ranch
Turning the first ground for Green Valley Ranch’s new E-12 Campus are, from left, DPS Operations Director Kelly Leid, Oakwood President and CEO Pat Hamill, former Councilwoman Allegra ‘Happy’ Haynes, School Board Member Kevin Patterson, and Councilman Michael Hancock.

“You’re seeing Green Valley Ranch develop a sense of identity, a sense of place,” says Denver Public Schools’ Operations Director Kelly Leid, who five years ago was with Oakwood when he began work on a vision for E-12…a School of Science and Technology campus (plans call for a laptop for every student), covering all grades, K-12; the first new high school built in Denver in 30 years. more »

As Cherry Creek draws a new wave of upscale shops, NorthCreek reaches for a ‘narrow bandwidth’ of buyer

By Mark Samuelson

Why is Denver being ranked as a national market (perhaps THE market) most likely to lead a real estate recovery? In part for the excitement buyers and developers are finding in the city’s core urban neighborhoods…highlighted by Cherry Creek, where new upscale stores, exclusive restaurants, are emerging right now, this year.

David Steel and Roy Kline at NorthCreek
Developers David Steel (left) and Roy Kline show off the Paris-inspired courtyard of NorthCreek, where residents have their cars valet-parked.

“Everybody’s trying to mimic Cherry Creek,” says Roy Kline of Western Development Group, overseeing the metamorphosis of an entire block of Cherry Creek North into NorthCreek, a medley of residential offerings that have already lured a complement of stores to the street level….including Hermes (famous Paris accessory house that opened in April); Eileen Fisher; Loro Piana, Marmi…all of them either a flagship, or making a singular appearance. more »

As Realtors see appreciation in lowest ranges, Denver becomes the national market likely to come back first

When NBC’s Today Show ran a segment last week projecting Denver as the market with prospects for making the nation’s first comeback from the housing slump, more than a few Realtors were already expecting the news.

Becky Kenny of RE/MAX Professionals in Castle Rock
Becky Kenny of RE/MAX Professionals shows a listing at 179 Satsuma Place in Plum Creek, Castle Rock, priced at $699,000, backing to the Pete Dye-designed golf course.

“We’ve been predicting for six months that we’d begin seeing appreciation in the lowest price ranges, and that the effect would begin creeping into the middle ranges,” says broker Jack O’Connor, a principal owner of the newly combined RE/MAX Professionals. He issues a monthly report to agents on market prospects. more »

Exciting vision of the future…sustainable and attainable…in downtown’s theater district

By Mark Samuelson

Every downtown project comes with a soaring rendering; but you’ll see one today in the theater district that looks every bit as dramatic in real life as the artwork…maybe more so…at very reachable prices.

Spire developer Randy Nichols
Developer Randy Nichols is flanked by Executive Vice President Chris Crosby (left) and Sales Director Andy Hines, from the deck of a 30th floor condo like one modeled in Spire’s virtual tour center.

Everybody has been talking about SPIRE from the moment Realtors were treated to a lavish preview in the Colorado Convention Center, across the street from where the blue-lighted tower heads skyward. Forty-two stories…eye-catching terraced architecture…496 units, 130 of them already reserved as of this weekend…showcased from a virtual displays and strikingly realistic model homes that preview what the real views will look like at terraces above the city. more »