Archive for August, 2009

With Sunday’s Outdoor Market at Belmar, a gourmet tour of spacious lofts that overlook shops, dining

By Mark Samuelson

If you’re looking for a luxury urban condominium, you’re looking in downtown. However, you’re probably missing an opportunity in a new kind of downtown created at Belmar…loads of restaurants and attractions six miles west of downtown. Marketers of Plaza Residences know that they have to try a little harder to be noticed…and that’s what they’re doing Sunday, Aug. 30—offering a gourmet open house above the Sunday Outdoor Market at Belmar, with giveaways of $500 and $100 gift certificates.

Kevin Garrett at Plaza Residences overlooking Belmar
Kevin Garrett, Kentwood City Properties, shows a view from penthouse overlooking Belmar.

It was at an event like this that Barry and Holly Kutner discovered Belmar’s charms and bought a big penthouse, a few doors from one you’ll tour. The Kutners weren’t moving from Arvada or Genesee but rather Philadelphia–getting things they like about the big city (including walking to Whole Foods), together with the better access west to the mountains that Belmar can offer. more »

Rendezvous presents a lift chair to Dwight and Jean Miller, 49 years after they launched Ski Idlewild

Winter Park Ski Area had been open for 20 years when Dwight Miller, a development pioneer in the town of Hideaway Park, posed the question whether inexperienced skiers were getting the most from Winter Park’s terrain, or whether they might prefer a beginner-friendly hill where they could improve their skills.

Buz Koelbel and Dwight and Jean Miller
Buz Koelbel, developer of Rendezvous in Winter Park, presents an original lift chair to Dwight and Jean Miller, who opened Ski Idlewild as a beginner ski area in 1960.

On Aug. 26, 2009, some 49 years after Miller opened Ski Idlewild in what is today the resort community of Rendezvous, Walter ‘Buz’ Koelbel, Jr., of Koelbel and Company presented Miller and his wife Jean with a lift chair recovered from the site. The boutique ski area where a generation of skiers, including Buz Koelbel, learned their sport is now part of Rendezvous’ 688-acre expansion area, east of the town of Winter Park. more »

Clint Hurdle will be honored at annual Birdies for Blessings golf tourney, Thursday, Sept. 24 at Inverness

By Mark Samuelson

The annual Birdies for Blessings Golf Tournament, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, at Inverness Golf Club, will feature former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle as master of ceremonies. The tournament is a major fundraiser for the Prestige Miracles Foundation, supporting Denver area families that are battling life threatening illnesses, particularly those involving children.
Kenny, Iacino and OBecky Kenny, left, 2009 chair of Birdies for Blessings tournament at Inverness, is joined by Leeann Iacino and Jack O’Connor, principals in RE/MAX Professionals. RE/MAX agents are major supporters of the event.

Hurdle, who took the Rockies to a National League championship in 2007, has a 7-year-old daughter with Prader-Willi syndrome, a complex genetic disorder that can have lifelong effects. Major supporters of Prestige Miracles Foundation include agents with RE/MAX Professionals, who launched the charity in 2000 on behalf of one agent’s daughter who waged a successful battle with childhood leukemia. The Childrens Hospital Foundation remains a principal beneficiary of the PMF and of Birdies for Blessings, along with individual families needing financial or other support, often identified by agents and their contacts in the community. more »

Solterra, Euro-styled village near Red Rocks, has 34 luxury home sales in 2009

By Mark Samuelson

In a year when the market for new homes should be lackluster all over the state, a European village on a hillside in Jefferson County has 30 sales racked up…at an average price that’s way, way beyond what’s supposed to be selling now: around $846,000.

Solterra builders
Welcoming at Solterra are (from left) Carrol Howard, Wall Custom Homes; Sara Dieringer, Cardel; Lindsay Gannott, Infinity; Mike Copp, custom home sales; Steve Kruse, Infinity; Peggy Marvin, Remington; and Cardell’s Christine Busboom..

You can tour a special open house today at Solterra, east of Red Rocks (it has its own interchange on 470 near Dinosaur Ridge)…with sharp looking homes and patio homes starting way below that average, from $484,900. Four builders and a half dozen custom builders have models to show…including Remington Homes, which opened a new ranch-patio model three weeks ago…had 300 people out the first day, and took five sales. more »

Are older buyers staying in Colorado? Sales at Del Webb’s Anthem say yes.

By Mark Samuelson

Can you really sell people whose kids have flown the coop on the idea of staying in Colorado, rather than retiring to places with cactus and palm trees? You can…and some of the most recent converts want to tell you why Saturday, Aug. 22, at an “island luau” at Anthem Ranch, complete with tropical cocktails.

Anthem Ranch by Del Webb
Anthem Ranch’s Nathan Freeman (left), Mary Kermoade, David Foster and (not shown) Melanie Dube show off one of nine ranches you can tour, along with lavish amenities covered by an HOA dues currently only $148/month.

What they WON’T have to do is convince you that this master-planned community in north Broomfield is pretty enough to attract older buyers (around 40% of them aren’t retired at all, still working). In addition to nine ranch single-family models from the mid $200s, you’ll see gorgeous views of the Indian Peaks, set against nine manicured lakes wrapped by 800 acres of open space and 48 miles of walking/bike trails; along with a spectacular ‘Aspen Lodge’ with indoor/outdoor pools and state-of-the-art fitness center. more »

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