Archive for September, 2009

Plush ‘new urban’ flats opening at Lowry Town Center really are walking distance to shops, dining, groceries

Ever since ‘new urbanism’ arrived in the 1990s, Denver builders have tried creating new-urban communities–places where most daily needs are walkable. Many of those projects somehow never generate the actual cafes and grocery shopping that buyers want to have close at hand…but today you can tour one that’s everything advertised: shops, coffee, fitness, a pub or two, groceries, all within 2 blocks.

Cate Dobson in Luce
Distinctive Properties’ Cate Dobson shows off a lavishly furnished two-bedroom-plus-study plan at Luce, re-priced for a reopening behind Lowry Town Center.

Luce…pronounced ‘loo-chay’…is right behind Lowry Town Center, so close that you can actually walk into Albertson’s flagship store within three minutes of leaving your door. This is a project that was set to open a year ago but that’s been totally re-priced now, with some homes 25% lower than they were then. more »

In Sunnyside area north of Highlands, landmark home is solid concrete

By Mark Samuelson

Whether or not you’re chasing after something in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood, you’re unlikely to tour any house more fun than one in Sunnyside, north of W. 38th, two blocks east of Federal. Beaux Arts-trained architect Eugene Groves began work in 1935 on a 1-bedroom there, two years before he did Johnson’s Corner gas station on old U.S. 85 near Longmont, saved from a wrecking ball in 2002.

Chuck Murphy
Highlands developer Chuck Murphy of Epic Realty restored this all-concrete landmark by Denver architect Eugene Groves.

This house, which spent the 1980s-1990s sheltering jazz percussionist Marc Bertoni, could have easily met a similar fate. Of 40 buildings Groves created (numbers of landmarks on the CSU campus), only a dozen ever gained historic preservation; and when Mr. Bertoni began ailing, this one wasn’t on the list. “It would have been a historical sin if it had been torn down,” says Highlands developer Chuck Murphy, who spent two years restoring 2733 41st Street for the market, preserving all its quirks. more »

In Curtis Park a few blocks from downtown, townhomes have prices even first-time buyers might afford

By Mark Samuelson

If you’re looking at downtown condos to get something affordable that will qualify for the federal first-time buyer tax credit, there’s something else you ought to look at today: A townhome project, newly completed with green energy features, a six-block walk from downtown, where the very most expensive design is only $349,000.

TraverseNewly completed townhome models at Traverse, 25th and Champa Streets in Curtis Park, are priced from $324,900 to $349,000. Modular construction kept energy performance high, and costs well below other downtown projects.

“You can get a condo for less, but for a downtown townhome, there just aren’t any,” says builder Scott Ray, who showed me his models at Traverse, 25th and Champa in Curtis Park, three blocks from Light Rail. Real townhomes…as in, more room than a condo will deliver at this price (from $324,900), plus a 2-car garage. more »

Solar townhomes at Sloan’s Lake have low cost-per-foot for Highlands area

By Mark Samuelson

Five new, luxury townhomes opening on a site overlooking Sloans Lake will have super-low energy bills and a LEED Gold Standard certification”¦along with something that’s equally difficult to find in Denver’s popular Highlands area: a very low cost-per-square-foot.

Ben Melton
RE/MAX Professionals agent Ben Melton shows off LEED certified townhomes near Sloan’s Lake, each with photovoltaic panels. Each has a cost-per-foot slightly above $200.

According to RE/MAX Professionals broker Ben Melton, exclusive agent for the project, 3-bedroom, 3-bath townhomes at 1544 Zenobia in Denver are priced from $350,000 to $375,000″¦costs per square foot that are just beyond $200. “They’ll be one of the best values in the entire Highlands area, not counting their energy performance and cutting edge solar electric systems,” Melton said. more »

The ‘Great Lawn’ opens at Lowry…becoming one of Denver’s largest parks

By Mark Samuelson

After 15 years that saw Lowry morph from air base to new urban community, you can be there today when the golden spike is set in Lowry’s vast park system: the opening of the Great Lawn, to become one of the largest parks in Denver.
Bishop Machebeuf team at Lowry
The track team from Bishop Machebeuf High School gets a preview workout on The Great Lawn, adjacent to their campus, prior to today’s opening.

The Great Lawn and its adjoining parkland are close to being Denver’s largest park (that honor rests with City Park, 330 acres). By 2010, the park you’ll see today will be linked to the an even larger parcel forming the northern end of the Great Lawn, with trail links into pretty neighborhoods along Sixth Avenue and Crescent Park. Meanwhile, the south end of the Great Lawn, close to its centerpiece amphitheater, is across from Lowry Sports Park with Jackie Robinson Field…and beyond that, 200-acre Common Grounds golf course. Soon, you’ll be able to walk or ride two miles from north to south, through 800 acres, without bumping into a building. more »