Archive for June, 2010

Neighbors call it ‘Pleasantville’: Oakwood opens a new-urban single-family lifestyle from $179,500

When Kelsie and Levi Rose first laid eyes on Belle Creek after touring new homes in Thornton, it looked to the couple a little like ‘Pleasantville.’ Now, after three years there, “We love it,” Kelsie said, holding new baby daughter Brecken. “It’s the perfect place to raise a family.” She pointed to Belle Creek’s own K-8 charter school, a few blocks from a grand opening by Oakwood Homes that could land your family in pleasant surroundings for $179,500.
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Oakwood’s Dwayne Montoya (left) joins Belle Creek residents Levi and Kelsie Rose and daughter Brecken, close to Family Center, charter school and small town market.

“We watched it for a long time,” said Oakwood’s Sales Director Kristen White, looking out on the trail system that passes close to the ‘Family Center’ with gym and community events, and to Belle Creek’s own Haraf Foods community market. ‘New urban’ neighborhoods generally command higher prices; but when a builder pulled out last year, affordably-oriented Oakwood made a move. more »

In downtown Denver’s historic San Rafael, townhomes claim ‘best view in the city’

“You know,” a writer told Realtor Lindsey Wiseman at a party last month, “everybody claims that they have the best view in the city. But you really DO have the best view in the city.” You can come see that view in a place you’d never find without some help: Denver’s San Rafael Historic District, on the northeast corner of downtown, a few blocks from City Park.
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San Rafael restoration pioneer Jim Wiseman and daughter Lindsey show off six townhomes at 22nd and Emerson. Wiseman’s own historic home is across street.

Lindsey’s dad Jim Wiseman created these six, dazzling townhomes for an area not as well known as Highland or Wash Park. But since the first of the year the small group of buyers that’s seen St. James Row in San Rafael has bought one ($775,000); gone to contract on a second, with a third being written now. more »

With 30 re-sales on acreage, Bell Mountain Ranch has big discounts on bigger views

Bell Mountain Ranch, south of Castle Rock, is at the epicenter of two worlds this summer–maybe the prettiest views in Douglas County, facing west toward the Ramparts and the back ranges; with plenty of buttes and piney forests right inside the neighborhood. Bell Mountain is also the center of a bell curve of luxury home listings that mounted after 2008, when the market turned south. Right now, there are around 30, roughly the same number as last spring; but with realistic sounding prices that put them within striking range of people selling homes under $500,000.
Bell Mountain Ranch
Realtor Joan Pratt with RE/MAX Professionals shows off the stocked trout pond to goes with a walk-out ranch, one of five homes open today in Bell Mountain Ranch.

Realtor Joan Pratt with RE/MAX PRofessionals can show you five houses ranging from $750,000 down to $560,000; just a tad over the half-million mark that’s a rough dividing line between buyer’s and seller’s markets now. “Properties are selling at a faster rate than a year ago,” says Pratt, who lives in and specializes in Bell Mountain Ranch. more »

Contemporary model opening in Stapleton was love at first sight for couple

Rachel and Jeff LePera will have been married exactly two years when they close on their 3,100-sq.-ft. home in Stapleton this week. They filled those months looking at 20 houses in Wash Park and other trendy areas, while Jeff’s Realtor-dad Rick LePera viewed another 80. But you can visit a grand opening of the model that, once they saw it, was love at first sight.
Infinity BalboaRachel and Jeff LePera in Infinity Home Collection’s new Carmel model home at Balboa at Stapleton. The couple will close on their own version of the plan later this week.

“It was a no brainer,” said Rachel LePera, who stopped by the new ‘Carmel’ model in Balboa at Stapleton, that’s become Infinity Home Collection’s fastest selling home. During their home search, the couple made a can’t-do-without checklist: great kitchen, usable outdoor space, finished basement for entertaining, and room for her baby grand piano. She had something else that she shares with many other younger buyers gravitating toward new-urban neighborhoods: a taste for modern, contemporary styling with wide open living spaces. more »

Custom in Denver’s Cory-Merrill area blends with its surroundings

Buyers who want new space in Denver’s popular city neighborhoods generally have to pick between ‘pop-tops’ – homes that have been expanded from venerable brick ranches and bungalows – and ones that were scraped and built anew. The latter rarely match the original neighborhood, and the former rarely work that well as contemporary space; however, that’s not the case with one now on the market.
Susan DiLibertiKentwood agent Susan DiLiberti shows a custom home in Denver’s Cory-Merrill neighborhood near Bonnie Brae, open 2-4 today.

Today you can tour an exception. No. 1325 S. Josephine in Denver’s Cory-Merrill area, north of I-25 and east of University, is a 2005 custom that blends with its block like toast goes with marmalade. more »