Archive for January, 2011

LoDo-style loft in downtown Steamboat; and discounts on luxury homes near lifts

What’s a good sign the downturn in the mountain resort market has about run its course? When locals start picking off the bargains – exactly what luxury builders are reporting now in Steamboat Springs. Scarcely a home has been built there all year – but projects launched three years ago are suddenly getting sales; with locals and Front Range families weighing in.

OlympianSatCoverweb 1-8-11A penthouse loft overlooks Howelsen Hill and the trout-laden Yampa River on one side; trendy new dining and shopping along Steamboat’s Lincoln Avenue main street on the other.

“Steamboat was historically priced better than other luxury areas, and locals understand that the value is there now,” Realtor Angela Ashby of Prudential Steamboat Realty said during a trip around town. She’ll be on hand all this week at one of two open houses that make that point – one offering big, luxurious single-family attached homes at the base mountain; the other, a LoDo style loft that’s surrounded by so many trendy shops and restaurants that it earns a walk-score in the nineties. more »

In LoDo, stage is set for national success, but Realtors will have to wait for crowds

Everything is set for a huge success in Denver’s Lower Downtown — four decades of historic preservation; the big-league sports venues; an amazing nexus of lofts, popular bars and restaurants; and a transportation project in the classic railway station that will put even the international airport within range of a light rail fare.

Union Station projectDenver Union Station Project Authority. Soon-to-be-transformed Union Station in the heart of LoDo has been designed both as a new corporate center and as a multimodal transportation hub that will link to Boulder, DTC and DIA.

The curtain’s going up — but Denver will have to wait a while longer for the opening-night crowd. “The quality is there, but we don’t have the velocity yet; we don’t have the people,” says veteran downtown agent Dee Chirafisi, with Kentwood City Properties. more »

Headed for the Statehouse, John Hickenlooper looks across Denver’s downtown success, to a state that needs jobs

Why, for the first time in 150 years, have Coloradans picked a mayor of Denver to become governor? “Maybe,” suggests John Hickenlooper, “it’s that people realize Denver is something to be proud of.”

Hickenlooper comp 12-29-10Governor-elect John Hickenlooper looks out from his transition office on Lincoln Street, a few blocks from where he’ll move into the Capitol Jan. 11.

After all, during the near-eight years he spent in the City and County Building, the former developer watched the Mile High bask in accolades — picked for the Democratic National Convention; rated sixth-best U.S. city for quality of life (; among the “most sustainable metro areas,” called “a Paris in the West” (Lonely Planet). more »