Archive for August, 2011

Winter Park locals pick off the deals, as Grand Park has only 6 homes left

Developer Clark Lipscomb has Craftsman-styled resort homes with views of the Continental Divide and three ponds brimming with rainbows…seven minutes from the ski lifts at Winter Park. The location is 90 minutes from Coors Field and prices are $300,000 less than they were a few years back…but it’s local property owners from out of state that are getting the deals; not Denverites.

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Developer Clark Lipscomb of Cornerstone Holdings casts into a resident’s pond nearby Grand Park’s first neighborhood, Cozens Meadow in Winter Park.

Lipscomb’s Grand Park resort beside the new Grand Park Rec Center, has three homes closing this week and next; but recent buyers, says Lipscomb, tend to be from California, Washington or back east – people who already own older places in Winter Park and who have watched the market, waiting for the moment to move up. more »

Victorian in Uptown recalls Denver’s earliest restaurant scene, political battle

Inter-Ocean Hotel and People’s Restaurant at 16th and Blake Street could be two hot spots from today’s LoDo scene…or they could be downtown successes from 150 years ago when Lower Downtown was about all there was to Denver.

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Realtor Rebekah Brock shows the Victorian home that early Denver restaurant owner and territorial legislator Barney L. Ford built in Denver’s Uptown.

Barney L. Ford, who grew up as a slave on an antebellum plantation and escaped to freedom, made enough on those and other enterprises to build a 4-bedroom Victorian you can tour by appointment. more »

Bike trail paradise: Grand opening for a model that draws families from downtown

When Emily and Jamie Henkel found they had a baby on the way, they moved from a Cherry Creek condo to Stapleton – but this year they found Solterra, near Red Rocks. “My husband’s really into biking; we missed being closer to the mountains,” says Emily, who’s now readying for a move into a new 4-bedroom home with 3-car garage, in a neighborhood where everybody they meet seems to bike.

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Toll Brothers’ Cynthia Considine shows the model opening at Solterra – master-planned community that blends Tuscan style architecture and prime access to bike trials.

You can peddle over for a look at what they’re getting today as Toll Brothers – a builder with a feel for luxury and intimacy – grand-opens its alluring ‘Bella’ model at Solterra. “This is a biker’s paradise,” says Toll Brothers’ Cynthia Considine, who’s already sold nine homes at Solterra without the benefit of this creative model home, with terrific outdoor living spaces, lavish finishes, and a custom-home sense of arrival, all at a production price (from the mid-$500s). more »

In Golden, prettiest site you’ve ever seen is only 30 minutes from downtown

“I must be the luckiest son of a _____ there ever was.” That’s what Duane Larson recalls thinking in 1997 when he contracted to buy the home site in Bear Tooth Ranch that you’ll see stretched below you from a magnificent custom by architect Karen Keating, available for viewing by appointment.

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Owner Duane Larson (left) and agent Pat McGuire show home in Bear Tooth Ranch.

By 2002, Larson had builder Ken Gray rendering the Keating design into a 7,000-foot main-floor master suite plan, with eye-catching interior, massive Venetian plaster walls and prominent timber construction. But what’ll really get you is the home site. more »

With school starting, Village offers 2 ways into Idyllwilde, Douglas County schools

Aaron and Julie Allina have their first baby on the way…and though they were settled into Denver’s Mayfair neighborhood, they started paying more attention to rave reports they were hearing from friends and internet web sites about Douglas County Schools.

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Now they’re unloading boxes in a new 2,200-square-foot Village home in Idyllwilde, a master-planned community in Parker that’s a little over a mile from Pioneer Elementary and walking distance from Cimarron Middle School, both of them 8-for-10 stars at GreatSchools.org…and closer still to Legend High, 9 stars. more »