Archive for August, 2013

A 45-minute drive from downtown, solar dream retreat with an amazing view

By Mark Samuelson

Bruce Campbell is a genuine Renaissance man – jetliner captain for United Airlines; architecture degree from CU; skilled woodworker – and not surprisingly, he and wife Julene have designed and built their own 5,245-square-foot Swiss retreat, straight out of Zermatt or Champéry, 30 minutes up 285 from 470.

Bruce and Julene Campbell
Bruce and Julene Campbell show their Swiss-style retreat near Conifer.

“I looked from Boulder to Sedalia,” Campbell recalls of a 2-year hunt for this site; and when you arrive you’ll see why he stopped here. The ground falls away to a stunning panorama of the craggy sentinels in the upper Platte Basin, backstopped by Pikes Peak. more »

Don Friedman, moderate Republican legislator and radio host, dead at 83

Former Colorado State Representative Don Friedman, a fiscal conservative but a moderate on social issues who shaped significant legislation during the 1970s, died Aug. 11 in Englewood. He was 83.

Former Colorado State Representative and radio host Don Friedman
Don Friedman at the KOA microphone.

A third-generation Denverite who lost a narrow race for Congress against Pat Schroeder in 1976, Friedman is remembered as an outspoken 7-term Republican Colorado State Representative (1962-1976) and as a talk radio host on KOA, KIMN, and KTLN. more »

In Aspen’s coveted ‘West End,’ half-block of Forest Service land on auction block

By Mark Samuelson

In 1940, when Aspen was a hamlet waning from its gold rush days, the U.S. Forest Service built a small compound at N. 8th and Smuggler Streets in a neighborhood of old Victorian houses, to manage the surrounding wilderness. Fast-forward 73 years and Aspen’s ‘West End’ comprises some of the priciest real estate in the world: Homes within a block of the Forest Service’s campus are on the market at $2.97 and $3.8 million, two at around $6 million; with signs out at $8 million and $13 million on properties up the street.


Forest Service has five sites for sale from its Aspen campus.

So it’s no small matter that the Forest Service is getting set to take a sizable piece of its block-long site, and sell it by way of GSA’s real property disposal program. On Aug. 27, five sites will be auctioned off – all larger than 6,000-square-foot city lots, one well over a quarter-acre. “The West End has been the most active sales area of Aspen for the last couple of years,” says Brian Hazen with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, one of many agents looking over the opportunity. “It’s showing appreciation where not all areas are; it’s strong and very desirable due to its flavor and location.” more »

Parade at Midtown has a house that could be heated by a blow dryer

By Mark Samuelson

Midtown, the new community by Brookfield Residential, has two reasons to place it at the top of your list of what to see during the Parade of Homes, running through Labor Day. Besides being a new-urban master plan only ten minutes from downtown, it’s the only place to see the very newest concept in energy-efficient/solar design – one that gets a little of its magic from solar energy, but even more from novel energy conservation and heat recovery systems.


Brookfield’s models at Midtown, close to Passive House.

Brookfield’s ‘Passive House’ (it was started too late to be registered as the official Parade home at Midtown, but you can tour it along with several others that are) gets a little of its energy from solar – a 1.2-kilowatt solar electric panel on the roof, and plenty of south-facing windows that bring in sunlight. But its other energy systems are so effective, says Brookfield’s General Manager Perry Cadman, that you could actually heat this home during winter using nothing more than a blow dryer.
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Mid-century modern home was Bobby Rifkin’s Old Cherry Hills pad

By Mark Samuelson

Of the neighborhoods that are time capsules of mid-century modern architecture, none has a more upscale collection of space-age homes than Old Cherry Hills Village, just south of Hampden on S. Dahlia, where Denver agent Sonja Leonard Leonard will give you a look at one of the best you’re ever likely to see: At its swinging peak, it was the pad of Denver nightclub owner Bobby Rifkin.


Sonja Leonard Leonard shows 26 Cherry lane Drive.

If you’re expecting a partied-out interior with a discothèque and maybe a garish indoor swimming pool, that would have been twenty years ago when 26 Cherry Lane Drive had both. That was before recent owners Josh and Danielle Heller gave this sleek interior a very tasteful makeover – one that was right in line with its contemporary architectural origins, with clever built-ins and flashes of color that bring its subtle beauty alive.
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