Meritage Homes, with bullish view of Northern Colorado, arrives at resort community with golf, lakes

By Mark Samuelson

Meritage Homes, with Colorado’s best production-built energy efficiency package, likes the temperature of the water in Northern Colorado – with a great economic outlook, and buyers that have a special liking for environmental features. Meritage already had three neighborhoods open around Fort Collins (ranked by Forbes as 7th best place in the nation for business) when it unveiled its newest Northern Colorado offering last month: two models including a roomy ranch, for a resort styled-community wrapped around 27 holes of semi-private championship golf, and five large lakes.

Meritage's new ranch in Water Valley Meritage’s new ranch plan in Waer Valley.

Water Valley in Windsor, 15 minutes southeast of Fort Collins and around 45 minutes from Broomfield or Westminster, has amenities that sound more like Florida’s Fort Myers than Fort Collins: water features that average a 20-to-25-foot depth, some of them with sand beaches, and wrapped by 7.5 miles of trail that are slated to connect someday with Fort Collins via the Poudre Trail system. The two golf courses are anchored by the 18-hole Pelican Lakes course with a 4-star rating by Golf Digest — among the top-five semi-private courses in the state, according to Golf Digest.
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In Denver’s hottest neighborhood, six new townhomes are close to restaurants

By Mark Samuelson

You can’t find a hotter neighborhood now than the Berkeley area north of Highlands. When I met Kentwood broker/expert Deviree Vallejo there to preview six new townhomes you’ll tour north of 44th & Tennyson Street, she was already talking with two developers working on projects across the street, and waved to a third driving by.

Berkeley neighborhood along Tennyson Street in Denver.

“You could swing a dead cat from here and hit ten developers,” Vallejo quipped. “People don’t realize what Tennyson has; it’s such a thriving area,” she added as we grabbed a cup at Tenn Street Coffee & Books at 44th, where a fourth developer was sipping at a table nearby. more »

With tank near-empty on inventory, brownstones heading to Golden Triangle

Downtown Denver’s Golden Triangle area south of the new Denver Art Museum is set for a game-changing arrival in 2014 – 17 trendy-looking brownstone townhomes, coming to W. 10th and Bannock Street, just over a half-mile from the 16th Street Mall Shuttle, and much closer to upscale dining and entertainment arriving nearby.

Architect’s rendering of Ten10 Bannock, brownstone townhomes set to arrive in summer 2014.

“The Golden Triangle IS downtown,” says Deviree Vallejo with Kentwood City Properties, who along with Liz Richards launched pre-sales on Ten10 Bannock this week. “We’re going to be priced around $300 per foot; there’s nowhere else where you’ll get that.” more »

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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Front-to-back remodel turns house on Colorado Blvd toward Hilltop surroundings

By Mark Samuelson

What a difference one block makes: If you buy into Denver’s upscale Hilltop neighborhood on Albion Street, you’re looking at the $5s to the $7s even for a smaller, older home that may not have been altered for decades; well beyond for larger, newer plans.


Veteran remodelers David Paige (left) and Gary Emig join their builder Matt Hurley in showing the alley side of 250 Colorado.

That posed a challenge for veteran urban remodelers David Paige and Gary Emig, who bought an aging two-story on busy Colorado Boulevard that had been built back when this was a much quieter street, and set out to flip the home to the alley behind Albion. more »

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