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 »

ZEN: At Stapleton’s Conservatory Green, homes Japanese builders had a yen to see

By Mark Samuelson

Which Denver homebuilder has new models so cutting-edge that a team of Japanese builders flew in last month, just to preview them at Stapleton? Not some big national builder, but rather Denver’s own New Town Builders – with a grand opening this weekend that’s so revolutionary, you could save a sizable chunk of a kid’s college education over the life of your mortgage, just in the saved energy.

New Town Builders’ Gene Myers (center) and his team at the ZEN models, opening this weekend. From left, Bill Gleeson, Bill Rectanus, Kipp Grange and Susan Elovitz.

New Town’s ZEN (Zero-Energy Now) models at Stapleton are good looking, too – and although you’ll get one of the first chances to see them finished, 12 designs have already pre-sold to families in Stapleton’s new Conservatory Green neighborhood (north of I-70 at Central Park Boulevard) before tomorrow’s formal opening. more »

Pathfinder Partners, Bruckal Properties, give jet-age update to ’60s apt tower

San Diego-based Pathfinder Partners, LLC, and Canadian-based Bruckal Properties, Inc., specialists in commercial acquisitions and asset management, have given a $1.7 million makeover to a landmark mid-century modern apartment tower on S. Colorado Boulevard between Colorado Center and University Hills Shopping Center. The Wellshire, a 12-story apartment at 2499 S. Colorado, was created in 1962 when its steel/concrete architecture was trend-setting, but had subsequently lost that luster over following decades.

Wellshire’s bold makeover in colors reminiscent of its jet-age design.

Now Wellshire once again has the jet-age flair of its maiden flight – detailed in a period palette of iridescent reds-over-sea-greys and greens – colors that buyers and renters see in some trendy loft projects in the urban core. more »

Infinity reaches for an emerging luxury market at Stapleton with four models opening at Conservatory Green

By Mark Samuelson

How quickly are buyers gravitating to Stapleton’s new Conservatory Green neighborhood? Imagine this: Even before today’s grand opening by Infinity Home Collection of four model homes comprising the two most expensive collections yet ventured at Conservatory Green, they already have two dozen sales. And more of those buyers have gone for the most expensive models (from the $660s) than for the more moderate-priced ones (from the $560s).

Infinity’s newest series of models at Conservatory Green, Stapleton.

The only one NOT surprised by that is Infinity builder Dave Steinke, now opening his fourth generation of Stapleton designs — each series gradually trending toward more space, more luxury. more »

Good time to see Midtown’s master plan, minutes from downtown from $290s

With both of its builders’ models open and nine sales already on the books, this is the time to see Midtown, the new-urban master plan taking shape just ten minutes northwest of LoDo, off Pecos Street between U.S. 36 and I-76. “You’re not going to see homes like this anywhere else in Denver,” says Lindsay Esparza, who’ll join Felicia Smith in showing you Brookfield Homes’ three models.

Brookfield’s Lindsay Esparza (left) and Felicia Smith beside ‘Residence 2’ model.

A couple of years from now it will be the Light Rail and the amenities that lure buyers to Midtown; but right now it’s the single-family home value — starting with a model that delivers just under 2,200 square feet of finished space, basement and 2-car attached garage included, for $347,000. more »

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