As Thanksgiving arrives, top agents carve up record year, are optimistic about 2014

Top real estate agents around Denver have lots to be grateful for as they sit down around the Thanksgiving table. “This is the best year I’ve ever had,” says Ken Caryl Valley specialist Eva Stadelmaier with RE/MAX Professionals, who will be seeing pretty close to $40 million in sales as the year closes.

RE/MAX Professionals agent Jackie Garcia recently recorded the highest sale of a custom home in Parker in recent years.

“People are getting a little nervous now, but those rates are still low, and I see people coming into town from the Midwest and California.” more »

Terrain at Castle Rock is named 2013 ‘Community of the Year’ for Denver area

Denver’s highest award honoring a new home community and its builders has been presented to Terrain, the 1,185-acre master-planned neighborhood wrapped by scenic open space and the Colorado Front Range Trail in Castle Rock.

Terrain at Castle Rock is wrapped in open space.

The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and its Sales & Marketing Council awarded the coveted ‘Community of the Year’ designation for 2013 to Terrain and its developer, Starwood Land Ventures, at its annual MAME Awards dinner last month. The award followed 19 individual finalist awards in new home design and other relevant fields, that judges had given Terrain and its builders for their models and offerings in the community. 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 »

Housing exec Peter Benson appointed Senior Vice President at Koelbel

Veteran Denver housing executive Peter Benson, who has cultivated new products and land acquisitions for a variety of prominent Colorado homebuilding and resort ventures over the past two decades, has been appointed Senior Vice President at venerable Denver-based developer Koelbel and Company.

Peter Benson, Senior Vice President, Koelbel and Company

“This is an experienced professional who’s a perfect fit with this company’s storied history and with where we’re headed in the coming decade,” said Walter ‘Buz’ Koelbel, Jr., President and CEO of Koelbel and Company, in announcing Benson’s appointment. 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 »

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