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Been Busy! Sold Sold Sold The Perfect Home Vacation
Marni Jameson, The Denver Post 6-14-07
Most Americans plan to stay home this summer instead of going on a vacation. If you’re one of them here’s a guide to “vacationing on premises.” Take dedicated time off and don’t feel guilty. Star t clean and end clean. If you don’t have a housekeeper, use the money you will save staying home to pay someone to thoroughly clean your house. Then don’t lift a finger. When your home vacation is over, have the personal back to clean again. Unplug. Turn off the cellphone, BlackBerry and laptop. Pretend you’re unreachable.
Client‘s of the Month This month’s client’s of the month are Kevin Betz & Gary Mulder. If they see their names here and call Kelli at (303) 322-2210 they will receive a gift certificate for $50 from Kona Grill in Cherry Creek.
Make your home a resort. Outside, create an outdoor room with chairs oriented toward the best view, comfy cussions and an umbrella. Move potted plants around to create outdoor walls. Add a little music, set up a mini bar and put a paper parasol in your drink. Inside, turn your bathroom into a spa with scented candles, nice bath salts and loofa sponges. Hire a masseuse to come to the house for that little something extra!
Watch for your name here in coming months.
Stay our late on a weeknight. If you normally don’t stay out weeknights because you have to work or school the next day, break out and get weeknight theatre tickets, or let the kids close down the amusement park on a Tuesday. Take day trips. Do what tourists do when they travel to Colorado. Go to the Zoo, Botanic Gardens, Denver’s beautiful Art Museum, a Rockies game, Pikes Peak, the Sand Dunes, Estes Park or countless other beautiful and enjoyable options. Enjoy the fact that this summer, you’ll have no bag to pack and lug, no airport hassles, no jet lag, no reservations to book, no itineraries to plan, no hotel expense, no dog and plat sitter to hire and few but bites. 2
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A NOTE FROM
Curb Appeal Can Lead
to a Faster Sale
Dear Friends & Neighbors... Although we’ve all been taught that it’s neither wise nor fair to judge a book by its cover, the truth is that’s exactly what potential homebuyers do when they catch a first glimpse of your home. I have seen homes that are spectacular on the inside languish on the market because the owners have neglected to pay close attention to one vital aspect of their property: curb appeal. Curb appeal is vital to any home’s chances for a successful and speedy sale, especially in a competitive market. Buyers absolutely need to be wowed by their first impression of your home…or they may never get out of the car to see what’s beyond the front door. As homeowners, we all become accustomed to the way our home looks, including the little things that once bothered us, but that we no longer even notice. Maybe you replaced a few broken steppingstones last spring and left the old ones sitting by the side of the house…and maybe they’re still there. Perhaps your front door has an area where the paint is peeling, and the pots of petunias at your entryway have wilted in the heat. The best way to see your home anew is simple: Go across the street, turn around and take a good look from a buyer’s point of view. Your home should say “Welcome” at the very least and “You’re going to love me” ideally. Here are some suggestions for creating curb appeal, from no-cost, simple steps that require nothing more than a few hours of your time to those that are more involved and more costly. When considering these ideas, keep in mind that any improvement to your home’s appearance will also enhance your enjoyment of living there and add to your home’s value. • Paint your front door a rich, inviting color like red, charcoal or chocolate brown. Add a new screen, new hardware and shiny new kick plates. If the bottom half of your security door is smudged with sniff marks from your dog, wash it until it sparkles. • Place pots of healthy, colorful flowers near your entryway and add an inviting café table and chairs or a porch swing. • Keep your lawn neatly mowed, edged, watered and free of weeds. If your lawn is beyond help, invest in new grass seed or sod. • Trim overgrown bushes and remove any dead or sickly shrubs, trees and flowers. • Pick up toys and bikes and store them out of sight before a showing. • Hide ugly trashcans, and make sure your yard is devoid of pet waste. • Replace burned-out exterior bulbs or, if your budget allows, purchase new light fixtures for the porch and garage. • Stain your faded deck so it looks fresh and new. • Repair any broken fencing and paint or stain the entire fence if it is fading or peeling. • Repair or replace a cracked sidewalk or driveway. In addition to these basic exterior improvements, you’ll find some fabulous ideas in this issue for transforming your home’s outdoor space into a real showstopper. I hope you have the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy these lazy days of summer, whether outside or inside. And if you’re in the market to buy or sell a home this summer or fall, please give us a call. With interest rates on the rise, now is the time to start looking for your next dream home. Stay cool,
Colorado Among Top 10 FastestGrowing Economies Six of the nation’s 10 fastestgrowing state economies last year were located in the Rocky Mountain West. Idaho and Utah were the leaders, with inflationadjusted economic growth rates above 7 percent, more than double the U.S. average of 3.4 percent. Colorado’s economy managed to grow 4.9 percent in 2006, giving it the eighth-strongest rate of growth in the nation. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, The Denver Post)
Denver and the Southwest Luring People and Companies More and more people are moving to the Southwestern United States – including metropolitan Denver – for a better quality of life, and companies are following in their quest for an educated workforce. This trend will make the Southwest the leader in U.S. population growth through the year 2020, according to a report by NAI Global. Denver is already reaping the benefits of this popularity, with our commercial real estate market tightening, vacancies dropping and rents moving up.
Next Time You Mow, Try a Green Machine A two-stroke, gasoline-powered lawn mower releases as many hydrocarbons into the atmosphere in 30 minutes as a car does in 90 minutes. An electric mower is a greener choice that costs just $8-$10 a year to operate – or try a push mower that costs nothing more than a little legwork. (Source: HGTV) Summer 2007
222 C OOK S TREEET
C HERRY C REEK
How-To Videos for Tool Lovers The DIY Network has launched an Internet video channel dedicated to innovative devices that encourage do-it-yourselfers to cut, hammer or drill to their heart’s content. “DIY Tools” — now available at www.diynetwork.com/tool s — allows users to access a video library about the latest gizmos, how to use them and for what projects. The website breaks its content into seven categories: hand tools, drills and routers, hammers and saws, finishing tools, measures and levels, specialty items and workshop tips. Each category includes 10 to 25 informational videos highlighting how-tos and insider tips.
Magnificent New Custom Home
WOW - Location, Location, Location! This magnificent new custom home by Devencor is located in the Heart of Cherry Creek North - close to neighborhood shopping & dining! Special features include: Amazing Floorplan boasting Unsurpassed Style & Elegance, Stunning Appointments, Gorgeous Woodwork, Extraordinary Details and Beautiful Outdoor Spaces; Grand Foyer with Natural Stone; Exquisite Formal Living Room with Gas fireplace and Built-ins; Elegant Formal Dining Room with French doors opening to an oversized South facing private patio (perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing); Gourmet Irpinia Kitchen (with center island, top-of-the-line appliances, large breakfast nook with patio access, walk-in pantry and Butler's pantry) adjacent to a Welcoming Family room with Gas fireplace and custom Media area; Luxurious Master Suite (with vaulted ceiling, private balcony, gas fireplace, built-ins, 5 piece bath, steam shower and huge walk-in closet) plus two 2nd floor Secondary bedrooms (each with vaulted ceiling, private bath & walk-in closet); Convenient 2nd floor Study/Retreat; Fabulous Finished Basement (with Enormous Entertainment room, Wet Bar; Private Guest Suite; Theater room, Workout room, Custom Wine Cellar and Storage/Mechanical room); Other special features include: Crown Molding, Art Niche; Elevator to all levels; 2 main floor Powder rooms; 10 foot ceilings; Sparkling Hardwood floors; Convenient 2nd floor laundry room; 3 car attached heated Garage with secondary access to the basement Storage/workshop/hobby area and much, much more!
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Cherry Creek & Lowry
411 C OOK S TREET $2,999,000 C HERRY C REEK
415 C OOK S TREET $2,795,000 C HERRY C REEK
Exquisite Details Fabulous Floorplan Cherry Creek Corner Lot Irpinia Gourmet Kitchen Elevator Theatre Room & Wine Cellar Fabulous finished basement ~7,700 Total sq.ft. Light and Bright!
Tuscan Villa in Cherry Creek Gourmet Irpinia Kitchen Amazing Outdoor Patio Elevator Entertainment Room Theatre Room Huge Finished Basement ~7,500 total sq.ft. Stunning Appointments
908 S YRACUSE S TREET $718,000 L OWRY
Donâ€™t Miss These Exciting Home & Garden Tours Check out these upcoming home and garden tours for some of the best outdoor-living examples in the region: The Parade of Homes July 28 - September 3 Southshore in Aurora (near Aurora Reservoir) Information: www.ParadeOfHomesDen ver.com or 303-778-1400 Ninth Annual Parade of Ponds August 25 & 26 More than 50 ponds and water gardens in the South metro area. Information: www.BRDLand scape.com or 303-660-5015 West Washington Park Home Tour September 8 Eight homes in the West Wash Park area Information: www.wwpna.org or 303-882-0631 Park Hill Home Tour September 30 Seven homes in Park Hill Information: 303-355-4492
Wonderful Master Suite
Light and bright, yet modern and comfortable, this fabulous home provides the perfect retreat! Special features include: Convenient main floor study with French door entrance; Gorgeous formal dining room; Gourmet kitchen will stainless appliances, slab granite, breakfast bar, center island with cooktop and a large breakfast nook; Spacious family room (open to the kitchen) boasting a flat screen TV (with wall mount bracket), gas fireplace, built-in entertainment area, display niches and great view of the backyard; Half bath with pedestal sink; Wonderful Master suite with double door entry, dual walk-in closets, sitting area and a luxury 5 piece bath; Bedroom 2 with a private full bath; Bedrooms 3 & 4, 4 piece bath; Large, open basement; Large brick paver patio (perfect for entertaining). Other special features include: Wood floors; Designer paint; Ceiling fans, Main floor laundry; Attached 2 car garage with alley access and much, much more!
Boulder Tour of Solar and Green Built Homes September 30 14 homes in Boulder County Information: www.conservationcenter.org or 303-441-3278, ext. 24 Tour of Solar Homes October 6 10 to 15 homes in Denver Information: 303-806-5317
119 J ACKSON S TREET $939,000 C HERRY C REEK
Fast Denver Facts • Denver-Aurora is the nation’s 26th-largest metropolitan area, with about 2.4 million people. • Denver has the 10thlargest downtown district in the nation. • The median age in metropolitan Denver is 33, and 66 percent of the population is between 18 and 65 years old. • Denver-Aurora is second only to Washington, DC in government presence. (Source: NAI Global)
Sensational design with grand finishes and timeless style combine to create a fabulous retreat. Situated in desirable Cherry Creek North, this stunning townhome provides the perfect balance of comfort and convenience. Special features include: Fabulous circular stairway with custom iron railing; Spacious formal Dining Room; Beautiful living room with gas fireplace and access to the front stamped concrete patio; Amazing gourmet kitchen with all appliances (Thermador, Dacor and Bosch), slab granite, and center island with breakfast bar; Warm and welcoming Family room (with sliding glass doors to an oversized patio) which boasts a built-in entertainment area & gas fireplace; West facing study with custom built-ins; Spectacular master suite with vaulted ceilings, dual walk-in closets, and luxury 5 piece bath (complete with jetted tub & travertine tile); 2nd bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath; Incredible finished basement with 3rd bedroom, huge Rec/Theater room, exercise room & laundry. Other features include wood floors, crown molding, 8 foot doors, and glorious outdoor patios, art niches, central A/C and much more!
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Hilltop & Mayfair
390 S OUTH H UDSON S TREET #2 $595,000 H ILLTOP
Free Tai Chi Classes and Fitness Walks
Located in desirable Hilltop - only blocks to neighborhood parks, Lowry & the Cherry Creek Shopping District, this beautifully designed home offers the convenience of townhome living + the perfect "flexible" floorplan! Impeccably maintained and inviting patio home! Open & airy yet charming & comfortable ... Special features include: Fabulous central location (close to everything); Dramatic 2-story foyer; Formal living room with bay window & vaulted ceiling; Two story formal dining room, Spacious kitchen with all appliances, breakfast bar & breakfast nook; Cozy family room with gas burning fireplace opening to a private courtyard patio (perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing); Delightfully bright & open master suite with vaulted ceiling, large walk-in closet, 5 piece bath with soaking tub, and private access to study/bedroom; Nice size secondary bedroom; Convenient main floor laundry/mud room; 2 Car attached Garage; Finished basement includes; Exercise Room, Spacious Recreation /Media Room, 2 secondary bedrooms, 4 piece bath, and mechanical room. Other features include; Hardwood flooring; Skylights, Planters ledge, Central A/C; Security System, New roof, & much more!
Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and the positive mental and physical benefits of tai chi amidst the beauty of the Denver Botanic Gardens. Free tai chi classes are held every Tuesday from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. (no class July 3) at 1005 York Street. The AARP also sponsors free fitness walks every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.botanicgardens.org or call 720865-3500.
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1345 N IAGARA S TREET $279,900 M AYFAIR
Cute, cute, cute! Light and bright, yet warm and inviting, this charming home is full of character and boasts many special features: Great "Central Denver" location; Wonderful, spacious living room with coved ceilings, wood burning fireplace, gleaming wood floors and custom accent lighting; Nice size dining room with wood floors; Delightful kitchen with all appliances, modern track lighting and updated hardware; Master bedroom overlooking the backyard with crown molding and designer paint; Updated full bath; Good size secondary bedroom with trim detailing, designer paint and views of the backyard; Convenient study (could easily be a third bedroom) just off the kitchen with lots of light and it's own private entrance; Nicely renovated mudroom with track lighting, tile floors, a brand new half bath, pantry and access to the backyard; Unfinished basement with lots of potential and much more! Summer 2007
Outdoor Living: Summer’s Number One Trend
ast year, when the American Institute of Architects released the results of its annual survey on home-design trends, almost two-thirds of the architects surveyed reported an increase in demand for outdoor living spaces, including outdoor kitchens, patios and decks — a dramatic increase from the previous year.
The popularity of outdoor cooking and entertaining — and the creation of spaces specifically designed for those purposes — is huge and growing. “The home is increasingly becoming a destination place,” says Linda Hanford, marketing manager for Toll Brothers, a luxury homebuilder based in Arizona. According to Hanford, instead of long family getaways, many homeowners are investing more money in their own backyards. In fact, Toll Brothers’ homes now include options for front-yard courtyards, backyard pizza kitchens and outdoor entertainment centers. Hanford says demand is increasing for outdoor spaces that create an escape from everyday life without actually leaving home. Backyards have become multipurpose outdoor rooms, and homeowners are styling their outdoor spaces similar to their interior ones. Let’s take a look at some trends in outdoor living that you may want to incorporate into your own home.
An Overall Plan Although starting from scratch with new-home construction may be the ideal way to create an outdoor oasis, you can still carve out a great outdoor “room” by approaching it a lot like you would an indoor room. When planning your outdoor space, invest in a thoughtful and coordinated placement of decks, equipment, furnishings, accessories and plantings to create an attractive, functional whole rather than a random collection of items such as a fire pit here and a waterfall there. Ask yourself the following questions during the planning process: • Will the space be used for casual family dining on weekdays, for weekend parties, or both? • Will you prepare and serve your food inside or outside? • Will you use caterers that require outdoor refrigeration, ice machines and space for food storage? • Do you want to use the room year-round? • Will your design interfere with your neighbors’ space and/or privacy?
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Flooring For all-weather durability, consider deck material, brick, flagstone, concrete or granite pavers as outdoor flooring material. Stamped concrete or cement is prone to crack more quickly due to Colorado’s shifting soils. These days, you can also find fabulous outdoor floor coverings and area rugs specially treated to be water- and stain-proof. Thanks to 21stcentury technology, you can choose from a wide selection of rugs that provide comfort and beauty while boasting weather resistance and fade resistance in styles that complement the long-lasting fabrics used in today’s outdoor furniture.
Outdoor Furniture Good news: Outdoor furniture is getting a lot fancier and a lot more comfortable. You’ll find pieces in a myriad of styles, from country chic to sleek and modern, all made to stand up to the elements. Roomy chairs and loveseats, daybeds, and stylish dining and lounge sets are just a few of the possibilities. Today’s homeowners are experimenting with color and design for an individual look that reflects their character. Here are just a few of the current trends in outdoor furniture: • Lots of chocolate browns and stark whites, as well as bright primary shades of orange, green and blue. • Clean, streamlined shapes in uncomplicated designs that complement the landscape. • Roomy pieces such as three-seat sofas, dining sets with six to eight pieces, and deep-seating lounging units with oversized club chairs create conversational groupings that invite lingering.
Outdoor Kitchens The increased demand for outdoor kitchens is a natural extension of our passions for gardening, cooking and entertaining. No longer is the lonely charcoal or gas grill sufficient for many homeowners. Some now want an outdoor kitchen that is the equivalent of its indoor counterpart, with all the bells and whistles: fireplace, fire pit, waterfall, hot tub, pop-up plasma TV, gas grill, gas oven with hood, outdoor wok, rotisserie, smoker, refrigerator, sink, icemaker, wine cooler, warming drawer and plenty of counter space to prep, cook and serve. While the outdoor kitchen concept probably started in California where year-round warm weather is conducive to the outdoor lifestyle, homeowners from Vermont to Colorado seem willing to carve a path through the snow to be able to grill year-round. Here’s a quick survey that will help determine whether an outdoor kitchen is right for you (several “yes” answers indicate you’re probably a good candidate): • You grill often or in large amounts and are looking for ways to streamline the process. • You frequently invite guests for a cookout, and everyone ends up huddled around you on the patio, socializing as they watch you cook. • You have a little-used deck or patio that you would like to incorporate into your daily life. • You would like to move beyond burgers and steaks and cook more elaborate dishes using the outdoor grill. • Cooking in the summertime heats up your house so much that the air conditioning can’t keep up. Want to know more about current products and suggestions for outdoor kitchens? You can find an extended array of the latest equipment and accessories from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association at www.hpba.org. Summer 2007
As part of Mayor Hickenlooper’s initiative, more than 2,400 volunteers planted 7,000 trees in seven days during the week between Earth Day and Arbor Day. Swimming Pools
Nothing looks as inviting on a scorching summer day as a turquoise-blue swimming pool beckoning in the back yard. Yet there are many conflicting points of view when it comes to swimming pools and resale value. Some say that swimming pools are an out-of-date amenity that potential buyers shy away from, while others argue that they are a necessity, especially when it comes to homes in upscale areas. If no one in your neighborhood has a pool, chances are you won’t recoup the cost of adding one when you sell. On the other hand, when you add a pool to a large property in a wealthy neighborhood, chances are good that the investment will pay off. Homebuyers in upscale neighborhoods often expect every amenity imaginable, so if your house doesn’t have a pool and every other home in the neighborhood does, you might be in trouble when it comes time to sell. The bottom line: If you want a swimming pool, buy a home with a pool for your own enjoyment, not as an investment.
Mature landscaping not only adds beauty to your home; it can also add to your property value. A recent study indicated that trees added $9,500, or more than 18 percent, to the average sale price of a residence in a suburb of Rochester, New York. Other studies show that property values of homes with trees increase by 5 percent to 15 percent when compared to properties without trees (depending on species, maturity, quantity and location). In addition, a U.S. Department of Energy study reports that trees reduce noise pollution by acting as a buffer and absorbing 50 percent of urban noise, and a Texas A&M study revealed that trees help create relaxation and well being. So what’s not to love about trees? Nothing, especially if you’re Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. His plan to plant 1 million trees in the Denver area by the year 2025 will create an influx of canopy in the metro area that will increase the amount of shade by 18 percent. This increased shade will help decrease the amount of energy needed to run air conditioners and increase the amount of oxygen in the area while reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the air. As part of Mayor Hickenlooper’s initiative, more than 2,400 volunteers planted 7,000 trees in seven days during the week between Earth Day and Arbor Day (April 21-28, 2007). Metro-area residents are encouraged to plant Colorado-friendly trees that are adapted to our semiarid climate and will not use too much water. Homeowners are also encouraged to plant trees on the south side of the house and to avoid power lines. For more information and a list of tree-care resources, visit www.greenprintdenver.org/trees. Extending your living space to include the great outdoors makes perfect sense here in beautiful Colorado. As always, my team can help you find a home that combines the best of all worlds — simply give us a call.
Five Steps for Planning the Perfect Summer Party 1. Make a schedule with deadlines for party-related shopping, housecleaning and errands…and stick to it. 2. Hire trained helpers from a local culinary school to assist with cooking prep, service and clean up. 3. Create a fun goody bag containing a list of the wines poured at your party, a CD with a copy of the music you spin, a fun wine-bottle stopper, etc. 4. Head to your local farmer’s market for quick appetizers: cheese, fresh-baked bread, dips, just-picked fruits and veggies and other goodies. 5. Take 15 minutes to relax and admire your handiwork before guests arrive! (Source: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles) 10
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Hilltop & Crestmoor Park
225 S OUTH E LM S TREET $2,650,000 H ILLTOP
“Working Triangle” Out of Vogue in Kitchens What’s one of the biggest kitchen design mistakes you can make? Laying out your kitchen in the dated “working triangle” format, according to Philadelphia-based kitchen designer Dave Stimmel, whose Stimmel Consulting group has won numerous awards from Kitchen & Bath Business magazine.
Stunning hipped and gabled rooflines topped with cupolas accentuate the grandness of this European manor house. A lovely entry terrace is accessible from the library and the formal dining hall and is a treat for guests who want to take some air. A first-floor guest room is provided double French doors to the rear terrace and features a full bath. The great room shows off its artful ceiling treatment, twin sets of double French doors to the rear terrace, a stunning fireplace, and built-in cabinetry. The home's masterpieces are its gourmet kitchen and master suite. Island workspace, a walk-in pantry, adjoining breakfast bay, grilling porch, open family room with fireplace, and a planning office create a spectacular lifestyle hub for family and friends. Sumptuous comforts and thoughtful design set this master suite apart. A large main room features a private balcony, morning kitchen, and built-ins. The master sitting chamber entices with a fireplace and double-door entry. Abundant storage is provided in the walk-in closet. The master bath features a garden tub, steam shower, and linen closet. The second floor also houses three additional bedrooms and two full baths; convenient laundry facility and loft area. The lower level continues the grand theme with 11 foot ceilings entering to an enormous entertainment room complete with circular wet bar and backed with a wine cellar. The home theatre creates a cozy private viewing area. The lower level also has the 6th bedroom and full bath and kitchenette, laundry room, game room, billiards room, storage room, 1/2 bath and walk-in vault. Notable building items are, radiant heat, wood floors and much more.
The “working triangle” philosophy of the refrigerator/sink/range was “developed in the 1950s to sell cabinetry,” Stimmel claims. “It’s not apropos for this day and age.” Stimmel says that in today’s large kitchens, the design that works best is “stations” — a station for clean up, a station for food storage, a station for cooking, etc. “You can’t have a triangle in a 25-by-40-foot room,” he adds.
Couples: Take This Design Compatibility Quiz Attention all couples: Do you have a match made in design heaven…or some place hotter? Take the Design Compatibility Quiz at www.hgtv.com to find out! This short quiz will help you determine whether your roommate is really your design soul mate or just your housemate. Either way, you'll pick up a few tips on how to increase your design style compatibility so you can both feel at home.
471 M AGNOLIA S TREET $395,000
C RESTMOOR PARK
WOW! Open & expansive yet warm & inviting - this wonderful home is perfect for raising a family, entertaining friends or simply relaxing. Special features include: Beautiful living room (w/ gas fireplace, builtin shelving & 2 bay windows); Quaint dining area opening to a fabulous covered patio & private/secluded park-like yard; Plus ... Great block & location! Other special features include: Fabulous floorplan * Fun, colorful kitchen w/ breakfast nook, all appliances + an abundance of built-in cabinets! * Spacious bedrooms * Hardwood floors * Convenient laundry room * 2 car attached garage w/ ample storage space * Updated, newer systems * New windows * Central A/C, Sprinkler system, Security system & much more!
423 L OCUST S TREET $1,975,000 C RESTMOOR
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This magnificent new home is located a short walk to desirable Crestmoor Park! Special features include: Amazing Floorplan with Unsurpassed Style & Elegance, Stunning Appointments, Gorgeous Woodwork, Extraordinary Details; Exquisite Formal Living Room with gas fireplace; Elegant Formal Dining Room with butlers pantry complete with dishwasher, sink and wine cooler; Gourmet Kitchen (with center island, top-of-the-line appliances, large breakfast nook, walk-in pantry) adjacent to a Dramatic Two-story great room with, circular staircase, gas fireplace and French doors opening to a pergola covered patio and large backyard (perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing); Luxurious Master Suite (with sitting room opening to patio, gas fireplace, 6 piece bath and two huge walk-in closets); 2nd Ensuite (or main floor study) has its own ¾ bath and a walk-in closet + private access to the backyard; Main floor laundry and space reserved for an optional elevator; Upstairs is a huge loft overlooking the dramatic great room + 2 additional Ensuites each with their own full bath and walk-in closet; Other special features include: Arched doorway entries; numerous art niches; 3 car attached garage with storage/workshop area and much, much more!
725 C HERRY S TREET $329,000 H ILLTOP
Cute, cute, cute! Perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing, this charming ranch boasts many special features: Inviting foyer with built-in shelving; Generous size living room with arched doorways, fireplace, coved ceilings, and gleaming wood floors; Spacious kitchen adjoining the dining room with all appliances, and lots of counter & cabinet space; Open dining room with wood floors, coved ceilings, and glass block detailing; 2 good size bedrooms with wood floors; vintage full bath; Convenient study/hobby/storage room; Charming private backyard with a covered patio and mature landscaping. Other special features include a brand new 2 ½ car oversized garage; alley access, Sprinkler system; and much more!
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235 I VANHOE S TREET $625,000 C RESTMOOR
12 Red Flags for Prospective Homebuyers
Beautiful Brick Ranch
Fantastic opportunity to move into prestigious Crestmoor! This beautiful brick ranch, situated on a large lot, boasts many special features: Fabulous location (just minutes from Downtown Denver, Lowry, and the Cherry Creek Shopping District); Spacious living room with arched doorways, coved ceilings, and built-in shelves; Light and bright dining room with coved ceilings; Updated kitchen with, slate backsplash, maple cabinets, all appliances and lots of counter space; Spacious master bedroom; 2 good size secondary bedrooms; Full bath; Sunny family room with French doors leading to the park like backyard and covered patio; 4th bedroom/office space; Âž bath; Other special features include: Attached 2 car garage, hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, and a beautifully manicured backyard with mature landscaping.
All previously owned homes need some type of repairs or improvements, but if a home youâ€™re considering has any of these serious defects, you should be aware of them and determine what it will take to remedy the situation before making an offer: 1. Cracked heater exchange 2. Failing air-conditioner compressor 3. Environmental hazards such as radon, water contamination, asbestos, lead paint and underground storage tanks 4. Moisture in the basement 5. Defective roofing and/or flashings 6. Insect infestation 7. Mixed plumbing 8. Aluminum wiring 9. Horizontal foundation cracks 10. Major house settlement 11. Undersized electrical system 12. Chimney settling or separation (Source: Kathleen Kuhn, CEO and president of Housemaster, a national home inspection firm)
PA U L A’ S P L A C E F
Summertime is my favorite time to cook! The Barbeque, the campfire and don’t forget your kitchen! Below are a few light pasta dishes to enjoy all year, even in the summer!
SPICY GARLIC SHRIMP WITH ASPARAGUS & LEMON I love all the ingredients in this dish! Even frozen 16-21 size shrimp is wonderful! Serves 3-4 1lb shrimp – peeled, deveined, rinsed, and patted dry 1 teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 lemon 6 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 4 medium garlic, thinly sliced ¾ lb. (1 bunch) asparagus, bottoms snapped off and cut into 2 inch length 1/8 to ¼ tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes 2/3 cup low-salt chicken broth ½ teaspoon cornstarch 1 package fully cooked Linguini Sprinkle the shrimp with ¼ tsp. salt and a the black pepper. Using a lemon zester, gently zest the exterior of the lemon, and then squeeze the lemon to get 1 Tbs juice. Put a 12 inch skillet (preferably not nonstick) over medium-high heat for 1 ½ minutes. Add 2 Tbs of olive oil and once it’s shimmering hot, add the shrimp in a single layer. Cook the shrimp undisturbed until the shrimp browns nicely, about 2 minutes. Flip the shrimp and brown the other side about 1 ½ minutes. Transfer to a large plate. Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining 4 Tbs oil and garlic, cook until the garlic starts to sizzle and turn slightly brown about
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30-45 seconds. Add the asparagus, lemon zest and red pepper flakes, sprinkle with ½ tsp. Salt and cook, tossing often about 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken broth, cover with the lid ajar and cook until the asparagus is just tender 1-2 minutes. In a small dish whisk together cornstarch with 1 Tbs water and mix in with the asparagus mixture and bring to boil. Add the shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in 1 Tbs lemon juice and ¼ tsp. salt. Toss over prepared linguini and enjoy
HOMEMADE PASTA SAUCE Marla Petrini prepared this for me years ago and the fresh taste is fabulous! When dining out at an Italian Restaurant I often try to entice the Chef to prepare their version…Piatti’s in Cherry Creek does a wonderful job! This is very simple and inexpensive - no one will mistake this for anything but home made. Serves 4 Entire bag of Pasta – Individual preference, I prefer the larger noodles that will hold a thick sauce 10-12 roma tomatoes – medium chop with seeds and skin left on 1 cup rough chop fresh basil ½ cup fresh mozzarella – I chop mine ¼ inch in diameter … larger is fine for more cheese in each bite Garlic – Marla’s rule is 1 clove per person … again an individual preference… I might be closer to 2 cloves per person - is this why no one will sit by me at dinner?
1-2 tablespoon olive oil ½ teaspoon salt 1) Boil enough water to prepare pasta, add salt to flavor the pasta and a dash of olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking together. Cook pasta al dente and strain. 2) In same pot used for pasta heat olive oil; add garlic for just a minute, don’t over cook garlic, it will turn bitter; add tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes, they should be cooked throughout but still have structure – no baby food; now add the basil and mozzarella, gently mix a few times and add the pasta to the sauce, mix together and serve with a salad and enjoy the rest of the evening!
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Wow! Kelli Sells Hilltop-Crestmoor and Lowry 4101 E. 2nd 5335 E. 2nd 4001 E. 3rd 7111 E. 4th 7015 E. 5th 5030 E. 6th 4005 E. 6th 7544 E. 7th 6375 E. 6th 7861 E. 8th* 7703 E. 8th Pl. 7777 E. 23rd #905 7405 E. 9th Ave* 327 Albion 7821 E. Archer Pl. 7842 E. Archer Pl.* 34 Ash 369 Ash* 5635 E. Bayaud 374 Bellaire 730 Bellaire 265 S. Birch 4500 E. Cedar* 28 CrestmoorDr. 314 Cherry* 366 Cherry* 675 Cherry 111 S. Cherry 230 S. Cherry 5018 Ch. Creek S. Dr. 338 Clayton #5 (2x) 2448 S. Clayton 96 S. Clermont 130 S. Clermont 270 S. Clermont 30 Colorado Blvd 1 Dahlia* 309 Dahlia 51 S. Dahlia* 239 S. Dahlia 255 S. Dahlia 250 S. Dahlia* 343 Dexter 401 Dexter 265 Dexter 1369 Downing #3 3745 E. Ellsworth #A 7800 E. Ellsworth 100 S. Elm* 141 Elm 235 Elm 265 Elm 210 Elm 300 Elm 309 Elm 378 Elm 444 Elm 100 S. Elm 262 S. Elm 328 Eudora 245 Eudora 333 Eudora 345 Eudora 371 Eudora 374 Eudora 380 Eudora 385 Eudora 650 Eudora* 422 Fairfax 8104 E. Fairmount Dr.* 8118 E. Fairmount Dr.* 529 Fillmore* 300 Forest 301 Forest 321 Forest 720 Forest 727 Forest 35 S. Forest 70 S. Forest 2 Garfield #B 281 Garfield* 334 Garfield* 180 Glencoe* 230 Glencoe 246 Glencoe 347 Glencoe 380 Glencoe* 1350 Glencoe 151 S. Glencoe 161 S. Glencoe 250 S. Glencoe 351 S. Glencoe 375 S. Glencoe
590 Glencoe 500 Glencoe 245 Grape* 300 Grape 322 Grape 350 Grape 401 Grape 510 Grape 520 Grape 111 S. Hudson 150 Hudson 271 Hudson 350 Hudson 352 Hudson 356 Hudson 358 Hudson 366 Hudson 390 Hudson 414 Hudson* 420 Hudson 421 Hudson 347 Holly 351 Holly 355 Holly 359 Holly 380 Holly 400 Holly 287 S. Holly 309 Ivanhoe* 5 Ivy 130 S. Ivy 245 Ivy 745 Ivy 152 S. Ivy 160 S. Ivy 620 Ivy 453 Jackson* 155 S. Jackson #E* 205 S. Jackson* 2 Jasmine 27 Jasmine 125 Jasmine 231 S. Jasmine 275 Jasmine 20 Jersey 60 Jersey 155 S. Jersey 254 S. Jersey 266 S. Jersey 115 Krameria 125 Krameria 435 Krameria 215 S. Krameria 400 Krameria 405 Krameria 265 Kearney 450 Kearney 21 S. Kearney 200 S. Kearney 215 S. Kearney 265 S. Kearney 305 Leyden 452 Leyden 714 Leyden 830 Leyden 231 S. Leyden 225 Locust Lane 250 Locust 40 Madison #206 291 Magnolia 425 Monaco 525 Monaco 701 Monaco 515 Monroe 224 Newport* 300 Oneida 495 Oneida 210 S. Oneida 184 S. Pontiac 44 Quebec 156 S. Rosemary* 7826 Severn Pl.* 440 Steele* 917 Syracuse* 957 Syracuse* 49 S. Syracuse (2x) 1029 Syracuse Court 25 Southmoor 184 S. Ulster* The asterisked (*) properties were listed by other companies" Summer 2007
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