March 2012

There are 13 blog entries for March 2012.

 

 What are the future plans for Stapleton? If you have driven anywhere close to Stapleton recently, you can’t help but notice all the earth being moved, new roads being built and what appears to be a lot of new infrastructure leading to nothing. So after showing homes there recently, I got to wondering what the long term plan for Stapleton is.

I got lucky in my search by finding a great article and image in the Denver Post which lays out the plans pretty clearly. In the next ten years, there should be about 3,500 new homes, 3,500 new apartments, 1 million additional square feet of retail and 8.5 million square feet of office/industrial space built. This expansion will essentially double the size of Stapleton making it one of the largest and most

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I want to put a privacy fence in the backyard of my Denver home; do I need a permit to do so? It is a question that I am actually asking right now.  With the weather going to be so nice this weekend, I might actually get around to putting up the fence I’ve been putting off all winter. Looking deeper into it, and consulting Kyle O’Connor with KJO Construction, I have found out it all really depends.

The City of Denver has a very helpful link on their website to walk you through the process and help you figure out if you need a permit or not. It appears the biggest criteria to needing a permit is if you plan to build a masonry wall over 4 feet tall or a wood fence over 8 feet tall.  Also, it makes a big difference if you live along a parkway or Landmark

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Do you want a way to give back to your community and participate in something truly transformational for your city? Then the Better Block Project is your chance. The Better Block Project is a concept sweeping the nation where community partners band together to build a better block in a single day. It sounds optimistic, sure, but it is working and our very own Jefferson Park has been selected for the first Better Block Project in Denver.

The date for the project is Saturday, June 23. Partners in the project include the Partnership Walk Denver, Jefferson Park United Neighbors, Groundwork Denver and Councilwoman Susan Shepherd. On June 23rd, the project will fill vacant storefronts, create pedestrian seating areas, provide landscaping and street

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If you have been to DIA lately, then you’ve surely noticed the gigantic hole being dug to the south of the main terminal. It got me wondering what the plans are for the Denver International Airport expansion and what I found is pretty impressive.

Denverinfill.com has a great write up on the plans for the expansion. According to their website, the $500 million expansion incorporates three major elements:

A new Public Transit Center that will accommodate the end-of-line station for RTD’s East Line—a 23-mile rail transit connection between DIA and Union Station in Downtown Denver—currently under construction and scheduled to open for service in January 2016.

A new 500-room Westin Hotel & Conference Center that will be located immediately south of

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It always amazes me how much green is on display come St. Patrick’s Day in Denver,  nobody can say Denver takes the holiday lightly. It seems like it either snows two feet or is beautiful and in the 70’s like it will be this year. Regardless of the weather, there is always a great time to be had and if you are looking for a fun way to celebrate, here are some ideas.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Begins Saturday at 10 am at Coors Field. One of the largest St. Patty’s Day parades west of the Mississippi. Click here for more info

Brass, Bagpipes & Co: Celtic Fusion – Be transported to the Emerald Isles and beyond by the Denver Brass Co. featuring Celtic Classics and inspiring new sounds. For a list of times, click here

One Man Ruckus – Live’s very

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Race To Your Next Place
Coming To Denver May 19th, 2012!

Enter For a Chance to Win a $10,000 Down Payment!

racelogofinal-notags_1350Join us for the “Race To Your Next Place" on Saturday, May 19th, 2012. Registered racers in teams of two will participate in a city-wide scavenger hunt to win a $10,000 cash prize towards the down payment of a new home! guildlogo_363Our grand prize has been generously provided by Guild Mortgage, media sponsorship from The Denver Post Community, and all registration proceeds of the event benefit Habitat for Humanity of Colorado. And big thanks to Denver areaAce Hardware stores for thier generous sponsorship.

ace-hardware-logo_400On race day, we'll get things started at a kick-off party at The Tailgate Roadhouse, with sponsor booths, music and excitement, as we send hundreds of

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061_400We buy a house because we love the kitchen or the yard but we stay because we love our community.  Many of us dream of living in a neighborhood where our kids have friends on the block and people welcome new neighbors with banana bread and bring chicken soup when someone is sick.  As much as this idyllic neighborhood sounds appealing, I had never lived in this kind of place, until through carpool we created it. 

When we decided to choice into a new Denver charter school I was a little concerned because it was a couple of miles from our home and would require some creative transportation solutions.  Through the school I found three families living close to us and shot off an email, hoping not to sound too desperate to find someone who could pick my

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How can I search for Green Homes or homes with Green Features in Denver? Before yesterday, it was pretty tough. But luckily, Metrolist, the largest real estate multiple listing service (MLS) serving Colorado real estate agents finally introduced a way to search for green and energy efficient attributes in Denver homes.

What does this mean for home buyers and sellers? A lot actually. It means that green attributes will finally be searchable and as a result, have a direct impact on the value of homes with these features. For years in now in California, Oregon and Washington these search attributes have been available and these states have been able to track directly how much value each green feature adds to a home. Right now in Denver we can

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With the temperature in the 70’s yesterday, I couldn’t help but think spring must be around the corner. That means planting season is fast approaching and it is time to start planning your Denver garden. But when is the best time to start planting? You don’t want to plant too early because we know we are going to get more snow in the next month or so. But planting too late, you won’t be getting much produce by the time fall freezes start happening. So what are you to do?

I have heard as a general rule, starting to put plants in the ground around Mother’s Day is a safe bet. But what if you are planting from seed? Should you put those in the ground in early May too or should you start those indoors before hand? I would love to hear your advice and

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Walk Denver is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to make Denver a pedestrian friendly city with neighborhoods that are "well-connected, people-focused, culturally vibrant, active and economically thriving."  At LIVE Urban a large number of our clients are interested in living in neighborhoods where residents can walk to parks, stores, and restaurants, because those of us who live in neighborhoods with high walk scores,  know walking is great for building community ties, enjoying local finds and slowing the pace of our lives. 

Walk Denver is advocating one project in conjunction with the national organization Better Block (betterblock.org) in the North West Denver's Jefferson Park.  This project sets up temporary pop up businesses and

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