July 2014

There are 26 blog entries for July 2014.

It has been a crazy two months at my house and finally getting around to post some pictures and talk a bit about the process. It has been easier than I thought since all the construction has been in the backyard and hasn't impacted us inside too much. It has been loud, and we certainly miss our backyard, but am amazed by how easy it has been to live with. The most difficult aspect is picking out the finishes. I can't tell you how much time we have spent looking at tile, cabinets, roofs and stucco colors. If you take something like this on, prepare to dedicate hours each week picking items out and making decisions.

When I last blogged about the addition, this is what the backyard looked like.

Within a few days, it looked like this. The city makes

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Five-star-resort-living in this top-selling luxury high-rise. Light surrounds you in this open/airy penthouse unit.

The floor to ceiling windows show off the 10 foot ceilings and accentuate the top of the line custom finishes.

Stainless appliances, slab granite countertops, cherry cabinets and floors to name just a few.

Absolutely stunning views of the Park, Lake and Pike's Peak!

Obviously you get to walk to the park, but there are also amazing restaurants and shops in the bustling Uptown district.

Come explore the Zoo, Museum of Nature and Science, and the Imax movie theatre right outside your door.

It is difficult to find a unit like this, and in a bldg with so much to offer, too many upgrades to list here. Come and see for

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It's time for that annual summer ritual of figuring out 100 things to do with zucchini. 

Like most novice gardeners, my first gardening success was zucchini, and like all gardeners this time of year I start thinking of what to do with my harvest. 

I am not much of a bread or muffin eater, so I am always looking for new and unique ways to use all that zucchini, and because summer is also a time for parties I like recipes that are good for sharing.  Although I don't have 100 ideas (yet), I do have a few great recipes to use some of those zukes.

 Zucchini bean dip

2 cups of zucchini shredded

1 large clove of garlic minced

1/4 cup onion finely chopped or grated

4Tbs Olive Oil

1/2 tsp salt

Pepper to taste

Two 8oz cans rinsed and

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Big news on the national real estate front. Real estate sites Zillow and Trulia have announced they plan to merge. And it could signal significant changes for the industry in the coming years. Our own John Skrabec, Founder and Broker/Owner of Live Urban Real Estate chimed in on the issue, in a article published today at InsideRealEstateNews.com. 

 

John Skrabec, founder and owner of Live Urban Real Estate in West Highland in Denver, said the proposed merger is interesting on a number of levels.

“I think that it will mean that it will be more and more important for Realtors to focus on hyper-local markets,” Skrabec said.

“Real estate agents that live and work in neighborhoods have more to offer than the big guys like Trulia and Zillow, because they

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Lovely updated 50's ranch in northeast Park Hill, filled with natural light, new windows, kitchen has stainless appliances and granite countertops, updated bath with fantastic tile, original wood floors, two bedrooms on the main and one huge non-conforming bed in basement with great closet space, basement partially finished (non-conforming bed finished) with an unfinished "family room" with space for everything, relaxing covered patio to watch kids or dogs play in enormous back-yard, driveway is long and will fit 2-3 cars parked tandem or build a garage on the 6,250 lot. This home has been loved and cared for and is just a block from peaceful walks along Monaco parkway, convenient to Stapleton stores and restaurants and a quick drive or bike ride into

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Super Chic, one bedroom, one bathroom, two level loft style condo in desirable Lincoln Park.

Massive amounts of volume fill the entire property with tons of natural light. Soaring ceilings make the property feel much larger than it is.

A short walk to the 10th and Osage Light Rail station, one garage space and another surface parking space all make this property perfect. Hardwood floors, exposed beams, open metal staircase and elevated bedroom add to the gorgeous nature of this city dwelling.

Minutes to downtown, close to all main highways and a spectacular view of the mountains top off the list of endless features in this chic abode!

Listed by Casey Shea for Live Urban Real Estate.

1111 Osage Street #20 Denver CO 80204.

1 Bedroom. 1

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WONDERFULLY VINTAGE & CHARMING INTERIOR WITH A LOW MAINTENANCE EXTERIOR!

LARGE LOT HAS BEAUTIFUL XERISCAPE TO INVITE YOU INTO THE HOME AND THE QUIET, PEACEFUL BACK YARD IS ALREADY SET UP WITH A LARGE DECK AND GARDEN!

SUNLIGHT FLOWS INTO THE OPEN FLOOR PLAN. THE MASTER BEDROOM IS LARGE W/DOUBLE CLOSETS.KITCHEN IS UPDATED WITH NEW CABINETS, GRANITE & STAINLESS APPLIANCES. BATHROOM IS UPDATED.

ENJOY COLORADO LIVING WITH A GARAGE BIG ENOUGH FOR ALL OF YOUR TOYS!

GARAGE IS OVER 600 SQ.FT.! ROOM ENOUGH FOR 2 BIG CARS, AND A WORKSHOP. NEW WINDOWS THROUGHOUT HOME & UPDATED SYSTEMS. WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR IN A GREAT LOCATION! STEPS FROM TENNYSON ST BARS/SHOPS AND THE PARK & LAKE. EASY ACCESS TO I-70 FOR MOUNTAIN WEEKENDS!

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY

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One of my biggest pet peeves is walking through Denver neighborhoods in the fall and seeing so much fruit from fruit trees lying on the ground, going to waste. With all the hungry people in Denver, it sure seems like such a waste of high quality, free food. I get it, picking fruit can be a pain and very messy. Luckily, there are a few great options right here in Denver that we can all take advantage of to help save some of this fruit and help out those in need.


The first is called Denver Yard Harvest. This is a great organization that will collect your ripe fruit, leave you what you want, and then deliver the rest to seniors, community kitchens and charities that distribute food to those who are at risk of going without fresh, healthy food.

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Nearly 1,300 new apartments were added to the metro Denver rental inventory during the second quarter, but rents still edged up and vacancy rates declined according to a recent article from the Denver Post about the incredible rental market in Denver, click here. This says a lot for how strong the rental market in Denver is when you add 1,300 apartments and vacancy rates declined while rental rates rose. 

When driving around town, especially Downtown, it is hard to believe there is enough demand to keep up with all the apartments that are being built. This article makes some really interest points though to show that even with everything being built, it won't be enough to keep up with the growing demand for years to come. "The state of Colorado

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  One of our favorite non profits in all of Denver is UrbiCulture Community Farms. UrbiCulture operates 8 urban farms in 5 distinct neighborhoods of Denver with a central commitment to growing food sustainably for all people, regardless of income and economic status, and engaging communities through educational and volunteer opportunities. 
This year for their Farm to Table Benefit, Chef AJ Ouellette will inspire your tastes buds with a four course dinner using fresh and local ingredients. You will enjoy your dinner while sitting in their beautiful Celebration Community Urban Garden, talking with your neighbors, laughing and enjoying yourself thoroughly. The dinner will be paired with local wine from Bonaquisti or Upslope Brewery's Beer. The…
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