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Ridge at 38

If you've driven down 38th avenue between Sheridan and Wheat Ridge lately, you'll have certainly noticed the obvious re-emergence of Wheat Ridge. What used to be run down office buildings mixed with a few restaurants has been transformed into a new hot spot in Denver. If you can figure out the diagonal parking, then it is certainly a spot that you are likely to revisit time and time again.

A few years back, the city of Wheat Ridge decided to redevelop 38th avenue calling it The Ridge at 38 and create a town center that Wheat Ridge has been lacking. Now it seems like a new restaurant is popping up each month and new businesses to go along with them. If you love beer, then you definitely need to check out Colorado Plus which serves 56 Colorado craft

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When my wife and I bought our house a couple years ago, we started counting down the days until I could tear down the wall dividing the kitchen from the living room and open the entire living area up to one huge, open room. We bought the house from the original owner and while she had taken great care of it all these years, it still looked like it did 50 years ago. We have spent a ton of time and money bringing the major systems back up to date, finishing the basement for more room and working on the yard, but the day has finally come to tackle the kitchen and the kitchen remodel is under way.

Our house is a 50's raised ranch in Berkeley and like most 50's raised ranches, has good space but is very divided. The kitchen is tucked away from the dining

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It always happens, one day you are in shorts and the next the snow moves in and fall and then winter are here to stay. And while this week has been cold, it should be warming up again soon giving us plenty of time to do some housework and prepare our homes for winter. I recently found these 10 steps for preparing your Denver home for winter on All could be knocked out in an afternoon, and considering the potential energy savings, definitely worth the time investment. For more great home ideas, enjoy a free subscription to by clicking here, and I hope these tips come in handy.

1. Insulate your hot water heater. For a lot of homes, the hot water heater is one of the biggest energy users in the house. This is

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When I woke up this morning and heard the about the government shutdown, my first thought was, how it will effect Denver Real Estate? With the market still booming right now, I always dread these types of incidents popping up and slowing things down. After doing some research though, I feel pretty confident that the shutdown won't have a significant impact on the market as long as it is brief.

The biggest area of concern with the housing market whenever there is a government shutdown has to do with the mortgage side of the business. Since 90% of all loan activity is underwritten, insured or owned by government and its affiliated entities there is inevitably going to be a slowdown. FHA loans will feel the biggest impact. FHA will continue to

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Even with the higher interest rates, buying and owning a home in Denver remains cheaper than renting, so why are you still renting? A few months ago, when interest rates were in the 3% range, it was easy to see why buying was cheaper than renting.When I tell that to renters now, most don’t believe me because of the rising home prices around Denver and rates more in the mid to high 4% range. But according to a study by, it is 45% cheaper to buy than rent in Colorado.

To read the full study and to understand how they come up with their numbers, click here. It turns out that Denver is still one of the most affordable cities in the country and one of the best places to buy right now. With rents still on the rise and no signs of slowing, I

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If you haven't heard yet, Trader Joe's is coming to Downtown Denver. It will be the 4th store opened in Colorado and the reports say it will be open by the end of 2014. This one will be located at 7th and Logan across from Governor's Park. For those living in Central and West Denver, it will certainly be a relief and is already bringing lots of excitement.   And while this is good news for Trader Joe's enthusiasts, it is also good news for Real Estate in this area. One of the biggest complaints of Downtown living is the lack of good grocery stores. This isn't going to help out residents in Lodo too much, but for residents in eastern Downtown, this will believe it or not, have an impact on property values. I've had numerous buyers decide to not buy in…
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We are loving the concept for this new HGTV show...

Now Casting!

HGTV’s New House, New Life

Are you in the process of moving from Wall Street to Main Street? Or maybe you’re getting ready to trade in that cubicle for a houseboat? Planning to run your own B&B, rafting business, ski shop, doggie daycare?

No matter your passion, if you’re tired of “working for the man” or living someone else’s dream and have just moved or are in the process of doing so, then we’re looking for you! HGTV’s latest series, “New House, New Life” seeks fun, high-energy people who have recently relocated or are picking up stakes to a new location to follow a lifelong passion or newfound interest.

If you are thinking of making a major life transition into or out of

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3 Girls, 3 Gardens   I love my garden at my Denver home and every summer I look forward to supplementing my dinners with homegrown produce. And while I've had a bumper crop this summer with more tomatoes, jalapeños and eggplant than I know what to do with, there is no way that I could live off my garden alone.   That is why I found it so fascinating that there are Denver homeowners that are living off their gardens and actually surviving. A former client and friend of mine, Jennifer, is doing just that this summer and is chronicling it with a Facebook page called 3 girls, 3 gardens, click here.    The page follows three Denver friends with organic urban gardens and their quest to only eat food that comes from their combined gardens for thirty days. So far they are…
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Last month I wrote about how I feel that investing in Downtown Denver is such a great idea right now and how it is an overlooked "hot" market. The general reasoning for this is that while thousands of people are moving Downtown, almost no new condos are being built to support this increased demand. Click here to read the full blog post. Browsing through the Denver Business Journal recently, I found some solid facts to back up my Downtown theories so thought I would share.

According to the Denver Business Journal, "Colorado needs inexpensive housing as new residents flood into the state, yet few new condominiums are being built. Why? A key reason is Colorado law, which puts condo builders at risk of expensive class-action lawsuits filed over construction

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  If you have driven I-70 east of I-25 through Denver anytime recently, then you know how obvious it is that the road needs to be fixed and widened. Luckily, the city has a 2 billion dollar plan to redo I-70 in the near future. Unfortunately, it might not be as great as we all hope it would be.   The current plan for redoing I-70 in Denver calls for the highway to be widened to 24 lanes from I-25 east. While this would be great and make commuting so much easier, it also creates a load of concerns for Denver residents living in North Denver especially.    First, the plan only calls for widening the highway east of I-25 and west of Wadsworth. That would leave the highway as is from I-25 to Wads. I'm not a traffic engineer, but I can only begin to…
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