Silver Square Lofts Denver Colorado

Silver Square Lofts in Denver, Colorado are true New York style industrial lofts that feature dramatic ceilings, huge windows, and open floor plans. The complex is an 80K square foot metal and brick turn of the century style complex with many of the units nicely upgraded with gourmet kitchens, granite counter-tops, and hardwood flooring.

In the 1930s, the Ironworks building expanded adding a Butler style, 40 foot high metal building. During World War II the building was used to assemble PT boats, other times, it was used for fabricating oil field equipment, and manufacturing sugar-refining machinery.

Silver Square Lofts are Denver’s original loft development, and a historic collection of buildings, built in the 1930s. The buildings are the original buildings and unique with one wrapped in corrugated iron, and several striking features, including a crane standing over 50 feet tall.

The development runs from 3309 to 3377 Blake Street and consists of 57 lofts, from under 1000 sq. ft. to 3000 sq. ft. with many having city and / or mountain views. Residents share central outdoor and indoor common areas with wireless Internet connection. Amenities include parking and deck, a private courtyard, and central cooling and heating.

Prices range from the low $200,000s to over $600,000.

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Cherry Creek to be the Home of New Luxury Condo Development

Western Development Group is to begin the construction of a 70 unit, Cherry Creek luxury condo development at 250 Columbine in Cherry Creek North in late August of this year. The project includes an 80K sq. ft. office tower and is estimated to cost $100 million.  The project is projected to be completed in 2015.  The condo community is the Metro’s largest planned community.

PCL Construction has been hired by Western Development Group to build the development which will run Columbine, north to Third Avenue.
The project includes the condominium units, office tower, retail and parking.  The development will be designed by Oz Architecture.

The condo development will have seven stories at its highest peak, and drop down to three stories to preserve sunlight.

While this will be Cherry Creek North’s second mixed-use development, this luxury condo development will be much more expensive than the already existing.  The units are projected to range from 700 sq. ft. to 1300 sq. ft. and run about $500 per sq. ft.

Condos and Lofts for sale in Cherry Creek

Building Begins on Interlocken Apartments

An 18.9 acre parcel in the Interlocken Denver area of Broomfield will be the site for a 424 unit apartment community which has begun its construction phase.

Camden USA Inc., a developer and operator of multi-family communities based in Houston, and the builder of the apartment community obtained permits this past November.  The community will be named the Camden Flatirons which will be located at 120 Edgeview Drive.  The primary contractor is Camden Development Inc.

The apartment community will be the second in Interlocken and it is estimated that it will cost $46 million in construction.

Part 2 – Luxury Condos in the Metro Denver Area

Denver is a lovely place to call home.  There are countless options to choose from. This article was a great deal of fun to write, and I hope it will familiarize you with the options you have when relocating to the Downtown Denver area.

There are many subdivisions or counties in the Metro Denver area.  I have created four imaginary, yet realistic cases of people who are relocating to Downtown Denver.  Each of the four groups of people has their own differences and their similarities.  They come from various backgrounds and have different types of incomes and lifestyles.

After creating these four hypothetical cases, I began a search of properties in the downtown area that would best suit their needs, as well as what luxuries are on their wish list.

It would be best if you read through this article and the hypothetical situations and try to find some similarities that you want while you decide on what Luxury Condominium will best suit YOUR needs and wishes.  Also, while reading this article, you will become familiar with the perks and luxuries you can come to expect in a Luxury Condo in Metro Denver.  You can use this knowledge to make your own priority and wish list to your realtor when the time comes.

Below is a brief description of the 4 cases of people who are going to relocate to Downtown Denver.  As you read, decide in what situation most matches your own, and what Luxuries you would like to have when you choose a Condo for your own.

The 4 cases:  Introductions

Case #1:  This is a family with 2 children (and another on the way!) and a cat.
Case #2:  This is a single man, transferred to Denver because of a promotion through his job.
Case #3:  This is a wealthy couple with no children.  They are moving to the Denver Metro area and are used to living a luxurious lifestyle.
Case #4:  This is an elderly couple who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary!  Most of their grandchildren and their families live in Denver.  They want to spend their ‘golden years,’ close to their family.

My Criteria (To Match the People with the Property)

PRICE:  In my first article on Luxury Condos in Downtown Denver, I estimated that the median price for a Luxury Condo in Metro Denver is roughly $500,000.  The lower limit is about $200,000, and of course the sky is the limit for extremely expensive properties, from $1,000,000 and up.  I found more than one property that was actually up for sale for $10,000,000!

LOCATION!  Each of the 4 cases has different priorities and needs.  My job here is to describe to them a few different Luxury Condominiums with amenities that would be most useful and most comfortable for each of the 4 lifestyles.

SUBDIVISONS:  The metropolitan Denver area is broken up into separate subdivisions or counties.  There are currently over 60 subdivisions in the Downtown Denver area.  The counties are divided into 6 main regions, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Mountain Area, and Central.  Becoming familiar with the subdivisions will help when deciding what kind of views that the property has (either a mountain view, a city skyline view, or in some fortunate properties, BOTH!)  Also, when considering a Luxury Condo, you have to consider whether you want a high rise or a more private type of Condo to live in.

Case #1:  What is on their WISH LIST?

In Case #1, we have a young family with 2 kids (and one on the way).  Their priorities or ‘wish list’ is a Condo in a safe, closed gated community with 24 hour security.  If possible, they would prefer a condo with a yard (for the kids), or if they settle for a Condo in a high rise or loft, they would want large balconies or a spacious terrace.

This family wants a LOT of space, 3-4 bedrooms, walk-in closets with ample storage space, and at least 2 bathrooms.  Parking must be close to their home and this family has a lot of visitors throughout the year, so they need room and parking for guests that come to visit.  This family would prefer a big swimming pool on site, an on-site gym, and a cat-friendly community (of course).

Also, this family will be looking for a condo that is near to schools (for the kids), close by to shopping and Denver’s yearly and year-round attractions (such as museums and parks, etc).  This family has their own vehicle, a SUV, so they won’t have to rely too much on public transportation.  However, they often go on weekend trips to go hiking, horseback riding, or camping.  So they want to be near the freeways and they want their opportunities for outside entertainment to be a short distance from where they live.  In terms of a view, it’s not a major issue for them, but they do want something of a view!

What I found for Case #1

For this growing family, I wanted to find a large Luxury Condo with plenty of space.  What I found is a breathtaking Condo for $1,650,000 in the Trademark Subdivision.  This amazing Condo has 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms with 3,938 square feet.  There is plenty of space for a growing family!  A unique aspect of this property, which was built in 2006, is that it is literally walking distance from the Winter Park Resort.  Extra perks and amenities include a professional private theater and recreation area (perfect for family time, or when friends come over).  The spectacular and modern penthouse boasts marble floors, cherry cabinets, a fireplace, a private reserved garage and much more.  Schools for the children include Fraser Valley Elementary School, East Grand Middle School and Middle Park High School.  This luxurious one story mountain penthouse has an address of 98 Trademark Drive, Winter Pak, Colorado, 80482 (very near Denver).

Case #2:  What is his Wish List?

For Case #2, we have a healthy, adventurous middle-aged man who was transferred to Denver because of a promotion from his other job in California.  He likes outdoor activities, so the opportunity of adventure is definitely an advantage for him.  He doesn’t need too much square footage because he is single, but he would like to have an extra room or 2 for an office or a guest bedroom.

The view is a high priority to him.  He wants to wake up in the morning, preferably to a view of the Rocky Mountains.  He wants ‘bragging rights’ so he can gloat about his awesome view he can see every day!  He also would like a few ‘rooms with a view’ in which ceiling to floor windows would accommodate.

This young man is adventurous so he would like to be close by to both attractions within the city, and to outdoorsman hobbies, such as river rafting, horseback riding and camping.
He has received a promotion, so he wants to have a Luxury Downtown Condo.  The more perks, the better!  Since he has such an attraction to nature and beauty, a condo in a high rise or loft may suit his needs.  He isn’t too concerned with parking.  He’s young and doesn’t mind if he has to park a ways from his condo.  I think it should be easy to find a Luxury Condo for him.  He seems to be the most flexible in terms of his needs and his lifestyle.

Case #2:  What I found for him

The property I found for the middle aged man is in the Cheesman Park subdivision.  According to my search, this Luxury Condominium was first built in 1970 and has been newly renovated and is located on the 14th floor of a lovely high rise building.  The property allows a 360 degree view!  This allows him both the view of the majestic Rocky Mountains AND of the breathtaking beauty of the Denver skyline!

This property is for sale at $2,675,000 and has 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a total of 4,850 square feet.  Perks and amenities of this property include a wet bar, 5 assigned parking spaces, WiFi availability, walk-in closets, and an attached garage.  The address of this particular property is:  1510 E 10th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80213.  I found that, mostly because of the view, that this gentleman will enjoy living in this Luxurious Condominium.

Case #3:  What is their Wish List?

In the third situation, we have a very wealthy couple with no children and enjoy the ‘finer things in life.’  Their priority is of course to have a spacious Condo with beautiful views that can be seen out of every window.  They also would prefer a condo in a high rise or loft, because view is such a priority to them.  I think it will be relatively easy to find a condo for this couple because there are SO MANY luxurious and convenient amenities available in the Condos in Metropolitan Denver.

Case #3:  What I found for this Couple

The property I found for Couple #3 is very lavish and luxurious, even by their standards!   This Condo is $2,650,000 and located in the Theatre District Subdivision of Downtown Denver, so it is definitely a short distance to the high-class museums and art exhibits.  This find Condo has 4 spacious bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and it has 3 separate and private entrances (in case the services of a Nanny, Butler or Caterer are needed).

There is a gorgeous view of the mountains and plenty of living space with 4,823 square feet, and a private, attached garage for parking.  There is a grandiose kitchen and dining room, perfectly suited for either a meal for two, or if they decide to have a formal, catered party.  This Condo is a relatively new building (2010) and the property’s address is: 1133 14th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202.

Case #4:  Their Wish List

The elderly couple is my 4th group to find a Luxury Condo for.  Many of their family live in the Denver area, and they want to be close to family.  This couple has priorities that differ a lot compared to the previous 3 groups.  First of all, they will prefer a ground level condo, or if they happen to settle on a high rise, parking and the elevator must be wheelchair accessible.  Not necessarily that they NEED to use a wheelchair, but they just don’t want a lot of stairs!  Additionally, parking is important to them because they don’t want to walk too far from their car to their home.  Health, of course, is a major issue for an elderly couple.  They would prefer to be within 10 minutes or 10 miles (or closer) to a nearby hospital, clinic, 24 hour pharmacy, and an urgent care center.  Currently, both the gentleman and the woman can drive, but sometimes they will want to use public transportation, or have taxi or town car service.

They would prefer to have a quiet community with a swimming pool and spa, and maybe something relaxing like a garden, coy pond, or even a golf course on-site.  They will favor any type of condo that provides services that they may not always have the energy to do themselves, such as on-site private laundry service, house-keeping, and even a private entrance for a butler or personal chef to cook meals.

This couple will expect a lot of visitors and overnight guests throughout the year, so they want 2 or more extra bedrooms so their loved ones can visit any time they want, and stay as long as they want.  They also want a gated community with 24 hour security of the premises.

Obviously, this couple is not as active if you compare them to the other Cases I have mentioned, so they won’t be taking any wild outdoor trips, or anything like that.  They prefer more quiet activities such as going to the movies, the theatre, wine tasting, and museums.  They want to be in close proximity to these types of activities.

Case #4:  What I found for this Couple

I found a Luxury Condo for the elderly couple for a price of $699,000.  This Condo is near to the Cherry Creek Mall, so the couple will have food and entertainment nearby their home.  It is a relatively new property (built in 2000) and has since been completely upgraded.  This lovely Condo has 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (equipped with steam showers) and 4,047 square feet of living space.  The Master bedroom with walk-in closet is gorgeous and has plantation-type shutters.  There is also an office on the second floor and a newly upgraded and spacious basement that they can use as storage or a guest bedroom.  This couple will enjoy this Condo because there is plenty of room for guests and entertaining.  The address for this Luxury Condo is 238 South Garfield Street in Denver, Colorado, 80209 (in the Subdivision of Cherry Creek).

Final Words of Advice

Having to relocate is a stressful time in your life, no matter what your situation is or what lifestyle you are accustomed to.  I hope that by reading this article, you have a little more than just a vague idea of what to look for and ask for as you search for your Luxury Condo in Downtown Denver.

Of course, as you get closer to your goal to finding a new home, you will be able to find a realtor that can give you ALL the details of your potential new home.

Reading this article is just the start, and Downtown Denver is calling your name!  Best of luck to you and to finding your ideal Luxury Condominium in the Metropolitan Denver area!

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Luxury Condominium

So you’re ready to buy you’re first luxury condominium. You might be thinking it’s not as complicated as buying a house, but guess what? It’s more complicated. We’ve compiled a list of important things you need to consider before you purchase your new condo.

 

Location is crucial-

You’ve heard this before, it applies to any and all real estate, but in purchasing a luxury condo location carries even more weight. You’re going to be investing a large sum of money in a property, so you want to make sure of two things- that you’re sure you want to live in this area, and if this area the region is going to increase in value in the following years. You need to learn about your target neighborhood well, and the surrounding areas. Are the amenities you need, a grocery store, fitness center, school etc. close by? A realtor will know the area well and be able to answer these questions.

In real estate we have something we call the principle of progression and the principle of regression. Depending on the homes features and cost, compared to other homes in the area it may benefit from the Principle of Progression or be suffer from the Principle of Regression. Find out if your target city or the surrounding communities are developing or plan on expanding. If the answer is yes- more homes or office buildings are being built in the area- all other factors aside- you can expect the value of your condo to rise tremendously in the years following a purchase.

 

Are there currently any disputes among owners and the Condominium association is trying to resolve?

Are there any condominium laws currently being reformed?  

If one or more of the owners, or the association informs you that owners are fighting intensely over one or more issues, you should reconsider about buying into a wasps nest. Some common issues include hanging items from a balcony, pets, and age restrictions.

Ask your realtor to determine whether any amendments to the condominium by-laws are being discussed. You don’t want to be handed the keys to your new condo, and learn the next day that a new amendment had been added to the bylaws stating that every condominium owner only get one parking space. You don’t want to leave your Ferrari in the street. That is an extreme example, but there are many cases in which a change in by-laws could change your satisfaction with the property. Once you have a unit you have a vote. If the condominium is professionally managed you can ask your realtor for the number of the managing company; they’ll be glad to answer these and other questions for you.

 

Work with a realtor that knows the area and focus-

It’s critical that you have an excellent buyer agent who focuses on luxury condominiums and is familiar with the area you want to buy in. Luxury real estate agents know the legal requirements and potential liabilities of the business, which differ from the regular market.

Buying a high end condo is not the same as buying a house. There are legal differences; home owners are given total legal control of the home, including the land it sits on. When you buy a Condo, you only own the home, all the property around the house is controlled by the democratic decisions of all the owners of the complex. Meaning you may not be able to paint the door if you don’t like the color, or uproot the bush in your front lawn which you find distasteful. When you live in a Condominium your neighbors are more than just neighbors; they’re co-investors. When searching for condos remember that there are fewer open houses for high-end properties and appointments need to be made. Make sure you have a close trusting relationship with your realtor so you’ll be the first to learn about price reductions and new homes which have not been put on the market.

 

Consider the amenities you desire

 

Before you even begin to search for a condo, sit down and make a checklist of your wants, thing you’d like to have, and your needs, the must haves. If you’re an avid golfer, make sure you’re scoping properties with nice courses nearby. If you want a swimming pool, search for condominiums which have shared or personal swimming pools. How many parking spaces do you need? How far is the condo from a grocery store? The internet is your friend here, or you can call the condo’s association and speak with them.

 

Prepare your finances-

In order to narrow your search for condos, you should sit down and determine how much you are willing to spend, set a minimum and maximum price. Figure out how much down payment you can put down. In order to qualify for mortgage you should be able to put down a minimum of 20% of the purchase price; however some financial institutions may require more. Consider all costs associated with buying a condo: down payment, closing costs, appraisal, mortgage points, maintenance and taxes. Before you meet with your realtor to begin your search, you should consult with a mortgage broker to learn about the programs available and determine which would suit your needs best. It is much easier to find a condo when you have a price range.

 

Buying a luxury condominium is on is different from buying a house in more ways than one. You need to make sure you’re informed about the neighborhood you want to live in, you’re familiar with the condominium management and rules, know how you’re going to finance your purchase and more. This list will help you get started and learn about the basics, to learn more speak with your agent.

The Cortona Cherry Creek

Denver’s prestigious Cherry Creek neighborhood is one of the most desirable lifestyle choices in Denver.  The neighborhood offers upscale retail amenities, fabulous dining and independent boutiques and housing that is exceptional!  Among choices in residences in the neighborhood is the Cortona Cherry Creek Condominiums which offer 18 condo units.  The three story condominium boasts fresh design and a new standard of quality.  The building in not constructed of wood frame, but constructed of a heavier weight concrete and steel which offers residents a quiet luxury.

The Cortona offers residents unique floor plans with formal and informal dining, plenty of windows, built ins, a great room with a fireplace, elegant master suite with spa detailed bath and a fireplace, a cook’s kitchen a full second bath, second bedroom and a separate library or office. Ceilings are nine to 10 feet high and doors eight feet high with custom cabinetry throughout the units.  Each unit features an outside patio or balcony for private outdoor living space. The building is considered a neighborhood within itself and when combined with the prestigious neighborhood of Cherry Creek offers a quality living lifestyle.

Cortona offers manicured parks and green spaces close with some being accessible by the Cherry Creek bike path where they can travel to Downtown Denver.

Historic Denver: The Golden Triangle

Despite what locals will claim, the Golden Triangle in Denver is not actually a neighborhood as defined by the city, but rather an area that is notably defined by the large number of civic and cultural building and institutions which are located in it. The northern area of the Golden Triangle is officially known as the Civic Center, however.

The Golden Triangle is known for being one of the oldest areas of the city of Denver. There are various Victorian homes and bungalows which were built in the area during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Within the neighborhood are many civic institutions and a park which were planned out for the area by Denver Mayor Robert Speer between 1904 and 1919.

While the area is always under development, the following important buildings and organizations can be found within the Golden Triangle:

The Golden Triangle Museum District

The Museum District has eight museums including the History Colorado Center, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Denver Firefighters Museum, the Molly Brown House, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, the Byers-Evans House Museum, and the Denver Art Museum. These institutions feature more than 50 galleries total and are easily reached on foot. There is a historic tour called Denver Story Trek which also goes through the area.

The Curious Theatre Company

The theatre has received many awards for its productions and puts on five main-stage productions each season. The company also has an award-winning education program and offers classes and parties as well. It is located within walking distance of the museums and cafes of that make the Golden Triangle such a vibrant neighborhood.

Civic Center Park

Civic Center Park is often considered part of the downtown area, but it is actually part of the Golden Triangle. The park features a Greek amphitheater and during the summer there are various theater and music events held there. In addition, the Taste of Colorado music and food festival is held during Labor Day weekend at the park as well.

A visit to Denver would not be complete without a visit to the Golden Triangle. Parking is easy and free and visitors can easily walk from one location to the next while enjoying the many cafes and attractions in the area. Don’t forget to look at the historic architecture of many of the buildings within the Golden Triangle which can date back to the late 19th century in some cases.

Barclay Towers Offers Luxury Living in the Heart of Downtown Denver

Originally constructed in 1980 as an apartment community, the Barclay Towers was converted to a condo community in 1986. Situated in Lower Downtown Denver on the corner of Larimer Street and 16th Street, the 32-story building now features 224 luxury condos with plenty of amenities. Therefore, for those who want to live right in the middle of all of the Downtown Denver action, the Barclay Towers is a community that is certainly worth considering. Not only is the community located in a great spot, but it also features high-end amenities such as a top floor pool and sun deck, an exercise room and a Jacuzzi.

Thanks to the convenient location of the Barclay Towers, residents enjoy easy access to many of Denver’s most popular attractions. Larimer Square, for example, is located just a block away from the community. Here, residents can spend time enjoying some of Denver’s best restaurants and nightlife hotspots such as Wicked Garden and Suite 200. The Tabor Center Shopping Mall and the Cheesecake Factory are also located right across from the towers, while Writers Square and its numerous restaurants and retail establishments are also within walking distance from the community.

For those who are interested in calling the Barclay Towers home, there are one and two-bedroom units available to select from. Each of the homes the homes found in Barclay Towers offers beautiful views of the city, the mountains or LoDo, while public transportation is easily accessible. The nearby Market Street Station, for example, offers airport shuttles, while the 16th Street Mall Shuttle Bus service also makes it easier to explore the mall without having to get out and walk if you don’t want to. Some of the other amenities found at the Barclay Towers include:

•    Floor-to-ceiling windows
•    Central air and heat
•    Underground parking garage with surveillance cameras
•    Sun deck and party room, complete with kitchen, dance floor and fireplace
•    Sauna

The lounge, which is located on the top floor, also offers stunning views and a pool deck. Yet, despite the prime location, the numerous amenities and the luxury characteristics of each home, most condos in the Barclay Tower range in price from a little more than $200,000 to more than $300,000.

Bryant 25 Townhomes Offer Luxury Living In Denver

For those who are looking for a luxury condominium in Denver, the Bryant 25 Townhomes is worth a second look. Located in the Jefferson Park neighborhood off West 25th Avenue and Bryant Street, the Bryant 25 Townhomes are equipped with modern amenities and features that make them a great option for families with children.

Thanks to the size of the three-story luxury homes found in the Bryant 25 Townhomes community, families will find that they have plenty of room to roam when they purchase one of these homes. Unlike some large homes, however, residents do not have to give up luxury in order to gain more space. In fact, some of the features found with these homes include private decks, private balconies and terraces, state-of-the-art appliances, two-car garages and wood floors. Other features typically found in Bryant 25 Townhomes include open floor plans, gas fireplaces, designer lighting and gourmet kitchens featuring 5-burner gas ranges and built-in microwaves. Master suites can be found on the top floor of the townhomes, while custom lighting and closets can be found throughout each unit.

With only 8 units to select from, the Bryant 25 Townhomes community is quite exclusive. Yet, when considering the great location, the amenities, the size of the homes and the beautiful views of Downtown Denver, the price of a Bryant 25 Townhome is actually quite reasonable. For a 3 bedroom, 5 bath home with more than 2,000 square feet of living space, buyers can typically find a home in at Bryant 25 in the $500,000 to $600,000 price range.

In addition to the luxury features found within the homes in the Bryant 25 Townhomes community, the community is also located conveniently near to the numerous restaurants and shops found in the nearby Highlands. Furthermore, Invesco Field is located just to the south, while the classic Denver of Lower Downtown is located right across I-25. The Aquarium and the Denver Children’s Museum are also both located near to the community. It is due to the convenience location of the Jefferson Park neighborhood combined with the relatively affordable housing that has made the neighborhood a place of interest for those who want to enjoy all that the Denver area has to offer.

Open House at Beauvallon Condominium Association

The prestigious Beauvallon Condominium Association is hosting an Open House on Thursday, July 28 after having completed a major renovation. The whole community has been completely redone. The two towers have retained their European flare and details and offer a unique living experience.  It boasts a 5th level Garden area, complete with swimming pool, hot tub and Garden area that provides residents with panoramic views of the mountains and the skyline of Denver. Exceptional concierge service is offered at both of the towers.

The Beauvallon Condominium Association was recently awarded First Place HOA of the Year Award for Medium Community for the Rocky Mountain Chapter Community Associations Institute. Located conveniently at 925 and 975 Lincoln St., this property is centrally located to all that downtown Denver has to offer.

Schedule:

Thursday July 28th, 2011
2:00 – 4:00  Realtors®
4:00 – 5:00 Realtors® & Residents Mixer (Light refreshments will be served)

Call (303)860-7311 for details.

Website: www.Beauvallon-condo.com