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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Making Green Living Last

More and more of us are aware of the need to preserve Mother Earth, and more and more of us have gone green.  Green can be a part of our daily lives, and each day when you take out your recycling bin, you do have the reward of saving the landfills from unnecessary waste.

According to Cleanair.org each year Americans throw away enough plastic and paper cups spoons, forks, to circle the equator 300 times.  That is a tremendous amount of waste, and that is only a fraction of the trillions of items that go into our landfills.

Cleanair reports that disposable diapers are one of the nation’s highest contributors in landfills taking up about 4% of solid waste.

According to the EPA’s 2010 report, Americans generated 250 million tons of trash I 2010 with less than a third of that being recycled.

The reports are outrageous, and go on and on.  The new trend is to reduce, reuse, and recycle- simply called living green.  Honorable Americans across the nation are finding ways to practice green standards and not only help preserve to Mother Earth but cut down on household expenses.

Being green isn’t just about recycling.  It is about extending the lives of things by repairing them. It is also about home grown foods and preserving home grown foods.  Green living is a standard of living that is designed to save the planet and to save money.

How to Make Eco-Friendly Life Changes

Stop Buying the Disposables

We are a disposable society, and one of our greatest conveniences is bottled water.  Taking the simple measure to not buy water is a green measure and one that doesn’t cost a single penny.  Another disposable that is easy to replace is paper towels with hand towels.

Conserve Energy

During the winter months enjoy the comforts of warm, cozy socks and throw blankets by setting your thermostat down a few degrees.  During the summer months do the opposite.

Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs.

When your appliances are not in use unplug them.

Whenever possible, wash your clothes in cold water.  Also when possible, hang dry your clothes.

Save Water

There are a number of ways to reduce your consumption of water.

Shorten your showers, which will not only lower your water bill but your heating bill too.

Plant native plants that require little water.

On each faucet install a faucet aerator.

Install a low flow showerhead.
Park the Car

When possible park the car and walk, bike or take the bus.  This not only saves on your fuel costs and parking costs but it omits less emissions into the air.  Walking and biking is also very good for cardiovascular health.

Eat Smart
Green standards are about eating local and organic foods and eating healthy.  If you are a meat eater purchase locally raised, humane and organic meat as well as your fruits and vegetables.  Try to have one meatless meal each week, which cuts down on cost and considered to be healthier for the environment.

Think before You Buy
There are a number of products that are eco-friendly; materials like bamboo are being used in sheets to make eco-friendly sheets, the wood in play swings has standards that most companies now follow, and more.  There is also second hand shopping which is a great savings.

Visit the Library over the Bookstore
Visit the library over purchasing books at the bookstore.  This saves money as well as ink and paper that goes into printing the books.

Buy Smart
When purchasing clothes look at the care instructions and avoid those that must be dry cleaned. Also purchase garments and household materials that are made from eco-friendly and recyclable materials.

Recycle
It is important to know what to recycle.  Batteries for instance should never go in the trash.  Electronics are another item that should not be thrown in the trash.  With batteries, they can be recycled, and some electronics can be, as well.  At the least, they can be donated.

Mae Your Own Cleaning Supplies

With a few household items you can have an effective cleaning solution.  Vinegar, baking soda and lemon are all great ingredients to clean and disinfect surfaces.

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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!

Purchasing a Condominium Downtown

If you wish to buy a condominium in the downtown area you should know that it is different than buying a home. People tend to think of condos as small houses without the yard work, but in fact, condominiums and homes are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. It is a great time to buy real estate downtown, but you should keep several things you should do when you beginning your search for your new home.

  1. Learn about the neighborhood and amenities- Especially if you’re moving somewhere specifically for the art of restaurant scene. Nevertheless, you should be as comfortable with the niche of the condominium as the condominium itself. Take time to find out how far the amenities you need and want are from your condo. I recommend walkscore.com to my clients. You can find out how far the closest coffee shop, grocery store, movie theatre, park etc is. This is especially important if you prefer to walk to these places, or say if you’d like to find out if there’s a park nearby to complete your daily morning jog, or walk your dog. You also want to make sure the area is safe. Don’t compromise your safety to live in a cheaper condo that you think is a good deal. You can call the city’s chamber of commerce for a crime data report or ask your realtor. Don’t forget you won’t be living in the suburbs in a single family home, you’ll be in the center of the city which means you’ll be doing a lot more walking or biking; you want to know you’re safe and have amenities close by. Your house will also sell faster if you have more amenities in the area, because it will appeal to as many people as possible.
  2. Consider buying in up-and –coming areas-many cities have areas downtown which are being development. Ask your realtor is such an area exists. If you find an area which is being gentrified you should consider searching for homes in that area because not only will you get a good deal on a home, but the value of the condo will rise more than the rest of the cities, over time. You’ll be glad you did this because you’ll find yourself living in a new section of downtown where many stores and buildings will be new, and you will make a great chunk of money off your investment when you’re ready to sell.
  3. Hire a realtor who knows the condo scene and the area- you don’t want to work with a realtor who doesn’t know the area you are looking at well, or one who doesn’t focus specifically on condominiums. You’ll find that having a realtor who focuses on your needs will be able to offer you advice others in the field cannot, such as informing you about condos which have not been put out on the market yet, or about sellers who are about to reduce their price. There are certain legal requirements and potential liabilities involved with downtown condominiums; you need an experienced agent to ensure your best interest is met.
  4. Browse multiple buildings- to get the feel for different features and offerings. You’ll never know your options until you exhaust your resources, so you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to find something you really like. Look for a unit with the IT factor while you are browsing, the qualities in a condominium which set it apart and make it incredible. It could be the large deck, the spacious kitchen, the spectacular view, commercial appliance package or beautiful lighting/entertainment. The IT factor will be important down the line because it is important to have something in your condo which stands out because there are many units in the city selling for less than market value. Buying in a depressed market offers buyers an exceptional opportunity to buy diamonds in the rough for bottom line pricing and low rates. Finding a killer condo which has IT can make the difference in selling your house at a good price.
  5. Ask about condo rules and fees- You should speak with the condo association and ask for a copy of the by-laws or a short list of rules. Make sure you look over the rules well, because once you buy a home, you can’t turn back. If you need one or more parking spaces make sure that you are given those spaces with your home. If you have a pet, you need to find out whether pets are allowed. Some condos do not allow you to paint the walls, or renovating part of your unit. Other condominiums only allow residents to use the swimming pool or common area at certain hours. Some condominiums require residents to end parties at certain hours. Know the condominium rules and regulations so you’re not surprised by anything when you move in.

When you’re searching for a condominium downtown you need to consider much more than price and payment options. Several things should be considered so you feel happy with your new home. This list above is not exhaustive but it will help you get a start on your search, and your realtor can help you with the rest.

Qualities of a Luxury Condo in Colorado

For those who want all of the quality and high-end amenities that can be found in luxury homes in Colorado without all of the responsibilities of maintenance and upkeep, a luxury condo can be a great alternative. The best part of luxury condos in Colorado for many buyers is that there is a no need to worry about attending to yards or the building itself, there is an expectation that all of the properties will be kept up and beautiful, and that no one will make additions or alterations which could negatively affect the property value for everyone else.

If you are looking for a luxury condo in Denver or the surrounding communities, here are four things to consider:

Location and view. The views are spectacular for most areas of the city, but consider some areas like the Golden Triangle and some of the historic neighborhoods of the city as well. These locations provide history and a community feel that many luxury condo owners are looking for.

Amenities. Be sure that the condo has the amenities you need such as top of the line appliances, parking, and extras like access to hiking trails and parks.

Outdoor space. While Denver and the surrounding communities are known for the large number of hiking, biking, and riding trails and green spaces, be sure that the condo you select provides the outdoor space you may need for relaxing or entertaining.

Size. It is possible to get large, luxury condos and not give up any of the space that people typically associate with living in a luxury home. To do so requires an agent who really knows the local luxury properties and market, though, so be sure to find the right real estate agent to help you find the right luxury condo.

Finding a Luxury Condo Community with the Perfect Amenities

When searching for the perfect Colorado condo, there are several things to take into consideration. In addition to looking at the location, nearby attractions and services, cost and characteristics of the building and the condo units, you should also consider the amenities that are available with the condo. One of the great advantages of living in a condo is the fact that you share the cost of certain luxuries with the other residents while also avoiding the need to maintain these amenities on your own. Therefore, as you search for the perfect condo to suit your needs, be sure to consider the amenities that are included in your community association fees.

Relaxing After a Long Day

High-end condos will offer plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Heated swimming pools with private poolside cabanas and spas are amenities commonly found in luxury condos.  Other items meant to help you rest and unwind after a long day include club lounges, onsite restaurants and beautifully landscaped courtyards. Private theaters available only to residents and their guests are also found in many luxury condo communities.

Get Active and Stay in Shape

In addition to offering opportunities for rest and relaxation, luxury condo communities typically offer exercise equipment and facilities for getting active. State-of-the-art fitness centers and Har-Tru Tennis courts offer excellent opportunities for staying in shape. Some luxury condo communities are also located on or near to golf courses.

Maintaining Your Privacy

Privacy is also an important consideration when choosing a luxury condo. From controlled access parking garages to entries that are manned and gated, you can enjoy an elevated level of security and safety when you move to a luxury community.

If you are interested in learning more about available luxury condo communities, contact The Home Cart team. We have years of experience helping people just like you find the perfect luxury condo community to call home.

What Makes a Perfect Luxury Condo?

When a building and its amenities cater to your particular lifestyle, you have found the perfect luxury condo. By most people’s definition, luxury condominium buildings feature quality construction and tasteful architectural details. Common areas may be anything from fertile, Eden-like gardens to rooftop sundecks with cabanas and a full bar. The definition of the “perfect” luxury condo varies by personal taste, but overall, the luxury condo offers superior service to meet the high standards of its residents.

On-Site Amenities

The best luxury condo buildings have on-site staff that includes a concierge, valet and other members to provide services to the buildings residents, such as restaurant delivery, dog walking, and the procurement of theater and sporting event tickets. The best buildings feature infinity pools, or at the very least, resort-style pools surrounded by a sundeck. Jacuzzis are standard as is a state-of the art fitness facility. Ideal luxury condo buildings also employ a valet to park, wash and even detail your car. The services that you feel are important will define whether or not the condo you are looking at is the perfect one.

Kitchen

Very often it is the kitchen that makes or breaks the sale of luxury homes, and condos are no exception. Gourmet kitchens are in demand, whether the resident does his own cooking or has a personal chef. Top-of-the line appliances, typically with a stainless steel finish, are common. Professional ranges and dishwashers, granite or other slab countertops and fine wood cabinetry are desirable features. If you cook, you know the importance of good lighting and luxury condos generally cater to this need. From under-cabinet lighting to brighten up a work surface to overhead lighting, a gourmet kitchen offers it all.

Baths

The bathroom is usually second in importance only to the kitchen, and bathrooms in luxury condos are magnificent. In fact, think “spa” when envisioning the perfect condo’s bathrooms. Custom materials, such as imported stone and rich wood set the elegant stage. Other common features include electronic faucets, towel warmers, shower rain heads and heated floors. Some developers go all out and opt for tanning showers, bubbler tubs with fountains and fireplaces.

Views

Depending upon location, a view may or may not be a part of your picture of the perfect luxury condo. In Denver, a view of the city’s lights or the mountains is so quintessentially luxurious; it’s almost impossible to put a price on it. The ideal luxury condo also provides dual-glazed windows through which to gaze at the sumptuous view.

Guest Suite

Whether you reserve this room for guests or transform it into a library or home office, the extra suite is a must in a luxury condo. Some newer condos are now offering separate units as suites that you can rent, for a reasonable fee, to accommodate the overflow of guests.

Condos, luxury or otherwise, are attractive for the low-maintenance lifestyle they provide. Life in a condo means not having to concern yourself with grounds up-keep and other home maintenance matters. Luxury condos provide that freedom, plus all the amenities that make your life easier.

About the author: Kimberley Kelly is a real estate agent in Palm Springs, a Southern Desert community in California. You can search Palm Springs luxury condos on Kim’s website or learn more about Kim by reading her La Quinta homes blog.