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!