Dec. 8, 2022

55+ Active Adult Communities on the East Side of the Denver Metro Area

If you are looking for a 55+ active community, on the East side of Denver, you have four options with different price points.   In each of these communities there are planned events and day trips.

Windsor Gardens - East Denver

This community of condos is located off Alameda and Dayton in Denver 80247.   You will find 1-3 bedroom condos most with balconies/lanais and some are enclosed.   These condos were built from 1962 to 1972.    Today, the average sales price is $272,000.    There are currently 28 units available from $165,000 to $409,000.

The HOA fee includes heat, insurance for the building, grounds maintenance, water/sewer, snow removal, trash/recycling, and there is a clubhouse, fitness center, golf course, and a community pool.

Heather Gardens - Aurora

This community has high-rise condo buildings, 3-story buildings, and townhomes South of Yale East of I-225 Aurora, CO 80014.   You will find 2-3 bedrooms and they were built from 1973 to 1983.   Today, the average sales price is $303,554.   There are currently 27 units available from $210,000 to $474,900.

The HOA fee varies depending on where you purchase within Heather Gardens.   Most include grounds maintenance, trash/recycling, water/sewer, and snow removal.   There is underground parking in the high-rise towers.   There is a clubhouse, community pool, hot tub, fitness center, and golf course.

Heritage Eagle Bend - Aurora

This community offers townhomes, paired homes, and single-family homes off Gartrell and Aurora Parkway in Aurora CO  80016.    You will find 2-4 bedrooms and these properties were built from 2000-2018.   Today, the average sales price is $616,457.   There are currently 5 properties available from $639,000 to $949,900.

The HOA fee varies depending on if the property is multi-family or single-family, but the amenities include grounds maintenance, the community is gated with 24/7 security, state of the arts Clubhouse with a restaurant, fitness center, golf course, tennis courts, and a community pool.

Inspiration - Aurora

This is the newest 55+ active adult community and offers single-family homes in Aurora CO  80016.   These properties have 2-4 bedrooms, and the properties do have basements, but most are not finished.   They have 2-4 car garage spaces.  There is still construction happening, but the community began in 2016.   Today, the average sales price is $738,722.   There are currently 5 properties available ranging from $787,360 to $1,110,690.

the HOA fee includes grounds maintenance of common areas, trash/recycling, snow removal, and has a clubhouse, fitness center, park, tennis courts, trails, and a community pool.

 

Need more information?   Give me a call - Joan Cox - 720-231-6373.

 

Dec. 6, 2022

What Should you Look for in a Neighborhood?

You are moving into a new City, and wondering where to live......  What specifics should you be looking for?   That differs with each buyer!

Think about what you want nearby -

  • Grocery Store
  • Kids' School
  • A Park to walk the pup or the kids to play
  • Walking distance to a Coffee shop
  • Community pool and/or Rec Center
  • HOA or not
  • Easy access to the highway
  • Easy commute to work

When you think you have found the right neighborhood, walk around on a weekend, and talk to the neighbors.   Ask them why they like living there.

 

Or, do you want to live in the Country and don't want to hear traffic noise?  Don't want to see a "sea of houses" when looking out your windows, and would rather see nature?

 

Call me and we can discuss all of your options!    Start your search HERE!

 

 

Dec. 5, 2022

Ready to Cut Down your very own Christmas Tree?

 

Which tree to choose?

It once again is that time of year when you start thinking about the Christmas Tree.     The U.S. Forest Service sells annual permits for those adventurous individuals that want to pick out their very own Christmas Tree.    There are designated areas in which the trees must be cut down.   At this time, you will only be able to cut a tree down in the Red Feather Lakes region or Winter Park.  The other areas are sold out.    Tree-cutting permits will be available from 12/5 to 12/13/15.

 

Cutting a Christmas tree also improves forest health.  the permit system helps to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees.  Local forest health experts identify areas that benefit from thinning trees that tend to be the perfect size for Christmas trees.  Removing these trees in designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can open areas that provide forage for wildlife.

 

You can pick up your permit in the region you are cutting down the tree.   In most areas - it is $20.00 per tree.    Here is the information that will show you where you can find the US Forest Service Office.   More information on Tree Cutting.

 

If your family has never cut down a live tree, the kids probably will never forget this experience!  

 

Here are a couple of nursery options (in SE Denver) where you will find pre-cut Christmas trees -

 

Pine Lane Nursery - 18200 Apache Drive, Parker, CO  80134  303-841-3009

 

Nick's Garden Center - 2001 S. Chambers Road, Aurora, CO  80014  303-696-6657

 

Frank's Neighborhood Christmas Trees - Southlands Shopping Center, Aurora  720-840-0515

 

Jolly Christmas Trees - 4258 S. Parker Road, Aurora, CO  720-939-6612

 

 

Happy Christmas Tree shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 1, 2022

Parade of Lights - Downtown Denver - Sat. December 3, 2022

 

 

 

The City of Denver will provide Denver residents with some grand entertainment on Saturday!  The 48th annual Parade of Lights will be held in downtown Denver with a 2-mile route for families to enjoy the lights and sounds of a Holiday parade.

 

 

 

Saturday night - 12/03   Parade will begin at 6 pm

 

 

 

You won’t want to miss the sparkling lights, marching bands, ornate floats and delightful characters including Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa, as they take to the streets of Downtown.  Spectator viewing for the Parade is free all along the two-mile route or purchase grandstand tickets for seating in front of the City & County Building.   The Parade will last approximately one hour.

 

The weather is expected to be very mild, so not as important to bundle up the kiddos as in past years.   Stop into some of the restaurants and cafes along the route to enjoy some hot chocolate or adult beverages.

 

 

 

 

The parade route will begin in front of Civic Center Park and 14th Avenue and will continue along the 2-mile route with Santa bringing up the rear.

 

 

The 16th Street Mall free shuttle will not run during the one-hour parade.   Plan ahead if you plan to drive downtown and find a parking space.

 

 

The light rail will be a great option to get downtown, and exit at 18th & Stout for the best location.  The service will uninterrupted before and after the Parade.   During the Parade, service will not be available to Stout & California and between 14th & 18th.   It is advised to get there early, approximately one hour.   There is standing room along the route, or you can bring chairs.

 

 

 

There are Grandstand tickets available for purchase, however, the parade is free.   The Grandstand tickets are $40.00 

 

 

 

 

This is a great kick-off to the Holiday season.   Come and enjoy the festivities of the Parade of Lights, the Holiday decorations all over downtown Denver.     

 

 

 

 

While you are downtown, there are several options for Denver lofts, call me if you have always thought about having a loft downtown!

 

 

 

 

Nov. 23, 2022

Does the HOA include Snow Shoveling?

 

 

We see the HOA takes care of grounds maintenance.   Does that mean they will have the snow shoveled in the winter?

 

 

When an HOA says they will take care of grounds maintenance, this means they maintain the entry or common areas within the community.     If you are buying a single-family detached home, snow shoveling is not included in the HOA fee.    Homeowners are responsible for the removal of snow from all sidewalks (if it is a corner lot - all sidewalks) and must be shoveled within 24 hours from the time the snowfall stops.    A homeowner needs to have all sidewalks and a path on the driveway to the front door removed.    If you are a repeat offender, the City of Denver (and other cities in the metro area) will fine you.

 

On the other hand, if you purchase a "cluster/patio home or condo/townhome" this service is usually taken care of through the HOA.    Each HOA has different inclusions and will state in its documentation what services they provide.   Most agents provide what the HOA services are provided for each listing in the MLS, but always good to verify what is included in this monthly fee.     Even though this service is provided, it usually is spelled out clearly that shoveling will be provided after receiving 2-4" or more snow.   Usually good if you have your own snow shovel, just in case.  

 

This service is nice especially if you travel, and you don't have to worry about cleaning your driveway.     Some years we get quite a bit of snow, some years we are spared a bit.

 

Posted in Buyer Tips
Nov. 22, 2022

How Did Luxury Homes Sell in Denver for October 2022

A Luxury Home can be identified differently in cities across the country, but in Denver, my Luxury blog posts will report on detached single-family homes listed in the Denver metro area for over $1.3 million.  (Over the years I have used $1 million as luxury, but with our rising home values, had the need to increase this amount.)  Some have mountain and/or city views, and some properties back to a golf course, or have water views all to compliment one's lifestyle.  (however, we don't have much water)  Some are updated with products from around the world, and some have expansive square footage or acreage.     Whatever a Buyer is looking for, most likely if you have over $1.3 million, you can find it in Denver or in the surrounding suburbs.   

  

Here is how the luxury market fared for the month of October 2022 -

Total sales - 166 homes ranging from $1,300,000 to $8,675,000 (last month was 221 homes, 2021 was 357)   

Average Days on Market - 29 days (last month was 33 days last month and 2021 was 26 days)

Sellers saw - 98.3% to list price

Average price per SF (Total) - $575.84 (last month was $561.68)

These homes were built from 1885 to 2022

There was a significant drop in sales for October.   33% of the sales were paid with cash, same as the month of September.    There are 595 actives today with 80 days on market, and 206 in pending status with 73 days on market.

 

The highest-priced home sold was $8,675,000 in the Denver Metro and is in The Polo Club.  This home was built in 1961, on 1.1 acres.  It has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and a 4-car garage.  This home has 9,755 square feet and was sold off-market in zero days. 

 

Looking for a home on acreage and private?    With mountain views?    Or would you like to see what homes are for sale over $1,000,000?   How about a home in a gated community?

Short Sale homes for sale

Contact me for bank-owned properties for sale

 

Football season is upon us, but a media room would be equally as nice to watch a movie with the family and/or friends.   

 

There are 595  homes for sale in the Denver metro area listed over $1,300,000 up to $28,888,888.   They have been on the market for an average of 80 days and these homes were built from 1887 to 2024.     There are no bank-owned properties currently on the market, nor any short sales active.

 

There are 206 homes currently pending over $1,300,000 up to $17,900,000 with an average of 73 days on market.    These homes were built from 1859 to 2023.    

 

Here is how 2020 compared to 2021

Total Sales             2020 - 2,739                  2021 - 4,487

Days on Market      2020 - 53 days              2021 - 27 days

Average Price Sold   2020 - $1,302,500       2021 - 1,350,000

% Seller Saw to List    2020 - 97.06%             2021 - 100%

 

With home values on the rise, we are seeing more sales over $1 million.    I did bump the price point to $1.3 million for 2022.    It isn't unusual to see a million-dollar home.   We are seeing some homes linger a bit longer on the market now.

 

I have obtained my luxury marketing certification which has given me a multitude of new ideas.    If you have seen a home in this post this intrigues you, give me a call - 720-231-6373.   

 

 

Nov. 10, 2022

Talking about the HOA Fees - Why do they Differ?

There are HOA fees on condos, townhomes, paired homes, and newer communities of single family homes.   Each HOA charges a different fee, and includes different amenities.  

 

When looking at condos - most HOA fees include the exterior structure and roof, trash, insurance on the building, snow removal and grounds maintenance.   But, there are exceptions.

When looking at townhomes and paired homes - most will include trash, snow removal, insurance for the building, and grounds maintenance, but some don't include the structure and/or roof and you need to see if the water/sewer is paid by HOA or homeowner.

One thing I want to emphasize --- when you buy a condo or townhome, be sure to get HO6 insurance.  This is usually a contents policy covering everything inside the unit.   Also, if there is a special assessment, this will cover all but your deductible.   This can mean a lot if the special assessment runs into the thousands! 

Fees for both condos and townhomes can vary, and it depends on the size of the development.   If it is a larger community, and offers pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and playground, the fees may be lower due to many homeowners paying HOA fees.   A smaller development will have higher fees for the services offered.   If there is a lot of grassy areas, landscaping fees and watering of the grass has increased substantially over the last few years, and will be costly.

When looking at single family homes - these are the lowest HOA fees you will see.   The HOA fees usually only include trash/recycling, but some developments have a community pool and/or tennis courts and maybe even a clubhouse, which increases the fees.

 

Still have questions?    Give me a call, I can help you understand the HOA fees!

 

 

Posted in Buyer Tips
Nov. 8, 2022

Holiday Food & Gift Festival in Denver

The Holiday Food & Gift Festival is enjoying its 36th annual event in Denver,    There will be hundreds of exhibitors to view their one-of-a-kind gifts and finish your Holiday shopping early!   This is the largest festival of its kind within miles, and will be worth the visit!  

 

Featuring art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodcraft, music, photography, toys, Christmas decor, and much more to complete your Christmas list!  

There is a large gourmet food area where you can sample and purchase a wide range of food items including chocolates, pasta, soups, dips, meats, coffee, jams, shortbread, salsas, oils & vinegars, honey, sauces, and many more delights!

 

Santa Claus makes an early appearance at the festival and is available each day for kids of all ages. Easy to find, the jolly fellow is in the rear of the show.

 

 

WHERE:   National Western Complex, Hall of Education & Expo Hall
4655 Humboldt St
Denver, CO 80216

 

ADMISSION:   $14.00 Adults
                          $13.00 Senior 
                          12 and under FREE

Admission is good for ALL THREE DAYS

$1.00 off coupons available here

 

WHEN:    November 18th - 20th, 2022

Friday – 10am-6pm
Saturday – 10am-6pm
Sunday – 10am-5pm
Tickets will be available for purchase on-site, the day of the event.

Santa’s Hours:
Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 10:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm

 


 

This post courtesy of Joan Cox, House to Home, Inc.

 

 

Nov. 1, 2022

Home Sales in Parker CO - September 2022

 

You will find this quaint town Southeast of Denver proper, and about 20 miles or 30 minutes.  It is easy to catch the light rail at Lincoln, if you work downtown, or somewhere along the line.    There are about 61,492 residents in the Town of Parker, and Main Street is a fun place to dine, listen to live music or enjoy the retail outlets.

 

If you are looking to buy a home in Parker, there is quite a variety of home styles and neighborhoods.   You can buy a condo or a multi-acre ranch outside the city limits, yet just a few minutes into town.  

 

Sales for September 2022

180 homes sold ranging from $450,000 to $5,050,000 (143 sold last month)

 Average days on market - 35 days  Median days 24  (22 last month)

Average sales price was $689,950  (last month was $730,000)

Sellers saw 98.94% to list price  (last month was 99.59%)  

These homes were built from 1965 to new builds (2022)

 

As I write this post, there are 324 listings, which is a bit of an increase from last month (307) available with 173 pending listings.   There are a few higher-end neighborhoods with multi-million dollar homes, yet even these homes are selling fairly quickly.   Parker is seeing a bit of a slowdown as well, as the active listings have 56 days on market, and the pending properties have 45 days on market.

 

The highest sale was in rural Parker and sold for $5,050,000.  This home is on 75 acres, was built in 1999, has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a 4-car garage.    The home has 9,297 total square feet.    It was on the market for 0 days and went pending before sign went up.   

 

Looking for a home in Parker CO?    Check out this link for the current active listings - 

HOMES FOR SALE IN PARKER CO

 

Are you looking for a home on acreage?    

 

 

 

If you would like to know more about the Town of Parker, please give me a call.  720-231-6373 

 

Oct. 26, 2022

Luxury Home Sales in Denver - September 2022

A Luxury Home can be identified differently in cities across the country, but in Denver, my Luxury blog posts will report on detached single-family homes listed in the Denver metro area for over $1.3 million.  (Over the years I have used $1 million as luxury, but with our rising home values, had the need to increase this amount.)  Some have mountain and/or city views, and some properties back to a golf course, or have water views all to compliment one's lifestyle.  (however, we don't have much water)  Some are updated with products from around the world, and some have expansive square footage or acreage.     Whatever a Buyer is looking for, most likely if you have over $1.3 million, you can find it in Denver or in the surrounding suburbs.   

  

Here is how the luxury market fared for the month of September 2022 -

Total sales - 221 homes ranging from $1,300,000 to $5,899,999 (last month was 339 homes, 2021 was 391)   

Average Days on Market - 33 days (last month was 23 days last month and 2021 was 25 days)

Sellers saw - 98.33% to list price

Average price per SF (Total) - $561.68 (last month was $546.99)

These homes were built from 1890 to 2022

There was a significant drop in sales for September, and wondering how much the elections are influencing sales in the luxury sector.   33% of the sales were paid with cash.    There are 595 actives today with 77 days on market, and 259 in pending status with 64 days on market.

 

The highest-priced home sold was $5,899,999 in the Denver Metro and is in Chatfield Ridge.  This home was built in 2009, on 41.25 acres.  It has 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and a 16-car garage (yes, 16 spaces!).  This home has 15,023 square feet and was sold in 67 days. 

 

Looking for a home on acreage and private?    With mountain views?    Or would you like to see what homes are for sale over $1,000,000?   How about a home in a gated community?

Short Sale homes for sale

Contact me for bank-owned properties for sale

 

Football season is upon us, but a media room would be equally as nice to watch a movie with the family and/or friends.   

 

There are 595  homes for sale in the Denver metro area listed over $1,300,000 up to $28,888,888.   They have been on the market for an average of 77 days and these homes were built from 1886 to 2024.     There are no bank-owned properties currently on the market, nor any short sales active.

 

There are 259 homes currently pending over $1,300,000 up to $17,900,000 with an average of 64 days on market.    These homes were built from 1859 to 2023.    

 

Here is how 2020 compared to 2021

Total Sales             2020 - 2,739                  2021 - 4,487

Days on Market      2020 - 53 days              2021 - 27 days

Average Price Sold   2020 - $1,302,500       2021 - 1,350,000

% Seller Saw to List    2020 - 97.06%             2021 - 100%

 

With home values on the rise, we are seeing more sales over $1 million.    I did bump the price point to $1.3 million for 2022.    It isn't unusual to see a million-dollar home.   We are seeing some homes linger a bit longer on the market now.

 

I have obtained my luxury marketing certification which has given me a multitude of new ideas.    If you have seen a home in this post this intrigues you, give me a call - 720-231-6373.