Oct. 5, 2021

Pop-Up Pumpkin Patches in Aurora CO

Saying farewell to Summer is tough, but many enjoy the feel and smell of Fall.  The vibrant colors, the leaves, the pumpkins, pumpkin latte, and the sweater weather again.


Buying your pumpkins at the local grocery store or hardware store, why not go to a pumpkin patch and select your OWN pumpkin!    You can get a unique pumpkin perfect for the photo op, or a regular pumpkin to carve - whatever your heart desires!   


For a limited time only, the following areas will have not only pumpkins but decorating kits available while supplies last.    Find your perfect pumpkin to take home for free!   With Halloween around the corner, the City of Aurora wants to be sure everyone has a pumpkin to decorate.  Plan to arrive early, as again, supplies will be in short supply.


Do you want a pumpkin for the kiddos to carve, or maybe an adult to carve?  Or, do you want the pumpkins for Fall decor to bring color to your front porch?

Nothing quite spells "fall is here," like a pumpkin patch outing and these events will be held on four days from 3 to 5 pm at four different parks around town - 


~ POP-UP DAY ONE - October 7th - Moorhead Park -  2390 Havana St.


~ POP-UP DAY TWO - October 14th - Olympic Park - 15501 E. Yale Ave.


~ POP-UP DAY THREE - October 20th - Fletcher Plaza - 9800 E. Colfax Ave.


~ POP-UP DAY FOUR - October 21 - Appaloosa Park - 5575 S. DeGaulle St.


Are you needing carving ideas on what you want to the finished product to look like?    There are many sites out there that will give you some ideas for carving depending on your style.     80 best Pumpkin Carving Ideas


If you are out at one of these parks, and love a neighborhood -- give me a call would love to show homes!   Give me a call - Joan Cox - House to Home, Inc.  720-231-6373





Oct. 2, 2021

Things to do in Denver - Pumpkin Harvest Festival


It's Fall, and it's time for PUMPKINS!    Come and enjoy the Pumpkin Harvest Festival at 4 Mile Historic Park.     Bring the family, friends, and neighbors - FREE ENTRY!


  • Find the perfect pumpkin in the patch
  • Create a Scarecrow - SOLD OUT
  • Ax throwing
  • S'Mores Station
  • Prairie Games - Fall-themed
  • Listen & dance to old-time music
  • Create historic crafts
  • Tractor Rides
  • Marketplace
  • Try to Play an Instrument
  • Live Music

** Charge for pumpkins and some activities - all proceeds go toward the education of Four Mile Historic Park


WHEN:   October 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2021    10 am - 4 pm both days

WHERE:   715 S. Forest St., Denver, CO  80246

COST:    $16  Adults

               $15 Seniors & Military

               $10 Youth

                Children under 6 are FREE


The Four Mile Historic House is the oldest standing structure and you can take the guided tour.    For more information about this event or this historic home, please call 720-865-0800 or visit Pumpkin Harvest Festival.


Sept. 30, 2021

How did the Luxury homes fare for August 2021?


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 million.   Some have mountain and/or city views, 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 on acreage.     Whatever a Buyer is looking for, most likely if you have over $1 million, you can find it in Denver or in the surrounding suburbs.   


Here is how the luxury market fared for the month of August 2021

Total sales - 417 homes ranging from $1,000,000 to $5,100,000 (last month was 462 homes, 2020 was 289)

Average Days on Market - 16 days (last month was 12 days last month and 2020 was 50 days)

Average price per SF (Total) - $311.23 (last month was $312.39)

These homes were built from 1870 to 2021


The highest-priced home sold was $5,100,000 in the Denver Metro and is in the Highlands.   First time ever to see a theater sold for someone to renovate and live in, but a very up and coming area.   This theater was built in 1926, on .22 acres.   This theater has 18,455 square feet and was on the market for 128 days.


Even many of our luxury homes are going pending quickly and seeing multiple offers.   The early summer there was strong sales, but as school was back in session, even the luxury market slowed down a bit.


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?  

Short Sale homes for sale

Contact me for bank-owned properties for sale



With Fall around the corner, so are the Holidays.    Have you been yearning for a kitchen to die for?   More room to prepare the Holiday dinners for a crowd?


Today, you will find 485 homes for sale in the Denver metro area listed over $1,000,000 up to $25,000,000.   They have been on the market for an average of 84 days and these homes were built from 1886 to 2022.   This amount has decreased minimally from last month.


There are 488 homes currently pending over $1,000,000 up to $16,950,000 with an average 52 days on market.    These homes were built from 1885 to 2022.    (This amount has decreased from 486 last month.)


Here is how 2019 compared to 2020

Total Sales             2019 - 1,810                  2020 - 2,739

Days on Market      2019 - 61 days              2020 - 53 days

Average Price Sold   2019 - $1,300,000       2020 - 1,302,500

% Seller Saw to List    2019 - 97.65%             2020 - 97.06%


With the equity increases we have seen over the last several years, it is not unusual to see homes priced over $1,000,000 now all over the City.  


I have obtained my luxury marketing certification and 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.   



Sept. 23, 2021

NEW LISTING - 10276 Riverstone Drive, Parker CO 80134

This stunning two-story home shows very Tuscan, with paint and decor.   The open floor plan is apparent when you enter the home, perfect for entertaining.    Located in the back of the Stonegate neighborhood and is so quiet.

10276 Riverstone Drive

Parker, CO   80134

Priced at $700,000



~ 3 bedrooms plus an office/den and a loft

~ 3 bathrooms (F, F, H)

~ 2,676 finished square feet above ground plus 750 in basement unfinished

~ All kitchen appliances are included as well as the washer/dryer

~ Amazing remodeled Main Bathroom & closet organizer

~ New triple paine windows & Plantation shutters, exterior home recently painted

~ New Furnace & Air Conditioner

~ 2-car over-sized attached garage

~ Built 2000

~ Outdoor space has grill & pergola with pavers excellent for enjoying Colorado's beautiful weather, lush area (sad the flowers are done for the year)

~ Home faces South - perfect for snow shoveling

~ Located in Douglas County School District

~ GREAT location being close to everything!




I believe this home will go pending quickly, so if you like this home, set a showing soon!   Showings begin Friday 9 am.


Sept. 22, 2021

NEW LISTING - Pride's Crossing - Aurora CO 80015

You won't want to miss this ranch style townhome in a small enclave in Prides Crossing in Aurora CO 80015. 


There is a spacious kitchen, with all appliances included, granite tile countertops, laminate flooring and a very open floor plan.


18622 E. Layton Place

Aurora CO  80015

Priced at $315,000


~ 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

~ 993 square feet

~ Attached over-sized one-car garage

~ One story living with a very open floor plan

~ All kitchen appliances and washer/dryer included

~ Located in a cul-de-sac

Cherry Creek School District

Aqua Vista Park within a few minutes walk for a playground, tennis court, and a pool with a slide.  Views of Quincy Reservoir, sunrises and the moon!



Great townhome to be able to lock & leave and not worry about anything outdoors.  The HOA takes care of the shoveling and exterior building maintenance.   There is a gated courtyard to enjoy outdoor time, and a private and unique deck off the living room.   Access from the master bedroom too.











This property is conveniently located in Prides Crossing on a very quiet cul-de-sac.


Call today to set your showing - this one won't last!   


Sept. 20, 2021

Fall is Arriving This Week, Time for Fall Home Maintenance

Fall is on the calendar for later this week, which means the flakes could any day now, and time for some home fall maintenance items.


Here are a few items you should winterize before winter has set in --


  • Fertilize lawn for its last feeding
  • Check for drafts - use a candle around doors and windows
  • Blow out sprinklers
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Check all windows for broken seals and be sure they shut & lock
  • Give the deck one last coat of sealer
  • Inspect your roof for shingle damage, or call a roofer
  • Clean rain gutters and downspouts
  • Check around the foundation for any pipes/ducts coming from the house to see if there is additional caulking needed and/or weatherstripping
  • Replace your furnace's air filter and have it serviced
  • Reverse the direction of ceiling fans
  • Service and tune-up snowblower
  • Drain gas from lawnmowers (this one can wait another month)
  • Drain all garden hoses and unhook for the outdoor faucet (when freezing)
  • Insulate any exposed pipes
  • Drain swamp cooler
  • Cover Air Conditioner condenser

This prenvent you from having problems in and around your home this winter and costly "surprises".



Sept. 4, 2021

Labor Day in Denver - Cherry Creek Arts Festival

If you stayed in town for this Holiday, there is a lot to do!   You could go to the Taste of Colorado in downtown Denver, OR you could attend the 30th Anniversary of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

There will be over 200 national and international artists on display throughout this event.    There will be food and drink available.

The sponsors of this event would like to control the flow and ask that you download the app and register before you arrive.    If you have not been vaccinated, you are encouraged to wear a mask.   For FAQs or rules of what you can bring into this event - click here.


9/4 Saturday - 10 am to 7 pm

9/5 Sunday - 10 am to 7 pm

9/6 Sunday - 10 am to 6 pm

This event is FREE



This post is courtesy of Joan Cox - House to Home, Inc. --- Denver REALTOR®


Sept. 3, 2021

Things to do in Denver Labor Day Weekend - Taste of Colorado

  Labor Day Weekend is upon us and time to plan some fun things to do! 


Taste of Colorado

This year's Taste of Colorado will look and feel a bit different.  This year the Taste of Colorado will take over downtown Denver - on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall!  The event will be held from 9/4 to 9/6 and packed with great food, arts & crafts plus a variety of music.   FREE Entry - Down the app - Taste of Colorado



You will have over 50 different vendors with all kinds of food to choose from!  Check out all the options - 


There will be no food and beverage tickets this year, they will take cashless payments only for food and drink.


You need a good mix of MUSIC 

THREE stages filled with music for THREE DAYS!    Check out the bands that will be playing.



You will find all types of arts and crafts vendors with jewelry, fine art, and one-of-a-kind crafts will be displayed throughout the Taste.    Want to Christmas shop early - this is the time to do it!   


9/4 & 9/5 (Saturday & Sunday) - 11 am to 7:30 pm

9/6 (Monday)  11 am to 7 pm


There will be streets closed for this event - so plan in advance where to park.  You may want to take the light rail, or ride the bus into downtown Denver.

As with any large event, there are RULES to abide by and know with NO EXCEPTIONS there are no firearms allowed in the festival.  If you bring a backpack, you will be subject to a search and/or a wand check.    Have more questions - check out the FAQ page.

Weather should be cooler Saturday and Sunday, and temperatures jump on Monday, so attendance should be good!  



Hope you enjoy this last weekend of the summer. 




Courtesy post for Labor Day weekend events of Joan Cox - Denver Realtor -  House to Home, Inc.



Sept. 1, 2021

E-Cycling Events for Aurora CO 2021

There are items that you should not put in your trash.   It is wise to save these items for the e-cycling events hosted by the City of Aurora and partnered with Techno Rescue.


Special event pricing for electronics recycling for Aurora residents and non-residents will be available from Aug. 30 to Sept. 22 and Dec. 27 to Jan 8th.  during event dates, Techno Rescue will be open from 8 am to 4:30 pm.  Monday through Friday and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.


Most electronic items - desktop computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, gaming equipment, consumer electronics, and similar are accepted.  A fee of $5 will be charged per household/vehicle.


Additional fees will be collected for - 

~ Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitors - $5 each

~ Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors and most televisions 21 inches and under - $25 each

~ CRT monitors and most televisions 22" and over - $50 each

~ Floor model printers - $50 each

~ Projection, digital light processing (DLP) and Console televisions - $100 each


For the complete list of items that WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, visit AuroraGov.org/recycle and go to Recycling Opportunities, then Electronics Recycling.


Techno Rescue, which is certified for electronics recycling and data destruction, wipes and physically destroys all data storage media to protect the identities of those who are recycling responsibly.


Techno Rescue, 3251 Lewiston St., Suite 10, Aurora CO


Aug. 31, 2021

When your Neighbors get TOO Loud


When you move into a property, house/condo or townhome, you have the right to live in a peaceful environment.    A few years back a police officer told me that before 7 am and after 9 pm, was to be quiet.   Of course 4th of July, that doesn't happen!   


If you are planning a big outdoor party on the weekend, and will go after hours, you SHOULD tell your neighbors so they will know what to expect, or even invite you to the party.   When neighbors listen to loud music that isn't theirs, it could actually harm their mental health and well-being.


When you have big outdoor parties on any night of the week, and plan loud music into the wee hours, you are setting yourself up for angry neighbors!     Especially during the week when most people have to work in the morning, and the kiddos need to get some sleep for school the next day!


What to do when your neighbors cannot keep the noise down ---

1.   On the first trip, go over and nicely ask that they turn down the music

2.   On the second trip, you may want to remind them you have a right to peace and quiet, and if/when they continue get a good camcorder with dates and times to record the loud music to provide to PAR officer

3.    Call the PAR officer for your city/county


The PAR officer will be the intermediary to settle this so it does not escalate.


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