My Clients and Their Neighborhood – Lakewood

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Lakewood, one of Denver’s largest suburbs to the West of the city, arguably has the best Rocky Mountain views.  Boundaries of Lakewood extend from just north of 6th avenue, south to Hwy 285, west to E470 and east to Sheridan Blvd. The city has over 80 maintained parks including Bear Creek Lake Park, outfitted with a large fishing lake, paved and dirt biking and hiking trails, picnic areas and a summer water-skiing concessionaire. Although Lakewood has never truly had a traditional downtown area, Belmar shopping district has everything one would enjoy from shopping, eateries and entertainment.  Options include 14 restaurants running from an English pub to Western buffalo. Entertainment options are plentiful as well, including a bowling alley and a 16-screen movie theater. More than 60 stores and services offer the most up to date fashions, furniture and fun, everything from sporting goods to European imports.

Meet Katherine and Corey Young who live in the neighborhood:

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1.  How did you choose your neighborhood?  We liked it because it was close to downtown, our work, and 6th Avenue to get to the mountains.

2.  What is your favorite feature of your location?  We like that the house has lots of large rooms and a big yard. We also like that there are no neighborhood covenants.

3.  How long have you lived in the area? About 2 1/2 years

4.  Where is your favorite local spot?  The gelato shop at Belmar or El Tapatio Mexican

5.  Is there anything else you wish to share about your neighborhood?  We have a handful of awesome neighbors, and we can walk or bike to whole foods, gelato, sushi, bowling, lots of bars and restaurants and target.

If you desire to know more about the Lakewood area please visit my website.  If you have any neighborhood or real estate questions, I am always available at erin@ruleproperties.com or #303-324-1703.  Stay tuned for next week’s neighborhood feature.

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My Clients and Their Neighborhood – Littleton – Polo Reserve

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As one of the suburbs of Denver, on the West side of I-25, South of Belleview, North of E470, and East of South Platte Canyon Road, Littleton is connected to the rest of the surrounding metro area by the growing light rail system, making it easy to get anywhere in Denver. Originally, Littleton was a small farming community and part of that history still remains today as the suburb is full of farm land and horse communities. The Littleton Historical Museum serves as a reminder by recreating life on an 1860s farm, while the charming Downtown Littleton is also reminiscent of the past farming community. Changing with the seasons of Colorado, it shifts from being surrounded by holiday lights and snow for winter to outdoor patios, markets and festivals in the warmer weather.

Please meet Sara and Nick Griffith who live in the Polo Reserve neighborhood. The Polo Reserve is located off of Mineral Avenue just east of Santa Fe Drive. There are several very nice amenities within this neighborhood such as a huge equestrian center with polo fields and a lake. The Polo Reserve is very close to downtown Littleton and the RTD Lightrail station. Also, it’s convenient to many other shopping centers and nice restaurants.

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1.  How did you choose your neighborhood? We looked at homes in Golden, Littleton, and Morrison (all along the west side of Denver), but we ultimately decided on Littleton due to the great selection of homes with nice neighborhoods and larger lots, as well as the nice little downtown area, and the overall proximity to many shops/stores and easy access to highways to get downtown.

2.  What is your favorite feature of your location? We love that we can see horses and mountains from our backyard and have a quiet neighborhood, yet we are also three minutes from downtown Littleton and Aspen Grove.

3.  How long have you lived in the area? 10 months

4.  Where is your favorite local spot? Merle’s & Breckenridge Brewery/Farm House Restaurant

5.  Use one word to describe your neighborhood. Relaxing

6.  Is there anything else you wish to share about your neighborhood? We have the best neighbors, and they were all so welcoming. We also love that we live in an area with great schools nearby and quick access to all the stores we would need. The homes in the area all have great yards and space, which is hard to find in Denver sometimes. We also loved that the homes were all somewhat unique in design, so you don’t feel like you live in a cookie-cutter neighborhood. We are very happy with our home and neighborhood, and we are excited for our kids to grow up in this area and still have easy access to the mountains and the city.

 If you desire to know more about the Littleton area please visit my website.  If you have any neighborhood or real estate questions, I am always available at erin@ruleproperties.com or #303-324-1703.  Stay tuned for next week’s neighborhood feature.

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My Clients and Their Neighborhood – Baker

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Baker is a historic neighborhood located adjacent to the South Platte River bordered by 6th Ave to the north, Alameda Ave to the south, Broadway to the east and I 25 to the West.  An area of approximately 30 blocks in the Northeast corner of Baker was granted historic district designation in 2000 as part of the Historic Preservation effort of the City of Denver.  The neighborhood includes hundreds of 19th century brick houses and 39 buildings by locally famous architect William Lang.  In the 1970s, Denver named the neighborhood after Baker Junior High School (now Denver Center for International Studies) which had been named for turn of the century University of Colorado President, James Hutchins Baker, who lived in the neighborhood.  Baker offers a mix of industrial, residential and commercial properties along Interstate 25, while the area along Broadway consists mostly of shops, restaurants, and offices.  The former Gates Rubber factory to the south includes several big box stores and is the site of a major redevelopment project that is bringing a new look and vitality to the neighborhood.  In addition, Daily Park is the second largest in the neighborhood, and Baker is served by several bus lines and two light rail boarding stations.

Please meet Sara and Jake Webb who love living in the neighborhood!

1.  How did you choose your neighborhood?  I was already living in the area as a renter.  A townhome became available and I decided to buy and renovate in 2005.  When my wife and I got married, we decided to stay in the neighborhood because we liked it so much.

2.  What is your favorite feature of your location?  Close to Broadway entertainment.

3.  How long have you lived in the area? 10 years

4.  Where is your favorite local spot?  Irish Rover

5.  Use one word to describe your neighborhood.  Friendly.

6.  Is there anything else you wish to share about your neighborhood?  We love Baker and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.

If you desire to know more about the Baker area please visit my website.  If you have any neighborhood or real estate questions, I am always available at erin@ruleproperties.com or #303-324-1703.  Stay tuned for next week’s neighborhood feature.

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