My Clients and Their Neighborhood: Dakota Station, Littleton

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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.

Dakota Station Neighborhood, bordered by Ken Caryl Ave to the north, South Garrison St to the east, West Chatfield Ave to the south and South Kipling Pkwy to the west, is a small area within Littleton that has so much to offer. Chatfield Lake, just south of the neighborhood is a great place for water sports. You can also camp and horseback ride out there. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield are also just to the south of the Dakota Station neighborhood offering beautiful gardens to tour and many nightly activities and an entire summer concerts series. Dakota Station Park with two tennis courts and a nice playground is central to the neighborhood. Denver’s E470 is incredibly close for an easy mountain getaway or fun hike in the foothills.

Please meet Allison and Sean Atchison who love living in Dakota Station:

1. How did you choose your neighborhood?  We chose this neighborhood primarily for it’s location. It was a perfect halfway spot between both of our jobs, and was also conveniently close to family.

2. What is your favorite feature of your location?  We love the proximity to 470, the abundance of restaurants in the area, as well as the neighbors. We have AMAZING and friendly neighbors who have already made us feel welcome! We were worried that our dog who enjoys ‘conversations’ with other dogs would cause issues, but there are dogs everywhere in this neighborhood!

3. How long have you lived in the area?  We are just over 3 months of living here, and look forward to many years to come!

4. Where is your favorite local spot?  We have found a Magill’s ice cream just up the road that is our go-to after a date night, or a night with friends. Great ice cream, and not too expensive.

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

6. Is there anything else you wish to share about your neighborhood?  As I mentioned before, it’s a neighborhood full of adaptable folks who will love to welcome you in if you let them. We are very happy with our choice to move here!

If you desire to know more about the Littleton – Dakota Station area please feel free to contact me. 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 – Speer

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The Speer Neighborhood lays right in the heart of the city.  Bordered by Speer Blvd to the north, Downing to the east, Alameda to the south and Broadway to the west, Speer is surrounded by all of the attractions Denver has to offer.  Broadway has tons of restaurants and night life such as Beatrice and Woodsley, the Irish Rover, Punch Bowl Social and the Mayan Theater.  Washington Park is just to the south and Capitol Hill and Downtown are north of the neighborhood with even more fun city attractions to offer.  Cherry Creek shopping center is easy to access and the Cherry Creek bike and running path leads right through the north end of the neighborhood.  The quiet streets of Speer are attractive to those that want to access and experience downtown living without the noise of city life.

Please meet Bob Wyatt who thoroughly enjoys living in this neighborhood:

“I feel very fortunate to reside in the Speer District near Third Avenue and Logan Street. In addition to great views of downtown Denver and the Front Range, extending  from Long’s Peak down to Pike’s Peak, the condo building where I live is a short 5-10 minute drive from popular attractions such as Washington Park, Cheesman Park, and the bustling Cherry Creek shopping area. It is also a short four block walk to the South Broadway entertainment area and just a few hundred feet from the Cherry Creek hike and bike trail. As if this wasn’t enough, there are a number of fine restaurants and bars along Sixth Avenue, just a few blocks to the north. Speaking of food, there is a Sprouts Market three blocks away and four Whole Foods Markets within a 5-10 minute drive. Two movie theaters featuring foreign and art films, the Esquire and the Mayan, are both within a 10-15 minute walk. The historic South Pearl Street shopping area, with its vibrant Sunday morning Farmer’s Market, is less than a 10 minute drive to the south.  Downtown Denver is also within a 10 minute drive, reached by going either north along Logan or northwest along Speer Boulevard. The neighborhood surrounding my building has a rich historical flavor arising from the presence of many historic homes from the 1890-1930 era, including a number displaying traditional Victorian features. In addition, the Baker District, starting just three blocks to the west, is unique in having so many carefully maintained Queen Anne style homes. In short, the Speer District where I live lies within the heart of the dynamic core urban area, a bit away from the hustle-bustle of downtown, but close to numerous amenities that make big-city living such a pleasure”. – Bob Wyatt

If you desire to know more about the Speer neighborhood please feel free to contact me. 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 – Chaffee Park/Zuni Park/Regis

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The Chaffee Park neighborhood, bordered on the West by Federal Boulevard, on the north by Adam’s County Line (52nd Ave), on the south by Interstate 70 and on the east by the railroad tracks, is desired because of its proximity to Downtown Denver. A neighborhood filled mostly with single family homes surrounding the beautiful Zuni Park, also sits directly across from Regis University. Zuni Park is located on the northern part of the neighborhood with several picnic areas, a play ground, two softball fields and a football play area. I-70 allows easy access to the mountains and hiking trails as well as downtown Denver and fun city activities like the Denver Aquarium, Rockies games, Avalanche games and Bronco’s games.

Please meet Erica and John Scott who love living in the area:

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1. How did you choose your neighborhood?  We wanted to stay in NW Denver and choosing to live north of I-70, the houses are more reasonably priced.

2. What is your favorite feature of your location?  Proximity to I-70, because once you’re on the highway, its easy to get anywhere. It’s also close to downtown (where we both work).

3. How long have you lived in the area?  As a couple, we’ve lived in the area since 2008 but John has been in the neighborhood for 15 years.

4. Where is your favorite local spot?  Local 46 – great outdoor space, easy to bike to, live music

5. Use one word to describe your neighborhood.  Changing

6. Is there anything else you wish to share about your neighborhood?  It seems like there is always a new house on the market, which means new people are coming in and the neighborhood is changing all the time. We also have a FB group for anyone who lives in the neighborhood so I feel very informed about what is going on.

If you desire to know more about the Chaffee Park/Zuni Park area please feel free to contact me. 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 – Leawood – Littleton

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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.

Leawood, a neighborhood in the central part of Littleton with about 2,500 residents. There are several parks in the area including Weaver, Leawood, & Raccoon Hollar Parks, and tons of walking trails. Also, three reservoirs are near the neighborhood.  Near-by shopping and restaurants like Four G’s, Locavore Beer Works, and The Shoppes at Columbine sit in this neighborhood. Leawood is just minutes from the Colorado Front Range and the Rocky Mountains offering more hiking trails, and snow sports.  Leawood is just minutes from Aspen Grove Shopping Center as well as Downtown Littleton and its RTD Lightrail station!

Please meet Amy and Rustin Buteyn who live in Leawood:

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1.  How did you choose your neighborhood?  We liked that there were so many parks near by and the school systems were rated well. The overall appearance of the neighborhood is pleasant and pretty quiet. Additionally we like the variety of house styles.

2.  What is your favorite feature of your location?  Clement park: lots of events and concerts as well a beautiful lake and walking paths

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

4.  Where is your favorite local spot?  Locavore beer works

5.  Use one word to describe your neighborhood.  Friendly

6.  Is there anything else you wish to share about your neighborhood?  Good range of families in different life stages, from newly weds to families with children to original owners from the 1970’s.

If you desire to know more about the Littleton – Leawood area please feel free to contact me. 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 – Arvada

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From what used to be an agriculturally based town, Arvada is fast growing while still keeping its country roots.  The area sits just North of I70, East of 93, South of 88th Ave and West of Tennyson St.  Arvada’s commute to Denver, Broomfield and Boulder are short and the escape to the mountains is easy which is why so many people choose to live here!  Arvada Olde Town is filled with tons of unique shops and restaurants and old cobblestone walk ways.  Arvada also has one of the largest Cultural Arts Centers in the country.  Being west of the city and on the way to the mountains, Arvada is home to so many great hiking and biking trails and parks that many residents enjoy utilizing.

Please meet Erin and Hunter Shumaker who live close to Old Town Arvada:

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1. How did you choose your neighborhood?  We liked the proximity to the highway, the Highlands, Old Town Arvada and downtown.

2. What is your favorite feature of your location?  It’s just really easy to get around! It’s also the safest and quietest neighborhood I’ve ever lived in.

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

4. Where is your favorite local spot?  We like Silvi’s, Fuzzy’s Tacos and The Schoolhouse in Old Town.

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

6. Is there anything else you wish to share about your neighborhood?  The light rail station in Old Town is just 8 blocks from our house and it’s opening next year! We’re really excited about that! Oh, and Stubens is opening right down the street! There’s a fantastic library, yoga and farmers markets…We just love Old Town and feel lucky to live so close.

Also please meet Kendra Beckwith and Mark Evans who recently moved into the Village of Five Parks neighborhood in the northern part of Arvada. Five Parks is a beautiful, newer neighborhood with a wonderful community center and pool. It is also very close to many amenities and the great outdoors.

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1. How did you choose your neighborhood?  Kendra grew up 10 minutes from 5 Five Parks (back before it was 5 Parks!). We wanted: newer, but not brand new, construction: a kid-friendly neighborhood with a great school; and to be closer to the mountains and outdoor activities.

2. What is your favorite feature of your location?  We have extremely easy access to parks and outdoor activities. We can easily get to hiking trails, bike paths, or just a playground. We like to call it our “big sky” view – from our front porch, we look out onto the flatirons and have a huge view of the sky. With all the storms this spring, we’ve had some amazing views and light shows. At night you also see so many stars, it’s sometimes easy to forget you’re near a city.
We also love the neighborhood and the people we have gotten to know so far. There is a very much community here, and we love getting to know our neighbors and doing community-related events.

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

4.  Where is your favorite local spot?  We really enjoy going to the Yak & Yeti. Our neighborhood also has a great pub/coffee shop called Jack’s.

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

6.  Is there anything else you wish to share about your neighborhood?  Alex (our three-year old) wants other kids to know that this is a great place to make friends because everyone is always outside!

If you desire to know more about the Arvada 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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