Downing St. Bar & Grille

 

I’ve received a bunch of phone calls of folks looking to reach the Downing St. Bar & Grille.  They are located at 305 S. Downing St and their phone number is 303-733-3923.

I was their second customer (really wanted to be first) and stop by often for an awesome omelette or cold beer.  Pam (the owner) is usually around in the mornings for the breakfast crowd and Paul (the owner) is usually always around for the evening crowd.  They have some great food, beer and servers.  They have some cool surprises in store, so stop by often.

Give them a try if you haven’t already.  BONUS:  Breakfast is served ALL DAY!!!

Enjoy!

Kirk A Hartshorn 720-244-5454    RIDE ON!

Perry& Co   www.perryandco.com   

 khartshorn@perryandco.com

Return on home improvements

So perhaps you’ve been thinking of doing some home improvements and curious about the return you’d receive when you sold your home.  Well I’ve put together a list of improvements with the job cost, resale value and the cost % recouped.  This info is taken from the Cost vs. Value Report 2009-10.  For the complete list of cost vs value go to www.costvsvalue.com.

These prices are for the Mountain region and the Denver market in particular.  They are for a midrange job (vs. an upscale job).   So if you are about to take on a minor or major home improvement project have a look at your return and consider if it’s worth the time, money and effort.

                                                 JOB COST          RESALE VALUE         COST RECOUPED

ATTIC BEDROOM:               $46, 239                       $34,902                            75.5% 

BASEMENT REMODEL       $58,743                       $45,170                            76.9%

BATHROOM ADDITION    $36,987                       $21,410                             57.9%

BATHROOM REMODEL     $15,296                        $10,765                            70.4%

DECK ADDITION (COMP)  $15,145                       $10,620                            70.1%

DECK ADDITION (WOOD) $10,608                      $8,395                               79.1%

FAMILY ROOM ADDTN     $78,525                      $53,169                            67.7%

GARAGE ADDITION            $56,141                       $35,192                           62.7%

MAJOR KITCHEN REM       $55,336                      $40,382                           73.0%

MASTER SUITE ADD            $98,595                      $65,628                           66.6%

MINOR KITCHEN REM        $20,805                     $15,944                            76.6%    

ROOFING REPLACE              $17,727                     $12,531                             70.7%

TWO-STORY ADDITION      $150,260                  $105,494                          70.2%

WINDOW REPLACE(VINL) $10,239                     $8,006                               78.2%

WINDOW REPLACE WOOD  $11,156                     $8,888                                79.7% 

Hopefully this gives some insight into the bang for the buck in home improvement projects.  If you need any assistance on any other home value  matters and how it relates to your resale, please feel free to call or email me anytime.  Or if you are in the Denver Metro area and would like a price valuation on your home, give me a ring I’d be happy to do this free of charge.

Kirk A Hartshorn    720-244-5454   RIDE ON!

www.perryandco.com   khartshorn@perryandco.com

Update: West Wash Park real estate statistics

Here is an update on the past 30 days sold activity on the West Wash Park real estate market along with the total currently active for sale properties and properties currently under contract.  The simple boundaries I used for this update are S. Downing St. west to S. Lincoln St. and E. Alameda Ave. south to E. Louisiana Ave/I-25.  The boundaries of West Wash Park vary from person to person, these boundaries are for simple, easy analysis of the neighborhood.

  • Total currently active for sale properties – 63
  • Solds properties within the past 30 days – 14
  • Under contract properties – 7
  • Median sale price as % of  last list price – 99.76%   (possibly not reflecting original list price)
  • Median days on market for solds – 31
  • Median days on market for all currently active listings – 81
  • Median price for solds – $411,000
  • Median price for currently active listings – $456,000
  • Average price per sq ft SOLD – $324  (note: represents total avg. p/s/f  not finished  avg. p/s/f)
  • Average price per sq ft ACTIVE – $325  (note: represents total avg. p/s/f  not finished avg. p/s/f)
  • Average price per sq ft UNDER CONTRACT – $312  (note: represents total avg. p/s/f  not finished avg. p/s/f)
  • Lowest sold price – $170,000
  • Highest sold price – $1,007,500
  • Lowest currently active list price – $165,000
  • Highest currently active list price – $875,000

I last posted the WWP statistics on January 7, 2010.  I have changed the format somewhat and now, among other changes,  include all actives and not just active in the past 30 days. 

But I’d like to make a few comparisons between that post, 6 months ago, and this most recent post, of all that can be directly correlated.

  • Sold within past 30 days – then 8, now – 14
  • Median sold price to most recent list price – then – 96.2%, now – 99.7%
  • Median price for solds – then – $380,000, now – $411,000
  • Median days on market for sold properties – then – 41 days, now – 31 days
  • Median price of active listings – then – $481,000, now – $456,000
  •  Lowest price sold – then – $125,000, now – $170,000
  • Highest price sold – then – $1,298,500, now – $1,007,500

With this data side-by-side from 6 months ago, it appears that West Wash Park is seeing a strengthening in its real estate market.  With more sold properties, at a higher percentage of ask to list price with a higher median sales price and fewer days on the market.  Also seeing as the median currently active price is lower now than 6 months ago and with all the above data taken into consideration,  it seems to correlate to properties being priced at a more competitive price up front.  Some good news for West Wash Park homeowners and hopefully helpful to anyone thinking of purchasing a property in West Wash Park. 

That’s the latest real estate market recap for West Wash Park.  This data used is taken directly from the Denver MLS System, Prime Access.

If you have any questions about the real estate market in West Wash Park (or Denver for that matter) or would be interested in seeing any property or finding out the value of your property, please feel free to call me anytime.

Kirk A. Hartshorn  720-244-5454   RIDE ON!

Perry & Co.  www.perryandco.com

khartshorn@perryandco.com

West Wash Park – “Where to live in Denver NOW”!

My wife and I have lived in West Wash Park now for 5 years and are passionate about this neighborhood and the people and services within it.  When we moved back to Denver after a short stint in Florida, I knew I wanted to live within striking distance of Wash Park.  I’ve lived on the east side and the north side of the Wash Park in the past and decided to really look into all aspects of the Wash Park neighborhoods before making a purchase.  The East side is indeed beautiful and has great access to University and the shops of S. Gaylord but much more expensive for the same exact home.  The north side has great access to University and Alameda but to me lacked the neighborhood feel I was looking for.  The south side feels a little close to I-25 but has easy access to I-25, S. Downing, S. Franklin, Evans Ave. and South High School.  Bringing me to West Wash Park and its great neighborhood feel, easy access to Alameda, S. Downing, I-25,  S. Broadway and a plethora of shops, restaurants and other services. 

5280 Magazine’s most recent issue, and featured cover story, had a great article about “Best places to live (in Denver) Now”.  This is 5280’s “Annual guide to the hottest neighborhoods in town”, and featured 8 Denver neighborhoods, of which, West Wash Park was one of them.  I copied the write-up on Washington Park West as written by 5280’s Luc Hatlestad and pasted it below.  And, as written by the author “Whether you’re buying, selling or staying put this year, these are the places to be in Denver right now”.

Where to Live in Denver

 

Washington Park West

“This slightly hipper, grittier alternative to Wash Park East (average sale price: $654,000) has all the access to its neighbor’s amenities, but at a far lower cost. This primarily residential neighborhood is surrounded by numerous retail districts, whether new (Pearl Street, north of I-25) or revitalizing (South Broadway). Lately, more young couples and families have been landing in the area to take advantage of its leafy streets, reasonably priced housing that hasn’t been as overwhelmed by scrapes and duplexes as have some of its neighbors, and, of course, the neighborhood’s biggest draw, Wash Park itself, which teems with activity even during the chilly winter months.”    Luc Hatlestad
Average sale price $395,000
+1% over 2009

  

Kirk A Hartshorn  720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

Perry & Co.  www.perryandco.com

khartshorn@perryandco.com

Denver Zoning changes and West Wash Park

Some changes are coming to Denver and zoning is near the top of the list.  From adding 20 or so more designations to changing the coding of designations, i.e: R1 will be SU (single unit), R2 will be TU (two unit).  Supposedly, this is happening in part to simplify zoning in Denver, and as may be the case in West Wash Park, in part to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood. 

The why’s and when of this whole change is stated below as copied from the Denver zoning website:

Why?

Denver’s 53-year-old zoning code is broken and needs to be fixed. It suffers from more than a half century of incremental changes that have made it complicated, inconsistent and cumbersome. The New Zoning Code will put adopted citywide plans (products of extensive public input) to work for a better city. Denver citizens called for reform of the Zoning Code in the 1989 Comprehensive Plan and Comprehensive Plan 2000. This message was repeated in Blueprint Denver (2002) which provided the vision and initial strategy for fixing the Zoning Code. Denver needs a new zoning code that will support a growing a sustainable environment, a diverse mix of housing, strong neighborhoods, and a high quality of  life, a sustainable environment, a diverse mix of housing, strong neighborhoods, and a high quality of life,

When?

Fixing the Denver Zoning Code is a massive undertaking but the finish line is in sight. We are currently in Phase III – Drafting, where the City’s multi-departmental team and the Task Force are preparing the draft New Code and executing an extensive outreach process to ensure a wide range of opportunities for public input.

Phase IV – Public Review – began with five introductory meetings in May and continued throughout the summer, as we hosted more than 40 meetings in partnership with the Denver City Council throughout the city. The draft of The New Code is available for your review and comment. After the public review and comment period, the code will go to the Planning Board and City Council for discussion, public hearings, and adoption.

Have a Question?Email us at newzoningcode@denvergov.org
Call us at 720-865-3000 during business hours
See Upcoming Meetings

It’s not too late to get involved if you would like to support the changes or state your objections to the proposed zoning changes.  Check out the “See Upcoming Meetings” to view upcoming zoning related meeting and go out to see what’s going on for yourself.

Here is the link for the proposed new zoning planNew_Code_Planning_Board_Draft_Washington Park West

Here is the link for the current zoning, Blueprint Denver Concept Land Use, Existing Land Use –  Wash Park West current zoning

Kirk A Hartshorn  720-244-5454   RIDE ON!

Perry & Co    www.perryandco.com

khartshorn@perryandco.com

West Wash Park’s Neighborhood Grocery Store

If you’re fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood that has a quality grocery store within walking distance, you’re fortunate enough to live in West Wash Park.  Located on the NW corner of Bucktel Blvd. N and S Washington St, you can find Whole Foods Market.  Having come up through the ranks of Wild Oats and perhaps even Alfalfa’s way back when, WWP’s Whole Foods Market is an easy grocery store to access for WWP residents with a short walk or a quick ride on the bicycle.  This is truly a neighborhood market where running into neighbors is commonplace and getting to know the folks on the workforce is easy, as many of them have been there for years and they’re a  friendly and helpful bunch.

Of course there are Whole Foods Markets all over the city and suburbs of Denver, but none quite as quaint, easy to get in and out of and have that “make you feel at home in the neighborhood” appeal as the West Wash Park Whole Foods Market. 

So next time you find yourself in the WWP neighborhood, stop by Whole Foods Market for a quick chair massage, a fresh sit down lunch or an energy drink and fresh muffin to go.

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/washingtonpark/

Kirk A Hartshorn 720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

Perry & Co.  www.perryandco.com

Downing St. Bar & Grille NOW OPEN!!

I’m a few days late in this post and announcement of Downing St. Bar & Grilles opening.  I’ve been in 3 times so far, for breakfast, lunch and dinner and am delighted with our new neighborhood restaurant hangout.  Paul, the owner, is there all the time (much to his wife’s chagrin I’m sure) to meet, greet, welcome, chat with and bid good evening to his  guests.   The wait staff is very pleasant and friendly and seem an asset to Paul’s high level of customer service and satisfaction .

The menu is, at this time, a holdover from the Handlebar and Grill for lunch and dinner.  The lunch and dinner menu will be revamped soon keeping about 70% of the HB&G’s menu items and adding some new ones.  The breakfast menu has all the favorites from breakfast burritos and omelette to corned beef hash and eggs.  The meal portions are generous indeed and quite a value for the money I’d say.

My wife and I went in this past Friday night for dinner and had an excellent meal.  She had the spinach salad and I had the fish tacos.  We ended up hanging out in the bar area until 12:00 am chatting with Paul and a couple of his neighbors who were also there for dinner.  There was a nice mix of patrons in the bar and restaurant and I was happy to see a number of families  with young children in for dinner. 

One thing I love about the Downing St. Bar & Grille is that they serve breakfast all day long.  There’s nothing like an omelette for dinner I always say.

So if you’re looking for a comfortable gathering place for a delicious, well priced meal, with a great variety of choices that stays open until 2:00 am on the weekends, go over and say hello to Paul at the Downing St. Bar & Grille.

Kirk A Hartshorn 720-244-5454   RIDE ON!

Perry & Cowww.perryandco.com

khartshorn@perryandco.com

Changes in West Wash Park traffic patterns

A change is coming for a couple one way streets in West Wash Park…finally! 

If you’ve driven on S. Emerson or S. Washington Streets, between I-25 and Speer, you know that these one way streets, with a speed limit of 30 mph, tend to be a “quick” way to head northbound (S. Emerson St) or southbound (S. Washington St) through the WWP neighborhood.  Residents living on S. Emerson and S. Washington Streets seem to, overwhelmingly, feel that they would like these streets made back into 2 way streets.  This debate has gone on for  some time now between Public Works and residents that have live on these streets; some for decades.  The Denver Public works has come up with a plan that involves taking out stop lights, between I-25 and Speer, replacing them with 4 way stop signs and adding extra stop signs (every 2 blocks), along with creating a designated bike lane on both streets.  All done while keeping these two streets in their current one way configuration.  This will be great short-term remedy for calming traffic and easing congestion on these narrow, neighborhood streets.

Having attended the West WashPark Neighborhood Association meeting some months back, with other residents living on these streets, we all got to hear from and speak with Councilman Nevitt and representatives of  Public Works.   At which time, we heard the explanations of the plan, timetable implementation of the plan and were asked our opinions and suggestions on the plan.   It was unanimous among the residents that this plan was a fair and acceptable short-term fix for a long-term hope of a 2 way street conversion.

Here’s the way the plan will change S. Emerson and S. Washington Streets from I-25 to Speer:

1.  A formal posting process by Public Works for the street lights must be implemented for 30 days.

2.  The speed limit on both S. Emerson and S. Washington St. will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph.

3.  All stop lights on both streets will be replaced by 4 way stop signs except for stop lights at intersections of Speer, Alameda and Buchtel.

4.  There will be a 4 way stop sign every 2 blocks between Speer and I-25 on both streets. 

5.  Both S. Emerson and S. Washington Street will be designated bicycle streets by Public Works, (which will be striped with a bike lane after re-surfacing next summer).

6.  Four way stop signs may be added by Public Works at the intersections of S. Emerson and Ohio St and S. Washington and Ohio St. to aid in higher pedestrian traffic at those intersections. 

7.  Public Works will re-evaluate the conversion back to 2 way streets after 5 years.

The formal posting of signs has already been done, see picture above.  Stop lights, between Alameda and I-25,  are planned on being removed from January into February and replaced with 4 way stop signs.  (The process can be delayed a bit with snowstorms as the teams that take down these signs are also the teams that the plow our streets).  The stop lights between Speer and Alameda are planned for removal February into March, to be replaced with 4 way stop signs.  And again, these changes will not change the one way traffic flow of S. Emerson (north) and S. Washington (south) streets for at least perhaps 5 years .

Please keep these changes in mind as you travel on S. Emerson and S. Washington Streets in the future.  The addition of bikes lanes to these streets is a particularly great step in helping bike commuters get to their destinations a bit safer and less hassle free.  As a cyclist, I implore you to keep bicyclists safety in mind when travelling on, parking on or pulling out  on to these two streets, or any street you travel that facilitates bicycle travel for that matter. 

I’d like to thank the WWPNA for their diligence in making this transition come to fruition.  I did use much of their editorial from the January – March 2010 newsletter as the facts for this post.

If you have any questions about this plan, please feel free to call or email me.

Kirk A Hartshorn   khartshorn@perryandco.com  720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

Perry & Co    www.perryandco.com

 

 

My top 5.5 reasons to own your own home

I think most people would look at home ownership as perhaps a “right of passage”, “a major accomplishment”,  an “obvious step in adulthood”, “something you just do”,  etc, etc.   The specific reasons we buy a home may differ but the underlying reasons probably carry the same tone.  I’ve put together a quick list of the major reasons I feel home ownership is a benefit to everybody that takes that next step.

          1.    Tax breaks.  We all need a break and why not take advantage of writing off a chunk of your payment against what we have to pay the government in taxes?  Rent disappears completely and offsets nothing!

          2.    Freedom Paint the walls the color you want, put in the appliances you like, change the carpeting in that bedroom to your liking, landscape to your hearts content.  It’s yours so you make the decisions.

          3.    Predictability.  If you have a fixed rate on your loan, your payments are pretty predictable.  Unlike renting where the landlord can raise the rent or ask you to vacate with a notice.

          4.    Pride of ownership.  There’s nothing that compares to the first time you put “your” key into the door and swing it open into “your” new home (see picture below).  You’ll want to dance! (We did…really dance)

          5.    More involvemment.  When you own a property in a neighborhood you tend to care more about the neighborhood and what goes on in it.  You get more involved in the community and with your neighbors.

          5.5  Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” said it best…  THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Here’s a few pictures of our first moments in our “new” home.  No matter how many homes you’ll own, you’ll always feel that same joy.

 

Kirk A Hartshorn  720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

Perry & Co.  www.perryandco.com   khartshorn@perryandco.com

WWP Pet Lovers Resources

Here’s a post for all you pet owners out there who live in or around or are considering the West Wash Park neighborhood your new home base.   To make things a bit easier for you to find the right service or store for your pets needs, I’ve gathered together a number of links or contact info (see below)  to many of the services available in the WWP neighborhood or very close vicinity.   From pet food to grooming to pet sitting services to veterinary care, etc.  you need it, the WWP or immediate vicinity has got it for your pet!  Here are the links and contact info for the pet services I found in close proximity to WWP:

BATHING SERVICES:

GROOMING FACILITIES:

PET SUPPLIES/FOOD

BOARDING/DAYCARE FACILITIES:

PET WASTE REMOVAL SERVICES:

VETERINARIANS:

PET SITTING/ WALKING SERVICES:

Please email me or post a comment if there is a shop or service for pets in or close to the West Wash Park neighborhood that you feel I should add to this list.

Kirk Hartshorn  720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

www.perryandco.com       khartshorn@perryandco.com

An Amazing Getaway… Avalanche Ranch

Every year on our wedding anniversary Sandra and I get out-of-town and stay somewhere different.  Last year The Broadmoor, a couple years before The Stanley Hotel, you get the idea.  This year I wanted to do something out of the realm of a fancy hotel with fancy restaurants and crazy spending.  After asking some folks at my office for suggestions for a cool cabin type getaway, an agent suggested  The Avalanche Ranch in Redstone, Colorado.  She said that her and her husband stayed there 11 years ago and still talk about it.  So I checked it out online, perused the site and accommodations and made the reservation.  In our 8 years of getting away to some pretty spectacular places, I too will be talking about the Avalanche Ranch for years to come and consider it out best anniversary getaway yet.  Not to take anything away from our past hotel anniversary stays, but the Avalanche Ranch experience was so much more memorable because it facilitated us connecting with each other and our surroundings more while getting to disconnect from the pressures of the daily grind.

We arrived on a Friday afternoon at 3:00pm, right on time for check-in.  As we walked in to our cabin we were greeted with some homemade cookies and a hand written note of welcome.  Unloaded the truck and took a quick walk around the grounds.  After the walk we were ready for a meal, and since the cabin has a fully outfitted kitchen and we brought a bunch of food, we prepared a light meal with a glass of wine, sat out on our front porch and enjoyed the magnificent views as we forgot about the rest of the world and marvelled at our surroundings.                                                                                                                

Situated off Hwy 133, 12 miles south of Carbondale and 6 miles north of Redstone, this picturesque and tranquil location is a must experience in any season.  With 13 cabins to choose from, Avalanche Ranch offers lodging for the romantic getaway to the the family reunion or just a guys weekend to go fishing or cycling.                                                                   

The cabins are furnished beautifully and all have a different theme.  We stayed in cabin #6, the Cider House,  which as the name implies has an apple theme.  With the gas stove as the heat source in the Cider House we felt very comfortable in the coldest evening.  Some of the other cabins have a wood burning stove. 

With no TV and no cell phone reception you are truly detached from society (though the Lodge on site is open 24 hours a day with a phone, TV/VCR/DVD with free videos and a ping-pong table and books).  So when you get that urge for a getaway, take that beautiful drive and stay in a Colorado paradise at The Avalanche Ranch.  Also, read the guest book in your cabin,  there are some fantastic stories and experiences shared.     

For a suggestion on a great hike, which these pictures are from, proceed south on hwy 133 to Redstone,  stop for breakfast in town, then  keep heading south to the town of Marble.  You’ll want to check out this map.  We walked on road 3 to Crystal.  There is a split in this road, we stayed to the right which get’s you to Crystal a little more direct.  This will take you along the Crystal River and to the ghost town city of Crystal.  Give yourself plenty of time on this hike because you will be stopping a lot to take in the amazing scenery.  This is also a great mtn bike ride.  I did it 15 years ago. 

So go out and enjoy the true feeling of Colorado in one of the most magnificent areas of the state, you too will be talking about it for years to come.  Enjoy!

   

WWP is abuzzzz with WASH PERK!

         

They say 3 times a charm, and this is indeed the case for 853 E. Ohio Ave., the location which is now home to WASH PERK.  I’ve seen 2 coffee shops come and go from this location, but will say in my humble, and coffee snobbish opinion, that WASH PERK is here to stay.  Neighbors/ partners/ owners Teri Meehan and Debbi Main found the elusive magical formula that creates a beloved and lasting  neighborhood coffee shop.  Just ask the multitude of regulars that congregate at the community table or kick back in the cushy chairs or just grab their coffee to go from WASH PERK daily.  

I’m fortunate enough to live 2 blocks from WASH PERK and since opening the doors on April 1, 2008 I’ve seen this welcomed neighborhood establishment come to life and flourish.  With Teri and Debbi being the forward thinkers they are, the early success of WASH PERK and with the cooperation of On A Lark next door, there are already plans for an expansion of WASH PERK in the near future.  This will make room for a larger coffee bar, more seating and a roomier space for folks meeting over a cup of coffee and scone to relax and enjoy.  Check out their calender of events  for some fun or educational event that may interest you or your kids.

With a prime location just 3 blocks west of Wash Park on Ohio Ave, corner of S. Emerson St., anybody taking a stroll over to the park from WWP or walking the dog through the neighborhood should stop by and grab a cup to go.  And of course it’s close enough for park goers to walk  to for a coffee break .  They have a great selection of baked goods (rotated daily), burritos, Quiche, bagels and gluten-free products to accompany their wide variety of hot, iced or specialty drinks. 

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In this age of earth consciousness and awareness, WASH PERK makes every effort to minimize their footprint to our fragile planet.  The partnering with local suppliers, listed below, is only the beginning of how WASH PERK takes their responsibility to our planets sustainability very seriously. 

  • Kaladi Brothers Coffee organic/fair trade espresso drinks and whole beans              (I feel it’s the best coffee around)
  • Gemini Tea Emporium herbal tea
  • Sogni Dolci Bakery pastries and Quiche
  • Mame’s Caterings breakfast burritos
  • Royal Crest Dairy organic and hormone-free dairy products
  • WaterCourse Foods Bakery vegan and gluten-free products
  • Bluepoint Bakery
  • Coda Coffee Company
  • Mame’s Catering
  • Justin’s Nut Butter
  • I hope you will, like me, walk through the door of WASH PERK, breathe in the welcoming aroma of rich coffee and fresh-baked goods, feel the sincere ambiance created by the friendly staff and surroundings, hear the laughter and conversation of friends old and new, grab a seat, take a sip and say… I’m home.

    WASH PERK is located at 853 E. Ohio Ave and can be reached at 720-542-9209   You can check out more of their story, updates, events, etc at  www.washperk.com 

    If there’s anything you’d like to share about WASH PERK, please leave a comment.

    Wash Perk Hours:

    Saturdays-Sundays
    7am-5pm

    Mondays-Fridays
    6am-5pm

    • Check back soon for a WWP blog special for WASH PERK! 

    Kirk Hartshorn  720-244-5454    khartshorn@perryandco.com  RIDE ON!

    Perry & Co    www.perryandco.com

    They’re here: West Wash Park Stickers!

    I’m sure you’ve been wondering “Hey, how do I get one of those cool WWP stickers I keep seeing around town?” 

     “That would look so rad on my roof rack

    in the rear window of my car   

    on my kids Burly bike trailer, on my snowboard,

    the window in my front door   

    on the front of my laptop,

     gosh, there’s just so many great places I can see putting one of those”. 

    Well friends, neighbors and lovers of all that is West Wash Park, wonder no longer. 

    To date I have only dropped off these stickers,  free to all, at 6 businesses in West Wash Park, and here they are:

    Wash Perk at 853 E. Ohio Ave.  720-542-9209

    Cycle Analyst at 722 S Pearl St.  303-722-3004

    La Belle Rosette at 712 1/2 S Pearl St.  303-733-0480

    Vert Kitchen at 704 S. Pearl St.  303-997-5941

    Powerhouse Gym at 300 E. Alameda Ave. 720-249-4896

    Pet Wash Park at 799 S. Pearl St  303-777-7371 

    If you stop by one of these fine West Wash Park establishments, get yourself a super cool WWP sticker and of course support that local business while you’re there.  If you find they’re out of WWP stickers, drop me an email, give me a call, comment on the blog site and I will re-stock in a jiffy.

    If you’d like to see your favorite West Wash Park establishment have WWP stickers available (free) for their customers, let me know and I’ll see if they’d like to be part of the WWP craze.

    Thanks again for your visits to Westwasparkliving blog.  If you have any particular businesses you’d like to see blogged about or any particular West Wash Park issues you’d like to see discussed here, email me and I’ll see to it that I address it. 

    I realize that not everyone that visits this site lives in West Wash Park or for that matter in Denver.  Perhaps you used to live in this area and would love to have a WWP sticker to represent the neighborhood you grew up in or lived in for years.  Or maybe you just think it’ s a cool sticker you’d love to have.  I’ll tell you what, email me your address and I’ll mail you a WWP sticker. 

    Until next time…Ride on!

    Kirk Hartshorn  720-244-5454  khartshorn@perryandco.com

    Perry & Co  www.perryandco.com

    Our WWP neighborhood bike shop – Cycle Analyst

    What is a great community without a great, neighborhood bike shop?  Especially one that’s been in the neighborhood for 20 years!  In this day and age we don’t often find a small, neighborhood business with that bragging right, but Richard Hodge, who owns Cycle Analyst, can make that claim and still works everyday at the shop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

    Cycle Analyst is the quintessential neighborhood bike shop with knowledgeable, experienced mechanics available for advise, repairs, tune-ups or complete overhauls.  If you’re in the market for a new bike, look no further.  They carry road bikes, hybrids, cruisers, mountain bikes, single speed, commuters, tandem and yes, even unicycles, from over a dozen manufacturers.  Accessories, oh yeah, and parts- WOW!  If you walk in and can’t find something,  just ask and chances are very likely that they have it on hand or can get it to you quickly.  Ever been told that a part doesn’t exist anymore?  Odds are that Cycle Analyst has it in stock in their massive inventory or can find it for you.  They’re not pushy about getting you into a new bike, but care about making sure that what you currently ride is up to date and safe and will be honest about letting you know if your bike is worth putting the money into.  Often times it’s just not worth the expense.

    Cycle Analyst sells new bicycles and almost always has some cool vintage bikes for sale, (remember the Schwinn Varsity?) along with clothing, tires, tubes, wheelsets, shocks, pumps, locks, tools, nutrition, headsets, fixie conversion parts, panniers,racks, baskets, helmets, etc, etc, etc and an impressive  inventory of used parts.

    One more thing of interest about Cycle Analyst is their passion for a good saddle.  They have been awarded, by Brooks England, the coveted 5 Rivet Award this year for being an “Outstanding Brooks Dealer”.  They carry over 2 dozen different Brooks leather saddles and various Brooks leather toolbags.  If you are not familiar with Brooks Saddles, it is worth going in and taking a peek, because they are a true handmade work of art that have been in business since 1866.  Beware, if you are a cycling enthusiast, you will leave with something (but not regret it).  If you’re in need of a saddle upgrade or are building your perfect single speed, go on in and find out which Brooks saddle is just right for you.  Though you may find them a little spendy, keep in mind – this is the last saddle you’ll ever purchase as they last virtually forever and get more comfortable over the years.

    If you find yourself in the West Wash Park neighborhood and find you’re low on air stop by Cycle Analyst they have free air available out front.

    Cycle Analyst is located at 722 S. Pearl Street between Exposition and Ohio.  They can be reached at 303-722-3004  www.cycleanalystinc.com

     Ride On!

    Kirk Hartshorn     720-244-5454       khartshorn@perryandco.com                                                                        

    Perry & Co   www.perryandco.com    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

    The park, the people

    What a great weekend it was in Denver and a fantastic time to have been at Wash Park taking photos of the gardens.  The time is drawing  near that the flowers will be uprooted for the season and we’ll have those lovely mounds of dirt to admire.  We were not alone this past Sunday in the park, that’s for certain.  We found ourselves snapping pics of each other with Suki around the garden with so many other people on the same mission.  We were asked by a nice young lady if we ‘d like a picture of us together, and we were appreciative of the offer.

      She in turn asked if we would take one of her and her boyfriend and his mom, who was visiting from the St. Louis area.  We obliged of course.  We ended up talking for a half hour or so and come to find they are new to town renting over in the DU area.  We discussed the appeal of the park, the weather, and of course cycling, which to my delight, found out they both ride.  New friends?   I think, yes.  They’ve got my biz card.  I’m sure we’ll to get together for a ride and then a beer. 

     Wash Park…bringing people together.

     

    Kirk Hartshorn   720-244-5454  Ride On!

    Perry & Co     www.perryandco.com

    When will the insanity end???

    Here’s a great CNNMoney article from September 14, 2009.   Just goes to show you, some people think they’ll never get caught.  WOW!  Takes guts.

    http://bit.ly/A68DL

    Kirk Hartshorn  720-244-5454  Ride On!

    Perry &  Co  www.perryandco.com

     

                  “I’m lost for words with this blatant disregard of common business sense.”  Commented a local Denver Zoo primate to me in a recent interview.                                                               

    Some pics of our recent visit to Mt. Evans

    I just wanted to drop in a few pictures of Sandra and my most recent visit to the top of Mt. Evans  2 days before closing for the season.  If you’ve never been to the top, please go and check it out after it  re-opens on May 28, 2010.

    It was an unbelievable drive in the Mini and better yet, for the hard core road cyclists , it is an amazing training ride.  When I bike it, I  usually start in Bergen Park and do Squaw Pass and then head up Mt. Evans.  Many choose to start in Idaho Springs and head up from the other side.  Either way, it’s worth the pain, ride.

    Enjoy the “visit”.

    Kirk Hartshorn – 720-244-5454  Ride On!

    Perry & Co.  www.perryandco.com

     

    “On your left”

    Cycling in Wash Park is a great way to log needed miles but needs to be undertaken with different rules and considerations than riding on the streets.

    I’d say that I’m in Wash Park at least 4 days a week primarily on my road or cyclo-cross bike (in winter) logging those necessary miles.  I usually cycle in the park during the week and have found the best (safest/ least congested) times to ride are between 8:30am – 3:30pm.  In the summertime these times are particularly heeded as many late afternoons will quickly draw the crowds and make travel around the park much more hazardous.  I personally would never ride in the summertime during the weekend unless I was on a cruiser and had no temptation to get into a “competitive” tempo. The hours past 4:30pm tend to get much more congested in the road around the park with dogs (sometimes off leash) strollers, casual cyclists, rollerbladers, and walkers and should, in my opinion, be avoided by the more “competitive” cyclist.  We know who we are.

    We as cyclists need to keep in mind too that this is a park and is there for everyone’s enjoyment.  I’ve seen some cyclists get very annoyed with and swear at pedestrians that did not know the proper etiquette of the different sides of the road in the park.  This only gives us cyclists, as a whole, bad names and reputations.  We simply need to educate those not in the know on how things work most smoothly for all that use the road in the park.  I too have been frustrated with the pedestrians that will just walk across the road without even a glance to see what might be coming.  Or the dog that is dashing across the road, off leash, haphazardly.  These situations can be very dangerous not only to the “perpetrator’ but to the cyclist who may need to react very quickly to avoid a potential disastrous situation.

    For those that do not have the luxury of riding mid-day when the park is least inhabited and safest, just be prepared for a more than occasional “on your left” to those who congest the road ahead.

     RIDE ON!

    Kirk Hartshorn- 720-244-5454

    Perry & Co. www.perryandco.com

    Spring is in full bloom in Denver

    The seasonal changes are yet another big part of what makes a town like Denver worth living in.  Having lived in a mono-climate, where the only seasonal change was a varying of temperature and humidity and, oh yeah, hurricane season, our seasonal changes are what keeps things really interesting with such a varying of pure change from season to season.  I’ve posted the seasonal change to winter, spring snow and full on summer, but the change from winter to spring, to me, is the most satisfying of all seasonal changes.  With the winter to spring change, we  get a new perspective on life.  Where once was brown, dead dreary trees and grass and dirt, we see buds springing from once lifeless limbs, brown grass magically transformed green and beautifully colored flowers pushing through the dry, hardened seemingly dead earth.  

    It’s hard not to appreciate spring and all its newness and beauty.  Away go the heavy coats and boots.  The snow shovel will (hopefully) get stored in the garage for many months and the roller blades, bicycles, shorts and sandals are now at the ready for basking in this new season.  We welcome you spring like a very rich uncle we almost forgot we had. 

    Enjoy spring in Denver, but keep your eyes open for the only aspect of spring we truly fear… HAIL!

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    Kirk A Hartshorn  720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

    Perry & Co.   www.perryandco.com

    khartshorn@perryandco.com

    Porter, the lost puppy was found!

    The lost black lab puppy, Porter, has been found.  I spoke to his grandma, Mary Anne, and she said that someone found him and took him over to Washington Park Veterinary Clinic, ironically the same place someone brought our dog Suki when she got out of our yard.

    Mary Anne wanted to express her gratitude and heartfelt thanks to everyone in the West Wash Park neighborhood that she ran across while desperately searching for Porter.  She said that the caring, concern and interest in finding Porter was amazing and goes to show, once again, what a fabulous neighborhood West Wash Park really is.  I feel that a neighborhood is partially defined by peoples actions and caring for one another in times of need, and WWP lived up to the bill in this isolated case.

    Thanks friends and neighbors of West Wash Park for pulling together and showing your care for a neighbor in need.

    Kirk A. Hartshorn  720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

    Perry & Co.   www.perryandco.com

    khartshorn@perryandco.com

    LOST PUPPY ALERT IN WWP!!

    Hey friends and neighbors of West Wash Park, please keep your eyes open for a black lab puppy that is lost.  His name is Porter and he is 11 month old.  He got out late this afternoon and is not wearing any collar as it were pulled off while trying to catch him. 

    Please call Mary Anne at 303-242-4356 if you spot him or are able to catch him.  He lives at 53 Pennsylvania St.

    Thanks.

    Kirk A Hartshorn  720-244-5454    RIDE ON!

    Perry & Co.  www.perryandco.com