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.

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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

Spring snowfall in Wash Park

Well spring has hit Denver and so has our first big ,wet spring snow storm.  The beauty of a spring storm can sometimes be overlooked by the damage that comes along with this heavy, wet snow.  Power outages, downed tree limbs and power lines, and lots of slush are but a few of the consequences of a heavy spring snow.  But let’s not dwell on all that and just see what beauty comes of a spring snowfall in Wash Park. 

Most snow storms hit us from the north, as seen with the accumulation on some of these north facing trees and light posts. 

These heavy, wet spring snow storms can take a toll on trees and shrubs that hold snow like a magnet holding metal filings.  Most trees are resilient and strong enough to hold on until the melt happens.

But in Denver this scene will be transformed in a mere few days.  Erased by the sun as if it never happened and the park will be abuzz with bikes, roller blades and children running about forgetful of what the neighborhood looked like just few days prior.  Remember, Denver has approx. 300 days of sunshine a year, so we just look at these springtime snowstorms as a great way to get some water in the ground and help make it a greener summer.

The residents of the park don’t seem to have been affected by the snow at all.

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!

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khartshorn@perryandco.com

A Wash Park Winter Wonderland

Winter is in full swing in Denver and the beauty of winter in Wash Park is truly a site to behold.  Smith Lake and the boathouse is one of the spots that truly gives winter in Wash Park that wonderland feel. 

As the snow fell peacefully on the park this past weekend, there were many park goers enjoying its beauty.  From cross-country skiers to flag football players, the park was aplenty in winter revelers. 

Even a lone squirrel was enjoying the view out over Grasmere Lake.

So Denverites remember, although Wash Park is especially magical in the summertime, come on over on a snowy day and take in the Wash Park winter wonderland experience.  Bring the dog (on the leash please),  bundle up the baby and grab the pull sled, grab your running shoes, snow shoes, cross-country skis or just walk around with a nice hot cup of coffee from one of  Wash Park’s many neighborhood coffee shops and enjoy your park.

Kirk Hartshorn 720-244-5454 RIDE ON!

Perry & Co.  www.perryandco.com

khatrtshorn@perryandco.com

West Wash Parks new hotspot!

Thinking back to days gone by, you may recall a little restaurant in West Wash Park on the SW corner of Downing and Alameda called The Park Lane Cafe owned by Paul Gatchis, Sr.  This was the neighborhoods hot spot for a great breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Always packed on the weekends, with mainly the local regulars, a restaurant loved and lost.  Fast forward to 1996; building demolished, parking and building re-situated into a shoppette, and a new local favorite restaurant  added, the Handlebar & Grill.  The brainchild of Mike Miller, who now owns and runs Basil Docs Pizza, a local cycle enthusiast and racer brings a theme to the masses of area cyclists.  Then in 2006 Mike sold this business and the theme seemed to lose its mojo without Mike and his fervor for cycling there to sponsor teams and talk cycling with the patrons.

Once again, fast forward, 2010, Handlebar & Grill is gone and there’s a new restaurant about to take West Wash Park by storm.  The owner of this building for more than 30 years, Paul Gatchis Sr., has now given control to son Paul Gatchis, Jr.  for a restaurant venture to set a new precedence in West Wash Park.  The Downing St. Bar & Grille looks to be the perfect mix of what this neighborhood needs in a favorite local breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour hangout.   The opening will take place next week sometime, so keep your eyes open!  Paul Jr. was able to keep most all the former employees of the Handlebar & Grill.  He’s revamped and expanded the lunch and dinner menus and added a full breakfast menu.   The kitchen equipment is all new, the dining room freshly painted,  booth benches recovered, tabletops redone and the new signs are up.

Paul plans on making this restaurant everything to everybody.  A tall order perhaps, but I think we’re all in for a pleasant surprise.  Having a new breakfast spot in the neighborhood seemed like the dream come true and only got better when I heard that breakfast will be served 7 days a week starting at 6:30 am, in March he will offer 2 for 1 breakfasts M-F, full coffee drink menu and with a coffee of the month offering.  Lunch and dinner will keep some old favorite dishes from the Handlebar & Grill but will have more seafood dishes, salad choices, a margarita menu, additional draft beer choices (soon to be 20 taps), expanded wine menu, daily beer and wine specials and 2 happy hours.  Paul wants it to be clear that his dishes will be made from fresh ingredients.  Hollandaise sauces and breakfast potatoes prepared fresh daily are just a couple examples of what to expect. 

The restaurant will open in its existing interior layout next week but will have a major facelift by May of this year in the bar area.  The bar area, in the west side of the building, will be doubled in size, the bar itself will be doubled in length with plenty of flat screen TV’s added for a great place to hang with your friends and enjoy the game over a good meal and drink.

So WWP’ers, please show your support for our newest addition to the neighborhood and walk on over to the Downing St. Bar & Grille, say hello to Paul and welcome him “back” to the hood.  

 Kirk A Hartshorn 

 720-244-5454 

 RIDE ON!

Perry & Co       www.perryandco.com

khartshorn@perryandco.com

West Wash Park Real Estate update

 

For those of you living in, interested in or following the real estate market in West Wash Park, I’d like to share some relevant and interesting real estate market figures by posting periodic market updates on this blog.  I will be giving some simple stats of 30 day activity to include active listing and sold listings.  (Note: any pending transactions will not be represented.)  I will give some details as to the median sold price to list price and median total days on market for sold listings and active listings.  The simple boundaries I used for this update are Downing west to Broadway and Alameda south to Louisiana.

  • In the past 30 days real estate activity there are 38 active listings and 8 sold listings within the boundaries stated.  
  • Sold listings are at a median of 96.2% sold price to list price.   (Note: this average does not reflect original list price, but the last list price before being sold.)
  • The median days on market for the 8 properties sold was 41 days.
  • The median price for the 8 properties sold was $380,000.
  • The price range for properties sold  was between $325,000 and $665,000
  • The median price of active listings is $481,000.
  • The median price range for active listings is $125,000-$1,298,500.  (this will help explain the higher mean price for active listings)
  • The median days on market for active listings is 122 days.
  • The average square footage of all active and sold listings is 1,628 sq. ft and the average list price of all active and sold listings is $493,563.

 These numbers are a basic snapshot of the past 30 days activity in WWP as taken from the Denver Metrolist, Prime Access MLS system.  This is a basic overview of what’s happening in the area within the boundaries I’ve noted above.  We’ve all seen and heard of the horrors of the countries real estate markets and if you are a resident in WWP can attest that we were not hit nearly as hard as many areas in Denver, some only a few short miles away.  The steadfast nature of WWP real estate prices makes this area an overall safe investment in real estate and as seen by a number of new construction and pop top projects around the neighborhood, is still a desirable place to invest in.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this post was informative, especially if you live in or are looking to find your dream home in West Wash Park.

Call me with any questions.

Kirk Hartshorn  720-244-5454  RIDE ON!

Perry and Co.   www.perryandco.com    

 khartshorn@perryandco.com