Posts Tagged ‘Denver’

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

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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

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

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

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