If so, meet your neighbor and “Dirty Paws” owner, Becky Luke.
Article written by Kristin Kleiman-Duggan
Becky Luke loves animals ---- all animals. She grew up on a ranch on the Western Slope and has been around many different animals all her life. It is no surprise that in May 2017, she started “Dirty Paws,” a pet care business that allows her to combine business with her passion for animals.
“We love them when you have to leave them.” -Dirty Paws
Through Dirty Paws, Becky offers many services from daily pet walking to full service overnight pet sitting. As Becky points out, “Our pets prefer being in their own homes as it makes them happier and less stressed.” Becky is comfortable administering medication, including insulin and pills and caring for older pets with special needs. While Becky mainly cares for dogs and cats--and some chickens--she’s has experience with other larger animals, like horses, cows, and pigs. She says she is a “stickler for providing fresh water, to keep pets hydrated and happy.” If she stays in your home, she also can bring in your mail, shovel your walk, and water your plants. She really does mean full service.
Becky provides her services to our local neighborhoods including Bonnie Brae, University and Observatory Park, Cherry Creek, Wash Park, and Cherry Hills. As a 20-year resident of Wash Park, some of Becky’s favorite places to take your canine companions on walks are in and around the neighborhood, including to Wash Park and the Highline Canal. Becky offers personalized and devoted attention to both her human and animal clients, so she does not mix different client’s animals. When she is with your pet, she is with your pet.
Dirty Paws has received top reviews on Yelp, Google, and through their testimonials:
Becky was so great with our babies! She house-sat for us while we went on a long weekend trip! Our girls were very happy to have her! I think she took better care of them than we do :) She sent us pictures and texts to us giving us updates on them, which is an added bonus! I highly recommend her...She loves our babies as much as we do!
Becky From Dirty Paws watched our very energetic dog, Oakley, who is 2 1/2 years old recently for 5 days. She did an amazing job! We loved how she had a checklist of questions and wrote notes when she came over to meet Oakley. Every day we got different pictures of her walking Oakley. She also watered our flowers and brought in the mail. It made it so much easier to leave our crazy boy knowing she was there to take care of him. Her heart is in the right place and she is so responsible. I highly recommend Dirty Paws!
What more could you or your pet ask for?
To contact Becky and Dirty Paws and for more information, please visit:
Dirty Paws, Becky Luke, 303.913.2544
Photos and Article by Kristin Kleimann-Duggan
We finally made it to see the Ice Castles this year and it was well worth it! The Ice Castles are located in Dillon, Colorado and are open until the weather becomes too warm. Teams work to grow more than 5,000 icicles each day so they can build the castles by hand.
We bought our tickets in advance (highly recommended, as they sell out quickly, especially on weekends) and chose to go around 5:30 pm because we were hoping to experience the Ice Castles in both daylight and at night. This was a good choice as it was easier to see at 5:30 and then the castles are lit up at night with LED lights. Dressing for winter was important and waterproof pants and gloves (especially for the kids) are a must if you plan to crawl around in the caves or go on the ice slides. Do not bother with a stroller, it won’t make it.
Currently, hours are 4-9pm Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Fridays: hours are 4-10pm; Saturdays: 12pm-10pm; and Sundays: 12pm-8pm. The ice castles are closed on Tuesday.
Ticket prices vary by the day and whether you buy in advance or not. Adult prices range from $15.95 to $21.00. Children (4-11) are $10.95-$16.00. Children under 3 are free.
Get there soon to see the Ice Castles before the weather warms. If the Ice Castles return next year, I encourage you to see them. It’s winter magic.
Please visit, www.icecastles.com for more information.
Kristin Kleimann receives Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) Designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute.
"Professional negotiation skills are a must for all real estate agents helping home buyers and sellers, especially in the current market."
Kristin Kleimann has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI). The CNE® is earned by real estate professionals after successfully completing formal negotiation training over two days. Agents who receive this certification are among the top agents in the country in negotiation skills.
With professional negotiation skills, agents are able to help clients obtain better results in the sale or purchase of their home. CNE agents have a higher skill level which enables them to 1) communicate more effectively to uncover desired information, 2) help clients understand their options, 3) work collaboratively with others, and 4) resolve deadlocks. CNE agents have a thorough understanding of how to negotiate effectively to help achieve their client’s goals.
The Real Estate Negotiation Institute is the leading negotiation training and coaching company in the real estate industry. Collectively, the Real Estate Negotiation Institute’s instructors have over 300 years of real estate and negotiation experience.
For more information visit www.theRENI.com.
Congratulations to our latest client who recently purchased a condo in the Art Museum Residences designed by renowned architect, Daniel Libeskind. The building is located directly across from the Denver Art Museum. These modern contemporary units, built in 2006, are stunning. The 56 units are contained in an L-shaped building with seven-stories. The units boast gorgeous views, 9.5 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, walk in closets, upgraded appliances and cabinetry, terraces, and building amenities including a guest suite, landscaped roof-top entertaining venue, and a separate and secure parking garage. The prime location offers convenient access to Downtown Denver.
From the Studio Libeskind website project description:
"The Museum Residences sit directly across the plaza from the iconic extension to the Denver Art Museum, also by Studio Libeskind. Clad in a translucent glass skin and shard-like metal panels the Residences complement the titanium-clad Museum.
The syncopated rhythm of windows and loggias, and the geometric façade elements are among the qualities that earned this 127,000 square-foot residential and retail building an Award of Honor for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects (2008).
The project came to be shortly after Studio Libeskind was hired for the museum commission, when the project expanded to include an above-ground parking facility directly across from the new museum. Studio Libeskind conceived of the Residences to conceal the required 1,000-car concrete parking structure by wrapping it with this seven-story residential building anchored by retail space on the ground level and enlivening the neighborhood.
The top six of the seven floors of the building are residential, given over to 56 luxury apartments ranging in size from 800 to 5,000 square feet. The ground floor, providing 16,000 square feet of dedicated retail space, flanks a busy public space, the Acoma Plaza of the Arts.
“These condominiums offer the ultimate amenity: an opportunity to bring—almost literally—the museum right into your home.” –Architectural Record, 2006
The Museum Residences was a joint venture between Studio Daniel Libeskind and Davis Partnership Architects in Denver.
2008 – The American Institute of Architects Award of Honor
2008 – CNBC Americas Property Awards – Best Development category
2007 – Merit Award for Multifamily, USA"
What a cool find! This is our family's home of more than 40 years in the University Park/ Observatory Park neighborhood of Denver. It is known to friends and family now as "The Big House." From a newspaper ad in the 1924 Boston Christian Science Monitor. Apparently there were classifieds placed by cities in other city newspapers. Ahhhh, history.
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This beautiful 125+ year old historic Victorian mansion in the Potter Highlands neighborhood in North Denver is just perfect for showers, weddings, tea, brunch, wine dinners, or staycations...
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Thank you for the wonderful review, Brandon!
This transaction worked out perfectly. We were under contract within two days and our clients received $35,000 over the list price. Congratulations again! I wholeheartedly give credit to the fabulous collaboration received from our clients.
"Where's the 6th Star? Kristin was simply amazing to work with on the sale of my home. I threw her several challenges and she rose to the occasion every time. Despite the challenges, Kristin moved the sales process forward to the degree that we were able to close a week earlier than expected. Kristin’s engagement, patience and attention to detail sets her apart from any other real estate professional I have worked with. Cheers to Kristin!"
Happy NEW Year! Welcome 2018!
"If you’re reading this, you already know that living in Colorado is pretty great. There’s always something to do, something to see, something to revel at— and you can drink a craft beer or smoke a joint while you’re doing most of them. Each new year signifies a new opportunity to explore the state and embrace the benefits of living here. Don’t spend your days off on the couch— make every moment worth it. To help inspire your inner adventurer, we’ve compiled a list of 88 things to do in Colorado in 2018. Check them off and thank us after another badass year in this badass state..."
Click below for the 88 things to do in Colorado in 2018. How many will you do?
Denver, Colorado | December 15, 2017 --
Kristin Kleimann with Edelweiss Realty Co. in Lakewood, Colorado recently earned The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist™ (CLHMS) designation in recognition of experience, knowledge, and expertise in high-end residential properties. Ms. Kleimann joins an exclusive group of real estate professionals who have completed The Institute’s training and have a proven performance in the upper-tier market.
“Agents who have earned the CLHMS designation are performing at the highest level in their community,” said Diane Hartley, president of The Institute. “The CLHMS seal is a symbol of distinction. Affluent buyers and sellers from around the world look for this symbol of luxury home knowledge and expertise when putting their trust in a real estate professional.”
The specialized training and ongoing membership with The Institute provide Ms. Kleimann with the knowledge and tools to better serve clients. The CLHMS designation provides evidence of the successful commitment to service at the highest level. “I'm looking forward to sharing my additional knowledge and experience with all my clients,” said Ms. Kleimann.
Ms. Kleimann has been in real estate since 2013 and specializes in residential real estate in the Denver Metro area.
Education: Smith College, Northampton, MA.
Additional Experience: Employing Broker's license, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), Resident Writer for "Life in the Park" Magazine for the University Park Denver Neighborhood.
Membership: National Association of Realtors (NAR), Colorado Association of Realtors (CAR), Denver Metro Association of Realtors (DMAR), Denver Architectural Foundation, The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing
Awards: Broker Associates of the Month, Edelweiss Realty Co. April 2015, July 2015, and December 2015; Recipient of 38th Annual Denver Metro Association of Realtors (DMAR) 2016 Excellence Award in the Bronze Team Category; Zillow 5-Star Agent
For more information about the luxury market in the Denver Metro area, contact Kristin Kleimann firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy hearts and happy faces,
Happy play in grassy places --
That was how in ancient ages,
Children grew to kings and sages.
(Robert Louis Stevenson)
On a rare, cool, grey, school day in September, I arrived to interview Helen Andresen, the owner of Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten, and School-Age Summer Camp. I was warmly greeted and given a comprehensive tour of the homey space. I was immediately struck and thrilled by the vast amount of unique outdoor play space. Eight separate age-appropriate playgrounds reflect the overall philosophy that the outdoor classroom is just as important as the indoor classroom for learning. Nearly every classroom is immediately open to the classroom playground so children can move seamlessly between in and outdoor space to explore, discover, and learn. These spaces are referred to as Outdoor Learning Labs.
A main goal is for the children to be outside as much as possible.
Research indicates that children who play outside are “smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious” than children who spend more time indoors. Other studies related to the benefits of children being outdoors include building confidence, promoting creativity and imagination, teaching responsibility, providing different stimulation, getting children moving, making children think, and reducing stress and fatigue. (www.childmind.org)
Iliff staff guide children in the Outdoor Learning Labs to use the environment as a place of learning and experimentation. The children and staff
The Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten, and Summer Camp was established in 1963. The overall educational philosophy is a blended one of play-based, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, natural influences, experiential, integrated curriculum and projects, learning by doing, whole child focused, embedded curriculum standards, and an overall “have fun” philosophy.
With a low student to staff ratio and open enrollment year-round,
eight different classrooms accommodate
Families love the school for many reasons including integrated instructional strategies, a focus on music, art, STEM, yoga, and dance.
As Helen Andresen summed, the school was “built on love and desire for the good of the community.” When you visit the school and see all the happy hearts and happy faces; you can’t help but conclude, she has achieved and surpassed her objective. This school is magical.
For more information, please visit www.iliffpreschool.com
Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten, and School-Age Summer Camp
4140 E. Iliff Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80222
This article was written by Kristin Kleimann and was published in the December 2017 issue of "Life in the Park" magazine for the University Park, Denver neighborhood.
Ruby Hill Gem! This cute ranch style home has 2 bedrooms and a full updated bath upstairs plus 2 non-conforming bedrooms and updated 3/4 bath in the finished basement. The home boasts new interior paint, new interior doors, new front screen door, tons of storage and off street parking, a covered patio, and a shed. The beautifully landscaped lot is large and the street view is of the mountains to the west. This home would be a perfect starter, investment, or single family home. Close to Ruby Hill Park which includes beautiful city and mountain views, a terrain park, pool, playground, and the new state of the art Levitt Pavilion (50 free concerts per year!)
For more information, please click on the link below...
My family and I love exploring new and family friendly places near Denver. For Labor Day weekend, we decided to explore a place we’ve never actually spent much time in---Grand Lake.
Grand Lake is approximately a 2-hour drive from Denver, in Grand County. It is located outside of the Western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and sits at 8,367 feet in elevation. In the summer months, you can get to Grand Lake via Estes Park and Trail Ridge Road or I-70 to 40 over Berthoud Pass through Winter Park. We chose to travel the Winter Park route.
We arrived on Friday with plans to stay through Monday. The drive there was beautiful, especially as you travel over Berthoud Pass and then past Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and finally to Grand Lake.
Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake, and part of the Colorado River headwaters. It is 265 feet deep which also means the water never gets particularly “warm.” Not surprisingly, that doesn’t usually deter the kids from getting wet!
We stayed at a place we found on Home Away that was right in town on Grand Avenue and had views of the lake. We chose an in-town location so we could easily walk the western boardwalk, Grand Avenue, that boasts more than 60 shops, restaurants, bars, and galleries.
Things to Do:
Though Grand Lake does offer year-round recreation, we only experienced some of the summer activities. The best summer activities include hiking, biking, boating, sailing, and fishing. In winter, Grand Lake is known as the “Snowmobiling Capital of Colorado.” Here are a few ideas:
Places to Eat:
We were pleasantly surprised at the variety of food options available. Here are some places we enjoyed:
Places to Stay:
There are many different lodging options available including cabins, camping, private homes, and resorts to fit all different budgets. Here are a few ideas:
This mini vacation was well worth it. Being in land locked Colorado, I often forget how rejuvenating and calming looking at large bodies of water can be. Life here really is Grand…
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This article was written by Kristin Kleimann and will be appearing in a future issue of Life in the Park magazine.
$595,000. 4735-4737 Lowell Blvd. Denver, Colorado 80211. Income potential! Solid and stunning mid-century ranch-style home, located directly across from Rocky Mountain lake. Gorgeous lake views to the East from the large picture windows in the living room.Western views from the kitchen and dining room. Meticulously maintained. Home is beautifully updated with 2 year old kitchen showcasing a custom walnut breakfast bar counter and walnut dining table. Additionally, there are 2 bedrooms and a full bath upstairs. Downstairs, the home boasts a garden level 2 bedroom, updated full bath, apartment with separate entrance. Turn key and move in ready. Murphy bed in guest bedroom upstairs, and newer paint throughout. Professionally landscaped with sprinkler system and flagstone patio for outdoor entertaining. Home has 2 additional off street parking spaces and a detached 2 car garage. New roof, gutters, and downspouts. Easily convert to single family. Walk to parks, restaurants, and shops.
For more information, please click on the link below:
I'm always so pleased to receive such sweet feedback from my clients. And, even more pleased when working with clients is like working with old friends...Thank you Mark and Laura!
"Kristin was amazing in helping us find our first home! She was so incredibly patient while showing us properties. While looking at homes, she was great about pointing out features and issues that we, as first time home buyers, might not have paid attention to or would have noticed. She was invaluable in walking us through the negotiation and buying process once we found the house we were excited about. We were so impressed with Kristin's attention to detail and her expert knowledge and advice. With her help, we were able to move into our home just in time to welcome our baby girl." -Laura
This light-filled end unit townhome is located right in the heart of the Historic Westminster Arts District.
The unit boasts 3 upstairs bedrooms, including a Master Suite with walk in closets and separate full bath. There is another full bath upstairs along with the laundry facilities (Duet washer and dryer). A balcony off of one of the front bedrooms has gorgeous views of downtown Denver and the mountains.
The main floor has an attached single car garage, living room with gas fireplace, powder room, dining room and kitchen with 3 year old appliances. There is also a pantry and extra storage under the stairs.
The townhome has a walkscore of 77 and is very close to the new Westminster Station (only 11 mins to Union Station!) Walk to restaurants, shops, public transportation, and parks. Convenient to Downtown Denver, I-70, and Boulder. This unit would be perfect for an investor or an owner occupant.
Goes LIVE in MLS on October 19th, 2017
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Joan Slaughter, a resident of the University Park neighborhood, is the founder of the Morgan Adams Foundation, a non-profit that supports pediatric cancer research which is based in SE Denver. Joan and her husband, Steven, started the non-profit foundation in 2000 shortly after their daughter, Morgan, was diagnosed, at 5 years old, with a malignant brain tumor and passed away after an 11-month battle. As Joan and Steven became more involved with Children’s Hospital they quickly learned that more money was needed to fund pediatric cancer research, and began fundraising. At the time of her diagnosis, Morgan was attending Cory Elementary School. Joan credits both the Cory Elementary and University Park communities with the success of the foundation and the art auction event, ARTMA (art for Morgan Adams).
ARTMA is the signature event that was born out of this neighborhood community. Both the school and neighborhood communities rallied around this first event. Without that support, the foundation never would have happened. The first ARTMA event was in February 2001, had 200 pieces of art, 650 people in attendance, and raised $100,000. The event is now a biennial event (every even year) with the next event scheduled for February 2018 at the Evans School on 11th and Acoma.
The Morgan Adams Foundation also sponsors several other events.
The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance event is sponsored by the Morgan Adams Foundation and features 50 million dollars worth of rare and collectible cars, planes, and motorcycles and is held at the Centennial Airport in August. The event also features live and silent auctions, music, and food.
The Morgan Adams Foundation partners with other groups to support other pediatric cancer research fundraising efforts including:
Today, the foundation has funded over 4.5 million dollars in research projects and the research has resulted in significant progress in both short and long-term outcomes for children with pediatric cancer.
That, is something to really be proud of.
As Joan said: “It is THIS neighborhood that should be proud of what it has brought forward. We simply wouldn’t have been able to do what we do if the community hadn’t rallied around us and supported us in so many ways. This is a heart-based neighborhood.”
For more information about the foundation, events, and supporting the foundation, please visit: www.morganadamsfoundation.org
This article was written by Kristin Kleimann and appeared in the October 2017 issue of "Life in the Park" magazine.
I absolutely love Bonnie Brae Flowers in Denver. I received this gorgeous bouquet for my recent anniversary. Their lead designer, Belle Duggan, does the most beautiful and creative floral arrangements (and she also happens to be my sister-in-law)! In the Spring, Bonnie Brae Flowers offers unique and impressive hanging baskets, and we love picking out our Christmas tree here each December.
Bonnie Brae Flowers is located at 5595 E. Evans in Southeast Denver. They have been in the flower and floral business since 1941 and offer top quality floral arrangements and provide exceptional customer service. Please visit www.bonniebraeflowers.com for more information or to place an order...
Every room looks better with something green in it...Succulents are super popular these days AND easy to care for.
New listing in the Historic Baker neighborhood. Showings start Saturday 8/12/17. Please share with anyone who might be interested!
Listed at $570,000...
This beautiful, large, elegant Victorian exudes vintage charm and is located in the heart of historic and walkable Baker. It is newly painted, landscaped, and awaiting your personal touches. The grand home boasts charm and personality including high ceilings, a large lot, large picture windows, original unpainted pocket doors, original hardwood floors, fireplaces, and extensive moulding. The layout is large and airy, with great indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. Close to transportation, parks, Broadway boutiques, restaurants, Light Rail, and bike trails. The backyard is fenced and includes a large, detached two car garage. There is additional storage space and a laundry room in the basement. The home has new interior paint, carpet on stairs, roof, gutters, landscaping, exterior paint, and garage door. This home is an excellent value given the lot size, finished square footage, original character, and large garage. It has huge potential.
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