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.
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.
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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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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“Our goal is to design and install spectacular kitchens and baths. When we do that, everything else falls into place.”
–Lewis Snyder (President of JM Kitchen & Bath)
That’s a pretty tall order from Lewis Snyder, a Colorado native and owner. But JM Kitchen & Bath- at 2324 S. Colorado Boulevard- has been doing exactly that for the past 41 years. As a full-service kitchen and bath dealer, they’ve been a part of the University Park neighborhood for the past 10 years and may well have designed one of your neighbor’s kitchens or baths.
JM Kitchen and Baths has won numerous awards, including:
Part of the secret of their success is that JM designers average 20 years of experience and can work within any budget. And they have one-stop shopping where homeowners, designers, architects, and real estate professionals can look through samples of cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances, and more, all during one free consultation. The University Park location, one of two, also has 8 different kitchen displays so you can see how the whole design can come together.
JM Kitchen & Bath features the top brands you would expect from such a well-recognized company. They feature Sub-Zero, Wolf, Kitchen Aid, Whirlpool, Asko, Sharp, and other appliances to help you cook to perfection. Their cabinet lines include Crystal, Omega, Homestead, Homecrest, and Urban Effects. And you can top your cabinets with granite, quartz, Corian, laminate, metal, glass, tile, and other countertops.
“I don't think I will be able to move from my house now because I have never seen a kitchen I like as well. Many people have said that it is the most beautiful kitchen they have ever seen.” –Client Houzz Review
Are you are looking to start a kitchen or bath project? If so, please come in and check out their showroom today. Their services include: kitchen and bathroom design and remodeling, semi- custom and custom cabinets, professionally measured, fabricated and installed countertops, professionally produced floorplans, color elevations and perspectives produced on CAD computers, lighting design and installation, tile design and installation. In addition, they offer project management, storage, and delivery of their products. JM Kitchen & Bath provides some of the country’s leading brands of cabinetry, countertops, appliances, tile, and lighting. They can install these products, if you wish, and offer cabinet and product storage until you need everything, along with professional delivery. Most importantly, your new kitchen will be beautiful and functional. That’s been their goal for over 40 years.
You can visit and JM Kitchen & Bath at:
2324 S. Colorado Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80222
This article was written by Kristin Kleimann and appeared in a past issue of "Life in the Park" magazine.
Have you ever been surrounded by hundreds of magical and colorful butterflies? You can be at the Butterfly Pavilion!
The Butterfly Pavilion is located about 15 minutes North of Denver in Westminster, Colorado. It is a 30,000 square foot facility that is located on an 11 acre campus. The vision of the Butterfly Pavilion is to teach an appreciation of the environment and of all living thing. It is considered an invertebrate zoo and hosts over 5,000 animals.
There are five different exhibit areas (four indoor, and the garden and nature trail outside). The exhibit areas include: Crawl-a-See-Em, Water’s Edge, Wings of the Tropics, and Invertebrate World.
For our visit, my 4 year old son particularly enjoyed holding Rosie the resident tarantula and touching a starfish. We were also lucky enough to have a butterfly land on our clothing as we were exploring the tropical rainforest area.
What a great way to spend a Saturday!
Cost: Adults $11, Seniors $9, Children 2-12 $7, Children under 2 FREE (reduced prices for Westminster Residents)
Hours: 9-5pm daily, 7 days a week
Address: 6252 W. 104th Avenue, Westminster CO 80020
Ryan Surroz and his family are University Park residents and neighbors. He and his family have lived in the neighborhood since 2013. The Surroz Family loves living in the neighborhood and enjoys Dinosaur Park, morning and evening walks around the neighborhood, and The Pioneer and Ginza restaurants.
Besides his full time job, Ryan Surroz also serves as President of Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation. Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to raising money to support at-risk and disadvantaged children throughout Colorado. A secondary goal is to cultivate the talents of young philanthropists (generally young male business leaders aged 20-39 years old) and to raise awareness of those less fortunate. Ryan has been involved in the organization for six years, served on the board for 4 years, and previously acted as the Membership Chair. He has raised over $200,000 for Denver Active 20-30 and also sits on several other philanthropic boards.
“Denver Active 20-30 is the most rewarding activity that I pursue — I think it is safe to say that my involvement has developed into a healthy passion. I joined DA20-30 because I was inspired by this group of young professionals who were united in their dedication to supporting at-risk and underprivileged kids. I recognized right away that this was a truly unique organization and I wanted to be a part of it. Now as President of DA20-30, I see daily reminders of the impact on the kids that we support as well as the philanthropic leadership development in our members.” -Ryan Surroz (President of Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation)
This year, Denver Active 20-30 is celebrating its 29th anniversary. It has given away more than $10 million through several established fundraising events. The largest and most well known is the Denver Polo Classic, which is the nation’s largest charitable polo tournament and takes place at the end of June.
The next fundraising event is the 4th Annual Denver Active 20-30 Golf Classic presented by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. It will be held September 15, 2016 at the Arrowhead Golf Club. Sponsors will be treated to breakfast, drinks, a catered lunch, and great prizes.
To find out more about the organization and how to get involved or to support the organization through their events, please visit: www.da2030.org
This article was written by Kristin Kleimann and will be appearing in the August 2016 issue of "Life in the Park" magazine.
Picture yourself relaxing in a calm, cool, beautifully decorated, French country blue room with the smell of lavender wafting through the air. The experience is rejuvenating, calming, transformative, and also one that almost anyone in your family will enjoy.
Ivy McClure is a Denver native and a graduate of our neighborhood South High School. Her aesthetician experience includes graduating from the School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics and serving as their Assistant Director of Aesthetics. She founded Skin & Tonic in 2013 to create a business and career that aligns her passion for fusing the best in medical, corrective skincare techniques and natural and botanical skincare approaches. As Ivy said,
I came across a quote once: ‘Beauty is self confidence applied directly to the face.’ Over the years, I've learned that what really matters most, is how my clients see themselves. We can be so hard on ourselves, especially women. My focus is to address whatever concerns I can, then build up that confidence. Beautiful skin really does begin with a commitment to yourself. I can't tell you how much I love hearing ‘I got a compliment on how my skin was glowing today’ or ‘I get so many compliments on my lashes!’ That's why I do what I do---Build that confidence! (Ivy McClure, owner and founder)
Ivy uses Naturopathica skin products that are holistic, plant based, soothing, and smell heavenly. (Try the Gotu Kola Healing Balm and the Lavender Protective Moisturizer!) In addition to customized and reasonably priced skin treatments, she also offers waxing and eyelash extension and tinting services, as well as specialized services for men and teenagers.
Ivy is extremely personable, knowledgeable, and has built a following of dedicated clients through her expertise and results. She has several mother and daughter and husband and wife clients who come to her as a bonding experience and as a shared interest in taking care of themselves. As one pair of mother and daughter clients summed,
Ivy has all of the qualities you want in an aesthetician. She's gentle, easy going, not at all intimidating, and you leave feeling beautiful. On top of this, she offers a teenybopper facial for my 14-year old daughter. What's not to love? (Bess Scully, mom)
I love going to see Ivy! She is a great aesthetician who uses natural products (which is rare)! My mom gets her eyelashes done with Ivy, and I get regular teenybopper facials (which use more sensitive products). Ivy offers a great range of services for mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons alike… (LuLu Scully, daughter)
Finally, Skin & Tonic also offers two different Membership Plans where for a reasonable flat monthly fee you receive specific services (skincare or eyelash) and discounts on other services and products.
Treat yourself or a family member to a restorative and relaxing treatment today!
Skin & Tonic Contact Information:
Address: Located inside “The Workshops”
4340 E. Kentucky Ave., Suite 315
Glendale, CO 80246
This article was written by Kristin Kleimann and will be appearing in the August 2016 issue of "Life in the Park" magazine.
Kristin Kleimann and Marilynn Wanamaker receive a 2016 Excellence Award from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors (DMAR)
The Denver Metro Association of Realtors (DMAR) held their annual luncheon and awards ceremony on March 24th, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center to celebrate the past year of real estate and Realtor accomplishments. DMAR recognizes Denver-area’s top performers in residential real estate by presenting Denver Metro Realtors Excellence Awards. These prestigious awards honor the determination, dedication, and endless drive of Realtors in the Denver Metro area.
Kristin Kleimann and Marilynn Wanamaker were recipients of a 2016 Excellence Award in the Bronze Team Category for 2015 sales.
Thank you to DMAR and to our past, present, and future clients!
Click here to see the full list of award winners:
Click here to see the recap of the awards ceremony:
Bucket lists are entertaining and dreamy. Bucket lists in your own city can be even more engaging because the experiences are easier to accomplish and check off. This list was originally a list of 29 essential Denver experiences from an article on Thrillist, published in 2015 by Rebecca Feder.
Since so many of the items on the list resonated with us and our love of Denver, adventure, history, and a challenge, we modified the original list to an attainable 20 experiences with a plan to complete each item and check it off the list. We’ll be posting our experiences over the next few months.
If you are interested in joining us on our journey to check off these items, please follow us on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/homesimpledenver/ and post your own photos of these completed Denver bucket list items on Instagram with the hashtag: #yourdenverbucketlist
We look forward to seeing your photos and hearing about your bucket list adventures!
If you’d like a hard copy of the original list to help you keep track of the items, please send a private message and we will send you a copy.
Finally, to see the original Thrillist list, visit: https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/denver/the-denver-bucket-list-red-rocks-my-brother-s-bar-mayan-theater
Kristin Kleimann and Marilynn Wanamaker named "Salespersons of the Month" in April, July, and December 2015
Denver Realtors and Broker Associates, Kristin Kleimann and Marilynn Wanamaker, achieved Edelweiss Realty Company's highest honors three times in 2015: April, July, and December. "We are very pleased to receive these honors and we look forward to helping future clients meet their real estate dreams and goals," said Kristin Kleimann, Realtor and Broker Associate at Edelweiss Realty Company.
Kristin Kleimann and Marilynn Wanamaker work together as a team to bring a high level of real estate services to clients. They believe that to make good decisions, you need to be an educated consumer and they strive to empower clients with information, education, and research to help them understand, compare, and make informed decisions.
As a recent client said, "Marilynn and Kristin are the "Dream Team" of real estate brokers. They have helped us with four separate real estate transactions over the past three years and have been amazing to work with. They are knowledgeable about the market and provide excellent research and advice about pricing, timing and trends. They are timely and responsible and make the whole process enjoyable. We are so lucky to have had them on our team."
Another recent client summed, "Kristin and Marilynn make a great team, because their combined knowledge and skill sets complement each other so well. Marilynn seems to know everything there is to know, real estate-wise, about Denver and the surrounding areas, having been in the business here for over 30 years, and with Kristin you get EnergyPlus – plus intelligence, insight, a great sense of humor, and a lot of hard work. Kristin and Marilynn did all the research and boring legwork without us ever having to prompt them, and their knowledge and sense of the markets here combined with their intelligent and instinctive approach to pricing, honesty, transparency and just plain old honor are top-notch. I would never hesitate to work with them again, or recommend them to friends and family."
Cheers to 2016!
Kristin Kleimann and Marilynn Wanamaker of Edelweiss Realty Co. specialize in helping clients navigate the complex real estate buying and selling process by making it simple and transparent. They provide clients with the most current and accurate market information and guide them through the process step-by-step.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, particularly if you love holiday lights! Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens is glowing again beautifully. We managed to visit when the weather was a balmy 56 degrees, at night! Instead of hot chocolate, we enjoyed lime popsicles and lemonade. Our favorites light displays were the different colored floating balls, and the blue fairy forest. Parking was a bit problematic as the lots filled up quickly but street parking was pretty plentiful. We'll be back again next year...
Dates: Nov. 27-Jan. 2, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Time: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., lights are on until 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.
Cost: Starting December 14th, costs are:
$11 for Adult Members, Seniors (65+) and Military
$10 Child (Ages 3-15)
$8 Child Member
Free for children 2 or younger
Information and tickets: botanicgardens.org
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