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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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 email@example.com.
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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“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.
801 Chophouse is located in the Cherry Creek Mall near the valet entrance. It is locally owned and the owner lives in the Cherry Creek neighborhood. The restaurant specializes in USDA Prime Grade beef, jet fresh seafood, personable service and features “Live Maine lobster, innovative side dishes, small batch bourbons and scotches, and an award-winning wine selection.” 801 Chophouse also offers private and semi-private dining rooms for events. In addition, the restaurant offers discounted valet and garage parking.
801 Chophouse hosts a Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3pm until 6:30 in the bar. This is a great opportunity to sample appetizers such as shrimp cocktail and filet sliders as well as specialty cocktails, wine, and beer at discounted prices. On Sundays, they offer a fixed price Supper Menu that includes a salad, entrée, and dessert for $36.
As General Manager, Lindsay Anderson said:
“Please come visit us for an amazing experience, as we love to meet our new neighbors.”
This article was written by Kristin Kleimann and will be appearing in a future issue of "Life in the Park" magazine.
Since it’s Spring Break, and we’re not going anywhere, I promised my 4-year-old son some in-town adventures. Our first adventure was heading to lunch at the Perfect Landing at the Centennial Airport. We arrived early (11:30) for lunch, without reservations, and it quickly got crowded. We requested a window table and waited approximately 10 minutes for our table. The views of the mountains, city, and planes were awesome! In the hour we were there we probably watched 25 planes take off and land (I had had much lower expectations). My son thoroughly enjoyed it…
The food was great --the salads and burgers looked especially tasty--but overall, the restaurant was not particularly kid friendly. Unfortunately, they offer no high chairs or booster seats and there is only a verbal kid’s menu. That said, we had a terrific experience and we will definitely be back for dinner at sunset booked with a reservation.
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
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