Increase your Cash Flow. Invest in a Rental Property.
Landlord. Landlady. Lessor. Owner. These are the common names to label the main point of contact for a rental property. The rental market in Denver and surrounding areas is tight! Now is the perfect time to add one of these titles to your repertoire.
What must you know to understand why investing in a rental property is such a great idea? Well, here is a fresh and condensed look at the market trends that shouldn’t bore you too much:
- For TJC Real Estate and Management Services, the current average time a home sits on the rental market is only 10 days, compared to 22 days this time last year.
- The national rent average has increased 3.7% to $1362. Denver has increased 10.6%. Stapleton, a premier NE Denver neighborhood where TJC Real Estate and Management has a majority of our inventory, currently has an average rent of $2175.
- According to Zillow, there are currently more renters and less homeowners. In 2006, the amount of homeowners peaked at 69%, but has since decreased to 64%. Of all renters, 53% are renters because they are unable to afford to buy a home and 26% choose to rent as a lifestyle choice.
Still looking for the perfect sign? Maybe you would rather have your investments work for you rather than the other way around? Read on…. Like any investment, buying a rental property or converting your current home into a rental, may seem like a leap of faith. In this market, given the low interest rates and record high rental rates, it is the perfect way to diversify your investments.
Rental properties are versatile; you can have them for short-term or long-term investments. Either way, one way to take the guess work and hassle out of being a landlord is to hire a reputable property management company. Going this route allows you to instantly hand over the stress, hassle and many challenges of owning investment property:
- Time on market and/or vacancy
- Rent pool and advertising reach
- Screen prospective tenants
- Getting prime rent
- Having a professional lease
- Legal services and possible evictions
- Handling tenant challenges and maintenance requests
- On-going property upkeep
- Collecting rents and security deposits
- Returning security deposits upon assessing possible damages
So how do you start? If you will be purchasing a home to rent, you will want to meet with your mortgage broker to see what you will qualify for. Once you get a good idea of your budget, your best bet is to meet with a Realtor that is well-versed in acquiring investment properties. Remember that not all Realtors are created equal. Having an agent that has a successful background and great knowledge in this corner of the industry is a must.
Next… Location, location, location! A Realtor can assist you in knowing which neighborhoods will be the best return on your investment. This is just as important when buying an investment property as it is when purchasing a home to occupy for you and your family.
When you finally find a place to purchase, you will want to assess what it will take to get the property ready. No one wants to be a slumlord (this is the name you don’t want to add to your repertoire) and the better shape the home is in, the higher rent you will be able to get. Taking care of the property ahead of time will help to eliminate and/or lessen hassles you will have with the new tenants.
A property management company will be able to assist you with the balance of being rent ready without eating too much into the bottom line.
If you live or are looking to invest in the Denver area, contact TJC Real Estate and Management Services at 303-324-6988 for a complimentary consultation. We are unique in the industry since we are a one stop shop for real estate investors. TJC can help with the acquisition, property management, and asset management. Our goal is to create a long-term relationship that helps your asset(s) grow, as well as, provide stable, long-term ROI. We are happy to assist you on your journey to become a real estate entrepreneur!
***Like most investments, there are no guaranties in investing in real estate. There are a variety of factors involved in the success of your investment and TJC Real Estate & Property Management does not guaranty that you will have a positive cash flow, a positive return on investment, or that your asset will appreciate. Any real estate investment is made solely at the investors risk without any guaranteed results.***
It is that time of year again! All of us here at TJC Real Estate and Management Services have been waiting anxiously as the time approaches to slip on our tankinis and board shorts, hit the water and soak up some sun. Pool season is upon us and Denver is a great place to be in the summertime! Not only do we get over 300 days of sunshine, and are full of great biking trails, but we also have a plethora of outdoor public pools to make a splash.
Moms and Dads have been working all spring (or at least thinking about it) to shed the results of this last holiday seasons’ over indulgences in order to get themselves into their best swimsuit shape. In the meantime, the kiddos are digging out their goggles and noodles ready to make their first cannonball into deep blue water of the neighborhood pool. Not only does Denver Parks and Recreation service 16 outdoor pools that will open on June 8th, but Stapleton, which is in our neck of the woods, now manages 6 outdoor pools that will open at 12 PM on Saturday, May 23.
Whether you own or rent in Stapleton, one of the perks of living in this premier community is the resident membership to one of our six pools. The fee for each pass is only $20 for the season. For Non-Residents you can still enjoy the amazing Stapleton facilities for a daily entrance fee. For more information on fees and schedules, visit the Stapleton MCA website at www.StapletonCommunity.com.
A few quick notes to remember about our pools:
- You can BYOB – alcohol is permitted, but remember, NO GLASS.
- Be prepared for random closures:
- Summer’s storms can lead to short closures and delays, but keep in mind the weather changes can be fast and furious in Colorado -- if you can wait out a weather closure you may end up with the entire pool to yourself.
- It’s not a Baby Ruth® – when you pile hundreds of kids into a pool, the swim diaper mishap is bound to happen every now and then.
- Glass violators – see first bullet point above. Don’t be the guy who closes down the pool because you had to have your Corona® bottle with a lime, but you dropped it while adjusting your…sunglasses.
- Pool Parties are a great way to celebrate! You can reserve the pools for your own private parties (for a fee). I have been to birthday parties and fundraisers at many of the pools and they are always an excellent setting for your summer soiree.
Which pool is right for you? Each pool brings its own unique attributes, but here is a little breakdown of some of the benefits of each:
- Aviator – the original, like Coors®, the Banquet Beer, is still a classic. With dedicated swim lanes, a generous kid area, and nice shade spots, this pool is a favorite of Stapleton residents old and new. It can get packed on the major holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc.).
- Puddle Jumper (aka the “Nanny Pool”) – excellent water features for the kids, no swim lanes, and a cool sandbox feature make this a pool of choice for nannies to while away the summer days. Coincidently, the pool seems to be a favorite for dads who are taking the kids to the pool on their days off. Hmmm.
- F15 – let’s hear it for the East-side. Located on a huge parcel of land, this pool is excellent for parties, barbeques, and volleyball games. I have found that it is sometimes a little quieter, but I think that could be changing as all the new Bluff Lake residents start discovering its charms.
- Jet Stream – another pool with dedicated swim lanes, this pool serves as the refuge for the old-north-siders. With the arrival of Conservatory Green, I’m not sure we can call it the north-side any more. The crowd here may be a little younger than you will find at Aviator, and may feel more intimate and hip.
- Runway 35 Pool – the home of future Olympians, this pool is designed with a focus on competitive swimming.
- Maverick Pool – the home of future leisure seekers. Designed as a family friendly pool this pool will have some great places to play, relax and soak in the Colorado sun.
Denver Public Pools
Denver Parks and Recreation offer numerous aquatic activities for kids and adults of all ages and abilities at their 16 outdoor and 13 indoor pools. Fun in the sun includes open swim times, lap swim, aqua fitness classes, swim lessons and private instruction. You can obtain admission by having an annual membership, pay a daily fee, purchasing a season pool pass or having a My Denver Card (available free to Denver kids ages 5-18). For more information on fees and schedules, you can visit the following website: http://www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation/DenverParksandRecreation/RecreationCentersPools/SwimmingPools/tabid/445318/Default.aspx.
A few quick notes to remember about Denver public pools:
- NO ALCOHOL at any facility.
- Food is permitted in designated areas, but please, NO GLASS. Of course, no food or beverage allowed in the pools at any time.
- As above, the pool closures can happen such as summer storms and/or the random Baby Ruth® incident.
A few fun things to mention about the different Denver Pools:
- Many indoor pools such as Central Park and Montclair have the 0 – 3 feet feature with an indoor water playground for those not ready to give up their water wings yet.
- La Alma has undergone a recent renovation with an addition of a lazy river, diving board and a great slide.
- Outdoor water playgrounds are a big hit for kids of all ages and can be found at Barnum, Globeville and Mestizo pools.
Don’t forget…wait to enter the pool until 30 minutes after you have eaten. There you go….ready to dive in!
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If you are trying to make sense of the housing market in the Denver area these days, you are far from alone. There is a surge of people moving to Colorful Colorado and many speculations on ‘why’. Could it be the promised 300+ days of sunshine? The legalization of marijuana? Or the job market that is on the mend? The numbers are clear: For one reason or another, the Denver Metro area is currently one of the hottest housing markets in the nation.
Let’s break it down.
Balanced Market: A balanced real estate market means that there is a 5-6 month supply of homes on the market. Currently in Denver, there is a 2 month supply of homes on the market. Much of the inventory that hits the market is selling in record time and way above asking price.
Increase in Home Values: Denver home values increased by 17.2% in the first quarter of 2015. The median home price increased from $288,400 in the first quarter of 2014 to $338, 100 in the first quarter of 2015. Nationally, home prices raised 7.4% to $205,000 during the same time period. Denver’s median home price is now 65% more expensive than the national average, but median income is only 18% higher than the national average. It doesn’t stop there. According to Aldo Svaldi, a Denver Post reporter: “The average price for a single-family detached home sold in metro Denver went above $400,000 for the first time ever in April, reaching $402,302. That was up 11 percent from last year and 3 percent higher than in March.”
Denver Growth: And Denver continues to flourish…Denver ranked 7th out of 178 cities for home appreciation. The 6 other cities with faster appreciation than Denver had much lower home prices:
- Sherman, TX Up 33.4% prices raised from $92,500 to $123,400
- Port St. Lucie, FL up 22.9% prices raised from $139,900 to $172,000
- South Bend, IN 19.1%
- Decatur, IL 18.1%
- Charlotte, NC 17.7%
- Reno, NV 17.6%
- Colorado Springs up 9.4% to $220,100
- Boulder, CO up 5.6% to $442,200
Rental Market: Home sales are only part of the real estate conundrum in Colorado. What about the rental reality? USA today reported that the median U.S. rent climbed 4% in April from the year-ago period to $1,364, according to real estate database Zillow. That's the biggest jump since March 2013. In April, Aurora had continued to hold on to the number one spot for percentage of rent increases out of 100 other cities tracked by San Francisco based Apartment List. Denver held the number 4 spot. Due to an extremely low 4.8% vacancy rate and high demand, it has definitely been a landlord market as Metro Denver has had a 9% annual increase in rents.
Where does this housing market leave the younger generations? You would think that the new found inflation in home prices would deter new buyers from entering the market. But due to the rental market being just as crazy, it is forecasted to be different than expected. “Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors, expects the share of first-time home buyers to rise to 33% by year-end, in part because of the financial benefits of home ownership vs. renting.” Once again, highlighting that it is also a seller’s market.
To take advantage of increased home prices, many have jumped on the bandwagon to sell their homes and have made a hefty profit in doing so. Unfortunately, many people who are selling their homes and deciding to stay in Denver are finding themselves in quite a dilemma. Most homes are selling much quicker than anticipated by the sellers and the brutal reality of inventory to rent or buy is that of an ice sale in hell. If you are one of the lucky ones to have a bid accepted or to receive a lease on a home, you are probably spending $25,000 more than asking price or your rent payment is twice that of your old mortgage payment.
All in all, the real estate market in the Denver Metro area is said to be a great testimony for the economy, but a stressful reality for many. Either way, for the time being, it is a great time to be a seller or a landlord.
Please contact one of our TJC Neighborhood Realtors for expert advice on buying, selling, investing, or renting your home. Most people would agree that the price you have to pay to live in Colorado is very well paid back in sunshine and mountain views.
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Property Tax Bills… Assess, Dispute, Relax!
Who loves taxes? The list isn’t very long, I am sure. When it comes to your Property Tax Bill, however, there may be some hope in easing this stressor. For many, they receive this bill and just file it away to give to their accountant. For others, the sticker shock is too much to handle and they are in amazement that their home could ever be appraised so high. If the latter is your case, here is some insight as well as some relatively simple steps to dispute your Property Tax Bill.
To start, when the tax assessor assigns a property a value, he/she compares homes that have similar square footage and number of bedrooms/bathrooms in the particular neighborhood of your home. Their technique is similar to what a home appraiser would do if you were buying a new home or refinancing your current home, but not always as in depth. All in all, a higher property assessment equals a higher tax bill and a lower property assessment equals a lower tax bill.
Moving along, some homeowners, including myself, have been in the situation where we felt that our home was appraised too low. If this happens to you, consider it a blessing as this will not affect a refinance or a resale of the home. Your Realtor can pull comps from the current market and a lender will have the home appraised, if needed, for a refinance. With that in mind, you want to make sure that the lower assessment was not due to incorrect stats on the home. Make sure that the room count and the square footage is correct on your assessment, therefore County records, to avoid possible future delays or problems when selling or refinancing your home.
On the other hand, if you believe your property has been assessed too high, my utmost advice is to call a reputable Realtor. Gathering the information you need to dispute your tax bill is typically complimentary through any real estate company. A Realtor familiar with your neighborhood will be able to easily collect 3 comps (competitive market analysis) of comparable homes in your area that sold in the specified timeframe. Many people try to do these themselves, but may run into a challenge of timing. The timeframe that these homes need to have been sold for these comps will be stated on your Property Tax Bill. This is usually up to 18-24 months back making it difficult for someone who is not a Realtor to get the proper research completed. Having a Realtor involved will also assist you in getting a more realistic list of comps that will include location within a neighborhood, presence of upgrades within the home, style of home, etc. All of these factors can prove helpful when getting a true assessment of your home’s value.
Finally, once the comps have been collected, you or your Realtor can visit your local government website and follow the protocol to Petition for Abatement or Refund of Taxes. For Denver, the website is http://www.denvergov.org/assessor/AssessorsOffice/Forms/tabid/378177/Default.aspx. You can dispute up to two years at once as long as they are directly prior to the current year.
All in all, property assessors have the capacity as anyone else for error. If you believe, your property was wrongfully assessed too high, by all means dispute it. Call TJC Real Estate and Property Management Services which has several realtors that will walk you through the process at no charge. By working with a Realtor for this course of action, you will have a less painful and more positive experience. The worst that can happen is you will find out that your home is truly worth more than you expected.
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Save Energy, Save Money, period.
Heating and Cooling Tips!
Whether you rent or you own your home, utilizing energy saving tips will also save you money. Future generations, environmentalists: novice and advanced, and of course your pocket book will thank you.
HEATING and COOLING your home usually makes up about 48% of your utility bill, energy and dollar wise. When HEATING and COOLING your home, one of the best, economical investments is a programmable thermostat. Being able to set your thermostat accordingly for different times of the day will save you time, energy and money. A good rule of thumb is to keep your thermostat as close to the outside temperature as possible since it takes less effort from your heating/cooling system to maintain the temperature. Of course, the object of heating and cooling your home is to keep you and your family comfortable as well, so finding a balance to this rule of thumb is key. Other great tips to save energy and money while using your heating and cooling system:
- Lower your thermostat every time you leave the house.
- Set your thermostat to 60 degrees during the winter if you are going on vacation.
- Never turn your thermostat off. Raising or lowering the temperature too quickly uses too much energy therefore spikes your energy bill.
- Change your filters every 30 to 45 days for maximum efficiency.
- Properly maintain and upgrade your equipment as necessary. Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment.
- Set your thermostat fan switch to "auto" to save energy. Leaving it in the "on" position keeps air running constantly.
Of course, having and utilizing optimum heating and cooling equipment to the best of your ability is a great step forward in the balance of making your home comfortable and saving energy and money. Looking at the whole house, though, including your habits will get you even further.
In the colder months:
- Covering all bare floors with area rugs will assist in retaining heat as well as adding extra comfort.
- Close the flue in your fireplace when not in use and install glass doors to keep in the warm air.
- Running portable heaters regularly can be very expensive. Limit your use of portable heaters to only when needed to temporarily heat a small area.
- Make sure your air vents, baseboard heaters and radiators are cleaned regularly and are not being blocked by curtains, rugs or furniture.
- Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime.
- Consider using solar heat to supplement your normal heating source.
- Run your ceiling fan on low speed in the clockwise direction.
In the warmer months:
- Switch your ceiling fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction. Install more ceiling fans if possible. Utilizing your ceiling fan can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler which is a big boost on your thermostat.
- Keep your exterior windows and doors shut tightly so you are not trying to the cool the outdoors as well as your home.
- Turn off kitchen and bath exhaust fans promptly after use.
- Keep your shades and curtains closed as much as possible during the warmer months to block the heat from the sun.
- Utilize trees, shrubs and awnings on the outside of the home to protect your home from unwanted solar heat.
- Keep interior doors open so that cooled air flows freely throughout your home.
- Decorate with light colored curtains during the warmer months which will allow for light to come through while still blocking some of the heat from the sun’s rays.
- Keep your HVAC clear of debris. Never stack or lean items on your air compressor.
- Close unused air vents when running your central AC to prevent cooling and therefore paying to cool unused rooms.
Take it a step further by contacting your local energy company to complete an energy efficiency evaluation. They can offer personalized tips to make your home more energy efficient such as attic insulation tips and checking for household leaks. According to Energy.Gov, by combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions. The bottom line is by saving energy, you save money, period.
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If you are seeking out ideas to give your living space an absolute overhaul or just add some flair, there are many new TRENDS circulating for 2015. I have searched far and near (via the net) including some of the top designers in NY and have compiled a list of the au courant home trends for 2015.
- According to Pantone, the color gurus, Marsala is the NEW hot color!
- Greek BLUE, Deep BLUE, Royal BLUE, Cobalt BLUE ….any way you twist it, this rich, beautiful hue is THE way to accent any room.
- Mid Century shades such as Avocado Green, Mustard Yellow and Rusty Orange are being used to give some umph to a more mild scenery within the living space. Mixing these shades with more BOLD varieties are definitely in as well!
- The Neutral mainstay, GRAY, is holding over from last year and will continue to be the colorless go-to.
- WALLPAPER is back replacing the single color accent walls. Find your statement print!
- Gold, Copper and Bronze will give silver competition in any style you desire to achieve. The prominence, yet warmth of these METALLIC, luxe accents will balance the coolness of a modern home and revive a vintage or renaissance theme with its opulent stature.
- Mix and Match furniture is hot! Rustic with Contemporary; Cowhide with Modern; Renaissance with Mid Century. FUSION of your favorite styles has pushed the analogous furniture motif off the runway.
- Reinventing the Classics! Creamy, black, muted white and grey interior with soft curves, organic lines united with a splash of pungent colors and textured fabrics.
- Classic or vintage soaking tubs take precedence over last year’s rain shower.
- Statement pieces such as unique ‘chandeliers’ or custom kitchen islands allow you to bring your sense of style to every room with a vengeance.
- TEXTURES you can feel such as paneled wood cabinets, quartz counters, velvets, natural wood finishes and adding natural elements to the home are great ways to revamp the tone and quality of a space you already love.
One great thing about the trends for 2015 is that you can REUSE, RECYCLE and UPCYCLE old pieces. This, of course, is great for the environment, but also gives you endless opportunities for those creative urges.
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The family home can be difficult to manage once children have left. Big gardens, lots of space and an aging property can cost you a lot in terms of both time and money. That’s why many people choose to downsize as they reach retirement, or sometimes before.
But downsize to where? Increasing demand has made it hard to find smaller homes or even apartments that offer the ideal combination of space and low maintenance that mature downsizers are looking for.
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An increasing number of builders are building to meet the demand of this group. And with the vast tracts of land that have become available to builders in Stapleton and Lowry, these are good locations to start your hunt for a practical home that fits your needs.
Ranch homes are hot property in Stapleton. It seems to be generally agreed that the first phase of construction didn’t include enough of them! They are popular with young families as well as mature buyers – often for the same reason. No stairs! Ranch homes that come up on the Stapleton property market sell fast and for good prices.
Because of this, the new phases of construction in Stapleton, Conservatory Green and Willow Park East, will include a more generous number of ranch homes. Look at builders such as Boulder Creek Builders, who are constructing patio ranch homes, so little lawn and outdoor maintenance is required.
At the moment, there is no mention of ranch homes in the proposed first build out at Lowry’s Boulevard 1. However, construction has not yet started and things can change. One thing the first Boulevard 1 build out will include is a good number of townhouses and row homes, which are also popular with downsizers.
These homes give you a lot of floor space, with little or no yard maintenance required. Plenty of these homes were built in the first phase of Stapleton and they proved so popular that not only will you find new ones in Lowry, but also a good selection in Stapleton’s Conservatory Green and, coming up, in Willow Park East. Many offer balconies or roof terraces, so you can still enjoy the Colorado sun. In Conservatory Green, look at builders such as New Town Builders, Wonderland and Parkwood, all of whom have a good selection.
One thing all these properties have in common is that they are new. Even the existing homes in Stapleton are just over ten years old, and in Lowry, Conservatory Green and Willow Park East, you have the opportunity to work alongside a builder to design a home that is perfect for you.
If you would like to know more about any of the properties mentioned in this article––or tour any of these new areas, contact Greg Pond at 720-457-4520 or email on email@example.com.
Halloween has come and gone, the leaves have fallen, the snow and arctic temperatures have paid us a visit. It is now time to truly embrace the upcoming season and give it our blessing....Winter Welcome!
Stapleton's Winter Welcome event will take place on Friday, November 21st in the East 29th Avenue Town Center from 6pm to 8pm. 29th Avenue will be closed from Quebec to Roslyn Street and the Town Center will be adorned with dancing trees, interactive sponsor booths, firepits for hand warming and s'more making, local food trucks and more!
Winter Welcome serves as a 29th Avenue retailer open house, a time for the community to come together and kickstart this joyous time of year, as well as the lighting of the Town Center's holiday tree and light display. Many of the activities will require a ticket and much of the proceeds will benefit Girl Scout Troop #653, The Urban Farm, Bluff Lake Nature Center and Sand Creek Greenway.
This year TJC Real Estate will be featuring a winter Candy Land®. The kids can enjoy a turn at playing this beloved game and earn cards to spend in our real Candy Store! There are even chances to win your own Candy Land® game. We will be offering hot cocoa for all to stay warm. Those cold festival goers over 21 can request a 'peppermint hot cocoa' for an extra treat. Brave the weather and stop by our Candy Land® store front at 7476 E 29th Ave or find our booth on the main strip. Your Neighborhood Realtors will be there!
Deciding to build a new home is very exciting, yet can be a very overwhelming experience at best--add being blindfolded on the side of a cliff and this is some people's experience of buying a new build without a Realtor.
“If the sales person at the builder's office is so helpful, then why do I need a Realtor?” This is a very common question, with a multitude of answers:
1. The salesperson at the model home is there to represent the builder by legal obligation, not the buyer. He/she is not a licensed Realtor and are there to sell homes while protecting the interest of the builder.
2. Using a licensed Realtor should be at NO cost to you. Complimentary representation, what could be better?!
3. A licensed Realtor is your advocate. Let him/her be the tough guy when something is not right on a walk-thru. Most Realtors are very well-versed on new builds and know what to look for at every stage of the process. They should attend the inspections with you and follow up with the builder until the home is yours.
4. Regardless of whether you use a Realtor, you will still be charged the commission that the builder would pay the Realtor. Most buyers do not realize that this commission is already built into the price of the home. This is non-negotiable with the seller and the money will just be pocketed if you choose not to be represented.
5. A Realtor will know the ins and outs of upgrades and will be able to assist you to make the best choices for your investment. Many upgrades are exceedingly less expensive to wait and do yourself once the home is completed. Other upgrades will bring no further equity to the home at the time of resale. This added benefit of consultation can save you a considerable amount of money and headache in the long run!
All in all, you will create a win-win situation for yourself by choosing to be REPRESENTED by a Realtor.
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You probably already know that Stapleton used to be Denver’s airport. My first house in the neighborhood sits on what was previously a runway. Talk about traffic problems! My current house sits on the old surface lot of the parking garage.
I can see the old control tower from my bedroom window. It looms large and empty as constituents debate what to do with it. It appears some decisions have been made as per this article from Channel 9 earlier this year.
When I did a quick search for the article, I found a link to a guy that calls himself an urban explorer. Apparently he travels around the world breaking into abandoned buildings and checks them out. He has only been arrested once. I wish I could say the same for myself! Wait, did I just really write that out loud? Anyway, urban exploration of abandoned buildings seems interesting, but that dude is not and therefore his adventures come across as bland and kind of stupid.
But on an exciting note, the tower and exploration inspired me to think about all the adventures you can have if you live in Stapleton. There are miles of bike and walking trails, not only in the hood, but they extend to arteries throughout Denver. You can connect to the Sand Creek trail or just hang around Westerly Creek or hit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal which is now a wildlife reserve; as is Bluff Lake.
Yes, Stapleton has wildlife and I’m not just talking about Tom Cummings on a Saturday night. I have seen foxes (the four legged kind) numerous times around my house. There was another night that I followed three coyotes for a few blocks before they ran off into open space. I know cat owners aren’t fond of this wildlife, but I’m not a big fan of cats so I’m cool with it.
We have a skate park, a climbing wall, tons of parks, pools, a sledding hill and countless structures and hardscaping that make for great exploration (and climbing opportunities). “Kids! Get off that bridge railing!” And, “Don’t fall off that retaining wall!!!” Or, “No, you cannot build a dam in the creek so you can cross over!”
When people think of large new-build neighborhoods, they tend to focus on the homes themselves and maybe the commercial and retail space within walking distance. Obviously it is important to think about the roof over your head in a new neighborhood. But it’s also important to get out of the house to explore and create adventures. Thankfully, we have that right out the front door in Stapleton.
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