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House Hunt: The Denver Square

House 3 — The Denver Square: $550,000, 4 beds, 2.5 baths, house: 2,700 sq. ft., lot: 4,690 sq. ft., City Park

Cute Denver Square with spacious front porch, new hardwood floors and renovated kitchen. Plenty of charm! Open floorplan on main level with kitchen that opens to dining area and living room with fireplace. 4 bedrooms upstairs. Basement is nicely renovated with newer bathroom and laundry room. Covered back porch is great for entertaining. Close to the new Spouts Farmer’s Market and other Colfax favorites. Great block in City Park neighborhood – lots of families.

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House Hunt: The Orange Spanish-Style House

House 2 — The Orange Spanish-Style House: $520,000, 5 beds, 2 baths, house: 2,800 sq. ft., lot: 6,530 sq. ft., Park Hill

Large livable Spanish style home full of detail & charm, plenty of arches & niches to please. Updated kitchen & baths, spacious bedrooms & an abundant amount of storage. The finished basement will knock your socks off-This home is a rare find in this neighborhood.

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House Hunt: The Bungalow

I was going to write a post about something cool we just did at our house when I realized I haven’t even told you about our house. Geez! Let’s finish those house hunting posts I started last year! I’ll do one post for each of the three houses we seriously considered, in the order in which we saw them, and I promise it won’t take me another year to finish this.

House 1 — The Bungalow: $485,000, 4 beds, 3 baths, house: 2,500 sq. ft., lot: 5,950 sq. ft., Park Hill

Stately Park Hill bungalow w/ updated kitchen & baths, the original character of the home has been left intact. Beautiful Arts&Crafts era built-ins in the living room, dining room & a bedroom along w/period moldings, original interior doors & Douglas Fir flooring. The kitchen completed in 2011, w/ custom cabinets, soapstone counters & a stunning Godin French Ranch. The light, bright master bath was completed in 2013 w/ high end finishes. The bsmt is finished w/a 2nd lounge area or guest room along w/a bath & large closet. The garage was converted to a studio w/gas heat, a closet & a rock climbing wall! There is ample off street parking, the space could be converted back to a garage if desired. The front porch is enclosed for an add’l 225 sqft of living space. Private backyard w/a spacious deck for entertaining or relaxing. Located a block from The Cherry Tomato & Spinellis Market, W.H. Ferguson Park & a few blocks from The Denver Zoo, The Denver Museum, City Park/City Park Golf Course!

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House Hunt — Part II: The House That Got Away

Hey, remember when I said I was going to finish telling you about our house hunt? At long last, here is part 2 (part 1 is here). This is about the house that got away, also known as the house we made an offer on and didn’t get.

Emerson Street: $550,000, 4 beds (plus study), 4 baths (according to listing site but I remember 3 baths and an unfinished potential bathroom in the basement), house: 3,348 sq. ft., lot: 4,162 sq. ft., San Rafael

Updated Historic San Rafael Denver Square. A wonderful opportunity to own this 4 bed + Study 4 Bath home. Many original features through out including pocket doors combine with new updates and stainless steel appliances to create a functional home with lots of victorian charm. Large master with walk in closets, formal dining room, tons of storage. Newer 2 car garage. new landscape and sprinkler system. Updated mechanical system. Fire place is Decorative only – Not Functional

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One of the big selling points of this house is that I would’ve been able to walk to work because the house is only 1/2 mile from my office. That would’ve been good for me and for the environment, and would’ve saved me money on parking.

The other big selling point of this house is that kitchen. That is one of the most beautiful kitchens I’ve ever seen and the kitchen/dining room layout was fantastic. The whole first floor is great — it has great flow without being too open. Do you know what I mean? I don’t like little compartmentalized rooms but I don’t like entirely open floor plans, either. For example, I don’t necessarily want a dining room table completely open to the living room (although we had this at our old house) and I don’t necessarily want to see everything going on in the kitchen from the dining room. I think that’s weird but I’m okay with it.

The bad things about this house were . . . I’ll be honest. I was so infatuated by the kitchen and the proximity to my office I didn’t see any at first. In retrospect, the house was too big and the yard was too small. The setup wasn’t exactly right for my mom (which of course turns out to not be an issue, but we didn’t know that at the time).

We saw this house on our first day of looking and made an offer that day. Our offer was for full list price, with an escalation clause that went to $580,000. We didn’t get it (it ended up selling for $585,000). I cried, freaked out about the crazy Denver real estate market, and then got over it.

Coming soon: Part 3: three houses we seriously considered, one of which we ended up buying!