Denver Realtor Reviews: Home viewings September 17th

The following homes were selected to see on September 17th based on the Buyer’s desire for a stand alone homes in central Denver under $350,000. We visited Denver neighborhoods like the LoHi neighborhood with nearby dining, the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood with nearby parks, the Baker neighborhood with nearby nightlife, and the Cole neighborhood with nearby lightrail and rail to the airport were selected.

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Denver Realtor Reviews: Denver home search September 17th


 

Denver Realtor Reviews 3451 Mariposa St3451 Mariposa – Buyer rating 5
Big one car garage in the back. Nice exposed brick in the living room. You have to walk through the bedroom to get to the garage. Nice high ceilings. Tile countertops but fairly updated kitchen.


Denver Realtor Reviews 3800 W 26th Ave3800 26th – Buyer rating 6
Kitchen is is small but they have managed to create a lot of countertop space And Cabinet room. The countertops are not the highest end. Hardwood floors throughout. 2 bedrooms have access to the bathroom in between them. Some older Windows some newer windows. Old fireplace that probably is not functional. Basement laundry. A basement bedroom with some exposed brick. 26th is a pretty busy Street. There is a bus stop right in front of the house. Garage and the car pad has room for at least two vehicles off-street. Yard is Big with a shed. Big back yard deck.


Denver Realtor Reviews 447 Cherokee St447 Cherokee – Buyer rating 5
Dark hardwood floors. 10 foot ceilings. Exposed brick in the living room. Newer windows. Chrome Hardware. Old style flooring in the bathroom with a clawfoot tub. Nice grey cabinets with a white quartz countertop in the kitchen and a copy for the microwave in the kitchen. Cabinets are soft close. Countertop to.ceiling backsplash behind the stove and sink. Refrigerator sticks out a little far for the sink in the kitchen. Washer and dryer hook up in the back add on. Utilities and seller with some space for storage. Able to see the better part of the crawlspace. Lower-level had something of a moist odor to it.


Denver Realtor Reviews 418 Fox St418 Fox – Buyer rating 4.5
Nice brick wall the entire length of the home. Good size backyard. Laundry is in the very back. One negative is that you have to walk through the back bedroom in order to get to the back door. Finishes are not as high and as Cherokees what does have granite tile countertops and stainless steel appliances. Living area feels big enough to have a dining room and TV / sitting area should be pretty functional for furniture.


Denver Realtor Reviews 3633 N York St3633 York – Buyer rating 6.5
Brick appears to be covered by stucco. York Road noise is loud. Side entry. Wood floors are in decent shape but need to be refinished. Very spacious living room dining room and kitchen. Kitchen layout is not ideal but useful. Nice big bedrooms. Bigger bathroom. Lots of basement storage. Laundry in basement. Fireplace looks functional. Gigantic mechanic’s garage. Big yard with chicken coop and gardening boxes.


Denver Realtor Reviews 3451 N Lafayette St3451 Lafayette – Buyer rating 6
Hardwood floors in the kitchen and back bathroom. Laundry in the kitchen. Very nice updates in the bathroom. Long living and dining area. Wainscoting or beadboard in the dining and living room and the bathroom and the kitchen. Stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Looks like Travertine around the tub. Front bedroom feels a little bit small back bedroom seems a little bit bigger but not big. Nice would work around the dining room windows. Building cubby in the dining room. Backyard is large. There is a parking pad in the backyard that has a remote control gate possibly. Home has good curb appeal with a wrought iron fence in the front. Spacious cellar.


Denver Realtor Reviews 1823 W 38th Ave1823 w 38th – Buyer rating 4
Hardwood floors. Nice finish on the kitchen with quartz countertops and dark cabinets. Good cabinet space. Stainless steel appliances. Newer windows. No dining room in the living room seems a little bit tiny not a lot of room for furniture. Barn door on bedroom very cool. Bedroom seems decent size. Laundry hookups and back bathroom. Bathroom has nice finishes. Fairly large backyard with Rock and concrete. Good parking pad for two to three vehicles. 38th is a  same major road with lots of traffic and noise.


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Denver Real Estate News: Park Hill Grows Via Confluence

Denver Real Estate News: Park Hill Neighborhood Grows Via Confluence Denver

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The article by MARGARET JACKSON in Confluence Denver reads: The longstanding neighborhood in northeast Denver is seeing a boom in development that spans housing, schools and community services and even an upcoming art trail. While commuter rail is on the way, increasingly thick traffic on Colorado Boulevard remains a big challenge for Park Hill….

Confluence Denver article about Park Hill

KARA PEARSON GWINN

That rail stop DelZotto heard about will be a reality when the Regional Transportation District opens the University of Colorado A Line, which will operate between Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport beginning in April 2016. Park Hill Village is just two stops from Denver Union Station….

A charter elementary school opened this fall in Holly Square, an area long known for its gang activity….

The Boys & Girls Club’s Nancy P. Anschutz Community Center opened in 2013….

ULC also is leading an effort to connect the Park Hill neighborhood to the A Line through an art-themed trail. 303 ArtWay will feature art commissioned by the community and provide a platform for activities such as parades and group bicycle events….

Confluence Denver article about Park Hill

KARA PEARSON GWIN

At 3,021 acres, Park Hill is Denver’s largest original neighborhoods, with about 66 percent of its land mass devoted to residences. It’s also one of its most diverse, both culturally and economically.

See the full Denver Real Estate News Article from Confluence DenverPark Hill Grows and Grapples with Colorado Boulevard, by MARGARET JACKSON at http://www.confluence-denver.com/features/park_hill_110415.aspx.

 

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Denver Realtor Reviews: Measure 2C Big For Denver Neighborhoods Globeville, Elyria and Swansea

Denver Realtor Reviews: Measure 2C Big For Denver Neighborhoods Globeville, Elyria and Swansea

If Measure 2C passes it will dramatically affect residential real estate in the the Denver neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria and Swansea. Whether you support the measure or not, there is no arguing the amount of capital improvements that would take place around the Stock Show will have a major impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.

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The Yes on 2C website makes the following assertions:

small-logoBy supporting the ballot measure in the November election, Denver voters will activate 80 acres of parkland and open space, restore a mile of the South Platte Riverfront, make major improvements to the historic communities surrounding the National Western Center and sustain two cornerstones of Denver tourism – the National Western Stock Show and the Colorado Convention Center – without raising taxes. The ballot measure asks voters to keep an existing 1.75 percent tax on hotel rooms and car rentals, which is otherwise set to expire in 2023.

“Yes on 2C is a transformational plan that will move Denver forward, all without raising taxes. Measure 2C is a Smart Deal for Denver!” said Mayor Hancock. “Measure 2C will restore the historic neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria and Swansea, create jobs, and help Denver continue to attract visitors from all over the world.”

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5 suggestions for a Denver homebuyer who works for home

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If you’re currently house hunting around Denver and you work from home, be sure to keep your work needs in mind as you shop!Denver Realtor: 5 suggestions for a Denver homebuyer who works for home

When you found your current Denver area home, you may not have selected it with your work-from-home job in mind.

Now, however, as you choose your new abode, you can opt for features that make working from home in Denver easier and more enjoyable. Here are five tips to remember if you’re a Denver homebuyer who also works from home:

1. Find a home in Denver with a home office.

A work space that’s private, quiet and set off from the rest of the house is something no telecommuter should be without. It can be a spare bedroom, a refinished attic/basement, a comfortable room over the garage or even a large, walk-in closet. Ideally, the space should have a nice view and plenty of natural light.

A bonus? If your home office is used “solely and exclusively for business purposes,” you can even claim a federal tax deduction for business use of your home. The larger your Denver home office space, the greater your deduction will be. This deduction lets you subtract a percentage of your mortgage payment and utility expenses from your taxable income, and it can make a big difference in your bottom line.

2. Look for a patio or other pleasant Colorado outdoor space.

Working at home in Denver can be tedious. There are no coworkers or water cooler chatter to liven things up, and it’s easy to get caught up in and stressed out about your job. You can increase productivity and reduce stress by taking occasional short breaks in the Colorado outdoors.

Look for a Denver area home with a patio or other pleasant outdoor space, and then furnish it with calming accents like a wind chime, a bird bath, a sun umbrella and comfy outdoor furniture. Getting out into nature in Denver every hour or so is a great way to refresh and ground yourself, clear your mind or just indulge in a few quiet minutes of relaxation.

3. Check out nearby cafes or bookstores in around Denver.

One of the biggest challenges of working from home in Denver is loneliness. When you spend most of your day working alone, it’s easy to feel isolated from the rest of the world. You might find yourself calling friends and family just to stay connected, but spending too much time on the phone can cut into your productivity.

An easy solution to isolation is to pack up your laptop and head for the nearest café or bookstore. You can work for a few hours, enjoy some fresh coffee or a muffin, and be around other people without feeling obliged to interact with them. When you leave, you’ll feel more connected to others and to the world around you – and probably more creative, too.

4. Find a house that’s close to a Denver park or a walking path.

A trick that keeps many telecommuters sane? Taking their lunch break at a local Denver park. If the weather is nice, you can pack your lunch and enjoy a quick picnic. If the park has trails or walking paths, take a short walk or go for a quick jog.

A little exercise will help you focus better, and you’ll be better able to go home and complete your workday with a clear mind. If you have dogs, take them along and let them run or walk with you. They’ll return home calmer and less likely to interrupt you while you’re trying to meet a deadline.

5. Look for a fenced-in yard.

If you have pets, you already know how much they crave attention. When you are working at home, they’ll want to play and interact with you all day, and this can seriously undermine your productivity. If you have a house with a fenced-in yard, your fur babies can amuse themselves outdoors while you put in your work hours.

Make sure that the fencing is strong enough to contain all your pets safely, and that it’s in good repair. When your pets can play outside freely, you’ll be able to focus on your job without feeling guilty about neglecting them.

Being able to work at home is a huge benefit for many people, but it does come with a few potential obstacles. By remembering these tips while house hunting, you can find a house that makes working from home a whole lot more enjoyable!

What are your tips for making your house work-from-home friendly?

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3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home Close To Denver

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If you are thinking about purchasing a home close to Denver right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in Denver real estate. Let’s look at whether or not now is actually a good time for you to buy a home close to Denver.

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home Close To Denver

There are three questions you should ask before purchasing in today’s Denver area real estate market:

1. Why am I buying a home close to Denver in the first place?

This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home close to Denver? For most, the reason has nothing to do with finances. A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University reveals that the four major reasons people buy a home have nothing to do with money:

  • A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education
  • A place where you and your family feel safe
  • More space for you and your family
  • Control of the space

What non-financial benefits will you and your family derive from owning a home close to Denver? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.

2. Where are Denver home values headed?

When looking at future housing values, Home Price Expectation Survey provides a fair assessment. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts and investment & market strategists about where prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.

Here is what the experts projected in the latest survey:

  • Home values will appreciate by 4% in 2015.
  • The cumulative appreciation will be 19.5% by 2018.
  • Even the experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey still are projecting a cumulative appreciation of over 11.2% by 2018.

3. Where are Denver mortgage interest rates headed?

A buyer must be concerned about more than just prices. The ‘long term cost’ of a home close to Denver can be dramatically impacted by an increase in mortgage rates.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have all projected that mortgage interest rates will increase by approximately one full percentage over the next twelve months.

Bottom Line

Only you and your family can know for certain the right time to purchase a home close to Denver. Answering these questions will help you make that decision.

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Wheat Ridge is 1 of the 10 best places in the country to retire.

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Wheat Ridge Top City In America to RetireWheat Ridge is one of the 10 best places in the country to retire. You can find the entire article at http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2014/11/10/a-colorado-city-is-one-of-the-10-best-places-in.html

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Denver Auction Forecloser Property Bidding HomeSearch.com

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I just completed my first attempt to bid on a foreclosed Denver auction property on www.homesearch.com.  We were not successful but learned a lot.

1. I was not happy that these properties only offer 1% to Buyer’s Agents. We valued this property between $295,000 and $305,000. Denver Foreclosure Auction on Homesearch.comThe Denver auction property was offering a commission of approximately $3,000.00 which would be almost $6,000.00 less than a normal purchase. It did not mean less work, only less money. Many agents would either insist that their clients pick up some of the difference or would refuse to help them with the process.

Denver Foreclosure Auction on Homesearch.com

2. Earnest money required was 3%, approximately $9,000 . Normally Earnest money is about 1%. This required any successful bid to put approximately $9.000 of their cash at risk. In order to bid on the Denver auction property you had to provide your credit card information for them to put a $2,500 hold on. Even though I created the bidding account for my client I had my client put in his own credit card information as this hold was too much for me to personally risk.

3. Earnest money was not refundable. In a normal purchase there are 3 valuable deadlines that if properly exercised by Buyer to terminate the purchase, they will receive their earnest money back. Without this protection a buyer would need full loan approval, an appraisal, and successful inspection before the bidding process begins in order to fully protect themselves from losing their earnest money if unable to complete the purchase.

4. We were unable to determine whether or not there would be unpaid liens on the Denver auction property that would have to be paid by the buyer. SpecificaDenver Foreclosure Auction on Homesearch.comlly we were concerned that the HOA fees were not current. HOA companies will not divulge if HOA fees are current or how much the unpaid fees are if you are not the owner. Additionally we called the bank, Nationstar, and HomeSearch.com and they were not able to tell us how much the unpaid fees were. The bank would only say that in Colorado that the new buyer would be responsible for any unpaid fees from before Nationstar foreclosed. The HOA said that the new buyer would be responsible for 6 months of fees maximum. We were asking the lender to order a status letter which would have cost the buyer up to $350.

5. How much would the Denver auction property appraise for? My partner and I valued the home between $295,000 and $305,000. You can see our valuation here. If my buyer was getting a loan for 95% of the purchase price, and he won the Denver auction property for $5,000 more than it appraised for, he would have to bring a cash down-payment of 5% + $5,000. Not only did my buyer have rely on my estimation of value but they had to decide how much cash they had to risk.

6. We learned in advance that you would be able to bid more than once, and you would see the current high bid. But there were still surprises in the bidding process. Bidding started in the $100’s but bidding the Denver auction property up was in forced increments of $7,500. We quickly ascertained that we needed to know what spot we wanted to be in the process so that we could land as close to our high bid as possible. For instance, bids were at $276,500, $284,000, $291,500, $299,000, $306,500… and their high bid was close to $300,000 then they needed to start bidding on the $284,000 mark to land on the $299,000 bid. And at the end of the bidding the increment changed to $2,500, but I do not know what triggers that change.

7. What is the buyer’s premium? It sounds like 5% extra cash the buyer has to bring to closing table. They would not be able to finance it unless the Denver auction property financed extremely high.

Summary:

1. To minimally risk their earnest money a buyer would before bidding have to have full loan approval or cash, invest $300- $700 in an inspection, and have an appraisal done, if getting a loan, for around $450. And it would be good to have a title search done and to get an HOA status letter for up to $350.

2. This Denver auction property sold for $40,000 more than any of the comparable sales and for $30,000 more than what we think it would appraise for.

3. The Buyer overpaid by around $45,000 which would have to be cash if they are getting a loan. If they don’t have the cash they lose their $9,000 of earnest money.

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East Denver Eruv homes for sale | Denver Realtor

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An eruv is an urban area enclosed by a wire boundary that symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, permitting activities within it that are normally forbidden in public on the Sabbath.

East Denver Eruv MapSome may think that an eruv (pronounced ay-roov) has something to do with baby strollers—and to a certain extent they are right. Actually, an eruv, in modern terminology, is a technical boundary that allows Jews to carry in public areas on Shabbat. It is one of those traditions which has blossomed from a basic Torah principle into a highly complicated legal matter.

The border of the East Denver Eruv are complicate but roughly borders 13th on the north, Colorado on the west, Cherry Creek on the south, and Quebec on the east. You will find an exact map of the East Denver Eruv at http://www.denvereruv.org/map.html . You can find even more information about the East Denver Eruv at http://www.denvereruv.org .

Below you will find the most recent homes listed for sale in the East Denver Eruv . You can see all homes for sale in the East Denver Eruv at http://tinyurl.com/DenverEruv.

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New build and new construction pros and cons | Colorado real estate

New build and new construction in the metro Denver MLS; new build and new construction homes for sale.

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Buying a new build home is completely different than buying a resale home.  When buying a new build home most people think of large builder building  whole subdivisions of new  homes, but there are 3 types of new construction.

  1. New subdivisions
  2. Custom builds on a lot you chose
  3. Custom builds by a builder who already owns the lot 

The pros and cons of a new build and new construction below relate to new subdivisions by larger builders.

Pros of a new build and new construction: Realtor fee refunds

New build and new construction homes | NewHomeSource.comWhen I help buyers of a new build and new construction I am willing to refund up to half of my commission to the buyer or significantly discount my commission on the sale of their home. Buyers need to make the choice to use a Realtor to help them with a new build and new construction purchase before they step foot into a builder’s sales office. If buyers are registered by a builder without a Realtor, the builder will usually deny the ability of a Realtor to claim a commission to assist a buyer, eliminating the option for me to refund a portion of the commission. You must bring your Realtor with you to every builders’ sales office and I am happy to join you.

Pros of a new build and new construction: Modern, new, & clean

New build and new construction homes | Richmond American Homes ColoradoMost new build home buyers love the feeling of living in a home that has never been lived in before. The home will not stay flawless, but any flaws or dirtiness are created by them, and not by people who lived in the home before them. A new home may also include more modern features. This could mean higher ceilings, better sound systems, energy efficiency, etc.

Cons of a new build and new construction: builder defects

Many contractors and specialists go into the home to complete each one of the finishes. These contractors often damage other work done in the home or do a less than satisfactory work. New build home buyers have to be ready to inspect the finished product closely, and have to be willing to point out all flaws, big or small.

Cons of a new build and new construction: modern and move in ready may come at a price

Most people do not think of linoleum floors, formica counter tops, bad white carpet, ugly light fixtures and plumbing fixtures, a dirt yard, no garage door opener, no fireplace fan, or no window coverings as modern or move in ready. But this may be all that is provided with the base price of the home. Having the builder add granite, higher quality flooring and other modern features may require a significant increase in price, which may have to be mostly cash, before you even move in. And the builder may not provide options for window coverings or landscaping. The model homes you look at will have every upgrade they offer, you will not see or understand what the base price covers until months after you are under contract and locked into the purchase of the new build home.

Pros of a new build and new construction: modern construction techniques and regulations

New build and new construction | D.R. Horton ColoradoNew standards and techniques are continually being developed for better foundations, better electrical and plumbing systems, better energy efficiency, and better drainage. It is likely that a new home is being built much stronger and with systems that will last much longer than homes 10 or 20 years ago. Additionally, county supervision and requirements of builders have likely improved over time.

Cons of a new build and new construction: construction defects my not be known for years

If there are foundation issues, drainage problems, or other non-cosmetic construction defects, you may not know for decades. By that time, it is likely the builder has closed up shop and moved on. And even if a big name builder was building the home, they likely set up a small corporation for the duration of the build, that they subsequently shut down. This makes acquiring compensation from the builder difficult or impossible.

Pros of a new build and new construction: desirable neighborhood designs

New build and new construction homes | Lennar homes ColoradoPeople are often attracted to a new build and new construction for communities that incorporate parks, trails, possibly pools and rec centers, or even golf courses into the neighborhoods. Newer communities can create better traffic flows or even incorporate mixed use commercial and retail centers. See my neighborhood evaluation resource page at http://denverhomesales.info/neighborhood-evaluation/.

Cons of a new build and new construction: where are the trees?

A mature tree canopy can significantly improve the temperature of a neighborhood. A large number of trees improve aesthetics and overall contentment people have with where they live. And there is a direct correlation in the metro Denver area with the level of tree coverage and the price per square foot homes demand. Homes take decades to grow and it is easy for people to overlook how many trees builders are planting in common areas in the yards of homes they are constructing.

Pros of a new build and new construction: Homeowners associations

New build and new construction homes | KB Home ColoradoSome people love home owners associations and some people hate them. But association rules are strongest in new build areas and they can ensure that home values are maintained in the early year of a neighborhood.  Additionally, abundant common areas maintained by the homeowners association will create an early attractiveness.

Cons of a new build and new construction: Homeowners associations

The builder is in charge of the association at the beginning. The fees that the homeowners associations charge in the beginning may not adequately support the infrastructure they are maintaining. I have also heard stories of homeowners associations taking on a large amount of debt of the builders. Factors such as these can require substantial increases in the fees to maintain the association in later years. These fee changes, and the status  of the financial condition of the homeowners associating can directly impact the maintenance of the neighborhood and the values of the homes in the neighborhood.

 Cons of a new build and new construction: builder contracts

In a resale purchase and sale, the contracts are created fairly neutrally  by state organizations and negotiated by a common place by the buyers and sellers. But builders have created their own contracts that heavily leverage all terms in their favor. The amount of earnest money, money given as collateral, is usually  much higher than resale purchases, and usually very difficult to recover. Also, if you have a home to sell, the builder will often require you to sell it long before your new home is built, necessitating short-term temporary housing and 2 moves.

Pros and cons of a new build and new construction: mortgage lending

New build and new construction homes | Standard Pacific Homes ColoradoMost builders offer significant refunds and discounts that actually lower your cash needed at closing if you use their mortgage lender and homeowners insurance. The homeowners insurance can be changed the day after closing if you like, so people do not usually have an objection to this. However, this refund makes evaluating your lending options even more complicated. Make sure you get quotes of what your monthly payment and cash to close will be with the builder’s mortgage lender and with outside lenders before you make your final choice.

You will likely not be able to lock in your interest rate earlier that 60 days before your closing date. This will be months after you originally went under contract to purchase your new build and new construction home. If interest rates have increased in this time, this could mean that your monthly payment will be significantly higher. And in a worse case scenario you may not even qualify for a loan to purchase the home you chose by the time you can lock in an interest rate for your mortgage loan.

Mortgage lending is different for a new build and new construction than for resale homes. Ask outside mortgage lenders how frequently they help people with new construction purchases and how far in advance they need a certificate of occupancy from the builder to verify they will be able to close in time.

New build and new construction builders and the metro Denver Colorado communities they are creating below.

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Whittier Neighborhood Map | Denver Homes For Sale

The Whittier neighborhood is located minutes from downtown Denver. Its borders are York and Downing Streets, to the East and West, and Martin Luther King Blvd and 23rd Avenue, to the North and South. Learn more about the Whittier Neighborhood on their community web site at http://whittierneighborhood.org .

 

 

Whittier Neighborhood Fuller Park | Denver Homes For Sale

Fuller Park, located just north of Manual High School in the Whittier neighborhood, is Denver’s second oldest park. The park is home to a basketball court, playground, and an off-leash dog park. The dog park has become a very popular place to get to know others in the community.


Whittier Neighborhood Community Garden | Denver Homes For Sale

The Whittier neighborhood Community Garden is located at 24th & Lafayette, next to Whittier Elementary in the Whittier neighborhood. The garden has been in existence since 1978 and is the location for annual community events like a barbeque and ice cream social.

 

Whittier Neighborhood Ford Warren Branch Library | Denver Homes For Sale

The Ford-Warren branch of the Denver Public Library is a popular place in the Whittier neighborhood. The branch is named after two people, Dr. Justina L. Ford and Bishop Henry White Warren. Ford was Colorado’s first African-American female physician.

 

The following schools are nearby the Whittier  Neighborhood: (Click any of the school names to see school info on ColoradoSchoolGrades.com)

  1. MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL
  2. COLE ARTS AND SCIENCE ACADEMY
  3. COLE ARTS AND SCIENCE ACADEMY
  4. DSST: COLE
  5. DSST: COLE
  6. COLUMBINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  7. SKYLAND COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
  8. WYATT EDISON CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  9. WYATT EDISON CHARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL
  10. HARRINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  11. GILPIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  12. GILPIN MIDDLE SCHOOL
  13. WHITTIER K 8 SCHOOL (ELEMENTARY)
  14. WHITTIER K 8 SCHOOL (MIDDLE)

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