What to Look for in Your New Denver Neighborhood

Victorian House in LoHi


Finding a new home is hard. You have to balance your wish list — bay windows, a breakfast nook, and beautiful mahogany built-ins for your personal library — with your budget and desired location. But when you manage to find that rare, affordable combination of what you’re looking for, you still aren’t out of the woods. Your home cannot escape or transcend its neighborhood, along with all of its regulations, establishments, and fellow residents. When you pull up to your potential home, chances are you’ll already be glancing up and down the street to gauge how well-maintained the surrounding homes are and whether this is a street on which you can envision a peaceful home life. But that’s not the only thing to consider about your new neighborhood.


1.     Property Taxes

As they say, nothing is certain except for death and taxes. There’s no escaping the impact of the local tax code, so you’re going to want to familiarize yourself with the rates as well as what they include. By charging separate fees for trash pickup and sewer service, some municipalities appear to have exceptionally low taxes, when in reality, residents end up paying about the same.


2.     School Districts

Even if this doesn’t directly apply to you by way of children, you’re still going to want to know which school district you live in for the above reason. You always need your school district code to complete your taxes. And if you have children, or think you might soon, what district you’re in will affect a lot more than paperwork. Sites like Niche K12 offer testing statistics, user reviews, and contact information for hundreds of thousands of schools nationwide — public, private, and charter. A tour of the school will also give you great insight into what your child’s environment could be.


3.   Green Spaces

Some people are content to stay within the confines of their lawn, but others get the need for a little local adventure from time to time. Nearby state, county, or city parks provide health benefits and recreational opportunities beyond what your backyard can offer you. In fact, studies show that adventures in nature are linked to lower blood pressure, reduced obesity rates, and mitigated pollution effects. If you’re one of those people that likes to break free, and break out the bike, from time to time, see how far your potential home is from bike paths and parks, as well as seeing what amenities the parks offer, such as tennis courts, docks, or grills.


4.   Crime

Everyone wants the freedom to go for an evening walk without worry or feel secure, even if they forget to lock the front door at night. To check up on the crime rate in your potential neighborhood before you sign up for a decade or more of living there, read the local police blogs or go on CrimeReports.com to see a map of offenses and trends — if crime is relatively low but has been ramping up for a few years, that doesn’t bode well for your future. If you have young children, FamilyWatchdog.us provides maps and details of nearby sex offenders. Drive around wide radius of the house in question to get a feel for the surrounding area — as little as a few streets can separate a safer neighborhood from a more dangerous one, and it’s best to know where those boundaries are.


5.   Natural Phenomena

Surely, you won’t be caught off guard in a hurricane or blizzard — those meteorological phenomena have well-established zones. But floodplains can be a bit more subtle. Flooding is huge for homeowners for many reasons: It lowers the property’s value, destroys belongings, and is not typically covered by homeowner’s insurance. Flood protection is a very expensive separate policy that you’ll absolutely want if you need it, but if you never do, it’s a lot of money down the drain. To check your property, visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center or FloodSmart.gov to see what your insurance bill might look like.


Guest blogger, Sam Radbil is a contributing member of the marketing and communications team at ABODO, an online apartment marketplace. ABODO Denver apartments was founded in 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. And in just three years, the company has grown to more than 30 employees, raised over $8M in outside funding and helps more than half a million renters find a new home each month.

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3 New Single Family Homes in LoHi Denver – Coming Soon


Things are finally progressing with the single family home project in the heart of LoHi.  We should be breaking ground this Fall and all three single family homes should be completed and ready for move-in next Spring.  These Copperleaf-built homes will feature open layouts, main-floor office space, 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms on the second floor, finished basements, actual yard space, 3-car garages, and sophisticated finishes throughout.   For More info, please visit LoHi3.com.


For more information, call or text Jesús Orozco, Jr. at 303.570.8561

Copperleaf Homes Open Model in Denver’s University Hills Neighborhood

I’m excited to announce that Copperleaf Homes’ model home in Denver is now open for business!  For those of you that aren’t familiar with Copperleaf Homes, they’re an experienced custom home builder that started building in the Colorado Springs market about 12 years ago. This award-winning builder has received honors as the Home of the Year at countless Parade of Homes competitions in El Paso and Douglas County.  Take a look at this virtual tour of their 2013 parade home that won the designation of Best Floor Plan, Best Interior Design, and Best Architectural Exterior by judges of the Home Builders Association.

The Denver model home is centrally located in the University Hill neighborhood at 3401 S. Clermont St. and has been designed to fit the needs of today’s buyers that are looking for a new home without having to settle on location.  The model is situated on a standard 6,250 (50’ x 125’) Denver lot which gives us the ability to duplicate this home in just about any Denver neighborhood without having to expend time or money on designing new architectural or construction documents.  The actual home features almost 2,800 square feet of living space above ground and a full basement that totals over 1,100 square feet.

The main floor consists of an explosion of space at the entry with its two-story, volume ceiling.  The rest of the main floor boasts a huge great room encompassing the kitchen, family room and dining space.  Between the kitchen and the attached two car garage you’ll find an awesome mudroom and from the dining room you have access to a large covered patio and access to a nicely sized back yard.

The upper floor includes 4 bedrooms (none of which share a wall with another bedroom), a spacious loft, and three full baths.  The master bedroom is spacious and the bathroom feels like a spa with its spacious shower and free standing bathtub.

The Copperleaf model home also features a finished basement with a wet bar that many hole-in-the-wall establishments would be envious of.  Beyond the wet bar you’ll find a recreation room (think ping-pong table, billiards or wrestling pit), family room, bedroom, bathroom and storage room.  Click here for a tour of the model which happens to be the most awesome virtual tour you’ve ever seen.  Additionally, you’ll find more pictures below.

Copperleaf Homes has perfected the custom homebuilding / home buying process to the point where it feels truly seamless.  If you’re a new home snob (much like me) but aren’t willing to relocate to the suburbs (again, like me), Copperleaf gives you control of where your new home will be built, what it will look like and how it will live… all at an amazingly affordable price.

For additional information on how to start this process, give me a call or shoot me a text at 303.570.8561 or email me at Jesus@DenverRealEstate.com.