Colorado's mountains and outdoor activities attract hundreds of thousands of people every year, and celebrities are not excluded. True, we aren't Hollywood, but many well-known actors and actresses have had the pleasure of enjoying all that Colorado has to offer. With epic ski resorts and acres of wilderness to submerge in tranquility, many celebrities have built extravagant oasis's in Colorado. Learn more below:
Tom Cruise: Just outside Telluride, Tom Cruise owned a large 7 bedroom 9 bath resort totaling 10,000 square feet on 298 acres.
Oprah Winfrey: Another celebrity in Telluride is Oprah Winfrey. Her 60 acres includes a 5 bed and 6.5 spa-like baths spanning throughout her 8,706 square foot home. The mansion includes a fitness room, a game room, a 7-person indoor hot tub, a theater and a guest house. Other extravagances include a tree-top fire pit to roast marshmallows among the tree line, a 56 foot long wine tunnel to hold 1,600 bottles of wine and a glass bridge between upstairs rooms.
Kevin Costner: Kevin Costner lives part time at his 150 acre ranch in Aspen, Colorado. He got married here and Shakey Graves recorded an album in the compound when they were passing through Colorado in 2017.
President Ford: President Ford used to own a home in Beaver Creek. This ski chalet had front door ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes. With 7 beds, a theater, a game room, a private massage room, a separate caterer's kitchen and of course an office for President Ford, this home certainly is a mansion to behold.
Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry's old ranch-style home in Telluride totaled 14,000 square feet with 11 beds, 12.5 baths, 26.84 acres, a 5,500 square foot deck and limitless views of Colorado's mountains.
Melanie Griffith: Melanie's raised her family for 15 years in her Aspen home. This 5 bed, 6 bath home comes complete with a 9,000-bottle wine cellar and 2 acres of Colorado's natural beauty. The town of Aspen is a short 15 minute drive and, after a long day of skiing or snowmobiling, there's nothing better than relaxing by the huge fireplace.
Joe King: Drummer Joe King from The Fray, lives in an architectural masterpiece. The wood slat exterior makes his home notable in the Wash Park area. This modern design is elegant with wood ceilings, brick walls and concrete mosaic tile inlays. The exterior was designed after the gas lanterns in New Orleans, in dedication to a city that King and his wife love. To top off the masterpiece, there is a private pool open year round and surrounded with a mahogany wood deck.
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Making sure your kids are safe is always on the top of the mind for parents. So this Spring, along with your Spring cleaning, do some Spring safety-ing. First things first, check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure the batteries are new and working. For a general sweep through the house, make sure anything that a child can trip over is cleaned and out of the way. That includes extension chords or wires that should be tucked away and hidden.
As for security, all doors and windows should have properly functioning locks. Make sure latches haven't been broken off and that everything is tightly fastening. For an extra step, a home security system is always a smart thing to research and invest in to keep your mind at peace.
The kitchen is a hot spot for danger to children. So, as you are cleaning out, make sure to reorganize as well. Lower cabinets, or any area that can be accessed by children should be clear of sharp items, chemicals, suffocation hazards like plastics bags and any medication. Again, chords should hidden and never plugged in and stove knob covers should be considered as an extra precaution.
In the bathroom, always tend to your children when baths are being drawn. Children can drown in shallow water, so never leave a young child alone. Also, be aware of hiding your chemical cleaning products and not having chords near a child's reach or water.
For a complete blog of tips, visit ADT's Safety Tips to Keep Your Child Safe at Home
Moving can be stressful and it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the things you need to do to have an easy, successful move. One thing that can be easily overlooked is the safety of your home. So before you unpack, take a few measures to get your home safe and ready for move-in. Read the blog, Moving In: Security Checklist for your New Home , by ADT for more information.
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Saying "I Do" under the flatirons in Boulder is romantic and ever so perfect for a bride looking for the nuptials to be in a mountain town. Below are 5 Star wedding venues in the Boulder area according to The Knot. Visit The Knot to learn more about venues all over Colorado.
The Greenbriar Inn: This venue is located at the mouth of Left Hand Canyon. With the foothills as a backdrop, both indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies are popular in this spectacular location. There are 7 rooms/areas you can chose from, fitting a party both large or small. Work with the chefs to customize a delectable menu to be accompanied by their extensive award winning wine list. Learn more
Wedgewood Weddings: Located right off the Boulder Creek, you will enjoy the sound of tranquil water and the views of the flatirons. You can choose to host your guests in the Party Tent, the Creek Room or the Flagstaff Room. You can also chose from multiple different packages, allowing you to customize the perfect reception within budget for you. Learn more
The St Julien Hotel: This gorgeous hotel accommodates elegant weddings outside with a mountainous backdrop or inside in a lovely ballroom. You can select 5 different spaces With spa accommodations and downtown shopping and restaurants right out the front door, this venue is perfect for entertaining out-of-town guests. Learn more
Rembrandt Yard: This art gallery and event center is located in downtown Boulder. You can customize your wedding whiting the two-floor venue. Enjoy mountain views through the floor to ceilings windows and feel free to have the freedom to create a unique event that is special to you! Learn more
Hotel Boulderado: This historic hotel is a classy place to host an intimate or large wedding. Select from the Ballroom, the Mezzanine, the Evergreen Meeting Room and the Boardrooms to create your special event. This is also great for accommodating visiting guests. Allow them to stay in rooms once occupied by Helen Keller, Robert Frost and other famous names. Learn more
Boulder Country Club: Enjoy panoramic views of the mountains, lavish balconies, ceiling high windows and wedding planners to help take care of your special day. Learn more and read reviews
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: This exquisite venue is most notable for the paintings and sketches located in the galleries. Parties can gather in the Event Space or on the Lawn, but are also welcome to roam the gallery during the reception. Learn more
Let's talk happy hour! If you work downtown or live in the area, walk to 13th St and check out Bohemian Biergarten. This restaurant, opened in 2013, is the only European-style Gastropub found in Boulder. It transports you to a different culture and brings you flavors from Germany, the Czech Republic and Central Europe along with its favorite taps served up just like in the Bier halls of Europe.
At the Biergarten you will find a plethora of events hosted daily:
Monday: Happy Hour is hosted everyday from 3pm to 6pm and 9 to close on Sundays and Mondays.
Tuesday: Enjoy $8 liters all day and have fun with trivia after 7pm!
Wednesday: Let loose with Karaoke night and $2 wine glasses all day.
Thursday: Enjoy live music with $5 biers and $3 Jameson's.
Fridays and Saturdays: Enjoy live music, live acts and dance with friends. Check out the Bohemian Biergarten's Facebook page for a complete lineup.
Sundays: It is comedy night! Enjoy two shows at 7pm and 9:15pm while laughing with friends and neighbors.
Learn more and check out menus on Bohemian Biergarten
Need to sell a home fast? There are ways to make your home more appealing and stick out amongst other houses. So, get the job done fast and get into your new home sooner!
One thing to keep in mind is curb appeal. Simply repainting the exterior, trimming the bushes and cleaning up the yard will help your home have a great first impression. A buyer also wants to move into a home that looks well maintained. If it looks maintained, the buyer has more confidence that the home was taken care of and they won't run into other issues, such as plumbing, electrical, etc. once they own the home. Fixing small things like chipped paint on baseboards or repainting the walls, tightening door handles, etc, will allow the buyer to peruse the home without raising an eyebrow. You also want to invest in small things that will increase the value of your home and make it look more modern. New hardware, new outlet covers and light fixtures can do wonders. Adding light will make your home feel welcoming and warm, not dark and dingy.
You also want to make sure to stage the home. Remember, a buyer wants to envision how they would live in the home, not how you lived in the home. You want to clean up every room and make the house look as if it is ready to move in to. One important step in this is to remove any personal items from the walls or shelves. Don't have family photos or little nicknacks. Make it clean, spacious and as depersonalized as possible. A great tip for this is renting a storage unit. Buyers should be able to look behind every single door, including the closets and storage in the basement, without running into your piled up junk. So get it out of sight, out of mind.
Finally, you want to set the price right and get out the word before you even have to put the home on the market. Setting the price right entails the experience of a realtor to make sure you are getting more money than it is appraised for, but not asking for too much that will deter clients to your neighbors cheaper equivalent of a home. Shopping around for a realtor can be tricky, so go online and look up reviews and check their track record. For getting out the word, mentioning that your home will be put on sale before it actually is can save you money. Marketing a home takes finances, so try to find that buyer before you even have to fork up the expense.
Take a look inside this multi-million dollar home that sold in just 10 days after going under contract.
Inside the Aspen estate that sold for $14.7 million (Photos)
By Caitlin Hendee – Associate Editor, Denver Business Journal
Feb 13, 2018, 2:44pm MST Updated 41 minutes ago
An Aspen estate has sold for $14.7 million just 10 days after going under contract, indicating just how hot Colorado real estate is these days.
The 9,200-square-foot home is situated on 1.19 acres and was recently re-built. It includes five bedrooms, five baths, and two half-baths with views of Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Red Mountain and Tiehack.
Multiple entertaining spaces, a gourmet chef's kitchen, outdoor patios, a hot tub, a fire pit, an open space pond, tennis courts and a Nordic ski trail are among the estate's amenities.
"This stunning property adds to the string of multimillion dollar sales we’ve seen in recent months, which is a true testament to the current market demand," said Will Herndon, president of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse.
Coldwell Banker associates represented both the buyer and seller of the estate, which is located at 180 Heather Ln. in Aspen.
Redfin predicts 3 of Denver's hottest residential neighborhoods in 2018 below:
Denver area's 'hottest' residential neighborhoods? Two are in one city
By Ben Miller – Contributing Writer Jan 29, 2018, 7:28am MST Updated Jan 30, 2018, 1:11pm
What are the Denver area's "hottest" residential real estate areas in 2018? Two are in Lakewood, according to Redfin.
Each year, the online real estate company picks out the nation's and large U.S. metro area's "hottest" neighborhoods. Last year in the Denver area, it was Greenfield, located in the south Aurora/Centennial area, which was rated the ninth-hottest neighborhood in the country by Redfin.
This year, no Colorado neighborhood made Redfin's national "hottest neighborhood" list. In fact, no neighborhood outside of California's Bay Area made the national list, as nine from San Jose and one from San Francisco were the top 10 in the country.
In the Denver area, Redfin says the Green Mountain area in west Lakewood will be the area's "hottest neighborhood." Homes there have an average sale-to-list price ratio of 99 percent; 22 percent sold over list price (as of December); and homes spent an average of just 28 days on the market.
Also making the Denver area's top three "hottest neighborhood" list is Applewood in Lakewood. Homes there have an average sale-to-list price ratio of 97.3 percent; 8 percent sold over list price (as of December); and homes spent an average of 55 days on the market.
The third "hottest neighborhood," according to Redfin, is the Regis neighborhood in north Denver. Homes there have an average sale-to-list price ratio of 100,4 percent; 54.8 percent sold over list price (as of December); and homes spent an average of 46 days on the market.
What determines a neighborhood's "hotness?" Redfin said "Hottest Neighborhoods is a prediction based on the most recent growth we’ve seen in page views and favorites on Redfin.com."
If you read our most current set of blogs, we have been talking about celebrities in Colorado and celebrity homes throughout the state. The featured homes below belong to less famous people, but equally notable individuals in Colorado that are making their names known and designing homes with individual flair and exceptional creativity. Read more below:
Kari Whitman: If you are a celebrity, you might have contacted Kari Whitman to design the interior of your home. Kari grew up in Boulder and pursued modeling and acting in Los Angeles, where she met Eagles drummer, Don Henley, who, after seeing Kari's home, hired her to design his home. This was her foot in the door to eventually designing other celebrity homes for stars such as Jessica Alba and Kristen Bell. In 2012, Kari moved back to Boulder, where she purchased a vintage, somewhat nondescript cottage, that transforms into a shockingly modern design when you walk inside. To design her own home, she found some furniture from Clutter Consignement in Boulder, uses wall papers to add art and attraction, and thinks beyond the box with ideas such as installing 20 porthole windows into the second floor sitting area.
Owners of Cured: If you visit Pearl Street Mall, you might be delighted by the cheese and charcuterie named Cured and it's sister cafe, Cured West, just a few blocks down. And, as you might expect from people in the food industry, the kitchen is of upmost importance in their personal home. The Frischkorns'renovated North Boulder home was designed to feel open and intimate at the same time. One notable design element in their kitchen is the absence of cabinets extending up the wall to allow for a more spacious feel.
Ilona Oppenheim: Ilona is the author of the cookbook Savor and lives in Aspen with her family. She focuses on knowing where your food came from, how to buy local and how to find your own ingredients. Her 2,200 square foot wooden-barn home was renovated to emulate the same natural values as her cookbook. The home is simple and rustic and blends into its natural surroundings and mountains with ease. Inside is reclaimed barn-wood, local stone and large windows. The kitchen is great for the whole family to cook together with the large central island.
The Sleeper House: Driving up I-70, you may have noticed the spaceship-like home known for its use in Woody Allen's comedy, Sleeper. This home was built in 1963 by Charles Deaton and is still popular during the holidays when it is decorated with lightweight-acrylic Christmas tress that light up the home.
Learn about more locals with beautiful homes in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
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