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Denver's Wellshire Neighborhood

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Great story about a COOL Denver neighborhood:

New, bigger homes take hold in Wellshire

The thriving area in southeast Denver has a small-town feel.
By Christian Toto
Special to The Denver Post


Wellshire resident Jeff Shoemaker has no intentions of moving out of his bucolic Denver neighborhood — ever.

Shoemaker has deep roots in the southeastern section of Denver, a neighborhood tucked behind the roaring Colorado Boulevard corridor.

"It's a great mix of old homes and new homes like ours, longtime residents and new residents, old and young," Shoemaker said. "There is the best of both the small town and yet an in-the-city neighborhood."

That neighborhood, within a tiny distance of Observatory Park, Eisenhower Park and the Wellshire Municipal Golf Course, offers plenty for the suburban-minded homeowner.

Expansive lots. Low crime rates. Some of the widest streets one will find in Denver. And prices in the area are solid — and climbing.

Stephen Holben, president and owner of Denver-based Holben Building Corp., said Wellshire homes appreciated 5.3 percent last year and dozens of homes and townhouses are in various stages of planning or completion.

The neighborhood wasn't always bustling with home activity — or young children.

Shoemaker said Wellshire took a hit during the '80s when nearby Slavens Elementary School closed temporarily due primarily to a shortage of school-age children in the area. When the school reopened in the mid-'90s, the area's demographics shifted.

Today, Shoemaker said, roughly three out of every four Wellshire homeowners are in their 30s, with school-age children.

The Slavens school is a key selling point for Wellshire, said Denver Realtor Bill Rittner, former president of the Wellshire Homeowners Association.

Parents are attracted to the school's healthy test scores and actively fundraise to provide school equipment and other vital supplies, Rittner said.

Wellshire consisted mostly of ranch-style brick homes built primarily in the late 1950s and early 1960s. But drive around the neighborhood now and those homes are being crowded out by renovated parcels.

"The ranches are being torn down and million-dollar properties are being constructed," he said. "It's like University Park in the last 20 years, which is now primarily million-dollar homes. That's where Wellshire is headed."

Andy Klein, vice president of Denver-based Core Companies, which is building units along Colorado Boulevard between Dartmouth and Wellshire Presbyterian Church, said Wellshire's raw housing numbers — including days on market and foreclosure rates — point to a wise investment.

"There are very few urban infill sites left in the city," Klein said.

His project, which will feature 22 units spread across three buildings, is expected to break ground in spring 2010.

If the area has a flaw from Klein's perspective, it's that Colorado Boulevard's retail front could stand some improvement, particularly as one drives from Wellshire toward Evans Avenue.

Resident Greg Norlen moved to Wellshire in 2002 and recently built a geothermal home in the neighborhood.

Norlen, a home builder by trade, said he's always looking for emerging, family-friendly towns.

He found that, and more, with Wellshire.

"It's like living in 'Mayberry R.F.D.,' " he said.

Home relies on geothermal system.

Home builder Greg Norlen boasts that the combined energy bills for his Wellshire home last month came to only $120. That might not impress someone living in a two-bedroom bungalow, but his home offers 3,400 square feet of living space, plus roughly another 1,000 in the basement.

It's part of Norlen's vision to create a geothermal home, one with as delicate a carbon footprint as feasible. Norlen built the home two years ago, installing green features like insulated concrete floors and energy-recovering ventilators toward that end.

"We started with the 'not-so-big-house' theory," he says, describing the effort to make more-efficient homes that feel as spacious as larger ones while burning less energy. "It's getting away from the McMansions."

He says the home offers the first direct-exchange geothermal system in the history of Denver, and it's a model that can be retrofit into existing homes.

"You no longer have to have natural gas running your home," he says.

Some of the green modifications aren't cheap, but he projects savings from them in the $145,000 range over the course of a 30-year home loan.

He'd like to see some of the green innovations in his home duplicated elsewhere. "I would actually love to put on some seminars with builders to explain to them what we've discovered with this house," he says.

Christian Toto, Special to The Denver Post

About Wellshire

Average price of homes sold in 2009: $355,423

Main attractions: Wide roads, low traffic levels, proximity to Cherry Creek's shopping districts, downtown, light rail, the Highline Canal Bike Trail and a number of area parks. The Wellshire Inn, one of the neighborhood's mainstays, is closed for renovations.

Schools: Slavens Elementary

Shopping: The neighborhood is just a few blocks from the bustling Colorado Boulevard corridor.

2009 Moonlight Classic

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Start and finish at The Colorado State Capitol Building in Downtown Denver, 200 E Colfax Ave.  There will be two waves- the Family Wave, starting at 10:30 pm, and the Gonzo Wave, starting at 11:30 pm.   In addition to a beautiful late night bike ride, participants will receive a Kaiser Permanente Moonlight Classic T-shirt, a breakfast ticket to Irv Berlau Lunar Breakfast, presented by Santigo's, food and entertainment at the Midnight Snack Shops, a Downtown Denver Deal Card with access to various discounts at participating Downtown Denver restaurants and retail stores, and an opportunity to win prizes!

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by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

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Downtown Denver Employee Appreciation!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Employee Appreciation Week

Do you work Downtown? If so, join us for Downtown Denver's Employee Appreciation Week, July 27-August 2. Downtown Employee Appreciation Week is a celebration filled with concerts, events, giveaways, entertainment and awards. Activities include:

• Opening Pep Rally hosted by Mayor Hickenlooper
• Downtown Employee Awards
• Professional Sports Teams Activities (Rockies, Broncos, and others)
• Downtown Coffee Hour: Free coffee at all of the coffee shops for Downtown employees
• Civic Center Park Employee Picnic and Farmer's Market
• Happy Hour Events and celebrations
• Impromptu entertainment
• Greeters thanking employees as they arrive to work each morning
• Special deals
• Hotel packages for the weekend

For more information, visit the Employee Appreciation Week page on

Denver area Fireworks Display schedule

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Wondering where to check out this year's fireworks Display?  Here is a list of the city's happenings:

Denver: Coors Field It's a real American tradition, baseball and fireworks. The Colorado Rockies are at home this year and are planning fireworks on both Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th. The Rockies are playing the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fireworks follow both games and are easily visible throughout the city. Edgewater is celebrating Independence Day early.  The fireworks show is scheduled for Friday, July 3rd at Citizens Park. Food vendors open their stands at 4:00 p.m. and the Edgewater volunteer firefighters will set off fireworks when it gets dark, likely sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Erie: Colorado National Speedway will host a two day 4th of July Extravanganza on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday the 4th. It will launch fireworks following the races on both nights.

The Colorado National Golf Course also in Erie will open to the public for an early fireworks display on Friday the 3rd. The fields open at 5 p.m. and fireworks will be launched after dark in what organizers are promising will be one of the largest shows along the Front Range.

Glendale returns to its tradition of celebrating the 4th of July early.
It will host its fireworks display on Friday the 3rd. The display is returning to its traditional spot at the corner of Cherry and Virginia. Dahlia and Leetsdale offers a great view of the display set for sunset.
Henderson will welcome singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphy for the 4th of July weeekend. He's hosting Michael Martin Murphey's Mile High Rendezvous which runs from July 3rd through July 5th. They'll shoot off the fireworks on Friday the 3rd at about 9:15 p.m. You'll find the Rendezvous at the Mile High Flea Market at I-76 and 88th Ave. just north of Denver. Lakewood is not only celebrating the 4th of July this year, it's also celebrating its 40th birthday. That means fireworks come early on Friday the 3rd. They'll be launched at 9:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Sports Stadium. And there's plenty of fun before the fireworks, the "birthday party" starts at 4 p.m. with lots of fun and games for everyone.

The Green Gables Country Club in Lakewood also has its traditional fireworks display on Friday the 3rd. Members may watch the display from the club. Others can view the display from side streets and surrounding areas.

Littleton: Hudson Gardens will celebrate Independence Day with a two day party.  On Friday the 3rd, Flash Cadillac will perform and there will be fireworks after the concert. On the 4th, The Nylons take the stage followed by fireworks.  Both shows begin at 7 p.m. and fireworks are scheduled for about 9:15 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.

Arvada is once again teaming up with KOOL 105 radio for a full afternoon and evening of 4th of July fun. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. at the Lutz/Stengler Sports Complex and features the "Hot Times, Kool Cars" classic car show, a military display, live music and lots of activities for kids. The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. The Lutz/Stengler Complex is located at 58th and Ralston Road.

Aspen has planned a day-long celebration of the 4th of July beginning a five mile race. There is a parade set for noon followed by a community picnic. Fireworks will be launched over Aspen Mountain at about 9:30 p.m.

Aurora is promising to light up the night with the largest fireworks display in the metro area. The Air Force Academy Band will perform at the 4th of July Spectacular on the west side of the Aurora Municipal Center. There is limited seating there but the fireworks will be visible from the surrounding areas. Fireworks will be launched after dark.

Beaver Creek holds it annual clambake on the 4th of July. The evening holds a concert featuring The Neville Brothers. Fireworks will be launched around 9:15 p.m.

Black Hawk promises to light up the sky as it celebrates the 4th of July. The fireworks should be launched about 9:30 p.m.
And this year you'll be able to gamble the night away because the extended hours for gambling begin on July 2.

Boulder's 4th of July Celebration will again be hosted by Ralphie. It's at Folsom Stadium and festivities include performances from the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The gates open at 7 p.m. and the fireworks should start at 9:30 p.m.
Breckenridge gets the party started early on the 4th of July, starting the Firecracker Mountain Bike Race. That's followed bya parade and plenty of activities for the family, including dancing, all day long. The fireworks are set for 9 p.m. and will be launched over the Riverwalk Center.
Brighton hosts its "Brighten the Brighton" skies at Friendship Park. The evening includes a concert with Chris Daniels & the Kings as well as DJ Tidal Wave. The fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m.

Broomfield is again holding its 4th of July celebration at the Broomfield County Commons Park. The festivities include a bike parade, pony rides and lots of other activities for children. The Nacho Men will perform beginning at 7 p.m. and the concert is followed by fireworks at about 9:15 p.m.

Brush is finishing up three days of rodeo fun on the 4th of July as the 55th annual Brush Rodeo starts on July 2. On Independence Day, the festivities include a parade beginning at 10 a.m. The rodeo ends with a big bang, a fireworks display courtesy the Brush Volunteer Department on the 4th.

Carbondale is another mountain community that gets up early for the 4th of July, its day starts with the Independence Run & Hike at 7:30 a.m. There's a parade at noon in Redstone and a kids' parade in Carbondale at 4 p.m. The evening includes live music and fireworks after dark.

Castle Rock plans a full evening of 4th of July events, once again at Rhyolite Region Park. The events include a Presentation of Colors and a flyover at 5:15 p.m. The event caters to both adults with 80's music and kids with a Disney Street Team. It's allowed with fireworks after dark.

Commerce City returns to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for its 4th of July. The outdoor festival begins at 5 p.m. at the south end of the park and is followed by soccer, as the Colorado Rapids take on the Chicago Fire. After the game, The Samples will perform and the fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Como is celebrating an old fashioned 4th of July. The day features a parade at 1 p.m., games for kids all day, watermelon eating contest, and a chili feed at 5 p.m. The highlight will be the fireworks display over Roundhouse at dark, put on by the Jefferson Como Fire Protection District.
Craig's Independence Day Celebration is a sure hit this year with a variety of events. The July 4th event runs from 7 AM to 1:30 PM.
Bring your appetite for a pancake breakfast. Other activities include helicopter rides, cake and coffee at the new terminal, Honor of the Veterans flag ceremony, and a special presentation military fly-over. Fireworks will go off at 8:45 PM at Moffat County High School.

Creede will begin their Independence Day celebration with a parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. on July 4th. It's also the final day of the Colorado State Mining Competition so enjoy events like spke driving and tomahawk throwing. Fireworks will be set off at dark from the cliffs just north of Creede.

Crested Butte is celebrating the 4th of July with fun, memorable events, music, and of course, fireworks. Start the holiday with the Gothic Run Walk or Crawl and refuel afterwards with the CB Fire Protection District Annual Pancake Breakfast. The parade setps off from Elk Avenue and Sixth Street. Fire trucks will keep the crowd cool at the Wet Zone. You can compete in a variety of contests in a log sawing competition, a pie eating contest and three-legged race. Wrap up the day by watching the fireworks launched from the Warming House in the base area of Mt. Crested Butte, just after dark.
Denver's sporting teams are pulling out all the stops for 4th of July. The Denver Outlaws host the evening at Invesco Field at Mile High. The game begins at 7 p.m. Fireworks will be launched after the game and will be visible across the city. And the Colorado Rockies aren't being left out. They host a second night of fireworks at Coors Field following the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Denver's Green Valley Ranch neighborhood will once again have its own 4th of July celebration. "Stretch 9" starts the evening with a concert starting at 8 p.m. That's followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Dillon plans to celebrate the 4th of July with a day of music. The concerts begin at 9 a.m. and include the National Repertory Orchestra, Jim Salestrom and Lannie Garret and Her Swingin' Big Band. There are plenty of family-friendly activities including turtle races and a boat parade. The fireworks will be launched over Frisco Bay around 9:30 p.m.

Englewood will celebrate its July 4th events over three parks including Belleview Park, Cornerstone Park, and Progress Park. A fishing derby begins at 8:00 a.m. at Progress, but the other two parks will hold the majority of the festivities. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., there will be mini-golfing for a small fee and a miniature train ride and a farm for children for $1 admission. Activities go on throughout the rest of the day including field games for the family, bounce castles, face-painting, and other activities for children. There will be food, contests, and live music for entertainment, and the day ends with a fireworks show launched from the baseball fields from Cornerstone Park at 9:30 p.m.

Estes Park gets you ready for a fun-filled 4th of July celebration with a pancake breakfast. The day also includes a vintage car show at Bond Park and the Arabian Sport Horses Championship at the fairgrounds at Stanley Park. There 's a concert set for Performance Park Amphitheater and fireworks will be launched over Lake Estes after dark.

Fairplay has a full day of activities scheduled on Independence Day.There will be a dog show around noon, a parade that begins at 3:00 p.m. and a street dance at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the day, there will be a barbeque and activities for the little ones like a bouncy castle for children for free. Everythings centered around Front and 6th Streets. Fireworks are scheduled for dark.

Firestone starts its 4th of July with pancake breakfast and the day includes a parade as well as a ceremony to honor veterans and service members. The fireworks will be launched from the Saddleback Golf Club around 9:45 p.m.

Fort Collins will hosts its fireworks display at City Park once again this year. You'll find plenty to keep the kids and the rest of the family busy in downtown Fort Collins and the Fort Collins Sympony will perform at Civic Center Park. Fireworks will be launched at about 9:30 p.m.

Frisco says it is planning a Fantasatic 4th of July which includes a fishing derby for children and square dancers. There's a parade scheduled for noon. The afternoon includes all sorts of music, food and fun to keep everyone occupied. The fireworks will be launched over Frisco Bay about 9 p.m.

Georgetown will be celebrating the 4th of July from dawn until dusk this year. The day kicks of with a 5K race and stroll at 8 a.m..
It's will be followed by a parade at 11 a.m. the a BBQ at noon. You can pass the time until the fireworks with bingo at the community center. Fireworks will be launched at dusk.

Glenwood Springs will be celebrating Independence Day all day long with the FanFair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the downtown. There will be street performers, live music, and a play place for the kids. After 4 p.m., the fun moves to Two Rivers Park with the Symphony in the Valley performing at 7 p.m. Fireworks will be launched at dusk and the best vantage point is right there in the park.

Golden is ready for another day of 4th of July celebrations thanks once again the Lions Club. You'll find all the fun at Lions Park which is at 10th and Maple Streets. The club is giving back to the community once again, giving free rides for kids. Be sure to pick up a raffle ticket which is a major fundraiser for the Golden Lions. After the afternoon and evening of fun and music, stay for the fireworks set for around 9:30 p.m.

Granby is promising the "Biggest Small Town Parade" for the 4th of July. It steps off at 10:30 a.m. Then stick around for a BBQ. After lunch it's time to head to the Flying Heels Rodeo, the adult finals are at 7 p.m. Fireworks will be launched over the rodeo grounds between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Grand Lake is having its traditional fireworks display over the lake on July 4th. Fireworks will be launched from a barge in the middle of the lake and are scheduled to begin at sunset.

Grand Junction is throwing its 4th of July party at Suplizio Stadium. The gates open at 7:15 p.m. If you want to sit in the stadium there is a charge although children under two are free. The fireworks will be launched from Lincoln Park at 9:45 p.m.

Greeley has big plans for the 4th of July, thanks in part to the Greeley Stampede. The day begins with a parade down 10th Avenue. It steps off at 9 a.m. The finals of the pro rodeo events are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Blake Shelton and Bucky Covington perform at 8 p.m. and fireworks follow the concert.

Greenwood Village and Fiddler's Green will be the place to be for a classic 4th of July celebration. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will perform a Sounds of American concert, ranging from patriotic music to songs from "West Side Story" and "Apollo 13." The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks being launched after dark.
Gunnison will have fireworks courtesy the Rotary Club. The day begins with a hot air balloon festival followed by a community block party.
The younger residents of Gunnison will show off with a bike parade at 2 p.m. which starts in downtown and ends in Joregensen Park. That's where adults will find a beer garden and a concert at 6 p.m. Fireworks should be launched from the park around 9:30 p.m.

Highlands Ranch will have a fireworks display starting at 9:15 p.m. The fireworks will launch directly across from Town Center at the intersection of Highlands Ranch Parkway and Blake Dr. Great places to watch the show are Highlands Ranch Town Center and Civic Green Park.

Holyoke will end a daylong celebration with a fireworks show at dusk around 9:30 at City Park. Before there will be free swimming at the pool, games, the steak fry cook-off, and stock car races.

Idaho Springs is launching its fireworks around 9 p.m. from Bridal Veil Falls. A great place to watch will be City Hall but space usually fills up fast.

Indian Hills plans a day of 4th of July activities including a chance to check out an Airlife helicopter and a parade at 10 a.m. Then settle in for music beginning at 8 p.m. and the fireworks will be launched at dusk, which is expected to be about 9:20 p.m.

Leadville will celebrate the 4th of July with a fireworks display beginning at dusk near the courthouse lawn. The day also includes a bluegrass festival.

Limon is planning an afternoon of Independence Day traditions including a picnic and BBQ. The events will happen at Gaskill Field. Fireworks will be launched from the field after dark.

Littleton teams up with Englewood for a 4th of July celebration stretching across three parks; Belleview, Cornerstone, and Progress Park. A fishing derby begins at 8:00 a.m. at Progress, but the other two parks will hold the majority of the festivities. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., there will be mini-golfing for a small fee and a miniature train ride and a farm for children for $1 admission. Activities go on throughout the rest of the day including field games for the family, bounce castles, face-painting, and other activities for children. There will be food, contests, and live music for entertainment, and the day ends with a fireworks show launched from the baseball fields from Cornerstone Park at 9:30 p.m.

Lone Tree hosts its 12th Annual Independence Day Celebration this year. The parade is set for 4 p.m. followed by concerts and plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied until the fireworks begin. The display is set to be launched aabout 9:15 p.m.

Longmont starts its Independence Day Celebration at noon in Thompson Park with a performance from the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. The fireworks will be launched from the Boulder County Fairgrounds at 9:30 p.m.

Louisville is holding its 4th of July celebration at the Coal Creek Golf Course. Food and activities begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks launched at dark.

Loveland will celebrate the 4th of July in North Lake Park beginning at 11 a.m. There will be plenty of music with the Sweetheart City Cloggers performing as well as Above Treeline and The Indulgers. The Loveland Concert Band presents the Star Spangled Spectacular at 8 p.m., a concert of patriotic music culminating in "Stars and Stripes Forever" at the beginning of the fireworks show. The fireworks will be launched just after 9:15 p.m.

Keystone has an all-day celebration beginning with the annual bike parade at 10:30 a.m. That's followed by the River Frontier Fair at the River Run Village from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the Lakeside Village after dark.

Kremmling will hold its 4th of July celebration in Town Square Park at 6 p.m. with a BBQ and live music. Fireworks will be launched after dark.

Meeker starts their July 4th celebration with a 5k walk/run at 7 a.m. Refuel with a pancake breakfast to get ready for the parade at 10 a.m.
The food and fun continues all day culminating in the fireworks display at dark. Anyone with energy left after that day is invited to the barn dance.

Morrison's 4th of July excitement is again centered on Bandimere Speedway. Racing begins at 7:30 a.m. and lasts all day. Fireworks will be launched after dark and when the races end.

Nederland is taking its 4th of July party to Barker Reservoir. The fireworks will be launched around 9 p.m.

Northglenn hosts its annual 4th of July Family Festival at E.B. Raines Park. The day begins with a flag raising ceremony at 7 a.m. followed by a pancake breakfast. There will be all sorts of great food and fun, including a parade, throughout the day. Fireworks are scheduled to be launched at 9:30 p.m.

Parker's 4th of July festivities begin at 2 p.m. at the corner of Pine and Main Street. The event will feature food vendors, kids activities, bounce houses, balloon animals, craft vendors and live music. Parker plans to launch its fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Salida is throwing its Independence Day party in Riverside Park. It starts at 1 p.m. and there is a parade set for 4 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from Tenderfoot Mountain at dusk.

Silverthorne knows where to be the for the 4th of July, Lake Dillon. Fireworks will be launched over the lake at dusk on Saturday the 4th.

Steamboat Springs celebrates Independence Day in true wild west fashion, with a rodeo. The events on Saturday the 4th include a pancake breakfast, concerts, parade, the rodeo all followed by a fireworks display after dark. And get up early Sunday to catch the cattle drive down Lincoln Ave to Romick Arena.

Sterling will host a Heritage Festival on the 4th of July at Overland Trail Museum. The community is celebrating its 125th year so look for the "then and now" exhibit. Fireworks will be launched at Pioneer Park at dusk.

Thornton is hosting the Longmont Symphony Orchestra for its second performance of the day. The orchestra will be playing at the Multipurpose Field beginning at 8 p.m. Fireworks will follow at 9:30 p.m.

Vail starts its 4th of July celebration with the Red, White, and Blue Parade in downtown. Then head to Ford Park for an afternoon of picnicking and music or check out the clambake in Beaver Creek. Top off the day with fireworks which are set to launch around 9:45 p.m.

Wellington starts its 4th of July fun with a parade at 10 a.m. You can pass the time at the car show from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Centennial Park, you'll find plenty of food and fun along with the cars. Fireworks will be launched at dusk with great viewing from Eyestone Elementary School.

 opens the gates at City Park for the 4th of July party at 6 p.m. There will be a concert with plenty of food available. Fireworks will be launched at dusk.

Windsor hosts its 4th of July celebration at Windsor Lake beginning with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Last Minute Grove will perform. The city is planning on setting off fireworks at 9:20 p.m.

Winter Park will host its 4th of July celebration at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. The day includes a community picnic and free children's carnival. Fireworks will be launched after dark.

Want to lose weight? Move to Colorado!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Colorado is the slimmest state in the nation!  I attribute a lot of that to Colorado's great climate which makes it so easy to be activbe all year long!  It is hard to be a couch potato when the sun is shining and the mountains are calling! 

Check out this article from the Denver Post for the full story:


Colorado the slimmest state in annual obesity rankings

Nationally, more baby boomers are obese, meaning even higher Medicare costs for the aged.
By Lauran Neergaard
The Associated Press
Updated: 07/02/2009 06:27:18 AM MDT

WASHINGTON — Mississippi's still king of cellulite, but an ominous tide is rolling toward the Medicare doctors in neighboring Alabama: obese baby boomers.

It's time for the nation's annual obesity rankings and, outside of fairly lean Colorado, there's little good news. In 31 states, more than one in four adults are obese, says a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

And obesity rates among adults rose in 23 states over the past year, and no state experienced a significant decline.

It's a national crisis that "calls for a national strategy to combat obesity," said Robert Wood Johnson vice president Dr. James Marks. "The crest of the wave of obesity is still to crash."

While the nation has long been bracing for a surge in Medicare as the boomers start turning 65, the new report makes it clear that fat, not just age, will fuel much of those bills.

In every state, the rate of obesity is higher among 55- to 64-year-olds — the oldest boomers — than among today's 65-and-beyond.

Medicare spends anywhere from $1,400 to $6,000 more annually on health care for an obese senior than for the non-obese, said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust, a nonprofit public health group.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long said that nearly a third of Americans are obese. The Trust report uses somewhat more conservative CDC surveys for a closer state-by-state look. Among the findings:

• Mississippi had the highest rate of adult obesity, 32.5 percent, for the fifth year in a row.

• Three additional states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent: Alabama, 31.2 percent; West Virginia, 31.1 percent; and Tennessee, 30.2 percent.

• In 1991, no state had more than a 20 percent obesity rate. Today, the only state that doesn't is Colorado, at 18.9 percent.

• The South is the fattest region. The Northeast and West are slightly slimmer than the rest of the country.

• Mississippi had the highest rate of overweight and obese children, at 44.4 percent in total. It's followed by Arkansas, 37.5 percent; and Georgia, 37.3 percent.

• Following Alabama, Michigan ranks No. 2 with fat boomers; 36 percent of its 55- to 64-year-olds are obese. Colorado has the lowest rate, 21.8 percent.

Denver Real Estate market best in country!

by Roberts Johnson and Rachel Diedrich, Real Estate B

Check out this great article about the Denver Real Estate Market!

Denver fares best in home-price survey

U.S. home prices down 18%
By Margaret Jackson
The Denver Post

For the second consecutive month, the Denver area fared the best among 20 U.S. cities reporting drops in home prices, according to data released Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor's/ Case-Shiller home-price index for 20 major cities dropped 18.1 percent in April compared with April 2008.

Denver reported a 4.9 percent decline, better than Dallas and Boston, which were down 5 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively.

"This was the least painful decline in the last six or seven months," said economist Jeff Thredgold of Vectra Bank Colorado. "There is still some additional weakness to come, but most of the pain is behind us."

Las Vegas and Phoenix posted the largest monthly and annual declines, plunging 35.3 percent and 32.2 percent,

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respectively, in the year-over-year data. San Francisco declined 28 percent.

"The sexy places to buy real estate from 2003 to 2006 are the ones that are getting crushed," Thredgold said. "There was no big boom in Denver prices, hence no major correction."

Denver is among eight cities that reported a month-over- month gain in prices, rising 1.5 percent compared with May. Dallas posted a larger gain at 1.7 percent.

"Seeing the recent numbers from the Case-Shiller report has given some credence to what we have been feeling in the market in Denver," said Dee Chirafisi of Kentwood City Properties. "Denver has been named one of the five best cities as far as real-estate recovery and the five best places to live, etc.

"There has been a lot of recent optimism about how great Denver is and how it is still a good place to buy real estate. It is terrific to see that this news is backed up with some real statistics."

Gretchen Faber, broker/manager of the Kentwood Co. Cherry Creek, said the numbers also reflect what's happening in her office.

For the first time in months, Faber said, homes in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood sold for more than $800,000 — two of them for more than $1 million — during April and May.

"Three or four months ago, the lower price ranges started getting on fire," Faber said. "We are starting to see it trickle up into the higher price ranges. They still have to be priced appropriately or they're not going to sell because there's still a lot of inventory in the high end."

Margaret Jackson: 303-954-1473 or

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