Bow Mar, Littleton – Denver Neighborhoods

Rocky Mountain Views from the Bow Mar neighborhood near Denver, Co

Rocky Mountain Views from the Bow Mar neighborhood near Denver, Co

The town of Bow Mar is a storied, beautiful town located in Arapahoe and Jefferson counties in suburban Denver Colorado. Bow Mar is home to less than 1,000 residents, making it a small, private town with many loyal home-owners, dating as far back as the 1950s.

This quaint town is bordered by Denver to the west and Littleton to the east, so it’s within close proximity to the city but remains a peaceful, quiet community of its own. The name Bow Mar actually comes from a combination of two lakes, Bowles and Marston; these lakes are beloved assets for the townspeople. Bow Mar was initially an agricultural town in the 19th century, providing sustenance for the neighboring cities of Denver and Littleton.

Children enjoying the Bow Mar lifestyle in Denver

Summer days in Bow Mar, minutes from Old Littleton, Co

Following World War II, due to the growing size of the Denver area, much of Bow Mar was purchased and subsequently turned into single-family homes.  The majority of the homes were built in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Of these homes, most have about 1-acre lots with beautiful mountain views. The architecture styling of Frank Lloyd Wright heavily influenced this town, which is evidenced by the large lots with wide streets and the original homes of only one story. However, lots of the original homes have been renovated or scraped and replaced with new construction.

Bow Mar neighborhood at dusk in summer

Bow Mar, an idyllic neighborhood southwest of Denver

One of the highlights of living in Bow Mar is having access to the private lake and yacht club. Bow Mar residents utilize the lake year round for concerts, picnics and other neighborhood gatherings. In the summer, one can swim a little ways out to a trampoline that’s placed out in the lake and notice quite a few boats, in addition to the numerous paddle boarders. Furthermore, the town offers desirable amenities including tennis courts, walking trails and even a private bird sanctuary. There’s a large sand beach with a big playground for the kids and lots of toys are always on hand for them to play in the sand. In general, the residents of Bow Mar are quite active and take full advantage of the lake and all of the amenities. You’ll often find them swimming, fishing, picnicking or playing tennis. It’s important to note that the Lake is private, so you need to reside in Bow Mar or be accompanied by a resident in order to enjoy it.

Bow Mar is in the Littleton Public School district. Homes range in price from the 400’s for a fixer-upper on a smaller lot to $3,000,000 and up for homes near the lake.  Please contact Kim Byers at 303-618-6806 or Michelle Potter for additional information on homes in Bow Mar.

Michelle Potter, Realtor in Denver
DenverRelocationBroker.com
303-489-4035
5280 Magazine "5 Star Denver Real Estate Agent"

Columbine Valley Neighborhood Profile –Littleton, CO

Columbine Valley in Littleton

Columbine Valley is a quiet suburb of Denver, bordered by Bowles Ave to the north, Platte Canyon Road to the west, South Polo Ridge Drive to the south and the South Platte River to the east.  Located just minutes to Old Town Littleton and about 20 minutes from Denver, real estate prices in the Columbine Valley vary from $400,000 up to $3,000,000.  In addition to mature, lush landscaping, homes in the Columbine Valley don’t have fences. This makes for an open, airy, more rural feel than other Denver suburbs.

The town of Columbine Valley, which is located within Littleton, was originated by 17 homeowners that built homes around the Columbine Country Club back in 1955. At that time, the area was predominately rural so it was common for deer and occasional livestock from neighboring farms to wander on to the golf course. As Denver and Littleton continued to grow, there were discussions about annexing Columbine Valley into one of those cities to increase the tax base.   To circumvent this measure, residents came together and officially formed the town of Columbine Valley in 1959. The community is currently home to approximately 1300 people.

Columbine Valley is an idyllic town, filled with families and empty nesters alike. The town sponsors an annual and much beloved 4th of July parade where kids and adults converge to show off their patriotically decorated bikes, wagons and golf carts. Many of the neighborhoods also host Easter egg hunts and other fun holiday festivities for the community. This, combined with the high ranking Littleton public schools all make for a great place to live and raise a family.   Additionally, the Columbine Valley attracts many empty-nesters who enjoy the golf community and tranquil neighborhood.

There are still a few farm properties located in Columbine Valley that will be developed in the near future. The first development on the books is the Willowcroft Development. This will be known as Willowcroft Manor and is planned to be a collection of 41 patio homes located on 71 acres.

Another slated development is called Tuck Farm or Wild Plum Farm. This is currently a 106 acre farm parcel located in the middle of Columbine Valley.  Toll Brothers, the developer, is presently in the process of meeting with the HOA boards of neighborhood communities, such as Old Town Columbine Valley, Polo Meadows and Burning Tree, who will be most impacted by the develpment.  As of this writing, Toll Brothers is planning on building homes on 10,000 to 20,000 square foot lots and they will be priced in the $700,000 to $1,200,000 price range, yet details are still in the discussion phase. Stay tuned to this site for updates as they come available.

Contact Kim Byers at Kim.Byers@SothebysRealty.com or 303-618-6806 for additional information or search for homes:  Columbine Valley real estate.

Michelle Potter, Realtor in Denver
DenverRelocationBroker.com
303-489-4035
5280 Magazine "5 Star Denver Real Estate Agent"

Lot in Prestigious Hidden Oaks in Larkspur

Hidden Oaks at Bear Dance Golf Club is a heavily treed resort like custom home community south of Denver in Larkspur, Colorado.   It is within an easy commuting distance to the Denver Technological Center (DTC) and to Colorado Springs.

This 2.58 acre lot at 875 Cerro Place is available and features a gently rolling topography,  filled with Ponderosa pines and bordering the 4th fairway at the Bear Dance Golf Club.  It is also nestled adjacent to approximately 29 acres of treed open space.  It is the perfect site for a custom home for someone looking for that magical Colorado lifestyle of golf combined with nature.

The soils report and survey are already completed on this lovely lot at 875 Cerro Place in Hidden Oaks at Bear Dance.  Architectural plans for a well-thougt out 5800 square foot home are also available at an additional cost.  Call me for additional information.

Michelle Potter, Realtor in Denver
DenverRelocationBroker.com
303-489-4035
5280 Magazine "5 Star Denver Real Estate Agent"

Denver Real Estate – 2012 vs 2013 Market Comparison

The overall Denver real estate market showed a spirited improvement in home prices and days on market in 2013. The 5 Metro-Denver zip codes with the largest average sold price gains from 2012 to 2013 were 80204 home to Lakewood, Applewood and Wheat Ridge; 80010 zip code in Aurora; 80221 representing parts of Berkeley, Sherrelwood Twin Lakes N. Washington, Thorton and Westminster; 80231 in Denver East of S. Quebec St. and Aurora; and 80011 also in Aurora.

Please see the following infographic for additional statistics comparing the 2012 to 2013 Denver real estate market on key factor such as days on market, increase in sold prices, increase in homes sold and a breakdown by surrounding counties:

Denver, CO. real estate update

Year-Over-Year Denver Real Estate Market Comparisons

If you are interested in finding out how your specific Denver or suburban Denver neighborhood fared in 2013, feel free to contact me. Also, thank you to Land Title Guarantee Company for providing the Denver market statistics and to Allen Bryant Photography for letting me use his gorgous photo showcased in the infographic.

Michelle Potter, Realtor in Denver
DenverRelocationBroker.com
303-489-4035
5280 Magazine "5 Star Denver Real Estate Agent"

Living in Highlands Ranch, CO.

If you are considering a move to Denver, Highlands Ranch, a southern suburb, offers a range of housing options in prices starting in the low $200′s upward into the multi-millions. Here’s a quick video showing a few architecture styles as well as a taste of what its like living here:

Go here to explore  all of Highlands Ranch homes and condos for sale or check out listings in a few popular neighborhoods featured in the video:  Mansion Hills, Back Country, Weatherstone, and  the Brownstones at Town Center.

Michelle Potter, Realtor in Denver
DenverRelocationBroker.com
303-489-4035
5280 Magazine "5 Star Denver Real Estate Agent"