Observatory Park — Homes for Sale

The southeastern area of Denver, Observatory Park - also referred to as University Park – houses a wide range of folks, from longtime owners of ranch homes to modern Victorians and English Tudors. The neighborhood is primarily made up of single-family homes, with very few apartments or townhomes scattered throughout the area. As the neighborhood has recently and continues to be revitalized with new homes, renovations, and remodels, those already living in this area are majorly benefitting from the increase in interest.

Shade, Comfort, and Connectivity

Filled with trees bringing shade, comfort, and clean air, the streets of Observatory Park, Denver are wide, walkable, and inviting. The neighborhood is situated south of Evans, between University Blvd and Colorado, just north of Yale Ave. The area is fairly calm and quiet – ideal for many different types of people. As the neighborhood provides a relaxing home base, the light rail nearby and access to great amenities within walking distance make the neighborhood ideal for homebodies and socialites alike.

Outdoor Options at Observatory Park

University Blvd hosts a number of opportunities for entertainment and convenience, with the Newman Center for the Performing Arts as well as grocery stores, gyms, shops, and parks. Observatory Park itself provides fantastic opportunities to get outdoors with options for sporting like rugby, baseball, tennis, baseball, and of course – playgrounds for the little ones. Another option for a nearby park is Robert H. McWilliams Park – a simple, quiet park with picnic space and recreation alike.

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The Truth About Observatory Park Mortgages


August 3, 2016

Preparing to buy an Observatory Park home? Many homebuyers rely on lenders to make their dream home become a reality, but the truth is, not many homebuyers know a lot about mortgages. Before you hit the real estate market to search for your new home, learn the facts about mortgages:

It’s important to shop around.
Some Observatory Park buyers make the mistake of choosing a lender right away instead of taking the time to shop around for the best deal. If you already have a checking or savings account open with a lender, that doesn’t mean you should automatically get a mortgage from them. But, if you do have a strong relationship with that lender, that could help you out in your negotiations. Plan on visiting at least three different lenders in the area to see what kind of deal they offer you before making your final decision.

There are always additional fees.
When seeking a mortgage to purchase a home in Observatory Park, don’t expect to just pay back the principal plus interest. Every mortgage will have some sort of additional fees tacked on, but the good news is that many of them are negotiable. Talk to each lender that you visit about how they can make the deal sweeter by reducing fees such as the loan origination fee, application fee, broker fee and underwriting fee. Most lenders have room to negotiate with these fees, so it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Speak to a lender first.

Many first time Observatory Park homebuyers mistakenly think that they should find their dream home first and then figure out the financing with a lender. However, the opposite is actually true. Before you even take a peek at the Observatory Park market, meet with lenders to get prequalified or preapproved for a mortgage. This requires that you give the lender your income information as well as insight into your current debt situation. After looking over a credit report and a few other items, the lender will be able to tell you about how much they’re willing to loan you. Use this number as a guide for determining what kind of Observatory Park homes you should be visiting.

You don’t have to have a large down payment.
Every lender has a minimum down payment that is required in order to receive funds, however they’re typically not too high. Depending on the type of mortgage you’re aiming to get for your Observatory Park home, you could be putting as little as 3.5% down! However, that doesn’t mean that you should always put the minimum. If you can afford to, try to pay more than just the minimum so you can avoid other fees. For example, some lenders will lower your interest rate with higher down payments and also charge you an additional fee if you put less than 20% down on a home. Learn more about down payments here.  

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3 Top Pizza Hot Spots in Observatory Park Denver


July 13, 2016

What’s better than awesome summer weather, a cold refreshing beverage and great pizza? If you are thinking of buying a home in the Observatory Park Denver area, or are just looking to find new places this summer to relax with family and friends, you have a great variety of pizza places to try this summer!
  1. Blackjack Pizza: This highly rated pizza hot spot has been in the pizza game for over 30 years. With a goal to provide customers with the best quality of pizza at the best value, customers can expect to count on the restaurant’s 30-minute guarantee!  This once small pizza place now has multiple locations all across Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah and Montana with the 2448 S. University Blvd. location close to the area. You choose from a variety of fresh and delicious pizzas on hand tossed or thin crust with some favorites being the Mediterranean (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella and feta cheese, chicken breast, red onion, tomato, black and green olives along with some garlic), or the Jackpot which is a mix of their most popular toppings! They also have salads, cheese bread, wings, desserts and more. Stop in 10:30 a.m to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
  2. The Garlic Knot: For some of the best New York pizza and pasta, you must stop into The Garlic Knot. This restaurant prides themselves on having premium grade cheeses, fresh dough and an “authentic old world sauce.” Their amazing hand tossed deck oven pizzas can be complemented with delicious garlic knots! The restaurant says they have developed a cult following just for the garlic knots alone, or you can also enjoy pasta dishes and subs. Also, a favorite among kids is their ice cream bar! With a diverse menu, these are always something new to try. With many locations Colorado and Florida, stop by the 2553 S. Colorado Blvd. (Unit 107) location near the university area. They are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
  3. Anthony’s Pizza and Pasta: For a great atmosphere and a place to eat pizza, play pool or even video games, this is your place. You can get the New York style pizza you love, or a thick Sicilian crust, with a variety of toppings! You can order pizza by the slice, or full or half sizes great for a few people or groups. Not in the mood for pizza? They have you covered. There are pasta dishes and hero sandwiches, salads, sides and desserts. Beer and wine is also available. With many locations, stop by the one close to Denver University at 1628 E. Evans Ave. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
One of the fantastic aspects of moving to Observatory Park is the amazing restaurant scene. Whether you are living on your own, or with your family, this is a great place to move to. Let us help if you are ready to find the perfect home in many of Denver’s neighborhoods. Learn more about Observatory Park homes for sale, as well as market trends, and give us a call at 303-579-3566 to get started!
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Simple Upgrades to Increase the Price of Observatory Park Homes


June 29, 2016

Are you getting ready to list your home in Observatory Park? Wait! Before you list it, there are a few simple upgrades that you can make that will significantly increase your home valuation. Try to tackle one (or all) of these projects:

Let there be light!
One of the first things that potential buyers notice when they tour a home is the amount of lighting. Whether it’s too bright or too dark, every buyer has a different opinion, but there’s one way to appeal to everyone: a dimmer switch. These switches give buyers the power to set the mood with lighting and are a small change that any seller can make. Find out more information on how to install a dimmer switch and increase the price of your Observatory Park home.

Spruce up the bathroom.
For most homebuyers, the condition of the bathrooms is a very important factor when it comes to putting an offer in on an Observatory Park home. Depending on your budget and time constraints, there are a number of different ways you can upgrade the bathroom. Sellers with smaller budgets should switch out the toilet seat or upgrade the sink faucet and showerhead. Have a larger budget? Consider replacing old bathroom flooring with vinyl tiles that can easily be applied on your own. See step-by-step instructions on how to install peel and stick vinyl tiles in your bathroom.

Check the carpets.
Don’t forget to look down! Many Observatory Park buyers are turned off by worn down carpet, so be proactive. Before you list your home, hire professional carpet cleaners to come remove stains and make the carpet appear newer. This upgrade is especially important for homes that have neutral colored carpet with obvious signs of wear and tear.

Prioritize the kitchen.
During tours, potential buyers usually make a beeline to check out the condition of the kitchen. Since the kitchen is often seen as the heart of the home, it’s important that you convey a positive message to buyers with this room. Kitchen renovations can be pretty pricey, but luckily you don’t have to tear apart the entire room to see an increase in your home’s price. Start by switching out cabinet knobs to more decorative or sleek designs that will catch the buyer’s eye and give the impression of a modern, newly renovated kitchen. If you have a larger budget, consider upgrading to energy efficient appliances that will not only make the kitchen appear more sophisticated, but also drawn in eco-conscious buyers.

Paint select rooms.
Are there any rooms in your home that are currently a bright, bold color? Before placing your Observatory Park home on the market, paint these rooms a more neutral tone that won’t distract potential buyers. Take a look at the current paint in kitchens and bathrooms to see if these rooms should get a fresh coat as well. Since people pay so much attention to these areas, one coat of paint could make all the difference between a sale and an uninterested buyer.

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Memorial Day Weekend Events in Observatory Park


May 25, 2016

Are you thinking of moving to the Observatory Park area? Once you become a resident of Observatory Park, you’ll be right near all of the fun and entertainment in the Denver area, including these Memorial Day weekend events:

Cause a stir at ArtStir.
The ArtStir event, taking place during Memorial Day weekend, is a street market that seamlessly blends together Colorado art, music and style. This annual event is clearly an Observatory Park and Denver resident favorite, having been voted as the Best New Festival by Westword magazine in 2014. Visit the Denver Pavilions along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver to stroll through beautiful photographs, sculptures, mixed media pieces and furniture designs all produced by Observatory Park and Denver locals!

A big, wonderful idea.
Head to Littleton, just a short drive away from Observatory Park, to attend The Big Wonderful event during Memorial Day weekend. Guests can partake in a little friendly competition by challenging each other to a game of beach volleyball, or cool off in the shade with a craft beer. In fact, craft beer lovers should flock to this event to experience the large outdoor craft beer garden with various unique brews. Food trucks will line the event, giving guests something to chow down on after working up an appetite by dancing to the live music. Because there are so many activities, this event is perfect for people of all ages!

Cool down.
When you think of Memorial Day weekend, you think of fun in the sun, right? Soak up the sun with the whole family at the Water World Grand Opening weekend event. This 67-acre water park will quickly become one of your kids’ favorite attractions in the Observatory Park and Denver area, especially when they see the highly anticipated giant wave pool and white-water rapids! Even little ones can get in on the fun with the Wally World water attraction, designed for tots who want to get in on the fun.

Rock out.
Music lovers, rejoice! During Memorial Day weekend, there is not one, but two incredible music events happening in the Observatory Park area. First, start your afternoon off at the 16th Street Mall for the Denver Day of Rock event. Not only is this event free for guests, but it also has a great cause, to raise awareness of the children in the Observatory Park and Denver community.  Learn more about the Denver Day of Rock here.  Later on that evening, stop by the Let’s Dance: Celebration of David Bowie event at the Boettcher Concert Hall to honor the life of this musical legend. Reminisce about old times while listening to beautiful renditions of some of Bowie’s greatest hits. With these two musical events, this Memorial Day weekend will be one that you’ll never forget!

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Mark Your Calendars: Denver and Observatory Park Ongoing Summer Events


May 11, 2016

Denver’s Observatory Park is one of the preferred neighborhoods in the area. Located in between I-25, Yale, Colorado and University, the area is always active and lively. From restaurants to events, there are plenty of happenings going on. Need plans for May? Here are some events and things to do:
  1. Denver Astronomical Society’s “Public Nights:” Talk about tradition! Since August 1894, the Denver Astronomical Society (DAS) has held “Public Nights” in the University of Denver’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory. DAS explained this event begins with a multi-media astronomy presentation that includes colorful graphics, videos, and more. Suitable for all ages, you can look at telescopic views of the moon, stars, star clusters, planets, galaxies, etc. through their 28-foot-long refracting telescope. Events are held each Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at 2930 E. Warren Ave. in Colorado. Order tickets from the DAS website. They are $3 for children and $4 for adults.
  2. Farm2table Trading Post: Spring and summer means farmer’s markets are back. What better way to kick off warmer weather by picking up some great food? The Farm2table Trading Post Farmer’s Market began on April 3, 2016 and will run through September 25, 2016 and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and held in the Parker Garage at 19420 Mainstreet in Parker, Colorado.  By shopping at this farmers market, you can take advantage of antibiotic, hormone and steroid-free produce.
  3. Declaration Brewing’s Trivia Night: For a great time with friends or family, take a night out at Declaration Brewing for Trivia Night! It is a great opportunity to drink beer, eat food from Gusto’s Kitchen and play the game. The brewery said they have regular categories in beer, sports, science and nature, pop culture and history. They also have rotating topics too, so you just don’t know what to expect. No purchase is necessary to play and they do give out prizes. The event runs on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Declaration Brewery, located at 2030 South Cherokee Street in Denver.
  4. Random Acts of Date Night—Mystery Mixer: Once a month the Random Acts of Date Night hosts their Mystery Mixer to just have fun. These events are a great way for singles or couples to make new friends. At the events there is a theme surrounded by fun discussions that those attending come up with. The entire goal is to have fun. Events are held on April 30, May 28 and June 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at HoloWINC, which is located at 3008 Folsom Street in Boulder. Tickets are $20 to $30, so sign up today.
Are you looking to move to the Observatory Park Denver area? With so many great sites to see and things to do, you’ll be happy with your move. Elevation Realty can help you find the home of your dreams! View our featured listings or give us a call at 303-579-3566 to get started.  
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