A cool, walk­a­ble neigh­bor­hood :D en­ver’s Jef­fer­son Park has per­fect ac­cess to down­town and homes ready right now

The Denver Post - - REAL ESTATE -

If you’ve been scour­ing High­lands, Berke­ley and Sloan’s Lake for op­por­tu­ni­ties to buy into Den­ver’s fast-paced mar­ket, you may have missed an area that has an even eas­ier down­town com­mute, and some­thing hard to find this year: homes near-ready to move in now. Jef­fer­son Park, the neigh­bor­hood south of Speer and east of Fed­eral, has seven new-ur­ban styled com­mu­ni­ties mar­keted by redt Homes, in­clud­ing two town­home projects you can tour to­day and move into within 30 days.

“Jef­fer­son Park doesn’t get as much at­ten­tion as Sloan’s and other ar­eas in High­lands, but it’s much closer to down­town — al­most two miles closer than the re­de­vel­op­ment area in Sloan’s,” says redt Homes bro­ker­age owner Nathan Adams, who has been build­ing and mar­ket­ing new-ur­ban projects in Jef­fer­son Park since 2012, when the area first ap­peared on the radar. Dur­ing that span, redt has mar­keted close to half of the homes built and sold in Jeff Park, and dom­i­nates it. Right now, redt has more than 100 units listed in new Jef­fer­son Park projects, at prices from the $460s.

All of those have a walk­a­bil­ity that will sur­prise you — with din­ing and tav­erns a few blocks away at Sarto’s, Sas­safras, Sexy Pizza, Lit­tle Ma­chine Brew­ery, Fed­eral Bar & Grill, Jef­fer­son Park Pub and Briar Com­mons Brew­pub — lit­er­ally half a block from where you can tour the fi­nal two units at Clay 14, on Clay Street north of West 23rd. Each are two-bed­room/2.5bath town­homes with two-car garages, wide-open en­ter­tain­ing lev­els, mas­ter suites and rooftop decks with down­town views. They’re priced around $600,000.

“You don’t have to make mul­ti­ple of­fers, and you could write a 30-day or 45-day con­tract on ei­ther one,” adds Adams, not­ing that redt team mem­bers see plenty of buy­ers who have had their fill of bid­ding wars.

Five blocks north on Clay to West 28th — beyond the new “Town Cen­ter” on Eliot Street that’s adding even more restau­rants to Jeff Park — you can tour Twin 9s. By lo­cal builder Dublin De­vel­op­ment, a fre­quent part­ner of redt, these are sim­i­lar town­homes — sized around 1,700 square feet fin­ished, plus garages and rooftop decks, and a “mez­za­nine level” that adds loft/of­fice­type space. Ten are left from $555,000 to $590,000 — some ready in 30 days.

That avail­abil­ity is some­thing buy­ers in this mar­ket should pay close at­ten­tion to, says Jae Ed­wards, an owner of Dublin De­vel­op­ment. “If you’re feel­ing ex­hausted from your home search this year and are think­ing you should sit out for a while, you’re mak­ing a mis­take,” he adds. In­ven­tory like this is rare (redt has pre-sold 99 per­cent of the homes it has mar­keted). The redt team has seen this same an­nual pat­tern in High­lands for five years now — a sum­mer-fall lull when some prod­uct is avail­able, fol­lowed by an ab­so­lutely crazy first-of-the-year when there will be lit­tle if any left.

An­gela Steiner, di­rec­tor of sales at redt, adds that Jef­fer­son Park has a gen­uine sense of com­mu­nity you may not find in other re­de­vel­op­ment ar­eas around High­lands. “There are so many au­then­tic neigh­bor­hood hang­outs,” she adds. “And Jef­fer­son Park turns elec­tric when the Bron­cos start to play.”

If your po­ten­tial move is a lit­tle fur­ther out, redt Homes has town­homes that will de­liver from Septem­ber through all of 2018 (buyer tours of un­der-con­struc­tion units are avail­able by ap­point­ment). Lo­cal de­vel­oper Apex Real Es­tate has 12 units un­der­way a half block from the new town cen­ter, while A.B. Greene

Twin 9s town­homes, above, and Clay 14, right, both open to­day in Jef­fer­son Park.

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