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