A clear op­tion: David Week­ley’s homes in Mid­town be­side the Clear Creek Trail give High­lands buy­ers a route to more space

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - – Mark Sa­muel­son writes on real es­tate and busi­ness; you can email him at mark@samuel­sonas­soc.com. See all of Sa­muel­son’s col­umns on­line at Den­ver­Post.com/realestate

Mid­town — the new-ur­ban mas­ter­planned neigh­bor­hood five miles from down­town Den­ver — was al­ready at­tract­ing buy­ers out of High­lands and nearby ar­eas when David Week­ley Homes got hold of some larger, bet­ter-sit­u­ated home­sites in Mid­town that make the com­par­i­son sharper still.

“Once we had a sec­ond kid, we were feel­ing cramped,” says Kathryn Ro­man, who lives in a re­mod­eled bun­ga­low in Den­ver’s Sun­ny­side neigh­bor­hood, near High­lands. The typ­i­cal mi­gra­tion pat­tern for grow­ing High­lands fam­i­lies, she says, is west to Arvada or Golden; but in­stead she, hus­band James and their two tots drove three miles north to Mid­town, af­ter hear­ing about it from their lo­cal net­work. They toured a large re­sale there (it sold overnight for less than their Sun­ny­side house would fetch); and then dis­cov­ered David Week­ley’s model you can tour to­day, and saw the views.

Now the Ro­mans are reach­ing a lit­tle fur­ther for a new four-bed­room home that’ll fin­ish out at 3,900 square feet, 1,800 square feet more than their bun­ga­low has. “It will have three bed­rooms on the same floor; that’s hard to find (in Sun­ny­side),” she adds. They’re get­ting a day-lit walk­out lower level with fin­ished space and a deck over­head that cre­ates out­door liv­ing space ad­join­ing the en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas. The deck over­looks the Clear Creek Trail cor­ri­dor; and there’ll be a guest bed­room for when Kathryn’s par­ents visit from At­lanta (they had to stay in an Airbnb on their last trip).

Paulette Mills, who along with Zuzana Balze­rova will show you around, says the Ro­mans fit a pat­tern that’s made David Week­ley a quick seller in Mid­town — many buy­ers com­ing from High­lands, most all with work ties to down­town. “Th­ese are Mid­town’s largest lots,” she adds, show­ing the views from her “Topaz” three-bed­room show home, which has a wide-open fam­ily area, loft/play area on the bed­room level and the op­tion of the fin­ished base­ment. Like oth­ers in the se­ries, it has a front-load, two-car garage — the only new homes in Mid­town to of­fer that — and has a panorama from down­town to the moun­tains.

The front-load garage and the views over the trail cor­ri­dor played big in the Ro­mans’ de­ci­sion, says Kathryn, adding that David Week­ley’s lots had more el­bow room than she sees in some newur­ban ar­eas where neigh­bors are up close. “We wanted re­lief from hav­ing peo­ple right on top of you,” she adds. “Once we saw what we could af­ford, we never looked back.”

If you like Mid­town’s looks, you’ll find two routes in — both pro­vid­ing spe­cial in­cen­tives now from David Week­ley. The first are some ready-to-move “Show­case Homes” — all back­ing to open space and each with a walk­out or gar­den­level. One is a “Chartreuse” with three bed­rooms, 2-1/2 baths, a walk­out base­ment and a view, ready now at $634,328. Close by Dec. 15 and David Week­ley will in­clude a $5,000 gift card to Best Buy to han­dle in­ci­den­tals.

Or, you can pick a lot over­look­ing the trail and open space from four that David Week­ley has left, and match that to one of th­ese plans, from just un­der $600,000. David Week­ley will pro­vide you a $15,000 credit to spend at its de­sign cen­ter as part of your project.

You’ll hear about Mid­town’s K-8 school that starts construction in 2018 (K-through-2 opens first); and about Bruz Brew­ery and Back­stage Cof­fee, both walk­a­ble within Mid­town, be­side a com­mu­nity gar­den and kids’ splash park.

And you’ll see how close the Clear Creek Trail is, al­ready in heavy use by res­i­dents, and RTD’s G Line Rail to Union Sta­tion (five blocks, in a test phase). To reach David Week­ley, take I-25 north from down­town, past I-70, three miles to I-76, head west on 76 to Pe­cos and then north to West 67th; turn east a block, then south.

A new three-bed­room home that David Week­ley has ready to de­liver in Mid­town. Above right: The Clear Creek Trail as it passes Mid­town.

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