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Looking for a home in the Winston Downs/Lee Downs area?  Brick ranches, 2-stories, and split-level homes just minutes from Cherry Creek and Downtown Denver . . . see the current list here.



2017-18 crime stats for Winston Downs

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Crime | 2 comments

Winston Downs is included in the Washington, Virginia-Vale statistical neighborhood, which encompasses a wider area than just our neighborhood. This is a crime statistics map for Washington, Virginia-Vale  (Winston Downs is outlined in orange).  Click on the map to enlarge it:   Click here for the crime stats in table format. Crime stats for this neighborhood can also be accessed this way: The Denver Police Department page at www.denvergov.org has a “Crime Information” tab where you can find monthly crime data sorted by...

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The Appraisal: 10 things your broker should do

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Featured, For Sale, Sell, Tips for Sellers, Working with Brokers | 0 comments

The Appraisal:  10 things your broker should do

Appraisals are sometimes a source of confusion for both Buyers and Sellers, but usually for different reasons. Review:  an appraisal is an opinion of value prepared by an authorized person.  In Colorado, Appraisers are licensed and regulated by the State. There are different levels of licensure, depending on the qualifications of the Appraiser. Buyers sometimes think that the appraisal will “protect” them from overpaying.  There is a clause in the contract, after all, that says in effect: “if the appraisal doesn’t come...

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Schools: What Buyers Want

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Living, Schools, Tips for Sellers | 0 comments

Schools: What Buyers Want

A house is a collection of desirable characteristics: shelter, comfort, and location. School quality is a locational characteristic that influences home values. Research shows us that homebuyers are not only aware of differences in school quality but also have revealed their preferences for higher quality schools by paying a premium for their home. This premium for school quality is among the most imp0rtant factors in determining home prices. (Neighborhood School Characteristics: What Signals Quality to Homebuyers? Kathy J. Hayes, Research...

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DGS: New Boundaries along class lines

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Schools | 2 comments

DGS: New Boundaries along class lines

Boundaries: Denver Green School, Lowry, and Equity in Education Last night, the Denver School Board had a meeting to hear public comment on a proposed addition to Lowry Elementary School along with changes to the boundaries for the Denver Green School (DGS).  I spoke briefly (3 min.) in opposition to the boundary changes emphasizing that 1) changing the DGS boundaries serves to further “segregate” low Socio-Economic Status (SES) students from high SES students, and 2) isolating students at poverty is harmful to their learning,...

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Density at Buckley Annex Causes Alarm

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Living, Projects | 0 comments

Density at Buckley Annex Causes Alarm

Neighborhoods around the Buckley Annex Redevelopment project (including Winston Downs) have been increasingly vocal recently about the move toward higher density in the 70-Acre urban development. After raising concerns about density, building heights, and traffic, citizens are looking at the actions of Neighborhood groups like West Highlands and Cherry Creek North which have filed lawsuits against Denver City Council over the approval of development plans.  Some feel that local government is being controlled by developers, and in the case of...

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What’s a Good Comp?

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in For Sale, Get Ready, Sell, Sold, Tips for Sellers | 0 comments

What’s a Good Comp?

“Comps” are Comparable When pricing your home, or before making an offer on one, you’ll want to make sure the price is right.  To do that, you and your agent will compare it with similar homes that have sold.  Since no two homes are exactly the same, you’ll make adjustments to arrive at the current value. Here’s what matters most . . . The Ideal Comps: Similar size, model, style, quality of construction and condition. Similar community: proximity to amenities, quality of schools, walk/bike trails, etc. Within a...

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Buckley Annex street views

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Living, Projects, Traffic Calming | 0 comments

In her February newsletter, Councilwoman Sussman shows a couple of renderings for street views at 1st Avenue.  There has been some concern from adjacent neighborhoods about how these areas would look after construction. For detailed information about the Buckley Annex redevelopment, click...

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After the Cliff . . . taxes on your Home

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Living | 0 comments

After the Cliff . . . taxes on your Home

One more fiscal cliff was averted . . . so how was real estate affected? Mortgage Interest Deduction Not affected.  There was some debate; the Nat’l Association of Realtors made great efforts to remind lawmakers that the MID benefits primarily middle-income families, and any change to it could harm housing and the economy as a whole. Mortgage Insurance Premiums If you put less than 20% down when you bought a house, you probably still have a mortgage insurance premium attached to your monthly payment.  They’re still deductible:  if...

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George Washington High School

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Schools | 0 comments

George Washington High School

George Washington High School. George Washington High School is one of the top choices in Denver and in Colorado for public education. Featuring one of Denver’s flagship International Baccalaureate Diploma programs, its goal is to provide its students with an excellent education, while inspiring them to reach their highest potentials. Consistently ranked in the top 100 high schools in America, GW has an international reputation for...

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Denver Green School

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Schools | 0 comments

Denver Green School

Schools The Denver Green School: Our new DPS Innovation School, opened in fall of 2010, and is an exciting addition to Winston Downs. Specializing in project-based learning with a strong core curriculum, DGS was named a “Best Practices” Innovation School by DPS. Place Bridge School: ECE-8th Grade. Visit their website here.    

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