The buzz: NorthCreek Courtyard an ‘urban oasis’

denverpost.com

There is a buzz in Cherry Creek North, where world-class restaurants, galleries and shopping are all contained within 16 city blocks. Some are calling it a “LoDo for adults,” and others liken the setting to “Denver’s version of Rodeo Drive.” Whatever the case, Cherry Creek North is a great place to live, work and play, especially for those who can also enjoy the urban oasis at the ultra-exclusive NorthCreek Residences.

Homeowners at the NorthCreek have all of the great things Cherry Creek North has to offer outside their front door. And after a day of shopping, eating and strolling through the neighborhood, residents here can escape the energy of the area, and return home to a serene and quiet setting complete with of their own private courtyard. The NorthCreek Courtyard provides an amenity that few residential developments in the heart of a city can offer. It is an urban escape with elaborate gardens, all tucked behind private gated entries. Maintained by the landscaping firm Designs by Sundown, which won the Excellence in Landscaping, Use of Color Grand award from the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado for their work on the NorthCreek Courtyard, the courtyard provides residents and their guests with a sense of arrival and the best kind of “welcome home.”

The courtyard gardens are a palette of flowers, plants, shrubs, trees and grasses that combine brilliant colors, fragrances, and movements to inspire one’s senses. Described by Adam Hallauer of Designs by Sundown, the NorthCreek Courtyard is a “tranquil place where the residents can escape and enjoy a peaceful setting.” In the springtime, the courtyard blooms with annuals and bulbs offering up brilliant colors and sweet smells. Large shade trees keep the courtyard cool and inviting, so that NorthCreek residents can pleasantly enjoy some of the more exceptional flowers and plants.

As fall and winter set in, the courtyard’s gardens transform into a place of warmth, with rich colors and textures provided by the perennial plants and trees.

The entire NorthCreek Courtyard complement the condominium, Courtyard Flats and Brownstone residences at NorthCreek perfectly, playing off the Colorado native sandstone that was used to build a majority of the exclusive development. With craftsmanship, architecture, and design elements that set the highest standards, and reflect the best in terms of quality of life, the selection of homes at NorthCreek is becoming more and more limited due to the popularity of the exclusive development. Prices for the remaining inventory range from $1.395 million to $3 million.

For more information regarding the NorthCreek Residences and Courtyard, contact Kentwood brokers Christy Owen (303-906-9574) or Dawn Raymond (303-777-7177).

For more information regarding Cherry Creek North, visit CherryCreekNorth.com. For more information regarding Designs by Sundown, visit DesignsBySundown.com.

At NorthCreek, Your Personal “Dream Home” Can Be Realized

Denver Post

Imagine designing your own home as if you were working on a blank canvas. You would be in complete control, deciding on everything from the floorplan to your own custom finishes and special features. This opportunity doesn’t exist in most residential projects, where the developers provide standardized layouts and designs to buyers, with a handful of options for finishing out the space. It’s their vision for what your home can become, not your own.

At the ultra-exclusive NorthCreek residences in Cherry Creek North, the developers found that there was a segment of buyers who wanted the opportunity to design and customize their own home, completely. This demand was especially evident among those who were downsizing from larger estates – in places such as Cherry Hills – and wanted to create the finest and most comfortable urban living experience possible, on their own terms.

Based on this demand, NorthCreek made “core and shell” spaces available to buyers. The completely open and unfinished residences provided buyers with an opportunity to pursue their own vision, without having other people’s perceptions determine their living space.

“There is limited inventory for this truly unique opportunity, and once they’re gone, nothing else will be constructed quite like NorthCreek,” noted David Steel of Western Development Group, the developers of NorthCreek.

“The core and shell spaces at NorthCreek give people complete freedom and the ability to turn their home into their own personal showcase,” says Steve Diamond of Denver-based Diamond Homes (www.diamondhomesinc.com), a high-end home design and construction company which has worked directly with several NorthCreek buyers to help them realize their personal vision. “We’ve been able to help people plan for very special aspects and elements of their home, such as creating a ‘gallery’ for their art collections, elegant areas for entertaining and state-of-the-art kitchens for culinary artists who love to cook. It really is a special and unique offering to those who have the time and inclination to design the home they truly want.”

At NorthCreek, the sales team can help you to identify a designer and builder who will become your own private contractor. The team will be able to work with you to realize your goals and expectations, identify the very best resources for finding the materials and finishes you want, nail down costs and complete construction drawings. Most importantly, they will listen to you and your direction, so that the home you’ve always dreamed of will become reality.

“There is a tremendous amount of joy and satisfaction that comes from being part of a team, having a vision and seeing it come to life,” says Diamond. “There’s nothing like planning and designing your own home. It truly is your own.”

NorthCreek: A Cornerstone for Future Growth and Vision

Denver Post

NorthCreek, among the most exclusive residential developments in the Denver metro area, is looking forward to another successful year following 12 months during which the development closed on a number of residential sales, neared full occupancy of its retail space and served as an important anchor to the new Fillmore Plaza.

Developed by Western Development Group, which has plans to invest an additional $100 million into Cherry Creek North with its new 250 Columbine project, NorthCreek has established itself as a prime example of the successful evolution and growth of Cherry Creek North.

The sale of seven new properties, including a prominent brownstone residence; The opening of True Food Kitchen (TrueFoodKitchen.com), which has rapidly become a Denver dining destination; and Anchoring the new Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek North, which serves as the gateway to the classic Denver neighborhood.

“NorthCreek has found its place as a cornerstone for the continued growth and success of Cherry Creek North,” said David Steel of Western Development Group. “There are undeniable opportunities to continue to shape the district into a very special place and further enhance the shine of what is truly a Colorado gem. We’re very proud to be an important component of the future growth and vision of Cherry Creek North.”

More positive news is pending for NorthCreek, including significant retail announcements and the expected closing of additional residential sales.

Information regarding NorthCreek is available at NorthCreekDenver.com

NorthCreek: A Cornerstone for Future Growth and Vision

Brownstone Living in Denver

Denver Post

The warmth, style, and charm of brownstone architecture, prevalent in big East Coast cities like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, has steadily established a foothold in Denver.

Savvy developers in the Denver metro area have recognized the growing demand for “brownstone living” and many have been built to meet the demand.

Some of the city’s most prominent brownstones are located at the ultra-exclusive NorthCreek property in Cherry Creek North. A row of finely built brownstones, all constructed using Colorado sandstone, line Fillmore Plaza, and provide a person who is fascinated with the architecture and history of living in a brownstone with everything they could hope for. Stoops, outdoor terraces, a private entrance, well-appointed gardens, a private courtyard and leisurely walks to some of Denver’s best restaurants, art galleries and high-end shops maximize the value of the NorthCreek brownstone’s outdoor space. Inside residents enjoy the best architecture and finishes, private elevators and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

What is so alluring about brownstones? There is no easy answer, but considering their romantic history and special architecture, it’s understandable why so many people seek them out.

As described by Brownstoner.com, the emergence of the brownstone dates to New York’s early history. In the period prior to the 1830′s, most of the row houses being constructed in New York had either brick or wood façades. Alternatives such as marble existed, but these were far too costly for most homeowners to consider, especially since the stone had to be cut by hand and transported long distances.

With the growth of the New Urban middle class came a desire for something more sophisticated in the appearance than simple brick and more durable than wood. Brownstone, a type of sandstone, was readily available from quarries in New Jersey and Connecticut. A form of sedimentary rock which frequently contains fossilized footprints of prehistoric animals, it owed its unique dark brown color to high concentrations of iron, which turned color with exposure to water.

Using barges, it could be shipped easily to New York, where it quickly became popular. In Brooklyn, brownstone houses could be found anywhere from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens. Houses themselves were not constructed of brownstone, but rather a veneer less than a foot thick was placed on the front of each home, which was actually constructed of brick. The mark of a good brownstone mason was his ability to cut and assemble the blocks of a façade so carefully that it almost appeared to be a single mass of stone.

Today, Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Harlem neighborhood’s are known for attractive brownstones. Brownstones have also long lined urban streets in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and many other American cities. Today brownstones are finding a home in Denver, where the unique form and design is finding prominence at locations such as NorthCreek in Cherry Creek North.

Browstone Living in Denver

City Fix

Northcreek Denver Residences are redefining the Mile High city’s “Beverly Hills.”

by Erin Lentz, Aspen Peak Magazine – Winter 2012

Aspenites cherish their tucked-away mountain enclave, yet come mid-winter, an urban eścape can be as crucial to a local’s mental health as the daily snow report. Enter Denver’s Cherry Creek North. Long the go-to for retail therapy, Aspenites are buying into a warming residential real estate market courtesy of of Western Development Group, helmed by partners Christian Anschutz, David Steel, and Roy Kline.

The NorthCreek Denver Residences, located at the intersection of Cherry Creek’s First Avenue and Fillmore, broke ground in 2006, and its three residential offerings—urban-chic Tower residences, customizable Courtyard Flats, and charming Brownstones—have seen a recent resurgence in sales. In the past six months, multiple residences have sold.

Aspenite and developer John Whipple, of Whipple & Brewster, bought a Tower residence in 2006 along with his father. Originally considered an investment, the residence was frequented by John’s mother so often that they decided to buy the unit next door and expand their home to 3,000 square feet.

“The biggest selling point is the location,” says Whipple. “The city environment has been really nice, since we live on a rural ranch in Aspen. Western [Development] never cuts corners, which is why it’s such a great investment. Long-term, nothing compares to in Denver.”

Located 15 minutes from the heart of downtown and 30 minutes from Denver International Airport, NorthCreek claims sweeping vistas of the Rockies and close proximity to such Mile High favorites as Coors Field, the Pepsi Center, and the Denver Art Museum. With properties ranging from 1,337 to 3,570 square feet, and offered as blank shells or completely finished and furnished, prices span from $795,000 for a one-bedroom, 1.5-bath Tower residence (a quintessential Denver bachelor pad) to the fully customizable, 3060-square-foot “Art Residence” Courtyard Flat, (with a pool-worthy 2,190-square-foot terrace) for $3 million.

Surprisingly quiet given the urban backyard, the residences are a result of strong bones and sound architecture. Design highlights include walnut, oak, and cherry wood floors, custom-designed kitchen cabinets and gourmet kitchen packages (Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Asko appliances), and Villeroy & Boch sinks. Amenities exclusive to NorthCreek owners include secure underground parking, round-the-clock concierge service, and valet and porter service, among other perks.

“NorthCreek has attracted Aspen residents because it provides an upscale, urban lifestyle without the noise and congestion of being in downtown or lower downtown,” says David Steel. “We’re in the heart of Cherry Creek North, which many consider to be the Beverly Hills of Denver, with great restaurants and fantastic shopping, all in a safe, relaxed, and very comfortable setting.”

Beneath the residences is a coveted retail block, home to such tenants as Hermès, Loro Piana, The North Face, and the most recent addition, The Blues Jean Bar at Cherry Creek North, owned by Aspenite Lady Fuller. Refuel from an afternoon of boutique hopping at nearby restaurant Pasta Pasta Pasta (with a private entrance for NorthCreek residences), the new True Food Kitchen, and the second Phat Thai by restaurateur Mark Fischer.

Steel and partners are currently developing another Cherry Creek block, 250 Columbine, which will house high-end retail, residential, and office space, yet another reason to keep Cherry Creek on your urban radar.

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Luxury Home Sales in Denver, CO are up 38 percent, as International Buyers are Purchasing more High-End U.S. Properties

Denver’s historic Cherry Creek North neighborhood is a popular location for those who want to experience all the best things Colorado has to offer

Luxury home sales in Denver, Colorado – a destination for international travelers seeking some of the world’s best skiing and mountain recreation – are up 38 percent, according to a recent report.

“Denver’s luxury residential real estate market is continuing to show signs of growth and significant momentum during the past 12 months, especially for properties priced above $500,000, which reflects that market of homes priced in the top ten percent of all home sales in the area.” “The city is attracting a great deal of attention from second home buyers, who want to enjoy all of the great amenities and attractions of the Mile High City, while being within close proximity of the Rocky Mountains. A compelling location combined with unique affordability and lifestyle, there are few cities in the nation that have the same appeal of Denver, it’s no wonder we are seeing an increasingly strong high-end housing market.”

Among Denver’s more desirable high-end markets is the historic Cherry Creek North neighborhood, (considered to be Denver’s version of Beverly Hills, Buckhead and other famously exquisite U.S. neighborhoods). The neighborhood’s most exclusive residential project – NorthCreek – has a host of owners who have homes around the world, and have made NorthCreek their Colorado home. Homeowners here walk to some of the finest shops, restaurants and galleries from their elegantly appointed residences. They also enjoy the privacy of a beautifully landscaped, gated central courtyard, 24 hour concierge services, valet, a finely appointed grand lobby and entrance and controlled access. NorthCreek truly represents a “Colorado urban” spirit.

“Based on this recent report, and continuing solid numbers, we have reason to be optimistic about Colorado’s luxury market.” “While no one knows what the immediate future holds, if you intend to stay in a home for several years, now is an outstanding time to buy.”

Brownstones in the Heart of the New Cherry Creek North

Welcome to your new home – make that your new Brownstone – in the “New Cherry Creek North”. Following a multi-million dollar, privately funded streetscape renovation, Denver’s exclusive neighborhood and shopping district has further established itself as the Mile High City’s version of Beverly Hills. And the newly completed Brownstones at NorthCreek are the premier address in Cherry Creek North.

“Each of the new Brownstones, located in the heart of the great shopping and dining venues of Cherry Creek North, has a unique floor plan, with a private entry from the private and secured European styled courtyard,” said David Steel of Western Development Group, the development company of the exclusive NorthCreek. “The NorthCreek Brownstones also share an exclusive address with some of the world’s most distinctive names in retail and fashion, including Hermes, Loro Piana and Eileen Fisher. Our location, combined with the overall quality of the NorthCreek development, is unlike any other living option anywhere in Denver.”

Some of the features of the Brownstones include three design packages to select from, in-home elevators, a private courtyard, top of the line appliances and finishes, CAT 6 electronic capability, decks overlooking Fillmore Plaza and secure underground parking.

Cherry Creek North has captured the attention of international travelers “in the know,” some of whom appreciate it so much that they have purchased a vacation home at NorthCreek.

Cherry Creek North is also a locals’ favorite with a wealth of outstanding art galleries, fine shops and excellent restaurants. In fact, there are 280 independently-owned boutiques, as well scores of internationally renowned stores in this rare neighborhood (considered to be Denver’s version of Beverly Hills, Buckhead and other famously exquisite neighborhoods).

Thousands of people recently enjoyed the celebration to mark the completion of “The New North” project and the opening of the new and improved Fillmore Plaza. The privately funded streetscape renovation project includes improvements that will serve Cherry Creek North and its visitors for many years to come. The new Fillmore Plaza will enhance pedestrian, event and retail activity with beautiful landscaping, new lighting, environmental graphics, street furniture, trees, flower beds and a central canopy-like artistic shade structure. NorthCreek’s Brownstones overlook the new plaza, and are within steps of great dining, shopping and entertainment.

NorthCreek Announces Selection of Local Artists to Display their Work in New Art Residence

NorthCreek, the most exclusive residential development in Denver, has announced the selection of local artists who will have art on display in the custom Art Residence, a home specifically designed for people who collect and appreciate art. The residence was designed by Rishelle Ashmore or Your Natural Home and constructed by Diamond Homes.

The artists include:

  • Carolyn Anderson
  • Jay Azari
  • Tracey Barnes
  • George Carlson
  • Joellyn Duesberry
  • Ron Hicks
  • Quang Ho
  • Phillip Maior
  • John McCaw
  • Kate Sammons
  • David Shevlino
  • Jeff Uffelman
  • Daniel Sprick
  • Nancy Switzer
  • Bill Starke
  • Kevin Weckbach
  • Wayne Winsand

“Our Art Residence features a gallery-like atmosphere that one would expect to find in New York or Los Angeles. It is a residence specifically designed for serious art collectors, ” said David Steel, partner of Western Development Group, the developer of NorthCreek. “By welcoming local artists to display their artwork in the residence, we’ll have the opportunity to present the space in a way that buyers can fully appreciate the floorplan. It is unlike any other residence in Denver, and has raised the bar for what serious art collectors in Denver can and should expect from a home.”

The residence “fits” an artistic eye with walls and columns perfectly sized and situated to display paintings and images, and various rooms and niches for art installation. Custom designed lighting is positioned to highlight the display areas and draw a person’s interest and attention. A commercial-grade heating and ventilation system provides the exacting temperature controls that are critical to fine art, and high grade floors assure that even the heaviest sculptures can be safely placed in the home.

People who live at NorthCreek in Cherry Creek North walk to some of the city’s finest shops, restaurants and galleries from their elegantly appointed homes. They also enjoy the privacy of a beautifully landscaped, gated central courtyard, providing a colorful respite to the urban bustle outside the private gates, in addition to 24 hour concierge services, valet, a finely appointed grand lobby and entrance and controlled access. It truly represents a “Colorado urban” spirit.

Living Amid Art

As the art scene in Denver continues to flourish and grow, a new “Art Residence” has been crafted for the most serious art collectors who want a show-home for their artistic treasures. The residence is located in the ultra-exclusive NorthCreek development in Cherry Creek North, and was built to the exacting standards of Diamond Homes.

“The Art Residence features a gallery-like atmosphere that one would expect to find in New York or Los Angeles,” said Steve Diamond of Diamond Homes, which has built some of the finest homes in and around Cherry Hills and Denver Country Club. “The space itself is art, and is certain to accentuate any art collection. It was a pleasure to work with Western Development Group and designer Richelle Ashmore on this one-of-a-kind space. It is certainly one of the most unique residences in all of Colorado.”

The residence “fits” an artistic eye with walls and columns perfectly sized and situated to display paintings and images, and various rooms and niches for art installation. Custom designed lighting is positioned to highlight the display areas and draw a person’s interest and attention. A state-of-the-art heating and ventilation system provides the exacting temperature controls that are critical to fine art, and post-tension slab floor construction with wood, tile and carpet overlay, assures that even heavy sculptures can be safely placed in the residence. The home also has automated window shade controls that a person can program to filter UV light.

Western Development Group, the developer of NorthCreek, made the decision to create an Art Residence based on what the company believed is lacking in the marketplace for serious art collectors. Realizing the importance of artwork to a majority of their clientele, the team is delivering a home that provides a person a place to display and live comfortably amid their art.

“Many modern homes are designed with big, white walls and the art is easily lost in the vastness of the space,” commented David Steel of Western Development Group. “This residence is very well designed, built with the highest quality in mind and very hospitable to almost any art collection. We’re looking forward presenting the home to people who want a space where their artwork will be noticed and appreciated to its fullest.”

People who live at NorthCreek in Cherry Creek North walk to some of the city’s finest shops, restaurants and galleries from their elegantly appointed homes. They also enjoy the privacy of a beautifully landscaped, gated central courtyard, providing a colorful respite to the urban bustle outside the private gates, in addition to 24 hour concierge services, valet, a finely appointed grand lobby and entrance and controlled access. It truly represents a “Colorado urban” spirit.

Looking For a Home in Colorado? NorthCreek Might Have More of What You’re Looking For

International travelers might consider the best location for a Colorado vacation home to be in a world class ski resort town such as Aspen, Vail or Telluride. However, more people are beginning to buy vacation residences and second or third homes in the state’s capital city, where they are discovering all the great entertainment, shopping and dining venues of Denver.

One Denver neighborhood, Cherry Creek North, is attracting a great deal of interest among people who want a high-end residence in the “Mile High City”, where they can have the best of everything close at hand. The luxuriously-inclined neighborhood –which was established in the late 1800s – has taken the time to shed its frontier image and establish a high-end image for itself that is on par with some of the nation’s most exquisite neighborhoods (such as Beverly Hills and Buckhead), but with a western charm all its own. It is also where some of Denver’s most exceptional properties are located, such as the new NorthCreek residences.

NorthCreek, which began welcoming its first residents in 2009, offers the most exclusive assortment of condominiums, brownstones and flats anywhere in the city, attracting the interest of buyers from across the nation and around the world. NorthCreek has redefined luxury living in the rocky mountain region, and is providing buyers with an urban retreat that is in the heart of the finest dining, shopping and entertainment in Denver.

“NorthCreek has established a new benchmark for quality construction, elegant architecture and highly desirable living space,” said David Steel, partner of Western Development Group, the Denver-based NorthCreek development team, and a prominent land owner in Cherry Creek North, Denver and throughout Colorado. “People who live here enjoy the ultimate pedestrian experience, with over 300 independently owned boutiques and restaurants in Cherry Creek North’s sixteen-square-block shopping district. They also have easy access to downtown Denver, outdoor recreation and the mountains. NorthCreek provides ideal residences in an idyllic ‘Colorado urban’ setting.”

People who live at NorthCreek walk to some of the city’s finest shops, restaurants and galleries from their elegantly appointed homes. They also enjoy the privacy of a beautifully landscaped, gated central courtyard, providing a colorful respite to the urban bustle outside the private gates, in addition to 24 hour concierge services, valet, a finely appointed grand lobby and entrance and controlled access.

“For people who want to own a home in Colorado, the high country isn’t your only option,” said Steel. “Denver and NorthCreek might provide more of what you’re looking for in a home in the Rocky Mountain West.”