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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