Historic Homes for Sale in Denver
Denver, the ‘mile-high city’, is rightly famous for its dramatically beautiful setting among snow-capped mountains, and as a superb location for outdoor recreation. It is also a city full of history and historic architecture, which is not confined to the designated Downtown Historic District, where there are many architecturally significant buildings from the early 20th century whose elaborate design often reflects their original purpose as office buildings, banks or hotels.
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Between the historic Downtown District and the new gated communities of Highlands Ranch and Cherry Hills Village, which might not fit your idea of the dream home, there are opportunities to buy one of the older vintage homes in Denver, your own piece of Colorado history. These retain all the classic charm of the traditional turn-of-the-century family home while containing many added modern features that give you the style and comfort of the finest Denver luxury homes.
Denver historic homes may not have the showy extravagance of some of the newer, more expensive luxury homes in the area, but you lose nothing in comfort and style. Your historic home will easily outclass the best of them. These are homes that have been lovingly crafted, in which time has added character, and where your own family will add to the story, becoming an essential part of the fabric of the building and its history.
Finding a historic property for sale in one of Denver’s older neighborhoods or the surrounding area may be simple, but establishing whether it is the right property for you can be a complex process. You need to take time to understand the history of the neighborhood, and to assess where it is in its life cycle: is it a settled historic neighborhood with a small turnover of property at consistently high prices; is it an area that has seen better days and is sliding inexorably into sad decline; or is it a run-down neighborhood that shows signs of coming up in the world, with renovation visible on every street and an influx of more affluent homeowners with money to spend, who will accelerate the process?
All these questions can be more easily answered with the help of a specialist vintage homes broker with a passion for historic real estate and a strong commitment to satisfying the customer. If you can buy into a developing neighborhood at just the right time, you will benefit from the inevitable rise in property values. However, you may prefer a particular style or period: maybe turn of the century, 1930s, ’40s or ’50s. Your broker will direct you to exactly the neighborhood that suits your taste and budget, enabling you to find that historic luxury home in Colorado that has been your dream.
In Denver, the neighborhood of Bonnie Brae, whose lively commercial district was developed in the 1920s, is now a peaceful residential enclave that stands out amidst the typical city grid pattern with its winding tree-lined streets and 1930s and 1940s houses of varied character: mock Tudor, ivy-covered Scottish style cottages, colonial clapboard and shuttering, or stucco mission style. The area is well renovated, combining the old-world charm of its exteriors with modern interiors.
If you are looking for an older vintage, you might find a Victorian property in Denver’s oldest suburb, Washington Park, although most of the development in this area took place between 1900 and 1940, with a mix of Victorian style and classic bungalows. This fine, leafy suburb is built around the wide open spaces of the park, which include the beautiful Smith Lake, and there are plenty of good shops, galleries, coffee houses and restaurants in the area.
In south–central Denver, the little Cherry Creek flows though the city to join the River Platte at Confluence Park, on its way lending its name to the pleasant suburb of Cherry Creek, one of Denver’s most exclusive communities. Cherry Creek shopping center offers fashionable boutique shopping and entertainment, and is also within minutes of Bonnie Brae, Washington Park, Hilltop and the Denver Country Club. In summer, the area comes alive with artists and musicians who perform in Cherry Creek’s recently renovated Fillmore Plaza, and it is popular among older couples wishing to downsize. Properties in Cherry Creek vary between large new-build traditional style family houses, modern condos and 1950s open-plan ranch-style.