West Wash Park, Denver
We love it when our clients know how to have a good time on showings and throughout the buying process. When we think of Zach and Anna, that’s what think of… two people who know how to have fun!
Mark met this awesome couple through the Summit Church and helped them buy their first condo in Five Points. A year or so later, they decided to move on up, so we sold their Five Points condo and helped them find their next home. This is the story of their new chapter in West Wash Park.
What made you fall in love with this house?
Anna: Sitting on the front porch, surrounded by trees, and listening to the birds chirp and how quiet the neighborhood was.
Zach: The front door had a keypad for keyless entry. I always wanted one of those. And when I walked inside everything seemed to sing! It just made me feel like an adult when I walked in.
What prompted you to move here?
Anna: We wanted a dog and the condo we were living in wasn’t dog-friendly. We also want a family down the line and we needed a house we could grow into.
Zach: We had done a lot with our former condo, but it didn’t feel like home. There was only so much we could do to make it “ours” because we also had a downstairs neighbor who we shared an HOA with, so anytime we wanted to do anything, we had to get his approval. When we decided to move, we wanted a property that we could truly customize and make our own.
Have any special life occasions happened while living here?
We got a dog!!! Our puppy, Luca!
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
Anna: It feels like its own little small town, but with easy access to big city amenities. And the park!
Zach: I love the trees, the park, and the other dog walkers. I love that Wash Park is only a stone’s throw away and people are active at all hours of the day. It makes me think I could be active like that one day. 😉
Have you made any changes to your home since you bought it?
We’ve updated the upstairs bath, built a 2-car detached garage, completely redid the backyard (it was previously a large gravel lot), painted several rooms and exposed some hidden brick in the kitchen. We also got furniture that actually matched and wasn’t collected through years of gifting or craigslist.
Editor’s Note: Yes, they bought their house in November 2016 and they’ve already done this much work. This is because Anna and Zach have been given the gifts of both vision + action. For instance, the Five Points condo that we helped them buy was not the same Five Points condo we helped them sell. They tore down walls, exposed brick, painted walls, renovated bathrooms… all in a years time. They see the potential of a home and turn it into reality.
What are things in your new neighborhood that remind you of your hometown?
In North Carolina, there are trees all over the place, so all of the trees in our new neighborhood give us a taste of home. This is new for us because our old block was pretty barren when it came to trees.
Who would you love to connect with in your neighborhood?
Zach: Dog owners who work from home, so we could potentially host a dog-sharing program, where a few days a week, you get another dog to come keep your dog company or you drop your dog off with another owner and have some time to think.
What are some of your neighborhood favs?
Baked Goods: Devil’s Food. Their food is incredible and their business has grown so much that they split into a bakery and a separate restaurant. The new bakery is so homey, with white tiled floors, and large glass containers boasting their wears. The spot is so popular (and they often run out of our favorites – the red velvet cake and coffee crumb cake).
Brewery: That is one thing we haven’t discovered yet. There are a few outside of walking distance but there is definitely an opportunity for a local pub to move in (hint, hint).
Park: Wash Park. It’s massive with some awesome lakes, running trails, and a great rec center… it’s just beautiful!
Take-out: Swing Thai. Two words: panaang curry. So good that is makes us slow down and enjoy every slurp.
Pizza: Basil Docs makes killer pies. A short 10 minute out-and-back trip will have you with a cheesy, gooey, pizza back at your kitchen table.
Restaurant: Devil’s Food and Vert. Devil’s Food’s food has a touch of Southern style. Not the greasy, deep fried food kind of southern but rather, the restaurant has captured southern hospitality in its flavors… grits that float, golden brown crab cakes, and killer salads.
Salon/Spa: El Salon.
We are lucky to get to know our clients and to be invited into their story, and we feel even luckier when they come back to us years later when their housing needs change. In 2014, Mark helped Mark and Angie buy their home when they were just a family of three. In July 2017, he helped them sell it so they could buy a bigger house for their growing family (soon to be six!). It’s extremely special to work with clients who we’ve been able to watch their family grow, and Mark and Angie are some of those clients for us.
What will you miss most about this house?
There are so many things that we loved about this house but I’ll narrow it down to three.
- First, we loved the BIG backyard. It was perfect for the kids to play outside and for us to host gatherings.
- Second, we loved the living room and dining room on the main floor. The open floor plan made it a great space for having people over!
- Lastly, we loved the brick wall. It was just cool!
Did any special life occasions happen while living here?
We brought our daughter home from the hospital to this house.
Did you make any changes to your home since you bought it?
The backyard! When we bought this house, it was just dirt, weeds, and concrete. Last summer, we completely overhauled it. We put in sod, a new fence, garden boxes, and a shade sail patio area.
What will you miss most about your neighborhood?
We will definitely miss our neighbors the most! Clayton is a deeply rooted neighborhood and some of our neighbors have been here for decades. Everyone already knew each other and when we moved into the neighborhood, they were very welcoming to us. We love this neighborhood so much that we decided to stay in it. We are only moving a couple of blocks away!
Editor’s note: Rebecca went over to Mark and Angie’s house the day before we listed it. When she showed up, Angie said that Mark ran down to their neighbor’s home and would be back soon. At least 45 minutes later, Mark shows up and one of the first things he said was “sorry about that, I went to help them with something, but ended up talking and hanging out.” He then proceeded to tell Rebecca about how much they were going to miss the neighbors and he described the epic, annual 4th of July party that one of his neighbors throws every year for the neighborhood.
Could you tell us about your favorite places in your neighborhood?
Park: Nairobi Park is an awesome park, especially for little kids. It has some great green space!
Coffee Shops: Prodigy Coffee is a local coffee shop with a laid-back atmosphere, great coffee, and even greater mission.
Eateries: On the weekend mornings, we always walked to get burritos at 3 Girasoles. Hands down the best breakfast burritos in town and it’s only three blocks away!