Home Buyers

Some awesome home buyers we’ve worked with.

Colleen + Kayce

Wash Park West, Denver

Together for ten years and now newly married (woo!), Colleen and Kayce moved into their Wash Park West brick bungalow over a year ago. They had rented in the same neighborhood for seven years prior and have loved settling down in an area that was already home to them, with favorite local spots already nailed down and friends in close proximity. The extra time at home in 2020 gave them the opportunity to invest in home projects, whether it was updating small fixtures or adjusting their basement and upstairs guest area into home offices for each of them. This charming home had the perfect combination of old-school character, updated features, and outdoor space for Colleen and Kayce (and their cat, Lewie).

 
What made you fall in love with your home?

Location, location, location. We’ve lived in Wash Park West for a long time, so we were really hoping to find something here, but tried not to get our hopes up. We loved the rental we lived in for seven years, and this house felt like a more spacious and grown-up version. We appreciate the old-school charm with updated fixtures and appliances.

 

We love our two outdoor living spaces, especially the covered front porch and xeriscaped backyard.

 

 

We love finally having room to properly store our outdoor toys and tools in the garage. We used to have to store our mountain bikes in our kitchen and tuck away our skis and camping gear into hidey-holes all over the house. Kayce’s dad came out a month after we moved into the new house and completely gutted our garage, turning it into a storage dream. The bonus basement space has also been huge during the pandemic. We converted the guest area into a multi-use space that accommodates a home gym and office space.

 
 
What prompted you to make a move?

We’ve always wanted to own a home, and we were tired of renting. It’s a no-brainer.

 

 
Is there a project you’re dying to start in your new place (or some that you’ve already tackled)?

We’ve been on a tear in terms of home renovations. We had to replace the roof, gutters, and paint almost immediately after moving in after a huge hail storm, but we’ve tackled some fun projects too. We replaced the original windows, converted a storage room in the basement into an office, added a section of new kitchen cabinets, painted the first floor, added an evaporative cooler and a couple solar tubes, and refreshed the upstairs bathroom. We also added garden beds and irrigation out back, and gutted the garage. Getting a new washer/dryer was honestly one of the more exciting upgrades we made, after schlepping to the laundromat for seven years.

 

 
What most excites you about the neighborhood you moved into? 

Walkability! We already know and love this neighborhood. Being even closer to Wash Park, the light rail, coffee shops and restaurants, South Broadway, South Pearl, and Gaylord…it’s a dream location.

 
 
What are things in your neighborhood that remind you of your hometown?

We’re both originally from the midwest, so a lot of the older brick homes remind us of the neighborhoods we grew up in.

 
 
Have some favorite places in your neighborhood you could tell us about (parks, eateries, coffee shops, salons, breweries)? 

Very addicted to the iced lavender coffee at Wash Perk. We love the patio at Vert and Bon Ami. Max’s Gill & Grill is another fav, along with Roxy Broadway, Palenque, and Davino Wine Shop. And of course, Wash Park.

 
 
What did you love about working with your Love Your Hood broker?

Mark was so quick to the draw when we told him we wanted to see a house. Communication was top notch. We appreciated his straight-shooter approach, and that he wasn’t overly sales-y. We liked working with Mark so much that we recommended him to a friend. Mark just helped them buy a house in Platt Park!

Erica + Vijay

Englewood, Colorado

Erica and Vijay started their home search on a snowy day in Colorado. They knew they were destined to find their new home, it was just a matter of locating the right neighborhood and the right place (new versus historic!?), and of course, a matter of time. After one visit to Iron Works Village, the signals were a-flyin’ and something told them “this is it.” We are so excited that Erica and Vijay found the perfect home for them!

What made you fall in love with your home?

We loved the space and how it flowed as soon as you walked in! There was so much room, from the living room and kitchen to the basement and top floors. We also loved the porch space that the home offered.

What prompted you to make a move?

We knew we wanted to look for a home in the area, but we were trying to find something that fit our lifestyle and our overall style in the right price range.

Is there a project you’re dying to start in your new place (or some that you’ve already tackled)?

One big project that we tackled (that is still a work in progress) is our basement gym! We are also working on the porch and outdoor space right now. We cannot wait for the weather to warm up and for us to be able to set up that area. We did paint one wall and decorate another wall in our living room!

What most excites you about the neighborhood you’re moving into? 

We really just love having all of this extra room! The neighborhood is peaceful, has outdoor space for our dog to run around, and the inside of this home is so spacious, offering us much more room than our previous apartment. And the mountains are amazing, we can see them from our window and porch!

Who, in your new neighborhood, would you most like to connect with (young families, runners, bikers, dog lovers, beer brewers)?

We are always looking to connect with dog lovers and those that are active, especially people that love lifting weights, as that is a passion of ours!

What are things in your new neighborhood that remind you of your hometown?

Broadway is the closest thing that reminds me of my hometown. It has a variety of shops, both commercial chains and local ones, that are spread out. Honestly, there are more differences between my hometown and our neighborhood, and I love that, because we are always discovering new things!

Already have some favorite places in your neighborhood you could tell us about (parks, eateries, coffee shops, salons, breweries…)? 

We love the outdoor space that is built into the neighborhood. Harvard Gulch Park is nearby as well, and has so much room to walk and play with our dog. We’ve also been loving the Italian restaurant just down the street, called Colore. The food is amazing and the staff is so friendly! Additionally, we’ve enjoyed takeout from The Crab House, which is also very close by.

What did you love about working with your Love Your Hood broker?

Celeste is amazing! She’s warm, knowledgeable, and just overall helpful. She helped us throughout the process and we really felt that we could trust her to help us find a place we would love, and she certainly did!

Breann + Myles

Five Points, Denver

Breann and Myles purchased their Five Points home around Christmas, but made their move from San Francisco this April. Our broker Mark helped them find a home that was walking distance from Larimer Street, where they enjoy RiNo’s diversity, ever-changing murals, and bustling dining scene. While COVID-19 has limited their opportunities to explore all that Larimer has to offer, Breann and Myles (and their dog, Whiskey) have found a few favorite places and are excited for all they’ve yet to try.

What prompted you to make a move, and what made you fall in love with your home?

Coming from San Francisco, we were ready to stop renting and to find a home to settle into Denver. The architecture of our home is stunning and we can’t wait to enjoy the outdoor spaces this summer.

Is there a project you’re dying to start in your new place (or some that you’ve already tackled)?

Adding a basement bathroom.

What are things in your new neighborhood that remind you of home?

Our friendly neighbors! We’re excited to connect with other dog lovers and young professionals.

What most excites you about the neighborhood you’re moving into? 

The diversity of people and proximity to so many bars and restaurants.

Do you already have some favorite places in your neighborhood you could tell us about?

We’re still exploring, but we’ve loved Stem Ciders, First Draft, and the Denver Central Market!

What did you love about working with Mark?

Working with Mark was so easy and flexible! He walked us through the whole process start to finish.

Erin

Congress Park, Denver

Erin purchased and moved into her one-bed Congress Park abode just before sheltering in place began. With the help of our broker Mark, she became a first-time owner and avoided the hefty Denver price tag of solo renting. Though the pandemic has stalled her ability to thoroughly explore her new hood, she and her sweet pup, Desi, have still discovered plenty to love about Congress Park living.

What made you fall in love with your home?

The location! My neighborhood feels safe and friendly. It’s next to the Botanic Gardens, close to work, and just close to everything. I’m looking forward to connecting with other dog lovers in the area when it’s safe to meet new neighbors!

How has the pandemic affected your move to a new place and neighborhood? 

Moving into my place a few weeks prior to the start of sheltering at home has limited my ability to try out the restaurants and shops in the area, but it has allowed me to take advantage of the several parks nearby. I’m walking distance to three of Denver’s popular parks: Congress Park, City Park, and Cheesman Park. I love being able to walk Desi and exercise there. Sheltering at home has allowed for more time to focus on home improvement crafts and projects, as well as the time to set an at-home workout routine.

Do you already have some favorite places in your neighborhood you could tell us about?

Shells + Sauce! I brought my mom (pre-COVID) and we loved it. I’m looking forward to visiting for happy hour and walking to the wine bar down the street in nice weather, when the pandemic allows. I’ve also enjoyed takeout from Peter’s Chinese Cafe and I love the large patio and nitro iced tea at Downpours!

Is there a project you’re dying to start in your new place (or some that you’ve already tackled)?

I replaced the kitchen sink, fully repainted the entire place, and re-purposed some furniture. Next, I’d like to add some backsplash in the kitchen and update some light fixtures!

What did you love about working with Mark?

He seemed very trustworthy and knowledgeable, and was all around easy to work with and very responsive. I liked that I didn’t feel pressured into anything, but learned that owning was feasible.

Coray

Englewood, Colorado

When Rebecca Cooper first met Coray while doing my grad school internship for a non-profit, she immediately knew she was someone who was changing the world. Since then, she’s had the privilege of helping her buy her first home. Coray has always cared so much about her neighbors, community, friends, and people in general. And what’s so admirable is that she lives it out while traveling to India throughout the year and fostering precious kiddos. You are in for a treat below by getting to know a little bit more about who Coray is and how she is changing her neighborhood, and I hope she inspires you to love your hood.
Coray | Englewood, CO | Love Your Hood
What inspired you to become a foster mom?

I’ve always wanted to work with kids in need as long as I can remember. As a child I wanted to be an orphanage mom. As I grew up my dreams changed and adapted but the desire to be a mom to kids who are in need of love and a safe home has always remained. For a long time I said I’d do it when I got married. But I really felt that this was my calling. Not my calling when or if I get married. Just my calling period.

So at the beginning of last year I started the process and was certified this past fall. There has been nothing shocking about it. It’s been just what I’ve expected and hoped for. My first little love was a three month old boy. Everything about that transition into momhood felt so natural and normal. I came alive. It fit perfectly. He only stayed with me a few weeks before they found his sister who had been adopted out of the system. The family that adopted her wanted to adopt him, so he left. Then I was out of the country for work. When I came home, I got my current foster son. This one did not feel quite so natural or easy. He’s a very developmentally delayed four year old and we’ve had our challenges. I’m exhausted. But at the same time it’s even more rewarding this time around. The growth I have seen in him in the past month is just mind blowing. He is learning so much so fast and I’m so excited to see what he will do in the world.

What is the best thing about fostering?

The best part of being a foster mom is loving the little ones. The sweet moments. Last night my foster son was having a hard time with me leaving his room at bed time. So I cuddled him a bit longer and then said I’d sit in my room where he could see me. He grabbed my face with both little hands and cried pitifully, “But not your faaaceee!” It’s those moments where I can give him just what he needs and let him look at my face and know that I’m there and I’m not leaving him. Those are the best.

What’s the hardest thing about fostering?

The hardest part is that I haven’t parented my child from birth. I’m currently going through developmental stages that range from ages 0 to 4 all in one child. I’m introducing the idea of obedience. I’m introducing quiet time in the afternoon and an early bedtime at night. Having a child who has years of habits that go against my values or how I run my house — that’s really hard. The hardest piece of it the lack of ability to listen because it’s often a safety issue and really limits what we are able to do.

They say, “it takes a village.” Have your neighbors been a part of your village?

It definitely takes a village! That’s the name of my group that I created on Facebook to share with friends about my foster loves. I truly know that I cannot do it alone. Most of my village is from my church. But I have one neighbor who has just been phenomenal. She lives across the street and is such a gift in my life. When I’m sick, she brings soup. When I’m out of groceries, she asks if she can shop for me. When it’s my birthday and I just got a new high needs foster son, she comes over and makes me fondue to celebrate me even though she’s pregnant and sick. I have another almost neighbor (a few blocks away) who takes the dog, asks how she can help, and offers me meals. Another a few blocks up the street who brought me flowers when my foster son arrived. I love where I live. And I love my neighbors and that they have chosen to dive into life with me.

Roughly 90% of the population doesn’t know their 8 closest neighbors. You’re in the 10% that does. Any tips for getting to know your neighbors for someone that doesn’t know where to start?

For me, it’s simple. I don’t love going out and I’ve always wanted to live near people I’m friends with. The way to do that is to become friends with my neighbors!  When I moved in I made a point to meet everyone. I took people cookies, I invited people over, I hosted block parties. But mostly I just said, “hi.” I was a little bit of a creeper, looking out my window frequently. When I saw a neighbor walk by I’d pop outside and greet them. I was eager — which we’re often afraid to be. We don’t like to look too eager. But my neighbors appreciated it and responded. And we spent time together and developed friendships. The first winter I’d shovel for my neighbors sometimes. Just try to send the message that I like them and want to be friends.

How has knowing your neighbors impacted your life?

Knowing my neighbors has been great. They’re so different from me. I really value having a varied community. People who bring different gifts to the table. Heidi brings peace and laughter. Kristen brings kindness and generosity. Bridget brings a passion for justice. Dan checks my basement for intruders. You know. You need the whole crew. It’s been a blessing for sure.

If someone was considering fostering or wanted to better support the people that foster, what would you most like to share with them?

I’d tell them to just jump into any info class! If you’re considering it, my belief is you should do it. Because very few people even consider it. So if it’s on your heart, you were probably made for it. I go through Bethany Christian Services and they have great classes. They also do a great job of answering any questions you may have. But I also know there are many other organizations that are happy to answer your questions as well. Also ask me or any other foster parent any question you want. We’re always happy to answer them and share the beautiful mess of fostering with you.

If someone is looking to better support those they know who are fostering, that’s easy. We want food. And clean houses. And we want breaks from our kids. But our kids are messy and complicated and we’re not always quick to ask people to step into that. We also want our kids to have a village. We want them to have other adults besides us who love them and know them and give them boundaries and bless them. The key is offering. So offer away. The worst we can do is say no. But it’s more likely we’ll say, can you offer again tomorrow, if today doesn’t work for us. Also, accept our chaos. Let our kids be loud and disobedient at church and don’t judge us. Understand that even we don’t fully know what our kids have experienced in life and it’s been hard and left scars on their hearts. Don’t expect silence, stillness, good listening, or good choices.

You not only participated in the 2019 Love Your Hood Challenge, but you won! What inspired you to join and what did you take away from that experience?

It was fun to have suggestions on ways to serve or types of gatherings to have with my neighbors. Neighbors truly make the best friends, and my neighbors across the street have really become my best friends. I am so grateful for others who love their hood and invest deeply in those around them!

We absolutely love these photos she shared from the challenges — from getting to know her 8 closest neighbors, to being the village and celebrating those around her, Coray completed 9 of 11 challenges.

Inspired by Coray?

Join the Love Your Hood Challenge — a neighboring challenge to help you get to know your neighbors and forge stronger communities! All 11 challenges are listed here!

Mike + Linda | Arvada, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

Mike + Linda

Arvada, Colorado

Mike and Linda first met Deb through their church group, Friends 55+. Over the years, their friendship has grown as they have volunteered together in numerous areas at Peace Lutheran Church in Arvada.

Several years ago (when home prices weren’t sky high!) Deb had the privilege of helping Mike and Linda find a condo for their son. Finding the nest empty, the couple decided it was time to downsize from their large home. It didn’t take long for them to seize the opportunity to build a new, right-sized home and customize it to their preferences. Once they moved in, it didn’t take long for them to make new friends and serve their community (Mike is already the president of the neighborhood association). Now, Mike and Linda’s neighborhood and home are a great fit for them! This is their story:

Mike + Linda | Arvada, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

What made you fall in love with this house?

We wanted a patio home with a small community feel. We also wanted to stay in the area we were familiar with as didn’t want to leave our friends or church. The house we finally chose fit all our criteria. It has the room we need but small enough to easily maintain, being a patio home we no longer are in charge of our own lawn care or snow removal which we love.

What prompted you to move here?

We were looking for a smaller, ranch style home. At the time I was having difficulty with stairs due to arthritis and we had become empty nesters which meant we no longer needed a four bedroom house.

Is there a project you’re dying to start:

The house we chose was a new build but because I love to decorate I am always finding small projects to put our personal stamp on. I am now in the process of finding the style of beams we like to have installed in our living room. This will bring warmth and charm to our home.

Mike + Linda | Arvada, CO | Love Your Hood Stories
What most excites you about the neighborhood you’re moving into?

It was a small community, built by a two man partnership which gave all home owners the ability to make changes and the builders were very accommodating. Our community is very close knit and you can be assured someone is always willing you give you help when needed.

What are things in your new neighborhood that remind you of your hometown?

The small community feel and that everyone knows everyone. We are of all the same age which also gives us common interests, also most everyone feels comfortable in just popping in with no formal invite needed.

Mike + Linda | Arvada, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

What are some of your neighborhood favs?

We have lived around this community for the last 20 plus years so have seen many changes but we love the walking trails.

Mike + Linda | Arvada, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

We also love what has been done to the “Olde Town” portion of our city.

Mike + Linda | Arvada, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

Mike + Linda | Arvada, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

Who would you love to connect with in your neighborhood?

We have connected most with the folks in our community and since it is a small development we have gotten to know most everyone on more than a wave and hi as they walk by.

Colin + Sarah | Sloan Lake, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

Colin + Sarah

Sloan Lake, Denver

The first time we met Colin, it was at a showing for a house with a leaking roof and trash cans strewn about to catch all the water. It was a mess. But it was fun and a memory we’ll never forget. We loved working with this bitcoin genius and his then-girlfriend-now-fiance, Sarah. Sarah is bubbly and engaging, and Colin is analytical and personable. The best part of it all was seeing them focus on their goal: starting their life together. And we would say that it’s a great one!

Colin + Sarah | Sloan Lake, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

What made you fall in love with this house?

It’s hard to pick just one, but what really sealed the deal was the open layout upstairs. We love to host friends and family as often as possible.  As soon as we saw it in person, we knew this would be the perfect place to do just that!  Mark and Rebecca were ninja fast to respond and help coordinate that first walk through so quickly. (Editor’s Note: we loved hearing Sarah talk so fondly of her mother-in-law. She was SO excited for their new home to have space to host her, even to the point of saying, ‘I would have her live with us forever if I could!’)

Colin + Sarah | Sloan Lake, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

What prompted you to move here?

Sloan’s Lake is a perfect blend of neighborhood feels with nearby downtown amenities. We enjoy the urban lifestyle that downtown Denver has to offer and the enjoy the lake and greenery nearby.

Colin + Sarah | Sloan Lake, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

 

Is there a project you’re dying to start:

Does decorating count?! We won’t be breaking down walls anytime soon – mostly because we love the space as is!  Painting, furniture, and decor really go a long way! We also moved in the winter but ecstatic to tend to the raised garden along the side of the house. Hellooo fresh veggies!

Colin + Sarah | Sloan Lake, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

Colin + Sarah | Sloan Lake, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories
What most excites you about the neighborhood you’re moving into?

Back home in Orlando, Florida, there’s this super iconic spot called Lake Eola. It’s a beautiful park in the heart of downtown that hosts wine festivals, art walks, and farmers markets. You can even ride big white swan boats around the lake itself! We’ll often refer to Sloan’s Lake as the “Lake Eola of Denver.” Being so close to the water feels like a little slice of home. It has also been one of Colin’s favorite places in Denver and for good reason: views of the city skyline on one side and mountain ranges on the other! Can’t beat it.

Colin + Sarah | Sloan Lake, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

What are some of your neighborhood favs?

Tacos El Paisa has a mean Taco Tuesday — $1 tacos and the margaritas are delicious! Rosita’s is another neighborhood favorite.

Briar Common Brewery & Eatery is somewhere we can’t wait to ride our bikes to in warmer weather. They’ve got great beers and even better apps. Also a solid spot to hang out at before game days or shows at Mile High Stadium.

Colin + Sarah | Sloan Lake, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

Hallack Park is our go-to for dog walks and puppy hang time. It’s a great spot to meet other pups and their owners in the neighborhood, too!

Sarah’s a total sucker for Chick-Fil-A french fries and the fact that Target is so close could be considered dangerous.

Who would you love to connect with in your neighborhood?

You know, we feel really fortunate to have already connected with some of our immediate neighbors so quickly. There’s a solid mix of young families, retirees, and young couples, like ourselves, just getting started. When you add the wide variety of dog-owners we’ve run into at the nearby park and bopping around some of the local shops, we totally feel a friendly, welcoming vibe all around.

Colin + Sarah | Sloan Lake, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

 

Bryce + Miranda | Commerce City, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

Bryce + Miranda

Buckley Ranch, Commerce City

From their dating years, to their beautiful wedding day, from one baby, then two, and now three — it’s been special to watch Bryce and Miranda’s family grow. And their housing needs have grown right along with it! I (Deb) have had the pleasure of helping them sell their first home, to finding one that fits them today. This is their story:

Bryce + Miranda | Commerce City, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

What made you fall in love with this house?

We love the open floor plan, so we can comfortably entertain our friends and family for holidays and parties.

Bryce + Miranda | Commerce City, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

Bryce + Miranda | Commerce City, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

Having our washer and dryer upstairs next to all the bedrooms is a lifesaver —with three kids we are always doing laundry!

Bryce + Miranda | Commerce City, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

What prompted you to move here?

Our family needed a bigger home when we found out we were expecting our third baby.

Bryce + Miranda | Commerce City, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

Is there a project you’re dying to start:

Our house is newly built and pretty much put together, but we can’t wait to start a flower garden in our back yard!

Bryce + Miranda | Commerce City, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

What most excites you about the neighborhood you’re moving into?

A lot of young families are moving to our area so we’re excited to meet people who are in the same stage of life as us. We really like the family events that are held in our neighborhood, such as the 4th of July firework show and Christmas event where Santa comes to visit the children. There are also movies in the park during the summer which is fun for the kiddos!

Bryce + Miranda | Commerce City, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

What are things in your new neighborhood that remind you of your hometown?

We both grew up in towns in Colorado that didn’t have a lot of entertainment, restaurants, or homes when we first lived there. Our neighborhood now is very similar—it’s very new and there are not a ton of restaurants or shops.

What are some of your neighborhood favs?

Reunion Park is gorgeous and we love taking walks around the two lakes in the park. Our house is next to some great trails as well.

Who would you love to connect with in your neighborhood?

We’d love to connect with young families. One of the reasons we moved to this area is because of all the young families who live here.

Bryce + Miranda | Commerce City, CO | Love Your Hood Stories

 

 

Pete + Celeste | Littleton | Love Your Hood Stories

Pete + Celeste

Parkwood Estates, Littleton

A few years back, LYH broker Deb Albrandt helped Pete and Celeste buy their first home. Celeste actually loved the home buying process so much that she decided to make real estate her career (and is now a part of the Love Your Hood team!). This isn’t the first time Deb has wooed her clients to a career in real estate — if you’re one of her clients a big change may be on your horizon, in addition to a new home! This is the story of Pete and Celeste’s new digs in Littleton:

Pete + Celeste | Littleton | Love Your Hood Stories

What made you fall in love with this house?

The view. Nuff said. We couldn’t take our eyes off the view. Fortunately, our first showing was at night so we actually looked at the house for that one….!

Pete + Celeste | Littleton | Love Your Hood Stories

What prompted you to move here?

It was a perfect storm of events, actually. Just a couple weeks after a losing my grandpa back in Ohio, my husband and I were sitting on our Aunt and Uncle’s deck with my parents (they were visiting from OH on a previously planned trip). Without mentioning it, both of us felt… something. The following Saturday we were waking up and I asked Pete if he wanted to trash our plans to move to ocean-front somewhere and buy a house in Colorado. Clearly, the answer was a yes!

What do you love most about your neighborhood?

Getting to know our neighbors. Our first rental in Ohio had a great community feel – everyone talked, popped over, knew each other. Since then, we’ve been plagued by anonymity and craved that neighborly attitude. The fact a few neighbors stopped by to introduce themselves made us feel like home from day one.

Pete + Celeste | Littleton | Love Your Hood Stories

Is there a project you’re dying to start?

YES! SO MANY PROJECTS! But, if I had to pick one it would be to finish the basement. I want to keep most of the 700+ sq ft open, but with a flex space for a spare bedroom. Pete insists on a full master bathroom and plenty of storage. I’m most excited about figuring out a wine and beer cellar (fingers crossed on that one) – perfection would be wine or whiskey barrel-lined walls with a stone floor and a barrel to stand around an sip, of course!

Any projects you’ve already tackled?

Just about every wall was white – definitely didn’t work with this house! We’ve painted just about the entire house – all the way up to the 22 ft ceiling! We completely redid the master bath, which I think best represents our “eclectic” style… the vanity is an entertainment center from this great furniture place downtown – Urban Hardwood! Around the year mark, Dad came out from to lay the hardwood floors upstairs in the bedroom, hall and loft. Power tools and sawdust everywhere?! Yes, Please!

What are things in your new neighborhood that remind you of your hometown?

Haha! The fact our next-door neighbor is from Cleveland doesn’t hurt! We also have a handful of mid-west transplants nearby so there’s never a shortage of those who sincerely appreciate more than 1 day of sun a month in the winter, but still LOVE a solid thunderstorm!

Who would you love to connect with in your neighborhood?

It seems simple, but we just want to be surrounded people who want to live in a community: that smile and wave as we pass by (if not stopping to catch up!) and are comfortable popping over for a beer or asking for a hand (or lending one)! Some will just be a wave and a smile, others will grow into close friendship, but we’ll be what neighbors should be regardless!

Pete + Celeste | Littleton | Love Your Hood Stories

What are some of your neighborhood favorites?

Two words: Downtown Littleton. We love strolling through main street.

Pete + Celeste | Littleton | Love Your Hood Stories

There are so many cute shops and restaurants but these are the ones we frequent:

Coffee Shop: Hands down, our favorite is Ground Up. Ro is a fellow Midwesterner and is always brewing up something to make me happy!

Boutique: Angel Concept. A very cute boutique that helps underprivileged women gain job skills. Rooted Boutique is another AWESOME clothing boutique.

Littleton, Colorado | Love Your Hood®

Pizza: Saucy’s for their cheeseburger pizza (it has American cheese, mustard, and ketchup and it.is.delicious).

Brewery: Jake’s and Green Mountain Beer Company.

Littleton, Colorado | Love Your Hood®

Italian: Angelina’s.

Sushi: Smoking Fins or Iwayama.

Littleton, Colorado | Love Your Hood®

Specialty Store: Chocolate Therapist.

Littleton, Colorado | Love Your Hood®

Ice Cream: Inside Scoop.

Littleton, Colorado | Love Your Hood®

A mile from downtown Littleton is Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery and then of course, Lucile’s Creole Cafe.

Littleton, Colorado | Love Your Hood®

Park: Carbon Mountain is our go to – it’s walking distance from the house and has over 15 miles of trails throughout the park. We are less than 10 minutes from Mount Falcon and Green Mountain, too!

Zach + Anna | Wash Park West, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

Zach + Anna

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 at 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.

Zach + Anna | Wash Park West, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

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. 😉

Zach + Anna | Wash Park West, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

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.

Zach + Anna | Wash Park West, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

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).

Coffee: Wash Perk and Overt. They’re so close and they both love our dog. Oh, and they also both have really good coffee.

Zach + Anna | Wash Park West, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

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!

Zach + Anna | Wash Park West, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

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.

Zach + Anna | Wash Park West, Denver | Love Your Hood Stories

Sushi: Taki!

Salon/Spa: El Salon.