First Look: Inside the New Movement Rock Climbing Gym In Denver

2014 November 19
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by David Schlichter

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Movement’s new Denver climbing gym is nearing its completion, and it looks AMAZING. 

Denver has long been in need of a premier rock climbing gym in the heart of the city.  In 2011, I wrote an article making the case for such a gym, and I’ve been posting updates as we’ve gotten closer and closer to that goal becoming reality.  In late 2012, the Denver Bouldering Club doubled its space and made some significant investments in equipment.  The updates were great progress, but that gym still remains a bouldering-only facility, meaning there are no ropes, and the highest you can get off the ground is roughly 15 feet.  In late 2013, Earth Treks completed its new climbing gym in Golden.  The eighth-largest rock climbing gym in the country, it was a fantastic addition to the local indoor rock climbing scene, but it is still a 20-minute drive from central Denver (before taking into account rush hour traffic)–making it a tough option for Denver residents looking for an accessible gym for an after-work workout.

In August of 2013, I was able to share the Good news that finally a premier, large, full-service rock climbing gym was coming to central Denver.  Since then, Movement, which already has a successful rock climbing gym in Boulder, has been working non-stop over the last year and a half to build out its new location in central Denver (6th and Mariposa).  That construction is coming to an end, and the gym will be open for business very soon.  A soft opening will be held this weekend (November 22nd-23rd) at which guests can purchase discounted memberships, and the gym just needs its occupancy permit from the city to let the climbing begin.

The new gym in Denver is gorgeous.  It features 50 feet high walls, over 26,000 vertical square feet of climbing, and many different areas to suit each guests’ individual needs and skill levels.  There is a bouldering competition wall which you can top out on, a “wave wall” with smooth changes in slope as you move from right to left (very cool), a 65 degree overhanging bouldering cave that is 20 feet wide, a 45 degree bouldering wall that is 35 feet wide, an instruction ledge that will allow instructors to teach guests anchor equalization and safe rappeling, three cracks to practice crack climbing, additional bouldering areas, and so much more.

The bouldering comp wall at the new Movement gym in Denver

The bouldering comp wall at the new Movement gym in Denver

The climbing walls have four t-nut holes per square foot, giving the gym an enormous amount of flexibility when planning routes.  The carpet on the floors/pads throughout the gym are designed to pull excess chalk off of shoes and clothing to keep the chalk on the walls and holds to a minimum.  The sinks in the bathrooms are sloped to keep water from splashing onto your clothes–seemingly everywhere you look, you see intentional functional design that will be much appreciated over the coming years.

The treadmills overlook the main climbing arena

The treadmills overlook the main climbing arena

In addition to climbing, Movement offers yoga, small group training, and fitness classes.  There will be over 50 fitness classes offered per week (free with membership), including blast core, blast circuit, ski fit, interval training, strength, ab lab, climbing fitness, climbing recovery, mat pilates, pilates 45, group cycling, cycling 101, cycling cinema, and intro to cycle/fitness.

This weekend at the soft opening, memberships can be purchased with a waived start-up fee (otherwise a $75 up-front cost is added on to your membership).  Monthly memberships are $68/month, 10-punch passes are $180, and a day pass is $19.

Below are some more photos to give you an inside look at the new Movement Climbing and Fitness gym in Denver.  Enjoy!


Movement is located at 1155 W. 5th Ave. Denver, CO 80204.

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Warren Miller 2014 Denver Screening: VIP Pre-Party and Tickets Giveaway!

2014 November 8
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by David Schlichter
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Øystein Aasheim sends it for the film No Turning Back in Lofoten, Norway. Photographer: Sverre Hjornevik

The Colorado ski season has officially begun!  Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, and Keystone are already open, and Winter Park opens this coming week.  As the heart of winter approaches, there’s nothing like a Good Warren Miller film to get you even more fired up for ski season.  This year’s film, No Turning Back, celebrates the continual progress of the sport and takes you to Greece, Japan, Switzerland, France, Norway, Montana, Alaska, and Colorado for all kinds of world-class winter shredding.

The Warren Miller movies are always Good, but the atmosphere at the screenings is like no other.  The crowds are rowdy, libations are abundant, and the giveaways are substantial.  By the time you leave, your hands are full with goodies and you are drooling for the next powder day.

As if this event wasn’t already going to be Good enough, I’ll be giving away 5 pairs of FREE tickets to the 6:00 screening of No Turning Back on Friday, November 21st at the Paramount Theatre, including admission for you and a guest to a special VIP pre-party from 4:30-5:30 sponsored by LL Bean.  With drinks and appetizers served and the chance to meet and mingle with athlete Seth Wescott (featured in the film), YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!

For your chance to win a pair of free tickets to the screening of No Turning Back, including admission to the VIP pre-party for you and a guest, be sure to like The Good Life Denver on Facebook and follow @thegoodlifeden on Twitter.  The giveaway will take place between now and November 14th, and instructions will be posted on those sites!

See below for the trailer of No Turning Back, and if you’d like to guarantee that you get tickets to a screening, they can be purchased here.

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

SoBo, SoBro, BISON? Denver Pushes South

2014 October 31
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by David Schlichter
South Broadway development has included the removal and cleanup of the old Gates Rubber Factory.

Sights like these are becoming increasingly uncommon on South Broadway where development has included the complete removal and cleanup of the old Gates Rubber Factory.

One of the most highly read articles on this site is this one, a piece I did on how River North (RiNo) just may be the most up-and-coming part of Denver.  Downtown Denver has literally only one direction remaining to expand contiguously where there is still abundant vacant land, old warehouses, and abandoned buildings sitting ripe for development.  That direction is northeast, and the neighborhood is called RiNo.

But that doesn’t mean that Denver is only expanding in a northeastern direction.  To the west of downtown, for example, as young families get priced out of living in neighborhoods like the Lower Highlands (LoHi), neighborhoods like Sunnyside and Berkeley have started to blossom.  To the east, a combination of high home values in Whittier and the progress in Five Points and RiNo is leading to progress in Cole and Clayton–and that is before mentioning the great things that are happening in Park HillOne direction that doesn’t get as much attention, though, that has seen some significant changes in recent years is south–particularly along South Broadway.  Eric Peterson with Confluence Denver put up a very thorough article earlier this week describing in detail many of the positive changes occurring in the area, highlighting several microbreweries, residential units, restaurants, and other businesses that will bring new life to the area.  I encourage you to give it a read.

Call it SoBo (South Broadway), SoBro, or, as Eric suggests, BISON (Broadway from I-25 South in the Overland Neighborhood), whatever it is, South Broadway is a clear pathway for new businesses to bring new life to a commonly under-featured part of Denver.  With the light rail nearby, plenty of affordable housing stock available for sale, a major university not far away (University of Denver), the former Gates Rubber Factory site ready for development, and a medical campus ready for expansion (Swedish Medical Center), as Denver continues to grow I predict that this will become a prime area for commercial and residential real estate for many years to come.

[Photo credit: Kamal Hamid, Flickr Creative Commons.]

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700.

(None of the above should be interpreted as investment advice.)

Good Deal: Free Facials and Massages

2014 October 28
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by David Schlichter

Skin Guru Colorado and Davis Therapeutic Massage are hosting a fall open house this weekend, and the event will include complimentary facials, massages, chakra balancing, spirits, appetizers, and raffle prizes.  My wife Jessa gives a resounding endorsement of Erika Gallagher, the Skin Guru: “She is personalized, non-pretentious, listened to my needs, and is very knowledgeable–definitely worth trying out!”

Free massages, facials, food, and drinks–sounds like a pretty Good way to spend a Sunday afternoon..

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

 

It’s Official: Young People Love Denver

2014 October 21
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by David Schlichter

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It probably didn’t take a new City Observatory report for you to know that Denver has been exploding with new transplants lately, or that a huge portion of the people moving here are those that are young and highly educated.   But let’s make it official: young and educated people love Denver.

The New York Times picked up the story and highlighted how Denver shines, writing:

“Denver has become one of the most powerful magnets. Its population of the young and educated is up 47 percent since 2000, nearly double the percentage increase in the New York metro area. And 7.5 percent of Denver’s population is in this group, more than the national average of 5.2 percent and more than anywhere but Washington, the Bay Area and Boston.

Denver has many of the tangible things young people want, economists say, including mountains, sunshine and jobs in booming industries like tech. Perhaps more important, it also has the ones that give cities the perception of cultural cool, like microbreweries and bike-sharing and an acceptance of marijuana and same-sex marriage.

‘With lots of cultural things to do and getting away to the mountains, you can have the work-play balance more than any place I’ve ever lived,’ said Colleen Douglass, 27, a video producer at Craftsy, a start-up with online classes for crafts. ‘There’s this really thriving start-up scene here, and the sense we can be in a place we love and work at a cool new company but not live in Silicon Valley.’”

I’m glad the New York Times is showcasing Denver’s “cultural cool,” world-class outdoor recreation, an amazing dining scene, a booming economy, one of the strongest real estate markets in the country, great music, bike sharing, microbreweries, excellent professional sports teams, innovative start-ups–in other words, The Good Life Denver.

(Photo credit: Larry Johnson, Flikr Creative Commons.)

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Denver’s Best Dim Sum: Star Kitchen

2014 September 17
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by David Schlichter

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Star Kitchen is located in a modest strip-mall and isn’t much to look at, but this Chinese restaurant runs like a well-oiled machine — one designed with the express purpose of filling everyone in the entire city with fantastic dumplings and other amazing creations that keep coming out of the kitchen. Service is fast and friendly, particularly during dim sum, which is the very best in the city. And unlike some of the town’s other popular dim sum joints, this one has a liquor license. Star Kitchen shines very bright.”

The above description may be the most amazing self-description of a Denver restaurant I’ve come across…and I have to say that I agree with all of it.  Star Kitchen’s dim sum is fantastic–trust them, trust me, or trust the long line of people that were waiting outside the restaurant’s entrance prior to it opening this past Sunday when I paid it a visit with my colleagues Dennis and Julie.

With dim sum, instead of ordering off of a menu, you select item from carts that are rolled by the table throughout the meal.  The selection at Star Kitchen is quite extensive, inexpensive (plates start at 2.35 each), and it all was delicious–really delicious.  Plate after plate of shumai, chicken buns, shrimp dumplings, Chinese broccoli, leek dumplings, short ribs, deep-fried garlic shrimp, and more continued to be added to our table–and it all promptly disappeared.  At some point, our bodies couldn’t fit any more dim sum (after capping off the meal with a few egg tarts and baked coconut buns, of course), and we had to call an end to the feast.   But what a feast it was!

If you’re looking for Denver’s dim sum, look no further than Star Kitchen in southwest Denver (located at Federal and Mississippi)!

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Good RiNo Restaurant: Work & Class

2014 September 3
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by David Schlichter

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is one of the newest and hottest dining areas in Denver, and Work & Class, which opened earlier this year, is definitely helping the neighborhood stake its claim on hip and delicious dining.

Located across the street from Los Chingones, Sugar Mill, and Amerigo Delicatus, Work & Class aims to serve meals to “people who can eat,” offering a “square meal, stiff drink, and fair price.”  We consider ourselves among the crowd who can eat, and we have no objections to the square meal, stiff drink, or fair price.  So we paid Work & Class a visit last night, and we’re exceptionally happy that we did.

The meal was excellent.  We started with the Peppers Five Ways (bacon-wrapped jalapeños, fresno poppers, grilled shishitos, mixed pickled peppers, & pepper jam), which was awesome.  The fried fresno poppers were our favorite, and the pinch of sea salt on the outside of each took them to the next level.  At Work & Class, the menu features a variety of meats offered in 1/4 lb, 1/2 lb, or 1 lb serving sizes.  After looking at the menu and doing some negotiating, we had our minds all made up on an assortment to try…until we heard about the specials.  Barbacoa tacos?  Fried chicken with buffalo sauce?  Yes, please.  We called the audible and ordered both specials, a quarter pound of the cochinita pibil (red-braised pork), and a side of the jalapeño cornbread.

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There are tons of Good tacos in Denver, but the barbacoa tacos from Work & Class were some of the best I’ve ever had.  I hope Work & Class makes them a standard menu item, as I would order them every time.  The jalapeño cornbread also is something I will be ordering every time–crispy on the outside and soft (almost creamy) on the inside, they were spot-on.  The fried chicken and the cochinita pibil (served with tortillas) were both quite Good as well.

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To top it all off, our service was excellent.  Multiple servers checked in on us throughout our meal and were very nice, attentive, and polite.  We left feeling happy and full, already thinking about when the next time was that we could return for another treat of a meal.  Big thanks to our Good friends, Natalie and Jon, for the gift certificate!

Interested in buying a home near Work & Class?  Click here to search RiNo Denver real estate for sale.

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Good Denver Brewery and Restaurant: LowDown Brewery and Kitchen

2014 August 12
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by David Schlichter

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In case you haven’t noticed, Denver’s microbrewery scene has exploded in recent years.  My wife Jessa and I were living in Curtis Park until early this year, where we had thirteen microbreweries within a mile and a half of our house.  We recently moved to Capitol Hill, where there are another eight microbreweries within the same distance to our new house.

Though I wish I could say I’ve been spending all of my time sampling the delicious brews from all of these microbreweries, free time, alas, is hard to come by.  I work full time as a successful Denver real estate agent, I’m earning an MBA on the side, we’re fixing up a turn-of-the-century Denver Square home (laying new floors, removing wallpaper, restoring a 113 year-old wooden staircase, overseeing contractors, etc.), we’re the proud parents of a new and energetic puppy, and, of course, I run this site.  Still, after a long day’s work late last last week, I was able to get away to pay my new neighborhood microbrewery a visit to sample the Goods.  And I’m very glad I did.

LowDown Brewery and Kitchen is the only microbrewery in Capitol Hill proper, and it is one of the very few microbreweries in town that also has a full food menu.  As I’ve written about before, I love the relationships that microbreweries and local food trucks have developed, but I am also sometimes in the mood for a little more variety and/or substance to accompany my beer.  LowDown, thankfully, serves beer and food, and it happens to be Good beer and food (click here to read some of the glowing reviews).  Thin-crust “Connecticut-style” pizzas are the staple of the food menu (try the Lowdown or the Taos), but you can also appetizers (including Moroccan lamb ribs, devils on horseback, and Parmesan crisps with local heirloom tomatoes); entrees (such as braised Colorado brisket, stuffed zucchini, stuffed chicken, and a Thai red curry pork belly); sandwiches; salads; and more.

The beers are delicious, too.  While I was there, I tasted a flight which included the Selfish (a pale ale), the LowDown I.P.A., the Lil’ Red Rye in the Hood (a rye amber), and the Sherwood Porter.  They all quenched my thirst and were very tasty.  Had I had more time, I would have loved to taste the rest of the beer menu, but alas, I had more work to do.  That just means I’ll have to come back another time, and another, and another…

It is great to have a Good microbrewery in your neighborhood, and it is even better when it serves food!  Interested in living near LowDown in the Capitol Hill neighborhood?  Click here to search Capitol Hill Denver homes and condos for sale.

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Good New Non-Profit: Adventure Forward

2014 July 23
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by David Schlichter

There’s a fantastic new non-profit in town with an enormous amount of potential.  Called Adventure Forward, the organization was founded on the belief that exposure to adventure and academic support has the potential to create powerful, life-changing experiences–particularly for under-served youth–and it is doing just that.

Here in Colorado, we live in a giant playground with access to some of the best outdoor adventure opportunities in the world.  World class rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and more are mere minutes from downtown Denver.  And yet, many kids in the area have never been to the mountains–much less experienced the thrill of skiing down a mountain, the stillness of a night spent in a tent under the stars, or the trust and accomplishment of summiting a mountain.

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While it is a Good idea to expose inner-city youth to the beauty of the mountains, so many important life lessons can be learned (perhaps most effectively) through experiencing outdoor adventure.  What better way is there to learn how to communicate effectively, develop trust, and challenge your sense of possibility than at the end of a rock climbing rope 80 feet off the ground on the side of a mountain?  What better way is there to teach children how to overcome obstacles and rise to new heights (literally) than by hiking to the top of a mountain?  When children take on big challenges, the petty stuff disappears.  Very quickly they learn how to more effectively interact with people, prioritize what is important, re-imagine their sense of possibility, and maximize their sense of satisfaction and accomplishment in life.

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If Adventure Forward only took students on outdoor adventures, it would be doing a great service.  That it has dedicated corps members who provide academic support and mentoring, though, takes the organization’s impact to the next level.  1-on-1 tutoring, small group instruction, goal-setting, and progress monitoring in an academic setting compliment outdoor adventure education and leadership training in an outdoor setting, providing a integrated blend of research-based activities that improve students’ trajectories in life.

While Adventure Forward is currently wrapping up a pilot phase in Denver, expect it to expand nation-wide in the coming years.  Interested in supporting Adventure Forward?  Click here.  Interested in learning more?  Click here.

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Good Denver BBQ: Yazoo Barbeque Company

2014 June 16
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by David Schlichter

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As a western city in a state with deep ranching and mining roots, it would make sense that Denver would be a great barbeque city.  And yet, sometimes the way things should be aren’t always the way things actually are...  More than once I’ve found myself wishing there were a few more Good BBQ options here in Denver.

Thankfully, Yazoo Barbeque Company bucks the trend.  The food hits the spot, the serving sizes are generous, and the prices are reasonable.  Yazoo has been in business in Five Points for 14 years, and it recently expanded and redesigned its space at 21st and Broadway to include a large seating area and a rooftop bar/patio.  The service is quick, and the central location is easy to get to from any part of the city.

Far too many times, I’ve left a Denver barbeque restaurant feeling frustrated with mediocre food.  Walking out of Yazoo, I felt happy to have eaten a delicious meal at a reasonable price…and, of course, I felt quite full.  That’s the way you should feel after eating Good BBQ, and that’s the reason I’ll be heading back to Yazoo the next time I want a Good Denver BBQ meal!

Yazoo Barbeque Company is located at 2150 Broadway.

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

John Butler Trio Returns to Red Rocks

2014 June 6
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by David Schlichter

The John Butler Trio is returning to Red Rocks tonight for a sold out show.  With Butler’s incredible guitar skills, the immense beauty of Red Rocks, and JBT’s loyal fan base here in Colorado, these always end up being quite legendary performances.  If you don’t have a ticket, it would be worth making the trek out to Red Rocks to see if you can get one in the parking lot!

See you on the rocks, rain or shine…

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Ice Cream Riot: Denver’s Newest Ice Cream (and Water Ice) Shop

2014 May 21
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by David Schlichter

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Denver is a fantastic ice cream city.  If you read this blog regularly, you know that I love local ice cream shops such as Little Man, Sweet Action, and Lik’s, and my ears always perk up when I hear about a new ice cream shop opening up.  Accordingly, my ears perked when Denver’s newest ice cream shop, Ice Cream Riot, opened three weeks ago in Capitol Hill on Colfax near Lafayette, just down the street from Voodoo Doughnut.

When I was there last night, the owner, Jim, was the only person on site.  Let’s get this man an assistant!  During the few minutes I was there, he had to run to the back several times as timers went off indicating ice cream and water ice were ready.  Though he was running all over the place, he still managed to serve me up with some delicious ice cream.

Some of the ice cream flavors available were Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puff’s, English toffee, strawberry cheesecake, Nutella, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Crunch Berries, and raspberry cream cheese.  My favorite flavors were the Cocoa Puff’s and the English toffee, and it definitely seems like cereal flavors are going to be Ice Cream Riot’s niche.  I think it is a great idea, especially given the loss of The Shoppe on Colfax, which closed last year but used to serve delicious cupcakes and bowls of cereal late into the night.

In addition to ice ream, Ice Cream Riot also serves various flavors of water ice.  If you haven’t been to Philly before and don’t know what water ice is, think of it as something in between a Slurpee and sorbet.   I enjoy water ice, but when faced with a choice between Cocoa Puff’s ice cream or water ice, I’ll be choosing Cocoa Puff’s ice cream every day of the week.

If you love ice cream as much as I do, I encourage you to give Ice Cream Riot a try.  Plus, for all of you late-night revelers, it’s open until 1:00am on weekends…later than any other ice cream shop in Denver!

Ice Cream Riot is located at 1238 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  Interested in purchasing a home in Capitol Hill?  Click here to search Denver Capitol Hill homes for sale.

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Living the Semi-Rad Life: Brendan Leonard

2014 May 19
by David Schlichter

Brendan Leonard outside the Refuge Sorellier while on a climbing trip to the Aiguille Dibona in France.

How great would it be to make your living by going on adventures and writing about them?  Denver-based Brendan Leonard is doing it.

I say “Denver-based” in spite of the fact that Brendan has been living on the road out of his van for the last three years–rock climbing, blogging, and self-publishing a book called The New American Road Trip Mixtape from some of the most beautiful parts of the country and the world.  Whether it’s a function of his success as a writer, fatigue from living for three years out of a van, or maybe just his girlfriend wanting him to take a few more showers, Brendan decided it was time to get an apartment again in Denver.  But just because he turned in the keys to his van for the keys to an apartment doesn’t mean that he is going to go back to the corporate 9-5.  If anything, he has become more focused and more determined to continue living his “semi-rad” lifestyle.

Brendan is the everyman’s outdoor adventure writer.  Here’s how he describes himself:

I have not been featured in a climbing video, or a ski film, and I will likely never win a bike or foot race.  I have a creaky knee, a stiff hip, and two fragile shoulders.  But I LOVE the mountains, and being outside.  I’m probably a lot like you.  I like rock climbing, but start to flail when it gets vertical.  I like bicycles, but not racing against other people on them.  I like running and trail running, but I probably like ice cream more.  I mostly avoid avalanches by not being a good enough skier to get on slopes steep enough to slide.  But I sure like to get out there.

Brendan may not be the world’s best rock climber, but he’s certainly not bad either.  I grabbed coffee with him two weeks ago as he was contemplating one of his next adventures: climbing all of the 5.9 rated sport climbs in Clear Creek Canyon…in a day.  5.9 is not a beginner’s climbing difficulty level; it takes years to get skilled enough to climb comfortably at that rating, and it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half for a climber and his/her partner to do just one pitch of climbing–and that’s after hiking to it.  Brendan was contemplating getting to and successfully climbing 31 pitches dispersed throughout an entire canyon in 24 hours.  Just because.

Brendan writes a blog called Semi-Rad.  Every Thursday he posts an article–on topics ranging from living life to the fullest, to a sobering account of a life-threatening accident, to amusing stories about the trials and tribulations of dating climbers, to a poignant tribute to his mother.  His writing is fantastic: well-crafted, entertaining, captivating, amusing, inspiring–and most notably–relatable.  And people are beginning to notice: he’s now got a regular column in Climbing Magazine, and he has been featured in Backpacker, the Denver Post, Adventure Journal and more.

If you’re into reading stories from the outdoors, I strongly recommend adding a visit to Semi-Rad.com to your calendar every Thursday, and you might also consider buying a copy of The New American Road Trip Mixtape while you’re at it.

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In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Summer 2014 Denver Residential Real Estate Market Update: Sellers Needed

2014 May 14
by David Schlichter

Jonathan and Sarah, two buyer clients of mine, recently closed on their new home.

The Denver residential real estate market continues to be incredibly hot and can be summed up as follows: we need more sellers.

I put a listing on the market last weekend, and it got 44 showings in the first 24 hours.  For the first time ever, I literally had to go to the property to do crowd control.  Like a rowdy bar, I managed the showings so that they were “one-in, one-out.”  We received 14 offers in a single weekend, and the property is selling for well-above the asking price.  (Interested in selling your home or condo in a market like this?  Click here to see how much your home is worth.)

With interest rates still near historical lows and Denver being the second-fastest-growing large city in the nation, demand continues to be high and supply continues to be low.  The last three deals I’ve negotiated were all multiple-offer situations, and those deals included homes listed between $200,000 up to 500,000.  As you start getting above the $600,000-800,000 range, properties move more “slowly,” but I put that in quotes because it is “slowly” only relative to lightning speed.  In April, I had a client make an offer on a $639,900 property and they got the deal–but it was the last of 4 attached row homes available, and they had to offer full price to get it.

A heat map showing Denver home appreciation in the last 12 months (blue represents appreciation, red represents depreciation)

The median sale price for detached single-family homes in the Denver metropolitan area in April 2014 was $305,000, up 10% from $278,000 in April 2013.  For attached single family homes (condos, duplexes, etc.), the median sold price from last month of $178,500 represented a 12% year-over-year gain from $159,900 at the same time last year.  And while the number of active listings this April was up from last year and the number of overall sold units this April was down from last year, those numbers don’t tell the whole story; if you compare the year-to-date numbers (factoring in all months, not just April), the total number of active listings so far in 2014 is down 1% this year from last year–and last year we had the lowest inventory levels in 13 years.

To make a long story short, if you’re thinking about selling your Denver home, now could be a very Good time to do it.  Contact me today to get the ball rolling.

The Good Life Denver is written by David Schlichter. To stay in the loop, like The Good Life Denver on Facebook and follow @thegoodlifeden on Twitter!

In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700

Good Rock Climbing Near Denver, CO

2014 May 5
by David Schlichter

Jesse dominating Icarus in Eldorado Canyon

As the summer quickly approaches after a great ski season this year, I find myself putting away the ski gear and breaking out the rock climbing gear.  A visit from my great friend Jesse, who has spent the last four and a half years in Rwanda, gave me the perfect reason to take a few days “off” from work (alas, I’m never truly “off”), to get in some fantastic rock climbing near Denver.  Jesse had been to visit before, and we had climbed both of those times in Rocky Mountain National Park and also on the first Flatiron in Boulder.  This trip, we decided to do three days of climbing in three different places, all within an hour of Denver: Boulder Canyon, Eldorado Canyon, and North Table Mountain.

I have a special love for Boulder Canyon because it is where I first started honing my skills as an outdoor rock climber.  There are around 1,500 routes from which to choose for climbers of all ability levels, and there are plenty of both sport routes (bolts and hangers are already drilled into the rock walls) and traditional (“trad”) routes (with no gear pre-attached to the walls) to suit every climber’s style.  Though on the weekends Boulder Canyon can get somewhat crowded with climbers, since it was a weekday we had the part of the canyon at which we were climbing, the Bihedral, almost entirely to ourselves.  A second pair of climbers arrived, of course,  just at the moment I thought it would be fun to do a big Tarzan-like swing across the rock face, howling included.  After a bit more climbing, w came back to Denver for a dinner at Vine St. Pub, which never disappoints.

The next day we had more time to spend on the rock, so we went to Eldorado Canyon where we did multi-pitch trad climbing.  Multi-pitch climbing enables you to get hundreds and even thousands of feet off the ground, as after each pitch of climbing, instead of going down to the ground, you continue to go up.  Eldo, as is it is called by climbers, is a fantastic place for this style of climbing.  The walls are big, the climbing exposed and invigorating, and there are over 1,000 routes from which to choose.  We climbed the classic Icarus route, which though it is rated relatively easy from a climbing difficulty perspective, is thought to be one of the best routes at its grade in all of Boulder (and still can get the adrenaline flowing–Eldo routes are stiff for their grades). The route was awesome–with some great chimneys, cracks, and slabs–and it finishes on a breathtaking and super exposed arete (check out this photo to get a sense of the exposure) atop which climbers are rewarded with tremendous panoramic views.  The descent on this was also great; after a short hike down you do three beautiful and airy 90-100 foot rappels.  So much fun.

Eldo is a fantastic place near Denver/Boulder to do multi-pitch trad climing.

Our last day of climbing was at North Table Mountain, just north of the Coors Brewery in Golden.  I love North Table Mountain because it is so close to Denver–a mere 25 minute drive gets you to the base of a 10 minute hike; so you can go from couch to climbing in just 35 minutes.  The proximity to Denver was the main reason we chose to climb there that day, because I had a real estate closing in the morning and we had a dinner with friends at Los Chingones scheduled for early that evening.  North Table Mountain is a ridge of rock ranging from about 60-90 feet tall which surrounds a table-like plateau (hence the name).  There, again, we largely had the place to ourselves since it was a weekday, and we were able to do a good mix of sport and trad climbing.  Since the routes are short and all next to each other (a climber’s trail travels the length of the base of the ridge), you can quickly move from one route to the next.  And, since the rock is predominantly south and west facing, it is a great place to climb even on a cold or wintry day.

I had such a Good time climbing with Jesse, and it reminded me just how lucky we are, in Colorado, to be home to some of the best rock climbing in the world.  There are almost 10,000 established outdoor routes within 60 miles of Boulder and Denver, and there are lots of Good books that can help get you started.  Online, Mountain Project is a phenomenal resource with route descriptions, updates, photos, and commentary.  But if you’re just getting into rock climbing, be sure to go out with an experienced friend or guide.  Rock climbing can be dangerous.

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The Good Life Denver is written by David Schlichter. To stay in the loop, like The Good Life Denver on Facebook and follow @thegoodlifeden on Twitter!

In addition to writing for The Good Life Denver, David works full-time as a Denver real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty Downtown, LLC. David helps his clients (ranging from first-time home buyers, to sellers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 7/440-2340, Office: 3/539-5700