Top Chef Colorado Premiering December 7

2017 December 1
by David Schlichter

Denver’s dining scene has exploded in the last decade and has become one of the best in the country–and it is about to get some massive additional exposure with the newest season of Top Chef premiering on Dec. 7th.  Filmed here in Denver, Boulder, Aspen, and Telluride, Colorado, this season, the show’s 15th, will be bringing great publicity to the state and further enhancing our reputation as one of the best places to eat in the country.  The show features two Colorado chefs (Carrie Baird, executive chef at Bar Dough in Denver and Brother Luck, chef/owner of Four by Brother Luck in Colorado Springs) as competitors, and many well-known local chefs and restaurateurs make guest appearances.  The cast lived in Capitol Hill during the filming of the show.

See below for a description of the season from Bravo, and tune in on Dec. 7th for the season premier!

Denver chef Carrie Baird, of Bar Dough, competes on the newest season of Top Chef (photo courtesy of Bravo)

“Bravo Media’s Top Chef embarks on an epic culinary adventure through the state of Colorado for season 15. The Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series will follow 15 diverse chefs from across the country as they battle it out for the coveted title amid the breathtaking landscapes and thriving culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen. Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio return to the judges table alongside Gail Simmons and Graham Elliot.

This season, the competition reaches new heights as the chefs battle it out on an epicurean road trip through Colorado, traveling to Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen. From deconstructing the Denver Omelet and preparing Rocky Mountain Oysters to tailgating with the Broncos, the level of competition for these 15 chefs is going to be a mile high. With the judges looking for the chefs’ peak performances, the challenges will test the competitors’ culinary abilities in picturesque locales including a food festival in Larimer Square, a blizzard infused campfire cook-off, and cauldron cooking at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. In addition, social media star Logan Paul heads to Boulder and Olympians Gus Kenworthy, Meryl Davis and John Daly will challenge the chefs in an all-around culinary competition focusing on speed, precision and presentation…

Throughout the season, the chefs will be tasked with serving up food for culinary stars including: Curtis Stone (Head Judge on Top Chef Jr.), Naomi Pomeroy, Richard Blais (Top Chef: All-Stars Winner), John Besh, Bruce and Eric Bromberg, David Kinch, Adam Perry Lang, Johnny Iuzzini, Wylie Dufresne, Paul Liebrandt, Michael Voltaggio (Top Chef Season Six Winner), Bryan Voltaggio, Chris Cosentino and Nilou Motamed. Also lending their expertise are local Colorado greats Troy Guard, Alex Seidel, Hosea Rosenberg (Top Chef Season Five Winner), Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, Keegan Gerhard, Jen Jasinski (Top Chef Masters  Finalist) and Frank Bonanno.”

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Introducing Luxury Listings in Denver

2017 November 18
by David Schlichter

80 S. Bellaire St. in Denver. Photo courtesy of Keller Williams Integrity Real Estate

Do you find yourself constantly looking online at the photos of beautiful homes for sale?

As experienced Denver real estate agents, we get to see thousands of properties per year, from starter homes in up-and-coming neighborhoods to penthouse condos in Denver’s most prominent buildings. We often hear how lucky we are to get to see the insides of so many incredible homes, and we agree!  But we think you should be able to see the inside of Denver’s best listings, too.

That’s why we created Luxury Listings in Denver. Luxury Listings in Denver is a website devoted to showcasing our favorite new luxury listings in Denver, and we highlight just our favorite luxury listing each week.

From the home page, you can browse the most recent luxury listings we’ve featured. Or, click on the different property types on the navigation bar to view only homes, condos or town houses. You can also sign up for a weekly email with the latest featured property.  Because of the nature of our fast-moving market, some of the homes we feature may already be sold or under contract by the time you are reading the article. But if you’d like to search all Denver homes for sale, click here or contact us today to schedule a meeting to discuss your search or sale!

Enjoy!

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The David Schlichter Team at Keller Williams Realty Downtown helps clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact us today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

Belleview Station: Good Living, Good Eats, Good Shopping and More!

2017 November 8
by Caitlin Clough

Light rail users and Tech Center dwellers have been waiting for something this Good for years- and it’s finally open! The mixed-use, transit-oriented Belleview Station provides commuters with a pit stop worth talking about.

This master planned development creates a destination for commuters and residents alike, with retail, residential and office space occupying the land. Belleview Station, situated on the west side of I-25, spans east to west from Niagara to Quebec and north to south from Union to Belleview. Master developer Front Range Land and Development worked with the owners of the land, the Bansbach family, in whose name the land had been for more than 125 years. The achieved vision? To create a dynamic center where the city meets the suburbs.

Corvus Coffee, owned by Phil Goodlaxson, opened its second location in Belleview Station, with this location specializing in cold brew coffee; flights of different cold brews and flavors rotate daily.

Some of Denver’s most popular local restaurants and retail businesses have leased space in Belleview station along Newport Street, the main pedestrian thoroughfare. To name a few: Los Chingones, Backcountry Delicatessen, Sushi-Rama, Matthew Morris Salon, A Line boutique and Corvus Coffee. There are also two fitness studios (Orange Theory and Barre3), two luxury apartment complexes (MileHouse and The Den), and several service businesses, all of which are walkable from the light rail. MileHouse is fully leased, but apartments are currently still available at The Den, including studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments and featuring coveted amenities like a rooftop deck, sky lounge pool, garden courtyard, game lawn and fitness room.

The station’s website includes the full master plan for the 51 total acres of land, with drawings for each city block. In it are plans for additional office, retail and multifamily space, as well as one to two hotels and more manicured green space. Although still under construction, amenities like the walking paths and dog park are already complete and in use.

This suburban center mimics the planning happening in urban Denver- planning that-creates denser, walkable communities. Only here, it’s to serve those that live in the area and aren’t willing to make the drive through traffic to get downtown. Plus, the station has ample parking spaces for commuters, many of which are free for several hours.

To search nearby homes for sale, click here.

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Stanley Marketplace is Awesome!

2017 October 13
by Caitlin Clough

If you love The Source, Avanti, and The Central Market, hurry to Denver’s newest addition in the market hall trend: Stanley Marketplace. Stanley Marketplace is a new food hall and open market concept on the eastern edge of the Stapleton neighborhood (technically in Aurora).  It features over 50 independently owned Colorado businesses, ranging from restaurants, to fitness studios, to shops selling locally made goods. Prior to the renovation, the historic building was the former Stanley Aviation manufacturing plant. Their mission, or “Stanifesto” as they call it, is to create community based around the beliefs of sustainability, creativity and business for the greater good. “Stanley Marketplace is where people go to live: to eat, drink, work, play, learn grow, gather, and explore, to see friends and to make new ones.”

Most of the businesses in Stanley Marketplace are existing Colorado businesses that have opened a second (or third, or fourth!) location at Stanley. Some of our favorite Colorado businesses, including Rosenberg’s Bagels, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Endorphin, Kindness Yoga, and Denver Biscuit Company have hubs at Stanley, making it a destination for both neighborhood locals and for those from other neighborhoods looking for a change of scenery. There are also several new or first-time brick-and-mortar shops. Foodies mustn’t miss a brunch, happy hour or dinner at Annette, a fine-dining restaurant by Caroline Glover (formerly a sous chef at Acorn). Annette was recently named one of 5280’s 25 Best Restaurants and 5280’s Best New Restaurant in their July 2017 Top of the Town feature.

Stanley Marketplace now serves as a hub for the neighborhood, but the planning and construction took years—and an approximately $30 million. Remediation, construction and renovation for Stanley Marketplace began in August of 2014, and while the original plan was for all of the shops to open simultaneously, construction hiccups and other delays forced the openings to span several months. Today, much of the space in the former aviation plant is occupied, and lively metro Denver residents fill the open halls, eating, drinking, working and shopping the day away.

Check it out if you haven’t been yet!  Stanley Marketplace is located at 2501 Dallas St. in northwest Aurora.  To search nearby homes for sale, click here.

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The David Schlichter Team at Keller Williams Realty Downtown helps clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact us today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

Denver Residential Real Estate Market: January 2017 Update

2017 January 6
by David Schlichter
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This LoHi listing was sold by David Schlichter in 2016 for $737,800.

In 2016, our clients sold homes at record prices, bought homes with historically low interest rates, and/or held on to properties and watched them appreciate significantly.  Below are some highlights of the end of 2016 Denver residential real estate market data and a few predictions for 2017:

2016 DATA

  • Median home prices in the Denver metro area ended the year up 11.3% from last year.
  • The average sale price for detached single family homes in the metro area in December was $424,648, and in Denver County it was $472,537.
  • The average sale price for attached single family homes in the metro area in December was $307,247, and in Denver County it was $380,742.
  • The number of active homes for sale in the metro area was down to 6,715 in December versus 8,189 at the same time last year.  In Denver County, there were 1,449 homes for sale, down from 1,619 last year.
  • 30-year fixed rate mortgages ended the year at an average of 4.32%.

2017 PREDICTIONS

Assuming no major negative or positive surprises that significantly alter the economy or the Denver housing market, our prediction is that 2017 will be another strong year for Denver real estate, marked by the following trends:

  • CONTINUED POPULATION GROWTH: Denver will continue to be a rapidly growing city in 2017, which will increase demand for a limited supply of housing.
  • RISING INTEREST RATES: Interest rates have already risen and are expected to rise in 2017.  As interest rates rise, homes will become less affordable.  The sooner buyers who are currently looking are able to make a purchase, the lower their interest rate will likely be, the more affordable their home will likely be, and the less they will pay in interest over the life of the loan.
  • SLOWING RATE OF PRICE APPRECIATION: Denver has become significantly less affordable in recent years with a rate of price appreciation double that of the national average.  Interest rates are rising, making home purchases even less affordable, and our national political and economic environment is defined by unusual uncertainty given a highly unconventional election.  All three of these factors will put downward pressure on our rate of price appreciation and likely slow it from the unusual double-digit percentage growth to which we have grown accustomed in recent years.

Is 2017 a year in which you think you’ll be selling or buying real estate?  If so, let’s get together this month to start to put the wheels in motion.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or please be in touch if someone you know is considering buying or selling a home in 2017.

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 and @thegoodlifedenver on Instagram!

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 and his team help clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

The Denver Central Market is Spectacular

2016 November 28
by David Schlichter
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The Denver Central Market

The Denver Central Market opened its doors in late September, and the finished product is spectacular.  Envisioned by developer Ken Wolf and restaurateur Jeff Osaka, the Central Market is a combination of a gourmet market and food hall at 27th and Larimer that houses eleven quality food/beverage vendors.  Whether you’re in the mood for baked goods, fresh fish, a pizza, ice cream, chocolates, coffee, a drink, a sandwich, a plated meal, or just fresh ingredients for your next home-cooked meal, the Central Market has you covered.

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A view inside the Central Market

Starting with The Source, followed by Avanti, and with Stanley Marketplace opening soon, food halls have taken off recently in Denver (not to mention Union Station).  At the Central Market, the execution is top-notch, the quality of the food is exceptional, the rehabilitation of the building celebrates its history infusing tasteful contemporary finishes, and the resulting ambiance is exciting and invigorating.  What’s more, the fact that the Central Market offers fresh meat and fish, produce, and dry and prepared foods for sale is a huge asset for the neighborhood.  Grocery options have been minimal in the area, so this is particularly important as RiNo becomes more populated with new residential infill.

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Produce options available at the Central Market

Click here for a link to a great Westword interview of Central Market founders Ken Wolf and Jeff Osaka, and be sure to check out the Central Market soon!  I’m sure you’ll be as hooked as I am.

The Denver Central Market is located between 26th and 27th on Larimer St. Interested in living near the Central Market?  Click here to search nearby homes for sale.

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 and @thegoodlifedenver on Instagram!

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 and his team help clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

Good News: Rosenberg’s is Reopening!

2016 October 12
by David Schlichter
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(Photo source: Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen Facebook Page)

Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen has earned a reputation for dishing out the best bagels in Denver (by far)–but it has been closed since May due to damage from an arson incident that took place in an apartment above the shop.  Thankfully, Rosenberg’s has announced that it is reopening Sunday October 16th, and it should be better than ever.

According to a post in 5280 Magazine, owner Josh Pollack used the closure to make some changes: “The shop’s murals have been refabbed to include a theme of Phoenix rising from the ashes; the kitchen (which was heavily damaged) layout has changed to be more efficient; the flattop surface has been doubled to help keep pace when egg sandwiches are in high demand; and new display cases are higher set and more retail-friendly. ‘That’s the silver lining to this awful event,’ Pollack says. ‘No one really gets a chance like this to take a step back and look at the lessons of the last two years. It’s hard to get better when you’re in full swing.'”

As someone who loves Good bagels and has been craving Rosenberg’s for months, I’m ecstatic that they’ll be reopening their doors. And–what’s more–they’ll be opening yet another set of doors at their upcoming second location in the Stanley Marketplace, which is expected to open in December.

So what’s the secret to Rosenberg’s delicious bagels?  It’s all about the water.  Rosenberg’s modifies its water to mimic the natural mineral content of New York City water to create the perfect chemistry, taste, and texture.  The results, I can affirm, are spot on.

Mazel tov to Rosenberg’s on the reopening, and see you in there soon!

Rosenberg’s is located at 27th and Welton in the Five Points neighborhood.  To search nearby homes for sale, click here.

Rosenberg's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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 and his team help clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

Good Denver Breakfast/Brunch: Onefold

2016 September 29
by David Schlichter

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We finally got to Onefold for the first time in Denver’s City Park West neighborhood, and we are so glad we did.  The breakfast/brunch/lunch restaurant is a small hole in the wall on 18th Avenue with nice ambiance and a delicious menu.  It’s a great little spot to meet for a bite to eat!

We went for breakfast, and it was a tough decision on what to choose–everything looked Good.  Coming off of having a cold, I settled on the congee, a savory rice porridge cooked in chicken stock, duck confit, poached egg, green onions, soy sauce, salted ginger and chili oil.  It was delicious–and just what the doctor ordered.

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My teammate Tom had the breakfast burrito, which featured a handmade flour tortilla, choice of tender belly bacon or house made breakfast sausage, green chili, eggs, duck fat fried potatoes, and asadero cheese (and is available plain or smothered).  In a city where breakfast burritos are plentiful, Tom said it was among the best he’s ever had.

Other breakfast options include bacon fried rice (two duck fat fried eggs, Tender Belly bacon, garlic, green onions, soy sauce, and chili oil), breakfast tacos, crepes, frittata, and the simple breakfast (two slices of Tender Belly bacon or house made maple sausage, duck fat fried potatoes or sweet potatoes, and two duck fat fried eggs).  The lunch options also had us drooling: options include chicken enchiladas de mole, duck fried rice, chicken adobo, and carne asada.

I’m very much looking forward to getting back to Onefold soon for another delicious breakfast!

Onefold Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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 and his team help clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

The 2016 Colorado Fall Colors Are Here

2016 September 18
by David Schlichter
Hiking the Booth Falls Trail on September 16, 2016

Hiking the Booth Falls Trail on September 16, 2016

The fall colors are here, and they are stunning. It is time to get out to the mountains and explore!

Every season in Colorado has its unique outdoor advantages. Winter offers amazing skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice climbing. Spring offers prime rafting, kayaking, and fishing. Summer is perfect for road cycling, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, and hiking. Fall may just be my favorite Colorado season, though; the colors are breath taking, the weather is not too hot but not too cold, the tourists haven’t arrived yet, lodging is inexpensive, and there is so much to do and see!

We spent this past weekend in Vail where the fall colors are gorgeous and only getting better. A satisfying hike up the Booth Falls Trail led us through the changing aspens and past a waterfall. A gondola ride up to the top of Vail for a wedding of a close friend offered a panoramic view of golden yellow and orange hillsides. The drive between Denver and Vail was wonderful (and the traffic was easy). The restaurants were mostly empty.

Now, to put it simply, is a fantastic time to get up to the mountains.

Vail Restaurant Week runs from September 30th to October 9th this year and features price fixe menus and specials from some of Vail’s best restaurants for $20.16. It is generally very easy to get reservations, and, in contrast to ski season, you have the (beautiful) mountains almost entirely to yourself.  We’ve spent time in Vail the last two years during Restaurant Week, and the cheap dining is Good icing on the cake after a long day exploring the mountains.

Here, here, and here are some links to articles I’ve written with Good places to see the fall colors.  I hope you enjoy!

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 and @thegoodlifedenver on Instagram!

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 and his team help clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

It’s Hot: Summer 2016 Denver Real Estate Market Update

2016 June 22
by David Schlichter
This Denver home listed by David Schlichter went under contract in one day for cash above the asking price and closed this month.

This Denver home listed by David Schlichter went under contract in one day for cash above the asking price.

The temperature is hot in Denver, and the Denver real estate market is even hotter. As we move into the peak of summer, here are a few key facts about the Denver market as of summer 2016 with detailed commentary and a chart below.

Key Facts

  • Across all home types from this time last year, the median sold price increased 11% in the Denver metro area, and prices have never been higher.
  • Attached single-family home values are up 13% year-over-year in the metro area.
  • Detached single-family home values are up 10% year-over-year in the metro area.
  • Year-to-date, there have been 3% less listings in the metro area than there were last year, which brought our inventory levels to a new record low.
  • The median Days On Market for listings in the city of Denver was a mere 5—homes in Denver have never sold more quickly.
  • In May 2016, homes sold for an average of 101.2% of the list price in the city of Denver.

Denver residential real estate has appreciated more than any city in the country since the Great Recession (prices have doubled since 2008), and people have begun to ask if Denver’s single family residential real estate market a bubble.  According to economists, the answer is no.

The Denver metro area population is growing faster than any other metro area in the country, and that growth actually accelerated last year. Rapidly increasing demand for single-family housing combined with a decreasing supply of it is driving the rise in prices. There are significantly more people moving here than are leaving, and builders aren’t building enough single-family homes to keep up.  According to the Denver Post, Colorado is 55,000 units short of what we need to keep up with our population growth, and we would need six(!) times the number of homes that are currently for sale in Denver for the market to become a balanced market. So, even if things improve slightly—if builders pick up the pace of new housing starts, population inflow slows (though this is not what the data suggests is happening or will happen), or more sellers put their homes on the market, the market still has plenty of room for additional significant price appreciation. 

Click the chart below to see inventory levels (in green) dropping year after year, with prices rising (in red) year after year:

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Do I think that 10-12% year-over-year appreciation is sustainable indefinitely? Definitely not. At a certain point, the rapid price appreciation will start to make other cities more attractive alternatives because they will have a lower cost of living than here, and our rate of appreciation will begin to slow. But the mountains aren’t going anywhere. The vibrancy of the city–from the dining scene, to the brewery scene, to the public transportation system–has only gotten better and better. The local economy is one of the strongest in the country. People love Denver, and are willing (and will continue to be willing) to pay a premium to experience all that it has to offer.

So is it a good time to be a buyer? I’d still argue yes. In spite of the bidding wars and low supply, with room for significant appreciation and interest rates at historic lows, it is still a great time to be a buyer. Is it a good time to be a seller? Indisputably. Prices have never been higher, supply has never been lower, and the median Days On Market in Denver has never been lower.

Contact me today if you would like to discuss the Denver real estate market further or are interested in selling or purchasing Denver real estate.

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 and @thegoodlifedenver on Instagram!

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 and his team help clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

Must Read: “The Train That Saved Denver”

2016 May 23
by David Schlichter
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Rail riders lined up all the way around Union Station on the opening day of the A line out to the airport.

Late last month I wrote about how the new commuter rail line out to the airport is a game-changer for the region.  This month, Politico Magazine has a phenomenal article on Denver’s successful efforts to bring modern transit to the city and the region.  The piece walks readers through the history of transportation in, around, to, and from the city, and it provides an in-depth look at the painstaking steps and collaboration it took to deliver our new transit system in addition to the economic development it is fostering in the city.

If you live in, love, or want to get to know Denver, this article is a must read!  Click here to read it.

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 and @thegoodlifedenver on Instagram!

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 and his team help clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

Dae Gee Korean BBQ: Can’t Wait to Go Back

2016 May 17
by David Schlichter
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The bibimbap (or bee bim bhap) from Dae Gee

For the last week I’ve been salivating over the thought of the bibimbap I had for lunch at Dae Gee on South Broadway.  You know how great the experience of going to a Mexican restaurant, ordering fajitas, and having the iron plate come out sizzling hot and ready for your enjoyment is, right?  Those are usually very tasty, but that sizzling typically ends after a minute or two.  This piping hot clay bowl of rice, vegetables, beef short rib, and an egg, filled to the brim literally sizzled my entire meal; the bowl was that hot.  And it was delicious.  And it was accompanied by eight(!) side dishes.  And at $12 all-in, it was a steal.

Dae Gee is a Korean barbecue restaurant with three locations in the Denver metro area.  The name of the restaurant means pig, and its owners want you to pig out.  The restaurant is known for its all-you-can-eat barbecue which guests cook themselves at their tables at the reasonable price of $17-22/person depending on the protein choice.

Dae Gee was recently featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-In’s, and Dives: Tastes of Asia with Guy Fieri.  The clip below gives you a good taste of what you’re in for if you pay Dae Gee a visit–something I will be doing again very soon!

Dae Gee has three locations in the Denver metro area: at 8th and Colorado, 4th and Broadway, and 75th and Sheridan.

Dae Gee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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 and @thegoodlifedenver on Instagram!

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 and his team help clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

Denver’s Train to the Plane: A Game Changer for Denver and the Region

2016 April 22
by David Schlichter
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The new commuter rail line starts at Denver’s Union Station, seen here on the rail line’s opening day.

The “train to the plane,” officially known as the University of Colorado A Line, started running today between Denver’s Union Station and Denver International Airport, and it is, without a doubt, going to be a game-changer for the region.  In 37 minutes, riders can get between downtown and the airport on a commuter rail line that runs every 15 minutes, removing the wild card of I-70 traffic, reducing the time needed for parking and shuttling once at the airport, and providing point to point service between the international hub that initially brings people to this city (the 6th busiest airport in the world) and the heart of downtown Denver.

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People waited in a line that extended from behind Union Station all the way around it and to the front of the building.

Lines of people eager to take a free ride lined up behind Union Station, around the corner of it…and then around the corner again all the way to the front of the building.  The energy and excitement around the new rail line was palpable, and the beautiful rehabilitation of Union Station provided a spectacular setting for such a monumental event for the city.

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A map of the new A line (Source: RTD-Denver)

The new line enhances our credibility and functionality as a major international city in which to live, work, and play, makes it easier for residents and visitors to get to and from the airport, and has already served as an engine for development downtown and in the northeast quadrant of the city.  RiNo has exploded in the last few years, and this new line will only further enhance its rapid development.  Now, neighborhoods like Whittier, Cole, Swansea, Globeville, Clayton, North Park Hill, Stapleton, Montbello, and Green Valley Ranch will have even easier access to the heart of downtown (and to the airport)–and while these neighborhoods have already seen significant appreciation in real estate prices in anticipation of the new line, expect values to rise and development to take off even more rapidly now that the line is complete.  And fun fact: if you’re a beer lover (whether you live in Denver or want to come from afar to enjoy what we have to offer) there are at least 20 breweries within one mile of a stop on the new line (here’s an article with them all).

Denver has been getting lots of Good national press lately, and with the new A line out to the airport, the recently launched W line from Denver to Golden, the forthcoming B line to Boulder, and all of the other Good things going on in this city, I believe the sun is rising over a truly great new era in Denver’s history.  For those of us who live here, we are all very lucky to be experiencing and participating in it.  For those of you who are reading this from elsewhere–come see what the excitement is all about!

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 and @thegoodlifedenver on Instagram!

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 and his team help clients (ranging from sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their residential real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

The National Media is Celebrating Denver

2016 April 8
by David Schlichter
Underground Music Showcase Photo (Visit Denver)

The Underground Music Showcase (Photo Credit: Visit Denver)

Denver has been undergoing an amazing transition over the last twenty years, and people all across the country are finally starting to notice!  We’re growing more rapidly than almost anywhere in the country.  Our real estate market is the hottest in the country.  Our dining scene has gone from Good to phenomenal.  Unemployment is lower here than any large US city.

It brings me great joy to write about all of the Good things going on in Denver, and, last week, the New York Times jumped on the bandwagon.  The article describes Denver as being on the “sunny side of the economy” due to our our low unemployment rate, economic diversification, real estate development, start-up energy, investments in infrastructure, prevalence of research and skilled labor, lifestyle, and more.  You can find the full article here, and I encourage everyone to read it!

Forbes also recently featured an article called “5 Reasons You Should Plan a Trip to Denver Right Now,” citing the redevelopment of Union Station, the fantastic food, the updated Ritz Carlton hotel and spa, the Good beer, and the trendy marketplaces.  That article can be found here.

And last month, US News & World Report named Denver the “Best Place to Live” in the entire US.  The study compared American cities’ quality of life, job market, value of living there, and people’s desire to live there.  An article about it in the Denver Business Journal can be found here, and here is a link to ranking page.

While in some ways it is bittersweet that Denver is no longer America’s best kept secret, the recognition the city is getting is well deserved.  We are so fortunate to live here, and I’m very excited by what is still yet to come!  Thanks to everyone who is making Denver such a great place to live, work, and play!

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 and @thegoodlifedenver on Instagram!

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 sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

Must-Try New Restaurant: Arcana in Boulder

2016 February 24
by David Schlichter
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The Oxford Greens from Arcana in Boulder

Boulder’s Arcana Restaurant opened just over a week ago, and it is VERY Good.

We’ve had the chance to visit lots of area restaurants shortly after they’ve opened, and they almost always have quite a few hiccups in the first few days of operation.  Servers may not be familiar with the whole menu, incorrect dishes might be served, timing can be off, etc.  We visited Arcana on the first Saturday it was open, though, and the food, the service, and the overall experience were all impeccable from start to finish–no hiccups whatsoever.

There are a lot of “New American” restaurants in Denver and Boulder these days, but Arcana restaurant takes a somewhat different approach to American cuisine.  Rather than focusing on what’s “new” for the future, Arcana creates dishes inspired by the country’s past.

“We fully believe that in years to come we will look back at this moment in our history and see it as the renaissance of American identity as it relates to food. In our exploration of American cuisine, Arcana will look to historic preparations and ingredients while honoring our own regionality.  Arcana will look to honor all of the influences of our past as a country to create a cuisine that is bold, creative, and unflinchingly American, in the truest sense of the word. Don’t be surprised to see influences from Western Africa, South America, and Native American traditions on the menu.  At Arcana we will never stop imagining how to exceed your expectations.”

Nearly everything at the restaurant is made from scratch, including the bitters the bar uses in its cocktails (which, by the way are delicious).   Fermenting, ember-roasting, and pickling are just a few of the techniques Arcana employs to create bold, unusual, and mouth-watering flavors.  The plating technique is beautiful, and you can tell that husband and wife owners Elliott and Annie Toan put an enormous amount of love into the crafting and execution every last detail of the restaurant.

One common pitfall that can cause new restaurants to experience growing pains when first launching is offering a large and complex menu right out of the gates.  Arcana avoided this temptation, though, opting instead to open with a focused (and delicious) ten-item dinner menu, with each dish executed to perfection.  In the coming weeks the restaurant will be adding several dishes to its menu and will eventually feature a new dish each night.

The Oxford Greens with pickled egg, ham, Aleppo chili, wild flower, and sumac was bright and refreshing.  The Shawnee Cake was the highlight of our night–a cornmeal based griddle cake was topped with easily the best crispy pork belly I’ve ever eaten in my life, fermented chili, green apple, and yogurt.  The Colorado Trout was tasty with fire carrot, carrot top pesto, crispy onion, chili, and buttermilk.  The Capped Pork Loin was excellent and perfectly salty, served with a mouth-watering pork sausage (made with house-made fermented chilis), lacinato kale, kabocha squash, and house-made crème fraîche.  For dessert, the carrot cake with maple, hibiscus, burnt tangelo, and ginger ice cream was absolutely divine–we only wish that there was more of it.  The same goes for the layer cake with brown butter, chocolate, compressed apple, whiskey, and quinoa ice cream.

It isn’t often that we go to Boulder just to dine out, but trust us when we say that Arcana is well worth the trip from Denver.  And if the restaurant was this Good on week one, we can’t wait to see what it will accomplish after a few weeks, months, and years of operation.  In the mean time, we are already trying to figure out when we can come back for seconds…

Arcana is located at 909 Walnut St. in Boulder.

Arcana Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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 and @thegoodlifedenver on Instagram!

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 sellers, to buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340