Good Denver Latin American Food: Leña

2015 August 13
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by David Schlichter
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Grilled octopus (Pulpo a la Brasa de Roble) from Leña

The dining scene in Denver only continues to get hotter, and the newer restaurants on Broadway and South Broadway certainly are helping in that regard.  One of my favorite meals I’ve had this year was at Leña, a restaurant that opened late last year on Broadway featuring delicious Latin American food in a lively setting. 

The menu at Leña is fantastic, with a great array of cold, hot, and grilled dishes from a wood-fired white oak grill (the restaurant’s specialty).  We loved the tacos, the chilaquiles, and the empanadas–but the empanadas were beyond Good, they were phenomenal.  But whether you’re in the mood for ceviche, empanadas, tacos, or grilled meats, you won’t go wrong at Leña.  It is all Good!

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A pork and chicken empanada (Empanadas Crujiente con Cerdo y Pollo) from Leña

In addition to Leña’s food menu being extensive, the tequila and mezcal menu is quite lengthy as well.  The restaurant offers over 50 tequilas and nearly 20 mezcals, and its cocktail menu is right up my alley with several different types of margaritas, two sangrias, a caiparinha, mojito, michelada, and more.

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It isn’t often that I eat at a restaurant and immediately want to go back within days to keep trying more and more of the menu.  Leña is one of those spots, and I can’t wait to get back!

Leña is located at 24 Broadway St.

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Denver’s Beer Scene is (Quietly) Exploding

2015 July 16
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by David Schlichter
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A flight of beers at LowDown Brewery and Kitchen in Denver

While Denver has gotten lots of publicity for medicinal and recreational marijuana boom in recent years, there hasn’t been as much publicity for another dramatic boom that this city that has been experiencing: the boom of craft brewing.

Denver has been known as a great craft beer town for quite some time, but the recent stats are amazing. When I wrote this article at the end of 2011, the number of breweries in Colorado was 124. At that time, Denver seemed like the dream city for beer aficionados, but since then things have gotten even better. As of the end of 2014, there were 235 breweries in the state, and of those, a whopping 76 were in Denver County alone, with another 83 or so in the surrounding Denver metro area (not including Boulder). Are we in beer heaven yet?

Many of our microbreweries are housed in the heart of downtown Denver, with 11 in RiNo alone. In fact, with many of the newest microbreweries popping up in RiNo in the last year, RiNo now may actually offer the densest concentration of distinct microbreweries of any place in the world.  See below for a map of Denver area breweries from Fermentedly Challenged, a great Colorado beer blog run by Dave Butler out of Greeley.

All of this craft beer production is Good news for beer drinkers, but it is also Good news for our economy. Breweries create jobs on the production side, but they also participate in a highly complimentary economy. Craft beer tour companies are popping up, tourists come to Denver specifically for the beer scene, food trucks partner with them and get a stable customer base, and there couldn’t be a better place to host the Great American Beer Festival, which hosts nearly 50,000 people in Denver each year who then participate in other aspects of our local economy.

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As of the time of my 2011 article, craft beer had a 4.9% share of the domestic beer market, according to the Brewers Association. That figure is now 11%.  Americans have demonstrated a growing desire to consume craft beer, and Denver continues to be ideally positioned to capture that demand. Do I think that all of the new breweries in Denver will survive the competition? No. Will there be even more breweries that place test their fate in the Denver market, though? Absolutely.

In today’s economy, cities tend to struggle to differentiate themselves. Colorado, and Denver in particular, certainly differentiated themselves with the legalization of retail marijuana.  But with all of the media frenzy surrounding that decision in recent years, the Denver craft brewing scene hasn’t gotten the attention it otherwise would have when exploding and quickly turning Denver into one of the best beer cities in the world (no big deal).

So, let’s continue supporting and celebrating the amazing craft brewing scene here in Denver, systematically marketing it as an attraction to the rest of the country (and the world)…and, of course, enjoying some Good Denver beer!

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 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: 720-440-2340

Good American-Made Bags, Backpacks, Apparel, and Accessories: Topo Designs

2015 May 12
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by David Schlichter

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If you’re into high quality American-made bags, backpacks, apparel, and accessories, I hope you’ve had a chance to check out Topo Designs in RiNoTopo Designs is based here in Denver and started in 2008.  The company’s sales have grown and grown, leading to a flagship RiNo storefront in November of 2013 (next door to Work & Class), and recently a second storefront in Ft. Collins. 

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Topo’s designs are sharp, yet simple, and not sport-specific.  The gear is highly durable and functional, and the design is appealing.  Everything is made in the USA, and all of the bags are made right here in Colorado.

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The company has been so successful that later this year, you’ll be able to purchase some of its products in REI.  But for now, check out the storefront in RiNo the next time you need some outdoor gear!

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Topo Designs is located at 2500 Larimer St. #102.  Interested in living in RiNo?  Click here to search homes for sale.

Photos courtesy of Topo Designs.

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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: 720-440-2340

Good Beers, Good Gear, and a Good Cause: Adventure Forward Fundraiser

2015 April 16
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by David Schlichter

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Adventure Forward is a new nonprofit based in Denver that brings a unique blend of academic support and outdoor adventure to inner-city youth. The organization had a successful pilot program last summer which brought 1192 hours of outdoor adventure and 608 hours of classroom support to Denver students, 90% of whom identified as minorities and 59% of whom qualified for free or reduced price lunch.  In the years to come, this nonprofit will be expanding onto the national scene and making a very powerful impact on kids across the country.

On April 28th from 6:30-8:30pm, Adventure Forward will be putting on a fundraiser and gear swap at Jagged Mountain Brewery in downtown Denver.  $1 from every beer sale will be donated to Adventure Forward, and at the gear swap you can buy, sell, trade, or donate your used outdoor gear.  It will be a great time to pick up some gear for your summer adventures while supporting bringing adventure and academic support to kids who deserve it!

Good beers, Good gear, and supporting a Good cause–what could be better?  See you on April 28th!  RSVP for the event on Facebook here.

Want to learn more about Adventure Forward?  See the video below or click here.

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 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: 720-440-2340

 

Spring 2015 Denver Real Estate Update: SELLERS NEEDED

2015 April 8
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by David Schlichter
Data showing that now is an ideal time to sell your Denver home, courtesy of The Good Life Denver and David Schlichter (720) 440-2340

Data showing that now is an ideal time to sell your Denver home, provided by David Schlichter with Keller Williams Realty Downtown 720-440-2340 (click to enlarge)

People often ask me often, “Is now a good time to sell my Denver house?”  As of spring 2015, the answer could not be more clear.

The Denver residential real estate market is one of the hottest in the country.  In recent months, Denver has led the nation in housing appreciation–and last month the market was hotter than ever.

The average sold price for detached single family homes in the entire metro Denver area for March 2015 was a record-breaking $392,030, up 14% from the previous year (the national average was around 4.5-5%).  Denver County’s results are even more dramatic; the median sale price for March 2015 in Denver County was $336,000, a whopping 24.4% increase over March 2014’s median of $270,000.

Prices have risen dramatically over the last year, and supply has not been able to keep up with demand (see chart above).  As of today, there are only 1,014 homes (including condos) available for purchase in Denver County, which is roughly 25% less than there were at the same time last year.  More homes closed last month than were listed, which means the supply problem is only getting worse.

Most well-priced homes in central Denver are hitting the market on a Thursday or Friday and are gone by Sunday after having received multiple offers.  The average sale price to list price ratio in Denver was 100.4%, meaning the average house sells for above the asking price–and many sell for significantly above the asking price with non-financial offer terms that are very beneficial to the seller.

The Denver market has been a strong seller’s market for several years now, but as of April 2015, we are definitely in an extreme seller’s market.  Denver needs (a lot) more inventory–so when people ask me if now is a good time to sell their Denver home, the answer could not be more clear.  YES.  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 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 first-time home-buyers, to seasoned investors) achieve their real estate goals. Contact David today for all of your Denver real estate needs. Direct: 720-440-2340

Denver’s Dining Scene Continues to Explode

2015 April 3
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by David Schlichter
Ramen from the new restaurant Tengu in RiNo (The Good Life Denver)

Ramen from the new restaurant Tengu in RiNo

Denver’s dining scene is fantastic–and year after year, it just keeps getting better and better. 

If you are a regular reader of this site you’ve seen my features on Good Denver Food/Drinks.  But Denver’s dining scene has gone from having some Good restaurants scattered around the city to quickly becoming one of the hottest dining scenes in the country.

This year, several Denver/Boulder chefs and restaurants are James Beard Award Semi-Finalists:

Best Chef: Southwest

  • Dana Rodriguez, Work & Class, Denver (featured on TGLD here)
  • Steven Redzikowski, Oak, Boulder
  • Alex Seidel, Fruition, Denver

Outstanding Pastry Chef:

  • Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Spuntino, Denver

Outstanding Restaurant:

  • Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder (featured on TGLD here)

NPR gave Denver’s dining scene a nod with this story at the end of last year, and the New York Times featured several Good Denver restaurants in a 36 Hours in Denver profile at the beginning of this year. (See below for an NYT video produced in association with that article.)

Denver’s Westword posted a great article featuring a whopping 28 new restaurants coming to Denver this spring and summer.  Some that I am looking forward to are:

  • Sushi-Rama, a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in RiNo from celebrated chef Jeff Osaka
  • Osaka Ramen, also from Jeff Osaka, a ramen restaurant opening in RiNo
  • Souk Shwarma, a Middle-Eastern street food restaurant opening in the Highlands
  • First Draft, a self-serve tap house with more than 40 taps
  • Finn’s Manor, “part food-truck corral and part craft-cocktail bar, Finn’s Manor is the brainchild of the Populist’s Noah Price.”

The bottom line is this: Denver’s dining scene is exploding.  If you don’t live here, come visit, and eat!  If you do live here, chances are you are loving the dining scene just as much as I am, and I hope you’ll join me in this toast to all of the Denver chefs and restauranteurs who are making Denver a phenomenal place to live, work, play, and eat!

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 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

Good Biscuits: Denver Biscuit Company

2015 March 2
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by David Schlichter
The Franklin Biscuit from Denver Biscuit Company (The Good Life Denver)

The Franklin Biscuit from Denver Biscuit Company

I didn’t think I was a big biscuit guy–I wouldn’t seek out biscuits and gravy on a breakfast menu, and I generally try to eat a very healthy diet.  But every once in a while, especially on a cold day, it turns out Good biscuits are exactly what I need…

You may know about Denver Biscuit Company, but if you don’t, it would be understandable.  The two locations of DBC are actually housed within the two locations of the Atomic Cowboy bar, which also houses the two locations of Fat Sully’s Pizza.  Confused yet?  It’s actually all the same place, just sometimes serving biscuits and/or pizza, depending on when you arrive.  The biscuit menu is served from 8am-2pm on weekdays and 8am-3pm on weekends.  The pizza menu is offered from 11am until “at least” 2am every day.  And the drinks are served from 8am-2am.

But let’s get back to the biscuits.  They are outrageously Good.  The biscuit cinnamon roll is incredibly decadent–piles and piles of frosting seem to make sharing a necessity for this mountain of a biscuit, that is, if you’re willing to give up part of it.  The Franklin biscuit sandwich is served with buttermilk fried chicken, Tender Belly bacon, and cheddar cheese, smothered in sausage or vegetarian gravy, and you can add a fried egg.  The Elmer comes with 10-hour smoked pulled pork, homemade barbeque sauce, stone-ground mustard, and housemade pickles (you can add a fried egg to this one as well).

The biscuit cinnamon roll from Denver Biscuit Company (The Good Life Denver)

The biscuit cinnamon roll from Denver Biscuit Company

Of course, you can always make your own biscuit sandwich with options including from eggs, bacon, cheese, fried chicken, sausage, gravy, etc.  And you can also enjoy a biscuit platter, such as the biscuit pot pie, biscuit French toast, or the shrimp & grits (served over, you guessed it, a biscuit).  At the Denver Biscuit Company, there’s a biscuit for just about everybody…

The Denver Biscuit company has two locations: 3237 E. Colfax (at Colfax and Adams) and 141 S. Broadway (at Broadway and Maple).  Interested in living near the Denver Biscuit Company?  Click here to search Denver homes for sale.

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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 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 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

Summer Will Rock at Red Rocks in 2015

2015 February 5
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by David Schlichter
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Dispatch playing at a sold-out Red Rocks.

Red Rocks is one of the most incredible outdoor music venues in the world, and the summer concert lineup for 2015 is looking awesome.  Though I can’t go to every concert this summer, here are some of the Red Rocks shows about which I’m most excited:

Book your tickets now for the Red Rocks Summer 2015 Concerts/Events Calendar before the shows sell out!

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

Frasca Food and Wine: Simply Divine

2015 February 2
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by David Schlichter

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If you are looking for an outstanding restaurant, Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder offers a divine and exceptionally rare treat.

Even though it is in Boulder, it is no wonder that Frasca has won Best Restaurant in Denver’s 5280 Magazine every year since 2010.  Food, wine, and service at Frasca are taken incredibly seriously.  When we went this past weekend, the service was impeccable; everyone on staff constantly attended to the patrons’ needs and special requests so we were able to sit back, relax, and be enjoy an unforgettable meal.

Unlike many restaurants where wine is simply an accessory, it is a central component of the meal at Frasca.  The wine menu is 67 pages long, suggested wine pairings accompany each of the menu items, and master sommelier (and restaurant co-owner) Bobby Stuckey is available to provide insight and recommendations.  “Tajuts” (half glasses of wine) are encouraged, enabling you to sample the delicious variety of the wine menu.  I had three types of wine with our meal, and they each were delicious–two of which were easily among the best I’ve had in Colorado.

Chef and co-owner Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson knows a thing or two about food.  He has won Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs award in 2005, the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest award in 2008, and spent a season competing on BRAVO’s Top Chef Masters.  The food he serves at Frasca is inspired by the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy: “Friuli is a region steeped in tradition nestled at the foot of the Carnic and Julian Alps and bordered by Austria, Slovenia, and the Adriatic Sea…of immense cultural blending, geographical diversity, and idyllic beauty…rich in natural resources; a place where its people have a deep connection with the land and an intense understanding of the relationship between food and wine.”

Two prix fixe menus were offered during our visit; one was a four course menu with several choices per course, and the other was a seven course Fruilano chef’s tasting menu.  We figured if we were eating at Frasca we might as well opt for the seven course chef’s tasting menu, and, of course, we ended up very happy with our decision.

For menu served along with a photo of each item, click the “read more” link below:
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RiNo Getting Hotter and Hotter: #Denver

2014 December 11
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by David Schlichter
RiNo Getting Hotter and Hotter (The Good Life Denver)

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At the beginning of 2014, I wrote this article about how RiNo may be the most up-and-coming neighborhood in Denver.  Unsurprisingly, 2014 turned out to be a banner year for RiNo.  The Source celebrated one year in business, real estate values are up substantially (commercial rent in the area is up about 400% for many properties in the last 5 years; legal marijuana certainly hasn’t hurt), and new restaurants and businesses are popping up every month.

One of the most significant developments to hit RiNo in 2014 was Industry, a 120,000 square foot creative work space located at 30th and Brighton Blvd. that is home to several start-ups (such as Uber Denver) in a common space, in addition to three new restaurants: Tengu, Will Call, and Griffin (yet to open).  Industry is a beautiful and well-designed shared work space, and it is sure to energize the area in addition to those who work there.  The restaurants are exciting, too.  I visited Tengu the day after it opened, and it hit the spot.  The menu is simple.  Five types of ramen are offered as the main course–each is filling and priced at a modest $10, and there is a small selection of appetizers and yakitori (served after 3pm).  The space is intimate, the service is quick, and the food is Good.

Tengu in RiNo (The Good Life Denver)

Despite being open less than a week, Tengu is already packed.

Will Call, next door, is a tavern serving drinks and a menu of burgers and arepas.  The arepas look delicious, with several options including the huevo (chorizo, buttery white melting cheese, and a raw egg) and the RiNo (ginger black bean paste, grilled onion, grilled shoshito pepper, and buttery white melting cheese).  Will Call is open late, from 11am-2am, and it offers a happy hour from 10pm-close.

Griffin, opening soon, will be a German beer hall and restaurant focusing on menu items from Germany, Turkey, Denmark, Eastern Europe, and Alsace.  I’m looking forward to eating doner kebab in Denver (why doner kebab is missing in abundance in Denver is beyond me), but I’m most excited for Griffin’s 2,500 square foot outdoor beer garden (which will be the largest in Denver).

As 2014 wraps up, do I still believe RiNo is one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in Denver?  Absolutely.  2015 will be another exceptionally Good year for RiNo.  Watch out for another game-changing development in summer 2015 called The Market at the H.H. Tammen Building, which will be a 12,000 square foot culinary emporium and food hall between 26th and 27th on Larimer from developer Ken Wolf and Jeff Osaka (James Beard semi-finalist/former chef of Twelve Restaurant, now closed).  The development will feature a rotisserie, ice cream parlor (finally–the area needs ice cream!), deli, salumi and cheese shop, fish market, produce and flowers, bakery, coffee house, candy store, butcher, wine bar, dry goods market, and dessert emporium.  Osaka will also be bringing two new restaurants to the area–one on the same block, Sushi-Rama, which will serve sushi to diners on conveyor belts, and one a block over, Osaka Ramen, which will be a ramen restaurant.

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A rendering of The Market at the H.H. Tammen Buidling (Image Source: LIVstudio website)

All of the new development that has already taken place in RiNo will continue to draw new businesses and residential projects, and with the east light rail line to the airport commencing service in 2016–with its first stop after Union Station at 38th and Blake–expect 2016 to only further hasten the dramatic changes that are taking place in the area immediately northeast of downtown Denver.

Interested in living near RiNo?  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!

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 Deal: Free Car2Go Membership

2014 December 9
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by David Schlichter

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For a limited time, Car2Go is offering FREE memberships for its car sharing service, in addition to 30 minutes of free car use. 

Car2Go is the car-sharing service that has taken over Denver as the clear market leader, with over 400 of the easily recognizable blue and white smart cars distributed throughout the city.  Instead of your traditional car-sharing service in which users have to return the car to a designated space after every use, Car2Go is one-way, meaning that you can pick up a car at any time and leave it essentially anywhere in the “home area” (most of the City of Denver is in the home area).  What’s more, you don’t have to worry about paying at parking meters (parking Car2Go cars at meters is free in the City of Denver), finding a spot (the cars are tiny and fit in half the size of a normal parking spot), or filling up on gas (no need to fill the tank, but if it is below 25% full, you can get 20 minutes of additional free use by filling up the tank on Car2Go’s payment card).

Car2Go is quite inexpensive.  At $0.41/minute or $14.99/hr, it not only beats the cost of a cab, but also, for some, can change the economics of car ownership entirely.  And, as you’ve undoubtedly seen around town, the cars are abundant.  See below, for example, for a closeup of the locations of all cars downtown at the time this article was published:

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Normally, users pay a one-time $35 fee to become a Car2Go member, but the deal Car2Go is currently offering enables you to become a member for free and get 30 minutes of additional free drive time.  Just visit Car2Go’s website and enter the promo code “CAR2GOTIME” when you sign up prior to December 22nd.  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!

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

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

2014 November 19
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by David Schlichter

Movement Climbing Gym in Denver (The Good Life Denver)

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 Good Life 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 at Movement Climbing Gym in Denver (The Good Life Denver)

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.

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

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.

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

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.]

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.

(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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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