Why Denver is the Best City


Oh Denver, we love you so.

It is easy to forget just how wonderful our city is. That is, unless you sit down next to someone who can’t stop raving about it. On a recent excursion to Jax downtown, one of Denver’s ultimate Oyster hangouts, I met some great transplants who had recently moved from Boston.

The first compliment I picked upwas that they were from Boston and loving their meal at Jax. East Coasters know their seafood. Some of my dear friends are from the East Coast and I can assure you they can be very particular (and rightly so) about defining what qualifies as good seafood. I was absolutely thrilled when they shared their wonder and delight in finding that one of the most land locked cities in the country had such great seafood. I asked if they were Sushi lovers, they were, and thus I shared my own love for Sushi Sasa.

Needless to say they were thrilled and put the Sasa experience on their next to do list.

Mr. and Mrs. Boston were in their early 30’s and had their own independent business, one that they could do from anywhere in the country. Their reason for relocation was simple.

Denver had more opportunity and price attractive real estate than any other city in the nation. With a sparkle in their eyes they shared the great love affair they had with Denver. We all know how expensive the big cities can be. They shared how they were living like sardines in their previous city for far far FAR more cost per month. For what they were paying in Boston they could have (and do have) a huge spacious downtown Denver loft.

Even more important, at least for their transition to Denver, Commercial real estate spaces in the downtown are so much more attractive. For small business owners, entrepreneurs, and growing companies the Denver market offers more than a great place to live, it offers a great place to kick start a company. And the positive energy of our city again helps in providing affordable rents for these companies to recruit new talented employees.

Coming from a bigger city they also shared something we already knew… our secret is out. They said that Denver is the talk of the nation, at least in terms of relocation. Everyone knows about our 300 plus days of sunshine, the great new transportation developments making our city car optional, and the completely amazing energy of all the new restaurants, bistros, pubs and more that are opening in and around Denver.

The also believe the change over the next 5 years is going to significant. All those people who know how great living and working in Downtown Denver is will be driving demand. How much will the Denver Urban world change in terms of pricing and availability over the next few years. Riverfront Park and Union Station Neighborhood are within a year of having the new King Sooper grocery store open AND the new rumor is that a second grocery store is planning to come in as a rival. That rumor is circling around the words “Whole Foods”. If that rumor is true then we say WOW! If that rumor isn’t true there is still a huge WOW factor as the downtown gets a huge new grocery later this year.

Don’t forget that Denver’s historic Union Station train terminal will open on July 12, 2014. This new project will include eight new restaurants, a branch of Denver’s Tattered Cover Bookstore, a Little Man ventured ice cream shop, a cocktail lounge and beer garden, retail stores and an independent hotel. And that is just the Union Station building. What will be on the other city blocks waiting to be built?

The words of these new arrivals to Denver rings true. Denver does get better every day, day after day.

Driving through LoHi and Northwest last night it was simply amazing to see the energy everywhere. Old Major, Linger, LoHi Steak Bar were packed with happy Denverites enjoying meals and laughter with friends. I had just departed Ernies (44th and Federal) with our pizza to go for a relaxing movie night in and was thinking how full fun and festive Ernies had been. I paused and glanced in every spot I passed on my way back and it was the same fun and vibrant environment everywhere I looked.

I think if we just pause to look around we can see what other cities see…. the best place to live (and start a business) in the nation. For those searching for a new downtown Denver home or condo timing can be so important. Today’s market is challenging, it is part of the reason the Denver Urban team specializes in being the BEST at the Downtown Denver market. When everyone realizes how wonderful a market is the homes in that market, especially the great ones, tend to move fast.

Prices continue to be on the move and knowing how to make the BEST offer while making it a SMART offer is the key to getting your dream home under contract. That is what the Denver Urban team does for our clients. Whether you are seeking the high rise lifestyle of a condo in the Glass House in Riverfront Park or a historic Denver Square Bungalow in LoHi our team is available to find the property to match your goals and budget. For those looking to relocate to Denver contact us for a relocation information package.

Just browsing for the time being?  Here are some very helpful links in your search.  You will notice one (of many) thing that makes Denver Urban so unique.  We organize our neighborhoods based on how locals know them.  It’s not just Northwest Denver, it’s Highland / LoHi, West Highland, Riverfront Park, Jefferson Park, Sloan’s Lake, Stadium District and more.  See the complete list of our Denver Urban Neighborhoods here.

  • Top Trending Denver Neighborhoods (Denver’s Hottest Neighborhoods REAL TIME)
  • List of all Denver Neighborhoods
  • Top Trending Denver Buildings and Hi Rises
  • All Denver Urban Buildings
  • Top Trending Listings (Most Viewed Denver Homes)
  • The Average Per Square Foot Report for All Denver Neighborhoods (VERY COOL)

Welcome to our new Boston Transplants again!  We are here to help.  Contact us to learn more about relocating to Denver or finding a Denver Urban dream home today.

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