Are There Any Douglas County Schools Still On The Track System?

Douglas County CO Elementary SchoolIt’s back to school time again, already!  Can you believe how fast the summer seems to go?  Most kids are back in school and starting to learn all those new subjects for this school year. Kids in Douglas County Schools may have started early, but not as early as they used to.

Once upon a time, not that long ago, Douglas County was the fastest growing area in the country.  With that rapid growth, there was a plan and a need to accommodate the elementary schools with the expanding population.  So many new residents moving to Douglas County, and a large portion of them into Highlands Ranch, that careful planning needed to take place in order to manage the students along with the budget for new school buildings.  Thus was the start of the Douglas County School track system.

Many parts of Douglas County continue to see growth, however that huge rush of population took place some years back and now we have leveled out to a more stable cycle.  This is what the planners back then anticipated.  Smart people.  So now, the use of a track system in most of the elementary schools has given way to the more traditional school year.

There are some Douglas County schools that are on more of a modified calendar and many on a conventional calendar.  If you’re curious which, the Douglas County school district puts out a school calendar choice list so you can know what your school, or the school you will be heading to, will plan for the year.  Just click the link in the school’s choice column to see the calendar for the year. If you are planning a move within Douglas County or to Douglas County, hopefully this list can help with student planning.

If I can help guide you through this or more importantly, the real estate process please get in touch.  I would love to help and see if I could be a good fit.

Denver Real Estate Market Report By Zip Code | South Suburbs | July 2011

 Denver Zip Code Real Estate Report July 2011Well we’re into the second half of the year already so let’s look at July’s figures.  I see a lot of RED!  Understandably, the inventory levels are less than in previous years but let’s not get caught up in all of that.  Let’s look at what we have right now.  To me it looks pretty good.

Sellers in most South Denver real estate zip codes are looking at fairly low months of inventory.  Sellers in areas such as Parker, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Englewood all enjoy a seller’s real estate market.  Like I always say however, an overpriced home in less than good condition will struggle to sell in any market.  So sellers need to stay focused on price and condition.

Buyers never fear!  There is still enough inventory out there for you to find the perfect home.  Take advantage now of these all time low rates which improve your buying power tremendously based on mortgage qualification and monthly payments.  If you find the home you like, act on it.  It is a great time to buy, really.

If you are looking to buy your next home or maybe sell your current home, please contact me and let’s see how I can help.  I’m active in the market and stay current on real estate values and trends.


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Denver Real Estate Market Report By Zip Code | South Suburbs | June 2011

June 2011 real estate data by zip code south Denver Metro

We are a bit more than halfway through the year already so let’s take a look at June’s statistics for the midyear.  Most zip codes for the south metro Denver area remain  pretty steady as far as sales and inventory levels.  In fact, most are pretty good  for the market with most zip codes staying “red”, which indicates a fairly hot market for sellers.

Parker and Castle Rock both have large numbers of active inventory and Parker continues to show great activity in it’s 80134 zip code!  Highlands Ranch reflects a seller’s market as well as many of the zip codes just north, including Englewood, Centennial and Greenwood Village along with others.

If you are a seller in one of these South Metro Denver zip codes, remain competitive on price, condition and depending on your price range, you may need to remain patient.  Even though it is a stable market according to statistics, the hottest prices remain between $200-$500k.

Buyers, stay active and engaged in the market. If you are ready to buy, then don’t believe the inventory will remain on the market forever and there is an overabundance of choices.  As you can see, in most areas inventory is to the seller’s advantage and the best homes continue to sell quick.

The Denver Real Estate market is pretty good. If you would like a more detailed look at your own home’s value or if you are looking to buy, please contact me I would love to help.

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Denver Real Estate Market Report By Zip Code | South Suburbs | May 2011

Denver Homes Sales & Real Estate Statistics

May continued the trend of a fairly strong homes seller’s market this year, at least as far as inventory levels go. Looking at the chart, there is still a lot of red!  Seller’s need to take advantage of the season, keep the curb appeal spruced up grass green and cut, fresh mulch and blooming flowers.

Buyers have fewer choices so don’t hesitate when you find the home you love. Especially anything priced under $200k, these homes are HOT! Take advantage of still great interest rates and start living your dream.

The Denver Real Estate market is pretty good. If you would like a more detailed look at your own home’s value or if you are looking to buy, please contact me I would love to help.

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Denver Real Estate Market Report By Zip Code | South Suburbs | April 2011


April inventory levels remain positive in most areas. Not too much of an over supply in the market.  In fact, as you can see by all the red, most areas have relatively low levels of inventory.  There is a good amount of inventory out in Parker, which is the 80134 and 80138 zips, however also a lot of sales leaving the area in a pretty balanced market condition.

On average, days on market look to be a bit over 4 months for many areas which is consistent with the months of inventory in those areas.  What does this mean to sellers?  Lower inventory again this month is good.  However, patience is necessary for most, the showing activity is just not that brisk.  Also, be very competitive in price and condition.  With fewer homes competing for the home buyers, it becomes clear to those out in the market which homes are overpriced and which need more attention to condition details.  So keep it clean, well maintained and priced right and you should be fine.

Buyers need to act quicker if they have interest in a particular home. With less inventory and great interest rates, the home you like today another buyer may very well have seen and liked yesterday.  Now you find it under contract!

The Denver Real Estate market is pretty good. If you would like a more detailed look at your own home’s value or if you are looking to buy, please contact me I would love to help.

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Private Schools Apply For Douglas County Schools Voucher Pilot Program

There has been many opinions, pro and con regarding the Douglas County Schools of Choice Scholarship / Option Certificate / Voucher Pilot Program. I have also seen it called a variety of names including vouchers, option certificates and Choice Scholarships, the latter seeming to be the current.  In any case, the pilot program has passed by the Douglas County School Board and a time line has been set to implement the program.  Parents can sign up for interest and soon (5/2/11)  they will be able to apply for the 500 possible Option Certificates / Choice Scholarships to attend private schools in the area.  According to the time line, The application deadline will be 5/12/11.

While there are a variety of qualifications, the two that stand out to me is that your child must currently be enrolled in a Douglas County School this current 2010 – 2011 school year and the school you wish to use the Option Certificate must be approved.

Schools have now applied for approval into the program as the deadline was last Friday 4/15/11.  According to the DCSD website, 28 area private schools applied.   You can see a list here.

The schools that have applied are now being reviewed and a final list of accepted schools will be published on May 2, 2011.

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Denver Luxury Homes: What Can You Buy For $1,000,000 in Denver

When working with Denver real estate clients in the Denver luxury homes market many times folks will throw out the $1,000,000 mark and are curious to see what is available in different parts of the Denver metro area for $1 million. You will find that this will vary greatly throughout the Denver metro area depending on location and other factors.

Some Denver homes at this price point will include more land than others, some the price will reflect more the home itself. Mountain views can come into play and then of course neighborhoods can play a role as well. Closer to the city you will find the same home may cost more in many cases, thus at times giving you more bang for your buck in the suburbs.

Taking a closer glimpse here are homes for sale in other areas of Metro Denver.

Denver – Actually located within the city of Denver, you will see some very lovely Denver neighborhoods listed here often such as Washington Park, Bonnie Brae, Cherry Creek, Highlands, DU, City Park, University Hills, condos in LoDo & downtown and more.

Cherry Hills VillageHomes in Cherry Hills Village boasts a prestigious address.  For the most part, the $1,000,000 home will be toward the bottom of the price range in Cherry Hills Village.  Homes here are among some of the highest priced in the Denver metro area and offer true luxury real estate and neighborhoods.


Greenwood Village Greenwood Village homes around $1,000,000 will be a bit spread out with some homes in the Preserve or One Cherry Lane falling into this price range, others will be mixed in other neighborhoods and you may even find a luxury townhome here or there.


Highlands Ranch – In Highlands Ranch a $1 million dollar home will either be at the higher end of the pricing spectrum in neighborhoods like Weatherstone, The Hearth, Highlands Ranch Golf Course or Hillcrest – or more at the lower side in neighborhoods such at The Highwoods and Falcon Hills.  The Back Country offers a wide price range of homes and you will sometimes see homes around $1,000,000 here as well.  Many homes at $1 million and up are in areas with fantastic mountain views.


CentennialCentennial covers a wide area as it is spread far from east to west and will give you some variety in the $1,000,000 price range.


Lone Tree – The primary neighborhood you will find Lone Tree homes around $1,000,000 is Heritage Hills which is a gated pool community with a great location off of I25 & Lincoln.

LittletonLittleton covers a wide area as well address wide and at the $1 million price point you will find homes in areas such as Roxborough, Arrowhead, Ken Caryl, Willow Springs, Cherokee Ranch, Polo Club, and old Littleton.


Castle Pines North – In Castle Pines North you will generally find some homes around the $1 million price mark in Daniel’s Gate and The Ridge Golf Course Community.


Castle RockCastle Rock will be a wider range of area & type of home from luxury homes in Caste Pines to homes with ranch style acreage further south and east – and everything in between.


Parker – In Parker you will have several areas and neighborhoods to choose from with a wide range of styles – from luxury neighborhoods such as Pradera, Centennial Ranch and The Pinery to homes with more land and often times spectacular views.


Sedalia – In Sedalia you will find wide open space and the luxury home community tucked within the forest of Perry Park.


Additional communities in Metro Denver – If you are looking on the north, north west or north east side of Denver for a million dollar home, I don’t primarily cover these areas but have great, trusted real estate professionals that I work with all of the other Denver areas that I would be happy to refer you to, just give me a call.


There are many million dollar homes out there in the Denver metro area – give me a call and we will narrow down your search and find your dream home!


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