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Browse Denver neighborhoods, or better yet, fill out our super simple form below to get personalized answers from a real estate agent in Denver here at Conscious Real Estate.

 

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Houses in Denver are available to browse through when you sign up for the MLS or Multiple Listing Service. If you’ve bought a home before, you’ll know exactly what this is. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, the MLS system is a credible service used by licensed agents and backed by the National Association of Realtors.

Whatever you do… use Zillow and Trulia as general guides only. As opposed to the Multiple Listing Service, Zillow and Trulia are advertisers. That’s right. Many listings are fake, already sold, or have incorrect information. (We once traveled to go see a “home” a client found online at Zillow, only to find it was actually an abandoned and empty lot.)

Some of our favorite Denver neighborhoods include:

Bonnie Brae, Krisana Park, LoHi, RiNo, LoDo, Globeville, Alamo Placita, Baker, Downtown Denver, Capitol Hill, Uptown, Sloan’s Lake, Cherry Creek, Crestmoor, Park Hill, Mayfair, Lowry, City Park, Whittier, Jefferson Park, Wash Park (Washington Park), Platte Park, Berkeley, Sunnyside, Hill Top, Highlands, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, Governor’s Park, Jefferson Park, Observatory Park, Golden Triangle, Five Points, Curtis Park, University Hills, Lincoln Park, Regis, and Montclair-Mayfair.

We also love these Denver suburbs which can offer better prices and a bit more space potentially: Lakewood, Golden, Thornton, Highlands Ranch, Centennial, DTC, Littleton, Westminster, Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Aurora.

About Conscious Real Estate (Are you conscious too? Meet your tribe.)

We’re conscious, we’re focused on you, we want what’s best for you, and we don’t focus on the bottom line in our pockets. (Many realtors do.) And, many realtors want to “just get this over with” and get you to sign so they can get paid.

Well, guess what? Not only do we have incredible integrity for your Denver real estate journey, we also donate a portion of our own commission to a nonprofit that you choose (this does not come from any costs to you, the home seller pays our real estate agent costs.)

Why not get started on finding out more…

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Front Range Homes for Sale in Colorado | Let’s Explore!

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Living in the Front Range near Denver can be a beautiful escape to call home.

 

Living in Denver has its pluses (and minuses). You get the urban environment, city life, and amazing views of the mountains beyond.

 

This might be enough Front Range life for you, or, if you’re seeking more solitude and nature, head just up the hills a bit and you’ll find a few gems of “cities” including: Evergreen, Conifer, Kittredge, Pine, and Pine Junction.

 

There are even more smaller towns, but typically when searching for front range homes for sale near Denver, most people end up there. Want to see deer and elk grazing in your lawn every morning? These are the spots for your home search.

 

Houses for Sale in Conifer, Colorado

 

Conifer, Colorado is located about 15 miles southwest from the outskirts of Denver. This makes it about a 45 minute or 1-hour drive to get from a home in Conifer to Downtown Denver. (And, it’s a beautiful, scenic one too.) Conifer was once home to the Arapaho, Ute and Cheyenne Native American tribes. Then in the late 1800’s, roads were carved and pioneers searching wealth and a homestead of their own began to make way into the area.

 

Nowadays, Conifer is a quiet, mountain town, still unincorporated, in Jefferson County. It’s a quiet life with beautiful mountain flowers, wildlife, and many hikes and outdoor recreation areas. At 8,000 feet, it is a bit higher altitude than Denver at 5,280 feet, yet still retains an amazing record of sunshine with an average of 255 sunny days per year. Home types vary, from luxurious mountain properties, to single family homes, as well as townhomes and condos. The median price for houses in Conifer is around $300,000, yet ranges widely depending on your preferences. Browse Conifer Homes for Sale.

 

Living in Evergreen: Single Family Houses to Luxurious Cabins

 

Just north of Conifer is the larger city of Evergreen where there are more shops, restaurants, and nightlife. Evergreen, Colorado is the largest of the near-Denver front range mountain towns. Located right off 1-70, Evergreen is a breeze to get to from Denver and even has public transportation to get you down into town when needed. As with all Front Range, higher elevation towns, you’ll want to make sure you have a vehicle or plan for heavy snow and weather during winter months. Yet, similarly to Conifer, Evergreen enjoys a majority of sunny days per year, and because it is only 3,000 or so feet higher than Denver, it still has a temperate climate during the Spring, Summer and Fall.

 

Homeowners in Evergreen can expect wildlife, a small town lifestyle, art and local craftsmen, coffee shops, local watering holes, yoga studios and a health-minded community. Front Range life is slower than the urban center of Denver just about 30 – 45 minutes away, yet still offers access to the city should you desire it’s amenities. Many Evergreen houses for sale are priced a bit more competitively than Denver-area homes for sale, which have skyrocketed in recent years.

 

The bonus of living in the Front Range? Land! You’ll usually be able to find more privacy than you would in Denver, sharing it occasionally with a docile (typically!), bear, moose, deer or elk. The views are incredible, the people kind, and you aren’t quite as isolated as some of the near towns in the Front Range. Browse Evergreen Homes for Sale.

 

Front Range Life in Kittredge, Colorado

 

Just a tiny bit up the way lies Kittredge, Colorado. Population: 1,304 in the 2000 census. If you are truly seeking seclusion, Kittredge could be a front range town for you to browse homes for sale. At lower price points, Kittredge offers small town life, with the “big city” of Evergreen just right down the way. True mountain men and women will love the laid back, low key lifestyle, more integrated into nature than many of the larger urban front range towns. WIth outdoor recreation abounding, living in Kittredge is quintessential Front Range beauty, linked with comforting small town charm. Browse Kittredge Homes for Sale.

 

Houses in Pine and Pine Junction, Colorado

 

On the southern end of this collection of near-Denver, Front Range mountain towns, lie Pine and Pine Junction, Colorado. Again, wildlife abound, and having a herd of elk share your lawn is pretty commonplace. If you’re looking for a mountain home near Denver, Pine and Pine Junction could be ideal places for your search. Located next door to each other, Pine Junction has a bit more commerce, and Pine has a bit more spacious outdoorsy-ness. The big event in Pine each year is the annual Rhubarb Festival. Both are considered “bedroom communities” meaning that many of its residents live there, yet work elsewhere. There is only a small bit of commercial activity, but that is replaced by the extraordinary peace of the surrounding mountain ranges. Browse Pine and Pine Junction Homes for Sale.

 

Finding a Home in the Front Range, Colorado

 

If you’re searching for homes near Denver, but in the mountains, consider Conifer, Evergreen, Kittredge, Pine and Pine Junction. They are all near to grocery stores (even a Whole Foods), art centers, recreation, wildlife and small town living, yet within an hour’s drive of huge Metro Denver.

 

Homes for sale in the Front Range are currently priced at more affordable levels (depending on what you’re looking for), as compared to the ever growing Denver metropolis. Yet luxury homes and cabins abound too, making it a perfect place for a second home or vacation home. In fact, many cabins and luxury homes in the area are used for just that purpose. Both full-time Front Range residents and occasional vacation visitors all enjoy the small town vibes and slow pace these mountain towns have to offer. Start your home search and browse MLS listings by clicking here

 


 

Contact one of our Conscious Real Estate agents today to begin your search for homes in the Front Range.

 

We’re here to match you with the perfect mountain homes for yourself and your family. And, we donate 10% of every sale to a local nonprofit of your choice. Browse Front Range homes today and begin your journey into the mountains near Denver.

 

If you’re renting in Denver, and currently want to buy a home, you may be looking a little outside city proper because of the home price difference. And, if you’re moving here from somewhere else, like so many are, you might want to think about the ‘burbs. They have a lot to offer, and a lot to save, money-wise. Here is a little information on three of Denver’s most livable west and northwest suburbs.

 

Lakewood, Colorado

 

Lakewood was the destination for Denver’s wealthiest families to have their summer homes (er mansions), and farms. As urban sprawl crept, Lakewood was developed into a metropolis. Now, the city is actually putting up signs to differentiate it from neighboring Denver and it has truly been coming into its own in the last 30 years. It is suburban, but about 15 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from the foothills. This perfectly situated town offers many homes built from the 1950’s to present, including new construction, condos, and townhomes, yet Lakewood offers one more feature: mid-sized homes and more reasonable prices. It is not uncommon to find a home here for $350,000 (duplexes at $250,000), whereas in Denver, you would only be able to secure a condo (possibly), at the price of a home.

 

Arvada, Colorado

 

Did you know that the town of Arvada was named after a small island off the coast of Syria? Because of the leading citizen (Benjamin Franklin Wadsworth) and his wife’s decision to honor her brother-in-law, Hiram Arvada Haskin, Arvada got its name. The town originally was an afterthought from the failed gold finds in Denver, but became a strong agricultural community in time. Even now, it is “off the grid” from Denver, just a few miles north of the city, but enough to be called a “suburb.” And it’s a lovely one. With a unique downtown area, the historic “Olde Town”, it has an artsy vibe. The rest of the town consists of homes built from the 1950’s on up to new builds and even some farm land! With many reasonably sized homes in the offerings, so again, this suburb wins as far as price and size of home go – especially since you can reach downtown Denver in 20 minutes or have easy access to I-70 to get up to the mountains.

 

Westminster, Colorado

 

Just west of Arvada, we hit Westminster, another moderately priced (compared to the area) suburb. It does not have the cute downtown like Arvada, or shopping and dining center like Belmar in Lakewood, but living in Westminster means you are closer to halfway to Boulder (being next door to Broomfield). You would also be at a deluxe center of traffic avoidance being in the NW corner of the main highways. You are able to hop onto 36 to get to either the mountains or airport quite easily, or head to Boulder for a day trip in just over a half an hour or so. Getting downtown is about a 15 minute drive. It’s a great location, and homes at prices around $450K – $650K are available.

 

Finding a Home in the Denver Suburbs

 

Finding a home for sale in the Denver suburbs is easy. Just click here to start browsing. And, consider getting matched with an agent so that we can guide you as locals. We often compare real estate to dating, where we help you find that perfect home, taking into consideration all of the possibilities.

 

If you’ve been discouraged by Denver prices, consider setting an appointment with one of our agents to talk about the suburbs. Unlike other large cities, our suburbs are quite close to the center. One day, the “suburbs” will truly be a part of the whole, so getting into a home there now will help you start building your equity, which by all predictions, the market is set to continue increasing for all size homes in these areas.

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A guest post from Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan

 

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Kimberly McAleenan (right), presents her donation to Freedom Service Dogs, with her client Brandon (right)

 

Freedom Service Dogs is an amazing organization!  

 

Even though we just missed the latest graduates of puppies, we got to hear all about them and the amazing things they do for their new human partners, even laundry!!!

 

Dogs are meticulously trained to match the needs of their new human companion and go through months and months of learning everyday tasks that can be difficult for some people.

 

Freedom Service Dogs helps Veterans and people with special needs get the help they need by providing them with incredible dogs. It costs around $70,000 to feed all of the dogs for 1 year, so every bit helps them out.

My client, Brandon has an adorable dog named Lilo. He comes from a military family, so he wanted the donation from his home purchase to support Veterans and animals.

 

This was such a fun donation and I really hope I can bring them more money in the future.



Congratulations Brandon and Lilo to being Colorado homeowners and thanks for picking me, Kimberly McAleenan with Conscious Real Estate and Freedom Service Dogs for your donation!

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Belmar in Lakewood, Colorado, is a thriving area many people shop and live near now, but it wasn’t always like that.

 

In fact, Belmar has received numerous accolades and awards for its development from a failing mall into a revitalized suburban “downtown.” The Urban Land Institute says that it “exemplifies the potential for transforming…suburbs into more diverse, compact, sustainable, pedestrian oriented and transit oriented communities.” Let’s learn a little more about Lakewood and how it all began.

 

A Little About Lakewood, Colorado

 

Lakewood, Colorado is a wonderful place to look when you are searching for homes for sale in Denver. Townhomes start around $250,000 and single family homes from $375,000 and up to the millions in Lakewood, Colorado. So, you can find a home a little closer to your budget if you need to. Similarly, your funds can go much further in Lakewood than they can in Denver. You can find yourself in a mansion in Lakewood, where you may have to compromise for a smaller home or even a town home in Denver. (PS, if you want to, you can browse for yourself right here.)

 

Lakewood, unlike older metropolis cities in the nation, is a close suburb to the main city of Denver. You can get to Lakewood from Denver, in no traffic, in about 15 minutes. On high traffic days, 30 – 45 minutes can be usual, yet in other parts of the city, it can take up to 2 hours to get across town. Lakewood is also situated next to the foothills, making it a breeze to get onto I-70 to get up to the mountains. Golden is also a hop, skip and a jump from Lakewood. It’s a great place for recreation and entertainment, as well as learning about our Colorado history.

 

Speaking of….

 

Back to the History… What was Belmar Before?

 

Well, back in the day…. Not too far back, but about 1936, ground broke on a replica of Marie Antoinette’s Petite Trianon Palace in France. After a year of construction, May Bonfils, the heiress of the Denver Post founder’s fortune (long story there), was able to move into her estate, yes, Belmar, located in Lakewood, Colorado. Many of the area’s affluent would build large estates outside of the city as natural escapes (including the famous Unsinkable Margaret “Molly” Brown) who had her summer estate right down the way from May.

 

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Left, Belmar Mansion, Right, Owner Mary Bonfils Stanton

 

The estate was gorgeous. Belmar Mansion had 20 rooms, including a walnut-paneled dining room, art salon, small chapel, fountain, boat house, flock of peacocks, and a working farm boasting award-winning black angus cattle. May Bonfils also had a solarium, and many pieces of furniture owned by famous people of the past such as a bed slept in by Marie Antoinette, a crested chair of Queen Victoria, and a piano played by a piano played by Frédéric Chopin. The tree-lined drive was wrought with iron fencing and metal shields reading: Belmar.

 

The stairway inside Belmar Mansion

Inside the Belmar Estate

A dining room inside Belmar Mansion

 

The view across Kountze Lake featuring Belmar’s fountain.

Belmar Embodies the Spirit of Giving

 

This beautiful dream home of May Bonfils was her pride. She helped conserve wildlife in the area and was generous about sharing the land with various organizations, especially the Girl Scouts, one of her favorite organizations. She created the Clinic of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado Medical Center, the library and auditorium of Loretto Heights College, the Bonfils Wing at the Denver Museum of Natural History, and the interior décor of the Catholic Chapel at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

 

Belmar was originally located at the spot that is now 777 S. Wadsworth, in Lakewood. Now the home of the Ironclad Executive Office Park. Back then, there was no development aside from these estates, yet, as time went on, suburban sprawl began.

 

Perhaps it is sad that a glorious historical home was demolished to become a generic parking lot and office building. Yet, when May’s executor was approached about turning the home into a museum, he stated that museums were for the dead, homes were for the living.

 

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Belmar area in 2013, being continuously developed.

 

Rather than allow May’s beautiful pride and joy to become a tourist attraction, he decided to donate the land to government and philanthropic organizations, beginning the grounds for the buildings that are there today, including the Belmar Library and City Hall.

 

Belmar in Modern Times

 

Ed Stanton, Mary’s second husband, long-time friend, caretaker, and trusted executor gave much of the estate to the Catholic Church and various charities that were favorites of May Bonfils Stanton. When some of the organizations were having trouble financially maintaining the properties, more of the land was leased to various entities. One of Stanton’s most notable and lasting impressions is his leasing of the area now known simply as “Belmar” but yet was once a shopping mall called Villa Italia. Is this why they have an Italian street fest every summer at Belmar? We’re not sure, but it could very well be a nod to the retail area’s predecessor.

 

The mall, Villa Italia, was a huge success at first. In fact, when it was built, it was one of the largest malls in the world. Built in 1965, malls were in their prime. In the early 1980’s, a second story was even added. Yet, by 2000, the mall, like many others across the country, were starting to fail. In 2002, Villa Italia was demolished to make way for a new, novel idea: a Downtown Lakewood.

 

Funny how they say, “And the rest was history!” when it was actually everything that came before, but hey, the rest was history (at least you probably know this part). It ended up being a huge success. It expanded the suburban offerings and added a residential cluster to the whole area. Property values increased and it added employment options for many Jefferson county residents.

 

 

Do you want to live in Lakewood? Browse real-time listings of homes for sale in Lakewood, Colorado by clicking here.

 


Resources & More Reading:

History Colorado, May Bonfils and Her Lost Belmar Mansion: A Lavish Lakewood Estate Housed a Wealth of Benevolence, October, 19, 2018. (Wonderful article PS!!! She would drive to the convenience store with a chauffeur in a Rolls Royce and buy her pup an ice cream cone according to legend!)

DeadMalls.com, Villa Italia, May, 27, 2002.

Continuum Partners, The Making of Belmar, The History of Belmar.

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Mary Bonfils Stanton.

Channel 9 News, “There used to be a mansion based off Marie Antoinette’s chateau where this mall is now”, September 8, 2017.

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Conscious Real Estate agents donate 10% of their own commission to a nonprofit of their clients’ choice. These awesome clients chose: The Gathering Place.

 

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Kimberly McAleenan, Conscious Real Estate Agent, with the Hubbards, who chose The Gathering Place for their donation.

 

I had the most amazing joy helping Teri, Kyle and their daughter Kasey purchase their first home. The Gathering Place helped Teri get her life situated when she needed help and it felt incredibly full circle to be able to donate money back to them after Teri and Kyle closed on their home.” – Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan

 

The Gathering Place: A Refuge For Building Lives

 

The Gathering Place was a safe place for my kids and me to spend our days and get a good meal, while I tried to get back on my feet. I was pregnant at the time and I don’t know if I or my daughter would have survived without them. It’s very hard to better yourself without a support system. The Gathering Place filled that role for me. I can never thank them enough for all they did for us!” -Teri, a former Gathering Place member, current amazing human.

 

A Denver Non-Profit Gets a Boost From Conscious Real Estate

 

Conscious Real Estate is a local real estate agency that loves their clients and the community, showing it in a big way by personally donating 10% of every commission to a nonprofit of their clients’ choosing. This programming allows for large, lump sum donations that make a big difference for the nonprofits they pick.

 

For the recipient charities, this can help one more person into the program, help purchase supplies, secure a contractor, help with building maintenance or any of their current needs. You’ve heard it before, but sharing is caring and at Conscious Real Estate, we are honored to be a part of supporting the nonprofit community here in Denver.

 

Donations Aid Programming…. Like This One! (Yep, They Do Even More!)

 

On top of all the amazing things The Gathering Place does for people, I love that they have an artist program that allows people to create art and cards. The art/cards are then sold and the artist gets the majority of the money. I bought a bunch of these cards, not just because the money supports a good cause and helps the people who created them, but also because the art was fantastic!” – Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan

 

Donations can help nonprofits expand into new areas. Such as social enterprise. Art Restart is a new way for homeless women to make money (they make 50% commission on their art, the rest goes back to The Gathering Place to support programming), and get a sense of acknowledgment and accomplishment for their artistic skills through their custom and original greeting card program. Find out more about Art Restart (or purchase some cards!), right here.

 


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“Who Run the World? Girls!” – Beyonce

 

Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver is dedicated to inspiring girls to be “strong, smart, and bold.” In this world of limiting messages, sexual harassment, the “roles” women and girls are “supposed” to play, and the constant pressure to be pretty and perfect… girls have a lot to hold up to. Girls, Inc. helps them deal with these pressures, identify which ones don’t matter, and learn how to react to the ones that do (like standing up for yourself and shooting for the stars!).

 

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On a Recent Donation to Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver…

 

“Shaina Jordan is my amazing home buyer that selected Girls Inc. of Metro Denver for her donation. I love that Girls Inc. teaches girls to be ‘Strong, Smart and Bold’.

Too often women are taught to be careful. Instead, Girls Inc. teaches them to be brave,” says Conscious Real Estate Agent, Kimberly McAleenan.

“In a world where women are undervalued daily, I topped off this donation to $1,000 to help even more girls learn that they have value and can do so much more,” she added.       Thank you Kimberly!!!

 

The Girls’ Bill of Rights

Girls, Inc. created this Girls’ Bill of Rights to expressly state that girls have the right to:

to be themselves and to resist gender-stereotypes;
to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm;
to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success;
to accept and appreciate their bodies;
to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world;
to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.

 

Where Does the Money Go?

 

Of course, when it comes to donations, donors always want to know if their money is well-spent and going to be used effectively. Charity Navigator gives Girls, Inc. four stars, a perfect score for accountability and transparency, and 95.52/100 overall. You can check out their amazing review here. Over eighty five percent of the funds they receive goes to programming!!! Just a tinge goes to admin and fundraising. Needless to say… that rocks! What kind of programming, you ask?

  • STEM Programs for Girls
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Anti-Bullying Solutions
  • After School and Summer Programs
  • College Tours
  • HS and College Prep Workshops
  • And, sooooo much more… learn more here.

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About Conscious Real Estate

We are a conscious real estate company that gives back to nonprofits with every home sale or purchase from out own commission. Yes, we are passionate about our community. We believe that by giving, we all receive. Local Denver nonprofits need funding. By working with Conscious Real Estate, our clients are able to donate large, lump sums to truly impact local programs.

 

Let’s face it… a larger donation goes further! If you’re thinking about moving to Denver, relocating to another neighborhood in Denver, purchasing an investment property, or selling your home, you can be the one in the picture with the big check presented to your favorite cause.

 

It’s a proud moment that makes our clients truly feel part of the community, making the impact they may have always wanted to, but just needed an opportunity like our Give 10% program to make it happen. Learn more here!

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Conscious Real Estate agents donate 10% of their own commission from a home sale or purchase to a nonprofit of their clients’ choosing.

 

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Conscious Real Estate Agent Kimberly McAleenan is a veteran herself. So, when her clients chose Veterans to Farmers as part of their 10% nonprofit donation, she was elated.

 

Kimberly explains: “Veterans to Farmers is an amazing organization that helps give Veterans a purpose after getting out of the military. They teach Veterans the tools they need to switch their mindsets from the military mindset to an agricultural mindset.”

 

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“They also educate and encourage Veterans to pursue their new paths to success. This non-profit has completely changed my client Luke B’s life and gave him new purpose,” she says.

 

More than anything, he wanted a home with a massive garage so he could have a space to grow mushrooms (for cooking not hallucinating!) and also be able to help educate other veterans on the process.

 

“I am honored to have helped Luke with the VA home buying process and to be able to donate to such an fantastic Veteran non-profit,” Kimberly beams.

 

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Conscious Real Estate Agent Kimberly McAleenan (left), with her client who chose Veterans to Farmers for his over $800 donation.

 

Veterans to Farmers is an organization dedicated to “turning protectors into providers” by teaching them valuable skills as hydroponic and in-soil farmers. The goal is a return to the family farm, powered by veterans. Farming is also a therapeutic way to channel their energy following trauma, and of course, can help make new bonds, whether with the plants, or fellow program participants – it gives options for healing, while working toward a positive goal.

 

Conscious Real Estate is proud to partner with local nonprofits with unique solutions to help people – such as farming!

 

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Kimberly McAleenan presents a large donation to Veterans to Farmers.

 

We think it’s great. If you’re looking for homes for sale in Denver and want to be represented by real estate advocates that truly care about our community, please contact us for a complimentary interview.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about Denver neighborhoods, the housing market, an intro to lending programs, or (often our favorite), insight into historical homes (we love ‘em!). We’re here for you and standing by.

January is Radon Action Month

January is Radon Action Month

Governor John Hickenlooper has declared that January will be Radon Action Month in Colorado. But, in all fairness, radon is a year-round issue.

What the heck is radon anyway?

Radon is the other odorless, invisible gas that can kill you, albeit much more slowly than carbon monoxide. According to EPA Estimates, Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. According to Carolyn Koke, director of market development for the AccuStar and RadonAway brands, radon is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year–more than drunk driving, falls in the home, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

In Colorado, as many as 50-75% of homes are believed to have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4 picocuries (pCi) of radon per liter of air. Radon is a radioactive natural gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Colorado shows higher radon levels than many states “because radon is a byproduct of the decay of uranium and it exists in our soil everywhere because we live in a highly mineralized state,” said Warren Smith, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Winter is the perfect time to test your home for radon, according to Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed,” Kelley said. “That’s why January is a great time to test, during National Radon Action Month.”

Radon is the other odorless, invisible gas that can kill you, albeit much more slowly than carbon monoxide.

If you are in the process of buying a home in Colorado, you can absolutely test for radon in your new home during the inspection period. However, there are some considerations to testing for radon during your real estate transaction…

  • If you test for radon during your inspection period, home inspectors will typically use a 48 hour radon test, which can be less accurate than the 3-month to 1-year radon test kits. Testing the home over a longer time period will give a far better picture of the true radon levels of the home, as the radon could be unusually high or low over any given 48 hour period.

 

  • The best time to test for radon is in the winter, when the home is all sealed up. A 3-month month test during the winter months will give the most accurate results to demonstrate how much radon is in your home, while a 1-year test will give you a true picture of how much radon shows up in your home over the course of time. Radon simply dissipates with air, so if doors and windows are kept open in the summer, radon levels will be lower or nonexistent.

 

  • If the home is currently inhabited by the seller while you test for radon, you have to trust that the seller is keeping the doors and windows closed during your test. If you are purchasing a home without air conditioning in the summer time, the seller would have to be willing to be unbearably hot for 48 hours on your behalf. In a perfect world, all sellers would happily do this. However, since a possible outcome of the seller’s discomfort would be that the home tests high for radon and now they are being asked to purchase a radon mitigation system for you, some sellers may not be compliant with radon testing.

 

  • If you are considering testing the home for radon during the inspection period, the question you should ask yourself is:

 

  • Even if this home tests high for radon during the inspection period, would I refuse to purchase this particular home if it tests high for radon and the seller refuses to install a mitigation system? (Keep in mind that it’s likely that other homes you may desire may also contain high radon levels with sellers who refuse to install a mitigation system.)

 

  • While 48-hour radon tests typically cost about $100, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment offer a FREE test kit to Colorado households, which is likely to be more accurate. Long-term radon tests also tend to be less costly than the 48-hour tests.

Let’s recap. If you are questioning, “Should I test my home for radon?” The answer is definitely, “yes, yes, and yes.”

The question is: should you test the home for radon before you have purchased the home or after you purchase the home? The benefit of testing for radon before you have purchased the home is that you have a chance of getting the seller to install a radon mitigation system on their own dime. Of course, this is at the seller’s discretion and many sellers may not be interested in this expenditure.

What do you do if you already own your home and your home tests high for radon?

If radon levels are high, you can reduce them, but it’s not a DIY job. Certified mitigation providers may use several methods, including sealing cracks in floors and walls and installing underground pipes and an exhaust fan, to lower radon levels. A radon mitigation system in Colorado usually costs about $800-$1,200 unless difficult design problems are encountered. If your water comes from a private well and you found a radon problem when you tested the air in your home, you can also consider testing your water, although radon in water is typically less of an issue than radon in the air.

 

Here is the link for a FREE RADON TEST KIT: https://environmentalrecords.colorado.gov/HPRMWebDrawerHM/RecordHtml/403292

If you would like to learn more about the testing and mitigation of radon, here is a video from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that is accompanied by scary and ominous music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1OcA1N2Tig&feature=youtu.be

 

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Conscious Real Estate was founded on the principle of giving. 10% of every home sale or purchase is donated to a charity of our clients’ choice.

 

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Karis Community starts with grace.

 

In fact, the word karis means grace in Greek. As a verb, it means to honor to give honor or credit to one’s presence. And, that is just what Karis Community does, since 1976, they have honored adults with mental illness who are choosing to show up and receive help for their struggles through their programming.

 

Life on its own isn’t easy. When you have a chronic illness, whether physical or mental, life can be nearly impossible. It takes a community to help us get out of situations we’ve fallen into. And, it can be really easy to get from one place to another in small slips. Many times when our loved ones get to a place where they need help, we wonder, how did they get there?

 

When one thing goes wrong, the spiral downward is fast.

 

How does it happen? Two metaphors we can relate to are weight and money. To gain weight, it can be pretty easy, we eat our favorite sugary or buttery foods. And, with money, we can spend very, very quickly. How is it that making money and losing weight are so difficult, yet spending money and gaining weight are sooooo easy?

 

Any time you’ve wondered how this person got “here,” just remember the times that you’ve gotten “somewhere” and how easy it was to fall there. It happens quickly. Student loans can engulf us, health problems, Karis Community is there to help people get back up with the support and resources that they need without judgment.

 

If you read the stories of community members at Karis, you’ll find that many of them have suffered with mental illness nearly their entire lives. The message that comes through story after story is fear from past trauma (“I have a very difficult time with conflict. I am still learning that conflict does not have to mean someone is going to get hurt.”) and goals toward self worth (“One thing I have to do is learn to love me, and that will take some time. Here at Karis is the best place to work on it.”)

 

A story from Heather, a Karis resident:

 

I have been suffering from mental illness since adolescence. I have attempted suicide three times and have been hospitalized five times. I have never been able to deal with my childhood abuse and work through it. My mental illness has affected every area of my life and has kept me from having a life. I want to be able to enjoy simple things, like taking a bath, or falling asleep without being afraid, or having someone hug me. I want to be able to have good friendships with people without being scared that they are going to leave me. There is so much to learn, and the process of growing is so slow. I try to give myself as much patience as I give to others. It is a daily struggle.

At Karis I found hope. I found a place where people accept me as I am, care about me, and are glad to see me. It has been a home like I have never known. It took me a long time to adjust, and sometimes I feel like I am still getting adjusted. It is so foreign to live with people who are kind and respectful.

 

I think what I enjoy the most is the time we sit around and visit, enjoying each other’s company. It seems there is always laughter and lively discussion. And when I can’t sleep there is almost always someone else up, too.

 

For now, I try to focus on each day, doing the things I need to do to grow and get better, making good decisions and making the most of my time at Karis. – Heather

 

When all you need is encouragement.

 

Another awesome Karis resident story…. And this one is really, really awesome… Fred!! Fred was a Karis resident who prior to his stay was “warehoused” as he says, in a Capitol Hill boarding house for 13 years. There, he has no motivation for life because everything was done for him: cooking, cleaning, laundry, and medicating.

 

When he was accepted into Karis Community, he was finally able to take ownership of his life. It was everything he needed. It propelled him to even write his own book, which he now receives royalty checks for. He transitioned out of Karis and has his own studio apartment and part-time job and even a sweet romantic relationship that he describes as like “two glowing coals.” They go to church together every Sunday.

 

You can help people like Heather and Fred when you buy or sell a home with Conscious Real Estate.

 

Okay, how does a home purchase change the world?

 

Simple! We create large donations that help nonprofits get a big boost in their programming. With every home buy or sell, Conscious Real Estate agents take 10% of their OWN commission (yes, you spend our money), and pick a nonprofit to which that money goes.

 

So far, we have helped dozens of nonprofits get closer to or exceed their fundraising goals. They are always surprised and grateful for the huge check (it’s literally huge, see below!).

 

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Conscious Real Estate Agent, Andy Robertson, presents the donation check to Karis Community, a nonprofit in Denver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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