Denver December Happenings

Are you looking for some winter time fun this month to get yourself in the holiday spirit? Yes? Then you are in the perfect place!

Here is our list of all the Denver must-do’s for the month of December!

 

 

Downtown Denver Rink: Through February 20, 2021

Bundle up and bring the whole family or your close friends for some free ice skating this year. Located right in the heart of downtown, they will also be hosting special events!

 

Santa’s Flight Academy: Nov 12-Dec 24, 2021

Little ones can take a look and step inside a 22-foot tall sleigh and experience the magic of the season with snowfall. If they’re up to it, they can even have their photo taken with Santa! Make reservations by clicking on the link above!

 

Cherry Creek North Winter Wanderland: Nov 18, 2021- Dec 24, 2021

Check out Winter Wanderland and explore 16 sparkling blocks with more than a half-million lights and experience 8 twinkling displays all choreographed to music. This year, they have also included an interactive art installation called the “domino effect”, that will feature 120 brightly colored dominos. On Saturdays, December 4, 11 and 18 you can stop by for Saturday Night Lights, where you stroll beneath 600 illuminated trees while enjoying free treats and entertainment! Sign me up!

 

The Mile High Tree: Nov 19, 2021-Jan 8, 2022

Join in on the holiday fun when you go visit this festive Denver attraction. It’s a brilliantly lit 110-foot tall immersive art installation that provides dazzling lights accompanied by a music show!

 

Blossoms of Light: Nov 19, 2021- Jan 8, 2022

Denver Botanic Gardens is known for hosting the always stunning, Blossoms of Light, an annual family-friendly event that has become a tradition for people across Colorado. Come interact with incredible light displays plus sip warms drinks and snack on tasty treats as you stroll. Pre-purchased tickets are required.

 

Zoo Lights: Nov 22, 2021- Jan 2, 2022

Zoo Lights is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year! This annual spectacle transforms the Denver Zoo into Colorado’s wildest wonderland. Don’t miss this years anniversary celebration which will feature over a million lights covering 80 acres!

 

Luminova Holidays: Nov 24, 2021- Jan 2, 2022

Making its Colorado debut, this family-friendly event brings larger-than-life holiday displays and immersive experiences for all to enjoy. It features more than 3 million lights, a 65-foot-tall Christmas tree, a 25-foot-tall snowman that never melts, a 200-foot-long candy cane tunnel, giant ornaments, a wall of lights, rides on limited Elitch Gardens attractions, train rides for the kids and interactive activities like a light-up hopscotch!

 

Trail of Lights: Nov 26, 2021- Jan 2, 2022

Stroll through the Colorado countryside along a winding path glistening with lights. This year, you will find a three-sided light tunnel, illuminated antique and model tractors, a children’s play area and warm holiday food and drink! Purchase tickets online by clicking on the above link!

 

Our Top Ten Thanksgiving Traditions

 

 

Every year on the last Thursday of November we all get the day off of work to spend time being thankful and grateful for what we have. This year we decided to share some of our favorite things to do on Thanksgiving! Maybe this year is the year you can start one of these traditions in your family!

 

ONE:

Write Thank You Cards

Get in touch with your gratitude by writing thank you cards to loved ones who have touched your life over the past year.

TWO:

Split The Wishbone

This funny tradition dates all the way back beyond the ancient Romans, stemming from the belief that birds were oracles and predicted the future. So, just in case they were right don’t forget to split the wishbone and make a wish!

THREE:

Take A Nap

A giant turkey feast has been know to make people pretty sleepy. So why not cuddle up for a little nap on the couch.

FOUR:

Make A Gratitude Jar

For a sentimental activity, make a gratitude jar. Give each guest a sheet of paper and pen and ask them to write down what they’re thankful for. Then collect each piece in the jar and read them aloud during dinner.

FIVE:

Volunteer Together

Lend a helping hand at a soup kitchen or food pantry to help others in need. It can be an important reminder to be grateful for all that we have for you and your family!

SIX:

Break Out The Old Family Recipes

Switch up your usual Thanksgiving dishing by breaking out old family recipes or having everyone bring something they remember eating as kids!

SEVEN:

Watch The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

No matter how old we get, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade never will! It’s a great way to kick off Turkey Day and kids will stay busy and love watching all of the floats go by!

EIGHT:

Run the Turkey Trot

If you live in Denver you can sign up for the annual Turkey Trot 5k with your friends and family, hosted in Washington Park!

NINE:

Donate Food

Try putting together a box of canned goods and non-perishables to donate to your local food pantry. Some cities also have Thanksgiving drives the donate turkeys and other holiday favorites to families in need!

TEN:
Watch Football

Sit back, relax and turn on the game with loved ones if you’re in the mood for a stress free Thanksgiving Day!

 

 

How To Winterize Your Home in a Weekend

 

 

Pride of ownership sells a home faster than most anything else, if you get in the habit of taking care of your home regularly count on an easier sale when it’s time to move. Part of that “Home Care” program should be readying your home for the cold weather. Here are some tips to help you get it done in a weekend!

 

Programmable Thermostat:

The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home’s temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat now and save money by keeping the temp down when you’re not at home. If you are away from your home for an extended period of time make sure to leave the temperature no lower than 60 degrees to ensure your pipes don’t freeze.

 

Furnace Check:

Get this scheduled and change that Filter. Having your home’s furnace checked for efficiency every year will extend its life (and your savings account). Changing the filters on a regular basis is also good for your furnace and your air quality.

 

Gutter Cleaning:

To keep your home from possible leaks, remember to get those gutters clean and free of debris. Frozen leaves and debris can jam up those gutters so that water does not move freely. This is one of the primary causes of ceiling leaks inside a home.

 

Outdoor Sprinklers and Hoses:

Make sure that your sprinkler system has been totally drained. Remove outdoor hoses and store them in a dry place until spring has arrived.

 

Fireplace:

Be sure to clean out your fireplace gas or wood yearly. Also, if you don’t use your fireplace there is something called a fireplace balloon that can be installed to save on heating bills as well.

 

Fire/Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

Test and replace batteries in every detector you have. These small devices save lives if maintained regularly.

 

The weekend is here, time to get that Home Care habit going!

 

 

Meet Our Newest Team Member:

As many of you know, Walters & Co. is a multi-generational family business, so it brings us great joy to announce the newest addition is another Walters! Mary Walters, started working with us in August of this year as a Transaction and Marketing Coordinator as well as our Team Administrator.

That is not all Mary does, however. Outside of her time here at Walters & Co. she is also a flight instructor out of Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colorado. She teaches people, often with little to no experience in airplanes, how to start from square one and go on to earn things like their Private, Instrument, and Commercial Pilot certificates.

Her journey to where she is now was a long winding road, though. Starting in 2018, when she was hired as a Flight Attendant for American Airlines. After almost two years of flying the friendly skies, she realized that airplanes may be the passion she was always searching for but being a Flight Attendant wasn’t the answer. So, she decided to take a leave of absence from her job with American Airlines and move back home to Denver to pursue a career as a pilot.

Mary also started from square one with no flying experience and spent 10 months in training at Centennial Airport. In those ten months she got all the certifications she dreamt of achieving! After that, there was a waiting period between school and being hired on as a flight instructor. That’s where we come in! During that waiting period we had an opening here at Walters & Co. and hired Mary on to work with us!

If you ask her what her favorite part of working here is, Mary will tell you that it’s coming in to the office every day and getting to see her parents and often her beloved family dog, Frito. She’ll go on to tell you that it’s more than that though. It’s getting to be a part of her family’s success story. It’s getting to see the company that started with an idea that her parents had eight years ago.  From there, growing and expanding in to three companies, Real Estate, Property Management and Maintenance, that all support and work with each other. She will go on to tell you that her parents are her inspiration and her heroes and that working with them has been the most wonderful unforeseen blessing.

When it comes to business sometimes all we see is the end product, you don’t get to see what goes on inside. I’m here to tell you that with us, it’s not always just business. Everything we do here is personal. Everything we do here is personal because behind what you see is a family committed to one philosophy. That philosophy includes hard work, client dedication and community.

That right there is why customer service is so important to us. When you decide to work with Walters & Co. you can count on being our number one priority because we will treat you like family too! We hope that today’s newsletter gives you all a peek inside our daily lives. Walters & Co. wouldn’t be what it is today without our amazing friends, family and clients. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support!

Happy Friday and Halloween Weekend everyone!

 

To celebrate Halloween Weekend, this week we’re featuring some of the most infamous real-life homes that went on to inspire popular Hollywood horror films!

From the Amityville Horror house to the Old Arnold Estate in Rhode Island that inspired the first Conjuring movie, these properties pique public interest, but very often fetch sale prices that are well below the list price. Here are five of these awesome homes!

Credit: Coldwell Banker Harbor Light

The Amityville Horror House

The Amityville Horror house is perhaps the most notorious haunted home in America. The murders that occured at the property and subsequent paranormal activity inspired a best-selling book and a film franchise that spans 38 years and 10 movies.

The home sparked renewed interest in March 2021 when Ronald DeFeo Jr., the convicted serial killer who perpetrated his crimes in the home , died in prison at 69. The property was last listed in June 2016 for $850,000 and sold in March 2017 for $605,000.

 

 

Credit: Ashley L. Conti

The Pet Sematary House

The Pet Sematary house is a four-bedroom property that Stephen King and his family rented in the late 1970s. It was there that King came up with the idea for his best-selling novel. Events such as King’s daughter’s cat being hit by a truck in front of the home and local children constructing a pet cemetery in its backyard helped inspire King to write the novel.

Located on River Road in Orrington, Maine, the home was last listed in August 2017 for $255,000, but a sale was never reported.

 

 

Credit: Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty/Blueflash Photography

The Old Arnold Estate

Following the release of The Conjuring in 2013, the owners of this centuries-old 14-room farmhouse in Rhode Island threatened to sue Warner Bros. Their property and the investigation conducted there by the late, famous paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren inspired the film, but it was constantly trespassed upon after the film became a box office hit.

In the wake of the film’s release, the nuisances became too much for the homeowners and they listed the estate for sale, but eventually took it off the market. The property was again listed for sale in September 2021 for $1,200,000.

 

 

Credit: Dan Goldfarb

The Sowden House

The Sowden House garnered the nation’s attention in 1947 in the wake of the Black Dahlia murder. Built in 1927 and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the home is where Dr. George Hill Hodel lived and allegedly dissected the body of Elizabeth Short.

In the early 2000s, Hodel’s son Steve brought a cadaver dog into the home’s basement and claims it detected the scent of decomposed human remains. However, nothing came of the younger Hodel’s investigation. The home most recently sold in January 2018 for $4.7 million.

 

 

Credit: Sotheby’s International Realty

The Dakota

Perhaps most notorious for being the location of John Lennon’s assassination, The Dakota is one of the most prestigious co-ops in Manhattan with many celebrities having called it home over the years.The Dakota also has a storied supernatural history, with the most famous ghost in the building being the Crying Lady who is said to walk the co-op’s halls.

Several movies have been filmed in The Dakota, most famously Rosemary’s Baby in 1968. The film is set in The Bramford, which is actually The Dakota, where many of the movie’s interior and exterior were filmed. Most recently, a four-bedroom apartment sold in the building in March 2020 for $9.75 million.

 

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How Wash Park Came To Be 

Welcome to our Blog! This is our first post of many, focused primarily on Real Estate with a sprinkle of Lifestyle thrown in for good measure. We could not think of a better way to start than with a brief history lesson about Washington Park, better known to locals as Wash Park. Our offices have been located just a few blocks adjacent to the park for 4 years now and we love being part of this dynamic community.

The park was developed originally during the early 1890s to 1900s and took shape around an early irrigation project meant to make water more accessible. The project began in 1865 when a man by the name of John Smith was hired by the city of Denver to build the 24 mile ditch (Smith’s Ditch or the Big Ditch). The project took him two years to complete and was the first major irrigation canal in Denver; the hundreds of lateral canals that branched off it enabled settlement and farming away from the City’s rivers.

Shortly after developing the Big Ditch, Smith noticed a natural depression on his land that the ditch happened to pass through. After coming to this realization, he took the opportunity to create a lake, now known as Smith Lake, which he used as a reservoir to source ice out of in the winter time. In 1875 the City of Denver paid $60,000 to buy Smith’s Ditch, which became known as City Ditch, and also started to lease Smith Lake, which the city later purchased around 1900.

Wash Park started to become a reality at the end of the 1890s. In 1899 it was named Washington Park in honor of the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s death. The city’s landscape architect at the time was a man named Reinhard Schuetze and he drew up the plan for the park. Over the next few years, John B. Lang was hired as the parks first superintendent and serious landscaping work began.

The basic plan for the park called for two lakes with a large central meadow between them. The park would also feature a network of curving roads encircling the two lakes and the meadow, with a tree-lined perimeter separating the park from surrounding neighborhoods.

The park’s northern lake, Smith Lake, was already in place after purchasing it from John Smith years earlier. While the Great Meadow, the largest meadow in the Denver parks system, was built from 1901 to 1907. The southern lake was added in 1906 and was named Grasmere Lake after a village and lake associated with the poet William Wordsworth.

Today’s Wash Park

A few modern structures were added to Washington Park in the late 20th century. In 1970 the Washington Park Recreation Center was built at the north end of the Great Meadow and renovated in 1992. In 1974 Denver Fire Department Station 21 was added to the park’s far northeastern corner, near the Lily Pond.

After a long period of neglect in the 1960s and 1970s, the park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and began it’s journey to what we now see and enjoy.

Washington Park’s section of the City Ditch is now one of the only parts of the ditch that has not been enclosed in concrete, allowing people to see the city’s first irrigation canal in its original open condition. The natural flow to the ditch was cut off by the Transportation Expansion project of I-25 in the early 2000s. The water that flows through the park now comes from a Denver Water recycling plant.

Wash Park is not only a favorite of Denverites for outdoor recreation it is also one of the most sought after places to live in the Denver Metro Area. With tons of historic homes mixed in with modern upscale homes, Wash Park offers a wide variety of choices and character.

If you would like to know more about living or working in or near Wash Park please reach out to us. We are always excited to share what we know about this fabulous place.

A big thanks to: Encylopdia Staff