McStain Neighborhoods recently broke ground on four single family homes in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood.
Curtis Park Corner is at 31st and Arapahoe streets, opposite Mestizo-Curtis Park.
The homes, with just over 2,000 square feet each, will be priced from $575,000 to $590,000.
The homes, scheduled to open this fall, will have three bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths, and unfinished basements.
Curtis Park Corner is McStain’s third urban infill development in the historic Curtis Park neighborhood.
The builder’s first two projects were sold out before completion and won numerous awards, including the Mayor’s 2013 Design Award for a historically sensitive infill development and in February of 2014, a silver award for Best Architectural Design from the National Association of Home Builders.
The new homes at Curtis Park Corner will offer open floor plans, balconies with mountain or park views and fully landscaped yards. They also will have front porches, wood floors on the main level and staircase and energy efficient construction with solar capabilities. Each home also offers quartz countertops in the gourmet kitchen.
Curtis Park Corner is the first phase of the redevelopment of the Enterprise Block, a full city block that includes the Landmark Epworth Church, a Neoclassical architectural gem recently purchased by St. Charles Town Co. for mixed use redevelopment and the Enterprise center, which will be developed into either residential or commercial use during the coming years.
McStain is the first builder to break ground in the new community, which is near light rail and numerous restaurants,.
Curtis Park Corner is being listed by Stacy Neir and John Hayden at Kentwood City Properties.
“I am really excited about it,” said Hayden, a longtime resident of the area.
“This is going to be the beginning of the development of an entire city block, which I think will be really positive for the entire neighborhood,” he said.
Hayden said McStain worked hard to make sure the homes in Curtis Park will look like they belong in the historic neighborhood.
“I think McStain have done a beautiful job with the design to really make them fit in with the historical structures in the neighborhood,” Hayden said.
“They have spent many, many months on this,” he added. “We started working with them last fall on it. They didn’t have to because it’s not officially on a landmark site. McStain spent so much time to make the homes fit in because they felt it was the right thing to do.”
While there was a time when many buyers were skittish about spending north of $500,000 on a home in the Curtis Park area, Hayden said it can now hold its own against any of the trendy neighborhoods near downtown.
“This site, specifically, really benefits from being across from Curtis Park, which is the oldest park in Denver and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2018,” he said.
“You will be able to walk out your front door and walk to all of the cool restaurants in the area like the Populist and Hutch and Spoon, which are some of the best new restaurants in Denver,” Hayden continued.
“You are also very close to the whole art seen in the RiNo district and you will be a couple of blocks from a light rail station, where in a couple of years you will be able to catch a train to DIA,” he said.
“The fact is, you will have the best transit access in any neighborhood the city, other than maybe Union Station, and this is an actual neighborhood, if you know what I mean. It also is full of bike paths giving you quick access to downtown and is a very walkable neighborhood.”
People also are being drawn to Curtis Park because of its economic and cultural diversity, he said.
“I think its diversity is one of its greatest strengths,” Hayden said.
“This is an area where a young entrepreneur can open a cool new restaurant and afford to live here,” he said. “Waiters and bartenders can also afford to live here, as well as people working in the nearby nonprofits. Unlike some other neighborhoods, where working people have been priced out, I think Curtis Park will continue to offer a wide variety of housing options for people of all incomes.”
Given the shortage of homes, especially in Denver neighborhoods, he expects Curtis Park Corner to sell quickly.
“Some people have already shown interest in buying homes there and it really isn’t even out of the ground yet,” Hayden said.
He said the only regret is that they only have four homes to sell.
“If we could buy more land, we would build more homes,” Hayden said. “Land is in very short supply in this part of the city.”