Perry & Co. Realtors officially launched its 40th Anniversary celebration at last night’s Preview Party for the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Plant Sale. “Celebrating Forty Years Of Extraordinary Customer Service To Our Real Estate Clients.”

“We thought it was fitting to start our 40th Anniversary celebrations at the Gardens, a special place for all of us at Perry & Co.,” said R. Don Larrance, CEO. Perry & Co. has been a sponsor of programs at the Denver Botanic Gardens for over a decade, and has hosted most of their client appreciation parties in the Gardens over the years. This is the second year in a row that Perry & Co. has sponsored the Plant Sale. The company is hosting a booth and giving away special seeded bookmarks with the company’s 40th Anniversary logo to visitors.

The company was started in 1971 when four real estate and insurance agents – Ken Perry, Don Larrance, Ed Talmadge and Ken Grunwald — split off from Bishop-Perry & Co. to continue doing business in Denver, while the rest of the company relocated to do business in Vail. The original downtown office was moved to Cherry Creek in 1976 and continues to be the headquarters for the company’s 65 agents, who work there and in Perry & Co.’s satellite retail showcase offices in Cherry Creek North and Greenwood Village.

Today Don Larrance is the sole proprietor of the company and has kept it locally-owned and privately-held since its establishment. In 2002, Don’s son, Jon Larrance, came into the company to upgrade the company’s website and overall technology. Today, Jon is the company’s COO & Relocation Director as well as keeping an eye on the company’s technology. “I certainly was approached over the years to sell, but I never found the right fit for our agents. I never found an offer that would continue our family-like culture,” said Don. “Now, with Jon at the company, not only is there our family-like culture to sustain, but a legacy, too. I’m proud of that.”

Asked the biggest difference to doing real estate today versus 40 years ago, Don Larrance said, “Paperwork!” He recalls that the contract to buy and sell real estate was one page long and the closing documents included one settlement sheet. Rules and regulations over the past 40 years have changed the process of buying and selling real estate but it’s the Internet that has dramatically changed how homes are marketed. The one thing that hasn’t changed? “Our desire to help people buy and sell homes. Real estate will always be about a relationship of trust between agent and client. I’m proud that our agents have their clients’ interests at the center of their business and that hasn’t changed at Perry & Co. in 40 years,” said Larrance.

Visitors to the Gardens over the Plant Sale weekend are invited to stop by the Perry & Co. booth, staged as an outdoor room, to meet an agent, share a story and pick up a seeded bookmark along with new plants for their garden.

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R. Don Larrance, CEO of Perry & Co. was honored today for his 40 Plus years of consecutive membership in the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) with a surprise celebration at the company’s weekly sales meeting. Barbara Lambert, CEO of the Denver Board of Realtors made the announcement and presented Don with congratulations, appreciation and a 40-year pin from Vicki Cox Golder, 2010 President of the National Association of Realtors®. For his 40 Plus years of membership, Don becomes a Realtor Emeritus, a high honor not often bestowed by the NAR.

We are keenly aware that the long and faithful service, for which you are being honored, reflects myriad effort and activities on behalf of the Association or Associations of Realtors® of which you have been a member,” said Golder, in her congratulatory letter. Don has been an active member of the Denver Board and NAR from the beginning. Over the years, he has been the President of the Denver Board of Realtors®, Senior Vice President of the Institute of Real Estate Management, where he also served as a teacher for 15 years, and a Colorado Association of Realtors‘® Director. In addition to these positions he’s also continued to serve on a variety of committees while building his own real estate practice and his local company, as President and Managing Broker of Perry & Co. Real Estate. He has been honored for this work by receiving the Denver Board of Realtors‘ 1998 Realtor® of the Year Award, as well as, their Broker/Manager of the Year in 2004.

In typical fashion, Don told the assembled brokers that being honored for 40 years of consecutive membership was really all about them – for without the Perry & Co. staff and Realtors he wouldn’t have worked to build and sustain the independent company.

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Perry & Co. is a locally-owned, privately-held real estate company serving metropolitan Denver with three offices and 65 agents, in Cherry Creek North, Cherry Creek East and Greenwood Village. It is a proud member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals is the Presenting Sponsor for the Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Sale – called “Regional Roots” – for the second year in a row.

“Last year we found that working with the Gardens on this sale was a perfect fit for our agents and their clients,” said Don Larrance, CEO of Perry & Co. Don, a former DBG Board Member has always believed in the important programs the Gardens bring to the metro area; Perry & Co. sponsored the Birdhaus Bash for a decade before.

This year’s sale will take place on Friday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. “One of the great things our sponsorship pays for is the free admission to this event – it’s a great support to the community as a whole. Plus, all proceeds go towards the Gardens’ education programs,” Larrance said. “We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and partners. Perry & Co is a terrific Presenting Sponsor, and the generosity of all of our partners makes this event possible,” said Mary Snyders, Corporate Partnership Manager at Denver Botanic Gardens.

The Sale will feature rare and unusual plants that are suited for diverse landscape conditions. Overall, more than 85,000 of the very best plants to grow in the Rocky Mountain region will be offered, including perennials, annuals, water-smart plants, herbs, vegetables, rock alpine plants and much more. The always-popular Grown at the Gardens plant offerings will once again be featured during this sale. Pre-packaged kits will be available for urban dwellers interested in growing a variety of plants in their own container gardens.

This year’s sale takes place on National Public Gardens Day – a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education.

Admission to the Sale is FREE and all proceeds benefit education programs at the Gardens. Members receive 10 percent off all purchases!

Also join us for the Plant Sale Preview Party:
Thursday, May 5, from 4-7 p.m.
$50 at the door

This Saturday, April 30th, Perry & Co. Realtor, Kim Kouba will be hosting a container gardening and landscaping workshop.

“Conscientious sellers, do a great job of fixing minor repairs and de-cluttering their homes before they go on the market. But buying decisions are often made right there at the front door while the agent is getting that lockbox open.”

Whether you’re looking to punch up the curb appeal of the home you’re selling, or just want to pretty up the porch to welcome in spring, you can find a little inspiration at this morning of clever cultivating with Master Gardener Amy Bales from Bales Custom Gardening Services. Amy has got quite a knack for creative combos for your beds, and your porches. She’ll be sharing lots of tips on how to use color, veggies, and a little water wisdom to pretty up the garden. Amy is not just a landscaper but an award-winning container designer as well. Having just won First Place in Zone 4 Magazine‘s 2010 Annual Container Contest, she’s certainly geared up to share some of her fun container ideas and help you move that landscape beyond the ordinary. Get a head start on this year’s latest thing!

You’re invited!
Saturday April 30th, 10:00
Stapleton Community Room 2823 Roslyn St

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Each year members of the Denver Board of Realtors® meet at their Roundtable of Excellence luncheon to celebrate real estate sales associates, managing brokers, staff and offices for their sales production and accomplishments during the previous year.

Perry & Co. Realtors won top honors for the sales production in the category of offices with 31 – 50 agents as the #1 Office in the Metro Denver area for 2010. In addition, Perry & Co.’s retail showcase offices won honors in their categories: #2 for offices with 6 – 10 agents and #4 for offices with 11 – 30 agents.

We’re so proud of our agents who worked so hard last year in one of the most trying economic periods for the real estate market nationwide,” said Heather Parness, President & Managing Broker. “Our agents continue to look ahead, stay positive and come to work every day – and it pays off. It’s wonderful to be recognized by our peers and win the top award as well as the being honored for the #2 and #4 winners in the other office categories.”

Many Perry & Co. agents were honored for their hard work and dedication with honors in the following categories:

Bronze (Sales production of $4 Million – $9,999,999)
Carla Bartell
David Browning
Gina Cornelison
Elizabeth (Betsy) Lutz
Amy Shonstrom
Cindy Webb

Silver (Sales production of $10 Million to $14,999,999)
Barb Perry
The Team of Karen Nichols & Sue Bickert

For more information about Perry & Co., please visit our website and/or visit us on Facebook.

Denver, Colorado’s Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals has earned the Website Quality Certification (WQC), presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® to member companies that have demonstrated excellence in website design, functionality and execution.

What’s makes a great website? Most of us would answer that it’s finding what we need when we need it, the quicker the better. To quantify that description the Website Quality Certification (WQC) Board from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World uses ten criteria to judge real estate websites and then certify them. Perry & Co. Realtors received a top score and the official WQC certification based on: Usability, Design and Content, Interactivity, Customer Service and Client Respect, Branding and SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

With over 90% of people using the Internet in their home search, it is essential for any successful real estate firm to have an engaging, informative and easy-to-use website,” notes Pam O’Connor, president/CEO of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. “By earning the Website Quality Certification, Perry & Co. has demonstrated that it provides vital online resources to home buyers and sellers.”

The certification comes with descriptions about the website, such as, “The Perry & Co. website is very easy to navigate and helps site visitors easily track were they are.” In addition, “The site loads quickly and correctly in both Firefox & Internet Explorer. And, the “copy is concise and well written with the buyer/seller in mind.” Plus, Perry & Co. received additional praise for its blog.

We’re very happy to receive this certification from LeadingRE,” said Jon Larrance, COO of Perry & Co. “Along with the certification and the praise for our website come suggestions for improvement. We’re proud of our website, but we’re also always trying to better serve our clients. The WQC board has given us some valuable insights as we upgrade our site.”

Perry & Co. is a Denver member company of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest network of top independent local and regional brand-name brokerage firms in the residential sector of real estate. The 600 firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® are represented by 5,000 offices and 150,000 associates in more than 30 countries worldwide. The organization’s leadership is demonstrated by the fact that its affiliates comprise six of the top 10 real estate companies in the country. Collectively, LeadingRE affiliates produced nearly 1 million home sales valued at $250 billion in the U.S. in 2009. In addition, LeadingRE affiliates hold the Number One position in terms of sales or volume in more of the top markets than any other organization.

Denver Colorado’s Perry & Co. has been nominated for Marketing Excellence Awards under the categories of New Media Usage and Company Brand Advertising for real estate brokerages with 51 – 200 associates that are members of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (aka LeadingRE).

LeadingRE is a consortium of over 600 privately-held, locally-owned real estate companies from around the world that work together to provide relocation services to members and their clients and share marketing and business ideas. The awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony during the 2011 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, March 8 – 10, 2011.

We’re thrilled to be nominated and recognized by our peers for the work we do everyday for our clients,” said Heather Parness, President and Managing Broker, Perry & Co. “We’ve gotten great feedback from buyers and sellers on our new media – a text messaging sign rider and QR code on our signs that provide instant info on the listing. It’s also exciting to be nominated for our company brand advertising. Perry & Co. has been selling real estate in the Denver area for over 40 years and we’ve established a world class brand that has the ability to quickly adjust to new trends and the needs of our clients.”


Perry & Co. was established in 1971. The company currently has 57 agents in three offices; two in Central Denver and one in Greenwood Village. Known as a luxury brand real estate office, Perry & Co. sells properties in all price ranges, while maintaining an average residential sales price over $500,000 in 2010. For more information about Perry & Co. and its Agents and listings, go to or call 303.399.7777.

This Saturday, February 26, 2011, Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals‘ Denver Realtor, Kim Kouba is hosting a color consultation workshop featuring two of Colorado’s best color experts from Belcaro Paint & Decorating.

A change in color is the most cost effective way to bring some punch into your décor, or spruce your house up for sale. Maybe you plan to start with the 2011 Pantone Color Of The Year, Honeysuckle. It’s a fresh take on a retro shade of pink that certainly comes with a ‘can do’ dose of moxie. You’re ready to make a move, but just how do you get the shade just right and not waste time and money on blush, hot pink, or that oh so dated 1980’s mauve?

It’s as easy as stopping in for a morning of color consultation with Denver Colorado’s premier professionals from Belcaro Paint & Decorating Center. Since 1986 this Mom & Pop shop has been industry front runners in color choice with their innovative Wet Paint samples. Today they’re still Denver’s top paint store, with their custom paint loaded spray cans, liquid masking, and large selection of VOC paints. Really the best resource to help you get your painting project job done.

You’ll love the tips and tricks of the trade they plan to share. They’ll teach us how lighting, surrounding furniture, and fabrics all impact color perception. They’ll give us the best ways to describe color misses for better luck next time, and walk us through the best steps for finding that just right shade.

We’re gonna get personal and interactive. So bring in that drapery or bedding fabric, carpet samples or even a favorite piece of art or a toy. They all can be used to find a complimentary color.

You’re invited!
Saturday February 26th, 10:00
Stapleton Community Room – 2823 Roslyn St., Denver, CO, 80238

Let us know you’re coming via email at

Denver Colorado’s University Park is often referred to as Observatory Park, in honor of the Chamberlin Observatory, the architectural centerpiece of the neighborhood.

University Park owes its beginnings to the Colorado Seminary founded in 1864 and reorganized as the University of Denver in 1880. The seminary originally operated in downtown Denver at 14th and Arapahoe Streets. Mrs. Elizabeth Iliff Warren, wife of Bishop Henry Warren, pledged $100,000 to the school if it agreed to relocate far from the “unsavory” influences of central Denver. The trustees looked at various sites and settled on the present location. The trustees envisioned University Park as a bucolic, educational enclave.

University Park was dedicated on Arbor Day in 1886 as University Park Colony. The trustees’ vision of an elite community surrounding the university began to take shape. Lots cost $150 each, and one could only purchase a lot upon receiving the recommendation of community leaders. University Park was touted as having unsurpassed mountain views, distant from smelters, with pure air and no saloons. A railroad and electric trolley provided transportation around the neighborhood. 

Chamberlin Observatory was designed by world famous Robert Roeschlaub in the Richardson Romanesque style and constructed in 1890 on the southern part of Observatory Park. The remarkable 20 inch objective lens for the Observatory’s refractory telescope was first used in 1894 and is still in use today. Owned by DU, the Observatory is used for astronomy classes. In addition, residents and amateur star gazers gather at the Observatory for scheduled astronomical events.

As the years progressed, University Park evolved from the remote enclave envisioned by its founders to a highly desirable residential and business area. Technically, University Park is bordered by Colorado Boulevard to the east, University Boulevard to the west, I-25 to the north and Yale to the south. Only five miles southeast of downtown Denver and three miles south of Cherry Creek north, the numerous parks, mature trees and generous front, side and backyard setbacks promote a less urban feel than other parts of Denver. 

The homes in University Park are very diverse. Over the last year, the least expensive home was $200,000 while the most expensive home was $1.4 million. During the same time period, the average home price was $693,000 and the median price was $765,000. University Park is quickly becoming a luxury neighborhood as older homes are razed in favor of brand new, larger, more expensive homes. 

With its close proximity to downtown, easy access to I-25, college-town feel, numerous parks and mature tree laden streets, University Park / Observatory Park is, in my opinion, one of the best neighborhoods in Denver. My family and I chose it as our home. 

Every January, The Porsche Club Of America Rocky Mountain Region puts on it’s annual Eiskhana event on Colorado’s frozen Georgetown Lake so participants can gain a greater understanding of the skills required to drive their cars on ice, as well as, learn the capabilities of their cars and how they perform in icy conditions.  The 2011 event took place on January 22nd.
We were on the highway out of Denver at 6 a.m. for the Eiskhana event on Georgetown Lake. Now I understand why Colorado skiers want another lane going up the mountain – there’s always gridlock at Idaho Springs weekend mornings. Slow moving for miles!  My husband and I arrived late for the group fantastic breakfast at the Happy Cooker in Georgetown. The Happy Cooker is a great little restaurant with down home cooking and friendly service. Lots of coffee too. Off to Georgetown Lake which they promised was frozen at least 6 feet thick. It was snowing and blowing already!  We were trying to see how long the auger bits the ice fishermen were using in order to verify the ice thickness. Regardless, it was a little scary when you’re driving a 4,696 lb. BMW X5 with street tires on a lake. More worrisome was the official timer car, sitting in one place all day with the engine running to keep warm. Clearly where he was sitting had the shine of melting ice under the vehicle!

About 45 cars of all makes and models lined up to starting line and slid around the course. Everything from pickup trucks to Porsches (911s, Cayennes & Boxsters), Volvos, Mazda Miata, Jeep, Hondas, and Volkswagons!  Some with snow tires, some studded, some plain ‘ole summer tires.

This was one of the best driving experiences learning how your vehicle will handle in ice conditions. One run I make with the stability control on and one run made with the stability control off. What a difference in handling! Clearly the brain of most car’s Traction Control systems are pretty smart! The ABS anti-lock brakes worked beautifully as long as you kept your foot hard on the brake and felt, and heard, the vibrating of the braking system. However, it still took a very long distance to stop my car on the ice. You’d just keep sliding and sliding what seemed a long time until safely stopping.

The best part of the day was actually spinning my car out since I’d never spun a car before! Then recovering control… or not. Great driving practice under safe controlled conditions!

Lessons learned:
  • Studded snow tires are superior on ice, then are snow tires and the worst performing are summer street tires.
  • Dynamic Stability Control is for real.
  • It takes a whole lot longer to stop on ice than I would have ever believed!
  • Drive safe and slow on our Colorado winter roads.
  • You won’t win any awards, but you will get where you are going, not in the hospital or worse!
  • Next year I’ll have studded tires on my car for sure!
Great day spent with serious, fun drivers!  Beer-thirty at Beau-Jo’s was a hoot, and the fish stories of Georgetown Lake that day… well, you had to be there!
Written By Perry & Co. Denver Realtor Sunny Henderson.