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This is Part 3 of 3 of A Real Estate Feng Shui Analysis – “How Feng Shui can help you sell your empty listing.”  Click here to read Part 1, or Part 2.

Inviting ch’i, the vital force that inhabits spaces, is crucial to helping you sell an empty listing.  Helping ch’i will move through and energize the spaces will help the home to feel lived in and welcoming.  There is a saying in Feng Shui: energy goes where the eye goes.  If you can imagine an empty home, you’ll guess there’s little ch’i there – there’s no place for the eye to rest, for the ch’i to inhabit.  In an empty listing, Feng shui would suggest placement of things – art, furniture, rugs, accessories, plants – to hold each of the spaces and to invite the eyes to rest and enjoy.

Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comEmpty listings can look and feel forlorn, unwanted, even sad!  Not the best feelings to market a home to new buyers.  One of the first places to spend time when focusing energy and money on an empty listing is the curb appeal:  the front lawn, the walkway, the porch or stoop, the front door, the numbers, the first floor windows.  You may not be able to fix cracks in the sidewalk, but you can prune weeds, place pots of flowers or small statues or a fountain.  If empty windows stare out at you, placement of warm and welcoming curtains will beckon buyers from the street.  Doors and windows should be washed and gleaming.  The front porch should be swept; don’t forget the ceiling where spider webs and/or bee’s nests’ could be hiding.  Make sure this area is well-lit at night; an easy fix is to use solar lighting on a walkway.  Make sure the path to the front door is clear, friendly and welcoming.  In fact, something as simple as a fresh welcome mat can do wonders. 

Now that buyers feel welcome as they come up the path, it’s time to tackle that first impression as they walk through the door.  The entry area is vitally important to creating a feeling about the house.  One Feng Shui suggestion is to place an entry table for buyers to place papers, keys, a handbag, gloves. If your sellers insist that buyers remove their shoes, a shoe caddy with a basket of booties would be welcome in this area.  A small live plant suggests that the home is being taken care of (while you’re there, water it!).  A dish of mints smells nice and is a tiny “thank you” for stopping by. 

In large empty rooms sometimes one piece that represents all Feng Shui elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood) can make a complete statement without having to furnish the whole space.  Try a large painting, one piece of furniture with pillows or an interesting rug.  Watch for “poison arrows” – sharp angles that greet people when they walk into room.  These arrows usually serve to make people uncomfortable without knowing why.  They can be softened with plants in front of them, or a fabric curtain.

Have your Feng Shui consultant identify the Helpful People and Travel area of the home so that you can place something silver or metallic in this area to enhance it:  a silver-covered guest book, a silver frame with a poem or a drawing of the home.  Your buyers will be the ultimate “helpful people” if they write a contract on the home! 

Lastly, an open house brings energy into your empty listing.  Voices asking questions, sounds of footsteps and the opening and closing of doors all bring movement, life, energy into your space. In Feng Shui, people represent Fire energy – active, passionate, alive ch’i.  This is what you need to sell your empty listing. 

Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comMost of the above Feng Shui suggestions cost little or no money and can be handled by you or your sellers.  Many Realtors are using stagers, whose costs depend upon the rental amount of furniture and accessories, to help them showcase a home’s potential to buyers.  Staging used in conjunction with feng shui can be a powerful tool.  Like actors inhabiting a set, staging is a way for potential buyers to see and “feel” themselves in the home. 

Of course, the listing must be priced correctly first, but a home that feels safe and comfortable and well-cared for by using Feng Shui techniques may sell faster.  And, that could add a lot of good ch’i to your life!

Perry & Co. Marketing Director Lorrie GrilloThis concludes this 3 part series. Click here to go back to Part 1, or Part 2.

Written by Perry & Co. Marketing Director Lorrie Grillo. Lorrie is a certified Practitioner of Essential Feng Shui, a designation of the Western School of Feng Shui in Solano Beach, California.

Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comJon Larrance, Vice President of Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals was elected last week to be one of three new board members to serve as a Director of the Denver Board of Realtors.  His three-year term begins October 1, 2009. 

Dave BrowningJon will be joining Perry & Co. Agent Dave Browning who last year won his spot on the Board in a landslide election, completing a strong year that also saw Dave selected as the Board’s “Rookie Of The Year” for his outstanding service and sales abilities.  In the past year, Dave has been a strong voice on the board vehemently resisting the push to raise Realtor dues. 

Upon learning of his 2009 election, Jon said, “I’m thrilled to be elected to the Denver Board and am eager to get to work for my fellow Realtors.  Many of the agents in my own office know about my passion Jon Larrance of Perry & Co.for using technology to help build their business and my interest in marketing Denver, as well as our world-renowned ski towns, as an international second-home destination.”

As a Manager at Perry & Co. for the past five years, Jon holds a company-wide viewpoint, as well as an agent viewpoint.  “I’m the first to admit I don’t have a lot of sales under my belt, but I believe my experience as a manager gives me a unique perspective for the Board.”  Jon also serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents.  He has spoken at several Luxury Real Estate national conferences about the importance of building an international brand even if you’re a local, boutique company, like Perry & Co. 

Jon created and manages Perry & Co.’s Internet Response Team, the Perry & Co. Blog, Facebook, and Twitter sites.  He’s a one-man SEO for the Perry & Co. website and the number of visitors to their sites continues to climb.  One of Jon’s pet peeves is the lack of objective reporting in the regional news media about the real estate market, so he tries to find articles from a balanced perspective to link to from the company sites.  This recently resulted in a Denver Post reader commenting that they look to Perry & Co. for the “facts” on the local market.   

Denver Board of RealtorsJon will be serving on the Board of Directors along with other newly elected Directors, Charles Roberts of Your Castle Real Estate, and Greg Geller of Vision Real Estate.  The standing Directors include Lon Welsh, Justin Knoll, Michel Brossmer, and Amy Cesario, who will all serve in the upcoming year under President-Elect Mark Trenka.

The Southmoor Park neighborhood is located in Southeast Denver on the SE corner of Monaco and Hampden.

Southmoor ParkThe neighborhood actually has 2 exceptional parks with a sledding hill and tennis courts. Family membership in a neighborhood Swim & Tennis Club is available for a modest seasonal fee. With easy access to Interstate 25 and the Southmoor Light Rail station blocks away, Downtown Denver is an easy commute. You can ride a bike to the Denver Tech Center (1/2 mile away). Interstate 225 is also close by for an easy 20 minute drive to Denver’s International Airport.

Southmoor ParkThe neighborhood is terrific for family living. Families of all ages live here, kids galore!  Quiet, well kept, family friendly, mature landscaping, large lots are a partial list of special neighborhood features.  Ride your bikes or walk to a myriad of neighborhood restaurants (Fresh Fish Company), health food stores (Whole Foods), coffee shops (Starbucks), movie theaters (United Artist #9) and of course parks.  Southmoor Elementary is a neighborhood school, well known for its quality education.

3832 South Newport Way, Denver, CO 80237The custom home at 3832 S Newport Way was built in 2004. It is the best home in Southmoor. Over 5100 finished square feet, 6 bedrooms, 4 baths (plus an additional roughed in bath upstairs), two laundry rooms, Artist’s Studio, large lot, full brick/stone/wood beam exterior, 30 year old mature landscaping, very private backyard, wonderful southern exposure (yard & house), full finished basement, extra large windows bring in sunlight year-round to the entire home.

There is no better “buy” on the market when you compare quality, location and special features.  Click here for more information on 3832 S Newport Way.

Written by Perry & Co Real Estate Agent Ed Quinn, 303-270-9228

1700 Bassett St, #516, Denver, CO 80202 ExteriorWalk through the front doors of Denver’s Glasshouse and you’ll feel right at home!   From the pet friendly lobby, to the smiling attendant, state of the art fitness center, or the luxurious eighth-floor pool. No need to leave the Glasshouse, it has everything you are looking for, the neighborhood-urban life at its best, arts, shopping and the outdoors! Walk to your favorite event: such as the Riverfront Fashion Show, grab a cup of java your local coffee shop, Ink,  or relax in the wide open 1700 Bassett St, #516, Denver, CO 80202 Poolspaces of Commons Park.  This fabulous neighborhood lends itself to take part in all of the fun and activities of living in an urban environment, at the same time allowing its residences to close the front door and be in your own quite corner with downtown and the beautiful Rocky Mountains as your back drop. 1700 Bassett St, Unit 516 is the best two bed, two bath unit in the building!  The unit has beautiful bamboo floors throughout, gorgeous slab granite and stainless appliances. The best part of this sun filled corner unit, in the south tower, are the spectacular mountain and city 1700 Bassett St, #516, Denver, CO 80202 Bedroomviews!  The unit has been meticulously maintained for the most discerning buyer and is priced at 511,100!

Listed by Perry & Co Real Estate Agent Courtney Ranson

There is still some confusion over how the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit works.  Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comHopefully, this explanation will resolve many of the questions you have:

Who’s eligible for the tax credit?
First-time homebuyers who purchase a principle residence between April 9, 2008 and December 1, 2009 are eligible. If you (and your spouse, if married) have not owned your principle residence for a 3-year period before your purchase, and you have never taken advantage of the DC first-time homebuyer credit, you qualify as a first-time homebuyer.

Hoe does the tax credit work? 
Like all tax credits, it will directly reduce the total amount of taxes you owe. When you file your taxes, for the year you purchased your home (2008 or 2009), you will be able to subtract the amount of the credit from your Federal income tax liability, this will increase the size of your refund or reduce the amount you owe. For example, you file your ‘normal’ tax return and find that you owe $2,000 in taxes. With this credit, your tax liability could be lowered by $8,000 – which means, you instead get a $6,000 tax REFUND check from IRS. 

I still don’t understand how much of the tax credit I will get?
The tax credit is equal to 10% of the purchase price of your home up to $8,000.  The full credit is available for single individuals whose adjusted gross income is less than $75,000. If your adjusted gross income is greater than $75,000 and your home purchase qualifies you for the full credit, the credit phases out according to the dollar amount (or percentage if less than $8,000) in the chart below.

First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit Phase Out For IndividualsFor married couples filing jointly, the credit begins to phase out at an adjusted gross income of $150,000. The dollar amounts in the chart below correspond to a phase out of the full tax credit (percentages are for credits less than $8,000). 
First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit Phase Out For Married Couples 
I’ve heard I have to repay the tax credit over time, is that still true?
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 made a big change to this tax credit by removing the repayment provision on homes purchased in 2009. Previously, the tax credit had a payback provision that made it similar to an interest free loan that would have been paid back in full over 15 years (or at the time of resale unless the home was sold at a loss). Now the repayment provision is gone from the updated credit, unless you sell your home within 3 years of purchase – the entire amount of the credit needs to be repaid if that is the case.

Still have more questions (most of us do)?  Please contact your Perry & Co. Agent for further explanation.
Click here for our earlier breakdown of the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit.


Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comPerry & Co. has compiled this list of 2009 Metro Denver July 4th Fireworks Shows for your convenience (links updated 7/1).

Aurora: July 4 7pm Contact: 303-739-7756 Aurora Municipal Center 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy. Aurora , CO 80012 Airforce Academy Band performance- after is Fireworks Great lawn – west side of Aurora Municipal Center

Arvada: July 4 3pm-10pm Contact: 720-898-7000 North Jeffco Park & Recreation District 13150 W. 72nd Ave. Arvada, CO Various activities, events for children, food, music etc. Fireworks at 9pm  

Boulder: July 4 Folsom Field Boulder, CO

Brighton: July 4 6pm Friendship Park S. 8th St. & Southern St. Brighton , CO Concert, music,food Fireworks around 9pm

Perry & Co. YardsignBroomfield: July 4 5:30pm-10pm Contact: 303-464-5509 Broomfield County Commons Park 13200 Sheridan Blvd. Broomfield, CO 80020 Various family activities, live music Fireworks around 9:15

Castle Rock: July 4 3pm-10pm Rhyolite Regional Park 1701 Crystal Valley Pkwy Castle Rock, CO 80104 Fireworks at 9:15pm

Commerce City: July 4 7pm-10pm Contact: 303-727-3500 Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 6000 Victory Way Commerce City, CO 80022 Fireworks following the home Rapids vs Chicago Fire soccer game

Denver – Coors Field: July 3 and 4 6pm-10pm Contact: 303-292-0200 Coors Field Neighborhood Lodo 2001 Blake St Denver , CO 80205 Fireworks after the Rockies vs Arizona Diamondbacks game

Denver – Denver Country Club July 4 9:30pm

Denver – Invesco Field: July 4 7pm Contact: 720-258-3000 Invesco Field at Mile High 1701 Bryant St. Denver, CO 80204 Price: $12-$35 Fireworks (after Outlaws lacrosse game vs Boston Commons)

Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comEdgewater: July 3 4pm-10pm Contact: 303-238-7803 x. 28 Citizens Park 2431 Chase St. Edgewater, CO Fireworks start around 8:45pm

Englewood: July 4 3pm-10pm Contact: 303-762-2300 Belleview Park 5001 S. Inca Dr., CO 80110 Music, food vendors, various activities FREE Fireworks at 9:30pm

Glendale: July 3 9pm Infinity Park 950 S. Birch St. Glendale, CO 80246

Glendale – Four Mile Historic Park: July 4 10am-4pm Four Mile Historic Park 715 S. Forest St. Denver, CO 80246 Various activities, games, music etc

Member of Who's Who in Luxury Real EstateGolden: July 4 12pm-10pm Lions Park 1300 10th St. Golden, CO 80401 Children’s activities, food, music Fireworks at 9:30pm

Green Valley Ranch: July 4 8pm Green Valley Ranch Amphitheatre 4890 Argonne Way Denver, CO 80249 At Amphilitheater & Place Food, music etc

Highlands Ranch: July 4 8:30am-10pm Civic Green Park Neighborhood: Highlands Ranch 9370 Ridgeline Blvd. Littleton, CO 80129 Various activities, parade Fireworks around 9:15pm

Lakewood: July 3 4pm-9:30pm Lakewood’s 40th birthday, putting on a free festival 4pm at Jefferson County Sports Stadium Fireworks at 9:30pm

Littleton: July 4 3pm-10pm Contact: 303-762-2300 Belleview Park 5001 S. Inca Dr., CO 80110 Music, food vendors, various activities FREE Fireworks at 9:30pm

Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comLone Tree: July 4 4pm-10pm Sweetwater Park 8300 1/2 Sweetwater Rd. Lone Tree, CO 5K run, parade, children’s activities, etc Fireworks at 9:15pm

Morrison: July 4 3pm-10pm Bandimere Speedway 3051 S. Rooney Rd Morrison, CO Various activities (games, music etc) Fireworks at 9:30pm

Northglenn: July 4 6pm-10:30pm Contact: 303-450-8800 EB Rains Jr. Memorial Park 11801 Community Center Dr. Northglenn, CO 80233 Numerous activities Fireworks 9:30pm

Parker: July 4 4pm-10pm Parker Town Hall 20120 E. Main St. Parker, CO Various activities Fireworks at 9:pm

Superior: July 4 8:30am Contact: 303-499-3675 Community Park 1500 Coalton Rd. Superior, CO Parade, pancake breakfast, live music Fireworks at golf course

Westminster: July 4 9pm Contact: 303-430-2400 ext. 2223 Westminster City Park 10455 Sheridan Blvd. Westminster, CO Concert, food vendors Fireworks

Kidde Carbon Monoxide DetectorColorado House Bill 1091, requires all homes offered for sale in Colorado on or after July 1, 2009, that have a fuel-burning heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage to have an operational carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed within 15 feet of the entrance to each room used for sleeping purposes.


It also requires rental property that has a change in tenant occupancy on or after July 1, 2009, that has a fuel-burning heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage to have an operational carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed within 15 feet of the entrance to each room used Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comfor sleeping purposes.  The new statute however does not require landlords to change the batteries or maintain the CO detectors after they have been properly installed.


Realtor LogoRealtors: HB 1091 requires each Listing Contract to disclose to the Seller, that all homes offered for sale in Colorado on or after July 1, 2009, that have a fuel-burning heater or appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage to have an operational carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed within 15 feet of the entrance to each room used for sleeping purposes.



Written by Perry & Co Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO

Four Mile Park 9th Annual Client Appreciation PartyPerry & Co. hosted their 9th Annual Client Appreciation Party last night at Denver’s Four Mile Park.  Food was catered by The Food Guys while the band Kick’d played classic rock songs of the 70′s.

Perry & Co.’s Annual Client Appreciation Summer Party was a drenching success at the Four Mile Historic Park on the last Thursday of one of the wettest Junes in Colorado history. Over 300 guests donned their raincoats and Lindsay Filsinger at 9th Annual Client Appreciation Partyboots and headed to the oldest park in Denver for a down-home barbeque dinner, music and as it turned out, mud!

We love hosting our events at Denver’s historic, scientific and cultural facilities to introduce them to people who’ve never quite found the time to visit them. This year was no different – only many guests simply couldn’t get here!” said Don Larrance, President of Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals. Roads were closed throughout Denver due to flash flooding and many guests just didn’t want to risk the drive.

Rain Hardy Guests at 9th Annual Client Appreciation PartyThose guests who did join the festivities enjoyed a picnic spread created by The Food Guy, which included three kinds of barbequed meats, two salads, rolls, beans and warm peach cobbler. “Best party food ever!” remarked Perry agent Chuck Anderson. “The food was killer,” stated attendee Susan Doerr. The band, Kick’d, was moved inside to the Grant Family Education Center where the crowd could dance indoors. Appropriately the band opened the night with The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm.”

Kids at 9th Annual Client Appreciation PartyWhile the pioneer children’s activities were cancelled due to the weather, many still walked the park with their parents and discovered an historic game that children throughout the ages enjoy: splashing in mud puddles.

Since only about half of this year’s guests could attend, the remaining barbeque picnic was donated to the Denver Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in downtown Denver. The extra sodas and lemonade were donated to the Four Mile Park for their 4th of July event.

Betsy Lutz at 9th Annual Client Appreciation PartyClick here to read about Perry & Co.’s 2008 Annual Client Appreciation Party.

Written by Perry & Co Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO

Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comJon Larrance of Perry & Co. will be returning to the Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents Executive Committee for a second term.

SEATTLE – The Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents announced today its 2009 Board of Regents Executive Committee. The Board of Regents is the Member of Who's Who in Luxury Real Estategoverning body of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate and The Executive Committee represents some of the best real estate companies in the world. First formed in 2006, the Executive Committee members act as leaders for real-estate brokers and firms around the world and also guide the Board of Regents program.

CEO and publisher of John Brian Losh said, “The Executive Committee serves as council to me and my staff on the direction of the Board of Regents program. They consult on new program concepts and help identify new markets.”

The following 11 Regents will serve on the Executive Committee through May 2010:

  • Ann Chiasson (returning member), President/Broker of Sea to Sky Premier Properties in Whistler, British Columbia.
  • Brian Hazen, Vice President of Mason Morse Real Estate in Aspen, CO.
  • John Daugherty, Jr., (returning member) Founder/President of John Daugherty, Realtors in Houston, TX.
  • John Vatistas, (returning member), Co-Owner of Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Jon Larrance of Perry & Co.Jon Larrance, (returning member), Vice President of Perry & Co. in Denver, CO.
  • José Ribes Bas, Owner/Broker of Rimontgó in Valencia, Spain. 
  • Patricia Choi (returning member), President/Principal Broker of Choi International in Honolulu, HI.
  • Randall Hannaway (returning member), Founding Partner of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat Springs, CO.
  • Rob Thomson (returning member), President of Waterfront Properties and Club Communities in Jupiter, FL.
  • Saul Cohen, President, Hammond Residential Real Estate, Boston, MA.
  • Tim Murray, (returning member) Manager of the Alain Pinel Realtors offices in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Counties, CA.

Perry & Co is the exclusive Denver Regent of LuxuryRealEstate.comThe Colorado Regents have been especially active in Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, and the Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents, and that fact is reflected in the election of three Colorado Board of Regents members to the 2009 Executive Committee.  In keeping with the Colorado connection, the 2009 14th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference will take place in the Vail Valley in September, and will be hosted by Board of Regents member company Slifer, Smith and Frampton.  The other Colorado exclusive Board of Regents companies are Breckenridge’s Exclusive Mountain Retreats, and Boulder’s Wright Kingdom. 

For more information on the Board of Regents, visit

Stokes / Green Bowers Sign146 RESIDENCES, 142 YEARS OF HISTORY – Stokes Place / Green Bowers 1867 to 2009

1867 …
Leander A. Williams purchased from the Unites States government on
January 22, 1867, 160 acres, N E 1/4, Section 13, Township 4 S, Range 68 W.

Mr. Williams paid $1.25 an acre, or a total of $200.00.

Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.com1889 …
Government regulations were satisfied and a patent on the land was issued to Mr. Williams, twenty-two years later, on February 21, 1889.

1889 to 1917 …
The property changed hands many times during this period. In 1917 the will of Horace Hitchings, who then owned the land, conveyed one-third of those holdings to a nephew, one-third to St. John’s Church in the Wilderness, and one-third to St. Luke’s Hospital.

Stokes / Green Bowers 11923 …
Berger Investment
Company acquired a portion of the area as an investment in
its future.

1892 to 1933 …
Around the change of the century, much of the northern portion of the land was used for pasture. Cambridge Dairy Farm, located where Hyde Park and Central Christian complex now stand, operated since 1892 at Alameda and South Steele by the Ed T. Young, Sr. family. The Dairy sold its milk and cream from Young’s Grocery located on the southeast corner of Third Avenue and Detroit Street, in what is now called Cherry Creek North.

Much of the general area on both sides of the Creek was composed of dairies and
greenhouses. The area was affectionately known as “Cow Town”. In fact, “Bob’s”
service station carried the title of “Cow Town” across Stokes / Green Bowers 3the top of its modest
building for decades. “Bob’s” was located just south of the southeast corner of
Alameda and Colorado Boulevard. The building was razed in 1994.

In 1933 when the old, brick and mortar, Castlewood Dam, near Franktown at the headwaters of Cherry Creek, collapsed, the Creek flooded from the Dam to Union Station in downtown Denver. Cambridge Dairy was inundated, and the Young family moved its cows and equipment to a 44-acre site east of Colorado Boulevard. Subsequently, Cherry Creek Dam was built by U. S. Army Engineers to preclude future flooding.

Young’s pasture lands adjacent to Stokes Place became a Mecca for gourmet mushroom gatherers. A barn near the southwest corner of the pasture was used by The Stokes / Green Bowers 5Shriners organization as a horse stable and riding arena. The stable was sold and razed with the development of Hyde Park.

1937 …
As Denver began to grow southeast, the City of Denver laid water lines through what is now Stokes Place/Green Bowers. Investors saw the need for residential housing in the area, but became cautious as the rumblings of war appeared on the scene.

1945 …
Following the cessation of hostilities after World War II, manpower and building
materials slowly became available.  Edward S. Stokes purchased land which would later become Stokes Place Addition. The sellers Stokes / Green Bowers 6were Berger Realty and
Securities Company (Nov. 9, 1945), Grace A. Woodelton Smith (Nov. 10, 1945), and St. John’s Church in the Wilderness (Nov. 15,

1948 …
Edward Stokes
died on May 6, 1948, before he could bring his project to fruition, and the property passed to his wife, Pauline H. Stokes.

1949 …
Mrs. Stokes conveyed her holdings to The Stokes Land Company on January 15, 1949.

1951 …
Stokes Place Addition
was platted and dedicated on January 3, 1951. Denver City Council approved the Addition and its dedication on March 12, 1951.

Stokes / Green Bowers 81952 …
Stokes Land Company conveyed Stokes Place Addition to Mayfair Land Company. Streets and utilities were put in.  Realtor George R. Morrison of Morrison and Morrison became the agent for selling building sites. Most sites sold for around $5,000.00 each. Protective covenants were adopted on September 10, 1952.

1954 …
On March 15, 1954, R-1 zoning was established for the neighborhood by City Council. Through the efforts of   Herb Prouty, the neighborhood was rezoned in the next few years to R-O, the most restrictive of zoning.

Stokes Place 1953 to 1962 …
Many Stokes Place original homeowners have remained in the neighborhood for over forty years. The first house in newly-developed Stokes Place was built in
1953 at 666 (now 668) South Monroe Way by Robert and Alyce Grant. That “historical” home, after several other ownerships, is currently owned by Petey Fletcher, who acquired it in 1992 and changed the address at the time of purchase.

Stokes / Green Bowers 9The second house in Stokes Place was built in 1953 at 630 S. Monroe Way by George and Rae Helen Swerer. Mr. Swerer still resides in their home and has the distinguished honor of being one of the longest resident in the neighborhood.

Other original owners still living on South Monroe Way are Cora (Mrs. G. Rockwell) Smith (1954) and Barnie Brenimer, who, with her late husband Bob,
built on the last remaining site on Monroe Way in 1962.

One original owner on East Virginia Avenue continues to occupy her home: Cora Lee Davidson (1955).

South Garfield original owners still in Stokes Place are Bob McCurdy (1953),
Janet (Mrs. Joe) Figlino
(1955) and Grace Weinel (1955).

Stokes / Green Bowers 10There are no longer any original owners on Gill Drive.

1955 …
Early Stokes Place residents remember the Cambridge Dairy, surrounded by a white fence, along South Colorado Boulevard where the Four Points Hotel and The
Galleria now stand. They remember that Colorado Boulevard was a gravel road
south of Exposition.  They remember Green Bowers Nursery along the west side of Colorado Boulevard and Harrison Lane, extending from Exposition north to the old City Dump along Cherry Creek Drive. Some thirty years ago the dump was
reclaimed, filled and seeded for City of Brest Park.

Perry & Co. Real Estate Professionals, Denver, CO - perryandco.comGreen Bowers Nursery, under the expert management of Charles and Doris Wilmore, along with son “Kenny”, was the source of much of Stokes Place/Green Bowers residential landscaping.  The Wilmores also were instrumental in developing Green Bowers Addition with its thirty-five building sites. The Wilmores built one of the first houses in Green Bowers at 575 South Harrison Lane and remained in the neighborhood over thirty years until their deaths.

Green Bowers 1955 to 1969 …
South Harrison Street had its first occupants in 1956.  Donald and Donna O’Riley built and occupied their home that year and Mrs. O’Riley still lives there. Another original owner yet in Green Bowers is Esther (Mrs. Calvin) Coyle (1957).

Stokes / Green Bowers 11Original owners currently living on Harrison Lane are Irma (Mrs. Harold) Dill
(1957),   Alan and Sally Gass (1960), Lucia (Mrs. Steve) Cowperthwaite
(1963), Marvin and Sue Lubeck (1963), Murray and Eleanor Hoffman
(1965), and Mr. And Mrs. Paul Gatchis (1995).

The neighborhood is now changing to meet the needs of today’s homeowners. Four original homes have been scraped to make way for new construction: One on South Monroe Way and three on South Garfield Street. Several homes have had major additions and renovations by their homeowners to accommodate their growing families and their desire to remain in the neighborhood.

The voluntary Homeowners Association (SP/GB HOA) has been actively involved with the movement to regain the Stephen Knight School as a DPS (Denver Public Petey Fletcher Of Perry & Co.Schools) ECE (Early Childhood Education) Center.  This will allow neighborhood children to ‘close to home’ and walk and/or ride their bicycles to school.

For information regarding home values and opportunities available in Stokes Place / Green Bowers call Perry & Co. Real Estate Agent Petey Fletcher, 303-777-1233