Get Your Kitchen Ready for the Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4th, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

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Now is a good time to consider taking care of some tasks around the kitchen to ensure that you are ready for the holiday season.  This will make your kitchen organized and prepared for holiday party planning and meal prep.  Follow these steps:

  • Give your kitchen a deep clean – clean the interior and exterior of cabinetry organizing the contents of the cabinets as needed, clean countertops and appliances including the oven and dishwasher, and launder and press table linens and cloth napkins. Also dispose of expired items in the refrigerator and wipe down drawers and shelves.
  • Declutter the pantry – take an inventory of the items in your pantry. Remove pantry items, wipe down the shelves, dispose of out-of-date and seldom used items and organize spices in alphabetical order. Check on commonly used holiday spices (nutmeg, sage, rosemary, etc.) and replenish as needed.
  • Sharpen knives – consider having your knives professionally sharpened so they are ready for additional cooking during the holiday season.
  • Wash dishes, pots and pans that are only used during the holidays – these seldom used items tend to gather dust when sitting idle.
  • Make sure you have an ample supply of kitchen basics like salt, pepper, trash bags, dishwashing detergent, aluminum foil and plastic wrap, paper towels, and napkins.
  • Check the smoke detector – test your smoke detector to make sure it operates and install a fresh battery.

If you are considering taking advantage of the great real estate market, selling your home and purchasing your dream home, check out Pradera in Parker, CO. Our European Hillside Collection homes are priced from the $900’s and incorporate the best of European architecture re-imagined to reflect the best of Colorado-living with open, livable floorplans and wonderful outdoor living spaces. Contact Craig Penn at 720-851-9411 to learn about building your dream home at Pradera, or to get more info about a beautiful home currently under construction.

Prepare Your Lawn and Garden For Winter

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20th, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

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Now is a great time to consider tackling some tasks that will get your lawn and garden ready for winter, setting you up for success next summer.

Lawn: This fall, while your grass is still green be sure to have your lawn aerated and fertilized to ensure vigorous growth next spring. Pull/remove any visible weeds throughout your lawn to save yourself time next spring.

Vegetable Garden: Pull up plants that are no longer growing and producing. Assuming that the plants are not diseased, work the plants back into the soil so that they compost over the winter months. Fallen leaves and dead annual flowers may also be tilled into the garden to add additional organic matter.

Trees/Shrubs: Though trees and shrubs may be going dormant for the year, they may still require supplemental hose watering over the coming months if precipitation isn’t adequate. Water may be needed every 3 to 4 weeks, and it’s best to water when temperatures are above freezing and the ground is not frozen. It’s also best to water early in the day so that water is absorbed and doesn’t freeze during the night.

Perennials: Once overnight temps have gotten below freezing and perennials die, cut back the dead brown stems to a couple of inches above ground level.

At Pradera, we offer new luxury homes on large .6 to 1.5 acre homesites in a gorgeous Douglas County setting. Many of our homesites back to either open space, or the award-winning Club at Pradera golf course. Take an aerial tour of the community here.  Homes at Pradera are priced from the $900’s. Click here to view move-in ready homes, or call 720-851-9411 for more information.

Fall To-Do List For Your Home

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23rd, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

praderaimage2Fall is always an exciting time of year as the hot days of summer give way to changing leaves and cooler temps of fall.  Now that the kids are back in school, it is a great time to take care of some to-do items around your home to dust off summer and prepare for fall and winter.  Consider these tasks:

1. Launder slipcovers and curtains – if you’re not sure whether or not they can be laundered, take them to the dry cleaner.

2. Give the kid’s rooms a deep clean – bedrooms can collect a lot of dirt and grime during the summer. Wipe down all surfaces and move and clean beneath furniture.

3. Edit your home library – remove books from shelves (clean beneath them) and give away books that are no longer of interest.

4. Deep clean the kitchen – this can be the most daunting of all tasks.  Break it down into smaller jobs and complete them over a series of days.  Clean out your pantry and dispose of out-of-date items, remove everything from your cabinets and give them a wipe-down, inside and out.  Also clean the interior and exterior of all appliances for a fresh start.

5. Clean carpeting and floors – consider having a professional clean all of your rugs and carpeting.

6. Clean the exterior of your home – empty pots that are no longer blooming, store yard tools and supplies for the winter, and clean up kids toys and find a good storage place for them until next year.

We hope that this list proves helpful for you as you transition your home for fall. If you are ready to move into the home of your dreams, consider Pradera. Now is a great time to sell your home and buy a new home as interest rates remain historically low, and homes are selling rapidly in the Denver area.  At Pradera we offer new homes in our European Hillside Collection from the $900’s. Homes in this collection are situated on large lots, many of which back to either the award-winning Club at Pradera golf course, or open space. Skip the construction wait and take advantage of this home that is currently under construction. Call 720-851-9411 for more information!

Coming Soon at Pradera

Posted in Available HOme, Castle Rock, Denver, douglas county schools, Home, Parker, Pradera, Real Estate, Uncategorized on August 23rd, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

4600 Wildgrass Place
Parker, CO  80134
By: Celebrity Custom Homes
Price: Coming Soon

Situated on a .99 acre homesite backing to the golf course, this stunning Tuscan-inspired home is currently under construction and available at Pradera. This spacious home is loaded with high-end upgrades and features and includes a finished basement. The plan offers over 6,100 finished square feet with 6-bedrooms and 6.5-bathrooms. Special features include a beautiful exterior that boasts extensive stucco, tile and stone work, as well as a fully-landscaped homesite, extended covered back deck, and lower level interior courtyard complete with fireplace.

The interior of the home offers sought-after features like a gourmet kitchen with commercial-grade stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, custom tile backsplash and large island, a covered al fresco dining area, a wine room with custom built shelving, a stunning master suite with his and her closets and vanities, and a finished basement oriented around the lower level interior courtyard with fireplace that is perfect for your next party. Click here to learn more!

Come take a tour of this home and learn more about what draws people to Pradera. At Pradera, many of our large homesites connect to either open space, or the award-winning Club at Pradera golf course. In addition, the community offers a host of amenities including a resident clubhouse with pool, parks, trails, and extensive open space. Homes at Pradera are priced from the $900’s. To learn more about Pradera, or the home above, contact Craig Penn via e-mail or call 720-851-9411.

Summer Tasks for a Smooth-Running Home

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25th, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

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The long days and warm temps of summer make it the perfect time to get caught up on routine home maintenance tasks. Take some time over the coming weeks to make sure that your home performs its best this summer, and also prepare it for fall. Here are some jobs to consider:

  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they are functioning. Also replace batteries as needed.
  • Test your air conditioning system to make sure that it is cooling effectively. Also replace your current furnace filter with a clean one to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system. Unsure how to replace your furnace filter? Check out this video.
  • Clean ceiling fan blades with a damp rag or the inside of a pillowcase to contain dust.
  • Give your barbeque grill a deep cleaning. Check out this informative video from Weber Grills.
  • Sweep the flooring in outdoor living areas and clean dirt and dust from outdoor furniture.
  • Now that drier days are upon us, consider having windows professionally cleaned.
  • Add a layer of mulch to planting beds to repel weeds and help the ground retain moisture.

At Pradera, we offer luxury homes on spacious homesites in a highly-coveted private golf course community. Nestled in the rolling countryside between Parker and Castle Rock, Pradera offers families wide-open vistas with an attitude to match. Many of the homesites at Pradera back to either the golf course, or open space. New homes at Pradera are priced from the $900s.  Click here to learn more, or call 720-851-9411.

4th of July Activities Abound in South Denver

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23rd, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

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If you live in South Denver and are trying to decide what to do for the 4th of July, look no further.  The South Metro area is packed with Independence Day celebrations.  Here are two of our favorites:

  1. The “Let Freedom Sing” festival in downtown Parker is a can’t-miss event. This year’s festival will be held from 6-10pm on July 4th in Salisbury Park in downtown Parker. Stop by and enjoy music, activities, food, and the fireworks show which will start at 9:30pm.  Click here for details.
  2. The Castle Rock fireworks show will kick off at 9:30pm on July 4th. This year, the fireworks will be launched from Santa Fe Quarry Butte, which is at an elevation of 6,700 feet – sure to make this show visible from all over the area! Click here for more info.

While you’re in the area, stop by Pradera and learn more about the new homes that we have available in this sought-after golf course community. Pradera offers award-winning homes, large homesites (many of which back to either open space or the Club at Pradera golf course), extensive parks, trails and open space, as well as Douglas County Schools.  Homes at Pradera are priced from the $900’s. Click here to learn more.

 

Try Raised Bed Gardening for a Change

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26th, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

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Do you struggle getting your vegetable garden to thrive during the summer? If so, you’re not alone.  Simplify the process of growing your own fruits and vegetables by building a raised garden bed in your yard. Raised beds don’t take up much yard space and make growing virtually any plant easier. Just follow these steps:

1. Mark it off: Determine how large you want your raised bed to be.  Common sizes include 4’x4′, 4’x8′ and 4’x12′.  Mark off the area where your raised bed will be placed and level the ground beneath it.

2. Construct your walls: Use a 1′ tall 4″x4″ placed vertically for each of your corners and 2″x10″ or 2″x12″ lumber for the side and end rails. Use screws to connect the rails to the corners, and a carpenter’s square to make sure the rails and corners are lined up.

3. Re-level the bed: Once your raised bed is constructed and placed, be sure to double check that it is level.

4. Fill the bed: Purchase a combination of top soil and compost to fill your bed with. Unsure of how much to buy?  Try this handy calculator.

5. Let it rest: Give the new raised bed a week or two to settle before planting in it.

Stunning Home Available Now at Pradera

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20th, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

4783 Bandera

4783 Bandera Place is an excellent opportunity to own a brand-new home at Pradera without the typical construction wait.  This beautiful, fully-furnished former model home is available for sale and immediate occupancy and comes complete with a full builder warranty. The home features approximately 5,404 square feet of living space on a fully-landscaped 1.5-acre homesite.  Exterior features include Italian Country architecture, a covered front porch with gorgeous views of Pikes Peak, and details including stucco, stone, wooden beams, stone arches, a tile roof, 7 recently added mature Ponderosa pine trees, and a water feature in the front yard. Stone pavers accentuate the front patio, covered rear outdoor room, and sidewalk.

The interior includes 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, a finished basement, and is packed with high-end upgrades including a professional window covering package, upgraded light fixtures, extensive hardwood flooring, and beautiful stained alder wood doors and trim throughout.

The open floor plan features a large wall of windows that connects the formal dining room to the rear outdoor room. The main level also includes a study with stained wainscoting and built-in bookcases, a luxurious powder room, a mudroom, and a great room complete with stone fireplace and wooden ceiling beams. The gourmet kitchen satisfies even the most discerning cook with professional-grade KitchenAid appliances, a custom hood, granite countertops, an oversized center island, alder wood cabinetry and a hidden pantry. Also on the first level is a four-car garage.

The impressive second level consists of a large open loft (that can be converted to a 5th bedroom upon buyer request) that offers stunning views of Pikes Peak with an attached full bathroom, a laundry room and two secondary bedrooms, each with a private bath and walk-in closet. The master bedroom has its own private deck, coffee bar and cozy fireplace, which combine to create the perfect Colorado retreat. The spa-like master bath offers a welcome respite from daily stress with a six-foot soaking tub, oversized walk-in shower, and custom-designed his and her walk-in closets.

The finished basement features approximately 1,458 square feet of living space, an additional bedroom and bathroom, as well as a recreation room with walk-up wet bar complete with beverage refrigerator.

For more information about this home, or to schedule a tour, contact Craig Penn via e-mail or call 720-851-9411.

Get Ready for Golf Season

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30th, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

We can’t wait for golf season to ramp up here at Pradera!  Get ready for a successful season with these tips from the PGA:

  • Start by practicing putting and short game shots.
  • Implement cardio exercise into your workout regimen to improve stamina and develop a stretching program, as flexibility is vital to success on the course.
  • Spring is a great time to replace the grips on your clubs and have a golf professional check your clubs for loft, lie and shaft.
  • Set realistic goals for what you hope to achieve during the upcoming season.

Click here to read the entire article on PGA.com.

At Pradera, we offer new luxury homes on large .6 to 1.5 acre homesites in a gorgeous Douglas County setting.  Many of our homesites back to either open space, or the award-winning Club at Pradera golf course.  Homes at Pradera are priced from the $900’s.  Click here to view move-in ready homes, or call 720-851-9411 for more information.

Home Sales Surge 86% in January

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23rd, 2016 by admin – Comments Off

January sales numbers for luxury real estate in Metro Denver were nothing short of impressive.  According to a recent report in Denver Real Estate Watch, luxury home sales were up 85.7% in January.  While sales numbers surged, so did the median sales price (up 4% when compared to the same month in 2015), and the percentage of asking price received (97%, up from 96% in January 2015).

These statistics prove what we already know, Denver is a great place to live and to invest in your dream home.  In addition to a strong real estate market, the area also boasts a thriving job market and moderate climate.  If you are looking for a new luxury home in the Denver area, be sure to visit Pradera.  Pradera offers new homes on large lots in a gorgeous South Denver golf course community, that offers easy access to amenities, as well as award-winning Douglas County Schools.  Most homesites in the community back either to open space, or to the award-winning Club at Pradera golf course.  We have homes available for quick move-in, click here to take a look.  For more information, contact Craig Penn via e-mail or call 720-851-9411.