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March 29, 2018

Make Your Home More Like an Inspirato Residence

By Ryan Penn, March 29th, 2018

Inspirato is a private vacation club that allows it's members access to its portfolio in 175+ destinations and includes over 900 vacation options. Their homes are incredible, like this $8.7M standalone home just a five-minute drive from downtown Aspen and ski lifts, or this stunning villa in Sonoma overlooking surrounding hillsides and local vineyards. They have epic destinations like this all over the world (someday I will book Villa Pliniana in Como di Lago Italy, someday).

Inspirato Lake Como

What makes Inspirato so unique is the travel experience, both before you ever leave, once you arrive - and during your stay. Their hallmark is the consistency of their homes no matter the location. The level of experience is the same no matter where you stay.

So, what if you wanted to make your own residence just like an Inspirato home? Here's what you would need to do.

Have Your Very Own Personal Concierge

And guess what, you likely already have one. Some of the higher end credit cards come with concierge services, like Citi Cards Concierge & Private Pass or Amex Platinum Card Concierge. If you have a card that comes with concierge, just program that number on your phone and voila. You can book dinner reservations, theater tickets, or send your loved one some flowers. Or take it up a notch with a some of the most exceptional luxury concierge services in the world. Inspirato gives its members access to curated events and local experiences as well.

Sonos Sound

Inspirato Residences come with Sonos sound systems. Download the app (they also have WiFi), and away you go. The sound is impressive, and you can quickly put Sonos speakers all around your home since the components are wireless. You can launch your Spotify or Pandora app and fire up your favorite vacation playlist.

Le Labo Santal 33 Soaps

Most Inspirato residences come with Santal 33 soaps in all of the bathrooms, and it makes for a luxurious experience while traveling. This one is easy to replicate, just order the soaps from Nordstrom's and place them all around your home. You will soon be bathing in this fantastic scent with smells of violet, cardamom, papyrus, cedarwood, leather, and sandalwood. Whatever it's made of, it smells lovely. And gentleman, please be advised that this scent can be somewhat intoxicating for your female travel companion (you've been warned).

Luxurious Bedding

If you have stayed at a VRBO or Airbnb, you know that great bedding (or the lack thereof) can make or break a trip. The beds at Inspirato are always exceptional and comfy, It's not cheap, but you can replicate Inspirato or luxury bedding at home. Here's a great article on how to reproduce the Westin Heavenly Bed at home (without breaking the bank).

Inspirato Vail

Interior Design & Decorating

Inspirato goes to great lengths to make the interiors of there homes over the top. Their portfolio of homes are welcoming, tastefully decorated, and comfortable. Take a look at the photos of their residences for inspiration, and hire a great local interior designer to capture that same look and feel.

Cadillac Escalade or XT5

Some of the Inspirato homes include a new Cadillac Escalade for your use while you are on vacation. You could buy one for $75,000 or just dial up Uber Black, or your very own personal driver that already has one like Todd Ferris in Denver.

Inspirato Colorado

I also stumbled across this great article 22 ways to live luxuriously on a budget. It covers a lot of the Inspirato principles with more of a lifestyle focus.

Now that your home feels more like an Inspirato residence, you may be tempted to join and travel with Inspirato too.

Ryan Penn is the co-founder of 360dwellings Real Estate & Pure Luxury Group, is a top performing Denver Realtor, and has been an Inspirato member since 2016.

 

March 24, 2018

360review: El Five Restaurant

Denver tops the list with some of the best restaurants in Colorado, so it can be hard to branch out from our tried-and-true favorites. But when the sister restaurant to Linger, Ophelia’s and Root Down opened in late 2017, we knew we had to try it out!

Five floors up in LoHi, El Five did not disappoint with its breathtaking views of the city, colorful décor, and fantastic array of eclectic small plates.

Although the food is on the pricier side, it’s definitely worth the splurge for a night out. El Five is a self-proclaimed Mediterranean focused restaurant and advertises their food as “Tapas De Gibraltar”. Much of the menu’s options are Spanish inspired, while the rest is a mix of countries like Morocco, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

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March 19, 2018

One Perfect Day in the LoHi Neighborhood

In Denver lingo, LoHi is the “Lower Highlands” neighborhood just west of the central downtown area. Technically speaking, it's the neighborhood that is sandwiched between LoDo and the Highlands, or for those who are more familiar with the streets of Denver, the area that extends south of Platte Street, across I-25 and blends into 32nd Street. Are you with us?

When looking for the most happening restaurants, gorgeous city views, and trendy rooftop bars it doesn't get better than LoHi. And while this area has seen significant growth over the past several years, that also means we get to experience some really cool spots as a result of that development. It also has less of a busy city vibe and more of a super hip, laid back neighborhood with everything at your doorstep.

Want to spend the day exploring this unique and fashionable neighborhood?

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March 18, 2018

Top Places to Dine and Drink Outdoors this Spring in Denver

54Thirty

Patio Season is here. Denver has a ton of outdoor eating and drinking options for gazing at the beautiful mountains while sipping an IPA. Here are our favorites:

Zeppelin Station - Our newest global food hall is open in RiNo. Enjoy Upstairs at Big Trouble for Asian inspired treats, Dandy Lion Coffee, Gelato Boy, Last Call and a host of other food stalls to tantalize your taste buds.

Brazen Neighborhood Eatery - A very cool little outdoor space for enjoying a fine wine and new American Cuisine in Berkeley.

Linger - If you're not too creeped out by the fact that this was Olingers Mortuary before turning into a hip restaurant, you'll enjoy some tremendous views and fine Asian street style food.

Linger

The Populist - No surprise that RiNo has so many cool outdoor spaces for eating and drinking. The Populist has a really neat outdoor space with Community tables, emerald green walls of Ivy and lightbulb strings all around. Very cozy.

Avanti Food & Beverage - The Grand Daddy of outdoor spaces in Denver.  There is stadium seating devoted to viewing, arguably, the best view of our beautiful City. Different chefs incubate new food concepts and there is a steady change of offerings at Avanti.

Recess Beer Garden - This cool new spot in LoHi conjures images of your elementary school playground. Bring your dogs and human friends and enjoy craft beers and American Food.

54Thirty

54Thirty - Check out one of the coolest rooftop decks in the City on top of the new Meridian Hotel. Super cool.

Our Mutual Friend Brewing - Of course another one in RiNo. They won a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their wood and barrel aged sour.

El Five -  Arguably the best view of Denver from one of the nicest patios in town. If you're looking for a perfect place to meet for Happy Hour, this is the place. I've been there 4-5 times around 4:30 PM and it's not crowded so you'll have the pick of the best seats on the patio.

El Five

Los Chingones - A perfect deck for sipping on some of the best Margs in town, it's Chingones! (Spanish slang for Bad A$$)

Briar Common Brewery & Eatery - This Jefferson Park neighborhood restaurant and brewery features a great rooftop deck overlooking the park.

Recess

Historians Ale House - A very unpretentious rooftop patio with a full bar, 2 TV's, Mountain Views and more. Grab a burger and a beer.

Kaos Pizzeria - After a day of play in Wash Park, head over to this quaint spot and grab a Pizza in the front yard of an old home turned pizza shop.

Do you have any favorites not listed here? Please post them in the comments section below!

 

March 9, 2018

360tip:How to Make Your Spring Cleaning A Breeze

As the weather warms and we come out of “hibernation," it can only mean one thing: it’s time for spring cleaning! (Or is that just us?!) By the time spring rolls around, chances are your house is in need of a deep cleaning: your closet is overflowing with clothes, dust has accumulated in places you didn’t know existed, and clutter is popping out of drawers all over the house.  Luckily, there's no need to be overwhelmed by cleaning your house this year. We’ve got you covered with our favorite little known tips to clear out clutter and purge old items for a clutter-free spring. Who's with us?

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March 1, 2018

10 Unique Things To Do In Denver In March

Spring is just around the corner, raise your hand if you're excited! With more hours of daylight, March is a wonderful time to get out and explore Denver’s performances and local happenings around town. Whether you want to explore an indoor event, brave the warming temps with an outdoor activity, dive into something cultural, or sample some delicious cuisine, there are options for everyone! We searched high and low for the most unique things to do this month and found plenty of options for singles, families and children alike.  Check out our favorites below!

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Feb. 23, 2018

13 Things To Know When Relocating to the Centennial State

 colorado flag

With Denver quickly becoming one of the fastest growing cities in the country, it will come as no surprise to learn that there are a lot of new people in the state. If you happen to be one of these people, welcome to the Centennial State! We are so glad you are here and contributing too all of the things that make this one of the best states in the country (in our opinion!). Depending on where you moved from you may find a lot of similarities and a lot of differences between your previous home and your new one, but there are some extra special things you should know to help you settle in fully. 

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Feb. 16, 2018

360tip: Where to Find The Best Coffee in Denver

best coffee in denver

One of the first things people research once they move into a new home is where their nearest coffee shop is (or is that just us?!). And while caffeine might be what drives us there, we also want a place where the faces are smiling and the atmosphere is inviting. So we created our own list of criteria for finding the best coffee in the Denver area. They all had to have a place to sit (no to go-only places!), good coffee, friendly staff, easy parking, and of course, wifi.

This list could literally go on forever (or pretty close!), but we rounded up some of our favorite spots around the city that meet all of the requirements.

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Feb. 8, 2018

10 Things To Do In Denver This Month (February)

Winter in Denver can be a time where we either hibernate in our homes, or escape to the mountains. But Denver is thriving with unique and interesting things to do all winter long. So to inspire you and your friends and loved ones to get out and try something new, we want to share 10 unique things that are happening in Denver this month. Whether you enjoy imbibing on local spirits or are intrigued at the prospect of watching cartoons from your childhood at a local brewery, we've got you covered this month. And there is plenty of fun for the whole family in this list!

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Jan. 29, 2018

Top 5 Reasons to List Your Home Denver Home for Sale in March

list-denver-home-for-saleDid you know that right now there are only 2564 detached residential homes for sale in the Denver market? Of those, many are over $1M, and the rest are overpriced or have something seriously wrong with them.  100,000 people a year are coming to the metro area. It's simple math. Low supply and high demand = a big payday for Denver sellers.  Homes under $450k are seeing 100 showings and 30+ offers. Prices continue to rise, and we don't see any change in the foreseeable future.  If you are thinking of selling, I invite you to read our top 5 list of reasons why you should list your home this Spring. 

  1. You could get 10% more for your home. Prime buying season starts at the end of February which is known as the compression phase. Based on projections, we'll see an increase in inventory thus unleashing the buyer feeding frenzy. With high demand and low supply, buyers will be paying more than the home is worth.  Sometimes as much as 10%. 
  2. You'll have a better chance of your appraisal coming in at contract price. With such low inventory, there are not a lot of transactions occurring right now so comps are tough to come by.  
  3. There are only 1037 condos for sale right now. If you own a condo, demand is extremely high. Let's get it on the market before the new builds start in full force.  They changed the construction defect litigation laws so now we'll see more condo projects start popping up.
  4. The average home price is $477,523.
  5. 41% of closed homes in Denver sold for over their asking price.

If you plan to sell in the near future, I would recommend hitting the market in Feb/March. You'll likely have a ton of buyers knocking down your door to give you more money than you are asking for more than likely.

Want to get a quick idea of what your home may be worth? Check out our Instant Home Valuation Tool

 

 

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