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Framework: Views to die for


Views of Sloan’s Lake and mountains that townhome buyers at Framework will enjoy.

Views of downtown Denver and a sliver of the mountains are available from the ground level of Framework at Sloan’s Lake, one of the largest infill developments in north Denver, which will be ready for occupancy in about a year.

“Wait to you see the views from the lift,” said Jonathan Alpert, developer of the 22-unit community – 14 townhomes of about 2,000-square-feet each, priced from the high $400,000s and eight single-family homes with about 3,200 square feet each, including basements, priced from about $600,000.

A large scissor lift on Tuesday took dozens of people 30 feet off the ground to get a bird’s eye view of what they could expect if they bought one of the three-story townhomes with roof-top decks.

Liz Richards and Susan Henderson of Kentwood City Properties ride the scissor lift at Framework at Sloan’s Lake groundbreaking.

On one side, you can see a view of downtown’s skyline and the other a view of the mountains that include’s Pikes Peak.

“We knew we would have great views, but we were surprised what great views you get of Sloan’s Lake,” Alpert said. Indeed, several people on the lift who live in the neighborhood commented on the view of Sloan’s Lake, the largest lake in Denver.

Rendering of Framework at Sloan’s Lake

A number of Realtors were among the dozens who took the vertical trip on the development on a large, clear lot bordered by West 17th and 18th avenues and King Street.

Liz Richards, a broker with Kentwood City Properties, said she won’t have any trouble finding buyers for Framework. Alpert already has pre-sold three of the units and expected that he might get a couple of more contracts in the wake of the groundbreaking.

“I think the location and the design will set it apart,” Richards said. The homes are being designed by Studio H : T Architecture of Boulder, which has a reputation for creating homes that are sustainably built, as well as with cutting edge designs.

Susan Henderson, also a broker with Kentwood City Properties, was as enthused about the development as Richards.

“There isn’t enough inventory in the area,” Henderson said. “New developments are selling fast.”

Lindy Burk, a broker with RE/MAX Central Alliance, said Framework will also benefit from a nearby light rail station as well the redevelopment of the former St. Anthony’s hospital campus near Sloan’s Lake.

In the spring, Burk will be listing a 1940s ranch home with unobstructed views across Sloan’s Lake and she was curious what kind of impact Framework would have on the value of existing homes in the area.

“I think it is going to help,” Burk said. “There is so much going on along Colfax with the redevelopment of St. Anthony’s and everything that will bring. And certainly if you can walk to a light-rail station, that is going to be a huge advantage for people who work downtown. This is going to be the next Highland, in my opinion.”

For more about this development, visit Framework at Sloan’s Lake.

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