John Rebchook has been taking the pulse of the Denver-area and Colorado commercial real estate world for almost 35 years. He joined the editorial staff of CREJ in 2011. Prior to that, he was the Real Estate Editor of the Rocky Mountain News from 1983 until it closed in 2009.

HFF makes McWhinney loan

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John Rebchook

July 5, 2016

Short-term licensing kicks off today in Denver

Short-term rentals

The City and County of Denver today began accepting online applications for the city’s new short-term rental (STR) license. Denver now permits hosts with valid licenses to offer STRs in their primary residences. STRs are rentals of residential property for fewer than 30 days at a time. A pre-licensing checklist and application portal are available…

John Rebchook

July 1, 2016

Riesing: Rino is Denver’s Brooklyn

RiNo

The River North Art District, better known as RiNo, has experienced a whirlwind of recent activity. For example, Zeppelin Development, headed by RiNo pioneers Kyle and Mickey Zeppelin, recently announced it had paid $7.3 million for the Ready Mixed Concrete site next to its award-winning, mixed-use TAXI development on Ringsby Court. They plan to develop…

John Rebchook

June 14, 2016

Thorn, Koelbel developing key Aurora site

Thorn

Two veteran development teams, George Thorn of Mile High Development and Koelbel & Co. have teamed up to develop a key 21.5-acre, transit-oriented development in Aurora at what is considered the southern entrance to the city. “It is a long time coming,” said Thorn about what is known as Regatta Plaza at Interstate 225 and…

John Rebchook

June 14, 2016

CREJ retail conference on tap

retail

No question about it. The Denver area retail market is strong. Kenneth A. Himel, a retail broker at David Hicks Lampert, doesn’t think any of the brokers, developers and restaurateurs speaking at 2016 Retail Summit & Expo will question the strength of the market. Himel will moderate a panel on the state of the market…

John Rebchook

June 14, 2016

Elan sale a record breaker

It was a blockbuster deal. American Realty Advisors last month paid $154.3 million for the 314-unit, Elan Union Station, according to public records. American Realty Advisors is rebranding the community on 2.4 acres at Chestnut Place and 20th Street as ALARA Union Station. It was the most expensive apartment sale ever in downtown Denver’s central…

John Rebchook

May 31, 2016

Pinnacle sells retail center

A local investor recently paid $4.85 million for Centennial Corner, a retail center near a Walmart Supercenter. The investor, who did not want to be named, paid $259 per square foot for the 18,719-sf, two-building center at 10909 E. Arapahoe Road in Centennial. “It was an off-market deal,” said Tom Ethington, who represented the seller […]

John Rebchook

May 31, 2016

Edge at City Park refinanced by Murphy

City Park

Stephen Caragol’s The Edge at City Park LLC bought the land near City Park in Denver a number of years ago. A year ago, the developer built a five-story, 29-unit luxury apartment building at 1855 Gaylord St. Steamboat Springs-based Caragol, through The Edge at City Park LLC, recently refinanced the condo-quality rental property in an […]

John Rebchook

May 31, 2016

Schonbrun raises the bar with Balfour

Michael Schonbrun struggled almost two decades ago to come up with a name for his luxury senior housing company, which he believed would raise the bar as far as architecture, design, food, amenities and care. Michael Schonbrun “I spent a lot of time going through dictionaries in English as well as Italian, Latin and Greek…

John Rebchook

May 16, 2016

Essex arranges loan for Etkin Johnson

Lafayette Corporate Campus

In the fall of 2000, about 300 Denver area commercial real estate brokers gathered in a field before boarding a five-seat helicopter, to provide them with an aerial view of what today is the 293,394-square-foot Lafayette Corporate Campus. “Once you're up in the air, it’s a no-brainer,'' Bruce Etkin, principal of Etkin Johnson, the developer…

John Rebchook

May 16, 2016