A lot of what custom builders are creating now in prime Denver neighborhoods like Hilltop, east of Cherry Creek, are huge, contemporary-styled homes that feel out of sync with their sylvan surroundings and traditional neighborhood architecture. But Hilltop expert Suzy Whittemore with Coldwell Banker Devonshire will show you a ranch today, a block west of Denver’s Cranmer ‘Sundial’ Park, that’s a perfect match to its surroundings and that offers a surprising amount of space, as well.
At 201 Ash, two blocks east of Colorado, you’ll see cottage-style Tudor built when FDR was still in his first term, that matches its surroundings like a Dolley Madison headdress to a White House party. Its neo-Tudor exterior in full brick and high-pitched tile roof carries through to varieties of demi-arched bay windows, a maple-surround living room fireplace and a remodeled kitchen with granite tops matching cherry cabinets, premium appliances and its own hearth-like gas fireplace. At a time when most buyers are favoring wide-open, well-lit interiors, you’ll see plenty of glass that enlightens the step-down living room and other entertaining areas; also in the master suite on its own wing to the rear and in a elegant solarium off the living room — one of a variety of getaway areas the home provides.
The ‘cottage’ look belies a surprisingly sizable ranch – almost 2,900 feet on the main level plus 2,500 finished in the basement, with rec area, study and guest suite, well-appointed craft room, seasonal wardrobe storage, and a genuine walk-in vault – much of it close enough to grade level that spaces feel almost like a garden level. The price is $1.5 million – supported by a sale of a similarly sized home two blocks east last summer at $1.495 and a smaller home a few blocks southeast, more recently, at $1.310. Could a builder tear it down and put up some contemporary mega-mansion? “Nobody is going to scrape this,” says Whittemore doubtingly. She’ll have 201 Ash open today, from one p.m. until four; from Cherry Creek take First Avenue east, past Colorado Boulevard, two blocks to Ash Street, and turn north a block.
The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.
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