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Mountain residents buying city homes

Allen Best

DENVER – The mountains long have been known as a place for second homes. But Riverfront is reversing the flow. About 20 percent of buyers come from mountain communities, particularly the Vail area and Summit County.

This is no surprise to East West Partners. Like many well-heeled mountain residents, both Harry Frampton and Mark Smith had part-time residences in Denver. “People like vacation homes in places that are different from where they live,” Frampton said. “We’re a long way from the ocean here. But Denver is close.”

That is one of the appeals of Riverfront for Jean Graham, a resident of Cordillera, near Edwards. It’s not New York City, she said, “but I like the energy of Denver.” The location puts her within walking distance of the performing arts center, the symphony and, of particular interest, the Colorado Avalanche hockey team.

Ernie Blake, a Breckenridge resident since 1997 and now a Breckenridge town council member, bought a Riverfront unit based on what he heard from people he respects. They warned him about weariness of snow, about the desire to have a place in Denver to settle in to after a sporting event.

“I don’t have that feeling, partly because I travel a lot,” he said. “I get out of the snow. But if everybody who has been here for a while has that feeling, I suspect that, at some point, so will I.”

For Dan and Terry Cohen, a loft at Riverfront has been a way to get “home.” He grew up in Denver, and even located his audio and visual production company in LoDo before moving to Edwards during the mid-1990s. His company helped promote Denver’s bid for a Major League Baseball franchise.

“For years we lived in the city and had our weekend place up here,” Dan Cohen said. “Now it’s reversed, and it’s the best of all worlds.”


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