Should You Be Wary of Flips in Downtown Denver?

When it comes to achieving the urban lifestyle in Denver, there is a plethora of options for people who love vintage homes with style and character. Many downtown Denver homes are completely renovated. But distinguishing between a cheap fix-and-flip and a lovingly restored and renovated home takes the expertise of an experienced Realtor. By working with a Realtor who specializes in downtown Denver neighborhoods, you will avoid buying a home that is a poor value with shoddy workmanship.


If you are looking for homes with character, Denver’s Uptown has a mix of Victorian and Queen Anne homes. Many homeowners like living near the Denver Zoo and City Park. Some of the features to look for include radiant floor heat, slab granite, hardwood floors and Platinum finishes.

Washington Park

Washington Park, which is often defined as Broadway east to University Boulevard and Alameda Avenue south to Evans Avenue, is another neighborhood that provides quintessential urban living in Denver. You can find renovated Victorian homes as well as bungalows built between 1900 and 1940. Other styles that often become available include the Prairie Style/ mid-century modern. Some signs of a quality renovation versus a quick flip include professionally landscaped yard, an updated interior with features such as gourmet kitchen, master bath with steam shower and home theater room.

City Park

In the City Park neighborhood, you can find homes with spectacular views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Many of the condos in City Park are newly renovated homes. Look for condos with stainless steel appliances, slab granite, fireplace, gourmet kitchen and quality finishes.

Downtown Denver is a hot real estate market with great investor interest. When buying a Denver home that is a former short sale or foreclosure that an investor fixed up to sell, it’s important to have not only a good Realtor but a trusted inspector who can identify any problems with the flip.

At Peter Hauben Real Estate, we can show you everything from new construction and homes that have had one owner for decades as well as homes fixed up by investors. Our goal is to help you find exactly what you want for the best value in downtown Denver.