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Colorado Community Media has voted us the Best of the Best Property Management company in Parker!

Our Experience

· We've been in the area for over 12 years, we know the neighborhoods!

· We use state-of-the-art technology along with a personal touch to help you achieve your Real Estate goals.

· Throughout our years of sales and property management experience, we have developed an aggressive marketing strategy that will get you Top Dollar for your home!

· We provide every home a customized marketing plan that WORKS


A little bit about Broker/Owner Jeff Kroll

· He spends lots of time with family, hiking, camping, & skiing. 

· Member of the Douglas/Elbert Board of Realtors, Colorado Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Parker and Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of The Pinery Homeowners Association, and past Club master of Cub Scout Pack 649.

· He has climbed 57 of the 58 highest peaks in Colorado.

· Nearly 80% of The Dream Teams' business comes from past clients and referrals.


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6 Landscaping Trends That Increase the Value of Your Denver-Area Home

6 Landscaping Trends That Increase the Value of Your Denver-Area Home

By Bill Edwards




The good news is that it’s still a seller’s market. The not-so-good news is after years of a sizzling hot real estate market, sales — and prices — are levelling off. While the statistics are on the seller’s side, it’s also the time to make sure your home looks as good as it can. Here are six landscaping trends that will make that winning offer just a little bigger — and increase the value of your home.

1. Go Xeric

Xeric means “water wise.” In Colorado, the less water you use, the easier it is on your wallet and the less you'll be fighting Mother Nature. The Mile High City gets about 16 inches of rain every year. That means either your landscaping is drought resistant, or it’s not going to thrive without a lot of help. Native plants, such as the yucca, and trees including blue spruce and aspens are an easy way to xeriscape your yard. Check in with your local gardening store for suggestions on the right native plants, and adapted plants, to include in your yard.


2. Plan Hardscaping

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If it’s rock, cement, tile, or another hard surface, it’s hardscaping. It’s not only eye-catching, but it also means less water use. Imagine a stone pathway to your front door, or pebbles bordering your driveway, or a patio made of stamped concrete. These are all examples of hardscaping that you can incorporate into your yard. From a DIY gravel project to a tiled outdoor kitchen, the price range depends on you. It can run from the hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands, depending on your vision and your budget.

3. Build a Drought-Resistant Lawn

Having a well maintained lush lawn is still king among Colorado homebuyers. Take a look around, and you’ll see it’s not impossible to achieve. But the grass you choose has to be a cool-season variety that will survive a Colorado winter and one that can hold up to a Colorado summer with little rain (except for the monsoons). Don't forget, the watering schedule gets a little complicated, depending on where you live. The city of Denver limits lawn watering to three times a week, while Fort Collins homeowners can only turn on the sprinklers twice a week.


Kentucky bluegrass remains one of the most popular varieties for our lawns but still needs regular watering. Regular maintenance goes a long way toward increasing the value of your home. A dry, brown, patchy lawn won’t entice prospective buyers. A thick, healthy lawn, on the other hand, may be the deciding factor.

4. Encourage Outdoor Living

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One of the many reasons so many people love living in Colorado is the great outdoors. Features like an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, or even a pergola with coordinated outdoor furniture can expand your home's living space. Outdoor kitchens are trending right now and a big draw in outdoorsy Colorado that should bring you a return on your investment. You can spend anything from a few hundred dollars for a fire pit and comfortable seating, to thousands of dollars for a state of the art barbecue grill and smoker, dishwasher, refrigeration, and entertainment system.

5. Plant Edibles

Think about making your landscaping edible. A crabapple tree thrives in the Front Range climate, producing beautiful blooms in the spring. It also produces fruit for jams and preserves and feeds local wildlife. A grapevine may complement your pergola, and provide extra shade on those sunny Colorado afternoons. An herb garden is not only attractive to the eye but serves as a natural insect repellent. And how convenient to grab a handful of basil from the yard when you’re making pasta.


6. Encourage Wildflowers



Show your Colorado pride by growing clusters of the blue columbine in your flower beds. The soft purple longleaf phlox is another beautiful Colorado native, as are glamorous spikes of elephant flowers. There are showy wildflowers in reds, oranges, yellows, whites, blues, and purples — enough color to please everyone. These native flowers are low maintenance and give your landscaping a distinctively Colorado look.


The keys to increasing the value of your home aren’t just making it look good. It's also about making it water-wise in Colorado’s semiarid climate and catering to the outdoor lifestyle that so many Coloradans cherish. Let that guide you as you decide what changes you want to make to increase your home's value in the current market.


Bill Edwards is a landscaper and freelance writer who enjoys doing handyman project around the house. He and his children recently built a neighborhood gazebo next to the community pool.


Month of May Recorded Highest Housing Inventory in Metro Denver Since 2013

Month of May Recorded Highest Housing Inventory in Metro Denver Since 2013 and Record-breaking Average Single-family Home Price
In May, there were 8,789 new listings, up 16.97 and 38.12 percent from the previous month and year, respectively. At month’s end, 6,470 homes went under contract, up 5.65 and 10.5 percent from April and last year, respectively. Notably, the average single-family home price reached a record-breaking $555,482.

“Even with all of those offers written and accepted, we still ended the month with 8,891 homes for sale,” said Jill Schafer, Chair of the DMAR Market Trends Committee and Metro Denver Realtor®. “That’s an important number to note. It’s the highest end-of-month number of active listings since November 2013 when buyers had 9,352 choices.”

For further perspective, inventory in the Denver-area real estate market was at 26,333 active listings in May 2008.

Schafer adds, “The market has been experiencing a drought of new homes for years, so the increase in inventory is a welcome relief for thirsty buyers. Sellers have been experiencing an unprecedented increase in values. Even with the added inventory, prices were still up a bit.”

Beautiful home for sale in The Pinery (Parker, CO)

$670,000.00 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, 4,875 of finished SqFt, 5,407 Total SqFt            
What do you value? Privacy, acreage, large living spaces, an array of flex spaces, Mountain views among huge Ponderosa Pines? Check off all those boxes and more. Here come see the best street in the Pinery! You have an executive size 2-acre lot plus Hardiplank siding and a tile roof - most Pinery homes have cedar siding and asphalt roofs. Loft-like open feel with soaring ceilings and 6 skylights, great room with gleaming hardwoods anchored by a fireplace and built-in entertainment center can accommodate multiple living arrangements. Kitchen boasts stainless appliances with newer double ovens, maple cabs, tile counter, and fantastic breakfast nook. Sprawling master has room size closet, deck access and remodeled bath with cherry cabs and jacuzzi tub. Splendid dining room can fit the largest of tables.1452 SF of porch/deck for unlimited outdoor living options. Basement features large rec room with wet bar that walks out to a large patio, 5 bedrooms/flex spaces, workshop, huge storage & energy efficient 5 heating zones.


Multi-Level home in Highlands Ranch

Come see this 3 bedroom, 2 baths, 1256 square foot tri-level home now! Located on a very quiet cul-de-sac, it’s an easy walk to the elementary school and open space trails. And the massive, world-class rec centers of Highlands Ranch are at your disposal! The main floor is open with vaulted ceilings front to back, and 3 skylights bring great natural light in. The kitchen boasts Amana stainless steel appliances, composite sink, and sleek granite tile counters with slate tile backsplash. The family room is a perfect size and anchored by a wood burning fireplace. Other highlights include a lower level family room, master bedroom with his and her closets, Victorian chandeliers; new faux wood blinds, A/C, and new carpeting throughout. Rental price $1995/month.

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Tri-Story home in Saddlebrrok (Parker)


Appreciate quality? You'll be proud to bring your friends and family into this 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1381 finished SF tri-level home that is almost completely updated inside. 

Built in 1996 this pristine home is nestled on a perfect lot at the back of Saddlebrook Farms, which is a story-book setting to begin with, featuring white picket fences, flat walkable streets, and huge trees. To top it off, this home backs to vast open space with walking trails. Very private! 

The kitchen boasts Oak cabinets with brand new LG stainless steel appliances, stainless steel sink, and pantry. The breakfast nook walks out to the large deck and lower flagstone patio.

All 3 bedrooms are upstairs along with a full hall bath, and the master features 3/4 bath with walk-in closet. 

The spacious family room has a gas fireplace with built-in entertainment center and abundant windows. 

Other amenities include new carpeting throughout, new blinds, new paint, 2 new chandeliers, A/C, sprinkler system, covered front porch, unfinished 372 SF basement for storage. 

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The only way to set a showing is to text Jeff @ show contact info . Please reference the street name in your text. The application is at and $40 each. 

Available immediately. No pets. Rental price $2275/month. Security Deposit is one month's rent.

Stunning updated duplex in Denver

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 4 bath, 1919 SqFt home. You're only a few minutes away from either Ri-No or City Park. Plus it has a park-like view out front with no houses across the street. This all neutral home features a kitchen w/ Cherry cabinets, under-cabinet lighting, high-end stainless appliances including French door fridge & gas range, glass subway backsplash, & gorgeous quartz counters. Downstairs is an immense open room that could be split up into multiple spaces; home theater, rec room, or office...& there is a 3/4 bath. The show stopper is the awesome coffered ceilings w/ crown molding & integrated LED lighting throughout the main level. Combine that w/ custom woodwork, wood floors w/ decorative inlay, baths with cherry cabs & nickel finishes & custom tile showers, & you have a truly elegant home. Other amenities include a private backyard, spacious dining area, attached 1-car garage plus extra street parking space, newer stacked Whirlpool washer & dryer, A/C. Dogs are OK no cats. Rental price $2750/month.

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Beautiful Tierra Iliff Home in Aurora

This warm and welcoming home is loaded with charm and features 2550 finished square feet with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. This traditional floor plan features all hardwoods and tile on the main level, central staircase, a family room with exquisite gas fireplace with cherry and travertine accents. The kitchen features Oak cabs, stainless steel appliances, pantry, and sit up counter. 

Four of the five bedrooms are upstairs, including a master with 5 piece bath including a deep jetted tub, heat lamp, and skylight. 

Downstairs has a nice open combination rec room/home theater space, with a cool chalk wall where you can channel your inner poet or whatever gets your creative juices going, plus a bedroom and good sized full bath. 

The fully fenced yard is the perfect size and has no house behind it for extra privacy, and offers a fire pit for evening gatherings, and large concrete patio. 

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The only way to set a showing is to text Jeff @ show contact info . Please reference the street name in your text. The application is at and $40 each. 

Dogs are O.K. no cats.

Other amenities include washer, dryer, A/C, private covered front patio. Available July 1st.

Cottonwoods South Condo (Parker)

Impress your friends and rent this awesome 2 story condo featuring 3 beds, 3 baths, 1368 square feet, and one car attached garage. Make no mistake, it is plush inside. It's stellar location is only 2 minutes to E-470, the Cherry Creek Trail. Local shopping including Costco is 5 minutes away, as well as Lifetime Fitness, Parker Adventist Hospital, and a huge King Soopers. The kitchen is gorgeous and boasts rich Maple cabinets, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, stainless steel sink, large sit-up bar, and large walk-in pantry. Other amenities include elegant wood banisters and railings, full-size dining room walking out to a private patio, A/C, laundry room w/washer and dryer, 6-panel doors, master bedroom with walk-in closet, security system, water, and trash paid, and lots of windows throughout.
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Available immediately. Pets are OK. Security Deposit is one month's rent. Minimum one-year lease. Douglas County School District; Chaparral High School, Sierra Middle, and Pine Lane Elementary.

Gorgeous Condo in Parker

Nothing Beats New...PERIOD. Opportunity is knocking. This is your golden opportunity to be the very first person to ever live in this unit. It's clean and pristine. This is the top floor so nobody above you, and all bedrooms are vaulted as a result. Gorgeous kitchen with GE appliances (fridge not shown,) massive island, quartz counters with integrated stainless steel sink. Vinyl plank flooring throughout except in the bedrooms. Master has a large shower w/bench and a large walk-in closet. Spacious dining area walks out to covered deck. Other amenities include hall bath with large soaking tub., A/C, washer and dryer, gas fireplace.  

Available immediately. 

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The complex is right on the 42-mile long Cherry Creek Trail system for walking, running and biking go north to Cherry Creek Reservoir or south through Parker. Extensive HOA amenities include clubhouse, fitness center, pool and hot tub*Expansive park with playground and sand volleyball court. 

Trash and water included.  No pets. Security Deposit is one month's rent. Minimum one-year lease. Douglas County School District; Chaparral High School, Sierra Jr. High, and Pine Lane Elementary. 

Renter must possess a minimum FICO score of 600 or greater and have a clean background check. No Smoking Allowed.  No section 8.

The only way to set a showing is to text Jeff @303-717-1492.   Please reference the street name in your text. The application is at and $40 each.

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