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Real Estate in the Mile High City Reaches for the Sky: 10 Time-Lapse Photos of Denver’s Redevelopment Boom

Denver skyline changes

Nestled at the foot of the Rockies, Denver hosts lots of charming neighborhoods, a burgeoning economy, and first-class access to rugged mountain adventures. As more and more people choose to put down roots in the Mile-High City, developers have taken on the urban infill challenge with gusto in recent years!

We wanted to see how much the city has really grown so we turned to Google Street View to help us identify the most significant changes in terms of real estate development. Without further ado, here are some of the most awe-inspiring buildings that popped up on Denver’s cityscape between 2008 and 2015.

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1. Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences Denver – Central Business District

Year Built: 2010

Replacing a surface parking lot at 1111 14th St., Denver’s own Teatro Tower LLC introduced the luxury Four Seasons Hotel, a 565-foot mixed-use skyscraper. 239 guest rooms and suites occupy the first 16 floors along with hotel facilities such as a full-service spa, a rooftop pool, and approx. 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Sitting atop the hotel’s 239 guest rooms, the 102 Four Seasons Private Residences offer spectacular, unimpeded views of the Rocky Mountains. The residences were the most expensive real estate project ever undertaken in downtown with a total cost of the building estimated at $350 million.

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2. Spire – Central Business District

Year Built: 2009

Developed by the Nichols Partnership, Spire‘s 42 stories rise 478 feet, at 891 14th St. This mixed-use building features 493 residences in a variety of one, two, and three-bedroom, LEED-Certified floor plans; 9,000 square feet of retail space; and 602 parking spaces in an 8-story parking podium.

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3. Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center – Central Business District

Year Built: 2010

Marking the debut of the brand’s 50,000th suite across the Americas, the 17-story, LEED Silver certified Embassy Suites Denver-Downtown/Convention Center at 1420 Stout St. features 403 two-room suites. Amenities include an indoor saline pool, a 24-hour fitness facility, 14 flexible meeting rooms, a business center, and two full-service restaurants.

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4. 1900 Sixteenth, DaVita World Headquarters, Triangle Building – Union Station – LoDo

The skyline of the Union Station – LoDo neighborhoods has completely transformed over the last few years, featuring an abundance of new office, residential, hotel, parking, and retail space.

Year Built: 2009, 2012, and 2015

Looking at the photo, the 17-story tower in the center is Trammell Crow’s LEED Gold-Certified mixed-use building: 1900 Sixteenth. The building incorporates 400,539 square feet of Class A office space, 8,770 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space, and a 1,200-space parking garage. The developer has plans to add 7 stories of apartments to the project, to be located directly above the parking structure. Dubbed Millennium Bridge Apartments, the new 13-story building will add 158 units to the area.

One of the first projects to kick off Trammell Crow’s redevelopment of Union Station was the 15 story DaVita World Headquarters at 2000 16th St. (blue building on the right). It was the first private sector build-to-suit project in downtown Denver since the mid-1980s and features 270,000 square feet of Class A, LEED Gold-certified office space. The design reflects DaVita’s commitment to healthy living with an abundance of green space and recreational facilities including the largest rooftop terrace in downtown Denver.

Joining its neighbors as the third Class A office building at Union Station, the 10 story-Triangle Building developed by East West Partners at 1550 Wewatta St. (on the left) is a LEED Gold-Certified, 200,000+-square-foot building offering 10,000 square feet of street level retail space and two floors of underground parking.

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5. Cadence, Platform at Union Station, DaVita – Union Station – LoDo

Year built: 2014

Developed by Zocalo Community Development Inc. and recently sold to Invesco Real Estate for $70 million, the 13 story-Cadence at 1920 17th St. (in the middle of the photo) lies at the heart of the Union Station redevelopment project. Its 219 LEED Gold-certified luxury apartments come in a variety of studio, one-, and two-bedroom floor plans.

The Platform at Union Station at 1650 Wewatta St. (on the left) is a 21-story, 288-unit LEED Gold-certified luxury apartment building developed by Holland Partners next to the commuter rail station. Previously mentioned, the DaVita can be seen on the right.

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6. 1800 Larimer – Union Station – LoDo

Year Built: 2010

Developed by the Westfield Company and sold in 2011 to Invesco Real Estate for $213.2 million, 1800 Larimer is billed as the “next generation office building.” It was the first high-rise office building to be constructed in Denver’s central business district in 25 years. Quirky and controversial in its design aesthetics, the 22-story, 500,000-square-foot Class AA office building is the first LEED Platinum-certified high-rise in Denver.

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7. The Pinnacle at City Park South Tower 2, City Park

Year Built: 2009

The Pinnacle at City Park South Tower 2 completes Opus Corporation’s two-tower, luxury residential development located directly across the street from Denver’s City Park. The 22-story Phase II tower features 98 luxury homes with two and three bedrooms. Both towers are capped with two elegant penthouses.

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8. Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center – Capitol Hill

Year Built: 2013

2 East 14th Avenue is the site of the new 696,000-square-foot headquarters of Colorado’s court system, the $258 million Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. Developed by Trammell Crow Co., on the southern edge of Civic Center, the complex contains two buildings: a 4-story, 150,000 sf Courthouse, and a 12-story, 450,000 sf office tower. One of the few courthouses in the country to achieve LEED Gold Certification, the new building has been designed and built to endure a 100-year plus lifespan.

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9. Steele Creek, 100 Saint Paul – Cherry Creek

Year Built: 2015

Denver’s premier shopping and dining district, Cherry Creek, is reaching a crescendo of development as it transforms into a multi-use neighborhood.

Steele Creek luxury apartments developed by BMC Investments at 3222 E. 1st Avenue (on the right) is a 12 story-mixed-use building including 232 luxury apartment units and 16,000 square feet of retail space anchored by the world-renowned Sushi restaurant Matsushisa. It is believed to be the most expensive apartment tower ever built in Denver.

Developed by The Pauls Corporation, 100 Saint Paul at 1050 17th St. (on the left) is an 8-story, LEED Gold-certified, mixed-use building with 149,000 square feet of Class A+ office space and 14,000 square feet of retail.

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10. The Seasons, Building C – Northeast Cherry Creek

Year Built: 2010

The Seasons, owned by Red Peak Properties, welcomes the new Building C: a 13-story, 148 unit-apartment tower, joining the existing 9- and 15-story buildings at 3329 East Bayaud Ave., which were constructed in 1988.

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When you think about Denver’s revitalization, what is the improvement that impresses you the most?

Contributor: Corie Bussell Paz, MPH is a writer in the real estate, travel, and woman’s health niche.

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