Growing Up

Growing Up Evolution of a Neighborhood

Introducing the next article in a series of stories about the evolution of Stapleton – from how we got here to what’s next. Enjoy this compilation of articles from industry experts, Realtors, long-time residents and others!

A Blog Series

By Kim Kouba

Realtor at Perry & Co. and owner of the Sweet William Market

I go out of the car yesterday and realized the trees in front of our house were really setting off some serious shade!

Between that and the tall 16-year-old who unfolded himself out of the driver’s seat of our car, I was just struck with the thought of how “grown-up” my neighborhood has become. No longer is Stapleton a “Green Book” concept or even a toddler of a neighborhood that only has some name recognition amongst the most hip of Denverites. Instead, the neighborhood has moved into that rapid, teenage-like growth period.

With growing edges to both Bluff Lake neighborhood and Conservatory Green neighborhood, it seems as if we’re getting bigger overnight and our “feet” have begun stretching beyond the end of our twin beds!

That growth has been as fun to watch as that of my own kids. New styles of architecture and floor plans have come and gone. New pools and parks, events and interests too have emerged, adding to the personality of the place. My hobby business, the Sweet William Market, also continues to grow with the neighborhood. We kicked off our eighth season this year with 78 vendors, offering not just darling things for babies, but a little something for the tweens too!

And in my day job as a Realtor, I continue to see the value of Stapleton’s homes when shopping for my buyers. Their offerings fill a need in Denver that is innovative and forward-thinking. And that “teenage” flexibility we’ve seen from the builders, the Stapleton Master Community Association, the schools and the retailers has insulated residents from some of the most painful swings in home values. In fact, Stapleton leads this area of the city in appreciation and growth. Seems as if those core “parenting” values Stapleton started with have continued to serve us well!

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