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Five Questions, One Broker: David Broecker

David Broecker, Broker Associate at Slifer — Denver 

What is one thing we might not know about you? I attended culinary school in Pittsburgh and started my career as a chef in Aspen. After cooking for Pete Coors one evening, I landed the Aspen route selling beer for Coors. That eventually led me into a career as a sales manager in the craft beer industry. Cooking and beer are still two of my passions today!

Local Insider: What are you currently inspired by in Denver? The development of downtown Denver has been amazing to watch; at one point I could see 11 cranes from my balcony alone. What they have done at Union Station is fantastic, and the food and beer scene in Denver is awesome!

What does a day off look like for you? A day off for me varies depending upon the season. Spring means hikes and baseball, fall always means watching football with my wife and friends.

Name one thing on your 2017 bucket list. It is crazy how fast 2017 has gone by. I was excited to spend Labor Day weekend in Aspen for Jazz Aspen. I would say on my bucket list for 2018 is to visit Croatia with my wife.

What’s your go-to spot in Denver? The Barrel Bar at Great Divide is fantastic, and you can always pop across the street to The Source for great food at Acorn.

David Broecker, dbroecker@sliferdenver.com,  (720) 878-2167

Beautiful property, beautiful future

7328 S Windermere Street, Littleton, CO 

This past week, our own Sara Destiny Garza put a fantastic listing in Littleton under contract -- one with a beautiful future ahead of it. Located at 7328 S. Windermere Street, the property features 2.12 acres of park-like land right along the Highline Canal, a popular walking, biking, and horseback riding trail that connects the Denver Metro Area. The land and its location are what Sara says made it a “perfect candidate” for development.

“My favorite part about real estate is watching the transformation from when land or older homes change to gorgeous new homes for new families to spend their time together in,” Sara says. “When I first visited 7328 South Windermere, I could feel an enchanting calmness from the beautiful acreage located right on the High Line canal, surrounded by mature trees. I immediately knew it would be the perfect candidate for someone to redevelop and take advantage of the flexible zoning and superb location, so close to downtown Littleton and next to an amazing trail that can take you miles away.”

Ever since, Sara has focused on marketing the property by both traditional means and unique tactics targeted at developers. And all the hard work paid off – the property is now under contract with a plan for the development of new homes.

“With every new sale is a new lesson,” Sara says, “and this one will be a fantastic journey watching the development process from the inside out.”

Sara Destiny Garza, (720) 499-4937, sgarza@sliferdenver.com

My Favorite Block: Tara Lovato

Tara Lovato,  Founder / Owner / Curator / Stylist, La Lovely Vintage

My Favorite Block:  Larimer Street between 20th and 30th in RiNo.

La Lovely Vintage is a great local go-to for beautiful, thoughtfully-curated goods. It all started as a mobile vintage shop in an adorable teal 1957 Shasta trailer named Lucy, and has since added a brick and mortar location in RiNo’s Backyard on Blake (30th and Blake Street). The vintage and modern boutique specializes in men and women’s clothing, accessories, home décor, and handmade goods, with all items curated by the shop’s founder and owner, Tara Lovato. We caught up with Tara this month to talk about her favorite part of the city:

“My favorite block is in RiNo, on Larimer Street between 20th and 30th. RiNo has an endless supply of amazing restaurants, breweries, and art murals in walking distance from each other. It’s a great place to spend a day off with friends or family exploring the city and seeing what Denver has to offer.” 

Check out Tara’s favorite go-to spots:

Bar Fausto: The Atmosphere and the Drinks (Old Fashioned)

Meadowlark Kitchen: Best hamburger in Town

Infinite Monkey Theorem: Always great vibes. A modern winery with beautiful indoor and outdoor seating

Crema: Coffee and Veggie Sandwiches

Check out La Lovely Vintage at www.lalovelyvintage.com.

Five Questions, One Broker: Patti Brave

Patti Brave, Broker Associate at Slifer — Denver

What’s the most exciting part about being a broker at SSF Denver? I love the hustle and bustle of Riverfront Park and meeting all the wonderful people that stop in our office. We have a great team of brokers who all look out for each other,  participate in lots of charitable causes, and just have fun. And we’re are all very excited about East West Partners’ spectacular new condominium development, The Coloradan.

What do you like to do on your day off? I’m an avid Zumba dancer, play pickle ball with my husband, and love boating and other activities with my kids and grandkids.

Name one thing on your 2017 bucket list. I have lots of ideas for the future, but for 2017, a winter vacation in various spots in Florida with family and friends.

Tell us about a recent adventure. I moved from Vail this year to be with my family. It’s been a big change, but I’ve been with Slifer Smith and Frampton for 20 years and am so happy to be able to stay with this fantastic company in Denver. I love learning about all the special things in the Denver metro area.

What’s your go-to spot in Denver? Love the Palm restaurant for special occasions. We’ve been going there for 30 years and always have the best food and perfect service.

Patti Brave,   pbrave@slifer.net,  (970) 390-1112