Have you ever wanted an inside look at a real haunted house? The Croke-Patterson-Campbell mansion, now the Patterson Inn, offers a glimpse into Denver‘s historic past, as well as the afterlife.
Built in 1893 for Thomas Croke, a successful experimental farmer, the mansion was an elaborate example of the rare Chateauesque style. Using local sandstone, the red castle looms large with parapets, turrets and stained glass windows. The home is a massive 12,000 square feet with four levels and an attached carriage house. Even among the other Victorian monoliths that populate the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Croke-Patterson-Campbell mansion stands apart. Unfortunately, upon his first visit to his newly constructed home, Mr. Croke felt something just wasn’t right about the place and never returned. He sold the mansion in 1892 to the Patterson family.
The Patterson’s were a prominent Denver family, with both the senior Patterson and his son-in-law Richard Campbell serving in the state senate. The family was also longtime overseers of the Rocky Mountain News. Thomas Patterson lived with his daughter and her family until they sold the home in 1916.
The home saw many reincarnations throughout the 20th century. It has been utilized as a dance hall, a boarding house, apartment building, a radio station and an office complex.
The most notable haunting activity was documented during the renovations in the 1970′s while creating the office spaces. Workers would return each day to find the work from the previous day undone. After many such events, the contractor purchased a pair of Doberman Pinschers to act as guard dogs. Sadly, one day the workers came to the mansion to find the two dogs dead on the sidewalk apparently after jumping from a third floor window.
Naturally, the ghostly activity did not halt with the completion of the offices. Office employees would hear equipment being used in empty rooms, feel sudden drafts from the basement, and often complain of loud partying from the top floor. Of course, there was no one residing on the top floor. After holding a seance, it was revealed that the spirit of a young girl haunted the castle. Supposedly, her body was entombed in the cellar. There was an excavation, and while a chamber was found, it was filled with sand.
Other specters are claimed to be present within the walls of the maze like Denver home. Reports of knocks, bangs, footsteps and an infant’s cry are the most commonly reported. There have also been several sightings of a gentleman in period garb walking between the home and the carriage house. This is believed to be the spirit of Thomas Patterson.
Dubbed as one of America’s most haunted mansions, the Croke-Patterson-Campbell mansion is certainly a fabulous visit to the past. Though it has been altered to accommodate each wave of residents, there has been care taken to preserve the unique attributes of the mansion. The fireplaces retain the original tile surrounds and mantles. The stained glass is strikingly beautiful and intact. The stately mahogany trim and paneling is unpainted as are the art niches. While the off-street parking is tight, the large carriage house could be restored allowing plenty of space for vehicles.
This piece of historic Denver real estate was purchased a few years ago by Award-winning Denver Architect, Brian Higgins. His vision was to restore the home and create the now stately and charming Patterson Inn, featuring 9 unique guest rooms, dining room, pub, reading room and courtyard.
This video was created pre-renovation before Mr. Higgins purchased the property. You can the beautiful architectural details and compare to see all the work that went into creating the magnificent Patterson Inn.
For more information on Vintage homes in Denver, or any other Denver real estate, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer with Vintage Homes of Denver at 303-564-2245.
Lower Highlands Real Estate – 3460 Bryant St.
This Historic Lower Highlands home was just listed. Live in a great neighborhood with other historic homes that are located within walking distance to some of LoHi’s hot spots, such as Root Down, Linger, LoHi Steak Bar, Highland Tap and Highland Tavern.
Offered at $430,000, this home has 4 bedrooms, 2 remodeled bathrooms and just over 1,600 sq. ft. The main floor features beautiful hardwood floors, an open concept floor plan, kitchen with granite countertops, 2 bedrooms and full remodeled bathroom. The second floor features a master bedroom with walk-in closet, and a beautiful bathroom with dual vanity and custom tile shower/tub.
The house has updated plumbing and wiring and is in great shape. It is on a large corner lot and has a great backyard with flagstone patio and covered area. Enjoy the cool autumn afternoons on your front porch and watch the leaves fall from the many trees on the property.
This is a great home in a wonderful neighborhood that is close to downtown and all that the Highlands and Lo-Hi neighborhoods have to offer. For more information on this property or any other real estate questions, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer at 303-564-2245.
Cherry Creek Colorado Real Estate – New Residential Development Project – 11 S. Monroe Street
Vintage Homes of Denver is excited to be working with the Cline Design Group on the New 11 S. Monroe St. Residences.
When you couple an award-winning builder and the up-scale Cherry Creek neighborhood, you are sure to receive a truly remarkable living experience. The Monroe Street residences will be completed in the spring of 2015, a season showcasing the “pedestrian village” of Cherry Creek at its finest. Spring flowers will be in full bloom, walkways and the Cherry Creek bike path will be ready for afternoon strolls, jogging, and bike riding. Cherry Creek North, with all of its coffee shops, restaurants, galleries and boutiques, comes alive with people enjoying patios, outdoor fountains, and parks. This rich cultural and trendy neighborhood is the place to be.
Located within walking distance to the Cherry Creek Shopping District, these thoughtful, modern and luxurious residential duplexes boasts over 3,600 finished square feet. Each home will feature bright open floor plans, sleek interior finishes, 3 bedrooms (2 master suites), 5 bathrooms, main floor study, 2nd floor laundry, fully finished basement with theater area, covered backyard patio and a third floor penthouse space with rooftop terrace offering breathtaking views and a great place to entertain.
Cline Design Group, an award-winning design-build firm located in Littleton, CO., is the builder for these outstanding residences. They are the solution for those wanting simplicity in development, quality construction, and superior design. You can rest assured in knowing that attention has been paid to every detail, and that you will receive a living experience like no other.
For more information about the 11 South Monroe St. Project or if you have any other real estate needs, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer at 303-564-2245.
Denver Area Home Tours fill the calendar this September. Whether you are an architectural enthusiast, someone looking to move and want to get a feel for a particular neighborhood, or are a closeted decorator looking for inspiration, Home Tours offer a little bit for everyone. Here is a list of the Denver Metro Home tours featured this month:
Curtis Park Home Tour – Saturday & Sunday, September 13th & 14th – 10 am – 4 pm.
Join Historic Denver Inc. and the Curtis Park Neighbors for the Curtis Park Home and Community Tour, where 14 of the finest homes in this historic neighborhood will be open to the public. Attend the tour and view a wide range of housing styles from modest cottages, row homes and single story duplexes to grand Victorian mansions, Italianate, and Queen Anne style houses. Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will give a lecture on Saturday, September 13 and guided walking and biking tours will be available both days. Tickets are $15 per person, and $12 for members of Historic Denver and the Molly Brown House Museum. Click HERE for tickets.
Jewels of Highlands Home Tour – Sunday, September 21st – 11 am – 3 pm.
This home tour will feature 8 lovely and unique homes in the West Highlands neighborhood. All ticket proceeds will benefit Brown International Academy, a Denver Public School located in the Sloan’s Lake Neighborhood. Take a tour of this neighborhood rich with culture and varying styles of architecture ranging from the English Tudor to the Victorian Mansion to newer urban Modern architecture. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
36th Annual Park Hill Home Tour and Street Fair – Sunday, September 28th – 11 am – 5 pm.
Come Celebrate and enjoy 120 Years of Architecture within 12 Blocks! Step through the doors of 5 unique homes ranging from a 1920’s Tudor Revival, to a Mid Century Modern home featuring a butterfly roof and geo-thermal heating and cooling, and a turn of the century farmhouse. The tour also features a walk through the Historic Smiley campus, which will be the new home of McAuliffe International School this fall. Fun, music, food and local fair will be featured at the street fair on Forest Parkway between Montview Blvd. and 17th Avenue. Come see all that this beautiful and historical neighborhood has to offer. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for Seniors and $5 for children 6-12 years. Children under 5 are free. To purchase tickets online, click HERE. Tickets may also be purchased from local merchants. If you buy your tickets in advance, save $5 at the following locations: Modern Bungalow, Park Hill Community Bookstore, Spinelli’s Market, Cake Crumbs and Park Hill Library.
Home tours are a great opportunity to explore new neighborhoods, get ideas for your own home, or to just be a part of a community event for the day. If you are looking to buy or sell a home or have questions about investment opportunities, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer of Vintage Homes of Denver at 303-564-2245.
Modern Wash Park Condo – 188 S. Logan St. #301
Just Listed – This wonderful 2 bedroom/1 bath Wash Park Condo is on the top floor of a renovated building with Modern Architecture. The building was completely renovated in 2006 by Modo Developers. This condo features hardwood floors, modern kitchen with custom cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless appliances, open floor plan, and renovated bath with custom tile. The two bedrooms are good sized rooms with newer carpet.
Take in the views from the third floor dedicated west facing balcony that is accessible from the living room and main bedroom. If you are looking to entertain a larger group, the community roof top deck is the perfect place. The building is managed by an HOA and the fees are inclusive of heat, water, trash, sewer, internet and building maintenance. There is one parking space deeded with the property.
This condo is within walking distance to Washington Park, Lucile’s, Cafe Bar, Carmine’s, Alameda light rail station and all that South Broadway has to offer. For more information on this property or for questions regarding Denver Real Estate, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer at 303-564-2245.
New on the Market – Charming DU Bungalow – 2215 S. Marion St., Denver, CO 80210
This charming 1940’s Bungalow located in the heart of the Denver University Neighborhood has been lovingly cared for and restored. The home features a bright open floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 newly remodeled bathrooms, custom built-ins in the living room, formal dining room, basement family room and bright and cheery kitchen with original refurbished cabinets, picture window above the sink, and solid surface countertops.
With over 2,000 finished square feet, newly refinished hardwood floors on the main level, and new carpet in the full finished basement, this house is sure to please. The house has been updated with newer vinyl windows, fresh interior and exterior paint, newer electrical, newer roof and newer sewer line. The custom tandem, two car garage and workshop are an added bonus. The backyard is beautifully landscaped with a newer privacy fence and offers a great patio to entertain friends and family. This house is the perfect blend between vintage charm and modern amenities. It is located within walking distance to the many amenities that surround Denver University, such as Safeway, Kaladi Coffee, Jelly Cafe, and Atticus Wine Bar.
For more information on this listing or for questions regarding your real estate needs, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer of Vintage Homes of Denver at 303-564-2245.
What could be better than purchasing a designer Craftsman Bungalow in Littleton, CO? This beautiful, 2-story, Craftsman Bungalow located in the coveted Sterne Park Neighborhood was tastefully updated while maintaining the original woodwork and charm of an early 1900’s Craftsman. The main floor is warm and cozy with its refinished hardwood floors, natural wood work and open floor plan. There is a large dining room for entertaining and a chef’s kitchen complete with double ovens, butcher block island, slab granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. This floor also features a flex guest suite and bath.
The second floor has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, featuring a true Master Suite with 5-piece bath and a walk-in closet. The basement is a perfect place for movie night with its large family room and custom fish tank. There is also a guest bedroom with full bath.
The back yard is a private oasis complete with stone patio, hot tub, trellis and a pond with custom water feature. The location of this home can’t be beat with easy and quick access to Sterne Park, Rose Garden, Shopping and Dining in Old Town Littleton, and the Light Rail. This home was a perfect balance between old and new. For more information about homes available in the Littleton or the Denver Metro Area, please contact Jesse Sehlmeyer of Vintage Homes of Denver at 303-564-2245.
Please watch our You Tube video of 5910 S. Bemis St. Littleton, CO.
This wonderful 1950’s Contemporary, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, Ranch, located blocks from the Wellshire Golf Club, was stunningly renovated. The renovation was well thought out and completed to perfection. Renovations included a new custom kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances, granite countertops, and custom lighting. The kitchen serves as a central hub for the open floor plan that flows well between the living room, dining room and open and light filled family room. There are beautifully restored hardwood floors throughout, with the exception of the family room.
The main floor has a nice Master Suite with new bathroom and walk-in closet, as well as 3 additional bedrooms. The basement was fully finished with a large Rec. Room, and two additional large rooms that could be used as office, playroom, or whatever your hear desires.
The large, landscaped yard provides much space for kids, dogs, and entertaining. It has mature landscaping and a sprinkler system. The furnace is newer and certified and a second furnace and hot water heater were installed. The roof is newer and certified as well.
The home located in the Wellshire neighborhood, on a great block, is also near the much sought after Slaven’s School. This home was a perfect turnkey opportunity for the new buyer with its many upgrades and location convenient to shopping and interstates.
Please view our You Tube video of this property and feel free to contact Jesse Sehlmeyer of Vintage Homes of Denver at 303-564-2245 with any of your real estate needs.
Have you noticed that newer construction homes in the Platt Park Neighborhood are usually duplexes with small yards? Vintage Homes of Denver recently sold a newer construction, detached single family home at 2175 S. Emerson St. that featured a nice sized back yard, 2 stories with an unfinished basement, 3 good sized bedrooms – one of which was a master suite, and 3 bathrooms under $600,000.
This home, in perfect condition, featured an open floor plan with great natural light, and a custom kitchen with custom built cabinets and beautiful granite countertops. This space would be great for entertaining family and friends year round.
A front room, allowing for flexible space, could be used as a dining room, office space or sitting room. The second floor featured nice sized bedrooms and a master suite complete with master bath finished with custom tile and fixtures.
The basements smart layout enabled easy finishing, allowing the new buyers to create the space just the way they’d like it.
A covered front porch and back patio, along with mature landscaping and good sized yard, created great spaces to enjoy summer afternoons.
This home, conveniently located in the Platt Park neighborhood, is within walking distance to the Old South Pearl Street shops, restaurants and Summer Farmer’s Market. It is also walking or jogging distance to Harvard Gulch Park and 9-hole, par 3 golf course, or the beautiful and popular Washington Park.
Platt Park is a great neighborhood to live in with its high walk score, fabulous amenities, gorgeous parks, big trees, historic homes and schools that consistently improve each year.
Please watch our YouTube video of this property, and let us know if we can help you find your ideal home. Contact Jesse Sehlmeyer at 303-564-2245.
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