On a secluded block between Porter and Swedish, best remodel you’ve seen all year, open Sunday, June 2


Nothing’s more fun than discovering the best remodel you’ve seen all year, tucked away in a cool neighborhood you never knew existed.

That’s what Blair Bryant, an agent for The Steller Group, will show you Sunday, June 2, from noon to 3 p.m., just south of the Denver city line in Englewood between Porter and Swedish hospitals.

When Denver was barely a decade old, the “City Ditch” was excavated south of town, wandering 20 miles from the Platte River near the foothills, north across farmland near the University of Denver.

More of a ditch, not a canal like the Highline, it nonetheless became entwined in the streetscape that followed into south Denver and Englewood, including blocks of South Emerson Street, where it bisected the street into two cul-de-sacs linked today by a footbridge, draped in century-old shade trees.

Right before World War II broke out, those wide, sheltered lots were getting picked for a nicer quality of architecture, including for a Tudor brick bungalow at 2740 S. Emerson St. that stayed with the same owner all the way to 1990, when kitchen designer Joyce Combs got hold of it.

She took on a phased renovation that roughly tripled the home’s size to three bedrooms and 3,600 square feet, including a wide-open master up and a nicely finished basement with imaginative exercise and task areas. It’s in the kitchen, though, that Combs really showed her stuff — earning the home a feature in a national Home & Gardens kitchen mag, then in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles.

You’ll see a wide-open layout that seamlessly blends the home’s original Tudor and Moorish design elements with the new family area created, fused with a varied palette in mustards, moss and barn reds; along with inventive ceiling coves, striking built-ins, and premium finishes.

The price is $1.199 million. “If it was in Cory-Merrill, it would be $1.5 million,” says Bryant.

Combs says the tight little neighborhood has a rotating Christmas party, and the area is just up Yale from the funky SoBo tavern scene taking shape along South Broadway between Denver and Englewood.

The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.

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