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The five Boardwalk 31 homes recently built in the Highlands on 31st and Irving are definitely the new kids on the block. Designed by Matt Davis, the new additions are streamlined, fresh and simple, nestled amongst Tudors and Victorian bungalows in this up-and-coming North Denver neighborhood. Walking into the open house, there is a definite vibe that this might be one of the hipper joints on the street.

Elements of the house are modern and a bit industrial, but rustic cedar both outside and inside the home gives a distinct Colorado feel. Large windows illuminate a great room and kitchen with amazing natural light, providing views onto the miniature patches of grass out front- the urban yard.

While small the yards may be, built-in sprinklers keep the front lawns green, and the front and back patio areas have enough room that residents could add landscaping.

The great room flows right into the kitchen with a gorgeous lengthy island with bar seating, covered in Caesarstone Quartz. Bosch stainless steel appliances give the kitchen the sleek modern look consistent with the rest of the home’s design.

The bedrooms are relatively small, and the odd loft office space is a bit awkward, but the second story shines with more natural light thanks to skylights, big bedroom windows, and even extra panes frosted for privacy. Unlike the bedrooms however, the closets are so enormous that you could probably charge rent.

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Second to the beautiful hardwood oak floors throughout the first story, the best feature of the entire home is for sure the glass kitchen doors that open up and allow for the patio and kitchen to mesh as one space. This provides the perfect venue for barbecues, parties and gatherings where guests and hosts can mingle indoors and outdoors seamlessly. Future parties are perfected with great tunes as the property is wired for iPod use throughout the first floor.

Eco-friendly greenies will be thrilled to hear about the environmentally conscious features of the home, including a tankless hot water heater, Energy Star Appliances, and locally supplied building materials.

A block away is highlands square on 32nd Avenue- full of both unique and chain restaurant and shops. The neighborhood is dotted with apartments, old style Victorian houses, twenty-somethings on bikes, and young families. Being so close to downtown, you’d think that the Highlands would have a more urban feel. While it does have the edge of a city, it has the neighborhood charm one would hope to find when buying a smaller home like one of the Boardwalk 31 properties.

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But if you’re looking for a unique property – this might not be the place, as it’s tough to forget that 4 of your neighbors will be living in identical floor plans next to you, each home less than five feet apart. But still, the open and, simply put, pretty rooms within the Boardwalk 31 homes feel anything but cookie cutter, offering an independent stand-alone presence far greater than the average Denver townhome.