Lofty Aspirations

Denver loft specialist and Coldwell Banker broker Brendan Bartic weighs in.

Convenience is everything. The number one reason Bartic says buyers turn to loft-style properties is location—the ability to walk to favorite restaurants, sporting venues or even the slopes (if a penthouse in the mountains is what you’re after).

Own a slice of history. Buyers love reminders that they’re living in an old building—exposed beams and brick, industrial touches, even storyboards that tell the tale of the structure’s former life.

Tap into amenities. Top-notch security, on-site concierges, elevator access, fitness centers/pools and covered urban parking are a few of the perks that come with buying into some multi-unit buildings. But know that if you’re buying a repurposed loft instead of a new space, your amenities list might not be as long (due to retrofit constraints).

Open feel, less space. A floor plan in which living, dining and entertaining areas flow together, plus high ceilings, creates space that feels modern and airy, despite a smaller footprint. Plus, many lofts come with their own private patios. "Having that outdoor space in a downtown location is pretty precious,” Bartic says. “The bigger the balcony, the more valuable the unit."

Contact Bartic at (303) 898-5244 or visit


104 West Cooper Avenue, Unit 4, Downtown Aspen
Just the facts: 1,618 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 parking spaces, $3,750,000
Perfect for: Ski fanatics who want to be close to the slopes and Aspen’s core, discriminating buyers in search of top-notch finishes
The perks: Recently remodeled penthouse located in the core of Aspen, spacious master bedroom (26.5 feet by 17.3 feet), on-site ski gear storage, sidewalk snow-melting system
Plus: Top-floor, south-facing orientation (on the corner of the complex) means unobstructed mountain views and plenty of privacy
Contact: Renee Bowden, Mason Morse Real Estate, Aspen, (970) 319-7780,

2229 Blake Street, Unit 705, Denver (pictured above)
Just the facts: 3,009 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 parking spaces, $1,295,000
Perfect for: Singles or couples who want to downsize and leave the ’burbs for the city, but don’t want to say goodbye to the comforts of home
The perks: Across the street from Coors Field; clean-lined, European-style interiors; living space is split between two levels with private quarters on lower floor (with no outside access); high-end finishes include Sub-Zero and Viking appliances
Plus: Located within Zi Lofts, a boutique building with only 39 units
More info: Alyssa Jahns, Kentwood City Properties, Denver, (303) 810-7938,

145 Sunny Ridge Place, Unit 116, Telluride Mountain Village
Just the facts: 2,509 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, $2,295,000
Perfect for: Design devotees who want sophisticated interiors in a spectacular mountain setting
The perks: Located within 28-unit See Forever Village; interior design by Studio Frank features custom furnishings, plus mahogany woodwork and stacked-stone wall elements
Plus: You can opt in to a shared amenities package with neighboring Peaks Resort & Spa to take advantage of ski valet, on-site restaurants and spa, workout facilities and indoor/outdoor pools
More info: Brian O’Neill, Telluride Properties, Telluride, (970) 708-5367,