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Hump day Roundup: Top stories from the Mile High City

Steven Bonifazi

By Steven Bonifazi / NewsBreak Denver

(DENVER, Colo.) Good morning and Happy Hump Day, Denver Rounder-Uppers!

Welcome back once more to another Wednesday edition of the Denver Daily Round-Up. Hump day in Denver will look similar to Tuesday as strong winds and critical fire danger continues into Thursday.

Take a closer look at some of the top stories you should know more about this Wednesday from the NewsBreak Denver team:

1. Denver real estate market stays red hot despite more inventory

The sale prices of Denver homes reached an average historical high of $705,812 despite an increase in the number of homes on the market in March.

A market trends report from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors shows month-end active inventory went up 81.16% from February to March. NewsBreak Denver's Margaret Jackson reported Denver's residential real estate market appreciated 19.88% over 2021, while the average sales price increased 9.02% in March.

Denver's luxury market ($1 million and above) saw the greatest rise in the inventory of any price point, with the number of single-family homes for sale increasing 58.22% from February.

2. Castle Rock coffee shop's high wages help it keep staff, give back

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Coff33's non-profit of the month supporting Ukrainian refugees and their pets.(Natasha Lovato/NewsBreak Denver)

Castle Rock coffee shop, Coff33 will donate tip money from April to families and pets fleeing Ukraine.

NewsBreak Denver's Natasha Lovato reported that the owners, Heather Casey and Nate Ormond, can donate tip money to non-profits because they pay employees an above-average wage starting at $18 an hour. The coffee shop gave a check for nearly $1,000 in March to a non-profit land trust, The Douglas Land Conservancy, to help protect habitats, ecosystems and open space in Douglas County and beyond.

Coff33 is raising money this month to help Ukrainian refugees and pets fleeing to Romania through donation contributions to a GoFundMe page to help purchase supplies for a Romanian animal sanctuary.

3. City sells five lots to Habitat Metro Denver for $50

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(Habitat Metro Denver)

On Monday, Denver City Council sold five lots of land to the Denver Habitat for Humanity affiliate for $10 each. Habitat Metro Denver will build affordable housing for families on the land.

The properties will have a covenant attached to them, guaranteeing they stay in affordable housing for 90 years, according to NewsBreak Denver's David Heitz. Habitat Metro Denver will sell the homes to people that make roughly $50,000 per year or less or $58,000 or less for couples.

About half of Colorado renters spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing costs, according to Habitat Metro Denver.

4. City Park Jazz announces lineup for free summer concert series

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City Park Jazz 2021.(Heidi Gerst)

City Park Jazz announced on Tuesday the lineup for its 36th season of the summer concert series.

The season includes ten free concerts each Sunday at the City Park Pavilion, with the first starting June 5. The first show is a tribute by Shane Endsley to Ron Miles, a Denver-based cornet player and singer who passed away on March 8 this year.

The other free concerts are as follows:

Denver metro housing listings

  • 2885 E Midway Blvd., Lot 441, Denver, 80234: $134,900, $1,514 estimated monthly. Mfd/Mobile. 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,248 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 2225 Buchtel Blvd., Unit 1112, Denver, 80210: $286,000, $1,783 estimated monthly. Condominium. 2 beds, 2 baths, 936 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 19053 E 58th Ave., Denver, 80249: $385,000, $2,119 estimated monthly. Townhouse. 3 beds, 3 baths, 1,394 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 7997 Downing St., Thornton, 80229: $450,000, $2,247 estimated monthly. Single-family. 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,473 sq. feet. Find more information here.
  • 8927 E 29th Pl., Denver, 80238: $560,000, no monthly estimate listed. Multi-family. 3 beds, 4 baths, 1,648 sq. feet. Find more information here.

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