Denver has a plethora of historic homes and designated historic neighborhoods that allow for the opportunity to own a piece of history, and they are scattered throughout the city. While some architectural styles are classic Denver such as the Foursquare/Denver Square, most styles were pulled from a variety of styles such as the Queen Anne, MidCentury Modern and Art Deco just to name a few.
Historic homes offer the charm of owning a piece of history but a historic home or a home in a historic neighborhood is not for everyone. Consider the pros and cons and decide if it is the right choice for you.
Historic Home Designation:
The City of Denver applies 3 criteria for Landmark Designation. 1) property must maintain historic and physical integrity 2) property must meet a designation criteria in at least 2 of the following categories (history, geography, architecture) 3) property must relate to a historic context or theme.
Historic homes hold value and appreciate more quickly
Possibility of being eligible for tax credits
No restrictions exist for what the homeowner may choose to do on the inside of the house
Have to go through the Landmark Design Review(City Office) to make changes to exterior
Maintenance costs can be higher due to specific materials and labor costs for renovations
Homeowner may be limited in design options such as constructing an addition or a garage