With apartment vacancy rates in the metro-area at just 4.6 percent, new rental properties are in deep demand. And that might explain why 2020 Lawrence, an 231-unit apartment project that began welcoming residents since last December, is already half-leased. The Stasko Agency has been promoting 2020 since the project broke ground at 2020 Lawrence Street in 2011 and we’re proud to see the community become such a huge success.

The LEED Gold registered project will “officially” celebrate its grand opening Wednesday, May 15th with tours, music and cocktails and food provided by Ballpark neighborhood eateries. The festivities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and will last until 8:30 p.m. The celebration will also give the public a chance to enjoy the view from 2020’s amenity-filled rooftop, which features a dog park, lounge area complete with hot tub and fire pit; and a fitness center. The rooftop will also eventually house a greenhouse that will is expected to produce 15,000 pounds of food annually.

An evening view from 2020 Lawrence’s cozy rooftop lounge

The greenhouse is just one of many “green” features that separate 2020 from other downtown apartment communities. The 10-story building is the first to offer composting and an electrical vehicle charging station, available free of charge for residents. Tesla Motors will have one of their Model S Performance vehicles on display at the grand opening and representatives from the company will be handing out passes for attendees to schedule test drives. The building also features a solar array that generates power for the community, reducing the amount of carbon pumped into the atmosphere by roughly 50 tons per year. Overall, 2020 Lawrence residents are expected to spend 50 percent less on their utility bills than they would living in a similar non-LEED building.

A look inside one of 2020’s two-bedroom units

Legislators and community leaders got a closer look at 2020’s sustainability efforts at two recent forums. And the development’s grand opening has also gained coverage in Inside Real Estate News and YourHub.  2020 has also been featured in Confluence Denver, the Colorado Real Estate Journal, MultifamilyBiz.com and Out Front Colorado.

If you’d like to see what all the hype is about, join us for the grand opening! Simply RSVP here. Parking is available at 21st and Arapahoe or on the street in front of the building. Hope to see you there.

Last month, we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at 20/20 Lawrence, the latest apartment project from Zocalo Community Development. Located in Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood, the 231-unit apartment building is running three weeks ahead of schedule and should be ready for residents by December.

Like Zocalo’s other apartment developments, 20/20 is designed with the environment in mind and features an array of eco-friendly features, including Energy Star-rated appliances and high-efficiency water fixtures that use 34 percent less water than standard products. The project also boasts some unique amenities for downtown dwellers. Dog owners will have their very own roof-top bark park with artificial grass, while health-conscious residents will work up a sweat in a fitness center featuring state-of-the art exercise equipment and amazing views of the mountains and Coors Field.

The rooftop outdoor lounge area which includes a fire pit, a community grill, hot tub, and a sun deck is a great place to hang out or even host a small get together. The building is also structured for people who may be working from home with a community kitchen, a computer station, work spaces, and even a conference room.

20/20 Lawrence will be Zocalo’s third LEED certified development. The company has plans to break ground in the coming months on a 218-unit project adjacent to Union Station. The 11-story apartment building, dubbed Cadence, will provide easy access to Denver International Airport, ski resorts and other regional hubs.

20/20 Lawrence’s leasing center is scheduled to open this summer. But if you want info on this project sooner, simply click here to visit the project’s website.

One view from the rooftop where many amazing amenities are housed
This will eventually become the workout center with a phenomenal view of the city

Last month, we officially began working with Trillium, one of Denver’s hottest new restaurants. Located in the Ballpark neighborhood, the restaurant specializes in Scandinavian-inspired cuisine and was named one of 2011’s best new restaurants by both Westword and 5280.

Chef and Owner Ryan Leinonen, whose background includes stints at the Kitchen in Boulder and Colt & Gray, has created an innovative menu featuring a mix of seafood, heartier fare (duck, beef tenderloin) seasonal salads and an eclectic “Smorgasbord” of small bites. We were lucky enough to sample the fare with a few media friends during the restaurant’s recent Scarborough Wine Dinner, which paired four courses with a variety of Scarborough wines. Check out a few of our appetizing dishes.

The Spring Salad blended turnips, cucumbers, radishes carrots, baby lettuce, grilled marble rye and Gouda in a vanilla vinaigrette

Seared Duck Breast with toasted caraway Spaetzle, bacon-braised cabbage and lemon jus
Carrot cake topped with maple ice cream. Need we say more?

Travis Scarborough was on hand to offer background on his namesake Washington state wines and Trillium’s Beverage Manager Kelly Wooldridge did a great job explaining the pairings. Our guests, freelance wine writer Jayne Russell and bloggers David Huntress (Denver By the Slice) and Jacob Harkins (Colorado Wino) offered great feedback on both the wine and the food.

Wine writer Jayne Russell and Trillium Owner Ryan Leinonen get cozy

If you’d like to enjoy your very own prix fixe meal at Trillium, join us on May 16th at 6:30 p.m. for a special dinner hosted by local restaurant guru Pat “Gabby Gourmet” Miller. The dinner is $45 per person and includes tax, tip and wine. Reservations are limited to 40 people so call 303-379-9759 or visit www.gabbygourmet.com soon if you’re interested in attending.

Or consider stopping by on Monday after the Colorado Rockies season opener. The restaurant, which is usually closed Mondays, will open at 4:30 p.m. and will offer happy hour all day. The game will give you an excuse to try the newly concocted Sling for the Fences, a bubbly blend of Benedictine liqueur, dry vermouth, rum and soda.
For more information on hours and other offerings, click here.