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James Ream’s 1966 Lipman House

June 5th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Architects, Cool Find

Last year we highlighted the Sorensen House, another 60’s era home designed by James Ream. Happily, we convinced the family of the original owner not to “update” the home before putting it on the market. Subsequently, the new owners have under taken restoration of the home…even contacting the now 90+ James Ream for guidance.

The Lipman House was also all original when it last sold in 2008, but has since been updated. After reading about and seeing Ream’s work, I think he might be a little disappointed with the new, more sterile, contemporary look of the Lipman House. Ream utilized materials in their natural state to bring warmth and interest to his design.

Here are some before and after pics (click thumbnails for larger images):

The home has 3000+ square feet, 4bd/ 5ba, full walkout basement, 2 car garage and sits on nearly 2 acres. There are also historic Lookout Mountain Farm buildings, one is a guest cottage and the other is a studio. Under $900K.

I do like the more open catwalk and kitchen. Unfortunately, one of my favorite bathroom features has been removed…

Stanbro Real Estate llc, the new home of 5280mod, is a full service brokerage helping buyers AND NOW sellers. Contact us when you are ready to put our unique expertise to work for you!





Listing Brokerage: Fuller Sotheby’s Int’l

Plinth House

September 28th, 2015 | Comments Off on Plinth House | Posted in





“Located in an urban neighborhood along South Broadway in Englewood, on a lot measuring 25′ wide x 125′ long (3,125 square feet.)

The site is defined by a concrete plinth raised above the surrounding landscape. The plinth establishes the main level of the complex on which two cedar clad volumes are placed. The larger volume is the house and the smaller volume the garage. The void between the two creates a courtyard where a single tree is planted.

The main level of the house contains the public spaces. The entry hall is at the center of the house. The kitchen and dining area are at the rear of the house creating a connection to the courtyard. The living area is at the front of the house to observe street life or watch a favorite movie.

Descending into the plinth are the private spaces of the house. The stairs separate the master bedroom area from the second bedroom/office area. The bedroom areas are designed to capture natural light and provide thermal comfort.

The outdoor environment consists of concrete hardscape and xeriscape plantings. The courtyard is divided into two areas. One for a dining table and one for a sitting area next to the outdoor cabinets.”                                                             

-Bill Buyers |720 Design                 



       Elegant Modernist Infill for Streamlined Urban Living!


An exceptional home from the creator of The Eight Foot House.  Bill Buyers designs with a timeless modern aesthetic reminiscent of Denver’s historic mid-century modern architecture. Every inch, interior and exterior, carefully considered to maximize livability, reduce waste, and welcome natural light. All while respecting the scale of the existing neighborhood. Timeless finishes and fixtures like custom milled red cedar tongue & groove siding, 8′ solid core maple interior doors, solid maple window sills/door casings/baseboards, smooth (Level 5) drywall, built-in maple cabinets/bookshelves/desks, and Caesarstone quartz slab countertops.

Great walkable/bikeable location in the heart of the burgeoning South Broadway Mile district. Just steps from Trompeau Bakery and less than a mile to light rail.


2936 South Lincoln Street

2bd, 2ba  |  oversized 1 car garage  |  1400 sq. ft.  |  300 sq. ft. outdoor living/dining





Historic Modern Homes For Sale | Spring 2013

May 23rd, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted in Cool Find, For Sale


Several historically significant mid-century homes have hit the market recently.



(click the thumbnails for larger pics)

Pictured above is the Nordurland House (1938)  one of the few remaining Eugene Groves’ designed structures. Groves’ residential designs are singular and defy the usual architectural labels. This is one of only 4 residences Groves designed using primarily poured, cast, and reinforced concrete…including concrete studs. More about Groves here.



The iconic  Beck House (1960) was designed by Charles Sink and this is the first time it has been on the market. Of all the homes showcased here, this one is in the most danger of being razed. Sadly we lost Mr. Sink last month, but his contribution of over 250 commercial and residential projects across the west has enriched vastly the modernist landscape. More about him here.


This streamline moderne  was commissioned in 1938 as wedding gift and has remained in the same family ever since. Lovely original details are still intact along with a sensitive addition done in the 1950’s. If you know anything about the architect of this home, we hope you’ll share with us.


The Grant House by Thomas Moore and Victor Hornbein (1954) with a distinctive butterfly roof. Another “one-owner” home with original details overlooking the Denver CC golf course with views of downtown. More about Hornbein and Moore.


The Knedler House (1963) was the personal residence of architect Marvin Knedler who designed primarily commercial structures, notably One Denver Place in 1981.  The  large 2 story living room and wrap around deck were designed for entertaining and maximizing  the 180 degree mountain and city views. This is the first time this well preserved Usonian home has come to the market.

These are not just houses, but works of art clearly cherished by those who lived in them for 40-70 years. Please contact us for more information on these and other historically significant modern homes in the Denver/Boulder area.