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LoDo’s return after Covid: A designer loft across from Union Station shows a downtown coming back to life

In days following the Covid shutdown during early spring 2020, agents quickly reported all parts of the Denver metro housing scene returning to life—except for the market in downtown, long a centerpiece of the Mile High’s millennial success.

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty agent Georgia Gallagher, who has lived downtown for 26 years, suspects that lull was focused on high rises, where buyers may have had second thoughts during the pandemic—and she has a LoDo loft to show you that conveys the excitement that’s rapidly coming back.

“I think you’re seeing an exciting shift,” says Gallagher, who noticed that in the pre-Covid years, LoDo had lost some of its smaller business and galleries to less expensive surroundings in RiNo north of the ballpark. Now, she suspects, those smaller enterprises will have a chance to become part of the LoDo scene again.

In any event, her listing in 1890 Lofts, across from Ice House and Union Station, shows all of the advantages to be had downtown and none of the downsides, including a boutique-project scale in an 8-story building with residences only on the upper three floors.

Unit 803 is a 2-bedroom/2-bath that was remodeled down to the studs five years ago, and has glistening interior finishes to complement the dining choices at all points of the compass here—Chop House, Ice House Tavern, Mercantile in Union Station, Jax, Milk Market, and new places coming to McGregor Square, all within a block.

The price is $2 million for 1,669 sq. feet. “Having lived downtown for so long, I know the buildings well,” Gallagher says. “The location and building type of this one are particularly special.” Wynkoop has relatively quiet traffic and a nice neighborhood feel. RTD’s A-Line train to DIA, a block away, is a huge advantage. “I took it every time I went to the airport,” she says. (She’s now moving to Cherry Creek to be nearer her office.)

By appointment you’ll see a custom Alexandre Ferucci chandelier under 12-foot ceilings, blackened steel finishes against exposed concrete and refined woods; a custom kitchen with rift-sawn-oak cabinets in a rich ebony and an island in Calacatta marble framed in antiqued brass; terrazzo floors and black-honed granite in the baths; and two decks with views that catch the station, the mountains, and a bit of Coors Field.

Like other agents, she’s seeing loads of out-of-state interest: “The secret is out; Denver is a fantastic place to live.” She’ll show Unit 803 today by appointment; call 303-717-9007.

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