Empty nester. Noun.

  1. A parent whose children have reached adulthood and left home


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For many parents, it’s the eighteen year (or so we hope) goal of returning to “just the two of us”. You have raise a beautiful family, in a beautiful home, and successfully sent all the minions off to school and into the real world. Empty nesting often means more financial freedom, more vacations, and finally downsizing from that 4-5 bedroom, finished basement, high maintenance, family house!

With a recent focus on Millennials, we thought it was time to change things up and turn our focus to searching for the perfect Empty Nester home. Doing our research, there were a few key components that stood out as the most important features to those wanting to downsize:

  1. Low Maintenance
  2. Two Bedrooms + an Office
  3. Open Floor-Plan
  4. Outdoor Living Space

In order to find the perfect house, we turned to our longtime friend and our family’s personal interior designer, Jane Freking of JF Designs. Jane, who has been in the business for over 20 years, has designed some of our absolute favorite and most memorable homes here in Denver. With a knack for helping her clients transform minimal space into the most desirable rooms, we knew Jane was just the person to turn to.

What we are now dubbing “The View House”, our Empty Nester featured home, with interior designs by Jane herself, will make any downsizer envious.

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Perfectly centered with an unobstructed view of Mt. Evans, this entire home has been designed to enjoy the spectacular setting. Using Nano doors which retract into the exterior walls, this home is a flawless transition from indoor to outdoor living. It begins with your first impression as you are greeted at the front door and immediately walk into the center Great Room, which is framed by the expansive, porcelain kitchen island, indoor/outdoor fireplace, and cozy living room… with NO WALLS SEPARATING ANY OF IT!

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The 2700 square foot, ranch home, has two guest bedrooms in addition to the master. Yet, there is no basement or unwanted bedrooms that only create more work for when the homeowners are ready to lock up and head for the Caribbean.

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With interior reclaimed, wood floors, Jane achieved the homeowner’s wishes of creating an organic, cozy, but incredibly chic living area. Then there are the details. The show stopping chandelier, lush couches finished with plaids and stripes, and effortlessly matching dining room chairs. The sleek, grey palette is inviting (watch out that those kids don’t try to move back home) and provides this couple with a living space for them to enjoy for many years.

Ready to downsize?! The McKenney Team and JF Designs are here to find you and your plus one the perfect, low maintenance, home to settle into!


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Photo Credit:

Stephen Glover @sgloverphotog