Like most cliches, the real estate adage of location, location, location has worn out its welcome. It’s a shame because every now and then, a property comes on the market, a house for sale in Denver, that truly has all three elements of location.
384 CLERMONT STREET PARKWAY
In central Denver, the aptly named Hilltop neighborhood consistently ranks at the top. Hilltop is home to the city’s top schools: Steck and Carson Elementary, Hill Middle School, and Graland Country Day.
As with most family neighborhoods, some streets and blocks are stronger than others. In Hilltop, a unique a tree-lined boulevard connects the Sixth Avenue Parkway with Cranmer Park.
On the Parkway, there are only 29 interior homes. The city’s boulevard spills across the wide lanes of the parkway and onto the front lawns of the over-sized lots. Currently, there is only one house for sale in Denver on the parkway.
The warmth in this home is partly due to the children who have always filled the house. This large Tudor may also be warm because the house has a brand new Goodman Two-Stage Gas-Fired Warm Air Furnace, what the installers call “The Cadillac” of furnaces.
Mitch McEahern began construction of the largest Tudor-style home on Clermont Parkway in 1937. Instead of putting the house up for sale in Denver, he decided to bank it at home. There were few safe places to put money in those days, so this Irishman put his money in the house, literally.
The walk-in safe is presumably, where he would have kept other valuables such as gold, furs, and silverware. Today, the safe serves as the perfect wine cellar!
The Irishman’s investment is still paying dividends throughout the house in the Italian tile around the fireplace , the rich crown molding , and in the Rocky Mountain cedar lining the safe.
A year and a half after McEahern finished his house, he more than likely had a group of friends over to the Speakeasy in the basement to drink Irish whiskey, discuss economics, and listen to the modern built-in radio!
The main topic: the Great Depression.
The original Speakeasy room would have opened up to the backyard. This “first floor” entrance gives the house its unofficial 3737 square feet. The secret entrance created a unique backyard setting, enclosed not by an alley but by Cherry Street itself.
One could imagine the McEahern squad coming into the Speakeasy and banking a fire. While the radio tubes heated up, the hired bar tender would close the hidden door in case of a raid.
On the night of September 1, 1939, the usual suspects probably gathered at 384 Clermont Street. The “massive” speaker blasted into the room the very news everyone had feared all along.
German troops had invaded Poland.
Two nights later, they would have heard Neville Chamberlain issue his country’s declaration of war on Germany, thus beginning World War II and beginning the ending the Great Depression.
Times do change.
Today the room is a workout center and game room and mother-in-law’s apartment. And today this house is for sale in Denver. Location, location, location: there is only one house for sale in Denver on Clermont St. Partkway.
384 CLERMONT STREET PARKWAY is a warm and exceptionally large Tudor steeped in history and located in the heart of Hilltop. For sale at the current zillow price.