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Best of Colorado Business Choice 2016 real estate winners

Our readers choose the best in residential and commercial real estate


BEST HOME BUILDER: Brookfield Residential

Here are the Best of Colorado Business Choice 2016 winners and finalists in the real estate category:



Encore Electric Inc.

The electrical contractor Encore Electric is a single source for all things power, technology and energy. Leading through the technical expertise of its people, Encore strives to achieve the comfort, safety and performance goals of each client in delivering a truly Smart Building tied to the business’s bottom line, whether a hospital, research laboratory, data center or high-end mountain resort. The Englewood-based Encore also has locations in Avon, Colorado Springs, and other cities, and offers design, build, and life-cycle management.


Runners-up: Hammers Construction, Shaw Construction, FCI Constructors Inc.




Colorado is home to both RE/MAX and RE/MAX Commercial. The global franchiser was founded in Denver in 1973 with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture. RE/MAX Commercial boasts a more than 40-year track record of professionalism and customer focus. Each associate and practitioner is an entrepreneur who brings a world of experience to their local community, and they value every transaction, large or small. RE/MAX Commercial is represented by more than 100 practitioners in over 33 offices in Colorado. Worldwide, the RE/MAX Commercial network includes nearly 3,000 practitioners in more than 45 countries.


Runners-up: Coldwell Banker, CBRE, Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL)



Column Commercial Partners

Commercial real estate is typically a company’s second highest cost, so it helps to have an expert develop a real estate plan, negotiate leases, and find unusual spaces. The team at Column Commercial Partners assists clients with real estate transactions ranging from lease relocations and lease renewals to expansions, contractions, acquisitions, build-to-suits and others. The tenant representation team of Gary Taylor and Matt Brower are involved in the community, supporting Children’s Hospital, Nation MS Society, and others.


Runners-up: Bray Commercial Real Estate, Slifer, Smith and Frampton



Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage operates 16 offices with nearly 1,000 sales associates serving the communities along Colorado’s Front Range. The company is widely recognized for its expertise in the luxury housing market.

Coldwell Banker offers residential and commercial brokerage, corporate relocation and mortgage services. The company encourages its brokers and staff to get involved in their communities.

Offices throughout the state sponsor a variety of charitable events, and the company as a whole hosts the Denver Century Ride, an annual bicycle event through the city and surrounding area that benefits Bicycle Colorado, BikeDenver and Bike Jeffco.


Runners-up: RE/MAX, 8Z Real Estate, Slifer Smith and Frampton



8z Real Estate

8z Real Estate’s approach to helping its clients buy or sell their homes is based on transparency that starts with the company’s website. 8z has built community guides to help buyers determine whether a neighborhood is right for them. Its website also offers a variety of resources covering everything from home repairs to saving money on utility bills. The company believes real estate is more than houses and transactions. It’s about building relationships with people and ensuring the process is transparent for its clients. 


Runner-up: Slifer Smith and Frampton



Brookfield Residential

Brookfield Residential of Colorado creates master-planned communities and sells lots to third-party builders, as well as to their own homebuilding division. Brookfield also participates in select, strategic real estate opportunities, including infill projects, mixed use developments, and joint ventures. With a mission to create the “best places to call home,” the Brookfield team has the passion, the expertise and the local knowledge to craft homes and neighborhoods that speak to homebuyers at every stage of life. Brookfield is an award-winning industry leader with an exceptional reputation for quality, design, and customer service. With a focus on energy efficiency, Brookfield was the first home-building company in Colorado to receive ‘Passive House’ certification.


Runners-up: Richmond American Homes, D.R. Horton, Oakwood Homes, Classic Homes



OZ Architecture

The philosophy at OZ has three C’s: creativity, collaboration, customer satisfaction. As a result, the firm’s buildings are appreciated not just by clients and the architectural community but by the neighborhoods, says Kelly Davis, one of OZ’s principals. Among the firm’s latest projects is 250 Columbine, a property that has residential, retail, and office space in Cherry Creek. Upcoming projects will be converting a former Stapleton Airport air traffic control tower into a Punch Bowl Social restaurant, and several projects along Brighton Boulevard in the River North (RiNo) neighborhood. “We see underutilized areas there,” Davis says. “We are transforming the community.”


Runners-up: EVstudio, RNL, tie for third: Davis Partnership Architects and Gensler



East West Destination Hospitality

East West provides hospitality management services in resort and urban locations nationwide, including Beaver Creek, Vail, Lake Tahoe, Park City, Denver and Charleston, S.C.

The Avon-based company manages everything from homeowner associations and home rentals to hotels and three spa and athletic clubs. Its Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek was named the No. 2 Westin in the world by U.S. News & World Report.

East West employs nearly 1,000 people in a variety of businesses, including property management, association management, hotel operations, rental operations, spa and fitness management and Vail’s Eye Pieces eye wear company.

The company’s Mountains of Wellness program offers East West employees programs relating to well-being, community, sustainability and knowledge.


Runners-up: Summit Cove, Bray & Company, 8Z Real Estate

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Nora Caley

Nora Caley is a freelance writer specializing in business and food topics.

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