LaVerne Brookie, a leading real estate professional with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Denver West office in Lakewood, has listed two residential units in the former Allendale Elementary School near Olde Town Arvada.  The redevelopment of these four buildings on nearly one acre, which dates back to the 1960s, now showcases stylish cottages featuring high quality appointments and a nostalgic ambiance that is truly unique to the area.

“This is a rare opportunity to own one of the introductory Silver Maple Cottages in this spectacular school-house conversion,” said Brookie.  “The homes offer ample living space on large lots and remarkable value in a tight-knit community near all the attractions of Olde Town Arvada.  Jefferson County started selling its unused buildings about five years ago, and there are several throughout the county.  The former Allendale Elementary School is in an up-and-coming area, and the redevelopment is quite fascinating.  Some of my open houses have included adults who went to grade school at Allendale, so the nostalgia is unique as well.”

The first cottage offers three bedrooms, two baths, and 1,662 finished square feet plus the same square footage in the unfinished walkout basement.  The kitchen is appointed with slab granite countertops, cherry cabinets, and a complete stainless steel appliance package.  The owners will enjoy an elegant five-piece master bath, bamboo and ceramic tile floors, a two-car detached garage, new dual-pane windows, a fully fenced yard, and mountain views.  This home is priced at $265,000.

The second cottage, priced at $295,000, is highlighted by a beautifully finished walkout basement for a total of 3,324 finished square feet with five bedrooms, three baths, and a main floor study.  The basement includes a media room, a wet bar, flex space, and a recreation room, creating the perfect space for entertaining.  The kitchen offers a complete stainless steel appliance package and a walk-in pantry, and the stylish master bath is complimented by a walk-in closet.  This home includes a new roof, all new electrical and plumbing, plus a new furnace, water heater, and insulation meeting today’s building codes. 

Olde Town Arvada is the city’s completely revitalized “historic center” showcasing a variety of charming boutiques, eateries, and nightspots in a pedestrian-friendly environment near “big box” retailers and a wealth of retail attractions. 

For more information and to arrange a personal tour of these unique cottages, contact Brookie at 720.436.2500 or via e-mail at  Additional information is available online at