Glass House VS SPIRE
Let the battle over the best residential tower in Denver commence. Vote now. Share your comments and help future buyers know which building is your preferred choice and why.
May the best residential tower win.
We are going to have to leave this one to the readers to decide, its simply too much about personal preference. We have worked with clients who are equally passionate about both the Downtown Denver and Riverfront Park locations. For some, being footsteps from the Theatre district and in the heart of downtown Denver can’t be beat. For others, Riverfront Park’s access to the many city parks, trails, LoHi, and Union Station can’t be beat. Glass House gets the benefit of being within the Riverfront Park master association so they have added security and a team to keep the neighborhood clean. Take your pick, as both locations can’t be beat and provide access to hundreds of restaurants, bistros, and other downtown treats.
ARCHITECTURE / CONSTRUCTION
Both buildings offer a glass wall system. Both buildings have very similar soft loft architecture throughout the residences and common areas. Both buildings were even built by the same contractor. If you love one you will likely love the other. However we have to give the edge to SPIRE for three reasons. First, they built Glass House first so, of course, if the construction team learned anything building Glass House we have to assume they improved it while building SPIRE. Secondly, some residents have commented that they think the inner finishes (cabinets, drawers, etc.) might be just a smidgen (technical term) nicer in SPIRE. Third, SPIRE was built with LEED certification. But again it is a lot of personal preference. Walk the two buildings, as we have done many times, and you do feel a difference in the interior design styles of the common areas, lounges, hallways, and lobby. And of course SPIRE is, well, a SPIRE like tower while Glass House boasts two towers and a series of set backs throughout. They are similar, but certainly different.
This one is a tough to call. Glass House might edge out SPIRE after they built out a huge unfinished space on the second floor to provide a third class room used for boot camps, TRX classes, Barre Classes and more. They already offered spin, yoga, and other classes in the two first floor workout classrooms. This past year the Glass House converted one of the rooms for spa and Vfranca began offering their services (for a fee). SPIRE does have a great fitness center as well with plenty of great equipment, a Yoga Floor, spin cycles and more. SPIRE also has two hot tubs that give it’s fitness center offering a boost, especially in the winter when you return from a long day skiing in our mountain backyard. We will leave this one for you to decide.
While SPIRE lays claim to multiple pools, they are more for cooling off than jumping in. The Glass House is our winner on this one with one of the largest pools of all the Denver High Rise Towers. However if you consider the Hot Tubs as part of the equation SPIRE might have more year round Pool(ish) amenities. But if swimming laps is part of your fitness routine the Glass House is the best fit.
WALKABILITY / SUSTAINABILITY
While SPIRE has laid claim to a higher Walk Score versus the Glass House Walk Score, things are changing with the growth of Union Station. SPIRE was designed from the beginning to be sustainable. The design incorporated LEED certification. The building made parking spaces an option, highlighted the light rail across the street, inviting B-Cycle and car share companies to be a part of the offering, and encouraging car optional living. Being in the heart of Downtown made their walk score go through the roof. But Glass House might have a more truly sustainable living location since Union Station and the new RTD hub has grown. Large scale grocery stores are now steps away (King Sooper and a new Whole Foods) and the new light rail expansion makes it easy to take public transportation throughout Denver and out to DIA. Its too close for us to call, so we leave the voting to you.
Combine all the above plus a thousand other things that make a building unique such as the HOA fees, local restaurants, access to transportation, and everything else that makes these buildings special and let us know which building you prefer overall.