If the walls of the home at 4470 Tennyson St. in Denver's Berkeley neighborhood could talk, they'd tell people of a life that looks much different from the one that surrounds them.
"We used to go to the oriental on Saturdays. They had a double feature," said Rusty Warner, who grew up in the home in Denver's Berkeley neighborhood, and then bought it from his mom later on in life.
Warner went to grade school and high school at Holy Family, just a block away. He graduated in 1967.
“We’ve seen the neighborhood change over the years," the 70-year-old said. "I mean the last 60-plus years, it’s gone through major changes multiple times."
Growing up, single family homes with lots of kids were all around. On either side of his home now are three-story boxy apartment buildings that have blocked the sun from shining in his windows and on his plants.
“I have a passion for gardening," laughed Warner. "And it’s a little shady now.”
That's just one reason why he's testing the waters and putting his house on the market for $1.1 million.
“It’s just kind of how Denver’s changing, you know. You get the term gentrification," he said. "I think older families, we’re not being forced out, but it’s becoming more expensive to live here. I mean our taxes doubled."
His taxes went from around $1,000 to $2,000 in just a couple years, he said, and he still has a mortgage to pay off.
Warner is retired now after a 40-year career with King Soopers.
He has three kids and four grandkids.
The listing with Bradford Real Estate lists his home as a "land opportunity." Warner said he knows once someone buys it, it will be demolished to make way for another three-story development like the ones on either side of him.
He said if he moves, he'll go to the suburbs, away from the neighborhood he's known his whole life.