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Contemporarily Cozy

Brokerage milehimodern Expands Artistically Decorated Luxury Homes to Boulder Buyers

Article by Jessica Mordacq

Photography by Frankie Lee Zarantonello

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle

Luxury brokerage milehimodern was born of the desire to rise above mediocrity, to highlight the artistry of living and real estate, and encourage connection between their clientele and new homes. 

Co-owners Carmelo Paglialunga and Carla Thompson founded milehimodern in 2019 and just opened a Boulder office on 2015 Pearl Street in February, the brokerage’s third location following ones in Denver’s Lower Highland and Cherry Creek neighborhoods. 

Last year, milehimodern’s 150 brokers closed over 1,600 transactions totaling around $1.4 billion in sales, and the brokerage is rapidly growing despite spending the majority of its existence in a pandemic.

“We have flourished, despite spending two-thirds of our operating years during a global pandemic,” Carmelo says.

Working from home has actually encouraged the booming real estate business, as more people realize the detailed importance of their everyday surroundings. 

“People are spending a lot more time at home, and the meaning of home has fully transformed,” Carla says. They’re looking at the way rooms lead into one another, the intricacies of how light comes into the home, rather than just if the property has a spare bedroom. 

“The meaning of home has fully transformed over the past three years,” Carla adds. “Homeowners want more than just a house. They want a sanctuary.”

Milehimodern believes every home has a story to tell. Focusing on the listing’s architecture and the narrative of a life lived there, they’re not only staging for the buyer, but emphasizing features only the seller would know about, like where light hits at golden hour, or the best place to see the sunset on the property. 

The brokerage focuses on the aesthetic, right down to their real estate signs in a property’s front yard, which are a different proportion than most others in the industry to leave a valuable artistic impression.

Boulder brokers and beyond 

Milehimodern’s Boulder office reflects the brokerage’s design and storytelling philosophy. The space incorporates the brand’s emphasis on contemporary design and interesting architecture with the intersection of linear form and negative space with warm, natural light and plant life. 

The brokerage’s foundational modern aesthetic shines through the office’s movement of concrete and glass partitions, which allow for transparent collaboration and teamwork while still providing privacy throughout the space.

Though milehimodern had agents in Boulder before opening a brick-and-mortar office there in February, the newest location allows these agents to become neighbors with their clients.

“Our brokerage has been operating in Boulder since its inception,” Carmelo says. “So we are thrilled to launch our new location to showcase our physical presence in the area as we continue to infiltrate the market with our artistry and cutting-edge marketing.”

“Our Boulder agents are all deeply rooted in the community and dedicated to their clients,” adds Jennifer Fly, Managing Broker of milehimodern’s Boulder office. “Our mission is to offer the highest representation in the industry.” 

Enhancing community and relationships is one of the things that milehimodern values most. The company offers its brokers weekly classes, individual coaching and group training to build an office community of the top brokers in the industry. 

Jennifer says the educational programs are “attractive to agents, but also consumers should know they’re working with experienced agents who are skilled at navigating the ever-changing market we’re in.”

The brokerage also works together to co-market each and every listing. This collaboration brings milehimodern more exposure for the properties they represent.

Milehimodern is ranked as one of the top five hundred real estate companies in the nation, and as one of the top 10 in the Denver and Boulder area. 

Because the homes the brokerage presents are those of the highest caliber, there’s a strict vetting process for photographers, stagers and the vendors that the company works with. Milehimodern's in-house marketing team, along with these creative partners, present some of the most luxurious spaces to live in Denver and Boulder in the most artistic way, truly representing the coolest homes in town.