Penny Parker’s On The Town: Nene sells his slice of Denver

I told you in April that former Nuggets player Nene (aka Maybyner Rodney Hilario) had his Hilltop house under contract for $1.6 million. But something must have happened on the way to the bank.

The Grape Street home ended up selling last month for $1.45 million, according to public records. Nene, who bought the five-bedroom seven-bath single family home for $1.475 in 2004, sold the handsome house to Thomas Jefferson Adams III and Linsley Weir Adams. (I think that patriotic name makes Mr. Adams a Yankee Doodle Dandy.)

The finished basement, which brings the total square footage to 6,652, includes theater seating, game room and wine room. The backyard sports a lap pool and full outdoor kitchen.

Meanwhile, in Denver Broncos homeowner news, Von Miller tweeted Friday that he had closed on a Denver-area house. Miller, a linebacker, was named the NFL’s 2012 defensive rookie of the year.

Also meanwhile, former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer’s 10,000-square-foot Cherry Hills mansion on 2.81 acres is still on the market.

And also meanwhile, Payton Manning reportedly has settled into former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan’s humongous Cherry Hills mansion that the now Washington Redskins coach had built from the ground up. The home has been used for countless charity events.

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Above: Nene’s former digs.

Zoo do

Do at the Zoo is a big to-do every year when a ton o’ restaurants set up food booths and the Zoo and liquor companies set up bars during the Denver Zoo’s biggest fundraiser.

This year’s event, beginning at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders) June 21, includes entrance to the newly completed 10-acre $50 million Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit – the new and improved elephant habitat.

Presenting sponsor is Haselden Construction. In its 23-year history, nearly 37,000 Do at the Zoo-ers have raised more than $8.5 million to improve Denver Zoo and support its animal conservation efforts.

But the real wild children, the two-legged kind, come to snack from 60 restaurants booths, dance to the music and have close encounters of the animal kind.

This year’s participating restaurants include: Ambria, Avenue Grill, Beatrice and Woodsley, D Bar Desserts, Denver Chophouse and Brewery, Downtown Elway’s, Edge Restaurant and Bar, El Diablo India House, Jing, Linger, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Root Down, WaterCourse Foods and the Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Tickets are $175 per person or $300 for VIP, which includes early access at 6 p.m., valet parking and an exclusive VIP party. To purchase tickets, go to

The elephant in the room, er, street

It was a wedding procession to remember when an elephant carried the groom and his cousin to the entrance of The Ritz-Carlton Denver on Saturday.

The elephant wedding march started at 18th and Curtis streets just west of the Ritz-Carlton entrance. The groom and his cousin rode the elephant per Indian tradition that dictates that only males are allowed to ride the elephant.

The parade went down 18th Street and took a left on Arapahoe and then left on 17th before turning left again on Curtis before the groom and his cousin disembarked from the elephant. The parade took nearly an hour and drew about 150-200 wedding guests and onlookers.

Photo by Greg Henry. Click to enlarge.

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