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Voni Snapp S…, Home Buyer in Denver West, Lakewood,...

Looking at 3170 Bittersweet Ln in Sunset Ridge. Are there any issues with neighborhood?

Asked by Voni Snapp Sebile, Denver West, Lakewood, CO Sun Feb 3, 2013

What about structural integrity issues with house built on mountain side? Will we be faced with high long term upkeep costs? The driveway is also tricky with highway rails for protection. Will be be responsible for upkeep? Will have good inspection. Thanks in advance!!

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I've always liked Sunset Ridge as an example of Mountain Suburban living. Depending on how long ago the home was built, any structural issues could/should be apparent. If it is over 5 years old, you're inspector should be able to identify issues if they exist. To some extent, many of the homes in Evergreen are built in to the sides of mountains. I've not heard of any issues in Sunset Ridge.

Regarding upkeep, the costs on the structure shouldn't be much different than down the hill. A lot depends on the materials used for interior and exterior finishes. Just be sure you understand what the HOA covers on road maintenance, i.e. snow plowing and what the homeowner is resonsible for.

Hope this helps.
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Hi Newgirl:
The neighborhood is congested, but newer homes are rare in Evergreen. Public Water and Sewer is also rare in Evergreen. There is an HOA, but you will be responsible for your own driveway maintenance and renovation. HOA cost is typically around $500-$600. This one states an HOA cost much more, so I would investigate that issue first if you are interested. The house originally sold for $389,000 in December, 2006. The owner has had it on the market since August of 2010 starting at $439,900. It's been rented for a couple of years now.

The average Sold Price in the neighborhood is $420,000. The timing for the sale is good right now. Inventory is still down around 18% over previous years, and buyers are flocking to the market.

Let me know if you have any further questions. Call or Text 303-618-1925.

Margaret Stapleton
Remax Alliance
Certified Mountain Area Residential Specialist
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I am a home builder and realtor located in Evergreen. Structural integrity is usually not an issue in the Evergreen area because all home foundations are designed by a structural engineer and then placed on the lot by a civil engineer and architect. All three professionals must be licensed in Colorado and stamp the plans before an excavation and building permit can be obtained. Also, most of Evergreen is solid rock or fragmented rock which makes for permanent bearing with little or no shift or settlement. The soils and subsurface conditions are much more stable in Evergreen than in Denver.

County roads are maintained by the county and private roads are the responsibility of the owner/s.

Kerry Endsley
KCH Properties 30-570-0267
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Thank you Kerry. Coud soil erosion be an issue in the future?
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