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Quality of Life in Colorado : Real Estate Advice

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Sun May 14, 2017
Ponyup answered:
We actually did the opposite of Nyxie - were looking at Keene Ranch vs. Bell Mountain and ultimately picked Bell Mountain.

This was the only neighborhood we found where we could have horse property in a larger-lot community, quick freeway access, and really good internet + phone connection (important for us to be able to work). We found that Keene Ranch had pretty poor connectivity and was quite farther to get to the freeway.

We actually love that water is centralized (pumped from multiple aquifers, so no worries about well maintenance or well drying out).

Haven't had any issues w/ HOA - if anything, the Design Committee has been really responsive and has approved all of our enhancements. Love our neighbors, the views, and miles of trails!
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Thu May 12, 2016
melissa asked:
Social services are not helping, disabled no income to pay for credit checks, voucher set so low homes are not maintained and actually make me, my son, pets ill, black mold. Have to move…
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Mon Feb 29, 2016
Maggie.hargrave asked:
Is the workforce housing nice? Can I raise a family there?
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Mon Feb 29, 2016
Maggie.hargrave asked:
Mon Jan 25, 2016
J50wells answered:
Evergreen has different micro climates, depending on where you live. Downtown Evergreen receives around 90 inches of snow a year. At an elevation 0f 7300 feet, one would think the town is buried all winter, however, that 90 inches is spread out through an 8 month snow season that begins in late September and ends in Mid-May. Add to this the fact that frequent Chinook winds from the west warm temps into the low 60s very quickly, even in mid-winter, the snow does not sit on the ground for months on end like it does in northern Minnesota. Average snow cover in Evergreen is 80-100 days per winter.
Further west, at elevation 8200 feet, is the west side of Evergreen. This side of Evergreen gets 100-120 inches of snow. Because of the increase in altitude, the Chinook winds are not as warm. This side of town has been known to see the ground for the last time on Halloween, and not see it again until May.
I lived on Upper Bear Creek for five years at an elevation of 8500 feet. The creek is in a valley in which the winter sun does not hit. The creek freezes solid in late October and does not thaw until mid-April. On some nights the temperature will go all the way to minus 30, and one night when I lived there it was minus 38. In the valley where the sun never hits, the temps rarely get above 30. The snow sits on the ground for six months solid.
Job opportunities? Morrison and Golden, on the west side of Denver metro, are only 20-30 miles away. In addition, all one has to do to get to these west side towns, is jump on interstate 70 on top of Floyd Hill, elevation 8200 feet, and drive 70-80 mph, downhill, to the west metro. It is a very swift drive. There are plenty of jobs on the west side. If you are more business inclined, it is only 30-40 miles to downtown Denver from Evergreen. At 70 mph it does not take too long to get there.
Within Evergreen there are very few good job opportunities. There are no large businesses or manufacturing plants. Most of the manufacturing in the Denver area is out in the Commerce City area, and out in east Aurora. Within Evergreen you will find the kinds of jobs that you will find in any town in America that has a population of 5-10 thousand people. However, some people have made millions in the real estate market of Evergreen. If you are good in real estate, you can get rich in Evergreen.
30-50 miles west of Evergreen you will run into some of the greatest ski slopes in world. A-Basin is only 40-50 miles away. Winter Park is 50 miles. Breckinridge is 60-70 miles. Loveland and Keystone are only 30-40 miles. There are plenty of business and real estate opportunities at these snow parks.

Winter-time in Evergreen is a special time, especially around Christmas. The local reservoir freezes over so they set up a large, outdoor ice skating rink. Not only that, but they put speakers out on the ice and play Christmas music from late November, all the way up to New Year's. It is a beautiful thing to ice skate under the lights on a 5 degree night, with the stars out, and Nat King Cole's Christmas Song playing in the background.
The summers in Evergreen are probably the best in the USA. Temps are in the 75-85 degree range nearly everyday, with very low humidity. In addition, every afternoon, summer lightning storms pop up and keep the area cool so that even a 90 degree day will dive back into the low 80's by 5 in the afternoon.
Falls are crisp and refreshing. Even in town the sound of bugling bulls can be heard. It is not uncommon for the father of young children driving through Evergreen to hide the eyes of his kids, for bulls will mate cows right on the side of the main highway. I personally have seen big heard bulls bugle and fight for mating rights at the parking lot of the Evergreen Library.
Spring is beautiful. Mountain flowers pop up in all the grassy areas in Evergreen. The ice melts off the reservoir, and everyone is bitten by the spring bug.
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Mon Sep 14, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
Boulder has a wide variety of housing options. I would say that most single family homes have at least 3-4 bedrooms. But of course the higher end homes will likely be bigger and have more br/ba.

Due to the large student population here, there are also a large number of "attached" dwellings such as apartments/condos/townhomes that typically have 1-2 bedrooms.

What specifically are you wanting to know? Are you thinking of buying? Investing? I'd be happy to answer any other questions you may have. I've lived & worked in Boulder County for 30+ years
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Wed Aug 26, 2015
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They're both Great places to live in. My son goes to Pomona High School in Arvada because of their great football program; I love the academics ;) It is really going to come down to what your kids are into. By the way, I am a Mortgage Loan Officer and can help get you pre-approved for your home purchase if that is what you want to do at this time. Call me, any time, any day. Grisell Vargas NMLS 289287 Rocky Mountain Mortgage Specialists, Inc NMLS 3003 7075 S Alton Way, Centennial, CO 80112
You can call/text 303-242-7706 or email gvargas@rockymtnmtg.com.
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GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!
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Thu Jul 24, 2014
Christopher Pagli answered:
You can visit www.HoimeFair.com and click on the city reports section for in-depth crime stats and area demographics. Other options would be www.SpotCrime.com and www.CrimeReports.com.

Chris
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Sat Jul 12, 2014
Sharon Patterson answered:
I've lived in University Hills and love the convenience and the old neighborhoods. I now live in southeast Aurora and love the affordability. Much more house for the money then in the high priced neighborhoods. ... more
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Wed Jun 25, 2014
Dave Gardner answered:
Perry Park is very family friendly. Plenty of children here. You just don't see them because the lots are 1-acre in size and the is lots of greenbelts an open space. There is a 4th of July Family Parade in Perry Park every year and 200 to 250 kids show up to participate PLUS their parents. And the nearby Larkspur Elementary School is among the highest rated elementary schools in all of Douglas County.

The absolute fastest way to get to Castle Rock from Perry Park is to go through the Town of Larkspur and get on I-25 with it's 75-MPH speed limit. However, watch your speed in the Town of Larkspur. At 25-MPH it is a favorite haunt of the local sheriff. It is about 2 minutes longer to Castle Rock if you go 2-miles NORTH on Highway #105 and take Tomah Road east to the I-25 frontage road. This avoids I-25 altogether. IF you want to go to the outlet mall in Castle Rock and avoid I-25, take the back-roads. Go North on Highway #105 to the Town of Sedalia.Turn right on Santa Fe Road and it will take you right to the outlets. Most people find commute times very reasonable. The Park Meadows Mall in Littleton is only 30-minutes away.

Perry Park does have lots of natural Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Fir trees. The first houses were built in the late 1960's and there has never been a forest fire in this area. In fact it has a very favorable insurance rating, keeping home insurance rates reasonable. There is a fire station right in the subdivision and it is manned 24/7. And the nearby fire station in the Town of Larkspur is state of the art. It also helps that all the homes are serviced by public water and there are fire hydrants everywhere.

If you haven't been to Perry Park, you are "missing out". There is a reason the original developer called Perry Park "Colorado's Best Kept Secret".
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Wed Jun 25, 2014
Debra Glynn answered:
No, real estate agents are not required at this time to disclose the proximity of an oil and gas well to prospective buyers. However, if I had a buyer who was concerned and asked specifically for this information, I would get the answer for them. It's all about honesty and disclosure. ... more
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Mon Jun 9, 2014
mcneill9869 answered:
We love this area. Living south of Larkspur, it is the closest place to heaven. We are downsizing
and our home has a built in swimming pool. This home is a must to see. 12592 Greenland Acres Rd ... more
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Thu May 8, 2014
Dane Robinson answered:
I've even seen A-Basin open past the 4th of July!
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Thu May 8, 2014
Dane Robinson answered:
Mayfair...its where they built the new Trader Joes. Cap Hill, Cheesman Park, Highlands, LoHi are all great areas to check out as well!

Good luck!
Dane
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Mon Mar 3, 2014
Tony & Karen Hinkel answered:
The most recent lease that you actually signed is what should control. That's the one that (re-)defined your latest terms - including whatever provisions carried over to your month-to-month tenancy. ... more
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Fri Feb 21, 2014
gemicorn71 answered:
I moved to Stapleton as the man I was dating was building a house here. Our first kiss was on the back porch while the house was still in the framing stages in 2008. Fast forward 6 years, and I'm married, in love with the neighborhood, and cannot live without Udi's or Coldstone. I adore walking our 'baby' Maggie (2 year old yellow lab) around the neighborhood and across MLK to the 'other' neighborhood. There is so much to look at; so much to do. The parks, the creeks, the paths - all amazing. We are actually putting our 'starter' house on the market (since we've expanded as a family) and are now going to build a brownstone on MLK right down the street. We don't want to leave the neighborhood. Ever. ... more
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Mon Feb 10, 2014
Kevin McCoy answered:
What price range Mim? Congress Park (a beautiful neighborhood) single family homes average (2013) sold price/avg. price per sq. foot and days on market were:

One Story / Ranch Homes - 77 sold
avg. sold price: $454,678
avg. price per sq. ft.: $383
days on market: 15

Story and Half Homes - 16 Sold
avg. sold price: $538,294
Avg. price per sq. ft.: $313
days on market: 44

Two Story Homes - 56 Sold
avg. sold price: $599,237
avg. price per sq. ft.: $281
days on market: 28

Congress Park neighborhood: borders are: North to South -15th Ave. to 6th Ave. East to West -Colo. Blvd. to York St. The actual Park is on 8th Ave. & Josephine St. close to Botanic Gardens. On 12th Avenue from Madison St. to Elizabeth St. there are: 5 restaurants, Daz Bog coffee, Grocery store, bike shop, wine bar, ice cream/sandwich, hair care, florist, pizza, 12th Ave. Hardware, Capitol Heights Pharmacy, and more... .
Other shopping, etc. close by: Cherry Creek Mall is a short walk from Congress Park. 6th Ave. to 1st Ave. and Cherry Creek North shopping stores and restaurants from 3rd Ave. to 1st Ave.

Commute time to Downtown Denver 10 - 15 minutes. Interstate 25, 15 minutes or less. Light Rail - 10 to 15 minutes.

This is just an example of one neighborhood in Denver...I can give you stats and local knowledge on every neighborhood. I've been a realtor in Denver's fine neighborhoods for 20 years.

Please call me at 303-564-7304 or email: kevin@porchlightgroup.com
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Sat Feb 1, 2014
Larry Brake answered:
Unfortunately there is no 'typical' electric or water bill for any size of home. They will vary wildly depending on the size and energy efficiency of the home. You can contact the utility providers for specific homes and addresses to get some historical information. Your best bet would be to get an energy audit done during the inspection phase of a purchase transaction if/when you see a home you'd like to purchase. There are some home inspectors who offer energy audits with thermal imaging reports that will show you hot and cold spots.

Water bills will also vary greatly, depending on usage within and outside of the home. Water bills can run higher than energy bills during the summer months if the sprinkler system is not maintained or updated appropriately.

If your interests are primarily budget related, most utility providers will offer budget billing that allows you to make a consistent payment every month throughout the year. You can also make some inexpensive updates to a home that is not energy efficient that will more than pay for themselves. Your energy auditor will provide you with those recommendations in their report.

Other monthly bills to consider: Home security (can include fire and CO monitoring), phone, internet, cable/satellite, and pest/rodent control if needed. While not monthly bills, you should also budget for lawn maintenance, gutter cleaning, and reoccurring homeowner maintenance like caulking, replacing door and window seals, and exterior painting every few years (big ticket expense that can be made easier by budgeting a monthly amount to be set aside for use when needed).

Lastly, if you are, or about to be a first time homebuyer, there is also a good chance you will one day become a new parent (if not already). Here is the best financial advise I can give you: 1. Don't make the mistake of becoming 'house rich and cash poor'- that means buy less of a home than you can afford. 2 - Start a college savings plan today! And if you haven't already, start investing in your retirement.

Best of luck to you!
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