Posts Tagged ‘Fort Collins Colorado’

Happy National Dog Day…!

To my favorite poodles, Baci (“The Bacman”), grand-puppy Remy (“Remington Steele”) + dogs all around the world!

Baci and Rem 2

5 Ways to Spoil Your Dog in NoCO

  1. Eat brunch with your dog on the porch of The Rainbow (a Baci Favorite, he also recommends Tasty Harmony)
  2. Take your pup to an outdoor concert (Remy recommends Saturday concerts at Front Range Village)
  3. Go shopping together at a local Farmers Market (and buy treats of course).
  4. Take your dog swimming at City Park Pool’s annual Pooch Plunge in FoCo on August 27th, 2017
  5. Relax on a coffee shop or brewery porch with your pooch (Baci always votes Starbuck since they offer puppucinos aka. whipped cream).

Honorable mention: Take a walk and savor our fresh CO air!


What’s your favorite way to spoil your pup?


Casitas are Cool: Coachman Lane

I have a new listing in Clydesdale Park up in North Fort Collins. It’s truly a quality home, but the best part of the home is…the attached casita with ¾ bath & wet bar.
**A casita is a small guest home.

Now here’s why casitas are cool:

It gives you an excuse to create a cozy courtyard with separate entrances for everyone and a communal hangout space…Patio

Your guests get to sip coffee (and other beverages) at their private wet bar…
Casita Bath

Bonus: You can have this kitchen in the home to yourself…
Kitchen B

It’s great if you’ve ever had aspirations to run a hotel room for guests or have a college age kid complaining about needing their own space (15 min to CSU)….

And, best of all, it’s still steps to your home for those epic family movie nights….

Check out the full listing details here…
Gate A

How would you use a casita?

Golden Eagle: Art Meets Architecture

“Not everybody understands vignette layout…it’s not for everyone, but the truth is everyone loves it once they’ve had it.” – Robert Smith, custom builder

Walking into our new listing at Golden Eagle Drive is like walking into a piece of artwork. Details abound around every corner and on every surface (look for the leather insets on the stair posts and glass sink in the powder room).

The house is different layout from today’s popular open concept plans. Need a break from the kids? Let them watch movies in the family roomLiving Room 1
…while you cozy into the living room with book.
Living Room 4
Need your own space? Pick between the loft office (also makes a great guest room/6th bedroom/classroom) with it’s own entrance…
Upstairs Office
Or the dream closet with washer and dryer…
Upstairs Master Bedroom Closet
Ready for some outdoor time? Listen to the rushing waterfall feature while watching the koi swim…
Back 3
Or if you’re feeling active, walk out the back door to the neighborhood tennis court (it’s almost like having a private tennis court)…
Deck A
And who wouldn’t love having a split 5-car garage?
8456 Golden Eagle Road
Best of all, the builder lives here and has created a beautiful high-quality family home!

Find full listing details and additional photos here.
Find details about a great local builder, Robert Smith Construction, here.

10 Free March Things to Do in Fort Collins

Where is all of our March snow? Thankfully not on the ground. This sunshine has been wonderful…it certainly has me thinking of Spring already and I’m sure you are as well.

Whether you’re feeling the call of Spring or just want to get out of the house, try one or all of these FREE (or mostly free) events in the month of March. #FreeFort CollinsThingsToDo

1. Spend 2 hours on a Fort Collins Historical Walking Tour by downloading the free brochure,

2. The Margaret Brown Collection is among the largest and most important donations of historic costume to the Poudre Landmark Foundation. The exhibit offers a beautiful, extensive range of fashion of fine womenswear, mid-1800s to mid-1900s. Saturdays & Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Free but we suggest a donation of $3 per person.

3. The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is Colorado State University’s historic costume and textiles collection. Its mission is the exploration of the aesthetic, social, cultural and physical significance of textiles, dress and interior furnishings. Blackwell: Artist of Subtle Witchery, Free admission.

4. Winter Farmers Market, March 12 and 19.Free music, food and drink samples and a great downtown vibe. Opera Galleria,

5. Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 12, 10:00AM and Old Town Irish Party 10:00-5:00,

6. Spring Holistic Fair March 12-13. $6 one day, $9 weekend, $1 discount with non-perishable food donation or go to website and BUY 1 GET 1 FREE.

7. Foodie Walk, March 18, 6:00-8:00PM. A different theme each month with participating businesses offering free samples.

8. 9th Annual Seed Swap & Giveaway in partnership with the Poudre River Public Library District and The Growing Project. Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10:00-2:00. Old Town Library, 201 Peterson St. Trade your seeds, knowledge & resources. Free seeds, seed-starting soil, seed packets, talks by expert gardeners. See the website for times:

9. First Friday Art Walk:

10. Poudre River Public Library District not only has books and media to check out, but there are FREE classes, discussions and concerts. Explore genealogy, computer programs, Ugly Craft Night, meet authors, participate in global discussions and be part of a book group. March 11, 7:00-8:30 Harmony in the Round traditional Celtic music performed by the trio, “The Unfortunate Rakes”.

What are your favorite free things to do around town?

New Listing! Shore Pine Ct

I have a new luxury listing in the middle of Fort Collins, on a private lake, and with beautiful mountain views! The architect and custom builder are long-time Fort Collins residents so they take pride in their work. In fact, the architect lives across the lake!

Having lived in Fort Collins for 42 years, I have seen builders come and go.  It is a testament to those that have staying power of their craftsmanship, reputation, and community involvement. The owners of the home had a vision and Rick Splittgerber (Splittgerber Professional Builders) and Frank Vaught (Vaught Frye Larson Architects) brought it to life in the most stunning of ways. Here are my favorite things about this extraordinary new listing.


Open Layout

  1. Uninterrupted views of Horsetooth Mountain from across Harmony Reservoir. The home sits on the lake with a private dock. The home is oriented in such a way that you enjoy the morning sun until the sunset colors reflect off the water from your favorite rooms, patio or balcony. The residents’ favorite spots are from the Master Suite Office and long kitchen granite bar.
  2. Outdoor living in Colorado is a given. This home has 2600 square feet of concrete patios, plus balconies, wrap around porches and a dining courtyard. The mature landscaping creates privacy yet openness to perfect weather. If you are chilled in the evening, cuddle up to the fire pit on the water, infrared heater on the patio or outdoor fireplace. On a warm summer day, the outdoor ceiling fan of the covered patio keeps you cool.
  3. What’s not to love about an open floor plan??!! The Grand Entry welcomes guests to an expansive view of the Dining Room, open Kitchen, Great Room, Library, Powder Room and soaring Staircase. If that isn’t enough, climb the open stairs to the second floor and be amazed by the huge Family Room with barrel ceiling that opens to a Rooftop Deck overlooking the water.
  4. The home is smart! It features a Savant control system that provides control from any IOS device (iPhone/iPad). Savant offers easy and intuitive control of lighting, security, climate and entertainment systems. Additionally, remote access to these systems will provide peace of mind when you are out of town. If you forget to set your lights to vacation mode or need to confirm the security system is armed, you have that remote ability. And did I mention the home has 3 miles of wiring? Vantage Lighting Control System provides house-wide scene control and automatic routines based on the time of day.
  5. Radiant in-floor heating. The comfort zone of the body starts with our feet! Take your shoes off and enjoy the warmth of every room, including the garages. Each room is separately controlled allowing you to heat only the room you want.



  6. Solar panels. 24 photovoltaic panels (Sharp 175) have a rating of 4,200 (Watts DC). Panels were recently inspected and found to be in good working order.
  7. Built for “aging in place”, the handicapped or the elderly, the home is well planned to accommodate residents or visitors. A 3-stop National Wheel-O-Vater elevator is centrally located but inconspicuous, allowing easy access to all floors. Low thresholds on entry doors, blocking for future safety railings, and 36” doorways. The upstairs design is perfect for guest quarters or living quarters with a large Family Room and three ensuite bedrooms.
  8. Living the good life! Every detail has been addressed for your enjoyment and comfort of living. The gourmet kitchen has expansive built-ins and a butler’s pantry. The Great Room extends towards the lake where you enjoy a wall of windows as you play your grand piano. If reading is your passion, an amazing library will capture your heart and soul. Do you need His and Hers offices? You are covered. How about laundry rooms on the first and second floor. Yup. Low maintenance landscaping with perennials and gardens? Check. Convenient location in the heart of Fort Collins from which you can bike or walk to restaurants, shopping and amenities? You bet.
  9. Quality materials throughout the home. Real stone, stucco and timber exterior with 2×6 construction. High-efficiency windows, DaVinci Shake multi-width composite shake roofing tiles are reminiscent of the texture of natural cedar. Hickory hardwood floors, stained alder cabinetry, travertine or tile floors in the bathrooms, custom accents, hand-crafted walls and painting.
  10. Some luxury homes have a “hands off” attitude. This home feels like home. From the moment you walk through the door, you feel relaxed. This home is for living, entertaining friends and family, being creative and enjoying the best of Colorado.

Music Room/Eating Area

May the Source Be With You!

In 1977 Star Wars was released and “May the Force be with you” became a buzz phrase. The Group, Inc. Real Estate Company (TGI) was launched in 1976 and the next year adapted the phrase, “May the Source be with you”. From the beginning, TGI wanted to be more than just a real estate company where agents helped clients buy and sell real estate. They wanted to be the place where all real estate related questions could be answered…the Source. Last night’s economic forecast at Embassy Suites was at full capacity and the TGI Source presented data and predictions for the coming year in Fort Collins/Northern Colorado.

The Real Estate Story in Fort Collins/Northern Colorado for 2016 indicates there will continue to be a shortage of inventory in the mid to low price ranges, affecting entry level buyers. Here are the top ten factors.

  1. Home appreciation in Fort Collins/Northern Colorado will continue to lead the nation. For the one-year period ending September 30, 2015, Fort Collins was ranked 9th in the nation for home price appreciation (12.87%) and Greeley ranked 10th (12.72%). From 1991-2015 Colorado had a 263.98% appreciation rate compared to the US rate of 122.35%. This trend will continue.
  2. Affordability: the true cost of housing. Colorado ranks mid-range for housing costs with California being the highest and North Dakota the lowest. The factors that affect housing costs are house price, house payment, utilities, household income and property taxes.
  3. Fort Collins is on pace to be the next Boulder County in 10 years for housing costs. Boulder County is land-locked (they have no more land on which to build) and as a result their average home price is twice the price of Fort Collins. TGI for years has been tracking a specific home builder’s 1,000 sq. foot ranch-style home from the late 50’s-early 60’s. The identical Wheeler home was built in Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley. The appreciation trend has been the same for more than 20 years. In 2015 a Wheeler Greeley home sold for $177,000; in Fort Collins $341,000; and in Boulder $610,000.
  4. Fort Collins Build Out. Fort Collins is quickly running out of land on which to build. Today, 50,000 workers commute to Boulder each day.
  5. Drive ‘till you qualify. With affordable housing being an increasing problem in Fort Collins, first time home buyers are finding their American Dream in Greeley, Loveland, Wellington, Johnstown/Millikin and Severance.
  6. Where are the condos? Condos are a great way to enter the home buying market and help the affordable housing crunch in Fort Collins. However, due to Colorado’s strict Construction Defect laws, a normal 30% market is currently at 3.8%. Builders do not want the liability. Only legislation in Denver can change this alarming trend. Last week TGI searched the MLS for 2 BR/2BA single car garage condos in the $150,000-$300,000 range. There were only 5 for sale. Lenders will not lend on condo projects under litigation so cash buyers or investors are the only option.
  7. Apartment conversions. Watch for this possible trend in Fort Collins. The statute of limitations is 6 years for builder litigation. How will this affect the market in Fort Collins? In December 2015, median monthly rent in Fort Collins for a 2 BR apartment was $1,150 (Loveland $900, Greeley $860). Will paychecks increase as rents increase?
  8. CSU Stadium opportunity. With the new stadium being built on campus, will the old stadium site be an opportunity for CSU to build a neighborhood of affordable housing for its employees? This is a dialogue that needs to be started.
  9. If employment is a leading indicator for housing needs by 12-18 months, Fort Collins and Northern Colorado are going to needs more housing. Larimer County has a 3.4% growth rate and 3.5% unemployment. That means in 2017, 5,000 more people will need to find housing in Larimer County.
  10. Main Street and Wall Street. At the end of last year interest rates were predicted to go up to 5%-5.5%. With the downturn of the stock market, that figure has now been adjusted downward to stay in the 4% range. This should affect the housing market in a positive way.

Discovering the Discovery Center

Even after living in Fort Collins for over 40 years, we still find new things to enjoy. Over the holidays, we renewed our Family Plus membership at the Fort Collins Discovery Museum. While at the museum we watched Dream to Fly in the Digital Dome, dodged kids in…errr…explored a bit of the museum (we look forward to trying their adults only night), and purchased a gift at the museum shop.

Last week we used our Family Plus membership for free passage into the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Here are ten benefits in joining and supporting this wonderful cultural and science center as a Family Plus Member.

  1. You are supporting our local nonprofit museum.
  2. Free unlimited access to the Discovery Museum for a year. Pop over or just hangout in the 27 million dollar facility. Grab a craft coffee at Flat Hat Coffee Shop.
  3. The pass gives you free unlimited general admission for up to 4 adults and 8 children to more than 350 science centers and museums in 20 countries. In Denver, that amounts to $10-$15/ person at the Museum of Nature & Science. Heading to warmer climates? You can get free admission to two Balboa Park museums in San Diego.
  4. You receive 6 free Digital Dome passes for the year. The dome is a state-of-the-art theater that immerses you in a planetarium experience or short film with its 36′ diameter, 360° screen! A slightly dizzying, but very cool experience.
  5. You get a 10% discount at The Cache museum store. They carry unique gifts, many with a CO history slant.
  6. You get a 10% discount on education, workshops, and adults-only programs.
  7. Free photo copies at The Archive, the history research library at the museum. Last year, I used The Archive to find information for one of my real estate listings that was built in the 1800’s. I was able to go through old phone books, photos, and records. Basically, property genealogy research! While researching, Teresa and I took a break to look up our name in phone books from the 1970’s when we moved to town.
  8. Head up to the 42′ high Observation Deck and look at Fort Collins from a bird’s perspective. It isn’t Top of the Rock in NYC, but heck, we have the mountains to look at!
  9. In the permanent collection, you can see artifacts collected north of Fort Collins from the Paleoindian Period, 13,000-6,000 BC. Wow!
  10. If you love music, attend the the After Hours events. Connect with fellow musicians at Museum Meetup; attend special events (checkout DJ Spooky: the Hidden Code, happening on Jan 22nd); jam with friends or strangers at The Music Garage, record a session, or try out a variety of instruments.

Check out the museum here.

Find out more about the memberships here.

What new discoveries in Fort Collins have you made?