July in Boulder County is hot as usual, in terms of local temperatures, but our real estate market is cooling down a bit. Demand has softened and inventory has increased, bringing about a bit of welcome normalcy. The articles this month reflect a theme of change in the air. Amazon bought Whole Foods? Yes! How will our local shopping experiences and commercial real estate market be impacted by this? There's also a construction worker shortage that is affecting the pace at which new construction can be built to accommodate those migrating to Colorado. Don’t miss the second quarter stats to compare what’s happening in your Boulder County city, now that we’re halfway through 2017...
Early Chautauquans loved the Switzerland TrailBy Carol Taylor
Legend says it was the spectacular scenery on a mountain train ride that helped clinch the Chautauqua for Boulder. Boulder had been competing with other Colorado towns for the privilege of establishing a restorative cultural retreat for Texas schoolteachers.
In February of 1898, Texas educators arrived in Boulder to survey proposed sites for a new Chautauqua. “The prize is too big to be allowed to slip away,” stated the Daily Camera editor Lucius Paddock. Community leaders feted the group, showed them around town and arranged a special treat – a ride in the mountains on the narrow gauge Colorado & Northwestern railroad. On the trip up to the town of Sunset, Chautauqua officials were amazed by the dramatic mountain splendor.
The finest in the nation! Earlier this spring RE/MAX of Boulder was named the No. 1 single RE/MAX office in the U.S. for 2016 sales volume, marking the eighth time the company earned the No. 1 ranking. The award was presented at the recent annual international RE/MAX convention held in Las Vegas, NV, attended by more than 6,000 agents and brokers from 60 countries.
It looks like Henrietta is going to make it. The elderly Plymouth Rock chicken has survived raccoon attacks, coyote raids, the neighbor dogs, and the dramatic weather extremes of Colorado. Now she was the sole survivor of an electrical fire that killed the other seven chickens, ages four months to a year, in her coop.
Early Monday morning I was drawn to the backdoor by the lights of fire trucks from the rescue station just blocks from my house. Over the fence I saw that my neighbors’ chicken coop, a sturdy little house on stilts, was engulfed in flame. Oh no, I thought, those poor chickens. I knew my neighbors were out of town and saw the house sitter, Liz, standing stock still in the middle of the yard, still in her slippers, arms folded, watching as the firemen efficiently and thoroughly put out the fire with their hoses and picks and dragging out all of the flammable material required to raise chickens. Both curious (I admit) and wanting to support Liz, I went over to help and console. Liz told that when she ran to the flaming coop, when she opened the door, all of the chickens were on fire, but for one in a corner who somehow escaped the fireball and hopped or fell out of the coop. “Henrietta” I said, “she has survived all the other traumas here.” And on the ground behind the coop, amidst the four or five firemen in their full yellow and black rubber suits and hoses and big helmets, I saw a small, shuddering pile of feathers...
Hi friends, here is PART FOURTEEN, FROM THE TRAIL! Or in this case, from the Colorado River with friends Ben Weaver and Mike Higuera...
WHAT IS A SILVER LINING? "Use the term silver lining when you want to emphasize the hopeful side of a situation that might seem gloomy on the surface. The common expression "every cloud has a silver lining" means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspect" - vocabulary.com. I hope you enjoy, a lot! HATCH
A “who-who-whodunit” in Lower Chautauqua By Bryan Wallace, Senior Scientist, Conservation Science Partners, Inc. A text buzzed my phone on a Friday night. “Hooty hoo,” read the caption underlining a dark photo. Although taken with a camera phone at night, the photo’s subject was unmistakable. Fifteen feet up, perched on an enormous apple tree, a Great Horned Owl stared back at the camera. She had that iconic owl shape, the “horns” (which are actually just feathers) erect atop her large, disc-like face, eyes shining like LED lights. The photo came from a buddy who lives in Lower Chautauqua. The apple tree stands in his yard, and is a magnet for Boulder wildlife. I’m a wildlife biologist, so this friend likes to send me updates about what cool critters he has seen parading through his yard, feasting on fallen and ripened fruit. A couple of months back, it was a big mama black bear and her two fat, yearling cubs. Around 8 o’clock the next morning, I got another text from the same friend. His wife had just found the owl dead, lying at the foot of the same tree, directly beneath her perch....
Hi friends, the message FROM THE TRAIL this month? THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I couldn't do this real estate thing without your referrals. THANK YOU! Please feel free to like, leave a message or subscribe to my Channel and have a great month! HATCH
Hi friends, Happy New Year! I'm coming to you this month of January, not from the trail or the river, but from our 1964 Dodge pickup. My knee is repairing from an injury and so that's why this month is FROM THE TRUCK. Kristin and I and our friend Lynn chose three words to help guide us through this new year: Patience. Discover. Capture. We're going to try to recall and embrace these words when necessary. You can try, too. Feel free to subscribe to my channel or like my video. I hope you enjoy! Have a happy new year, HATCH
I’ve been anticipating the new year and looking forward to earning new business. I’m recharging and renewing my business plan and I’m going to make 2017 my best year yet! That means being better at reaching out to you. I’m very grateful for the business so many of you send to me. Keep it coming, I’m never too busy to take on new business. And if you have plans to make a change in your real estate landscape this year, please buzz me.
Why I Like This Neighborhood By Jesse Weaver, 9 I’m the luckiest kid in the world. Why am I the luckiest kid in the world? Because I get to live in the lower Chautauqua neighborhood. I think this neighborhood is AWESOME. The reason I think this neighborhood is so AWESOME is because of everything I’m about to tell you.
What a grateful time of year! We pushed through the transition from warm weather to snow with winter that has finally arrived. And the holiday decorations all around are a reminder of how powerful and dazzling light can be. As we enjoy winter and celebrate the holidays I hope that your moments with friends and family are filled with Light and Joy.
Hi friends, from the Bluestem Trail in South Boulder meet my twin sister Johannah for the tenth installment From the Trail from which Jojo' shares a message to just go for it! Say you're gonna do it, and do it! Thanks for coming all the way out to Boulder, Jojo, just to be in my video and share a message with friends! Y'all please feel free to leave a message or subscribe to my Channel. Have a great month! I hope you enjoy, HATCH
Hi friends and family, it is with immense gratitude for all of you that I send this Thanksgiving edition of the Boulder County Buzz. I am so grateful for your friendships, your business and your referrals and I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving Holiday. I hope it’s a nice, quiet time to reflect and connect with those close to you.
And check out this month’s Buzz content: If you live in Boulder, Denver, or Fort Collins, you’ll be happy to learn that these areas are predicted to be among the top cities in the country for home value appreciation over the next 12 months. So if you’re considering buying a new home or investment property, now is the time to do it! And don’t miss this month’s From the Trail with my twin sister Johannah… https://youtu.be/CFxclYYaTK8Thank you! HATCH