Fall is just a few short days away, and we're enjoying the cooler weather and the glimmer of gold on the aspen trees. Now is the season to get yard work done and winterize your outdoor plants in preparation for winter. But my favorite part of fall is enjoying drinks and s'mores in the cool evenings around a fire on the fore pit with family and friends. Be sure to follow all rules around bonfires this time of year. What's you favorite part of fall in Boulder County? Mine? Chasing my kids, trout and preparing for the Aspen Golden leaf half marathon later this month.
After some stutters in June, the national housing market is looking up. We share an article from MarketWatch on lower mortgage rates giving a slight boost to home prices in 2020. If you love supporting Colorado companies, our second article from 5280 is for you! Learn about 6 local furniture companies that are providing stylish home decor. And our last article is about the new Open Space Master Plan that was unanimously passed by the Boulder Council to manage the 46,000 acres surrounding the city.
Peak season is slowing down, but that doesn't mean it's a bad time to buy (or sell)! Mortgage rates are low, and that means it's a great time to jump into the market. Whether you're looking to sell or buy, I'm always available to discuss the current market. Shoot me an email, or give me a call, I look forward to hearing from you!
In the meantime, come fly with me to 2132 Pine Street in Boulder, Colorado. A beautiful home for the buyer who’s tired of worn out, beat up, janky homes but wants a 102 year old home with old school charm and graced with all modern amenities, situated in downtown Boulder, Colorado. This is the one!
And finally, this month I’m featuring another non-profit program, There With Care of Boulder County whose mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to families and children during the critical phase of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. Please see how important this program is and consider giving today!
This summer has been awesome! A balance of lots of work and fun trips Montana, Ohio, Maine and Philly to see family and friends and Phish and camping with Krissy and the kids! It’s always such a busy time, with so many festivals and events. And there's never an end to fun things to do in Boulder County! As summer starts to wind down, with kids going back to school, and pool season coming to an end... we're so close to enjoying the cool relief of fall and an end-of-summer party at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. I hope you've made lots of great summer memories in 2019 with your friends and family. I can't wait for a beautiful fall that's coming up fast!
And on to real estate: In a tight "sellers-market," purchasing with cash has been a way to set yourself apart in the home buying sphere. Below we share an article from USA Today explaining how a more buyer-friendly market means cash is no longer king. We also bring you the second installment of the Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine series on choosing the best contractor for your job. Our last article from MarketWatch explains why Boulder has been ranked the No.1 most stable housing market in the country for the 5th year in a row!
Buying a new home is a major investment, and takes a lot of consideration. Let me help you work through all the details, and figure out what's best for your needs now, and in the future. Let's talk! Drop me a line, I'm always excited to rap with you about real estate!
And finally, this month I’m featuring another place to contribute in honor of my friend Tom Cohen’s son Zach Cohen who passed away this summer from a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia. Zach lived a full life in his 19 years, and dealt bravely with battling leukemia for almost 3 years. I want to sponsor additional research and raise money to find a cure for disease research. My dad also has leukemia and so I urge you to give today and to please see how important this is and consider giving today!
"The #33 is a vibration of number 3 that appears twice and enhances its significance and influence. Number 3 indicates an increase, expansion, spontaneity, encouragement, broad-minded thinking, skills and talent, communication and self-expression, assistance, and manifestation. Angel number 33 shows the energies of blessings, companion, honesty, inspiration, courage, bravery, and discipline and symbolizes guidance..."
The hottest part of the year is here in Boulder County, finally. We asked for summer — we got it! The Boulder Creek is now about three times higher than it was at this time last year. In fact, the city needed to push back tube-to-work day by a couple weeks to let the high run-off subside for tuber safety. Suffice it to say we didn’t tube for my daughter Phoebe’s 15th birthday this year. While my business is off-the-hook-awesome right now, the market in general is straightening out. It’s no longer an all-in a seller’s market across the board. It’s a more neutral market. Inventory was up 35% in the City of Boulder for houses last month, and sales slid 26.3% year over year. I have listings that sell in a weekend and some that have taken more than a month to find a buyer. It’s back to basics; location, condition, timing, competition and thus pricing. But I appreciate the balance and so do my buyers. For me it’s about managing my buyer's and seller's expectations and preparing for this market, not the market of the past.
If you're still looking to buy, or thinking of selling, check out the article below from Forbes about trends in the national housing market thus far in 2019. We also have a beginner's guide from 5280 Magazine all about turning your house into a "Smart-Home” and then also an article about how the Boulder County real estate market is leading people to consider towns outside of Boulder proper.
Please connect with me anytime to discuss your real estate goals for the second half of 2019 and for market conditions here in Boulder County specifically! I’m easy to reach.
Come fly with me to a new featured property this month at 2132 Pine Street in Boulder, Colorado. A beautiful home for the buyer who’s tired of worn out, beat up, janky homes but wants a 102 year old home with old school charm and graced with all modern amenities, situated in downtown Boulder, Colorado. This is the one!
And finally, this month I’m featuring another non-profit program, Mother House of Boulder County. "Started in 1982, Mother House has provided at-risk mothers and their babies with a nurturing, supportive, and empowering residential community. We give women the support and resources they need to walk out of our doors more prepared for success than when they came in. It’s our way of enabling our mothers to thrive, so their children will too." Please see how important this program is and consider giving today!
Thank you again for your business and for referring business. See you on the corner, HATCH
Summer is just a few days away and that means it's time to barbecue and relax, right? While I love savoring the long evenings and enjoying the summer breeze with a cold beverage in my hand, it’s time to get busy! My business, after an unusual spring, is taking off in all directions. It’s exciting.
Several of my buyers are all tucked into their new homes and a few will be soon. And my listings are selling too. Fly with me to my featured listing at 280 Boulder View Road in the Boulder, Colorado Foothills. It’s an awesome Colorado Mountain home with mind-blowing, 360 degree views. If you've taken advantage of the spring market and are getting ready to move, I share a great article about choosing a moving company below. If you're looking to remodel your home, the Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine has a new article series to help you out. Read the first installment that's about choosing the right contractor for the job. And Longmont and Boulder were awarded $8.3M to put toward creating more affordable housing—check out the details!
As always, if you're looking to make the leap and put your house on the market, or you're interested in buying, I'm here to strategize with you. The market is still steady right now, and it's a great time to jump in whether buying or selling. Let’s go!!
As always, THANK YOU for your business and remember that I’m never too busy for your referrals, HATCH
Pic of the Month… The agony and the undefeated! It was amazing and inspiring to watch the men’s 1st and 2nd place finishers of the Boulder Ironman! These men and women athletes are incredible. Winner Matt Hanson with the media spotlight and 2nd Place Kennett Peterson. Unable to stand up, his wife Adelaide props him up while asking for fluids after he completed the race, exhausted. "Drained of everything. It was a good thing Adelaide was there. I was incapable of doing anything myself for the next hour,” he reported on his website.
Spring is finally in full swing, and summer is only a month away, which is hard to believe. Now that we've surely seen the last of the snow and cold, it's time to think about our gardens. The Hatches raised garden beds are starting to see sprouts from radish, kale and beet seeds pushing through the soil. And the hops vines are reaching higher by the minute. I have a great article here on container gardening, and some helpful guides from Colorado State University with a lot of info if you're just starting out as a green thumb.
Modern architect Hobart Wagener designed neighborhood fire station
By Carol Taylor
Hobart Wagener’s architecture shaped the character of Boulder. In a career that spanned 35 years, ‘Hoby’ Wagener designed an impressive body of modernist buildings including residences, schools, churches and public buildings. Many of his structures won awards, such as the Williams Village residence hall towers, and others are city landmarks like the Labrot House on 6th Street.
Boulder Fire Station 2, at the corner of Broadway and Baseline Road, is a mid-century modern Wagener design from 1958. Built to serve the University Hill neighborhood as well as the University of Colorado, the station replaced the original BFD No. 2 which is located at 10th and Aurora. That station served the University Hill neighborhood until the late 1950s and has been landmarked and repurposed as the Boulder Pottery Lab.
Wagener’s fire station was built at a time when Boulder was growing rapidly, following the establishment of the Rocky Flats Atomic plant, the National Bureau of Standards Central Radio Propagation Laboratory and , Ball Brothers Research in the 1950s. These new scientific ventures were exciting for Boulder. They created hundreds of good jobs and brought many new residents to town.
Preservation surveys describe the Wagener-designed fire station as Usonian, after the style of some buildings designed in the 1930s by Frank Lloyd Wright. It features a ‘ground hugging’ horizontal orientation, overhanging eaves, a pair of flanking wings and a shallow gabled roof.
The Colorado Cultural Resource survey cites the quality of construction, the orange-red patterned brickwork and detail of overlapped brick corners as notable in the design... read more
Springtime in the Rocky Mountains!!!! The snow has all but melted off the Boulder Flatirons (for now) and in my yard at the Red Door Ranch the crocus are flowering, the leaf buds are pushing out and spring tunes from songbirds fill the morning air! And ahhhh, the sunsets most evenings are remarkable.
As the weather finally begins to warm, so does our local real estate market. Inventory is on the rise as more sellers are putting their homes on the market for spring/summer 2019. If you're a buyer, this is a great time to shop. The market seems a little more balanced and if you're putting your home on the market this year (or next!) check out the articles I've included below about anticipating returns on home renovations and landscaping projects. Want to talk about local market trends or start shopping for a new property? Please give me a call when you're ready to chat! Read more…
I was recently rummaging through old interview notes for On the Corner newsletters and I found some pretty neat history published in OtC the past 13 years. Seeing the stack of hundreds of copies of past newsletters, it reminded me what a wonderful neighborhood of people in the LC. I’m not sure there is a
more rich neighborhood in Boulder. But while looking through these old files I came across some interesting items and one was this article written by a neighbor who did not print his/her name. It offers a great perspective on this area in the neighborhood from 27 years ago. So I have no idea who shared this with
me or where it came from. Please read it and let me know if you know, or if you have a guess. Or maybe it’s you! Thank you and enjoy, JON HATCH
By Anonymous, 1992
This was a neighborhood of young families in those days. Its history, however, went back to the early years of the century. In 1904, David Dobbins bought 179 acres from the county and two years later subdivided it into Floral Park and Interurban Park. Floral Park included the blocks between 15th and 20th Streets from Baseline Road to Bluebell Avenue. Interurban Park contained the blocks between Bluebell and Chautauqua (now King) Avenues from 15th to 20th as well as all of the land east of Floral Park to what is now South Broadway. Dobbins' intent in making the original purchase was to find ground suitable for a perpetual care cemetery. He was instrumental in organizing the Boulder CemeteryAssociation, supervised the laying out of roads and of cemetery plots (in what is now Green Mountain Cemetery), but after about two years sold his interest in the Association. Read more
It’s March and spring has sprung, NOT! But some of us are celebrating the fantastic winter we've been so fortunate to receive the past month. The long cold spell we’ve had has come with snow too. And lots of it, especially in the high country. Remember last year when the ski resorts had to MAKE SNOW? Not so much this year. I read that Summit County has almost 8’ of snow this year already. BOOM! But I don’t ski much anymore, so why is this exciting? Because this snowmelt will fill our rivers and streams with water and deliver good trout fishing to anglers all spring, summer and fall. That makes me happy!
Temperatures remain brisk, but the sun is shining longer, brighter, and warmer here in Boulder County! As everyone starts to emerge from their winter hibernation, it's the perfect time to consider listing your home before summer inventory starts to fly. Buyers are marching into the landscape, eager to purchase. Please stay tuned for my new spring listings. There are some good ones coming soon. So let the wild rumpus start! Read more…
Dear neighbors and friends, this year marks the 13th anniversary of the very first edition of your On the Corner newsletter. I began publishing OtC in the early days of my real estate career as a way to bridge my professional photojournalism career and my real estate career. It’s kept me very engaged in this neighborhood, which has so many stories to tell. This spring also marks my 15th year in the real estate business. It’s awesome to have grown such a successful business. I’ve worked really hard to make it this far and I definitely recognize that a lot of my business comes from right here in the neighborhood.
On the opposite of this big card you’ll see homes that I sold here in 2019. Each of them are so different and they all have such interesting histories. Like many homes here, they also have been through different transformation over the years. The homes built in the LC have just as interesting stories to tell as the residents that call Lower Chautauqua home. “If these walls could talk,” right? Such rich history here, and that’s why I appreciate it so much. And I appreciate you. You’ve entrusted me to market and sell your homes and you’ve trusted me to help you buy the house here that you now call home. The many homes I’ve sold here dot the neighborhood from Bellevue Heights to Interurban Park and from the Cul-de-sacs off King Avenue to Baseline Road. Many of you have referred business to me over the years and for that I am grateful and truly appreciate your business and your referrals! I’d like to continue to earn your trust. Please contact me anytime to discuss selling or buying real estate. I’m happy to offer a market analysis of your home anytime, with no strings attached! Sincerely, HATCH
It's February and love has been buzzing in the air here in Boulder County. I picked a bad week to stop eating Ghirardelli chocolate and Dunkin’ Donuts, but I’ll be fine this Valentine's season. Read more…
Holy Moly, Happy New Year! If you're anything like me, the arrival of the new year feels like it comes way too fast. Especially this year, when business pushed me right up into December. But I had a wonderful holiday break with family and friends and I created some time to pause and capture good parts of 2018 that I can carry into 2019. I was also able to begin looking at my goals for the upcoming twelve months. At the top on my list for success? Gratitude! The ability to receive and acknowledge what I have in my life; amazing family and friends, good health and a great career I still really enjoy, almost 15 years later. And thank you for being part of my adventure!
But anyway, let’s get to it - Is buying a home or selling your current home on your goals list this year? How may I help? Here are some Boulder County real estate market considerations to help you plan and prepare to buy or sell. And who do you know who’s considering buying or selling this year? Remember, I’m never too busy for your referrals.
Check out the 2019 housing market predictions from Forbes Magazine, and scope the new furniture trends of 2019 to spruce up your digs. And are you having issues getting home insurance because of the increases in wildfires? You're not alone, so learn about a program in Boulder County trying to help homeowners get insured. If you'd like to discuss how any of these trends impact your goals, give me a call! I want to help YOU make 2019 a year to remember.
This month I’m featuring another community non-profit program: Conscious Alliance is a national nonprofit organization committed to supporting communities in crisis through hunger relief and youth empowerment by organizing food drives at music events nationwide. Please visit the Conscious Alliance website today.