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.
Henrietta Lives! by Carol Byerly
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, 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
Hi friends, from the Government Trail here between Snowmass and Aspen, ColoRADo with my friend Paolo Bonetti for the ninth installment of my video blog where each month I come to you from a running trail or a trout stream or wherever it is that I am. Nothing original, just small reminders about living for today and to share a smile. Please feel free to leave a message or subscribe to my Channel. Have a great month! I hope you enjoy! HATCH
My iPhone vibrated on the wood surface of the bedside table at the Snowmass condo we were vacationing in. “RACE CANCELLED!” is what the email read at 6:03am. Ugh, I grumbled, seriously? We’ve had a glorious fall season with abundant sunshine, deep blue skies and vibrant foliage. And the sunsets? Unreal! But it seems like the one weekend we actually had rain, snow and cold temps, was the weekend of my Annual Aspen Golden-leaf Half Marathon. Snow that had fallen overnight pushed organizers to cancel the race for safety reasons. My friend Paolo and I were disappointed. We’d trained hard for the race, but we were reminded that mother nature can change the game and alter your plans.
Dear friends, as the leaves start their ritualistic change in color, it’s proof that September really is here and the cool fall season is at our doorstep. The snow will fly soon but before we discuss that, there’s some business to complete.
As usual this fall I’ll be chasing big brown trout around our home waters with my angling buddies. I’ve been hammering our local running trails in training. My family is making our annual trip to Snowmass and Aspen for the Golden Leaf Half Marathon in about a week. I’ll run 13 miles through the tie-died aspen trees along the Government Trail. I’m pretty sure it’s my 11th time running this race - I just need to count my race t-shirts. What an awesome tradition!
Hi friends, here's the eighth installment of my video blog where each month I will come to you from a running trail or a trout stream or wherever it is that I am. I'll have a short video to say hello and offer some nuggets of wisdom. Nothing original, just small reminders about living for today and to share a smile. My message for September? BE with the ones close to you! Please feel free to leave a message or subscribe to my Channel. Have a great month! Thank you, HATCH
Hi friends, it’s that time of year again when days get a little shorter and cooler and it marks the back to school blues as my kiddos Ethan and Phoebe hit the classroom this week. Phoebe will be in 7th grade and Ethan starts his high school journey. It’s abrupt, but also exciting to see how the school year unfolds for them. It’s also time for University of Colorado-Boulder students to arrive en masse and our streets will become snared for a few weeks as they settle in. It’s pretty cool to be in a college town, all abuzz with a youthful vibe. And of course fall is on the way and it’s the best season of the year to escape to the river, to fool trout. I’m really looking forward to that!