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.
House became home for the Carlsons
By Silvia Pettem
In 1949, three years after Vivian and Carroll Carlson were married, the young couple purchased a brand-new house on Baseline Road in the Interurban Park subdivision. Now, almost seven decades later, Vivian still calls it home.
The neighborhood had been platted years earlier, in 1908, when the “Interurban” railroad first ran through the University of Colorado and then south on what today is South Broadway. The commuter trains continued to operate until 1926.
For the next two decades, the subdivided land between part of Park Avenue (now Baseline Road) and Green Mountain Cemetery was rural and sparsely settled. When the Carlsons’ moved in, the population of Boulder was just under 20,000. But post-World War II growth would quickly usher in big changes... READ THE NEWSLETTER
Boulder County is Popular in the News this Month
Hi friends, real estate in Boulder County is still as active and busy as ever. Just when I thought the usual late summer doldrums were upon us, business never really slowed and I owe that to so many of you or looking out for me and my biz. But see the July Stats below for more details, too. The Buzz this month highlights a fun feature on the city of Boulder from the Washington Post. Check it out! It's great to see our local city and many of our favorite businesses getting so much attention. This will probably inspire more people to move here...which is great for sellers, but means more competition for buyers.
Another interesting trend that's affecting our local real estate market is the high number of seniors moving to Colorado. Did you know that this is one of the top places in the country to retire?
Also, it’s that time of year again for back to school...and the good news is, your kids can do their homework on Pearl Street now because Google has brought free WIFI to the pedestrian mall. Shya!
Thanks for being such awesome friends and clients and for all your support and trust. It’s been an awesome summer and now it’s time for go back to school and to go Phishin’! Don’t forget to give to your favorite charity this month! All the best you. Thank you, HATCH
Get Outside and Enjoy Beautiful Boulder County
Hello friends! Well, the Boulder real estate market has hit a new milestone with the average sales price of single family homes in the city of Boulder reaching $1,207,403 at the end of March. What does this mean for affordability and diversity? RE/MAX of Boulder’s owner, Jay Kalinski, wrote about this in an article in BizWest this month. And, don’t miss the Best of Boulder awards announcing that readers have chosen RE/MAX of Boulder as the #1 real estate agency. What an honor! The Buzz also features some cutting edge redecorating tips so you can enjoy your home more today, and make it easier to sell down the road.
I’d also like to wish all of you Buzz readers who are mothers, a happy belated Mother’s Day - you rock!
I hope you’re all getting out to enjoy the beautiful spring weather like we’re having in Boulder with rain and sunshine and rain again. It’s so green here!
This month I’m featuring a community event, Climb Out of the Darkness; an event committed to bringing people together, united, to honor the struggle to overcome perinatal mood disorders. The community climb, on June 23rd, will promote awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country, worldwide: In support of moms & dads, community programs and healthcare providers. Please see how important this program is and consider participating in the climb, or by giving today. I did! Thank you again for your friendships and your business, HATCH
Spring Brings Nicer Weather and More Competition
Days are longer, leaf buds emerge, song birds call, crocus whittle their way out of winter detritus and fish are rising up like birds! Ah, the music of spring. As life emerges around us, so does the spring real estate market here in Boulder County. Yes, it’s getting busier here and as green replaces brown, we are seeing a good surge in properties pop up for sale. My new listings this have sold or will close soon. It’s been good and steady and fun so far this year and I’m reminded that I made a really good choice 14 years ago to take this adventure.
The Buzz this month features articles that question what will happen with higher prices and fewer homes on the market. What does this mean for first time home buyers and affordability? And what will happen next year as Google ads a third building to their campus, bringing more employees to the area?
Don’t miss the 2018 RE/MAX of Boulder Real Estate Report where we take a closer look at what’s happening with the local market.
And be sure to check out this month’s featured property, coming in April. It’s near Chautauqua Park and sure to impress. I’m really excited to market this one.
I’m starting something new in The Buzz this month: I’ll be featuring a community non-profit program and this month’s charity for giving is Growing Gardens in Boulder. Please see how important this program is and give today. I did!
Remember, if you have questions about any real estate decisions this year, please give me a buzz. Thank you again for your continued support of my business. Happy Easter Holiday to you all, HATCH
Haertling and Wagener, architects who shaped Boulder, both buried at Green Mountain Cemetery
By Carol Taylor
A stroll through Green Mountain Cemetery is a contemplation on the many personalities in history who contributed to Boulder. Standing out are two innovators, Charles Haertling and Hobart Wagener, architects who shaped Boulder’s built environment and created an inventory of striking mid-century modern structures.
Both men were born in the 1920s, both had Midwestern roots, both served in the U.S. Navy and both moved to Boulder in the 1950s. In addition, they both worked for Boulder architect James Hunter before starting their own practices.
Each architect left an impressive body of award-winning designs, many of which are now city landmarks, including residences, churches and public buildings. All the while they both raised families and served the community in civic and philanthropic organizations… READ THE NEWSLETTER
Chautauqua turns 120: From teachers’ retreat to National Historic Landmark
By Carol Taylor
It was quite a prize when Boulder landed the Chautauqua, 120 years ago, in the early months of 1898. Several other towns vied for the teachers’ retreat planned by the Texas Board of Regents, but Boulder officials impressed them with spectacular mountain scenery on a narrow gauge railroad trip.
The Texans chose a Chautauqua for their program, because the American Chautauqua movement was in full force. From the 1890s-1920s literally thousands of Chautauquas popped up all over the country as education and entertainment for the masses, featuring lifelong learning, oration and the arts.
Boulder agreed to provide the land and an auditorium as well as a dining hall for the new Texas-Colorado Chautauqua. The challenge was how to pay for this exciting amenity.
Boulder was a small town of about 6,000 residents, with a fledgling University and a collection of small businesses, but no cash for such a large project. A bond election could raise the funds to purchase the Batchelder
Ranch and other necessities, officials decided. With some hearty encouragement at the polls, the bond passed overwhelmingly in a municipal election in April of 1898. READ THE NEWSLETTER
Boulder County's Thriving Market and Mid-Year Report
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... READ MORE
Early Chautauquans loved the Switzerland Trail
By 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. READ THE NEWSLETTER
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.
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... READ THE NEWSLETTER
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
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. READ THE NEWSLETTER
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.