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On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 4, Q4 2019

On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 4, Q4 2019

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

“The Neighborhood”

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

Boulder County Buzz - February 2019

Boulder County Buzz - February 2019

Love is in the air in Boulder County

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…

On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 2/3, Q2+Q3 2018

On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 2/3, Q2+Q3 2018

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 Buzz - December 2018

Boulder County Buzz - December 2018

Wishing You and Your Family a Happy Holiday Season!

Dear friends and family, I want to wish you a Happy Holiday season and a Happy New Year. What a year it has been and 2018 will be my best year in the real estate business. I have so much to be grateful for and I’m glad so many of you were a part of my year. I have so much gratitude for you all for looking out for me and putting my name out to family and friends.

There are many things from 2018 that I will carry into 2019, and some things I will leave behind. It is the time for yearly projections of what's to come in our real estate market in 2019. As we transition into the new year I reflect on the year we've had. Pundits profess that the market may balance out next year, but we'll have to wait and see what really happens. I’m positive it will be a strong year and I already have many buyers and sellers preparing for a transition in 2019. Also, don't miss the fun housing design trend article with inspirational ideas for updating your home in the next year.

Now, please fly with me to my featured listing this month at 625 University Ave. in Boulder, a turn of the century cottage in west Boulder with awesome potential and an amazing lot.

I hope you enjoy your time with loved ones this holiday season. And try to reach out to those you know who may be alone to share good cheer. I appreciate your continued business and referrals. Warmly, HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - November 2018

Boulder County Buzz - November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Loved Ones!

And here we are, the 2nd week of November already! The days are short and the early snow in Boulder County sticks to the shadows cast. As we look forward to time with family and friends, I'd like to share this month’s Buzz with you. News about a few key things happening with our real estate market. The articles this month discuss the complex situation in Boulder County with home prices going up, and the impact that has on our cities. This relates to the rental market here as well, and how the new construction in town has had an impact. The market is a little bit quieter right now but my business is still in a steady mode, mostly with buyers right now. 2018 will close out as the best prodiciton year in 14 years for me. If you have real estate plans for 2019 let’s connect today to discuss the best strategy for your success. 

This month I’m featuring another community non-profit program, Project Angel Heart, whose volunteers deliver medically tailored meals to Coloradans living with life-threatening illnesses. Please find time to give to Project Angel Heart this holiday season. We did! 

Thank you so much for your continued business, and your constant referrals. With warmth and gratitude I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - September 2018

Boulder County Buzz - September 2018

September Brings Interesting News and More

Hi friends and family. Well, the evenings are getting cooler and the kids are deep into school, which means September is upon us. This seasonal transition brings changes in our real estate market and we need to modify how we price homes for our sellers and make offers for our buyers. And will changing interest rates effect sales in our area? Read the featured articles below for more info.

It’s been a big year so far for Real Estate in Boulder County with median sales prices for single family homes up 7% over last year, and it will be exciting to see how this fall market and the fourth quarter will unfold. If you have any questions about the current market or anything regarding your Real Estate decisions or your home, I’m here to answer those questions.

Please fly with me to my new featured property this month at 625 University Ave. in Boulder. This one is special for the buyer who wants a cool project in a really awesome part of West Boulder.

In the meantime, for some fun, please tune into Part 27 From the Trail to get a first-hand glimpse of our ride aboard the Ride of Steel at Darien Lake Amusement Park in New York, last month.
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And speaking of fun rides — this month I’m featuring another community non-profit program, The Carousel of Happiness, in Nederland, CO. The Carousel is a piece of living folk art inspiring happiness and joy. With 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals atop a 1910 carousel, it attracts visitors of all ages and many people with disabilities. Your donation helps to keep The Carousel accessible and inspire happiness and connection among all who visit. Please see how important this program is and consider giving today! 

Thank you for your business and thank you for tuning in, HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - August 2018

Boulder County Buzz - August 2018

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

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Boulder County Buzz - July 2018

Boulder County Buzz - July 2018

Boulder County's Thriving Market and Mid-Year Report

Hello friends, I think we’ve passed the midway point through summer. Ugh! Have you done, or will you do all the things you said you were going to do? I hope so. I’m still working at mine. I still want plan another trail half-marathon, but that might have to wait till fall as I’m too busy chasing kids and trout and Phish. 

Summer hail storms have been damaging to homes and vehicles, but not to the real estate market — it’s still very dynamic. While the intensity of the early spring rush has waned, it’s still a market where we see more than one offer in the first few days. But things are little bit more balanced for buyers and sellers. Is it possible the average price of a home in the city of Boulder is almost $1,250,000.00? Have condos and townhomes really gone up 25%+ in the city of Boulder last year? Perhaps… perhaps not. We're halfway through 2018 already, and the Mid-Year Stats reveal information you don't want to miss! 

The Buzz this month also features some tips on what you can do with your real estate equity, as well as an article from RE/MAX of Boulder’s owner discussing the average price of homes in the city of Boulder. What does that mean for the rest of the year? How will the fall market play out? I can’t wait to find out! 

With all the fascinating events happening in our area, I hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer. And by next month, we’ll already think about getting our kiddos back to school. Ethan will be a junior and Phoebe with be a freshman at Boulder High School. 

This month I’m featuring another community non-profit program, There With Care who, since 2005, has been providing support for families during the critical phase of a medical crisis, easing their daily stresses with compassion and care. Program for youth in Boulder. Please see how important this program is and consider giving today. I did!

Also don’t forget to tune in to Part 26 From the Trail and listen to what my mom and dad are so grateful for. They’re awesome! Thank you for coming along with me, HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - May 2018

Boulder County Buzz - May 2018

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

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Boulder County Buzz - April 2018

Boulder County Buzz - April 2018

Get Outside and Enjoy Beautiful Boulder County

Spring has arrived and brought with it the 2018 first quarter stats, as well as some seasonal highlights: the Boulder Farmer’s Market, muddy running trails, burbling creeks  and a spunky real estate market.

This month The Buzz includes articles on how to sell your home faster with important staging and photography tips, as well as a great checklist for first time buyers. Also, if you’re curious about which direction the median price of homes is going in the area, check out the quarterly stats as well as the last article about our local market. I’ve been very busy with buyers and sellers this spring. It’s been one of my busiest late winter, early spring seasons in recent memory. I am so grateful to be so busy. I finally hired a transaction coordinator in January and Nicole is so helpful and fun to work with. She has streamlined my business and made it so much better. 

This month I’m featuring another community non-profit program, Attention Homes program for youth in Boulder. Attention Homes is a safe resource for youth in crisis providing shelter, structure, and access to crucial services so that homeless and displaced youth can become stable, independent members of our community and achieve their potential. Please see how important this program is and consider giving today.

Please visit my YouTube Channel for Part 25 From the Trail! And remember, if you have questions about any real estate decisions this year, please give me a buzz. But not this weekend, because I’m off to Wyoming with my peeps to meditate on the river and fool some trout. Thank you again for your business, HATCH

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On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 1, Q1 2018

On the Corner Vol. 12 Issue 1, Q1 2018

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

Boulder County Buzz - January 2018

Boulder County Buzz - January 2018

Have a Happy and Prosperous 2018!

The New Year is here, and in front of me. The year 2017 is in the rear-view. Adios! My real estate business performed well and stayed upright. Fly fishing was just ok and Phish tour was shorter than usual. But my family remains my centerpiece. And we just closed out the year and began a new year on an epic journey around the world to Thailand on a family trip. It was, for lack of a better word, amazing. Friends keep asking, “What was the take-away?” All I can say is how special it was to be just the four of us Hatches, together, 24/7 for two weeks, in a foreign country. That never happens back home. Together we navigated the Thai culture, nibbled and slurped amazing Thai food. We figured out their currency pretty fast but the language barrier presented some challenges. We learned how to say, “thank you” and we said it a lot. We became public transit experts by the end. We even rode high atop elephants in the jungle. We scooted around the busy streets in motorized 3-wheeled Tuk Tuks and by way of long-tail boats we road the ocean and rivers. We explored the beaches and jungles and drank one kind of beer, Chang Beer, because that’s about all they had to offer. I highlight was out New Year's Eve celebration in Chiang Mai where we released sky lanterns into the night sky and waved goodbye to another good year, while welcoming a new one. At the end, we endured over 20 hours of fly time each way. It was worth it. And we did all together and did it well. We got along, just the four of us. I will never forget it.

On the real estate front — the early buying and selling season is here. In several areas and price ranges we’re already seeing days to contract, with some over list price. But I will say, the market may be balancing somewhat with prices leveling out in some areas like Boulder. We saw modest appreciation last year at under 5%. More inventory should continue to the put market in balance. It will be interesting to see what happens this first quarter.

What plans do you have for your home in 2018? Are you considering selling your home? Purchasing an investment property? Or possibly remodeling that part of your home that you've always wanted to improve? The Buzz this month has insightful articles featuring some considerable reasons to sell in early 2018.

Also, don’t miss the year-end STATS and details about your property taxes. Let's connect soon about how I can help you buy, sell, or invest in our local market this year. It’s best to start early and plan ahead! And thank you again for your referrals. All the best, HATCH

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Boulder County Buzz - December 2017

Boulder County Buzz - December 2017

Wishing You a Joyous Holiday and Happy New Year!

Dear friends and family, I want to wish you a Happy Holiday season and a Happy New Year. What a year it’s been and I have so much to be grateful for. I’m glad so many of you were a part of my year. Be sure to visit the HATCH YouTube channel to see Part Twenty-Two From the Trail where you’ll find inspiration from my friend Kristin Gablehouse, who’s discovering, with her husband Josh, how long distance ultra-running and trail racing has become her way to manage life after a traumatic brain injury that she suffered on a cycling trip in 2015. Her story is captivating and it should remind us that good relationships, patience, not giving up, kicking ass and being grateful for what we have are important holiday messages.

I’ll need to think about what things from 2017 I will carry into 2018, and what things I will leave behind - I’ll be sure to let you know. I do know this; regarding real estate, the end of 2017 brings many projections about the 2018 market. Don’t miss the article this month that quotes RE/MAX of Boulder’s DB Wilson and what he foresees will happen to the market next year. Also, did you know that more people are moving out of Colorado than in recent years? Check it out, and more, in this month’s exciting Buzz. 

I hope you enjoy your time with family and loved ones this holiday season. And try to reach out to those you know who may be alone. I appreciate your continued business and referrals. Warmly, HATCH

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On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 4, Q4 2017

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 4, Q4 2017

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 Buzz - November 2017

Boulder County Buzz - November 2017

Thanksgiving Wishes for You and Your Family

 

As one of my favorite holidays approaches, it’s with warmth that I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. Autumn is the time to cozy up around the fireplace or gather around the table with family and friends. It’s a time to recall what you’re grateful for. I’m grateful for you. Thank you for being a friend and for looking out for my business. Read more...

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 3, Q3 2017

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 3, Q3 2017

One of Boulder’s Civilian Conservation Corp units bunked

by Chautauqua By Carol Taylor

One of Boulder’s Civilian Conservation Corp units bunked by Chautauqua By Carol Taylor Like the rest of the country, Boulder suffered in the Great Depression. Thankfully, programs from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration helped get people back on their feet. FDR established the Civilian Conservation Corp by executive order on April 5th of 1933, as part of his New Deal. The CCC pubic works programs helped ease the suffering of the Depression by putting able-bodied unmarried young men to work.  The youngest (18-25 year olds) made $30 per month, while team leaders and assistants earned a little bit more. The majority of each worker’s paycheck was deducted and sent home to their needy families...  READ THE NEWSLETTER

Boulder County Buzz - September 2017

Boulder County Buzz - September 2017

Looking Ahead this September in Boulder County

Mother Nature sure has an interesting way of reminding us that she’s in charge of the climate and weather that swirl all around us each day. After experiencing the 2013 flood here in Boulder, I feel compassion for those who have been impacted by these magnificent acts of nature; from the beautiful solar eclipse, to the heinous hurricanes battering our coastal and Caribbean communities and from the fires in the west to the sunsets painted for us each evening - Mother Nature’s in charge. And I give thanks as we’re reminded to band together and be resilient when she throws punches. The silver lining. Read more....

Boulder County Buzz - August 2017

Boulder County Buzz - August 2017

August Means Back to School in Boulder County

Oh my! It’s back to school for the kiddos this week? Yes, it is! And it’s back to business after a quick road trip for Phish tour for me and Kristin. But the market is definitely interesting right now. Inventory is up and homes are staying on the market longer. And I’m seeing more price reductions now. Demand has decreased as fewer buyers are searching for homes this time of year. But not to worry, this shift is normal, and I’m curious about what will happen over the next few months and even into early next spring. But I remain positive — it’s actually great news for buyers because things aren’t quite as competitive as they were this spring, and buyers have a greater chance of getting the home they want without the crazy competition.

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 2, Q2 2017

On the Corner Vol. 11 Issue 2, Q2 2017

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

FROM THE TRAIL - PART FIFTEEN

FROM THE TRAIL - PART FIFTEEN

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.