Sub-dividable Property North of Golden Just Listed by Kristi Brunel

This sub-dividable lot, just under an acre, is located in a parklike setting at the base of North Table Mountain. The address is 16826 W. 57th Ave., Golden. It was just listed at $699,000. The property includes a spacious 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom home, an oversized 3-car garage, a horse stable with storage and pasture.  Experience wildlife and the feel of country living just a few miles from downtown Golden, close to trails, shopping and great schools! The possibilities are many for a buyer with this property. Call listing agent Kristi Brunel, 303-525-2520, to set a private showing, Find more info and pix at www.TableMountainHome.info. Kristi will be holding a Happy Hour Open House tonight, Thursday, Oct. 10th, 3 to 5 pm.

At Saturday’s ‘Green Homes’ Tour, You’ll Learn What’s Possible for Your Home

The Metro Denver Green Homes Tour is an annual event that happens on the first Saturday in October, which is this coming Saturday. For $10 per person, you get to go on a self-guided tour of 14 Jefferson County homes with a variety of green features.

I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about solar power and sustainability, but every year I learn things I didn’t already know by touring the homes on this tour.

Golden Real Estate is proud to be a platinum sponsor of this event each year. Also, I serve on the steering committee and help in a variety of ways, such as organizing the Electric Vehicle Showcase, which takes place during the post-tour reception, 4 to 6 pm in the CoorsTek parking lot at 10th & Jackson Street in downtown Golden. It coincides with the reception and Green Expo in the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) across the street.

You can register for the tour online at www.MetroDenverGreenHomesTour.org, but you’ll need to pick up your tour book and map, which you can do anytime on Friday at Golden Real Estate’s office, 17695 S. Golden Road, or on Saturday after 9am at the AMC, 710 10th Street.  If you don’t register online, you can do so at the AMC on Saturday morning.

Then you’re on your own, mapping out your own tour based on locations but also on what you read about each house in the tour book.

I couldn’t shoot video tours of every home, but I did choose two that the committee felt represented particularly interesting examples of sustainability. You can see those two videos on the website mentioned above. By watching those two videos you will learn things you didn’t already know, as I did by shooting them.

To quote from page 3 of the tour book, “In our ongoing effort to showcase a wide variety of solutions and lifestyles, you will see solar, of course, and also mini splits, ground source heat pumps and passive solar treatments. You can visit an Arvada sustainable new town home community [Geos] and enjoy many other sustainable lifestyle features such as co-housing, electric vehicles and water wise gardens. You will be viewing the tried-and-true in addition to the latest in innovative technologies, plus learning many steps used to eliminate red tape while going green.”

If you pick up your tour book at Golden Real Estate, let us show you how we transitioned to “net zero energy” using many of the features you’ll see on the tour, including heat pump/mini-split heating & cooling, solar panels, super insulation, and tankless electric water heating. Our monthly energy bill is $10.26 since having our gas meter removed two years ago. If you come in an electric car, you can plug in to our free ChargePoint charging stations — powered by the sun — while we show you around! Click here to read the Jan. 4, 2018, column I wrote describing Golden Real Estate’s transition to Net Zero Energy.

This Saturday’s tour is one of 79 such tours of 894 private homes happening this weekend as part of the National Solar Tour sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). And that doesn’t include, for example, last Saturday’s Boulder Green Home Tour, which had 10 homes on it. This is the 25th National Solar Tour, and we have participated for 23 of those years.

Don’t forget the Green Expo during the reception, 4 to 6 pm following the tour. Many companies which implement green solutions will have booths, and there will be an Electric Vehicle Showcase in the parking lot across the street. If you have an EV, bring it for display! If you’re interested in going electric, there will be test drives available. Also, Pedego Golden is bringing electric bicycles which you can test ride.  I have an electric bike, and I love it!

Also at the event will be the CSU Extension 4-H Mobile STEM Lab. The primary focus of the mobile lab is energy production and conservation, energy conversions and mechanical advantage for youth and adults.  Should be interesting!

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Leyden Rock Home Just Listed by David Dlugasch

This beautiful patio home at 8614 Rogers Way #B has 10-foot ceilings on the main level, hardwood floors, granite counters throughout, and an open floor plan. The living room has a 60″ wall-mounted TV that stays. It was just listed for $480,000.

The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and lots of cabinet space with a breakfast bar in the island. The basement family room is huge, with a 70″ wall-mounted TV included. It is carpeted and has a bedroom with a double closet and a full bathroom next to it. HOA dues cover common area maintenance and landscaping, community club house and pool, snow removal, and trash/recycling service.  A new roof was installed this September because the original shingles had been recalled.  There is plenty of storage space in the unfinished utility area. This home is close to walking/biking trails in the Leyden Rock and Pattridge open space, and only 100 yards to Daybreak Park. View a narrated video tour at www.ArvadaHome.info.  Open house is this Saturday, Oct. 5th, 11am to 2pm. Or call David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 for a private showing.

Golden Gate Canyon Home on 35 Acres Just Listed by Kristi Brunel & Carol Milan

Beautifully nestled on 35 stunning acres, this log home at 5771 Bear Paw Road offers all the beauty of mountain living, just 30 minutes from downtown Golden up Golden Gate Canyon. Just minutes from the Golden Gate State Park, this home is also an easy drive to Golden, Boulder, Denver and major ski resorts. It was just listed for $924,000.

The large natural stone fireplace adjoins the kitchen in a beautifully open floor plan with a main-level master suite. A large laundry room and sun room off the front of the home, offers both city and mountain views to complete the main level.  Upstairs, the open loft area separates a second master suite and third bedroom, which share a full bathroom. Come see this peaceful property amongst the quaking aspens (peaking this week!) and all that mountain living has to offer! Call co-listing agents Carol Milan, 720-982-4941, or Kristi Brunel, 303-525-2520, to set a private showing.  Get more information and see more pictures at www.FoothillsHome.info.

Habitat for Humanity – Turning Pumpkins Into Houses

The annual pumpkin patches benefiting Habitat for Humanity are just about here. The pumpkin patch at Garrison & Alameda opens this Saturday, Oct. 5th, and operates from 10 a.m. to dusk every day until Halloween. The patch at 77th Ave & Wadsworth operates from Thursday, Oct. 10th, through Halloween from 10 a.m. to dusk. Buy your pumpkins at either site and 40% of the purchase price goes toward building a Habitat home — and is tax deductible, for which you’ll get a receipt.

    If you’d like to volunteer at the patches, you can sign up at www.WestMetroPartners.org.

Were Last Week’s “Climate Strikes” Enough of a Wake-up Call on Climate Change?

We can thank Al Gore for educating us about global warming, but I wish a non-politician such as Carl Sagan had performed that service. I can’t think to any other scientific research which became partisan in a similar way.

Remember CFCs and the ozone hole? It wasn’t a partisan issue. The issue was addressed quickly in a bi-partisan manner.

It was meteorologists, not politicians, that taught us about El Nino and La Nina—the cyclical events in which changes in ocean temperature create weather patterns affecting our entire continent. No one has said El Nino is not real.  It is accepted science — like climate change.

It’s only because Al Gore introduced us to the “inconvenient truth” about climate change that his teachings were disputed and rejected as left-wing propaganda by those on the right. How sad, how unfortunate, and how deadly the consequences.

Last Friday I attended the “Climate Strike” event on the Colorado School of Mines campus and watched news coverage of bigger events around the world.  I’m 72 now, and, yes, the climate will worsen before I die. But those under 40 and certainly those under 20 are seeing the early effects of global warming and worry that their world will be unlivable by the time they’re my age.  For them, it’s a huge crisis.

Back in June, I attended my 50th reunion at M.I.T, during which there was a Technology Day symposium on climate change. One of the speakers, Prof. Noelle Selin, told us that the global concentration of carbon dioxide was 325 parts per million when we graduated in 1969, but now it was 410 ppm. She made us think about those who graduated in 2019 (who she dubbed “the Class of 410 ppm”) and speculated on the class that would be graduating at their 50th reunion. “Will it be the Class of 600 ppm or the Class of 700 ppm?” she asked. And what will life be like for them at their 50th reunion?

It was a sobering presentation. And you can be sure that it was even more sobering for the Class of 2019 and for M.I.T. students who have yet to graduate.  To view her 19-minute presentation, click here.

The impact on real estate — and national security — is apparent when you consider all the “climate refugees” who are likely to migrate from heavily impacted areas such as the Bahamas, Florida, Houston — and Syria, where drought, as much as civil war, contributed to the exodus of Syrians to Europe. Indeed, over a decade ago the U.S. Defense Department labeled climate change a threat to national security. You can understand why.  I do.

The headline of my column on Jan. 14, 2014 was, “We May Have Already Passed the Tipping Point on Climate Change.” That statement was based on the already dramatic reduction in summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, as documented by the Earth Policy Institute at Rutgers. I published their chart showing a correlation between the increase in atmospheric CO2 from 300 to 400 ppm since the Industrial Revolution, and the 50% loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic between the late 20th Century and 2013. 

The reason loss of sea ice creates a tipping point for our climate is that sea ice, being white, reflects sunlight, whereas open ocean, being dark, absorbs sunlight, causing more ice to melt and to melt faster. A warmer Arctic region in turn upsets weather patterns worldwide.

Almost six years have passed since I wrote that column, and now the Arctic Ocean is open and navigable for part of the summer. We have learned the term “polar vortex” and experienced the effects of wilder than normal fluctuations of the jet stream. Warmer oceans in the tropics have caused stronger, slower hurricanes, causing 100-year floods to become frequent, as we have already seen in Houston. These effects were already happening back in 2012 with superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey and even here in Colorado with the heavy rains and flooding of Sept. 2013.

Unfortunately, we have a president who will never admit he was wrong, so he will never admit that climate change is real, that it is exacerbated by CO2 emissions, and that the only hope, if there is any this late in the game, of reducing the impacts of climate change is to drastically reduce the output of greenhouse gases like CO2 and methane. Instead, inaction on climate change, and worse, may be this president’s #1 legacy.  How sad.

5-Bedroom Bi-Level in Southwest Denver Just Listed by Andrew Lesko

Just one block from Garfield Lake Park, this bargain-priced home at 1431 S. King Court is located on a quiet cul-de-sac, ideally situated in the Mar Lee section of southwest Denver. It was just listed for $338,000.

With 5 bedrooms and 2 baths, this bi-level home offers the potential for added value with a little sweat equity. It is quite livable in its present condition, with great “bones” and flow. On the upper level are 3 bedrooms, a full bath, eat-in kitchen and living room. On the lower level are 2 more bedrooms and another full bath plus a spacious family room. A new roof was installed in 2012 and windows were replaced in 2011. This home could be perfect for a first-time homebuyer or an investor looking for an easy, low-maintenance rental property. It is currently occupied by an excellent long-term tenant on a month-to-month lease who wants to stay. Call Andrew Lesko at 720-710-1000 for a private showing. More information and interior pictures can be found at www.DenverHome.info.