Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser on Oct. 20th

HabitatLogo     If you like good theatre and also want to support Habitat for Humanity, consider buying tickets to the Oct. 20th matinee performance of “Educating Rita” at the Arvada Center. Purchase the $40-45 tickets online at https://arvadacenter.org/educating-rita.

     Thanks for supporting Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver!


Saturday Is Your Opportunity to Learn How to Make Your Home More ‘Green’

Golden Solar Tour logo (color)The first Saturday of each October (Oct. 6th this year) is an annual exhibition of solar and sustainable design in housing. The Metro Denver Green Homes Tour is sponsored by New Energy Colorado and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES). Think of it as a “green” version of the Parade of Homes.

The difference, of course, is that not all of the homes on this tour are new-builds. This year’s tour does include four new-builds, including the Geos Community of net zero homes in Arvada and a “tiny house” on the Colorado School of Mines campus.

Golden Real Estate’s office is included in this year’s tour.  Be sure to stop by and learn about our conversion to net zero energy. With 20 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels, we not only heat, cool and power our office from the sun, we also charge five electric cars and provide free EV charging to the public without ever paying Xcel Energy over $12 per month for electricity. (Xcel removed our gas meter last year.)

If you are interested in reducing your own carbon footprint, you don’t want to miss this Saturday’s tour. For $10 per person, you can pick up the tour book containing a map of participating homes at Golden Real Estate, 17695 S. Golden Road or at Jefferson Unitarian Church (JUC), 14350 W. 32nd Avenue this Friday or on Saturday morning starting at 9 a.m.  The homes on the tour are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. after which there is a reception with free wine, beer and food at JUC until 6pm. The reception features an Eco-Expo, where you can visit booths representing various sustainability vendors and organizations. During the reception a section of JUC’s parking lot will be set aside for an “Electric Vehicle Roundup” featuring numerous brands and models of electric and plug-in cars, including this year’s runaway best seller, the Tesla Model 3. Most of the cars will be exhibited by their owners who are happy to share their love of EV’s and maybe give you a test ride.

(If you’re thinking of buying an EV, there’s a 2016 Ford Focus Electric in Golden Real Estate’s parking lot. Its owner is relocating to Amsterdam. Purchased 2 years ago for $31,000, it’s being offered for $13,500, including a set of 4 studded snow tires mounted on sport rims, plus a 240V charging station for your garage. See www.EVsforsale.info for pix & info.)

Last Saturday, three friends and I went on the Boulder Green Home Tour. Although there were only seven homes of that tour (compared to over a dozen on ours) we learned a lot from touring them. In one case, a 1970s tri-level home was beautifully transformed into a near net-zero home, combining the use of solar power, heat pumps, and even a green roof, as well as other technologies. A couple newly built homes were on the tour incorporating geothermal (ground source heat pump) heating and cooling, solar thermal space heating, energy recovery ventilation and other technologies to reduce their energy usage to zero or beyond.

Unlike your typical home tour, the primary purpose of the Metro Denver Green Homes Tour is educational. The sustainable features of each home are explained to visitors. If you’re thinking of “going green,” don’t miss this event!


Help Raise Money for Habitat for Humanity at Two Pumpkin Patches!

Banner for canopy tentOnce again, we’re selling pumpkins at Garrison & Alameda starting this Saturday and at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arvada starting Thursday, October 11th. We’re seeking volunteers to help unload semis full of pumpkins from Four Corners Indian reservations and then sell the pumpkins through Oct. 31st. Sign up as a volunteer to sell and/or unload pumpkins online at www.WestMetroPartners.org. And remember to buy your pumpkins at these two patches. We net over $40,000 for Habitat from this annual fundraiser.


Beverly Heights Ranch Just Listed by Kristi Brunel

1936 Sage CircleListed at $745,000 — Nestled in Beverly Heights, uphill from the Colorado School of Mines campus, this one-owner ranch-style, 4-bedroom and 3-bathroom home at 1936 Sage Circle could be the place you call home!  Featuring about 4,000 sq. ft. of finished  space, two fireplaces, a library/office, a studio, flex space and finished walkout basement, this home is a must see!  The private backyard oasis is the perfect place to relax as paragliders float peacefully overhead, with the famous “M” on Mt. Zion as your backdrop. Take a narrated video tour on your mobile device or computer at www.BeverlyHeightsHome.com, then call your agent or Kristi at 303-525-2520 to schedule a showing, Kristi will hold it open Friday, Oct. 5th, 11 to 1.


2004 Sunnyside Home Just Listed by Kristie Goble

3932 Tejon StListed at $680,000 — Sunnyside Wonderful! Gorgeous two-story home built in 2004 with finished basement gives you over 2,000 sq ft and everything you have been waiting for! Gleaming hardwood Floors, wonderful open layout, newly remodeled master bathroom, not to mention the built in Murphy bed in the basement – perfect for friends/family or roommates! Walking distance to North Denver hot spots like The Wolf’s Tailor, Gaetano’s, Illegal Pete’s just to name a few! You will enjoy everything Denver has to offer here including Breweries, Shopping, Entertainment and more… Don’t wait!!  Take a narrated video tour online at www.SunnysideHome.us.  Then call Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 for a private showing!

Walk to Downtown From This North Golden Ranch

Back of house with mountain viewListed at $550,000 — Great updates throughout this brick ranch at 312 East Street combine with a great location close to downtown Golden to make it a rare find. It has some great sustainability features, including a high-efficiency furnace, tankless hot water heater, three Solatubes to bring sunlight into the home, and a mini-split heat pump for one of the three bedrooms. Also, the LG TrueSteam washer and dryer on pedestals are included, as are all the stainless steel kitchen appliances. You’ll love the gleaming hardwood floors and the wood-burning stove on a brick hearth in the fully finished basement. A half-cord of firewood is included. Other features include raised garden beds and a log-construction shed. Take a narrated video tour at www.NorthGoldenHome.com, then call for a showing.  Open Sunday, Oct. 7th, 11-2. 


Lakewood Ranch Just Listed by Andrew Lesko

2000 Lewis StreetThis home at 2000 Lewis Street has a cozy feel featuring unique spaces including entry sitting room and a huge south facing sunroom. There are 2 main-floor bedrooms, dining room plus an eat-in kitchen. The living room has a gas fireplace. Downstairs are 2 non-conforming bedrooms plus a family room with wet bar and dinette. A covered patio overlooks the fenced backyard. There is a 10’ x 10’ garden shed. This home has been well cared for through the years. Mechanicals include a 95% efficient Lennox furnace and an updated Honeywell evaporative cooler. There is a 2-car garage and extra parking spot next to the driveway suitable for RV, boat or 3rd car. It’s just across 20th Avenue from the Lakewood Library and close to Kestrel Pond and Crown Hill Park, with easy access to Kipling, Colfax and I-70. Take a narrated video tour at www.LakewoodHome.info, then come to Andrew’s open house on Saturday, Oct. 6th, 11 am to 2:30 pm.