This 4-bedroom, 3-bath ranch home with walkout basement at 19019 W. 88th Drive in Arvada’s Leyden Rock subdivision backs to open space. A former model home, it has lots of upgrades! The main level features an open floor plan with hardwood floors, a 14-foot ceiling in the living room, and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the Flatirons. The walk-out basement features a family room, full bath, and two bedrooms. It has a 2-car and 3-car garage. The lot backs to open space to the north and east sides of the house, with vacant HOA land to the south. Take a video tour at LeydenRockHome.info. Open Saturday, 11-2. Listed by Chuck Brown.
This 4-bedroom, 3-bath ranch home at 19019 W. 88th Drive was a model home with over $240,000 in upgrades. The main level features an open floor plan with hardwood floors, a 14-ft ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the Flatirons. The walk-out basement has a family room, custom full bath, and two bedrooms. In addition to the 2-car garage visible above, there’s a 1-car garage to its right. Take a video tour at www.LeydenRockHome.info. Open Saturday, Nov. 21st, 11-2. Listed by Chuck Brown, 303-885-7855
This 1963 brick ranch has been lovingly maintained, although not particularly updated, since it was purchased by the seller in 1973. Most of the hardwood flooring throughout the main floor has been covered over the years by wall-to-wall carpeting, but the carpet has been removed from the main-floor bedrooms so buyers can see it. The full basement has a non-conforming 4th bedroom, 3/4 bathroom and laundry, plus a full-width family room. The name of the subdivision is Allendale, which is located east of Ward Road and south of 64th Avenue, making it super convenient to shopping as well as Interstate 70, while being an extra quiet neighborhood. You’ll hear no highway noise from your front or back yard! You can take a narrated video tour of this home, inside and out, and see all the interior photos at www.ArvadaRanch.info, then come to our open house this Saturday, October 24th, 11am to 2pm.
This ranch home has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is located between Denver and Boulder with easy access to mass transit. The basement is finished with a 37’x13’ carpeted room to use as you wish plus two bedrooms (non-conforming), a three-quarter bathroom and laundry room. On the main floor, the living room and three bedrooms are carpeted with hardwood floors underneath. The eat-in kitchen opens to a large deck and park-like backyard. The wood deck is 36’x19’ and is a great place to entertain. There is an oversized one-car garage and outside space for a camper, RV or another car. Take a narrated video tour at www.ArvadaRanch.info, then call your agent or David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 for a private showing. Open this Saturday, October 3rd, 11am to 2pm.
This home provides luxury living at its finest. Everything is “top shelf,” from the immaculate finished garage with epoxy flooring to the “invisible” surround sound speakers in the great room. (You can’t see where they are!) The main-floor master suite opens through a sunroom onto the covered east-facing deck with great design elements, which is also accessed from the great room. The master bathroom has a heated tile floor, 6-foot jetted tub and walk-in shower. The main floor features hickory hardwood flooring, with beautiful berber carpeting for the bedrooms, study and dining room. The walk-out basement has a family room with another surround sound system and wet bar, plus three more bedrooms and tons of unfinished storage space. The backyard is beautifully landscaped, with several garden beds along the south-facing side of the house.
To fully appreciate this home, watch the narrated video tour below, then visit www.ArvadaRanch.info for additional info, or call Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 for a private showing.
You’ll appreciate the quality features of this luxurious ranch home at 11948 W. 66th Lane in the Oak Ridge Estates subdivision — from the fabulous living room with invisible surround sound speakers, to the gourmet kitchen, to the elegant master suite with fireplace and sunroom, to the finished 3-car attached garage with epoxy floor. The location is super quiet, too, yet convenient to old town Arvada, downtown Denver and I-70. To fully appreciate this amazing home (short of seeing it in person) watch the above live action video tour of the home narrated by Jim Smith. The home is unoccupied and vacant, so an in-person showing should be allowed. More details and lots of interior and exterior photos are on the MLS and at www.ArvadaRanch.info.
By JIM SMITH, Realtor
Regular readers of this column know my commitment to sustainability. Our office is Net Zero Energy, with our 20-kilowatt solar PV system providing all the energy to heat, cool and power our office plus charge our four electric cars, while also providing free charging to the public. My home is also solar powered, satisfying all our electrical needs, although we still have natural gas service.
Readers may also recall me saying that the most affordable way to invest in sustainable features is to buy a home which already has them, since the investment in sustainability pays for itself over time but rarely returns what you paid for it in the resale value of your home.
The home I just listed at 6187 Terry Way in Arvada’s Sunrise Ridge subdivision is a good example of that. The seller, like me, is fanatical about sustainability and has invested over $80,000 in solar power, insulation, daylighting, and other improvements, but the listing price of $450,000, while higher than for a comparable home with a higher monthly energy bill, recovers for the seller only a fraction of her investment.
Meanwhile, whether or not you are interested in purchasing a terrific 2-bed-room patio home, let me use it as an example of the ways you can invest in sustainable features for your own home.
I’ve written in the past about Steve Steven’s 1970s brick ranch which he took beyond Net Zero. I did a narrated video tour of it when it was on the annual tour of solar homes, and it took over 40 minutes to describe all its sustainable features!
This home, however, is a 2002 frame-built tract home that was constructed with above-average but below-optimum energy and insulation features, leaving plenty of room for improvement. And improve it the seller did! (You’ll understand why, knowing that she is Steve Stevens’ significant other!)
What follows is a run-down of the improvements which brought this home’s electrical bill down to the cost of its connection to Xcel Energy’s grid. In fact, the home is beyond Net Zero Energy to Net Carbon Positive, meaning that its excess electrical generation more than compensates for the natural gas being used for cooking and heating. On top of that, the seller charges her electric car in the home’s 2-car garage.
Here are the sustainability highlights:
First, of course, a 4.4-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system was installed on the roof. Having done that, the next tasks involved reducing electrical demand so that 4.4kW of solar PV would be sufficient.
Of course, all incandescent, fluorescent and CFL light bulbs were replaced with LED bulbs and fixtures. That alone reduced the electrical load substantially.
Next, five 14- and 22-inch diameter Velux sun tunnels were installed, bringing natural light into all the rooms, nearly eliminating the need for artificial lighting except at night.
Next, all the appliances, including the central A/C unit, were replaced with high efficiency Energy Star-rated models. In the case of the kitchen appliances, they are all stainless steel.
At this point, the electrical efficiency was pretty much maxed out, so attention was given to reducing the natural gas load for heating the home.
Additional cellulose insulation was blown into the attic, bringing it up to an R-100 rating — more than twice what you’ll find in the typical production home. We have a picture of this home after a snow storm, showing the snow melted off the roofs of neighboring homes but not off this home’s roof — clear evidence of good attic insulation.
The rim joist (accessible because the basement is unfinished) was insulated to R-50. This area of the house, I’ve found, is the most neglected area of any house when it comes to insulation. It’s where the joists for the main floor sit on the home’s foundation. Most home builders stuff some fiberglass insulation between the joists, but they don’t enclose that fiberglass in plastic. Cold winter air easily infiltrates through loose fiberglass insulation. It’s the plastic sheeting which stops that air. And closed-cell foam sprayed between the joists further inhibits air infiltration.
Next, the windows and patio door were replaced with Energy Star-rated Champion products. Improving the windows further was the installation of insulating Hunter Douglas blinds.
Those are the improvements which made the home more energy efficient, bringing it past New Zero Energy. Other improvements worth noting which add value to this home are the large deck with seating on the sunny south side of the house, the beautiful oak Murphy bed with wall storage in the guest bedroom which allows the bedroom to be used as an office, and the 240-Volt wiring in the garage to provide EV charging.
Since this is a “paired home,” the party wall already had double-wall construction with insulation which reduced the transmission of noise between the units, but my seller added a third wall which consumed 5 inches on the her side of the party wall, into which cellulose insulation was blown, creating an even better sound barrier.
I hope this article has inspired you to improve the energy efficiency of your own home, even if it hasn’t inspired you to call your agent or me at 303-525-1851 to arrange a private showing!
You can view a video tour of this listing at http://www.ArvadaPatioHome.info narrated by me. It’s just like an actual showing!
NOTE: Showings begin on Monday, March 23rd.
You’ll appreciate the quality features of this luxurious ranch home, from the fabulous living room with invisible surround sound speakers, to the gourmet kitchen, the elegant master suite with fireplace and sunroom, and the finished garage with epoxy floor. The location is super quiet, too, yet convenient to old town Arvada, downtown Denver and I-70 into the mountains. Call your agent or Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 for a private showing! You can also appreciate this home by visiting www.ArvadaRanch.info where you can view a video tour of the home narrated by Jim. Our tours simulate an actual showing — much better than a slideshow of still photos with music.
You’ll appreciate the quality features of this luxurious ranch home at 11948 W. 66th Lane, from the fabulous living room with invisible surround sound speakers, to the gourmet kitchen, the elegant master suite with fireplace and sunroom, and the finished garage with epoxy floor. To fully appreciate this great home, visit ArvadaRanch.info to view a video tour of the home narrated by Jim Smith. The location is super quiet, too, yet convenient to old town Arvada, downtown Denver and I-70 to the mountains. Open Sunday, Mar. 8, 11-2, or call your agent or Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 for a private showing!
Andrew Lesko will be holding open his listing at 916 Homestake Drive in the Kinney Run townhome community this Saturday, noon to 2pm. A narrated video tour with drone footage is at www.GoldenTownhome.info. This is a great property! Listed at $537,000.
I’ll be holding open my 4-bedroom ranch-style listing at 9379 S. Jellison Way in Trailmark this Saturday, 11am to 1pm. A narrated video tour with drone footage is online at www.TrailmarkHome.info. Listed at $598,900.
Chuck Brown will be holding his listing at 6404 Benton St. in Arvada open this Saturday, 11am to 2pm. More than just a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home on a 2/3-acre lot (which could be subdivided), it also includes two detached 2-car garages, one of which is part of a 1,900-sq.-ft. workshop/studio! See the video tour at www.ArvadaMasterpiece.info. Listed at $725,000.