Just Listed: 2-BR Condo in Denver’s Capitol Hill  

    Whether you want this for yourself or as a rental, this condo at 945 N. Washington Street #100 in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is a 1,358-square-foot garden-level unit featuring two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a storage area and a separate outside entrance. Outside you’ll find a large common area backyard with a gazebo. This unit does not come with a parking space, so you’ll have to park on the street. The $294 per month HOA dues cover heat, building insurance, internet, grounds maintenance, exterior maintenance, sewer, trash and water. Take a narrated video tour and find additional pictures at www.DenverCondo.info, then call your agent or Chuck Brown at 303-885-7855 to arrange a private showing. Note: The interior pictures are from when it was tenant-occupied, but the condo is now vacant. Sorry, no open house.  You’ll have to request a showing.

Just Listed: Littleton Home With Finished Basement  

This updated ranch with finished basement (just listed for $495,000) has 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms is at 5619 S. Julian Street, convenient to the Littleton Golf and Tennis Club, the South Platte River bike/pedestrian trail and Historic Downtown Littleton. A little further south on Santa Fe Drive is Arapahoe Community College and the Aspen Grove shopping center. The 2,080-sq.-ft. home with a 1-car garage is nicely updated, with hardwood floors on the main level, and French doors added to the bedroom nearest the kitchen, making it suitable for either a dining room or office. The large backyard includes an extra large covered patio with storage shed. Take a narrated video tour by clicking on the thumbnail below or by visiting www.LittletonHome.online. Listing agent Chuck Brown will be holding it open this Saturday, Oct. 23rd, 11am to 2pm.  Or call your agent or Chuck  at 303-885-7855 to arrange a private showing.

https://youtu.be/MCNvC0BitL4

Just Listed: Brick Ranch on Denver’s E. Sixth Ave. Parkway

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Denver has only a few iconic “parkways” — divided streets with wide, tree-lined medians used by joggers and dog walkers. The homes along these parkways, including this one at 6235 E. Sixth Avenue Parkway, enjoy large, grassy lots and unique architecture of high quality. You’ll like this brick ranch with its Spanish tile roof as is and also as it could be with some updating and grounds clearing. It has beautifully maintained hardwood floors and an updated kitchen. The driveway is on Leyden Street, away from the traffic of 6th Avenue Parkway. Find lots of interior and exterior photos plus a narrated video tour at www.DenverHome.info, then call your agent or listing agent Chuck Brown at 303-885-7855 to set a showing.  Open this Saturday, October 2nd, 11am to 2pm.

https://youtu.be/396IjRx33M8

Beautiful Arvada Ranch Listed by Chuck Brown

Are you looking for a move-in ready home in Arvada?  Be sure to check out this 1,764-sq-ft., 4-bedroom, 3-bath fully remodeled brick ranch with finished basement at 6679 Quay St. in the Lamar Heights neighborhood. It was just listed for $525,000. This home has beautiful finishes throughout! The main floor features an open concept kitchen that makes entertaining a joy, a master bedroom with a 4-piece en suite bathroom that includes dual sinks and a large walk-in shower, barn doors and a walk-in closet, and a guest room that can easily be used as an office. Downstairs you’ll be wowed by the fully finished basement with a large family/rec room and wet bar with fridge, 2 bedrooms, a 3/4 bath, and a closed off laundry room. The backyard is an oasis with multiple zones to entertain: enjoy the patio with shaded pergola, relax in the hot tub, roast marshmallows over the fire pit, or meditate by the water fountain. To top it off, there’s a large 2-car detached garage to store your toys! Take a narrated video tour at www.ArvadaRanch.info or by clicking on the photo thumbnail below. Open house this Saturday, Aug. 21, 11am-3pm. Call your agent or Chuck at 303-885-7855 for a showing.

Readers Appreciate Our Free MLS Neighborhood Alerts

Back in April 2019, I offered to set up Free Neighborhood Alerts for any reader who wanted to keep track of real estate activity in their subdivision or larger area. The response was overwhelming. I myself have 42 readers who currently receive such alerts for their neighborhood.

I’m not complaining. My broker associates and I are pleased to make this service available to everyone who wants it, and we’ve become pretty efficient at creating these free alerts.

The MLS allows members to set up an unlimited number of email alerts, designed to assist buyers in searching for homes. We have adapted it to provide neighborhood alerts. Once set up, the alerts are generated automatically by the MLS. Just give us your address and the boundaries of the area you wish to monitor. The initial alert will tell you all the coming soon, active, under contract, sold, withdrawn and expired listings in that area, going back 90 days or longer.

Future alerts will come to you within 15 minutes of a new or changed listing being entered on the MLS. You will literally be up-to-the-minute in your knowledge of real estate activity in your neighborhood!

I’m happy to handle every request I get from readers, but feel free to ask any of our broker associates to create a neighborhood alert for you. They are listed below with their email addresses and are more than happy to provide this free service. Send your requests by email only, please.

In addition to setting up the neighborhood alert for you, we can also send you valuation reports on your home using two different software packages — Realtor Property Resource (RPR), which is only available from members of the Realtor association like us, and Realist — that you will find are much more accurate than Zillow’s “Zestimates,” which home owners are used to seeing.

I also like to provide a spreadsheet of active, under contract and sold listings that are comparable to your own home, which serves as a double-check on those two software valuations.

Jim Smith, Jim@GoldenRealEstate.com

Broker Associates:

Jim Swanson, BrokerSwanson@aol.com

Chuck Brown, Chuck@GoldenRealEstate.com

David Dlugasch, David@GoldenRealEstate.com

  Carol Milan, Carol@GoldenRealEstate.com

  Ty Scrable, Tyler.Scrable@gmail.com

Downsizing Safely and Effectively in Your Senior Years

Are you thinking that now’s the time to leave your big-house life behind? If so, you’re in luck. Despite the pandemic, the real estate market is strong, interest rates are low, and it’s still a great time to sell and buy. But you can’t go into the process blindly. Here are some tips to get you started on the right track.

First on your to-do list: Work with an experienced agent like those of us at Golden Real Estate. After all, an agent who knows the area can price your home correctly and help you find the right replacement home for you. We know the local market and whether a neighborhood is senior-friendly. You can ask us questions and get knowledgeable answers about local amenities, such as public transportation, fitness centers, and local senior facilities that will enrich your life.

If you prefer to downsize into a rental unit within a senior community, we can advise you on those communities and that process too, so feel free to ask us.

We can also help you determine a budget. As a buyer, keep in mind that it’s a seller’s market, and having us on your side can help get your foot in the door. If you’re moving locally, we can also save you a bundle with our free moving truck and our in-house movers.

You want to take a look at your budget to determine what you can afford. Our preferred lenders offer free affordability calculators. They allow you to input data, such as your home price, down payment, and monthly expenses. This can help you determine your potential future living expenses.

Once you have an agent and a price range, it’s time to compare what you can afford with what you need, and then make adjustments to your list as necessary. Many seniors, according to Home Tips For Women, look for features including those which lower utility costs. These, along with things like single-level living and wide doorways, allow for greater mobility, an important consideration if you’ve already begun to experience mobility issues.

Something to keep in mind during the downsizing process is that moving into a smaller home will require downsizing your belongings as well. Once you have chosen your future home, you can evaluate the belongings in your current one. This is an emotional process which takes patience, and, ideally, you’ll have cooperation from your friends and family. It’s often best to give certain things to your children and grandchildren now so you’re not tight on space in your new home. You can use our truck for that, too (and for trips to Goodwill).

If you’re moving outside the metro area, choosing the right moving company is something else that deserves special attention. Movers charge different prices, even for what appear to be the same services. Your moving company will factor everything from whether you need an entire truck to how far you’re moving, to the overall weight of your household goods into the price. Previous clients have given us feedback on their experiences which we can share with you.

Finally, make your move while you’re in good health and don’t wait until you have to move. And let yourself enjoy the process. Your retirement is a time of change and to feel all the excitement associated with it. Moving is not always easy, but the end result of downsizing can be more financial freedom and a better quality of life during your senior years.

Downsizing as a senior presents a significant lifestyle change, but it’s one to embrace. If you still have questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to us. My broker associates and I (see below) are here to make the process as seamless as possible and can be a valuable resource not to be overlooked.

Jim Smith— 303-525-1851

Jim Swanson — 303-929-2727

Chuck Brown — 303-885-7855

David Dlugasch — 303-908-4835

Carol Milan — 720-982-4941

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Tyler Scrable — 720-281-6783

Here’s a Good Resource for Seniors

Colorado doesn’t rank high in the percentage of our population that’s 65 and over. In fact, seniors represent only 14.2% of our population, ranking Colorado 46th among the 50 states.

Recently I was made aware of a website with tons of Colorado-specific information for seniors. Here’s that website’s address: https://www.seniorhousingnet.com/seniors/senior-living-us/colorado

Leyden Rock Ranch-Style Home Backs to Open Space

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.

Arvada Ranch-Syle Home Backs to Open Space

    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

Just Listed: Mid-Century Modern Ranch in East Denver

1930 Roslyn Street, Denver – Just Listed at $475,000

This 3-BR, 2-bath home is about 2 blocks south of the Stapleton (now Central Park) neighborhood. No basement, large, well cared for front and back yards with in-ground sprinkler system. Hardwood floors in the living room and bedrooms. Bedroom #3 is non-conforming (no window). Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinet space with a coffee bar. Family room features a wood burning fireplace, carpet and a brand new 8-foot sliding glass door that leads to a covered patio in the private back yard. The 24×24 oversized garage is accessed from the alley and features a 9-ft high garage door. Another feature of this home is its proximity to several parks, Stapleton Town Center and Stanley Marketplace. This house is perfect for entertaining. Take a narrated video tour of this home at EastDenverHome.info. Open house Sat., Sept. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or call Chuck Brown, 303-885-7855.

Brick Ranch in Golden’s East Street Historic District

1910 East Street – Just listed at $759,000 – Open Saturday, Sept. 12th, noon to 2pm

This exceptionally remodeled brick ranch with walk-out basement is in a highly desirable location — within walking distance of downtown Golden, the Colorado School of Mines, Natural Grocers & Safeway, and a trailhead to the iconic Castle Rock formation above the Coors brewery. Entering the front door, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the open floor plan with modern kitchen, hardwood floors and a unique stair railing made from a ski-lift cable. The chef’s kitchen features a Wolf professional gas range, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops. The large deck next to the kitchen extends the living space, offering a wonderful place to enjoy the views of Lookout Mountain and Mt. Zion while having your morning coffee or evening cocktails. Downstairs, the walkout basement’s windows flood the office and bedroom with sunlight. A large multipurpose room would be the perfect spot for a pool table or home theatre. Sustainable features include solar PV panels, new Andersen windows, new exterior doors, attic insulation, a state-of-the-art high efficiency hydronic heating system, and a low maintenance xeriscaped front yard and a synthetic backyard lawn that looks and feels real. Other major improvements include new roof (2017) and sewer line (2007). The large backyard has room to build a dream garage (accessed from the alley) or perhaps a carriage house. This property has too many great features to list here, so check out the magazine quality still photos and narrated video tour at www.GreatGoldenHome.info to learn more, then call your agent or listing agent Chuck Brown at 303-885-7855 to see it.