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.

Walk or Bike to the Colorado School of Mines From This Golden Townhome

906 Homestake Drive, Golden – Listed at $550,000

This 3-BR, 3½-bath Kinney Run townhome has been nicely updated, The location is one of this home’s best selling points, being close to the Colorado School of Mines, Downtown Golden, Fossil Trace Golf Course, and multiple open space trails! To fully appreciate this home, take a video walk-through at www.GoldenTownhome.com. Note: This home is deep within the subdivision, isolated from all traffic sounds and backing to a year-round stream. It has a 1-car garage and one reserved parking space as shown above. Seller will review all offers on Saturday, Aug. 8, so everyone gets to see it. Call before submitting and we’ll tell you what we have so far.

View of home from the back. Notice the patio under the deck.
The kitchen has slab granite countertops and stainless appliances and is open to the dining room.
This deck is accessed from the dining room
View of woods and stream from the deck

Walk to CSM & Downtown Golden From This Townhome

707 20th Street, Golden — Just listed by David Dlugasch for $787,000

This townhome has been updated inside and out. It has all new Lifetime brand (similar to HardiePlank) siding, new windows and skylights, a 3-year-old roof, a new wraparound deck that’s great for entertaining, two patio areas with lots of planter boxes, and a Juliet balcony off the master bedroom. The interior is loaded with upgrades, including stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in the eat-in kitchen. There are new hardwood floors throughout the main level. All the bathrooms are new with beautiful tile, granite and glass. All three bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and California Closets. On those cold winter nights, cozy up to the gas fireplace in the living room or the electric fireplace in the family room. The sunroom (used as an office) has all new skylights with a tile floor. The dining room has double sliding glass doors that lead out to the large redwood deck. Best of all, while nestled in the woods of Kinney Run, it’s within walking distance of Safeway, the Colorado School of Mines and downtown Golden! The listing price includes all furniture. Take a narrated video tour at www.GoldenTownhome.info, then call your agent or David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 for a showing.

This Home Is Close to All That Makes Golden ‘Golden’

538 Canyon View Drive — $573,000

This 3-bedroom, 3½-bath home is in Canyon Point Villas, a small community of paired homes within walking distance (via pedestrian bridge) of Clear Creek, the Golden Rec Center, downtown Golden and the Colorado School of Mines. There’s a city maintained park with playground within the subdivision, and Mitchell Elementary is just a few blocks away! This 2-story unit is nicely isolated from the noise of Highway 93 to Boulder and Highway 6 to Denver or the mountains. It’s in move-in condition with all new stainless steel kitchen appliances and windows throughout. It has new paint top to bottom, inside and out! View interior and exterior still photos and take a narrated video tour, include drone footage, at www.CanyonPointVillas.com, then call your agent or Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 to arrange a private showing.

Prices Reduced on 2 Homes Near Downtown Golden

One of those is 538 Canyon View Drive in Canyon Point Villas, a small community of paired homes within walking distance (via pedestrian bridge) of Clear Creek, the Golden Rec Center, downtown Golden and the Colorado School of Mines. There’s a city maintained park with playground within the subdivision, and Mitchell Elementary is just a few blocks away. This 3-bedroom, 2-story unit is nicely isolated from the noise of Highway 93 to Boulder and Highway 6 to Denver or the mountains. It’s in move-in condition with all new stainless steel kitchen appliances, and new windows throughout. It has new paint top to bottom, inside and out. Take a narrated video tour at www.CanyonPointVillas.com, then call me.

The second listing is 906 Homestake Drive, the 3-bedroom home shown at left. The furnace and A/C, washer, dryer and dishwasher are all new. The tenants’ lease ends July 31 and they are moving, so plan on August possession. The Colorado School of Mines is a ½-mile stroll on sidewalks along quiet residential streets. Downtown Golden is just a few blocks further. Because one of the tenants has a condition making her especially vulnerable to Covid-19, in-person showings aren’t allowed, but our narrated video walk-through at www.GoldenTownhome.com provides a complete showing experience. You’ll be able to tour the home immediately after submitting a contract and before submitting earnest money.

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.