This ranch home is one of a kind! The 4,500-sq-ft home boasts 2 family rooms, 2 full kitchens, 2 master suites, and a flex room for an office/studio. The main level kitchen has upgraded stainless steel appliances and a gas stove. The main level has four bedrooms and a master suite with a large walk-in closet and 5-piece bathroom. Downstairs is a second master suite with an en-suite bathroom and walk-in closet. There is a large bright walk-out family room, two other bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a full second kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The 3-car garage has 240V power. This one-year-old home borders open space with walking and bike trails, two health clubs, two swimming pools, tennis courts, and many parks, including a dog park. Take the narrated video tour below, then visit www.CandelasHome.info, for more details and still photos. Then call your agent or David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 for a private showing.
The listing price of David Dlugasch’s listing at 17830 W. 94th Drive is now $660,000. It is a 4-bedroom, 2½-bath two-story home in Arvada’s Candelas subdivision. Learn more about it and see interior pictures at www.CandelasHome.info.
This 4-bedroom, 3-bath home backs to open space. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a gas range, granite countertops with beautiful backsplash, and lots of light. The dining area opens through sliding glass doors to a covered deck, perfect for fair weather entertaining. The family room has large windows, recessed lighting and engineered hardwood flooring. Also on the main floor is an office/den with new carpeting and a half bath. The upper level has the master suite with 5-piece master bath and walk-in closet. Two other bedrooms are carpeted, and the third has hardwood laminate flooring. See more pictures and details at www.CandelasHome.info, then call your agent or David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 to arrange a private showing.
This is a remodeled townhome inside and out. It adjoins a creek (Kinney Run) but it is not in a flood zone. It has all new HardiePlank siding, new windows and skylights, a 3-year-old roof, 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 upgraded newer stainless steel appliances in the kitchen along with granite countertops and an eat-in kitchen. There are new hardwood floors throughout the main level. All the bathrooms are new with beautiful tile, granite and glass. All the bedrooms have en suite baths and California Closets. On those cold winter nights, cozy up to the gas fireplace in the living room. The sunroom/office has all new skylights with a tile floor and lots of light. The dining room has double sliding glass doors that open to the large deck. All this within walking distance to downtown Golden! The listing price includes all furniture, too! Take a video tour at www.GoldenTownhome.com, then call David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 for more information. Open Saturday, January 9th, 11a.m. to 2p.m.
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
Jim Swanson, BrokerSwanson@aol.com
Chuck Brown, Chuck@GoldenRealEstate.com
David Dlugasch, David@GoldenRealEstate.com
Ty Scrable, Tyler.Scrable@gmail.com
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
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
This 2-bedroom Belmar condo at 7220 W. Bonfils Lane #201 has hardwood floors throughout. The price was just reduced to $698,000. In addition to its two large bedrooms, it has a large study. It has two reserved parking spaces in the secured basement garage. The building opens to Belmar Plaza, which is very active year-round with concerts, outdoor dining and even ice skating in the winter. And of course, it’s in the heart of Belmar. Walk to Whole Foods, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Target, BestBuy, Nordstrom Rack, and numerous restaurants, including Ted’s Montana Grill. Find more details, interior pictures and a narrated video tour online at www.BelmarCondo.info, then call your agent or Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 to request a private showing.
The townhome at left is within walking distance of the Colorado School of Mines and Downtown Golden. The address is 707 20th Street. The price was just reduced to $725,000, fully furnished. The interior is loaded with upgraded newer stainless steel appliances in the kitchen along with granite countertops and an eat in kitchen. There are new hardwood floors throughout the main level. All the bathrooms are new with beautiful tile, granite and glass. All the bedrooms have their own baths. Take the narrated video tour at www.GoldenTownhome.com, then call David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 for a showing. Open house this Saturday 11-2.
This 5-bedroom ranch at 120 Field Street in Lakewood is now priced at $550,000. The updated kitchen has stainless steel appliances and both bathrooms have been updated. Thanks to its easy access to the 6th Ave. expressway, this home is only a few minutes from downtown Denver or the foothills. There is a light rail station less than a mile north on Garrison Street. Check out the narrated video tour at www.MeadowlarkHome.info, then call Ty Scrable at 720-281-6783 to see it.
David Dlugasch’s fabulous townhome listing at 707 20th Street, within walking distance of downtown Golden and the Colorado School of Mines, originally listed at $787,000 is now reduced to $750,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 3½ baths on three levels. It is the end unit, overlooking Kinney Run, a wooded year-round stream giving you the feeling of being in the woods, not close to downtown! Take a video tour at www.GoldenTownhome.com, then call your agent or David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 for a private showing. Or attend the open house Saturday, Oct. 10th, noon to 3 p.m.
The listing price on 12181 Crane Lane in Austin CO has been reduced by $31,000 to $429,000, below the previously appraised value! Escape to the Western Slope at this secluded country location minutes away from city conveniences. Come home to this energy efficient custom straw bale house on 9.96 acres with irrigation water for your hobby farm, a 3-car/2-story external shop for your toys, and a 2-car attached garage. Go to www.OrchardCityHome.info or call Kim Taylor at 303-304-6678 to learn more about this great home at a great price!
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 townhome has been updated inside and out. It has all new Hardie-Plank 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 upgraded stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, along with granite countertops and an eat-in kitchen. There are new hardwood floors throughout the main level. All the bathrooms are new with beautiful tile, granite and glass. All the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and California Closets. On those cold winter nights, cozy up to the gas fireplace in the living room. The sunroom (used as an office) has all new skylights with a tile floor. The dining room has double sliding doors that lead out to the large wraparound deck. Best of all, while nestled in the woods of Kinney Run, it’s within walking distance of the Colorado School of Mines and downtown Golden! The listing price includes all furniture. See interior pictures and take a video tour at www.GoldenTownhome.com, then call your agent or David Dlugasch at 303-908-4835 to set a showing!
Open House, Saturday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.