Left to right: Raheem Raji, Jim Swanson, Wendy Renee, Chuck Brown, Jim Smith, Ty Scrable, David Dlugasch, Anapaula Schock, Nola Krajewski
Golden Real Estate’s new office at 1214 Washington Ave. in downtown Golden is ready to welcome visitors, so the Golden Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon-cutting at our office on Jan. 13th from 5 to 7 p.m.
Readers of this blog are welcome, and we hope to see many of you there. Meet all our agents as well as our in-house lender, Wendy Renee of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp.
Refreshments will be served.
The WindoVision system is now up and running in the left half of our 18-foot-wide storefront at 1214 Washington Avenue, as shown above.. The next time you’re in downtown Golden, feel free to play with it.
The unused left door has a touchscreen monitor in it which can be operated through the glass. It allows you to look at specific listings displayed on flyers in the large window at left by entering a 3-digit code for each, or search the MLS directly, such as by entering a price. Try it 24/7!
In this picture, Todd Caudle mounts one of six large-format photographs in our new office at 1214 Washington Ave. He lives in Golden proper and is well-known for his photos of such local landmarks as Castle Rock. (See one of them below.) His popular desk and wall calendars, books and note card sets are sold at Red Wagon, 1118 Washington Ave., but our office is the only place you’ll find his large-format photographs.
All six of the photos displayed above our desks are for sale. As they sell, other photographs by the noted photographer will take their place. His collection features Colorado scenes, and we’ll feature his Golden photographs.
You can view all his many photos at www.SkylinePress.com/gallery/fine-art-prints/. Here’s a screenshot from that website.
We are welcoming you to come look at the photos, not just talk to one of our broker associates or me about real estate. Todd is a Golden treasure, and we are delighted to provide a brick-and-mortar outlet for his work. His photos are adding a splash of color to our office.
The broker associates at Golden Real Estate and I are truly excited about our new office in the heart of downtown Golden. It has been over 14 years since we launched Golden Real Estate in the former restaurant building at 17695 S. Golden Road. We would have liked to be in downtown Golden, but we needed a place to park our free moving truck where it could be seen by passersby as our “billboard on wheels.”
When Rita and I bought that building, I was a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance, and I wanted it to be a satellite office for that brokerage, but RE/MAX International wouldn’t allow us to display a RE/MAX sign because of the other franchises in the area. I liked the building more than the brand, however, so that’s when I decided to create Golden Real Estate, securing the corporate name and the URL www.GoldenRealEstate.com for our website. And, as they say, “the rest is history.”
A downtown storefront has the advantage of more walk-by and walk-in traffic. Before signing the lease on our storefront, I checked the transaction volume of the other real estate brokerage on the street and discovered that their ratio of buyer sides to listing sides was 2:1, whereas our ratio on S. Golden Road was 1:2. We look forward to increasing our buyer representation in our new location.
The left half of the picture above is a visualization of the TouchPoint Systems display that will be installed this week. It is a through-the-glass touchscreen unit which allows passersby to search the MLS real-time, featuring Golden and Jefferson County listings in a slide-show format when not being actively used. The closest similar installation is in the window of an Olde Town Arvada brokerage.
Sharing our office is Wendy Renee, a loan officer with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. Would-be buyers will appreciate being able to meet with a lender in conjunction with their home search without leaving our office.
Although we can’t park it downtown, we’ll still be offering our free moving truck to buyers and sellers and to local non-profits such as BGoldN, the Christian Action Guild, and the Golden Chamber of Commerce, of which we’re a long-time member. It will still be parked at our former office on South Golden Road, which Rita and I still own, and which we’re converting into a one-stop shop for “all things sustainable” under the name The Net Zero Store.
Several readers, upon learning of our move downtown, called me last week to ask if we’re still accepting Styrofoam for recycling. I assured them that nothing has changed in that regard. As a matter of fact, we took a truckload of the material to the recycling center just this week and expect to continue doing so twice a month from the “Styrofoam Corral” behind our former office,
Aside from this column, which I have been publishing on page 3 of this newspaper for over a decade, we are best known, perhaps, for the live-action narrated video tours and drone videos which we create for each of our listings. I enjoy creating the narrated videos so much, I offer to do them for our broker associates, although some of them choose to do their own. They are so effective that we have sold listings to out-of-town buyers who only saw the home in-person when they flew in for the inspection.
For out-of-town buyers interested in homes listed by other brokerages, we have shot video tours for their eyes only, often resulting in a signed contract without those buyers seeing the home in person prior to inspection.
For sellers, we provide a free staging consultation to help their home show its best. We also have an in-house handyman to work on those things that need to be handled before going on the market.
It’s not often that a home comes on the market in the 12th Street Historic District in downtown Golden. This home at 1014 12th Street was built in 1900 as a single family home, but is currently divided into an up/down duplex. It was just listed by Ty Scrable for $1,300,000. Its refinished hardwood floors and high ceilings welcome you into the main level which has three bedrooms and one full bathroom. Upstairs you’ll find an additional unit consisting of two bedrooms and one bathroom. Both units have a nice deck sitting area in the back. The 3-car brick garage might be able to support an ADU, assuming the new zoning code allows it. Location, of course, is a prime selling point of this home, being in downtown Golden, close to Clear Creek and two blocks from the School of Mines campus. Take a narrated video tour at www.HistoricGoldenHome.com or by clicking on the thumbnail below, then come to the open house on Saturday, Oct. 9th, 10am to 2pm. To set a private showing, call your agent or Ty Scrable, 720-281-6783.
We have two condo listings in the heart of downtown Golden. One is on Clear Creek, the other is on Washington Avenue. You can take a narrated video tour of both at www.GoldenCondo.info or click on their images below. We will provide the buyers with totally free local moving. Just pack & unpack!
Downtown Golden is a great place to live, and this condo building at 640 11th Street is as close as you’d want to be — backing to Clear Creek and just one block from Washington Avenue. The balcony of this condo (Unit 203) has a view of Lookout Mountain and the “M” on Mt. Zion, plus the Castle Rock formation on South Table Mountain. All the year-round excitement of Golden is within walking distance but not outside your window. If you have an electric car, there’s free charging in the public garage across from the building’s entrance and 8 other free charging stations within 4 blocks. Hiking trails are also a short walk away, up North & South Table Mountain as well as Mt. Zion, Lookout Mountain and Mt. Galbraith Open Space Park. Inside, this is a low maintenance condo with slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and low energy costs. Watch the new narrated video tour at www.GoldenCondo.info, then call your agent or Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 to set a private showing.
Downtown Golden is a great place to live, and this condo building is probably as close as you’d want to be — backing to Clear Creek and just one block from Washington Avenue. The balcony of this condo (see picture below) has a view of Lookout Mountain and the “M” on Mt. Zion. All the year-round excitement of Golden is within walking distance but not right outside your window. If you have an electric car, there’s free charging in the public garage less than a block away and eight other free charging stations within 4 blocks. Hiking trails are also a short walk away, up North & South Table Mountain as well as Mt. Zion, Lookout Mountain and Mt. Galbraith Open Space. Inside, this is a low maintenance condo with hardwood floors throughout, slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and low energy costs. Take a narrated video tour at www.GoldenCondo.info, then call your agent or Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 for a private showing.
This updated bungalow has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, including a spacious master suite. The floors are beautiful tile and original hardwood. The back porch has been enclosed and heated and has a vaulted pine ceiling. The backyard has a large patio for entertaining. There are two parking spaces off the alley, where you could build a 2-car garage. Next to the parking spaces are a gardening shed and a cinder block shed that once served as a well house. This home is within walking distance of Clear Creek and downtown Golden, as well as hiking and biking trails and all that Golden has to offer. Visit www.NorthGoldenHome.com to view a narrated video tour, then call your agent or Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 for a private showing, which begins soon.