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.
This luxury condo at 640 11th Street #205 was just listed by me for $850,000. It has two great selling features. First, it’s in downtown Golden, within walking distance of everything that makes Golden such a desirable place to live, play and work. Second, this corner unit overlooks Clear Creek, with views of the foothills and North Table Mountain as well as of Parfet Park across the creek, the site of so many exciting events, including concerts and Buffalo Bill Days. The large den with closet could be a 3rd bedroom with creek view. This is one of only 6 units with 2 deeded parking spaces in the garage. Units facing the creek come on the market rarely (maybe 1 or 2 a year between the two buildings on the creek) and sell for a premium. Click on the thumbnail below, or visit www.MillstoneCondo.info to take a narrated video tour of this unit, the building and the creek, with additional drone video footage. Sorry, no open houses since it’s a secure building. Call your agent or me to see it.
Downtown Golden condos that face Clear Creek like this one at 640 11th Street #106, just listed for $725,000, are highly sought after, selling for up to 50% more than the ones facing the parking lot. And this is a non-smoking complex. You shouldn’t smell cigarette (or other) smoke anywhere on the property, including on your patio overlooking the pedestrian path along Clear Creek. This condo is being sold fully furnished. The master bathroom is connected by a pocket door to a half-bath serving the non-conforming 2nd bedroom which has no closet or windows other than the French doors which open to the foyer and kitchen. Take a narrated video tour, inside and out, online at www.MillstoneCondo.info, then call for a private showing. This is a secure building, so no open houses.
Washington Station, at 722 Washington Avenue on the corner of 8th Street, is a mixed use building, with businesses on the ground floor and part of the 2nd floor, with secure residences on the rest of the 2nd floor and the 3rd floor. This unit, #302, comes with 2 parking spaces in the ground-level garage. It has newly installed carpeting and engineered hardwood floors. The kitchen, which is open to the living room/dining room, features slab granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a breakfast bar, and the same hardwood flooring. You’ll enjoy the mountain views from the living room windows and the 6’x11’ balcony overlooking Church ditch. A storage closet in the unit is big enough to hold bicycles, skis, snowboard, a kayak, etc. Take a narrated video tour online at www.GoldenCondo.info, then call your agent or Jim Smith at 303-525-1851 to see it!
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!