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 two-bedroom condo at 1723 Robb Street #9, just listed for $187,000, is in an excellent location, with easy access to I-70 and 6th Avenue Expressway, under 15 minutes to Denver and even closer to Golden. There are many stores and amenities within walking distance. The well kept common area includes a seasonal swimming pool. The unit has an updated kitchen and new flooring throughout. These units have been selling quickly, so make sure to book your showing soon by calling your agent or Ty Scrable at 720-281-6783. You can find more interior and exterior pictures at www.LakewoodCondo.info. Open Sunday, Sept. 25th, 11 am to 1 pm.
This 1939 stone bungalow at 711 Iowa St. in Golden, just listed by Ty Scrable for $850,000, is shown on public records at 990 square feet, 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath with the same size basement, but that doesn’t reflect a 13’x14’ addition containing a modern kitchen and the extra bedroom and bathroom in the fully finished basement. It also doesn’t reflect the 496-sq.ft. carriage house with 1 bedroom and a 3/4 bath barely visible to the left and beyond the main house in this picture. Currently this property is a rental, drawing income from both the main house and the carriage house, but both long-term tenants are month-to-month, so you could live in one or the other. Although there is no garage, there is substantial off-street and off-alley parking with room to build as big a garage as you might desire in the back. All-in-all, this listing provides a rare opportunity. See more pictures and take a narrated video tour at www.NorthGoldenHome.com. Listed by Ty Scrable, 720-281-6783, it will be open Saturday, 10 to 2. Or call for a private showing.
You’ll love this 3-bedroom, 2½-bath townhome at 8758 Allison Drive, Unit C, located in the heart of Westminster. It was just listed by Ty Scrable for $375,000. Downtown Westminster is just to the east and Standley Lake is just to the west. This unit includes an updated kitchen and bathrooms. The main bedroom includes a full bath with double vanity. The attached two-car garage is quite spacious. The large loft makes for a fine office space. The community has a great pool. We just listed and sold another unit in this complex in less than a week, so you can expect that this one will not last long! View a narrated video tour at www.WestminsterHome.info, then call your agent or Ty at 720-281-6783 for a private showing. Open Saturday, April 3, from 10 to noon.
You’re going to love this brick ranch-style home in the neighborhood between Carr Street and Wadsworth Blvd. With three beds and one bath, it is within walking distance of Morse Park and Clements Community Center. The secluded backyard is stunning and includes a covered concrete patio. The large lot offers more room to play in the grass along with multiple storage sheds. Pride of ownership shows in every corner of this well maintained home. See more pictures and take a video tour at www.LakewoodHome.info, then call your agent or Ty Scrable at 720-281-6783 to set a private showing. Don’t wait, this one will sell quickly! Open house this Saturday, 11-1.
This townhome-style condo has it all. Downtown Westminster is minutes away to the east and Standley Lake is equally close to the west. It has 2 bedrooms, 2½ baths and an oversized 2-car garage. The entire unit was recently painted and includes a new furnace and water heater. The skylights provide lots of natural light in the loft area. Just add your desk and work from home! The large master has a full en suite bathroom with double sinks. Enjoy the lovely outdoor pool during the summer. See more pictures and take a narrated video tour at www.WestminsterHome.info, then call your agent or Ty Scrable at 720-281-6783 to set a private showing.
You’re going to love this home. It sits on a 13,957-sq.-ft. lot, so bring your toys. Plenty of parking in the long driveway and the 3-car garage. Inside you will find two bedrooms and an office with hardwood floors. Near the updated kitchen is a large living room area with a stone fireplace and windows overlooking the backyard. Next is the master bedroom which includes its own full bath. The rear of the home includes a large mudroom with a half bath. Last but not least is the spacious shop which is open to the super-clean and heated garage and comes with many tools and 240Volt power. This location is less than 5 minutes to I-70 and 6th Avenue. Take a narrated video tour at www.WideAcresHome.net, then call your agent or Ty Scrable at 720-281-6783 to set a showing.
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.