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Rocky Mountain National Park Series - December 3rd Full Moon Hike

by Cory Dudley

Bask in the light of the full moon in Rocky Mountain National Park this Sunday 12/3.

What better a way to get into the holiday spirit! 


Photo Credit: NPS/Russell Smith

The Rocky Mountain Rangers lead Full Moon Walks in the winter months, the first one this coming Sunday. Groups leave from Beaver Meadows at 5 pm. Reservations are required and can be made in person or you can call the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at 970-586-1223. Maybe there will even be a little fresh snow from the system that passes through Sunday - fingers crossed!

...when you drive into this park, you forget about everything else. You hear the water, hear the birds, you hear the wind ruffling through the aspens. Everything else disappears and all you have are the sounds and your thoughts." Blake Crossland


Image Credit PARK CHAMPIONS // 02 // Rocky Mountain National Park from Compass Coalition on Vimeo

Blake Crossland grew up in the Rocky Mountains, through which he developed a deep appreciation for exploration and adventure in the outdoors. Now, he is dedicating his life to returning the favor by becoming a trail crew leader for the Rocky Mountain Conservation Corps.


Image Credit PARK CHAMPIONS // 02 // Rocky Mountain National Park from Compass Coalition on Vimeo​

Blake's crew is responsible for trail construction and maintenance. They focus on making trails more sustainable, so they last longer and are more enjoyable for the public.


Image Credit PARK CHAMPIONS // 02 // Rocky Mountain National Park from Compass Coalition on Vimeo​

The main goal of the Conservation Corp is to get kids involved in conservation work. Younger people will determine our National Parks' futures. We need to connect young people to the public lands and parks and continue to protect these treasured places!

Thank you Blake! 

PARK CHAMPIONS // 02 // Rocky Mountain National Park from Compass Coalition on Vimeo.

 

Christa's HOT PICK for the week! 3119 Lake Park Way, Longmont

by Christa Marsh

My HOT PICK for the week is another one close to McIntosh Lake! With trail systems around the lake, parks, quiet streets, a close proximity to the foothills, Lyons, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, easy commuting to Boulder down Hwy 36... northwest Longmont is a beautiful and convenient location.


Patio homes are increasingly popular for their easy care along with privacy. 3119 Lake Park Way is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath - 2408 sq ft home, listed at $339,900. The Shores community features a pool & tennis courts as well. This is a gem and won't last longer than the weekend!

The main floor has an open concept with the kitchen open to the living room with cozy fireplace.

loft for project space, study or guest room.

Finished basement with egress windows could easily be turned into additional living space.


A sweet, small backyard with deck and shade trees

I've never been in a Shores patio home that I didn't like. They have comfortable and inviting floor plans and the community and surrounding neighborhoods are welcoming and have an active community.

McIntosh Lake provides views of the mountains, peaceful jogging and walking while watching the geese & eagles and the cattle graze. For those of you with family members looking to move to Longmont, this is the place! Call or email for more info!


As our Lead Buyer's Agent, Christa loves the entire journey of helping Buyers find their perfect home. Professionalism, communication and strong business skills allow her and her clients to rise to the top in this competitive market place.

Christa is a REALTOR® and Lead Buyer's Agent for The Winning Team Real Estate Group. As an Old Town resident, Christa has knowledge of the market and strong relationships in the Real Estate community. With a Sales and Business background and family experience in both Commercial and Residential Contracting, Christa is a well-rounded and informed Full-Time Agent.

In between showings and Closings, Christa enjoys caring for her home in the Historic Westside of Longmont, and playing in the mountains- trail running, skiing and biking. Christa brings 100% to all she does especially to her work! 

 

 

Christa's HOT PICK for the week!

by Cory Dudley

My HOT PICK for the week is 2620 Pheasant Dr. in Longmont. Situated just blocks from McIntosh Lake and Dawson Park, this Northwest Longmont home is has wonderful potential.

The main level has vaulted ceilings, an open floor plan, and a beautiful chef's kitchen for entertaining and Sunday dinners this winter. 

A cozy gas fireplace off the kitchen creates a cozy gathering space for loved ones and guests while you're busy in the kitchen. And beautiful hardwoods tie the space together.

A large, fenced backyard with mature landscaping for gardening, playing catch and pets to run.

And a finished basement complete with egress windows provide even more storage, bedrooms, office or project space. 

Dawson Park and McIntosh Lake are steps away!




Please call, text or email us to see this listing, others similar, or the perfect home for you!

Click for more info on 2620 Pheasant Dr.

Christa Marsh
christa@justlistedcolo.com
303-913-9698


As our Lead Buyer's Agent, Christa loves the entire journey of helping Buyers find their perfect home. Professionalism, communication and strong business skills allow her and her clients to rise to the top in this competitive market place.

Christa is a REALTOR® and Lead Buyer's Agent for The Winning Team Real Estate Group. As an Old Town resident, Christa has knowledge of the market and strong relationships in the Real Estate community. With a Sales and Business background and family experience in both Commercial and Residential Contracting, Christa is a well-rounded and informed Full-Time Agent.

In between showings and Closings, Christa enjoys caring for her home in the Historic Westside of Longmont, and playing in the mountains- trail running, skiing and biking. Christa brings 100% to all she does especially to her work! 

Listing by Steven Noel of ReMax

​Images Courtesy of IRES MLS

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY - STILL IN SEARCH OF A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH?

by The Winning Team Real Estate Group

"With each passing year, fear [of aging] creeps a little closer..." 

 As we age we think more and more about prolonging our lives. Maybe we feel we missed out on some aspect because of the choices we made, or maybe we just want to feel we lived our lives to the fullest until the very end. Whatever the case, most of Western society continues seek the magic pill to feeling, looking and performing our best. Is there a secret to perpetual youth and longevity? Maybe the answers are simpler than we think?

Aging pro freeskier, Mike Douglas, traveled to Japan seeking youth. Not only are there 500 ski areas in Japan, making the destination an easy choice, the Japanese are also the longest living population of the world's major industrialized countries.

At the end of day, the secret to growing old with grace is probably not found in complicated diet formulas, yoga rituals or workout routines (not that any of those things are detrimental to our health),  but more about eating well, giving our bodies respect and time to strengthen and recover, setting goals and not rushing our success.  

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

Yuichiro Miura, famous for being the man who skied down Everest, and "...the most badass old dude on the planet" now 88, skis over a 100 days a year, and attributes part of his success to goal setting. He says, "at any age, you should have a goal set to always be stronger and healthier than you are right now". 


Secrets to Life

We all have the secret to longevity living inside of us. Create attainable goals, be forgiving of yourself, wake up every morning and choose to be a better version of you than yesterday, be strong in your convictions, laugh, take time to nourish your body and keep sight on your destination. Get out there and chase life!

Net Worth of Homeowners 44x Greater than Renters

by Cory Dudley

 

 

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts their Survey of Consumer Finances in which they collect data across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data, covering 2013-2016 was released two weeks ago.

The study revealed that the 2016 median net worth of homeowners was $231,400 - a 15% increase since 2013. At the same time, the median net worth of renters decreased by 5% ($5,200 today compared to $5,500 in 2013).

These numbers reveal that the net worth of a homeowner is over 44 times greater than that of a renter!

 

Owning a home is a great way to build family wealth

As we’ve said before, simply put, homeownership is a form of ‘forced savings.’ Every time you pay your mortgage, you are contributing to your net worth by increasing the equity in your home.

That is why, for the fourth year in a row, Gallup reported that Americans picked real estate as the best long-term investment. This year’s results showed that 34% of Americans chose real estate, followed by stocks at 26% and then gold, savings accounts/CDs, or bonds.

 

Greater equity in your home gives you options

If you want to find out how you can use the increased equity in your home to move to a home that better fits your current lifestyle, let’s get together to discuss the process.

 

Green Thumb Guidance - Outdoor Living for Any Season

by Cory Dudley

 

 

 

Here in Colorado, as we already know this fall, it can be 75℉ one day and 25℉ the next.  We can get more than 300 days of sunshine during the year and it’s important to take full advantage of the weather no matter what season.  Here are a few tips to make your outdoor living space cozy and enjoyable any time of the year.

 

Warmth

The biggest factor if you will go outside and use your patio will be, is it warm enough?  Provide a fire pit (built-in or moveable) for your family and guests to huddle around.  Fire places can also be a great spot for a cozy outdoor couch to make it really feel like an outdoor living room.  You can also purchase portable outdoor heaters that can be placed in the specific locations on your patio.  Another option can be heaters that are mounted on a pergola or enclosed patio to give you warmth without the fire.

 

 

Lighting

 

Adding a little of bit of ambiance will really invite you and your guest outdoors when nights become longer.  Place a few path lights along your front entry but also along your back patio to help guide your guests.  Uplight your evergreen trees or place uplights on a wall to soften your landscape.  Cafe lights strung from your pergola or trees can add a playful look as well.  Be sure to not light up your entire backyard so you can still see the night sky but a few here and there will help light the way to your outdoor space.

 

 

 

Furniture

Outdoor furniture can be just as important as your couch inside. Your family will end up spending a lot of time lounging outside if you have something comfy to sit or lay on.  Also, it’s a great time to set up a nice dining table for family dinners or even a Thanksgiving dinner in the brisk fall air.  Places like Christy Sports, Fruehauf’s or All Backyard Fun have a wide selection of outdoor patio sets.

 

Comfort

As with any space you use, you want it to be inviting and comfortable.  Add blankets, pillows and warm drinks as you lounge outside in the sunshine.  Though the air is brisk, it’s a great time to soak in some vitamin D and relax.  Outdoor speakers could also be nice to add soft music on your patio.

 

Grill or Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking outdoors isn’t just for summer barbeques anymore.  Gas grills and outdoor kitchens make it really easy to light up the grill for any weekday dinner.  It is also nice to be able to be with your guest in your outdoor living room while you are cooking.  These built in kitchens can complement your home and really add value to your property and be something you can always use no matter the weather.

 

 

Swim Spa or Hot Tub

 

There is a reason hot tubs are so popular year round - they are warm and relaxing.  Whether you are the only one soaking or you have invited all your friends, a hot tub is a warm way of enjoying your backyard any time of the year.  If you are looking for something a bit bigger consider a swim spa for soaking or exercising. 

 

 

 

 

Enclosure

 

If you really want to make your outdoor living space feel cozy, add a pergola or covered patio.  This will add shade, protection from the rain or snow and make it feel like your very own outdoor living room.  

 

 

 

 

Bring the Fun

 

Set up some backyard ladder golf, cornhole or bocce ball for your guests to enjoy in the cool fall air.  You can also mount a T.V. under a shade structure to watch Sunday football with friends.  Host a movie night to watch your favorite films on a projector screen or wall while you lounge on the patio furniture or lay on a blanket in the grass.

 

 

 

Garden

Your garden doesn’t have to look grey and dull all season.  Make sure you plant trees, shrubs and perennials that have winter interest for color and texture.  Evergreens will add rich greens, while grasses can sway in the wind.  Add chrysanthemums for a pop of color in the fall with pansies and ornamental kale as annuals.

 

Celebrate

Take advantage of the sunshine and carve pumpkins outside in the fallen leaves.  Decorate your home with pumpkins, squash and corn stalks.  Host a holiday party that is both indoors and outdoors so your guests can use the fire pit and outdoor kitchen.

 

 

Kristen Whitehead, owner of Helios Landscape Design, writes featured blog posts for our monthly newsletter on everything plant-related! She's happy to guide you in your next garden design effort.

 

 

Thinking of Selling? Competition is Coming!

by Cory Dudley

 

The number of building permits issued for single-family homes is the best indicator of how many newly built homes will rise over the next few months. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Residential Sales Report, the number of these permits were up 7.7% over last year.

 

How will this impact buyers?

 

More inventory means more options. Danielle Hale, Realtor.com’s Chief Economist, explained this is good news for the housing market - especially for those looking to buy:

"It's not spectacular construction growth, but it's slow and steady in the right direction. Eventually, the pickup in single-family home construction will mean [buyers] will have more options. Especially with the limited number of sales right now, more options are really needed."

 


 

How will this impact sellers?

 

More inventory means more competition. Today, because of the tremendous lack of inventory, a seller can expect:

  1. A great price on their home as buyers outbid each other for it
  2. A quick sale as buyers have so little to choose from
  3. Fewer hassles as buyers don’t want to “rock the boat” on the deal

 

With an increase in competition, the seller may not enjoy these same benefits. As Hale said:

"As new construction continues to increase, home shoppers will eventually have more [choices] and a bit more time to make purchase decisions compared to today's quick-moving housing market."

 


 

Bottom Line

 

If you are considering the sale of your home, it might make sense to beat this new construction competition to the market.

 

Christa's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

My HOT PICK for the week is 242 Stickney Street in Lyons, Colorado!

 

 

Live at the base of the mountains, 30 minutes to Rocky Mountain National Park, 15 minutes to shopping in Longmont, a beautiful commute to Boulder along the foothills highway, MILES and MILES of trails to explore, thousands of acres of Boulder County Open Space, there’s world class BEER here too – you’d be walking distance to Oscar Blues! You’re around the corner from The Stone Cup, the bestest little coffee shop in Boulder County.

Need I say more, it’s front range living at its finest!!!

 

 

Built in 2007, it has the charm of a historic bungalow with none of the older home fixing up. ​

 

 

Beautiful, warm, classy kitchen! You want to cook here! Your house will become the weekend getaway home for all your friends! Maybe that’s a good thing… maybe not…?

 

 

Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. ​

 

 

3 bright bedrooms all on the main level, updated baths and a fully finished basement. 

 

 

Co​nvenience, charm, location, space! This is a Lyons gem! It won’t last long, but I’d love to check it out with you and then go grab a beer! Let’s do it! 😲 Call, text or email – 303-913-9698​

 


 

(Listed by Gateway Realty Group)

 

 

Christa Marsh is a full time Realtor® and Buyer’s Specialist. From first-time home buyers to seasoned home-buying pros, Christa has all the tools and support to make the process fun, efficient, and most importantly SUCCESSFUL! Call, text or email at christa@justlistedcolo.com | 303-913-9698

 

NEW LISTING.... Modern Meadowview Townhome!

by Cory Dudley

 

Welcome home to 635 Gooseberry Drive #1404!

 

 

This is a beautiful townhome located in the highly sought after Meadowview neighborhood, and is arguably one of the nicest locations within the community. Meadowview is the perfect area for families and people of all ages, and boasts close proximity to schools, coffee shops, microbreweries, restaurants and boutiques! 

 

 

You'll be 'Colorado Living' on this private corner lot, surrounded and secluded nicely by mature landscaping and Evergreen trees. The neighboring greenway provides enjoyable walking trails for everyone in the family (two and four legged members alike...)

 

 

 

A centrally located kitchen creates an open feeling through the living and dining area, perfect for entertaining dinner guests. Lots of natural light to be enjoyed, and a feeling of seclusion from the 2nd floor. 

 

 

All the kitchen appliances are included in the sale, making for an especially simple move-in. Adding to the comfortable feel of this area in the home are the vaulted ceilings and generous kitchen island!

 

 

The south-facing balcony off of the dining area can be enjoyed during any season, especially for the seasoned Coloradoan! Admire the snow falling, sip coffee on a fall morning or soak up the sun during summer months. 

 

 

 

Head upstairs and you'll find the master bedroom, complete with a large walk-in closet. The attached 'master retreat' could be your next yoga room or office space/study....

 

 

Two full bathrooms match the bedrooms, with one on each floor, and simple finishes give a bright feeling. 

 

 

Keep the car dry during the winter months in the 1 car detached garage...

 

Showings begin on 9/30 at 11:00 am but if you can't wait till then to get a closer look.... Click below for the virtual tour! 

 

 

CALL US if you want a 'SOLD' sign in your front yard! 

 

 

Cory feels blessed and honored to be a top producing, full-time real estate broker and business owner in  beautiful Colorado. He gives everything he has to fulfilling his client’s dreams of home ownership - and it’s a privilege he doesn’t take lightly. 

Cory can be reached by mobile at 303.641.8597 or email at cory@justlistedcolo.com.

 

 

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