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Hops + Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam is back for its sixth year!

Saturday and Sunday in Longmont's beautiful Roosevelt Park.

Saturday 12-6pm & Sunday 12-4pm

Photo Credit: Black Shirt Brewing Co.

​*** 60+ Breweries ***

*** Ski & Snowboard Competition ***

 *** Concert with headliner Karl Denson's Tiny Universe ***

Get the full list of breweries, music line up, tickets and more @ http://www.lhbfoundation.org/hops-handrails/

All proceeds go to the Left Hand Brewing Foundation and Area Non-Profits, which, as of October 2017, has raised $847,997 for charity!!!

Pre-Sale tickets are available - Buy Here! (Prices go up the day of the event.)

See ya out there! Cheers!

JUST SOLD - Southwest Longmont Townhome

by Cory Dudley

The Winning Team Real Estate Group at Old Town Real Estate Co. JUST SOLD on another town home!

Our client was assisted by Cory Dudley, Broker Owner and 18-year veteran of the market. We were able to negotiate terms and a price that worked perfectly for our Seller's schedule so that our client could move on to the next chapter of his life.

Congratulations to our Seller! 

Cory gives everything he has to fulfilling his client's dreams of home ownership - and it's a privilege he doesn't take lightly.

Cory is proud and honored to have served this community for the last 18 years as a full-time real estate broker and owner of Old Town Real Estate. It brings him pride to know that people come to him as a trusted adviser when selecting a home in Boulder County and specifically in our beloved Old Town neighborhoods.

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

 

 

 

"Love creates a communion with life. Love expands us, connects us, sweetens us, ennobles us.

Love springs up in tender concern, it blossoms into caring action. It makes beauty out of all we touch. In any moment we can step beyond our small self and embrace each other as beloved parts of a whole."

- Jack Kornfield 

 

 

We know all too well that the world can be a scary, overwhelming and confusing place; and lately there seems to be a lot going on. Between natural disasters and acts of violence, headlines are dreaded and draining before the day has even begun. Despite the darkness during challenging times, there is something else going on that's worth noting. 

People are donating their time and resources to charities and various efforts of all kinds. They're giving all that they can, however they can. It's during the darkest times that humanity can shine the brightest! That light is putting love and kindness into action, and we're all capable of putting this energy into practice. 

Beyond becoming involved in your community and in charities that speak to you, inward reflection is an essential aspect of processing tragic events that are beyond our control. Truth be told, the majority of us can only control how we react to such things. A simple meditation practice can cultivate the love & kindness that is so important following disasters, and can even be done in spare moments throughout your daily life.

 

 

Loving Kindness Meditation

 

Begin by finding a quiet or special space where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Take deep breaths for a few minutes, focusing on a soft heart and releasing all plans and precautions. First, recite the below phrases inwardly and focus on your own well-being. 

May I be filled with loving kindness.

May I be safe for inner and outer dangers.

May I be well in body and mind. 

May I be at ease and happy. 

While repeating the phrases, allow images to come and go naturally, and focus on allowing the feelings to fully permeate your body & mind.

 

When you are feeling a strong sense of self love, you can then feel confident in expanding the meditation to include others in your own social circles, then your community, and finally, humanity as a whole. Repeat the same phrases as above, but imagine sending the feelings outwards to others. 

May you be filled with loving kindness. 

May you be safe for inner and outer dangers.

May you be well in body and mind.

May you be at ease and happy.

 

Local Longmont Ballot Issues

by Cory Dudley

 

There are 3 ballot issues that have been approved by the Longmont City Council for inclusion in the 2017 election. Before it's time to cast your vote, get the 4-1-1 on each issue and make a truly informed decision.

 

No matter what your stance, be sure you participate on Election Day, November 7th!

 

Water Storage Bond - Ballot Question 2J

 

 

What is it all about? The City of Longmont is requesting the issuance of bonds to fund construction of a water supply reservoir for Longmont's use.

 

Why? Currently, Longmont is one of several cities that have water rights in the Windy Gap Project; water diverted from the Colorado River that is at this time held in Lake Granby. During wet periods when the lake is full, there's nowhere to store the excess water! The goal is to have additional storage space during wet periods, and a surplus available during dry times.

 

How will it be built, and where? Construction and management of the project will be managed by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District on behalf of 12 different participants. The reservoir would be built just west of Carter Lake and would be approximately the same size (90,000 acre feet). 

 

What would this cost residents? The proposal is to increase water rates by 13% in 2018 and 10% in 2019. For example, if someone's water bill is currently $36.07, it would instead cost $37.39. 

 

Arguments FOR....

* Significant opportunity for Longmont to secure both the current and future water supply for the city

* Bond financing has initially lower user rates than if cash were used to fund this project

* Costs are more equitably distributed among current and future Longmont residents 

* Continued contributions will come from fees paid on building permits

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Arguments AGAINST....

* Longmont doesn't have a need for this much water now or in the future 

* Alternative funding sources should be involved rather than the city itself 

* There are other options available out there to address the issue of city water

 

 

Public Safety Tax - Ballot Question 2H

 

 

What is it all about? Did you know that the Longmont community has grown by over 10,000 people in the past 10 years? As a result, the City is asking voters to approve an increase in the public safety tax. 

 

What effect does the growth in our community have, from a public safety perspective? Some of the most obvious effects are recorded increases in service calls, violent crime (increased by 20%), traffic volume, accidents and traffic-related fatalities, and computer fraud and technology-related crimes. 

 

What would the increased tax be used for? It will be used to hire more police officers, dispatchers, firefights and necessary support staff, as well as all the equipment and facilities needed to provide public safety services.

 

What would this cost residents? The increase to 0.255% is approximately 2.55 cents for every $10 spent on taxable goods. 

 

Arguments FOR...

* This tax increase is necessary to properly align police and fire services with the safety needs of Longmont

* In order to better address 9-1-1 demands, emergency dispatchers must be properly supported

* Longmont is currently behind the ball on providing these critical services to the community, despite its undeniable growth

 

Arguments AGAINST...

* Shouldn't the growth within the community pay it's own way for increased needs?

* It's the duty of the city to prioritize city services as needed, not simply increase taxes

 

 

Marijuana Tax - Ballot Issue 21

 

 

What is this all about? This particular issue is two-fold. 1.) The city council is considering allowing 4 retail marijuana stores within Longmont city limits and 2.) Put in place an additional tax on the sales in said stores.

 

Are you saying that all residents will pay this tax? NO. Only people who purchase trail marijuana within Longmont city limits will pay this tax! 

 

How much would the tax be? 3%, or 3 cents per dollar spent on marijuana products. 

 

What would the proceeds be used for? Half of the tax collected will likely be used for various expenses related to the retail marijuana sales; licensing, inspections and public safety services. The other half will be used to fund affordable housing. 

 

Arguments FOR... 

* An additional cost will be incurred by allowing retail marijuana stores to open shop within the city limits, and an additional tax will be necessary to support that

* Tax revenue will be used for affordable housing

* There is an opportunity to collect revenue from other Colorado residents surrounding Longmont from other communities in which retail marijuana sales are prohibited

* Currently, Longmont is losing out on revenue collection because Longmont residents are traveling to nearby Boulder, Lafayette and Louisville and contributing taxes to those communities instead

 

Arguments AGAINST...

* There is no clear use guarantee that the funds will go directly to affordable housing

* Other communities along the Front Range have lower tax rates than this proposal, meaning Longmont won't be able to compete anyway

* Additional taxes specifically target marijuana users to pay for city services, and why should marjiuana use be taxed any differently than clothes, food and other products?

 

Cory's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

Cory's HOT PICK is 1612-1618 Green Place; 1977 four-plex located on the SW edge of Old Town Longmont. The location near downtown and beautiful historic neighborhoods simply can't be beat, making this is a solid investment opportunity...

 

 

 

The quiet location on a cul-de-sac means no through traffic and ample parking, including the 8 off-street parking spaces that belong to the property.

 

 

Each unit has a garden level basement, central A/C and an outdoor yard area. Three of the units also include a private storage shed

 

 

 

Units 1616 and 1618 have been significantly renovated and updated, and the building received a new roof in 2014. Landscaping work at included a new sprinkler system to help care for the mature trees

 

 

 

 

The market for multi-family investment properties has never been stronger! Well cared for properties are selling within days to savvy investors and this one is no exception... The future potential cash-flow is solid on this well maintained four-plex, and it's located in one of the hottest trending areas of town.

 

We see nothing but upside on this investment!

 

(Listed by WK Real Estate)

 

Give me a call to schedule a private showing...

 

 

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.

 

 

Cory's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

My HOT PICK of the week is 7180 N 49th Street in the east foothills of Longmont, Colorado. Thanks to the front range views, this property is one of the most sought-after locations in Boulder County! 

 

 

 

Enjoy the combination of modern and rustic design throughout the home, blended seamlessly...

 

 

 

The master suite includes a luxury bathroom with modern fixtures, finishes and designs throughout. 
 


 

 

 

 

A spacious kitchen with plenty of cabinetry means more than enough room for dishes and cooking items. Guests will admire the stainless appliances, granite counter tops & tile back splash.

 

 

 

The home is completely renovated and their are multiple out buildings on the property including a barn/workshop with electricity, fenced pastures & hay storage facilities. A detached over-sized garage provides ample space for all your toys!

 

 

 

This one is worth serious consideration as the scarcity of wide open land is becoming more and more present, as new residents arrive each year in search of the 'Colorado Lifestyle.' 

 

(Listed by Coldwell Banker Res - Canyon Boulevard)

 

Give me a call to schedule a private showing! 

 

 

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.

 

 

Home Are Selling Quickly!

by Cory Dudley

 

 

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that homes were on the market for an average of 28 days in June. This is a slight increase from the 27 days reported in May, but down from 34 days reported a year ago.

54% of homes across the country were on the market for less than a month in June!

 

Among the 27 states with homes selling in 30 days or less are Washington, Utah, California, and Colorado. The map below was created using results from NAR’s Monthly Realtors Confidence Index Survey.

 

Homes Are Selling Quickly Nationwide | MyKCM

 

Bottom Line

Buyer demand is increasing as the inventory of homes available for sale remains low. If you are thinking about listing your home for sale this year, give us a call so we can help you take advantage of current market conditions!

 

 

 

 

Local Events this Weekend

by Cory Dudley

 

We've compiled a short list of activities that you can dive into over the weekend, in Longmont and Boulder. The forecast is showing lots of rain in the upcoming week, so you may want to keep things flexible.

 

 

Friday, August 4th 

 

2nd Roost Block Party - The Roost - 6 to 10 pm - FREE

Head to The Roost for their 2nd block party event! Bonnie & the Clydes will be performing alongside Francis and the Wolf. Adults can enjoy the beer garden and the whole family can grab dinner while the music plays.

EcoCreations8 - Arts Longmont, 356 Main St - 11 am to 5 pm - FREE

The open reception for Arts Longmont's current exhibit is tonight from 6 to 9 pm. At 7 pm their will be an artist talk with drinks, snacks, and like minded company. 22 artists from around the country have submitted art that showcases discarded items such as pine cones, plastic bags and bicycle chains. Come and be inspired!

Mediterranean Tapas - Food Lab, 1825 Pearl St - 6:30 to 9:30 pm - $79/person

Join Food Lab for Mediterranean cuisine! On the menu will be dolma, cauliflower rice greek salad, carrot tahini slaw and kefta. 

The Grant Daniel Reed Band - The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St - 9 to 11 pm - $5 tip encouraged

See the Grant Daniel Reed Band as they play a mix of covers and originals at the Laughing Goat in Boulder. The $5 tip is encouraged but not required; a portion of the donations help to bring fresh water to African villages.

 

Saturday, August 5th

 

​Leftapalooza Mile High Tribute Band Competition - Roosevelt Park - 12 to 10 pm

Back for the 7th year, 8 of Colorado's best tribute bands perform for the masses! Left Hand Brewing Company creates a music and craft beer experience like no other, right in the heart of local Longmont. There will be plenty of food and craft beer for everyone, and a Kid Zone for the younger members of the family.

Thin Air Burlesque: Comedy Cabaret - Dickens Opera House - 7 pm - $12 tickets

Whether you've been to a burlesque show or not, this is one you shouldn't miss! Burlesque meets stand up comedy for a unique experience. Due to content, the show is for 18 years and older.

Boulder Saturday Farmers Market - Central Park - 8 am to 2 pm - FREE

Shop various artisan and farm booths while enjoying live music. Make a day of it but please, leave the four-legged family members at home. 

 

Sunday, August 6th

 

"Footloose: The Musical" - Jesters Dinner Theatre - 6 pm - ​$15 or $30/person

The Jesters Dinner Theatre offers show-goers the opportunity to either enjoy just the show or dinner first and then the show. The student production of "Footloose: The Musical" promises to be a great show - don't miss out!

Restorative Cider Yoga with Kevin Flynn - St. Vrain Cidery, 350 Terry St - 10 to 11 am - $8/person

Bring your yoga mat, blanket and a preparedness to restore your mind and body. This class offers a practice for people of all ages, bodies and levels of yoga experience. Hidden perk - the price includes a 4oz pour of cider!

 

Christa's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

My HOT PICK for the week is 1930 3rd Avenue, listed at $460,000...

 

 

Sweet brick ranch in the heart of Longmont. A walk or bike ride to Sunset Golf Course & Pool, Old Town and Main Street, the St. Vrain Greenway bike/walking paths, shopping at Whole Foods and easy commuting to Boulder. 

 

 

Open, flowing floor plan and bright finishes.... 

 

 

Cozy retreat with a fireplace and a secluded patio! 

 

 

Serene Master Suite....

 

 

Bonus sun room that is perfect for enjoying morning coffee. 

 

 

Low maintenance private backyard with shady mature trees. So perfect for grilling and cooling down on these hot summer days! 

 

(Listed by RE/MAX Alliance - Longmont)

 

 

Christa is a Licensed REALTOR & Buyer's Specialist for The Winning Team Real Estate Group at Old Town Real Estate in beautiful Longmont, Colorado. Her business background gives her the experience and expertise a Buyer needs and wants in today's competitive market.  Christa can be found spending her free time outside trail running, mountain biking and playing in the mountains with her dog, Whim. It's all that Colorado has to offer that keeps Christa happy, healthy, and enjoying life to it's fullest. 

Christa can be contacted via email at christa@justlistedcolo.com or mobile at 303.913.9698

 

Coming Soon to Main Street...

by Cory Dudley

 

 

Many shops and restaurants have come and gone from Longmont's downtown Main Street over the years, while others have remained steadfast longer than the rest. But these upcoming months promise to bring about more variety than we've seen in quite some time! Arrivals include...

 

Cheba Hut Sandwich Shop - 635 Main Street

Operating Office Marc Torres says that the themed sandwich shop chose Longmont for it's next location because of the growth in the downtown Longmont area. The location will have an outdoor covered patio and an open area with yard games and ping pong tables. Approximately 30 people will be hired.

 

Ivy Rose - 520 Main Street Unit A

"We really need something cool, hip and fun for all women", says Ivy Rose owner, Girard Bieker. The store will be located adjacent to another new women's clothing store. 

 

Longmont Bicycle Company - 314 Main Street

The folks here can sell you cycles and gear, as well as provide full service maintenance and repairs. Hang out afterwards and at the coffee lounge and get your cycling chat on. 

 

 

SNOW Apparel - 520 Main Street Unit B 

The grand opening for SNOW Apparel is scheduled for September 1st, if you want to be there for the big moment! SNOW Apparel will feature made-in-American and fair trade clothing, gifts and accessories. 

 

Kitchen Company - 464 Main Street

Since Miller Music closed down after 42 years, this location has sat empty. Dan Gust, owner and operator of local Ace Hardware, plans to renovate the upper floor into 3 one-bedrooms lofts, about 800 square feet each, and open Kitchen Company down below. They plan to carry much of the same merchandise as Ace Hardware, with a more upscale and modern feel. 

 

Rockin' Robin's Retro & Resale - 233 Main Street

The vintage consignment shop has been up and running for a couple of months now after relocating from it's longtime location in Niwot, CO. Complete with the entire inventory of closed-down Candy's Vintage Clothing and Costumes, Longmont now has a more unique option in town. 

 

 

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