Come see this amazing, new home in Colorado (Fremont County)! Located in the quaint town of Florence, CO, this ranch style home at 120 Rose Drive will be open this weekend, Saturday April 20th, from 10:00AM – 3:00PM. Be one of the first to see the beautiful finishes and fixtures throughout the home. Amenities include hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and much more. All located within walking distance of downtown Florence, CO the Antique Capital Of Colorado!
The PeakDream Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Rocky Mountain Realtors has been working hard and with summer right around the corner, sellers are pulling the trigger and getting their homes on the market. Check out these 3 new listings, coming soon to the market in the Colorado Springs area.
611 Hilltop Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 $233,000
Cute, ranch style home in Ivywild area (specifically in the Foothills neighborhood) would be a perfect rental property or ideal as a primary residence. The location is stellar, just up from Ivywild School, a hotspot for music and events which includes a brewery, distillery, and bar. This home includes 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a large 2-car attached garage plus a carport, storage shed, RV parking & deck with a relaxing hot tub. Easy care wood laminate flooring in the main living area and carpeted bedrooms. Walking distance to Bear Creek Park for nature hikes, dog walking, or bike riding. Just minutes from Downtown Colorado Springs. For more details contact Southern Colorado Realtor Marion Meyer
320 Childe Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 $799,000
Your castle above the city in Broadmoor Hills Park. This home boasts of amazing views all up and down the Front Range, including breathtaking landmarks like Garden of the Gods. Enjoy the Colorado days and nights on the custom deck, complete with outdoor kitchen and built-in grill. When dinner is over, relax in your warm hot tub and marvel at the starry night. Plus, you’ll be right at home with the stunning interior with high vaulted ceilings, wood floors, and luxurious working, living, and playing spaces. Perfect for a quiet night at home in your personal theater, or reading your favorite book in one of the many rooms spread out over 5,182 square feet. Complete with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and plenty of character. For more information, contact a favorite local Realtor, Wayne Jennings
4134 Anitra Cir, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 $300,000
Step out your door and you’re within walking distance from some of Colorado Springs’ Hot Spots, like University of Colorado at Colorado Springs or the outdoor experience of Palmer Park Open Space. Convenient location near parks, schools, golf courses and more in this 2,200+ square foot home in the Garden Ranch neighborhood. Versatile floor plan perfect for primary residence or an investment property in Colorado, with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a 2 car garage. For more information, your experienced real estate agent is ready to help
Downtown Colorado Springs is blooming with Spring events for April 2019! There are always things to do in Downtown, from art and museums to food and networking events. Here are some highlights, as well as the full pocket guide event schedule available for download.
First Friday Downtown Art Walk: 5:00-8:00pm Friday, April 5th 2019
The First Friday Event is always a favorite, complete with art gallery openings and exhibits, plus shuttle buses to help you jump to all the First Friday events around town including Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs.
If you can’t make the First Friday Art Walk event, consider the Downtown Walking Tour: Art on The Streets event the next day, April 6th, at 10:00am which will be the final tour of the current downtown art sculptures before they’re changed out for new art displays.
Be sure to hang around that same night for the Silent Disco Laser Light Show at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, starting at 7:00pm.
April 13th, 2019
3rd Annual Downtown Urban Living Tour (ULT): Saturday, April 13th, 2019 10am-4pm
Come see some of the best living and social options that downtowners enjoy everyday. From homes, to downtown lofts, to mixed-use buildings with residential and commercial elements, you’ll get a first hand look at the culture and hear the stories of these properties. Get your tickets now before prices increase on April 12th.
Fitness and Outdoor Events
Check out the end of the month for fitness and outdoor events downtown. On April 27th, you’ll find multiple events happening. First, the Great American Cleanup With PikeRide in Middle Shooks Run Park is sponsored by our local bike share program, Pike Ride. They do monthly park and trail clean ups around the city. Second, if you’re looking for a bit more personal fitness and challenge, join the 12th Annual Run for the One Autism Awareness 5K in American the Beautiful Park. Register here for the 5K.
Additional Events and Experiences Every Month
We can’t capture everything here, so feel free to contact us directly with questions or additional details. Also, swing by our office anytime at 216 N Tejon Street (across from Acacia Park in Downtown Colorado Springs) and pick up a printed event schedule, downtown map, and a recommendation for our favorite restaurants! Downloadable schedule also available below.
Colorado real estate is diverse and unique, and the options are endless when you’re looking for an investment, primary residence, commercial property or even vacant land. Take a look at these unique Colorado properties that all have a unique real estate history and future.
Mobile Home Park Restored to Mid-Century Glory
In the small town of Canon City, CO you’ll find the magnificent results of creativity in real estate. The Rosedale mobile home park sits on about 0.70 acres and includes 5 mobile homes, but there’s a twist.
Remember the Sears catalog colors like mint green, sea-foam, and cherry pink that often inspired the decor throughout homes? These popular mid-century colors were used in bathroom sinks, toilets, bathtubs, countertops, and even exterior house paint.
This creative owner decided to purchase used mobile homes and renovate them to their former mid-century glory. He purposefully uses as many original period pieces as possible, from countertops to wood paneling on the interior walls. Even the decor and furniture matches the era. The team of renovators (including the owner) have made the old feel new again.
Plus, his business plan was obviously successful, with extremely high occupancy of renters. From traveling nurses to VRBO and AirBnB guests, many have enjoyed this creative twist on retro. And the vintage theme fits right in to its surroundings, ironically located right next to the Antique Capital of Colorado.
The property is currently available for sale, including all 5 mobile homes and the land for less than $400,000: https://www.peakdream.com/homes-for-sale-details/1535-ROSEDALE-LANE-CANON-CITY-CO-81212/56853/468/
Antique Store with Living Options, Retail Space, and More
In the Central Historic Business District in Downtown Florence, CO the old Vendetti’s Building has housed many businesses over the years dating back to 1922 when it was built. Currently, the multi-use building is home to Salvage, Antiques, Vintage, Etc., one of the favorite antique stores along Main Street (State Hightway 115). Now, the owner is ready to sell, providing a huge opportunity for the right buyer.
First of all, let’s look at a real estate term: Mixed Use Building. This means the zoning has been labeled as a live/work space and is available both as a commercial property, but also with the option of adding the residential element. Whether you’re planning on continuing to run the antique business, or using the space for your own purposes, there are multiple advantages and features on this property that make it very flexible.
The front retail space includes large windows, two separate shop spaces, and private parking immediately in front of the store. Plus, there’s a small adjacent lot that is vacant and ready for creative ideas, additional buildings, etc. which is also included real estate.
Also, in front is a garage door which leads into the large warehouse space in the back of the building. This enormous space (which can also be accessed by a rear garage door loading area) includes 2-story tall ceilings, plus an unfinished loft space which could be a potential residential living space after converted.
Best of all, the location is key in the gorgeous town of Florence, CO the Antique Capital of Colorado. The bustling downtown includes excellent restaurants and shops, and recreation is just around the corner on the Arkansas River, Pathfinder Park, and other amenities. Tourist often pass through to shop, or en route to major attractions like Royal Gorge Bride and Park.
This Colorado property is currently for sale under $400,000. More details and property photos are available at https://www.peakdream.com/homes-for-sale-details/208-W-MAIN-STREET-FLORENCE-CO-81226/60153/468/
You’ve just bought a new house and now you must address the daunting task of moving all your belongings so that you can settle in to your new residence and make it your home. We have all heard horror stories about moving; from do-it-yourself nightmares that make moving seem like an insurmountable never-ending project to people having hired bad movers and having their belongings held hostage, badly damaged, or even worse.
What can you do to make sure that your move process is as smooth and hassle free as possible?
The keys to a great move are:
Start planning early to make sure that you are properly prepared when it comes time to make the move. Do as much organizing of your things in advance as possible to make the process of packing and unpacking simple and streamlined. While planning your move is a great time to purge any items that are no longer used, wanted or needed. There is no sense in paying to move these unwanted items or in bringing unnecessary clutter into your new home. Research what your options are to accomplish your move and create a plan. Whether you are thinking of moving yourself or hiring a professional mover, you will want to have the details worked out before the last minute. In either case, make sure that you are partnering with the right service providers who will have your best interest in mind through the stressful process of relocating everything you own.
Perhaps one of the first considerations you will make is deciding whether you will move yourself or hire professional movers. While, at first, it may seem more cost efficient to move yourself, it is a common mistake to compare truck rental prices to the prices of a professional mover. This is not a good “apples to apples” comparison as usually the prices given by professional movers include far more than just the truck. Often an estimate from a professional mover will include the truck, the fuel to run the truck, the boxes and other packaging materials necessary, as well as all the labor involved in boxing everything up, protecting the furniture and residence, and loading/unloading the truck. So, when deciding whether you will take your move on as a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project or hire a professional mover, it is important to factor in all the ancillary costs such as fuel and packaging materials. And, don’t forget to consider the cost of the food, drinks and thank you gifts for the friends and family who give their time and effort to help you. Once you have added up these auxiliary costs involved in moving yourself, you may decide that the savings are not great enough to warrant the extra time and effort that will be required, and therefore, you decide to hire a professional moving company.
Now that you have decided to hire a moving company, how can you narrow the field and make sure that you are dealing with legitimate companies who are honest and will handle your move with integrity?
Ask for a referral. A great first step is to reach out to any friends or family you have who have recently moved. Ask them if they had a good experience, and if so, who they moved with. If you don’t know anyone else who has recently moved, your Realtor is also a great person to ask for a referral to a moving company. Chances are they know of at least one good professional mover.
Search the internet. In the event you are unable to get any referrals, you can still find a great mover to work with through your own research. A great starting point for this would be the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations (FMCSA) website. Here you will find a Glossary of terms, to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary of the shipping and transport industry. Understanding the vocabulary of the industry and the different business models of moving companies will make it a lot easier to make good decisions moving forward. The FMCSA website also outlines the rules that licensed carriers must abide by, and you can search any complaints against a company on the site.
Verify credentials. Any mover which you are considering should be registered with US Department of Transportation (DOT) and should have a Motor Carrier (MC) and DOT number. Additionally, if you are considering a moving company based in Colorado they should be Licensed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and have a PUC license number. You can look up a moving company’s PUC license number on the Colorado PUC website. These licenses are fundamental accreditations that indicate you are dealing with a legitimate moving company. Never hire a mover who does not have these licenses in place or one with expired licenses. It is also advisable not to hire a mover whose DOT or MC number is less than 3 years old.
Written estimates. Beyond referrals and simple accreditations, there are some other elements to pay attention to as you start interacting with different moving companies. The way a moving company handles providing an estimate can be a great indicator as to the type of company you are dealing with. A professional mover will give you a written estimate, based on an in-home survey, at no charge. Verbal or ballpark estimates, estimates that seem too good to be true, estimates that do not contain the company’s name, address and identifying information, and estimates that require a fee to be paid are all red flags. You should also never hire a mover that will not give an estimate and simply says that charges are determined after loading.
Physical Location. It is recommended to pick a moving company that has physical presence in the city you are moving from. This simple attribute will help to avoid moving scams and brokers, as well as allow you to further evaluate the mover’s validity. Moving companies are industrial in nature, so if a company’s address is in a residential neighborhood, that is another red flag.
It also important to ask the necessary questions to be sure you are dealing with a full-service moving company, or at least one that has the necessary service offerings to fit your needs.
It is better to be safe than sorry. So, make sure to do your research and check out your moving company before they load your belongings onto their truck! Remember that if something the mover is promising seems too good to be true, it probably is. Since you will be trusting the moving company with most all your worldly possessions, make sure to exercise due diligence in protecting yourself and hire a reputable moving company who will take good care of your belongings and look out for your best interest.
This was a guest blog by A-1 Freeman Moving Group
For more tips on selecting a mover or to discuss your upcoming local or long-distance move, contact A-1 Freeman Moving Group today.
Downtown Colorado Springs provides plenty of opportunities to shop, dine, and play! The Downtown Partnership and other organizations are constantly dedicating resources and staff to help plan family-friendly events and provide entertainment for locals and tourist alike. Take a look at some of the top attractions in downtown Colorado Springs during the month of March 2019.
Spring Favorites Return to Downtown Colorado Springs
With the weather getting nicer and the Spring Forward time change just around the corner, Downtown Colorado Springs is again offering warm-weather events for the month of March.
The first of the month includes a Downtown Walking Tour on Saturday, March 2nd called “DOWNTOWN THROUGH THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S LENS” which will allow any skill level of photographer to enjoy photographing the iconic and historic landmarks of downtown Colorado Springs.
On March 10, the same day as Daylight Savings Time, downtown will kick off the longer days with the Colorado Farm & Art Market at Cottonwood Center for the Arts from 11:00am – 2:00pm. The event launches the summer series of art and farmers markets in the downtown area.
Staying Fit and Having Fun Downtown
No matter what type of fitness you prefer, there will be plenty of options to stay fit and have fun downtown this Spring. Brewhouse Yoga at Brass Brewing on March 2nd will make you work for your beer, or the free PikeRide Bike Share lunch ride on March 14th will mix up your normal lunchtime routine. Plus, kick off Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day festivities with the St. Patty’s Sports Expo at the Mining Exchange Hotel on March 15th.
St. Patrick’s Day Events Downtown – March 16 2019
You can spend the entire day attending and participating in St. Patty’s Day events in Downtown Colorado Springs. For the early birds, sign up for the St. Pat’s Bike Race and fun runs starting at 8:30am. You’ll be set and ready for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at noon on Tejon Street. Kids will love the KidsZone at the Money Museum, with free events throughout the day for different ages. Then, try a new restaurant for dinner and stick around for the World Dance Festival at the Lon Chaney Theater at 7pm.
Downtown Events You Can Count On
There are plenty of recurring events to keep you busy in March, plus other months of the year! Make a note of First Friday Downtown ArtWalk on your calendar, a chance to interact and experience various forms or art downtown (monthly 5pm-7pm on the first friday of the month). Keep an eye out for free museum day at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Jack Quinn’s weekly running club on Tuesdays, and more opportunities to learn and enjoy downtown Colorado Springs.
This 1953 built rancher house has a lot going for it! It’s a brand new listing in Central Colorado Springs and checks many of the boxes for a buyer looking for a new home, but the outdoor spaces, interior upgrades and proximity to amenities set this home apart.
Outdoor Spaces Create Peaceful and Relaxing Moments
Sometimes the outdoor space in a home can be overlooked, but when considering a home these thoughtful environments can add value and livable space. Especially when you consider the moderate climate of Colorado Springs, with bragging rights of over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. Even the winter months in this semi-arid climate, homeowners can enjoy comfortable evenings on the patio, outdoor grilling and al fresco dining.
This home at 1115 Foote Ave captures all the senses, with lush flower gardens lining the yard and a custom stamped concrete patio directly off the back sliding door. Enjoy your favorite streaming music service while you relax, thanks to the included speaker system both inside and outside the home. The large cement patio is versatile, with covered and uncovered portions. Just beyond the patio, the fully landscaped flat yard is very useable and a perfect location for barbecues with friends and family, or a quite afternoon in the sunshine with your favorite book.
Interior Upgrades Provide Peace of Mind and More Money
Besides the large backyard which adds extra living areas to the home, the interior of the house includes 2,468 square feet of interior living space, plus a 1 car garage not included in those figures. Thankfully, this home has been thoughtfully updated and remodeled and leaves a new buyer with few honey-do projects. From granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, to practical and luxurious bathroom updates, the inside of this brick home is nearly move-in ready. You’ll feel some of the upgrades as well, like the air conditioning and 2 cozy fireplaces.
There are upgrades around every corner, which leaves you one less thing to worry about. Instead, it leaves more money for customizing the home decor with new furniture, window coverings, and a few pieces of art from your local galleries.
Proximity To Amenities Make This Location Superb
Whether you are working, playing, relaxing or having a night out on the town, the location of 1115 N Foote Ave puts you in the right middle of the action. Amenities within a mile include UC Health Memorial Hospital Central, Patty Jewett Municipal Golf Course, U.S Olympic Training Center and Downtown Colorado Springs. Enjoying some of the excellent locally owned restaurants and great events and entertainment in Colorado Springs are just a short Lyft of Uber ride away. You’ll also enjoy parks and trails within walking distance of your new home, ready for your mountain bike, running shoes, or dog walks. Whether you choose to live in the home, or use it as a income-producing VRBO you’ll find the location meets many needs and provides plenty of convenience with its central location in the Top O The Town neighborhood.
So start the process today of placing yourself where you need to be! Request a showing of this beautifully renovated home and see if it’s right for you. If not, we have plenty more options to show you.
This home is listed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Rocky Mountain Realtors Agent Gary Peacock. For more information and additional photos, see 1115 N Foote Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 MLS#7099365
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Travel and community will merge in Spring 2020, thanks to a passionate, young group of local entrepreneurs. The next exciting addition to the downtown Colorado Springs skyline on Nevada Avenue is officially underway after the groundbreaking ceremony on January 30, 2019. Kinship Landing is a friendly boutique hotel, focused on outdoor adventure, city exploration and connecting travelers and locals alike.
The unique concept hotel is planned to have 80 beds, housed in 27 rooms. The blended style of hospitality includes everything from shared dorm spaces, to private rooms and even luxury suites. In addition, the main level of this trendy 4-story building will have amenities like
meeting space, food and bar options, and concierge.
Plus, the most important part of real estate: location, location, location! The build site is located at 421 South Nevada in downtown Colorado Springs (where the old Schooners Restaurant used to be) next to plenty of activities and social options. Located directly across from Loyal Coffee and The Bench Restaurant, travelers will easily be able to enjoy and explore the charm of Colorado Springs downtown within steps of the front door. Being in the core of downtown, if guests don’t feel like walking, there is easy access to options like PikeRide Bike Share, and Uber, Lyft and zTrip ride services.
If you have a chance to meet the founders (a group of local millennials including Bobby Mikulas and Brooke Mikulas, and business partners Nate Grimm and Jason Phillips), you’ll quickly see the passion and vision for the Kinship Landing project. After traveling the world and experiencing hospitality, generosity and goodness from others, they wanted to provide these same elements all while helping to develop and promote Colorado Springs.
The groundbreaking ceremony included many downtown supporters and locals like Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, CEO of Downtown Partnership Susan Edmondson, and CS Indy CEO John Weiss. Plus, proud friends and investors who are helping launch the project.
Travelers coming to Colorado Springs have plenty of options of places to stay, including AirBnB’s, VRBO’s, and multiple hotels throughout the city. But currently the downtown area is limited in total rooms available for those visiting Colorado Springs, with really only two main hotels in the core of downtown (Antlers and Mining Exchange). With Kinship Landing opening in Spring 2020 and additional hotels being built, the downtown businesses will start to see more activity and revenue from out-of-town leisure guest and business travelers.
It’s another exciting development for the Downtown Colorado Springs area, as it continues to build momentum and attract more young professionals, entrepreneurs and millennials. It’s no wonder why Colorado Springs was voted best place to live in 2018!
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Are These Mortgage Interest Rates Low?
Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows, despite the slight climb in 2018. Although we’ve seen rates increase a bit over the past year, this chart is a reminder of how spoiled homebuyers have been, especially over the last few years. In the last quarter of 2018, we’ve seen rates gradually increase 2 to 3 tenths of a point each month. Even with the rates increasing more than 1 point during calendar year of 2018, be thankful that you are not paying the 18% or more that buyers were burdened with around the early 1980’s.
Is It Better To Wait Until Rates Go Down Again?
Also, it’s important to look at the trend for the last five years. Although there are some ups and downs, rates are gradually increasing. It’s a great time to talk to your favorite real estate agent about purchasing a home. Whether you are a Springs transferred military buyer considering using your VA benefits or a first-time buyer looking to get a conventional 30-year or 15-year loan, the past 5 years have shown us overall that the more time that passes, the more you will pay for the loan. Right now, people who were thinking of buying a home 5 years ago are kicking themselves for not taking advantage of those low rates. Thankfully, they still have the option of homeownership with the advantage of securing some of the lowest interest rates over the last 45 years.
What If Interest Rates Go Back Up?
Talk to your agent and mortgage broker about locking in your rate so you secure the lowest possible mortgage interest rate without fear of it increasing during your contract period. We know this stuff can be confusing, but that’s why we’re here: to provide direction, advice and even professional hand holding for your next real estate transaction.
These enticing rates along with home sales slowing in the last quarter provide the perfect recipe for buying a home, condo, or townhome.
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Florence, Colorado (located just southwest of Colorado Springs in eastern Fremont County) is one of the best kept secrets in the state. The mild climate and location along the Arkansas River are just a few of the selling points for this quaint community, not to mention unique restaurants and community events in what’s referred to as the Antique Capital of Colorado.
If you’re just visiting Florence for the day, we’ve provided some ideal stops to make your trip memorable:
Antique and Thrift Stores
You can’t come to Florence, CO without at least window shopping at the dozens of antique stores which line main street. Take a trip down memory lane as you wander through these local independent shops and galleries. Shops provide everything from your favorite antique toys you grew up playing with, to reclaimed wood, turn of the century furniture, and fixtures to decorate your home. Plan a few hours to stroll down main street and enjoy – there’s even a gallery with wine tasting!
Enjoy the Outdoors
Florence River Park and Pathfinder Regional Park are a few community favorites, with trails and open space as well as access points to the popular Arkansas River. Fish, float the river, or just enjoy meandering down the trails on bike or foot. Golfing is also available just outside of downtown Florence, at the affordable Sumo Golf Village complete with views of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains while you enjoy a round of golf.
Dine on Main
Mixed in with the historic shops and galleries are a plethora of restaurants with one-of-a-kind dining experiences. Ito Japanese Steak House is a community favorite and they have recently expanded their space to keep up with the demand from locals and tourist hankering for sushi, Thai food, and ramen bowls just to mention a few menu items. Additional, local pizza at Papa’s Restaurant or the memorable Quincy’s Steakhouse, which offers prime rib Friday through Sunday, and filet mignon the rest of the week. Local foodies are already raving about the newest restaurant to main street, Turmeric Indian and Nepalese Restaurant. If you’re not ready for a full meal, grab a coffee and pastry at Pour House Coffee Shop or grab a beer at Florence Brewing Company, just 1 block up Pikes Peak Avenue from downtown.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Just 20 minutes outside of Florence is the larger community of Canon City, where the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park attracts thousands of tourist every year. Whether you just go to see the highest suspension bridge in Colorado, or are looking for more of a thrill on their Cloudscraper Zip Line, there’s something for every age and level of engagement.
With an elevation of 5187 feet above sea level, the climate in the Florence area tends to be warmer than larger surrounding cities like Colorado Springs. Perfect for exploring, shopping and loving the Colorado life! Whether you are a local or a tourist, you’ll have a great time exploring this unforgettable Colorado city.
For more community information, tips, and options please contact us or visit the Florence Chamber of Commerce website.