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5 Things to do in Golden Colorado

The city of Golden Colorado is located northwest of the city of Denver. The gateway to the Rocky Mountains. The Wild West is still alive in Golden, Colorado’s territorial capital until 1867. Upon arriving in Golden, you are welcomed with an old-fashioned wooden arch over Washington Street reading: “Howdy Folks! Welcome to Golden!”

Established as a gold-rush town, Golden City quickly became a leading economic and political center of the region, being a center of trade between the gold fields and the east, a crossroads and gateway of important roads leading to the mountains. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains.

  1. railroad_museumColorado Railroad Museum – The Colorado Railroad Museum has over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses HO Model Railroad and G-scale garden railway on our 15-acre railyard. OPEN DAILY 9:00AM TO 5:00PM
  2. Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Is a rock structure near Morrison, Colorado, 10 miles west of Denver, where concerts are given in the open-air amphitheatre. There is a large, tilted, disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical rock angled outwards from stage right, several large outcrops angled outwards from stage left and a seating area for up to 9,525 people.
  3. Golden Gate Canyon State Park – Is a Colorado State Park located in Gilpin and Jefferson counties northwest of Golden, Colorado. The 11,998-acre (48.55 km2) Front Range park established in 1960 has 36 miles (58 km) of hiking trails. Horse and bicycle travel is allowed on 22 miles (35 km). Facilities include a visitors center, over 100 campsites and over 100 picnic sites.
  4. Coors Brewery – Two blocks east of the downtown shopping district is the starting point for touring the world’s largest brewery. Tour vans collect visitors at the parking lot, take them on a brief drive through downtown, then over to the Brewery. The tour includes a brief history of the business, an explanation of the brewing process, a chance to see the beer being made, and a trip to the Coors hospitality room, where visitors of legal drinking age can sample Coors products for free!
  5. astor_houseThe Astor House – Is a historic stone hotel from the earliest years of Golden, Colorado. Associated with prominent area pioneers, it was also a pioneering effort in historic preservation in the region. On June 13, 1972 Golden’s people voted to save it, with 69% voting in favor. Afterward it became the Astor House Hotel Museum, which is open to the general public today. OPEN DAILY 10:00AM TO 4:30PM

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10 Reasons to Live in Denver!

Denver ranks No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 2016 Best Places to Live. U.S. News analyzed 100 cities based on quality of life, job market, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Denver had an overall score of 7.8 out of 10. Austin, Texas, came in No. 2 with a 7.7 score; Fayetteville, Ark., got 7.5; Raleigh-Durham, N.C. got 7.5. (see the full article U. S. News & World Report)

So why is Denver a desirable place to live, we’ll let’s look at 10 reason you might consider Denver as your home. There are so many more reason to want to live in the “Mile High City,” but we will start with the top 10 reasons.

  1. 300 sunlight days a year – The Denver area enjoys more days of sunshine than any other city, making it a phenomenal place to play outdoors. Some good advice; invest in a good pair of sunglasses. The snow quickly melts in the city while keeping the white stuff on the peaks. Can’t beat 300 days of sun rays.
  2. A thriving downtown – Downtown Denver doesn’t shut down after 6 p.m., like the downtowns of so many other cities. A historical mining town with a long history of drinking and saloons, Denver nightlife is today a varied scene. Legend has it that first building ever constructed in Denver was a drinking establishment and with a high brewery count per capita, Denver specializes in select microbrews and authentic breweries with a local, Western flavor. LoDo, or Lower Downtown, is a hip enclave of see-and-be-seen bars alongside packed sports bars.
  3. 5,280 feet above sea level – You didn’t think they called it “Mile-High City” without reason, did you? Denver is a mile above sea level. In fact, if you walk up the western stairs of the Colorado State Capitol, you’ll be “Mile High” on the 13th step. The high altitude will definitely improve your golf game, but for newcomers and visitors, it means drinking more water (and less alcohol), taking it easy on physical activity, and wearing lots of sunscreen. The sunsets erupt into incredible oranges and reds, with mountains silhouetted against the backdrop.
  4. Public transportation and parks – Denver offers every kind of free public-park option: dog parks, skate parks, bike parks, walking parks, grassy parks, and above all, Red Rocks. Similar to the concept of Chicago’s “L,” Denver has the RTD Light Rail that stops at 46 stations throughout the Denver metro. With stops all the way from Sports Authority Field at Mile High and Pepsi Center out to Littleton, Denver residents and visitors can get where they need to go without hitting tons of traffic. Just added in 2016 is a line out to the Denver International Airport from downtown Union Station. It’s also easy to transfer to city buses from the Light Rail, and there are Park-n-Ride lots for commuters.
  5. The Rockies mountains are 20 minutes away – The excellent view of the Rocky Mountains just to the west of the metro isn’t the only reason people like living in Denver. Outdoor enthusiasts in particular love the area because they’re only a short drive from hiking and sightseeing adventures at Rocky Mountain National Park, camping in Chatfield State Park or Guanella Pass, whitewater rafting down Clear Creek and so much more.
  6. Front Range is on the front line of this country’s beer production – Although initially known for Coors, the Mile High City has been a huge player in the craft brewery revolution. There are microbreweries located all over Colorado and many within the Denver city limits. You can’t go wrong with any of them and a favorite is the Great Divide Brewery located in Downtown Denver. They have amazing beer, a brewery tour and a tap room. In addition, there are several downtown standouts: Wynkoop Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Great Divide Brewery, Blue Moon Brewery, Falling Rock Taphouse, Renegade Brewing, Denver Beer Company, Denver Chophouse and Brewery, and Rock Bottom Brewery. Brewpubs outside of downtown include Avery Brewing, Left Hand Brewery.
  7. Outdoor play zone – With nearly 200 parks in Denver, you’re bound to find the right place for outdoor recreation. Many locals love South Denver’s Washington Park—known as Wash Park—for running and biking. It has miles of wide, well-kept trails frequented by runners and cyclists of all levels. For those who aren’t into running and biking, the more modern Central Park in Stapleton is also a great place. In addition to lakes and paths, this 80-acre park includes a stage and playground area, as well as a massive hill perfect for sledding in the winter.
  8. Every major sports team and then some… – If professional sports are your thing, there are plenty of options in the Mile High City. Denver is home to all of the big four major sports teams with the Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets and Rockies. For the non–traditionalists, there are also two professional lacrosse teams and soccer as well.
  9. Denver International Airport – Thanks to its convenient location in the center of the country, Denver is the fifth-busiest airport in the world (based on aircraft movements). It’s the main hub for Frontier Airlines, as well as a hub for United Airlines and Southwest. Flights to either coast (especially the west) are relatively quick and inexpensive, and flights to Europe and the Middle East often head due north, to Canada, and then over the Arctic, making for an abridged route.
  10. Independent arts and music scenes – From the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to the Denver Art Museum to the Denver Performing Arts Complex (where touring Broadway shows like The Lion King and Book of Mormon please the crowds), the Mile-High City offers its fair share of cultural attractions. If you like live music, head to the Ogden or the Fillmore to catch major touring acts. If you’re searching for smaller bands, check out the Hi-Dive, Bluebird Theater or head north to the Boulder Theater.If you’re into independent movies, the Esquire Theatre (just south of Cheesman Park) shows plenty of indy and foreign films, while the Mayan Theatre (on Broadway, between 1st and 2nd) shows a blend of big-box and indy flicks. Less than an hour south of Denver sits the Colorado Renaissance Festival, a literal village that opens each summer and is filled with hundreds of trained and experienced costumed merrymakers. Not only do these actors live and work in the village, but they also perform on each of the seven stages throughout the festival grounds. You can come in plain clothes or dress up—you can even buy a costume while you’re there! Also, try Steak on a Stake and cheer on your favorite jouster alongside the royal court in the jousting tournament.

Denver Colorado is an attractive place to raise a family, retirement or just the single life. As Denver’s offer of more than 5,000 acres of parks, trails, golf courses and playgrounds makes it an outdoor paradise. But for those sensitive souls when it comes to temperature, Denver definitely has seasons, but they are more mild than a lot of people would think. Lots of snow one day and sunshine the next. Who could ask for more.

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Tiny House Craze!

Downsizing? This is not just a baby boomer trend, because they are empty nesters or trying to get out of house and yard cleanup. No this is a most recent trend of the Millennials. Millennials are wanting to use the money for a home to travel and spend more time with friends and family instead of being strap down with a mortgage payment. So they are not buying over their budget with a starter home, they’re starting with a tiny house.

It’s tiny house Craze!

These perfectly planned mobile homes that take advantage of nearly every inch of space for functionality sake are the latest and greatest in real estate trends. This is a more simplified way of life in the downsized fashion.

The Tiny House Trend

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So who wants a tiny house? What is wrong with the normal American home? Most of the tiny home hunters are looking for these smaller living spaces because of one of two reasons: financial or environmental. The average American home is over 2,000 square feet and costs on an average of $200,000. Every homeowner will be paying off a mortgage payment for about 15-30 years. This is too long for the typical tiny house purchaser.

Most Americans will spend a good chunk of their lives working just so that they can pay off that massive mortgage, leaving them stuck in a vicious cycle of debt. The main idea behind the tiny house trend is that it allows your home buyers to build or buy, and design their home without entering into that cycle of debt for years.

An increasingly popular choice for tiny houses aren’t houses, but mobile homes, school buses, converted shipping containers, or small houses that can actually be towed behind a truck on a trailer. Perfect for millennials, known for job-hopping and their traveling tendencies who may find themselves in a place where buying the traditional home isn’t viable for their location or current economic state.

The idea behind the trend of tiny houses is that without getting stuck in the trap of debt, tiny house folks can live in a home they own outright and do more of what they love, and less of the working that they may not love as well.

The Tiny House In Colorado

In Colorado, the towns of Durango, Buena Vista, Telluride and Walsenburg have all changed or are working on rule changes to embrace possibilities for tiny houses in the community. Here are some other areas that are welcoming the tiny homes communities: Denver, Boulder, Woodland Park, La Junta and Colorado Springs.

Tiny Homes are not for everyone and this might just be a fade, but the idea of financial freedom and traveling might appeal to a lot people. A tiny house might have a place on your lawn. Would you consider a tiny home?

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Sell Your Home Year Round with The Strange Team!

Sell Your Home Year Round!

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Many of our clients were lead to believe that the only time of year to sell a home is spring and we’re here to tell you that’s just not the case!   The fact that Colorado experiences all four seasons (some longer than others!) is one of the best parts of this state.  Adding little seasonal touches to your home for sale will help to keep yours in the minds of potential buyers.   Here’s a few of The Strange Team’s favorite tips for every time of year –

Summer –

  • Highlight your favorite outdoor features – patios, porches, decks, landscaping
  • Hanging baskets give a summery, vibrant feel to outdoor spaces
  • Add decorative touches in light colors
  • Keep your home cool, but not cold in the hot Colorado summer months

Fall –

  • Accent the season in your home with decorative gourds, fall corn and foliage in clear vases
  • Hints of cinnamon scents add warmth
  • Place pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns on your porch
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  • Add cozy rugs and throws to make homes feel warm and inviting
  • Highlight functional fireplaces in the chilly months
  • Around the holidays, add wreaths and other festive touches


  • Place seasonal flower arrangements throughout home
  • Do a little extra spring cleaning to make your home sparkle!
  • White candles give a classic touch
  • Add bright, clean colors to your linens and towels

Overall, you want to add light, seasonal touches to your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers in any season.  No season has to be the ‘off season’ in this market!

Interested in finding out what your home is worth in this busy, Colorado market?

For more information, contact The Strange Team and our lending partner, Dustin Hodges at Summit Funding, Inc. (NMLS ID# 3199)

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Direct: (303) 668-7605
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DORA ID#: LBM100030291

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Don’t Miss This Denver University Abode! – 2573 S Williams St Denver, CO 80210

Denver University Neighborhood Abode

Denver University Neighborhood Abode


Newly remodeled and updated Denver University neighborhood home!  This wonderful bungalow features two light filled bedrooms and one full bathroom.  The bathroom was completely remodeled in 2011 with many designer touches.

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Enter the home to a spacious living room/dining room with handsome hardwood floors.  Beautifully updated designer kitchen with tile flooring, large pantry, tile back splash and pristine counter tops.  The kitchen showcases new stainless steel appliances including a brand new garbage disposal.   The home previously had an attached one car garage, it has been transformed into a sunken cozy family room off the kitchen.  The family room is a wonderful addition, bathed in sunlight from the two skylights on the high ceilings.  A laundry room is situated off of the family room and a backdoor for access to the yard.

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Not only is this home wonderful on its own, it has been updated and improved in a number of ways by the previous owners.  The whole home is wired for ethernet and satellite.  A booming home stereo, with speakers installed, is also included.  The classic home was not built originally with central air, but it was installed in addition to ceiling fans to keep the already shaded home cool through the hot Colorado summers.   Newer double pane windows were installed throughout the home in 2008.  The previous owners installed a brand new roof before listing.

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The spacious backyard is perfect for outdoor entertaining.  Hidden by a cedar fence, this yard features a large covered patio that is ready to be wired for television and sound with a suspended television cabinet installed.  Over-sized, detached two car garage complete this property.

This area is the place to be in Denver with easy access to the Denver University campus, hip restaurants and convenient shopping.  Unbeatable Denver University neighborhood location and a lovely low maintenance home, this home is surely not to be missed!


Contact The Strange Team today at 720.295.4350 for pricing information on this wonderful DU home located at 2573 S Williams St Denver, CO and monthly mortgage information


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How to Sell Your Home for the Most Money

My top 3 tips I learned when selling my own home and how to sell your home for the most money!

This summer, I put myself through the process I have personally put my clients through time and time again — I put my own home on the market.  I began to think about what makes a home sell and not only that, but what can we do as homeowners to get the most amount of money out of the sale of our home.  After I completed the process, I looked back and came up with my top three ways to get top dollar from the sale of your home —

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  1. LOOK FOR RED FLAGS — Go through your home top to bottom. That small leak under your bathroom sink? Fix it.  The chip in the paint in the kitchen?  Paint it.  Look for items to improve before your home goes under contract and an inspector points out items to fix
  2. STAGE IT – It is proven that professionally staged homes seller faster and for more money. Take model homes for example, when you walk into one, it looks and feels like you could call it home yourself, why? Because a professional stager came in and transformed the residence into a home with their designer eye and touches.  Walking into a home and seeing yourself living there comfortable in your mind is that feeling that makes buyers have to have that home!  We always hear the same reasons for not using a stager – it’s too expensive, why shouldn’t my furniture make the cut, we’ll just clean up, etc.  Sure, you can sell your home without staging, but if you want to make the most money from the sale of your home, I would call the stager before showings begin!  The Strange Team has trusted, professional stagers as a part of their team and offer consultations to our clients.
  3. KNOW THE MARKET – As an agent, it’s my job to watch, study and analyze the market. Most agents when they list a home do the 3 P’s – Put in MLS, Place a sign in the yard, Pray it sells.  I say take it two steps further and include price watching. Keep up with the newer homes coming onto the market (there are more and more every week!).  Pricing your home 10% under fair market value gives you an extra edge.  A lower price will bring in more traffic, every buyer in the marketplace will perceive it as an extremely high value which results in MULTIPLE OFFERS and sometimes a bidding war.  By only being 10% under, your home is still considered competitive with the other homes on the market in your neighborhood.

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3.5 Bonus: PROSPECT — Don’t wait for buyers – hire an agent that actively seeks buyer’s for your home!  These agents representing buyers spend their days searching for the perfect home for their clients.  The Strange Team has two buyer agents that work closely with our listing team to see if the homes we have listed are a perfect match for their buyers.

What makes the whole process worth it, beside the fact that you have a new place to make your own?  Getting the most bang for your buck, so to speak.. These tips will help you get the most money for the value of your home, and I can help further!  Myself and my team are master negotiators and will negotiate the best price and terms for you.  Contact The Strange Team today to find out how the changing market has increased the value of your home, even in the last year alone!

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