October has always been my favorite month of the year, ever since I was a young girl. When I was in High School and College, October signified the middle of Cross Country Season (which I loved). The trees were turning colors, the mornings were brisk, and the days were warm. I used to love to run through the leaves that had fallen and hear the crunching beneath my feet.

While I have moved on from my youth and from my Cross Country days, my love for October has not wavered. October is still my favorite month of the year. I still love seeing all of the magnificent colors, and I love the start of the change in seasons. The days are still warm, while the mornings and evenings are brisk.

Sharing this love of October with my daughter and seeing it through her eyes has made my heart fill with so much joy. While my husband has been away, we have visited five pumpkin patches in the last week soaking up everything that Boulder in October has to offer.pumpkin

I’m excited to share my experiences with you, and to give you some insight into pumpkin patch family fun.

Here are my three favorite pumpkin patches in the Boulder area.

1. Anderson Farms – 6728 County Road, Erie, CO | 303-828-5210 | www.andersonfarms.com

Admission: Adults – Monday-Friday-$10; Saturday & Sunday $13; Children under 3 years-Free

Anderson Farms was the first pumpkin patch I visited. Driving up and parking I couldn’t help but notice how HUGE the property is! While we were at Anderson Farms we enjoyed a hayride (included with admission price) to pick out our pumpkins. The hayride was about 10 minutes long and my daughter loved being in the back of a truck with the wind blowing through her hair! She really loved being able to run through the pumpkin fields to pick out her very own pumpkin. (My advice is to wear boots or close toed shoes stable shoes. I wore flip flops-which was a mistake.)

PonyIncluded with admission price is the barnyard 500 pedal carts, which looked like a ton of fun, barrel train – perfect for my two-year-old, feeding the farm animals, playing on “tire mountain”, and a 30-acre corn maze which is open all day and night, and an awesome playground!

There are a few things that are offered at Anderson Farm at an extra price that my daughter insisted on, such as pony rides ($5). She loved this! Picking a pumpkin (cost is by the size of the beast). Gem Mining, Gourd launching, Private Campfire Sites, Face Painting, and Paint a Pumpkin Junction are all also offered at an extra price.

For the older kids/adults they offer “Terror in the Corn” and Zombie paintball. You can check that out here.

There is a darling general store on site that offers fun trinkets and food. We did have a bite to eat at the little restaurant on site, and our meal included apple juice, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and chips. If you are gluten free or require a special diet, bring your own lunch.

 

2. Cottonwood Farms – 1535 N 75th Street Boulder, CO 80303 | 720-890-4766 | www.cottonwoodfarms.com

Admission: FREE

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If you are looking for a mellow time at a pumpkin patch and are not looking to spend a small fortune, this is the place to go. Admission is free which is AWESOME! The first thing that we did after we parked was collect a little red wagon to go on our search for the perfect pumpkin. My daughter jumped in her wagon and we took our time out to the pumpkin patch to check out the fenced in animals which included a donkey, a pony, some chicken, kittens, and bunnies! There is a corn maze for the little ones that seemed like fun. My daughter was a little small for that so we didn’t try it. Hay rides are an extra $3 but we enjoyed the walk out to the pumpkin patch. And she really loved picking out her own pumpkin.

 

3. Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch | 9057 Ute Hwy, Longmont CO 80503 | www.rockymtnpumpkinranch.com

Admission: Free | Activities: $1 per ticket
Weekdays: Self guided tours and Organic Farmers Market; Saturdays and Sundays: Fall Festival

If you want your sprightly toddler to sleep 12-13 hours at night then take them here during the Fall Carnival, which is every Saturday and Sunday through October 31st. My daughter had the time of her life with everything offered at this small and inviting ranch. We did it all!

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Jumpy Castle – Check. Pony rides – Check. Petting Zoo – Check. Pick-a-duck for a prize (six times!) – Check. Barrel Train Ride – Check. Paint a Pumpkin – Check. Face Painting – Check. The only things we didn’t do were the things that she was too small to do, like ride the mini roller coaster. Parents beware: everything costs money. Rides typically cost three tickets ($3). Pony rides are five tickets. It all adds up quickly! I think by the end of my day at the Ranch I had spent $40! I was a bit surprised, especially at how quickly it went! But I felt like it was worth every penny. My two-year-old daughter had the time of her life!
Food: We brought a small lunch but we enjoyed some of the food from the food truck that was on site. I especially loved their fresh squeezed lemonade and snow cones. The downside to the ranch is that after 11am it gets REALLY busy. Be prepared!

Enjoy your October and if you know of any other awesome Pumpkin Patches, let me know – we are always on the hunt!

Quince

completely remodeled home on 1/4 acre in north boulder. this amazing property includes open floor plan concept with granite countertops, butcher block island, stainless appliances, and huge farmhouse sink. situated on corner lot near wonderland lake open space this location offers endless hiking trails with convenience of lucky’s market/diner and shopping center across street.

Priced at $674,900

CALL ME TO SET UP A SHOWING: 303-717-6069

PROPERTY LISTING DETAIL

MLS # 763214

Listed with Fourstar Realty & Prop. Mgmt.

 

 

MarkETed EXCLUSIVELY by the Delaney Realty Group

850 Circle Drive

850 Circle Drive

 

Rare opportunity to live in one of Boulder’s premiere neighborhoods. With stunning flatiron views and just steps to chautauqua’s trails, this 1/4-acre corner lot offers big potential. Enjoy wood floors throughout, floor to ceiling windows, open floor plan, 2-car attached garage, soaking tub with steam shower, 2 fireplaces and a sun drenched deck with city views. Live in this well maintained 3bed/2bath home or bring your creative vision to this special property. No 2013 flood damage.

Priced at $1,699,000

CALL ME TO SET UP A SHOWING: 303-717-6069

PROPERTY LISTING DETAIL

MLS # 762125

Listed with Delaney Realty Group

2950 Lakeridge Trail

2950 Lakeridge Trail

This hidden gem is located in Lake of the Pines, only 10 mins from Pearl Street off HWY 36. Breathtaking lakefront living. Gated community, surrounding 40 acre lake. Fabulous open floor plan, perfect for everyday living & entertaining. raised kitchen w/radiant flooring. Two stunning moss rock fireplaces. 2 full-length live-on decks.

Priced at $1,597,000

CALL ME TO SET UP A SHOWING: 303-717-6069

PROPERTY LISTING DETAIL

MLS # 761990

Listed with RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc

 

Finding the right home may be a process of elimination, but nothing beats the feeling you get when you know you’ve found the one. However, before you get caught up in the excitement and EMOTION of it all, here are five things to consider before you put in an offer. Share this blog with family and friends who are in the market for a new home.

Here are five things to consider before we write and offer.

1. Learn more about the community.  When you purchase a home, you’re also buying into the neighborhood. Go online and read the local newspapers to gain an overall insight on the area. Drive around the neighborhood and talk to the neighbors. It’s also a good idea to drive past the home at different times of the day so that you can see how quiet or how noisy the neighborhood is.

2. See what amenities are nearby. While you are driving around the neighborhood, take note of any shops, parks, or other amenities that are nearby.

3. Get a sneak peek at your commute.  If you are moving further away from where you work, try driving the distance from work to the new home and back during your usual commute time. This will give you an idea of how much time you’ll spend on the road once you’re in your new digs.

4. Find out if there are additional expenses.  Don’t be surprised by unexpected expenses. Find out if there are supplemental taxes, homeowner association dues or other fees associated with the home.

5. Check out the schools.  A good school district may improve your home’s value, regardless of whether or not you have children.

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Sunset at Homestead Trailhead by Jack Sasson

The City of Boulder is hosting an informative event this coming Monday, addressing the challenges of housing affordability in Boulder. Details below are directly from the City’s website.  Can’t make it in person, check out the streaming coverage using periscope with the City’s Twitter account.

Monday, April 27, 2015
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
First Pres Boulder, 1820 15th St.

Join us for the Fresh Perspectives on Housing Boulder event to learn about Boulder’s housing affordability challenges, and discuss what Boulder can learn from other communities’ experiences.

Four guest speakers from outside of Colorado will share their insights, examples of best practices, and observations about Boulder’s housing challenges, then answer questions.

Following a brief introduction at 6 p.m., guest panelists David Doezema, Karen Chapple, Doug Engmann, and Molly Kaufman will discuss the:

  • economics of development, including the impacts of job growth on housing demand;
  • relationship between housing supply and housing costs;
  • psychological effects of change in a community; and
  • strategies to ensure that development benefits the community.

From 7 to 8:30 p.m., the four panelists will answer questions from the audience about other communities’ experiences and how the lessons learned elsewhere can be applied to Boulder’s housing challenges.

Watch the Event Live

We will post a link to watch the live stream here, shortly before the event begins at 6 p.m. on April 27. We’re trying out periscope with the city’s twitter account. Let us know what you think! 

Watch the Event Later

This event will be videotaped and, after the event, the recorded video will be available on www.HousingBoulder.net and broadcast on cable Channel 8.


Speakers

• Karen Chapple – an academic focused on ensuring that new development benefits local communities

• David Doezema – a practitioner focused on the cost and revenue of new development (including the impacts of job growth on housing demand)

• Doug Engmann – a free market economist focused on the relationship between housing supply and housing costs

•  Molly Rose Kaufman – a journalist and community organizer focused on the psychological effects of change in a community

Moderator

Melinda Pollack – co-chair of Mile High Connects, a collaboration of more than 20 philanthropic agencies and nonprofits dedicated to ensuring that all people benefit from the Denver region’s transportation system, with a focus on housing, jobs, education and health.

From https://bouldercolorado.gov/housing-boulder/housing-boulder-speaker-panel

Fern

3133 Fern Pl, Boulder, CO 80304

This beautiful 4-bedroom/ 3-bath home in North Boulder is steps to Salburg Park.  This home has a gourmet stainless & granite kitchen that opens to spacious living & dining rooms w/ bamboo floors.  This lovely .3-acre private backyard includes a large shed. This gem is move-in ready!

Priced at $840,000.

Call me to set up a showing: 303-717-6069

Property listing Detail

MLS # 761177

Listed with Colorado Landmark-Boulder

Spring is a popular time for sellers to list their homes on the market. Listing your home involves more than getting it ready for the showings with potential buyers. To get buyers through the door, the home must be listed at the right price.

  1. It may sell faster.  A well-priced home not only captures the attention of potential buyers, it also prompts interested buyers to act. The sooner they act, the more likely one of them will make an offer and get the process underway.
  2. You’ll target the right buyers.  If the price is right, your home will attract the right buyers who can afford your home.
  3. Your home may sell for closer to its list price.  When a home is priced well, interested buyers will see its value and may submit and offer at or close to your list price. In some areas, a well-priced home may even set off a bidding war among interested buyers.  Deck_Living
Mariposa

2255 Mariposa Ave Boulder, CO 80302

Located in lower Chautauqua with easy access to CU, Whole Foods, & many trails & bike paths. The home features hardwood floors, newer windows, and updated bathrooms and kitchen. Complete with an oversized 2-car garage, and a 738-square-foot in-law suite!

Priced at $779,000.

CALL ME TO SET UP A SHOWING: 303-717-6069

PROPERTY LISTING DETAIL

MLS # 756978

Listed with Coldwell Banker Res-CanyonBlvd

 

I’ve been a runner for as long as I can remember: from early childhood trying to keep up with my dad as he went for his daily jog, to this morning’s jaunt around Wonderland Lake pushing my daughter in the baby jogger.  I have always loved running.

When I first moved to Colorado, one of the first things that struck me was how many runners called Boulder home.  Within my first week I saw pro marathoners, Ironman Kona Qualifiers, ultra runners, dog runners, casual runners, folks trying to lose weight, and literally everything in between. 

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Wonderland Lake

In short, and from whatever pace you like, Boulder is a town on the run.

One of the first draws I felt toward selling Real Estate stemmed from those first runs I took through many of Boulder’s unique and varied neighborhoods.  I got to see them from a speed and perspective that car driving and Google searching did not allow.  I got to really experience the neighborhoods, to truly get a feel for the homes. 

And many years later, as I continue to be a runner—one who is passionate about the community I live it—I continue to view and explore the neighborhoods, the homes in them, and the ever-changing landscape of Boulder.

It’s from this perspective that I have chosen to write a series of blogs about the running routes of Boulder County that most inspire me. And so I begin with this one, and with a route I’ve come to love: the Linden Loop.  

Leaving the popular Lucky’s Market (after a stop for a top class coffee at Logan’s Espresso), the route crosses under Broadway and heads toward the foothills.  Passing through fabulous Wonderland Hills—a neighborhood originally planned in the ‘70s as a high-end development—this run takes you on dirt trails eventually going north to the South Foothills Trailhead at Lee Hill. 

Nearby new development Trail Crossing—a Koelbel/ Coburn collaboration—can be seen just to the East. These state-of-the-art homes are designed specifically for active lifestyles.  Once onto Lee Hill, the run begins the gradual climb westward, and approximately a quarter mile later it turns left on Wagon Wheel Road and ventures further uphill toward the most stunning part of the route.

Wagon Wheel

Lee Hill – Wagon Wheel

About a mile later, the run goes left on Bow Mountain, a dirt road that climbs up, up, and up, eventually landing at Pine Brook Hills—an unincorporated mountain community—atop Linden Avenue.  These homes on the side of the mountain overlooking Boulder enable homeowners the chance to feel so far away, while being only five minutes from town.

This portion of the route will invoke feelings of running through a remote mountain town. Elite runner and Boulder native, Nell, was quoted as saying, “I felt like I was in an abandoned mining town…”

To finish the run, you must plunge back down the steep, paved grades of Linden, descending approximately 1000 vertical feet in about two miles, you’ll find yourself back at the converging edges where the Newlands meet the Wonderland Hills.  Criss-crossing through some of Boulder’s splendid footpaths will bring you back to your starting point at Lucky’s, where a tasty treat from the Bakehouse awaits you.