As a Fort Collins Realtor, I hear some pretty good stories from people who are either buying or selling their homes. They tell me about how their house is haunted, or they saw a ghost, or other things that I smile and laugh at. I personally have never seen a ghost so I don't have the personal experience in the matter, but I've heard plenty of stories from friends and clients alike.
If you want to hear a good ghost story, then you should read about the Fort Collins Haunted Garage that is entering it's last days as a Fort Collins building. The garage is going to be torn down sometime after Halloween because a new Old Town hotel is going to be built in it's place.
The Haunted garage, which sits next to where the old Armadillo restaurant has been home to many things over the years. A Hay Loft, a Carriage House. It's even been rumored to have been used as the storage for some wreckage from a United Airlines flight that killed 50 people back in 1951. The City used to allow ghost tours in there before the deterioration of the building led them to stop those tours recently. I had been in there a couple of times on a tour, and there were some noises that definitely spooked everyone on the tour.
The building is said to have been the home of James and Ewa Howe. The story is that James, while drunk, slit Ewa's throat out in front of the garage. Later that night, an angry mob of Fort Collins residents broke James out of jail and hung him in the only public lynching in Fort Collins history. No wonder the garage has some pretty interesting noises coming from it!
We encourage everyone to go down to the Haunted Garage before it gets torn down to check it out a bit further. Once the hotel goes up, there might be a little haunting going on there as well, so perhaps the history will stick around a bit even though the foundation will be forever changed.
With Halloween coming up, we hope that everyone has some plans to take in either a haunted house, take their kids out trick or treating, or have some fun in Fort Collins.
And as always, give me a call for all your Fort Collins Real Estate needs.
If you didn't know, Penny Flats is adding more condos to their already large complex on the corner of Mason and Cherry on the northern end of Old Town. More condos equals more Fort Collins Real Estate for sale, and more people to help find a nice home. 22 more condos will be built on the 3 acres that Penny Flats is buying. We love the growth in the city, and love the creative ways that builders are finding to add more property. As long as it's not too overcrowded, we're just fine with it!
Not much going on outside as far as showings today because of the rain, so we're just catching up on paperwork from the busy year. I can't believe that it's already almost November, and we'll be into 2016 before we know it.
Next time, we'll discuss the Haunted Garage's history in Old Town Fort Collins.
If you're looking for a Fort Collins realtor, give me a call to help you buy or sell your home!
As a Realtor in Fort Collins, I like to help people get their homes ready for winter. There’s nothing worse than not having your home winterized, and paying huge utility bills all winter because your heater is constantly working overtime. With that in mind, here are ten tips that may help you this winter to prepare early for the cold that is coming our way!
I hope this helps you get ready for winter in Northern Colorado. There is much more you could do for your home, but the above ten tips are either quick and easy, or some things that you should think about for this winter or the future.
For your Fort Collins and Loveland Real Estate needs, give me a call at 970-342-3568, and enjoy the last few days of this great 70 degree weather!
Fall Sports Season up in Fort Collins is looking pretty good for some local teams, and I'm pretty fired up about it. Although Rocky Mountain, Fossil Ridge, and Poudre all have some work to do to make the 5A football state playoffs, all three teams have been fighting hard to get the tough wins that are needed to compete in the playoffs. In 4A, Fort Collins just pulled out a tough win over Mountain View this past week, and looks poised to make a run at the Class 4A Northern League title. With a few tough matchups still looming against Silver Creek and Broomfield, the Lambkins will need to make it through conference play unscathed to get a decent seed and make the state tournament a good one for the school’s football program. After the promise of a year ago, the Fort Collins program has rebounded nicely after losing a bunch of key starters. Look for them to fight well into the finish of the season, and try to make some noise in state.
On the Softball diamond, we were so happy to see three out of four local Fort Collins teams advance past the regionals into the round of 16 in the state tournament. Of course I’m partial to Fossil Ridge (I coach Strength & Conditioning there), but love to see when all four schools advance to the next round, as that’s a rarity. Strong representation coming from Northern Colorado! It’s anyone’s ballgame, and with the offenses that each team possesses, along with good starting pitching, any school in Fort Collins can make a run at the state title. We’ll be rooting for our SaberCats this coming weekend, but will be keeping an eye on the Lambkins, Lobos, and Windsor. Kudos to all the teams and coaches for making it this far!
Outside of the Gridiron and diamond, we haven’t paid much attention to other sports this fall expect from what we read in the Coloradoan. I’ve got my hands full with training the SaberCat girls!!
Next weekend will be a tense one as we take the diamond, that’s for sure.
Contact me at 970-342-3568 if you are looking for a Fort Collins Realtor. I would be happy to help you look for property in Loveland, Windsor, or Fort Collins.
This weekend marks homecoming weekend here in Fort Collins for Colorado State University. That means many Alumni will be coming back to Fort Collins to partake in the festivities.
CSU puts on a heck of a Homecoming show every year, starting with the parade that begins in Old Town and ends at the newly renovated Lory Student Center. If you haven’t been to the new Lory Student Center on campus, do yourself a favor and get over there to see it. I checked it out a few weeks ago, and they did an incredible job making it look like new again. Pretty much the same with the rest of campus, but we’ll leave that discussion for another post.
The parade is always a great time, and brings out not only students and their families, but Alumni and other families who didn’t attend CSU from all over Fort Collins. We love seeing so much support for the Green and Gold on Friday of Homecoming weekend, as it signifies that the weekend is going to be a great one. Before heading over to the parade, make sure you hop online to the Colorado State University site, and see what roads are closed. It can be difficult to drive to Old Town, or around campus because of all the road closures, so know your route before setting off.
We think the best part of Homecoming weekend is seeing all of the love that is shared when professors and students see each other after so long. There are ‘Hugging booths’ that are set up for retiring deans of departments such as Ann Gill of the Speech Department (just read about that one), meetups for the Business school Alumni to see their former professors (current students and their families are welcome too), and so many other activities on campus that you pretty much have your pick of the litter.
Of course tomorrow is the football game at Hughes Stadium, when CSU takes on Air Force. This is always a great matchup, and even though CSU is currently 2-4, and coming off a tough loss to Boise State, there’s always hope around Ram country that CSU can pull off an upset win (even at home), against Air Force. Mike Bobo, in his first season as CSU coach, has had a rough ride with their 2-4 record, but these Rams still fight hard, and hopefully we can get the win tomorrow.
Saturday night you will find that Old Town is extremely busy with revelers from the football game, and families looking for a nice dinner and a good little stroll around Old Town Square. The weather should cooperate for most of the day tomorrow, and give you a little bit of sunshine with a high of 75, but it’s gonna be cool at night, so make sure you bundle up if you’re going to be outside.
Regardless of the temperature, the festive weekend will surely bring many families and Alumni back to Fort Collins. Most of them will fall back in love with the area, or just love being here for the weekend. We’ve run into many old friends during homecoming weekend who say they are looking for Real Estate in Fort Collins because they want to move back to Northern Colorado. If you are looking for a Fort Collins Realtor, give me a call at 970-342-3568, I would love to help you find your perfect home! We have a few great listings in Fort Collins and Loveland, and you can search our Our Listings page to give them a look.
I think the answer to this question is going to be a resounding 'NO', but as it's only October, and the weather is still pretty warm, it seems that the Fort Collins Real Estate Market is also staying the same. Since I officially opened our company on January 22nd of 2015, we have been busier than any other year that we have been involved in Real Estate. Trust me, that's a good thing. I had very high expectations, but I didn't think that we would be helping so many people and families buy and sell their Homes in 2015.
The frustrating part of helping anyone sell their house is the amount of time it has the potential of sitting on the market. Fortunately, there's been very few instances of that this year, but we do have a couple homes right now that have been on the market for about a month. In this case, we use extra methods of marketing such as letting the Facebook world know that we have a Fort Collins Real Estate listing available, and reaching out via other marketing methods to try and push them to sell.
As we get into the middle of October, I have been speaking with other Fort Collins Realtors about what their year has looked like, and they are all in a similar place that I am. We've sold over 20 homes this year, and while the sledding hasn't always been smooth, it's been an extremely fun year getting to know more about the Fort Collins Real Estate market, the people that are migrating to Colorado from other states, and the folks who have been here all their lives and finally getting into their dream home.
Dream Home - That's a term that I've learned is very relative for many people. For me, that means that I simply love the home that I live in. Sure, I have dreams of what I would do to my own Home given the time and money present itself, but really, a ‘Dream Home’ is what everyone can make of their home. Some families absolutely love the Homes that they currently live in, and would simply need to renovate them to create their dreams. Others want to have large lots with many acres, horses, and room to have their kids play. I think if I had my perfect scenario, it would be to have 2 Dream Homes! One in Fort Collins, and one outside, either up in the mountains of Colorado, or somewhere out east of Fort Collins so I could stay close to the city that I love.
Back to the question at hand. I don’t know if it’s going to slow down this year. Personally, I don’t want it to, because I continually love meeting new people and families, and helping them buy and sell their Fort Collins Real Estate. That will never change. Maybe I’ll just have to take another vacation to take a small break and get away! I think that’s the answer!
I'm Brad, owner of Colorado Real Estate Pros. This blog will talk more about my day-to-day as a Fort Collins Realtor, and my life as well. Enjoy!