Weekly Update: Eisenhower Homes Sold April 16-22


Want the latest info on what homes are selling for in your neighborhood? Here’s the scoop on Eisenhower area properties that sold in the past week.


3 homes sold this past week:




33 S Boulder Cir 301 Boulder, CO 80303

Sold for $249,900 – 1074 total sf, 2 bed 2 bath, 1993 Condo / Townhome


590 Yuma Cir Boulder, CO 80303

Sold for $635,000 – 2330 total sf, 4 bed 2 bath, 1974 Single Family


Arapahoe Ridge


5275 Holmes Pl Boulder, CO 80303

Sold for $736,000 – 3893 total sf, 3 bed 3 bath, 1984 Single Family


If you have questions any questions or are curious about your home’s value, we can help! Reach us at 303-543-3083 or clientcare@8z.com.


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Weekly Update: Historic Boulder Homes Sold 4/16-4/22


Want the latest info on what homes are selling for in your neighborhood? Here’s the scoop on properties in the Historic Boulder district that sold in the past week.


One home sold in the Mapleton neighborhood:


943 Spruce St Boulder, CO 80302

Sold for $1,550,000 – 3391 total sf, 5 bed 5 bath, 1880 Single Family


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Weekly Update: SoBo Sold Homes April 16-22


Want the latest info on what homes are selling for in your neighborhood? Here’s the scoop on South Boulder homes that sold in the past seven days.


One home sold this past week.


Devil’s Thumb


69 Benthaven Pl Boulder, CO 80305

Sold for $435,500 – 1368 total sf, 2 bed 2 bath, 1973 Condo / Townhome


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Room Transformation Contest!

Sometimes it’s hard to get a room just the way you like it. You watch all of these HGTV shows where someone comes in and designs a whole room for you. I don’t know about you, but that sure makes me jealous! Now is your chance to have a professional come and design a room for you for free!


If you win, you will receive 20 hours of room consulting to help you design your dream room. Want (read: NEED) a master suite that is a sanctuary from the kids? Having trouble transforming your living room into the perfect entertainment space? This could be yours! You have a pretty good shot at winning too. Someone from one of our Pulses is going to win, so it could be you!


The contest starts on May 1st and runs until the end of the month. The winner will be announced at the start of June. The contest is sponsored by 8z for Boulder County residents. Follow the instructions below to enter!


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Throwback Thursday — “Unbelievable” building

And you thought that traffic and construction from the ever booming and building Boulder is unbelievable now?  Evidently, the precedent was set long before (but then again, Boulder was founded by the Boulder Land and Trust Company – a development company – in 1858).



Check out this article from 8 August 1955, which opens, “It’s unbelievable.”  The thirty-year-old resident who made that remark was addressing the mushrooming buildings surrounding him.  In the first seven months of the year, over five million dollars of building permits were issued for non-public construction.  Although that would only buy about ten homes in Boulder today, back then, when houses in MA were less than five thousand, the amount spoke to more like a whole city of homes going up.



At the same time, CU was expanding Hellems, enlarging Folsum Field, building classrooms under the stadium and adding seats above, and shuffling up some dorms (sort of like what we are watching now as more buildings, underpasses, and buffalo-shaped pools appear at Ski U). 



Across the street, NIST was expanding.  Elsewhere, a new sewage plant was taking shape, and three new shopping centers were in the works. 



And of course, the fifties were the era of the nascent, then infant, then toddler-on-the-loose Martin Acres subdivision.



Hey Toto (the prototype for the prevalent doggy of 21st century Boulder)!  We were definitely not in Kansas any more!


Why Local is Better: The Problem With Zillow and Trulia


In recent years, national real estate sites such as Zillow and Trulia have made a name for themselves with sleek designs, nifty home valuation tools, and of course, the fact that they are national. No matter what market you are in, these sites have listings in that area, and big advertising budgets announcing their presence. Zillow has by far the largest market share of real estate websites, and Trulia is second.


However, despite their popularity, these national real estate sites have some serious flaws when compared to local brokerage and agent sites.


Zillow has gained fame in large part due to its “Zestimates” home valuation tool. When this feature was introduced in the mid 2000s (Trulia quickly followed with their own a year later), consumers immediately flocked to it. Who wouldn’t want a quick and easy way to check the worth of your largest investment? The data used in the Zestimate algorithm comes from public records and previous sales, and Zillow has acknowledged the valuations are educated guesses at best.


Unfortunately, some people aren’t aware of this, and have actually based buying or selling decisions on Zillow’s values. In a rapidly changing market like we’ve seen the past couple years, many homes will be significantly undervalued by Zestimates. It can still be a helpful tool to get a general idea of home values in your area, but doesn’t come close to an expert real estate professional with specific market knowledge.


However, the main issue that the national portal sites have is inaccurate and outdated listings. Zillow and Trulia are listing aggregators, which means they don’t have direct access to local real estate listing services (MLS). Instead, they pull their information from secondary sources that are sometimes slow to update, or they rely on listing offices to manually update their listings.


As a result, it often takes a week or longer for new listings to show up, or for listing status changes to appear – such as a home going under contract or a price reduction. Some sold homes still appear on the site listed as active weeks or even months after they left the market.


In addition, many listings are missed altogether. National portals don’t receive, on average, 20% of the agent-listed homes on the market. In a tight market with low inventory, that’s a huge disadvantage for home seekers!


Local agent and brokerage websites have a direct feed into the MLS, which means they immediately get 100% of listings on the local market (except for For Sale By Owners). And if a home sells or sees a price reduction, the update on the site usually comes the same day.


In summary, if you want complete and up to date real estate data, local search sites are the way to go. Here in Colorado, 8z Real Estate offers  COhomefinder.com and 8z.com. We are committed to being the best source for local, accurate real estate information – whether you are looking for a home or thinking about selling.


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Important Dates for Martin Acres Residents This Week!

Spaghetti for our school:  Creekside Elementary School holds annual Silent Auction and Community Dinner on Friday, 25 April, 2014.  Sponsored by the Creekside Parent Organization (a 501c3 nonprofit), the benefit helps fund of material for reading, writing, literacy, math, English as a Second Language (ESL), field trips, the garden to table program, and cultural events.  And this is a great opportunity to have your kids make dinner and serve you!!!!  Don’t miss it. 


Baseline Zero:  The developer is holding his second two workshops for the community at the Outlook Hotel (800 28th Street) on Wednesday, 23 April from 6-8 pm, and Saturday, 26 April from 2-4 pm.  Given the huge impact this development could have on Martin Acres, it’s very important to weigh in with the developer and fill out his survey.  You do not have to stay for the whole two hours – drop by any time and speak with the development team.

Field report on 1989 Beacon Ct, Boulder

Great alternative to a downtown Boulder condo. Minimal yard, but enough to have a dog. Across the street from a trailhead. Feels private when your inside, but like most of downtown, the density is high. Could make for a great lock and leave. HOA maintains the common yard. Beautiful views from decks on all sides of the house. Beautiful, gourmet kitchen. The house felt somewat dated to me, but very move-in ready. I would replace all of the carpet in the house, perhaps with hardwood. That’s all it would take to bring it up to today’s standards. Priced on the high side. Will probably sell in the upper $800s. If you want downtown living, but are not a fan of condo living, this could be your answer. Please call or email me if you’d like to take a look. Julia@8z.com or 720-203-7789.


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Who is building in your ‘Hood?




Wondering what’s going on in the neighborhood?


In an effort to bring you the most current in Martin Acres real estate updates I will be combing the article in the Daily Camera on Mondays to inform you of the permits which have been applied for in our hood.


There’s one just south of the Martin Acres Neighborhood on S 46th Street but nothing directly in the hood this week.


Click Here to view the Daily Camera article

Who is Building in Your ‘Hood?

Boulder building permits

Boulder building permits


Here’s a look at the new permits pulled between April 7 and April 13. There’s a long list this week of basement remodels, deck additions and 2nd story expansions.


Click here to see the complete list from Boulder’s Daily Camera.


2104 Bluff St.; Addition and remodel to existing single-family dwelling. Scope of work includes 2,721-square-foot interior remodel, 792-square-foot basement finish, 116-square-foot main level addition, and 28-square-foot second level addition, and 48-square-foot outdoor staircase. (Whittier)


3737 Spring Valley Road;  Two-story, four-bedroom home with two-car attached garage. (Wonderland Hills)


1849 Mariposa Ave.; Second story addition over existing detached garage on north end of property. Addition to contain home office with associated electrical and electrical baseboard heat, no plumbing or mechanical work proposed through this permit. Second floor balcony and exterior stair included in scope of work. (Chautauqua)


3166 Seventh St.; Construction of new single-family dwelling with detached garage and breezeway. Total of 4,611 square feet of conditioned space (including 1556 square feet of finished basement), 441-square-foot garage, front and back porches. Detached garage on same set of plans. (Newlands)


1450 Norwood Ave.; Two-story addition and small remodel to existing single-family dwelling. (Melody Heights)


2425 Forest Ave.; Interior remodel of basement and first floor of residence including structural modifications and interior vaulting of existing ceiling (no outside modifications), relocation/replacement of fixtures and finishes. (Columbine)


300 19th St.; Remove existing roof over 405 square feet of the living room. Rebuild/re-frame 27 feet of west wall and re-frame section of roof over living room. (Chautauqua)


3973 Promontory Court;  Interior remodel of kitchen and living area on main level of residence including demo/replacement of interior walls and exterior fenestration, replacement/relocation of fixtures and associated finishes, associated electrical, mechanical and plumbing. (Wonderland Lake)


5372 Desert Mountain Court; Basement finish of 1,080 square feet to create new rec. room, new bedroom, laundry room, and three-quarter bathroom using existing rough ins. Includes associated MEP. (Gunbarrel)


1276 Upland Ave.;  New 144-square-foot pergola detached from single-family dwelling. Two new site walls. Site walls will be a maximum of 6 feet 4 inches in height. (Crest View)


8589 Laramie Blvd.; Basement finish in existing single-family dwelling. Scope of work includes new doors and establishment of one new full bath.  (Dakota Ridge)


2046 Hardscrabble Drive; Interior, non-structural basement finish (465 square feet). Scope of work will establish new library and new bedroom (with existing code compliant egress window – to be field verified). (Shanahan Ridge)


805 Union Ave.;  Kitchen remodel in existing single-family dwelling. (Wonderland Hills)


417 Pearl St.;  Interior remodel of three story townhome. Scope to include removal of non bearing walls on upper level and relocation of master bath and closets. Laundry to be relocated to and closet added to lower level. (Downtown)


3940 Chippewa Drive;  Basement remodel to existing single-family dwelling. Scope of work includes reconfiguration of non-load bearing wall to expand existing bathroom, and installation of a new window. Includes expansion of existing shower. (Frasier Meadows)


3530 19th St.;  Installation of low (less than 30 inches in height), uncovered, pressure treated/trex decks in southern yard and western yard of residence. The combined area of both decks to be 310 square feet. (Parkside)