Emily Gadacz Annouces 2014 Haertling House Design Competition

Boulder, CO – 31 Jan 2014

In collaboration with the University of Colorado’s School of Environmental Design, and Stephen Sparn Architects, Emily Gadacz, Broker Associate at Colorado Landmark, Realtors announces the 2014 Haertling Home Design Contest.  This contest gives graduate students of CU’s School of Environmental Design the opportunity to enter a local design competition and win a cash prize.  Students will submit design concepts and plans for the renovation of the main floor of Menkick House, located at 165 Greenrock Drive in Boulder, designed by famous local architect Charles Haertling and built in 1969.   More than 40 of Haertling’s structures dot Boulder’s neighborhoods, and he’s recognized for combining elements of modernism and organic architecture into his work. Some have compared his work to that of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Haertling designed the Menkick House to relate to a massive rock outcrop that dominates the one-acre West Boulder site. The outcrop is integrated into the structure’s exterior in three different areas. At one point, beams extend from the house and seem to be embedded in the boulder. The neutral horizontal roofline doesn’t compete with the rock formations; rather it seems to almost disappear, calling attention to the boulders while giving the house equal prominence. The structure and the outcropping are perfectly in sync with each other.

“As a longtime resident and Realtor in Boulder, it is undeniable that the Menkick House epitomizes everything that is Boulder – beautiful, unique and connected to its natural surroundings.  The house has so many incredible features, but among the most dramatic is its location and integration into the landscape. I am honored and delighted to collaborate with Stephen Sparn, a talented and well-respected architect, and to support our community through the innovative CU students who are competing to assist with a fresh design for the interior of the home. This property is currently listed for sale,” comments Gadacz who is also the listing agent on the property.

Each student will submit a renovation proposal for the main level of the home, interior only, and plans should include materials and may incorporate the stair cases if desired. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 6th, 2014.

Stephen Sparn of Stephen Sparn Architects will select the winner during a catered award ceremony at the Menkick House the evening of February 11th.  “I feel that the Menkick House (Currently owned by Stephen Churner) which was built in 1969 is one of Boulder Architect Charles Heartling’s best homes that he designed.  This home is nestled into a beautiful rock formation and has strong Frank Lloyd Wright influences.  I look forward to seeing how young designers might compliment this design with their design concepts,” says Sparn.  The winner will receive a cash prize, as well as recognition in the local community and a letter of commendation.

For more information on the Haertling – Menkick Home or the Design Contest please contact Emily Gadacz, Broker Associate with Colorado Landmark, Realtors at 303.868.1010 or


 Emily Gadacz / Colorado Landmark, Realtors / 303.868.1010 /

Stephen Sparn Architects:

Menick House

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30 Amazing Houses in 30 Days

Counting down to the holiday season can be so much fun, so we decided that we are going to help you count down by giving you 30 days of beautiful Boulder area houses! Starting Sunday, we will feature a new home for sale in the Boulder area. We are very fortunate to represent so many beautiful homes for sale in Boulder, we can’t wait to share them with you!

Happy Holidays!

Just in case you didn’t already know how great Boulder is …

Beautiful Boulder

Ok, so we are definitely a little biased.  We LOVE where we live.  But we aren’t the only ones.

In fact, the Boulder area has won more accolades than any other community in America for its recreation, culture, health, business climate, and overall quality of life.





Here are just a few of the awards Boulder has won recently:

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#1–Top College Towns,

#1–Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid, Backpacker Magazine

#1–Top Brainiest Cities,

#1–America’s Top 25 Cities to Live Well,

#1–America’s Foodiest Town 2010, Bon Appetit

#4–10 Best Cities for the Next Decade,

These are just a few examples to show how wonderful our community is.   No wonder so many people want to call this place home!

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Community Spotlight – Niwot, Colorado and Niwot Real Estate

A Little History of Niwot, Colorado

The town of Niwot is named for an Arapahoe Indian chief who lived in the mid-1800’s and played an important part in the history of Colorado.  Niwot’s people were hunting and fishing in the Boulder Valley

area of the Front Range when the first miners arrived in 1858.   Niwot welcomed these early prospectors and soon came to realize that maintaining peace with the constant stream of white men infiltrating the Arapahoe land was the only way to secure the survival of his people.  Despite his efforts to maintain a peaceful coexistence, Niwot was killed in 1864 in the Sand Creek Massacre when the Third Colorado Cavalry initiated an unprovoked attack on Niwot’s tribe camping at Sand Creek.  It is said that with bullets flying all around him Chief Niwot stood in the middle of the battle, refusing to fight against the white people that he still thought were his friends.

Niwot Real Estate

Chief Niwot
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Niwot is credited with articulating the “Curse of the Boulder Valley” or “Niwot’s Curse” when he said People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and their staying will be the undoing of the beauty.” 

Even today most area residents say that this is a hard area to think about leaving, and those fortunate enough to live in Niwot are no exception.  In 1873 the Railroad came to Niwot and the town has thrived ever since.  Today the Olde Town Niwot business area from 2nd Avenue to Cottonwood Square is dotted with quaint shops and award-winning restaurants. Struck by the charm of the community visitors will no doubt say “I want to live here”.

Real Estate in Niwot, Colorado

Niwot boasts an impressive and wide variety of housing options, from condos and townhomes priced under $200,000 to 45-acre horse properties priced at over $4.0 million.  Widely considered to be a luxury community, there are currently 73 properties on the market as of 8/27/2012 ranging from $82,900 to $4.5 million, with an average of over $1.25 million and a median of $949,450.



Single Family


Price Range

Average Price

Median Price

Active Listings



1 Land, 1 Farm

$82,900 – $4,500,000



Sold (Jan-June 2012)




$70,000 – $1,858,000



Sold (July-Dec 2011)




$120,000 – $3,000,000



Colorado Landmark, Realtors in Niwot, Colorado

For 10 wonderful years Colorado Landmark, Realtors has been fortunate enough to have a branch office in downtown Niwot, right in the heart of the action on 2ndAvenue.  Our Niwot office sales associates have an average of over 15 years of experience in real estate and all of them are residents themselves of the Niwot and Longmont areas.  If you or someone you know is interested in the Niwot community or in purchasing or selling real estate in Niwot, please give our office a call.  We are the Boulder and Niwot communities’ most powerful resource for distinctive properties since 1977.

Colorado Landmark, Realtors in Niwot

Celebrating 10 Years of Real Estate in Niwot

America’s Happiest City: Boulder, Colorado

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Once again, our beautiful city of Boulder, Colorado has been named the “Happiest City in America“!

National Geographic surveyed people across the nation and found that residents of Boulder said they are happier on a scale of  one to ten than any other respondents.

Many factors contribute to this overall happiness, including quality of life, climate, access to the outdoors, and balanced lives.

Of course, this is no surprise to us, but if you are contemplating a move to Boulder or the surrounding areas, contact us!  We are here to help.


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Boulder, CO 80304

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Boulder-Denver Economy, OUR Nation and YOUR Real Estate – Part II

Any good real estate agent or relocation professional should stay on top of their local economic news as well as the news at the national level, and at Colorado Landmark, Realtors that’s just what we try to do every week.  As I said in my previous post, last week I had the privelege of attending the Rocky Mountain Relocation Council’s Fall Conference held at the Arvada Center.  My previous post was about national economic news conveyed to us by an economist from Wells Fargo Bank.

The second speaker of the morning was Cheryl Meyn from Denver’s The Genesis Group.  Cheryl has an extensive background in Denver area real estate and spoke to us about economy in Colorado and specifically the 7-County Denver Metro Area.  Here are a few highlights from her presentation:

  • Real estate overall:  If you look at the statistics, theoretically the Denver area real estate market bottomed out last year in 2009. 
  • Unemployment:  Hovering around 8%, Colorado’s unemployment rate is one of the lower rates in the nation.  We are experiencing a lessening of job losses which is giving the area economy some stability, but unfortunately not much in the way of job growth yet.  We have lost a net 45,000 jobs in this recession (at one point it was as high as 52,000) and it could take 3 years to recover from that.  Our area unemployment rate is not expected to go under 7% until late 2011.
  • Mortgages and foreclosures:  18-20% of Coloradans are underwater on their mortgages, compared to 25-30% nationally, however foreclosure activity for 2010 is 10% below 2009 levels.  70% of all of the area’s foreclosure activity is in Adams, Arapahoe and Denver counties.
  • Housing inventory:  We have 3 years inventory of properties over $1M.  Local home builders have shown incredible restraint and we have little to no new construction inventory which has helped our resale market significantly
  • Home Prices:  We have actually experienced a 3.6% increase in price activity in the last year.
  • Housing Demand:  Pent up demand in our area is growing as we are seeing our population and # of households grow.  From 2005-2010 it was predicted that we would see a growth in households of 75,459 but the actual figure is 80,909.  From 2010 to 2015 we will see 80,952 additional households in our area.  Owner occupancy has declined from 66.7% in 2005 to 60.9% today and we have the lowest vacancy rates since 1994. 

So, what’s in Colorado’s future?  Housing will stay flat in 2010 and might improve somewhat in 2011.  Resales, which were down 8% in 2010 will see a rebound in 2011.  There are signs of improvement on the foreclosure front, and in-migration continues to be strong, with people still moving to Colorado.   All you have to do is check in with the national news media once in a while to hear various Colorado communities earning accolades for one thing or another, so it’s no wonder people want to relocate here!

For Boulder County, the employment numbers are quite optimistic.  The most current numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (for August 2010) put the Boulder Metropolitan area’s unemployment at 6.4%.  Broomfield County recorded a 7.1% unemployment level for August 2010, so closer to the state level of 8.0% recorded for September 2010.

On the other hand, foreclosure activity is definitely catching up with our area.  According to RealtyTrac foreclosure filings in Boulder County were up in Sept 2010 with 234 filings, the highest number in 12 months.  The highest numbers were in Louisville (75) and Longmont (67).  Month-over-month price appreciation levelled out at 0.0%.  Only 29 foreclosure properties actually SOLD in Sept 2010 though.  Foreclosure activity is expected to rise, while the # of pre-foreclosure properties rose significantly last month from the single digits to over 60 properties.  The majority of the foreclosures are in the $100-300k range.  The foreclosures in our area don’t necessarily translate to huge price savings for buyers –  10% in most of the county, with 20% in Longmont.

Broomfield County saw 52 new foreclosures in Sept 2010 and actiity is also expected to rise there.  Only 10 foreclosure properties actually SOLD in Sept 2010 though.  As in Boulder County, month-over-month price appreciation levelled out at 0.0%.  The majority of the foreclosures are also in the $100-300k range.

Pam Metzger
Director of Relocation, Business Development and Finance
Colorado Landmark, Realtors

The Boulder-Denver Economy, OUR Nation and YOUR Real Estate – Part I

Any good real estate agent or relocation professional should stay on top of national economic news as well as news at their local area, and at Colorado Landmark, Realtors that’s just what we try to do every week.  Last week I had the privelege of attending the Rocky Mountain Relocation Council’s Fall Conference held at the Arvada Center

The first guest speaker was Dr. Scott Anderson PhD, Senior Economist at Wells Fargo Bank, d in Minneapolis.  His words about the state of our nation’s economy and what that means for real estate on a national level didn’t exactly bring smiles and fist-pumping enthusiasm to the room of about 75 real estate, mortgage, and mobility professionals.  A few brief highlights from his speech:

  • The housing market will continue to underwhelm in the foreseeable future
  • We are enduring one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression
  • Overall loss of wealth during this 2.5 year period is $17 trillion, representing 20 years worth of savings
  • 14% of mortgage holders are not making their payments
  • The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is predicting national declines of 5% in housing prices
  • The pipeline of foreclosure properties is still filling
  • We currently have the highest federal deficit since World War II
  • A national sales tax could be coming, as well as cut backs in Social Security

And that was the good news … just kidding!  There really WAS some good news, but the question is, is that news good enough to sustain our economy going forward?  That remains to be seen.  Some positive notes from his speech:

  • Corporate profits always lead job growth … and they are now above pre-recession levels
  • In Q2 2010 business spending grew 25%, which is not sustainable, but some measure of double-digit growth IS
  • 1.5-2.5% growth in the national economy is predicted for 2011; when this number goes over 3% it will be enough to have a meaningful impact unemployment

Stay tuned – later today or tomorrow we’ll post some notes from the other conference speaker, Cheryl Meyn from Denver’s The Genesis Group who gave detailed economic info on our 7-county Denver Metro Area.

Pam Metzger Director of Relocation, Business Development and Finance
Colorado Landmark, Realtors

Moved to the Boulder Area Recently? Get Used to your New Location This Fall

As the days become shorter and the leaves begin to change color, there are so many great ways to enjoy your new location – outdoors and in.  We are so lucky to live in such a wonderful climate with four relatively mild but distinct seasons.

Many areas in and around Boulder have wonderful displays of autumn colour, usually starting in late September and going through to November, depending on where you are.

Fall is also a great time to buy in the Boulder/Broomfield area.  Sellers whose homes have been on the market all summer are getting anxious.  Interest rates are at record lows.  And with school already started and fewer families moving into the area this time of year, buyers are in the driver’s seat!  Check out the Flatirons Tour of Homes this weekend Sept 25-26, or access all homes on the market on our website

Here is a list of some Fall area activities you and your family might enjoy:
Elk Bugling in Estes Park – September/October
If you want a National Geographic experience, head up the highway to Estes Park to catch elk antics during their annual mating season.  The characteristic rutting call of bulls can be heard from just before dusk to dawn. Head into Rocky Mountain National Park and stop at Horseshoe Park. In the early evening, local volunteer guides called the Bugle Corp are on hand to give interpretive information. Find a good place to camp out for a while, take a picnic lunch or dinner, some folding chairs and blankets, and watch this unique animal activity!

Drive the Peak to Peak Scenie Byway – September/October
Explore one of Colorado’s most scenic byways during this glorious time of fall foliage.  Less than an hour from Denver, Boulder, or Fort Collins, this 55-mile-long route provides matchless views of the Continental Divide and its timbered approaches.  The Peak to Peak Scenic and Historic Byway also traverses an area rich in early Colorado history. The area was once a mining belt of valuable gold and silver deposits.  Plenty to see and places to stop along the way!

Fall Festival – Sept 24 (5-10pm) Sept 25 (11am-10pm) Sept 26 (11am-6pm)
This has been one of the most beloved community events in Boulder for over 20 years!  This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music as well as a Children’s Carnival and many regional artisan booths.

Guided Nature Hikes and Programs – various dates in September
Boulder Open Space Mountain Parks division has a number of great Fall programs, including night hikes, wheelchair outings, kids animal talks, and star and planet gazing.

See Fall Foliage Colors – on your own!
Check out this local hiking guide for some great places to enjoy our natural surroundings and the beautiful fall colors.

Anderson Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze – Sept 25-Oct 31, 2010
Home of Colorado’s Oldest Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. They offer many activities at their Fall Festival, including pumpkin patch, wagon hay rides, pedal karts, pumpkin launching, barrel train, mine cars, farm animals, kiddie korral, hay bale maze, and terror in the corn!  Enjoy spectacular views of the Front Range, Longs Peak and the serenity of this country farm as the beautiful backdrop for a fun fall day.  Check website for prices.

Other Pumpkin Patch Options – various, through October 31, 2010
Check out this HUGE list of area pumpkin patches!  These farms range from the low-key pumpkin and vegetable patches, to carnival-style festivals. Close in our area are Munson Farms, Cottonwood Farm, and Rock Creek Farm.  Call ahead to find out if the pumpkin patch you’ve chosen is offering wagons to transport pumpkins from the field or whether you should BYOW – Bring Your Own Wagon. At the same time, find out if the pumpkins are actually in the field or in a big pile (it may differ during the week). Prices vary greatly, so be sure to inquire about the price of a 10-lb and 15-lb pumpkin before you leave home.  Of course, the carnival-style farms will charge admission fees and tickets for rides.

Boulder Farmers Market – Wednesdays thru Oct 7 (4-8pm), Saturdays thru Nov 7, 2010 (8am-2pm)
The quintessential event in Boulder EACH week!  The Boulder County Farmers’ Market brings you locally grown organic and conventionally grown vegetables and fruits, meats, flowers, plants, gourmet cheeses and wines sold by the area farmers that produce them. Local bakeries and chefs will have delicious confections and savory treats for your culinary enjoyment too! 

Louisville Farmers Market – Saturdays thru Oct 16 (9am-2pm)
Enjoy quaint downtown Louisville and the weekly Farmers Market there.  Fresh produce, local artisans, area restaurants, market meals, live performances and activities for kids. 

Pearl Street Stampede – Fridays, before CU home football games, 7pm
Start at 13th Street and stroll down Pearl Street cheering on your favorite University of Colorado Buffaloes and listen to the traditional sounds of the Golden Buffalo Marching Band.  A big community pep rally and great family fun!

CU Football Games – Saturdays, October 2, 16, 23 and November 13, 30 – times TBA
After the pep rally make your way to the Coors Field at CU to watch our very own Colorado Buffalo football team own the field!  Watching college football is a staple of most everyone’s fall activity list – since CU is in our backyard, why not go to a game and enjoy a fall day outside?

Open Studios Fall Studio Tour – October 2-3, and 9-10, 2010, noon-6pm
Drive around Boulder’s various neighborhoods and look at the fall colors between your stops at dozens of artists’ studios.  Once a year, the private studios of Boulder’s best artists are open for you and your family! Enjoy a fall day with friends while you experience the world of creation and imagination. Everyone is welcome at this FREE event.

Erie Harvest Fest – October 2, 2010 (10am-5pm)
The Erie Chamber of Commerce hosts this wonderful harvest festival.  The event features live entertainment all day. While enjoying these perfo
rmances, try the Turkey Legs, Roasted Nuts, German Brats, Polish Sausage, Cabbage Rolls, Pretzels, Funnel Cakes, Curley Fries, Giant Pretzels and more.  Chili Cook Off and Pie Baking Contest!  And …new this year- Talent Contest! 

CU Family Weekend – October 15-17, 2010 – check website for times
For families of CU students – CU invites you to join other CU-Boulder parents and families for a special weekend on campus during one of Boulder’s most beautiful seasons. This annual fall event provides an opportunity for you to visit your student’s campus home, talk with university faculty and staff, attend classes and presentations, tour the campus and Boulder, cheer the Colorado Buffaloes to a Big 12 football victory over the Baylor Bears, and meet other CU-Boulder families.

Meet the Spirits at the Columbia Cemetary – October 17, 2010 – 12-5pm
Columbia Cemetery (also known as “Pioneer Cemetery”) has been an important part of Boulder’s heritage since its establishment in 1870.  Come and meet some of Boulder’s most dearly departed! Costumed “spirits” will rise from their graves in Columbia Cemetery for just one afternoon to tell their stories. Get into the Halloween spirit with Victorian mourners, funeral music, vintage hearses, and a reenactment of a solemn Masonic burial service.  $10 adults, $5 kids.

Broomfield Spooktacular – October 23, 2010 – 11am-2pm
You’ll have an unhauntingly good time at Broomfield Recreation Services Great Broomfield Pumpkin Festival. The Festival is held at the 1STBANK Center this year. Come in costume! They will have carnival games, prizes, wagon rides, crafts, and a trick or treat street. The $5.00 fee is for one series of carnival games and treat street, an additional visit cost an additional fee. This Halloween party is guaranteed to be a treat for kids of all ages!

Trunk or Treat and Spooky Fest – October 30, 2010, 4:30pm
You have heard of going door to door, why not consider going trunk to trunk? Vehicles decorated by volunteers and area businesses will line the parking lot of the Erie Community Center for this year’s 5th Annual Trunk or Treat and Spooky Fest. This spooktacular event should prove to be SAFE and plenty of fun with and indoor haunted house, spooky games, treats, and of course trunk or treating. Prizes will be awarded for Best Trunk!

World of Wonder WOW! Halloween Event – October 30, 2010 (10am-6pm)
Fun and spooky Halloween crafts and pumpkin decorating at this terrific children’s museum in Lafayette!  Wear your costume and receive a special Halloween treat! All Halloween activities are included with Museum admission.  $7 children, FREE for adults

Longmont Halloween Parade followed by Trick or Treat Street – October 30, 2010 (10am)
Come in Costume!!!  NEW Route!! Route will be lengthy: wagons and strollers recommended. No motorized children’s cars. Trick or Treat Street by participating Downtown Merchants will immediately follow the parade. Streets will remain closed during this time.

Munchkin Masquerade – October 31, 201 – 2-5pm
Each Halloween Downtown Boulder is invaded by 2,000+ tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, super heroesand animals of every size trick­or­treating along Pearl Street.

Safe Halloween Night – Longmont Rec Center – October 31, 2010 (6-8:30pm)
Longmont Recreation Services offers a Safe Halloween Night geared for youth ages 10 and under that is full of carnival games, boat rides, and Halloween fun!

Check our Facebook page “365 Things to do in Boulder” for daily updates of things to do this fall!  And follow us on Twitter!

If you have suggestions for other fall events that you would like to see on this list please leave a comment and let us know!

Pam Metzger
Director of Relocation and Business Development
Colorado Landmark, Realtors

Colorado Landmark, Realtors is proudly sponsoring the 2010 Flatirons Tour of Homes

We at Colorado Landmark, Realtors are very proud to be sponsoring the 2010 Flatirons Tour of Homes!
We are the featured sponsor of this fantastic free event, hosted by the Home Builders Association.
The tour runs for two weekends, September 18-19 and September 25-26, from 10 am – 4 pm each day. Homes throughout Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, Niwot, and Lafayette will be featured. Whether you are in the market for a new property or seeking inspiration for your current home, this is a great opportunity to see the latest innovations in architecture, construction, and interior design.
For more information, including a map and details of each home, please click here.
Hope to see you there!
Colorado Landmark, Realtors
Twitter: @COLandmark