Gorgeous home at 3268 Anika Dr in the popular Rigden Farm neighborhood. This three year old home features an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, wood floors & a fireplace accenting the great room. Enjoy the sprawling kitchen with granite countertops & lots of cabinet space. Discover the huge loft & bedrooms on the second floor, including the master suite with a walk-in closet & spa like bath. Full unfinished basement for future expansion. This is a Meritage home known for their energy efficient features. Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at (970) 237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
Enjoy the view of Lake Loveland from this immaculate duplex at 2411 Taft Ave B in the Cherry Hills neighborhood! Fully updated with custom finishes, this home features a large kitchen with heated tile, custom shelving and breakfast bar. Spacious living room with granite fireplace and dining room with wood floors. Large bedrooms and fantastic master suite with a private deck, walk-in closet and bath featuring artisan tile. Double wall between neighboring unit and a private fenced backyard! Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at (970) 237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
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Main level master living at it’s finest at 3043 Magnetic Dr in Loveland. Formal and kitchen dining areas, butler’s pantry, granite counter tops and wood flooring are some of the luxury features in the kitchen/dining areas. 3 upper level bedrooms, upper level study w/ French doors and a large loft area. A/C, whole home humidifier, 8 ft garage doors, garage service and opener w/keypad. Professionally landscaped yard with stunning cedar pergola, extended patio and abundant perennials. Contact Tricia Muraguri for your private showing at (970) 217-6345 for more information or click the link below for more details.
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Immaculate home at 2584 Anemonie Dr in West Loveland. High ceilings, lots of natural light, and modern colors top off this inviting home. Large kitchen with eat in area, walk in closets, and master bathroom all make this home fantastic to live in! Enjoy the well taken care of fenced backyard for a BBQ, or entertain in the big finished (and permitted!) basement space. Easy access to open space & the foothills and Mariana Butte golf course. Wood floors, upgraded tile floors, & wood blinds are all touches you’ll notice! Contact Paul Hunter for your private showing at (970) 673-7285 for more information or click the link below for more details.
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Welcome Home to 8407 Bruns Dr in Southwest Fort Collins. This custom estate sits on .97 acres with 3 beds (2 main floor master beds), 4 elegantly updated baths, and backs to 19 acres of open space. Gourmet kitchen w custom cabinets, Marble, Decor and Viking stainless appliances. 3 gas fireplaces, New lighting, custom hardwood floors. Pella Windows, Large 945 Square foot Garage. Back yard includes new deck, Gas Fireplace, Built in Viking Gas Grille. Basement has two wet bars, work out room, office, extra bed and theater. Contact Kelly Swift or Chris Guillan for your private showing or for more information or click the link below for more details.
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Completely remodeled & updated mid-century ranch at 1624 Smith Place! The sellers have added $40K of additional updates since last purchased. Updates include: Solid hickory floors throughout, stainless appliances, large kitchen island, open floor plan, new carpet & tile, upgraded electrical, new water heater, radon mitigation & ring doorbell. Gorgeous custom low maintenance landscaping! Next to Spring Creek Trail, a bike ride to Old Town & the newly updated Midtown shops at Foothills. Location! Location! Location! Contact Kyle Basner for your private showing at (970) 481-5689 for more information or click the link below for more details.
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It’s sometimes said that the limitations of a house are what help make it a home. For many, however, it is a point of pride to accept only the finest in their new residence. How can you find the balance between cultivating a lived-in home with personality and quirks versus a house with cutting-edge amenities that improve quality of life? To get to the bottom of that, we gathered a list six keys to consider when selecting and developing the home of your dreams:
Surprisingly, one of the biggest factors in choosing a new home isn’t the property itself, but rather the surrounding neighborhood. While new homes occasionally spring up in established communities, most are built in new developments. The settings are quite different, each with their own unique benefits.
Older neighborhoods often feature tree-lined streets; larger property lots; a wide array of architectural styles; easy walking access to mass transportation, restaurants and local shops; and more established relationships among neighbors.
New developments are better known for wider streets and quiet cul-de-sacs; controlled development; fewer aboveground utilities; more parks; and often newer public facilities (schools, libraries, pools, etc.). There are typically more children in newer communities, as well.
Consider your daily work commute, too. While not always true, older neighborhoods tend to be closer to major employment centers, mass transportation and multiple car routes (neighborhood arterials, highways and freeways).
Design and layout
If you like Victorian, Craftsman or Cape Cod style homes, it used to be that you would have to buy an older home from the appropriate era. But with new-home builders now offering modern takes on those classic designs, that’s no longer the case. There are even modern log homes available.
Have you given much thought to your floor plans? If you have your heart set on a family room, an entertainment kitchen, a home office and walk-in closets, you’ll likely want to buy a newer home—or plan to do some heavy remodeling of an older home. Unless they’ve already been remodeled, most older homes feature more basic layouts.
If you have a specific home-décor style in mind, you’ll want to take that into consideration, as well. Professional designers say it’s best if the style and era of your furnishings match the style and era of your house. But if you are willing to adapt, then the options are wide open.
Materials and craftsmanship
Homes built before material and labor costs spiked in the late 1950s have a reputation for higher-grade lumber and old-world craftsmanship (hardwood floors, old-growth timber supports, ornate siding, artistic molding, etc.).
However, newer homes have the benefit of modern materials and more advanced building codes (copper or polyurethane plumbing, better insulation, double-pane windows, modern electrical wiring, earthquake/ windstorm supports, etc.).
The condition of a home for sale is always a top consideration for any buyer. However, age is a factor here, as well. For example, if the exterior of a newer home needs repainting, it’s a relatively easy task to determine the cost. But if it’s a home built before the 1970s, you have to also consider the fact that the underlying paint is most likely lead0based, and that the wood siding may have rot or other structural issues that need to be addressed before it can be recoated.
On the flip side, the mechanicals in older homes (lights, heating systems, sump pump, etc.) tend to be better built and last longer.
One of the great things about older homes is that they usually come with mature trees and bushes already in place. Buyers of new homes may have to wait years for ornamental trees, fruit trees, roses, ferns, cacti and other long-term vegetation to fill in a yard, create shade, provide privacy, and develop into an inviting outdoor space. However, maybe you’re one of the many homeowners who prefer the wide-open, low-maintenance benefits of a lightly planted yard.
Like it or not, most of us are extremely dependent on our cars for daily transportation. And here again, you’ll find a big difference between newer and older homes. Newer homes almost always feature ample off-street parking: usually a two-car garage and a wide driveway. An older home, depending on just how old it is, may not offer a garage—and if it does, there’s often only enough space for one car. For people who don’t feel comfortable leaving their car on the street, this alone can be a determining factor.
Finalizing your decision
While the differences between older and newer homes are striking, there’s certainly no right or wrong answer. It is a matter of personal taste, and what is available in your desired area. To quickly determine which direction your taste trends, use the information above to make a list of your most desired features, then categorize those according to the type of house in which they’re most likely to be found. The results can often be telling.
This sprawling home at 5811 Banner St boasts endless upgrades and ﬁne ﬁnishes, to include a huge kitchen w/granite counter tops, wood ﬂoors, and tons of cabinet space. Custom moldings, plantation shutters, tile and granite throughout. Beautiful 5 piece master suite and large upstairs loft. Main level ofﬁce and formal living and dining areas. State of the art security system. Beautiful covered deck and backyard for entertaining and relaxing. Fantastic pool, clubhouse & workout facility included in HOA. Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
This well-maintained 3 bedroom home at 1703 Falcon Ridge Dr in the popular Linden Park neighborhood! Featuring a wide-open floor plan with high, vaulted ceilings and beautiful wood floors, your new home is super clean and move-in ready. Formal living room and family room with fireplace. Spacious kitchen with plenty of counter space. Unfinished basement for future expansion! Low maintenance back yard and landscaping for outdoor entertaining and relaxing! Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
This home at 4013 Capstone Ct features a gorgeous kitchen with Ikea cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Wide open ﬂoor plan with high vaulted ceilings and wood ﬂoors in the kitchen, living and dining rooms. Family room with high-end ﬁreplace insert and blower. Finished basement offers built in bookcases & wet bar w/ another bedroom and bath. Large deck and mature landscaping for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. Contact Jon Holsten for your private showing at 970-237-2752 for more information or click the link below for more details.
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