The Best Places for Fall Colors in Colorado

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September in Colorado is a magical place, where fall comes with the the changing of the leaves, cooler temperatures, and snow. The Centennial State is the perfect place to hike or take a drive amongst the colorful foliage. So, if you’re looking for places in Colorado to visit to see the yellows, oranges, and reds, you’ve come to the right place. Here are two of the best places to see fall colors in Colorado this month. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Visiting Colorado in The Fall

One of the best places to visit in Colorado to see fall colors in Kebler Pass. A quick search on Instagram and you’ll see tons of pictures from this place—it is a favorite among photographers. Kebler is a popular mountain pass that boasts the largest aspen grove in the U.S. This 33-mile road in Crested Butte will soon be littered with golden leaves. Crested Butte is a destination for skiing, mountain biking, and a variety of other outdoor activities. This town is the home of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort, a great place to relax with mountain views and many outdoor adventure opportunities.

Another great place to visit is Kenosha Pass. Near Fairplay, Kenosha Pass intersects a section of the Colorado Trail and provides one of the best places to see fall colors in Colorado. The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail running for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango. Though Fairplay is small, it has a lot of character and is an amazing place to visit. Also, it is the visual basis for the Town of South Park in the television series South Park.

Colorado Contractors

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Are you planning on tackling a remodeling project this year? No matter the size of the project, utilizing remodeling contractors is the way to go. Most homeowners don’t have the time, experience, or skillsets to do a remodel by themselves. There is often a negative response to using contractors for fears of being overcharged. However, the majority of remodeling contractors are honest, competent, and diplomatic—especially those found on client-reviewed websites like The Blue Book or Angie’s List. Before you go sleuthing for the perfect contractor in Colorado, here a few tips. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Contractor Tips From Contractors

A contractor’s most important asset is his network of subs or subcontractors. These are people or organizations that they’ve worked with for years and make a great team. Homeowners have a tendency to over plan with projects, calling multiple people they’ve discovered online to all work on the same project, but this can be detrimental to your remodel. Find the best available contractor and let them bestow their network of great subs upon you. Since they have all worked together, things will get done quicker and be closer to what you wanted.

Homeowners love the idea of reusing vintage or existing things when it comes to remodels. This is especially true in Colorado with so many builds calling for cabin-like interiors and other nostalgic styles. Don’t be surprised if your contractor is immediately onboard with your choice to keep those cabinets from the 70s or that repurpose that natural wooden floor from WWII. Also, don’t be surprised if your project takes longer and becomes more costly if that’s what you want. Things built over a decade ago tend to break when removing them and that kind of delicate work takes longer to do. Talk to your contractor about these decisions upfront to avoid any problems.

DIY Projects for Your Porch

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Your front porch may be more important to the overall outlook of your home than you thought. Your porch is an extension of your home and the first part that guests or passersby get to see. This is especially important to remember when selling your home. This space should make potential buyers feel welcome, a place you can go to rest, and a place to entertain and experience the neighborhood. If your porch isn’t ready for buyers, here are a few easy DIY projects that you can do to spruce up this important space. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Your Colorado Porch

If you really want your porch to be welcoming, a great place to start is with your doormat. There are plenty of unique mats at the store, but instead of buying a new one buy some paint instead. Take your old, plain doormat and give it a second life with a custom message. Another way to make a big impact on guests is by adding a porch swing. A little bit of building experience is required for this one, but did you know that you can buy a porch swing kit online? They’re easier to install then you might think!

Seating is a great way to make your porch space feel like an extension of your home. There are tons of DIY projects you can get into when it comes to decorating your porch seating area. From custom cushions and pillows to holiday themed décor. Don’t know where to start? A great way to get inspired to decorate your porch is by simply going into an arts and crafts store like Michaels. Often when you find a crafted piece that you like, the ideas of things that you can make yourself to go with it will start to flow. Selling your home in the fall? Cheap, fall-themed, DIY décor will go a long way in getting more value out of your home.

Colorado Pools

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Swimming pools epitomize warm weather and summer. Since Colorado sees a lot of cold and snowy weather, visitors are usually pleasantly surprised when they visit in the summer. June, July, and August are Colorado’s warmer months, so don’t be confused if you visit during this time and find everyone relaxing at the pool. Continue reading more information about how much it costs to build an above-ground pool in Colorado. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Above-Ground Pools in Colorado

If you are looking to get an above-ground pool in Colorado, you have a few options. The least expensive type of above-ground pool you can buy is an inflatable pool. On average, you can expect to pay as low as $350 for a 15-foot diameter, 42-inch deep pool. On the upper end of inflatables are 18-foot round, 48-inch deep pools for around $700 to $900. Most inflatable kiddie pools are priced below $50, though these are usually very small and easily damaged.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution to beating the summer heat in Colorado, then a metal-framed above-ground pool is the way to go. It goes without saying that metal-framed and resin-framed pools are more expensive than inflatables due to the extra materials. For a 15-foot round, 48-inch deep pool, expect to pay $600 to $700. On the upper end, a rectangular 18-foot by 9-foot, 52-inch deep pool will cost $1,200 to $1,400. When purchasing your pool, talk to the sales rep on how to protect it from freezing during the winter months.

Unique Town Names in Colorado

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Colorado has 64 counties and 272 active incorporated municipalities, comprising 197 towns, 73 cities, and two consolidated city and county governments. That’s a lot of places to live, each with their own unique names and ways of life. But where did all of these places get their names? Some town names in Colorado come from native American and Spanish words, while others are made up all together. Here are some oddly named towns in Colorado. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

From Bow Mar to Breckenridge

The first town name is Bow Mar. If this town name seems like two unrelated words put together, then you’ve hit the nail on the head. Bow Mar, found in the Denver metro area, is named for two nearby lakes—Bowles Lake and Marston Lake. And then there’s the small town of Del Norte. This town in the San Luis Valley is named after the Rio Grande del Norte. In Spanish, this translates to “great river of the north.” There is a discrepancy of the pronunciation—some use the Spanish pronunciation of “Norte” and some anglicize it to “Nort.”

Some towns are just named after people, like Breckenridge. However, did you know that this town’s was once spelled “breckinridge?” Originally, the town was named after John Cabell Breckinridge, the youngest Vice President of the United States. However, during the Civil War, John Breckinridge joined the Confederate Army which outraged many people in Colorado. Eventually the name was changed (the “i” to an “e”) to strip John Breckinridge of the privilege of having a town named after him.

Colorado Planetariums

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Staring up at the stars is a wonderful experience. However, if you live in a major city you probably will not get to see them that often. Fortunately, if you live in Denver or Boulder you can still enjoy the stars. These two major Colorado cities are home to first rate planetariums, which feature a variety of amazing shows. Continue reading for more information about these two great establishments. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Popular Planetariums in Colorado

Denver boasts the Gates Planetarium, and educating yet fun experience in the world of science and nature. The Denver planetarium is a part of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which has a history dating back to the 1800s and has not lost its popularity. In fact, by the time the museum turned 50, it has over 1 million visitors. Gates Planetarium is a 125-seat planetarium that features unidirectional, semi-reclining stadium seating, 16.4 surround-sound system featuring Ambisonic, a 3-D spatial sound system, and a perforated metal dome, 56 ft in diameter and tilted 25 degrees.

And then there’s the Fiske Planetarium in Boulder. What makes Fiske great is their wide variety of shows and reasonable ticket prices. If you live close to the Fiske Planetarium you can become a member and get even better deals. The Boulder planetarium was opened in 1975 thanks to a donation from Wallace Franz Fiske, a philanthropist that funded many science related projects during his lifetime. The mission at the Fiske is to “inspire passion in every person to explore the universe.” The Fiske Planetarium is part of the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Best Coffee Shops in Denver

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Denver isn’t just known for its amazing mountain views and superb breweries. It is also home to many unique coffee shops and cafes. Setting them apart from the normal national chains that are everywhere, there are many local coffee shops in Colorado that our residents and visitors swear by. Continue reading for some of the most popular coffee shops in Denver. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Popular Coffee Shops in Denver

One of the most popular coffee shops in Denver is the Crema Coffee House. This coffee shop is located on Larimer Street, an easier to access area with a lot to see and do. Crema is a quaint coffee house, reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest with its concrete floors, exposed brick, and peeling wood planks. With the humble décor and popular music playing the background, Crema has a great atmosphere. And they serve everything you need from espressos and cold brews to popular pour overs and more. They have superb quality beans from roasters like Counter Culture, Herkimer and the Queen City Collective.

Speaking of the Queen City Collective, this is also a very popular coffee shop in Denver. The Queen City Collective Coffee is a hidden gem of Denver located in the historic Baker neighborhood west of Broadway on 1st Avenue. This coffee shop gets its name from the old phrase “Queen City of the Plains,” referring to Denver of course. The name is also fitting because of their collective community approach to business. That is to say that the Queen City Collective sources their beans direct from the farmers and small batch roast everything on-site. Have you been to either of these popular spots in Denver? Tell us about your experiences down in the comments.

The Counter Offer

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If you’ve ever bought or sold a home, you know that the process isn’t necessarily an easy one. In a lot of ways, the job of a good agent is to make sure things go as smoothly as possible, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some bumps along the way. In real estate, the counter offer is used to get more out of the transaction. It’s a common practice, but is it worth the risk of losing the deal in this high-stakes market we are in right now? Continue reading to find out what the experts, your agent, has to say. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

What Your Agent Will Tell You

If you get an offer on your home, your agent will sit down with you and go over what components would make your counter offer is as strong as it can be. This range from negotiating price to closing date. Many buyers will be willing to spend more if they are offered a rent-back, giving them more time to move and/or renovate the space. However, sometimes the counter offer is more about making things more acceptable. This is often a response to lower offers.

Remember, your real estate agent is the best source for advice when it comes to selling your home. Not only can they help you with staging your home and conducting open houses, they can help you weigh the pros and cons of individual offers, writing a counter offer, and selecting the best offer for your home. It is true that the Colorado market is a bit hectic right now, due to lower inventory and how desirable real estate is in the state. Depending on the transaction a counter offer may or may not be the best decision for you, so talk to your agent.

Rules For Visiting Colorado

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There are a lot of amazing things to see and do in Colorado. However, if you are planning a visit, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. For example, if you’re driving and taking pictures of the mountains remember to stay in the right lane if you’re traveling slow or consider pulling over to let others pass. If you’re going into the mountains, make sure your car is ready for mountain travel prior to hitting the road. Continue reading for more tips. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Visitor Guidelines in Colorado

Planning on going camping while you’re in Colorado? Your parents and even some of the older millennials will remember that things were more relaxed when it came to pitching a tent. Today there are more rules in place. Remember, you are not the only ones wanting to rough it for a few days at the campgrounds and due to this higher demand, many places in Colorado now require reservations. Therefore, make sure to call ahead of time to check availability.

Colorado is known for being a dog-friendly state with many dog-friendly venues, but there are still many rules related to pets that are in place. With most things, the rules will vary depending on where you are. Some parks and trails will allow pets, while others don’t. Some places will have specific rules, like dogs must be leashed, and others may flat out ban then. Again, the best thing to do to prepare for your trip to Colorado is to do some research ahead of time. Knowing where you can and can’t go with your dog will eliminate surprises and stress from your visit.

Community Art Pieces in Colorado

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In a previous post, Colorado Sculptures, we talked about some of the most well known community art pieces in Colorado Springs. However, we have only started to scratch the surface when it comes to the number of public art displays in the area. Continue reading for some more of the amazing art pieces you’ll find when exploring the city. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Community Art Pieces in Colorado Springs

The Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs is the home of three futuristic kinetic wind sculptures. Dubbed so because of their unique shapes, “Sunrise Serenade”, “Space Needle”, and “Metronome”, move with the wind. This movement brings so much life to the area and are truly a sight you won’t want to miss. These living sculptures were created by artist Starr Kempf in the 1970s, an artist well known for his work with kinetic sculptures and artful weather vanes.

And then there’s the Helios. This community art piece is a massive outdoor statue. It was created to honor the sunshine that pours down on Colorado Springs over half of the days of the year. It was put on display to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Colorado Springs’ Art on the Streets. Technically the title of this piece is Helios 38.104, which is a reference to the location of the work (38 degrees latitude, 104 degrees longitude). Helios was created by Patrick Mentz. Montana artist Patrick Mentz has completed dozens of public art commissions across the country.

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