Ramblings Beyond Real Estate

Sometimes we wake up with ideas and thoughts outside of real estate.   I know crazy!!

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"A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself." 
― Laura Gilpin   One of the Smith family's favorite summer activities is rafting, camping and playing on "the river" ... any river that has whitewater!  We just spent six glorious days and nights on the Green River in Utah, and what a perfect way to start the summer.   Floating down the river while taking in nature's spectacular beauty including beautiful canyon rocks and walls, hiking historical sites where Butch Cassidy and the Hole in the Wall Gang used to hang out, swimming in natural spring water, camping on sandy beaches, and falling asleep to the rushing sound of the water, were some of the pleasures we experienced while on the river.  We hope you enjoy a…
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Boulder is home to many published authors, and with such an inspirational setting it is easy to see why they have been so successful. Whether you want to read about the city or just pick up a summer read from a local author, you will find a little bit of everything from Boulder authors. Here are some of our favorite books from writers that call Boulder home.

The Six-Minute Marathon: A Guide to Life as a Lawyer by Andrew Hartman -This local author is the director of the Experiential Learning Program at the School of Law on the University of Colorado Campus. The book provides plenty of anecdotes of success and failure and plenty of advice about how to cope with being a lawyer.

Colorado's Iceman and the

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As the Daily Camera was being torn down outside our office we had the pleasure of having Clif Harald, with The Boulder Economic Council, and Liz Hanson, with the City of Boulder, present at our recent monthly meeting.  It was a fun and very insightful look at Boulder and the economic engine that drives our city in paradise.

Diversity is the name of the game in Boulder, from high tech to back-to-basics natural foods, the City of Boulder provides jobs for 100,000 individuals.  There is a job for everyone; man, woman and child in Boulder.  Seeing a 1 to 1 ratio is very rare.  If you look at Denver as a comparison, Denver has 1.5 million jobs for a population of 3 million, or a 1 to 2 ratio.  Fort Collins runs at 1 to 1.5 ratio.  The Colorado economy

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Image via Boulder Daily Camera
Image via Boulder Daily Camera

The Fourth of July is coming up fast, have you made your plans? We've gathered a list of our favorites to give you some ideas for the big day. 

Why not start the day off at the Boulder Reservoir for their Star Spangled Splash? This day in the sun begins at 8am with a 5k, followed by a volleyball tournament at 10am. Grab some food from one of the food trucks that will be hanging out in the sand, and dance the afternoon away to the live DJ. This party ends at 6pm, and does not include fireworks, but is a great way to get a head start on celebrating.

Once you have your fun in the sun it's about time to settle in for a fireworks show. If you want to stay in Boulder, head on over to Folsom Field on the CU of Boulder

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We all love the convenience of our tablets and smart phones these days, so why would we not expect our kids to be just as attached? I think as parents, we know our kids could use a little less time in front of a screen, but that isn’t always easy. Now that school is out you have even more chances to get out there and un-plug with your kids. The more you get the family away from the screens, the longer you’ll stay away too. Our kids are learning by example, so let’s help them see the fun that awaits them without their iPad in tow.  Here are some of our tips to get un- plugged.

First things first, keep it simple. Too many options or toys in a room can be very overwhelming to those little eyes. Try setting up a table with just the dinosaurs or the Play

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Not only does Boulder offer a great space to spend time and settle, it also has some of the best scenery the country has to offer. This great city is also home to some of the best brands the country has to offer. Check out what products Boulder has introduced to the world over the years.

Noosa Finest Yoghurt

The founders of this company moved to Boulder from their small town of Noosa, Australia, bringing with them an amazingly refreshing and tangy yogurt recipe. They felt right at home in a space where everyone knew how to enjoy their beautiful surroundings. Now boulder is lucky enough to be home to this rapidly expanding company, who are busy milking cows daily to create this fresh Boulder favorite. With flavors like passion fruit and tart cherry,

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Smart homes and their innovations include some of the coolest trends to come out of the home construction, interior design and technology industries today. Smart homes today are offering everything from driveway and mailbox sensors to waterless washing machines. The homes of the future are here. What once was only seen on episodes of The Jetsons has now become a reality. The whole idea surrounding a smart home is to make life easier and more efficient for the owner and with modern technology the sky is the limit. Popular companies like Xfinity are hopping on the band wagon and are ready to offer you smart home features, see what they are up to, click here. We have gathered some of our favorite options available in smart homes today.

Ever wonder

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Chautauqua sits at 900 Baseline Road, right beneath the Flatirons in Boulder, offering up a prime location for a summer of fun and music. Chautauqua Park became a part of Boulder on July 4th 1898, and has since become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. When it opened, it was intended to serve as a retreat for those looking for cultural and educational summer activities. Chautauqua still serves these purposes, but also offers a beautiful setting for summer days in the park, amazing weekend trips and superb hiking opportunities. This park draws in over a million visitors a year, and has earned one of only 25 spots on the list of National Historic Landmarks.  

The summer concert series will begin on Thursday June 12th with a

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Memorial Day weekend is always a great opportunity to spend some time relaxing and having a blast. And what better place to chill out than Boulder? We can’t think of a better place to be, so we want to share with you our picks on how to fill your weekend with Boulder-style fun.

Not many things say Boulder quite like the Boulder Creek Festival. (This is their 27th year!) This annual festival offers fun for the whole family. Let the kids dance while you enjoy all the live music performances. You’ll find top-name artists appearing throughout the weekend. There is a whole section of the fest dedicated to children, as well. You’ll find rides, slides, carnival games and craft booths to keep them happy. As you explore further along Boulder Creek you’ll

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Just six months ago a flash flood dramatically impacted the community of Coal Creek Canyon. Roadways were washed away, homes were damaged and emotions were shaken. Within six months these strong residents have pulled together and found their new normal.

Although many routes may have changed due to the damage from the flood, photographers have found their way to the popular spots in this beautiful region.  Surrounded by the Rocky Mountain foothills, filled with scenic dirt roads and walked by the local critters (bears, elk, and even turkeys) there is never a shortage of amazing photo opportunities here beside the canyon walls.

Residents love this area for the epic views and small town feel tucked within the mountains. They have even

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