All Blog Entries by Cyndy Hinkelman-Smith

Cyndy Hinkelman-SmithA Boulder resident since 1964 and owner of Boulder RE/MAX Alliance, Cyndy was previously a certified Residential Specialist. Prior to owning the Boulder office, she was a broker associate at RE/MAX Realty Consultants where she was a member of RE/MAX 100% Club, past president of the Board of REALTORS®, and recipient of the Boulder Area REALTOR® of the Year award.  Be sure to like us on Facebook!

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Historic Mapleton HillReal estate in Boulder, Colorado has a rich and interesting history that tells a story of how our community was brought into the modern era with the help of local prominent families and the mining and railroad industries. By 1880, Boulder was a well established community that was to be the home of the State University. Around this time the first permanent residential area for upper-class residents was established in what we now know as the historic neighborhood of Mapleton Hill.

This land was purchased from the federal government by the Tourtellot and Squires families, years previous to this in 1858 for $5,500. In 1888 Mapleton Hill was plotted out and mapped by The Boulder Land and Improvement Company which brought in several developers including H.M.

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“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson

Today is Earth Day!   Help celebrate this much-needed day of environmental awareness.  We'd like to share just a few simple things you can do to help today on Earth Day, and hopefully every day to support the environment of our planet:

1.  CONSERVE - A few easy ways that you can conserve our resources such as water, electricity, etc.:

-  Water - 

    * Run the dishwasher with only a full load of dishes.  

    * Wash only full loads of clothing on the cold cycle.  

    * Choose "water sense" products when replacing and purchasing products.

-  Electricity and Energy -  

   * If you don't have a

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Ahhhhh, we love Spring Break - It's such a nice retreat from reality and an opportunity for some much needed R & R.  Especially when you have the opportunity to travel to someplace special and classic like Yelapa, Mexico.   

The Smith family just returned from a week long adventure to Yelapa. Yelapa is a small ocean side village located in a cove approximately 45 minutes south of bustling Puerto Vallarta, and is accessible only by boat.  Well actually, you can get there by car part way, but then you would need to bushwhack through the jungle, then hop on an ATV or a mule while riding on very rough roads much of the way, not such a good idea.  Speaking of cars, there are no noisy, polluting, icky cars in Yelapa - none, nada, nice.  Yelapa is not a

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Although St. Patrick's Day isn't an official holiday we enjoy celebrating it because it gives us an opportunity to play and be a 'bit of the Irish!   Every year the Pearl Street Mall in Downtown Boulder hosts one of our favorite events, the "World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade" sponsored by Connor O'Neill's.  Here are a few of our favorite photos (from years' past).

We would also like to share one of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day prayers:

Take time to Work, It is the price of success.  Take time to Think, It is the source of power. Take time to Play, It is the secret of perpetual youth. Take time to Read, It is the foundation of wisdom. Take time to be Friendly,  It is the road to happiness. Take time…
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Shopping locally in the Boulder area is gratifying, especially during the holidays.   Local businesses greatly appreciate your support, and we think it is more fun to spend our hard-earned dollars in our own community.  Here are just a few last minute gift ideas to consider with local businesses in mind.

Junestones - Our friend June Lantz just launched her new business Junestones, gorgeous handmade semi-precious gemstone and leather wrap bracelets.  They are one of our favorite gifts that we're giving this year.  Handcrafted, each bracelet is special and unique since the stones are carefully selected and offer distinctive healing energies.  June can even custom design bracelets for specific individuals (or you!). "Each and every stone I work with

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It is our pleasure to support local artisans and craft folk. Here a few recommended and fun holiday Arts & Craft Fairs coming up in and around Boulder.

Image via: facebook.com/FireflyHandmade

Firefly Handmade Holiday Market - Friday through Sunday, December 6-8, 2013. Featuring 80+ Colorado artisans. 1600 Pearl Street, downtown Boulder. fireflyhandmade.com

ARTastic Market - Friday, Dec 6, 2013, 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m. One-stop, shop your heART out holiday gift market. Horizons K-8 School, 4545 Sioux Dr., Boulder

Winter Farmer's Market and Holiday Gift Show - Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8 , 2013. Colorado handcrafted gifts, goodies and local food, brought to you by the producers of the Boulder and Longmont Farmer's Market. Boulder County

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The 29th annual Let's Bag Hunger food drive to benefit Community Food Share is coming to a close this week and they need our help!   Community Food Share is the central source for food procurement and distribution in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, serving approximately 35,000 low-income people annually. In addition to eliminating hunger in the area by providing food assistance to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, residential treatment homes, after school programs and emergency food box programs, their goal this year is also to provide food assistance to anyone who was affected by the September floods (please see their website for details).  
 
Urgently needed items this year include:
- Canned meat/tuna
- Soup
- Canned meals/chili
- Dry cereal
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MOORE'S SUBDIVISION, RURAL NORTH BOULDER

Blending an eclectic mix of homes, capacious lots with mature trees, and close proximity to restaurants, retail, trails, schools, RTD and much more, the homes for sale in Moore's neighborhood are some of Boulder's most beloved.  

Originally settled in the 40's and 50's, homeowners in Moore's were drawn to it's pastoral feel with larger parcels not only for their homes, but also for their horses, chickens, goats, gardens and workshops. Today, Moore's offers an infusion of architectural styles including original bungalows, remodels and pop-tops, and stately newly-built homes.  The larger lots of these homes in Boulder, Colorado remain with most boasting 1/3 to 1 acre. Seeing a strong revival over the past fifteen years, stakeholders in Boulder's

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"What's Old is New Again" - Seeking simplicity and innovation in design, with a stronger connection to light, nature and the outdoors, homeowners of Boulder, Colorado are being drawn to mid-century modern design and construction. Original mid-century modern homes were typically built from the 1930's to the mid 1960's. This mostly post-war time period reflected a wanting of minimal, somewhat sexy, and organic design in Boulder neighborhood homes for sale. Flash forward to today: "Minimalist sensibility is in vogue again, in part due to this romantic notion of the past," says Gord Peteran, a professor of design at OCAD University in Toronto. "But, I suspect, also due to another form of rebellion - a desire for something simpler, probably a response to our

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Art By: Millicent Kang
 

One of our favorite art-happenings in Boulder, the Open Studios Fall Artist Tour! This event is taking place this weekend and next, October 5 & 6 and 12 & 13, 2013 at the Museum of Boulder, which is located between the neighborhoods of University Hill and Whittier. Featuring over 100 extremely talented and prized artists in our community, Open Studios is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists in an intimate setting, most often in their homes or studios. This is a special occasion because many of the artists offer demonstrations and will chat with you about their art. It is also a great opportunity to buy the artists work directly from them.

A few of our favorite artists, including friends and neighbors, participating

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