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Kneaders Bakery Highlands Ranch

Kneaders sign getting installed for the new bakery

I love when new restaurants open in Highlands Ranch!  Especially when they sound really good.  One of the newest is Kneaders, opening in Town Center North on October 9, 2015. It’ll be in the lot across from Buffalo Wild Wings and just outside from the Vitamin Cottage.

Kneaders is a chain restaurant/bakery with other Colorado locations including Arvada, Colorado Springs and Parker.  Try one of the other locations if you can’t wait for Highlands Ranch to open. What I look forward to is the bakery.  Fresh made bread and rolls, yum! They also have a good variety of sandwiches, salads and smoothies. With all that fresh baked bread, it should be a popular place around the coming holiday season.  I can’t wait to try it out.

Highlands Ranch just continues to grow into such a wonderful community, complete with a wide variety of homes, incredible schools, acres of outdoors amenities and now more and more convenient commercial options for shopping, dining and more…

Having lived and worked in Highlands Ranch for over 20 years, I’ve watched it all come together and helped many folks make this their home as well.  If I can help you, please call, text or email and I’m happy to provide you personal service with the knowledge and experience that counts.

Home Maintenance Tips for Winter

Home in WinterWe are in the new year now  and definitely in winter because it’s cold outside!  For many parts of the country, very cold.  So with all that cold, we need to remember to take care of our homes to avoid damage and loss of heat while we try to stay warm. Here is a quick list of some home maintenance tips for winter that may help you or maybe just remind you to check on.  I’ve written about winter home maintenance tips in the past (linked to an older post on the topic) but we’ve had a few bouts of extreme temperatures that I thought I would update it.

Roof and gutters – The first of the home maintenance tips for winter begins outside and is very important.  When there is snow on the roof, that may be the best time to take a look around and make sure there is no ice dams forming in areas there with some overhang and shade.  Once the ice builds up and stays, it has the potential to cause some real damage to the roof and gutters.  If you notice areas like this on your roof, try to keep them clear in the future if possible to allow melting and draining.  There are several reasons why ice dams form and  many ways to handle them.  In some cases, you may need a pro to help.   Also, walk around and take a look at the gutters.  Are there areas that don’t flow, or maybe leak or overflow causing a frozen surface to slip on below?  When the weather permits, have them evaluated and repaired.

Sprinkler systems and hoses – The second of the home maintenance tips for winter is pretty obvious but can get missed.  This is something that you probably took care of in the fall, but in case you didn’t, make sure you do now. Drain out the sprinkler system of all the water and if you can, cover and wrap the exterior pipes to help prevent freezing.  I see a lot of hoses still attached to the spigot, or hose bib, all winter long.  This can definitely lead to freezing and cracking of those pipes.  Just disconnect the hose and with most of the spigots nowadays that is all you really need to do.  You don’t need any problems or costly repairs for a simple fix!

 Shovel – Gas/Oil mix – Ice Melt – Another of the home maintenance tips for winter that seem obvious but often forgotten is simply having the equipment on hand to tackle the snow and ice.  Many first time homeowners may not even be thinking of these things because they just haven’t needed to before.  First, have a snow shovel.  I would recommend a strong plastic one without metal.  This way, you can handle the walks but you won’t gauge up your deck if you’re out shoveling it!  If you have a snowblower, make sure you have the oil mix for the gas to run the machine.  Also, in case you do have some leaky gutters, you’ll want some ice melt to keep from slipping outside the door.

Caulking/Seals – This almost goes without saying.  Make sure to caulk around windows and door frames when the weather permits so you don’t lose valuable heat.  Of course, this helps in the summer too.  Drafts and air leaks are a major factor in energy consumption.

Furnace- Inside this winter feels so toasty and warm…ah but don’t forget the work horse that provides all that heat. Make sure to change the filters monthly and it would be a good idea to have a furnace service performed by a professional if you haven’t for awhile.  With the home all closed up it is important to know there are no gas leaks or carbon monoxide leaks.  

Fireplace – If you have a fireplace in your home, it can be a great source of heat and of course, wonderful ambiance in the home.  But the fireplace can be dangerous if it isn’t working properly.  If you have a gas fireplace, have it serviced every few years to make sure it is burning right, not gas leaks and safe.  If you have a wood burning fireplace, make sure the flue or chimney are clear and working fine.  Again, a professional can take care of this to make sure al is well for you this winter.

Garage Fridge – Ok, this is one of those bonus home maintenance tips for winter that I’m going to give you.  If you have a fridge out in the garage, like I do, and it isn’t specifically made for outdoors, like mine, then when it gets really, really cold out there you may want to check it.  Often the temperature in the garage can get much colder than the fridge is built for and the food inside can start to warm up and melt.  I know that I have had my garage fridge do this a few times when it gets that cold.  Of course, a good solution for those frozen foods is to just take them out and have them stay frozen outside!   😀

I hope some of these simple tips can help you stay mindful of the little things that can help prevent bigger problems for you at home this winter.  As always, if you need help with your next move please get in touch.

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Moving in the Winter? Denver Real Estate Tips

Denver Winter Living

We’ve had our first real snow of the season now this week and while I thought it would warm up today, that hasn’t been the case.  If you are thinking ofHighlands Ranch Redstone Parkputting your home on the market, here are some tips from past posts that will help you sell you Denver real estate and protect your home in the winter months.

Showing Your Home in Bad Weather – Weather you live in Highlands Ranch, Denver, Lone Tree – wherever, this week was the first in the Denver area where you has to make considerations on showing your home in bad weather.

Preparing Your Denver Home For Winter – It isn’t too late for some winter prep for your home and yard

Freezing Pipes Prevention & What to do When it Happens – This is not a fun one. This weeks cold shouldn’t be bad enough to cause this, but you want to read this before it gets any colder.

Denver Relocation Information – Winter Weather – Many of my Denver relocation clients ask me about typical Denver weather in the winter.

What other tips do you have for selling Denver real estate in the winter?

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Trader Joe’s Announces Colorado Store Openings

Trader Joe’s announced the opening date of 3 of it’s 5 Colorado locations! Trader Joe’s is a grocery chain, but seems to be a mystical experience for some people by the way they talk about the store.   I’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s, neither has a lot of people here in Denver that I’ve talked to, but I do look forward to the store openings. The store, the specialty products, the whole Trader Joe’s vibe is something we here in Denver will soon get to be part of.

Trader Joe'sTrader Joe’s announced that Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014 will be the day they open their first 3 stores here in Colorado.  There seems to be plenty of anticipation, and I’m sure there will be long lines and lot’s of happy shoppers once the doors open.  I may or may not be there opening day, but I’ll soon get my taste of the Trader Joe’s shopping experience.

I live in the south Denver area so I will likely visit the Greenwood Village location at the Cherry Hills Marketplace. Most of my real estate clients will find that location or the one in Denver on Colorado Blvd. the most convenient for them.  Many of my relocation clients rave about Trader Joe’s and I know today with an opening date announced it is a happy day for them.

Trader Joe’s decision to expand into Colorado with multiple stores is another testament to the strength of the local business, real estate and lifestyle climate here that is attracting so many large, national companies.  It’s exciting to be part of this dynamic culture in the Denver area.

 

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Highlands Ranch Fall Tree Recycling Event

Highlands Ranch Tree in FallFall is an excellent time to trim trees and shrubs in your landscape here in Highlands Ranch!  But once you do a bit of cleanup, what do you do with all those branches and limbs? Rather than putting these items out with your trash,  why not recycle them? The Highlands Ranch Metro District invites residents to recycle discarded tree branches and other woody plant materials at its Highlands Ranch fall tree recycling event Saturday, Nov. 9.

Tree limbs less than 12 inches in diameter and woody plant materials will be accepted at the recycling event. Please keep in mind, the following items will not be accepted: finished lumber, non-woody material, grass clippings, sod and root balls.  You may need to put these items out with the trash! All discarded material will be chipped into mulch and given away free to homeowners or reused in parks and parkways in the community.  This can be a great way to spruce up your yard and then help out the environment while beautifying the community at the same time.

The Highlands Ranch fall tree recycling event will take place Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Shea Stadium at Redstone Park, 3280 Redstone Park Cir., Highlands Ranch.

If you have questions about winter tree care, a great resource is the Metro District’s website Forestry page. An article written by a Metro District forestry technician details three practices suited for the winter months, mulching, structure pruning and transplanting. The website provides additional articles that give tree care tips and information for the year-round care of landscape.

In addition to the Highlands Ranch fall recycling event, the Metro District offers Christmas tree recycling from late December through mid-January. Highlands Ranch does so much to provide service and support to the community, no wonder it is such an awesome place to live!  I have lived and worked in Highlands Ranch for 20 years now.  If you may be considering buying or selling a home in the south Denver suburbs, let me help.  I’ve made it my home and an important part of my business and know it well.  Just get in touch.   

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The Snow Flakes Fly In Denver This October

Living in Denver: Well Hello Snow!

The weather this year has been nothing but full of extremes in Colorado. And while today’s snow in october highlands ranch cofirst snow may seem like an extreme it really isn’t. In fact I can remember many Septembers when the first flakes have flown.  Personally I could have waited another week or two to fully enjoy the changing leaves before they fall on their own. This snow will speed that along in the foothills and the mountains.

The beauty of living in Denver is that by later this weekend, the grey sky will be a memory, this light dusting will be gone and sunshine and blue skies will accompany the Colorado outdoor lifestyle. So the good news s, my hike in the foothills this weekend will be a go and I will still be able to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage our our changing aspens. But if you wait much longer, it will be too late.

Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone that sometimes we have 4 seasons in a week. Then they will want to live in Denver too.

 

Photo courtesy of my wife Laura from her office window this morning.

Denver Area Water Restrictions

Living in Colorado with a Drought: Denver Area Water Restrictions

Aerated Lawn prepared for water restrictions

The Denver area water restrictions will remain be enforced this year due to a significant shortage of moisture this season.  Reservoirs that rely on snow melt to provide water to the Denver metro area were down last year and will be down substantially this year causing drought conditions.

So, when there is a drought that typically means Denver area water restrictions will take place.  Many folks are wondering if they will have restrictions and what and how much that means?  Denver Water has declared a Stage 2 drought and restrictions are in place beginning April 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013.  If your water is provided by Denver Water then these restrictions apply to you.

Remember, water providers serve cities and neighborhoods that are not always within the city limits.  So, make sure of who provides your water and check to see if any restrictions are in place.  Aurora water is also on restrictions.  Aurora water has declared a Stage 1 drought, and if your water is provided by Aurora water then these restrictions apply to you.  If you happen to live in Highlands Ranch or an area with water provided by Centennial Water, there are no restrictions placed on you at this time.  However, there are suggested water use, and of course, they have already implemented water budgeting per household so make sure to stay within you budget.  The overuse can get expensive.

We all need to do our part in conserving water, especially in drought conditions.  Here are some tips to help with your lawn and, if you live within the Centennial Water district, more information on the water budget program.  I hope this can help answer questions about the Denver area water restrictions.

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