Oct. 3, 2018

Just Listed! 1203 Baldridge Dr, Severance, CO 80615

 

Come home to your dream home in this beautiful ranch style home with a finished walkout basement! Heated and insulated 1200 sq ft detached garage/shop with bathroom and RV door!

 

 

Beautiful home for sale in Severance Colorado with rustic finishes throughout! Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

 

High-end rustic finishes throughout. Gourmet kitchen is complete with slab granite and stainless steel KitchenAid appliances including gas cooktop, double wall ovens, and french door refrigerator. Gleaming hickory floors stretch throughout the open main level, pairing beautifully with alder trim, mouldings, doors and cabinetry.

 

Beautiful home for sale in Severance Colorado with rustic finishes throughout! Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

 

Each level features it’s own beautiful rustic fireplace and spacious, covered patio. Main level master suite features large soaking tub, granite countertops, and two separate walk-in closets. Walkout basement features rec room with a huge wet bar! Two additional bedrooms, full bathroom, fitness room and abundant storage complete the basement. Large fenced backyard! Concrete circle driveway. Finished 3 car garage. RV hookups and dump. New roof to be installed October 2018!

 

 

Beautiful home for sale in Severance Colorado with rustic finishes throughout! Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

1203 Baldridge Drive Features:

  • Gourmet kitchen featuring slab granite countertops and stainless steel KitchenAid appliances including french door refrigerator, double wall ovens, and gas cooktop
  • Hickory hardwoods throughout
  • Alder trim, doors, cabinetry, and built-in entertainment center
  • Rustic stone fireplace
  • Spacious covered patio off main level
  • Master Suite includes large soaking tub, his and hers walk-in closets, slab granite countertops and designer tile
  • Three bedrooms on main level, and two additional bedrooms in the basement
  • Walkout rec room in basement features 9’ ceilings, wet bar, and gas fireplace
  • Second patio off basement
  • Basement features cement vault in storage room with 8” walls
  • Detached shop with RV storage and 220 Volt Hook-up and sewage dump connections
  • Irrigation and drip system that has the ability to run fertilizer through sprinkler lines
  • Large fenced backyard

 

Beautiful home for sale in Severance Colorado with rustic finishes throughout! Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

Click here for full details and photos for 1203 Baldridge Dr, Severance

Oct. 1, 2018

Must Do This October: Harvest Farm Fall Festival + Ticket Giveaway!

 

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One of our family's favorite things to do in the fall is visit the Harvest Farm Fall Festival in Wellington. On top of supporting a great cause, you'll have a wonderful time enjoying the corn maze, wagon rides, petting zoo, pig races, bonfire with s'mores, petting zoo, hay bale pyramid, playground, food trucks and more. They are also hosting events this year including goat yoga on October 7th and 28th and Denver Broncos Weekend on October 3 & 14.  My kids are little but there is still plenty to do that is age appropriate for them, and tons of activities that we are excited to do as the kids get older and we continue visiting year after year. We were able to visit this past weekend for their opening day and my kids' favorite part this year was the corn box covered wagons.

 

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If you're not familiar with Harvest Farm, here's a little information directly from their website: Harvest Farm is a 100-acre farm and rehabilitation center for men, located in Wellington, Colorado. The Farm hosts up to 72 men who participate in our long-term New Life Program with the goal of breaking the cycles of addiction and homelessness. Program participants gain the skills, stability and self-esteem necessary to become productive, self-sufficient members of society. This nationally recognized rehabilitation program combines academics, life skills classes, Bible study, work therapy, and Christian counseling in a curriculum extending up to 27 months. I would highly suggest checking out the information on HarvestFarm.net to learn more about the festival and the cause!

 

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To enter the giveaway:

We are giving away 4 tickets to Harvest Farm's Fall Festival in Wellington, Colorado. There are two steps to enter....

1) Like us on Facebook (click here)

2) Comment on this Facebook post (click here), tagging 2 people you'd love to take to the festival!

Bonus! You will receive an additional bonus entry for following @joannagyrath on Instagram 

 

 

The winner will be selected by random draw at noon on October 8, 2018. We will get in touch with them via Facebook messenger promptly to deliver the tickets to any address within a 30 mile radius of Fort Collins (they are physical tickets) that same week. Since these tickets are time sensitive, if we get no response after 2 days we will move on to the next winner.

 

 

 

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Sept. 21, 2018

Things to do in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor and greater Northern Colorado

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 There's always something fun to do in Northern Colorado! Bookmark this page and check back weekly for updates on events, shows, farmer's markets, festivals and things to do with kids in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Greeley and greater Northern Colorado.  

 

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Sept. 18, 2018

20 made-in-Colorado products to get you and your home into a fall mood

 

It might not feel like it at 92 degrees in Fort Collins today, but this Saturday is the first day of fall! Get into the spirit and support local artisans with these lovely made-in-Colorado products!

 

 

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Sweater Weather candle made in Colorado

 

 

Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Northern Colorado, Fall, home goods, shop small, small business, homes for sale, real estate | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a Blog By Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor"Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please" Shirt made in Frederick, Colorado

 

 

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Fall Hand Lettered Mug made in Colorado

 

 

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"Thankful" centerpiece by Inheritance Company in Loveland

 

 

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Hopped Up Coffee Pumpkin Ale Coffee roasted in Fort Collins

 

 

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Pumpkin Spiced Lemonade Concentrate made in Colorado

 

 

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Fall Doormat made in Fort Collins

 

 

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Fall leaves art print made in Fort Collins

 

 

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Pumpkin wreath made in Denver

 

 

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Handmade wood pumpkins made in Colorado

 

 

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"I love you more than pumpkin anything" sign by Rust and Wire Boutique in Denver

 

 

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Fall Leaf Dishes made in Colorado

 

 

"Fall Sweet Fall" farmhouse sign made in Broomfield

 

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Bourbon Pecan Bacon Brittle from Colorado Candy Company in Fort Collins

 

 

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"It's Pumpkin Season" pillow made in Colorado

 

 

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Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple and Maple scented play dough made in Colorado

 

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Fall Kitchen Towel made in Colorado

 

 

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Drunken Apple Cider Bourbon Jelly made in Denver

 

Upcycled book pumpkins made in Denver

 

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Bourbon pecan caramel sauce

 

 

 

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Sept. 14, 2018

Just Listed! 4306 Eaton St, Denver, CO 80212

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This move in ready bungalow in Berkeley area is listed at $400,000.

 

Clean white cabinets and sparkling stainless steel appliances make the kitchen bright and airy. Pot rack and island included.

 

The open floor plan, fresh modern paint, wood floors and updated light fixtures work together for a lovely, updated look.

 

New roof in 2017 and new furnace and windows in 2016!

 

Great location! Walking distance to Randall Park and convenient to shops and dining on Tennyson Street as well as the new development on 38th and Wadsworth with Lucky's Market.

 

We will be hosting open houses on 9/15 and 9/16 from 1-3 pm. Stop by and see us or call 970-658-5197 to schedule you're private tour.

 

Click here for details and photos: http://www.myfortcollinsrealestate.com/property/862113/#

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sept. 13, 2018

Just Listed! 329 Locust St, Windsor, CO 80550

 

 

Just Listed! Home for sale at 329 Locust St, Windsor, CO 80550

 

Charming home with character across from Main park! Large corner lot with gardens, mature trees and covered patio! Main floor features open floor plan, lovely kitchen with stainless steel appliances and custom cabinets with under-mount lighting and a main level master bedroom with built-in shelving.

 

Just Listed! Home for sale at 329 Locust St, Windsor, CO 80550

 

Durable wood-look flooring, crisp white walls and numerous windows make the main-level feel open and bright! Three additional bedrooms and full bath upstairs. Heated and insulated oversized garage with shop attached, in addition to storage shed on property.

Walking distance to Chimney Park, the top-rated restaurant in Northern Colorado, as well as the other great shops and restaurants in downtown Windsor!

 

Just Listed! Home for sale at 329 Locust St, Windsor, CO 80550

 

For photos and details visit: www.329LocustSt.com

Visit our open house on Saturday, September 15, or call 970-659-5197 to schedule your private showing.

 

Sept. 10, 2018

Just Listed! 3697 Angora Dr, Loveland, CO 80537

 

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This beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 4,598 square foot ranch style home in the Dakota Glen subdivision of Loveland is offered at $665,000. Built by award winning builder, Buer Custom Homes, this home will sweep you off your feet with its craftsman finishes and upgrades.

 

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The finished walkout basement and professionally landscaped backyard backs to open space and farmland with amazing views of both the mountains and Boedecker Reservoir. With wakeless boating, fishing and hiking trails just steps away, this location is an outdoor lover's dream. Click here to read more about Boedecker Reservoir.

 

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Wonderful craftsmanship with rustic, modern finishes including alder cabinets and trim, quartz countertops in kitchen and baths, stone fireplace, designer tile, transoms above interior doors, hand troweled walls and hardwood floors. 

With 2 master suites on main level and a finished 4 car garage, space won't be an issue in this ranch style home.

 

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Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing.

 

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Sept. 7, 2018

Just Listed! 3111 Sumac St, Fort Collins, 80526

 

This move-in ready townhome in quiet neighborhood with large private backyard and foothills views is listed at $280,000 and is a must-see!

 

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A charming brick exterior with contrasting blue doors is framed by a covered front porch as you enter the home. The front yard and exterior of the home are maintained by the HOA.

 

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Mainlevel features a bright and airy open floor plan!

 

Large, fenced backyard features beautiful, established landscaping with flower bed, raspberries, rose bushes, and gorgeous-south facing shade tree keeping the home cool in the summer. Very private with no neighbor behind, backing to the old Hughes Stadium site and lovely views of the foothills. Close to hiking and biking trails, Horsetooth Reservoir and bus stop, this home is perfect for those who embrace an active lifestyle.

 

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Oversized attached one car garage with access to potential dog run. Additional updates and features include new exterior paint and doors including Low-E sliding door, new paint and carpet in basement, wood burning fireplace, low maintenance wood laminate, wood burning fireplace in living room, spacious master suite with nook for desk or sitting area, and renovated basement with separate entrance which could be used as a rec-room or bedroom. All appliances stay including washer and dryer.

 

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Click here to view full details and photos on the MLS listing for 3111 Sumac St, Fort Collins, 80526

Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private tour.

 

 

Aug. 31, 2018

A Cactus Flower Baby Shower in Fort Collins

 

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It's been a little over 3 years since we helped Holly and Josh buy their home, and it has been a lot of fun getting to know them and becoming friends along the way! They are such wonderful people, and have been there for us along our parenting journey, so it was an honor to celebrate their entering into this new phase of life! They are expecting a little girl, affectionately nicknamed Baby Z, in October so of course I jumped at the opportunity to throw a baby shower in her honor last weekend!  

 

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When I found out that Holly was using a pink and green cactus flower theme in the baby's nursery, I knew we needed to carry that theme into the baby shower as well, but initially had some trouble finding decorations that went with this theme. Once I found the cutest little western style Cactus & Floral Romper from Jade and Jo on etsy that came complete with adorable matching anklets, it really inspired the rest of the party. I love decorating with a clothesline to display the tiny little outfits at a baby shower, so this sweet romper was the perfect centerpiece for our mantle decor, flanked on both sides with soft pink and green baby girl headbands and hairclips from BohoBowAccessories because, let's be honest, baby girls need bows like they need milk and diapers. 

 

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I love the more classic styles of these Boho Bows that are sweet and pretty without being huge or too much. My adorable little cohost modeled them on her pigtails for us at the party! I'm pretty sure she thought this was another birthday party for her.

 

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A festive cake table is what makes it a party, so of course we hit up June Poppies of Fort Collins who surprised and delighted us with a stunning naked cake. Luscious buttercream enveloping the most delicate strawberry cake you've ever tasted, this cake did not disappoint! It was her idea, not mine, to go with the naked cake style which was a great choice to go along with the theme. I love the natural, almost rustic look that paired perfectly with the faux cactus cake toppers.

 

Sidebar about these faux cacti!  I'm pretty picky about any kind of faux plants or florals, and even though they are generally getting better, I still typically don't like or use anything but real flowers. That said, I found both the cacti and the lovely catkins garland you see on top of my mantle (which everyone who comes into my house asks about!) on commercialsilk.com and they are by far the best faux florals I've found. The garland is the most realistic one I've found and the bark on the individual branches are rough to the touch like real bark. I love the rustic, natural look it adds to my otherwise somewhat boring and generic mantle shelf. I'm loving their products and will be shopping there soon for some holiday garlands and decor! 

 

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The faux cacti came in a bulk package, which I initially planned to arrange on the cake in a large Z for "baby Z." Once I got eyes on the cake, though, I just couldn't poke that many holes in it, and ended up going with a simpler topper by staggering the heights of the cacti to look like a Daddy, Mommy and baby cactus family. I popped some flowers off to embellish the bottom and sides of the cake, and still had plenty of cactus spines left to decorate the diaper cake and include individual cacti in the sweet little prizes for game winners! Fun fact: spines are the proper term for the individual branches of a cactus plant. Yes, I looked it up.

 

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Shower games are not my strong suit, and I really didn't want to do any "identify the poop" games (I get to do this in real life on a daily basis as it is, and trust me it's not that fun) or embarrassing the new mommy by guessing her waist measurement! I was lucky to have a friend like Mandy step in and come up with some lovely ideas and design some beautiful signs to set out for the shower as well. Among the party games was "Don't Say Baby," which is a party game in which each guest wears a baby pin on their clothes, but if they are caught saying the word baby someone else can take their pin. The winner is the person with the most pins at the end of the shower.

 

Mandy also got in touch with Josh in advance to ask him questions like "what part of fatherhood are you most excited for?" and we all got to guess his answers along with Holly. This was a really cute baby shower game that really let all of us partake in the sweet excitement of the expecting couple. As happy as I am to be moving on to new stages of parenthood myself, that excitement is contagious and had me reminiscing fondly on that time of warm newborn cuddles and milky kisses. Those were the sweetest.

 

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Of course, you can't just throw a party with cake alone, so we did feed everyone some real food too! On the menu was popcorn shrimp, bacon wrapped dates, petite quiches, greek spanakopita, quinoa salad, veggie and fruit trays, and some cute little festive sugar cookies that I didn't manage to photograph. The food was yummy, but the cake was the highlight hands down!

 

 

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Aug. 24, 2018

A Mermaid Themed Birthday Party in Our Fort Collins Home

 

A Mermaid Themed Birthday Party in Our Fort Collins Home

 

I love birthdays. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I’m not also sad that my kids are getting big and not my little babies anymore. My baby is two now, of course I’m an emotional basket case over it! It’s just that life is such a whirlwind, and the past two years have been the craziest ones yet, so having that one day each year set aside to just appreciate the people we love feels like it needs to be celebrated to the fullest. Of course, I want my daughter to know that she is celebrated, loved, and accepted every single day, but on her birthday I want her feel it to her bones. I want her to smile and giggle and feel complete joy every day, but on her birthday I want her to double over laughing so hard that her cheeks and ribs hurt. I want every day to bring moments that build her confidence and sense of worth, but on her birthday I want her to feel like the world is her oyster and there is nothing she can't have or do. I want so much for my kids- both of them- to grow up and think they had the best childhood ever. There are a lot of days that fall short, but not birthdays. Birthdays have to be perfect.

 

 

A Mermaid Themed Birthday Party in Our Fort Collins Home

 

 

Her first birthday came and went so quickly and during a time that we were so overwhelmed with just keeping afloat that we didn’t pause to celebrate it nearly as much as I wish we had. First birthdays are a big deal, and the fact that hers ended up being nothing more than a casual barbecue and that I can’t even remember what her cake looked like (gasp!) has been plaguing me with mom guilt ever since. Mom guilt can make a woman do crazy things.

 

Enter Ariel.

 

A Mermaid Themed Birthday Party in Our Fort Collins Home

 

Having a Disney princess attend your birthday party is pretty much as good as it gets for a little girl. While she's not really one to sit and watch a movie start to finish, she loves books and recognizes Ariel from the Little Mermaid story book, calling her "pretty Ariel." The other girls at the party knew just who she was and were so excited to see her, smiling ear to ear and blushing at her when she turned to them. It was sweet and I will definitely hire a princess through RJ's Amazing Entertainment again for future parties! While we did a little mermaid party, there are a lot of options for children's entertainment, so you should definitely look into them the next time you're planning an event in the Northern Colorado area and also check out the party planning section of the website. I found a lot of inspiration in this article on how to decorate for a Princess Ariel party.

 

A Mermaid Themed Birthday Party in Our Fort Collins Home

 

My Daughter loves fish, bubbles and water so we had a lot of fun with the mermaid theme as we decorated for this party. We did a mermaid photoshoot at Windsor Lake with Fort Collins photographer Dennis Matty before the party and were able to incorporate those pictures into the party decor. I framed an 8x10 of my favorite picture from the photoshoot and propped up a number 2 next to it, and also printed a bunch of 4x6's to pin with clothes pins on a fishing net. It didn't photograph well being on the glass door like that, but it was cute in person! Despite the fact that my sweet shy girl didn't want to pose for a single picture, we had a lot of really cute shots!

 

A Mermaid Themed Birthday Party in Our Fort Collins Home

 

Okay, we need to talk about this cake. Pictures don't do it justice, and I wish I could serve every person reading this a slice of this heavenly dessert by June Poppies of Fort Collins. The detail that went into the watercolor buttercream frosting, the fondant seashells, the large clamshell with realistic ribbed detail and a number 2 on it, the large fondant mermaid tail with hand-carved scales and metallic gold accents, and the tiny little bubbles... You guys, the attention to detail on this cake far exceeded my expectations. In addition to this beautiful cake, which was so delicious that no one believed was gluten-conscious, we had a dozen cupcakes to add flavor options. These lemon poppy-seed and red velvet cupcakes with vanilla ombre frosting and ombre colored mermaid tails were so unbelievably cute, you almost couldn't eat them. But somebody had to do it, so we did and they were so yummy. I can't say enough about these desserts from June Poppies. They were perfect and I highly recommend them for your next party!

 

A Mermaid Themed Birthday Party in Our Fort Collins Home

 

We had everyone's sweet tooth covered at this party between these gorgeous cakes, and the most beautiful fruit bouquets from Edible Arrangements in Fort Collins. The kids were calling them "fruit lollypops" and actually eating something healthy at the party which was a win! The chocolate covered strawberries were a huge hit with the adults, but my absolute favorite were the white chocolate covered pineapple balls with dark chocolate drizzle. Oh man, I could have eaten them all by myself. I got so many compliments on how pretty these were and will definitely use edible arrangements to cater a party again in the future!

 

A Mermaid Themed Birthday Party in Our Fort Collins Home

 

For savory hors d'oeuvres, we served New England style crab cakes and Tempura Shrimp with Teriyaki dipping sauce for the adults. We did little cups of fish and chips for the kids, and also had snacks like goldfish, swedish fish, and treasure chest full of gold coins to nibble on. I've learned my lesson about trying to do too much myself and didn't make any of the food this time, instead I purchased these at Costco so they could just be popped into the oven in the last hour before guest arrived. The cute seashell shaped plates and straws, along with the decorative banners, mermaid pinata, and all of the other party decorations that weren't specifically mentioned came from either Target or Party City on Harmony in Fort Collins. If anyone has recommendations for a good locally owned party shop I would love to hear about that for future reference! I'd always prefer to pay that money to a small business in the Northern Colorado community instead! 

 

A Mermaid Themed Birthday Party in Our Fort Collins Home

 

Thank you to all of our wonderful friends and family who love our little girl and came out to celebrate her birthday with us! Everyone had a blast, and as much as I love having guests and hosting parties in our home, I feel relieved that the days following were able to be a little more quiet so everyone could recover from all of the excitement. Bouncy houses, friends, family in town, and sugar highs make for some really sleepy toddlers so that's our next hurdle to get over!

 

 

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