June 21, 2019

Just Listed! 3814 Rock Creek Dr Unit C, Fort Collins, CO 80528

 

 

Just listed in Fort Collins at $390,000: 3814 Rock Creek Dr Unit C

 

Upgrades abound in this spacious Morningside Village townhome! On the main-level, an open living room with fireplace and adjoining study flows into an upgraded kitchen for seamless entertaining. The espresso cabinetry and matching engineered hardwood floors contrast beautifully with sparkling granite countertops, upgraded backsplash, and stainless steel appliances in this modern, eat-in kitchen. Large island with stylish open shelving and pantry offer added kitchen storage!

Upstairs, you’ll find a true master suite with soaking tub, shower, modern tile, double sinks, and large walk-in closet. The modern floor plan features convenient upstairs laundry, with washer and dryer included! All bedrooms feature their own ensuite bathroom including the 3rd bedroom in the fully finished basement off of the huge rec room!

Outdoor living spaces include TWO covered patios as well as one partially covered deck in the private, fenced back yard. Quiet neighborhood with pool and amenities, walking distance to Fossil Ridge High School, and convenient to restaurants, shopping and i25!  

Buyer may pick new carpet for the main and upper-level with full price offer!

 

 

 

Call (970)682-2453 for a private showing!

 

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June 20, 2019

Master Bathroom Remodel Design Board

 

It's actually happening.

 

Master Bathroom Renovation, During

 

 

Our master bathroom remodel is officially underway and, even though it's just at the beginning stages, we're ready for it to be finished! That's how it always is, I guess, and the demo stage is the worst part- dust, debris, noise, and the ensuing upheaval of our preschoolers' schedules. We certainly don't take on these projects because we enjoy the process, but rather because the end result is worth the chaos!

Oh, how it will be worth it....

 

Although we have a pretty small bathroom to work with, we really wanted to expand the shower from the previous design without giving up a tub. Often in homes this age with similarly small master bathrooms, I'll see renovations done where they eliminate the bathtub and go all-in on the shower which I don't like for resale or function. I may not have the time to soak in a tub every day, but when I do it's an experience that I look forward to! Further, as a Realtor, I've worked with many home buyers who wouldn't buy a house without a tub in the master bath, so aside from my own personal preferences, a five piece master bathroom is a must.  I've always wanted a freestanding tub, but most often these are designed to be the centerpiece of a bathroom and can be quite massive. We just don't have space for that! I was excited to find that the Alamo from Hydro Systems which is plenty large enough for a good soak, but at under 5 feet in total length, is quite space conscious for a freestanding tub. With the confined space we have to work with and its position directly in the line of sight from the door, this tub will still be a statement piece!

 

Freestanding tub in our master bathroom remodel | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor
Freestanding tub in our master bathroom remodel | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

 

I love the look of a classic white bathtub. There are some lovely options out there for really rustic bathtub designs in a variety of colors, and Hydro Systems offers some really nice grey ones that look like they're made of cement or chiseled from stone. Don't get me wrong, they are beautiful, but it's easy to end up with too many dark finishes when designing a rustic space. In a tiny master bath like ours, it would feel like a cave! A classic white tub will brighten the space and add contrast against the darker shades of the wood-look floor tile, rustic grey wall tile, and pebble stone shower floor which I was so excited to find at Sutherlands in Fort Collins after having spent countless hours perusing tile stores.

 

Master bathroom remodel design board| Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

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Can you picture this vanity design from Tharp Cabinets in that lovely rustic truffle stain with heavy distressed finish? It's hard to do from a sketch, and I'm pretty sure my husband has no idea what we're getting, but trust me, it's going to be beautiful! I had an idea of what I wanted for the overall look going into the planning and design phase of the remodel, but this cabinet was the first thing I actually committed to. I think I visited every design center and cabinet retailer in the Northern Colorado area, but once I stumbled into Tharp cabinets I was sold. Made in Colorado, amazing quality, and cheaper than literally every other company on the planet? Yes please, I'll take it!

 

Master bathroom remodel design board | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

Next, picture the vanity topped with a sparkling slab of blue dunes granite from Castorena's with a raw edge and two of these crisp white, modern vessel sinks from MR Direct. Yes, granite in a bathroom, you guys. I know everyone is on a quartz kick right now and granite is more porous so it requires annual maintenance. It's just my personal preference, but to me quartz is like man-made diamonds.... it's just not for me. I want stone that is natural and earthy and honestly, the process of sealing it is no big deal! When I do it to my kitchen countertops it takes about the same amount of effort as cleaning them after preparing a meal. 

My husband really wanted to do under-mount sinks. Under-mounts are big right now and I think as Realtors we both get used to seeing what the builders put into new homes and start to convince ourselves that this is what we want too, but I love the more custom look of these porcelain vessels. When men hear the words "vessel sink" I am pretty sure they picture a salad bowl perched under a faucet, so I really had to show him these sinks in order to win this one. Vessels can still be very modern and sleek as this lovely minimalist vessel sink demonstrates perfectly. The category of sinks gets a bad rap from the clear or colored glass sinks you might be picturing from when they first entered the interior design scene and are out of fashion now, but there are many more options in the category! I love the symmetry of two rectangular vessels next to each other, and can't wait to see them installed in our new bathroom! 

Rustic Master bathroom remodel design board | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

Rustic Master bathroom remodel design board | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

Rustic Master bathroom remodel design board | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

 

All of the bathroom accessories, faucets and shower trim are from Pfister Faucets of which we have several elsewhere in our home and are obsessed with. The finish is called Tuscan bronze and coordinates perfectly with the rest of the hardware in the house. Thinking through and obsessing over every finish and detail is one of the perks (or curses depending on how you look at it) of updating an older home. Once you start paying attention to each piece of hardware in the home it's hard to stop! No hook or knob is too small to be handpicked for your space. There is something about the contrast that is achieved with a nice dark finish that really makes a space feel more custom, and while tuscan bronze can be used in a variety of design styles like the more contemporary style you see in the photo above, I think the dark finish is the perfect finishing touch for a rustic space. 

Rustic Master bathroom remodel design board | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

Did you know that brass is making a come-back? Of course, they're calling it gold or champagne now and the styles are very different from the brass that we're still ripping out of older homes, so it's not exactly the same but it still feels a bit too soon for this metal to be back on the scene. I'd note that what is big in the interior design world doesn't always play well in the real estate world, so my official recommendation as a Realtor is to avoid diving too deeply into this trend just yet. Unless of course, you love it and plan to stay in your house forever. In that case do whatever makes you happy! If there's a chance you might sell within the next five years, you may want to stick with something a little less trendy and cutting edge that your home buyers will be more likely to understand. The possibility of moving is neither in or out of the cards for us right now, but we can't help but think about it in our line of work. All of that to say, I couldn't fully buck the trend and wanted to add a hint of gold in a way that wouldn't be offensive to the next guy in line should we decide to make a move in the future. This two-tone light fixture from the Light Center in Fort Collins ties together the dark bronze and gold accents perfectly, and I love the way the arch of the arm lends more visual interest than a more expected square or linear design would. 

Rustic Master bathroom remodel design board | Real estate and lifestyle in Northern Colorado, by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor

One of the goals for the remodel is to add in some space conscious storage for bathroom essentials that end up cluttering up the counters. There are a lot of options out there for shelving, but it was love at first sight when I came across the clean design of this recessed wall niche from Fox Hollow Furnishings. We have two of them ready to go in, one across from the vanity and the other one above the tub. Our contractor may have been more excited than I was when he saw them, believe it or not. Based on his reaction, he must have thought I was going to make him build something like this from scratch because the ease of installation has him over the moon. 

 

I'll post some progress updates in the upcoming weeks as well as a lot of photos of the final product. Track me down on instagram @joannagyrath for more frequent updates! 

 

 

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June 12, 2019

Just Listed! 3121 Camelot Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525

 

 

 

 

Just Listed at $374,900

3121 Camelot Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525

 

Featuring brand new paint and carpet, this home is clean, bright, and move-in-ready! Large backyard is perfect for entertaining with deck, privacy fence, and mature trees. Oversized bedroom with fireplace in walkout lower level could be used as a rec room! Appliances stay including stainless steel range and fridge. New roof/gutters in 2015, windows in 2014 and water heater in 2017. Whole house fan. All the conveniences of a central location under a mile from restaurants and shops with no HOA! Open House Saturday, June 15 from 1-3 pm.

 

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

 

Click here for full listing details: Home for sale at 3121 Camelot Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525

 

 

 

May 31, 2019

Why the Kitchen is the Most Important Room in Your House

 

 

“Big kitchen. Spacious, so we can all be in there at once without stepping on each other. Large Island...” She responded to my question thoughtfully, hesitating between the items on the list as if the real answer was hiding between the lines somewhere. “I really want an open concept so I don’t feel like I’m cut off from everyone when I’m cooking.”

 

I had asked what she was looking for in her next home, but my client wasn’t describing her dream house. What she was describing was her dream kitchen. Rather, what she was trying to articulate is something that dozens of home buyers have labored to put into words in similar conversations. After a pause to gather her thoughts she summed it up perfectly: “I just want a beautiful kitchen where I can bake cookies with my grandkids.”

 

Home buyers, both those new to the search and those battered by the throes of bidding wars, will almost universally summarize the criteria for their new home in a few rote phrases: “Move-in ready, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, garage...” That is, until they start describing the kitchen. At that point in the conversation their language shifts and they’re no longer taking quantitatively. “Open layout, spacious, gourmet, gas range, ample pantry…” While most rooms in the home simply have to exist in order to check the box, when it comes to the kitchen, details matter.

 

Why the kitchen is the most important room in your house by Joanna Gyrath, Broker Associate Owner Gyrath Realty Group

 

Factors affecting the saleability and the ultimate sales price of a home are numerous- comparable properties, current market trends, location, age and condition, updates, unique features, etc. While there is no one right answer, homeowners who are considering taking on renovation projects for the purpose of resale frequently find that it makes sense to sell the home as is, factoring the current condition into the list price rather than spending the time, energy, and money on the improvements. Most often, the reduction in price turns out to be significantly less than the estimated cost for the projects.

 

Kitchen renovations, however, are different. Many studies and surveys have shown kitchen renovations to consistently yield the highest return on investment compared to other home improvements. A well-updated kitchen can sell an otherwise dated house, whereas a dated kitchen could drive away potential home buyers, even if the rest of the home is in great condition. In a real estate market where buyers want move-in-ready, a home could be the perfect fit in every way except for the kitchen, and many buyers would still walk away.

 

Why do kitchens have such significance? I have two theories. For some people, like myself, I think it’s a bit of both, while for others one theory applies more than the other.

 

Why the kitchen is the most important room in your house by Joanna Gyrath, Broker Associate Owner Gyrath Realty Group

 

My first theory is that kitchens are a place to escape. In our world of technology and overbooked schedules, opportunities to slow down and have real experiences are few and far between, yet the kitchen is one of the last places where we as adults can be creative, use our senses, and do things with our hands. After receiving my BA in Sociology from UC Denver I became a Realtor not a social scientist, so discussions on human behavior and the primal self are beyond my expertise, but I can share from personal experience that the more time I spend behind a screen, the more I savour those delicious moments frothing milk to pour over freshly brewed espresso in the morning or mincing fragrant garlic cloves for dinner. It makes perfect sense to me that as more of us take on careers in fields of knowledge work and less in tangible, physical labor that trends like the slow food movement or craft brewing would take hold. That time spent in the kitchen kneading, tasting, and creating fulfills a craving that ordering Thai food never could. By this theory, the kitchen is a place for respite and should feel as luxurious and indulgent as vacation.

 

Secondly, kitchens are time machines. Everyone knows that taste and smell are connected to memory, but I’d suggest that food connects us to the future as well. When shopping for a new kitchen, we’re not only searching for the oven that will bake our grandmother’s apple pie recipe, but also for the countertops that will seat our pajama clad children as they lick the spatulas of future birthday cakes. A dish prepared from a yellowed, passed-down recipe may be your only remaining connection to a deceased loved one, while also serving as an opportunity to tell your child about the grandparent they never got to meet. Food has always been an important way that we pass family and cultural traditions to the next generation, mingling nostalgia for the past with dreams for the future. All of that happens in the kitchen.

 

Why the kitchen is the most important room in your house by Joanna Gyrath, Broker Associate Owner Gyrath Realty Group

 

I recently held an open house at our listing in Parker with a beautiful, granite topped island approximately the size of a Mini Cooper. “We’d have plenty of space to roll out cookie dough on this island!” said a potential buyer to her husband as she ran her palm over the sparkling stone. Looking at me she explained that her favorite family tradition is getting everyone together on Black Friday to bake thousands of holiday treats for everyone they know, but they need a bigger kitchen to fit everyone. “Everyone has kids now, and everyone wants to be in the kitchen,” she chuckled.

 

I told her that my own family had the same tradition. She nodded her head while opening up cabinets and peering into the large pantry. “Baking with family is one of the best parts of the holidays. I look forward to it all year!”

 

What could be better than a place to make delicious food and lifelong memories while connecting with the people we love? People always seems to talk about sweets when they anticipate their new kitchen, mouths watering over the cookies, pies, and cakes they’ll bake there. Perhaps the rest of the home is the meal, while the kitchen is the dessert.

 

 

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May 17, 2019

The "Laundry Basket Method"

 

 

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One of the best tips out there in the home staging world, in my opinion, is the laundry basket method.

 

The method is simple: when you get that text that you have a last minute showing on your home and there is no time to do a real cleaning, take a laundry basket and fill it up with anything unsightly. That may the mean junk mail from the kitchen counter, the shoes your husband never puts away, and if you have kids, it will probably mean lots of toys and snacks which would detract from the presentation of your listing if left strewn about. Sometimes, it may even mean dirty laundry or dishes that there's no time to properly take care of.

 

The contents of your basket will not be glamorous! But when you have a showing with short notice, this is the quickest way to get your home looking clean, uncluttered, and inviting for the potential buyer. Bonus points if you stock your basket with sanitizing wipes and give your newly exposed surfaces a quick wipe as you clear them, leaving behind a refreshing, clean scent.

 

The last step, which is perhaps the most important and not to be skipped: Put the basket in the trunk, get in your car, and drive away. Do not shove the basket in a closet or the laundry room! Buyers will be opening doors and cabinets to evaluate what kind of storage space your home has to offer. Take it with you so therer's no chance your potential home buyer may encounter its secret, unsightly contents!

 

 

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May 6, 2019

10 Mother's Day Gifts that Aren't Things

 

 

"The best things in life are not things"

-Art Buchwald

 

Mother's Day in Northern Colorado, Mother's Day Gift Guide, Gifts that aren't things | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, a blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor and owner of Gyrath Realty Group

 

 

Whether you’re shopping for your own mother or the mother of your children, skip the flowers this year and instead give a gift of quality time making memories together!

 

1. Say Thank You

It sounds cliche, but only when you’re a mother yourself will you understand your own mother's love and sacrifices. Of course, you love and appreciate her every day of the year, but make sure Mother’s Day is a day when you stop, look her in the face, and tell her "Thank you!"

 

2. Pamper Her

Sure, this varies by the season of motherhood, but most of the mothers I know can hardly slow down long enough to drink enough water, let alone indulge in any real self-care. Give her a massage, a pedicure or a whole day at the spa if you can to allow her to really unwind and feel pampered.

 

3. Feed Her

Take her out to dinner, or if she really loves to cook, get tickets to a class at the Cooking Studio Fort Collins where you’ll experience a hands-on tutorial on how to prepare a new dish followed by a delicious dinner. If you’d rather avoid the mother’s day crowds you could pick up her favorite takeout as long as, and this is the key ingredient, she doesn’t clean up after the meal.

 

4. Give Her the Night Off

When was the last time she went out for a girl’s night? Husbands, if you have little ones in the house, there’s a good chance that she can’t remember either. Make the plans and be there to give the baths, read the books, and pajama the kids so she can have a night to regroup and unwind with her friends.

 

5. Support a Cause

Is there a special cause that is close to her heart? Consider reallocating the money you would have spent on flowers to a donation in her honor. Or, even better, make arrangements to spend the day volunteering together.

 

6. Learn a New Skill

Would she prefer a yoga class or a paint and sip class at Pinot’s Palette? Practicing a new skill that requires creativity can be a wonderfully enriching experience, and spending time doing this with a loved one can make great, lasting memories.

 

7. Reserve Your Seats

Whether it’s the ballet, a sporting event, concert or even just a movie that she’s been dying to see, Mother’s Day is the day that she gets to pick. Think of all the piano recitals and soccer games she’s attended for you, and this time, sit your butt in the seat next to her and have fun watching a performance of her choosing.

 

8. Lend a Hand

Is she drowning in projects? Ticking off a project on her to-do list not only lightens the load, but it also frees up time for her to do something more enjoyable instead. If this happens to come in the form of a cleaning service or a professional organizer, she won’t complain about that either!

 

9. Sign Her Up

What does she love that she doesn’t do often enough? Consider buying a membership to a favorite destination to take the kids, like the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

 

10. Take Her on an Adventure

Whether she would prefer to hike Devil’s Backbone or take a picnic to one of Northern Colorado’s many natural areas, spend Mother's Day together appreciating Colorado’s beautiful scenery and soaking up sunshine.

 

 

 

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April 23, 2019

Things to do with kids this summer in Northern Colorado!

 

Things to do this summer in Northern Colorado with kids | Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado, blog by Joanna Gyrath, Fort Collins Realtor and home stager

 

With summer around the corner, we moms are planning day trips and scheduling activities to keep our little ones busy, engaged and out of trouble! Northern Colorado is a wonderful place to raise a family and, while I could never list everything to do with kids here, hopefully this helps get ideas flowing! Wherever possible I've linked to more information on each venue and activity so click through to read more.

 

Here are some of the top spots on our summer bucket list, in no particular order: 

 

A little further but worth the drive:

 

Whether you're new to Northern Colorado or you're just looking for some fresh ideas for family fun, I hope you find this list helpful as you start your summer plans!

 

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March 7, 2019

Please join me at CASA of Larimer County's Light of Hope Breakfast on March 27!

 

Last year's Light of Hope breakfast at the Hilton in Fort Collins included a delicious hot meal and the opportunity to hear first hand from a CASA volunteer who was in need of CASA services herself as a child. This year the speaker will be a former CASA child who was trafficked sexually before he was taken into foster care and given what he refers to as "simple stabilities like dinner, bedtimes and family movies that make a huge impact." As an adult he is working tirelessly to bring awareness for foster kids and has created Open Arms Awareness Day to bring together people in Larimer County who are interested in becoming foster parents. 

 

When I first heard of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) I didn't know what they were or understand the extent of their important contribution to children in our community. Their mission statement is "to be a voice in court for abused and neglected children." What that means in reality is that a CASA volunteer is someone who meets with children who face Dependency and Neglect cases on a weekly basis and provides recommendations to help the courts determine what is in the child's best interest. According to the CASA of Larimer County website, this volunteer is often the only consistent adult in the child's life during their court case. 

 

Currently only able to provide this service to 40% of children in need of advocacy in the Fort Collins area, CASA of Larimer County is working diligently to recruit funds and volunteers to more than double this impact by the end of next year to 100% of Dependency and Neglect cases.  Attending the Light of Hope event is one way that you can support the vital role that CASA of Larimer County plays in helping children who have faced the hardest of circumstances as they transition into a better future. Tickets to the breakfast are free and you are invited to learn more about this important cause, how to volunteer, and to make a donation. Click here to register for the Light of Hope Breakfast.

 

See you there!

 

 

Learn more about CASA of Larimer County at casalarimer.com

 

 

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March 2, 2019

Just Listed! 2011 Alpine Dr, Erie, CO 80516

 

Just listed in Erie at $430,000

BD   3 BA  2,916 SqFt

 

 

Must-see, move-in-ready home in Vista Ridge! Natural wood floors greet you as you enter, drawing you into an eat-in kitchen, complete with granite countertops, tile backsplash and stainless steel double ovens! An open floor plan invites you into an airy living room with two story vaulted ceiling and cozy gas fireplace. A generous back patio offers ample room for grilling, dining and entertaining in a private, landscaped backyard with no house behind and siding to open space! A spacious main-level master suite boasts granite countertops, double sinks, soaking tub and walk-in closet. Upstairs, a large loft offers beautiful mountain views, overlooking open space and the foothills in the distance! This impeccably maintained home features a brand new water heater, updated oil rubbed bronze hardware and light fixtures, and much more! Home warranty included. This great location is walking distance to parks, pool, and trails, and convenient to shopping, restaurants, and schools!

 

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Feb. 28, 2019

Just Listed! 14300 N County Road 7, Wellington, CO 80549

 

14300 N County Road 7, Wellington, CO 80549

 BD   3 BA   2,150 SqFt

 

https://www.myfortcollinsrealestate.com/property/873393/

 

Just Listed in Wellington at $435,000! 

 

36 acres of useable land with mountain views and no HOA! Take in views of Longs Peak from your front porch on your own private country escape, less than 20 minutes from Fort Collins. Ranch style home with acreage in Poudre School District with convenient, easy access to I25. A huge 6+ car detached garage invites you to bring your toys! Appliances are included in this spacious kitchen with large island, including a stainless steel refrigerator and oven. Master suite features an attached study and radiant heat in master bath, as well as throughout much of the home. Water feature in tranquil backyard. See the potential with framed mother-in-law suite above the garage, ready to be finished!

 

14300 N County Road 7, Wellington, CO 80549   4 BD   3 BA   2,150 SqFt

 

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