JULY 2020 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Here are a few quick statistics for how our local market looked in July.


Give me a call if you would like to know what is happening in your neighborhood. Stay cool out there!


 


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JUNE 2020 MARKET SNAPSHOT


The summer continues to prove that our market is one of the top desirable places to live!


If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs or the surround area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!



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JULY IS NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MONTH



Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month?


This once wild berry became domesticated during the early 1900s thanks to the observations of Elizabeth Coleman White and research of Dr. Frederick V. Coville. Before their efforts, wild blueberries were never successfully transplanted and raised in any farming operation for personal or commercial production. The only way to enjoy fresh blueberries was to seek them out where they grew naturally. Blueberries are related to cranberries!


Through the efforts of White and Coville, producers and private gardeners today bring to fruition these amazingly delicious berries. Whether from farm to table or from the farmer to the grocer, these vibrant berries pack a punch in vitamins and health benefits.


The National American Blueberry Council founded National Blueberry Month and is officially recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture since 2003. July was chosen as a time to recognize this delicious berry because it is the prime month to harvest the fruit!


Blueberries make a great snack all on their own or enhance a meal. They also make stellar desserts or sauces. Whatever this berry does, it does with panache


Enjoy some fresh blueberries! They’re in season, and they are ripe for the picking. 


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THE 10 BEST PLANT AND VEGETABLES TO PLANT IN JULY



Now that the hottest days of the growing season are upon us, you may think it’s time to put away your planting trowel and gardening gloves. Not exactly! You actually can plant many different edibles and ornamentals in July to squeeze out a second harvest or brighten up faded flower beds, containers and planter boxes. Many types of edibles can be planted from seed even now, as long as you have enough time left before a frost. Check with your local university coop extension service (Colorado State University- College of Agricultural Sciences) to find the first expected frost date in your area, then count backwards. For example, if your first frost is generally around October 15, and the seed package says the plant takes "60 days to maturity," you’re still in good shape! For flowers, it’s a great time to head to the nursery to pick up a few new ones to refresh beds that no longer look their best. And though it goes without saying, keep everything watered if you’re in a dry spell!


Typically, here’s what you can plant in July:


1. Pumpkin - If you want pumpkins for baking, autumn decorating, or carving, now’s the time to get your seeds in the ground. Look for compact varieties if you’re short on space, though those vines still require about 6 to 8 square feet to grow. Place a few pumpkin seeds in each hole, and keep watered, especially when flowers and fruits are forming.


2. Moss Rose - These tough low-growing succulents, also called portulaca, tolerate heat and drought. They bloom all summer until a hard frost and look amazing draping out of hanging baskets or beds.


3. Tomato - It’s not too late for tomatoes, which adore warm temps. But read the plant tags: While many varieties of tomatoes take about 100 days to mature, you’ll find some in the 50- to 60-day range, which still gives you sufficient time to harvest before frost in most climates.


4. Zinnia - These sturdy annuals give a faded garden new life in bold shades of red, orange, white, salmon, and hot pink. Zinnias bloom and bloom without any fussing from you because they’re super-heat and drought-tolerant.


5. Greens - In cooler regions of the country, start your fall crop of spinach now. Seed in rows as you did in the spring. Cover lightly with soil, and keep moist. In hot climates, opt for other spinach-like plants that can handle the heat such as Malabar spinach, which is actually a vine with edible leaves.


6. Pentas - These annuals are great summer bloomers in cheerful pink and purple and pure white colors. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds love pentas. They work equally well to perk up faded containers or to add a layer of color to landscapes.


7. Marigold - These tough-as-nails annuals stay perky until a hard freeze. In rbight shades of yellow, gold, orange and even creamy white, marigolds look good in any garden setting and add a bright pop of color to containers. 


8. Beans - It's absolutely not too late for a second crop of beans, or even a first crop if you've recently freed up some space in your garden. They love warm weather, so seeds will germinate quickly. Bush beans and pole beans, which require a trellis or net to climb, are prolific, so the more often you pick, the more you'll get. 


9. Lantana - Gorgeous deep shades of saturated pinks, purples, oranes, yellow and pure white make lantana a welcome addition to the mid-summer garden. They're heat and drought-tolerant annuals that polinators love! These sometimes survive winter in milder climates. 


10. Cucumber - Cukes are fast-growers, so you can plant seeds now for another crop before your first frost. Look for compact bush varieties, which take up less room in your garden. Bush types also do well in containers. 


I hope these gardening tips help you and your family. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs or the surrounding area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help! 


Source: HouseBeautiful.com


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ARE YOU READY FOR RAINY SEASON?



As Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


We know. The last thing you are thinking about at the summer barbecue is preparing for the stormy season. But it really is worth taking a look around your house during fair weather, because finding out you have a problem during inclement conditions is at best inconvenient and at worst very costly.


Check your rain gutters. Clear them out and make sure they are in good working order to prevent damage to the roof or house.


Look at your roof. If you see loose or damaged shingles, get them repaired. Look for tears and buckling on flashing. Check the chimney and look for damaged bricks, cap or cracked joints. Don’t forget the flashing there too.


Check indoors for signs of roof leaks. Look for discoloration and peeling paint on ceilings and walls. Check in the attic for damp rafters.


Check the trees. Trim back branches and cut sections that could fall in a rainstorm.


Check doors and windows. Make sure they are properly insulated with weather stripping.


Look for water collecting at the base of the house. Redirect water with trenches or drains.


Keep sandbags on hand. If your area is prone to flooding, keep them filled and at the ready.


Check for erosion. This is important if you live near a hillside. Shore them up if necessary.


I hope these tips help you keep your home safe and dry during the rainy season. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas this summer, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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4TH OF JULY SYMPHONY ON YOUR PORCH



Celebrations may look different this year, but will be just as special. Get ready for the largest 4th of July event with fireworks erupting across the Pikes Peak Region. Wishing you and your family a safe holiday!



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MAY 2020 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Well into Q2 of 2020 and the Colorado Springs market continues to stay strong with solid numbers.


If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!



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WELCOME SUMMER



Happy First Day of Summer! The days are getting longer and ice cream truck jingles echo up and down the block. But the surest sign that summer is here? It just might be those "For Sale" signs popping up like dandelions in the neighborhood.


Summer is the most popular time of the year to buy and sell a home. If you're thinking of starting your home search or listing you home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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CELEBRATING DAD AT HOME THIS YEAR


Father's Day is just around the corner — which means it's almost time to celebrate Dad on his special day! This Sunday, June 21st, you can surprise him with the perfect gift, express how much you love him with a heartwarming card, and maybe even humor him (just for one day) by laughing at all his corny dad jokes. But out of all the million ways to celebrate Dad this holiday, we all know his favorite way to enjoy it would be spending the day with you — which is why we're sharing some of the best things to do on Father's Day.


Of course, Father's Day might be a little different this year - but that certainly doesn't mean you can't still have some quality time with Dad. 



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DON"T FORGET FLAG DAY THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 13TH!



In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson marked the anniversary by officially establishing June 14th as Flag Day.


Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the Red, White and Blue in front of their homes and businesses. As you celebrate the anniversary of the Stars and Stripes, here are some fast facts about “Old Glory":


• The lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” America’s national anthem since 1931, are taken from a patriotic poem written by Francis Scott Key after he witnessed the Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.


• The practice of draping coffins in the American flag is not reserved for military veterans and government officials. On the contrary, any burial may incorporate this tradition.


• Etiquette calls for American flags to be illuminated by sunlight or another light source while on display.


• When the flags of cities, states, localities or groups are flown on the same staff as the American flag, Old Glory should always be at the peak. When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be of equivalent size and flown from separate staffs of the same height.


• Flying a flag upside-down is not always intended as an act of protest. According to the Flag Code, it can also be an official distress signal.


• When flags are taken down from their poles, care must be taken to keep them from touching the ground. Ever wondered how to correctly fold an American flag? First, enlist a partner and stand facing one another, each holding both corners of one of the rectangle’s shorter sides. Working together, lift the half of the flag that usually hangs on the bottom over the half that contains the blue field of stars. Next, fold the flag lengthwise a second time so that the stars are visible on the outside. Make a triangular fold at the striped end, bringing one corner up to meet the top edge. Continue to fold the flag in this manner until only a rectangle of star-studded blue can be seen.


If you need assistance buying or selling a home in the Colorado Springs area, please "flag" me down by giving me a call. I'm happy to help!


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4 TRENDS FOR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES THIS SUMMER



All too often, it seems that homeowners are hesitant to make any changes or updates to their outdoor spaces because they can’t decide what to add or how to decorate. With just a few changes and improvements, your backyard has the potential to be a unique and versatile extension of your home. Here are a few outdoor decor ideas to help you give your backyard that much-needed facelift you’ve been thinking about:


Comforts of Indoors, Out


Most of us delineate our indoor living spaces in a structured way, from arranging anchor furniture and hanging lighting to rolling out rugs. According to the Zillow report, this approach is appropriate for outside, as well, in accents like chandeliers and cushions in durable materials, centered around a fireplace or for pit - ideal for interaction, movement and warmth.


 


Bright, Saturated Shades


Beyond the comforts of the indoors, citrusy colors are a top trend, with the beginning of the rainbow specifically in vogue. From corals and scarlets to tangerines, these bright hues liven up outdoor spaces, as well as coordinate with less peppy shades, making them simple to swap.


Scandinavian Touches


Classified by minimalism and a monochromatic palette, Nordic/Scandinavian design is also heading outdoors—think aluminum furnishings and neutral textiles. The aesthetic beautifully pairs with wood, complementing a deck or porch well.


Green as a Statement


Eco-friendliness is having its moment, the report shows. To add "green" to your outdoor space, consider installing LED lighting powered by solar, or a dramatic living wall, which won't detract from the natural surroundings.


With just a few of these changes to your outdoor space, you’ll be well on your way to having the perfect outdoor spot for entertaining this summer. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I’m happy to help!


*Source: RISMedia Housecall


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APRIL 2020 MARKET SNAPSHOT


If you're thinking of buying or selling a home in the Colorado Springs area, you're still surrounded by a strong real estate market! Please give me a call for a platinum real estate consultation. I'm happy to help!



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MEMORIAL DAY


Wishing you and your family a safe Memorial Day while we honor those who serve our country!



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TIPS FOR NATIONAL MOVING MONTH


May is finally here and that means summer months will be just around the corner. Generally, more homes are bought and sold during the summer season. This means soon there will be more homeowners on the move. With home buying and selling becoming more popular, May is known as National Moving Month! If you have recently purchased a new home in Colorado Springs, here are 7 tips to help make your move a little less stressful.


Sort Through Everything


Now is the best time to take a look at what you have and see if it’s really something you need. Decluttering before you move can help make the packing and unpacking process go a lot quicker. When you declutter, you will have less stuff that you’ll have to pack up, bring to your new home, unload and organize. When going through your things, organize your belongings by category. Instead of spending the day cleaning out the entire bedroom, spend an afternoon sorting through all the clothing you own. When going through your belongings, separate your things by using keep, donate and sell piles.


Transfer Your Information


Schedule a date for your disconnection or transfer of utilities. Make sure the disconnect happens the day after you plan to move, so you still have electricity the day of your move. For your new home, the earlier you make the call, the better as sometimes companies will not be able to come out the next day to make the switch. It’s also important to change your address before you move. It’s recommended to do it a week before you move, so you do not miss out on any important mail, such as bills.


Start Packing Early


Packing little by little is far less stressful than trying to tackle it all in one day. If possible, start packing as early as a couple weeks out. Start with the stuff you know you won’t be using, such as off-season clothing and books to pictures and keepsakes. Pack up decorative items several days before you move, as these pieces can be some of the trickiest to store and pack because they’re often fragile and oddly shaped.


Label Everything Clearly


When labeling boxes, don’t just label what room it is, make it easy on yourself when unpacking and clearly label what’s in the box. When stacking boxes, you may not be able to see every single side, so make sure you label the top and a couple of the sides. You will be thankful you went into detail when it comes time to start unpacking.


Separate Important Items


Important documents, such as passports, checkbooks, birth certificates and other items like medication should be kept separate from the items you’re packing. Don’t put them in boxes that will be in a moving truck. This will lessen the chances of them getting misplaced or lost. It’s best to have a box that will be kept in the car with you that includes these items so you will know exactly where they will be once you get into your new home.


Don’t Forget About the Food


Before you move, ensure you use the food that you already have in your kitchen, such as canned food, frozen food, fresh fruit and vegetables and other items that won’t travel well. While you shouldn’t stop buying food altogether, you should only buy what will get eaten before the move.


Pack an Overnight Bag


After moving your boxes into your new home, you might be a little tired, which means not everything will be unpacked. You’ll want the essential items within easy reach like a change of clothes and toiletries. This is also a great way to move small electronics like laptops during the move to reduce the risk of them getting damaged or even stolen.


Finding your dream home and moving into it can be an exciting time, however, it can also be stressful. Hopefully, with these seven tips, your next move will go smoothly. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Colorado Springs, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


PS: Attached is the answer key to the Good Vibes Crossword Puzzle that I sent last week. I hope you enjoyed it with your family!



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FOCUS ON FAMILY TIME



With many of us spending time at home, now is a great time to spend it together as a family. Check out these fun ideas for creating experiences to share with one another while you are getting closer as a family:



  • Designate one night a week to get some exercise together. Many gyms, dance studios, and private fitness coaches are hosting virtual classes. Take some time to get some energy out and get fit at the same time. You can also put on some music at home and just dance with your family!

  • Have a game night once a week. Pull out those board games that are in the closet and take turns deciding which one you'll play that evening. Or if you have a video game console that has tournament capability, set up a family challenge.

  • You can also work together on the attached Good Vibes Crossword Puzzle. I'll provide the answers next week!

  • If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY


When we think of home, we often think of our mothers. Some of our fondest memories are cooking together with Mom in our childhood home's kitchen; giggling with Mom in the backyard; holiday gatherings in the living room with her; and story time before bed.


This Mother's Day, I hope you have the chance to make your mother (or whoever is the mother in your life) feel special and appreciated.  



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SPRING GARDENING GUIDE IN COLORADO


Spring is officially here, so it's time to pull those tools out of the shed and get your gardens back in shape! Here is a timeline of what you might consider  planting in May:



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MARCH 2020 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Stay in the know with the most recent market trend report. Takeaways from March include the average home price was 11.3% higher than the year before and inventory is still very low, meaning there is more demand for homes than homes on the market!



Don't compromise with your real estate transaction, no matter how big or small. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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EARTH DAY 2020



This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, with the goal of raising awareness about mankind’s role in protecting our natural world. On this date, 20 million Americans ventured outdoors and protested in favor of a more eco-conscious society. It’s hard to believe today, but at the time, many people were not aware of some serious environmental issues—from air pollution to pesticides to loss of wilderness. 


This year's theme is Climate Action. Think about how to serve the planet this week—cleaning up some litter on your walk or around your house, or simply enjoy companionship with nature! Walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss. Go outside (safely and responsibly), no matter the weather.

With social distancing in place for many of us this April, Earth Day has gone digital. Virtual events, like environmental lectures and films, will take place on Earth Day week instead. You can also find many stay-at-home Earth Day ideas at https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-at-home/


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Happy Easter  from my family to yours. I'm hoping you have a safe and blessed holiday. 



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FEBRUARY 2020 MARKET SNAPSHOT



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DON'T FORGET TO SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND!


Just a friendly reminder that Daylight Savings Time is this weekend! Whether this applies to your area or not, it's also a good time to check the batteries on your smoke detectors. 


If you're thinking of buying or selling a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!



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JANUARY 2020 MARKET SNAPSHOT


If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!



 


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REMINDER TO VOTE FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE ON NEXTDOOR


Every year, Nextdoor asks neighbors to vote for their favorite local businesses, and we're in the running to become a Neighborhood Favorite business!


Just a reminder that voting ends this Sunday on February 23rd.


Please consider voting for us this year and help us win at: nextdoor.com/favorites


If you have enjoyed me serving you with your real estate goals, please share your story on www.nextdoor.com. And if you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!



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FEBRUARY 2020


If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!



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VOTE FOR YOUR 2020 NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE ON NEXTDOOR!


For a local business like ours, there is nothing more powerful than word-of-mouth recommendations from the neighbors who know and love us. You can vote for us as your Neighborhood Favorite business on @Nextdoor, and we would love your vote!


Head to nextdoor.com/favorites any time before February 23rd to cast your vote.



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5 WAYS TO FRESHEN UP YOUR BATHROOM - NO DEMOLITION REQUIRED!


The bathroom is one of the most popular rooms of the house to renovate. But, you don't have to overhaul it to make it sparkle like new. Below are five tips to enhance the appearance of your bathroom without undertaking an expensive and intensive remodel.



The supply of homes for sale is at a historic low and buyer demand is strong. Please give me a call if you're thinking of selling a home in the Colorado Springs area . I'm happy to help!


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DECEMBER 2019 MARKET SNAPSHOT


Here is the 2019 December Market Snapshot for Colorado Springs. With demand still very high and inventory selling within days, please consider using an experienced realtor.


If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!



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7 WAYS TO KNOW A HOUSE IS THE ONE



Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or looking for your forever home, purchasing a house can be a daunting task and the fear of buyer's remorse can cause serious anxiety.


How do I know this house is right for me? What should I be considering when purchasing? How do I avoid the dreaded buyer's remorse? These are all valid questions one could ask before entering into a purchase or sale agreement. Here are some things you'll want to consider before making that decision:


Can I afford it?


Nothing is more disappointing than finding your dream home just to be told by the mortgage company that it's out of your price range.


Before venturing into the real estate market, have an in-depth look at your financial state and meet with a mortgage broker or bank representative to obtain an accurate number for purchase. This will help you to avoid heartache and allow you to consider real options versus something that's not feasible because of your budget.


Does this house meet my must-haves?


When considering homes for purchase, it's a good idea to make a list of your must-haves. Features such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms should be high on that list.


Things such as walk-in closets, an ensuite and lot size might be negotiable; however, if you're unwilling to compromise on certain amenities, be sure to only look at properties that offer them.


Is this property in the right area?


Whether it's a certain desired neighborhood or area of town, narrowing down where you want to live is crucial. Finding a perfect house that adds an additional half-hour to your commute can lead to disappointment—it may seem like no big deal, but it can easily turn into a major hassle.


Research the area you're considering. Are there parks? Trails? Do I add time to my commute? Am I near amenities important to me and my family? Questions like these will help determine if you're looking in the area that will best suit your needs.


Is this house right for my future?


For young couples, single buyers and small families especially, it's vital to ask yourself if this is a home you can grow into. What is your five-, 10- or even 15-year plan? Do I want to start a family here? If your answer is yes, then the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as separate living space, are all things to take note of.


If not, you may want to consider resaleability when purchasing, especially if you are a first-time buyer. Having a home that you'll have no trouble reselling is peace of mind for the future.


Is there potential?


Many properties on today's market have good bones; however, the style or overall interior may not be exactly what you had in mind.


Is the structure solid? Are renovations an option? Will I be able to get the required permits for additions or structural changes? If your goal is to do some major overhauling, inquiring with the proper city officials will save you money and frustration.


You slept on it.


It's easy to get swept up in the excitement when walking through a potential new home. Emotions have a way of taking over and what might seem like the perfect property could be anything but after a day or two of thinking it over.


Although houses are moving fast and the market is competitive, carefully thinking about the decision and discussing it with your partner or family will ensure that everyone is on the same page and there are no second thoughts come closing day.


You can feel it.


Trust your gut when something feels off about a house. You'll know a house is right for you and your future by the feelings you have while looking at it, walking through it and when it comes time to move in.


If you're trying to convince yourself a house will work or that you love it, chances are it won't and you don't. At the end of the day, trusting your instincts will guide you to the perfect house while helping you avoid the ones that aren't. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I’m happy to help!


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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020


As we start a new year, I am thankful to all of my clients in 2019 for trusting me with their real estate needs. 


If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area this year, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!





WHERE TO CELEBRATE NEW YEARS EVE IN COLORADO SPRINGS


 



Into the Roaring Twenties New Year’s Eve Celebration


Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers is throwing its first annual New Year’s Eve celebration speakeasy style. Dress in your Roaring ’20s best for a chance to win the costume contest. Fuel your dancing at smoked prime rib and ham carving stations and ’20s and ’70s era menus. Toast at midnight. Cheers, y’all.


Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers; $100 bootbarnhall.com


Jack Quinn’s Annual New Year Eve Big Bash


Ring in the new year with Ireland at 4 p.m., accompanied by the live music of the McDeviants. Join the rollicking party at 9 p.m. with the Tejon Street Corner Thieves. Free champagne toasts at each performance.


Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub; Free facebook.com/Quinnspub


Midnight in Manhattan


Celebrate a classic NYC New Year’s Eve with tapas, a midnight toast and live jazz by Wayne Wilkinson Trio with Krista Joyce. The experience is complete with a “sequin and Sinatra” dress code.


Motif Jazz Cafe; $60 per person motifjazzcafe.com


New Year’s Eve Block Party


Go clubbing in the heart of downtown as Colorado Springs’ ultimate block party extends to five clubs: the Mansion, Red Martini, Gasoline Alley, Cowboys and Blondie’s on New Years Eve. One ticket gives access to all five with a champagne toast. Show up at Cowboys before 8 p.m. for a choice of free chicken or steak dinner or complimentary bottle of champagne.


CS Night Clubs; $15 csnightclubs.com


New Year’s Eve Dance Party


Suga Bear and The Showtime Band will keep the dance party going, followed by a countdown to midnight and a champagne toast to welcome 2020.


Stargazers Theatre; $35-$55 stargazerstheatre.com


New Year’s Eve With the Philharmonic


Stage star Joshua Franklin, of Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde and Grease, contributes vocals to the Philharmonic to ring in the New Year with hits from Broadway’s greatest shows. Conducted by Thomas Wilson.


Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts; $43-$68 csphilharmonic.org


Puttin’ on the Ritz New Year’s Eve Party


Head for the Gold Room for a rocking ’20s-themed dance party. Dress like a flapper, gangster or sllent screen star, and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast. Want to stay all night? Call 719-323-2051 for Mining Exchange Hotel pricing and options.


Gold Room; $65 single, $115 couple facebook.com/pg/goldroomlive


Swinging in the ’20s New Years Eve Bash


The Loft will host dance lessons before the Roaring ’20s party starts. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Break out those beaded flapper dresses, cloche hats and three-piece suits; period dress is required.


The Loft Music Venue; $30 single, $50 couple loftmusicvenue.com


Viva La New Year! With Ryan Flores


Ryan Flores and the Viva La Noche boys will bring upbeat “latin gypsy music” to Axe and the Oak, and the whiskey room will provide specialty cocktails. No costumes required.


Axe and the Oak Whiskey House; Free axeandtheoak.com


The Antlers New Year’s Eve Gala


Chase N the Dream plays the live soundtrack. You enjoy the buffet featuring slow roasted prime rib and banana’s foster. Raise a glass for the midnight champagne toast. Book your room to stay onsite.


The Antler’s a Wyndham Hotel,$79 antlers.com


Pick Your Party at The Broadmoor


You’ve got options at The Broadmoor. If Big Band is your jam, book your tickets for the traditional, black-tie New Year’s Eve Gala, and dance the night away to the sounds of the The Broadmoor Pops Orchestra. $250 per person, inclusive. For a more rocking scene, head for live funk, rock and blues by Soul X and DJ Karson at the New Year’s Eve Bash at The Broadmoor. Come at at 8 p.m. for a small-plates, tapas style buffet, $150 per person. Or head over at 9:30 p.m. for “After Party” admittance  without the buffet, $75 per person. If you want to head for your five-star room when the party’s done, book a New Year’s Eve Package. Rates start at $400 per person, with suites 25% off published rates.


The Broadmoor, broadmoor.com


Fireworks and a Fourteener for Two at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club


Grab a front-row seat on your patio or balcony for the AdAmAn firework show. Each room has a private, west-facing view of Pikes Peak towering over the red rocks of Garden of the Gods for the best view in the city. Choose a romantic night for two with champagne and dinner at the fireside in your luxury suite or opt to dine and dance the night away at the New Year’s Eve Gala.


Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, gardenofthegodsclub.com ( Note: Rooms are currently booked for Dec. 31. Check with the resort for any potential cancellations.)


Mardi Gras Remix at Hotel Eleganté


Things will get heated with acrobats, fire dancers, show girls, live music and a Cajun dinner buffet. Immerse yourself in the Mardi Gras Carnival theme, and toast the new year at midnight with a balloon drop.


Hotel Eleganté, $399 per couple hotelelegante.com


Randy’s Noche de Gala Latin New Year’s Eve Dance Party


An upscale, New York-style dance party with Latin cuisine and live performers and DJ spinning salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia, regaetton and more. Make it an all-nighter with a special $99 rate at the DoubleTree Hilton; call 719-576-8900.


DoubleTree Hilton Hotel; $55-$60 randysinatra.com/nochelatinparty/


New Year’s Eve Dinner Train


Get on the right track for the New Year with a three-course meal crafted from Colorado-grown ingredients, holiday libations and the beauty of the gorge at night. 


Royal Gorge Route Railroad, $144-$159 royalgorgeroute.com


New Year’s Eve Champagne Murder Mystery


Welcome the return of the roaring ’20s with “Murder Speaks Easy!” dinner experience at the Briarhurst Manor Estate. A five-course meal, champagne during a theatre-in-the-round performance. Step into 1926 at Chicago’s Black Orchid speakeasy, but watch out for the Southside kingpin.


Briarhurst Manor, $120 per person (includes taxes and tip) facebook.com/pg/BriarhurstManorEstate


Fort Carson New Year’s Eve Party


Roll into the New Year with cosmic bowling at Fort Carson’s Thunder Alley Bowling Center. Watch the (Times Square) ball drop from your lane and raise a champagne or soda toast to 2020.


Thunder Alley Bowling Center, Fort Carson; $17 child, $23 adult carson.armymwr.com


Guffaw’s 2020 Bubble Bash


The whole family will laugh at the extra enormous bubbles and silly tricks during this one-day-only show. Stay for craft-making and milk and cookies after the performance.


Millibo Art Theatre, $12.50, $44 for a family four pack themat.org


Noon Year’s Eve


Celebrate the New Year with the whole family at noon on Dec. 31 when the kids will still have all the energy they need. There will be a balloon drop at noon, plus face painting, scientific experiments and more. All activities support a fundraiser for the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum.


Colorado Springs Event Center,$7.50-$26.25 pikespeakchildrensmuseum.org


AdAmAn Club Fireworks


It’s a Colorado Springs tradition. Once you see the first sign of the mountaineers on Pikes Peak — the flashing of mirrors at timberline — you’ll know the AdAmAn Club is making their final ascent up Pikes Peak. Grab a seat anywhere in the city with a view of the Peak to see the firework show at 14,115 feet at the stroke of midnight.


Home or wherever you can see Pikes Peak, Free adaman.org


 


Wishing you and your family a healthy and safe New Year. If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the Colorado Springs area, please give me a call. I'm happy to help!


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