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New Years Day Trek

Kitchen Mesa rising 600' from the valley

Jocelyn coming up through the narrows on the rope

Every New Year on the 1st of January we do something awesome. Last year it was a Crossfit (OMG) class in the morning. I am very grateful to have a wonderful home on the north end of  Heron Lake in Northern New Mexico so this year it was Hiking Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico with my girlfriend, my daughters and boyfriends. I have two daughters and love them to pieces however it was the best having guys around (the boyfriends).

Michael, Jessica, Jocelyn and Dan-Shock and Awe at the beautiful panoramic view

Everyone was ready to get out and hike a bit after stuffing ourselves for the past ten days and the noteworthy muffin tops arising from the indulgence. Not really. All of the family is in extreme shape enough so to run marathons, salsa dance for hours, hold yoga positions forever, pursue and receive black belts in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Snowshoe for miles at high altitude and keep horses under control, you get the picture here.

Jessica and Dan

We started out at Vista de Brazos  in the pines of Lake Heron and as we drove south and dropped in elevation down to the desert, we started getting into the reds, oranges, yellows, blues and blacks of the massive sandstone cliffs and mesas carved out by millions of years of water, wind and weather. This was the stomping grounds of one Georgia O’Keefe and I could feel her presence as we viewed Pedernal Mesa as it grew bigger and bigger.

Callie coming up through the narrows

We started out on a very slippery slope of ice shaded by the juniper and pinon trees. We broke in to red mud that added about 10 pounds per shoe. Slogged up the canyon and then at the end of a box canyon there was a rope. Hmm? So we pulled ourselves up the rope about 150 feet to the most spectacular views. I could see in every direction. Some views were up to a hundred miles away. Wow. The whole hiking group made it to the top, my girlfriend Jocelyn had minor trepidation about the narrow and very steep passage with the rope but was a trooper to the top.

I ran part of the mesa. It was energizing, recharging and fantastic to have the family along to enjoy this epic hike on New Years Day. The quiet was, positive, all that is and all that will be good, astounding, inspiring. Now I start the New Year rested, energized, focused and with that Never, ever, ever give up attitude that keeps me going in Boulder luxury real estate. Thanks for the great memories family!

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.


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The 7 Chakras for Boulder Home Buyers

Posted by Michael Hughes          April 14, 2010

My Intro Guide to the 7 Chakras for Homebuyers

Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to poor decisions and attract what we don’t want in our life. So it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

Here’s a quick summary of the 7 Chakras:

1. Root Chakra – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded and the ability to find Boulder real estate to purchase. Knowing that the Farmers Market is only a short walk.
Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, shelter, money, Boulder real estate and food.

2. Sacral Chakra – Our connection and ability to connect with source and  to accept others (our neighbors) as they are and new experiences (deferred maintenance), our sense of well being no matter what is going outside of us. Knowing that spiritually we are all one.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives. We love what we are.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra – Our ability to love and relax, entertain and give back to our family and our community and our planet.
Location: Center of chest just above heart.
Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace, Boulder real estate, giving back to community feels good.

5. Throat Chakra – Our ability to communicate (very handy when dealing with any issue with the city of Boulder). Our ability to communicate what we do as well as what we do not want. Knowing that acquiring Boulder real estate is a great way to invest.
Location: Throat.
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra – Our ability to focus on and see the big picture. Knowing full well that in the near future our investment will appreciate and grow. Having the ability to see beyond the dark 1970’s faux paneling to a place of great beauty.
Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.

7. Crown Chakra – The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. We attend to our more vibrational or spiritual needs and are totally connected and can find a handyman or babysitter at the drop of a hat intuitively. Location: The very top of the head. Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure Boulder bliss.

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes. Michael is a (CNE) Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO. What’s your lifestyle? I take great pride in my in-depth knowledge of Colorado luxury home market trends, utilizing research-based pricing strategies, having a powerful network of qualified Boulder real estate buyers and first-hand Boulder real estate insight. With a proven 16 year track record of selling unique Boulder real estate.

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Relocating to Boulder

By Michael Hughes    January 19, 2010

Boulder, a unique city located on the footsteps of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder County. Boulder is a short drive from Denver. With a population of nearly 112,000 residents (city and outlying areas). Boulder has beautiful scenery, and is one of the best relocation cities in the U.S. Cultural, business, educational and employment needs are all in this vibrant city. The economy is solid, and will only get better in the up coming years. For its’ size it has the 8th lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. The average household income for its families is about $85,000. While the average house value is estimated at $366,000. These numbers combined means owning a house in Boulder is a sound investment.

In addition to many small, entrepreneurial businesses, major employers include companies and  research laboratories such as the soon to be ConocoPhillips, IBM, Ball Aerospace, the National Institute for Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Adding to Boulder’s progressive spirit is the University of Colorado, the academic and cultural anchor of the community.

Boulder Valley residents experience four unique seasons with over 300+ days of sun. The city’s panoramic views, open space & greenbelt system serves as a buffer to preserve its picturesque setting.

Boulder boasts some of the best restaurants in the area. This robust community has more than 100 restaurants catering to all palates; Haute Cuisine, Italian, Mexican, Tex-Mex, American, and Continental foods along with many deli’s and cafe’s are some of the choices.

Boulder has always been one of the best places in the entire country to raise a family. With a low crime rate, the streets of Boulder are safe and secure. The public education system is extremely solid. The Boulder Valley Re 2 is a great school district.

Due to the cities’ historic, classic and  eclectic architecture a warm and friendly feeling is projected. Newly constructed projects and housing starts have continued Boulders relocation allure. Boulder is truly an ideal relocation option.

If you have questions or would like a relocation package or need help relocating to Boulder you can call me directly at 303-359-6627 or visit me at or visit my blog at

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Whittier Neighborhood-Boulder, Colorado

Whittier Neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado another place to thrive

By Michael Hughes  January 15, 2010

Next to downtown Boulder, though much quieter and seemingly worlds away from the pace of downtown, is the neighborhood of Whittier. Another of Boulder’s first neighborhoods, Whittier has a quiet charm, massive trees and incredibly beautiful homes. The Whittier neighborhood encompasses part of downtown Boulder and boasts numerous home styles  including many historic and land marked homes. Whittier Elementary school is the oldest continuing operating school in the state. The neighborhood encompasses the residential sections of Boulder bordered by Bluff Street to the North, 28th Street to the East, Canyon Boulevard to the South, and Broadway to the West.

Neighborhood events include:

  • An annual “Council Tea” to meet Council candidates;
  • Alley parties;
  • A Labor Day potluck;
  • Maintenance of the flower plantings at neighborhood bus stops.

Properties in this area are well taken care of and much-loved by their owners, and these large, homes compliment the traffic-less streets. The fascinating architectural details in this area set it apart from newer Boulder neighborhoods; with slanted rooftops, curved windows, stone facades, arched shingles and contrasting trim colors. It’s a feel good neighborhood.

Whittier echoes expense and luxury in a very down-to-earth manner. The neighborhood’s sumptuousness is reflected in its character. It feels like a close, family neighborhood where your kids could actually play in the street.

The Pearl Street Mall and an amazing array of shopping and dining options are just minutes on foot from Whittier, but this neighborhood does have a few hot spots of its’ own. Great fine dining in the area at Johns Restaurant, Mateo and Fresca.  Also if your looking for sandwiches Snarfs or Salvaggios both on Pearl St.

Visit Whittier and you will feel the quiet,  the warmth and charm of this wonderful downtown neighborhood.

If you have questions or need help finding the perfect home call me, Michael Hughes 303-359-6627 at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, you can also visit my website or e-mail me

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Mapleton Hill in Boulder-The Crown Jewel

Posted By Michael Hughes

The people of Boulder recognize the Mapleton Hill Historic District as an important part of their heritage. Mapleton Hill, a few blocks northwest of downtown, is one of Boulder’s prettiest areas, with large, gracious homes on a very wide Silver Maple and Cottonwood tree-lined avenue. The neighborhood was established in the 1800’s and feature an architectural mix of east coast architecture influenced by western style. Basically the  neighborhood is west of Broadway, east of 9th, north of Pearl Street, and south of High Street. The area includes Mapleton St, 4th St., Concord, Spruce, Mt. View Rd, Pine and Broadway to name a few. Most of the  homes were built between 1865 and 1910.  It’s clear where this Boulder real estate received its’ name with the mature Silver Maple trees lining the long street heading up toward the Mount Sanitas and Knollwood areas.  Mapleton Avenue, running along the backbone of the hill is a tree-canopied boulevard providing the focus for the area. “Rugged individualism” seems to be the theme in this neighborhood with a slight reflection of western tradition.

The upside to well preserved historic properties are the state and Colorado Historical Society tax credits and grants as well as the special consideration offered owners of historic properties for Boulder real estate in this area.

The views range from city, Rockwellish fall scenes and Flatirons absolutely incredible.  From the Flatirons to the foothills and the changing seasons with the Silver Oak trees it is a comfortable cozy eclectic neighborhood.

It’s a quick 2 block walk to Pearl St. where a world of shopping, world class restaurants and ambience await you. Hiking is only a few blocks away on the Mount Sanitas Trail (dogs ok).  You can cross country ski in North Boulder Park.  Chautauqua is only about a mile away for hiking (dogs ok), climbing, running, biking.

Boulder, a fantastic place to thrive.

If you have a question or need help with real estate in the area please give me Michael Hughes a call 303-359-6627 or e-mail me at or visit my website at

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