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Phantom Strikes Boulder

Posted by Michael Hughes – Sotheby’s International Realty – Boulder, Colorado

Phantom Sculptor strikes again in Boulder. The underground scene is alive and well in Boulder, Colorado. Similar to Boulders’ version of Banksy in London, no one seems to know who the sculptor is. An anonymous statement. Whereas Banksy “graffiti” or “art” is clearly a style of satirical street art and subversive epigrams combined with  irreverent dark humor; no one seems to know what the “meaning” of the sculpture is that was planted in the front of some Boulder real estate late last week.

Does there need to be a meaning to everything? Well not really. It is fun and somewhat whimsical and to Donna Coughlin the Boulder Home owner, a little nostalgic as this happened 23 years ago when a CU artist named Mark Guilbeau dropped a sculpture on to her front lawn and left the same gift; Again this time attached to the base of the sculpture was a round tin box holding a pair of earrings and a note with letters and words cut from a magazine spelling out “We hope u enjoy this thing,” signed with the letters PS. Again the box and the earrings appeared. Mr. Guilbeau was unavailable, as in, not to be found for comment. Coughlin found the similar earrings in a box attached to a sculpture that mysteriously appeared in her front yard more than 23 years ago, in 1987. Click here for the entire story.

Another mystery sculpture has appeared in Boulder. This time, employees at the Boulder History Museum noticed the artwork as they arrived Tuesday morning. It was standing on the front lawn of the museum. A set of earrings in a box attached to it as well. Similar to the Coughlin sculpture.

Boulder is truly an amazing place to live. World class athletes, entrepreneurs, eclectics, a small town feel, close knit community activism and artistic eccentricity to balance it all out.

Happiness is a choice. Joy is a journey, not a destination.

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Energy Efficiency

Posted by Michael Hughes  July 15, 2010

Definition: This little label packs a big punch — think of the Energy Star brand as proof that an appliance isn’t just green for the sake of green consumerism; it’s tried and truly energy efficient. How efficient? In 2008, Energy Star products helped Americans save $17 billion on their utility bills and offset the greenhouse gas emissions of 30 million cars.
But not just every appliance can get the label — only those that get their job done while saving a significant, measurable and tested amount of energy. They also need to be affordable, an idea aided by the federal tax credits available for Energy Star products.

But products aren’t the only thing that can earn the label — since 1995, over one million Energy Star homes have been built, and they’re 20-30% more energy efficient than standard homes. But you don’t have to buy a whole new house to live in an Energy Star home, instead you can renovate your own place to meet the standards: Effective insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products and the biggie: Third-Party Verification. So even if you go through the first five steps, you don’t have an Energy Star home until it’s inspected and tested.

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Posted by Michael Hughes  February 23, 2010–Please leave any comments you wish.

Would you rather have 20 square miles of PV panels on the open plains perhaps desecrating the gramma and buffalo grass in that area or would you rather have a coal burning, carbon spewing, fossil fuel chomping power plant? Better yet how about the contrast of PV panels versus a nuclear power plant. Notice the contrast, which one do you feel better about? With which one do you feel safer?

In order to replace a utility-scale coal plant, renewable energy projects also have to be utility scale. And for solar plants, that may mean covering thousands of acres of land with PV panels. This has some environmentalists concerned about how those panels will affect local ecosytems. An argument can always be made for one side or the other, it’s American and keeps consultants employed.

Bioligists from the  National Renewable Energy Laboratory have started  a study to look at how the land under solar panel arrays can be restored. Why don’t we treat the PV panels like wheat crops and rotate them?    Better yet, let’s put them in the desert where there are very few plants at minimal risk. A perfect spot would be alkaline fields or salt flats where nothing grows. While I think it is  important to reclaim lands where a mine has scraped forests and green areas into a moon-like landscapes I am far from feeling it is important to save every single blade of grass. If you are buying a home in Boulder you might want to look at a home with a photovoltaic system integrated into the home.

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Boulder Double Happiness

Boulder "is" Double Happiness

By Michael Hughes  February 16, 2010

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Feeling down? Don’t take a pill.  Consider buying a home in Boulder and a move to Boulder, Colorado.

A massive new study of Americans’ attitudes concludes that the city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains is home to the happiest, healthiest people in the United States. At the bottom of 162 large and medium-sized cities: Huntington, W.Va.

Is it any wonder we are the happiest, healthiest people in the U.S.?  Attitude is everything and when you are healthy a great attitude comes easier. Get happy, notice the good, appreciate even the smallest gift from the universe,get healthy, live in Boulder, Colorado.

CHECK THE INDEX: How does your city rank?

STATES: See how yours rates

Most cities in the west scored higher while more cities in the south scored lower.

Boulder’s setting, including a greenbelt of public lands around the city, may help explain its top ranking. Mayor Susan Osborne says. “We tend to have lots of opportunities for being outside,” she says. The jobless rate is 5.7%, below the nation’s 9.7%.  Also the 300+ days of sunshine doesn’t hurt. Do we ever have opportunities for being outdoors! Hiking, snow shoeing, skiing, climbing, cycling, mt. biking, or my friend Mr. Gusts’ favorite pastime building igloos up in Rocky Mt. National Park,  running, walking, bouldering and ice climbing. Even indoors is great and boot camps with Mr. Meier, Trans Muay Thai Kickboxing which is what I love, to name but just a few. Get in shape. Be the best you you can be. We love Boulder.  It is upbeat, cutting edge, new feeling, new ideas and answers to old questions, the best city to love in, live in, play in and where all the children are above average.

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You May Be an Environmentalist if You…Testing 1,2,3

Posted by Michael Hughes February 7, 2010

You may be an environmentalist if you…A Test


Give yourself 1 point for each of the following where you can agree with the statement made.

1. You use cloth wipes instead of toilet paper and dream of getting a composting toilet

2. You line dry your clothes even though you own a brand new dryer

3. When your family visits your house they claim that you can hang meat in there it’s so cold

4. You spend your free time fantasizing about getting solar panels and LEEDS models

5. You’d rather live in a small cabin off the grid with no plumbing than in a mega-mansion on the beach

6. You know all about raising chickens and may have some in your backyard

7. You have a huge stash of gardening porn that you hide from your significant other

8. You think that sweating over a hot canner for hours on end is super fun!

9. You follow everyone around the house, turning off lights

10. Greenpa’s suggestions sound totally reasonable

If your total is:

0 – 3: What are you doing reading this post? You better start from the beginning.
4 – 6: Not a bad start. Review the Low Impact Week suggestions to increase your score.
7 – 8: You are a nut job in training! Move to Nederland for more training at the recycling event of the year “Frozen Dead Guy Day”
9 – 10: Congratulations! You are a hard-core environmentalist! And may continue to live in Boulder, Colorado

Great green blog you might want to read Elliott Lemenager

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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.

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Newlands Neighborhood-Thriving in Boulder

The Newlands Neighborhood in Boulder

By Michael Hughes January 14, 2010

New families and (new) empty-nesters, professionals, and stay-at-home parents.

Known for its community orientation, Newlands residents enjoy the natural amenities provided by nearby Mount Sanitas Hiking Trail and the Red Rocks Trail Network.

Get out your Eco Pass: the Pearl Street Mall is just a ride away on the Community Transit Network; the North Boulder Rec Center and North Boulder Community Park are within walking distance.

Ask the Newlands Neighbors about home tours and festivals.

The area’s public schools are Foothills Elementary, Casey Middle School, and Boulder High.

Boundaries: Broadway, Iris Avenue, Alpine Avenue, Third Street (aka the foothills)

The Neighborhood: Everything old is new again. Most Boulderites know the area as the Newlands neighborhood—a very hip place to renovate their real estate or scrape existing homes and build larger, more livable abodes. Located only one mile from Pearl Street’s shops and eateries (fine dining), and resting adjacent to the Ideal Market retail plaza, Newlands has come into its own in the last decade. Residents, most of whom are young couples, young families or professionals enjoy the proximity to the hills (it’s a 10-minute walk to Mt. Sanitas Hiking Trail), the ability to walk to the grocery store, and the relative quiet (with an occasional runner) of their streets. Homeowners on the east side of North Boulder Park delight in unobstructed views of the Flatirons, while everyone else takes pleasure in park events like hiking groups, wintertime cross-country skiing, and summertime bike races. The most highly coveted lots are those that are considered “triple lots.”

Why It’s a Safe Bet: College towns in general are good real estate bets due to their cultural amenities, increasing influx of new residents, and diversity of housing prices—and Boulder remains one of the more alluring. After all, there’s no better anchor than a major university. The Newlands neighborhood not only enjoys easy access to CU but also has other strong community anchors like the close-by Ideal Market shopping area (think Radda Trattoria,Vics, Breadworks, Pharmaca, and Pekoe Tea Shop), Boulder Community Hospital, Pearl Street, and the park. Newlands also benefits from high-achieving Foothills Elementary, which is located inside the neighborhood boundaries.

The neighbors have created a wide range of community activities for the area including:

  • Cooperative child care and play group;
  • The Junkengruven swap meet;
  • May Day and Fall Fest picnics;
  • Regular guest presentations for the neighborhood meetings

A great place to live a great place to thrive; The Newlands,  Boulder, Colorado .

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