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Jobs Equal Healthy Boulder Real Estate

Boulder County is the most educated county in United States. There’s a high percentage of highly intelligent residents, which is its greatest asset for attracting and retaining strong employers and employees. Boulder real estate is healthy, a sure sign of good times coming. It’s all about jobs. Strong jobs equal strong Boulder real estate.

Numerous high tech businesses in the Boulder Valley Corridor are starting to hire. When I asked a local head hunter if there were going to be a lot of out of town people coming in she said “there seems to be a robust amount of talent available in the area right now.” Of course as time goes by the tech area will need more and more talent to feed the demand.

Many high schools in Boulder County offer special programs such as Skyline High School in Longmont that offers the Scientific Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, a magnet component that prepares students to excel in science and math related fields. Also with the onset of the International Baccalaureate Program in numerous schools in the Boulder Valley; Boulder schools could help “grow” their own work force and provide opportunities for our children’s future by implementing similar programs in all schools.

Boulder offers a quality of life that attracts and keeps people here. It’s a life that can’t be beat. We love our Boulder real estate and we often come up on lists for a very high quality of life. A lifestyle robust in fitness, with running trails right out our office door,  world class organic food, home grown brews, entertainment, high intelligence, happy people, entrepreneur heaven, skiing and snowshoeing nearby, dog friendly areas and many opportunities to enhance our lifestyle.

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 (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, research-based pricing strategies, having a powerful network of qualified luxury home buyers, first-hand Boulder real estate insight and proven 16 year track record of selling unique Denver and Boulder luxury real estate.

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Boulder Real Estate-In Praise of Louisville

WINNER 2011 Top 100 rank: 1
Population: 18,400
Unemployment:6.3%Compare Louisville to Top 10 Best Places

The report highlights small towns across America with populations of 50,000 or less, high job opportunities, fiscal strength, excellent schools, safe streets, great health care, outdoor and cultural activities and 300 days of sunshine (great weather).

The writer says it is a “sunny lively mountain town”; it is not a mountain town. While the views are great of the front range, Louisville is mostly in a valley and is situated on the “plains.”  I agree with “crime rates are among the lowest in Colorado” and the town is “easy to navigate.”  Louisville boasts lots of good jobs in tech, telecom, aerospace, clean energy, alternative energy and health care and many companies are relocating to the area as happy workers are great workers. In addition there are  world-class mountain biking, hiking, and skiing nearby as well as in the close by Rockies. Housing prices are still lower than Boulder real estate and schools rank well and are in the top three academically. Not everyone wants to live in Louisville;  however given the Music Festival, the Farmers Market, Street Faire, the great little mom and pop restaurants that have been here some since the 50’s and Main St. Louisville, what’s not to like? Read Money Magazine article. Ps. Superior Colorado came in at 20/100!

Search the MLS for Louisville or surrounding area

Michael is a longtime resident of Boulder and one of (FSIR’s)Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. If you have questions regarding this article, Louisville or Superior 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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Acquisitions, Aussies and ALEX


Posted by Michael Hughes   February 10, 2010

A Honolulu-based r.e. investment company has purchased the Meadows on the Parkway Shopping Center in South Boulder for $30,772,000. Located at the southwest corner of Foothills and Baseline (Safeway, Michaels, Blockbuster, et al.) Apparently Boulder, Colorado is still a relevant market with growth and great potential for a great Return on investment.

A Boulder real estate investment company purchased a 13-unit apartment building near the intersection of Broadway and Cedar Avenue in Boulder for $2.05 million. Yes they are always rented and it is rare to find a vacancy. The company clearly has confidence in the strength of the Boulder real estate market.

An Australian irrigation technology company is moving its U.S. headquarters to Longmont, CO.
Irrigation Water Technologies America Inc. is moving from Colorado Springs to Longmont after signing a lease for 12,000 square feet at 1200 S. Fordham Road. The privately owned company expects to move in late January and will bring 11 employees here.

“IWT America chose Longmont because of its proximity to the Front Range labor market as well as its atmosphere and reasonable cost of living,” said Collis Woodward, the company’s CFO

Water conservation is the companies’ main goal reducing water consumption as well as fertilizer usage.

Goliath Solutions, a Chicago-based marketing research company, is moving its office in Boulder to Longmont. The company signed a lease for 4,222 square feet of space at 1860 Lefthand Circle in The Campus at Longmont business park owned by Circle Capital. The local office employs about  10 people.

New Broomfield leases include, Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe, a Boulder-based toy store, signed a lease for 3,000 square feet of retail space at 180 E. Flatirons Circle Drive at MainStreet at Flatiron. It is the third location for Grandrabbit, which has stores in Boulder and Superior.
Abbot’s Frozen Custard signed a lease for 1,333 square feet of retail space at 2205 W. 136th Ave. at The Shops at Quail Creek. AIM Mail Center, a retail mail service company, signed a lease for 1,400 square feet of retail space at The Shops at Quail Creek.

Illinois-based ITW Industrial Finishing Inc., a spray finishing equipment provider, signed a lease for 9,939 square feet of space at 1721 Boxelder St. in the Louisville, Colorado Technology Center business park for its research engineering facility.

Boulder Valleys’ most recent example was Boulder-based Spectra Logic buying its own 80,712-square-foot building at 6285 Lookout Road in Gunbarrel for $5,025,000 in December.

Institutional investors making their way back into the Boulder Valley; Chicago-based Ventus Inc. (NYSE:VTR) purchased 74,000 square feet of medical office space at Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville for $20.25 million, and A&B (NYSE: ALEX) purchasing the 216,400-square-foot Meadows on the Parkway Shopping Center in Boulder for nearly $30.8 million.

If you have questions regarding this article or Boulder Real Estate please call me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO

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We’re number 8, we’re number 8! Boulder, CO

By Michael Hughes   January 23, 2010

Boulder is not just a place to live but a place to thrive.

Money magazine recently named Boulder County as No. 8 on its Top 10 Places for Jobs (see table below). The list was accumulated based on the magazine’s list of the Top Places to Live- 2009.  Louisville was ranked first among small towns.

Money Magazine said “While many people come for the University of Colorado, graduates stay because of the plentiful job opportunities” to read the entire article go to MoneyCNN

The magazine noted Boulder’s high-tech firms – and top employers – including IBM, Sun Microsystems and Ball Aerospace, as well as IBM’s recent announcement that it would add another 500 jobs (primarily at its call center in the Boulder facility). Also a huge alternative energy research park (ConocoPhillips) is underway nearby. While Boulder Valley remains a powerhouse in alternative energy and there is legislation underway that is expected to fuel ‘Green’. Link to the latest story on ConocoPhillips at:  BCBR

The lowest unemployment rates came from Cass County, N.D., with a 3.4 percent unemployment rate. Money Magazine wrote that the county is the hub for the surrounding area’s health care, retail, manufacturing and educational needs. And now Microsoft and other high-tech companies are moving in next to the county’s traditional large employers of farm and construction equipment manufacturers such as John Deere and Bobcat. Colorado overall as a state as of October 2009 was ranked 23rd and unemployment at 5.8% read the entire story at Unemployment Boulder

Here’s a snapshot of Money magazine’s Top 10 Places for Jobs, all of which boast unemployment rates well below the national average of 10 percent:

Top 10 Best Places to Find a Job

County                                 Unemployment Rank/Rate

Cass County, N.D.                              1st / 3.4%

Madison County, Neb                       2nd / 2.9%

Platte County, Neb                            3rd / 4%

Sarpy County, Neb                            4th / 4.7%

Dallas County, IA                              5th / 4.7%

Grafton County, NH                         6th / 5.1%

Dane County, WI                               7th / 5.2%

Boulder County, CO                         8th / 5.3%

Roanoke, VA                                      9th / 5.6%

Saline County, Ark                          10th / 5.7%

Source:  Money Magazine

If you have questions about anything please give me a call at 303-359-6627 or you can  Look at all MLS listings in Boulder and nearby also visit my blog at Michaels’ Boulder Blog

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Where the Jobs will be 2010

Where the Jobs Will Be in 2010

Posted by Michael Hughes December 29, 2009

Regions across the U.S. will see job growth in the first quarter of 2010. But the growth will be sporadic and many areas will continue to lag


16. Boulder, Colo.
Q1 2010 annualized job growth: 1.2%
Q3 2009 annualized job growth: -3.7%

First quarter of recovery: Q1 2010
Unemployment rate: 5.8%
Median household income: $71,027

Boulder, about 35 miles northwest of Denver, has a stable housing market partly because it is home to so many strong employers, including the University of Colorado, as well as a base of affluent residents. The supply of homes in Boulder is limited by the mountains to the west and its tens of thousands of acres of protected open space
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Future Jobs Near Boulder-ConocoPhillips

Future Jobs Near Boulder-ConocoPhillips

Written by Michael Hughes            December  12,  2009

ConocoPhillips has said that their 20-year plan calls for the employment of more than 7,000 people a workforce that will include current employees and new hires at the site. The center will be looking at the next generation of transportation fuels and they will research, algae, wind power, photo voltaic, clean diesel, biomass and hydrogen fuel cells. There will eventually be a learning center to train employees from more than 40 countries. CP also signed a $5 million, multiyear, sponsored research agreement with a Colorado biofuels center including University of Colorado-Boulder to find new ways to convert biomass into low-carbon transportation fuels.  Among the first projects in the renewable energy portfolio will be the research and utilization of converting algae into renewable fuel. This is the separation and purification of lipids that are taken from algae, and can then be sent to oil refineries to be processed into gasoline. Algae have a rapid growth rate, but it doesn’t take food away from people or livestock – which is currently what is being done when farmers sell their corn crops to produce ethanol. The algae could even be grown in hostile environments such as deserts where nothing else will grow.

ConocoPhillips on November 12, 2009 submitted construction plans for its 450 acre campus in Louisville, a bedroom community of Boulder.  ConocPhillips plans to build 1.6 million square feet of office, research, support services, food outlets, childcare and hotel space. Some of the buildings will reach 95 feet or around 5 stories.  215 acres will be slated for open space. The initial phase of the construction is scheduled to be ready by 2013.

The attraction to being near Boulder is so clear.  It is an exclusive collection of lifestyles, fitness, climate, location, geography, the university, schools, the town’s character, the education level, and its rich and varied population.  Boulder is the best place in the world to thrive.

Contact me today if you or anyone you know in Boulder or the surrounding area needs real estate help or for just a quick question e-Mail michael.hughes@sothebysrealty.com Direct 303-359-6627 Website: www.bolderrealestate.com

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