Everyone has their story of owning a home thirty-years ago in Old Town Fort Collins and selling it before we hit the big time.
At least I do. My former home on Mountain Ave., which my ex and I could barely sell for $130k in the 80’s, sold last month for just over a million dollars. I also owned a home on McKinley, Mathews, Eastwood Dr. and a gorgeous Victorian in Natick, MA–all sold for many times what I had paid for them. If only I had still owned them!
But that was then and this is now
I spent the other morning previewing five homes in Old Town priced over a million dollars. They ranged from the sprawling 1920 Glenrock House on Laporte Ave to the modern mountain/mid-century gem on Mountain Ave., built in 2017. I could live in either of them. One is old and reminds me of my childhood (though 5x’s as big), with it’s hidden spaces and gigantic yard, excellent for hiding and scaring the beejeezus out of my siblings and the family dog. The other home is sophisticated and bright with nowhere to hide at all. Instead, its gigantic windows welcomes the sun, the trees and whoever is staring at you stare at them.
Who knew little old Fort Collins would attract the smartest and the hippest folks from all over the world to settle down into what we Bostonians called a cow-town–a place that had to cancel a Ray Charles concert in the early ’70’s because of lack of ticket sales?
Just recently I saw The Moth Radio Hour performance, Mike Birbiglia, the PostSecret thingie, Open Stage Theater, and David Sedaris, and soon I’ll be laughing at the erudite and hilarious political potty mouth comedian Lewis Black, who I dearly love. Who knew?
We’re Not Going Back
Million dollar homes may not spread across the realm, criss-crossing College Ave., headed south to Drake then east to Lemay Ave. and west to Overland, etc. but our prices aren’t coming down. They may stabilize then rise again but it may be a little slower and then, who knows? All I know is that I’m not selling my house anytime soon, well, unless I leave town and move to a state where I can start an old dog sanctuary from the proceeds. And isn’t that why we invest in real estate? To make our dreams come true?