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Don’t Forget to vote for Fort Collins Distinctive Destination

Vote as often as you like, but vote! Fort Collins is losing out! Trust for Historic Preservation

9 comments to Don’t Forget to vote for Fort Collins Distinctive Destination

  • I didn’t realize that you could vote more than once.

    I just got another vote in.

    How long before voting ends?

  • Terence

    I believe voting ends Feb 28th.

  • I’m sort of reluctant to do anything that’ll make the place even pricier. The house my parents sold for $43k was on the market a year ago for $400k. I want to at least be able to cherish the fantasy of some day returning to live in my home town.

  • catfc

    Good point, Kip. I know I’ll never again be able to afford the house I just sold.

  • captainbevo

    I agree Kip and cat I have a relative that lives on mountain and the house in this economy just appraised at almost 900,000 granted its a nice house and has alot of history but the concern is the taxes. If indeed a major corporation such as kodak were to take these polls into consideration when making a business decision to build or relocate that would be great? (Kodak) I would hate to go through the 80s again here when the influx of californian retirees needed to build huge homes to avoid capital gains on the sell of their homes. The point being that without new growth and sustainable growth for every new family that moves to nirvana does it make a new job or take one away? With the economy being in this state I feel like we are in the middle of the depiction of “the grapes of wrath”

  • catfc

    Bevo, If it’s the house I think it is, your family has lived in it for several generations. That’s the dark side of living in a happening town.

    But the other choice is to live in towns that are NOT growing. The Midwest is full of dying towns–I’m reading a lot about those places now and the efforts they make to survive. The population ages. You can’t sell your house if you wanted to. All the stores close, and they don’t come back. The kids all move away.

    The trick is to find/make that next happening place before the developers/Realtors/promoters show up, I guess. Enjoy it, sell out, and move on. If I’d stayed in Fort Collins, I would have bought a house north of LaPorte Avenue or in Buckingham.

  • I was thinking on this “popular town” idea as I walked over to the f-stop this morning. ($2 lattes. woot!) I passed by several homes that reminded me of where the north east part of Old Town probably was back in the 70’s and 80’s. I’m sure the houses were undervalued then (as opposed to being a bit over valued right now, perhaps). I got to thinking that folks in Old Town are seeing a much longer pendulum swing in terms of house prices — from being undervalued as people fled the small sizes and older construction to where they’re much higher valued today as people realize this is a finite housing stock and there’s value to the older styles and the walkability of the area.

    But that doesn’t mean house prices throughout Fort Collins are crazy stupid. My sister lives in a great little neighborhood where houses are cheap, but it’s only a short bike ride to Old Town. And it’s a short walk to City Park in one direction or a walking path next to a llama farm and horse paddock in the other direction. It’s one of Fort Collins’ little undiscovered gems, in my opinion. Yeah, the houses aren’t all that pretty, but they certainly typify the time period and I’ve seen several in the neighborhood that have been done up well.

    So, all of this babble just to say that I think the Old Town phenomenon is pretty common to many similar older areas throughout the US, but in general Fort Collins is still pretty affordable.

    … but I agree that an award like this would be most appreciated if it brought in jobs and not just people. :-}

  • Terence

    Closer in ares are going to continue to see upward pressure on prices as people realize they can no longer afford to live in outlying suburbs due to fuel costs etc. Overall Fort Collins itself is a pretty compact city, and won’t have as big a problem with this as other cities and towns will. I do find it interesting that I had to sell my own last year due to economies for $50k less that what it was really worth. In my mind everything is a perception, the glass half full or half empty depending upon your view point. I agree that overall Ft. Collins is pretty affordable.

  • nisperos

    Thanks for the reminder, Terence!

    Congrats on selling your home Cat!

    We are happy to live in the Fort, but we’re also happy we aren’t needing to sell. We bought in 2001, and despite having done some remodel, our home is worth maybe $10,000 more than what we paid for it (if we’re lucky). (In fact, the assessor dropped our valuation this past year, but I’m not complaining.) We may be on the cusp of getting more owners than investors in our NW neighborhood, or not, but I still like living here. From our home, a person can walk to a core knowledge elementary, an IB elementary, a regular program elementary, and soon the Lab School. We’re a long walk to City Park, and a short walk to both a neighborhood park and a natural area. We can walk to 2 grocery stores, 3 coffee shops, and quite a few eating places…

    “Affordable” is indeed a state of mind. We thought FC was expensive when we moved here as we had to pay $40,000 more for less house (3 bed v 4, 1½ bath v 2, 1 car garage v 2, 30 years older, less view), and we’re still sensitive to those trying to get a foothold in the city. The area developers don’t help either with all the new construction on the outskirts and in neighboring towns. The “good news” is that with the market a little depressed, there’s a chance now to pick up a home under $200,000 in an older neighborhood without homeowner’s fees, especially if you are willing to put in some sweat equity. Still, $200,000 is quite a reach for many, including those you’d normally consider middle class based on their household income.

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