When Clients Become Friends

I just said goodbye to Barry and Shareen.  In 2006, they moved here from Southern California and bought their Colorado Springs home.  I was their Buyer's Agent.  Today, they sold that home and moved to Durango.  It was a good closing but a tough goodbye, when I teared up as we hugged in the parking lot.

They are more than clients.  They are friends.  We have enjoyed many good times together.  They bought my daughter her first sleeping bag, a Disney princess themed one, back when she when she was three. We have water skiied at Pueblo Reservoir.  We have snow skiied at Monarch Mountain.   We have celebrated many X-Mas Eve dinners together at Musashi.  We have shared our families.  We have laughed and seen each other through difficult life struggles.

As an 18 year veteran in the real estate business, I often joke that I don't have time for any more "friends."   But the truth is friends somehow find us.  We may not set out with the intention of connecting at such a personal level, but with a special few it becomes personal at some point. 

I'm trying not to be sad.  I know that you will be happy in Durango.  You have good jobs and beautiful scenery to enjoy, and you have each other.  I will always cherish our sweet times together!  Thank you for letting me help you and for being my friends.

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6320 Whirlwind - Northeast Colorado Springs

This gorgeous 2-story is located in Antelope Meadows in Northeast Colorado Springs. The trees are mature and the yard is spacious. Deck off the main level kitchen / family room area steps down into back yard. 

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Vaulted ceilings create that more open feel, plus a great lay-out, this floor plan will work for just about anyone. Three bedrooms upstairs, including the master which is also vaulted with walk-in closet and great 5-pc bath. 

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The main level has vaulted living / dining, plus kitchen with pantry, stainless appliances and looks onto family room with fireplace and huge bay window to watch kids or pets in the yard. 

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Basement is fully finished with huge L-shaped Rec Room great for game table and TV area... plus the 4th bedroom and full bath. 

For the virtual tour and more details, visit http://whirlwinddrive.com/  Thanks for checking it out! 

 

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1260 Legend Oak Drive

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Check out my newest listing!  Located on a 1/4 acre lot in the city of Fountain, this lovely 2-story home was built in 2003 and features 4 bedrooms, 4 baths and over 2,200 finished square feet!  Interior offers rich, espresso stained hardwood floors, gas fireplace, slate entryway, vaulted ceilings, updated kitchen with new cabinets, counters, sink, faucet, stainless appliances and ceramic tile floors.  Finished basement provides plenty of space for entertaining in the large rec room complete with wet bar.  This home has central air for those hot summer nights.  The large backyard is fully fenced and even includes a storage shed.  Great location...walk to nearby shopping and restaurants!

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A Falcon Food Favorite for Me

Anyone who knows me knows I'm a huge Chipotle fan! But when I'm meeting clients or going on listings in Falcon/Peyton, I try as frequently as possibly to stop by El Burrito Grande. I may need to run a few extra miles, but it's worth it! This "quick service" local fare is prepared by owners Lupe & Antonio Martin...and since expansion, their great employees!  My personal favorite is "moms chili verde" - pork & green chili, is so savory! Check out these fresh ingredients! ...

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They have daily lunch specials....nachos or dad's burrito with a drink for just $6.99+tax. Military discount? You bet!  Breakfast burritos.....mmmmm, yes! 

Not only that but there are now 3 locations for all my real estate travels around the city!!! 1) 7653 MacLaughlin Rd,  original location off Woodmen in Falcon, beside Safeway. 2) 3242 Centennial....up the Fillmore hill at the corner of Fillmore & Centennial....and 3) 3669 Star Ranch Rd...off the southwest corner of Nevada/Hwy 115 & Star Ranch Rd.

check out elburritogrande.net for more info! 

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Delicious Pumpkin Bread

In honor of fall and the holiday season upon us, I thought I'd leave the real estate talk for a moment and share with you my favorite recipe for pumpkin bread.  Yum!

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

 

Ingredients

4 ounces cream chees, softened

1/4 cup butter

1 1/4 cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Grease one 9x5x3 loaf pan.  In mixing bowl, combine softened cheese, butter and sugar. Cream together well.  Beat in eggs one at a time until blended. Mix in pumpkin.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and walnuts.  Stir until thoroughly mixed.  Combine all at once with batter.  Stir just enough to moisten.  Pour into greased pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes until inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes in pan.

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