15642 Coquina Drive Monument CO 80132

15642 Coquina Drive Monument CO 80132

I'm so excited about this new listing!  Built in 2001, this beautiful stucco home has 4 bedrooms, an office, great room, formal dining room, upper-level loft, finished basement and professionally landscaped yard!  The main level features wood floors, spacious kitchen with island, pantry and counter bar, master bedroom with his/her closets and attached 5 piece master bathroom!  The upper level loft is perfect for kids, with 2 good sized bedrooms, a full bath and loft area!  The basement includes a huge rec room with gas fireplace, dry bar, 2 more bedrooms, private bath and plenty of storage.  Great Jackson Creek location...walk to nearby parks and shopping! View on the MLS at: https://www.springshomes.com/mls/3550097-15642-Coquina-DR-Monument-CO-80132, or the single property website at: www.CoquinaDrive.com

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Things to Do This Weekend (Apr 8-Apr 9) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Apr 8-Apr 9) in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Things to Do

The Big Cool Science Festival -  Sat Apr 8, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Colorado College, Barnes Science Center 1040 N. Nevada Ave.

Admission: Free. Science activities and big science shows happening over at Colorado College on Saturday. Geared for kids K-8th but fun for the whole family. For more info, visit: Cool Science

Colorado Springs Things to Do

Pine Creek High School Theatre presents 'Beauty & the Beast', Sat Apr 8, 1:30pm and 7:00pm, Pine Creek High School Auditorium 10750 Thunder Mtn. Ave.

Admission: $8-$21.50. You saw Beauty & the Beast at the movie theater, now see a live performance from the award-winning PCHS Theatre which includes 41 actors, 15 orchestra members, and 37 stage techs. After the matinee show enjoy a tea party with the cast. For more information: Pine Creek Theatre.

 

Colorado Springs Things to Do

Veronika String Quartet, Sun Apr 9, 2:00pm, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 30 W. Dale Street

Admission: $20 non-members / $18 FAC Members. The classical quartet is continuing their FAC residency in one of their four performances for the 2016/2017 season. For more information: Fine Arts Center.

 

Colorado Springs Things to Do

Outlaw Yoga - Double Shot Saturday, Sat Apr 8, 4:00pm - 5:30pm / 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Yoga Studio Satya 1581 York Rd.

Admission: $25 each or $45 for both classes. Challenge your body and mind at two different yoga experiences. The first class is physically intense with live music, and the second class focuses more on breathing techniques and healing injuries. For more information: Yoga Studio Satya.

 

Colorado Springs Things to Do

Colorado Farm & Art Market, Sun Apr 9, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Cottonwood Center for the Arts 427 E. Colorado Ave.

Admission: Free. Get your local farm fresh food this Sunday! Showcasing local artists, artisanal foods, grass-fed meats and farm fresh eggs, greens, and more. For more information: Colorado Farm & Art Market

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710 Cresta Road Colorado Springs CO 80906

710 Cresta Road Colorado Springs CO 80906

I am beyond excited about this new listing! Built in 1952, this ranch floorplan sits on an oversized lot with mature trees, flowering shrubs, an expansive brick patio, fountain and even a greenhouse! This tastefully updated home features remodeled bathrooms and kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, and a warming drawer. It has wide plank wood floors throughout, a finished basement, new roof, new furnace and a/c, new Marvin windows, new sump pump, new lights and new storm doors. Located in the popular Cheyenne Mountain school district, this property is walking distance to nearby schools and park! And the sellers are the nicest of nice!

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Things to Do This Weekend (Apr 1-Apr 2) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Apr 1-Apr 2) in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Things to Do

Dragontown Dan: Alice Cooper tribute benefitting Home Front Cares -  Sat Apr 1, 8:00pm, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center 10 S. Parkside Drive

Admission: Free. Most impressive Alice Cooper tribute artist and band putting on a show to benefit The Home Front Cares non-profit that provides emergency financial aid and other support to Colorado service members, veterans, and family members. Dragontown Dan has been perfecting his character since 1996 and even set a World Record for impersonating Alice Cooper. For more info, visit: Stargazers Theatre

Colorado Springs Things to Do

Spring Break Tinkering, Sat Apr 1, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Space Foundation Discovery Center 4425 Arrowswest Drive

Admission: $5-$10. Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math at the Space Foundation Discovery Center. Activities for children 4-8 (with helper) and 9-17 (on their own) are offered including the grand finale which will be the launching of a Rube Goldberg Machine. For more information: Space Foundation Discovery Center.

 

Colorado Springs Things to Do

Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents Swing, Swing, Swing!, Sat Apr 1, 7:30pm, Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts 190 South Cascade Avenue

Admission: $21+. Return to the roaring decade with the Philharmonic as it celebrates its 90th anniversary performing favorites from the jazz and swing era. For more information: Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

 

Colorado Springs Things to Do

Woodworking: The Pallet Project, Sun Apr 2, 9:00am - 12:00pm, COCO Crafted 121 East Costilla Street

Admission: $60. Learn the basics of woodworking and build your very own beer caddy with the guidance of Pete Candelaria.  For more information: COCO Crafted.

 

Colorado Springs Things to Do

Alton Brown, Sun Apr 2, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts 190 South Cascade Avenue

Admission: $44.25 - $95.75. Comedy, music, puppets, experiments, and more has been packed into ÔÇťAlton Brown Live: Eat Your Science." This interactive performance is sure to entertain. For more information: Pikes Peak Center

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PPRBD Building Permits for Home Improvement

PPRBD Building Permits for Home Improvement

With just about any home improvement in El Paso and Teller counties, homeowners are required to pull a permit with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD) in Colorado Springs... anything from basement finishes, decks, electrical/plumbing updates, water heaters, furnaces, adding outbuildings... the list goes on! Their website is relatively user-friendly. 

What we know about PPRBD

They often get a bad rap for high fees, strict rules for visiting properties, and being extremely particular. The codes do change almost annually, and they have a lot to keep up with. If you request a visit on building inspection, as long as you request by 8am, they will come same day. As you can imagine there are hundreds of thousands of homes here, and they do everything they can to remain organized. The rules are all posted on-line and homeowners can pull their own permits, general contractor not required, but all the same rules apply. I do not think their fees are really all that high. 

My experience with Regional

We had the unfortunate issue last summer of having to terminate an agreement with a contractor mid-bathroom-remodel. It was extremely stressful. So 4 permits had been pulled - general building, heating, plumbing and electrical. And we were in a skeleton of the bathroom we had envisioned. As we approached new contractors to assist us, we realized much of the work was finalized and could be moved into our name. The contractor that helped us finish also helped us with PPRBD. My husband is really handy and did the work himself with the assistance of a contractor that worked on our kitchen. The plumber had fortunately been paid from beginning to end of the project. When my husband called them, we were stressed, but they were very helpful getting him to the right person with the answers. They voided permits and re-opened them in our name so we could conclude the project. Our electrician had skipped town, taking advantage of several customers, fortunately not us!  

I also had a client do a bunch of work himself, and want to list with us without permits. We are full disclosure and told him he had to plaster the details of the non-permitted work all over the MLS listing, get professional plumber and electrician to sign off on the work, and even demolish some of the work done. He was so worried about the time and expense of going through Regional, but would have saved a lot had he done it from the start! For more about how to pull your own or requirements, here is that website www.PPRBD.org. Happy Home Improvement!! 

The moral of the story... the blog... is that while our local Building Department is a big machine, they have been very helpful in many cases and even friendly. I'm sure it's a stressful job, and I strongly believe the safety of the homes in our county is of utmost concern. 

Update of Rules

Sidenote - As of July 2011 Carbon Monoxide detectors are REQUIRED! We cannot sell homes without them. If you open any permit, expect the inspectors to check that your CO detectors are up to code (1 within 15 feet of every sleeping area/bedroom). 

Recent Backlog of permits waiting for approval

Oh, one more thing... because of catastrophic storms in 2016, roof permits are off the charts (something like 20,000 open currently), so we cannot get them closed before sale transactions in most cases. Trust that they are working their way down the list, be patient. 

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