Colorado Urban Permaculture For Sale by Owner

STRUCTURE

  • 1910 brick house with wood floors, high ceilings, bay windows, wrap porch with wood columns and stone.
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • 1268 square feet main floor: 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, and large living/dining area
  • Finished basement (550 square feet) with wood paneled walls.
  • Gorgeous interior original moldings, sliding doors, etc. (original, not renovated)
  • Very large attic could be turned into a room
  • 3 car garage with attic
  • Lot is 7500 square feet (50’ x 150’)

11 year old PERMACULTURE planted 1999

  • 4000 square foot gardens
  • 18” of sheet mulch for first 3 years
  • 6+ varieties of worms doing “free range” composting, under the direction of Jon Anderson, local worm compost expert
  • keyhole beds with carpeted paths
  • drip irrigation
  • raspberry bushes (4 varieties)
  • grapes (8 varieties)
  • walnut tree (7 years old, not yet bearing)
  • 2 heirloom apple trees (beginning to bear)
  • 4 apricot and peach trees with many grafts managed by local master grafter Rick Shory, who lives in town and has consulted on this garden regularly (bearing dependent on weather)
  • outdoor kitchen with gas range

SITE

  • bioregion: Rocky Steppe
  • city of Fort Collins, Colorado, one hour from both Boulder and Denver. 45 minutes from rocky mountain national park, and 15 minutes from hiking in the Poudre Canyon (which has the lovely Poudre River), 2 hours from Winterpark ski resort
  • “Old Town” area of the city. House is 8 blocks from College Avenue, the main street of Old Town, lots of charm. One block from Mountain Avenue, the heart of classic renovations happening here.
  • Fort Collins is home to several microbreweries (O’Dells, New Belgium...), a community currency system, excellent farmers markets in the summer, several CSAs, and local lamb, beef, and pork producers. It also has a great local food coop and a new Whole Foods market. There is a lively brew-pub scene, excellent music venues, a performing arts center, and a strong sustainable agriculture community at the local university, Colorado State University. Fort Collins is home to the annual Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair (www.sustainablelivingfair.org/ )

TERMS

  • for sale by owner
  • available immediately
  • also interested in the possibility of becoming a real estate partner
  • willing to rent or do “lease to own” or “owner financing” to the right person, if you pay the legal costs of making these arrangements
  • contact house@trabal.org

 

this photo was taken before the permaculture went in.

 

now the back garden looks like this:

 

the fireplace is just to the left of where the person with the camera is standing. it has green tile and a gorgeous cast iron "insert".

FLOORPLAN

* the photo above shows the living room and dining room area. i looked at a lot of houses in the old town area when i was shopping for a house and this was the biggest open living room space that i saw. generally in this model of house, the dining room and living room are separated with an arched doorway about 6’ wide. for better or worse, the previous owners opened that space so with the exception of a little 2’ wall (at the right of “leavinghouse2”), the two rooms feel as one. the total space is 14’ wide x 31’ long. the photo does not really show the space, because they are taken standing in the middle of the living room, looking toward the dining room and kitchen. (they do not capture the whole length of these two rooms.)


* room #1 is called the “library” in this kind of house, it has a beautiful sliding "pocket" door nearly 5’ wide. the mouldings in this room were mostly stripped by the previous owner. the wood is beautiful. none of the rest of the moldings are stripped, only in that room. (i used it as my bedroom when i lived there.) it has a south window and a west window, both very wide.  it has a walk in closet that connects with room #2, a bedroom with one west window. all the bedrooms are about the same size, 10’ x 10’.


* room #3 has a west window and a cute high square north window and a small closet.


* room #4 is the kitchen (12’ x 12’). it has cute, unrestored cabinetry and a built-in “island”. it is not a huge kitchen, but has enough space for a sub-zero, a six-burner range, and a dishwasher. no room for a table.


* the door from the kitchen (#4) to the former dining room is a beautiful original swinging door. just around the corner in the dining room is a built-in china cabinet with a mirrored shelf above it.


* as i mentioned above, the dining room (#5) has been opened to connect with the living room (#6), creating a large space which can be divided or not, as you wish.


* what i do not have any photos of is the entry hall/foyer (#7), which is charming. it has a narrow coat closet, very craftsman, and space for a large bureau. i have a large filing cabinet there.  


* there is also what we call  “the back porch” (#8), which is a room that was added later, to house laundry facilities and provide some storage. it also connects to the stairs down to the finished basement.


* the garage is 3-car in-line garage. it is HUGE and could be converted to studio etc.