CBI forensic lab moves to Arvada Colorado

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s 20-year-old forensic lab is moving from Lakewood to a new state-of-the-art facility in Arvada Colorado. According to the Denver Post, the lab will be located in a retrofitted, 24,000 square foot industrial building in the southeast part of the city. Three times the size of the current facility, the new lab in Arvada is expected to be ready in May.

The Colorado state forensic lab has seen an increase in activity in recent years as technology improves and the demand for DNA analysis grows. CBI received 2,174 DNA cases in all of 2012. So far, in 2014, the number of DNA cases is already at 2,485, the article stated.

A change in the law regarding evidence from sexual assault cases has placed additional cases with the bureau since 2013 legislation was passed requiring local law enforcement to submit evidence in sex assault cases to an accredited laboratory within thirty days. Most of the state’s DNA cases are analyzed by the metro area lab, with back up from labs in Pueblo and Grand Junction.

It will cost nearly $8 million to make the new lab in Arvada Colorado operational, the Post reported. In addition to providing DNA analysis of crime scene evidence, the lab will also analyze latent fingerprints, gunshot residue, tool mark evidence, trace evidence, and drug chemistry. The Arvada mayor expressed pride in having the new lab located in the city, saying, when it comes to organizations choosing to relocate here, it doesn’t get much better than the CBI.

From laboratories to new inventions in the computer world, Colorado is truly a high tech area. If you’re looking to relocate to Arvada, Colorado — whether for work or for pleasure — we’d love to help you find a home that fits your needs. For more information on Housing Helpers and the services we provide in Colorado, contact us today at 303.545.6000.

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Longmont Colorado schools to receive iPads

Longmont Colorado schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District, have started the school year off with a new learning tool. The Boulder Daily Camera reported that each student has received an iPad mini, along with help setting up email, calendars, accessing the app store and downloading digital books. Parents also received instructions on how to turn off app downloads and limiting their student’s access to social media.

The provision of the iPad minis is part of a district-wide tax funded program in which every child will an iPad within the next few years. Voters in the district approved the tax measure by way of a mill levy override in 2012 that allocates $2.2 million per year in order to provide the technology to all students in the 6th through 12th grades within three years. In the 2017-18 year, all elementary school classrooms will have a set of iPads for students to share, as well.

One of the reasons for providing the technology, the article states, is to reduce the digital divide between students who have a lot of access to technology and those who only have computer access at school.

The St. Vrain district opted for the distribution of iPads due to the lower cost and ease of use when compared to other options, the article noted. It is not the first school district in the area to address the needs of students in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology, nor are they the only one.

Louisville’s Monarch High School is now in its fourth year of requiring that students either have their own laptop or borrow one from the school. The Boulder Valley School District is also working on a pilot technology program that will provide Chromebooks to older students and iPads to younger ones.

Boulder County’s commitment to technology is not only evident in Longmont Colorado schools but also in the local business environment. If you’re planning to relocate your family to Longmont Colorado, or another community within the area, perhaps it gives you a peace of mind knowing that the Longmont Colorado schools are both progressive and responsive when it comes to 21st century learning.

Housing Helpers is pleased to assist you in finding a neighborhood in Longmont Colorado where your family can live and your children can thrive. For more information, contact us at 303.545.6000 or email us at boulderinfo@housinghelpers.com

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More solar powered homes in Boulder future

While other utilities are addressing their renewable energy goals by investing in large-scale solar and wind farms, Boulder community leaders are looking to see how a municipal utility could encourage more solar power through rooftop panels on commercial buildings and homes, the Boulder Daily Camera recently reported.

Data released by the City of Boulder shows that, in 2013, much of its renewable energy was coming from wind power and purchase agreements outside of the area.

Currently, only two percent of the Boulder’s renewable energy comes from local solar power, the article stated.  I think that number would surprise most Boulder residents. There aren’t that many solar powered homes in Boulder.  

A working group made up of industry representatives, technical and policy experts, and members of the Boulder community are hoping a municipal utility could reduce the barriers of rooftop solar panels and community solar gardens for apartment dwellers and others who can’t place panels on their rooftops. Some of the barriers include the soft costs of permitting and code requirements.  It’s not the way a lot of utilities are going these days, admittedly.

The costs of rooftop solar powered homes are indeed higher than those associated with investment in large-scale renewable energy farms. However, what Boulder has going for it, beyond the determination of a working group, is a lot of sun and a community well versed in the benefits of solar power.

Much discussion remains to be had, the article noted, as net metering and improved solar storage that allows people with solar powered homes to opt out of the grid leaves those still dependent on the grid to shoulder the burden of its infrastructure. The working group is studying how several other cities are handling this situation, including Sacramento and Austin.

In Austin, the city is moving away from net metering and into a “value of solar” model, where everyone pays the same for electricity, but then a value of solar calculation is made each year — determining how much the city utility saved because of the solar provided — and customers with solar panels are reimbursed for their portion of that value.

If you’re looking for a community that is energy aware and looking to provide the utility of the future, Boulder Colorado is your place.  And if you’re looking for solar powered homes in Boulder County we can help you find one.  We’d love to talk more with you about Boulder and help you to make it your home. For more information, contact us.  303.545.6000 boulderinfo@housinghelpers.com

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Longmont affordable alternative to Boulder Rental Market

With the Boulder rental market still blazing hot, the trend is for renters looking for affordable rentals to move a bit further out. This is one reason why Longmont is becoming a Boulder County rental hotspot.

Longmont is a great town with plenty to offer both singles and families. From their annual Halloween and Christmas parades and celebrations, to breweries and restaurants, opportunities to live a vibrant lifestyle abound.

Another advantage that Longmont has great accessibility to Rocky Mountain National Park. A short drive will take you into the beautiful mountain town of Estes Park and the opportunity to hike, backpack, camp, or enjoy snowshoeing in the winter months in the Rocky Mountains. Weekends can be spent up in the mountains, escaping from it all without the traffic and travel time of other mountain destinations in Colorado.

Though rental prices in Longmont have climbed, along with other areas in Colorado, prices have not reached those in the Boulder rental market. And there are plenty of rental housing options in Longmont, from older ranch homes, just waiting to be taken care of, to five bedroom mansions built on open spaces. Smaller living options are also abundant from condo’s to beautiful apartments just waiting to be rented. The various housing opportunities in Longmont give owners and renters the chance to pick their perfect living situation and price range.

Longmont offers many employment opportunities with some of its largest employees being in the fields of education, medical, and technology. Larger cities such as Denver, Boulder, Broomfield, and Fort Collins are an easy shot along main interstates, making employment outside of Longmont a viable option.

From its beautiful vistas to its quaint downtown area, Longmont makes a great alternative to the Boulder rental market – and in general when renters are looking for affordable housing in Colorado, that still offers all the amenities that makes the Colorado lifestyle the best in the country.

If you are looking for rentals in Boulder County Colorado including rentals in Longmont you can contact us at Housing Helpers, we can help you find the right rental to suit your needs.

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NEON Expanding in Boulder, Colorado

Five years ago, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) decided to place its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Now, according to an article from the Boulder Daily Camera, the federally funded laboratory is over halfway through its $434 million effort to build a laboratory big enough to handle ecological studies for the entire continent.

NEON’s work involves placing 106 field sites and instruments in waterways and on land across the U.S in order to track the impacts of climate change. The sites are located in twenty “eco-climatic” domains that include the northern Alaskan tundra and the desert southwest. Each domain has three research sites, and there are also 46 aquatic sites. The sites will be monitored by satellites as well as aerially, with the data collected being made available to the public through a free portal.

Currently, the headquarters occupies about 100,000 square feet of space and employs nearly 300 people, the article stated. By October, NEON’s Boulder property will house the network’s aircraft. NEON has two Twin Otters, with a third twin-engine aircraft available to scientists with related projects.

The National Ecological Observatory Network has partnered with scientists for other projects, including those from Colorado State University who are studying the impacts of the High Park Fire using 3-D imagery. Results from that project are expected within the next year. NEON’s expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Boulder offers a wealth of opportunity to its residents and visitors, including researchers and educators. Alongside the expansion of NEON’s facility, the city of Boulder itself is expanding. If you’re interested in making this area your home, Housing Helpers would love to assist you.

If you are visiting the National Ecological Observatory Network in Boulder and looking for housing, please contact us at Housing Helpers Boulder, we provide long term housing and short term housing for NEON visitors as well as furnished and unfurnished apartments for rent in Boulder Colorado.

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SaddleBrook At Rock Creek Condos Superior Colorado

Townhome Style Rental at Saddlebrooke Condos Superior Colorado

Housing Helpers recently located renters for this great two bedroom rental in Saddlebrooke Condos Superior Colorado, in the Rock Creek neighborhood.  Saddlebrooke is a beautiful condo community located in the Rock Creek subdivision on Superior CO, surrounded by open space, parks, and recreational opportunities.   Condos here are privately owned so some are owner occupied while others are rentals.

If you are interested in listing your rental in Saddlebrooke Rock Creek for rent contact our local property listing department at 303.545.6000.  We have over 28 years experience renting property in Boulder County.

Included in this post is the property description and photos of the Saddlebrooke condo at Rock Creek rented August 2014 for $1450

Saddlebrooke Condos Property Description:

This is a great 2 Bdrm, 2 Bath condo in the quiet, gated community of SaddleBrooke condominiums in Superior. Patio with southern exposure and views of pond, open space and rolling hills. Large master bedroom with full bath features double sinks & water closet, walk-in closet & laundry room with washer & dryer. Full kitchen with tons of cabinets, dining room and living room with gas fireplace. Located just steps from clubhouse with pool and hot tub, full gym with sauna & steam rooms. Walk or bike to the extensive trails and parks throughout Rock Creek. Easy access to US36, Flatirons shopping & dining.


Saddlebrooke Condos Rental photos 

Property Statistics:

Area: Saddlebrooke Condos Rock Creek Superior Colorado
Zip Code: 80027
Square Feet: 1244
Beds: Two bedrooms
Property Features:
Parking: Garage included
Laundry: Full Size W/D inc.
Utilities: Type of heat – Gas.
Resident pays: electricity,phone,gas,cable., Owner pay: sewer,water,trash.
Schools: Monarch Elementary K-8, Monarch Middle School K-8, Monarch High School

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Homes For Rent Left Hand Canyon Boulder Colorado

Homes For Rent Left Hand Canyon Boulder Colorado

Featured Homes For Rent in Left Hand Canyon Boulder Colorado:

The following homes in Left Hand Canyon Boulder have been recently listed by Housing Helpers Boulder rental property listing office.  If you have a home for rent in Left Hand Canyon Boulder Colorado contact Housing Helpers to find out what your home will rent for today!  303.545.6000.

Updated Mountain Home For Rent In A Great Location Just A Few Minutes To Downtown Boulder Near Lefthand Canyon

Property Description:
Sit on the over sized back deck and enjoy the gorgeous views of open space. Watch the resident hummingbirds from your kitchen window and enjoy the daily visits from the neighborhood foxes. Join the hundreds of cyclists that ride by everyday on this popular route to Lefthand Canyon. Hike/bike Heil Ranch just 4 miles from the house. You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to the mountains, but you’re just 7 minutes to Broadway and 15 minutes to downtown Boulder.

Left Hand Canyon Boulder Home Rentals

Left Hand Canyon Boulder Home Rentals

Area:  Left Hand Canyon Boulder Colorado
Zip Code:  80302
Square Feet: 2828
Beds:  4 BR +Den / Office / Loft

Subdivision:  Left Hand Canyon Boulder Foothills-Mountains
Nearest Intersection:  Left Hand Canyon Drive And Olde Stage Road
Property Type:  House For Rent
Baths: 2 1/2 baths
Deposit:  $2800

Lease Info:
6 Month – 12 Month, 60-day termination clause. Home will be listed for sale. Must be able to accomodate showings.
Rent: $2800

Property Features: Extra Storage,Fenced Yard,Fireplace,Hiking/Biking Trails Nearby,Main level bedroom,Mountain View,Patio/Deck,Skylights,Vaulted/Cathedral Ceilings,Garage,Hardwood Floors,Washer/Dryer included,Acreage,Granite Countertops,Stainless Appliances,Evaporative Cooler

Home For Rent Left Hand Canyon

Home For Rent Left Hand Canyon

Pets: Up to 2 dogs, up to 1 cats. Pet-friendly home with 1/2-acre of fenced (5 foot) back yard and dog door. Additional pet damage deposit of $300.

Parking: 2-Car Garage
Laundry: Full Size W/D inc.
Utilities: Type of heat – Gas. Resident pays: electricity,phone,gas,water,cable.

Owner pay: sewer,trash.
Schools: Foothill Elementary (BVSD), Centennial Middle, Boulder High School

If you are interested in renting your home in Left Hand Canyon Boulder Colorado contact
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Home For Rent Boulder Keewayden Meadows

Home For Rent in Keewaydin Meadows Boulder Colorado

This beautiful remodeled house for rent in Keewaydin Meadows Boulder Colorado features a great open floor plan. Fully finished basement with large family room and office. 2 fireplaces, ceiling fans, central air-conditioning, Laundry room. Very well maintained. Inviting exterior. Friendly, quiet street and easy access around town. Walkout patio to fenced-in private landscaped yard with mature trees. Yard has sprinkler system. Walk to East Boulder Rec, nature trails and park.

Here are the property details for this home for rent in Keewaydin Meadows Boulder Colorado.

Area: Keewayden Meadows Boulder
Zip Code:  80303
Square Feet: 2700

Beds: 4 BR +Den / Office / Loft

Baths: 3 full baths

Subdivision: Keewaydin Meadows Boulder
Nearest Intersection: Baseline and Manhattan
Property Type:  House For Rent
Deposit: $3400

Property Features:
Air Conditioning,Basketball Court,Extra Storage,Fenced Yard,Fireplace,Hiking/Biking Trails Nearby,Main level bedroom,Patio/Deck,Garage,Hardwood Floors,Washer/Dryer included,Finished Basement
Pets: Up to 1 dogs, up to 0 cats. Additional deposit.
Parking: Garage 2 car oversized attached garage.
Laundry: Full Size W/D included
Utilities: Type of heat – Gas.
Resident pays: electricity,sewer,phone,gas,water,trash,cable.
Schools: Eisenhower Elementary, Manhattan Middle School of Arts and Academics, Fairview High School

Lease Info:
9 Month – 24 Month, I would like lease to end June 1
Rent: $3400

To list your home for rent in Keewwaydin Meadows Boulder contact: Housing Helpers 303-545-6000, boulderinfo@housinghelpers.com

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Boulder County Relocation Spotlight- Colorado Tech Center

Companies relocate. It’s all part of a thriving job market such as the one in Boulder County Colorado. According to a report in the Boulder Daily Camera, Columbine Plastics Corp. – after 35 years in Boulder — will be moving to the Colorado Tech Center in Louisville. The injection molding company has purchased a 21,500 square foot building there for $2.11 million.

Leasing is up at the Colorado Tech Center, the report noted. The area’s vacancy rate is now below 10 percent, and two more buildings totaling more than 200,000 square feet are planned for the park.

The new home for Columbine Plastics Corp. was previously occupied by Intrex Corp., an aerospace manufacturing firm, the article stated. Intrex moved to a 73,000 square foot facility in Thornton Colorado. With nearly triple the amount of space at its new facility, Intrex expressed satisfaction that it was able to retain all of its employees, expand its manufacturing floor, and even host guests from community colleges and education development from across the country who are interested in aerospace manufacturing.

As for the site that Columbine Plastics is vacating in Boulder: It has been purchased for $2.6 million. The plan is to redevelop that property and neighboring properties into SPARK, also known as Sutherland Park, which is planned as a mixed-use, creative focused development featuring both market rate and affordable townhomes.

Even within the same geographical area, companies relocate. Often, faced with longer commutes or even simply the opportunity to try out another community, their employees relocate too. Whether it’s from Boulder to Louisville or Louisville to Thornton or anywhere else in the area, Housing Helpers is eager to assist you in finding your new home. For more Boulder County relocation information, contact us at 303.545.6000 or boulderinfo@housinghelpers.com.

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Louisville Colorado Real Estate Market Update

For this Louisville Colorado real estate market update we are diving into a bit of history to see what makes Louisville the great place it is to live today.

Like many towns in Colorado, Louisville began as a mining town in the late 1800s. The first mine in the Northern Coalfield, the Welch Mine, was started in what is now Louisville in 1877, and over the years the Northern Coalfield proved highly productive, growing the wealth of miners and townsfolk alike. Eventually there were 30 different mines within Louisville’s boundaries—which proved a good thing for Louisville, which did not become a “company town” (and later a ghost town) like others in Colorado, such as Gilman.

Of course, looking at the Louisville Colorado real estate market today, you wouldn’t imagine its rough-and-tumble mining history. The 2010 census shows that these eight square miles are home to about 18,000 people, living in 7,216 households. The houses they live in have a current average price of $514,063, with a median sold price of $445,000.

There are a number of reasons why Louisville Colorado is such an excellent place to live today, and many of them are aptly recorded by Money Magazine, which has twice ranked Louisville as the best place to live in the US, and ranked it #2 in 2013.

With awesome schools (a great indicator is that over 94% of the town’s students attend public schools), a safe community, and an active, vibrant lifestyle, Louisville residents enjoy 1,800 acres of open space and the many activities available in the amazing Rocky Mountains less than an hour away. Job growth in Louisville from 2010-2012 was 6.35%, and the median family income last year was $104,321.

Their Colorado Tech Center has a vacancy rate of under 10%, and they are constructing two more buildings. Columbine Plastics, a custom injection molding firm from Boulder, recently announced it is moving its manufacturing facility into the Center.

Things are hopping in the Louisville area after work as well, with almost 1,900 restaurants to choose from in a 15-mile radius, as well as 23 movie theaters and just under 200 bars (including the oldest operating tavern in Colorado). Weekends bring abundant Colorado sunshine, over 100 golf courses in the area, and trendy shops to visit in historic downtown.

While Louisville has grown beyond its mining history, there are clearly still abundant riches here, in the form of a great quality of life.  If you are considering relocating to Louisville Colorado, purchasing a home in Louisville, or renting in Louisville, give Housing Helpers a call.  We can help you explore all that the Louisville Colorado real estate market has to offer. 

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