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What’s new in Arvada Colorado

Already known for an absolutely darling old town, Arvada Colorado is attracting more home buyers and renters than ever with new improvements and attractions.

And if you are already considering moving to Arvada, there is more good news for Arvada home buyers – according to Freddie Mac, fixed mortgage rates are now at a 20-month low. As of Feb. 5, lenders are offering an average 3.59 percent on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. A 15-year FRM now averages 2.92 percent.

So what’s new in Arvada Colorado?

City-owned equestrian center: The Arvada Equestrian Arena offers a place for equine enthusiasts of all levels with lessons, clinics and boarding. The center is the embodiment of a dream for lessees Mikia and Harry Parker, who want to share their passionate love of horses with everyone in the community.

Panera Bread and Noodles & Co.: Noodles & Co. offers (surprise!) noodle dishes from around the world, and if you have not tried Panera’s broccoli cheddar soup, you’re in for a treat. These two franchises opened mid-January.

State-of-the-art drive-in theater: While not directly in Arvada, this mammoth screen may be visible from there. We’re kidding, though this theater will boast a 40-foot tall, 92-foot wide screen and will be a short drive away. The expected completion date is Memorial Day weekend.

Along with new additions, Arvada Colorado has some to day-to-day attractions to keep it in your real estate search:

Olde Town Arvada: We told you it was darling. This authentic and adorable area offers a variety of shopping and dining. Construction is underway on a 153-unit apartment nearby.

Arvada Skate Park: With more than 40,000 square feet, this is the third largest skate park in the country. The city also recently redesigned the smaller “skate spot” behind City Hall.

West Arvada Dog Park: This huge, open land dog park is maintained by a community of dog lovers and is a great place for you and your pooch to get outdoors.

Here at Housing Helpers we love Arvada and we lover helping our customers discover the many wonderful neighborhoods in Arvada.  Whether it be new construction in Candelas or Whisper Creek on the Northwest side, or the classic ranch homes within walking distance to the new light rail station in old town, we’d love to show you around some of our favorite neighborhoods Arvada Colorado!

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Arvada Colorado plans net-zero community

Arvada Colorado could soon be home to the largest net-zero community in North America. According to the Denver Post, a net-zero community is one who makes as much energy as it consumes, using power from only solar, wind, or geothermal generation systems.

 

Developer Norbert Klebl’s planned 25-acre Geos neighborhood was put on the back burner in 2009 due to economic woes. However, it’s now a priority again, the Post reported, with the developer having worked with the city for the past two years to get mixed use permits and approve a modified zoning code for the development. That said, the city was in favor of the project all along as it addresses sustainability and efficiency — both important considerations for a location reaching full build out.

 

The project provides for 308 units, including solar cottages and multi-family homes. The homes will feature construction that reduces energy consumption by 75 percent and provide 60 percent of winter heating needs through the sun in the windows.

 

Though the homes have higher upfront costs, Klebl says the cost will be returned through lower utility costs. However, the Post article notes, banks often don’t want to cover the higher mortgage of energy efficient homes, which makes the sale of them more reliant on buyers with disposable income.

 

Are you looking for homes in Colorado with energy efficient features and sustainable construction? Housing Helpers can assist you in finding the home of your dreams in Arvada Colorado or neighboring cities by learning about your priorities and searching for homes that fit both your wants and your needs. For more information about our personalized relocation services in Arvada Colorado, contact us today.

 

 

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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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Arvada Colorado plans for light rail station

Arvada residents will find getting to work around the Denver metro area a bit easier in 2016, thanks to the Gold Line commuter rail. According to a recent article from the Denver Post, if city officials have their way, the journey will be made even simpler still with a shuttle system that will transport residents to and from the rail line stop in Olde Town Arvada Colorado.

The Gold Line will connect Union Station in downtown Denver to Wheat Ridge and will feature seven different stations, including the one in Arvada. Service frequency will be every fifteen minutes from 6 am to 6:30 pm, with thirty minute frequency in the early morning and night.

The city of Arvada is working with a citizen run transportation committee and the Regional Transportation District to design a circular shuttle system that would run throughout the city, the article stated. Potential shuttle stops would include Red Rocks Community College, Stenger Sports Complex, the Triangle District, the senior center, and the Arvada Center. City transportation engineer John Firouzi stated that the intention is to streamline services in order to provide citizens with more access to transportation than they currently have.

Public transportation options take the downside of dealing with traffic from the commuting equation and make the notion of suburban living possible for more people. If you’re looking for a home in Colorado and you’d like to know what Arvada has to offer, Housing Helpers can assist you. We offer friendly, professional, and knowledgeable service. For more information, contact us today.

 

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Construction booming for new homes in Arvada Colorado

In 2009, there were 90 building permits issued for new homes in Arvada Colorado.  According to a recent article in the Denver Post, that number was up to 566 in 2013. The number of permits for new homes in Arvada Colorado is expected to climb even higher in 2014, thanks to three large master-planned communities : Candelas, Leyden Rock, and Old Town Arvada.

The higher-than-normal growth is likely due, at least in part, to a good school system, easy access to Boulder and Denver, and some pristine views south of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, stated John Covert, who is the director of the Colorado and New Mexico office of Metrostudy, a housing market research firm.  The pending completion of light rail to Arvada will also draw more new home buyers to the area.

In addition to the 2,203-unit Candelas community and the 1,439-unit Leyden Rock — the two largest communities under construction, there are also plans for a 150-unit apartment complex in Olde Town, the article noted. There are also years-old plans on the table for 2,400 acres to be developed in another section of town, though full build out in that area and Candelas may be many years down the road.Arvada’s Deputy City Manager, Bill Ray, stated that the growth of the city shows that the marketplace is responding to market need.

It is important that housing needs are responded to. If you’re considering homes in the Arvada Colrado area, Housing Helpers is here. We have many years of experience to help you find just the home you’re looking for. Accessible seven days a week and offering home buyers assistance, rental locating assistance, and corporate housing we’re ready to help you find your new home in Arvada Colorado. To get started, contact us today at 303.545.6000.

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