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What you get for $2.5 million


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By Elizabeth Gold September 14, 2012

An 8,388-square-foot home at 9405 Memory Lane in Longmont features 10-foot-high ceilings on the main and lower levels, elaborate woodwork and trim carpentry, and a hot tub.

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  • The home for sale at 9405 Memory Lane in Longmont abuts farmland and includes extensive landscaping, a swimming pool, a private beach on Crystal Lake.
    (Jonathan Castner)


  • Ron McCrimmon, broker at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, reminded sellers that they don’t want their listing to be the highest price in their market.
    (Jonathan Castner)

Now that Labor Day has passed and the kids are back in school, some people are ready to move ahead with house hunting and house selling. The variety of area houses in the $2.5 million range is wide if that's your market.

Two local real-estate brokers who are listing homes in this category have some advice to help both buyers and sellers in the process.

Ron McCrimmon, Fuller Sotheby's International Realty broker, reminds sellers that you don't want to be the highest in your market. "Price it right," he said. "Look around your area and see what sold."

McCrimmon, listing agent for a property at 9405 Memory Lane in Longmont, suggests the same strategy for buyers. "Look at areas you like and see all the houses there."

How's the market right now?

"I have a lot of houses in the $1.8 million to $10 million range, and things were good up until the recent fires," he said. "People thought Colorado had burned up."

In recent weeks, however, the interest is returning and sales are picking up again.

Ellen Lutz, Re/Max Alliance Louisville realtor, advises buyers to focus more on negotiating.

"There are a lot of great properties out there," she said. "Make an offer. Don't be concerned that the sellers will be offended. Most are really amenable to that."

Lutz refers to a property she's listing — 8600 Baseline Road in Lafayette — as one of those great properties and one that's unusual to find because of its size and its close proximity to downtown Boulder. With 35 acres and water rights, the house has attracted potential buyers interested in turning it into a bed and breakfast as well as an organic gardening farm.

9405 Memory Lane, Longmont | $2.49 million : www.coloproperty.com/listing/details/984244
Unique features
This home and 47-acre lakefront estate borders Crystal Lake.

Inside
The house features 10-foot-high ceilings on the main and lower levels, an open floor plan, elaborate woodwork and trim carpentry, wood windows, a bay window, a hot tub, gourmet kitchen, pantry, closed-in porch, six garage spaces, a media room, rec room, a gym off of the main suite, a luxury bath and steam shower, walk-in closets, wet bar, central air conditioning, and radiant heat.

Outside
The property includes a lawn sprinkler system, extensive landscaping, a swimming pool, a private beach, storage buildings, patio, deck, deciduous trees and native grass. It abuts farmland.

8600 Baseline Road, Lafayette | $2.24 million : www.coloproperty.com/listing/details/977703
Unique features
The house sits on 35 acres and is adjacent to open space with mountain views and water rights. It's zoned for horses and abuts public open space.

Inside
The house features three fireplaces, central air conditioning, baseboard heat and an open floor plan with pantry and bay window as well as walk-in closets and skylights.

Outside
In addition to a pool and decks, the property includes a two-bath guest house, a new electric security gate, a six-stall barn with tack room, five loafing sheds, hay storage, a three-space garage and a lawn sprinkler system.

63 Boulder View Lane, Boulder | $2.5 million : www.coloproperty.com/listing/details/972209
Unique features
This contemporary/modern style, bilevel house is adjacent to Mount Sanitas, with a one minute walk to the trail. It features panoramic views and is a short distance from downtown Boulder.

Inside
The house has been remodeled and includes steam showers, custom cherry cabinets, solar hot water and solar electric panels placed on a new roof. It has central air conditions, forced air heat, hardwood floors and skylights.

Outside
It sits on a .62-acre corner lot and includes a deck, patio and double-vehicle garage.

13497 Darby Lane, Longmont | $2.3 million : www.cohomefinder.com/p/80504/1129425-13497-Darby-Ln-Longmont-CO-80504.htm
Unique features
This custom ranch-style home, tucked away in a private eight-acre setting, is owner built and was owner occupied.

Inside
The house includes alder and cherry cabinetry, 8-foot-high doors, and ceilings that range from 10 to 17 feet high. In addition to central air conditioning and forced-air heat, it features an eat-in kitchen, open floor plan, a pantry, wood windows, a wet bar and a media room.

Outside
It has a walk-out basement, five-vehicle heated garage, lawn sprinkler system, patio and deck.

9455 Crystal Lane, Longmont | $2.5 million : www.coloproperty.com/listing/details/977159
Unique features
The house sits on 10 acres and includes lake rights.

Inside
The house features a gourmet kitchen with a walk-in pantry, alder cabinets, an elevator to a walkout basement, a rec room, wet bar, wine cellar, media room, air conditioning, forced-air heating and four fireplaces.

Outside
The property includes a wrap-around deck, professional landscaping, a five space heated garage, lawn sprinkler system, balcony, patio, deck, deciduous trees and native grass.

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