Matt's New House: Oct 28th, 2005.

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The view from my house Oct 31st, 7:20am. Long's Peak, at 14,231' is capped in white, left-center...

1801 Terrace Ct.
Fort Collins, CO 80528

The story of finding and buying this house is told at the end.

House floorplan below:



Looking down Terrace Ct, my place is at the end, on the left, near the trees...


Here we are closer. There's a red crab apple tree, and an Aspen tree (on the right)...


Square on view. There's a fire hydrant close by...


A 5x2 matrix stitched shot. This is from the main entrance. Bedrooms are upstairs, the kitchen is downstairs out to the right...


A view of the huge great room. The wall over the fireplace needs to be converted into a big window for more mountain views...


Standing in the corner near the fireplace, looking towards the kitchen area...


There is a built in TV hole (32"), and surround sound speakers (check out under the beam). Also there are speakers wires routed to the kitchen, and out under the deck...


Kitchen table area. I need some stools for the bar too...


The kitchen has a huge refrigerator. Also an oversized "food garage" on the left. It came with the island piece in the middle too, a custom cut slab of granite...


You can see the top of Long's Peak (a 14er) out the sliding glass door from the sink (can't see it in this pic)...


A view from the top of the stairs. Curvy pic, but just fill in the gaps...


The hallway upstairs. Bathroom on the right, Bedroom 1 further down the hall, and Bedroom 2 (with the awesome view) at the end. The Master Bedroom is behind...


The master bedroom. It has vaulted ceilings which connect to the closet and master bath...


A view of the master bedroom from another corner...


The shower and tub in the master bath. It looks like you can see stars through the window if you take a bath at night...


More views of the master bath. There's me in the mirror. The toilet has it's own door on the left...


The walkin closet has a little window too...


The views from the 2 windows in the master bedroom...


This is the main bathroom upstairs, painted a cool blue, and there is a skylight window on the roof here. I'm standing in the tub...


Bedroom 1 has some built in shelfs left from the previous owner...


An art teacher lived here before, and painted this mural for the kids room. I told her at closing that I would keep it too. Also, you can see Horsetooth Rock out the window (though over an unsightly office building)...


This is bedroom 2, soon to be the computer/studio room. It has some built in shelves up high...


It also has the best view in the house...


The view out this window is spectacular. On a clear day (not today) you can see the Rockies in grand form. And there will never be anything built out here to obstruct it, cause the railroad owns the land and needs buffer areas, and there is a park on the other side of the tracts. I need to build a balcony for this room...


Down in the unfinished basement. It's got a rough in, for a potential additional bathroom. The previous owners left some carpets down here, which is great...


The 2 car garage has a doggy area in the corner. There's a doggy door that goes outside to a fenced cage too. Too bad I don't have a dog...


This is the north side of the house. There is a small fish pond near the tree with goldfish. And the house came with a sandbox too!


A view from the deck. You can see the top of the Rocky mountains, from here. Lots of open space and privacy. I need to by a BBQ...


(Pan to the right). This stitched pic definitely makes the yard look bigger than it is, but the 8,500 sq ft lot is a large lot for this area of town...


A look back at the deck, sliding glass door, and dog cage (on the left). I'll probably take that down soon, or leave it for guests with dogs...

This house seemed meant for me. When I first started looking at places in mid Aug, I immediately liked this house, located on a cul-de-sac that backs to a railroad track (used just once a day in the afternoon, the Budweiser train), which offers plenty of open space and a view of the mountains. They will be expanding the town bike trail network to run down along the other side of the tracks, which already has a great dirt running trail.

Regarding my transfer to CO, there was talk of needing to work in MA for 3-6 months before moving out. So I wasn't in a position to seriously buy a house immediately, and in early Sept, I found out this house was under contract to be sold. I was sad, cause I knew I would have been happy living there.

But I figured there were other nice places in town, so I tried not to let it bother me. I soon learned I could move out to CO after just a few weeks in MA, so it was time to seriously find a house. After a week or 2 of visitng open houses (either too expensive, or bad locations), I saw that this house was back on the market again!

I made an appt to see it for a 2nd time, Fri Oct 7th, and again loved it. It seemed meant for me since I was given another chance. But then I seriously questioned whether I needed a huge house just for myself, and the cost, and maintenance that goes along. So from a practical point of view, I decided to look for condos/townhomes.

The next 2 days, I found a new construction condo and townhome I liked, and even wrote checks to reserve them (had a week to decide). Well, the condo place I liked better (included gym membership and cable), told me they had actually reserved the unit to someone else a day earlier, so that got yanked. Then I noticed the townhome had the master bedroom located on top of my neighbors garage. Unacceptable. I spent all week looking at every townhouse/condo place in the area. Nothing fit.

So, I asked if this house was still available, and the seller's agent told me, "Yes, but if you had asked yesterday, I would have had to tell you no. There was an offer, but both sides couldn't agree." I realized I had just escaped missing out on this "dream" house again, so on Fri Oct 14th, I called an agent I had met during the week, and asked her to check out this house with me (for my 3rd time).

I knew this was the house. It was incredibly bigger than both the condo and townhome, had better views, and quieter setting. It cost more to buy, but was reasonable, and I knew I'd never have to move again, if I so chose. I made the offer Sat Oct 15th, and it was accepted the next day.

I worked the next 2 weeks finding a lender, and signing all sorts of papers, to make a successful closing less than 2 weeks after the offer, on Fri Oct 28th.


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