Demolition and Pop Tops In Boulder

Over the last three years, the number of permits issued for razing homes or major remodeling, such as popping the top, has gone down substantially.

Perhaps one of the reasons is that the city of Boulder has created controversy over rules associated with these types of projects.

Several areas in Boulder, including Newlands, the Table Mesa region, parts of the hill, and other areas around town have seen a lot of activity with major renovation projects.

The city of Boulder tracks this kind of activity using permit data. Since the Boulder City Council caused an uproar this spring when it proposed puttingĀ  an immediate stop on some new house construction and remodeling projects, many of us have been scratching our heads about what the current rules are, or more importantly, what they may be in the near future.

This uncertainty has been part of the reason why permits are down in the last seasonal building cycle. I know several of you that read my blog have told me that you’ve been watching this issue closely. The initial direction to limit the size of remodels and new builds in Boulder county oriented around lot-to-improvement ratios wasn’t very well-received.

You may be living in an area where you’ve noticed that some ultra-large houses have been crowding out your neighbors. Some have said this is ‘wrecking’ older neighborhoods since the style of the new homes doesn’t fit with the historical look and feel of the neighborhood.

The data indicates that the number of building permits is down about 16% compared to the 2005 number. Whether or not this is due to the new direction towards restrictions is undetermined. According to one of the City of Boulder’s building officials, overall building activity hasn’t declined though, and that permit revenue is steady for 2008. I suppose we’ll just have to look at the statistics once the year is finished.

If you’ve been considering buying Boulder real estate, now is a great time with competitive prices showing up in the market, relatively low interest rates, and motivated sellers (for the most part). Then you too can get into the squabble… or why not pick up an already remodeled / renovated home. There are quite a few coming on the market in our area.

Call or email me for more information if you’re ready to explore the investment side of real estate in our area.

-Zachary Epps, full-time, professional RealtorĀ® and EcoBrokerĀ®

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