J Steven Opp's Blog Posts

The Highlands Neighborhood

I grew up in a charming handcrafted home on 35th in the West Highlands. Built in 1922 by the owner of a local lumber yard.  It seemed like every house in the neighborhood was

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The New Sloans Lake 2017

The true history of the creation of Sloan Lake may never be officially known, but during the settlement of the Denver area in the mid to late 19th century, the lake did not exist. A road connecting

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Video NEW SOLAR ROOFS Coming Soon 2018

Every year over 5 million homes need roof replacing.It's time to put that roof to work with Elon Musk's new energy innovation, the Solar Roof.Musk claim “It’s looking quite promising that

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Garden Of The Gods Top City Park In USA

Top 5 City Parks in the USANo.1)  Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs CONo.2)  New York's Central ParkNo.3)  Chicago's Millennium Park   No.4)  New York's Highline

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The True Story Of Lovers Leap In Colorado

About this time every year it seems, fables are heard of heart crossed lovers riding off together into eternity,  blinded by passion and driven by their forbidden love, they would rather

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Bernice Palmer 17 Year Old Photographer

As the tragedy of the RMS Titanic unfolded, there were only a few photographers who captured what was happening. One of them was 17-year-old Bernice Palmer who was traveling aboard RMS Carpathia,

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The Grand Ice Palace Of 1896 Leadville Colorado

c.1893Leadville Colorado boasts a population of over 40,000 residents.The nation’s city in the sky was bustling with silver miners, smelting men, businessmen and families, all eaking out a healthy

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Milliken Colorado COMING SOON

Old Images of Denver and the Milliken Historical Society Presents...~Milliken Colorado~Denver real estate has been dominating the national conversation for quite some time but did you know

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Historically Denver Knows Luxury We Do Too

“Every Night and every MornSome to Misery are born.Every Morn and every NightSome are born to Sweet Delight,Some are born to Endless Night. ”―William BlakeExplore days of elegance and classic

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Rain Rain Come Out And Play My Water Barrel Is Here To Stay

The Colorado Independent reminds us that August 10th will be the first day Coloradans will be able to collect rain water without fear of reprimand.Did you know...Colorado is a “first-in-time,-

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The Demise Of Manhattan Beach 1881 To 1891

Ask any local about the history of Sloan's Lake and immediately an argument over it official name will most likely ensue.   But don't get caught up in that colloquialism because you might miss

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Denver 1887 And 2016 With Interactive Map

Denver had just turned 21 years old when this map was drawn by H.L. Thayer in 1878.Thayer was not a map maker nor historian but rather a Realtor in the business of selling real estate and

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Circa 1910 And Denver Real Estate

"Denver’s real estate is cheaper than any city of equal importance in the World." c.1910     Boasts the billboard on the face of this early Denver post-card.  Take a peek

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Compete With Confidence

Scenario:  Two young kids walk into the bike store. There’s a brand new red street racer on sale for $100. The salesmen approaches and quickly notice that these two young gents are in

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Wants And Needs Wishes And Must Haves

Dreaming of owning a new home?  Visualize, make a plan and take action.  Most home buyers have a pretty good idea of what type of home they are dreaming about.  Illustrating that

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Grammy Shack Or Accessory Dwelling Unit

Have you ever had this savvy imaginative idea?"Lets build an apartment above the garage and rent it out after we buy this Home! The rent would supplement the mortgage and our payment would be super

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Knowledge Is For The Past Wisdom Is For The Future

*EXTRA* *EXTRA* READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!Now you and I can take a journey through the past by reading newspapers from Colorado's glorious dusted and digitized old newspapersThe Colorado

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Amelia Earhart In Denver

Denver lays claim to one of the most uniquely colorful historic pasts.  We're full of "Firsts" and we set higher standards for what we call achievement.I personally love history and enjoy

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Old Homes Matter

Old Homes MatterOften times I hear whimpers of disappointment when old homes are scraped and new Lego style homes pop up, you know, the Miami Vice looking ones. Although I agree.I

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Explore Historic Denver And Your Historic Home

Did you know that I'm a Denver History buff?Yes!  It's true!  And you can become one too!       Old Images of Denver* is where you gotta go. You'll find my Denver

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Your High If You Think People Move Here Just For Pot

Have you ever heard this?  "Hurry up and legalize cannabis in other states so that people will stop moving to Colorado?It's a popular thing for locals to say. It's an easy target to blame for

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To Drone Or Not To Drone

Absurd thinking?                       Or..control freaks?  Try both.The FAA want you to think that using a drone for real

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Quick Response Codes Making A Comeback

Ask a buddy to scan a QR Code and you might get a baffled look in return. A once hot new technology that didn't quite catch on is getting a second wind and gaining momentum. One reason for

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From The New Guys Point Of View

What's the first thing people mention when they hear a friend is in Real Estate School...the TESTS, right?   The dreaded test is in fact, detestable but there's more that runs

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Can Your New Home Owners Dig It

I Dig this New Home Owner TipScenario: A young couple moves into a new home.  With the nice weather, they decide to work that old yard over and transform their just purchased nest

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Tell Me About My New Home

As a young man, my relationship with the city of Denver was a clear cut case of LOVE&HATE.  I loved my hometown but hated that we were well behind other cities (except in the topic of Cows)

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ZIP It

  Why do we have Zip Codes?Is it so that the post office can separate our mail correctly?  Originally, in 1963? Yes.   However, in today's electronic world, exploring a zip code

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Micro Agent

Recently I spoke to a friend who was relocating to another state.  She chose her sister who is a real estate agent to represent her.  The agent (sister) was professional and listened to

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Finding A Home For FIDO In Northern Colorado

I am a Real Estate Agent that loves dogs! My clients are asked in the initial meeting with me if they have a furry family member we need to consider. (And I don't mean Grandpa!)....This

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Buyers Prepare

 It has been an interesting experience selling real estate in this market!  Homes are barely listed on the MLS and Sellers are seeing 21 showings within 7 hours and 5 offers by the end of

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