I can still remember the thrill of first entering the mountains in our family car for an always cherished day trip into the sky, climbing up Interstate 70 and feeling the first few pops of the ear drum add to the excitement as our surroundings quickly rise and fall with each mountain turn.
As a young kid growing up in Denver, heading into the mountains was the highlight of every summer.
Two landmark sights always kept our eyes peeled. my brothers and I would try and be the first to spot them.
One was the buffalo heard at Chief Hosa Campground. The other and always unmissable, was the Sculptured House or as we boys called it, the UFO House. Most often referred to as the "Sleeper" house.
The Sculptured House was featured in the 1973 Woody Allen movie Sleeper , where the home's cylindrical elevator had a special feature of it's own. Before that, the home appears in a 1967 episode of The 21st Century, hosted by Walter Cronkite. It even appeared on MTV Extreme Cribs Ep. 9 in 2011.
It's even on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Jefferson County, Colorado.
However...there's one thing we never ever saw on our many trips into the mountains. And that's the inside of that outstanding house!!
My wait is finally over!
Thanks to the photos of Kevin Joesph and Don Crossland we can take a look inside...ENJOY!!
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There's nothing like looking at the 'Inside'!! Give me a call if you want to see the inside of some of the homes I've been sharing with you!!
Author:J Steven Opp Phone: 720-556-1717 Dated: May 23rd 2018 Views: 11,111 About J Steven: J Steven is a proud native Coloradoan born and raised here in Denver. His love for this city is refl...
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"When I decided to sell my home and look for a new place, my first call was to Jim and Ion Real Estate. He listed my condo and in two short weeks my place was under contract. Now, the real fun began, looking for a new place! The Ion Real Estate website was great. I loved the map function and the emails it sent with new listings that matched my previous searches. On Saturday, Jim and I headed out to look at several places I had picked to see. At the time I didn’t really notice how he listened carefully to everything I said about each place from the lighting to the layout. I was even a little sad that I didn’t find anything that day but Jim reassured me not to worry and a week later he had set up some more appointments. I still remember walking into my new place and just knowing. I had only taken two steps into it and I knew I wanted it.
Next came the easy part for me, but this is where having the right realtor and mortgage broker is essential. They make it seem easy! Jim guided me through all the aspects of my sale and purchase. I appreciated how simple each step seemed from making an offer to dealing with inspections. Even the loan seemed easy. I asked a ton of questions, I think it’s the teacher in me. I wanted to understand all the moving parts. Jim explained everything so clearly that I joked that he missed his calling and should have been a teacher, but he didn’t, I’m glad he is helping people find their homes!
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Throughout both experiences, it was clear Jim understands what people want in their homes and how to structure the entire buying experience to be a positive one. I have heard so many crazy stories from people that didn’t chose the right realtor or mortgage broker. They always start by saying, “I didn’t think a realtor made any difference.” It makes a difference! It made a difference for me and for Stephanie. Owning is better than renting; and, it is even better when Jim and Ion Real Estate are guiding you through the process!