Sunday, September 2, 2012

One Time Home No More

Some months ago, I received an email that my one time home in the Pearl Street neighborhood of Denver had been razed. When in Denver last summer, I had heard that the house had sold and the new owners were going to scrape and build a new home. A photo of the house when I was living there:

According to court house records, the house was built in 1895. One floor, flat roof, no basement and 950 square feet. No doubt there were many caretakers of the house before it came into my possession. Lived there for nine years before hitting the road in a 200 square feet home on wheels. The foundation for the 2012 home is in place.

There are many properties in the older neighborhoods of Denver that are being scraped and new homes built on the site. Those hour long commutes to downtown Denver from the suburbs gets old. That was my reason in 1992 to move to that home.

Based on the commercial and home building and construction around Denver, it appears Denver's economy is doing okay. Or some one has a lot of money to borrow the money to build.

The changes to the building scape is changing all around Denver and suburbs. Driving through some areas of the greater metro area, I wonder out loud, "Was that shopping center there last year."

The changes in downtown Denver continue. James became my usual annual guide to relate the construction and planned construction in the Denver LoDo area -- and beyond. Then there are the light rail projects in all directions from downtown. Under construction is rail to Denver International Airport.

Hmmm. Living at the end of a light rail line sounds attractive. It is something to consider for that day when I give up the traveling home on wheels.

Change is a constant. The one time home is no more.


  1. My daughter lived in that area from 1999-2007 in rental houses. Now she owns a house in Edgewater, CO - close to the new light rail and Sloan's Lake.

  2. What a great home, and the perfect size too!
    The Tuckerbag

  3. cool little home and it is shame it wasn't historically protected in some way...

  4. Teri and Ashley, It was a great home in a neighborhood that I loved. Too bad I didn't want to retire there.

    heyduke50, Some homes are worth protecting. This home wasn't one of those. Driving around the neighborhood one could find the exact same building in other locations -- probably built by the same builder. The inside is utilitarian. No ornamentation. It was built for the working man with little money.


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