The stores re-opened and the brewers brewed beer again. The musicians returned with their guitars and fiddles and the sound of music was back with a story. A story to tell of the peaceful community once riddle by rainfall and trashed by the floods was back to it's feet and open for business. The tourist came back and healing was slow but the spirit of Lyons would never let go. "Lyons Strong" was deep in the soul of a community with good people and the will to live and enjoy the place they call home.
With the help of the Federal, State and local governments, an "Army Corp of Engineers" began the challenged task of rebuilding the roads and securing the banks of the river. Monumental reconstruction of the highways and bridges meant the life line and pathways home were once again open and the town began to breath.
The folks from Lyons found strength in community and began to rebuild. "Lyons Strong" became the cry of the locals as they picked up the pieces and began to look to the future of an even better and stronger community.
Two years have pasted since the terrible floods from the Fall of 2013 tore through this tiny town at the base of the foothills along the front range. Home to a river community which cherishes it's natural resource and embellishes it's beauty and serenity. Home to a community that makes music on it's bank and swims in the refreshing ripples of coolness to beat the summers heat. What once appeared as a mild flowing "Creek" became a "Raging River" of epic proportions with destruction and chaos leaving residence homeless and fearful.
Consistent with what has been happening most of this year, the average sales price in the area increased significantly from this August to last August, rising from $523,434 to $575,845 (10% change) for single-family homes and from $284,448 to $328,102 (15.4%) for townhomes and condos. Sellers are getting what they are asking for, too, if not more. Sales price to list price ratios are at 99.4% for single-family homes and 101.4% for townhomes and condos. At the same time, the inventory and days a residence is on the market has dropped as well. See the full stats here.
Are you going to the Fall Festival, September 18-20? While there are many great downtown events held throughout the summer, the Fall Festival is one of the best as it has a relaxed atmosphere and the climate is always ideal - crisp and beautiful! As we head into one of the most beautiful times of the year in the Boulder Valley, I hope you make time to get out and enjoy everything the area has to offer—before the snow flies!
With financial markets a little shaky in August and abundant rumors regarding changes in interest rates, opportunity may be knocking on your door. Let me know and I can assess your home’s value—it’s likely changed dramatically in the past several months. Give me a buzz regarding your real estate needs and questions.