Ready, waiting for the right idea

Property on east side of Hayden offers chance to get in on ground floor of town

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— Two commercial properties on the market, one vacant and the other used as a residence, have the potential to shape the east entrance into Hayden.

For more than a year, the windmill building, which was once the Avis Rent A Car center, has been on the market.

And an adjacent property, a 1,648-square-foot house zoned commercial, just came on the market this month.

The two properties are listed with different Realtors, but both Realtors said combined, the two properties at the corner of Shelton Lane and U.S. Highway 40 hold quite a bit of potential for the east entrance into town.

Kristy Stinnett, who lists the three-bedroom and one-bathroom house with Bear River Realty, said as more and more residential developments are built in Hayden, commercial real estate will be more attractive.

"That corner is perfect for someone interested in getting in on the ground floor in Hayden," Stinnett said.

Stinnett said there is the possibility of living in the house and running a business in the other piece of corner property.

Zoned commercial, the house could also be used for a law office, medical services or business office.

The Cowan family built the house in 1910. For the past three years, the owners have used it as a residential property, but it has also been an antique shop and was a quilt shop back in 1919.

Stinnett said the house has room to expand and is priced at $175,000.

About a year ago, the windmill property came on the market at $199,000. The asking price was recently reduced to $159,000 and Chuck Armbruster, who listed the windmill property with Century 21, said two offers have been made.

That building has 916 square feet for an office or a showroom, two bathrooms, fireplace, storage area and parking.

The windmill property has a long history of occupants. Its most recent use was as an Avis Rent A Car center but has stood vacant since the company located to Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Before that, Dale Jones owned the building, and it was a bar, restaurant and craft and toy store. And before that it had been a Mexican restaurant and drive-through hamburger joint.

Since the windmill property came on the market, Armbruster said everything from a day-care center to log furniture business had been proposed for the building. He says the windmill is an eye-catching structure, but the right business just hasn't come along.

"It could make something pretty cool if the right buyer came in with the right idea," Armbruster said.

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