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Steamboat’s historic Brooklyn neighborhood is trending upscale

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The sale of a contemporary home  at 65 Agate St. in Steamboat Springs’ historic pocket neighborhood of Brooklyn this week for $950,000, was emblematic of the state of the real estate market here as winter turns the corner on spring with the emergence of both tulips and house hunters just a month or so away.

"We had it on the market for five days and had three offers," listing broker Shelley Stanford of Colorado Group Realty said. "And it appraised."

Brooklyn, on the east side of old Steamboat, like Fairview on the east side, contains a mix of housing in a compact area — there are still  small bungalows and a growing number of brand new homes that have been built on River Road along the Yampa. Plus some appealing major remodels.

Meg Firestone, of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, who brought the buyers to the sale, said Brooklyn was an appealing alternative to Old Town Steamboat on the north side of Lincoln Avenue in official "Old Town" Steamboat.

"My buyers were looking for a downtown home and there wasn't a lot to choose from in that quality of house. It seemed like it was a little over priced, but there's not a lot of inventory out there, so, if you want to be downtown, you have to pay a higher price right now.

The  three-bedroom, two-bath home with a two-car garage comprises 2,013 square feet. That works out to a sale price of $472 per square foot. The home was listed for $975,000.

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It was built by Mark Arnold of New West Builders.

"We kind of priced it like a house downtown, it's a super cool home, built all green," Stanford said. "It's a very special home (built by Mark Arnold); the couple that built it insisted on avoiding chemicals and toxic products in its construction."

And it didn't hurt one bit that the house on Agate Street is even closer to some of the best trout habitat on the town stretch of the Yampa, than it is to the restaurants at the west end of Yampa Street.

"The buyer likes to fish," Firestone said. "He can just walk over to the river."

Stanford said her clients liked to hop on their bicycles to go downtown.

But the ability not just to easily access downtown, but hiking and cross-country skiing on Emerald Mountain/Howelsen Hill, without a need to get in the car, is a big plus, Stanford said.

The building materials in the home include corrugated tin on the kitchen cabinets and tinted concrete floors both on the first and second levels. There are many custom touches throughout.

To capture a view of the ski trails on Mount Werner, the bedrooms are situated on the ground level, with the kitchen and living room on the upper level. That strategy allowed for an ample deck with enviable views of the slopes.

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