Boulder County Market Report and Oak Pork Belly and Bacon BLT Review

In the trenches of the Boulder County Real Estate market, little has changed from a month ago. Inventory is down year over year and sales are up, maintaining a challenging market for buyers, but for sellers things are going quite well. A prime example is my clients Joe and Matthew who accepted an offer on their Dakota Ridge duplex recently after a bidding war yielded 12% over asking price with no appraisal contingency.  Congratulations!  We negotiated a great contract with low risk using a variety of techniques, and look forward to a smooth transaction.  The most interesting news of the month was that the U.S. economy contracted 0.7 percent in Q1 but employment is up, indicating consumers are spending less despite having jobs. Speculation is that the anticipated hike in interest rates in Q3 will not materialize, with the band of fluctuation between 3.5% and 4.5% in the 30 year fixed continuing until the end of the year.  Colorado reported the highest home price appreciation of any of the 50 states in the previous 12 months recently as well, and we are a solid 22% statewide above the pre-recession highs, more locally. It makes one wonder, are we in a bubble? Some are starting to think so.  More on that in the next newsletter.  

Pocket Listing Alert: I have two houses coming on the market in the next few weeks: An updated 4BR/3BA in the Vista Pointe area of Erie, and a 3BR/2BA on a .9 acre parcel backing to open space by the Boulder Airport, call for details.

Oak at Fourteenth Pork Belly and Bacon BLT Review

It is a forgone conclusion that Boulder institution Oak at Fourteenth is among the top dining experiences available locally on any given day, night, or late night.  It has throngs of admirers and no wonder, there is something about how food, beverage, light and space combine at Oak to create magic beyond the sum of its parts.  It doesn’t need another round of applause, so why provide one? Because the Grilled Pork Belly and Applewood Smoked Bacon BLT has me in its grasp, and it seems to have taken up permanent residence among my many other appetites. 


Oak at Fourteenth BLT

The Oak BLT shadowed by doughnuts of the day and libation.

I found out it’s been on the menu for at least two years, how could it have avoided my lusty gaze before a couple of months ago?  There it was, hiding in the lineup under the outstanding Napa Cabbage Salad with Fried Egg, waiting to be discovered.  I think it’s the contrasts that make it so complete – soft yet lightly toasted brioche bun.  Spicy aoli and cool avocado.  Crunchy yet acidic fried green tomato slices.  Zesty arugula and charred pork belly. Bacon in every bite.  Looks heavy yet surprisingly light on its feet.  It is…special...

Oak BLT at Oak at Fourteenth, available on the Lunch menu Mon - Sat 11:30 – 2:30