Boulder County Market Report and Bramble and Hare Restaurant Review

It’s an odd year so far, and it’s also odd numbered, which means it’s tax assessment time and I’m here to help.  As an expert in Front Range home values, I would be happy to give you an accurate assessment of your home's value that could be used to appeal your property tax bill.  Give me a call to schedule a time and begin the process.

In this tight market more buyers are considering new construction;  I recently wrote about how to avoid common pitfalls on my blog where you will find a weekly event calendar, restaurant reviews and more.

 Boulder County Market Report February 2017

Boulder County sales statistics for February and year to date are just in.  New listings are up slightly from last year, yet overall sales are down 12% and average sale price is only 2.6% above last year, indicating the beginning of a plateau in this still strong seller’s market.  The percent of list price received reflected a 1.2% drop to 99.5% from 100.7% and shows that buyers are less willing to go over asking overall, but well priced homes in great locations are still triggering bidding wars.  Curious if your place might generate one? I’d be happy to let you know, and help you downsize with pocket listings around Boulder County I have uncovered the old fashioned way- by picking up the phone or knocking on doors in desired neighborhoods of my buyers.

Looking for a different kind of neighborhood? My listing at 9032 Tahoe Ln in Boulder’s Park Lake has .7 acres and is zoned for a horse, listed for 900K. What about the foothills? Space to stretch out, clean water, deer and fox could be a part of your future wake-up routine in Boulder Heights, the subdivision up Lee Hill Drive. I am listing a mountain enclave with over 11 acres, 4 Bedrooms 3 Baths, solar powered and updated with stunning views that will be available soon for private showings, and another 3 bedroom 2 bath that will list in early summer contact me for details. Starter Condo/Investment Property seekers, call me for a 1 Bedroom 1 Bath with attached garage and rare large outdoor space that will soon list in Lafayette and be gone in a flash. 

Bramble and Hare Restaurant Review

Like a favorite scarf that somehow goes missing, I lost my enthusiasm for beer about two years ago.  Betrayed by my own tastebuds I was adrift; how can this be? What has the world come to?  What’s next, morning without coffee? Dogs and cats playing together? Around this time wandering home after a concert I sidled up to the bar at Bramble and Hare, the closest restaurant you’ve probably never been to.  Focusing on the beverages I was racked by indecision, nothing sounded right.  Wine? Cocktail? If so which one? A nineteen year old bartender asked me for my order and I replied, “I don’t know”.  And then the moment that would make everything better- What alcohol do you like tonight? “Whiskey”. How sweet? “not very”.  Anything else I should know? “Winding down from a concert?”. Got it.  The libation that arrived a minute later was perfection, a combination of alcohols and extracts served in a vintage glass and composed just for me as I showed up in that moment. That was the beauty of it, being read like a children’s book and then knowing it in the experience of the cocktail. The bartender’s choice concoctions are art and not science, who could be blamed for ordering another while memory is still fresh?

“The outdoors is overrated” – Griffin. As it turns out, the nineteen year old is no nineteen year old. His name is Griffin Farro and Bramble and Hare is Griffin’s joint- technically the restaurant is owned by Jill and Eric Skokan and connected to Black Cat Bistro, but Bramble has its own chef, and walks its own path. The dark wood, dapper staff and industrial metals cast an alternate vibe to Boulder’s uber healthy go – getter sensibility, a place where great alcohols low light and tasty comfort food make time and space evaporate, with piano anytime someone wants to play.

On the small plate menu the farm-fresh deviled eggs with purple kimchi stick to the ribs with a bit of heat forming an ample platform for libation, but you might as well have whatever moves you as everything on this part of the menu is $5-$9 and rotates in and out with the seasons on Bramble Hill Farm.

Deviled Eggs and Purple Kimchi at Bramble and Hare

Chef Jay Clark keeps the menu concise from the compact kitchen and hits all the right savory notes on the entrée menu. The Chicken Confit was falling off the bone with mashed potatoes and celery root in red wine cream sauce.  It worked perfectly with mustard-dressed garden greens cutting through the carbo-fatty goodness, relegated to a memory within 10 minutes.

I like to bring my sweetie here because it seats about 20 and I can always hear her lovely voice. For this reason I recommend calling ahead for a table most nights, or you can roll the dice on getting space at the bar.  Pro tip – if Bramble is full head next door to the small but frequently empty bar at Black Cat, where mixology is alive and well but a quieter vibe prevails.

Bramble and Hare, 1970 13th St, Boulder, CO  303 444 9110

Sun - Thurs 5pm – 12am, Fri - Sat 5pm – 1am