FSIR Lists Boulder’s Exclusive Village Community – Once Washington Elementary SchoolLIV Sotheby's
After more than a decade since the Washington Elementary School was permanently closed in 2002, the doors have been re-opened as the central building for the luxury residences at the Washington Village Community. The 100 year old building has been completely renovated, with classrooms refurbished as condominium flats, 8 private residences, and the remaining 4,000 square feet now serving as common space for shared amenities, including a fireside lounge, an art studio, a library, a woodshop and bike repair shop, and more.
Amid the renovation, reminders of the old school, such as the stained glass window over the front doors and the slate blackboards that now frame the elevator doorways, remind residents of the school building that once was. For residents of old north Boulder, Washington Elementary School is a landmark in Boulder’s history.
“Living in Washington Village will offer buyers community and privacy,” said Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Barb Silverman. “This is a pocket neighborhood in the heart of Boulder only minutes walking distance from downtown. There is terrific access to recreation, local dining, shopping, medical offices, and walking and biking trails. In addition to the amenities in the school building, residents in this community will enjoy a community garden, a large kitchen, dining room and outdoor patio for community meals and events, a multi-purpose room, and a property designed to foster connections with friends in the community. You can’t beat it,” said Silverman.
Wonderland Hill Development Corporation landscaped and donated half an acre of the school property to the City as a public park on the 13th Street side of Washington Village. Kate Secrest, who moved in to her new home near the park this summer said, “We have been talking about different ways we can add value to our larger community, by hosting educational workshops in the school building, or community-wide pot lucks, or getting an informal Friday night bocce league going in the park,” .
Washington Village community members have met regularly for years prior to the project’s completion. Unlike many cohousing communities, they decided to have the Washington Village HOA hire a property manager and professionals to maintain the buildings, grounds, and all common spaces, leaving residences free of exterior maintenance. These new homes are ideal for people of any age who want to focus more on the fun things in life than mowing the lawn and painting trim.
Among the initial residents of Washington Village, Darrell and Kathy Icenogle are very happy the school building project finished. “It feels so much more like a community, now that we have some of common areas available to hang out in. I’m really looking forward to connecting with friends in the community around the fireplace or in the art studio,” said Kathy.
The upcoming grand opening of the school building in January, 2015 will celebrate a long awaited completion and serve as an opportunity to welcome the public with complementary food and libations. “We will have the available listings and common area open to show,” said Silverman. Community members are looking forward to welcoming friends and neighbors into the school to see the renovation.
Washington Village is the 23rd cohousing community developed by Jim Leach, President of Wonderland Hill Development Corporation (WHDC). “We still have three more buildings planned, including the Broadway Building, which will have the common gourmet kitchen and dining area that is often considered the heart of a cohousing community,” said Leach.
With fifteen of the thirty six units sold, and six other units already reserved, Washington Village has recently entered its final phase of development by taking reservations on units in the Broadway and North Maple buildings, which are scheduled to break ground in 2015.
FSIR broker, Barb Silverman, is the listing agent for the luxury residences at the Washington Village Community. The available listings include two completed attached luxury residences and one free standing home under construction. Two more attached luxury residences, two town homes with first floor masters in the North Maple building, and seven flats and two 1200 square foot commercial units in the Broadway building are also available for reservations.
Open houses are held by every Sunday from 12-3pm, or by appointment at 1229 Cedar Ave, in Boulder. For more information, contact Barb Silverman at 303.886.5329¬ or visit the Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty office located at 1050 Walnut St., in Boulder. To service all of your real estate needs visit www.fullersothebysrealty.com.