Board Meetings are currently virtual meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month. Invites will be sent to owners 48-hours prior to the event.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Real Estate Market Nwes

2018 Real Estate Predictions: More of the same…sort of

Looking into a crystal ball to see the future - 2018 Predictions

The final numbers are almost in.

#1. Inventory Stays Tight
The supply of inventory will remain tight, generally giving sellers the upper hand as buyers compete for a limited supply of move-in ready, market priced listings. Inventory levels will remain well below the six-month benchmark that divides a sellers’ market from a buyers’ market. That said, we will probably see inventory levels creep up to the 7-12 month range during the typical “summer simmer” in July at higher price points.

#2. Affordability Takes a Toll
The rapid rate of home appreciation along the Front Range has far outpaced income growth over the last few years, and the result is that many home buyers are finding it more and more difficult to afford a home in our market.

Affordability is not just a function of home prices and incomes. Prevailing interest rates play a big role as well. Looking ahead to 2018, recent national GDP growth of 3%+ and corresponding moves by the Fed portend higher mortgage rates in 2018. This could exacerbate our affordability challenges since every percent increase in interest rates reduces the home a typical buyer can afford by about 10%.

Even though Colorado’s employment picture is quite strong with one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates at 2.7%, and a projected addition of 56,300 jobs next year according to the CU Economic Outlook, jobs are not enough to offset high home prices for some. In fact, 193,000 people moved out of Colorado last year, but 223,000 moved into Colorado, for a net increase to our population of 30,000. Still, that was the lowest level of in-migration in years.

The headwinds caused by affordability issues coupled with tight inventory will result in modest decreases of 0% to 5% in the number of homes sold in 2018 compared to 2017.

#3. Home Values Up 4% to 6%
Headlines throughout 2017 proclaimed that the market was cooling and home price increases were slowing down or even falling. At the end of the day, prices did not fall in 2017, but the rate of appreciation did moderate from double-digit gains in 2016 to the 6% to 8% range in 2017.

The Federal Finance Housing Authority’s most recent report pegged Colorado’s annual appreciation at 8.5%. Zillow reported a 7.5% increase in 2017 for Colorado.

We expect to see appreciation rates moderate even more in 2018, ending up in the 4% to 6% range. Falling affordability will take some buyers out of the market, but the conditions of low supply and high demand that drive up prices are firmly in place and will continue to fuel appreciation.

You may have noticed that our predictions have yet to reference changes to housing rules in the tax reform package that most observers now expect to become law. Changes that directly impact housing include:

  • Lowering the cap of the loan amount for new mortgages that qualify for the mortgage interest deduction from $1 million to $750,000. Current homeowners will not be affected.
  • Limiting the deduction for property taxes, and state and local income taxes and sales taxes to $10,000.
  • Eliminating the deduction of interest on home equity loans. (Interest is still deductible on home equity loans if the proceeds are used to substantially improve the residence.)
  • Increasing the standard deduction for individuals from $6,350 to $12,000 and from $12,700 to $24,000 for married joint filers reduces the incentive to itemize and claim the mortgage interest deduction.

Some, including the National Association of Realtors, have predicted that the tax reform package could cause a significant drop in home prices. While the new tax rules may influence the decisions and behavior of some home buyers, sellers, and homeowners, it is not clear how the combination of all these changes will manifest themselves in aggregate in the market.

A Refreshing Look at the Question “What is my House Worth?”

Let’s take a look at some of the stats for our area to get a better idea of what is going on in the local housing market!

In Arapahoe County for Nov 2017, the average sales price* was:

  • $385,000 for Single Family Homes (up 8.5% from 1 year ago)

  • $240,000 for Condos/Townhomes (up 12.4% from 1 year ago).


In Douglas County for Nov 2017, the average sales price* was:

  • $475,000 for Single Family Homes (up 6.7% from 1 year ago)

  • $310,000 for Condos/Townhomes (up 8.8% from 1 year ago).
*Median sales price based on a six-month moving average

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Trash Concerns

Hello Prides Crossing Community, 
In our most recent trash pickup services, it has been identified that residents have placed motor oil in their trash totes.  The drivers upon noticing this after the collection of multiple homes, has to make a different trip to a further landfill site to dispose of the oil as a result.  The Community is then charged a $175 per incident for this additional disposal.  It may not sound like much spread out over 546 homes, but this is your HOA Monies being spent for extra disposal that is not part of your HOA Contracted services.  If you are an owner that has done this in the past, please discontinue this practice.  Make sure your neighbors are also aware. 

Now that the local pickup crews are aware of this concern, all owners that practice such process of placing Oil or any other Hazardous Materials in the Trash will be billed-back as allowable under Prides Crossing CC&R's (Controls, Covenants, and Regulations) for such cost incurred to the Community.

Thank you,

Shane Lussier | Sr. Community Manager | CMCA®, CAM
Cherry Creek HOA Professionals
14901 E Hampden Ave #320 | Aurora, CO 80014

T 303.693.2118 | F 303.693.8803

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Dead Trees

Dead trees on your property are an accident waiting to happen

Last weekend, the front range of Colorado experienced gusty winds of 20-30 MPH. And while that might not sound strong enough to cause any real damage to residential and commercial properties, it can spell trouble if you have dead trees which have yet to be safely removed.
One customer has been somewhat indecisive about having their dead trees taken away based on budget, location and timing. But this weekend’s unsuspecting wind gusts made the final decision for them.
A large, dead aspen tree fell during the night, with almost a clean break near the base of the trunk. Thankfully, no one was hurt and no damage was reported as it narrowly missed an outdoor wooden pergola and the corner of the house.
But the end result could have been a lot worse, and provides a warning to other residential and commercial property owners that leaving dead trees on your property is a dangerous gamble.

Why dead trees are dangerous

It’s important to remember that when a tree dies, it most certainly changes. Long before the tree finally perishes, it stops taking in nutrients and moisture – many times before the death of the tree is evident to the naked eye.
The lack of nutrients and moisture quickly begins to dry the tree out, causing it to become brittle, unstable and perhaps most concerning, unsafe.
Depending on the level of decay, a mild snow or windstorm can cause limbs to break off, and like the example above, break the entire tree from its base.
Large limbs are especially susceptible to breakage due to their weight and expanse, and can cause costly damage to decks/patios, vehicles, rooftops (with heavier limbs actually breaking through the roof), and people as they walk about the property.
So, before your trees make the decision of removal for you, consult a professional arborist today.
Having dead trees removed from your property is a serious undertaking. It requires years of experience and continued training to make sure technicians, neighbors, homeowners and structures remain safe throughout the removal process.
Important things to look for in a tree service company:
  • Are they licensed arborists?
  • Are they insured and OSHA Certified?
  • Do they have a long history of both large and small tree removals?
  • Are they utilizing professional, well maintained equipment?
  • DO NOT listen to a company who claims you can remove the tree yourself

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fire Extinguisher recall

Hello Prides Crossing Community!

Please be advised that Kidde has recalled over 134 models of extinguishers. 1 death has been reported at this time. Please take a moment to read the link and check if the extinguishers located in your home are safe.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Real Estate News

Fall Market Offers Treats, Not Tricks to Buyers

The leaves are not the only thing changing as we move into fall. The market too is shifting, like it does every fall. And these changes provide some compelling opportunities. In fact, the fall market has some tasty treats for buyers in its candy bowl.
These “treats” include less competition from other buyers. The pace is less “we have to make an offer today”, and more “let’s make an offer this week.” Less “we’re competing with six other offers, and two are cash”, and more “we’re the only offer submitted.”
Another treat for buyers is that sellers in the fall market are typically realistic and motivated. There’s a reason they’re not waiting until Spring to list. (BTW sellers, the same goes for fall buyers- they’re serious).
But the tastiest treat of all for buyers in the fall market candy bowl is the ability to purchase a home at a bargain price – to buy a home “on sale”.

Now for those thinking of Black Friday discounts of 20-30%+ off regular price, you may need to recalibrate for housing, where the discounts are more in the 1-3% range. That may not sound like much, but 2% of a $400,000 house is $8,000.
How do we know that homes are discounted 2-3% in the fall? The market data clearly shows it. Looking through the lens of price per square foot for the entire Front Range, from the peak in the Summer to the low point in the fall/Winter, the price per square foot dropped 1.6% in 2014, 1.5% in 2015, and 2.1% in 2016. We’re already seeing this predictable pattern play out in 2017 as price per square foot shifted lower in August.
Another place where we see the 1-3% fall discount is in the metric of Close Price vs List Price. In each of the last three years along the Front Range, the percent of the closing price to list price fell 1-2% from a peak reached in May/June to a trough in December. In 2014, the market peaked in June when homes sold for 99.5% of list price, compared to the low point in December of 98.3%, a “discount” of 1.2%. In 2015, the peak was 100.8% (yes over list price on average) in June compared to 98.5% in December for a “discount” of 2.3%. And 2016 saw the same “discount” of 2.1% with the peak in May at 100.7% and the December trough at 98.6%.
The consistency of the data and the pattern show just how predictable seasonal market patterns are. Takeaway: if you want to buy a home at a discount, you should look to go under contract in October or November with a December closing.
Knowing this pattern, guess who typically buys in the fall? For lack of a better term, the smart money buys when the first snow falls. Folks who own multiple properties and it’s not their first rodeo. Specifically, investor activity picks up in the fall as properties are purchased for rentals and flips.
Does this mean you should never sell in the fall? Absolutely not. The figures cited above are averages for all properties sold along the entire Front Range. Sellers who work with their agent to prep, merchandise, and price their home properly can easily defy these averages and get top dollar in the fall. Some homes show amazingly well when the grass is still green and the leaves are vibrant reds and yellows.
Every market and every time of year has its advantages and disadvantages, its tricks and treats, for both buyers and sellers. My mission as an 8z Realtor is to ensure that my clients understand the tradeoffs so they can make informed real estate decisions that, above all else, enhance their lives.
Enjoy the fall colors!

A Refreshing Look at the Question “What is my House Worth?”

Let’s take a look at some of the stats for our area to get a better idea of what is going on in the local housing market!

In Arapahoe County for Sept 2017, the average sales price* was:
  • $385,000 for Single Family Homes (up 6.9% from 1 year ago)
  • $236,000 for Condos/Townhomes (up 11.1% from 1 year ago).

In Douglas County for Sept 2017, the average sales price* was:
  • $475,000 for Single Family Homes (up 6.7% from 1 year ago)
  • $310,000 for Condos/Townhomes (up 9.9% from 1 year ago).
*Median sales price based on a six-month moving average 

Friday, September 22, 2017

What is my house worth?

A Refreshing Look at the Question “What is my House Worth?”

Let’s take a look at some of the stats for our area to get a better idea of what is going on in the local housing market!

In Douglas County for August 2017, the average sales price* was:

  • $475,000 for Single Family Homes (up 6.7% from 1 year ago)

  • $305,050 for Condos/Townhomes (up 8.9% from 1 year ago).

In Arapahoe County for August 2017, the average sales price* was:

  • $385,000 for Single Family Homes (up 6.9% from 1 year ago)

  • $235,000 for Condos/Townhomes (up 11.9% from 1 year ago).

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

When is the best time for tree trimming?

Trimming a tree in the dormant season has its benefits

Posted on: August 11th, 2017
Written by Steve Geist, Senior Consulting Arborist of Swingle Tree Company

One of the most time-honored questions (or controversies) in all of tree care is, “when is the best time of year for trimming a tree?”  Much has been written over the years, with various and contradictory opinions and theories offered.
In the day, pruning was referred to as tree surgery.  For example, when Swingle was founded back in 1947, the company was known as Swingle Tree Surgeons.
For a moment, let’s consider the notion of tree surgery. Before surgery, the “patient” should be in the best possible condition prior to the procedure, thus minimizing unintended side effects and issues, while decreasing the recovery time.
Dead and broken branches may be removed at any time during the year.  Where the real controversy exists is when is the best time to prune live branches from a tree or shrub?
In most cases, pruning in the dormant season (after the leaves have fallen from the tree) is the best time to surgically remove or prune live branches.  From the tree or shrub’s perspective, the dormant season is an ideal time for trimming a tree.
Landscape plants spend their entire growing season storing energy to last through the winter and produce leaf and flower buds the following spring.  Trees and shrubs are the strongest (in the best possible condition) during dormancy. This is when they are best able to defend the open pruning cuts from disease and decay organisms.

Trimming a tree in dormancy protects a trees health

Dormant season is the ideal time to avoid encounters with insects and diseases of trees.  These encounters would be unintended side effects.  Many insects are attracted to scents or smells that the trees emit from the open pruning cuts.  Insects harm trees by feeding and boring into plant tissue.
Several insects also spread diseases along the way.  Dutch elm disease, thousand cankers of walnut, blue stain of conifers, fire blight, and drippy blight of red oak are all diseases spread by insects.  Most wood boring insects that will cause serious harm to trees and shrubs are also dormant or immobile during this time of year.  Therefore, pruning in the dormant season will reduce or eliminate the insect attraction to open pruning sites.
Lastly, for leaf bearing trees, it is far easier to see the branch framework without the leaves.  The question will often arise, “can an arborist pruning a tree tell if a branch is dead or alive without foliage?”
The answer is a definite yes.  Leaf buds, branch flexibility, and bark appearance are all diagnostic clues for branch viability.  Seeing the tree’s framework is important in identifying crossing and interfering branches, seeing branch defects, and determining branch health – or which branches are most important to the tree.  Branches with more foliage buds are more important to the tree than branches with a few green tufts at the canopy edge.  The weaker branches (which should be pruned) are more easily identified in the dormant season.
So, are there any pitfalls to dormant pruning when you’re thinking about trimming a tree?  There are a few.  Sheared plants may be damaged or scorched if pruned during cold weather.  Spring flowering shrubbery should also not be pruned in the winter, as the pruning will take the flower buds along with the pruning cuts – diminishing your spring display.

The Prides Crossing HOA currently reviews trees in the community.  As recently as August 28th we treated trees for insects, disease, and provide general health care with deep root watering vitamins as a preventative maintenance; including reviews as needed for trimming.  Make sure you review your personal trees as well.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Labor Day - Trash Collection

Labor Day Service

As we approach the Labor Day Holiday, I wanted to send out a reminder that we do have a Holiday Schedule Change coming up for the week of 09/04/2017 in honor of Labor Day. Due to the holiday we will be collecting trash and recycle one day later than normal for all communities. Your normal collection schedule will resume the following week.

Please put trash totes/carts out for service one day later than usual. Remember to position your cart four feet from any other objects, including fences, mailboxes and other carts, so that we can service it safely.

Safety is critical to Waste Management every day of the year. The holiday is a good time to remind children to give our trucks plenty of space to operate. Encourage kids to watch safely from the front step. Help them understand what it means to stay 15 feet from a truck.

Please remind children never to try to touch a working trash truck, even if it’s stopped. They should never try to add something to a cart while it’s being serviced. If a ball (or pet!) disappears under the truck, they should not chase it. Get the driver’s attention and wait until the driver indicates it is safe to approach the truck.

Need an idea for indoor activities this weekend? Check out our step-by-step instructions for creating your own Garbage Truck costume. Download the activity book too! Or create your own recycling-themed flexagon for addictive family fun.

Thank you for sharing these safety tips with your kids and neighbors. We wish you a safe and pleasant holiday weekend!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Garden Tips

Plant now for flavorful fall harvest  

Lettuce & garden

Toward the end of August and early September, conditions are prime to plant leafy greens, herbs, broccoli and root crops for fall harvest. These plants aren't made for the long and intensely hot days of summer. The late-summer with cooling night-time temps and shorter days with less sunshine offer them the right conditions.

Flavor note: Green leafy vegetables - kale, spinach, lettuce, collard greens and chard - also stay sweeter as the sun gets less intense. If you love your salad, plant these greens now.

Also plant broccoli and root crops such as beets, carrots and radishes. Since root crops take time to develop, read the seed packets and look for varieties that mature in 60 days or less. Root crops can withstand light frost and with deep ground freeze protection, can even be picked well into the winter. 

Tip: Cauliflower, unlike its cousin broccoli, doesn't get a high rating as it takes too long to mature when planted this time of year

Herbs. Basil, parsley, cilantro, chervil and dill are great herbs to plant in late August. Just know they won't survive a frost unless you provide them with frost protection. Though we often have an early frost toward late September, we usually get right back to warm weather and good growing conditions.

Herbs are also easily grown in containers. By planting them in containers that can be easily moved, they can be brought indoors for overnight frost protection. Whether you move them inside or cover them outdoors, herbs can keep offering their flavorful harvest right up until a killing freeze. And if they are in containers, keep them indoors to enjoy throughout the winter.

Tips for late-season planting:

  • The most important step to get plants established is to keep seeds and seedlings evenly moist until the plants are a few weeks old.
  • Make sure the sprinkler system is adjusted to water seeded areas evenly.
  • Schedule watering times carefully to avoid over- or under-watering new seeds.
  • Apply a nitrogen-rich fertilizer every other week.
  • Apply a layer of well-seasoned compost to nurture the soil.

Plan ahead for frost protection

  • With the danger of early frost increasing throughout September, it's important to be ready with frost protection before you hear the freeze warning a few hours before frost. Important reminders:
  • Use old sheets/blankets - or specialty frost protection available at garden centers - to cover plants.
  • Avoid using plastic as a cover because it offers no protection and leaves touching the plastic will frost.
  • You can even string old Xmas tree lights (not LED lights because they have no warmth) on stakes under the coverings to keep your plants really warm.
Don't give up on the growing season yet - plant fall harvest flavor in your garden this weekend!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Real Estate News

Real Estate Investors: Main Street not Wall Street

Most believe housing is not only a way to enhance one’s quality of life by providing an enjoyable place to live, but also a vehicle to enhance one’s financial situation by providing an attractive investment. This month we will take a closer look at the investment aspect of real estate.

Of course, the most common way to invest in real estate is to purchase a property and live in it. However, once the goal of homeownership has been achieved, the natural next step for many is to purchase a rental property.

This can take on a few different forms:

  • single family home or condo leased on a long-term basis of 6 months to a year
  • multi-unit apartment building
  • the increasingly popular short-term rental property for Airbnb or VRBO

boiling potA recent, detailed study of the investment property brought to light some surprising results that contradict long-held perceptions of the rental property market. The key findings of the Real Trends report, the gold standard for research in the real estate industry, include the following:

  • The majority of rental property owners are actually small entrepreneurs who own five or fewer units. This statistic equates to 10.8 million investors representing 98 percent of all rental property owners, or 80 percent of all rental properties. This is vastly different from the perception that all property investors are large-scale Wall Street players with hundreds of units in their portfolio.
  • Out of the 43.7 million rental households, 15.2 million or 35 percent are single-family residences that represent 43 percent of rental residences. This segment of the rental industry is second only to apartment buildings.
  • The first rental property purchase made by investors is typically found with the help of others. Real estate agents are the leading source, followed by friends and real estate investment clubs.
  • Two thirds of rental property investments are made in the investor’s local area and 52 percent occur in the investor’s city or town. The role of national investors who have no location preference remains a small segment of the market.
  • Half of investors handle all aspects of property management, 22 percent enlist the aid of a third party for some aspects of property management (primarily leasing vacancies), while 28 percent have a professional do all the property management work.

Many Americans have a goal of one day owning investment property. That may mean adding to an existing portfolio this year, or not for another decade until after the purchase of a primary residence, but the goal remains the same.

The great news for Colorado investors is that we just happen to live in one of the healthiest housing markets in the U.S., if not the world.

A Refreshing Look at the Question “What is my House Worth?”

The year is half over, and the Summer market is in full swing. Let’s take a look at some of the stats for our area to get a better idea of what is going on.

In Arapahoe County for June 2017, the average sales price* was:

  • $382,000 for Single Family Homes (up 8.90% from 1 year ago).

  • $228,500 for Condos/Townhomes (up 13.7% from 1 year ago).

In Douglas County for June 2017, the average sales price* was:

  • $470,500 for Single Family Homes (up 7.4% from 1 year ago).
  • $300,600 for Condos/Townhomes (up 8.5% from 1 year ago).

Monday, July 31, 2017

Landscape Tips - Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetle is a busy chomper

Along Colorado's Front Range from Pueblo to Fort Collins, many yards have been invaded by a large and ugly plant predator. Japanese Beetle, like many other far-away pests, has found an unwelcome place in many Colorado landscapes.

You'll find it most often along it's favorite over-wintering sites--golf courses. Per the Colorado Department of Agriculture, its favorite menu items include:

  • Engleman ivy
  • Linden (except American Sentry)
  • Roses, especially hybrid tea roses
  • Hollyhocks
  • Potentilla
  • Cistina cherry
  • Serviceberry and
  • Buckthorn

In addition, the beetle can be a finicky eater - preferring some plants one year and others the next. However, plants thought to be more resistant include: 

  • Silver maple
  • Red maple 
  • Green ash 
  • Euonymus 
  • Boxelder and 
  • Holly
Tell-tale signs of this pest are the pests themselves. They are rather large and active making them highly visible in the garden. Once they have chomped their way through the meaty tissue of a leaf, only a filigree skeleton of the leaf remains. If you're a gardener, it's plant desiccation that will break your heart to behold.

Treatment and prevention
Systemic products are available that can be sprayed on plants not in bloom. Because roses are almost always in bloom, they should not be sprayed. Once beetles that have ingested treated plants fall dead on a patio or sidewalk, some have reported their odor attracts more live beetles. To avoid attracting other beetles, dead insects should swept or vacuumed and disposed of.

Some nursery experts have discouraged using traps to capture the beetles.
The trap may only trap 60-70% of those attracted, leaving the remaining beetles to attack surrounding vegetation.

The Colorado Department of Ag has a quarantine
for nurseries out of state so that they must be certified to ship plants into Colorado. Likewise, an internal quarantine prohibits uncertified nurseries from shipping plant material out of the Front Range. These measures are meant to limit the spread of the insect and particularly, to keep it from reaching fruit producing areas around Grand Junction.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Annual BBQ & Meeting

Hello Prides Crossing Community!

Just a quick reminder that the Annual Meeting will take place at Aqua Vista Park at the Pool House beginning at 6:30pm this Saturday the 29th.  There will be a Meeting conducting General Community Business, followed by a BBQ with a DJ and lifeguards for those looking to enjoy the pool.

If you cannot attend, please turn in your proxy to Shane via email, to have your proxy count towards quorum.  Proxy came in your postal mail out notice and his also available via this link.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Shane Lussier
Cherry Creek HOA Professionals, LLC |

Friday, July 21, 2017

Landscapes deter crime and violence

Landscapes deter crime and violence

Whether we recognize it or not, simply being around greenery has a calming effect that helps people relax and will even deter crimes and acts of violence.

Researchers have found that in densely populated areas such as inner city public housing projects, fewer crimes and violent acts occur among residents whose buildings have more landscaping than among residents in similar buildings with little or no landscaping.

The natural spaces around us simply create relaxing, therapeutic moments that are good both for us and the people surrounding us.

The other side of this crime and plants coin is that you can use your landscape to deter break-ins around your home. Burglars look for quick and easy access as well as hiding places. That's why where you choose to plant the daisies as well as the roses is important.

According to some law enforcement pros, landscapes are as important - and even more so - than the locks on windows and doors. The goal is to use your landscape to keep burglars from getting to the window in the first place or checking the lock on the door.

Here are 4 basic tips to keep your landscape from being user-friendly to burglars:

#1 - Plant prickly. Burglars would rather pass on windows that have thorny bushes and roses underneath them. Plant the daisies somewhere else and place the pricklies under the windows.

#2 - Cut out the hide-aways. Overgrown, dense shrubs and deciduous trees with branches below 7 ft. from ground level create cover for burglars to cower. If your home is in clean view of the street and neighbors, it's less likely to be a target for break-ins. Neighbors are more apt to notice people in the wrong place around your home when their view is wide open.

#3 - Create some crunch. Walking across gravel mulch under windows undoes the stealth burglars seek. Footsteps in the gravel can alert you and your dog of a possible intruder.

#4 - Brighten the night. Lighting is one of the most effective deterrents to break-ins during dark hours. Use lighting to create ambiance for outdoor living, use it to showcase features within your yard - and also place it strategically where motion sensors will trigger it to light up after you've shut down for the night.

Enjoy your yard for the peaceful side-effects it offers and appreciate it for creating a safer place to live.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Annual Meeting Anouncement for 7/29/17

Good Day Prides Crossing Community!

Please follow the link to view the Annual Meeting Announcement.  Our catered BBQ, Lifeguards, and DJ will be available for our evening on 7/29/17 at 6:30pm.  Please arrive around 6:15pm to sign in for quorum.
If you are unable to attend, please make sure that you forward your proxy to Shane at

Thanks again, and see you there!

Your Board of Directors

Landscape Tips

Get after the weeds!

weeds in lawnIt seems everywhere we look in our yards, there's another weed sprouting up - and most of us would rather NOT spend our time down on our hands and knees pulling them! Here are tips to get - and keep - weeds under control.

The two most important things to know about eliminating weeds are:
#1 - Deal with them before they go to seed. T
hose seeds mean another new crop of weeds about to germinate and grow.
#2 - When removing weeds by hand, dig out the roots.
When you try to pull the plant out of the soil, it often breaks off at the top leaving the root still in the soil. Hand digging helps get the whole plant out of the ground so the weed doesn't grow back.

Prevention is the key
Once existing weeds and seeds are gone,
prevention is top priority. If left in the ground or allowed to re-seed and return, weeds will compete with your tomatoes for water - something we want to avoid. One of the most effective means of deterring weeds is to add mulch around plants. Mulch also offers the advantage of helping soil retain moisture so less water is required.

  • One of the cheapest types of mulch is already in your yard - grass clippings from your lawn. Occasionally catch the clippings as you mow, then place them around veggies to suppress weeds. Bark mulch and weed-free straw also deter weeds and help retain moisture in the vegetable garden.
  • Straw and grass clippings are probably not what you want to see in your perennial garden. For these areas, rock and bark mulch offer more attractive options.
  • Squash plants are another weed deterrent because their very large leaves shade the soil and prevent germination. At the same time squashes deter weeds, they also provide food you can eat. Their huge leaves also add visual interest whether you plant them among edibles or in another open area in the landscape.

Grouping plants close together also helps crowd out weeds. That's why a lawn that is well-maintained and healthy has fewer weeds. There's no place for them to grow.

Know your products
All types of weed-control products may be found at local garden centers - ranging from horticultural grade vinegar to traditional weed killers. Be sure to read the product label and follow the instructions so you don't accidentally kill a plant that's not a weed.  

  • Some products will kill any plant that's green - in other words, both the lawn and the dandelions.
  • Other products are called "selective" because the will kill only the dandelions - not the lawn. Know the weeds you have and find those products that best treat them without harming other plants.
Finally, avoid using pesticides on or around edibles. If you weed your veggie garden and apply mulch, you won't have to worry much about the weeds.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Landscape Tips

Welcome pollinators with your plants  

Through ongoing development, Colorado lost the equivalent of one football field of open space every 2 ½ minutes during a recent decade, per researchers at Colorado State University. Natural habitat being lost for many types of wildlife puts pressure on our urban landscapes to help fill the nature gap. More and more, our landscapes are becoming habitat.

With this being National Pollinator Week, it's a good time to think about bringing more pollinators into our yards even if our outdoor space is a few square feet of patio. Pollinator friendly landscapes, container gardens and even hanging baskets on apartment balconies can put out the welcome mat for pollinators.

Add beauty with a purpose
Though we may not realize it, many of the flowering plants we typically find at garden centers or are already growing in our yards are pollinator friendly. We need to plant more of them and make sure there is enough variety that will appeal to all. Providing more plants that offer nectar and pollen throughout the growing season is key.

Flowering shrubs and perennial flowers are best for planting in the ground as they may not overwinter in a container. Columbine, liatris and coral bells, for example, attract hummingbirds. They also offer the ease for the gardener of coming back again year after year.

If you are limited by space, annuals in containers will be best. Here are very common flowers that appeal to a wide variety of pollinators and can be combined for an attractive display in a container or in the ground if space allows:

  • Cosmos
  • Dianthus
  • Nasturtium
  • Zinnia
  • Lantana
  • Verbena
  • Geranium

Edibles that do double duty

  • If you love growing herbs for the kitchen, plant basil, mint, rosemary, sage and thyme to attract bees.
  • Fruit trees such as apple and pear and berries such as raspberries and strawberries also attract pollinators.
Know your garden products
When planting to be pollinator friendly, remember to check product labels to make sure any garden products you use are safe for use around pollinators

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Garage Sale

Hello Prides Crossing Community!

We will be having our Garage Sale June 2nd through the 4th.
As usual, we will be placing our Community signs off East Chenango and Wagon Trail Circle entrances.

Thanks again,
Your Prides Crossing Board of Directors

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Trash & Recycling Totes

Hello Prides Crossing Community!
Over the past few weeks we have seen more and more concerns when it comes to trash totes in the community.

Waste Management Drivers have been reporting a few issues when servicing the Prides Crossing HOA.

#1.  The drivers have been reporting trash and recycling bags and carts outside of the WM issued carts (non Waste Management Totes) have been on the curb to service.  According to the agreement between WM and the HOA, we are only to service the trash and recycling inside the WM issued carts.  Other trash totes are not compatible with WM Trucks.  As mentioned in the Announcement of the Prides Crossing transition of Totes Letter (March 16, 2016), one free standard tote and one free recycle tote were offered to residents as a part of HOA dues.  Additional totes must be leased or purchased directly through Waste Management.  Continued placement of non WM totes will no longer be emptied going forward.  If you need to procure additional totes, please contact WM customer service at 800.482.6406 or 303.797.1600.

#2.  We have been having issues with the residents not placing the carts onto the street and instead placing the carts on the curb.  Drivers are unable to grab the carts with the arms of the truck when there are vehicles or trailers blocking access to the totes.  This additional process makes the trash pickup take longer and run inefficiently in service the HOA to our top standards.

#3.  WM will only service the waste inside the trash and recycling totes from this point going forward.  Boxes, bags, toilets or any other debris that cannot fir inside a tote will not be picked up a WM employee.  All other such items are considered an Large Item Pickup and Owners are required to provide a credit card to Waste Management, and pay in advance based upon weight of materials needing a separate pick up.

Thank you,
Waste Management and your Prides Crossing Board of Directors

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Aurora News

March 13, 2017          Aurora Municipal Center                      Ward II                7:00 pm         
                                    Aurora Room, 1st Flr                                
                                    15151 E. Alameda Parkway
April 18, 2017            Shalom Cares                                          Ward V                6:00 pm
                                                14800 E. Belleview Drive
April 20, 2017            EchoTech Institute                                  Ward IV               6:30 pm
                                    1400 S. Abilene Street
May 10, 2017             Mimi’s CafĂ©                                             Ward III               6:00 pm
                                    205 S. Abilene Street
May 16, 2017             Martin Luther King, Jr. Library          Ward I                  6:00 pm
                                    9898 E. Colfax Avenue
May 18, 2017             Tin Cup Restaurant                                Wards I/III           7:15 am
                                    Aurora Hills Golf Course
                                                50 S. Peoria Street
May 24, 2017             Mission Viejo Library                             Ward VI               6:30 pm
                                    15324 E. Hampden Circle
July 26, 2017              Heritage Eagle Bend Clubhouse            Ward VI               6:00 pm
                                    23155 E. Heritage Parkway
July 27, 2017              Aurora Central Library                         At-Large              6:00 pm
                                    14949 E. Alameda Parkway
Public Budget Hearings
Regular City Council Meeting
Aurora Municipal Center
Council Chamber, 1st Flr
15151 E. Alameda Parkway


Hello Aurora Neighbors!

On a personal note, I will be retiring from the city of Aurora effective May 5, 2017.   I have so totally enjoyed working with you all.  Your dedication to your neighbors and your community is making Aurora a much healthier and prosperous city.

Marsha W. Osborn

Neighborhood Liaison

Residents invited to share feedback May 11 on bike lane extension on Montview Boulevard to Yosemite Street

The city of Aurora is hosting a public open house in May to provide information on the next phase of mobility improvements planned along Montview Boulevard.

The Montview Connections open house from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11 at the North Middle School Cafeteria, 12095 E. Montview Boulevard, will offer details and drawings related to the proposed extension of on-street bike lanes on Montview Boulevard west from Havana Street to the Montview Bridge over Westerly Creek, and then the south side only from Westerly Creek to Yosemite Street.

Information and exhibits also will be available regarding changes to the intersection of Montview Boulevard and Peoria Street.

Staff will be available to answer questions and take comments. A Spanish interpreter will be on hand as well.

This project is the second phase of mobility improvements on Montview Boulevard, which are based on citizen feedback and the recommendations of the city’s Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Last year, the city added bike lanes as a test project on Montview Boulevard between Havana and Oswego streets. The city is continuing to study how drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have changed how they move along the road with the new alignment.

For more information, visit or email

Marsha W. Osborn
City of Aurora
Neighborhood Liaison
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, Colorado 80012

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