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Old Baldy house gets new life


Doug Radunich

left bottom photo, Sun file photo Top photo, the moved and renovated by Custom Builders as it stands today. Left photo, moving the house through downtown Saratoga last November. Right photo, the living room which includes a gas fireplace.

An aged Old Baldy Club home that could have been demolished is now a newly-renovated, on-the-market modern house located in southwest Saratoga.

The home was remodeled by Custom Builders in Saratoga, and currently sits at 201 Sunset Lane in Saratoga, in the neighborhood behind Valley Foods. According to Rory Grubb, partner for Custom Builders, the house was once situated at the Old Baldy Club, but new owners of the property wanted to build a newer and larger home in its place.

Instead of being demolished, the house was moved to a lot in southwest Saratoga and scheduled for remodeling. Grubb said work on the now-1,900-square-foot home was finished within the past month, and two open houses for the home took place last Friday and Saturday.

Giving off a brand new-looking sheen, the nearly-40-year-old home now features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, 9-foot ceilings, high-end finishes, a stone facade, an oversized 30x32-foot garage, a maintenance-free exterior, new rockwork and a price of $330,000.

“This house was originally built by my grandfather out at Old Baldy Club in about 1974, I think,” Grubb said. “It’s a well-built house, but some new members purchased that property and wanted to build a new bigger and nicer home out there. We bought this house from Old Baldy and moved it here, and we completely redid it from top to bottom. We used a house moving company out of North Dakota, I think, to help us move it, and it was quite a process with a lot to it.”

Grubb said most of the electrical insulation in the home is new, and all the plumbing, flooring, cabinets, siding and roofing are also new. There was also some reconfiguration done on the rooms for a different, more modernized look.

“I opened up the kitchen more, it was much more closed off before,” Grubb said. “It had three full baths before, but we reconfigured it to have this walk in closet, laundry room and this bathroom.”

Grubb said moving and remodeling the home was a worthy investment, as opposed to demolishing and disposing of the entire still-livable structure.

“They wanted to build a home where this one was, so it was either demolish it or find a new home for it,” he said. “We brought it here and did a fair amount of work to it to bring it up to speed, and the structure itself and framing are in good shape. We didn’t want to send it to a landfill, and I’m glad we didn’t because it turned out pretty nice. We put a lot of money into it, and in a lot of ways it was harder than building a new home.”

In addition to interest in the newly-remodeled home, Grubb said he has also seen a renewed interest in other Platte Valley homes on the market.

“It was slow for the last several years, but it has started to pick up,” he said. “This year there has been a lot of interest in new homes.”


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