Month of Modern House Tour Experience

Featuring Homes by Extraordinary Architect Tician Papachristou 

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As a proud sponsor of Boulder's Month of Modern events, I'm thrilled to share the following details about our upcoming House Tour Experience, featuring homes by the extraordinary architect Tician Papachristou. 

In partnership with Historic Boulder and CU Boulder’s AIAS chapter, join Month of Modern for a one-of-a-kind House Tour experience in Boulder. See an awe-inspiring group of five select Papachristou houses that reflect the rich diversity of livable, innovative architecture and design found throughout his buildings.

Tician Papachristou (1928-2018) came to Boulder by Greyhound bus in 1954 after graduating from Princeton University. Like many of Boulder’s mid-century modern architects, he worked for James Hunter. Papachristou moved on to form his own practice which included brief associations with Charles Haertling and Daniel Havekost. He also taught design at the University of Colorado.

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His body of work in Boulder, which includes a local historic landmark and several designated Structures of Merit, was influenced by the vernacular architecture of his native Greece as well modernists including Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier.

Papachristou worked with clients who were young and at the beginning of their careers and therefore on a limited budget. The natural materials used were chosen for their low cost and sustainability such as wood, cinder block, concrete and glass, and furthermore he believed it was socially responsible to keep expenses to a minimum.

Many of his homes feature details with repeating geometric patterns. Dramatic ceilings and striking custom fireplaces are hallmarks of his structures as are the seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Papachristou’s influence on Boulder includes his participation in the NCAR site selection team with Dr. Walter Orr Roberts and architect I.M Pei. With encouragement by Pei, Papachristou left Boulder to work for the Marcel Breuer architecture firm in New York City in 1965 and became a partner in the firm in 1974.

For one day only, attendees will be given the rare chance to walk through the interiors of some of the most inspiring private homes in Boulder’s neighborhoods. This self-guided tour features five distinct residences chosen to inspire design professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Tour Date/Time: September 21, 10am-4pm. 

Admission: Space is limited so purchase your tickets in advance.
One Ticket $50; Two Tickets $80; Proceeds from the tour directly benefit Historic Boulder and AIAS.

For tickets and more info:

This event is sponsored by:
Historic Boulder Preservation in Action
AIAS University of Colorado Boulder

Firuzeh Saidi
Walk or Bike to North Boulder's Art District from your Home!
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Take advantage of living in a neighborhood where you have access to Boulder's hottest art scene! Walk or bike to the coolest art studios in North Boulder.

Check out First Fridays in the NoBo Art District - a FREE self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses. Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and other artists along your stroll through the area. Catch live music, demos, special activities, and much more!

Learn more about NoBo's First Fridays.

Featured home in North Boulder:

1460 Zamia Avenue

$875,000 | 4 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2,285 Sq. Ft.

Learn more

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North Boulder's Urban Holiday Neighborhood
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The Holiday Neighborhood, located in North Boulder, lends itself to a healthy lifestyle complete with neighborhood businesses, convenience and community.

Houses are built with energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly materials and practices. In addition to workplace options for small businesses, artisans and entrepreneurs, and numerous landscaping and sculptural/public art projects, the area features a plethora of parks and gardens. Front porches provide a comfortable transition between the privacy of the home and the public space of the community.

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But the true highlight of the neighborhood are the city bike paths that run along the major roads east and west of the neighborhood And renowned trailheads are just a hike or bike away, including Wonderland Lake Trailhead, Wonderland Lake Park, Foothills Community Park, Cottonwood Trailhead and more.

Don't want to drive? Bike, bus, and pedestrian connections receive priority over automobile routes. All residents are given inclusive bus passes.

With its unique look and broad range of housing options, and its commitment to environmental ideals, the Holiday Neighborhood acts as benchmark and catalyst for similar new development throughout the region.

Featured Property:

1460 Zamia Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304

Check out this new listing in the Holiday Neighborhood. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in a showing.

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Volunteer with Us on Earth Day

Compass to Plant 5,000 Trees in Partnership with One Tree Planted
in Sunshine Canyon on Earth Day


Compass, a real estate technology company, launched in Boulder in January 2019. Compass’ mission is to help everyone find their place in the world, and with that goal in mind, has launched its charitable initiative, Compass Cares.  Through Compass Cares, the company has pledged to contribute $10 million in funds and volunteering services to local organizations in 2019.


For Compass’s inaugural Compass Cares event in Boulder, Compass agents, clients, staff, friends, and family are invited to plant 5,000 trees in Sunshine Canyon with One Tree Planted for Earth Day on Saturday, April 20th from 9am – 3pm.

In 2010, the Four Mile Canyon Fire transformed Boulder’s landscape, destroying 6,200 acres of land and 165 homes. Nine years later, the scars of this fire can still be seen in Boulder’s backyard. Compass aims to be a contributor in the ongoing restoration efforts to serve the community and its members. 

If you would like to participate in the One Tree Planted event with Compass this Earth Day, please contact Tamori Tristani at

About Compass

Compass is a real estate technology company with a powerful end-to-end platform that supports the entire buying and selling workflow. We deliver an incomparable, seamless experience to both agents and their clients all in service of the Compass mission: to help everyone find their place in the world. Founded in 2012 by Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin, Compass is the fastest-growing real estate technology company and operates in more than 100 cities. Learn more and find your place at and

About One Tree Planted

One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3)  non-profit focused on global reforestation, planting trees in North America, South America, Asia and Africa. They carefully select the best tree species for each location ensuring a 80-90% survival rate.

"Planting trees is such a simple and effective way to make an impact. Trees can clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. They help stabilize our climate, provide habitat for biodiversity, and create sustainable jobs." - One Tree Planted

Welcome Home

An interview with first time home buyer, Lauren Felts Chen

Imagine this scenario, you have a total of three days to buy a home in one of the hottest markets out there, and—just to throw in an extra curveball—you’re 7 months pregnant.


That’s the real-life, first time home buying story of former nomad Lauren Felts Chen.

Lauren is a certified nutritionist, author, wife, mother, and now Boulderite. She runs the successful and evergrowing online resource—The Holy Kale—which acts as an educational platform for health practitioners and just your average health enthusiast. Formerly from Los Angeles, Lauren launched The Holy Kale in 2011 when she was living in Austin, Texas. From there, she moved to Taos, New Mexico then Chicago, moving along with her husband, Austin Chen, while he completed medical residency and fellowships.


When Austin landed a dream opportunity to join BoulderCentre for Orthopedics as an orthopedic surgeon, they both knew Boulder was the perfect town to set roots in, and they needed to find a home to grow into. One that they could call their own.

As first time home buyers, Lauren has some advice for others, “You have to partner with the right real estate agent. One that fits your needs, gives you confidence and will work with you to find the right home, not just any home.”

Fortunately for Lauren and Austin, they were introduced to Firuzeh Saidi by a family friend. With no concept of the home buying process, it was the perfect fit to work with an experienced realtor with lots of connections, wisdom, and their best interest always on the forefront.


Connections became key with the pressing three-day timeline. Due to Firuzeh’s local contacts, they were pre-approved for a loan within one day. That way once they found their dream home—with their must-haves like a backyard for their dog, lots of light to bask in the sun, and four bedrooms for their growing family—they could act.

Once they did find the perfect abode in southwest Longmont with 360 views of nature, trails for hiking and biking, and downtown Boulder only 15 minutes away, they put in an offer the same day it came on the market. Despite a tempting counter-offer, the home would ultimately become the Chens.

Lauren and Austin moved into their home in October of 2017, a couple months before Bodhi was born and on Austin’s birthday. One of Austins greatest gift of all being a house to make into a home, a year of home insurance, and not one but two birthday cakes all from Firuzeh.

Lauren reflects with me over the phone about the tiring yet the exciting experience of buying a home since it’s been more than a year later.

“Firuzeh says that she will not sell you a home that she cannot resell which I thought was really comforting. I love that she wanted us to be in a home that not only met our needs now but was also a shrewd investment for the future.”

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