It was the Daniels Loft project that first brought homebuyers to the heart of downtown. And it was the Walston Group Real Estate Inc, in association with the developer, Dan Robertson, that in 2000, set the pace and the standard for renovation of local historical structures. Built in 1919 for the Daniels Furniture Company, this building housed furniture on the ground floor and the Daniels family's personal residence above. Later it served as a major sporting goods store. Now the property contains two retail spaces on the street level and three residential lofts on each of the two floors above.
As marketing agent for the project, Janelle Walston took the initiative to become a virtual expert on the historical, legal, and social aspects of developing a mixed-use property on the "best block" of downtown. Despite the newness of the loft concept to Colorado Springs, Walston pre-sold all of the six residential spaces even before the demolition phase got underway. The loft spaces range from 1200 to 2500 square feet, with prices ranging from $260k to $525k.
Showing her own and her buyers' respect for the historical and esthetic features of the Daniels Building's features, Walston worked closely with the developer to ensure that as many original elements of the building were preserved as possible, including the interior brick walls, wood beams, and wood floors.