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Feb 24, 2023

Walston Group Moves to a New Home Downtown

After more than 20 years on Tejon Street in the historic DeGraff Building, Walston Group Real Estate has new headquarters! Most of our clients know how much we love older homes, and this 1910 bungalow captured our hearts when we saw the 'For Sale' sign during a covid-era neighborhood walkabout. A local financial planner had officed in the building for 30+ years, and they hadn't changed much (thankfully). While it didn't even have a kitchen and the yard was bare dirt, our team recognized its potential immediately. The building had amazing bones including unpainted interior trim and wood beamed ceilings, original divided light windows, Fir flooring and large, comfortable rooms. 

Main Reception
Welcome to Walston Group! The main reception area has original divided light windows, beamed ceilings and an original wood burning fireplace with clay tile surround. 
Kitchen 1

The new kitchen has both charm and modern amenities including an original butler's pantry with swinging door, coffee bar area and induction cooktop. 

Kitchen 2

We opted for classical style cabinets and integrated appliance panels for the fridge and dishwasher. The counters are a natural quartzite material complimented by glass subway backsplash tile. 

The conference room is a great space to meet and has unique original doors with glass lites. 
Main Level Bath
The main level bath kept its original foot print and got a major cosmetic overhaul. The original cast iron tub was refinished, and we added marble tile flooring and subway tile wainscoting. Our favorite feature is the marble and polished nickel pedestal sink.
Coffee Bar
We turned an original kitchen storage room into the coffee bar, complete with a handprinted limestone tile, floating shelf and state-of-the-art coffee maker.

After a short stint as the Colorado College volleyball house for Janelle's granddaughter, we set to work preserving and updating where necessary. It got new gutters, fresh exterior paint, patched stucco, new stone entry stairs and porch flooring and major landscaping. On the inside we updated the electrical panel, got rid of the knob and tube wiring, installed new furnace and water heater, put up new light fixtures, painted walls, and re-finished the original floors. The new kitchen and our coffee bar area with hand-painted limestone tile is a favorite hang out space for everyone. Both baths were updated with period-appropriate marble tile, subway wainscoting and polished nickel fixtures. Luckily we have a preservation specialist as part of the team, and we love a good project. The end result has been well worth all the effort. 

We're glad to be part of the neighborhood and invite folks to stop by and take a tour!