Chuck saves the Day!


First School House in Parker


One of the reasons we liked Parker back in 1995, is because it was a small  quiet town. There was lots of open space with bike paths and walking trails.  No apartment buildings stood in Parker back then, and many of the original buildings such a schools and churches, were well cared for and still standing. There was a big red barn on the side of the road just as you turned into country meadows, with people learning to ride horses in the arena in front of it. The whole area was charming.

We were taking all of these factors into consideration as we shook hands with Chuck and followed him back into the sales office, which was a kind of glorified trailer made into offices.

Chuck introduced us to his assistant, whose name I can’t remember, but I believe she was related to him. I was tired, hot and dehydrated. It was taking me a long time to get used to the dryness of Colorado that particular day I felt really dehydrated. Chuck’s assistant gave us all an ice-cold can of soda, which helped.

We listened to Chuck talk for a while, and then I asked him if we found a lot we liked, would they hold it for us as we hadn’t worked out finances yet, being new to the country and having no real credit history. Another larger home builder had said they would do that for us. Chuck shook his head and told us that they couldn’t do that. You had to put down a certain amount of money and then they would proceed with the build. WRONG ANSWER!

I am not sure if it was the heat, the dryness, or if I was just very tired, but for some reason I was grumpy.

“The last home builder we spoke to said they would, so we will go back to them” I said, and walked out.

I have to tell you, I didn’t even like the sales guy in the previous sales office, but I think I was just giving up, tired of having no credit history and tired of looking at homes we couldn’t buy. As I walked out I saw Chuck and Lester exchange glances and then Lester got in the car and we drove down away. No one spoke, but I had a feeling both Jo and my husband were mad at me.

We continued south on Parker Road for a couple of miles, and then at the next traffic lights, Lester did a sharp U-turn! I thought I must have made him really mad and we were going home.  We came to the road where the Sales Office was located, and Lester turned left.  I could see Joanna’s reflection in the rear view mirror.  She was looking at me with a big question mark on her face.

“Lester why are we going back down here?” I asked

“I have a feeling about this guy Chuck, he said some things that interested me, I think he can sell us a house”

We pulled up outside the sales office again, and Chuck came out to greet us again. He had a big smile on our face.  As you will find out in my next update, he did in fact save the day!

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And then we met Chuck!

Parker in 1995

When we first moved into our apartment in Englewood, we thought we would stay there forever. It was a lovely new two bedroom two bathroom apartment on the top floor. There was a swimming pool, hot tub, club house and tennis courts. We were surrounded by lovely landscaping, and backed onto parklands. We were happy for a while. Then the apartment seemed to shrink. As we acquired bikes, and had to carry them up to the third floor, we started to rethink the whole apartment living process.

In Summer of 1995 we started looking at houses. At first it was Joanna and I driving around looking at places. We looked close to where we lived, but the houses were so incredibly expensive, way out of our price range with only Lester working.

We started to look a little further afield, and ended up in Parker, which at the time (to us newcomers) seemed an incredibly long drive. We made the drive a couple of times though and looked around many ‘open houses’. Joanna and I got very excited about the idea of finding a house and caught Lester up in that excitement.

I think it was late June or early July when Lester came with us on that first trip to Parker. We looked around ‘Cottonwood’ first, Joanna would hop out of the car and pick up the brochures outside houses that were for sale. One one occasion, she was chased by a rather nasty dog, I have never seen her run so fast. Lester, being the ‘hero dad’ did some nifty driving (with the passenger side door open) and caught up with her so she could jump in and escape being bitten. We didn’t move to Cottonwood, the whole dog incident left a bad taste in our mouths.

We drove south on Parker Road (highway 83) until we came to an area where some new houses were being built in an older community, and made a right turn in the direction of the sales office. Lester parked the car (we still had the brown Subaru legacy) outside the sales office and we got out. It was a lovely area, right on the Cherry Creek trail.

The door of the sales office opened and out walked a sharply dressed young guy with a friendly welcoming face…..”Hi, my name is Chuck” he said “Welcome to Country Meadows”

Our life in America changed in many ways after that day. Watch out for my next posting to see how things turned out.

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