The historic Bosler House has new owners who plan to restore the building and make it their home.
Steve and Jan Davis, who currently live in the Berkeley neighborhood, paid $375,000 for the house, which was badly damaged in 2008 when its then-owner removed the roof without proper building permits or required approvals from Denver's Landmark Preservation Commission.
"This is a spectacular opportunity for us," says Steve Davis, a licensed contractor who plans to do some of the restoration work himself. "We're excited and proud to be able to lend our passion and expertise to this historic landmark, while at the same time making it our home."
The city's attempts to work with former owner Keith Painter to bring the property at 3209 W. Fairview Pl. into compliance with property maintenance and historic preservation requirements were not successful. Ultimately, liens and fines on the property led the city to begin foreclosure proceedings on the house last May.
Under terms of its settlement agreement with Painter, about $150,000 will go toward the City and County of Denver for unpaid liens and fines, and $75,000 will be paid to the receiver for already-performed property management, maintenance and contracted architectural services. Painter will receive the difference.
"We have been fighting for this house for six years," says Brad Buchanan, executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development. "Today, we finally have certainty that this building will not crumble but will stand as a north Denver landmark for future generations."
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