As many of you know, Walters & Co. is a multi-generational family business, so it brings us great joy to announce the newest addition is another Walters! Mary Walters, started working with us in August of this year as a Transaction and Marketing Coordinator as well as our Team Administrator.
That is not all Mary does, however. Outside of her time here at Walters & Co. she is also a flight instructor out of Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colorado. She teaches people, often with little to no experience in airplanes, how to start from square one and go on to earn things like their Private, Instrument, and Commercial Pilot certificates.
Her journey to where she is now was a long winding road, though. Starting in 2018, when she was hired as a Flight Attendant for American Airlines. After almost two years of flying the friendly skies, she realized that airplanes may be the passion she was always searching for but being a Flight Attendant wasn’t the answer. So, she decided to take a leave of absence from her job with American Airlines and move back home to Denver to pursue a career as a pilot.
Mary also started from square one with no flying experience and spent 10 months in training at Centennial Airport. In those ten months she got all the certifications she dreamt of achieving! After that, there was a waiting period between school and being hired on as a flight instructor. That’s where we come in! During that waiting period we had an opening here at Walters & Co. and hired Mary on to work with us!
If you ask her what her favorite part of working here is, Mary will tell you that it’s coming in to the office every day and getting to see her parents and often her beloved family dog, Frito. She’ll go on to tell you that it’s more than that though. It’s getting to be a part of her family’s success story. It’s getting to see the company that started with an idea that her parents had eight years ago. From there, growing and expanding in to three companies, Real Estate, Property Management and Maintenance, that all support and work with each other. She will go on to tell you that her parents are her inspiration and her heroes and that working with them has been the most wonderful unforeseen blessing.
When it comes to business sometimes all we see is the end product, you don’t get to see what goes on inside. I’m here to tell you that with us, it’s not always just business. Everything we do here is personal. Everything we do here is personal because behind what you see is a family committed to one philosophy. That philosophy includes hard work, client dedication and community.
That right there is why customer service is so important to us. When you decide to work with Walters & Co. you can count on being our number one priority because we will treat you like family too! We hope that today’s newsletter gives you all a peek inside our daily lives. Walters & Co. wouldn’t be what it is today without our amazing friends, family and clients. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support!
Happy Friday and Halloween Weekend everyone!
To celebrate Halloween Weekend, this week we’re featuring some of the most infamous real-life homes that went on to inspire popular Hollywood horror films!
From the Amityville Horror house to the Old Arnold Estate in Rhode Island that inspired the first Conjuring movie, these properties pique public interest, but very often fetch sale prices that are well below the list price. Here are five of these awesome homes!
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The Amityville Horror House
The Amityville Horror house is perhaps the most notorious haunted home in America. The murders that occured at the property and subsequent paranormal activity inspired a best-selling book and a film franchise that spans 38 years and 10 movies.
The home sparked renewed interest in March 2021 when Ronald DeFeo Jr., the convicted serial killer who perpetrated his crimes in the home , died in prison at 69. The property was last listed in June 2016 for $850,000 and sold in March 2017 for $605,000.
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The Pet Sematary House
The Pet Sematary house is a four-bedroom property that Stephen King and his family rented in the late 1970s. It was there that King came up with the idea for his best-selling novel. Events such as King’s daughter’s cat being hit by a truck in front of the home and local children constructing a pet cemetery in its backyard helped inspire King to write the novel.
Located on River Road in Orrington, Maine, the home was last listed in August 2017 for $255,000, but a sale was never reported.
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The Old Arnold Estate
Following the release of The Conjuring in 2013, the owners of this centuries-old 14-room farmhouse in Rhode Island threatened to sue Warner Bros. Their property and the investigation conducted there by the late, famous paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren inspired the film, but it was constantly trespassed upon after the film became a box office hit.
In the wake of the film’s release, the nuisances became too much for the homeowners and they listed the estate for sale, but eventually took it off the market. The property was again listed for sale in September 2021 for $1,200,000.
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The Sowden House
The Sowden House garnered the nation’s attention in 1947 in the wake of the Black Dahlia murder. Built in 1927 and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the home is where Dr. George Hill Hodel lived and allegedly dissected the body of Elizabeth Short.
In the early 2000s, Hodel’s son Steve brought a cadaver dog into the home’s basement and claims it detected the scent of decomposed human remains. However, nothing came of the younger Hodel’s investigation. The home most recently sold in January 2018 for $4.7 million.
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Perhaps most notorious for being the location of John Lennon’s assassination, The Dakota is one of the most prestigious co-ops in Manhattan with many celebrities having called it home over the years.The Dakota also has a storied supernatural history, with the most famous ghost in the building being the Crying Lady who is said to walk the co-op’s halls.
Several movies have been filmed in The Dakota, most famously Rosemary’s Baby in 1968. The film is set in The Bramford, which is actually The Dakota, where many of the movie’s interior and exterior were filmed. Most recently, a four-bedroom apartment sold in the building in March 2020 for $9.75 million.