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My Name Is... Mike Smith of Arvada

Skier, hiker, gardener, home flipper

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About me

Called out by the mountains and my love for all things outdoorsy, Colorado is now my happy place.

I’m originally from Downingtown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philly. There, while growing up, I met my sweetheart, Catie, and found a passion for skiing, gardening and construction. In January 2014, we decided to move to Colorado to be nearer the slopes and to do construction — specifically flipping homes.

Finding a happy job

We bought our Olde Town home and we completely gutted it. It was a really fun project that turned out well. Since I have my own construction company and I love renovating homes, Catie and I decided to start our own company, Happy Homes Ltd. We started with the home next to us on Yukon Street, and have since flipped a house on Grant Place. We’re currently looking for our fourth project in the Arvada area. I really love the homes that need to be gutted.

My happy pastimes

Outside of my construction and house-flipping businesses, I love to ski, specifically alpine. I go where the snow is. I also enjoy hiking 14ers and have done 11 in the last two years — 10 of which were last summer. My favorite was Mount Eolus. You take the Silverton train to the trailhead of the Needle Mountains, and hike a little over 6 miles into a place where you can climb to two other peaks, Windom Peak and Sunlight Peak. I love experiencing Colorado for what it has to offer — the mountains.

In my spare time, I love to garden. I’m a pescatarian, so I don’t eat any red meat, chicken or pork, but I do eat fish. I love healthy meals, so I grow quite a bit of produce. I have huge garden boxes in my back yard, and they’re full of pineapple plants, avocado plants, peppers, green chilies, zucchinis, cantaloupe, sugar snap peas, kale and more. I love being the person who can grow, work and tend to the produce I feed to my family. I also have a tendency to take grocery store fruit and try and grow it in my yard — I tried it with pineapples, with success, and now I do it all the time.

Finding peace on water

I love traveling on water. Ideally, I’d love to stop working, take a boat and go sail around the world. We visit a lot of tropical areas, and we’re going to Belize this May. I just love the water. It’s calming and whatever body it is — an ocean, a lake, a river — I feel at peace.

I’m a man of too many hobbies and have a full house of toys. But I wouldn’t trade it. We love Arvada, the community, the people and the location. I have a house where I can see Mount Evans to the south and Pikes Peak to the north. Does it get any better than that?

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