ARCHIVED  October 4, 2002

Who Owns the Block: Berthoud block holds international surprises

BERTHOUD — What do a world-class French restaurant, an Oriental rug cleaning shop and a central Asian yurta have in common? They’re all located on the same block in downtown Berthoud.

Berthoud is equally distant from Longmont and Loveland and is picturesquely placed between Longs Peak and Interstate 25. The 500 block of Third Street is bounded by Mountain and Massachusetts avenues on the north and south and by Third and Fourth streets on the east and west.

The block is home to a hardware store, a bank, the Berthoud drug store, a Foursquare church and an auction house.

A women’s work-out facility, an after-school learning center, a real estate office and an insurance salesman also call the block home, along with the crown jewel of Berthoud restaurants, The Savoy.

The Savoy specializes in French cuisine prepared by Chef Jean Martini and his wife, Chantal. Escargot, frog legs and Coq au vin are on the menu, and Friday night is lobster night.

North of The Savoy, on an open piece of land, is a Kryghyz yurta. This is the mobile tent-like home of the people of the Tian Shan Mountains in central Asia. The Yurta is constructed of a wooden frame overlain with several felt coverings.

Next to the yurta is Castle Cleaning and Rug Co. The company specializes in the sale and care of Oriental rugs.

“The building is the coolest old building in town,´ said Phil Auserehl, owner of the building and Castle Cleaning. “This building was destined to be an Oriental rug shop.”

Why do these unique world treasures call Berthoud home? Auserehl believes it is the location.

“We are under 30 miles to all the cities in Northern Colorado. It’s all about location, location, location.”

1. 310 Mountain Ave.

Owner: Berthoud Hardware and Industrial Inc./Scott T. Banzhaf

Assessed valuation: $118,910

Last sale: 1998 — $500,000

Year built: 1930

Built as: bank

Tenants: Berthoud Ace Hardware, Curves for Women, Adams Bank & Trust

2. 316 Mountain Ave.

Owner: Berthoud Hardware and Industrial Inc./Scott T. Banzhaf

Assessed valuation: $39,450

Last sale: 1998 — $500,000

Year built: 1930

Built as: bank

Tenant: Financial Strategies of Colorado LLC

3. 330 Mountain Ave.

Owner: Glen E. Namura

Assessed valuation: $53,650

Last sale: 1988 — $88,000

Year built: 1890

Built as: retail store

Tenant: Berthoud Drug

4. 340 Mountain Ave.

Owner: Marian L. Maggi and Lawrence L. Bebo

Assessed valuation: $69,620

Last sale: 1993 — 117,500

Year built: 1996

Built as: office building

Tenant: Maggi Town & Country Real Estate

5. 344 Mountain Ave.

Owner: Marian L. Maggi and Lawrence L. Bebo

Assessed valuation: $17,700

Last sale: 1993 — $117,500

Year built: 1900

Built as: retail store

Tenant: Farmers Insurance — D.K. Young Agency

6. 500 4th St.

Year built: 1904

Tenant: Berthoud Four Square Church

7. Parking lot — no address

8. 532 4th St.

Owner: The Berthoud National Bank

Assessed valuation: $47,660

Last sale: 1992 — $90,000

Year built: 1992

Tenant: Adams Bank & Trust 24hr ATM

9. 333 Massachusetts Ave.

Owner: Thomas C. & Joyce N. Jones

Assessed valuation: $164,000 and $31,300

Last sale: 1991 — $38,000

Year built: 1889

Built as: Multiple residential and storage warehouse

Tenants: apartments, Wi-com Wireless

10. 349 Massachusetts Ave.

Owner: Masonic Lodge 83 A F and AM

Assessed valuation: $28,710

Year built: 1889

Built as: storage warehouse

Tenant: Berthoud Masonic Lodge, Rawhide auction

11. 565 3rd Ave.

Owner: Philip E. and Virginia Auserehl

Assessed valuation: $49,340

Last sale: 1993 — $110,000

Year built: 1899, addition in 1979

Built as: retail store; service garage added

Tenant: Castle Cleaning and Rug Co., and A Travel Network

12. 557 3rd St.

Owner: Mark J. and Susan S. Wojciechow-ski

Assessed valuation: $5,490

Last sale: 1999 — $200,000

Year built: 1900

Built as: supplemental values CODE

Tenant: Kyrghyz Yurta

13. 553 3rd St.

Owner: Mark J. and Susan S. Wojciechow-ski

Assessed valuation: $5,080

Last sale: 1999 — $200,000

Built as:Land

14. 549 3rd St.

Owner: Mark J. and Susan S. Wojciechow-ski

Assessed valuation: $26,110

Last sale: 1999 — $200,000

Year built: 1900

Built as: office building

Tenant: Dream Catcher direct instruction center

15. 543 3rd St.

Owner: Walter J. & Patricia A. Kinderman

Assessed valuation: $31,910

Last sale: 1997 — $107,000

Year built: 1900

Built as: storage warehouse

Tenant: vacant, former location of Old Berthoud Recorder

16. 535 3rd St.

Owner: Chantal & Jean Martini

Assessed valuation: $37,710

Last sale: 1993 — $115,000

Year built: 1900

Built as: restaurant

Tenant: The Savoy French Restaurant

17. 525 3rd St.

Owner: Roger & Norma Banzhaf

Assessed valuation: $107,300

Last sale: 1977

Year built: 1900

Built as: storage warehouse

Tenant: Berthoud Ace Hardware

BERTHOUD — What do a world-class French restaurant, an Oriental rug cleaning shop and a central Asian yurta have in common? They’re all located on the same block in downtown Berthoud.

Berthoud is equally distant from Longmont and Loveland and is picturesquely placed between Longs Peak and Interstate 25. The 500 block of Third Street is bounded by Mountain and Massachusetts avenues on the north and south and by Third and Fourth streets on the east and west.

The block is home to a hardware store, a bank, the Berthoud drug store, a Foursquare church and an auction house.

A women’s work-out facility,…

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