AURORA, Colo. -- There are houses of all shapes and sizes on the market in Colorado right now, but there's one in Aurora that stands out among the rest.
Aurora Fire Rescue firefighters called the house sitting at 1680 S. Catawba Cir. their Station No. 15 home for 11 years. From the looks of it, you would think this is just a normal house.
“Four bedrooms upstairs, has a master bedroom layout just like a typical home would,” said Brian Alpert, Managing Broker for ASIO Real Estate.
There is a major addition that makes this home pretty unique.
“This garage door is 14 feet tall by 16 feet wide and its even wider inside,” said Alpert.
The house has a tall garage addition to the home that is large enough to store a fire truck and firefighting gear inside. Once the house is sold, the attached garage is big enough to store a boat, RV, five cars, or even a food truck.
When the Murphy Creek Neighborhood was first built, the developer had to make sure there was fire protection for the homes being built. The developer and Aurora Fire Rescue created a plan to build a house in the neighborhood that would serve as the fire station. That's when Station 15 was born.
"Firefighters would walk up and down the street with their radios and wave to everybody,” said Tony Krenz, Aurora Fire Rescue Captain.
Potential homebuyers have been asking Alpert if the house comes with all the bells and whistles of a normal fire station.
“We have been getting a lot of calls from people who want to know if it has a fire pole in it or if it’s got a bunch of bunk beds,” said Alpert. “Unfortunately it doesn't have anything really crazy or outlandish like that, just a normal old house."
Aurora Fire Rescue built up enough tax revenue on property taxes for a new station 15, now just a short drive away from the community it continues to serve.
“It’s larger, it’s more expandable to house more firefighters as needed as the community grows,” said Krenz.
The previous fire station on Catawba Cir. is listed at below market value at $419,000.