Justin

Justin Holman is CEO of TerraSeer, where he leads efforts to develop cutting edge sales forecasting and inventory optimization technology for the Automotive Aftermarket. Prior to joining TerraSeer, Justin managed corporate consulting for the Strategy & Analytics division at MapInfo Corporation, leading major projects for retail clients including The Home Depot, Darden Restaurants, Bridgestone-Firestone, Sainsbury’s and New York & Company. Before that, Justin served as Vice President of Software Development at LogicTools, now part of IBM's supply chain application software group. Justin holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and an Executive Management certificate from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

36 Comments

  • Scallywagsmellinass 3 years ago

    University Park should be renamed Scallyville.

    • Justin 3 years ago

      You’re funny Mr. Scallywag.

  • Alex hale 3 years ago

    My husband and I have been stalking your blog this past week eating up all information on pueblo and this map is very helpful! We are a military family and have orders for fort carson in Colorado Springs. I have fallen in love with the older homes for sale in pueblo and am actively trying to convince him that the commute to cs won’t be to bad…. Right now we are looking at the North Elizabeth & downtown area… In your opinion are these good neighborhoods? And do you have others you would recommend?

    • Justin 3 years ago

      Thanks for stalking me! 🙂
      The historic homes on Elizabeth, Greenwood, Grand and Court between 18th and 23rd are great if you’re willing to take on the upkeep. All other worthy neighborhoods with historic homes are further south … and further from Springs.

  • vicki gleitz 3 years ago

    can you please give me a little information on ‘the Blocks?”

    • Justin 3 years ago

      Sure, let me think about how to do this most effectively. Might be worthy of a full blog post. Best, Justin

  • Jacque 3 years ago

    Justin,
    My son, his wife and their 2 yr old are planning on relocating to Pueblo. I am going into semi-retirement and will be spending some of the year with them. I am an avid hiker and have hiked a lot of the SW so Pueblo is appealing to me. On their limited budget- we are looking at a home currently that is situated on Mitchell Park. The street view looks like it is an OK area- but it is East. It is about 2 miles from the river walk. Can you comment on the park and the area? I wouldn’t want my granddaughter living in a dangerous area.
    Thanks, Jacque

    • Justin 3 years ago

      Hi Jacque – I’m so sorry I missed this, somehow slipped through the cracks. In any case, Mitchell Park is right in the heart of the East Side. I love the East Side but it’s a pretty tough neighborhood in terms of crime. The park is probably not safe at night and your son’s family might want to look elsewhere if safety is a primary concern. That said, the East Side is one of the most affordable neighborhoods you’ll find and I know people who are very happy living there. Hope this helps! Best wishes, Justin

  • vicky gleitz 3 years ago

    I wish the streets were labeled and numbered. My sons house in in the 1700 block of east 13th street. Does that put him in the upper east side? [btw, the neighbors on the block are sweet, old, and quiet]

    • Justin 3 years ago

      Hi Vicky, yes, his house in the Upper East Side neighborhood. I will work on a better map for easier orientation. Glad to hear your son has good neighbors! Best, JH

  • JennyfromtheMesa 3 years ago

    Looking to move into town, what is your opinion of the area from 29th down off Elizabeth?

    • Justin 3 years ago

      Hi Jenny – I like the “North Elizabeth”, “Big Hill” and “Country Club” neighborhoods but there are rough spots here and there. Some terrific stuff near Mineral Palace Park; if you like older homes with architectural charm this is one of your best bets. You can find major bargains between 24th-29th and between Elizabeth and High Streets. This sub neighborhood is sometimes called “the Avenues”. Prices are lower because the housing stock isn’t great and some blocks are pretty run down. But there are some gems. Tough to make specific recommendations without more information. Depends a lot on your personal situation but hopefully this helps a little bit. Best, Justin

  • Kelly Maddy 3 years ago

    Followed your blog for some time, moving off of 29th and Skyview Ave. by the end of the month. Any input on that area? Seemed clean and decently safe.

    • Justin 3 years ago

      Hi Kelly, I think it’s a good area. Not far from Centennial High for park-like green space. Convenient location. I would try not to be too too close to 29th as it’s a major artery (by Pueblo standards) for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. I think it will be perfectly safe but you’ll still need to take precautions to avoid petty crime. Get a security system. Keep your garage door closed. Etc. Hope it works for you! Thanks for following my blog! Best, Justin

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  • hk 11 months ago

    Hello Justin,
    I have been looking to retire visited the pueblo area and liked it but as i read. I am reading that it has the highest crime in Colorado what areas should we avoid. I would like a older home with solid structure that i can update with a basement in a nice safe area.

    • Justin 11 months ago

      Hi HK,
      The toughest areas of town (most crime) are probably Lower Eastside, Outer Eastside, Lower Bessemer, East Mesa and South Prairie. That said, I know people who live quite happily in those very neighborhoods. For older homes I like North Elizabeth, Mesa Junction and Orman Park. All depends of course on your budget and what’s available for sale/rent on the market. We currently have a tight market with very little inventory.
      Best wishes,
      Justin

  • Melanie Lovell 11 months ago

    Thanks for all your help on my search! I’ve read questions about “The Blocks” and you mentioned The Avenues, and I wondered if you knew a resource where one could go to get this information/local color/history (stuff you wouldn’t necessarily find from a historical society), other than pestering a local to death, haha).

    Thanks again,

    Melanie

    • Justin 11 months ago

      I’m not aware of any such resource, aside from locals and real estate agents. 🙂

  • melanie lovell 11 months ago

    I did find some Pueblo color/background on http://www.city-data.com from some locals, if anyone is interested!

  • Jane 11 months ago

    I’m curious about how the legalization of marijuana has had an impact on Pueblo. I recently read an article about the “pot refugees” in pueblo, primarily young people who have moved there without jobs or a place to stay. I’m disabled and my husband works from home and we’re interested in moving to Pueblo within the next year or two and will be visiting later this month.

    • Justin 11 months ago

      Difficult to say. I doubt the article had more than anecdotal evidence about these so-called pot refugees. There are also plenty of financially stable people moving to Colorado, including to Pueblo, to be part of a legal environment. Of course, that sort of reporting doesn’t sell as many ads so we won’t see it anytime soon.

      Overall, I’d say legalization has had a strong positive economic impact on Pueblo. Real estate where growing can take place legally has been gobbled up. New construction projects to build retail, warehouse, grow operations, etc have all had positive impacts. And of course there are the millions of dollars in new tax revenue and the 1300+ new jobs that have been created, so far, in Pueblo County.

      Some of the fools at Citizens for a Healthy (and hypocritical) Pueblo will tell you otherwise. But, in my personal opinion, they’ve been so bamboozled by a lifetime of war on drugs propaganda that they are willfully ignorant about marijuana relative to other legal substances. Hospitals prescribe opiates like handing out candy and take no responsibility for the heroine epidemic. Yet marijuana is the threat to public health? Give me a break.

      Okay, off the soap box. Hope your move to Pueblo goes well!

      Best wishes,
      Justin

  • Mary 10 months ago

    We are a retired couple looking to buy a home in Pueblo. We are on a tight budget ($1500 a month), and we need to move very quickly because our home in Houston is already sold. I have found that many of the advertised homes are already under contract. However, we found a nice looking house in an area called Skyview, across from Irving Elementary. All the crime reports are scaring me. Is this a safe neighborhood for a retired couple?

    • Justin 10 months ago

      Hi Mary,
      Skyview is pretty good but I’m thinking of the neighborhood bounded by 29th St. and Baltimore, just south of Centennial High School. If the house you’re considering is near Irving Elementary then you’re on the West Side and I can’t recommend the location as a good neighborhood for a retired couple. Hope this helps.
      Best wishes,
      Justin

  • Lynne Cownie 10 months ago

    Hi Justin. I am looking for a new home for my two children and myself. A friend recently recommended moving to Colorado. When I mentioned this to my osteopath, her response was, “That would be so great for you!!!”. Well, that sealed the deal. I am on disability, so it doesn’t much matter where we live. I owned a Victorian house here in Iowa which had been carved into apartments in the 1940’s. I did most of the work myself taking it back to a single-family home. I am looking forward to finding another “fixer-upper” in Pueblo. I’m going to avoid the lower east side, but there seem to be quite a few houses for sale on the east side. I hope we can find something reasonably priced in an area without too much crime, but “fixer-uppers” seem to usually be in disadvantaged neighborhoods. We are really looking forward to this move, and beginning a new chapter in our lives. Hope to see you at the grocery store!

    • Justin 10 months ago

      Hi Lynne,
      I hope Pueblo works for you! There are plenty of older homes in need of some TLC. If you’re patient I’m sure you can find a good deal, especially if you’re willing to put in some sweat equity. Look in the North Elizabeth, Mesa Junction and Orman Park areas for older homes. Good luck with the move! I try to avoid shopping at all costs but maybe I’ll see you in a coffee shop – I love Solar Roast and the Daily Grind. Best wishes, Justin

  • Michele 7 months ago

    Hi, someone mentioned to me that when I sell my house in Denver I could come to Pueblo and buy a house for cash, to retire in – they said the Walking stick are was nice and safe – but I don’t like the homes there! I want a bungalow. And as I am retiring what is the safer neighborhoods? I never considered Pueblo before because I had read that the crime rate was very high there. Would a single elderly woman be safe?

    • Justin 7 months ago

      Hi Michele,
      Yes I think you’d be perfectly safe in Pueblo. Just get an alarm system from ADT or similar provider. I think you could find a pleasant bungalow in North Elizabeth, Country Club, Aberdeen, Mesa Junction, Orman Park, Sunset, Northridge, Belmont, University Park. It’s hard to be more specific without knowing more about your budget. Walking Stick is pretty upscale for Pueblo, mostly newer housing, mostly large homes, and mostly overpriced.
      Best wishes,
      Justin

  • Alan Wyman 6 months ago

    Hi Justin,
    We are another retiring couple moving to Pueblo. I would like to share some details hoping it will help you answer my question(s). We would like your thoughts and recommendation for a neighborhood.
    We would like to purchase a small (approx. 2500 square feet) home for less than $275,000. We are looking for a home without stairs and a garage for my vintage car. We like to ride bicycles so it would be nice to have paths nearby. We have seen many homes for sale online but haven’t found the perfect match yet and getting your opinion will help tremendously. We even thought of buying an empty lot in an old neighborhood to build a house.
    Thoughts please?

    • Justin 6 months ago

      Hi Alan,
      You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a good match. I would look in Belmont, Aberdeen, Sunset, Northridge and the Country Club neighborhoods. I might actually have just the right place for you. Shoot me a message via the contact form if you’re interested.
      Best wishes,
      Justin

  • Jimmy 6 months ago

    Hey Justin,

    We are looking in Pueblo quite a bit. Both of the trips we took to Pueblo were enjoyable and we are starting to get fed up with Fort Collins. We enjoy all the parks, historic homes, and friendly people. We are heading down there soon to look around again… with our son (almost 2). Any neighborhood suggestions for a young family? Our son won’t be in school for a few years but a lot of the schools seem to be low scoring. Thanks.

    • Justin 6 months ago

      Hi Jimmy,
      The school district has open enrollment so you can choose your neighborhood and school separately. Of course, it’s nice to be close by. You might check out University Park. Good location, lots of young families, pretty good schools nearby. My other recommendations in previous comments stand for you too but, since you’re moving from Fort Collins, I think you might prefer to be on the north side of town where you have easier access to Colorado Springs and other points north for shopping and other amenities.
      Best wishes,
      Justin

      • Jimmy 6 months ago

        Thank you Justin!
        We came down and checked out a few of the neighborhoods you’ve listed… we love the history in the Northside & downtown. We are from Cincinnati originally, so the crime statistics don’t scare us. We are excited to check out University Park next month!
        Jimmy

  • David 3 months ago

    Hi Justin,
    Thanks for writing this blog!
    My wife and I would like to retire to Pueblo from Boulder County in about 3 years. We found a lovely house, but it’s on Jefferson, 2 blocks from the Mesa Junction boundary at Lake. It seems to get rougher south of Washington. Our other concern is the current rental market. The house is a four bedroom 2 bath with a one car garage. Any thoughts on the neighborhood boundary and the current rental market?

    • Justin 3 months ago

      Hi David,
      I own a rental house on Jefferson (200 block) so I like the location, as long as you’re getting a good price. But you’re correct to note it’s on the edge of the Mesa Junction and the neighborhood gets rough as you move further east and south. You should also check the EPA Superfund boundary around the Eiler neighborhood. You’d be on the outskirts and I wouldn’t let it scare you away but you need to understand the situation before you hand over any money.
      The rental market is very tight, meaning you shouldn’t have any trouble at all finding renters. I’m not a big fan of renting out a 4-bedroom because you’ll attract large families and they tend to generate more wear and tear on a property but you should be able to collect a nice monthly rent check.
      Best wishes,
      Justin

  • David 3 months ago

    Hi Justin,

    It’s actually in the Superfund area. The owner purchased the house for $93000 in April 2015 from the original owners. In September 2015 the EPA declared Eilers Neighborhood a Superfund site. Across the street is not in the Superfund site. This house is on the edge in more ways than one. It’s listed for $119,000, but you would probably recommend a better price, since FHA won’t make a loan in the Superfund area. Thanks again for your advice. This blog has been a major source of information as well as a starting place for further research.
    Best,
    David

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