About our Building

CENTURY 21 Gold Dust Realty is located at one of the busiest corners in Nevada County, adjacent to highway on and off-ramps, where Brunswick Road and Maltman Road intersect in Grass Valley, CA.

BEFORE the remodel, this  commercial property was drab, did not attract attention, but worst of all, this tired façade did not  accurately represent the high quality, attentive REALTORS ® within. They, and their clients deserved better.

BEFORE the remodel, this commercial property was drab, did not attract attention, but worst of all, this tired façade did not accurately represent the high quality, attentive REALTORS® within. They, and their clients deserved better.

This highly visible commercial building was purchased by J.D. and Erin Miller in 2006. It was tired looking and did not draw attention to take advantage of its prized location. As a commercial structure, it needed a facelift and interior updates to become a space where serious professional REALTORS® could thrive.

The entire building was updated with structural upgrades, all new roofs, windows and doors, mechanical systems, and complete interior updates. To make the building more appealing and enjoyable for the community, a cupola with a copper weathervane was added, and a one-of-a-kind, giant clock window that the designer dreamt up was installed on a front-facing wall upstairs. This clock is all automated to keep accurate time. It corrects itself after power outages and when time changes twice a year. The community can enjoy the beauty of the building and the practicality of an accurate clock all year long.

All of this was done while the business remained open 7 days a week, thanks to a very flexible and talented general contractor, Rex Ballard of Grass Valley.

DURING construction, a crane  placed an important structural metal “I” beam at the roof ridge. The crane was also used to remove  unsightly HVAC units which were relocated to the attic.

DURING construction, a crane placed an important structural metal “I” beam at the roof ridge. The crane was also used to remove unsightly HVAC units which were relocated to the attic.

DURING construction, the cupola  is framed and the custom clock window is started.

DURING construction, the cupola is framed and the custom clock window is started.

AFTER the remodel was  completed, the building is bright, eye-catching, and stylistically appropriate for the area.

AFTER the remodel was completed, the building is bright, eye-catching, and stylistically appropriate for the area.

The building had history and the owners made sure that all of the updates and improvements did not wipe away the character or erase its past. It was originally two separate cabins that sat very near Lake Olympia, (a lake in the “Brunswick Basin” before the freeway was put in). At some point several decades ago, one single building was created when someone built interior space between the two cabins and added a second floor. From the Burger King parking lot, you can still see the roof lines of the two separate cabins at the rear of the building. And the building actually sits on two separate parcels with the lot line running right down the middle of the single structure, between the two old cabins.

AFTER construction, roofs extend over the rear stairs to the upper level. The original character was retained by keeping the two  rooflines of the original single-story cabins (at the left and right of the lower level).

AFTER construction, roofs extend over the rear stairs to the upper level. The original character was retained by keeping the two rooflines of the original single-story cabins (at the left and right of the lower level).

Inside, many resources were added to improve client experiences and help agents achieve success. This included new HVAC systems, the addition of more private work stations for the agents, plus three enclosed meeting rooms were created. The kitchenette and the 3 restrooms were all upgraded. Updated computers and technologies were added.

Downstairs, a new wheelchair  accessible bath was added. But rather than feeling drab and institutional, it has vibrant blue wainscot  contrasting with copper above.

Downstairs, a new wheelchair accessible bath was added. But rather than feeling drab and institutional, it has vibrant blue wainscot contrasting with copper above.

Upstairs, the one-of-a-kind clock  window steals the show. To equal this creative centerpiece, the whole space was finished in a more  loft-like, energetic manner with bright colors, creative flooring, and in the upstairs bath, corrugated  galvanized metal makes a great looking, durable wainscot.

Upstairs, the one-of-a-kind clock window steals the show. To equal this creative centerpiece, the whole space was finished in a more loft-like, energetic manner with bright colors, creative flooring, and in the upstairs bath, corrugated galvanized metal makes a great looking, durable wainscot.

Inside, clients, guests and agents enjoy spaces which were professionally designed to provide function and privacy when needed. This includes sound absorbing art installations in many rooms.

This fabric art installation is backed  by sound-absorbing boards. This helps deaden sounds and muffle voices so people can have private  conversations about their delicate transactions.

This fabric art installation is backed by sound-absorbing boards. This helps deaden sounds and muffle voices so people can have private conversations about their delicate transactions.

Sound absorbing art installations in  walkways and shared spaces help keep noise levels tolerable, and yet are pretty and not institutional in  feel.

Sound absorbing art installations in walkways and shared spaces help keep noise levels tolerable, and yet are pretty and not institutional in feel.

Every  workspace has privacy walls around it so agents can concentrate and talk on their phones easily. Sound  absorbing boards are covered in beautiful fabrics and function as bulletin boards.

Every workspace has privacy walls around it so agents can concentrate and talk on their phones easily. Sound absorbing boards are covered in beautiful fabrics and function as bulletin boards.

Upstairs, a dark and dreary space was transformed into a bright and inspiring work space of over 400 square feet. And its focal point is the unique, 54” clock window which faces the front. The window offers natural light and great views of the busy intersection and tree covered hills beyond. All who work in or visit this space comment that it is about the most interesting and beautiful work spaces they have  ever been in.

Upstairs, a dark and dreary space was transformed into a bright and inspiring work space of over 400 square feet. And its focal point is the unique, 54” clock window which faces the front. The window offers natural light and great views of the busy intersection and tree covered hills beyond. All who work in or visit this space comment that it is about the most interesting and beautiful work spaces they have ever been in.

The intent of the remodel was to balance beauty with function. But also, it was to demonstrate a core company value – that details and creativity matter! When you work with CENTURY 21 Gold Dust Realty, you work with people who care about their county, their clients, and the importance of their profession. They will be diligent and creative and attentive to details as they guide you through the complexities of real estate buying and selling.

It’s a detailed process, and we care!

All of the building updates and interior designs were by Erin Miller Designs. You can learn more about their work by calling 530-477-1401, or at erinmillerdesigns.com.