Archive for December, 2010

In the wake of holiday snow and tax cuts extension, resort Realtors are feeling good about Colorado’s mountain market

Of all the sectors – energy, agriculture, high tech – that promise some kind of recovery to Colorado in the year ahead, what’s the one thing that, in the eyes of the rest of the world, that sets Colorado apart? “People think of us for skiing and for big ranch properties,” says George Harvey, Telluride-based agent who came out to ski Aspen during college, and never returned east. “It’s the sheer, drop-dead beauty here.”

Telluride airportTelluride Regional Airport, with a $54 million makeover that included a jet-friendly runway, is drawing a high-end clientele. Brett Schreckengost, courtesy Telluride Regional Airport.

Harvey has worked the Telluride market for 27 years, building a clientele that includes numbers of international buyers. Like other agents who have toughed-out the mountain market, he’s now seeing a pickup — 25% in year-over-year sales; 50% in dollar volume — that could be a harbinger of better times. Included is an increased number of international buyers. “To own here is seen as very prestigious,” Harvey noted, adding that he’d recently worked with buyers from the UK, Singapore, and Brazil. more »

‘Lazy Dog Ranch’ near Telluride shows off a view of Colorado’s most photographed fourteener

Where was “The Sound of Music” filmed? In Austria, of course…but also in Colorado, on sprawling Wilson Mesa across from Telluride, where a carpet of aspen trees wraps the base of three scenic fourteen-thousand-foot peaks, including what may be Colorado’s most often-viewed fourteener, Wilson Peak.

Lazy Dog RanchLazy Dog Ranch includes a home office, located off of the master bedroom, with a built-in solid wrap-around wood desk.

That summit, featured in Coors Beer ads and hundreds of other advertising portrayals, is the backdrop of a ten-acre property that Telluride Realtor George Harvey is showing this season: Lazy Dog Ranch, priced at $2,650,000. Thirty minutes from Telluride’s old-Colorado downtown and closer to newly updated Telluride Regional Airport, the ranch is centered around a unique custom home built in the mid-1980s, showcasing contemporary alpine architecture that was extensively updated in a 2008 remodel. more »

Quarter ownerships: Quickly growing popular at Winter Park, are they the next big thing in owning mountain property?

When John and Jackie Dendahl began shopping for a resort property near Breckenridge as a getaway from their home in Roxborough, their Realtor made two suggestions: ‘Why not look over in Winter Park and Grand County?’…and, ‘Why not buy that place as a quarter ownership?’

Grand ElkColdwell Banker agent Stuart Huster of Grand Quarters (left) shows the resort home Jackie and John Dendahl bought on quarter ownership in Elk Track.

This week, the couple was up enjoying their new cabin-styled duplex at Elk Track in Grand Elk — on the third tee of the Craig Stadler golf course, 20 minutes from where Winter Park skiers were enjoying 10 inches of new powder. Unlike ‘time shares,’ the Dendahls have real ownership in their place – can rent it, trade it, deed it, sell it. The mortgage, along with monthlies for maintenance and amenities, are divvied up among the four owners by a management company. more »

With a terrific winter on the way, Club Rendezvous opens at Winter Park’s base village, great skier access

With the mountains getting slammed with snow, how do you create family ski experiences today that parents and grandparents remember from when they were kids?…when traffic was lighter and crowds were smaller? Next weekend Rendezvous, Koelbel and Company’s master-planned resort community at Winter Park, takes a step forward in doing just that — making its property owners’ memories more about skiing, less about hassles of driving, parking, and tromping around in your boots.
Rendezvous shuttleKoelbel and Companys’ Silvio DeBartolomeis and Coldwell Banker agents Dennis Saffell and Stuart Huster show how close Club Rendezvous is to Winter Park’s Zephyr Lift.

You can be one of the first to see Club Rendezvous, an exclusive owner’s club at the Winter Park base, next to Starbucks and directly across from Zephyr Lift – the only owner’s club at Winter Park. “For our families, it’s going to be like, ‘Wow, this is the way it used to be,” says Silvio DeBartolomeis, Vice President of Sales at Koelbel. more »

At bottom of a bump run, gated retreat for only ski-in ski-out homes at Winter Park

What’s the best bump-n-glade skiing in the U.S.? It’s not in Aspen, or Vail, but Mary Jane, with near-sheer drops like Cannonball and Riflesight, two back bowls, and a gated enclave nestling the only 20 single-family homes that will ever have ski-in, ski-out access in Winter Park Resort.
BridgersCacheRealtor Dennis Saffell, left, and developer Kevin Magenis show the one re-sale home in Bridger’s Cache, the only ski-in/out single-family property in Winter Park.

Bridger’s Cache, tucked into a stand of firs overlooking Winter Park’s new base village, is at the opposite end of the market from bargain-priced condos that are selling at ski resorts now. But developer Kevin Magenis has 12 of the 20 sold – and has Bridger’s Cache’s private, 7,800-square-foot Alpine Club, where you can warm up after a horrifying descent Jane’s bump-infested runs, already paid for, entirely debt-free. more »

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