A 45-minute drive from downtown, solar dream retreat with an amazing view

By Mark Samuelson

Bruce Campbell is a genuine Renaissance man – jetliner captain for United Airlines; architecture degree from CU; skilled woodworker – and not surprisingly, he and wife Julene have designed and built their own 5,245-square-foot Swiss retreat, straight out of Zermatt or Champéry, 30 minutes up 285 from 470.

Bruce and Julene Campbell
Bruce and Julene Campbell show their Swiss-style retreat near Conifer.

“I looked from Boulder to Sedalia,” Campbell recalls of a 2-year hunt for this site; and when you arrive you’ll see why he stopped here. The ground falls away to a stunning panorama of the craggy sentinels in the upper Platte Basin, backstopped by Pikes Peak. more »

In Aspen’s coveted ‘West End,’ half-block of Forest Service land on auction block

By Mark Samuelson

In 1940, when Aspen was a hamlet waning from its gold rush days, the U.S. Forest Service built a small compound at N. 8th and Smuggler Streets in a neighborhood of old Victorian houses, to manage the surrounding wilderness. Fast-forward 73 years and Aspen’s ‘West End’ comprises some of the priciest real estate in the world: Homes within a block of the Forest Service’s campus are on the market at $2.97 and $3.8 million, two at around $6 million; with signs out at $8 million and $13 million on properties up the street.


Forest Service has five sites for sale from its Aspen campus.

So it’s no small matter that the Forest Service is getting set to take a sizable piece of its block-long site, and sell it by way of GSA’s real property disposal program. On Aug. 27, five sites will be auctioned off – all larger than 6,000-square-foot city lots, one well over a quarter-acre. “The West End has been the most active sales area of Aspen for the last couple of years,” says Brian Hazen with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, one of many agents looking over the opportunity. “It’s showing appreciation where not all areas are; it’s strong and very desirable due to its flavor and location.” more »

With resort sales up, Rendezvous re-launches its popular ranch townhomes in Winter Park, at appealing new prices

Last year, you couldn’t find a builder starting any new models in mountain resort communities…but this weekend, 70 minutes west of Denver, Rendezvous is doing just that: bringing new homes on line, ranch-style townhomes with finished walk-outs and attached garages that were fast sellers in 2006 and 2007, when the mountain market sizzled.
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Silvio DeBartolomeis of Koelbel and Company shows off large ranch-style resort townhomes with garages and walk-out lower levels, the first home starts in Grand County.

With temperatures sizzling in Denver, this is a great day to drive over Berthoud Pass (high in Winter Park today, 76 F) and see those new, bright, very private ProngHorn townhomes and the new prices that go with them: From as low as $419,900, with views of the back ranges, trails and amenities, a free shuttle to the lifts during winter, just five minutes from Winter Park’s shops, bars and dining. more »