April 2008

Wildcat Ranch Estate Sells for $36 Million

Wildcat Ranch Estate Sells for $36 Million
Roman Abramovich, a Russian billionaire, purchased the Hirsch Estate in Wildcat Ranch near Snowmass for $36 Million. The estate has been on the market, listed with various brokers and offices for over three years. This sale falls only $125,000 short of the single family home sale record set last year.
Posted by rebecca on April 30, 2008 in
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Discover the value of your home

Discover the value of your home
Around the globe, one of the most important duties of a successful Realtor is providing an assessment of value for potential sellers. This tool is essential in deciding whether or not to sell your home.

If you are interested in learning the value of your property, please contact me for a professional and reliable assessment.
Posted by rebecca on April 29, 2008 in
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Just when we thought...

Just when we thought...

The Aspen Snowmass area is an amazing place to live and to visit. For more information on our community and upcoming events, and travel specials, please view the chamber website at www.aspenchamber.org.

 

Posted by rebecca on April 24, 2008 in
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A great time to view property...

A great time to view property...

The snow is melting and town is rather quiet, which makes it the perfect season to view properties throughout the Aspen and Snowmass areas.  If you are interested in making a solid investment in Roaring Fork Valley real estate, please contact me to schedule a time to tour the area and view some of the most extraordinary real estate in the world.

 

Posted by rebecca on April 22, 2008 in
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Blue Skies Smiling at Me...Finally

Blue Skies Smiling at Me...Finally

Today marks the third day of sunshine this week, although the last two days have been grey and snowy.  Spring has finally arrived in Aspen and it is about time.  Locals are running around in flip flops and short sleeves as if it were 80 degrees outside.  This is such a fun time of year in Aspen.  There is so much anticipation in the air for the long, sunny days of summer.  As the popular adage goes "we come here for the winter, but stay for the summer." 

As we look forward to all of the wonderful things the summer season brings to the valley, keep in mind, that you too can enjoy a little piece of our paradise.  With the recent changes in the market, this is a wonderful time for buyers to enter the market, so please contact me for more information on Aspen and Snowmass real estate.

Posted by rebecca on April 18, 2008 in
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Sheer Bliss Lift Scheduled for a Facelift...

Sheer Bliss Lift Scheduled for a Facelift...

Fans of the Cirque area on Snowmass have reason for celebration.  A new lift is scheduled to replace the old Sheer Bliss lift, originally built in the 70s.  What once was a 16 minute chair ride will now be reduced to approximately 9 minutes.  The new lift can carry over 2000 passengers per hour and will carry skiers higher up the mountain than the present lift, which will allow much easier access the the Cirque poma.  

Other on-mountain improvements scheduled to open next season include a new restaurant on Sam's Knob and in Capital Peak Lodge.  Over $16 million in on-mountain improvements scheduled for this summer will greet skier and riders next December in Snowmass.

Information and photos gathered from Aspen Ski Company Press Release

 

Posted by rebecca on April 17, 2008 in
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Flames Engulfed Over 300 Acres Between Basalt and Carbondale

Flames Engulfed Over 300 Acres Between Basalt and Carbondale
An uncontrollable fire whipped through a large area down valley from Basalt yesterday, charring over 300 acres and damaging at least 4 structures. Emergency crews were notified shortly after 12:00 yesterday afternoon that a controlled burn had spread to nearby brush by wind gusts of over 50 miles per hour. The wind carried the flames over the Roaring Fork River and eventually over Highway 82 and up towards the Missouri Heights neighborhood. Residents in Ranch at Roaring Fork and several surrounding areas were forced to evacuate their homes and flee to a shelter set up at Roaring Fork High School by the Red Cross. Most recent reports state the fire is 25 percent contained, but cooler weather and a fifty percent chance of a rain/snow mix should help the firefighters in their efforts.

Kudos are going out throughout the valley to all of the volunteer firefighters and rescue workers for their hard work. Despite the uncontrollable spread of the fire, no homes were completely lost and no one was seriously injured. Only one person is reported to be in the hospital due to fire related injuries.

Information and photo gathered from Aspen Daily News and Aspen Times

Posted by rebecca on April 16, 2008 in
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Farewell to Bidwell?

Farewell to Bidwell?

Aspen City Council members met last night to discuss plans for a proposed redevelopment of the 40 year old Bidwell building situated on what is considered Aspen's most prominent corner.  The building currently houses Kemo Sabe and is across the street from Paradise Bakery. 

Council member's have not voted on the proposal yet, but many have voiced their opinions on the project.  Some think that extending the building to the lot line and onto the Cooper Street Mall will interrupt view planes of those enjoying a treat in front of the bakery across the street.  Steve Skadron  said his gut is telling him to vote no, but he recognized the developers have the right to develop their property and the proposed project is within all aspects of the current land use codes. 

 The next council meeting to discuss the Bidwell building development will be May 12, 2008.

Posted by rebecca on April 15, 2008 in
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It's that time again...

It's that time again...

Aspen & Snowmass ski areas closed yesterday, and as we say goodbye to skiing each spring, we have the exciting reminder that summer is not far away. The "shoulder season" brings a hush over Aspen and most fortunate locals take this time to vacation to the beach and rest after enjoying another winter in Aspen. This is one of my favorite times of the year...parking is abundant and restaurants aren't busy. There is an exciting energy among the locals who are all gearing up for another beautiful Aspen summer.

As we embark on another shoulder season, please utilize the restaurant guide attached to this blog for your planning convenience.

Download Shoulder Season Restaurant Schedule

 

Posted by rebecca on April 14, 2008 in
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The end (of the season) is near...

The end (of the season) is near...

We are quickly approaching the close of a truly epic ski season in Aspen.  The 2007/2008 season will go down in record books as being one of the snowiest in history, and just this week mountain managers reported another 32 inches of new snow on Aspen Mountain.

The close of the season brings the anticipation of summer sunshine along with the infamous Highlands closing party. Locals and tourists alike will flock to the base of Highlands ski area this Sunday to celebrate the end of the season.  Restaurants sell record numbers of Corona beer and many purveyors will arrive in costume.  It is truly an original Aspen experience.If you wish to join the fun this Sunday, the party will start when the lifts open and continue long into the evening and is held at the base of the Exhibition Lift.

Posted by rebecca on April 03, 2008 in
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