January 2009

2009 Aspen Winterskol Winners

2009 Aspen Winterskol Winners

2009 Soupskol Winner 

More than 20 local businesses competed in the sixth annual Soupskol Competition.  Garnish Cafe, this year's winner also won in 2008 and 2007.  It is estimated that 3,000 locals and tourists attended Soupskol 2009.  Garnish Cafe is located in the Aspen Club & Spa.

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2009 Canine Fashion Show Winner

The 21st annual Canine Fashion Show was held January 10th on the Cooper Avenue mall across from Paradise Bakery.  Winners included:

Most Adorable: Amy with Moxitini

Best Celebrity Look-a-like: Nanette with Fin

Funniest: Jason with Zero

Best In Show: Melinda Goldrich with Pucci, Gizmo, Bonzu, Zigi & Lulu

2009 Parade Winner

The 58th annual Winterskol parade took place on January 10th on its new parade route through downtown Aspen.

This years winner is the Red Brick Center for the Arts.  The Red Brick float had a rock band that incorporated the Winterskol theme "Powder Days & Stellar Nights" into a country rock ballad.

 

Posted by gary on January 14, 2009 in
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Aspen's Historic Preservation Program

Aspen's Historic Preservation Program

Before making any alterations, additions or demolishing structures that are currently on the City of Aspen's Historical Inventory, or landmarks, or sites within the Historic Overlay District, a property owner must complete a review by the City's Historical Preservation officer and possibly the Historic Preservation Commission.

Any development involving properties on the "historic list", unless determined exempt (such as interior remodeling, exterior paint color, and minor maintenance) requires the approval of a Development Order and either a Certificate of No Negative Effect or a Certificate of Appropriateness before a building permit or any other work authorization will be issued by the City of Aspen.

There are three classifications of review on historical properties:

1.  An Exempt Development may be approved by the Community Development Center under Section 26 of the Code.

2.  A Minor Development approval would be needed for development on an historic property that does not meet the criteria for exempt status.  This requires a public hearing before the Historic Preservation Commission.

3.  A Significant Development approval is required for a major alteration, addition, or demolition of an existing historic property.  The approval requires a public hearing before the Historic Preservation Commission  on the conceptual  development plan and then another public hearing on the final development plan.

Before attempting any non-exempt changes to a property that is either on the historic list or in the historical overlay district, you or your architect should contact Amy Guthrie at 970.920.5096

amyg@ci.aspen.co.us

 

Posted by gary on January 14, 2009 in
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$5,000,000 Aspen Sale

$5,000,000 Aspen Sale

253 Silverlode Drive, Aspen

5 Bedroom/5.5 Bath

5,326 Square Feet

$939 Per Square Foot

Original Asking Price $7,900,000

Big Views, large covered porch, water feature and outdoor fireplace. Snowmelted driveway.

Selling Broker: Jonathan Boxer of Joshua & Co.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors Mandatory in Aspen by March 2, 2009

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Mandatory in Aspen by March 2, 2009

Every residential and lodging unit in the City of Aspen must have a CO2 detector installed no later than March 2, 2009.  This new ordinance mandates detectors in all new and existing residences, hotels and condos.

Property owners who fail to install the detectors are subject to a $250 fine for the first offense, $500 for the second and a court summons for the third.

The ordinance was prompted by the Thanksgiving Day tragedy that claimed the lives of a Denver family of four as  result of carbon monoxide poisoning in a home four miles east of Aspen.  There were no CO2 detectors in the home.

Questions or concerns about the useful life or how to install a CO2 detector can be answered by calling Aspen Fire Marchall Ed VanWalraven at 970.926.2690 or edv@ci.aspen.co.us

 

 

Posted by gary on January 13, 2009 in
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Aspen's Real Estate Sale of the Week Ending December 31, 2008

Aspen's Real Estate Sale of the Week Ending December 31, 2008

721 West North Street

$7,935,111

5,625 square feet

$1,410 per square foot

West Eend

5 Bedrooms/5 Baths

 

Monarch On The Park, Cooper Three

$4,804,800

Monarch On The Park, Cooper Two

$4,666,500

Monarch On The Park, Cooper One

$4,000,000

Horse Ranch, Lot 52

$3,360,600

 

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New Listings: 810 West Smuggler, Aspen

New Listings: 810 West Smuggler, Aspen
Price includes plans for four bedroom contemporary house with detached guest house. Great West End lot close to Music Tent, Aspen Meadows and the
Aspen Institute. South facing, views and great sun exposure. Existing structure is non-conforming condominiumized duplex, tear-down. Offered in "as-is"
condition. See listor regarding leases. Floor plans can be viewed under associated documents.
Price includes plans for four bedroom contemporary house with detached guest house. Great West End lot close to Music Tent, Aspen Meadows and the
Aspen Institute. South facing, views and great sun exposure. Existing structure is non-conforming condominiumized duplex, tear-down. Offered in "as-is"
condition. See listor regarding leases. Floor plans can be viewed under associated documents.
Price includes plans for four bedroom contemporary house with detached guest house. Great West End lot close to Music Tent, Aspen Meadows and the
Aspen Institute. South facing, views and great sun exposure. Existing structure is non-conforming condominiumized duplex, tear-down. Offered in "as-is"
condition. See listor regarding leases. Floor plans can be viewed under associated documents.
Price includes plans for four bedroom contemporary house with detached guest house. Great West End lot close to Music Tent, Aspen Meadows and the
Aspen Institute. South facing, views and great sun exposure. Existing structure is non-conforming condominiumized duplex, tear-down. Offered in "as-is"
condition. See listor regarding leases. Floor plans can be viewed under associated documents.
Price includes plans for four bedroom contemporary house with detached guest house. Great West End lot close to Music Tent, Aspen Meadows and the
Aspen Institute. South facing, views and great sun exposure. Existing structure is non-conforming condominiumized duplex, tear-down. Offered in "as-is"
condition. See listor regarding leases. Floor plans can be viewed under associated documents.
Price includes plans for four bedroom contemporary house with detached guest house. Great West End lot close to Music Tent, Aspen Meadows and the
Aspen Institute. South facing, views and great sun exposure. Existing structure is non-conforming condominiumized duplex, tear-down. Offered in "as-is"
condition. See listor regarding leases. Floor plans can be viewed under associated documents.
Price includes plans for four bedroom contemporary house with detached guest house. Great West End lot close to Music Tent, Aspen Meadows and the Aspen Institute. South facing, views and great sun exposure. Existing structure is non-conforming condominiumized duplex, tear-down. Offered in "as-is" condition.
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Buyer's Revenge - Aspen

Buyer's Revenge - Aspen

Since I arrived in Aspen in 1985, buyers have always been at the mercy of sellers when it came to buying Aspen real estate.  Since Aspen real estate is limited by geography and ordinance, buying into Aspen was determined by the price that a seller would accept to sell.  Aspen real estate is a scarce, finite commodity being chased by the world's wealthiest people.  Even during our normal real estate cycle,  buyer's market is described as 'prices are not going up as fast a during a seller's market'.

In my 25 years in Aspen, this 'perfect storm' has become for many a second chance at buying into Aspen at prices that have not been seen for more than 10 years.  If you are a buyer with cash or the ability to finance a purchase, now may be the bottom of the market and the perfect time to buy.

Most buyers I know are not opposed to buying when the market is rising.  However, they are unwilling to buy when the market is declining because of the uncertainty of where the bottom is.  Unfortunately, there is no way to accurately predict the bottom of the market until it is too late and the market is rising again.

If you have ever considered buying Aspen real estate and have been priced-out, this may be that second chance that you have been hoping for.

Call or email me to discuss the amazing opportunities that exist today in the Aspen/Snowmass real estate market.

Gary

gmf@rof.net

970.205.2222

Posted by gary on January 08, 2009 in
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The Aspen Thumbing Station has Returned

The Aspen Thumbing Station has Returned
Local hitchhikers can rest easy knowing that they now have a dedicated thumbing station in Aspen once again.  The sign, which some consider a part of Aspen transportation history has been replaced after it was stolen last year.  Local artist, Gaard Moses volunteered to paint a new sign and donate it to the city.  He painted the sign by hand with a painter's quill.
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Snowmass At A Glance

Snowmass At A Glance

Terrain: 3,132 Acres

Summit Elevation: 12,510 Feet Above Sea Level

Lift-Served Vertical: 4,406 Feet

Lifts: 24

Steepest Run: 40%, Gowdys and AMF

Designated Trails: 91

Miles of Trails: 147

Green Runs: 6%

Blue Runs: 50%

Black Runs: 12%

Double-Black Diamond Runs: 32%

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