October 2009

Significant Aspen Real Estate Closings - October 30, 2009

Significant Aspen Real Estate Closings - October 30, 2009

114 Mountain Laurel Drive, Unit A, Aspen

Mountain Valley

$2,050,000

$1,055 per square foot

$1,924 square feet

3 bedrooms/3 baths

 

Posted by gary on October 30, 2009 in
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Aspen Halloween Highlights

Aspen Halloween Highlights

As I drove into Aspen every morning this week, I was welcomed by a consistent number...18.  That was the temperature at approximately 8:30 all five days displayed on my car thermometer. Despite the cold and snow, the forecast for one particular day is warmer than usual. 

Halloween is traditionally a hopping holiday in Aspen. Despite it falling in the middle of a typically slow time of off season, the streets come alive and restaurants and clubs that would usually be closed open their doors for an evening adorned with ghosts and goblins. 

This year will be my fifth Halloween celebrated among arguably the finest costumes in the state of Colorado, and every year it has been our first major snow.  So, costume planning revolved around making sure a winter coat fit comfortably over my cloak, flamingo neck, or whatever gadget or gizmo highlighted my costume . 

This year however there are three bonuses to getting out and about on Halloween 1) there is only a 10% chance of snow and temperatures should remain in the 20's for the entire night of jay walking and restaurant hopping.  2) It is daylight savings, so we get an extra hour of sleep, and 3) Halloween finally falls on a Saturday.

Julian Marley will play at the Belly Up, and traditionally their costume contest prizes are some of the best in town.  Eric's bar, 39 degrees at the Sky Hotel and Cantina will all be full of crazy costumes and drink specials, but my favorite hot spot every year and typically our grand finale is the Caribou Club, where doors are open to the public and the festivities go well into the wee hours of the night. 

If you have never spent Halloween in Aspen, it is highly recommended for ghosts and goblins of all ages. For more information and event details, visit www.aspenshines.com.

Becca

Licensed Assistant to Gary Feldman

Posted by rebecca on October 30, 2009 in
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Significant Aspen Real Estate Closings - Ocober 28, 2009

Significant Aspen Real Estate Closings - Ocober 28, 2009

 Five Trees, Lot 8, Block G, Aspen

$9,850,000

418 Wrights Road, Aspen

$9,500,000

$1,340 per square foot

7,086 square feet

4 bedrooms/4  baths

Divide, Lot 31, Snowmass Village

$9,500,000

701 Valley Downs Road, Woody Creek

$5,850,000

$792 per square foot

7,386 square feet

6 bedrooms/6 baths

Double D, Unit 1, Aspen

$5,600,000

908 West Francis, Aspen

$5,250,000

$1,384 per square foot

3,793 square feet

4 bedrooms/5 baths

710 East Durant #G/H/P10, Aspen

$3,600,000

$2,306 per square foot

$1,561 square feet

3 bedrooms/2 baths

Obermeyer Place, Parkside @102, Aspen

$3,000,000

SOLD BY JOSHUA & CO.

Chateau Roaring Fork #40B, Aspen

$1,175,000

$1,223 per square foot

960 square feet

2 bedrooms/2 baths

Posted by gary on October 29, 2009 in
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Independence Pass Closed for the Season

Independence Pass Closed for the Season
Snow drifts, low visibility and more snow on the way…. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will keep Independence Pass closed for the season—ahead of the regularly scheduled goal date of November 7 (which would have occurred on November 6 this year, a Friday). The pass had closed on October 27, at 3 P.M., due to a winter storm warning and heavy snow predicted above 8,000. Heavy winds and continued snowfall have deemed the pass unsafe for motorists and workers alike. This closure includes the area from just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes, approximately 18 miles.

The 12,095-foot pass is closed for the winter every year for the safety of the traveling public. It is often closed temporarily before the goal date—last year, the pass closed for the season on November 7. Each spring, CDOT plans the opening of Independence Pass for Memorial Day weekend in May, weather permitting. The alternate route to Aspen during the months Independence Pass is closed is I-70 to Glenwood Springs, and SH 82 into Aspen. 

Motorists are encouraged to log on to CDOT’s traveler information site at www.cotrip.org to check road conditions and closures before each trip this winter. The public may also call 511 from anywhere in the state. Motorists are also urged to prepare vehicles for winter driving, refer to Winter Driving Tips at http://www.dot.state.co.us/TravelInfo/WinterDriving/Index.cfm.

 

Posted by rebecca on October 29, 2009 in
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Snow

Snow

The first big snow is falling on the Roaring Fork Valley.  Ski resorts are reporting several inches of new snow, and due to cold temperatures, the Ski Company has started blowing snow a few weeks early in preparation for the upcoming ski season. 

A winter storm warning has been in effect since Monday evening and will not expire until mid day today. 

Posted by rebecca on October 29, 2009 in
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Carl's Pharmacy Shortens Work Day

Carl's Pharmacy Shortens Work Day

For the first time since anyone can remember, Carl's Pharmacy has reduced its hours of operation from fourteen to twelve hours, seven days a week.  Aspen's original pharmacy and convenient store will now operate from 9am to 9pm daily.

Formerly known as Matthew Drug, the Bergmans purchased the pharmacy in 1965.  Since then, a second floor floor was added where you can find everything from underwear, school and art supplies, puzzles, toys and games, camping supplies, music cd's, collectible baseball cards, Halloween costumes, sewing supplies...................and on and on.

Carl's offers a first floor pharmacy, liquor store and small grocery store.

 

 

Posted by gary on October 23, 2009 in
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Pitkin County Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Use Permits - Septic Systems

Pitkin County Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Use Permits - Septic Systems
There is a new Pitkin County regulation that will take effect on July 1, 2010.  It will require, prior to closing, that an inspector, licensed by Pitkin County, conduct a septic system inspection in accord with the guidelines provided by Pitkin County and issue a report meeting Pitkin County's specifications verifying that the septic system is operating properly.  The report will allow the seller to obtain the required OWTS use permit from Pitkin County necessary to close.
If you own property in Pitkin County that is serviced by a septic system, you will need this inspection before you will be able to sell.
Further information is available by clicking on the link below:
http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Portals/0/docs/county/Com%20Dev/EHNR/OWTS_Use_realtor_letter%2010-09.pdf
Posted by gary on October 23, 2009 in
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Highway 82 Over Independence Pass Named U.S. Scenic Byway

Highway 82 Over Independence Pass Named U.S. Scenic Byway

Often referred to as Aspen's "back-door", Colorado Highway 82 has been designated as part of the federal government's National Scenic Byway System.

Aspenites know that driving over Independence Pass shaves forty miles off the trip to Denver during the summer season.  The "Pass" as it is locally referred to opens the week before Memorial Day and closes after the first series of heavy snows in October.

Everyone who has ever driven The Pass tells a story.  Some stories recall the sheer terror of weather conditions that changed dramatically while most remember the top-of-the-world views and stunning beauty of the 12,095 summit.

Several years ago, this stretch of road was added to Colorado's "Top of the Rockies" Sceni Byways system.

Opening The Pass means summer is around the corner while closing Highway 82 between Aspen and Twin Lakes means a long, snowy winter ahead.

 

Posted by gary on October 20, 2009 in
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Significant Aspen Real Estate Closings - October 16, 2009

Significant Aspen Real Estate Closings - October 16, 2009

864 Moore Drive, Aspen (Five Trees)

$9,850,000

Asking $1,030 per square foot

Sold $1,017 per square foot

 

523 West Smuggler, Aspen (West End)

$4,450,000

Asking $,383 per square foot

Sold $1,243 persquare foot

There are four homes under contract with asking prices greater than $10 million

There are seven homes under contract with asking prices $5 million to $10 million

 

Posted by gary on October 16, 2009 in
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