November 2009

Significant Aspen Real Estate Closings - November 23 through November 20, 2009

Significant Aspen Real Estate Closings - November 23 through November 20, 2009

1520 Tiehack, Aspen

West Buttermilk

$8,250,000

$879 per square foot

9,385 square feet

6 bedrooms/6 baths

2020 Lazy O Road, Old Snowmass

Lazy O Ranch

$2,750,000

$473 per square feet

5,812 square feet

4 bedrooms/4 baths

Fasching Haus #7, Aspen

$1,525,000

$1,202 per square foot

1,268 square feet

3 bedrooms/2 baths

 

 

Posted by gary on November 30, 2009 in
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Colorado Drivers Beware: Texting, Emailing, Tweeting Will All be Illegal While Driving...Tomorrow

Colorado Drivers Beware: Texting, Emailing, Tweeting Will All be Illegal While Driving...Tomorrow

A statewide ban on texting while driving in Colorado takes effect tomorrow, December 1, 2009.  Motorists will no longer be able to update Facebook, Twitter, send an email or text while driving after midnight tonight.  First time offenders face a fine of $50, while repeat offenders can be slapped with a $100 fine. 

The new law also bans drivers under the age of 18 from talking on their cell phones while driving. 

According to AAA, Colorado is among 18 states to ban texting while driving.

Posted by rebecca on November 30, 2009 in
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Open For Business...Closed for Business

Open For Business...Closed for Business

Skiers have fewer dining options at Snowmass Base Village at the start of this season due to the closure of both Junk and Liquid Sky.  Developer Scott DeGraff has defaulted on his leases with Related Westpac, the company that owns the Base village.  They are currently taking legal steps to evict DeGraff from the buildings and collect on bad debt.

 The Sweet Life will be open next door to the dark building, and will offer all three meals on both their first and second floor dining areas. 

The Viceroy Hotel, Snowmass opened on Wednesday along with their restaurant 8K. 

In Aspen, the Little Nell Hotel is due to open tomorrow after an extensive interior remodel.  This is also the first major season for Il Mulina at the Residences at Little Nell.  The restaurant has been open for several weeks, but on Tuesday they will open their outside bar and dining. 

Another Aspen staple, Plum TV will not be airing live local shows until their new studio space, at the Residences at Little Nell is complete in the next few weeks. 

Posted by rebecca on November 30, 2009 in
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Aspen Fire District to Pass on Tax Windfall

Aspen Fire District to Pass on Tax Windfall

Despite opting out of the 2010 property tax windfall, the Aspen Fire Protection District will finish their new fire station in the core of downtown Aspen on time and on budget, and they will move forward in purchasing a $1.1 million aerial ladder truck, which will arrive at the station in the spring of 2011. 

The citizen board of directors, which is made up of five members determined the district had the means to take care of its needs without dipping into the windfall and decided to reduce its mill levy by 0.139 mills for the next year. 

Countywide, property owners are bracing for higher property taxes as a result of close to a 38% increase in property values. 

 

Photo courtesy of Aspen Fire.com

Posted by rebecca on November 30, 2009 in
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The Fastest Women in the World Take on Aspen

The Fastest Women in the World Take on Aspen

After a heavy turn out for opening day on Aspen and Snowmass Ski areas, the Worldcup Downhill and Slalom races took over Aspen's downtown core.  Most of the hotels were overflowing with racers, their supporters and fans. 

The races on Saturday and Sunday brought huge numbers and full grand stands.  Despite a heavy entourage of local support, the Vail, Colorado native, Lindsey Vonn failed to qualify for a second run on Sunday's slalom race noting the "ice rink" like conditions as a reason for four racers in a row failed to finish the course.

On the other side of the mountain, the early season ski conditions were tremendous.  I took a few runs at the top of Aspen mountain on Sunday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to find a heavy dose of powder on the mogols in Blondies and very little ice on the cruisers at the top.

The forecast is for snow toward the end of the week and a continuation of the cold temperatures we have been experiencing for about two weeks.  I am looking forward to many more exilerating days on the slopes this season.

To bluebird skies and skis on our feet,

Becca

Licensed Broker Assistant to Gary Feldman

Posted by rebecca on November 30, 2009 in
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Photographer Fielder to visit Aspen for AVLT fundraiser

Photographer Fielder to visit Aspen for AVLT fundraiser

ASPEN — One of Colorado's most well-known photographers, John Fielder, visited the Roaring Fork Valley last night to talk about his latest book of images and his goal of helping to preserve Colorado's ranching heritage.

Fielder, a nationally renowned photographer and preservationist, talked and gave a slide show highlighting his new book, “Ranches of Colorado,” on Thursday at The Little Nell hotel.

That appearance, said Martha Cochran, director of the Aspen Valley Land Trust, was a fundraiser for AVLT.

During 2007 and 2008, Fielder traveled around the state to photograph 50 of Colorado's most picturesque, multigenerational working cattle ranches, many of which already are protected from development.

“The resulting book, ‘Ranches of Colorado,' will play a part in the protection of other ranches,” according to a statement from the Glenwood library, which is co-sponsoring Fielder's appearance with local book store Through The Looking Glass.

Fielder, the author-photographer of some 40 books, has spent the past three decades hiking, skiing and driving to an untold number of locations.

The event was sponosored by Joshua & Co. The Ranch Company.  Photo by John Fielder.  www.johnfielder.com  

Posted by rebecca on November 20, 2009 in
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Viceroy Set to Open On Time with Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

Viceroy Set to Open On Time with Temporary Certificate of Occupancy

The Town of Snowmass Village has granted a temporary certificate of occupancy to the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village allowing them the opportunity to open to guests the week of Thanksgiving, which is also the scheduled opening of the Snowmass Ski Area. 

 

Posted by rebecca on November 19, 2009 in
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Lighted Signs Cause Complaint

Lighted Signs Cause Complaint

The city of Aspen has strict codes regulating signs and displays used anywhere in the city limits.  Examples include prohibiting the use of neon signs and signs that move or transform in any way, among others. 

The new holiday window display at Louis Vuitton was called into question last week, but city officials ruled that it falls within the guidelines.   The display is bright and draws attention from several blocks away.

Photo by Janet Urquhart/The Aspen Times

Posted by rebecca on November 17, 2009 in
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Don't Go Here Looking For...............

Don't Go Here Looking For...............

These retailers have moved to a new location or ceased operation in downtown Aspen:

Water Works

Zele

Colorado Baggage Company

D-19 Restaurant (Opening as Ellina in the former Dish Restaurant space on the Hyman Mall)

Popcorn Wagon

Goldies

Crystal Palace

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Stefan Kaelin

Chepita

Ritz Carlton Sales Office

Bulgari

Aspen Bookstore

Dancing Bear Sales Office

Related WestPac Sales Office

Jay Mendel

Aspen Land & Homes Sothebys Sales Office

Residence at the Little Nell Sales Office

Magidson Fine Art

Red Onion

 

 

Posted by gary on November 16, 2009 in
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Downtown New Comers

Downtown New Comers

New:

LaPalapa Restaurant

Boogies Too (a child's version of Boogies)

The Hunter Bar

Grape Bar

Marmot Clothing and Skiwear

Ellina Restaurant (formerly D19)

Syzygy Restaurant

Ute City Bar and Restaurant

Noodles by Kenichi

Twinkle

Cali's Denim

Kathyrn Castillo Jewelry and Repair

Four Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Il Mulino Restaurant

Mustang Saloon and Restaurant

Ambient Technologies

Two Old Hippies

Melt

Photo by Aspen Times

Posted by gary on November 16, 2009 in
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