Posted by gary on May 21, 2009

269 Park Avenue, Aspen


5,533 sf

$1,446 sf

6 Bedrooms/6 Baths

151 Heather Lane, Meadowood


5,578 sf

$793 sf

4 Bedrooms/4 Baths

224 West Hallam, Aspen (SOLD BY JOSHUA & CO)


3,843 sf

$1,041 sf

4 Bedrooms/4 Baths

1362 Snowbunny, Aspen


Posted by gary on May 21, 2009

Aspen Skiing Co. will open the gondola for the summer Saturday.  Operating hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with the last ride down at 4:30pm.  The Sundeck will be open for lunch from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Posted by gary on May 21, 2009

The shortcut to Denver and Santa Fe opens today at 2pm.  CDOT crews have finished the avalanche control work, removed the snow drifts, fixed the potholes and re-painted the stripes.  The route to Denver is 40 miles shorter than by using I-70.  Independence Pass via Highway 82 is one of the highest maintained roads in America.

Posted by gary on May 20, 2009

We all were shocked to receive our our property tax assessments.  Unfortunately, they were calculated at the peak of the market in June, 2008.  You have until May 31st to protest.

Beyond that, the only other process available to reduce you tax burden is to contact the the taxing authorities that collect tax dollars based on mill levies.  Unless these mill levies are temporarily reduced, your taxes will be higher based on the "valuation windfall".  Your property taxes are calculated by mulitplying the assessed value times the mill levy rate. 

Posted by gary on May 14, 2009

Bicyclists take note.  Maroon Creek Road leading to the famed Maroon Bells is set to open May 21st at 2pm.  Currently, pedestrian and bicyclists can go beyond the locked gate and enjoy the road without watching for RFTA buses or cars.

A $5 daily fee is charged to all vehicles until the water and trash services are turned on.  After that, the fee increases to $10.  A $25 local's season pass is available.

Starting June 20th, vehicle traffic will be restricted from 9am to 5pm.  Visitors will be able to access the Maroon Bells via RFTA's bus service.

Posted by gary on May 13, 2009

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has been busy removing snow from both sides of Highway 82 leading up to the 12,095 foot summit.

Last year, because of unusually heavy snow, the pass did not open until June 5th.  Typically, Independence Pass opens for traffic on the Thursday before the Memorial Day weekend.

Other local CDOT projects currently underway include the landscaping around the dedicated bus-only lanes near the Maroon Creek bridge and crews are widening the Smith Way median crossover  which leads from Highway 82 to Woody Creek.

Posted by gary on May 13, 2009

The Basalt Town Council adopted sweeping legislation this week designed to regulate how the town will grow in the years to come.  The new rules make it tougher for additional banks, professional services and real estate offices to open on Midland Avenue, Basalt's main street.

These new regulations come on the heels of Basalt's more restrictive growth management system and new, more onerous employee housing regulations.

Make sure you ask your Realtor before buying property in Basalt.


Posted by gary on May 05, 2009

A discussion of the controversial expansion of the Snowmass Village Chapel has been delayed until May 18th.

Posted by gary on May 05, 2009
Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield Counties have issued their 2009 Real Property Notice of Valuation.  Many property owners are extremely agitated about the increases.  Many Pitkin County property owners are experiencing +25% while Garfield County is +50%.
Posted by gary on May 05, 2009

Rumors of Ella Restaurant closing are premature.  The popular Carbondale restaurant was set to close this Sunday when investors decided to back out.  New investors are being added and, in the meantime, current investors have decided to keep the restaurant open pending a new agreement.

The owners of the restaurant  said that they had planned to close May 3rd, after being open for a year and a half had new investors not been found.