Archive for July, 2011

Top 10 Steamboat Springs Recreational Activities for Summer

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Top 10 Steamboat Springs Recreational Activities for Summer

With August just around the corner and summer in full swing in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, where do you go to beat the heat in Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago? You hop on a plane (or on I-70 west for Denver front rangers) and head to Steamboat Springs, CO. Be sure to pack a few warmer layers because the nights still get cool in the Yampa Valley.

So here goes…along with some suggested add-on options!

Steamboat’s Top 10 August Activities (in no specific order)

1.  Hot Air Balloon ride – only takes up the early morning hours, so you’ll have a full day left to enjoy other activities!

2.  Botanical Garden walking tour, and to get there, walk or bike along the beautiful Yampa River Core Trail

Case-Shiller Reports Real Estate Prices up Again

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

 Case-Shiller Reports Real Estate Prices up Again

Some people immediately find negatives in good news. If you look hard enough you’ll find it, every time. The reality in the real estate market is that for the past 3 years you didn’t have to look very hard to find the bad news.  Good news was about as common as snow in June. But it did snow near Steamboat Springs in June.   And for 2 straight months now we’ve had good news with real estate values as well. So let’s recognize it and take it for what it is: real estate values are getting better nationwide and in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Case-Shiller (a major indicator for real estate values) end of May reports show not only an increase in home prices for 16 out of 20 major metropolitan cities, but also looking a little more closely with my rose colored glasses, it shows the sub-bullet good news:

Colorado Mountain College gets bigger in Steamboat Springs

Monday, July 25th, 2011
CMC

CMC

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) gets bigger in Steamboat Springs.

Increase in Mixed Use Buildings Brings Noise Issue to Forefront

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Steamboat Springs:  Increase in Mixed Use Buildings Brings Noise Issue to Forefront.

Steamboat Night Life

Steamboat Night Life

The opening of the popular music venue, the Ghost Ranch Saloon, a couple of years ago combined with the completion and occupancy of some of Old Town’s most upscale condominium units in Howelsen Place across the street from the Ghost Ranch Saloon bubbled up a noise concern last summer. The noise ordinance issue has been debated (hotly at times) ever since with many residential owners supporting a noise ordinance that decreased allowable noise, while entertainment and mixed use venues emphasized the need to allow entertainment acts to play their music as they always do. Further complicating the issue was the lack of a clearly defined legal enforcement structure to penalize those in violation of any ordinance in place. In the past five years, mixed use development projects have dominated downtown Steamboat Springs with the Victorian, Olympian, Alpen Glow and Howelsen Place housing both residences and businesses, and redevelopment plans for the Steamboat Ski Area mountain base being skewed toward mixed use venues. It’s not a revelation that visitors prefer restaurants, nightlife and retail stores close to their lodging. And it’s also not surprising that both permanent and part time residents bristle at the entertainment volume they welcome when they’re somewhere else on vacation.

Pending Sales are Up in Steamboat Springs

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Pending Steamboat Springs, Colorado Real Estate up.

Pending sales up 30%

Six days ago a bright light flashed in my brain.  Real Estate in Steamboat was changing.  Not literally, but something was going on that made me draw a conclusion. I wrote a blog about the noticeable increase in activity within the real estate market in and around Steamboat Springs, Colorado. See that blog here. And today, I realize this trend continues. It was a few weeks ago that our pending sales were around 60 properties. That’s a rather low number considering we have 2,097 properties for sale in Steamboat Springs.

We typically see activity increase over the summertime as kids are out of school and tourism increases around this great community.  It appears this summer the real estate market in Steamboat is beginning to show signs of a traditional market; a little more predictable than the last 3 years. Today, pending sales are up around 30% in Steamboat Springs from just a few weeks ago.  I’m not saying the real estate market is hot here in Steamboat, but as a full-time realtor here at High Mountain Sotheby’s Realty, I’d have to say we are seeing very encouraging sign of an improved real estate market.

Steamboat Springs Events

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Routt County events calendar for July 22 to 28

Thursday, July 21, 2011

FRIDAY

Steamboat Springs — ❱❱ Trevor G. Potter with Walt and the Ol’ 37 — Rex’s American Grill & Bar, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Live acoustic Americana music on the patio during summer happy hour. FREE. Call 970-870-0438. 3190 S. Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Organstein with Steve Boynton and Paul Potyen — Three Peaks Grill, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Local musicians play easy jazz music in the bar for happy hour patrons and diners. Call 970-879-3399. 2155 Pine Grove Road.

❱❱ Sunset Happy Hour with Andreux & the See of Sounds — Top of the Steamboat Ski Area gondola, 5:30 p.m.

Sharrow – Biking in Steamboat Springs Just Became Safer

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Sharrow – Biking in Steamboat Springs just become safer

I saw the new markings on numerous city streets and mistakenly thought they indicated bike lanes. However, these markings, called “Sharrows”, instead are meant to be a reminder to people that roads have many uses.  Something like a cross between an “arrrow” and “share”.  Like ride this direction and share the road.  Hmmm, not sure how necessary that is, but if it’s a step in the right direction for a  town seeking to become known as Bike Town USA, then it is important to community residents and the community at large. Having the moniker of Bike Town USA will, by association, increase the cycling infrastructure as well as tourism. So if sharrows help in that overall effort, then I for one, are all for them. More tourism means a healthier economy and that’s a good thing. And even if they don’t really intend to be bikes lanes, they draw your attention to them and the roads should be safer.

Something’s changing in Real Estate around Steamboat Springs

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Wow – Something’s changing in Real Estate around Steamboat Springs. 

Steamboat pending 1

Steamboat pending 1

Steamboat pending 2

Steamboat pending 2

Steamboat pending 3

Steamboat pending 3

I’m a realist by nature although my glass is always half-full.  I try to be optimistic but I never fluff up the truth. And the truth about real estate nationwide and Steamboat Springs, Colorado over the last few years has been rough.

Today however, something changed with real estate in Steamboat Springs. Nothing earth shattering and you won’t read about it in the local papers. You probably won’t even hear Realtors talking about it over the water cooler.  But this news about Steamboat Springs real estate is noteworthy.   Today, as I browse the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) which I do about once an hour, a trigger went off in my head that tells me something is different. The amount of new pending properties and those types of properties that have recently gone under contract are telling me that more buyers are buying. Some properties that have been on the market for a long time are now pending.  Here is a list of the properties that I’m talking about:

Perry-Mansfield: World-Class Performances in Steamboat Springs

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Perry-Mansfield Premieres – World-Class Performances in Steamboat Springs.

Last night I took my 8 year old to 2 performances at the Perry Mansfield Professional Intensive Theater in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. But before I begin, I have to say 2 things: I grew up in Seattle and attended many performances at highly accredited theaters. And two, I had a minor in theater arts at Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Washington. I’m not saying I’m a theatre critic, but I do have a little background or experience in the arts. I left last nights performances amazed and encouraged that such great theatre can be viewed right here in my small town.

 

Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, Colorado -Lobby

Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs, Colorado -Lobby

Who knew that living in such a small town, 3 hours away from a major city (Denver) one could watch such great theatre. But it’s true and it’s right in our back yard. And to be able to see “World Premieres” of plays that might someday hit Broadway – or off Broadway, is something special.

SmartWool to add jobs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

SmartWool to add more jobs in Steamboat Springs.

SmartWool in Steamboat Springs

SmartWool in Steamboat Springs

As one of the larger employers of locals here in Steamboat Springs, SmartWool’s headquarters will remain in Steamboat Springs for at least another 10 year. Most likely longer but who can tell.

It’s great to hear that today July 14, 2011, the City of Steamboat Springs and SmartWool have agreed to a long-term deal to stay in their current location and even expand as the company grows. SmartWool, the leader in Merino wool socks and apparel originated in Steamboat and has become one of Steamboat’s largest job provider.

The recent news of SmartWool, who was previously owned by Timberland, was recently acquired by apparel giant VF Corp., of Greensboro, N.C., announced June 13 that it bought SmartWool parent company, Timberland, for $2.2 billion.

This is all great news for many here in Routt County. SmartWool locally employs around 65 and another 15 or so in Boulder, Colorado. So seeing this commitment and cooperation between SmartWool and the city of Steamboat is very encouraging.