Archive for November, 2011

Steamboat Springs Schools Rank High with Colorado Department of Education

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Steamboat Springs, Colorado schools rank high with the Colorado Department of Education. As a parent and Realtor in Steamboat, schools are important to the community. So it’s great to hear the recent news that the Steamboat Springs schools earned top marks again within the state. Steamboat is one of 18 school districts, out of 178 in Colorado, to be “accredited with distinction” for its academic performance in the 2010-11 school year, according to the Colorado Department of Education.  Steamboat is in the District of RE-2.

Steamboat Springs Schools

Steamboat Springs Schools

These measures that are determined by Colorado Student Assessment Program and ACT scores. And more importantly determine the students preparedness  for college. In the 2010-11 school year, every school and every grade level in the Steamboat Springs School District surpassed state averages in the CSAP, according to test results released by the state Department of Education.

September Case-Shiller Mirrors Economic Woes

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Even those that are usually the glass half-full type would have to tip the glass to see it half full in the latest September Case-Shiller Price Index report. The latest report, tracking through September, showed a drop in prices in 17 of 20 cities tracked versus August halting a 5 straight month upswing when at least half the surveyed cities showed monthly gains.

Three cities fell to their lowest home prices since the housing crisis began 4 years ago:

* Atlanta

* Las Vegas

* Phoenix

On the flipside, three cities showed price increases in September:

* New York

* Portland

* Washington DC

Case-Shiller September Price Index from Steamboat Homes

Case-Shiller September Price Index from Steamboat Homes

While logic would say that the lowest mortgage rates in history and very affordable home prices overall would lift demand (and thus prices) above the stormy waters, these positive factors are clearly overshadowed by the negative impact high unemployment and weak job growth have had on the psyche of would-be home buyers. Simply stated, a stronger economic outlook is needed to restore confidence and incent Americans to get off the fence when it comes to real estate.

Realtors & Bookstores: An Odd Connection

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Good Books, Good Coffee, Good Friends – Local Steamboat’s bookstore tag line.

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat Springs

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in Steamboat Springs

I can only imagine that working at a brick and mortar books store these days must be rough. Off the Beaten Path is my local store.  But with Amazon.com, eBooks, dot-coms, Costco, all these places makes it sure easy to buy books and even get recommendations. But it’s not the same.

Zillow, Trulia, Redfin, county records, FSBO’s, all these places makes if sure easy to shop and a get real estate advice. Again, not the same.

But let’s stand back and look what value-add a bookstore employees brings.

  • –You can tell them what you like and they can recommend another great book.
  • –You can tell them what experience your seeking or what you want to learn about and they can hand you the perfect book.
  • –You can discuss books and authors and theories and have a great old time.

Ski-in / Ski-out condo for sale in Steamboat Springs, Colorado: A true ski in / out condo

Friday, November 25th, 2011
Ski-in/Ski-out Antler's in Steamboat Springs

Ski-in/Ski-out Antler’s in Steamboat Springs

Finding a true Ski-in/Ski-out property can be hard in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Of the 74 ski properties listed todaywith agents saying they are Ski-in/Ski-out, roughly half are truthful and accurate. And of those real ski properties, there’s are even fewer that lets you walk out your door and put your skis on and ski to the gondola. And even less that you’ll be able to ski right up to your door, click out of your skis and step into your residence. Yep, location, location, location, for a true Ski-in/Ski-out property in Steamboat Springs will leave you choosing from far less than 74.

One very special true ski-in/ski-out Steamboat Condo is the Antler’s at the base of the Christie lift. That’s right, right at the base of the ski chair lift. But if you want to ski down to the gondola, you can do that too. Or if you want to sit on your deck and watch your kids ski by, the Antler’s is your vacation ski condo. Maybe you want to soak in the pool or hot tub and watch skiers and snow boarders’? The Antler’s at Christy base will let you do that was well.

What to do in Steamboat Springs this Week Nov. 25 – Dec 1

Friday, November 25th, 2011
Downtown Steamboat Springs with Snow

Downtown Steamboat Springs with Snow

FRIDAY

Steamboat Springs — ❱❱ Cate Potyen jewelry trunk show — Wild Horse Gallery, 1 to 7 p.m.

Local beaded jewelry maker Cate Potyen displays her creative and unique works. FREE. Call 970-879-5515. Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

❱❱ 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 at Three Peaks for happy hour patrons and diners. Call 970-879-3399. 2155 Pine Grove Road.

❱❱ Steamboat Clay Artisans Holiday Pottery Sale — Depot Art Center, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

This weekend event opens tonight showcasing handmade holiday gift options from local potters. Refreshments and live music will be on hand. FREE. Call 970-879-9008. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Light Up the Night — downtown Steamboat Springs, 6 p.m.

Fly Fishing is a Way of Life in Steamboat Springs

Monday, November 21st, 2011

I’m spoiled to live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. It’s a wonderful small community with a great vibe of health and well being. The outdoor activities we have here in Steamboat are second to none.

I  mean we have some of the best skiing in Colorado. We have some of the best mountain biking in all of Colorado. We have endless trails for hiking, fields for ball games, a rink for skating a hockey, and some excellent waters for world class fly fishing. The Yampa and Elk river flow right through town. I can be fishing 3 minutes from my home. 20 minutes will get me more trout per mile than one can catch in a season. That said, I wanted to make a call out to Sage Rods. I own 3 Sage rods and their lifetime warranty is the best in the industry.

Steamboat Springs Townhomes are the perfect Ski Area Vacation Homes

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The 2011-2012 ski season is here and there’s nothing better that taking a ski vacation to really connect with family and friends. And staying right near the base area making your morning routine as easy as making coffee.  Whether you walk to the gondola or take a shuttle, there are many options of places to stay or invest in Steamboat real estate. The nice thing about a townhome is that it lives more like a single family home. Unlike a condo, a townhomes usually come with a private garage and you don’t have neighbors under or on top of you. There’s more of a sense of privacy with a townhome.

Cascades at EagleRidge 4 Bedroom Townhome

Cascades at EagleRidge 4 Bedroom Townhome

In Steamboat Springs, townhomes are very popular because most of them have Home Owners Association (HOA) that maintain the grounds so you don’t have to worry about all the maintenance of a single family home. You just come to Steamboat, have a great time skiing or hiking and then you leave the worries behind. It’s the best of both worlds.

Steamboat Springs Condo with Gondola Views

Friday, November 18th, 2011

In real estate, location is everything. So when you think about buying a ski area Steamboat Springs Condo in Colorado, you can’t get any better than being right at the ski area within view of the chair lift or gondola. And in Steamboat Springs, one of the best locations with spectacular vistas of the gondola and the ski area, I’d have to say Edgemont takes the prize.

Steamboat Condo with Gondola Views

Steamboat Condo with Gondola Views

Edgemont is a newer development right on the edge of the ski area. From every residence, you have great views of the slopes, skiers, and the majestic surrounding that is Steamboat Springs. There’s not much better than waking up on a powder morning and looking out your window to view the Steamboat gondola ready to take you to your favorite powder run in Steamboat. The gondola is one of the best ways to access the ski runs for your protected from the weather as you’re taken to the top. They are also large enough for 8 people so the family can all travel together.

Beetle Kill Changes Steamboat Springs

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Over the last 5 years, there’s been a huge change to the eco-system around Steamboat Springs. This change is  most often referred to as those “red trees” by folks who don’t know that those trees are “dead trees”. They’ve been killed by the Mountain Pine Beetles  who don’t consume the wood like a termite, but instead live off the nutrients that flow just under the bark before their one year life cycle ends.

Once a tree is infested with the Mountain Pine Beetle, nothing can be done to save it.  To date about 3 million Colorado acres have been victim since the Beetle population exploded during the 1990′s. Beetle kill trees are a great forest fire risk and they pollute the air and streams. As the number of dead trees has increased, they are falling on roads, camping tents and power lines.

HD Video Arial Views of Steamboat Springs & the Elk River Fishing

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Arial Views of Steamboat Springs and the Elk River for Fishing. Not much I can add to this video. It just shows what a spectacular place Steamboat Springs is. From the rolling hills and lush valleys with exceptional fishing, to the abundant wildlife and more. This is the Elk River – home to large rainbow and brown trout.

Lower Elk River from Beauregard: Steamboat Aerials on Vimeo.