Archive for March, 2012

Finding the Silver Lining in January’s Case-Shiller Report

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Finding the Silver Lining in January’s Case-Shiller Report

The clouds are still hovering, but you can find a silver lining in the Case-Shiller January Home Price Indices Report because while home prices are still falling in most metropolitan areas, they are falling at a slower pace. Bloomberg News donned their rose colored glasses as well in one of their Case-Shiller articles pointing out that while we indeed have a long way to go, property values are beginning to steady, and the outlook is a little less negative. As reported in the Huffington Post today, February’s consumer confidence numbers were the highest in over a year, and the just released March consumer confidence data is on par with February’s showing consumers’ resilience and upbeat outlook despite economic mixed signals.

Case-Shiller January Home Price Indices

Case-Shiller January Home Price Indices

Like the Steamboat Springs’ February Market Report, the January Case-Shiller report had its good news and as I prefer to think of it “work-in- progress” news.

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Market Report

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Market Report

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Market Report

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Market Report

Steamboat Springs’ real estate market set the bar high in January with $42.6M+ in sales that included one large $17.6M sale of the Yampa Tailwaters property. So while February ’12 solidly beat February ’11 by 6.7%, at just under $22.5M, February sales might seem a little anti-climatic.

To find the icing on the cake we need to look at the number of Pending Steamboat Springs Sales on the books. Here’s a snapshot of how pending sales are trending upward and should yield healthy numbers in the next two months as these sales close:

* January 1, 2012: 71 Pending Sales

* February 1, 2012: 77 Pending Sales

* March 1, 2012: 102 Pending Sales

* March 21, 2012: 121 Pending Sales

Other good news from an economic supply and demand perspective: It’s been over 2 years since the number of listings in the Steamboat Springs MLS has been this low.:

Amazing Video of a Wonderful Place

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

I have come to know the beauty that is Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I have produced many videos about the area to better inform people on what it’s like to live in Steamboat.

I feel videos are a great way to capture the visual wonders of the area. The sights and sounds and colors from every season.

There’s this video on living in Steamboat during the winter

And this one about the summertime in Steamboat. 

I love to fly fish so I made this video about all the great fishing around Steamboat Springs.

Now Halloween in Steamboat is pretty special.

Then there’s those early snow days in Steamboat.

Even those special moments of having a moose in your back yard.

 

But nothing comes close to the vibrancy of this video created about Alberta, Canada.  Alberta is a beautiful place like Steamboat. But this video is just amazing.

Steamboat Springs Area National Forest Safety Tips

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Steamboat Springs Area National Forest Safety Tips

Spring is definitely in the air and soon outdoor enthusiasts will be coming to the Steamboat Springs area to hike, bike and camp in the National Forest areas that surround Steamboat Springs. With limited snow left at lower elevations and the Steamboat Springs’ ski mountain closing on April 15th, the next round of visitors to RouttCounty will be those looking to enjoy the National Forest land and all the beauty it has to offer.

Mount Zirkel Wildnerness Area Near Steamboat Springs

Mount Zirkel Wildnerness Area Near Steamboat Springs

While beautiful and very accessible from Steamboat Springs, the U.S. National Forest Service does want visitors reminded that dangers exist in our National Forest land, and for safety purposes as well as the protection of our natural forest resources, here are some guidelines and reminders to follow:

Protect Yourself from Falling Trees

* Be aware of your surroundings; avoid dense patches of dead trees that can fall without warning.

Steamboat Springs Hill Street Home Offers the Perfect Lifestyle Balance

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Steamboat Springs Hill Street Home Offers the Perfect Lifestyle Balance

So you’re looking for a Steamboat Springs’ home that’s not too big, but not too small, close to downtown, but not right on or too close to Lincoln Avenue, you love to cook and crave a home with warmth and character, and would ideally love a yard with a water feature and perhaps an area for outside entertaining.

Hill Street Home in Downtown Steamboat Springs

Hill Street Home in Downtown Steamboat Springs

Look no further than 197 Hill Street in Old Town Steamboat Springs . Only blocks away from downtown yet seemingly miles from anything urban, since it’s surrounded by aspens and evergreens. That water feature you’d love to have if possible, well that would be Butcherknife Creek running along the property. There’s nothing like the sound of a bubbling creek to relax by, or when the urge strikes, cast a line into. Walk to town in minutes or jump in your car and be at the Steamboat Ski Mountain in less than 10 minutes. Location is everything, and you’ll have everything you need at 197 Hill Street in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Summer Reservations Heating Up in Steamboat Springs

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Summer Reservations Heating Up in Steamboat Springs

Word must be getting around that the Steamboat Springs ski mountain base area will soon be unveiling the new pedestrian promenade with Burgess Creek flowing through it. As reported in the Steamboat Today newspaper, Sheraton’s Director of Sales & Marketing is projecting the number of room nights driven by destination weddings will be up 22% this summer. In addition, revenues from convention groups are anticipated to increase around 18% as the nature of group bookings shifts from recreation oriented groups to corporations and professional associations holding multi-day meetings, trainings and conventions here.

Steamboat Today Photo of Promenade Development

Steamboat Today Photo of Promenade Development

Another potential positive is the news from Chris Diamond, Steamboat Ski Corp. President and COO, that his team is contemplating adding Thursday evenings for gondola operations to the current Friday and Saturday nights. This will mean more opportunities for dinners and special events on the mountain, and a chance for more people to enjoy sunsets and views of the Yampa Valley 2,000 feet below.

Meadows at Eagleridge offers Skiing, Pool, Fun and Convenience

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Meadows at Eagleridge offers Skiing, Pool, Fun and Convenience.

If you’re looking for a great 2+ bedroom condo in Steamboat Springs, here is a value that can’t be beat. If you’ve ever thought about owning a Steamboat condo within walking distance to the slopes, this 2 + bedroom condo is priced at $206 per foot or $300,000. 

Great views and natural light fill this Steamboat ski area condo. Walking distance to the ski mountain, upscale finishes and mountain views only begin to describe this beautiful 1,454 square foot, 2 master bedroom suites condominium. Each master bedroom is large and features a private fireplace, sitting area, spa-tub and steam shower, custom bathroom tile-work, owner’s closet, and access to the private balcony.

Steamboat Springs St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Steamboat Springs St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Steamboat Springs’ St. Patrick’s Day celebration begins early with a St. Patrick’s themed concert featuring The Tartan Terrors, billed as “Riverdance meets Saturday Night Live” in its advertising. The Thursday, March 15th show starts at 7pm and is part of the Steamboat Springs’ Strings Music Festival Series.

The Tartan Terrors - Steamboat Springs Strings' Event March 15th

The Tartan Terrors – Steamboat Springs Strings’ Event March 15th

Steamboat Springs’ authentic Irish pub, the new McKnight’s in Wildhorse Plaza, is having a 3 day countdown to St. Patrick’s Day that began this morning with breakfast specials including a free pancake breakfast from 7am-8am. With morning, afternoon and evening specials through St. Patrick’s Day weekend, McKnight’s will be the place to wear your green and join the festivities while watching March Madness. It’s close to the Steamboat Ski Mountain - perfect for an après ski stop.

See-I Concert - Steamboat Springs Bud Light Rocks the Boat March 17th

See-I Concert – Steamboat Springs Bud Light Rocks the Boat March 17th

An All Inclusive Dude Ranch in Steamboat Springs

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

An All Inclusive Dude Ranch in Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs has a lot to offer for warm weather activities and summer vacations, but what might not come immediately to mind is an all-inclusive vacation at one of the best dude ranches found west of  the Mississippi. About a half hour outside of downtown Steamboat Springs, in the Elk River Valley, you’ll find The Home Ranch. There’s something to be said for the name, as you’ll enjoy western hospitality at it’s finest with gourmet cuisine, lodging options that include private cabins and live music around a big, warm campfire.

The  Home Ranch 18 miles North of Steamboat Springs

The Home Ranch 18 miles North of Steamboat Springs

What’s a day like at The Home Ranch? Well after a scrumptious breakfast you can:

* Go for a hike in the Rocky Mountains with a guide or by yourself if you prefer

* Go horseback riding and/or take equestrian lessons

*  Enjoy fly fishing at its finest, and endorsed by none other than Orvis

Steamboat Springs Yampa Street – Revitalization Begins

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Steamboat Springs Yampa Street – Game On for Revitalization!

Looks like the urbanization of downtown Steamboat Springs is getting renewed traction. A weekend article in the Steamboat Pilot and Today focuses on the renewed attention to revitalizing a prime location –Yampa Street which lies between Steamboat Springs’ main street (Lincoln Avenue) and the Yampa River, home to world-class fly fishing, as well as summer tubing and kayaking. Already dotted with restaurants and a few retail stores, it could be so much more given its prime location between downtown Steamboat Springs and Howelsen Hill.

Steamboat Springs Howelsen Hill Ski Area

Steamboat Springs Howelsen Hill Ski Area

There are at least three meetings on the calendar between now and the end of March to discuss a game-plan for Yampa Street– 2 presentations are scheduled for the Steamboat Springs City Council and Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is hosting a meeting of Yampa Street stake-holders on March 27th.  You can be sure owners of Ciao Gelato, Carl’s Tavern, The Boathouse, Sweetwater Grill, Steamboat Fly Fisher, Steamboat Meat & Seafood Company, Back Door Sports, Sun Pies, Sweet Pea Market and all the other merchants, eating establishments and mixed use building owners will be in attendance and on record for what they’d like to see developed on their street.