Archive for July, 2013

How to Dress for Weather in Steamboat

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

How to Dress for Weather in Steamboat

In the Rocky Mountains, the weather and temperatures can swing wildly and rapidly!  In Steamboat Springs we have more sunshine per year than cities in Florida. But we do have some temperature extremes.  It can be sunny and 80 and turn in rain and 50 within minutes. Being prepared is essential for playing in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat weather

Steamboat weather

When you start out in the morning, look at the weather report. You may see a bluebird day but by the afternoon, rain and hail can move in. During the winter, I’ve started my day at -30 and have ended it up on the ski area at +30. Really.

30 Below

30 Below

Next, layer your clothing. I thought everyone knew this but if are visiting from a warm climate, you may not.  There are 3 main layers: your base layer, mid layer, and your outer layer.

Guide to Steamboat Parks and Trails

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Guide to Steamboat Parks and Trails

Steamboat Springs has 28 Parks, miles of bicycle and walking paths, and 2,500 acres of open space. In general, all are open year round. Weather can limit which activities you can do and some open spaces have closures due to trail condition and wildlife protection, like elk calving season.

Steamboat Springs CO

Steamboat Springs CO

Parks

The map to our 28 parks can be found here along with their amenities.

Our parks offer the traditional multitude of recreational opportunities and facilities. We have everything from picnic tables to horseshoe pits. However, we do offer some non-traditional specialties you won’t’ find in a lot of towns like natural hot springs and rodeo grounds. In addition, don’t overlook the Yampa River Botanic Park.

Rental: Some facilities are available for rent, call (970) 879-4300

Field Conditions:  For field conditions call (970) 879-8552 x737

Dogs

Seattle to Steamboat Springs – Direct Flights

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

 Seattle to Steamboat Springs – Direct Flights

Yo Seattle and Northwest people – come to Steamboat Springs next winter. Book today and play next winter in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Seattle to Steamboat

Seattle to Steamboat

Alaska Airlines is pleased to announce new nonstop between Seattle and Steamboat Springs, starting December 18, 2013. We’re celebrating with introductory fares from $119 each way for travel beginning December 18, 2013.
Purchase your nonstop tickets by 11:59 p.m. (PT), July 26, 2013.

New Service

From – To
Seattle – Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs – Seattle
Departs
1:35 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Arrives
5:20 p.m.
7:25 p.m.
Frequency
Wed., & Sat. (Seasonally though March 29, 2014)
Wed., & Sat. (Seasonally though March 29, 2014)
Here’s more information about these flights.   Or to read more blogs about flights to and from Steamboat Springs, click Steamboat Flights. 

Thanks,

Charlie

A Video of a Home in Tuscany

Monday, July 15th, 2013

A Video of a Home in Tuscany

I’m into video and real estate. So when I saw this video I really liked the tone, architecture and message. So enjoy.

“When building a Tuscan retreat for himself and his family, Piero Lissoni decided that simplicity was key. Visited by filmmaker Matthew Donaldson for today’s edition of In Residence, the Italian designer and architect created an elementary form that was neither part of the vernacular, nor classic Italian pastiche. Keeping faithful to the size and scale of the surrounding houses, he used a concrete that is mixed with the local earth, giving it a characteristic pinkish hue. The stunning landscape envelops the building, its cool, hard lines playing off against the undulating hills.”

In Residence: Piero Lissoni on Nowness.com

 

I hope you enjoy the video,

Charlie

Steamboat Springs Foreclosures

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Steamboat Springs Foreclosures

Foreclosures are down in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Foreclosure filing are also down nationally. A year ago there were roughly 40-50 bank owned properties for sale in Steamboat Springs / Routt county.

Foreclosure

Foreclosure

Today there are 14 bank owned properties for sale in the Steamboat MLS. Short-sales in Steamboat Springs have dropped as well. Today there are 27 Short Sales in the Steamboat MLS.   Rising real estate values and declining unemployment is a major factor in the improvements. And with these low interests rates, people are able to refinance and lower their mortgage payment.

National Foreclosure Snapshot

National Foreclosure Snapshot

Unlike national numbers, foreclosures in Steamboat Springs show a wide range in values. Lower priced properties tend to see higher numbers in foreclosures but in Steamboat Springs, but we’re not immune from seeing high-end bank owned properties. As bank owned properties drop, this help stabilize local real estate values which is great news for home owners in Routt county.  If you want to search foreclosures in Routt county and Steamboat Springs, you can search Steamboat NED foreclosure filings here. 

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Report

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Report

Steamboat Springs CO

Steamboat Springs CO

     Routt County

May 2013 dollar volume was up 25.16% over last year 2012. Year-to-Date, dollar volume is up 21.97%. Transactions were up 31.65% from May 2012 and Year-to-Date transactions are up 18.36%.

Three month snapshot

Date                        Pending              Sold 30 days        Inventory

5/1/13

135

38

1584

6/1/13

131

59

1610

7/1/13

141

62

1705

Sales remain strong, but the Steamboat MLS inventory has risen.  This rise in inventory will slow absorption rate – meaning it might take a little longer to sell a home. That said, well priced, attractive homes are selling fast.

Old Town Steamboat Springs Charmer under 400k?

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Old Town Steamboat Springs Charmer under 400k?

Really? That just doesn’t exist – normally….

old town Steamboat

old town Steamboat

426 Grand St is on the market. After a short winter break where it was rented for $1,600/month, it is back! I’ve written quit a bit about this cozy home because, well,  I think it’s just plain neat.

I keep ranting about how our market is changing including how inventory is low. Well, two single-family homes under the price of 400k is pretty low inventory! And, this home has basement storage – a lot of older old town homes just don’t have that luxury. In addition, zoning allows for a caretakers unit or rental to be added if you would like.

Although this home is super cozy with a great “artistic vibe”,  it also is all about location, location, location. Living downtown has lots of advantages. In addition, with the ability to store your toys in the dry basement and the option to add-on , the  value of this home is more than the asking price. And, don’t forget, it’s just super cute.