Archive for October, 2013

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Report

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Steamboat Springs Real Estate Report


Routt County/Steamboat Springs Real Estate Market Update

September was a great month for the Steamboat Springs real estate market. 122 transactions took place, more than any other month in 2013 so far, to the tune of $48M in gross volume.  As Colorado resort towns saw record tax revenues this summer,  real estate was setting records as well. September volume reflects increased activity during July and August.

  •        September 2013 dollar volume was UP +86.15% over September 2012
  •        > Year-to-date dollar volume is UP +14.09%
  •        Transactions were UP +45.24% from September 2012
  •        Year-to-date transactions are UP +11.75%
  •        > 44% of the volume was under the price point of $500,000

There were 72  residential sales with single family homes represent the most common real estate transaction. 54% of these sales had loans at closings while 46% were cash transactions.

  •        > Single Family sales = 29

Rock Climbing in Steamboat Springs

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Rock Climbing in Steamboat Springs

We’re outdoor junkies here in Steamboat. And rock climbing is just another adrenalin sport we can enjoy year-round here in Steamboat Springs. Thanks to Matt Tredway who is responsible for the indoor climbing wall in the Steamboat Springs Middle School, and  Patrick Meyer, Owner of Rocky Mountain Ventures, the general public can climb indoors 3 times a week.

Rock Climbing in Steamboat

Rock Climbing in Steamboat

Here’s the scoop:

When -Monday / Wednesday / Friday  6:00-8:00 PM (fall / winter hours)

Where – Steamboat Springs Middle School

Cost – $5 to climb / $5 to rent harness and shoes (punch cards available)

No experience needed. Trublue Auto Belay systems are used. So no need for a belay person. You can climb alone.

All ages welcome.

Crack climbing in Steamboat

Crack climbing in Steamboat

Outside Magazine Ranks Steamboat High

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Outside Magazine Ranks Steamboat High

Steamboat Springs has it all.

I’m always talking about what an incredible place Steamboat Springs is. From the performances at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School, to riding bikes on the Yampa River Core Trail to ski jumping at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club there is so much to do and see here. Steamboat really does have it all. But don’t take my word for it, well-respected publications have taken note of our bounty of fun, beauty and activities too.

Last month, Dog Fancy Magazine named Steamboat Springs “Dog Town USA” stating that we are a “mile-high mecca for dogs and their owners”. Every year it seems we get recognition for being one of the best ski areas in the nation, and rightfully so. Last year National Geographic ranked Steamboat a Top 25 Ski Town and the year before Ski Magazine readers voted us #8 in the top 20 ski resorts.

Milner Mall – Steamboat’s Best Building Materials Cache

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Milner Mall – Steamboat’s Best Building Materials Cache

Most cities across America have The Home Depot or Lowe’s or other big building supply stores, but we have “The Milner Mall”. At least that’s what locals refer to it as, but it’s official name is Home Resource and it’s basically an area of “organized chaos” at the local landfill. Phone: (970) 879-6985

Don’t get me wrong, we have great hardware stores. But the Milner Mall is not a hardware store.

Home Resource is a non-profit subsidiary of the landfill, selling salvaged materials at a discounted price and keeping them out of the landfill. Every time I go, I’m amazed at what I find. If you think it’s fun to go walk the isles of Home Depot, this is way more fun. The creative juices flow with every turn. If you have a home project and your looking for idea, head to the Milner Mall first. Whether you’re remodeling a bathroom, making a shed, treehouse, needing some chairs, or building your dream home, and you might be on a budget, you have to head to Milner, Colorado.

Spectacular Condo Awaits at The Lodge at Steamboat

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Spectacular Condo Awaits at The Lodge at Steamboat

Looking for that inspiring, maintenance-free, mountain condo escape? The Lodge at Steamboat may be just the place for you. According to the Unit Quality Rating System, performed by a third party to rate each unit based on industry quality standards, this particular unit receives a 4-Diamond, the highest valuation, with a rating of 92 out of a possible 100.

Take in the beauty of Mt. Werner as you drive up to the front door of 2700 Village Drive, B109.

This fully furnished condo, just steps away from Steamboat Ski Resort, awaits you.

Located a short block away from Steamboat Ski Resort; this quiet ground level condominium has convenient parking yet is tucked away from the year-round swimming pool and hot tubs. Leave your worries on the doorstep as you step into this warm and inviting 2 bedroom 2 bath home.

Living room bathed in sunlight offers views of open space and mountains.

A Special Home

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Home is where your heart is and your soul is drawn to. I just find this video such an inspiration.

Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old legend who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the Ventana Wilderness, California.

While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead was put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. On the land he built a small cabin using materials from the land and milling trees by hand. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left “society” and moved to the cabin full time.

Filmed and contributed by Grace Jackson.

JACK from Grace Jackson on Vimeo.

Steamboat Springs’ Community Recycling Day Oct 12th

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Steamboat Springs’ Community Recycling Day

It’s that time of year again when the color of the leaves are changing, the air turns crisp and I get to clean out the garage! Well, my entire garage may not get an overhaul but the recyclable items that I have collected and stored there for the past year will finally be taken to their new home and I will have that valuable garage space again.

This Saturday, October 12 from 9am – noon at Howelson Hill the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) and Yampa Valley Recycles will be hosting their 5th annual Community Recycling Drop-Off Day. Numerous materials will be accepted for free recycling while some of those hard-to-recycle items, like electronics, paint, and appliances, have a small fee.

You know you are in a ski town when even those get recycled! (Photo: Matt Stensland)

Please note that this is for residential recycling only, not commercial. YVSC asks for only one vehicle load per household. They will not accept trash, mattresses, furniture/couches, particle board, painted or stained rotten lumber.

Tips to Winterize Your Steamboat Springs Home

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Tips to Winterize Your Steamboat Springs Home

Getting your home ready for winter is important, but with the low temperatures and heavy snowfall that Steamboat Springs endures, it’s even more important to winterize your investment. I put together a short video and a checklist with some tips to prepare your home for Old Man Winter.

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter in Steamboat Springs, CO


Checklist to Winterize Your Steamboat Home

  •      Lawn, Garden & Deck
    •  - Fertilize lawn prior to snowfall
    •  - Put away outdoor cushions, furniture & toys
    •  - Drain & winterize outdoor faucets & irrigation systems
    •  - Trim branches that hang over house & power lines
  •      Windows & Doors
    •  - Seal gaps & cracks with weatherstripping & caulk
    •  - Put up storm windows & doors if you have them
  •      Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
    •  - Replace furnace filters & humidifier

A Farming Video with Rich Heritage

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Steamboat Springs is a resort community – one of the best ski areas in Colorado. But Steamboat has a rich heritage in ranching and farming. It’s this heritage that makes Steamboat Springs such a special place. No, we’re not farming rice here. But it’s the core people like this guy giving character to our community.

American Value: Herb Dishman: China, TX from Nomadique on Vimeo.

Katy Perry Would Live in Old Town Steamboat Springs

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Katy Perry Would Live in Old Town Steamboat Springs

One thing is true about real estate in downtown Steamboat Springs, aka Old Town, it is highly sought-after and the cool place to live. If you’re a hipster and like being close to the action, downtown Steamboat is for you. Here homeowners enjoy walkable and bikeable accessibility to schools, downtown’s restaurants and shops, Howelson Hillthe library, Core Trail and more. With the year-round free bus system making frequent stops downtown to shuttle passengers to the Steamboat Ski Area and areas outside of downtown, who needs a car?

cruiser bike

Cruiser bikes are a fun and easy way to get around in Old Town. (Photo courtesy of Steamboat Chamber Association)

Homes in Old Town are in limited supply and with high demand, making the price of real estate here higher per square foot than in other areas of Steamboat Springs. The good thing about this is that it makes for a greater value for your investment. Homes in Old Town will always be in limited supply. Let me show you 4 incredible homes that are not only located in convenient Old Town, but also offer some pretty incredible attributes.