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Not Your Average Mountain Home

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Not Your Average Mountain Home

Sure its got stone and wood and aspen trees, all desirable things. But that’s where average ends at 2890 Bucks Path, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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Some stats:

  • 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms
  • 7,401 square feet, thoroughly renovated in 2012 using local architectural firm Gerber Berend Design Build
  • 2 story great room with cathedral ceilings showcasing stunning reclaimed wood detail
  • Gourmet kitchen with no appliance, storage or style needs untouched
  • Lower level recreation area with wet bar and billiards area
  • Mezzanine style reading room overlooking the great room





How about:

  • Home gym plus separate yoga room
  • Extensive temperature controlled wine storage
  • Drive in storage area under the 3 car garage
  • Hand forged iron work throughout home including range hood, fireplaces and railings
  • Crestron home automation system



Honey, OMG, Look at the Bear!

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Location, Views & Design

You will undoubtedly see bears from the deck, but if stellar views, contemporary design and proximity to trails are priorities for your Steamboat home, then 870 Mauna Kea may be just the home for you.

Bears in Steamboat

You will be immediately drawn in by the expansive views. Sounds of the water feature in the entry will further set your soul at ease.

Steamboat luxury home for sale, contemporary, views, Fish Creek Falls

This 5 bedroom home offers space for everyone with 5,341 square feet. A formal living room with gas fireplace, the wall of windows and maple and travertine floors contribute to this home’s elegance.

Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat 5 bedroom home for sale, luxury, views

When the weather is nice, the deck is where you will want to be. Here you can soak up the sun, breathe in the fresh mountain air, watch the wildlife (including bear at times) below and enjoy views for as far as the eye can see.

Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat real estate, home for sale, 5 bedroom, contemporary

Steamboat Springs and National Real Estate Market Update – March 2013

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Steamboat Springs and National Market Update – March 2013

National Home Prices:

National home prices are improving.  Fiserv Case-Shiller projected March 4, 2013 that home prices across the nation will grow by 3.3 percent every year for the next 5 years. As we reported to you last month, 2012 was the first positive year for both home prices and home sales volume increases since the market crash. According to Case-Shiller,  2012 was as close to normal as we’ve seen since 1997!

Fiserv Case-Shiller Home Price Index measures the health of the housing market across the country.  It tracks data from repeat-sales of residential homes from 20 metropolitan regions and nationally.

This chart from Standard & Poor/Case-Shiller shows the national home price trend. Overall, there was a 7.3% gain in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same time 2011.

Zillow, Trulia, are Misleading Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Zillow, Trulia, are Misleading Steamboat Springs, Colorado,,, and are syndication real estate website like pretty slick and offer some cool tools and decent information.  I’m all about providing real estate information and in some ways I like the theory of these sites.  These are very popular real estate websites and have a huge national presence. But these real estate sites are all about revenue.

The problem with these syndication sites is the data they provide is often inaccurate and misleading real estate information. These are nation real estate websites. But people use them for their specific, local real estate markets. And these websites do not have direct feeds from local MLS’s throughout the country. So they get their listings or MLS data from other sources. And many times, that information is wrong and misleading.

Steamboat Springs Foreclosure not as Bad as National

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Steamboat Springs More Favorable than National Foreclosure Numbers

RealtyTrac Inc. reported today that the number of homes receiving first time foreclosure notices nationally rose 7% in March from February numbers. This marks the third consecutive month this year that foreclosure notices have increased  nationally. It was a known fact that shadow inventory exists, and now it’s becoming evident just how many unpaid mortgages were hung up in the banking system awaiting a court settlement that came through in February. With the $25B settlement reached, it’s clear that banks have resumed their quest to address unpaid mortgages.

We have a brighter picture in Steamboat Springs, although truth be told, it’s only brighter on paper, because for those Steamboat Springs home owners being foreclosed on, there’s nothing good about this news.

* In Steamboat Springs/Routt County, 65 foreclosures were filed in the first quarter of 2012

* This first quarter foreclosure number puts Steamboat Springs on pace for 46 fewer total foreclosures than last year

The Rusted Porch in Steamboat Springs – Great Happy Hour!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The Rusted Porch in Steamboat Springs – Great Happy Hour!

Boasting Steamboat Springs’ longest happy hour (four hours, but who’s counting?) the Rusted Porch is attracting both Steamboat Springs locals and visitors alike. The prices are great and the food is even better. While not brand new in Steamboat Springs, The Rusted Porch opened late in 2011, this Steamboat Springs restaurant is definitely gaining a loyal following. Could it be the variety of  happy hour sliders that are scrumptious and start at $1.29? Or perhaps it’s the great beer and mixed drinks…no check that, it’s the fantastic bartender, Tenille, who makes the mixed drinks. While she’s way too young to remember the Captain and Tenille (c’mon, if you’re over 45 you too probably remember Muskrat Love), she welcomes the Captain and Tenille jokes that are inevitable.

Steamboat Springs High School Tier 2 Sports Teams in Jeopardy

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Steamboat Springs High School Tier 2 Sports Teams in Jeopardy

Steamboat Springs is located in a beautiful valley far enough away from metropolitan areas that it’s safe to say no one moves here with any delusions of being able to make a quick trip to the mall, or Costco or Target for that matter. Every once in a while living in your corner of paradise can be a negative, and that seems to be the case with the Steamboat Springs High School athletic budget. As budget money everywhere is cut and/or re-allocated, the reality has hit Steamboat Springs High School that the cost of shuttling athletes across the state to compete might be too much to field many of the teams next year.

Steamboat Today Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Today Photo by John F. Russell

Good News in Steamboat Springs – Building Permits Up

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Good News in Steamboat Springs – Building Permits Up

It’s been a while here in Steamboat Springs since we’ve had good news on the building permit front, but the first quarter of 2012 finally brought some good news to the Steamboat Springs’ real estate market and undoubtedly to the local construction, architect and interior design industries as well.

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So just how good is the news? $4.8 million good with the addition of two Steamboat Springs’ building permits in March for single family homes with a combined valuation of $2.42M. Keep in mind that permit values are always less than the final cost of a home.

For comparison, since I know some people are wondering how a ski resort town like Steamboat Springs could “only have” new building permits of $4.8M on  record as we head into the spring building season:

* 2011 first quarter had 1 Steamboat Springs’  building permit with a valuation of $1.13M within city limits.

Easter Weekend in Steamboat Springs

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Easter Weekend in Steamboat Springs

Easter in Steamboat Springs won’t be a white one this year, but that doesn’t mean the Steamboat Ski Mountain won’t be hopping (yep, pun intended) with activity. Some people will be skiing the limited open terrain. If I planned a ski trip here and I wasn’t used to (or ‘spoiled by’ like us Steamboat locals) the “champagne powder” we’re known for, I’d probably ski some as well. Not this weekend though – there will be plenty of other things to do in the sunny mid 60’s weather Steamboat Springs’ is forecasted to have this holiday weekend. The summer toys are coming out of locals’ garages and being rented by visitors in lieu of ski gear. Bikes are making an early appearance in Steamboat Springs this year!

Rabbit Ears Pass - Steamboat Springs

Rabbit Ears Pass – Steamboat Springs

Easter holiday weekend activities on the Steamboat Ski Mountain include:


Beacon & Eggs Avalanche Beacon Hunt to aid in avalanche awareness efforts (great Nordica prizes too)

Leadership Qualities Aren’t Just for CEO’s & 4 Star Generals

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Leadership Qualities Aren’t Just For CEO’s & 4 Star Generals

I just read an interesting article on regarding the six things “adaptive strategic leaders” do well. As I pondered these qualities in reference to Managing Broker/Owner core competencies, I quickly broadened my point of reference to include Real Estate Agents. Why? Because we all run our own businesses and need to lead ourselves in the right direction, which in the perfect world, would free up the Managing Broker/Owner to lead the office/brand/franchise/company in the right direction…a win-win for all stake-holders including our all important clients. If we’re managing ourselves well, and leading ourselves to success, then it would follow that our clients will benefit too.

We all have immediate, short term fires to fight and follow-ups to do, but by also focusing on the following six areas we might just see opportunities that may have gone unnoticed, or be able to put on the brakes if the direction we’ve been speeding down all of sudden begins to look a little suspect.