keystone: Snow Place Like Home - 09/21/06 06:31 PM
At no time does this slogan of ours make more sense than at the first snow of the season.  So, as we near the end of this day of our first snow of 2006, it’s a good time to reflect.  Avid skiers and snowboarders are salivating.  Golfers and mountain climbers are groaning.  But, regardless, everyone knows that we live high in the Colorado mountains, that our ski resorts of Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin are the real reason that the majority of us live here.  If not for the skiing itself, then to support those who hang on for … (3 comments)

keystone: Paving Paradise? - 08/20/06 02:18 PM
This is for those of you who live in metro areas, cities, places where you expect to transport yourself, your kids and friends, over roads made of bituminous materials known as pavement, where you aren't bothered by dust (or at least its effects are minimal).  Because you may not understand this story.  Then again, this is not where you live.  You see, there is a small community just south of Breckenridge a few miles.  It's made up of a mish-mash of irregular lots ranging from a third of an acre to about three acres.  Mostly single family homes with a few … (0 comments)

keystone: It's a Seller's market! - 08/04/06 09:46 AM
The real estate market may be cooling off nationally.  The Denver Metro area may still be flat.  But, none of that has affected sales in Summit County, Colorado.  Our sales are hot, our inventory is down, and prices are climbing.  Difficult to control.  Everyone wants a piece of this affluence.  Even deed-restricted homes designed for locals have reached over $230,000 for those who qualify at median income or less. 
Look at some statistics.  Sales volume just for June this year were up more than 45 percent over the June of 2005.  Incredible!  But, the number of transactions were up only 11 … (2 comments)

keystone: Riding the wind - 08/02/06 06:18 PM
Vail Resorts became the second largest corporate buyer of wind energy on Tuesday when it announced it would offet 100 percent of its total electricity use by purchasing wind energy.  That amounts to 152,000 megawatt hours of wind energ per year.  This will (according to the EPA) avoid more than 211 million poinds of cargbon dioxide emissions a year, the equivalent of taking 18,000 cars off the road or planting 27,000 trees. 
While their energy costs will increase, but the Resort says their commitment to clean energy is more important.  It may also have a ripple effect, encouraging other large energy … (2 comments)

keystone: Chasing little white balls in the high country. - 07/18/06 08:34 PM
Summit County, Colorado has some of the best golf courses in the country.  I know.  I’ve played them all.  They are all championship courses, and will challenge even the best golfers.  Yet, depending on the hole, the weather, the day, some of the holes can also be forgiving. 
First, there is Copper Creek at Copper Mountain.  A mix of links and mountain style holes designed by the venerable Pete and Perry Dye, Copper Creek accommodates the novice golfer from the forward tees while still providing a great test for the accomplished golfer.  Spellbinding views of the 10 Mile Range provide the perfect … (3 comments)

keystone: - 07/17/06 05:45 PM
So, where is our high-end market?  When we compare sales of homes that actually sold for $1 million or more in the first six months of 2006 to the same period in 2005, here is what we find:  
In 2006, we have had a total of 63 sales over $1 million in the County, with 45 in Breckenridge, 2 in Copper Mountain, 1 in Dillon, 5 in Frisco, 7 in Keystone, and 3 in Silverthorne.  Of those, 6 were over $2 million, with $2.3 million being the high sale.   
In 2005, we had a total of 43 sales over $1 million in … (3 comments)

keystone: Second homes can dominate the economy - 07/09/06 10:18 AM
Second homeowners bring lots of money, some worries, to Summit County Some second homes are huge mansions on vast acreage, castles that are perhaps smaller than their first homes, but with all the amenities.  These tend to get most of the attention, being inhabited, albeit sporadically, by shieks and stars and othe luminaries.   
But second homes can also be very modest, not much more than a decent hotel room.  In either case, they are increasingly popular, the preferred place for baby boomers, investors, and others interested in protecting (and increasing) their wealth to put their money. The upside is that second homes … (4 comments)

 
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