November Featured Home: Soda Creek Mountain Retreat in Evergreen, Colo.

By Nicole Lauber

There are many mountain getaways, but there are few mountain retreats. Welcome to the Soda Creek Mountain Retreat, a meticulously maintained, Southwestern-styled estate on eight gated and manicured acres in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado.

 “This property is unique because it has all the features a custom homebuyer wants, but rarely finds collectively all in the same property,” says Kerry Endsley, owner of KCH Properties and Realtor with Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. “The Soda Creek Mountain Retreat has privacy, location, indoor and outdoor recreation and equestrian facilities, and is the perfect blend of an entertainment and family home.”

 Located just 30 minutes from Denver and less than one hour from Denver International Airport, this 10,712-finished-square-foot estate is in the perfect location to enjoy gated privacy, while also having the amenities of a big city at your fingertips. Denver boasts high paying jobs in interesting and progressive new fields, endless recreation opportunities, major sports teams, a dynamic young population and beautiful weather year-round. The Soda Creek Mountain Retreat is also less than one hour away from several world-class ski resorts and every imaginable Colorado recreational opportunity.

 Entertainers will delight in the amenities this retreat offers: a 2-story great room with a massive wood-burning fireplace overlooking the indoor pool solarium, a cave grotto hot tub with television and audio, a 600-square-foot fully furnished teepee with a fire pit, a game room, a full bar, a 1,200-bottle wine cellar, a home theater with a 126-inch screen, a whole-house integrated audio-video system, a fully equipped exercise studio and expansive decks and patios that are perfect backdrops for parties and soirees.

Homebuyers looking for their perfect vacation retreat should act fast. “The luxury market in and around Evergreen is recovering nicely now, but still has a choice of unique luxury properties, making it the perfect time to buy,” Kerry says. “The Soda Creek Mountain Retreat is the perfect first or second home, family and entertainment home, and the single best home value in the prestigious Soda Creek Community and north Evergreen.”

 

This property is offered at $3 million, and cannot be duplicated for less than $5 million. Click here for listing and agent information.


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Gan Aden

We tend to think about Colorado only as a winter wonderland, filled with ski resorts and glimmering snowcapped mountain tops. But this is a common misconception. Colorado is just as astonishingly beautiful in its summer months as it is in its winter months. We're currently in the heart of the summer, and what better time to enjoy the lush Colorado landscape? Gan Aden, located in Castle Rock, Colorado, is the perfect venue for summertime or wintertime Colorado living. Named 2012 Home of the Year by Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine, this 1+ acre paradise is surrounded by lush gardens, striking rock formations, and manmade koi ponds. This estate can be described perfectly in one word, Zen. Surrounded by the natural Colorado beauty, residents can find their center in their outdoor courtyard with a reflection pool, while listening to the falling waters of the entry way waterfall. The architecture of Gan Aden seamlessly blends in with its natural surroundings, emphasizing sustainability through the use of only natural materials. This breathtaking residence is extremely contemporary and modern. Inside its walls are three bedrooms and six bathrooms; however the master bedroom is tucked peacefully away in its own wing. Exhibiting a spa style and feel, the master bedroom boasts a steam shower and soaking tub and easy access to sunset views from the private terrace. The 10,027 square feet of living space encompasses a fully organic design, exhibited in each and every room of this contemporary Colorado home. Gan Aden is listed for $10,000,000, if you would like to request more information simply contact Clayton Andrews of Christie's International Real Estate at (312) 980-3500 or visit http://www.dupontregistry.com/homes/Search/Details.aspx?itemid=1433625.


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Vail, Colorado

Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa is the epitome of a winter wonderland, located in the world-renowned ski resort community of Vail, Colorado.

Residents and visitors enjoy snow-covered peaks, cobblestone streets closed to traffic, world-class dining, luxury lodging and the best amenities Colorado has to offer.  Come spend a couple of weeks in Vail, and you will experience the most beautiful nature scenes, where fun activities abound.

With the Winter ski season upon us and an expected average snowfall of 38 feet, why not take a glide down the mountain in celebration of the 50th anniversary of this legendary ski resort? Snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, ice-skating, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides are favorite winter pastimes, while kids of all ages can enjoy the excitement at Vail’s Adventure Ridge.  While there, children and adults alike get the thrill of a lifetime on the multi-lane tubing hill, miniature snowmobiles, ski-bikes and bungee trampolines.

All of these great Vail activities are located only two hours away from the Mile High City of Denver and a brief 30-minute car ride to the Eagle County Regional Airport which offers direct flights to/from Miami, San Francisco, Chicago and Dallas.

There is no shortage of luxury lodging while in Vail.  Cobble stone streets lead up to one property that will not be on the market long, the 10th Mountain Suite, a fractionally owned, 2-bedroom residence at the Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa. Six weeks are guaranteed with the key holidays included -- Christmas, New Years and Fourth of July. What better way to spend the holidays than here in Colorado?

Amenities at the Lodge include spa services, an 18,000-square-foot athletic club with a climbing wall and over 40 weekly classes of yoga, pilates, ski conditioning and more. The delicious Terra Bistro Restaurant offers divine meals, and the concierge (who will gladly pre-stock your fridge prior to arrival), 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping and on-mountain ski storage are great luxuries.

For more information about Vail’s luxury lifestyle, contact Chadd Ziegler at Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty, 970.445.0122.


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Destination: Aspen, Colorado

Long thought of as the ultimate luxury destination, Aspen, Colorado is home to a newly constructed, 18th-century-inspired, Tuscan estate.

Designed and created by Gregory “Skip” Gozzo, a noted builder with a flair for luxury and sophistication, no detail was spared in this 16,000-square-foot estate, which incorporated 40,000 square feet of hand-cut Pican limestone that is gently placed throughout the home. Mahogany flooring and doors, 10-foot tall windows, French doors, 100-year-old hand-hewn timbers, and custom-designed cherry cabinetry woodwork are also found throughout. All light fixtures and chandeliers are custom-designed and hand-made.

Within the estate, you’ll find five fireplaces with handset limestone facings with true masonry herringbone pattern. Two large family rooms allow family and guests to have their own privacy and ability to spread out. Overlooking one family room is the large, gourmet and commercial-grade kitchen equipped with all the top appliances. A breakfast room overlooks the outdoor gathering area, which includes a fireplace, dining table for 12 guests, summer kitchen, fire pit, spa and waterfall.

The master bedroom has spectacular views of Owl Creek Valley, which you can see from the walkout balcony. The master bathroom features his and her vanities, an oversized shower, spa bathtub, and a ladies vanity.

Six large guest suites all have walkout patios, bathrooms with tubs and showers, oversized showerheads and walk-in closets. A caretaker bedroom suite has a full kitchen and separate entrance in and out of the estate.

Amenities include a theatre room with 120-inch projection and raised platform seating; a temperature-controlled wine cellar; a large, custom wood-paneled library with 71-inch television and bar; an exercise room with state-of-the-art equipment, steam room and shower; and a 3-car garage.

Even better, this estate is already furnished with 18th and 19th century antique furnishings from around the world. All upholstered furniture is custom-made from the framework up and includes some of the finest fabrics and leathers. All cushions are down-filled, and all bedroom headboards are custom-made from the framework up with silk linens and custom-designed bedding to accent them.

Outdoors, you’ll find 5,000 square feet of patios and decks adjacent to hundreds of acres and pastures, which also has a 2-acre flat building envelope perfect for entertaining. A stream in the back of the property runs into a beautifully landscaped pond with a 15-foot waterfall. Enjoy spectacular views of the entire Owl Creek Valley, including straight on views of Mount Daly and Mount Sopris.

For more information and pictures, contact Skip Gozzo at 561-308-4367.


The Most Expensive Celebrity Homes for Sale

It's one thing to be extraordinarily rich and own a $10+ million home—people may wonder who lives in your gorgeous mansion, but most wouldn't recognize a CEO of a Fortune 500 company if a hardworking exec was right in front of them. It's another thing to have a home like that, and be famous, where your face is constantly on the silver screen, on TV during a big game, or on a stage serenading 50,000+ fans. Celebrities may try to live private lives, but it makes it hard when cities provide bus tours escorting curious lookers to catch a glimpse of a celebrity home (and maybe even the celebrity). Perhaps the lack of privacy is why these celebrities are selling their gorgeous estates...

Owners: Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell

Location: Broad Bench Road, Malibu, California

List Price: $9.95 million

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Owner: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson

Location: Farmington, Connecticut

List Price: $10 million

See the listing here.

Former Owner: Frank Sinatra (rented in the 1950s)

Location: Farralone, Chatsworth, California

List Price: $12 million

Owner: Mark Wahlberg

Location: Oak Pass, Beverly Hills, California

List Price: $13 million

Former Owner: Elvis Presley (lived here in the late 1960s)

Location: North Hillcrest Road, Beverly Hills, California

List Price: $13 million

Owner: Christina Aguilera

Location: Doheny Road, Beverly Hills, California

List Price: $13.5 million

Owner: Anjelica Huston

Location: Windward Avenue, Venice Beach, California

List Price: $13.9 million

Owner: Jim Carrey

Location: Malibu Colony Road, Malibu, California

List Price: $13.95 million

Owner: Zsa Zsa Gabor

Location: Bel Air Road, Los Angeles, California

List Price: $14.9 million

Owner: Wayne Gretzky

Location: Newbern Court, Thousand Oaks, California

List Price: $15 million

Owners: Jack Nicholson and director Lou Adler

Location: West End, Aspen, Colorado

List Price: $15 million

Owner: Sheryl Crow

Location: North Vista Street, Los Angeles, California

List Price: $15.95 million

Owner: Pharrell Williams

Location: Bristol Tower Penthouse, Miami Beach, Florida

List Price: $16.8 million

Owners: Kelsey and Camille Grammer

Location: Serra Retreat, Malibu, California

List Price: $16.9 million

See the listing here.

Owners: Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

Location: Crosby Street Penthouse, New York, New York

List Price: $17.95 million

Owner: Vidal Sassoon

Location: Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, California

List Price: $18 million

Owner: Rosie O'Donnell

Location: Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, Florida

List Price: $19.5 million

Owner: Pete Sampras

Location: West Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks, California

List Price: $19.95 million

See the listing here.

Owner: Leonardo DiCaprio

Location: Malibu Colony Road, Malibu, California

List Price: $23 million

Owner: Madonna

Location: Harperley Hall (apartment), New York, New York

List Price: $23.5 million

Owner: Michael Jordan

Location: Point Lane, Highland Park, Illinois

List Price: $29 million

Owner: Celine Dion

Location: Ile Gagnon, Laval, Quebec, Canada

List Price: $29.7 million

Owner: Robin Williams

Location: Villa Sorriso, Napa, California

List Price: $29.9 million

Former Owner: Katharine Hepburn (owned in the 1930s and 1940s)

Location: Hepburn Compound, Old Saybrook, Connecticut

List Price: $30 million

Owner: Annie Leibovitz

Location: Greenwich Street, New York, New York

List Price: $33 million

Owner: Joe Montana

Location: Villa Montana, Calistoga, California

List Price: $35 million

See the listing here.

Owner: Alex Rodriguez

Location: North Bay Road, Miami Beach, Florida

List Price: $38 million

Former Owner: Gianni Versace

Location: Casa Casuarina, Miami Beach, California

List Price: $100 million

See the listing here.

[All photos and information via Forbes]


Serenity at Cedar Ridge

Spectacular mountain home on 7.88 acres with breathtaking, panoramic views across mountain meadows and up to the snow-capped peaks of Twin Sisters. Luxurious everyday living or grand entertaining within 12,000-plus-square-foot residence, plus over 2,000 square feet of covered verandas and inviting patios with peaceful native rock waterfalls. Very private, yet moments from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Meticulously created and cared for, ready for your enjoyment. Let's explore 3005 Grey Fox Drive... Well below market value at $2.795 million. For details, call Christian at 970-231-8570.


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160-Acre Estate in Estes Park, Colorado

It's like having your own national park with endless vistas overlooking The Village of Estes Park and The Continental Divide beyond; total privacy and silence beyond words. A delightful forest of 160 acres, with mixed confiers, aspen groves and magnificent rock formations. Main residence of 5,800 square feet, 4-plus bedrooms and baths, with all the features of a luxurious mountain retreat. Carriage house for guests, corral for horses and 7-garage bays. 5 minutes from downtown, yet a world away... Offered at $2.39 million. For details, call Christian at 970-231-8570.


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Luxury Net Zero Homes: Green Living Tips For The Ultra Rich

When it comes to a luxury home, it is possible to enjoy all of the trappings of elegant living, while also keeping one’s house eco-friendly for the ultimate net zero home.  Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can make your home more sustainable.  It is possible to achieve this goal without giving up any of the lifestyle perks that you are accustomed to!

1. Selecting Natural Materials

While many people might initially think of something out of a rural Little House on the Prairie setting when they first hear the words “log home,” the truth is that those interested in luxury properties are finding green eco friendly log homes meet and surpass their needs.  While they can enjoy all of the perks of a luxury home, they simultaneously know that they are doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint.  Selecting old growth timber for floors, frames and beams can give a home a depth and classic beauty.  Oftentimes homes are even built right into rock formations, which can provide amazing insulation properties. 

2.  Selecting Eco-Friendly Products

No matter how much money you may have in the bank, it doesn’t make sense to pay the high costs that are associated with running a second or third home.  Non-toxic spray insulation and high quality polyester batts can achieve tightness and prevent air leakage.  Select washing machines, dishwasher and toilets models that reduce water consumption, LED lighting and low energy appliances.  All of these eco-friendly changes will work together to dramatically reduce your home’s bills.

3.  Integrate Your Home into a Natural Setting

One of the best states to build or buy an eco-friendly home is Colorado, which provides some of the best natural scenery in the country.  Whether you choose Winter Park, Vail, Aspen or Beaver Creek, you will be close to world class attractions like skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.   Many people don’t realize that these areas are quite sunny year-round.  When a home is positioned towards the sun, you have the further advantage of making use of solar energy.

For example, offered to the market for the first time is the Eco Home at 119 Elk Meadows in Tabernash, which neighbors the resort town of Winter Park Colorado, one of the country’s top ski resorts. The home is selling at Luxury Absolute Auction – with No Reserve, October 25, 2012 by Supreme Auctions. Due to all the eco-features in this home, the operating costs are a fraction of what they would be.  This remarkable property offers four huge master suites, a gourmet kitchen and massive dining room and great rooms that can fit 200 people for soirees.  Plus, this home includes a $1 million+ custom entertainment cave.

Even though the Eco Home is nearly 15,000 square feet, its utilities are just $450 per month due to all of its eco-friendly features and capacity to be a net zero home. If you follow the proper guidelines in setting up a property that works in harmony with its natural surroundings, you can achieve similar cost savings.  This is the ideal way to enjoy the good life, while benefitting our planet at the same time. As for the stunning property on Elk Meadows, near Winter Park, the area inspires visitors from around the world and rewards those lucky enough to call this home. Check out the property auction page and see for yourself.

This blog post was provided by Supreme Auctions. Supreme Auctions leads the auction industry with the most current systems, resources and experience to make sure your real estate auction experience is an exceptional one.


Luxurious Winter Park Eco Home For Sale At No Reserve Live Absolute Auction 10/25

This stunning and luxury-packed 15,000 square foot custom eco home just outside of Winter Park, CO – one of the world’s premier ski resort towns, known for its quiet, family-centric and culture-rich lifestyle – is selling via a Luxury Real Estate Auction with No Reserve on October 25th courtesy of Supreme Auctions of Keller Williams Realty International and brokered by Paul Smith of VailSmith Properties.

While it’s difficult to break away from its breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, custom art collection, 6 bedrooms and 7 baths, and its custom $1 million hometheater, much less its gourmet kitchen, entertaining area able to accommodate up to 200 guests, 4 unique master suites, heated garage – this remarkable home on 119 Elk Meadows in Tabernash (Grand County) was not only built with a quality rivaling that of the so-called golden age of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, it’s also decidedly modern. In fact, thanks to its green and sustainable design features, including miles of in-floor radiant heat, R42 & R52 SIP panels, triple redundancy heating system with geothermal, natural gas and solar photoviltaic, triple glazed argon filled windows and more, it only costs an average of $10,000 per year to heat and cool the property. Compare that to the average costs to heat a non-eco home of this size – which would run somewhere to the tune of $12,000 per month.

Because of its privacy and views, technology and style, access to limitless recreation and entertainment, space and substance – altogether 119 Elk Meadows near Winter Park is the real estate opportunity of a lifetime for the lucky winner of the upcoming No Reserve Absolute Auction on October 25th.

Offered to the market for the first time by the original owner, this incredible property will be available for viewing prior to auction commencing September 29th from 12 noon – 4pm. For more information on how to schedule a viewing or become eligible to bid at auction on October 25th, see Terms and Conditions on the Property Auction page. For more information visit Supreme-Auctions.com or call 866-929-2243.

This blog post was provided by Supreme Auctions. Supreme Auctions leads the auction industry with the most current systems, resources and experience to make sure your real estate auction experience is an exceptional one.


Evans Ridge Estate in Parker, Colorado

Step inside Evans Ridge and be immediately swept away by the beauty of this 42,000-square-foot, 70-acre family compound in Parker, Colorado. Designed by renowned architects and designers, Evans Ridge offers privacy, quiet and solitude, all while being just a 40-minute drive southeast of Denver.

"From the minute the sun rises to long after it sets, there is a pulse at Evans Ridge that is rarely found anywhere else," says Sandy Weigand, broker associate with Kentwood Real Estate in Denver. "A sense of Southern graciousness is prevalent throughout the estate, and sophisticated new furnishings blend with rich antiques and fine artwork to provide harmony at every turn."

When its current residents took ownership of Evans Ridge, they decided to upgrade the estate. Additions were made to the interiors, and the exterior was given a complete makeover with a redesign of the architecture and outdoor living spaces. The landscaping was also renovated to allow for a comfortable haven that adds to the warmth of Evans Ridge - ponds, fountains, trees, birds and a teahouse pavillion can all be found on the grounds.

With 11 bedrooms, 3 private guest suites - each with complete living and cooking quarters - 24 baths and a 16-car garage, Evans Ridge is the perfect estate to entertain and host guests, whether for a family renuion or a corporate retreat. Ten fireplaces, a bowling alley, game room, theater room, indoor pool and spa, his-and-her locker rooms, saunas and steam rooms will keep all guests entertained and relaxed.

From almost every room you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery surrounding Evans Ridge. Nestled into a gently sloped hillside, panoramic views of the Front Range peaks, including Devils Head and Mount Evans, can be enjoyed, whether you want to see the sunrise or sunset.

"Evans Ridge is reasy for a gracious family to begin their true enjoyment and appreciation of the significant estate," Sandy says.

Offered at $19.5 million. For more information, click here.


17th Anniversary Top 10: Living Rooms

Bozeman, Montana | www.suplatinum.com

Naples, Florida | www.billearls.com

Kentfield, California | www.marinkentfieldestate.com

Bozeman, Montana | www.suplatinum.com

Rancho Mirage, California | www.iamthedesert.com

Lake Tahoe | www.laketahoe-estates.com

Grand Isle Exuma, Bahamas | www.coldwellbankerbahamas.com

Muscle Shoals, Alabama | www.davidgardner.com

Beaver Creek, Colorado | www.vailmountainlifestyle.com

Beaver Creek, Colorado | www.vailmountainlifestyle.com

Want to see more Top 10s? Click here to view our 17th Anniversary Issue!


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Fort Washington, PA | www.christiesrealestate.com

Bethel, New York | www.chapinestate.com

Rincon, Puerto Rico | www.castleofrincon.com

Miami Beach, Florida | www.oceanhousesouthbeach.com

Bozeman, Montana | www.suplatinum.com

Bozeman, MT | www.suplatinum.com

Livingston, MT | www.suplatinum.com

Parker, CO | www.sandyweigand.com

Altanta, GA | www.kellyboudreau.com

Highlands, NC | www.sageemanor.com


50 Top Luxury Real Estate Markets in the USA: Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat Springs has a reputation as being one of the friendliest resort towns in the USA. The townspeople have a tradition of genuinely caring for each other, an “Old West” ranching tradition, that is engrained in the soul of the community. And, they are proud of it. Come Winter Olympics the entire town gathers to send off their local Olympic athletes. If a neighbor needs help they are there to help them.

According to Stephan Baden,”What is distinct about our community is that we are both a ranching community and a world class ski resort. This diversity, plus the diversity of people who have moved here from all over the world makes Steamboat Springs a great place to live and to raise a family”. 

“We were a community before we had a ski resort, not the other way around, states Ulrich Salzberger  If the mountain blew up we would still be a community. Our rugged ranching heritage runs deep in our psyche. It is said with great humor, that the only people who wear ties in Steamboat Springs are out-of-town attorneys and sales people, and we really do not need any of them.  This is a town where unpretentiousness and friendliness prevail; there is no class distinction or age distinction”.

Arlene Zopf  says, “In our community, people of all generations are into the outdoor lifestyle; it is not just for the young. Steamboat's Over the Hill Gang has a ski program that is the only one of it's kind in the country. They offer guided skiing for anyone over the age of 50 at no charge, daily, throughout the season. Participation is open to anyone, even if you are not a local member. You always feel totally welcomed when you come back home to Steamboat Springs. Everyone smiles and says hello!”

According to Chris Paoli, “The vigorous outdoor lifestyle does attracts a  bright, young demographic to Steamboat Springs, those who are athletic and choose to live here year-round.  Cam Boyd says, “We notice that Steamboat Springs, with its outstanding schools, attracts quite a number of younger families, especially those whose careers are location neutral or those who are interested in starting new ventures.  Many small,local, lifestyle-oriented businesses thrive here such as Smart Wool, the makers of outdoor clothing and Honey Stinger, the nutritional protein bars”.

“In Steamboat Springs mother nature definitely plays favorites, says Nick Metzler, Our unique topography, our lower elevation and geographic position create four fabulous seasons. In addition to our strong sense of community, it is our climate that makes our town distinct from all other ski towns. Because we have little wind,  our Champagne Powder® lasts longer in the winter.  Our Chamber of Commerce claims 300 blue sky days a year with lots of sun. Our summers and falls last longer. In spring it is green like Ireland while the tops of the mountains are still white with snow”.

According to Jon Wade, “Steamboat is just far enough from Denver that people do not commute here that often. As a result, it is a lifestyle destination not just a weekend getaway.   Kids spend more time outdoors and get involved in more outdoor activities. Many of their friends are traveling around the world in Junior Olympics. They meet other kids from all over the world, who participate in this program.  It gives them a great perspective and creates the sense that anything is possible”.

Although it is not adjacent to a major city, Steamboat is easy to get to by plane. “Our local airport is just 20 miles away”, says Doug Labor.  There are direct flights from several major cities to Steamboat Springs.  Compared to many mountain resort town our airport is relatively easy to access even in challenging weather”.

Pam Vanatta  sums it up the Steamboat Springs lifestyle when she says,”It is easy to get here and live in our  small community. People are genuinely friendly and they are happy!”

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra via the agents/brokers interviewed.


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50 Top Luxury Real Estate Markets in the USA: Telluride, CO

Imagine a world class ski resort with no traffic or long lift lines, and no driving once you've arrived.  That is Telluride, Colorado. The Telluride Historic District (the majority of the town) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also one of Colorado's 20 National Historic Landmarks.

According to TD Smith, “Telluride is a rejuvenated mining town that still has its roots as a community first and a resort second.  The developers were very sensitive to the importance of providing ample housing for locals who work at the resort.  There is no pretentiousness or glitz here.  We co-exist in a laid back, uncrowded environment where everyone can enjoy the scenic backdrop of the mountains and the active lifestyle”.

Jim Jennings explains this phenomenon in this way, “People who otherwise would have zero in common have a blast together at our annual Blue Grass Festival, for example”.  The event can be sold out months in advance!”

George Harvey says, “Telluride is stunningly beautiful; it takes your breath away. Ironically, one of our best attributes is the challenge to get here.  Most people arrive in Telluride via Montrose Regional Airport, located 67 miles to the north which has direct flights from many major cities.  The upside is that no one bothers the affluent visitors and home owners who deliberately choose Telluride for its leisurely lifestyle; those who treasure their privacy yet want to participate freely in our fine community. Children can roam around town and parents and grandparents can know they are safe. We have a free taxi cab service in Mountain Village seven days a week, so you can enjoy that extra glass of wine with dinner and not be concerned about driving home.”

According to Erik Fallenius, “Telluride is known not only for its magnificent setting but also for its charm. We are a pedestrian town; you do not see cars here. We have two unique communities: Telluride and Mountain Village. The two towns are connected by a free gondola, the only transportation system of its kind in North America. A 15 minute gondola ride takes you up to fabulous mid-mountain restaurants all year long with spectacular views along the way.  The free bus system, called Galloping Goose, makes a complete loop around the town”.  

According to Nels Cary, “We are the youngest of the major ski resorts.  It is not commercialized; there are no national chains, no neon lights.  The closest stoplight is miles away. It feels like a mountain town, not a tourist town.  We have a fully trained volunteer fire department comprised of community members who have participated for years”. 

Steve Catsman says, “Telluride is a beautiful place to work, to play and raise a family.  It is particularly exciting in the summertime when over 10,000 people come to visit and partake in the many cultural events that are featured here.  That is a lot of people for a town that is only ½ mile wide.   For skiers and snowboarders, the winters are great. Lift lines are virtually non-existent.”   

“For many people Telluride is a relaxed getaway that is now widely recognized as an all-season resort”, says Lars Carlson.  He adds, “In the summer, there are festivals just about every weekend including Mountainfilm and the Telluride Film Festival.  The outdoor lifestyle is a great way to meet cool people.  The raw beauty of the surroundings and the quaintness of our mountain towns are unparalleled”.

Photos Courtesty of the Agents & Brokers Intereviewed for This Article

This blog posting has been provided by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, the Language of Luxury Community Founders and managing partners of Napa Consultants, International, the leading luxury real estate strategic marketing firm. They specialize in personal and company branding, luxury real estate website design and social media marketing. Photos courtesy of Ron and Alexandra.


Vail’s Home of Homes

“Only the finest materials were selected for this astonishing 4,000+ square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath home,” says Tye Stockton, owner/broker with Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty. “No photo or single view can fully describe the splendor of 54 Beaver Dam Road.” This architectural masterpiece in Vail, Colorado, was painstakingly designed by its owners and master architect, Michael Suman, to incorporate luxurious finishes and details inside and out. The property boasts indigenous Colorado Buff stone and copper accents on the façade, Douglas-fir ceilings, a “Telluride Gold” stone-clad fireplace, European ash flooring, and rich cherry-wood walls and custom cabinetry throughout. 

The prestigious residence also features a dramatic outdoor living space, overlooking Gore Creek with panoramic views of the majestic Gore Range in the Rocky Mountains. One of the county’s quintessential mountain resort towns, Vail offers exception skiing and riding, thanks to the average winter snowfall of more than 360 inches annually. The warmer seasons are equally beautiful with average summertime temperatures in the 70s and low 80s and little to no humidity. The fall brings amazing opportunities for watching the leaves change colors with the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop.

“With over $1.5 billion in public and private upgrades in Vail in the past six years, we offer the best combination of on-mountain and off-mountain options and amenities,” explains Tye. “A new sit-down option at Mid-Vail Dining Court, Elway’s steak house, Matsuhisha and Sweet Basil, gives residents and visitors a range of fine dining options.

Impressive are the finely crafted details, such as the in-floor lighting beneath the stone entryway, backlit green onyx in the main-level bathroom and “book-matched” lava granite backsplash in the kitchen. “ The rare combination of the home’s in-town location, creek-side setting, spectacular mountain views, outdoor space with fire pit and plunge pool, and some of the best finishes and technology available today,” says Tye, “make this home one of the most coveted addresses in Vail.” 

54 Beaver Dam Road – Vail, Colorado


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