We finished 2014 strong, with 747 transactions in Pitkin County and an increase in total sales volume of 23%.
2015 has started off well, with the best January numbers we've seen since the recession. The sales volume was up over 300% over last year, and the number of transactions was down about 40% which means luxury properties are being sold and indicates low inventory as well.
Aspen led the pace with 27 of the 78 total transactions in Pitkin County with an average residential price per square foot at $1405 and the average price for single family homes just below $7 million.
Marshall Direct Fund is near and dear to the hearts of Stirling Peak Properties. Our partner, Dawentte Smith, has been intimately involved with the organization for a number of years. This year they are hosting a special reception that will take place at the home of well-known and respected Aspen residents, Terri and Tony Caine on July 1st 5-7:30 pm. The event will have delicious food from European Caterers, innovative cocktails from Woody Creek Distillery, a high end silent auction, and distinguished guest speaker Dalia Mogahed (author of Who Speaks for Islam, TED talk, and Aspen Ideas Festival presenter). Every year the lively reception is attended by 150+ philanthropists and humanitarians. Tickets are $275 per person, and a large number of the attendees sponsor at level ranging from $1,000 - $10,000.
March has arrived with over three feet of snow and now some gorgeous sunny weather. Below are a few of Kellen Porter's favorite ways to spend time in the spring.
Below are Bill Stirling's favorite local activities for the final days of February.
It has been over 50 years since our partner, Bill Stirling, took a Peace Corps assignment in rural Kenya. Just outside the village of Sotik, he spent two years working with the million acre scheme, funded by the World Bank, and his job was to resettle landless Kenyan farmers on the old European large scale farms. He was part of the Kenya Peace Corps effort, and lived and worked with the Kipsigis tribe and herdspeople, in Western Kenya, just north of the Masai Mara plains. The volunteers learned Kiswahil, a lengue franc spoken from the eastern Congo to Zanzibar, which he spoke daily for the two year period, and amazingly, his ability to converse in Swahili returned, which was like an entrée or passport into a myriad of situations, that otherwise, would have been out of bounds. Five decades later, he returned.