Seasonal Highlights

July 2015 Aspen Real Estate Market Report

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As our summer season begins to wind down in Aspen and the leaves start to change, the strength of the market continues to ramp up. In fact, Pitkin County’s sales dollar volume for the first half of 2015 is up 41.81% over 2014 - the highest among the seven Colorado mountain counties. It is also the first time in eight years that our market’s “dollar volume” rose above that of Eagle County—which includes Aspen’s rival resort, Vail.

Below are a few July and year to date statistics for Aspen and Snowmass Village.

August in Aspen - Layne's Favorites

August activities in Aspen, Colorado

The days are getting a touch shorter but the wild flowers are still blooming and the backcountry has never been so green! Make sure to take full advantage of our last month of summer in the Roaring Fork Valley. Below are some of Layne's favorite things to do in August.

  • Mountain biking the Rim Trail in Snowmass followed by a salt water swim with my son at the Snowmass Recreation Center
  • Watching the US Pro Challenge race by from the top of Independence Pass
  • Relaxing on the Benedict Tent lawn – enjoying the music, a picnic and wine
  • Seeing familiar faces at the Thursday evening concerts on Fanny Hill in Snowmass
  • Watching my son play at the top of AJAX after a family hike up the Ute Trail

July in Aspen - Dawnette's Favorites

The wildflowers are bursting, town is buzzing and summer is in full-swing in Aspen, Colorado. Below are a few of Dawnette's favorite things to do in the height of summer.

  • Horseback riding in Old Snowmass
  • Boating or sailing the blue waters of Ruedi Reservoir
  • Enjoying camp fires in the beautiful forests surrounding Aspen
  • Floating the Roaring Fork River to fly fish and spot wildlife
  • Expanding my mind at Aspen Institute seminars and lectures

Introducing our NEW Rental Coordinator

Nichole Campbell - Aspen Vacation Rental Coordinator

We want to welcome Stirling Peak Properties’ new addition, Nichole Campbell as Rental Coordinator. She joins our team with a Management and Marketing degree from Shippensburg University, experience in a competitive sales position as well as various facets of the food and beverage industry. 

Nichole will be managing the daily operations of the vacation rental department which includes everything from administrative duties regarding agreements, to coordinating the housekeeping team, to property marketing. She will have her Colorado broker’s license by September when her role will expand and evolve.

May in Aspen - Bill's Favorites

May in Aspen, Colorado

The ski resorts are closed, town is quiet and we are slowly transitioning into summer in the Rocky Mountains. Below are some of Bill's favorite things to do in May.

  • Early backcountry forays
  • Playing tennis outdoors for the first time in months
  • Hitting balls on the driving range at the municipal golf course
  • Hiking the ski mountains long after they are closed
  • Catching up on all of my reading

Aspen Land-Use Debate – Let Our Representative Democracy Work

 

 Bill Stirling on Panel for Referendum Discussion in Aspen

Photo credit: Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Public Radio (APR) hosted a town-hall-style discussion on development at Belly Up on March 25th that was moderated by Carolyn Sackariason and included heavy-hitters like Ann Mullins, Marcella Larsen, Michael Behrendt, and Michael Kinsely. One of our politically active partners, Bill Stirling, was also on the panel, in opposition to the proposed Referendum 1. According to APR, “The referendum would, if passed in the spring election, require a public vote for development proposals bigger or taller than what Aspen’s land-use code allows. The vote would also be triggered for exceptions to the affordable housing or parking requirements.”

Aspen’s Future Looks Bright – Buddy Program Supports Next Generation

            jay and his little buddy Aiden    jay playing ball with his buddy

Jay Wright, a broker associate at Stirling Peak Properties, is helping shape the next generation of Aspenites as a Big Buddy. The Buddy Program, which celebrated its 42nd anniversary this year, is a nonprofit mentoring organization serving youth from Aspen to Carbondale through one-on-one mentoring programs. Jay is part of the school-based mentoring program where he spends time with his buddy Aidan on a weekly basis as part of the school day.

 

How long have you been part of the buddy program?

I’ve been a big buddy for two years now.

 

Is there a screening or interview process to become a Buddy?

Spring and Summer Home Maintenance

 

Summer Home Maintenance

Spring is officially here and it sure feels like it in Aspen, Colorado. The sun is shining, snow is melting and there are even trees and flowers starting to come alive. With a change in seasons comes a great time for spring home maintenance. Home exteriors can take a beating in our Rocky Mountain winters, so there is surely some work to be done. Below are just a few of the items we recommend doing for spring and summer home maintenance.

April in Aspen - Layne's Favorites

April in Aspen, Colroado

Spring is officially here in Aspen, Colorado. The ski season is wrapping up and we are starting to dream of summer, but every season in Aspen is stunning. Below are a couple of Layne's favorite things to do in April.

  • Sneaking in the last Highland’s Bowl lap for the season followed by the ‘always epic’ dance party on closing day
  • Starting backcountry adventures at dawn
  • Skinning up Tiehack to watch the sunset over Mount Sopris
  • Beginning the spring transition with a down valley bike ride

Aspen Ski and Snowboard Club - Ending Season on a High Note

            AVSC skier 

Stirling Peak Properties, especially Dale Potvin, has been a longtime supporter of this local nonprofit. This season 629 athletes represented AVSC at local, regional, national and international events in the disciplines of Nordic, alpine, and freestyle skiing as well as snowboarding. As the season wraps up, they have numerous athletes competing in Junior Nationals in California and Park City, Utah. Katy Harris also just claimed 4th at the under 18 national competition in Copper Mountain which also qualified her for U.S. Nationals. The season's successes will be celebrated at their annual awards event at the Belly Up on April 14th from 5-8 pm.