Woodbridge Realty of Colorado Throws THE Party of The Year!

Ushering in the New Year in Style


Thanks to the kind generosity of Bob and Jeri Shapiro, New Year’s Eve 2015 at Aspen Glen will remain a night to remember!

Woodbridge Realty of Colorado Hosts the 2015 New Year's Eve Party at Aspen Glen

Woodbridge Realty of Colorado Hosts the 2015 New Year’s Eve Party at Aspen Glen

Aspen Glen, New Year's Eve 2015

Aspen Glen, New Year’s Eve 2015

Hosted by Woodbridge Realty of Colorado for the second consecutive year, 250 revelers and party-hounds danced into the wee small hours of 2016 to the music of Grammy winning composer, Paul Williams and the smoky, rocking vocals of singer-songwriter Gianna Salvato.

Aspen Glen, New Year's Eve 2015Cocktails, fine wine and Dom Perignon flowed, ushering in 2016 with a grand flourish  – and the buffet was a feast for the eyes, with a mouthwatering display of prime rib, spring lamb, oysters, crab, shrimp – and  every type of charcuterie and  hors d’oeurves  imaginable.

Partygoers were all in agreement that this was undoubtedly the event of the year and many were already anticipating how much fun New Year’s Eve 2016 was going to be!

Aspen Glen, New Year's Eve 2015

Aspen Glen, New Year’s Eve 2015

Revelers at Aspen Glen, New Year's Eve 2015

Revelers at Aspen Glen, New Year’s Eve 2015

As a result, people are putting their names forward to make sure they’re on the invitation list for December 31st 2016 and if you’d like to be included, just drop by the Woodbridge Realty of Colorado offices at Aspen Glen and introduce yourself.

We’d love to meet you and give you a tour of Aspen Glen, its world-class Clubhouse and the many gorgeous available lots for purchase here – and by no means least, you’ll be able to take a sneak peek at some of our beautiful Aspen Glen custom spec homes that are due for completion later this summer.

Jeanine Pirro & Partner with Bob Shapiro

Jeanine Pirro & Partner with Bob Shapiro

Sheriff David Clark with Bob Shapiro

Sheriff David Clark with Bob Shapiro

Click here for a video tour of some of our contemporary spec homes, currently under construction in Snowmass.

Woodbridge Realty of Colorado is unique in that from initial concept through to interior design and decorating, we offer a full spectrum of services, freeing you up to enjoy everything else our beautiful valley has to offer. In fact, you don’t even need to live here as we have it all covered.

Last but not least, if you drop by our Aspen Glen office any Friday, we serve gourmet muffins and fresh coffee all day…meanwhile, all of us at Woodbridge Realty of Colorado wish you a successful and prosperous 2016!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Real Estate Market Statistics for The Roaring Fork Valley – October 2015

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Market Statistics Provided by Bob Rulon at Land Title Guarantee Company

(Blogged by Jackie Mansfield )


 Highlights from the Garfield County Market Statistics – October 2015

  • $52,928,572 – Total transaction volume for October, a decrease of 27.10% from October 2014
  • 162- Total transactions for October, an increase of 29.60% from October 2014
  • $445,036,230 – Year-To-Date total transaction volume, an increase of 7.49% from same period last year
  • 1280 – Year-To-Date total transactions, an increase of 21.90% from same period last year

Garfield County October 2015


 Highlights from the Pitkin County Market Statistics – October 2015

  • $170,451,700 – Total Fee Simple transaction volume for October, an increase of 7.61% from October 2014
  • 69 – Total Fee Simple transactions for October, a decrease of 10.39% from October 2014
  • $1,686,702,195 – Year-To-Date Fee Simple transaction volume, an increase of 37.42% from same period last year
  • 675 – Year-To-Date Fee Simple transactions an increase of 10.66% from same period last year

Pitkin County Oct 2015


Highlights from the Mid-Valley County Market Statistics – October 2015

  • $30,868,350 – Total transaction volume for October, a decrease of 30.55% from October 2014
  • 60 – Total transactions for October, an increase of 9.09% from October 2014
  • $305,653,545 – Year-To-Date total transaction volume, an increase of 19.08% from same period last year
  • 486 – Year-To-Date total transactions, an increase of 19.70% from same period last year

Midvalley Oct 2015


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Real Estate Market Statistics for The Roaring Fork Valley – September 2015


Provided by Bob Rulon at Land Title Guarantee Company

(Blogged by Jackie Mansfield )


 Highlights from the Garfield County Market Statistics – September 2015

  • $63,816,300 – Total transaction volume for September, an increase of 52.25% from September 2014
  • 140 – Total transactions for September, an increase of 26.13% from September 2014
  • $392,107,658 – Year-To-Date total transaction volume, an increase of 14.58% from same period last year
  • 1118 – Year-To-Date total transactions, an increase of 20.86% from same period last year

Garfield County Transactions, Sept 2015Click here for a downloadable pdf of the full report


Highlights from the Pitkin County Market Statistics – September 2015

  • $266,268,790 – Total Fee Simple transaction volume for September, an increase of 33.08% from September 2014
  • 93 – Total Fee Simple transactions for September, an increase of 25.68% from September 2014
  • $1,516,250,495 – Year-To-Date Fee Simple transaction volume, an increase of 41.84% from same period last year
  • 606 – Year-To-Date Fee Simple transactions an increase of 13.70% from same period last year

Pitkin Country transactions, Sept 2015

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Highlights from the Mid-Valley Market Statistics – September 2015

  • $41,311,500 – Total transaction volume for September, an increase of 60.81% from September 2014
  • 59 – Total transactions for September, an increase of 43.90% from September 2014
  • $274,785,195 – Year-To-Date total transaction volume, an increase of 29.48% from same period last year
  • 426 – Year-To-Date total transactions, an increase of 21.37% from same period last year

Mid valley transactions Sept 2015

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Why Every Town in The Roaring Fork Valley is Uniquely, Wonderfully Different

Blogged by Jackie Mansfield


Many people consider The Roaring Fork Valley to be  the jewel of Colorado’s Western Slope. It stretches approximately 42 miles in a southeasterly direction from the laidback  Glenwood Springs end, all the way to glitzy-glamorous Aspen.

However, it’s rumored that some Aspen-ites and visiting Aspen-philes don’t venture much outside of Aspen’s city limits which is a great pity, because each town in the valley has its own unique charm and  character – and from the other end of the valley, I’ve heard Glenwood Springlies proclaim that they never visit Aspen.

Well that doesn’t seem right so to put the record straight, here’s a description of  each town in the Roaring Fork Valley because ultimately, we’d like the entire valley to become everyone’s favorite year-round playground, regardless of whether you live here or plan to visit.

Glenwood Springs 

Glenwood Hot SpringsIn August 2015, ‘Outside‘ magazine voted  Glenwood the 5th best US town to live in, and Glenwood residents would agree, although they might have preferred  keeping this a secret.

Glenwood Springs is rugged, outdoorsy and famous for many things; for instance, Doc Holliday lived and died here and it was a favorite haunt for the likes of Al Capone.

Today, Glenwood’s  main attractions are the steamy subterranean vapor caves and the US’s  largest natural hot springs pool, coupled with the recently opened Iron Mountain Hot Springs resort. Located just up the road from the original hot springs, the Iron Mountain Hot Springs resort has become very  popular, not just because they serve cocktails and pizza to guests while they’re soaking but their multiple, intimate-sized pools overlooking the Colorado River are  total bliss after a rugged, outdoorsy type of day.

Then there’s the mighty Colorado River that slices through majestic Glenwood Canyon, running parallel to I-70 and Amtrak; the only way in from Denver, 180 miles to the east. Hiking trails ascend the north side of the canyon, alongside rushing creeks that feed the river from scenic mountain lakes. A bike path follows the river for 12 miles and whitewater rafting challenges even the most intrepid adventurer in spring and early summer.

Glenwood is the largest town in the Roaring Fork Valley and has a casual, laid-back atmosphere. What with its cool brewpubs, trendy bistros, restaurants, coffee shops, hip little hole-in-the-wall eateries, charming boutiques, specialty shops – and not forgetting Sunlight Mountain (Glenwood’s very own ski resort), an Adventure Park and two area airports; this mountain town is rapidly evolving, in fact Glenwood is positively booming!

Carbondale

Mt Sopris from The Crystal River, Carbondale

Mt Sopris from The Crystal River, Carbondale

The historic town of Carbondale has really come into its own over the last 20 years and it regularly makes top 10 lists of the most desirable small towns to live in the US.

Nestled near the base of magnificent Mt Sopris where the Crystal and Roaring Fork rivers converge, Carbondale is a small mountain town with a vibrant, youthful energy and hip downtown area. Lots of great shops, restaurants, art galleries, live music venues, a historic movie theater dating back to the 1930’s – a pottery studio, mystical yoga retreat, brewpub and a recreational park that hosts the super-artsy Carbondale Mountain Fair each summer…the list is endless.

Main Street, Carbondale

Main Street, Carbondale

And then there’s downtown Carbondale’s ‘First Fridays’ when on the first Friday of each month, local shops and galleries stay open until late, offering complimentary cocktails, canapés and happiness-inducing discounts. Regardless of the season, Main Street comes alive, restaurants are filled to capacity and the town brims with infectious goodwill.

Rural Carbondale encompasses a very large area in each direction. The tiny historic town of Redstone is just a few miles south on Highway 133, a scenic highway that snakes along the Crystal River towards McLure Pass. The Historic Redstone Inn is a popular year round destination – and don’t forget to soak in the Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs on your way back, especially after a long day of cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, or just driving around admiring the scenery, because the views are spectacular 12 months of the year.

Just outside of downtown Carbondale are two of the best golf courses in the entire area, Aspen Glen and River Valley Ranch. Why are they considered the best? Well, it’s not just because of their respective Jack Nicklaus and Jay Morrish designed courses, it’s also due to the fact that the mid-valley area  – fondly referred to as ‘The Banana Belt’ by locals, thanks to its warmer climate and lower altitude than Aspen –  enjoys the longest golfing season. And then of course there’s the breathtaking scenery with Mt Sopris proudly dominating the southeastern landscape.

Mt Sopris from the 8th hole at Aspen Glen

Mt Sopris from the 8th hole at Aspen Glen

'River Valley Ranch' a Jay Morrish-designed championship course

‘River Valley Ranch’ a Jay Morrish-designed championship course

The River Valley Ranch Golf Club is an award-winning, Jay Morrish-designed, 18-hole championship public golf course that boasts a  spectacular setting, located on the perimeter  of downtown Carbondale.

RVR is family-friendly with a beautifully landscaped recreation area and pool, and a clubhouse that boasts  enviable views overlooking the golf course and Mt Sopris.

Fancy casting a fly? The Crystal River runs right through it and the golf course is designed to keep all levels of golfers happy; even a bad game becomes a good memory because who could remain grumpy with views like this?

Located about 1.5 miles from downtown Carbondale is Aspen Glen  a private,  gated golfing community with a Jack Nicklaus-Nicklaus II-designed championship golf course, 4.5 miles of Roaring Fork River Gold Medal Fly Fishing, breathtaking 360-degree views, lush landscaping and enough wildlife to make Aspen Glen seem like a nature preserve. Deer, foxes and bald eagles make this their home and elk regularly migrate through. Aspen Glen prides itself on protecting and respecting it’s wildlife and  closes certain trails during the bald eagles’ nesting season. Last but by no means least, Aspen Glen is part of the  ClubCorp group and the Clubhouse is famous for its world-class amenities and spectacular views.

North rural Carbondale is a big spread that stretches northwest to southeast from El Jebel to Glenwood Springs. Exit Highway 82 on the north side and you’ll be climbing up to Missouri Heights, a vast plateau and magnificent horse-ranch neighborhood that goes on for miles, yet still enjoys easy access to all the mid-valley’s amenities. The views from Missouri Heights are considered some of the best in the region, especially by it’s residents. Homes come with land, dogs run free and deer, elk, fox, eagles, wild turkeys and the occasional bear and mountain lion sightings, all make Missouri Heights a nature lover’s dream – although the entire valley is just that – and of course, we know all the best places!

Basalt

It’s said that Basalt is what Aspen used to be but we know that Basalt has a character all of its own. It sits 18 miles north-west of Aspen, where the Frying Pan River meets the Roaring Fork.

Basalt Old Town

Basalt Old Town

It’s true that like Aspen, many of Basalt’s historic buildings that date back to early mining days, have been lovingly restored and now pose as boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and coffee shops. For instance, the main bank in town is situated in what used to be the old railroad station and the rather lovely building next to it, now a restaurant, was once the town’s only hotel and saloon, where a weary miner could let off steam and visit one of the upstairs rooms with a ‘special lady’.

But that’s where the similarity ends. Apart from keen fly-fishermen who flock to Basalt from around the world to fish in the famous Frying Pan, Basalt attracts fewer tourists than Aspen – consequently, Basalt has maintained its small-town community feel.

Live music is played in cozy restaurants, a weekend farmers market and regular art gallery openings add to the quaint small town feel and the people who live in Basalt want to keep it that way.

You can find beautiful riverfront property on the banks of the Frying Pan all the way up to the Reudi Reservoir, so whether you’re into sailing, water sports or fly fishing, Basalt has plenty of water.

Want to perch high above it all? Basalt Mountain has spectacular views of the Elk Mountain range, from Mt Sopris all the way to Independence Pass, over the great continental divide, rising high above the town of Aspen.

The Willits Town Center

The Willits Town Center

Incorporated into the Town of Basalt is the new Willits Town Center – a lively, modern development where the valley’s only  Whole Foods market finally landed.  With its array of specialty shops, excellent casual eateries and live music events in Triangle Park, Willits is a welcome addition to the mid-valley neighborhood. A development of beautiful single family homes, townhomes and cool lofts complete the picture.

Adjacent to Willits is the small, more established community of El Jebel, still part of greater Basalt. El Jebel has the best movie theater in the whole valley; a bowling alley, some great restaurants – and Crown Mountain Park is a huge playground for 12 months of the year, with soccer in summer and cross country skiing in winter  – and of course,  happy dogs play here all year round.

It’s easy to see why mid-valley is an increasingly popular choice for people who want to be 30 minutes from world class skiing yet long for that small, Colorado mountain-town lifestyle that has culture, nightlife, great shopping, fabulous scenery and a real sense of community.

Basalt is an absolute gem and we know every inch of it.

Snowmass

Snowmass Ski Resort

Snowmass Ski Resort

Voted one of the top ski resorts in the US with a vertical drop of 5.3 miles from top to bottom, you can see why Snowmass attracts skiers from all over the world. And it’s family-friendly.

Learn to ski here and we guarantee you’ll take to it like a duck to water. Fancy yourself as an extreme skier or boarder of Olympic proportions? There are steeps, bowls, bumps and trees that will make you shiver with anticipation.

Snowmass Ski Mountain is huge. So huge in fact that even at the height of the season, the lift lines are rarely slow-moving and you’ll invariably find a hidden stash of fresh powder somewhere.

But there’s so much more to Snowmass than skiing. First of all, the ski resort is referred to as Snowmass Village but the area of Snowmass extends for miles, incorporating high mesas, hidden valleys with their own micro-climates and incredible stretches of wilderness and protected forest land.

Snowmass also incorporates Woody Creek, famous for its iconic Woody Creek Tavern and former home to that infamous character Hunter S. Thompson, until he chose to leave our planet and his ashes were subsequently zoomed skyward in a rocket (in celebration of a life well lived). Woody Creek sits on the Roaring Fork River and stretches all the way through picturesque Snowmass Canyon with its towering red cliffs.

The Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival

The Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival

Snowmass isn’t just about skiing;  in summer it’s famous for its scenic biking and hiking trails and if you don’t mind rising before dawn, a hot air balloon ride over the  valley will take your breath away.

Music lovers are drawn to Snowmass in the summer months with free rock concerts at the bottom of the ski hill every week and Jazz Aspen’s Labor Day concerts pulling in crowds from all over the US.

So, whether you’re looking for a ski-in ski-out property, some peaceful riverfront with gold medal fly-fishing, or you love the idea of owning or building a remote retreat that’s still airport-accessible, we’ll help you find it.

Aspen

'Ajax' Ski Mountain, Aspen

‘Ajax’ Ski Mountain, Aspen

Aspen, Colorado. Two words that conjure up visions of jet-setters; world class skiing, fine dining, designer shopping, glitz, glamor and of course a fascinating history, dating back to when those first silver miners arrived in the summer of 1879.

Those early pioneers had no idea that Aspen was one day going to become a world class ski resort and a diversely rich center of culture, drawing visitors from around the globe.

Presidents, former Presidents and senior statesmen hold court here; best-selling authors share their secrets with us; top chefs from around the world make our mouths water ever summer at the Aspen Food & Wine Festival – and then we have live music. The very best classical, jazz, rock and indy music performers are an event, year-round. Take your pick.

Yes, Aspen has its fair share of high-profile people, high-end shops and many fine-dining restaurants and its hotels are world famous – but you can also enjoy one of Colorado’s small-brewery designer beers, a veggie-stuffed wrap, burger or pizza after a hard days skiing in winter – and if you visit Aspen in the summer, we promise you’ll never want to leave!


Woodbridge Realty of Colorado’s offices are located just within the gates of beautiful Aspen Glen.

We know Aspen Glen like the back of our hand – from the many available riverfront and golf course lots, to a wide selection of spectacular single family homes, duplexes and townhomes that are currently for sale.

Our offices are open 6 days a week and we just love it when folks drop by to say ‘hello’ and ask us about property or the lifestyle  in our beautiful Roaring Fork Valley.

So, whether you’re looking to buy or sell, regardless of your preference or price range, you’ll be impressed by our local knowledge and expertise – and by the way, on Fridays we serve delicious gourmet muffins   – and of course our coffee is always hot and fresh!

We look forward to meeting you…

The Woodbridge Realty of Colorado Team

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Real Estate Market Statistics for The Roaring Fork Valley – July 2015


PRESENTING REAL ESTATE MARKET STATISTICS FOR THE ROARING FORK VALLEY –  provided by Bob Rulon at Land Title Guarantee Company

Blogged by Jackie Mansfield 


GARFIELD COUNTY – click here for complete Stats

Highlights from the report:

  • $69,439,700 – Total transaction volume for July, an increase of 41.38% from July 2014
  • 174 – Total transactions for July, an increase of 33.85% from July 2014
  • $281,794,650 – Year-To-Date total transaction volume, an increase of 9.96% from same period last year
  • 832 – Year-To-Date total transactions, an increase of 19.37% from same period last year

Garfield, July 2015


PITKIN COUNTY – click here for complete Stats

Highlights from the report:

  • $160,535,981 – Total Fee Simple transaction volume for July, an increase of 90.83% from July 2014
  • 58 – Total Fee Simple transactions for July, an increase of 16.00% from July 2014
  • $1,100,445,730 – Year-To-Date Fee Simple transaction volume, an increase of 47.33% from same period last year
  • 453 – Year-To-Date Fee Simple transactions an increase of 14.11% from same period last year

Pitkin, July 2015


MID-VALLEY – click here for complete Stats

Highlights from the report:

  • $55,970,580 – Total transaction volume for July, an increase of 141.38% from July 2014
  • 74 – Total transactions for July, an increase of 51.02% from July 2014
  • $198,494,280 – Year-To-Date total transaction volume, an increase of 27.65% from same period last year
  • 302 – Year-To-Date total transactions, an increase of 15.71% from same period last year

Mid-Valley, July 2015


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Why We Love Fall Hiking in The Roaring Fork Valley

Blogged by Jackie Mansfield


I’m assuming that everyone knows why Aspen and Snowmass attract huge crowds in the winter season – and because there’s so much to do in the Roaring Fork Valley  throughout the summer, it’s understandable that when people come here on vacation, they’re seduced and somehow end up moving here permanently.

Aspen Trees - fall glory

Aspen Trees – fall glory

However, things definitely quieten down a bit from September to Thanksgiving, once the music festivals, farmers markets and the like have closed for the season  but we believe this is one of the best times to visit.

Our fall colors are quite searingly beautiful, especially when contrasted against the deepest-of-blue skies, due to the low arc of the sun. Crisp and frosty fall nights are balanced with sleepy, warm golden days – a perfect combination for high country hiking.

So for those of you that want to seize the moment and take advantage of our spectacular fall colors, we’d like to share some of our favorite hikes that are also dog friendly, like so many of the hotels in our beautiful valley. Bring your pooch, a pair of sturdy hiking shoes, a camera – and then snag yourselves an off-season deal at one of the many great hotels in the area. Some restaurants also have off-season specials, especially in Aspen, so check our local newspapers for those.

Grizzly Creek - Glenwood Canyon

Grizzly Creek – Glenwood Canyon

Starting at the northwestern end of the Roaring Fork Valley,  the Grizzly Creek Trail in Glenwood Canyon is 100% dog-friendly, unlike the equally popular Hanging Lake Trail, a little to the east. Grizzly Creek is  6.8 miles out and back and is closest to downtown Glenwood Springs.

The creek has plenty of shaded picnic spots with shallow pools for dogs to splash around in and although the trail gets snow-packed in winter, it’s a popular scenic hike year-round, with it’s towering cliffs and trees.

There’s plenty of parking and a picnic area at the Grizzly Creek exit on I-70, located right alongside the banks of the Colorado River  – and with easy access to the 12 + miles of bike path along the mighty Colorado (if hiking isn’t your thing),  this is a great place to park and bike.

Approaching the Thomas Lake Trailhead on Mt Sopris

Approaching the Thomas Lake Trailhead on Mt Sopris

Heading Southeast on Highway 82, you couldn’t possibly miss Mt. Sopris, because it dominates the landscape. Hike up to the top of Mt. Sopris’ tree-line and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic scenery along the way and  a crystal clear mountain lake.

The Thomas Lake Trail, Mt Sopris

The Thomas Lake Trail, Mt Sopris

Thomas Lake, Mt Sopris

Thomas Lake, Mt Sopris

The Thomas Lake Trail is about 4 miles to the lake and you’ll definitely need to pack food and water.  You also need to keep your pup on a leash as you’re likely to run into some free-range beef but don’t worry, they’re mellow and quite used to hikers. You can continue beyond the lake itself but be aware that above the tree-line it becomes scree and the ascent to the summit is not recommended for inexperienced hikers.

The Capitol Creek Trail is more challenging and access via the Ditch Trail involves driving up what appears to be a boulder-strewn, dry river bed for the last mile. You can park at the bottom and walk up but a 4-WD vehicle can handle it.  The views are absolutely incredible, almost every step of the way.

Capitol Peak, viewed from the Capitol Creek Ditch Trail

Capitol Peak, viewed from the Capitol Creek Ditch Trail

This trail is longer at 7+ miles but you can always hike until you’ve had enough then turn around; you’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery in both directions. The trail gets a bit steep through Aspen forests and high alpine meadows. Cattle are free range here and can be a bit daunting if they refuse to budge where the Ditch Trail narrows – but generally not for long. You also have to cross a creek at some point, so be prepared.

The Snowmass Lake Trail

The Snowmass Lake Trail

The Snowmass Lake Trail  can be a 2-day/16 mile expedition culminating at over 11,000 feet, or you can just take it easy and hike up for 4 hours or so.

With plenty of forest and  some incredible jagged cliffs rising out of the valley to the left of the trail, you’ll traverse old lava fields inhabited by chattering squeaking marmots, although they may have already gone into hibernation for the winter, so if marmot-spotting is your fancy, go in summer, when you’ll also be rewarded with colorful clumps of Indian Paintbrush and other indigenous wildflowers.

The Snowmass Lake Trail

The Snowmass Lake Trail

 We have so many incredible hiking trails to choose from that I could go on and on. For instance, the colors will turn early up on Independence Pass due to its higher altitude, so if you time things right, the relatively easy Lost Man Reservoir Trail will give you the first glimpses of our fall colors.

Ajax, Aspen - first snow of the season

Ajax, Aspen – first snow of the season

Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be in Aspen when the first snows fall  (not something you’d plan for as it could happen anytime from September onwards) – perhaps you’re enjoying a quiet weekend getaway – just take a stroll around town. Ajax Mountain will be resplendent with fall foliage so you might not feel the need to hike at all, in which case, snuggle up in front of a roaring fire with a hot toddy, in one of our great Aspen Hotels where the off-season rates are very tempting indeed!


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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Just Voted The 5th Best Town To Live In The US!

Blogged by Jackie Mansfield


Yet more evidence that our beautiful valley is THE place to live, what with Outside Magazine having just voted Glenwood Springs 5th  out of a total of sixteen of the most desirable towns to live in the US. Along with five local ski resorts (including world-class Aspen and Snowmass) and 4 area airports to choose from, we agree and would like to take this opportunity to thank Outside Magazine for confirming our long-held opinion!

Mt Sopris from Missouri Heights, The Roaring Fork Valley

Mt Sopris from Missouri Heights, The Roaring Fork Valley

You can read the Outside Magazine article here

Grizzly Creek, Glenwood Canyon - early summer

Grizzly Creek, Glenwood Canyon – early summer

But there’s so much more to Glenwood than easy airport access and nearby skiing.

Here’s little background, courtesy of a longtime local and for the benefit of anyone who has never visited Glenwood Springs or the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen being at the other end of it).

The historic town of Glenwood Springs sits just west of Glenwood Canyon where the Roaring Fork and the mighty Colorado Rivers meet, 41 miles northwest of Aspen.

Glenwood is rugged, outdoorsy and famous for many things; Doc Holliday lived and died here and the main attraction, an impressive selection of natural hot springs pools (the largest in the US) coupled with a warren of steamy subterranean vapor caves, attract visitors year round.

The Colorado River slices through majestic Glenwood Canyon, running parallel to I-70 and Amtrak – the only way in from Denver, about 180 miles to the east. Hiking trails ascend the sides of the canyon alongside rushing creeks that feed the Colorado River from scenic mountain lakes. A bike path follows the river for 12 miles and whitewater rafting challenges even the most intrepid adventurers in spring and early summer.

Grizzly Creek, Glenwood Canyon - in fall

Grizzly Creek, Glenwood Canyon – in fall

Glenwood is the largest town in the Roaring Fork Valley and has a casual, laid-back atmosphere. Great shopping, brewpubs, trendy bistros, restaurants and bars, hip little hole-in-the-wall eateries – and with many charming boutiques and specialty shops, it’s easy to see why Glenwood attracts residents from up-valley.

As for the people who live here, they rarely feel the need to head southeast to Aspen. And with their very own ski resort, Adventure Park and local airports, why should they?

Woodbridge Realty of Colorado’s offices are located at Aspen Glen, just ten minutes from downtown Glenwood Springs and 30 minutes from Aspen – and we know our valley like the back of our hand.

Whether you’re looking to buy, build your dream home, or set up your business HQ, we promise to handle everything for you throughout the entire process, freeing you up to enjoy the great outdoors, cultural events and all the other wonderful stuff  that our beautiful  valley has to offer.

For more information about property in the Aspen & Roaring Fork Valley, call us today or drop by our offices. The coffee is always hot and fresh and we serve gourmet muffins every Friday. We look forward to serving you!


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COLORADO MOUNTAIN RESORTS MARKET ANALYSIS – 2nd Quarter 2015

Blogged by Jackie Mansfield


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*Positive Growth Continues for the Mountain Resorts for the Second Quarter

Land Title is a local company within Colorado and has been in business since 1967. To help partner with our customers and local communities, we’d like to share some valuable information on the real estate market in seven of our Colorado mountain communities of Aspen (Pitkin County), Breckenridge (Summit County), Steamboat Springs (Routt County), Glenwood Springs (Garfield County), Winter Park (Grand County), and Vail (Eagle County) and Telluride (San Miguel County).

2015 Second Quarter Highlights from the Seven Counties:

  • Buyer Profile: 48.5% local, 22.66% Front Range, 28.02% Out-Of-State, .82% international
  • All counties saw an increase in real estate transactions over 2014 second quarter numbers with Summit with the largest increase at 41.0%
  • Average residential price up slightly in Garfield, Grand, Routt and Summit counties. Top county was Grand with a 6.20% increase.
  • In gross volume sales, Pitkin county saw the biggest increase at 41.81%

All counties are seeing an increase in new construction with San Miguel having the largest percentage of their gross volume come from new construction at 18.19%.

Click here for a pdf version of the report.

(*Stats Provided by Bob Rulon – Land Title Guarantee Company)


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FEATURED PROPERTY OF THE MONTH – 59 Rivers Bend at Aspen Glen

Blogged by Jackie Mansfield


It’s well known that Aspen Glen has arguably the best views in the mid-Roaring Fork Valley and our featured property of the month enjoys some of the best views in all of Aspen Glen.

View of Mt Sopris from 59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen - offered at $1,550,000

View of Mt Sopris from 59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen – offered at $1,550,000

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen

One of the very first properties to be constructed at Aspen Glen, the owners had their pick and selected a prime lot to build on. With unobstructed views of Mt Sopris, the Carbondale cliffs, hills and plateaus  – and overlooking a beautiful pond, the scenery is idyllic.

The surroundings are further enhanced by mature trees and lush landscaping, planted when the house was first built and  affording  complete privacy while preserving the best views.

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen - unexpected elegance at $1,550,000

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen – unexpected elegance at $1,550,000

Once inside, the immediate impression is of a large, gracious home from years gone by. The elegant reception hall, formal dining and  drawing rooms are open plan and are finished with classical moldings, while the high arched ceiling echoes the splendid view of Mt Sopris that’s perfectly captured and framed by the floor to ceiling windows.

Blending classic and contemporary styles, the entire home was carefully planned for entertaining with lots of space and a huge finished lower level, complete with surround sound theater, a temp-controlled wine room, offices and a large play area with a bar; a perfect setting for a pool table and surprisingly, unlike many homes with a lower level den, a large window lets in plenty of light and a walkout leads up to the landscaped patio area.

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen

The master suite is on the main level and two sets of stairs  access the second level guest suites.  A spacious upper landing overlooks  the formal entrance,  drawing room and dining area.

The open-plan gourmet kitchen and large family room, complete with Colorado moss-rock fireplace, offer a more laid-back environment.

This 5,706 SqFt, 4 Bed / 6 Bath home is warm and inviting, highly livable, well-planned – and nothing has been overlooked, right down to the huge, heated 3 car garage.

59 Rivers Bend at Aspen Glen is a  ‘must-see’ and is offered at $1,550,000  – and you can take a virtual tour here.

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen - offered at $1,550,000

59 Rivers Bend, Aspen Glen – offered at $1,550,000

 


 

Laura Gee - Managing Broker

Laura Gee – Managing Broker

Kimmie Rauman - Broker Associate

Kimmie Rauman – Broker Associate

 

For more information or to schedule a private viewing, please contact-

Laura Gee (970) 948-8568 

Kimmie Rauman (970)274-4426

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9929 Highway 82, Carbondale, CO 81623


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Real Estate Market Statistics for The Roaring Fork Valley – June 2015


PRESENTING REAL ESTATE MARKET STATISTICS FOR THE ROARING FORK VALLEY –  provided by Bob Rulon at Land Title Guarantee Company

(Blogged by Jackie Mansfield)


      Garfield County – click here for complete Stats

Highlights from the report:

  • $52,511,100 – Total transaction volume for June, an increase of 2.61% from June 2014
  • 157 – Total transactions for June, an increase of 25.60% from June 2014
  • $212,354,950 – Year-To-Date total transaction volume, an increase of 2.51% from same period last year
  • 658 – Year-To-Date total transactions, an increase of 16.05% from same period last year

Garfield County Trsnsactions


Pitkin County – click here for complete Stats

Highlights from the report:

  • $103,091,638 – Total Fee Simple transaction volume for June, an increase of 40.25% from June 2014
  • 69 – Total Fee Simple transactions for June, an increase of 64.29% from June 2014
  • $939,909,749 – Year-To-Date Fee Simple transaction volume, an increase of 41.81% from same period last year
  • 395 – Year-To-Date Fee Simple transactions an increase of 13.83% from same period last year

Pitkin County Transactions


Mid-Valley – click here for complete Stats

Highlights from the report:

  • $36,323,200 – Total transaction volume for June, an increase of 9.52% from June 2014
  • 56 – Total transactions for June, an increase of 16.67% from June 2014
  • $142,523,700 – Year-To-Date total transaction volume, an increase of 7.72% from same period last year
  • 228 – Year-To-Date total transactions, an increase of 7.55% from same period last year

Midvalley Transactions


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