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Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty publishes magazine

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty has published the Winter 2018 edition of its "The Collection" publication.

The issue includes features on past Olympians Johnny Spillane, Caroline Lalive, Chris Puckett and Bobby Aldighieri as well as stories on Olympians Bryan and Taylor Fletcher and the 2018 Winter Carnival Commemorative Poster.

The Collection distributed at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Yampa Valley Regional Airport and Atlantic Aviation Private Jet Terminal, The Steamboat Grand and Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty offices. To order a complimentary copy to be mailed, email marketing@steamboatsir.com.

Routt County real estate transactions total $14.8M for week of Jan. 5 to 11

Real Estate Transactions Jan. 5 to 11

945 Twilight Lane

Seller: Barn Village JV LLC

Buyer: Mark and Amy Satkiewicz

Date: Jan. 5

Price: $1,495,000

Property description: four-bedroom, five-bath, 3,789-square-foot home at lot 22 Barn Village

2420 Ski Trail Lane

Seller: Larson Family Trust

Buyer: Marie Hannon

Date: Jan. 5

Price: $505,000

Property description: 1,187-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath Bear Claw II condo 412

535 Wyatt Dr.

Seller: Thomas A. Dover

Buyer: Moto Ranch LLC

Date: Jan. 5

Price: $585,000

Property description: 1,980-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath home Tamarack Point lot 3. Sold for $365,000 in 2004.

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Seller: Steamboat Land LLC

Buyer: Andrew Frakes and Cory Tyson Lane

Date: Jan. 5

Price: $355,000

Property description: two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,041-square-foot Lodge at Steamboat condo 204.

2275 Bear Dr.

Seller: Patricia and William Marriott

Buyer: Peter B. and Karla A. Harmon

Date: Jan. 8

Price: $1,287,500

Property description: 3,479-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bath home on 1.05-acre lot 29 Running Bear

1220 Sparta Plaza

Seller: Shawna and William Carson Jr.

Buyer: Laurie Voit

Date: Jan. 8

Price: $325,000

Property description: 1,126-square-foot, two-bedroom, 2.5-bath Walton Village condo Theta 2

1141 Soda Ridge Way

Seller: Charlene T. and Kevin C. Rusk

Buyer: 1141 Green House LLC

Date: Jan. 8

Price: $850,000

Property description: 2,296-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath home on .32-acre lot 1 Clagett Estates. Original construction 1920, remodeled in 1990, Sold for $398,000 in 2001.

3025 Columbine Dr.

Seller: Thomas McGovern

Buyer: Doug Bloom

Date: Jan. 9

Price: $251,000

Property description: 840-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Powder Ridge condo 22. Last sold for $143,500 in 2004.

3005 Village Dr.

Seller: Pamela McFadden

Buyer: Mike and Nicole Cosby

Date: Jan. 8

Price: $420,000

Property description: 1,480-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath Boat Townhome at Sunray Meadows, lot 5. Last sold for $185,000 in 1997.

South Routt

Seller: Keith Ball, Suzanne Swigart, Jeffrey Kilgroe and Ben Kilgroe

Buyer: SJRJWM LLC

Date: Jan. 8

Price: $507,500

Property description: Rural property with mineral rights

25500RCR 45Z

Seller: Keith Ball, Suzanne Swigart

Buyer: SJRJWM LLC

Date: Jan. 8

Price: $1,260,175

Property description: 724 acres rural land with 308-square-foot, one-bedroom, no-bath home built in 1930

Walton Creek Road

Seller: Alexander, Beth, Francine and Richard Kean Jr.

Buyer: Kellyrae Rupp and Stuart Peterson

Date: Jan. 10

Price: $295,000

Property description: Timber Run condo 314

2700 Village Drive

Seller: Scott Yeates and Lauren James McNitt

Buyer: Anthony Boldt and Michelle Bennett

Date: Jan. 10

Price: $355,000

Property description: Two-bedroom condo in Lodge at Steamboat.

33990 Harrier Ct.

Seller: Alpine Mountain Ranch at Steamboat Springs LLLP

Buyer: Brooks Investment LLC

Date: Jan. 10

Price: $1,700,000

Property description: Un-built 5-acre lot 29 at Alpine Ranch

2800 Village Dr.

Seller: David J. Bartlett

Buyer: Woodall Exchange LLC

Date: Jan. 11

Price: $330,000

Property description: 744-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Trappeur's Crossing condo 1110

North of Burgess Creek Rd.

Seller: Kokee Kokee LLC

Buyer: Zeitern Inc

Date: Jan. 11

Price: $1,600,000

Property description: Mountain commercial property

2250 Apres Ski Way

Seller: Christopher Marotta

Buyer: Gregory and Margaret Johnson Trust

Date: Jan. 11

Price: $398,000

Property description: One-eighth interest in One Steamboat Place condo 414

Strawberry Park/Buff Pass

Seller: Heritage Homes of Nebraska

Buyer: Eric and Karen Grenfell trusts

Date: Jan. 11

Price: $822,500

Property description: 35 acres in the Strawberry Park/Buffalo Pass area

700 Lincoln Ave.

Seller: Scott Wither and Kyle Lawton

Buyer: Carol Sitlington

Date: Jan. 11

Price: $442,000

Property description: 753-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Condo B207 Howelsen Place

455 Willett Heights Ct.

Seller: Martina and Ralph Walton

Buyer: William and Christina Stewart

Date: Jan. 11

Price: $630,000

Property description: 2,138-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhome 306 at Rocky Peak Village. Last sold for $595,000 in April 2017.

2200 Apres Ski Way

Seller: Timothy S. Strain and Robert C. Strain

Buyer: Randall T. Jones

Date: Jan. 11

Price: $400,000

Property description: 1,070-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Snowflower condo 306

 

Total transactions: $14,813,675

Motel will be converted to 54 small apartments to target millennial renters in Eagle

EAGLE — A local motel will be converted to small apartments and rented long-term.

Eagle’s AmericInn will become 54 small apartments, after the town board gave the owners the green light to try something completely different.

Kelly Herzog, with K Real Estate Development, said they’re aiming straight at millennials who value “experiences over stuff.”

The as-yet unnamed project will feature much of the motel’s current amenities — workout facilities, spaces to gather, car sharing and other features — for the renters.

It will also include kitchens and other communal areas.

“I like to think of it as a dorm facility for grownups,” Herzog said.

To get started, Eagle’s Town Board had to rezone the motel from a commercial property to high-density residential.

Herzog said she and her partners saw the Turntable Apartments in Denver make that conversion and decided they’d try it.

The conversion will remove 19,000 room nights from Eagle’s hotel inventory. However, Eagle’s five motels are running around 47 percent occupancy, Herzog said.

She projected that those hotel guests would shift to other Eagle motels, pushing the remaining motels over 50 percent occupancy. She also projected that any money Eagle forfeits in room taxes would be more than covered by sales taxes from AmericInn residents.

The town board agreed, voting unanimously to approve the project.

Herzog said the apartments would rent for around $1,000 a month.

Housing group eyes $26M affordable apartment deal for Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The board of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority voted unanimously Thursday to pursue two very different affordable apartment projects, with the potential to deliver another 130 income-restricted apartments to Steamboat Springs by spring 2020. That includes a proposal by Overland Property Group of Kansas to build a 96-apartment complex with an estimated construction cost of $26 million.

"Securing a $26 million development for Steamboat Springs is a big deal," Overland's Vice-President of Development Matt Gillam said.

The second proposal by SW Development would convert a downtown motel, The Alpiner, which is already serving as seasonal workforce housing, into 34 income-restricted studio apartments.

The motion to move ahead with the proposals was made by Catherine Carson and calls for board members Cole Hewitt and Kathi Meyer to meet with the developers with the goal of returning to the full board in February for their signatures on a letter of intent with each developer. Plans depend upon landing tax credits from the Colorado Housing Finance Authority to leverage private sector investments.

"We're going to get this done," Carson said after the meeting.

Overland is the same developer that successfully partnered with YVHA on the creation of 48 income-restricted  apartments in The Reserves at Steamboat on lower Elk River Road. That complex is now fully leased.

The partnership proposal put forth by Overland on Thursday called on the housing authority to contribute $700,000, representing 40 percent ownership, which Overland estimates YVHA would recoup within four years with an annual management fee of $52,494, a $300,000 development fee and cash flow.

Carson and Meyer agreed the discussions over the letters of intent are an opportunity for the board to scrutinize both proposals and ensure that the housing authority is spending the money of district taxpayers prudently.

Gillam told the YVHA board Thursday that his company had  identified more than one potential site for the 96-unit apartment buildings but declined to identify them.

New future for the Alpiner?

In contrast to the Overland proposal, developer Scott Yeates of SW Development Group is proposing to remodel the current seasonal employer housing units in the Alpiner into 34 income-restricted apartments with kitchenettes.

Yeates, who recently moved to Steamboat, reported that his company has created 421 income-restricted units and facilitated housing for 750-plus households. He told the housing authority that instead of developing new buildings, he prefers to re-purpose existing buildings like a former iron foundry in Denver that he turned into an apartment building.

"I don't do green field sites," Yeates said. "They don't interest me. The majority of my projects are rehabilitation or redevelopment of an existing site." We are interested in "a lot of community engagement – listening to how the community views the architecture, then we'll design to that. We don't come on day one with a design."

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Like Overland's proposals, Yeates’ plans for the Alpiner depend on successfully acquiring federal tax credits from the Colorado Housing Finance Authority. Based on his two years of service on its board, Yeates predicted both his proposal and that of Overland will find favor with the housing finance authority, because the proposals are a little out of the norm.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Eagle County real estate market cracks $2 billion mark, the first time since ‘08

EAGLE COUNTY — The local real estate market hadn’t hit $2 billion in sales for a year since 2008. That plateau was reached in 2017 with a month to spare.

Because Land Title Guarantee Co.’s data reflect transactions reported with the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder’s Office, there’s always a bit of a lag in reporting. But for the first 11 months of 2017, the value of all real estate sales in the county was $2.055 billion. That’s a 16 percent increase over 2016’s dollar volume through the first 11 months.

That dollar volume came on 1,956 transactions a 4 percent increase over transactions through the first 11 months of 2016.

A few notable sales helped drive the market above the $2 billion mark. Vail set two new records for home sales, both in the slopeside area near Vail Village. The first record-setter came in January, when a home on Rockledge Road sold for $23 million.

In August, a home on Mill Creek Circle sold for $28.7 million.

A handful of homes in Vail’s slopeside area — primarily Forest, Beaver Dam and Rockledge roads — are on the market for $30 million or more, but didn’t sell in 2017.

STRENGTH DESPITE DIPS

The strong market performance in 2017 came with a couple of dips, in September and November. Both those months’ sales were more than 30 percent off the numbers recorded in 2016.

John Pfeiffer, president and managing broker of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, said the strength of the 2017 market is so far seeping into the new year. And, he added, some of those sales came because of, not despite, current snow conditions.

Pfeiffer said a couple recently walked into the firm’s Lionshead Village office, spent a couple of days looking at property, and soon had signed a contract for what Pfeiffer called “a substantial deal.”

“I don’t believe we’d have that deal,” with good snowfall, he said.

Pfeiffer said clients at the moment seem to be taking current snow conditions in stride, adding that plenty of people are looking at vacation property.

Slifer Smith & Frampton recently became the listing brokerage for The Lion, a new condo complex near Lionshead.

“I’m astounded at the activity there — I’m blown away at the amount of people coming through the sales center,” Pfeiffer said.

People are looking at second homes in Vail for a number of reasons, Pfeiffer said. The national economy is solid, he said, and the country’s stock exchanges are setting records on a regular basis.

SUPPLY AND DEMAND

One of the biggest factors, though, is the oldest law in capitalism: the law of supply and demand.

“Across the board, the only thing holding us back is inventory,” said Michael Slevin, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties. “Our numbers would have been even stronger if we’d had available product for people to purchase.”

Pfeiffer said one advantage of the current low inventory, at least in the upper reaches of the market, is that people are starting to turn to homes that have been on the market for a while.

On the other hand, Slevin said location is still the main thing that attracts buyers.

People “are really attracted to where they want to be,” Slevin said. Homes that aren’t exactly what buyers want keep architects, designers and construction companies busy, Slevin added. And those firms are busy right now.

While inventory is tight, Slevin still believes the market is mostly balanced between buyers and sellers.

Up and down the valley, “buyers are much more critical … in terms of price sensitivity,” he said.

Before the recession that began in 2008, Slevin said there was something of a “frenzy” on buyers’ part. These days, there isn’t that urgency to get into a home.

Buyers will wait until a home’s price reflects market values, “unless it’s a unique property,” Slevin said.

The current market strength seems to be continuing into the new year.

“We haven’t seen dramatic appreciation,” Pfeiffer said, adding that while mortgage interest rates have inched up in the past year or so, rates remain very low.

Pfeiffer said industry analysts looking at the Colorado market predict continued strength into 2018.

Current activity, combined with continued strength in the national economy, is good news, Slevin said, adding that it “bodes well for the spring season.”

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930, smiller@vaildaily.com and @scottnmiller.

Routt County real estate transactions Dec. 29, 2017, to Jan. 4, 2018

Steamboat

Seller: Steamboat Investments LLC

Buyer: Ronald and Donna Wentzel

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $250,000

Property description:  lot 2 Marblehill Industrial Park

342 Honeysuckle, Hayden

Seller: Frances Holliday

Buyer: Tyler H. Dunckley

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $282,000

Property description: 1,440-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .16-acre lot 54 Sage Subdivision

3334 Flattops View Village

Seller: 314 Alpine St. LLC

Buyer: Rocky Peak Development LLC

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $379,000

Property description: .28-acre Flattops View Village lot 12. Sold for $190,000 in 2003.

459 Willett Heights Ct

Seller: Rocky Peak Development LLC

Buyer: Steven and Lori Read

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $703,836.75

Property description:  lot 32 Rocky Peak Village Townhome f10

Ski Time Square Dr.

Seller: Jay and Cindy Greenzweig

Buyer: Charles R. and Nancy L. Gibbs

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $110,000

Property description: One-seventh interest Christie Condos unit 111

Ski Time Square Dr.

Seller: Garrett and Erin Gibbs

Buyer: Jay and Cindy Greenzweig

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $175,000

Property description: One-seventh interest Christie Condos unit 111

1211 Pagosa Ct.

Seller: Bradley Bartels and Emmanuelle Vital

Buyer: Jason Jurva

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $600,000

Property description: 736-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath home on .22-acre lots 36-38 Miller-Frazier add to Steamboat lots 36-38. Sold for $307,500 in 2007

26425 Willow Gulch Dr., N Routt

Seller: Andrew Moses

Buyer: Michael Lacost

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $100,000

Property description: 5.2-acre lot A Pearson replat.

323 Little Bend Rd

Seller: Yampa Valley Construction Services LLC

Buyer: Bryan and Sara Koop

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $348,500

Property description: Details N.A. lot 71 Lake Village, Hayden

335 Fourth St.

Seller: Patricia McEntee

Buyer: Pam Graham

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $442,575

Property description: 1,988-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath lot 5A first Addition to Steamboat. Sold for $665,000 in 2016

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2315 Storm Meadows Drive

Seller: Mike and Mary Kahler

Buyer: Kitzbuhel 2 LLC

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $1,050,000

Property description: 2,408-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo Trails at Storm Meadows phase II unit 2. Sold for $995,000 in 2013, and previously sold for $1.2 million in 2010

1805 River Queen

Seller: John Tweardy

Buyer: David and Danielle Almond

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $300,000

Property description: 1,267-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath Ridgecrest condo 301

2290 Storm Meadows Dr.

Seller: Charles and Ellen Repa

Buyer: Matthew and Christine Duran

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $620,000

Property description: 2,078-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath Ridge townhome 204. Sold for $425,000 in 1999.

360 Ore House Plaza

Seller: Steven and Reann Cummings

Buyer: Clark and Miriam Zeddies

Date: Dec. 29

Price: $433,000

Property description: 1,370-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bath condo Pines at Orehouse Plaza unit 304. Sold for $385,000 in 2016.

59255 Button Willow Dr.

Seller: Kendall and Leisa Miller

Buyer: Joseph Nance and Theresa Porter

Date: Jan. 2

Price: $310,000

Property description: 68.39 acres of grazing land south of Steamboat Lake at lot 7 Red Creek f4. Sold for $470,000 in 2006.

2300 Mt. Werner Circle

Seller: Alan Rudolph IRA

Buyer: David Sladek IRA

Date: Jan. 2

Price: $53,500

Property description: Quartershare in Steamboat Grand

2300 Mt. Werner Circle

Seller: Daniel and Michelle Provaznik

Buyer: Ray and Claudia Perkins

Date: Jan. 2

Price: $46,000

Property description: Quartershare in Steamboat Grand

North Routt

Seller: Joseph Jephthah Trust

Buyer: Robert and Donna Matlock

Date: Jan. 2

Price: $3,975

Property description: Lot 119 Steamboat Lake Subdiv.

North Routt

Seller: Lapin Mervyn Trust

Buyer: Robert and Donna Matlock

Date: Jan. 2

Price: $4,975

Property description: lot 121 Steamboat Lake

32255 RCR 35

Seller: Perger Mountain Ventures LLC

Buyer: Derek and Kelly Reiber Trust

Date: Jan. 2

Price: $455,000

Property description:   lot 1 Andrew Exempt

1945 Cornice Rd.

Seller: Eagle Quest Investment

Buyer: Mark Stines

Date: Jan. 3

Price: $225,000

Property description: 760-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Rockies condo 207.

Bangtail Way

Seller: Steven Ketchbaw

Buyer: Christina Helm and Martin Linss

Date: Jan. 3

Price: $360,000

Property description: condo 3302 First Tracks at Wildhorse Meadows. Last sold for $115,500 in 2013.

1710 Copper Ridge Ct

Seller: LMD Properties LLC

Buyer: Erick Nordstrom

Date: Jan. 3

Price: $385,000

Property description:  lot 1 Copper Ridge lofts. Details N.A.

2300 Mt. Werner Circle

Seller: Bliss and Jan Hicky

Buyer: Norma J. Vanderbosch Trust

Date: Jan. 4

Price: $59,000

Property description: Quartershare in Steamboat Grand

Stagecoach

Seller: Robert D. Loreck

Buyer: Land Lachenauer

Date: Jan. 4

Price: $1,700

Property description: Lot 14 South Station, Stagecoach

987 Captain Jack Dr.

Seller: Michael A. Kortas

Buyer: Dale, Jake and Matt Kruse

Date: Jan. 4

Price: $275,000

Property description: .9-acre commercial lot 9 Captain Jack West

1671 Copper Ridge Ct.

Seller: LMD Properties

Buyer: Robert and Lynn Ryg

Date: Jan. 4

Price: $370,000

Property description: Copper Ridge Lofts lot 7. Details N.A.

42070 RCR 129

Seller: RJB Consolidated Ltd

Buyer: Josie Schroeder Ranch LLC

Date: Jan. 4

Price: $10,000,000

Property description: Three homes: 5,943-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath; 1,932-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath;2,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath; 17 ag buildings from sheds to two horse barns: 1,200-square-foot, and 3,600-square-foot, on 805 acres (listed for sale as a 1,145-acre ranch), Slate Creek Ranch just northwest of Steamboat Springs Airport. Purchasing LLC has its principle address in Loveland.

978 Dry Creek Road South, Hayden

Seller: Falcon Logistics Corp.

Buyer: Jeffrey Dunn and Neisha Pope

Date: Jan. 4

Price: $270,000

Property description: New 1,368-square-foot, two-bath home on .14-acre lot 30, Dry Creek Village

Total real estate sales: $18,356,561

Steamboat’s $1M home sales top 100 in 2017

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Routt County real estate market saw the sale of 111 $1 million homes in 2017, surpassing the 2016 total by three transactions.

Based on statistics reported by Land Title Guarantee Company and the Routt County Clerk's Office, nine homes sold for more than $3 million in 2017, some of them including large acreages. That compares to 12 in 2016.

The million-dollar home sales here in 2017 represent one measuring stick that points out how far the high end of the Steamboat/Routt County market has come since 2014 when 89 million-dollar homes sold here. The number was 92 in 2015.

Currently, 15 single-family homes carry asking prices of between $4.9 million and $6 million.

The last million-dollar home sold in 2017 was a 20-year-old, 2,408-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3.5-bath "The Trails at Storm Meadows" condominium overlooking Steamboat Ski area, which closed Dec. 29 for $1.05 million.

And the market for million-dollar homes appears to be tighter than in past years as the new year begins. There are currently 95 homes listed for sale for $1 million or more, based on a search of Realtors' websites, and another 41 condominiums and townhomes.

And with the exception of some new product coming onto the market in Wildhorse Meadows, some of the remaining homes at the floor of the million-dollar market are dated.

Realtor Doug Labor of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty said Tuesday he had just returned from showing homes in the neighborhood of $1.2 million to clients without finding something that appealed to them.

"Most of the homes we looked at for that price needed some work," Labor said.

There are homes listed on the Steamboat market at $1.25 million that offer three bedrooms and fewer than 2,500 square feet, although in some cases, those homes are on premium building sites.

Entry-level sales strong in 2017, but inventory gobbled up

There was a run on modestly priced homes in 2017, and they continued to be the bread and butter of Routt County Realtors in 2017.

Melissa Gibson of Land Title Guarantee Company reported that as of the end of November, 262 homes had sold for $300,000 or less, with most of those recorded in outlying areas of the county.

However, the price point below $200,000 may be going away. Ninety-nine homes in that price range had sold as of the end of November compared to 176 in 2016 and 171 in 2015.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Colorado Group Realty awards outstanding brokers of 2017

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado Group Realty presented its annual performance awards Dec. 15, with CEO Steve Goldman reporting on the fiscal performance of the brokerage.

"In 2017, CGR's production increased to $340 million, making it our best year in the last decade," Goldman said. "Our deserving award winners not only provided top-notch client satisfaction but also were active in giving back to the community."

The Top Producer Awards went to the team and individual with the highest total sales volume and transactions. Martin Dragnev was a repeat winner of this year's individual award for top producer and most transactions, helping almost 60 clients buy or sell homes worth $19 million.

The Paoli Group and the Metzler Team tied for the Top Producing Team Award, with both on track to close $50 million in sales volume. The Paoli Group claimed the award for Most Transactions by a Team, helping 70 buyers and sellers.

The Metzler Team also took home the award for Biggest CGR Charitable Foundation Supporter for their donations, helping the foundation to distribute over $35,000 to 28 deserving local nonprofits this year.

The Broker of the Year award was presented to Tom Valicenti. The honor is bestowed upon an individual who continually goes above and beyond in serving the company and community. Valicenti serves on the CGR board of directors, acts as the building manager, mentors young agents and is active in the community.

"What an honor to be recognized for doing what I love. I'm proud of CGR's success; it proves that consistently doing the right things pays off," Valicenti said.

Amy Williams, a Hayden-based CGR agent, received the Hustler of the Year Award for helping 25 clients buy or sell their home while also serving her community.

The Rising Star Award was given to a broker who made an outstanding contribution to the company in a short period of time. Ashley Walcher was the 2017 recipient.

Finally, a Lifetime Service Award was presented to outgoing managing broker Todd Asbury, who has served in that role for eight years and will remain with CGR. Shelley Stanford will assume the role of managing broker.

Colorado Group Realty is an independent, locally owned real estate firm with 70 agents and two offices in the Yampa Valley.

New riverfront duplexes proposed in downtown Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Downtown Steamboat Springs is poised to grow next year along the banks of the Yampa River when developers break ground on exclusive riverfront duplexes in the new RiverView development.

Plans for the three-story, 3,300-square-foot homes featuring two-car garages were recently submitted to city planners.

The low-density residential buildings are the first proposals to come forward as part of a larger development that investors hope in the coming years will also include a new hotel and commercial and retail spaces on the south end of downtown.

The broader development plans for the 4.5-acre parcel between Lincoln Avenue and the river from Third to Fifth street also include a new public soft-surface trail that will run along the river's edge and a public plaza.

"It really is charging forward on what we said we were going to do," RiverView investor and partner Mark Scully said Thursday of the plans for the duplexes. "We're also going to build the (loop) road by the end of the summer. It's going to look fantastic."

Scully described the proposed duplexes as having a mountain modern style with lots of glass.

The plans note the use of large glass windows on the river-facing side will help reflect the river.

Third-story rooftop decks will give homeowners views of the river and Howelsen Hill.

The plans call for six duplex buildings that will include a dozen 3,300-square-foot homes. Each duplex building will be spaced about 10 to 15 feet apart on a stretch of riverfront property between Third and Fourth streets behind Natural Grocers.

Price points for the duplexes are not yet available because Scully said pricing can't be listed until a final plat is recorded.

"I will say we've had very nice interest in the riverfront" homes on the heels of an advertisement we placed recently, Scully said.

Fair and Square Construction based in Routt County has been selected as the contractor.

Scully said the current schedule for RiverView calls for the public infrastructure to go out to bid next month.

"We plan to start construction on the loop road (connecting Third and Fourth streets), and that should hopefully wrap up in the fall," Scully said. "We'll be building at least one duplex, if not two, and putting those lots on the market in the spring."

Related story: 

Dreamin’ Downtown: After a lawsuit blocked a big development project, what’s next for the city’s urban corridor?

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

Colorado High 5 looks to change environment

Colorado High 5 looks to change environment from party scene, to a family environment. While still keeping the late night atmosphere, the High 5 is looking to involve more lunch and dinner business.

This is all the result of the new partnership between Kevin Sher and longtime Steamboat Springs resident Jon Sanders. Jon was the original owner of the the High 5, but over the course of the past 2 years, there have  been a few changes in leadership. Bringing Sher on board has resulted in the the best change this business has seen so far.

Kevin brings with him 15 years of restaurant experience formally working with Vail resorts, then owning a restaurant in Denver and finally in Winter Park as the food and beverage manager at the resort. He also has a degree in the culinary arts and has been living and working in ski towns for a large portion of his life.

Kevin took over operations of the Colorado High 5 last June and has begun implementing changes. While still sticking with the pizza theme, he has added some new items. Some of the new selections include sandwiches, desserts and salads. Also added to the menu is Bison and Elk meat, both of which come from local distributors and are available on pizzas and sandwiches.

Another new addition is the delivery service available until 10 p.m., seven days aper week. Delivery includes all of downtown Steamboat as well as the hotels and condos located up near the ski mountain.                                                

Boasting more than 12 Colorado beers and a couple brewed locally and a fine selection of spirits all distilled in Colorado — they strive to show their visitors the best that Colorado has to offer.

The bar itself is intimate which makes for a great place for a conversation with friends and the staff is knowledgeable. Happy hour is  from 3 to 6 p.m.

Tuesdays are open mic night. Thursday to Saturdays the High 5 features live local musicians. Rather than trying to bring in talent from across the country, they want to showcase the local artists who are up and coming.

 

David W. Lamb of Edward Jones receives certified financial planner certification

David Lamb of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Steamboat Springs has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certification mark CFP.

Lamb successfully completed the CFP Board’s initial certification requirements, which include completion of financial planning coursework and passing a comprehensive examination.

Individuals who hold CFP certification must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and uphold the CFP Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Financial Planning Practice Standards.

RE/MAX Partners announces new real estate agent

RE/MAX Partners is pleased to announce that Kiki Soule has joined their team as a real estate agent.

RE/MAX Partners is pleased to announce that Kiki Soule has joined their team as a real estate agent. Soule brings years of local hospitality sales, high-end property management, and real estate office marketing and management experience to the team. Soule previously worked at RE/MAX Partners in a variety of capacities, including as a licensed real estate assistant. With a Masters degree from Colorado State University in Organizational Performance and an undergrad degree from Michigan State, she brings a "can do" attitude and boundless energy to her work place. Soule is also a certified Resort  and Second-Home Property Specialist.

"We couldn't be happier to have Kiki back at RE/MAX," said broker and owner Kim Kreissig. "Her sense of humor, sharp mind, and fun attitude makes her a perfect fit for our team".

Real estate transactions Dec. 15 through 22

55 Missouri Ave.
Seller: Lydia and Roger Custer
Buyer: Jennifer and Christopher Paoli
Date: Dec. 15
Price: $1,000,000
Property description: 2,075-square-foot, four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with second garage on .22-acre lot 3 Crawford add to Steamboat
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Mark Twain Lane area
Seller: Jessica and Daniel LeBlanc
Buyer: Gabriel Wennrich, Tim Wennrich and Jess Griffiths
Date: Dec. 15
Price: $575,000
Property description: lot 21 Fairway Meadows River Queen condo B No details

2550 Lincoln Ave.
Seller: L&S Partnership NAPA
Buyer: TC Gair LLC
Date: Dec. 15
Price: $2,200,000
Property description: 13,184-square-foot steel building on 2-acres in West Steamboat.

2550 Apres Ski Way
Seller: McNamara Real Estate LLC
Buyer: 616 OSP LLC
Date: Dec. 15
Price: $3,400,000
Property description: 2,688-square-foot three-bedroom, 3.5-bath One Steamboat Place condo 616. Sold for $3.25 million in 2009.

2550 Apres Ski Way
Seller: SV Timber LLC
Buyer: OSP Condo Owners Association
Date: Dec. 15
Price: $385,000
Property description: Commercial units 211, 212, 213,

31145 RCR 37
Seller: Filimon and Mable Salazar
Buyer: Joseph and Lysa Long
Date: Dec. 15
Price: $175,000
Property description: 2,077-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home with quonset hut and stock shed on 46 acres.

3325 Columbine Dr.
Seller: Joseph Oakland
Buyer: Mark and Laura DaFoe
Date: Dec. 18
Price: $408,000
Property description: 1,163-square-foot, two-bedroom, two bath Condo 1106 Sunray Meadows. Sold for $305,000 in 2009.

2806 Honeysuckle
Seller: James and Barbara Ficke
Buyer: DRE Investments
Date: Dec. 18
Price: $3,000
Property description: .28-acre lot 1 Riverview Subdiv.

355 Sunflower, Hayden
Seller: James and Victoria Messing
Buyer: Gerald and Deann Nanio
Date: Dec. 19
Price: $365,000
Property description: Three-bedroom, two-bath home on .2-acre lot 65 Sagewood.

434 Emerald Ct.
Seller: Gavin and Cristen Malia
Buyer: John and Sabrina Worrall
Date: Dec. 19
Price: $565,000
Property description: 1,334-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2-bath home lot 12 Steamboat Point. Sold for $277,500 in 2003
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2340 Ski Trail
Seller: Andrew and Gillian Keller
Buyer: CCP LLC
Date: Dec. 19
Price: $680,000
Property description: 1,653-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath Chateau Chamonix condo 322
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41410 RCR 80
Seller: Beverly Raper, Dorothy Gupton, Billy Raper
Buyer: Randy and Joy Booco Trust
Date: Dec. 19
Price: $150,000
Property description: 50 acres of ag land

42450 McGuire Lane, Hayden
Seller: Secretary of Housing Urban Development
Buyer: Hugh Montgomery Neil Montgomery
Date: Dec. 19
Price: $250,000
Property description: 1,703 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home with wood barn on 35 acres in rural Hayden.

2700 Cross Timbers Trail
Seller: Sheila C. Avalos
Buyer: Joseph Sugru
Date: Dec. 20
Price: $800,000
Property description: 2,134-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3.5-bath unit 1 The Crossings
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Stagecoach
Seller: Leslie Kramer
Buyer: Lachenauer Land
Date: Dec. 20
Price: $1,700
Property description: Lot 137 Sky Hitch II

454 Willett Heights Ct.
Seller: Rocky Peak Development LLC
Buyer: Anthony and Stacy Sartoris
Date: Dec. 20
Price: $803,201
Property description: 2,450-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhome 30 Rocky Peak Village
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27180 Cowboy Up Road
Seller: Robert E. and Cheryl L. Durham
Buyer: SF Marabou LLC
Date: Dec. 20
Price: $1,500,000
Property description: Unbuilt 6.47-acre Homstead D3 f1. Sold for $2.18 million in 2006.

27155 Fire Song Rd.
Seller: SF Marabou LLC
Buyer: Robert E. and Cheryl L. Durham
Date: Dec. 20
Price: $1,600,000
Property description: 6.35-acre Homestead F6

2249 Anglers Dr.
Seller: Villa Serena LLC
Buyer: John and Heather Ann Roesink
Date: Dec. 21
Price: $1,170,000
Property description: 3,876-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home on 3.2-acre lot 16 in Fish Creek Meadows . Sold for $975,000 in 2016.
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27050 Fire Song Road
Seller: Coast Pain Mgmt. Medical Group Clifford A. Bernstine Trusteee
Buyer: Barbara and Marlin Dailey
Date: Dec. 21
Price: $1,100,000
Property description: 6.94- acre Marabou Homestead G3. Sold for $3.8 million in 2007.

2300 Mt Werner Circle
Seller: William and Lauretta Koopmann
Buyer: Brandt and Kelly Vanderbosch
Date: Dec. 21
Price: $40,000
Property description: quartershare in Steamboat Grand

1440 Park Court
Seller: Jerold Duncan and Sherrie Fuller
Buyer: Coker Living Trust
Date: Dec. 21
Price: $300,000
Property description: Vacant .21-acre lot 9 Whistler Meadows
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31305 Shoshone Way
Seller: Ben Dodson
Buyer: Gaston Waidatt Beck
Date: Dec. 21
Price: $26,000
Property description: .6-acre lot 139 Southshore

501 Anglers Drive
Seller: Townsend Property LLC
Buyer: JDB Real Estates LLC
Date: Dec. 21
Price: $680,000
Property description: 1,806-square-foot Fish Creek Professional Office condo 102
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Stagecoach
Seller: Joseph and Judith Mangina
Buyer: Lachenauer Land
Date: Dec. 21
Price: $1,700
Property description: 1.43-acre lot 75 Sky Hitch IV at Stagecoach

Total real estate transactions: $18,473,601

One Steamboat Place condo sells for $3.4M

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The recent $3.4 million sale of a 2,688-square-foot condominium in One Steamboat Place at the edge of the ski trails is emblematic of the luxury market and the leading property at Steamboat Ski Area coming full circle.

Senior Sales Executive Todd Allsberry at One Steamboat Place's in-house real estate office agreed the recent sale is a positive sign for the local real estate market.

"Maybe if we're selling above $1,000 per square foot, it gives owners of other properties the confidence to ask for a little bit more,” Allsberry said. “I think we're still a buyers' market. And I'm starting to find that consumer confidence has come back."

Allsberry confirmed the furnished three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath condo with two fireplaces, sold for $1,264 per square foot. The original sale of the then-unfurnished unit was $3.25 million, or $1,209 per square foot.

In 2009, One Steamboat Place closed on original sales as low as $856 per square foot and as high as $1,240.

As recently as Nov. 13, another large luxury condominium at One Steamboat Place, this time a 2,552-square-foot four-bedroom, four-bath home, sold for $2.18 million.

In April, Allsberry said One Steamboat Place saw a $3.5 million sale that to his knowledge is the largest Steamboat has ever seen on a per-square-foot basis.

He is quick to point out that the slopeside property affords homeowners 35,000 square feet of common space, which includes 24-hour fitness facilities, a newly remodeled game room and an impressive wine storage facility capable of storing 10,000 bottles, which is currently being increased in size.

A percentage of OSP condos are available in one-eighth ownership acquisitions, and that is a typical path to whole ownership Allsberry said. And that was the case with the buyer for this week's $3.25 million condo.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

New A&E show details income potential behind short-term vacation rentals

Stacie Fredrich recently bought her first home in Breckenridge, a mansion where her extended family could gather.

The home stretched the single, 30-something's budget. But, with expected income from renting to visiting vacationers, the always-traveling consultant for a pharmaceutical company, plans to own the property for generations. And her purchase was documented in a new A&E Network series called "Vacation Rental Potential," a partnership between short-term rental titan HomeAway and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment.

"Being a part of the show really helped me realize the potential income I could get from the home," Fredrich said. "I mean, I could have bought a condo or a one-, two-bedroom, but I was looking for a space that could accommodate my family — something I could enjoy as well as guests, something unique in the mountains that could draw guests who will help me offset the costs of ownership."

Read more at the Denver Post.

Routt County real estate transactions for Dec. 1 to 7, 2017

26000 Vista Valley Ct.

Seller: Kenneth and Kim Catanzarite

Buyer: Robert and Charla Valusek

Date: Dec. 1

Price: $995,000

Property description: 4,382-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home with detached three-car garage/finished second story on  35.6-acre lot 5 Sleeping Giant Estates in the Elk Mtn. area. Sold for $1.35 million in 2005

471 Enterprise St., Hayden

Seller: Hayden Industrial Park LLC

Buyer: Jason Charles Reese

Date: Dec. 1

Price: $220,000

Property description: 1,152 square-foot, two-story unit G Valley View Live/Work condos

500 Anglers Dr.

Seller: Roberta L. Ripley

Buyer: Michael Hordijk

Date: Dec. 1

Price: $456,755

Property description: 1,302-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath unit 203 Sundance Creek West. Sold for $359,800 in 2013.

35 Cedar Ct.

Seller: Alexandra Bigras-Masse

Buyer: Craig Weese and Monique Daffin

Date: Dec. 1

Price: $284,000

Property description: 961-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath Cypress 35 in Whistler Village Townhomes. Sold for $197,500 in 2015

1410 Athens Plaza

Seller: Magdalena and Russell Snyder

Buyer: Ron and Joan Putlack

Date: Dec. 1

Price: $151,600

Property description:  565-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath condo Alpha 9 Walton Village

25563 RCR 54

Seller: Elk  River Ranch LLLP

Buyer: Handel Bar Ranch LLC

Date: Dec. 1

Price: $2,750,000

Property description:  7,937-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bath home on acreage on the Elk River, with four-car garage/wood frame horse barn with upper living space. Sold for $4.7 million in 2008

2915 Chinook Lane

Seller: Ruth E. Johnson

Buyer: Jacob B. Werner

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $339,000

Property description: 1,150-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Deer Creek Condo 21. Sold for $230,000 in 2012.

1496 Conestoga Cir.

Seller: Janice Kay Bell

Buyer: Casey Sumnicht and Elizabeth Booth

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $408,000

Property description: 1,548-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .15-acre  Pioneer Village lot 13. Sold for $224,000 in 2001.

2772 Bronc Buster Loop

Seller: KRM Investments LLC

Buyer: Christopher Etmanczyk

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $295,000

Property description: Unbuilt .16-acre lot 39 Wildhorse Meadows

1076 Steamboat Blvd.

Seller: Scott and Nancy Rosen

Buyer: Monte and Terri Harrison Trust

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $1,370,000

Property description: 3,408-square-foot, five-bedroom, three-bath home on .5-acre lot 20 Sanctuary. Sold for $1,247,000 in 2014.

North Routt

Seller: Charles and Karen Parsons Trust

Buyer: Donald W. and Pamela M. Wendell

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $580,000

Property description:  details N.A. Steamboat Lakes lot 124

31370 Shoshone Way

Seller: James and Mai Haselman

Buyer: Lauren M. DeRoche

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $370,000

Property description: 2,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath home on .45-acre South Shore lot 164

2700 Eagleridge Dr.

Seller: John and Linda Watson Trust

Buyer: Michael Galbraith

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $325,000

Property description:  1,087-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Terraces condo N11

Willet Heights Court

Seller: Rocky Peak Development LLC

Buyer: Jeffrey and Deana Von Almen

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $700,000

Property description:Townhome

Sunlight Dr.

Seller: Sunlight Subdivision

Buyer: Todd and Kathryn Pederson

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $179,000

Property description: Unbuilt .126-acre lot 17

1855 Ski Time Square

Seller: Rolf and June Rosenthal

Buyer: Mem and Tammy Tierce

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $534,338

Property description: 1,249-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Torian Plum condo A604

27873 Silver Spur

Seller: Williams and Jean Labaree

Buyer: David and Jill Wyss

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $613,000

Property description: 2,373-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on  .43-acre lot 17 Silverview Estates. Sold for $479,000 in 2013.

LakeView Road, Hayden

Seller:  Yampa Valley Development

Buyer:  Silvestre Quezada

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $29,900

Property description: undeveloped Lake Villages Hayden undeveloped lot 28.

LakeView Road, Hayden

Seller:  Yampa Valley Development

Buyer:  Silvestre Quezada Construction

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $29,900

Property description: undeveloped Lake Villages Hayden undeveloped lot 27.

Sunlight Drive

Seller: Steamboat Sunlight

Buyer: SEB Sunlight Investments One LLC

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $500,000

Property description: Lots 35-38. Sunlight Subdivision. Purchasing entity based in suburban Dallas, Texas.

Sunlight Drive

Seller: Steamboat Sunlight

Buyer: SEB Sunlight Investments Two LLC

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $2,954,000

Property description: Lots  22, 23, 25-34, 39-48   Sunlight Subdivision. Purchasing entity based in suburban Dallas, Texas.

500 Ore House Plaza

Seller: Richard and Mona Rickerson

Buyer: Lonnie Shoemaker

Date: Dec. 5

Price: $315,000

Property description: 1,245-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Pines Condo 303 Phase II

39555 RCR 44B

Seller: Steamboat Family Properties LLC

Buyer: Michael Davison

Date: Dec. 6

Price: $694,000

Property description: 1,375-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home   on 47 acres. Sold for $684,000 in 2007.

305 Primrose Lane

Seller: Linda and Thomas Jess Carlson

Buyer: Alexander and Jill Alexis Wolf

Date: Dec. 6

Price: $630,000

Property description: 2,520-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath Prairie Rose Townhomes lot 3A. Sold for $450,000 in 2014

458 Blue Sage Cir.

Seller:  Matthew and Erin Somerville S

Buyer:  William and Jean Labaree

Date: Dec. 6

Price: $825,000

Property description: 3,732-square-foot, five-bedroom, three-bath, home with two fireplaces on .48-acre Willett Highlands lot 2. Also sold for $825,000 in 2016.

1555 Shadow Run Ct.

Seller: Diane Henry

Buyer: Brian Nichols

Date: Dec. 6

Price: $203,362

Property description: 841-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Shadow Run Condo 202

28450 RCR

Seller: 28450 Routt County Road 14 LLC

Buyer: Jodi and Robert Bringuel

Date: Dec. 7

Price: $720,000

Property description:  2,940-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath home on 7.73-acre Blacktail Mtn. Estates Tract 4 filing 1. Sold for $675,000 in 2013

23800 RCR 16

Seller: David Giles Lash and Debra Larella Gauld Lash

Buyer: Jacob C. Conners

Date: Dec. 7

Price: $149,000

Property description: 864-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath Wagon Wheel condo 7

Total sales: $17,620,855

 

Timeshare transactions

Seller: Wyndham Vacation Resorts

Buyer: Janice Foutz

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $156,000

Property description: Timeshare interest in Village at Steamboat

Seller: Wyndham Vacation Resorts

Buyer: Karen and Glenn Watson

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $107,584

Property description: Timeshare interest in Village at Steamboat

Seller: Wyndham Vacation Resorts

Buyer: John and Janet Bodnar

Date: Dec. 4

Price: $131,661

Property description: Timeshare interest in Village at Steamboat

Seller: Points of Colorado

Buyer: Preston and Ronda Dale Kirk

Date: Dec. 5

Price: $29,900

Property description:  Timeshare interest in Village at Steamboat

October logs 13 million-dollar-plus property sales in Routt County

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — October saw the sale of 13 Routt County properties worth $1-million or more, according to Land Title Guarantee Company.

The biggest residential purchase, which closed in October, involved the $2.75 million purchase of two homes in the Ubehebe subdivision near the base of Buffalo Pass on Routt County Road 38. The larger of the two homes offered three bedrooms in 4,598 square feet. But there is also a 1,623-square-foot home on the 45-acre lot.

That same week, which saw $30.5 million in sales, the 16 vacation condos at Thunder Mountain sold for $3.6 million to a limited liability company registered to an Aspen woman. And a large home on Ski Trail Lane sold for $2.65 million.

Through the 10th month of the year, total dollar volume sold in Routt County was $673,824,460, which was almost 20 percent ahead of 2016.

Land Title's Melissa Gibson observed there were 174 sales in October, and of those, 34 percent closed with cash.

Jon Wade, broker owner at The Steamboat Group, said the fact that dollar volume year-to-date is up 20 percent, while the number of sales are up just 6 percent, is a reflection of low inventory and increasing values. October dollar volume alone was up 7 percent in spite of the fact that unit volume was down 12 percent.

And the appreciation in value varies significantly among different classes of properties, Wade said.

The median value of homes in Routt County went from $385,000 in 2016 to $413,000 in 2017, a jump of 7.3 percent.

"Some properties are up 10 to 20 percent, while others are flat, to slightly up," Wade said.

The contributions that the Town of Hayden and the neighborhoods of West Steamboat and North Routt make to overall dollar volume are modest on a percentage basis. But Wade said the increases in those numbers through October are noteworthy.

"It is interesting to see some of the outer areas get more popular, which is likely driven by affordability and lack of supply in Steamboat," he said.

Wade said that Hayden and surrounding areas (including some large ranch sales) contributed 4.9 percent to the Routt County market's overall dollar volume in 2016, and that has grown to 8.1 percent as of Nov. 1 ($54.68 million on 124 sales, according to Land Title). North Routt is up from 4 percent in 2016 to 6.3 percent in 2017 ($42.8 million, 74 sales), and West Steamboat is up to 5.9 percent from 5 percent ($40.1 million, 100 sales).

Stagecoach accounted for 124 transactions through the end of October with an average transaction price of $193,594.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Real estate transactions Nov. 24 to 30, 2017

2315 Ski Trail Lane

Seller: Chalet Ski Inc

Buyer: 1805 River Queen La. LLC

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $433,500

Property description: 1,934-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bath Casa de las Sierras condo 7. Sold for $275,000 in 2003.

2376 Penny Lane

Seller: David and Rebecca Brees

Buyer: June A. Lindenmayer

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $420,000

Property description: 1,500-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .13-acre  lot 49 West End Village.

1557 Conestoga Cir.

Seller: Hsi T. Weiss and Michele Wang

Buyer: Jeffrey Sublett

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $419,000

Property description: 1,530-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath lot 40 Pioneer Village. Sold for $375,000 in 2015.

57855 Longfellow Way, North Routt

Seller: Michael and Regina Iadaresta

Buyer: Rebecca Boucha

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $25,000

Property description: Steamboat Lake Subdivision 2 .52-acre lot 223

57875 Longfellow Way, North Routt

Seller: Michael and Regina Iadaresta

Buyer: Michael Boucha

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $25,000

Property description: Steamboat Lake Subdivision 2 .62-acre lot 222

Town of Yampa

Seller: Carol Jean and Robert Wilmoth

Buyer: Melvin and Suzanne Strahosky

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $27,995

Property description: vacant .17-acre commercial lots 17-18 Siever's Add to Town of Yampa

2015 Walton Creek Road

Seller: Albet and Mary Ann Genchi

Buyer: Heidi Sue and Rollie Joel Childs

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $276,000

Property description: 938-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Timber Run condo 219. Sold for $232,000 in 2006

1800 Medicine Springs

Seller: Christopher J. Jones

Buyer: Yeater family

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $875,000

Property description: 2,073-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath  Emerald Lodge at Trappeur's condo 5209

700 Yampa St

Seller: RHJW LLC

Buyer: KC Dragonslayer LLC

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $380,000

Property description: 717-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Howelsen Place condo A209.

27200 Golden View

Seller: Richard Leon  and Christina Huxman

Buyer: Dawn and Kenneth Finch

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $520,000

Property description: Steamboat Lake Subdivision lot 1-3

3020 Village Dr.

Seller: Andrew Benton

Buyer: Sari and Clark Davidson

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $239,000

Property description: 920-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath Meadowlark condo 113. Sold for $292,000 in 2007.

2015 Walton Creek Road

Seller: Kirk and Barbara Lussenhop

Buyer: David and Carolyn Deverell, and Bryan and Kelly Hassler

Date: Nov. 28

Price: $290,000

Property description: 938-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Timber Run condo 209. Sold for $220,000 in 2013

2315 Apres Ski Way

Seller: Rob Steensen

Buyer: Sean and Rhonna Kollenkark

Date: Nov. 28

Price: $26,000

Property description: One-tenth interest in Phoenix Steamboat condo 119.

32563 Ute Trail

Seller: Blake and Erisa Ingerick

Buyer:  Gary and Victoria Shook

Date: Nov. 29

Price: $315,000

Property description:  1,647-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on .71-acre lot 48 Morningside.

40305 Anchor Way

Seller: Matthew and Atusa Baghery Eggen

Buyer: Justin Haight

Date: Nov. 29

Price: $474,000

Property description: 1,404-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .29-acre lot 1 Steamboat II. Sold for $450,000 in 2016

833 Lincoln Ave.

Seller: N. E. and Marie DelHaute Trusts

Buyer: 833 Lincoln LLC

Date: Nov. 29

Price: $1,060,000

Property description: 5,400-square-foot, two-story commercial building on .08-acre lot 5, block 30 Original Town of Steamboat. Current location of Deluxe Tattoo and Center for the Visual Arts.

2735 Burgess Creek Rd.

Seller: David and Charlene Martin

Buyer: Wendy and Timothy Shaver

Date: Nov. 29

Price: $425,000

Property description: 1,604-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bath Winterwood Townhome 11. Sold for $376,000 in 2015

West Routt

Seller: MDHH LLC

Buyer: William and Jill Montieth

Date: Nov. 29

Price: $509,312

Property description: large rural acreage

Unknown

Seller: Darlene Ball and Sonya Ann Dunning

Buyer: Joseph and Kimberley Cay Ball Castro

Date: Nov. 29

Price: $155,000

Property description: Info: N.A.

1680 Copper Ridge Cir.

Seller: LMD Properties LLC

Buyer: Rodney and Jamie Rice

Date: Nov. 30

Price: $500,000

Property description: live/work Copper Ridge Lofts lot 3

Far West Routt

Seller: Julia, Jackson and Hanna Whiteker

Buyer: JH Land Company

Date: Nov. 30

Price: $1,580,000

Property description: Oil and gas rights on land west of Hayden

44525 RCR 44

Seller: Mary Sue Sorenson and William Bragg

Buyer: HSI Weiss

Date: Nov. 30

Price: $600,000

Property description: 1,921-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home  with detached 3-car garage on 5.29-acre lot 15 Deer Mtn Estates. Sold for $475,000 in 2012

1800 Medicine Springs

Seller: Jairo Rodriguez and Gabriele Owsnitzki

Buyer: Kurt Johnson and Suzanne Markey-Johnson

Date: Nov. 30

Price: $800,000

Property description:  1,788-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath Emerald Lodge at Trappeurs Crossing condo 5104. Sold for $1 million in 2009.

340 Honeysuckle Dr, Hayden

Seller: James Messing

Buyer: Sarah and Garrett Prechtl

Date: Nov. 30

Price: $325,000

Property description: un-developed .15-acre Sagewood lot 53

421 Cherry Dr

Seller: Michele MacPherson

Buyer: Timothy and Jackie O'Hara

Date: Nov. 30

Price: $517,000

Property description: 1,465, three-bedroom, two-bath Lot Thirty-Seven Townhome. Sold for $475,000 in 2016.

Timeshare transactions

Seller: John Edward Hanna Trust

Buyer:  Points of Colorado Inc.

Date: Nov. 27

Price: $17,000

Property description: Vacation points at Steamboat Villas

Total transaction value: 11,691,807

Long-empty $1.78M luxury home finding success as nightly rental in Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — If you've always wondered about the castle turret on the luxury home at 2791 Bronc Buster Loop in Wildhorse Meadows, we can confirm that it houses a large spiral staircase leading to the main level of a custom home that's currently in high demand on the nightly rental market.

The home was completed in 2008 and ran directly into the recession, Realtor Darrin Fryer said this week. Fryer and Ryan Cox, his team member at Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, brought the buyer to the house, which was listed by Ron Wendler of Colorado Group Realty.

The 4,056-square-foot home sold for the first time Sept. 29 for $1.78 million in a neighborhood where the latest new-construction home sold for $2.4 million to a buyer from Pennsylvania, whose intent is to enjoy the home but defray the expenses with consistent nightly rentals, Fryer said.

Fryer, 15 years into his real estate career here, and Cox, who spent a decade doing demand planning and producing revenue forecasts at SmartWool in Steamboat Springs, are building a specialty in presenting single-family, luxury homes as being a better investment than condominiums at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

"We've been modeling scenarios and building financial models for this profile of investors," Cox said.

The niche that he and Cox are developing, Fryer said, is indicative of the growing number of high-net-worth buyers coming to Steamboat in the last seven or eight years. Single-family luxury homes, when compared to condos and high-end townhomes, are a relatively scarce product in Steamboat, Fryer explained.

For investors, lower HOA fees than those associated with luxury condos and today's low interest rates make it easier to justify the investment in a luxury home that can be expected to have a greater increase in value over time than condos.

The buyer for 2791 Bronc Buster is a businessman, and the financial models that Cox presented to him, with options plugged in made a business case, instead of just an emotional case, helped influence his purchase of the home.

"He's what I call a sophisticated investor for the East Coast," Fryer said. "He comes from a pure real estate investment (point of view) and has watched rental incomes and price points come down for four or five years. He loves Steamboat, but for him, (purchasing the home) is a very calculated risk. He'll stay here a couple of times a year, and perhaps invite members of his staff to enjoy the home, but he won't be overdoing that."

One of the must-haves for a luxury home on the nightly rental market, Fryer said, is a dining table that comfortably seats at least a dozen people. The house with the turret has a table that seats 12 with two extra dining chairs to squeeze in 14, plus a kitchen bar and stool seating for four, which is slightly removed from the meal preparation area compared to most homes.

The home has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths. But it's one of the four fireplaces in the home that creates the greatest "wow" factor.

A two-sided fireplace in one of the master bedrooms faces a compact sitting area on one side and adjoins the bath tub on the other side.

One of the recommendations Fryer felt strongly about – the desirability of a hot tub in a Steamboat vacation home – was rejected by the buyer.

"We felt strongly enough about it that we convinced Ron (Wendler) to split it with us, and we bought him a hot tub," Fryer said.

Housekeeping at 2791 Bronc Buster is handled by a sole proprietor, rather than a management company.

Another recommendation Fryer has for clients is that even if they promote the availability of their vacation home on a web platform like airbnb, they should create a stand-alone web page for their home as well and give it a name to brand it.

We humbly suggest, "Steamboat Castle Turret House."

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Romick acquires $1.06M downtown Steamboat storefront where he once shopped for toys

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As a little boy growing up in Steamboat Springs almost more than four decades ago, Jace Romick always looked forward to a visit to the toy display in the back of the DelHaute family jewelry store on Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs. Now, he owns the building.

Romick, a fine-art photographer, craftsman and designer, purchased the DelHaute building at 833 Lincoln Ave. this week and plans to move Jace Romick Gallery there from its current location in the Chief Theater.

"I'm remodeling right now and will open (Dec. 1) for First Friday Art Walk, then close down and finish remodeling," Romick said. "This is what I've wanted to do for a long time."

However, when Romick was a boy of about 11 years, what he cared about most was a model airplane in the DelHautes' toy display at the rear of their jewelry store.

"Probably 45 years ago, I can remember going to look at the toys in the back of the jewelry store," Romick recalled. "The model airplane had a motor on it and was attached to a string. It took me a couple of months to save up the money to buy it. After saving all that money, the second time I flew it, I crashed it and totaled it."

Romick grew up to become a U.S. ski team member and competed on the World Cup and in the World Championships. Later, he founded Into the West furniture store, originally a block away from the DelHaute Building on Lincoln.

Romick has had success selling his Western-themed, large photographic prints (they're rarely printed smaller than 24 by 36 inches) mounted in the custom wood and metal frames he builds himself.

Romick has gallery representation in Vail and Aspen, Scottsdale, Arizona, Park City and Jackson, Wyoming. One of his prize photographs from 2017 is of two bison battling in Yellowstone. It was a successful gallery show in Jackson that encouraged Romick to take a big step and acquire his own building.

"I had a great show this fall, where I had really good sales, and realized, it's time for me to start repping my own work," Romick said. “The Chief worked out really well for me as a way to bring in clients by appointment and show them my work. But I didn't have visibility there, and I had to tear my (display) down 52 times a year so they could hold church services there."

Romick initially intended to lease a space in the DelHaute Building, but after consulting with his banker, he realized he could acquire the building.

According to records on file at the Routt County Assessor’s Office, he purchased the 5,400-square-foot building for $1.06 million.

After ski season, Romick said he intends to completely remodel the office spaces on the second floor of his building with an eye toward leasing to new office and perhaps retail tenants. 

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Permit application could help extend Steamboat’s Yampa Core Trail to south

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A relatively innocuous  development permit application making its way through the Routt County planning process could prove to be the key to someday extending the Yampa River Core Trail south beyond the city of Steamboat Springs all the way to Legacy Ranch at the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 131.

Absentee property owner Butch Dougherty, through his local  representative, Jim Stegmaier of Yampa Valley Engineering, is seeking a permit that would formalize a variety of commercial uses already taking place, as well as new enterprises, on his property off Dougherty Road. The property straddles the Yampa River immediately west of the Steamboat Christian Center, which is inside the city limits.

In order to obtain his permit, Dougherty would be required to dedicate 25 percent of his property to open space. County Planning Director Chad Phillips pointed out to the Board of Commissioners during a public meting in September that they could require that open space be in the form of an easement that would accommodate a future trail extension. 

City Parks, Open Space and Trails Manager Craig Robinson confirmed this week the city’s interest in extending the river trial through Dougherty's property, although there are no immediate plans to tackle the project.

“The Steamboat Springs Area Plan anticipates the trail extension heading that way and getting through to Legacy,” Robinson said, "and the Dougherty property would be an ideal connection. We've indicated we'd like to have an easement through there."

The alternative, he said, would be much more expensive. Near the point where the trail currently hits a deadend at Dougherty's property line, the city could build a bridge across the Yampa to reach city open space, then, build a second bridge to cross back over the river to Legacy Ranch.

Stegmaier said his client is generally open to the idea of providing the required open space in the form of a trail easement but added they have yet to calculate what percentage of the property that would represent.

The Board of County Commissioners discussed the application in public session in early September, but  Assistant Planning Director Kristy Winser said the applicant has since sought and been granted an extension to complete its permit application, which is in the form of a "planned unit development."

Stegmaier said his goal is to submit the revised permit application before the end of the year.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

West Steamboat annexation talks delayed until March

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs residents will have to wait until the spring, and perhaps even longer, to find out whether their elected officials will endorse an annexation that would bring more than 400 new homes to the west side of the city.

Brynn Grey Partners isn't scheduled to return to the council chambers until March 13 to resume their housing proposal discussions, which started 18 months ago.

And any potential council vote on whether to move forward with an annexation isn’t expected to come until after that meeting.

The latest holdup in the process is a financial study the developers are working on that will estimate what impacts the annexation would have on the city's budget and its taxpayers.

The analysis should specifically give residents an idea of how much it would cost the city to provide the annexed development with such things as police services, firefighters and snowplows.

The same analysis is also expected to take a look at what the city could potentially gain from the new housing in terms of additional sales tax revenue.

City Council President Jason Lacy said Tuesday the analysis will ultimately help the council do a balancing test on the annexation proposal to see if any tradeoffs or concessions the developers are seeking from the city should be approved.

"If this is going to have a drastic impact financially on the city budget, that makes it harder for us to give on some of the other items of their proposal," Lacy said.

City Manager Gary Suiter said earlier this month the city got some pushback from Brynn Grey when the City Council asked the developers to put the fiscal analysis together.

"They would have preferred to have not done it," Suiter said.

But Suiter said the company agreed after the city made it clear the council was firm in wanting to see the analysis done.

Council members have also requested a detailed proposal from Brynn Grey that spells out in greater detail what they are proposing to offer in terms of infrastructure.

"We've hit all these topics including water, sewer and roads and housing at all these meetings, but we've had different changes to some of these pieces at different times," Lacy said as he explained why the council wants an updated proposal.

Brynn Grey is currently working with an economist to put the fiscal impact analysis together, and Suiter estimates the city will have a draft of it sometime in January.

In the meantime, one of the city's elected officials recently expressed some concern about Brynn Grey's record of getting the council the information it is seeking.

Councilwoman Heather Sloop specifically led a successful motion earlier this month to remove Brynn Grey from a pre-Thanksgiving agenda where the developers wanted to give the council an update and be available to answer questions.

The developers were scheduled to meet with the council for about 30 minutes before they were bumped off the agenda.

"I am having a very hard time understanding why we need to have a 'hi, we're still here conversation,’" Sloop said before the schedule change was made. "I get it, they want to have some face time, but 30 minutes is a lot of face time. I'm concerned that we're doing this to appease an applicant that's not giving us what we want and what we've been asking for for a very long time."

It remains to be seen whether the council will put the annexation to a public vote.

Brynn Grey initially floated the idea of proactively going to voters to get approval for an annexation.

But in July, Brynn Grey CEO David O'Neil said he wasn't feeling the need for a community vote on the proposal.

It will ultimately be up to the City Council to decide first whether to move forward with an annexation, then, whether the proposal should go to voters for approval.

If the council doesn't send the proposal to voters, the public would have the opportunity to initiate a referendum if enough residents felt such a vote was necessary and agreed to sign a petition to that effect.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

New single-family homes underway in Steamboat’s Wildhorse Meadows

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With  single-family homes, and in particular, new construction family homes in short supply in the Steamboat Springs real estate market, there are clear signs that construction crews plan to work through the winter in Wildhorse Meadows. The neighborhood is just downhill from the Steamboat Ski Area base, but connected to the ski slopes via its own public gondola.

There is one foundation poured, and another excavation underway in The Range single-family neighborhood on Bronc Buster Loop in Wildhorse.

And, nearby, two small-footprint, three-story modern homes in Flat Tops at Wildhorse are close to being dried-in. Two more shallow concrete foundations are waiting for the next two construction starts there.

According to the Routt County Regional Building Department, the last two permits issued on Flat Top Court were valued at $400,000 and $425,000 (not including land costs and appliances, for example), suggesting that the home packages, with flat rooftop decks and big views of Emerald Mountain can be built for less than $1 million.

Melissa Gibson of Land Title Guarantee Company in Steamboat Springs reported in October that year-to-date, new construction sales of homes in Routt County in 2017 as a percentage of gross sales, were up  5.95 percent over 2016.

A search of single-family detached homes in the city of Steamboat and close-in suburbs, which doesn't take into account homes that aren't listed in the Steamboat Springs Multiple Listing Service, shows six homes listed for sale in the $500,000 range, eight priced in the $600s if you include three priced at $699,000, three more in the $700's and seven in the $800s.

There was just one single-family home in the Steamboat city limits listed for sale in the $400,000 range — a 1,308-square-foot home on Conestoga Court, with an asking price of $415,000.

Flat Tops development team member Kerry Shea told Steamboat Today this year that their goal was not to see prices for homes on lots go north of $1.5 million. The different models of homes there range in size from 1,759 square feet to almost 3,000.

The development model is different in The Range subdivision, with independent custom homes built by a variety of contractors. A 0.23-acre lot at 2743 Bronc Buster Loop is listed for sale by Randall Hannaway and Kevin Dietrich of Colorado Group Realty at $365,000.

Realtor Chris Wittemyer of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty sold lot 34 in The Range this year for $300,000. It was listed by his colleagues Arlene Zopf and Andrew Zopf. It was deemed desirable, in part, because it backs up to a development open space and a completed children's playground.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Vail moves forward with new regulations for Airbnbs, other short-term rentals

VAIL — After months of public comment and debate, the Vail Town Council has passed on first reading an ordinance regulating short-term rentals in town.

The regulations come as more property owners in town are using internet-based services including Airbnb to rent their units. The town for more than a year has worked to collect lodging taxes from owners, but council members decided more regulations were needed.

The proposed regulations still fall on the less-stringent end of the scale among mountain towns. Durango and Jackson, Wyoming, in particular, assess heavy fees and impose other requirements that make short-term rentals difficult.

Under the proposed ordinance, owners in Vail who want to short-term rent their units will have to meet requirements including:

"This comes down to the opinion of one person, not necessarily based on facts. It opens itself to abuse."Patrick HerliheyVail resident

• Acquiring a business license from the town and posting that license number on all internet ads.

• A signed affidavit for each unit rented to acknowledge compliance with trash, noise and parking requirements. Owners must also verify that safety equipment including fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is in the unit. Owners must also comply with homeowner association requirements.

• Information about the unit’s owner, as well as a 24-hour contact number, must be prominently posted.

• Violations that aren’t resolved with owners or property managers will be reported to the town. Owners with three or more town-assessed violations will have their licenses revoked for two years.

• Business licenses are held by owners, not the property. If a unit sells, then the new owners must apply for a new business license and meet other town requirements.

• In duplex units that have shared property including stairs or driveways, an owner wishing to do short-term rentals must obtain the consent of the other owner before being granted a town business license. Owners of duplex units that don’t have shared property are required only to notify the other unit owner.

THORNY ISSUE

The issue of consent has been a thorny one for council members, and that discussion continued Tuesday.

“I’ve received more emails on (consent) than any other item,” Mayor Dave Chapin said, adding that some people argue that requiring consent is taking a property right from owners.

Council member Jenn Bruno, who has favored the consent requirement since it was proposed, said while some owners may lose property rights, others may lose quality of life if short-term renters are unruly. And, Bruno said, having short-term renters on common areas can also lead to higher insurance rates.

“It’s only fair that you contact your neighbor and get them to agree,” she said.

New council member Travis Coggin said he’s uncomfortable with owner consent.

“Right now, a neighbor doesn’t have recourse against a bad (unwilling) neighbor,” Coggin said

While previous hearings have had plenty of public comment on both sides of the regulation issue, only a few residents spoke up Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Resident Patrick Herlihey was also against requiring consent from duplex neighbors.

“This comes down to the opinion of one person, not necessarily based on facts,” Herlihey said. “It opens itself to abuse.”

Resident Stephen Connolly said notification should apply to more than simply next-door neighbors. Connolly, who runs a bed and breakfast operation from his home, said when applying for that permit, he was required to notify several of his neighbors.

But, Connolly added, “I think we’re pretty close to having a good ordinance here.”

Ultimately, the council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance on first reading. But the consent/notification issue is likely to arise again during the second and final reading of the ordinance, set for Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Still, Foley said, “We’re at the point where we’ve talked this to death. … I’m willing to support it now.”

Vail Daily Business Editor Scott Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930, smiller@vaildaily.com and @scottnmiller.

Steamboat Sotheby’s Community Fund awards $9K in grants to 5 nonprofits

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty recently completed the first grant cycle for its SSIR Community Fund and awarded $9,000 in funding to five local nonprofits.

The organizations and programs awarded funding were: LiftUp of Routt County's emergency assistance housing program, Northwest Colorado Health's home health program, Routt County Council on Aging's frozen food service and rural transportation programs, Sk8 Church's after-school programs and Totally Kids' before- and after-school programs in Hayden.

"We saw this as an opportunity for everyone within our firm to work together toward a common goal," said Traci Smith, SSIR director of marketing and SSIR Community Fund coordinator in a news release. "The beauty of collective giving is that you don't have to give a lot individually to create a situation where the group, collectively, can contribute significantly. It's a perfect example of the old adage: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."

The SSIR Community Fund was established earlier this year through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation with the goal of supporting Routt County nonprofit organizations through a semi-annual granting process.

Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty agents, owners and staff collectively participate in the fund.

"By working together, we create a culture of giving that extends well beyond these generous grants to local nonprofit organizations," said Mark Andersen, executive director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, "Together, we are seeing the power of philanthropy and encouraging our community give back."

There are two granting cycles with the SSIR Community Fund, one in the spring and one in the fall. For the fall 2017 grant period, Smith said SSIR received 24 grant applications.

"We are so proud to be able to give back to our community in this way," Smith said. "Honestly, we were a bit surprised by the number of applications that we received for funding for this first grant cycle. It is clear that there is a tremendous need for funding for educational, human services, environmental and arts programs in Steamboat and Routt County, and we are proud to be contributing."

Local nonprofits interested in applying for a grant can find information and an application for the SSIR Community Fund at steamboatsir.com/eng/ssircommunityfund.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

Steamboat base area condo project re-enters city planning process with new design

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A base-area condominium project that would overlook Ski Time Square is back in the city planning process with its third design iteration in less than two years.

The Crawford at Burgess Creek, a five-unit development across the street from the Storm Watch condos, has been redesigned with some taller buildings and three-car garages.

The latest proposal includes the taller five-story buildings in the center of the development.

"The property is severely challenged based on steep topography and lack of legal access to Ski Time Square Drive,” said Tom Jarmon, of Eric Smith Associates architecture and planning. "The applicant has creatively maximized reasonable density through creative site design that introduced community benefits including a public pedestrian route that will someday connect from Burgess Creek Road to the base area."

Jarmon also noted the design will allow for better turning movements for residents leaving the nearby Storm Watch development.

The Crawford development has been somewhat controversial since it entered city planning in the conceptual phase back in July 2016.

Council's endorsement of the first iteration of the project, which included 14 units and 45,000 square feet of residential space, came despite concerns from neighbors about the building's height and its potential to cast a shadow on a narrow road and create more ice.

Neighbors were also concerned about the lack of retail and commercial spaces in a development so close to Ski Time Square.

A majority of the council did not feel these concerns merited not approving the project.

City officials noted that though the condo project could be denser and include commercial spaces, its topography up several stories from other shopping in the base area below doesn't make it an ideal spot for it.

Then the plan was scaled down in the winter of 2017 to five units.

City planners are currently reviewing the final design for the project.

No public hearing date has been set yet.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

The Jenkins Home: Merging the past with the present

The main house and garage with caretaker’s quarters surround a central garden, adding to the compounds airy feel. Photos by David Patterson.

Some Steamboat's most prominent past residents — including town founder James Crawford, F.M. Light and Charlotte Perry, co-director of Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp — are likely sleeping well knowing their former home is in good hands.

One step through the antique oak and frosted glass gate doors leading to the courtyard of the Jenkins home at 701 Princeton Ave. and you feel like you've stepped into a new world.

The natural enclave — whose previous owners make up a big part of Steamboat's history — is a haven, in the middle of downtown no less, of restored historic structures surrounded by playful gardens, intimate patios and views of Soda Creek in the foreground and Mt. Werner beyond.

To the left: a restored garage, with reclaimed timbers and posts harboring a caretaker's unit and guestroom overlooking a horse meadow. To the right: a restored cabin, now another rustic guest room. In front, bookending a garden that would make Gatsby proud: the restored main house, a blend of rustic-meets new with wrap-around deck and tented outdoor bar.

When Gerber Berend Design Build was tasked to renovated the property for Carolyn and Rick Jenkins, who purchased it from Jane and Kevin Bennett, they had a lot to work with — including the expertise of Carolyn, a home renovator from Houston. The south-facing property overlooks a majestic meadow surrounded by Soda Creek, and they inherited iconic antiques that came with the house.

"I loved everything about it," says Carolyn. "Most of what they left was really fun stuff, from chests and distressed doors to an antique map bureau and bureau from Bogg's Hardware."

While the Bennetts had already added functionality and flavor to the home, including cottage-like, white wood siding inside, missing were main living spaces and a master suite in line with the scale of the property.

A re-purposed casement window breaks up a hand-hewn log slab wall leading downstairs.

"From the onset, we had a very clear collaborative vision with our clients for the addition of these critical spaces," says Gerber Berend principal Jeff Gerber. "Respecting the property's historic nature and existing structure, we wanted to keep the old and flow it into the new. And the addition blends in with the fabric of the entry courtyard."

Adds Carolyn: "They allowed me to work closely with them on every detail. We wanted to keep the charm and whimsicalness of what was here — we didn't want it to look like a new house on the mountain."

In all, they added a 1,298-square-foot lower level to the home, with office and master bedroom/bath; and another 1,000 square feet to the main floor, bringing the home to its current total of 4,458 square feet. Add 1,821 square feet of uncovered patio and 580 of covered, and the result is spacious-yet-cozy, old-yet-new.

Using reclaimed materials throughout, from timbers and timber skins to floors, barnwood siding and more, the blend is elegant and seamless, giving it a contemporary feel with crisp lines.

On the outside, subtly carved log and traditional shed and gable details augment chinked log and sage-stained clapboard siding. On the deck overlooking Soda Creek, rusted steel siding blends with reclaimed log walls, while massive sliding glass doors pull the outside in.

The theme is carried inside as well, from white, wood-planked entry walls expanding the cottage feel to iron pulleys in the laundry room, railroad spike coat hangers, metal railings, and aspen tree paintings commissioned by local artist Lance Whitner. All this complements reclaimed barnwood and timbers, hand-hewn log slabs, and such touches as a casement window re-purposed in the wall leading downstairs.

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In the log-walled living room, two black steel beams straddle a hand-blown glass and steel chandelier over the dining room table, marrying contemporary with quaint. The kitchen carries custom-detailed steel kitchen shelving and range hood, antique painted cabinets and reclaimed rafter beams/ceiling boards. Downstairs, the interplay of rustic and regal continues with finely crafted warm wood and subtle steel details. Interior designer Kim Romick of Into the West helped match it all with furnishings and rugs.

In all, it's a home the owners and builders are rightly proud of — a project keeping Steamboat's unique heritage alive while embracing the future, all in the heart of downtown. "It was great to work with such passionate clients to bring this historic cabin forward into the present on a very unique property in Old Town," says Gerber.

 

Real estate transactions for November 9 to 16, 2017

2250 Apres Ski Way

Seller: Fanini Holdings

Buyer: Rena Claire Merchant

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $2,180,997

Property description: 2,552-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath  One Steamboat Place 413. Sold for $2.7M in 2009

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40255 RCR 36

Seller: EAT-1607 LLC

Buyer: hangtime LLC

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $850,000

Property description: 533-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath log cabin home  with enclosed porch on 5-acre parcel in lower Strawberry Park.

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38730 Main St., Milner

Seller: Milner Partnership LLC

Buyer: Richard M.  and Michele R. Adams

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $325,484

Property description:  Milner Partnership lot 2. No details on file

1625 Shadow Run Frontage

Seller: Marie and Steven Devine Trust

Buyer: Daniel and Elaine Kunec

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $150,000

Property description: 673-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Shadow Run condo 207. Sold for $274,000 in 2008

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136 Missouri

Seller: Richard Griffin and Dana Stopher

Buyer: Scott Yeates and Lauren McNitt

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $745,000

Property description: 1,470-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath home with one-car garage on .15-acre Crawford Add lot 25-26

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West Routt

Seller: DJF Trust

Buyer: Flag Bar Livestock LLC

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $290,000

Property description: Property in West Routt

1660 Ranch Road

Seller: Ranch Road Colorado LLC

Buyer: Jason Robinson and Derreck Menefee

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $439,500

Property description: 1,576, three-bedroom, three-bath Ranch at Steamboat condo 106. Sold for $310,000 in 2014

44855 Diamondback Way

Seller: John M. Paulus

Buyer: American Estate & Trust LC/Holt IRA

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $317,000

Property description: 35 acres of grazing land Elk River Mtn. Ranch lot 19

26333 RCR 33A

Seller: D. Gale and Cynthia F. Rozell

Buyer: 350 Coleman LLC

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $1,450,000

Property description: 3,752-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with horse barn on 35 acres of dry farm land in Twenty-mile Rd. corridor. Sold for $650,000 in 2001.

2300 Mt. Werner Circle

Seller: BMG Corp.

Buyer: JJR Fund I LLC

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $67,000

Property description: Quartershare in Steamboat Grand

25675 RCR 33A

Seller: Andrew and Georgia Reust

Buyer: V. Gail Johnson Living Trust

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $1,500,000

Property description: 5,417-square-foot, five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home and large steel shed/barn on 39.9 acres. Sold for $1,137,500 in 2005.

700 Yampa St.

Seller: Howelsen Condos Inc.

Buyer: Mark Randon Walley Trust

Date: Nov. 13

Price: $845,000

Property description: 1,220-square-foot, one-bedroom, 1.5-bath Howelsen Place condo A401

380 Ore House Plaza

Seller: Charles and Constance Soderberg

Buyer: Robert and Sarah Janopoulo

Date: Nov. 14

Price: $319,000

Property description: Pines at Ore House Plaza condo 106

40510 North Star Place

Seller: Randy E. Bentz

Buyer: Travis M. Benzing

Date: Nov. 14

Price: $470,000

Property description:  1,690-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home with covered porch. Sold for $289,900 in 2002

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Mountain Vista Circle

Seller: Travis M. Benzing

Buyer: Tess McCarthy and Thomas Bogle

Date: Nov. 14

Price: $459,000

Property description: Mountain Vista Townhomes 8.

10-mile radius of Steamboat

Seller: Sarah S. Sammons

Buyer: Scott Brodt and Linda Leady

Date: Nov. 15

Price: $280,000

Property description: 2 acres of grazing land with both metal and wood granaries

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3170 Columbine Dr.

Seller: NCM Holdings

Buyer: Saylre Sawle

Date: Nov. 15

Price: $200,000

Property description: 880-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath Subalpine condo 17

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2235 Storm Meadows Dr.

Seller: Mem and Tammy Tierce

Buyer: James Montalbano

Date: Nov. 15

Price: $516,500

Property description:  1,354-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Storm Meadows 300-400 condo T-51

Routt County Road 52

Seller: Gary Ertl

Buyer: Gregory and Christine Pohlman

Date: Nov. 15

Price: $39,000

Property description: Hayden Airport Garages C-68

10315 RCR 6, Toponas

Seller: Otto Gumprecht Trust

Buyer: Melvin Schmucker and Marty Raber

Date: Nov. 15

Price: $187,000

Property description: 1,356-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home circa 1932, with ag buildings.

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2300 RCR 16

Seller: Carter Dorrell and Jamieson St. John

Buyer: Fredrick and Deborah Hess

Date: Nov. 16

Price: $140,000

Property description: Three-bedroom, two-bath Wagon Wheel condo 5.

345 Steamboat Blvd.

Seller: Mark and Suzanne Lord

Buyer: Lisa Wormer Trust

Date: Nov. 16

Price: $995,000

Property description:  lot 5 Mountain View Estates. Sold for $662,000 in 2005.

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25 Cypress Ct.

Seller: Daniel and Patricia Emert

Buyer: Aleksandar and Diana Dimitrova

Date: Nov. 16

Price: $209,750

Property description: Cypress 25 Whistler Village. Last sold for $155,000 in 2014.

2300 Mt. Werner Road

Seller: Susan Allen

Buyer: Susan Nichols

Date: Nov. 16

Price: $68,000

Property description: Quartershare in Steamboat Grand

550 Steamboat Boulevard

Seller: John and Christy Alderman

Buyer: GP 550 Steamboat Blvd.

Date: Nov. 16

Price: $200,000

Property description: .46-acre un-built lot 6 Mountain View Estates f3

Total sales: $13,243,231

Timeshare sales

Seller: Wyndham Vacation Resorts

Buyer: Larry and Violet Cathey

Date: Nov. 14

Price: $55,000

Property description: timeshare intervals

 

Total: $13,243, 231

Tiny house projects proposed in Hayden, Oak Creek

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Big changes may be coming to the tiny house movement in Routt County.

Two Steamboat Springs men, Darrin Fryer and Ryan Cox, principals in a company called SmartPads, described their tentative plans Tuesday night to develop a 10-unit tiny home neighborhood in the Town of Hayden.

Fryer said the site is a parcel of land to the south of the existing Redstone Apartments on Hayden's east side. They plan to have the project underway by late spring, but Cox, who will take primary responsibility for home sales, said they hope to bring a model home to Hayden on a flatbed truck sooner than that.

"These (pre-fabricated) homes would cost around $70,000 to $75,000 (not including an estimated $50,000 for the lot, foundation and utilities)," Cox said.

The two men, who are also real estate brokers at Sotheby's Steamboat International Realty, spoke before an audience of more than 70 people who squeezed into the community room at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for a "Talking Green" event hosted by the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

At the same meeting, Chief Building Official Todd Carr confirmed the Routt County Regional Building Department is prepared to begin evaluating building permits and plans for tiny homes in January 2018. That's when a national tiny home initiative, known as "Appendix Q," will go into effect in every state in the country after approval by the International Code Council.

Appendix Q contains language that officially defines a tiny house and creates a construction code specific to the needs of tiny houses, according to tinyhousebuild.com.

Carr said that under Appendix Q, the definition of a tiny house is no bigger that 400 square feet, excluding loft space. The code contains precise measurements on the design of ladders leading to lofts and measurements between bathroom fixtures for example.

One of the most important sections of Appendix Q contains the detailed information on affixing the structure to its foundation and the installation of utilities, Carr added.

However, Oak Creek town manager Mary Alice Page-Allen said her community has already defined tiny homes as no bigger than 500 feet. And she added, that Oak Creek, too, is in discussions with a prospective developer of tiny homes.

One thing that's certain, Carr said, is that Appendix Q does not look favorably on tiny homes mounted on wheels. 

"If it's on wheels, it's a camper, " Carr said.

Cox said his company has been exploring its options with prefabricated home builders in Utah and Idaho, and he has been impressed with the quality of workmanship that can be achieved when small homes are built in an enclosed environment.

According to a schematic drawing provided by Fryer, the exterior measurements of each home will be 36 feet long by 11 feet, 8 inches wide.

The tiny homes SmartPads intends to build in Hayden will be paired in a duplex townhome arrangement, with a party wall between them.

"That lets us create parking adjacent to the home," he said.

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Executive Director Sarah Jones said  her organization has compared tiny homes to the closest housing project currently common in Northwest Colorado – mobile homes  – and concluded the former are far more sustainable. They require the use of fewer building materials, and are much more energy efficient, she said.

County Planning Director Chad Phillips reminded the gathering that the primary goal of the Routt County Master Plan is to "preserve  Routt County's rural Western character." And currently, new residential expansion is limited to designated growth areas outside the existing municipalities and pre-existing unincorporated areas like Milner.

Still, he said, his staff is enamored with the tiny house concept.

"We need the public to bring us proposals," Phillips said.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Steamboat sees 17 $1M homes sell in September

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The sale of 17 $1-million-plus homes in Steamboat Springs and Routt County in September has added oomph to the local real estate market as it takes aim at the $800 million annual sales mark.

Through the end of the third quarter, a total of 86 $1-million-plus homes have sold this year in Steamboat and rural Routt County combined, according to Land Title Guarantee Company. That compares to the 108 in that price range for all of 2016 and 92 in 2015.

Realtor Jon Wade of the Steamboat Group said a lack of supply, which is difficult to overcome due to the scarcity of building lots, is one of the obvious reasons why home prices here are rising to the $1-million mark.

"These things have been happening for a few years now, but it has hit a visible tipping point over $1 million now," Wade said. "One way I picture it is that these factors have lifted the center of our single-family home market in town close to $1 million — $1 to $1.2 million is the new $800,000 to $1 million," in the housing market.

But there's more to it than that, Wade said. The dynamic employment market on Colorado's Front Range is adding wealth to that tight housing market and reducing previous resistance to growing home prices in Steamboat.

"People I work with tell me Steamboat has become much more affordable relative to Denver and Boulder," Wade said. "In some cases, we are cheaper."

The most expensive home sold in Steamboat so far in 2017 was a new construction, 5,819-square-foot home built in a neighborhood off Fish Creek Falls Road at $3.425 million.

And although the pace of sales has steadied in the first two weeks of November, the sales of two more million-dollar homes closed Nov. 13, both rural properties in the Twentymile Road corridor west of Steamboat.

Lani Holmberg of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty sold her personal home on Routt County Road 33A earlier this year and sold a nearby neighbor's home this week for $1.45 million. The 3,752-square-foot, three-bedroom home on 35 acres qualifies as a horse property, and it's just 5 miles from the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs.

“It's living so close to town for having a horse property, and the neighbors are friendly," Holmberg said. "I see people I know walking their dogs. They're not luxury homes, but Tom Fox totally remodeled the home I just sold about 10 years ago. It's a beautiful home with high-end appliances, a beautiful master suite and views to the Sleeping Giant and the ski area."

Holmberg said 33A is a lightly traveled road in a friendly neighborhood. She said inventory is low and that's putting pressure on existing homes. Attorney Jane Martin, with Melnick Martin LLC, represented the buyers in the sale.

Bo and Sue Stempel, of Colorado Group Realty, were the listing agents for a second home on Routt County Road 33A that sold Nov. 13 for $1.5 million.

The 5,417-square-foot, five-bedroom home is flooded with sunlight, and large wrap-around decks are designed for outdoor living. The property includes a large steel shed/barn on its 40 acres. Sunny Brstina of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty represented the buyers.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Real estate transactions for Nov. 3 to 9, 2017

205 Oak Ridge Dr., Oak Creek

Seller : Gingerich Investments LLC

Buyer: D. Kirk and Martha Hamilton Trust

Date: Nov. 3

Price: $340,000

Property description: 2,976-square-foot apartment building on .2-acre  lot 10 Highland View add to Oak Creek. Last sold for $260,000 in 2006.

57995 Jupiter Place

Seller: Simon DeHerrera

Buyer: Mike S. and Judy Ward

Date: Nov. 3

Price: $455,000

Property description: 2,116-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with three-car garage on.93-acre lot 61 Steamboat Lakes

44485 RCR 129

Seller: Eric C. Rogers

Buyer: Michael Helmuth Trust

Date: Nov. 6

Price: $1,198,642

Property description: 2,740-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home on .72-acre lot  lot 1 Trozzo-Thomas Subdiv. Last sold for $685,000 in 2014.

1175 Bangtail Way

Seller: James R. and Deborah Beaty

Buyer: Jackson Wilford Crutsinger

Date: Nov. 6

Price: $352,000

Property description: 656-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Trailhead Lodge condo 2106.

2255 Storm Meadows Dr.

Seller: Marlene and Peter Humphrey Jr.

Buyer: Justin Henson

Date: Nov. 6

Price: $232,000

Property description: 590-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Storm Meadows 300-400 F-15

1920 Ski Time Square Dr.

Seller: Edwin and Calixto Cobas

Buyer: Kenneth Hollar

Date: Nov. 6

Price: $210,000

Property description: 824-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Ski Time Sq condo 110

2215 Storm Meadows Dr.

Seller: Leonard and Marti Kutnik Trust

Buyer: Charles W. Campbell

Date: Nov. 6

Price: $525,000

Property description: 1,789-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-bath Storm Meadows condo $525,000

1945 Cornice Road

Seller: David T. Rowlands Trust

Buyer: Scott Boulas and Cassandra Waltrip

Date: Nov. 6

Price: $250,000

Property description: Rockies Condo 210

406 Clover Cir.,  Hayden

Seller: Blue Rhino Investments

Buyer: Michael and Kelly Chesna

Date: Nov. 6

Price: $279,500

Property description: 1,578-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .17-acre lot 4, Golden Meadows. Sold for $242,000 in 2007.

45 Sixth St.

Seller: Alpenglow Condominiums

Buyer:  Jacob MacDonald

Date: Nov. 3

Price: $795,000

Property description: 1,853-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath Alpenglow Rowhouse Condo 3.

2345 Ski Trail Lane

Seller: Marc and Michelle Borrelli

Buyer: Eryn Bergin

Date: Nov. 6

Price: $465,000

Property description: 1,467-square-foot, three-bedroom two-bath Promontory at Steamboat condo B18. Last sold for $378,000 in 2015

North Routt

Seller: Richard Farms

Buyer: Keith and Janet Liefer

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $310,000

Property description: Rural property in North Routt

31135 Broken Talon Trail

Seller: Laura Sjoblom

Buyer: Allison Mauldin

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $335,000

Property description:  lot 51 Eagles Watch Subdiv. Also sold for $335,000 in 2005

805 Majestic Cir.

Seller: Ruth Duncan

Buyer: Mark E. and Serena Roberts

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $642,000

Property description: 2,028-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath lot 1 Majestic Valley Townhomes. Originally sold for $562,400 in 2007, then $375,000 in 2012.

1410 Athens Plaza

Seller: Russell and Magdalena Snyder

Buyer: Maria Damato

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $143,000

Property description: 565-square-foot, one-bedroom, on-bath Walton Village Alpha 11.

1875 Medicine Springs

Seller: HVS LLP

Buyer: Todd and Angela Morton

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $662,500

Property description: 1,771-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath Aspen Lodge at Trappeurs condo 4102 Aspen Lodge

North Routt

Seller: Richard Farms

Buyer: Keith and Janet Liefer

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $310,000

Property description: Rural property in North Routt

25065 Aspen Way

Seller: Michael T. Mary E. and Shaun M. Acton

Buyer: Tyson and Channing Herrra

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $400,000

Property description:  .79-acre lot 4 Hahns Peak Village

576 Steamboat Blvd

Seller: Bhavin and Awani Amin

Buyer: Mark and Kimberly Sue Folkstad

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $394,000

Property description: .54-acre Sanctuary lot 106. Sold for $475,000 in 2007

1890 Loggers Lane

Seller: Lyn and Robert Ryg

Buyer: Gerber Investments LLC

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $462,000

Property description: 1,766-square-foot commercial condo Elements Studios condo E. Sold for $309,000 in 2006.

1660 Copper Ridge

Seller: LMD Properties

Buyer: Robert and Lynn Ryg

Date: Nov. 8

Price: $490,000

Property description: lot 5 Copper Ridge Lofts

1175 Bangtail

Seller: Dalmazzo LLC

Buyer: John and Gail DeBoer

Date: Nov. 9

Price: $750,000

Property description: 1,468-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath Trailhead Lodge condo 4124. Last sold for $590,000 in 2012.

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Village Drive

Seller: Melanie Frye

Buyer: MTS Capital Partners

Date: Nov. 9

Price: $355,000

Property description: Lodge at Steamboat condo101

1559 Woodbridge Ct.

Seller: Jeremy and Jorma Nikander

Buyer: Michaelene Benton and Zachary Wilder

Date: Nov. 9

Price: $320,000

Property description: 1,316-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath Woodbridge Townhome 109. Sold for $214,500 in 2003.

2577 Riverside Dr.

Seller: Jeffery Nelson and Judy Elliott

Buyer: Aaron and Ellen True

Date: Nov. 9

Price: $542,000

Property description: 1,920-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .26-acre lot 11 Riverside.

1465 Pine Grove Road

Seller: Little Enterprises LLC, Ore House

Buyer: Storm Queen Investments LLC

Date: Nov. 9

Price: $2,400,000

Property description: 7,690-square-foot, special purpose commercial building with gambrel roof on 1-acre lot 1 Pine Grove Center.

The American Dream — Is it still alive in Steamboat Springs?

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The little bungalow with the traditional covered porch at 2869 Abbey Road on the far west side of Steamboat Springs is a rare bird in autumn 2017. Not because of its architectural heritage but because of its low asking price — just $438,900 for three bedrooms and two baths tucked into 1,462 square feet.

If it doesn't strike you that at just over $300 per square foot, the house is a bargain, it might be time to readjust your thinking. The home, built in 2003, doesn't have a foyer, but it has a spacious living room and master bedroom.

And the home at 2869 Abbey Road is one of a kind. It's the lowest-priced single-family home listed for sale within the limits of the city of Steamboat Springs. There isn't another  home for sale in the city right now on the Steamboat Springs Multiple Listing Service, priced under $500,000. There could, however  be a small handful still out there – a home on Apres Ski Way, that didn’t show up in a search of Realtor websites, sold Nov. 1 for $474,000.

It’s safe to say single-family homes priced below $500,000 in Steamboat are an endangered species.

Ulrich Salzgeber, CEO of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors, confirmed Oct. 30 that the home on a street named after a classic Beatles album represents the bottom of the single-family home market in Steamboat. But the housing market here is tougher than that — in the price point between $499,000 and $600,000, there are just seven more homes on the MLS in the $500,000 range.

And anyone thinking that middle-range townhomes will cover the move-up market might be surprised to learn that as of the last week in October, there was just one offering — three bedrooms, three baths and 2,200 square feet listed for sale in the $500,000 range.

Nick Metzler of Colorado Group Realty said only three of those seven are actually in the city limits; the other four are spread around the western suburbs of Heritage Park, Steamboat II and Silver Spur.

"Certainly, in the city limits, definitely, there's not much opportunity right now to purchase a (single-family) home," Metzler said.

Current trends beg the question: "Is 2017 the year that Steamboat tips toward down-valley growth for good?"

"It's just so tight," Realtor Doug Labor of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty said, "especially the single-family homes in the introductory market are very tight. There are 21 homes within Steamboat priced under a $1 million now."

Signs of increased interest in purchasing housing in the town of Hayden, a half-hour drive from Steamboat, are plain to see this fall.

Hayden Town Manager Mathew Mendisco said his community of 1,874 (in 2016) has issued 15 residential building permits in 2017. That's not a lot, but it's more than triple the four that were issued in 2016, one in 2015 and none in 2014.

With three new residential permit applications submitted as of Nov. 1, Mendisco is confident the total for 2017 will reach 20 permits.

"We've had calls about two more, and we're working with several developers right now,” Mendisco, said. "In the last month, we've had three preliminary application meetings, one commercial (project) and two residential – one single-family and one multi-family."

Vacation homes play a role in ski town markets

Adding to the tight single-family housing supply here is the large number of vacation homes in Steamboat.

The community Housing Steering Committee, which studied challenges in the market in 2016, reported that an estimated 50 percent of homeowners in Routt County are using their properties seasonally or occasionally (i.e., second homeowners). It wasn't a value judgment — just a market factor.

The result is there is less available inventory for a variety of housing including long-term rentals, entry-level and move-up.

Of the housing segments studied by the Housing Steering Committee‚ it may be the move-up segment that is most impacted by the scarcity of attainably priced single-family homes. These are households that are established in Steamboat and Routt County and seek to move from a small townhome or condo into a larger home. Others simply aspire to a bigger home.

The Housing Steering Committee concluded that the existing gap between demand and supply in the move-up market was 49 units. But the gap was expected to widen quickly, based upon population forecasts. Committee members quantified success in the move-up market as providing 250 new units by 2020, and a cumulative 750 new housing units in that market by 2030.

Realtor Angela Ashby of RE/MAX Steamboat Partners led the working group that reported to the steering committee about that segment of the market. She said this week the shortage of move-up  housing supply is having a direct impact on the local business climate.

"Employers can't find middle managers who will stay," here she said. "I hope we can make some changes. It's complex. People are not understanding how much construction costs are, and how much it costs to go through the permit process," to develop new housing.

Ashby acknowledged that the goal of creating 250 units in that segment by 2020 is unlikely to be met, particularly because of the drawn-out discussions between  the Steamboat Springs City Council and Brynn Grey Partners. The latter are the successful developers of affordable housing in nearby Summit County, and they are seeking an annexation agreement on property west of the Steamboat city limits in order to develop additional community housing.

Affordable Hayden attracting buyers

Hayden is 23 miles, or about 27 minutes, west of Steamboat with no mountain passes between the two communities. And Yampa Valley Regional Airport is actually inside the town limits. The big wheat field between U.S. Highway 40 and the airport terminal is also in the town limits and looks like it was made for a big box retailer.

A .24-acre building lot in the Lake Village subdivision, which has languished since the real estate recession of a decade ago, sold Oct. 24 for $37,500. And homes in the historic neighborhood of Hayden are turning over on a weekly basis.

An example of what $150,000 will buy in Hayden is the 1,168-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath home at 730 West Jefferson St. that recently sold.

And people are buying brand new homes in both Lake Village, in the vicinity of the Routt County Fairgrounds, and Dry Creek Village on the city's east side.

On Oct. 17, a new stick-built, 1,400-square-foot single-family home sold in Dry Creek for $264,936. Developer Falcon Logistics Corp. owns 34 building lots there and intends to deliver 10 new homes per year to the market.

In addition to the new homes in Dry Creek Village, there have been several home starts in Hayden’s Lake Village in 2017. Both subdivisons have paved streets, curbs and gutters and sidewalks as well as playgrounds. Both are on the south side of the Town of Hayden and enjoy wide-open views. (Photo: Tom Ross)

On Steamboat's west side, the developers of the Sunlight subdivision have seen brisk sales of lots in the first phase of their residential project since releasing them in mid-summer.

"We put 24 lots out there and 16 have closed or are under contract," Metzler, a member of the development team said.

One of the most recent sales was for a .172-acre lot on Sunlight Drive that sold for $185,000.

Metzler said that while it may not be easy in the current construction climate, he's confident some buyers in Sunlight will find a way to build a nice home on one of the lots with the entire package in the $500,000 range. However, buyers are discovering that construction costs have risen significantly in the last 10 years.

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"The (price quotes) some of our buyers are getting to build the homes are much higher than they expected," Metzler said.

He's coaching some of the Sunlight buyers to shop for building contractors with the awareness that a builder who is already busy for the spring of 2018 will be more expensive than one who is still trying to line up a project. And there is a younger generation of qualified building contractors who are hungry for work, Metzler said.

At the same time, Metzler said, his development team has become proactive and is in discussions with builders who would be willing to build multiple homes in Sunlight at a time, in order to achieve some economies of scale.

What about shadow inventory?

There is ample evidence at the Routt County Assessor's Office that there is a relative abundance of small single-family homes in the city limits that, based on their last sale price, could easily sell in the $400,000 range.

You can find them in River Place on the far south side, next to Steamboat Christian Center on Dougherty Road and Steamboat Point below Amethyst on Fish Creek Falls Road. There are homes in both neighborhoods where the last sale price on the single-family home homes was less than $250,000. There are also homes that recently sold in the $500,000 range.

"For owners of modest single-family homes here, the question may be something like, 'Sure, I can sell my home at a big profit, but once I sell, can I afford to move up? Or do I have to leave town?'” Labor said. "You have to wonder if people are staying put right now because it's a big jump for them to get something they'd ideally want.”

And suggesting that households in the move-up market simply give up on the dream of a single-family home and settle on a large townhome may not be viable either.

As of the third week in October, there was just one townhome listed for sale in Steamboat in the $500,000 range.

Yampa Valley Housing  Authority Board President Roger Ashton succinctly summed up what's at stake in the drive to create more family housing in Steamboat in comments to City Council, "What we know is that to meet the housing goals set by the (steering) committee, we need to adapt a new paradigm or lose our middle class in the Yampa Valley."

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Real Estate transactions for Oct. 27 to Nov. 2, 2017

127 Oak Ridge Cir., Oak Creek

Seller: Cool Mtn. Condo LLC

Buyer: Timothy A. and Charles R. Walker

Date: Oct. 27

Price: $175,000

Property description: 1,058-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Sierra View condo 104. Last sold for $110,000 in 2013

2090 Snow Bowl Plaza

Seller: Janway Inc., Snow Bowl

Buyer: Snow Bowl RE Partners LLC

Date: Oct. 27

Price: $852,000

Property description: 10,080square-foot, steel building built in 1977 on 1.25 acres in Steamboat Lincoln West neighborhood

U.S. 40 West

Seller: Judith  and Ralph Miner Jr.

Buyer: Kyle V. Puleo

Date: Oct. 27

Price: $142,000

Property description: Rural parcel  35.1 acres on Highway 40 corridor west of Steamboat.

2606 Copper Ridge

Seller: Michael and Peggy Van Vliet

Buyer: Derek Switzky

Date: Oct. 27

Price: $439,000

Property description:  1,047 commercial condo and 1,050 multi-use res space, Copper View 22 condoA4

Hayden

Seller: Todd and Tiffany Moore

Buyer: Richard Brice ad Bettina Nest

Date: Oct. 30

Price: $60,000

Property description: Hayden Airport Garages RV2

Seller: Eric and Katie Schiltz

Buyer: Richard P. and Lizbeth Morgan

Date: Oct. 30

Price: $269,000

Property description: 770-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Pines at  Ore House Bldg 6 202. Last sold for $190,000 in 2013

South Valley

Seller: Connie and Clayton Clementson

Buyer: Jennifer Grover and Bryant Jenkins

Date: Oct. 30

Price: $33,840

Property description: 44.78 acres of ag land within 10 miles of Steamboat City limits

169 N. Walton, Hayden

Seller: Milton and Marita Kitchens

Buyer: John and Carmen Keane

Date: Oct. 30

Price: $234,900

Property description: 1,513-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath home with enclosed porch on .32-acre  lots 4-6 Town of Hayden

1460 Morgan Ct.

Seller: Jeremy and Kenzie Gard

Buyer: James Boyle

Date: Oct. 30

Price: $393,500

Property description: 1,032-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo, Villas at Walton Creek. Last sold for $314,750 in 2015.

435 Willett Heights Ct.

Seller: Eric Marsh and Angel Palaniuk,

Buyer: Jeremy and Kenzie Gard

Date: Oct. 30

Price: $565,000

Property description: 1,957-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath Rocky Peak Village 11. Last sold for $495,000 in 2014.

59800 Mill Creek Road

Seller: Mark and Kristen Koelmel Trust

Buyer: RPMR Properties LLC

Date: Oct. 30

Price: $500,000

Property description: 38.32-acres ranch 8 Ranches at Steamboat. Whiting Subdivision. Last sold for $123,500 in 1995

35655 RCR 59

Seller: Michael E. Williams

Buyer: Brian T. and Judy C. Kelly

Date: Oct. 30

Price: $52,500

Property description: 35.06 acre rural property in West Routt

143 Lincoln St. Yampa

Seller: Thomas and Linda Peretic

Buyer: Keegan and Mary Baird

Date: Oct. 30

Price: $194,000

Property description: 1,289-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath on .11-acre lot 8-9 Norvell Add Yampa

1315 Hilltop Parkway

Seller: Rhonda Ann and Thomas Collins

Buyer: Daniel and Kirsten Lynn

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $214,700

Property description: 963-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath lot 3.3B Fox Creek Condos. Sold for $183,500 in 2006

40166 Lindsay Dr.

Seller: Kruse Builders LLC

Buyer: Eric Cellucci and Melisssa M. Dow

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $516,400

Property description: Heritage Park lot 54

29640 RCR 14A

Seller: Ronald and Judith Cummins

Buyer: Scott and Joy McIntosh

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $1,675,000

Property description: 5,836-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home with barn, hay shed, greenhouse and second kitchen, on 35.4 acres.

Seller: Robert and Gay Ann Thomas

Buyer: Jimmy Montgomery

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $110,000

Property description: One-seventh interest Christie Club

57660 Golden Tide Place

Seller: Scott Cook and Kristi Kleban Trust

Buyer: Gary Kennedy

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $49,500

Property description: 1.1-acre lot 44 Steamboat Lake Subdiv.

257 Blue Sage

Seller: Paul and Jennifer Schadegg

Buyer: Ivars A. Mikelsons

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $477,000

Property description: 1,46-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathValley View Townhomes lot B. Sold for $350,000 in 2013.

468 Seventh St.

Seller:  John H and Barbara E. Marshall

Buyer: Kenneth Reisman and Kirsten Race

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $757,302

Property description: 2,880-square-foot, five-bedroom, 3.5-bath on .14-acre lots 28-30 first add to Steamboat. Last sold for $135,000 in 1987.

38429 RCR 179

Seller: James E. Mitchem

Buyer: Jody Camilletti

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $207,500

Property description: 1,296-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home with stock shed Saddle Mtn. Ranchettes.

2375 Storm Meadows Dr.

Seller: Gary and Patsy Levang

Buyer: Jennifer Rubatt and Ian Connor

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $420,000

Property description: 781-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Storm Meadows Club condo 220

Seller: Trailhead Lodge Financing LLC

Buyer: Kenneth and Margaret Totz

Date: Oct. 31

Price: $665,000

Property description: 1,234-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Trailhead Lodge condo 5117. Sold for $1.22m in 2009.

2648 Copper Ridge Circle

Seller: Aspen Grove Plumbing & Heating

Buyer: Steamboat Curtain Factory LLC

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $295,000

Property description: 1,597-square-foot commercial condo Copper Ridge lot 10

2883 Burgess Creek Road

Seller: Robert J Fields

Buyer: Lea M. Croteau

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $181,000

Property description: 448-square-foot studio Scandinavian Lodge Chalet condo 202

Stagecoach

Seller: Scott and Krista Haenschen

Buyer: Robert and Tracy Irene Peterson

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $245,000

Property description:  1,704-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-bath Project I & II Townhomes

31500 Runaway

Seller: Scott and Diane Alder

Buyer: Barbara Franco and Scott Goodhart

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $195,000

Property description: 918-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Timbers condo 304

405 Ore House Plaza

Seller: Lucille Werlinich Pines Trust

Buyer: Marlene Lindquist

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $429,000

Property description: 1,231-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo 101 Pines at Ore House Plaza bldg.1

59280 Cripple Creek Ct.

Seller: Roxanne M. Lange

Buyer: Richard and Tera Herrro

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $575,000

Property description: 3,160-square-foot, four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on 5.78-acre lot 6 Elkhorn subdiv.

27205 RCR 17

Seller: Ricardo Rangel

Buyer: Jeffery Clyncke

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $290,000

Property description: Two, two-bedroom mobile homes on 50 acres in South Routt

1442 Flattop Circle

Seller: Stephan Baden and Pamela-Wolf Baden, Jon Peddie

Buyer: George Connors IV

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $1,095,000

Property description: 3,062-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath Eagleridge Townhomes Bldgs 2&3. Last sold for $1,018,500 in 2007.

31135 Broken Talon, Stagecoach

Seller: Laura Sjoblom

Buyer: Allison Mauldin

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $335,000

Property description: 3,150-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath home on .97-acre lot 51 Eagles Watch

3340 Apres Ski Way

Seller: Richard and Carol Stern LLC

Buyer: Jacob and Barbara M. Cohen

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $474,000

Property description: 1,416-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .14-acre lot 10 Mount Werner Meadows

360 Ore House Plaza

Seller: Laurel Linner

Buyer: David A. Knowles

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $260,000

Property description: 770-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Pines at Ore House 203.Last sold for $300,200 in 2007

10-mile radius outside city of Steamboat

Seller: Pahwintah Subdivision Inc.

Buyer: Martin Kloble and Gayle Swanson Trust

Date: Nov. 1

Price: $573,000

Property description: .4-acre building lot C Pahwintah Subdiv.

2650 Medicine Springs Dr.

Seller: Steven and Harvest Pon

Buyer: Waterford Townhome 10 Trust

Date: Nov. 2

Price: $610,000

Property description: 2,130-square-foot, three bedroom  Waterford Townhome lot 10. Sold for $290,000 in 2004.

582 Laurel St.

Seller: Laurel Street Holdings LLC

Buyer: 582 Laurel St. LLC

Date: Nov. 2

Price: $650,000

Property description: 3,881-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on a .24-acre  lot in Crawford Add. Laurel St. School. Sold for $750,000 in 2007

1825 Medicine Springs

Seller: Gregory and Melissa Neher

Buyer: Susan Cangiano

Date: Nov. 2

Price: $570,000

Property description: Champagne Lodge at Trappeurs Crossing 1,447-square-foot, three-bedroom, three—bath condo 3110. Sold for $685,000 in 2007.

3251 Aspen Wood Dr.

Seller: Michael L. and Amy Stern

Buyer: Rose Bowden and Walter Kordziel

Date: Nov. 2

Price: $410,000

Property description: .52-acre Sanctuary lot 71 f4

1469 Morgan

Seller: RJP LLC

Buyer: Braden and Mackenzie Jerde

Date: Nov. 2

Price: $379,000

Property description:  1,032-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Villas at Walton Creek 404, Sold for $283,000 in 2005.

1920 Ski Time Square Drive

Seller: Jennifer, Helene and Jacqueline Pond

Buyer: Howard Spencer

Date: Nov. 2

Price: $217,000

Property description: 824-square-foot, on-bedroom, one-bath Ski Time Square condo 112.

 

Total real estate sales: $16,786,142

City of Steamboat getting more serious about pursuing new city hall at newspaper building

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs City Manager Gary Suiter is optimistic the city’s elected officials will soon take another step toward finding a new home for city hall.

Suiter on Tuesday night will ask the City Council to spend between $5,000 to $6,500 for an appraisal of Steamboat Pilot & Today's current headquarters at Elk River Road and U.S. Highway 40.

"I think (the council) has expressed enough interest that it's likely to go forward," Suiter said of the appraisal funding request.

The city has also prepared a list of ways it could pay for the building should the council continue to express interest in the idea.

Suiter is recommending that before the city pull the trigger on any purchase of the newspaper building, it should first look at the cost of other options, including renovating the existing city hall on 10th Street.

Suiter has said the current city hall building, which was built in 1960, lacks space and is in need of renovations or replacement. So in recent months, the city has been eying the larger newspaper headquarters as a possible place to house new city offices.

In addition to 10,680 feet of office space and 12,542 square feet of warehouse space, the sale would include 1.5 acres of vacant land along the highway.

An offer has reportedly been made in recent weeks on the newspaper property from another potential buyer. But listing agent Cam Boyd said last week the building was not under contract, and negotiations were ongoing.

"I think what I understand is that the owners (of the newspaper building) are being patient and gauging our level of interest," Suiter said.

The building is owned by Worldwest LLC, which sold Steamboat Today to Swift Communications last year.

City finance director Kim Weber recently compiled a list of ways the city could pay for the purchase of the newspaper building, which is listed by the newspaper's former owners for $5.5 million.

Some options involve going to voters for a property tax increase, while others rely on the sale of the city's existing downtown properties or using a financing tool called certificates of participation.

After ordering an architectural assessment of the building, the city estimates it could be purchased and renovated into a new city hall at a cost of $6.5 to $7.5 million.

If the city doesn't proceed with the purchase for a new city hall, Suiter said Monday he didn’t currently have a feel for when the city would pursue another option.

"The positive is it's being talked about, and it’s on our capital projects list now," he said.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

Colorado Group Realty collects 500 coats for people in need

More than 500 coats were donated Oct. 14 for Colorado Group Realty's annual Coat Drive for LiftUp of Routt County.

"The community really stepped it up this year with high quality donations," Nancy Westphale, CGR Charitable Foundation Board member and Coat Drive organizer, said. "The annual Coat Drive is one of my favorite projects that Colorado Group Realty agents participate in each year."

Twenty volunteers from Colorado Group Realty, Marmot and LiftUp collected coats and other winter gear between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"I was happy to donate some of our outerwear in development for the Annual Coat Drive," Nelson Charmichael, owner of Nelson Colorado, said.

The coats will be handed out to those in need from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs. People seeking coats are asked to bring an ID and call 970-870-8804 for more information.

"It's our hope that everyone in Routt County can have a warm coat to get through our cold winters," CGR CEO, Steve Goldman said. "This year we had so much community support, it was our biggest coat drive in our 14 years organizing it. CGR is so proud that we can help those in need."

"LiftUp is so grateful to CGR for spearheading our 2017 Coat Drive," Sue Fegelein, executive director of LiftUp said. "Thanks to your efforts, we will be able to provide coats to hundreds of Routt County men, women and children this winter."

In addition to Marmot, Ski Town Cleaners, Freshies and Steamboat Coffee and Tea helped with the event.

Real estate transactions: October 13 to 19, 2017

446 Seventh St.

Seller: Arnold-Fallon Trust, Patricia Fallon

Buyer: Michael and Jennifer Patterson

Date: Oct. 13

Price: $900,000

Property description: 2,186-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath, home on .16-acre  lot 23-24 first add to Steamboat Springs. Originally built 1923.

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61545 Hill St.

Seller: Ted A. and June E. Clark

Buyer: Dylan E. and Carlie R. Pedrini

Date: Oct. 13

Price: $55,000

Property description: 1,380-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home on .29-acre lot 13-16 Town of Hahn's Peak Vill.

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601 Lincoln Ave.

Seller: Sundance North LLC

Buyer: Todd W. and Tiffany A. Moore

Date: Oct. 13

Price: $980,000

Property description: Alpenglow condo 3A with parking unit P-13. Last sold for $908,000 in 2008.

23015 Schussmark, Stagecoach

Seller: Laurie K. Keogh and John W. Di Nicholas

Buyer: Peterson and Allison Griebel

Date: Oct. 13

Price: $245,000

Property description: 1,416-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath Project I&II Townhomes 15

3370 Columbine

Seller: Bennett and Linda Burns Trust

Buyer: Christopher and Jennifer Ann Drohosky

Date: Oct. 13

Price: $407,500

Property description:  1,163, three-bedroom, two-bath Sunray Meadows V condo 106. Sold for 264,900 in 2006.

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1795 Medicine Springs

Seller: William and Karen Morrow

Buyer: Jeffrey Dean and Paula Anne Brown

Date: Oct. 13

Price: $740,000

Property description: Aspen Lodge at Trappeurs Crossing condo 4301

601 Sixth St.

Seller: Alpenglow Condominiums

Buyer: Sundance North LLC

Date: Oct. 16

Price: $52,500

Property description: Alpenglow Condo P-19 parking space

2940 Columbine Dr.

Seller: William David Cousins

Buyer: Jacob D. Lidvall

Date: Oct. 16

Price: $311,500

Property description: 806-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath Meadows Condo 202. Sold for $330,000 in 2007.

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465 Tamarack

Seller: Magdalena and Russell M. Snyder

Buyer: Clyde W. Sharp and Kelly M. Holowicki

Date: Oct. 16

Price: $170,000

Property description: 688-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Fish Creek Falls Condo B-118

63405 LOF Way

Seller: Terra Incognito LLC

Buyer: Mary and William MacGregor

Date: Oct. 17

Price: $417,500

Property description: 1,632-square-foot, one-bedroom, two-bath 15-acre lot 5 Columbine Estates

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2525 Cattle Kate Circle

Seller: David C. Lamb

Buyer: ACG Acqusitions #5 LLC

Date: Oct. 17

Price: $170,000

Property description: 436-square-foot studio 4104 First Tracks at Wildhorse

32975 Colt Trail, Stagecoach

Seller: Roger Halverson

Buyer: Margaret and Robert Hagenbuch Trust

Date: Oct. 17

Price: $439,000

Property description: 2,500-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3.5 bath home on   1.47-acre lot 37 Blackhorse II

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984 Dry Creek South Road, Hayden

Seller: Falcon Logistics Corp.

Buyer: Aaron Hornstein

Date: Oct. 17

Price: $264,936

Property description:  New construction  1,400-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .14-acre lot 32 Dry Creek Village

27625 Grouse Creek Park Rd.

Seller: Edward H. Warwick

Buyer: Rodney K. and Deborah S. Herring

Date: Oct. 17

Price: $900,000

Property description: 3,862-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with modern cabin on acres in Thorpe Mountain

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Seller: Steamboat Sunlight LLC

Buyer: Hygge LLC

Date: Oct. 17

Price: $450,000

Property description: lot 8,9 Sunlight Subdivision

61169 Cottonwood St., North Routt

Seller: Steve P. and Suzanne A. Pierce

Buyer: Tyler and Kimberly Troyer

Date: Oct. 17

Price: $179,000

Property description: 567-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home on .15 acres in Hahns Peak Village

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64305 LOF Way

Seller: Terra Incognito LLC

Buyer: Mary and William MacGregor

Date: Oct. 17

Price: $417,500

Property description: 1,632-square-foot, one-bedroom, two-bath home on 15-acre  lot 5 Columbine Estates

3175- Red Tail

Seller: William J. Hurd Family Trust

Buyer: Ronald N. and Donna E. Wentzel

Date: Oct. 18

Price: $1,065,000

Property description: 3,466-square-foot , three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home 35-acre lot 9 Steamboat Meadow

2910 Inverness Way

Seller: Ann Pickard and Daniel Smith Trusts

Buyer: Randy and Vickie Hiley

Date: Oct. 18

Price: $400,000

Property description: unbuilt .58-acre lot 52 Sanctuary Subdiv. Sold for $350,000 in 2010

2200 Apres Ski Way

Seller: Robert and Hollys Arneson

Buyer: Edward L. Castellano

Date: Oct. 18

Price: $400,000

Property description: 1,0070-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Snowflower condo 206.

1945 Cornice Road

Seller: David and Michelle Barnes

Buyer: Andrew Martin

Date: Oct. 19

Price: $299,000

Property description: 1,016-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Rockies condo 209

Sunlight Drive

Seller: Steamboat Sunlight

Buyer: Jake Kruse

Date: Oct. 19

Price: $225,000

Property description: Sunlight Subdiv. .232-acre lot 12. Last sold for $210,000 in 2005.

616 E. Washington, Hayden

Seller: William Weesner

Buyer: Deborah L. Smith

Date: Oct. 19

Price: $181,300

Property description:  lots 1-4 Adair add to Hayden with covered porch and 546-square foot shed. Last sold for $210,000 in 2005.

3011 Aspen Leaf Way

Seller: Mark and Michelle Chessler

Buyer: Michelle Chessler

Date: Oct. 19

Price: $490,000

Property description:  1,526-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath townhome in Aspens at Walton Creek.  Sold for $325,000 in 2012 and $475,000 in 2008.

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Total transactions: $3,477,800

Timeshare sales

Seller: Larry and Marie Vance

Buyer: Ramon Sanchez

Date: Oct. 18

Price: $3,000

Property description: Timeshare interest in North Star condo

New single-family homes 22 miles west of Steamboat signal evolving housing market

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Oct. 17 sale of a new single-family home on 984 Dry Creek South Road in the Dry Creek Village Subdivision on the east side of  Hayden for $264,936 could signal a shift in the evolution of the single-family housing market in the Yampa Valley.

The stick-built, 1,400-square-foot home offers three bedrooms and two baths and represents a product that isn't available close to that price point in Steamboat Springs. Dry Lake Village is 23 miles west of Steamboat Springs on U.S.  Highway 40.

Listing Broker Michael Buckley, of RE/MAX Partners in Steamboat Springs, said Oct. 19 the sale of the house is only a beginning.

"We'll have six homes under construction by the first of December, of which four are already under contract," Buckley said.

The current list price for the pending homes is $279,000.

The developer/seller is Falcon Logistics Corp. Steamboat Today reported in February that Falcon's Damon Hill and his business partners purchased 34 unsold lots in the subdivision for $610,000 from Glacier Bank. Falcon immediately sold five of the lots.

Buckley said the development team's intent is to deliver 10 homes per year to the market.

The buyers are trending toward young professionals.

One of the pending buyers "is a single male working at the (Hayden Station) power plant," Buckley said. "I sold the second unit to a couple — one works in Craig and the other works in Steamboat. The third, I think they're from Hayden. They're definitely in their 20s and have two kids. The fourth is a woman who works in Steamboat and has young kids."

A search of comparable homes in Hayden shows a 1,920-square-foot, two-story, four-bedroom, three-bath home under construction in nearby Lake Village (which also suffered a setback during the recession) listed at $329,500.

Buckley said his developers will continue to build one-story ranch homes in the near term, but intend to begin building two-story homes in another phase of construction.

Dry Lake Village, with completed infrastructure that includes a children's playground, was developed in the midst of the Routt County real estate boom that began in the middle of the last decade. But the possibility that 2,000 new building lots might be created immediately west of Steamboat Springs in the Steamboat 700 project put the brakes  on the trend toward people living in Hayden and commuting to work in Steamboat, and the subdivision didn't take off.

The owners of Dry Lake Village at the time attempted to sell lots at auction in autumn 2009, but there was little interest. Ironically, about a month after the auction, the Steamboat 700 project ran aground after voters in Steamboat Springs rejected an annexation agreement approved by city council. By then, the recession had taken hold, and the housing market slowed.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

Routt County takes another stab at status of nightly rentals outside city of Steamboat

Almost two years after the Routt County Planning Commission closed the door to legalizing the short-term rental of private homes in rural areas, county commissioners are planning to check-in with them on the status of vacation rentals during an Oct. 19 work session.

Planning Commission concluded in the autumn of 2015 that the county master plan does not allow short-term rentals of private homes.

County Commissioner Doug Monger said Aug. 16, that while private vacation rentals are not legal, he knows they are taking place, and he's concerned that the lack of regulation could put some winter visitors from milder climates in circumstances they didn't bargain for on the county's rural roads.

"My perspective is, I continue to struggle and worry about these people who are (unfamiliar) with the area," Monger said. Especially with winter snow removal (only) once a day. They're not living in an urban environment. That's always been one of my big fears."

The irony is that while vacation rentals are not permitted in Routt County, county officials do not have the resources to actively enforce that ban unless illegal vacation homes are brought to their attention by neighbors.

County Planning Director Chad Phillips estimated in the fall of 2015 that there were 45 to 60 vacation rental homes in the county, outside the city of Steamboat Springs.

Because the county's enforcement plan is complaint driven, officials will intercede only if the neighbors formally complain about a vacation home.

Steamboat Today reported in November 2015 that the planning commission agreed, based on the master plan's prohibition of commercial activities, that the current county master plan, dating to 2003, does not permit the nightly rental of private residences outside of a handful of designated commercial centers like unincorporated Milner and Clark.

County Commissioner Cari Hermacinski said in October 2015 that she believed the rental of private homes did not constitute a commercial activity.

“I think the master plan is outdated and prohibits many economic activities in the county … If the master plan is going to tie my hands for the next two or three years I’m going to sit here, then I’m all in favor of taking on (a master plan revision)," she said at the time.

However,  planning commission went a step further in November 2015 and said that they did not see a need to upgrade the master plan to update its stance on rentals.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Real estate transactions for Oct. 6 through 12, 2017

332 S. Pine, Hayden
Seller: Anna L. Harcourt
Buyer: Alicia and Jacob Doolin
Date: Oct. 6
Price: $303,000
Property description: 3,130-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on Hospital Hill in lot 13 Walker's 2nd add to Hayden.

2920 Village Dr.
Seller: Thomas Clark Hunt
Buyer: VRL LLC
Date: Oct. 6
Price: $300,000
Property description: condo 2209 Timberline at Trappeurs Crossing
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445 Dabney Lane
Seller: Donald A. and Jane R. Grogan Trust
Buyer: Lucas J. Carrier
Date: Oct. 6
Price: $800,000
Property description:2,808-square-foot, five-bedroom, two-bath .38-acre lot 16 Spruce Knoll
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Stagecoach
Seller: Harriet Aspegren
Buyer: Carolyn Christiano
Date: Oct. 6
Price: $175,000
Property description: 1,232, three-bedroom, two-bath Wagon Wheel condo 9.

 

Seller: George Ojdrovich
Buyer: Strawberry Woods Ranch LLC
Date: Oct. 6
Price: $190,000
Property description: 10-acre rural parcel in Spring Creek

3325 Columbine
Seller: Adam R. and Brittany Grimes
Buyer: Richard B. and Elizabeth Ludlow
Date: Oct. 9
Price: $370,000
Property description: 1,037-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Sunray Meadows Condo 1109. Last sold for $280,000 in 2013.
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1463 Flattop Circle
Seller: Nancy and Richard Davis Trust
Buyer: Anna L. Harcourt
Date: Oct. 9
Price: $411,250
Property description: 927-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Eagleridge Lodge unit 201.
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1855 Ski Time Square
Seller: Joan K. Collins Trust
Buyer: William and Mary Titler
Date: Oct. 9
Price: $550,000
Property description: 1,635-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath Torian Plum condo 308.
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316 E. Jefferson
Seller: Jeffrey Bray
Buyer: David Tyler Good
Date: Oct. 9
Price: $215,000
Property description: 1,895-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath home on .17-acre lot 3-6 Seller's add to Hayden

Stagecoach
Seller: Are King
Buyer: Scott King
Date: Oct. 9
Price: $234,000
Property description: Project I & II Townhomes

2415 Storm Meadows Dr.
Seller: SB 12 LLC
Buyer: RAMA Mtn. Investments LLC
Date: Oct. 9
Price: $800,000
Property description: 1,497-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath Storm Meadows Club condo 12
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Seller: 628 Lincoln Avenue LLC (Salt and Lime location)
Buyer: 628 Lincoln LLC
Date: Oct. 9
Price: $1,450,000
Property description: 5,234-square-foot commercial building with rooftop deck, lot 9 block 17 Town of Steamboat Springs. Sold for $1,100,000 in 2015.
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2355 Storm Meadows Dr.
Seller: Jamie and Lorena Contreras
Buyer: Michael and Carla Gocool
Date: Oct. 10
Price: $343,000
Property description: 781-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Storm Meadows Club condo 117.

2520 Flat Tops Ct
Seller: Flat Tops at Wildhorse Meadows LLC
Buyer: Kelly Keefer
Date: Oct. 10
Price: $205,000
Property description: lot 7 Flat Tops at Wildhorse Meadows f2

40340 Anchor Way
Seller: Robert Garber and Mary Helprin
Buyer: Nathan and Allison Hamburger
Date: Oct. 10
Price: $541,000
Property description: 1,536-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath home on.34-acre Lot 21 Steamboat II. Sold for $187,000 in 1997
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145 Oak Ridge Cir., Oak Creek
Seller: Sean Hightower
Buyer: Tara Cherie and Timothy Myers
Date: Oct. 10
Price: $282,000
Property description: 1,529-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on .18-acre lot 25 Sierra View
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765 McKinley St.
Seller: Clear View LTD
Buyer: Gavin and Cristen Malia
Date: Oct. 10
Price: $340,000
Property description: Special purpose building on .186-acre lot 1 Clearview subdivision.

27382 Brandon CIR.
Seller: Christian Heritage Foundation
Buyer: Middleton HP LLC
Date: Oct. 10
Price: $169,000
Property description: Unbuilt .29-acre Lot 9 Heritage Park Subdiv.
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26755 Willow Gulch Cir, North Routt
Seller: Joseph Spink Jephthah Trust
Buyer: Kevin Slinger
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $4,975
Property description: .51-acre lot 214 Steamboat Lake Subdiv. 2

3188 Ingles Lane
Seller: Indian Meadows E6 LLC
Buyer: Chad C. and Kelly D. Keith
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $287,000
Property description: Indian Meadows townhome E6. Sold for $232,000 in 2006
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1568 Mark Twain Ct
Seller: Liselotte Geoghegan Trust/Michael V Geoghegan
Buyer: Bryan and Kristie Churchley
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $775,000
Property description: 3,296-square-foot, four-bedroom, thee-bath home on .4-acre lot 63 Fairway Meadows. Built in 1987
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1463 Flattops Cir.
Seller: Mark and Marie Fisher
Buyer: K and K Properties LLC
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $415,000
Property description: Eagleridge Lodge #108

2300 Mt. Werner Circle
Seller: Michael D. and Mary M. Circle
Buyer: Susan and Edward Vogel
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $38,500
Property description: Quartershare at Steamboat Grand

1175 Bangtail
Seller: Simon Muir and Sarah Jane Knights
Buyer: Jill R. Goodman
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $350,000
Property description: 656 square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Trailhead Lodge condo 3106
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855 Angels View
Seller: Xenia LLC
Buyer: Cornelia and Franciscus Hijkoop
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $355,000
Property description: .196 lot 8 Barn Village

 

Seller: Jeffrey Dean and Paula Anne Brown
Buyer: Peter Adams and Jaime Davis Flaherty
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $415,000
Property description: Canyon Creek condo205.

 

Seller: Helen Bruellman
Buyer: Richard and Margaret Cascarino
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $715,000
Property description: Heritage Park lot 77.

 

Seller: Sarah and Chris Connelly Trust
Buyer: Ron and Maure Hammond
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $340,000
Property description: One-eighth interest in One Steamboat Place condo 515

Seller: JNK Colorado Springs LLC
Buyer: Jessica and Michael Hofschulte
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $580,000
Property description: Agricultural property at 25990 Routt County Road 43 in Cow Creek area.

Seller: 2101 Snow Bowl LLC
Buyer: Williams Family Partnership LLLP
Date: Oct. 12
Price: $300,960
Property description: Undivided 57 percent interest in A & F Subdivision lot 1. Commercial property in West Steamboat

 

Total sales: $12,254,685

86-unit housing development near Casey’s Pond doesn’t earn approval from Steamboat City Council

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A range of concerns prevented an 86-unit development proposal next to Casey’s Pond from getting the green light Tuesday night from the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Council members who voted to table the Urban Street at the Mountain project until Nov. 21 collectively had concerns about the phasing of the project, the project’s compliance with base area design standards and the lack of sidewalks in the proposed neighborhood.

"I think this project is not quite ready for approval," councilwoman Kathi Meyer said.

Meyer expressed the most concerns about the project.

She feared because all of the housing types in the neighborhood were going to use the same set of limited materials, it would look like "one big massive project."

Councilman Jason Lacy was the lone council member ready to approve the project.

The council voted 4-1 to table the proposal to give the developers more time to address the council’s concerns.

The tabling motion came after some neighbors of the project also expressed concerns, including the potential for light pollution.

Jeremy MacGray, the representative for the developers, appeared frustrated after the council withheld support for the project.

"Obviously, this is very upsetting for me," he said.

MacGray said he didn't have clear direction from the council.

"I can't add anymore sidewalks to this project," he said in response to concerns from some council members that the proposal lacked sidewalks.

The agenda item concluded when councilwoman Heather Sloop tried to reassure the developer.

"I don't think anyone here is saying your project sucks, we're just saying we need more detail," she said.

Councilwoman Robin Crossan, who supported the tabling motion with council members Meyer, Scott Ford and Sloop, expressed a similar view earlier in the discussion.

She said she felt "very positive about this project,” but she just wanted more information before approving it.

Council members Lisel Petis and Walter Magill recused themselves from the vote because of conflicts of interest they had regarding the proposal.

The developers of Urban Street at the Mountain want to build 12 row houses, four duplexes, eight triplexes and two condominium buildings just off Walton Creek Road and across Owl Hoot Trail from Casey’s Pond on a six-acre site zoned for high density.

“The project goal for us is to create a dense, livable community to best use the site and zoning, ” MacGray of The Accelerant Group told Planning Commission last month. “We did not want to create a tall condo project that would be built in one mass and require a long absorption time and not meet a need in the community, which would (include) tourists and locals.”

Developers are asking the city for an extended 10-year vesting of the development permit to allow them to develop the smaller-scale buildings first and leave the condo buildings for a second phase. The tallest buildings in the project would be 8 feet lower than the 63-foot maximum in the zone district, according to city planners.

Dog park gets OK

The city of Steamboat Springs took one small step for dogkind on Tuesday night when it endorsed a concept for an improved off-leash dog play area at Rita Valentine Park.

The council's unanimous endorsement earned a strong round of applause from more than a dozen dog advocates who have spent months trying to make the city more canine friendly.

Now, Steamboat Digs Dogs plans to apply for grant funding and start drafting construction drawings for their dog park vision.

The first phase of their project includes enlarging the existing parking lot off of Anglers Drive and adding a water fountain, shade and benches to Rita Valentine Park.

The council's approval of the dog park concept did not include the fencing that was floated earlier this year.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

Real estate transactions: Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, 2017

 2355 Ski Time Square

Seller: Laurie Byron Scott

Buyer: Stephen and Susan Finden

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $110,000

Property description: One-seventh interest in Christie Club condo.

23520 Willow Island Trail

Seller: Jeffrey W. Young

Buyer: Gregory and Suzanne Holm

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $59,000

Property description: .48-acre lot 42 Meadowgreen

2300 Mount Werner Circle

Seller: Geoff and Ann Coon

Buyer: Peter S. Hunter

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $38,000

Property description: Quartershare in Steamboat Grand

1175 Bangtail Way

Seller: Trailhead Ever Glory LLC

Buyer: Craig A. and Jill A. Brundridge

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $420,000

Property description: condo 2109 Trailhead Lodge at Wildhorse Meadows

3295 Aprés Ski Way

Seller: Robert Nauman

Buyer: Mathew Gallagher and Zachary Sheldon

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $108,000

Property description: 295-square-foot, studio unit Mt. Werner Meadows condo A-11. Last sold for $36,000 in 2001.

23120 Sitzmark Trail

Seller: Derek Switzky

Buyer: Matt and Charise Kilby

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $213,000

Property description: three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,416-square-foot townhome built in 1074 at Stagecoach. Last sold for $90,200 in 2001.

23445 Willow Island Trail

Seller: Karen and Dominick Riggio

Buyer: Michael Piscotta and Margaret Gentles

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $547,720

Property description: 2,880-square-foot, five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home on .44-acre lot 33 Meadowgreen. Sold for $323,223 in March 2017 and for $695,000 in 2007.

3450 Hiawatha Court

Seller: Michael L. Williams

Buyer: Adam K. and Laura A.C. Maxwell

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $625,000

Property description: 2,009-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .15-acre lot 30 Settlers Crossing. Last sold for $425,000 in 2005

1516 Flattop Circle

Seller: CJ Holdings LLC

Buyer: Jeffrey and Marva Krafve

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $1,055,000

Property description: 3,062-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath Eagleridge Townhomes buildings 4, 11 and 12. Lot 22. Last sold for $749,900 in 2005.

2800 Village Drive

Seller: Trappeurs Lodge LLC

Buyer: Jack and Barb Fowler

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $700,000

Property description: 2,083-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath Trappeur's Crossing Condo 1111.

2597 Abbey Road

Seller: Kelly and Scott Stanford

Buyer: Robert F. Peterson and Sara Eck

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $505,000

Property description: 1,788-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with two fireplaces on .65-acre lot 2 West End Village. Last sold for $442,00 in 2006.

33632 Seneca Trail

Seller: Bart Kounovsky

Buyer: Jose Perez

Date: Sept. 29

Price: $310,000

Property description: 1,570-square-foot, two-bedroom, home on .55-acre lot 185 Horseback Subdiv.

260 Storm Peak Court

Seller: James A. and Kimberly A. Fulks

Buyer: Barry Harrow and Ann Flood Trust

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $1,241,500

Property description: lot 15 Storm Mountain Reserve f3

Sunlight Drive

Seller: Steamboat Sunlight LLC

Buyer: Richard S. and Mary B. Johnston

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $185,000

Property description: .172-acre unbuilt lot 16 Steamboat Sunlight

2542 Ski Trail Lane

Seller: Ronald J. Hammon Trust

Buyer: Brian Madden

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $2,655,000

Property description: lot A Ledges Subdiv. Last sold for $2.4 million in 2010

2015 Walton Creek Road

Seller: Judy Mahony

Buyer: James C. and Marjorie Sutherland

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $273,000

Property description: 938-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Timber Run condo 221

Seller: Alpenglow unit 3B LLC

Buyer: Maibach Investments LP

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $1,171,000

Property description: 1,697-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Alpenglow condo R-3B with 2 garage spaces. Residence sold for $949,000 in 2011.

1395 Sparta Plaza

Seller: Taylor Eidt

Buyer: Mindy L. Hickson

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $162,500

Property description: 565-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath condo 7 Omega. Sold for $126,000 in 2015.

360 Hilltop Parkway

Seller: Deanna and Eric W. Simonsen

Buyer: Victor A. Puleo

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $567,000

Property description: 2,484-square-foot, five-bedroom, three-bath home iwth 3 garage bays on .42-acre lot 5 Hillcrest addition. Last sold for $393,500 in 2012.

2645 Jacob Circle

Seller: TIC- The Industrial Company

Buyer: Jacob Circle Park LLC/Igort del Haya

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $1,750,000

Property description: 16,687-square-foot, specialpurpose building. on 4.48 acres in T.I.C. Training Center Subdivsion

831 Mill Run Court

Seller: Ryan and Kimberly Jo Radway

Buyer: Mark and Michelle Chessler

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $590,000

Property description: Mountain Dreams Townhome 5. Last sold for $375,000 in 2001.

2737 Ridge Road

Seller: Patrick G. and Julie M. Healy

Buyer: KBC & KEC Coakley Family LLC

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $537,500

Property description: undevelopd .59-acre lot 41 Rendezvous Trails.

2791 Bronc Buster Loop

Seller: GANSCO2 LLC

Buyer: DANKO Holdings LP

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $1,780,000

Property description: 4,056-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home with four fireplaces on .247-acre lot 1 f1 Wildhorse Meadows

2356 Abbey Court

Seller: Alice L. Freschi, Josyanne Marie Freschi

Buyer: Taylor Eidt and Lauren Williams

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $297,000

Property description: 1,172-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath West End Townhomes 5

567 Mountain Vista Circle

Seller: Victor Puleo

Buyer: Page Brookstein

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $450,000

Property description: 1,439-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath Mountain Vista Townhome 17

1375 Walton Creek Road

Seller: Christina D. Abney

Buyer: Robert and April Peesel

Date: Oct. 2

Price: $232,000

Property description: 1,020-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Walton Creek condo 4

3697 Airport Circle

Seller: Paul and Jennifer Robey trusts

Buyer: Laurel Linner

Date: Oct. 3

Price: $81,500

Property description: 595-square-foot Aviator Garages B-6

Hayden area

Seller: American Land Holdings, Colorado LLC

Buyer: Kendal and Jes Paul

Date: Oct. 3

Price: $59,600

Property description: Red Rock Gravel Pit

 40532 Steamboat Drive

Seller: Michael J. and Gina Toothaker

Buyer: Patrick Spengler

Date: Oct. 3

Price: $415,000

Property description: 1,314-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .25-acre lot 55 Steamboat II. Last sold for $224,000 in 2003.

NA

Seller: El Pomar Investment

Buyer: Lazy B Investment LLC

Date: Oct. 3

Price: $305,000

Property description: rural land $305,000

3303 Covey Circle

Seller: Anthony Sartoris

Buyer: Gary Pauley

Date: Oct. 3

Price: $440,000

Property description: 1,314-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Quail Run Condo 306 phase II

1945 Cornice Road

Seller: M&G Realty LLC

Buyer: Nathan and Sarah Crow Trust

Date: Oct. 3

Price: $284,000

Property description: Rockies Condo 309

3100 Chinook Lane

Seller: Donald Vaugh Trust/Cynthia Ann Pulis

Buyer: Jason and Breet Eavenson

Date: Oct. 3

Price: $316,000

Property description: Chinook Townhomes lot 12

1596 Moraine Circle

Seller: Richard and Susan Banks Trust

Buyer: Willson Family Realty Trust

Date: Oct. 3

Price: $825,000

Property description: 2,801-square-foot, five-bedroom, 4.5-bath lot 48 Moraine Townhomes. Sold for $872,000 in 2007

57915 Jupiter Place, N. Routt

Seller: Elke O. Bass

Buyer: Peter L. and Erin K. Walker

Date: Oct. 3

Price: $418,000

Property description: on 1.02-acre lot 65 Steamboat Lake

Seller: Richard Lautenslagr and Jane Pelly

Buyer: Shannon and Rebecca McGarr

Date: Oct. 4

Price: $669,500

Property description: Emerald Lodge at Trappeurs condo 5102

Seller: Golden Stream Investments

Buyer: Historical Society/Oak Creek, Phippsburg

Date: Oct. 4

Price: $21,000

Property description: lot 7/8 Phippsburg

Seller: Dylan C. Davidson

Buyer: Kim D. and Donna Marie Haugen

Date: Oct. 4

Price: $389,000

Property description: Canyon Creek Condo 102

NA

Seller: Valerie McLarrin Clark and Steven Clark Trust

Buyer: Daniel Riley and Andrew Edison

Date: Oct. 4

Price: $890,000

Property description: Clark Family Condos A,B

335 Columbine

Seller: Nicholas Aromando

Buyer: Carla Rae Castle

Date: Oct. 5

Price: $378,500

Property description: 1,060-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Sunray Meadows condo 907. Last sold for $240,000 in 2011.

59005 Button Willow Drive, North Routt

Seller: Simon and Ann Turner Trust

Buyer: Mona Louis and Charles Rhodus

Date: Oct. 5

Price: $725,000

Property description: 2,524-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath log home on 39.7-acre lot 4 Red Creek f2

2355 Storm Meadows Drive

Seller: Michael and Carla Gocool

Buyer: Robert S. and Jennifer J. Sprague

Date: Oct. 5

Price: $250,000

Property description: 558-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Storm Meadows Club Condo 316

58120 Jupiter Place

Seller: Brandon Scott and Rachelle Nicole Martin

Buyer: Nicole E. and Todd A. Stahly

Date: Oct. 5

Price: $470,000

Property description: 2,853-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with 2 fireplaces on .72-acre lot 2 Martin Steamboat Lake Subdiv.

23130 Schussmark Trail, Stagecoach

Seller: Jedediah Hindes

Buyer: Matthew and Elizabeth Dyer

Date: Oct. 5

Price: $232,000

Property description: 1,428-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-bath, Project I &II Townhomes

2655 Fish Creek Falls Road

Seller: Scott Slate Trust

Buyer: Charles Wayne and Carolyn Machale Reuben

Date: Oct. 5

Price: $805,000

Property description: 2-acre lot 3 Elkins Meadows at Little Fish Creek

2030 Walton Creek Road

Seller: SWED Property TMC LLC

Buyer: Aspen-based Haystack Peak LLC,

Date: Oct. 5

Price: $3,600,000

Property description: Units: 101-106, 201-205 and 301-305 Thunder Mountain Condominiums

2760 Burgess Creek Road

Seller: Kenneth L. and Stacy L. Fennell

Buyer: Richard D. and Cynthia L. Fennell

Date: Oct. 5

Price: $1,462,000

Property description: 4,121-square-foot, four-bedroom, 5.5-bath home with 2 fireplaces on lot 2 Bear Chalets at Burgess Creek

1720 Ranch Road

Seller: Richard and June Slavin

Buyer: RANCHENGEN2 LLC

Date: Oct. 5

Price: $300,000

Property description: 1,326-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Ranch at Steamboat condo

Total transactions: $30,560,320

Photos courtesy of Steamboat Springs multiple listing service, Routt County Assessor's Office and Steamboat Pilot & Today

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Business and real estate briefs: Steamboat Sotheby’s agents recognized by Board of Realtors

Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty agents were recently recognized by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors at the 2017-2018 Board Installation Ceremony.

Ray Wright was honored with the Board of Realtors Community Care Award.

"We are proud to recognize Ray with this award – he truly deserves it. In addition to his many other community involvements, for more than two decades Ray has given up his Christmas Day to spend it organizing and running the kitchen for the Community Christmas Dinner put on by the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors," Ulrich Salzgeber, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors said. "His dedication to volunteering and feeding up to 600 people every Christmas is a testament to how much he cares about our community and his desire to give back."

Penny Fletcher was recognized for her dedication and outstanding service of seven years on the Board of Realtors, including being Past Chairperson, and Meg Firestone was presented with a plaque of appreciation for her service as the MLS committee chairperson for 2016-17. For the upcoming 2017-18 year, Michelle Diehl continues to serve as a board member, and Cindy MacGray was inducted as the chair-elect.

"We truly appreciate these brokers who volunteer their time to serve on our Board and committees," Salzgeber added. "We couldn't do it without them."

Local team presents at Global Networking Event

Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty team members Ren Martyn and Traci Smith led an educational session for Farm and Ranch brokers during the 2017 Sotheby's International Realty Global Networking Event held in late September at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

They were among 10 of their firm’s team members who attended. Other attendees from Steamboat were Cam Boyd, Pam Vanatta, David Baldinger Jr., Cheryl Foote, Darlinda Baldinger, ChLoe Lawrence, Andrew Zopf and Ralph Walton.

The convention brought together approximately 2,400 members of the Sotheby's International Realty network, with more than 155 of the brand's companies represented from 34 countries and territories worldwide. Martyn and Smith were among 85 Sotheby's International Realty affiliate members volunteered to play an integral part in the sessions.

Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, was the headlining keynote speaker and addressed members of the Sotheby's International Realty network, discussing the journey of creating a global lifestyle brand, which includes a focus on authenticity, constant evolution, and a keen understanding of the consumer.

In addition to learning and networking opportunities, this year, the Sotheby's International Realty brand's charitable partner, New Story, attended the event and delivered a moving presentation about their mission to build communities of homes in impoverished towns throughout the world. New Story, which builds homes for those in need for $6,000 per home, challenged attendees to pledge 100 homes for a new community in Mexico.  At the end of the event, attendees surpassed the goal by pledging more than 150 New Story homes.

Developers plan 86 new residences on Steamboat’s lower Walton Creek Road

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A proposal for a new housing development, which could add 86 housing units close to the base of Steamboat Ski Area, won a preliminary nod of approval Sept. 28 from the city of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission. Members of the commission voted 5-2 in favor of the diverse mix of housing being proposed by a local development group

The developers of Urban Street at the Mountain plan to build 12 row houses, four duplexes, eight triplexes and two condominium buildings just off Walton Creek Road and across Owl Hoot Trail from Casey's Pond on a six-acre site zoned for high density.

The project goes next to City Council Oct. 10.

"The project goal for us is to create a dense, livable community to best use the site and zoning, " Jeremy MacGray of The Accelerant Group told Planning Commission. "We did not want to create a tall condo project that would be built in one mass and require a long absorption time and not meet a need in the community, which would (include) tourists and locals."

Developers are asking the city for an extended vesting of the development permit to allow them to develop the smaller-scale buildings first and leave the condo buildings for a second phase. The tallest buildings in the project would be 8 feet lower than the 63-foot maximum in the zone district, according to city planners.

MacGray told Planning Commission the gross building square footage in the project will be about 200,000 square feet at buildout, with about 132,000 of that livable space.

He described the three-story row houses as having decks atop their flat roofs, and he said the residences would be fronted by short sidewalks with a small fenced lawn big enough to keep a pet happy. The triplexes would be built along a looped interior road and include two-car garages with the main living area on the second level.

MacGray added that the individual buildings vary significantly with different roof forms in a modern look coupled with traditional western materials – natural wood and timbers, and even some reclaimed wood and concrete surfaces. He also said the development team is determined to keep the design/build team in the valley.

Stauffer told Planning Commission her office had received 16 public comments on the project – 12 positive and four objecting to the project.

The discussion of Urban Street at the Mountain during the planning commission hearing was not without its detractors – most of them residents or advocates for the single-family portion of the Wildhorse Meadows development further north on Owl Hoot Trail.

Frank Russo, who lives in Wildhorse, rejected the notion that most of the residents of Urban Street at the Mountain would exit the development in their vehicles onto Walton Creek Road. Instead, he predicted, traffic generated by 86 new household  would follow Owl Hoot north to Broomtail Way in his neighborhood because it's the straightest line to Mount Werner Road and either shopping at Central Park Plaza or the base of the ski area.

"Envison yourself a homeowner in this new community," Russo urged Planning Commission. "If you're going up to the mountain to enjoy the amenities, or go skiing, you're going to cut through Wildhorse."

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 22 to 28, 2017

40943 Purple Sage Court

Seller: Marci B. Mattox

Buyer: William and Robyn Jankoski

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $740,000

Property description: 2,327-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home with 3-car garage on .36-acre lot 32 Silverview Estates. Last sold for $416,500 in 2003.

 

21455 Second Ave., Milner

Seller: Wily and Maria Huere

Buyer: Jedediah and Stephanie Downey

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $315,000

Property description: 1,018-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath home on .190acre lot 1-2 Milner. Last sold for $145,000 in 2006.

 

40495 Steamboat Drive

Seller: Craig D. Dodson and Victoria A. Clark

Buyer: PPA Trademark LLC

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $405,000

Property description: 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .37A lot 1 Steamboat II. Last sold for $392,000 in 2009.

 

 31500 Runaway Place, Rabbit Ears

Seller: David and Darcy Filkoski

Buyer: Kelly and Michele Shelton

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $281,000

Property description: 1,021-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Timbers condo 401. Sold for $273,600 in 2016.

 

2545 Cattle Kate Circle

Seller: Steven Ketchbaw and Cary M. Frieden

Buyer: Christina Helm and Linss Martin

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $322,000

Property description: 1,022-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo 3304 in First Tracks at Wildhorse Meadows. photo

 

439 Willett Heights Court

Seller: Kleanthis and Aimee Dendrinos

Buyer: Simon W. and
Stephanie E. Jones

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $685,000

Property description: 2,435-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath lot 14 Rocky Peak Village. Last sold for $625,000 in 2014

 

Seller: Hagar Construction LLC

Buyer: Kimberly and Mark Lehman

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $279,000

Property description: lot 46 Lake Village Hayden

 

2300 Mount Werner Circle

Seller: Daniel and Carole Steier

Buyer: Abbas Ali Richard Behbehani

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $110,000

Property description: Quartershare at Steamboat Grand

 

777 Mountain Vista Circle

Seller: Michael and Danielle Nelson Trust

Buyer: Alexander Moon

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $450,000

Property description: 1,213-square-foot, three-bdroom, two-bath unit 37 Mountain Vista Townhomes. Last sold for $252,200 in 2004.

 

307 Primrose Lane

Seller: Ryan D. Fisher and Jenna M. Knowles

Buyer: Allison A. Kusy

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $600,000

Property description: 2,520-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath lot 3B Prairie Rose Townhome

 

2300 Mount Werner Circle

Seller: David and Megan Bratberg

Buyer: Casa Buena LLC

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $72,000

Property description: quartershare at Steamboat Grand

 

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Seller: Steamboat Sunlight LLC

Buyer: Sunlight Homes LLC

Date: Sept. 22

Price: $179,000

Property description: .124-acre unbuilt building lot 18

 

1200 Buckskin Court

Seller: John W. and Linda May Morrison

Buyer: David and Robyn Yowell

Date: Sept. 25

Price: $1,041,500

Property description: 3,282-square-foot, four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on .39-acre tract 17 Village Green Highlands add to Steamboat

 

360 Fourth St.

Seller: Todd W. and Tiffany A. Moore

Buyer: Mendonca Family Trust

Date: Sept. 25

Price: $1,250,000

Property description: 2,874-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath home on .24-acre lots 38-40 first add to Steamboat. Sold for $510,000 in 2005. Remodeled in 2007.

 

211 W. Main, Oak Creek

Seller: Richard Nye

Buyer: Kendrick Thomas McCauley

Date: Sept. 25

Price: $148,500

Property description: 792-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home on .1-acre lots 5-6 third add to Oak Creek

 

 58350 Red Creek Road, N. Routt

Seller: Susan Binford and Hope Slepak

Buyer: Jams and Lisa Rosintoski

Date: Sept. 25

Price: $255,000

Property description: 35 acres of ag land lot 8 Red Creek Subdiv

 

3 Jackpine Court

Seller: Allison Thurlby

Buyer: Andrew and Jenna-Lee Crockett

Date: Sept. 25

Price: $282,000

Property description: 994-square-foot, two-bedroom, 2.5-bath lot 3 Alpine Meadows Townhome

 

5900 Routt County Road 65

Seller: Kurt and Yvonne Frentress

Buyer: Highland Properties 3717 LLC

Date: Sept. 25

Price: $4,160,000

Property description: 830-acres of ag land south of the Yampa River west of Hayden

 

2410 Ski Trail Lane

Seller: Spiremont LLC

Buyer: JLW LP

Date: Sept. 25

Price: $1,584,000

Property description: 1,574-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath condo with two fireplaces 2502 Edgemont

 

943 Falling Water Lane

Seller: Gary A. and Donna S. Harrison

Buyer: Geoff and Ann Coon

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $732,000

Property description: 3,099-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath on .27-acre lot 3 Fox Hunt Subdivision.

 

31455 Routt County Road 35

Seller: Geoff and Ann Coon

Buyer: Slope View Ranch LLC

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $950,000

Property description: 3,117-square-foot, four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on 35 acres of medow hay land with horse barn. Steamboat Meadow lot 3.

 

Seller: Nicholas and Tracy Metzler

Buyer: 145 Deer Cover LLC

Date: Sept. 26

Price: 3,425,000

Property description: 5,637-square-foot, four-bedroom, 5.5-bath on .77-acre lot 5A Alpine Acres Subdiv., off Fish Creek Falls Road

 

 2350 Ski Trail Lane

Seller: Keith and Glory Kibbel

Buyer: AICH Holdings

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $189,500

Property description: 860-square-foot, two-bdroom, two-bath Ski-Inn condo 125

 

NA

Seller: Steamboat Sunlight LLC

Buyer: Marci Mattox

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $169,000

Property description: unbuilt .141-acre lot 21 Sunlight Subdivision

 

2711 Bronc Buster Loop

Seller: Ski Time Properties

Buyer: Lenard Mountain Property LLC

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $550,000

Property description: unbuilt .246-acre lot 11 Wildhorse Meadows. Last sold for $552,000 in 2006.

 

44450 Routt County Road 44

Seller: Ann and Charles Conroy

Buyer: Lonnie L. and Erika T. Clark

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $737,500

Property description: 2,400-square-foot, one-bedroom, on1.5-bath home on 5.8-acre lot 8 Deer Mountain Estates f3

 

1800 Medicine Springs Drive

Seller: James and Lynn Burke

Buyer: Joel M. and Mary B. Jeffrey

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $792,000

Property description: 1,791-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath Emerald Lodge at Trappeurs Crossing, unit 5207. Last sold for $799,000 in 2007.

 

3295 Aprés Ski Way

Seller: Susan Drivessen

Buyer: Anna Schrader

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $136,200

Property description: 295-square-foot Mount Werner Meadows studio condo A-12.

Seller: Williams Family Partnership

Buyer: Powersports Partners LLC

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $310,000

Property description: rural land

Seller: 721 Oak Street LLC, Land Title

Buyer: Cypress Street LLC

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $1,450,000

Property description: 4,092-square-foot, commercial building on .16-acre lot 3 Original Town of Steamboat

 

Stagecoach

Seller: Nathan B. and N Bruce Clark

Date: Sept. 26

Price: $9,900

Property description: lot 113 Sky Hitch IV at Stagecoach

 

1855 Ski Time Square

Seller: Stephen M. Dearholt Trust

Buyer: Jeanetta W. Schmidt Trust

Date: Sept. 27

Price: $535,000

Property description: 1,486-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath Torian Plum condo A-201

 

Stagecoach

Seller: Kelly E. and Melanie M. Stewart

Buyer: Stephn Scot Donaldson

Date: Sept. 27

Price: $12,000

Property description: lot 120 Overland Subdivision

 

21015 Palomino Way, Stagcoach

Seller: Casey and Jennifer Fargo

Buyer: Jason C. and Jenny B. Nettles

Date: Sept. 27

Price: $403,000

Property description: 2,570-square-foot, three-bdroom, three-bath log home on .49-acre lot 74 Black Horse I Subdiv.

 

1900 Bridge Lane

Seller: Guier Fence Co.

Buyer: Rod Coy Wells and Heather Lynne Bertini

Date: Sept. 27

Price: $579,000

Property description: 1454-square-foot, two-story commercial condo 4 Riverfront Park, with 1,098-square-foot residence. Last sold for $510,000 in 2010

 

2655 Copper Ridge

Seller: Infidium LLC

Buyer: 2655 Copper Ridge LLC

Date: Sept. 28

Price: $639,500

Property description: 1,421-squarefoot warehouse with residential apartment unit 4 SCD Warehouse condos. Last sold for $525,000 in 2007.

 

33033 Maricopa Trail, Stagecoach

Seller: Timothy Sunshine

Buyer: Stephanie Peterson

Date: Sept. 28

Price: $438,500

Property description: 2,656-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home lot 2 Horseback Subdiv. last sold for $398,000 in 2015.

 

Seller: Michael James and Linda Ann Moore

Buyer: Kristal G. Lacour

Date: Sept. 28

Price: $450,000

Property description: 2,069-square-foot, hree-bedroom, 2.5-bath condo 201 Sundance Creek West. Sold for $435,000 in 2007.

 

1602 Cornice

Seller: Craig and Jill Brundridge

Buyer: Andrew T. Jorgensen

Date: Sept. 28

Price: $1,540,000

Property description: 4,584-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath lot B Par 5 Townhomes

 

411 Terhune Ave., Yampa

Seller: Gerald L. and Renee Ullerick

Buyer: Nathan and Allyson Gray

Date: Sept. 28

Price: $268,000

Property description: 2,069-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on .22-acre lot 5 Snowden Subdiv.

 

59335 Cripple Creek Court

Seller: Brian T. and Judy C. Kelly

Buyer: Chandra M. Porter

Date: Sept. 28

Price: $555,000

Property description: 1,945-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath 5.05-acre lot 2 Cripple Creek Court

 

1175 Bangtail

Seller: 3104 LLC

Buyer: Donald E. and Janet McKay Godshaw

Date: Sept. 28

Price: $515,000

Property description: condo 3104 Trailhead Lodge. Sold for $970,000 in 2009.

 

Total sales: $28,537,700

 

Photos courtesy of Steamboat Springs multiple listing service, Routt County Assessor's Office and Steamboat Pilot & Today

 

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Villas at Walton Creek selling close to asking prices

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — One of the most in-demand, mature neighborhoods in the Steamboat Springs real estate market this summer and fall has been the modestly priced Villas at Walton Creek where the nine buyers since June 1 have virtually paid the asking price for the rare combination of a livable condominium with an attached garage.

"The sale-to-list price is extremely high on these sales at 98.4 percent, a few points higher than the overall market," Martin Dragnev of Colorado Group Realty said this week. "They're also selling quickly — from list date to contract signing the average is only 27 days on the market. That's extremely fast when you consider that includes the time needed for negotiations."

Steamboat Today reported in the first week in September that a 1,053-square-foot two-bedroom Villas home sold for $389,500. That compares to a sale price of $351,000 in 2006 for a three-bedroom condo in the same neighborhood.

That compares to a three-bedroom Villas at Walton Creek condo that sold for $220,000, when it was new, and a two-bedroom unit that sold for $177,000 in 2002.

Ryan Cox of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty said a Villas condo he had listed this summer sold to a longtime local couple who fit into a trend of retirement age people seeking to downsize in the Yampa Valley to spend part of the year elsewhere.

"And that's another component the Villas has," Cox said. "They allow nightly rentals," a capability that appeals to residents who tend to come and go from their Steamboat residence.

But it's the added comfort of not having to walk across a snowy parking lot to get from the front door of the home to the family car, that makes the Villas stand out in the condo market, Cox said.

Lani Holmberg, a member of The Prestige Team at Steamboat Sotheby's, said another appealing feature of the Villas is the well-kept lawns that wind throughout the neighborhood and include several hot tubs, and a barbecue area with picnic tables.

Holmberg also listed a Villas unit with a local couple that was retiring, and she and teammates Lori Thompson and Annamarie Shunny helped the sale along by ensuring it had new floor coverings and a fresh coat of paint.

Dragnev said he is working with the sellers of the only Villas home on the market this month, and it attracted two offers within the first two days on the market.

"The Villas appeal to a wide pool of buyers because they are suitable for both year-round residents as well as investors, he said.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 15 through 22

2410 Ski Trail Lane

Seller: McDowell Properties

Buyer: Kris Paolino and Rita Ann Saiz

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $1,150,000

Property description: 1,468-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath, with two fireplaces Edgemont condo 2506

28920 Timber Ridge Drive

Seller: Richard C. Stern

Buyer: Stephen and Amy Hebert

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $455,000

Property description: 35.01-acre lot 28 Big Valley Ranch. Last sold for $600,000 in 2006

N.A.

Seller: Tom and Sue Frostman Trust

Buyer: Frank J. Ball

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $147,000

Property description: rural land

22755 Snowbird Trail

Seller: Barbara Ann Williams Trust

Buyer: James and Tarashawn Kinser

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $640,000

Property description: 3,371-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath hom on .88-acre lot 81 Eagles Watch.Last sold for $635,800 in 2007.

426 Seventh St.

Seller: Regina and Scott Wither, Amy and Kyle Lawton

Buyer: Sue A. and Thomas L. Stubbs

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $487,000

Property description: 1,048-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home with detached garage and enclosed porch on .08-acre  lot 18 first add to Steamboat

20370 King Bolt Trail Stagecoach

Seller: Scott Donaldson

Buyer: Jennings and Stacey Catlett

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $6,000

Property description: .72-acre building lot 93 Overland Subdivision

360 Ore House PLaza

Seller: Dean E. Anderson

Buyer: Susan Rae Malloy

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $250,000

Property description: 770-square-foot, one-bedroom, on-bath condo 103, Bldg 7 Pines at Orehouse. Sold for $175,900 in 2005.

Ski Time Square

Seller: Danile J. and Judith L. Schuler

Buyer: Teamboat 9 LLC

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $188,500

Property description: One-seventh interest Christie Condominiums 311

1280 Clubhouse Drive

Seller: Thomas Dover

Buyer: EET LLC

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $175,000

Property description: .3-acre unbuilt lot 15 Graystone on the Green

1530 Kinnikinnick Lane

Seller: Rendezvous Lodge LLP

Buyer: Matthew and Tasha Given

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $1,800,000

Property description:  4,512-square-foot, six-bedroom, five-bath home with three fireplaces, on .53-acre lot V-7 Rendezvous Trails

Captain Jack West

Seller: JLL Investments

Buyer: Michael Kortas

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $133,000

Property description: Lot 3 Captain Jack West

Captain Jack West

Seller:  Michael Kortas

Buyer: JLL Investments

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $183,000

Property description: Lot 6 Captain Jack West

1767 River Queen Lane

Seller: Echo Arch LLC

Buyer: Fergus P. and Catherine E. Thomas

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $800,000

Property description: Lot A Incline Vista Townhomes

3355 Columbine Drive

Seller: Terry G. and Vicki Weber

Buyer: Mitch and Kristen Piekos

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $360,000

Property description: 973-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath  condo 607 Sunray Meadows

Shadow Run Condo

Seller: Kevin A. Farrell and Leslie C. Dietz

Buyer: William G. and Deborah Strong

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $190,000

Property description: 841-square-foot, two bedroom, two-bath Shadow Run condo 309 Bldg C

2300 Mount Werner Circle

Seller: Barbara and Roger Ross trusts

Buyer: William Latoza and Joanne Bauer

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $47,000

Property description: Quartershare in Steamboat Grand

2602 Longthong

Seller: John and Margaret Williams IRA's

Buyer: Sharon Walling Trust

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $300,000

Property description: 985-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo 105 Yampa View.

Stagecoach

Seller: 88 LLC

Buyer: CNS Holdings

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $52,000

Property description: lot 7 Meadowgreen.

2300 Mount Werner Circle

Seller: James and Marcia Ford

Buyer: Rabbit Ears Mountain Retreat LLC

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $95,000

Property description: Quartershare in Steamboat Grand.

Lode mining claim

Seller: Jones Family

Buyer: Andrew C. Puszman

Date: Sept. 18

Price: $130,000

Property description: Lode mining claim, News Castle and Minnie D.

31570 Aspen Ridge Road

Seller: Timothy D. and Janice Depuy

Buyer: Robert F. and Elizabteh A. McCullough

Date: Sept. 19

Price: $1,975,000

Property description: 5,967-square-foot, six-bedroom, five bath home with three fireplaces on 4.5-acre lot 30 Dakota Ridge

1457 Blue Sage Drive

Seller: Matthew and Malina Lieven

Buyer: Eric Anderson and Suzanne Boggs

Date: Sept. 19

Price: $655,000

Property description:  2,016-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath KLS Townhomes. Last sold for $460,000 in 2013

2015 Walton Creek Road

Seller: Robert Lane and Terrance Moore

Buyer: Kerry L. Morgan

Date: Sept. 19

Price: $346,000

Property description: 1,344-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath Timber Run condo 211

1175 Bangtail Way

Seller: Robert, Marion and Gary Porento

Buyer: Dave M. Holloman

Date: Sept. 19

Price: $520,000

Property description: 1,139-square-foot, two-bedroom, two bath condo  at Trailhead Lodge condo 210. Last sold for $960,000 in 2010.

31155 Broken Talon Trail

Seller: Donald and Jean Alperti

Buyer: Charles and Lori Beard

Date: Sept. 20

Price: $445,000

Property description: 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on lot 49 Eagles Watch at Stagecoach

635 Pamela Lane

Seller: Callie M. West

Buyer: Jeffrey Gerber, Trigg Gerber, Anna B. White and Marnie Smith

Date: Sept. 20

Price: $550,000

Property description: 1,558-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on .18-acre lot 20 Trafalger Estates. Last sold for $194,000 in 1997.

1700 Ranch Road

Seller: Ranch 217 LLC

Buyer: John and Diane McCammon

Date: Sept. 20

Price: $344,000

Property description: 1,326-square-foot, two-bedroom, 2.5-bath Ranch at Steamboat condo 217.

NA

Seller: Joan and George Garrity

Buyer: Hunter James Hayes

Date: Sept. 20

Price: $55,000

Property description: .18-acre building lots 6-10 Schempps Garden add to Oak Creek

1301 Turning Leaf Court

Seller: Medicine Springs LLC

Buyer: Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Trust

Date: Sept. 20

Price: $180,000

Property description: Partial interest in More's Corner townhome 28-A

27440 West Wind Place, N. Routt

Seller: David and Jennifer Mabry

Buyer: Kimberly and Daniel Kucher

Date: Sept. 20

Price: $46,000

Property description: 1.15-acre lot 60 Steamboat Lake Subdiv.

30310 Coyote Run Court, Stagecoach

Seller: Beverly and Kenneth Ehlen

Buyer: Jake and Matt Kruse

Date: Sept. 21

Price: $45,000

Property description: .54-acre lot 20 Coyote Run

2300 Mount Werner Circle

Seller: Kenneth and Terese Manley

Buyer: Dan and Maureen Riley

Date: Sept. 21

Price: $41,000

Property description: Quarter share in Steamboat Grand

Sunlight Subdivision

Seller: Steamboat Sunlight LLC

Buyer: Katherine Steinberg

Date: Sept. 21

Price: $240,000

Property description: undeveloped lot 11 Sunlight Subdivision.

Christie Condominiums

Seller: Daniel and Judith Schuler

Buyer: Teamboat9 LLC

Date: Sept. 21

Price: $188,500

Property description: Interst in unit 313 Christie Condominiums

Total sales: $13,219,000

Timeshshare vacation periods

Seller: Points of Colorado Inc

Buyer: Emiliano and Daniela Sanabria

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $99,900

Property description: Timeshare vacation periods

Timeshare vacation periods

Seller: Points of Colorado Inc.

Buyer: S&T Texas Properties

Date: Sept. 15

Price: $119,900

Property description: Timeshare vacation periods

Timeshare sales: $219,800

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RiverView stakeholders expect to start building public infrastructure in downtown Steamboat this spring

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — One of the largest potential mixed-use developments in downtown Steamboat Springs is a significant step closer to becoming a reality.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night endorsed the formation of a metro district that will oversee the funding and construction of public infrastructure improvements in the 4.7-acre RiverView development.

Those improvements include such things as a public riverside plaza at Fifth and Yampa streets, a riverside path, a loop road connecting Third and Fourth streets and new public river access.

What is a metro district and what impact will it have on city taxpayers?

City officials described the district as "a method of financing that allows new subdivisions the ability to finance infrastructure up front and pay for it through long-term assessments on the property owners."

It will have no direct fiscal impact to the city, although the city could take over the maintenance of some of the public infrastructure in the future.

Mark Scully, of Green Courte Partners, told the council Tuesday night the RiverView stakeholders expect to start construction on the public improvements in the spring and complete them next year.

The council has not approved any specific building plans for the development yet.

But the council has rezoned the 4.7 acres the development will encompass between Lincoln Avenue and the Yampa River from Third to Fifth streets.

The council's zoning approval will allow buildings to be taller and more dense in the RiverView development than the previous zoning allowed.

Owners of the parcel will also be able to pitch different sites within the boundaries for development.

Council will have to give one more nod to the financing mechanism for the public improvements before it becomes a reality.

A public hearing will precede that vote sometime next month.

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Million dollar home neighborhood in Steamboat bounces all the way back from recession

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The sale last month of the last of the original 62 residential building lots in Steamboat Barn Village for $243,995 epitomizes the recovery of the local real estate market from the depths of the Great Recession of the last decade.

When Bear Stearns went down and the effects of toxic lending set in, the impact wasn't immediately felt in Steamboat. But when the national housing bubble burst, it was only a matter of time until it caught up with a subdivision in Steamboat where a .2-acre lot was priced at more than $500,000.

Barn Village has matured into a very desirable Steamboat neighborhood of million dollar homes, somewhat secluded along Fish Creek, but within walking distance of shopping and dining.

One constant throughout the 13-year history of Barn Village has been listing real estate broker Chris Wittemyer of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, who represented the More family in the original sale and was asked to remain in that role post-recession under the new ownership.

"I always had faith in it and wanted to be part of it," Wittemyer said. "Although there were times when I thought I'd get 'moved on.'"

The original developers of Barn Village, just off Pine Grove Road behind the iconic More Barn, enjoyed a wildly successful roll-out over Labor Day weekend 2007 with two- and three-deep backup offers on lot reservations.

But that optimistic start crumbled when the process of obtaining the final plat and completing the development agreement stretched into 2008. In the interim, the national economy tanked and would-be buyers, many of them local building contractors, disappeared.

Just eight lots went through closing. And for years, the development, with its completed neighborhood clubhouse, went dormant.

All of that has changed since 2012, when Gibraltar Capital Management acquired the debt on Barn Village and foreclosed on the property. Gibraltar brought the property back to the market in 2013, adjusting lot prices downward by more than 60 percent to recover momentum and align them with the cost of building.

As sales steadily recovered, Gibraltar astutely increased lot prices with every two or three sales until the typical value of a completed home there is above $1 million

The Routt County Regional Building Department confirmed this week it had issued building permits for three new homes in Barn Village — one on Angels View Way and two more on Twilight Lane. Permit values, which are below retail for the homes and don't include the price of the lot, ranged from $678,000 to $750,000.

As of this fall, 36 homes and duplexes had been completed or are under construction in Barn Village with 34 of those properties breaking ground since 2013. More than two-thirds of the occupied properties are permanent residents including local teachers, realtors, doctors, lawyers and retirees, according to Wittemyer.

He credits original development team leader Bob Comes and project planners Peter Patten and Scott Woodford for creating a strong set of design guidelines for the subdivision, and the board of the homeowners association for ensuring the completed homes in the development are harmonious in style.

"The board over there has worked to be consistent and applied standards that have resulted in a good-looking product. There's a requirement for a certain percent of stone and natural woods," Wittemyer said. "But the thing I think has really made a difference on the small lots, is that, a number of homes have their garages on the alley. And on the duplexes, at least one of the garages is side loaded, so you have front porches," facing the streets.

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Real estate transactions: Sept. 8 to 14, 2017

Seller: Colorado Comfort Vacation Home LLC
Buyer: Jospeh and Lisa Palladino
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $353,000
Property description: 1,041-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo 203 Lodge at Steamboat.

2300 Mt. Werner Circle
Seller: Steven and Laura Fontana
Buyer: Joseph and Adrienne Dworak
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $41,500
Property description: Quartershare at Steamboat Grand.

2673 Leeward Lane
Seller: Andrew Fitch and Kristin McTigue
Buyer: Norman Trust
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $865,000
Property description: 2,374-square-foot, four-bedroom, five-bath home with five fireplaces on .12-acre lot 25 Landings at Steamboat. Last sold for $690,000 in 2014.

2400 Ski Trail Lane
Seller: Cathy L. Jones
Buyer: Christina and William Rye
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $475,000
Property description: unit 102 Norwegian Log condo

2200 Apres Ski Way
Seller: Martha Fosdick
Buyer: Elizabeth R. and Michael F. Barnes
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $207,500
Property description: Snowflower at Steamboat Gondola studio condo 101

3461 Spring Valley Dr.
Seller: Daniel and Catherine Pleitz/Larry and Lisa Jaynes
Buyer: Jeffrey and Jennifer Harper
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $635,000
Property description: 2,199-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath Enclave at Steamboat townhome 29. Last sold for $465,000 in 2013.

147 Spruce St.
Seller: Michael D. Herning
Buyer: Michelle Hana Linet
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $599,000
Property description: 1,600-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath single family home on .15-acre lot 4 Crawford add to Steamboat. Last sold for $350,000 in 2001

59355 Cripple Creek Ct.
Seller: Joseph A. and Joyce Clark
Buyer: Kellie and Peter Arpin
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $479,000
Property description: 1,664-square-foot, one-bedroom, two-bath home on 5.03-acre lot 3 Cripple Creek Court

2800 Eagleridge Dr.
Seller: William and Mary Titler
Buyer: Christopher Radke
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $437,000
Property description: Eagle Ridge Meadows condo C-3. Last sold for $277,000 in 2012.

1463 Flattop Circle
Seller: Frank and Grace Powers
Buyer: Frank Amato Family Trust
Date: Sept. 8
Price: $515,000
Property description: 1,083-square-foot,two-bedroom, two-bath condo 305 Eagleridge Lodge. Last sold for $440,000 in 2010.

Stagecoach
Seller: John and Amy Asta
Buyer: Chris and Maria Kaminski
Date: Sept. 11
Price: $38,900
Property description: South Station lots 170-178

40625 Anchor Way
Seller: Michael and Jessica Hofschulte
Buyer: William Dickhausen and Buffy Pryke
Date: Sept. 11
Price: $544,500
Property description: 2,308-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home lot 9 Steamboat II. Last sold for $375,000 in 2014.

2400 Ski Trail Lane
Seller: Richard W. and Gail E. Hunter
Buyer: Wesley T. Ball and Kyle W. Farrar
Date: Sept. 11
Price: $539,000
Property description: 1,660-square-foot, two-bedroom, 2.5-bath Norwegian Log Condo 204. Last sold for $410,000 in 2005.

2375 Storm Meadows Drive
Seller: Peter and Annamarie Shunny
Buyer: Dennis and Linda Folden Trust
Date: Sept. 11
Price: $407,000
Property description: 781-square-foot Storm Meadows Club condo 417. Last sold for $450,000 in 2007.

2300 Mt. Werner Circle
Seller: Nancy Griscom
Buyer: Christopher and Wendy Puckett
Date: Sept. 11
Price: $44,500
Property description: Quartershare at Steamboat Grand

2300 Mt. Werner Circle
Seller: Surin Techarukpong
Buyer: Brian Buchler and Julie Malingowski
Date: Sept. 11
Price: $65,000
Property description: Quartershare at Steamboat Grand

Steamboat Lake
Seller: Miriam Chloe Childers Trust
Buyer: Larry Childers
Date: Sept. 12
Price: $3,000
Property description: lot 164 Steamboat Lake

1945 Cornice Road
Seller: Ross C. Walker
Buyer: David and Michelle Barnes
Date: Sept. 12
Price: $272,000
Property description: 1,016-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Rockies Condo 209.

1393 Morgan Ct.
Seller: Sandra J. Schuck, Gary E. Schuck, Michael J. McAndrew
Buyer: David J. and Rebecca L. Turner
Date: Sept. 12
Price: $378,000
Property description: 781-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo 701 Villas at Walton Creek

1380 Blue Spruce /Ct.
Seller: Michael L. and Lynn M. Brown
Buyer: Michael R. Nelson and Danielle R. Nelson
Date: Sept. 12
Price: $707,500
Property description: lot 8, Willett Heights f3

317 Crabapple Ct.
Seller: Monte Joe and Meghan Lynn Lutterman
Buyer: Thomas H. McConnell
Date: Sept. 12
Price: $622,500
Property description: 1,782-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath lot 3 Victorian Village at Willett Ridge. Last sold for $460,000 in 2013.

42070 Routt County Road 129
Seller: RJB Consolidated Ltd., Slate Creek Ranch
Buyer: Busby Ranch of Colorado LLC
Date: Sept. 12
Price: $1,040,000
Property description: NA

2800 Eagleridge Dr.
Seller: Jess and Kelly Ketcham
Buyer: Colo. Comfort Vacation Home LLC
Date: Sept. 13
Price: $286,000
Property description: 1,454-square foot, two-bedroom two-bath condo A-5 Meadows at Eagleridge

2200 Village Inn Ct.
Seller: Curt Benefield Jr., NDIRA INC
Buyer: William and Mary Titler
Date: Sept. 13
Price: $321,700
Property description: 676-square-foot, one-bedroom, 1.5-bath Steamboat Village Inn condo 702.

581 Steamboat Blvd.
Seller: 1800 Medicine Springs Dr. LLC
Buyer: Stephen and Terri J. Stine
Date: Sept. 13
Price: $450,000
Property description: un-built .45-acre lot 102 Sanctuary f5

3200 Laurel Lane
Seller: Wayne Lemley
Buyer: Ryan D. Fisher
Date: Sept. 13
Price: $1,300,000
Property description: 3,934-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath home on 2.31-acre lot 17 Ski Ranches Subdiv. Last sold for $1.29M in 2003.

642 Mtn. Vista Circle
Seller: Nancy Lee
Buyer: Stephen and Whitney Fortna
Date: Sept. 13
Price: $450,500
Property description: 1,150-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath Mountain Vista Townhome 49. Sold for $331,000 in 2010

3270 Apres Ski Way
Seller: Charles and Donna Sher Family Trust
Buyer: Domingo and Margaret Moreira
Date: Sept. 13
Price: $1,295,000
Property description: 3,716-square-foot, five-bedroom, 4.5-bath home on .77-acre lot 2 Running Bear.

230 N. Poplar, Hayden
Seller: Hayden Rentals LLC
Buyer: Mary and Joseph Ghiglia, Timothy D. Hutchinson IRA
Date: Sept. 13
Price: $280,000
Property description: 1,470-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home and commercial buildings of 2,800 and 700 square feet /Pete's Hayden Mini Storage on .14-acre Ephus Donelson's 2nd add to Hayden lot 2.

23420 RCR 29
Seller: Kathryn E. Crawford
Buyer: Dwayne Osadchuk Trust
Date: Sept. 13
Price: $150,000
Property description: 48 acres of ag land on lot 9 Trout Creek Valley f3

1450 Fish Creek Falls Rd.
Seller: Herchel Portman
Buyer: Peter Paulin
Date: Sept. 14
Price: $1,250,000
Property description: 3,454-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath on .32-acre lot 12 Aspen View Estates. Last sold for $1.55 million in 2007.

2350 Ski Trail Lane
Seller: James M. and Patricia J. Gallaher
Buyer: Terence Darrell
Date: Sept. 14
Price: $228,000
Property description: 815-square-foot, two-bedroom, 1.5-bath, Ski-Inn condo 334

1945 Cornice Rd.
Seller: Jerry L. and Loretta J. Kuhlman
Buyer: Ingalls St. LLC
Date: Sept. 14
Price: $300,000
Property description: 1,070-square-foot, one-bedroom, two-bath Rockies condo 306. Last sold for $299,000 in 2008.

35475 Humble Road
Seller: Nancy and Bruce Jarchow
Buyer: Eric T. and Kathy H. Luke
Date: Sept. 14
Price: $590,000
Property description: 6.64-acre unbuilt lot 5 Agate Creek Preserve. Sold for 329 in 1999.

44200 Diamondback Way
Seller: William and Daline Siverling trusts
Buyer: Sharon B. Edwards
Date: Sept. 14
Price: $1,290,000
Property description: 3,767-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home on 35-acre lot 28 Elk River Mtn. Ranch.

43605 RCR 129
Seller: Richard J. and Jeann M. Rende
Buyer: Flying J Trust/Hal Jones
Date: Sept. 14
Price: $1,245,000
Property description: 2,933-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home with three-car garage and second kitchen on 11.2-acre parcel, remodeled in 2003. Last sold $830,0000 in 2015.

Total sales: $18,295,600

Timeshare sales

Seller: Charles and Vicki Polston
Buyer: Points of Colorado Inc.
Price: $9,450
Vacation period at Steamboat Villas

Cross Mountain Ranch southwest of Steamboat is $100 million dollars big

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Cross Mountain Ranch is so big,  the new owner could literally take years to get to know all of its aspen groves, meadows, streams and high desert chaparral well. The asking price is also big – $100 million big.

Cross Mountain Ranch, which contains significant stretches of the Yampa River and its tributary, the Williams Fork, comprises 56,050 deeded acres with another (estimated) 168,000 leased acres for grazing cattle and sheep. There are too many ponds, lakes and streams to list in a newspaper article.

A way to grasp the staggering size of Cross Mountain Ranch is to compare it to Ted Turner's legendary 113,613-acre Flying Diamond bison ranch in Montana's  "Big Sky Country."

One of the most significant attributes of Cross Mountain Ranch isn't on the ranch at all. The ranch is 20 minutes from the 10,000-foot runway at Routt County's Yampa Valley Regional Airport, with regularly scheduled commercial flights year around, and a full-service base for aircraft owners.

Cross Mountain could be looked at in two ways, the summer pastures of the upper ranch on the flanks of the Flattops and the winter grazing country of the lower ranch, where alfalfa hay thrives.

One-hundred million dollars is such a round number, it's realistic to ask listing broker Ken Mirr of the Mirr Ranch Group how he and his clients, the Boedekker family, arrived at the asking price.

"It's hard to find comparables," Mirr conceded.  "You're  looking at how many irrigated acres do you have? "Do you have big game hunting? (yes, in spades) and do you have a river fishery (the trout are biting in autumn). What's the value of the water rights?

"It's understanding what an animal unit (cow/calf pair) can bring (in the sale barn) and on what people are looking to spend for a cattle or sheep operation. Comps vary broadly across the western landscape. And it's harder to find these larger ranches. It comes down to the uniqueness of the availability of that property."

The sprawling Cross Mountain spread stretches from the western end of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area in Routt County to the arid pinon-juniper forests of Moffat County's canyon country. The ranch is right on the boundary of Dinosaur National Monument, where the Yampa disappears into the churning rapids Cross Mountain Canyon –  a good warmup for paddlers and rafters preparing for a (permit only) float down Yampa Canyon. And it shouldn't be overlooked that portions of the ranch are also in Rio Blanco and Garfield counties.

Mirr, a firm believer that suitable ranching practices can support the natural environment,  said it would be desirable for the new owner to be inclined to conservation ranching and taking care of the remarkable natural resources on Cross Mountain.

"It's ranching, it's recreation, conservation values, ecology — you're always looking for that next steward to step in," he said. "It is a responsibility, and we're finding more people looking to play a role in the history, culture and ecology of it. That's the goal when we talk to people."

On the other hand, it isn't necessary that the next owner of Cross Mountain Ranch be an active large-scale rancher. The current owners, he said run fewer sheep and cows than they once did, creating opportunities for  other ag operators to cut hay and run livestock  on the ranch. There are numerous opportunities across Northwest Colorado to find ag lessees.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.

Real estate transactions for Sept. 1 through 7, 2017

1423 Morgan Court

Seller: Timothy and Linda Calkins

Buyer: Hilmar and Patricia Froening

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $389,500

Property description: 1,053-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo 901 Villas at Walton Creek. Sold for $340,000 in 2006.

Mineral rights

Seller: Gerald L. Miller

Buyer: Bruce C. Logan Trust

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $527,000

Property description: mineral rights

1063 The Boulevard

Seller: Robert Charles Yennie

Buyer: Bevan Elise Mitchell

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $765,000

Property description: 2,090-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bath lot 7, North Highlands Add to Steamboat

415 Kelhi Court

Seller: Elizabeth L. Taylor

Buyer: Douglas and Lana Kingsbury Klingemann

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $889,000

Property description:  3,752-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bath home on .58-acre lot 9 Margarite Ridge Subd

573 E. Washington, Hayden

Seller: Hayden Joint Venture LLC

Buyer: Emily M. Waldron

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $190,000

Property description: 1,314-square-foot, four-bedroom, one-bath home with detached garage on .15-acre lot 11-12 Adair Add to Hayden. Sold for $170,000 in 2006.

566 Jay Court

Seller: Cottonwood Steamboat LLC

Buyer: JPMRRE LLC

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $875,000

Property description: 2,849-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3.5-bath home on .24-acre  lot 8 Emerald Knoll-Hanley

1508 Harwig Circle

Seller: Robert L. and Terisa F. Childers

Buyer: Stephen A. and Rebecca H. Drake

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $1,565,000

Property description: 4,113-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bath home on .33-acre lot 10 Aspen View Estates

Steamboat Lake

Seller: Imago Enterprises

Buyer: Koro Family Trust

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $800,000

Property description: 72.56 acres in Steamboat Lake area with Zirkel views.

23680 Red Hawk Circle

Seller: Kruse Builders LLC

Buyer: Christopher J. Moore

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $375,000

Property description: 1,580-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on .13-acre lot 19 Red Hawk Village

39905 Westridge Road

Seller: Kurt A. Garbin

Buyer: Lawrence McCoskery and Amy K. Coughlin

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $420,553

Property description:  1,120-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath home on  35.21-acre lot 5 Canyon Valley Ranch.

31120 Countryside Drive

Seller: Herbert S. and Laura L. Hall

Buyer: Jay and Cinthy Carson

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $2,300,000

Property description:  6,422-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home with three fireplaces and three-car-garage on 3-acre lot 9 Dakota Ridge. Sold for $2,310,000 in 2009.

2286 Apres Ski Way

Seller: Saddlebrook Holdings LLC

Buyer: Douglas Parham and Melllissa K. Downer

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $494,000

Property description:  1,290-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathDulany condo 103. Last sold for $399,000 in 2005

1680 Ranch Road

Seller: Richard Davies and Gayle Haller

Buyer: Kurt and Kathy Sommermeyer

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $323,500

Property description:   condo 203 Ranch at Steamboat.

51600 Routt County Road 56A

Seller: Donnetta Guthrie

Buyer: Keith E. and Collen R. Poole

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $1,505,000

Property description: 253 acres of ag land with 440-square-foot, one-bedroom, no bath home built in 1909. Sold for $55,000 in 1992.

21765 Fourth Ave., Phippsburg

Seller: David W. Schuberth and Marielle  Vaslin

Buyer: Peggy Lynn Weaver

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $192,000

Property description: 1,734-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on  .21-acre lots 8-10 Phippsburg. Last sold for $133,000 in 2016.

3295 Apres Ski Way

Seller: Yanire Izquierdo

Buyer: Ali E. Schrader

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $131,500

Property description: 295-square-foot condo B12 Mt. Werner Meadows

2659 Waterstone Lane

Seller: Donna and Laura Shindler

Buyer: Craig and Kristen Jackson-Naugle

Date: Sept. 1

Price: $885,000

Property description: 2,584-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath townhome  lot 1 Waterstone at Eagleridge. Last sold for $630,000 in 2003.

31565 Runaway Place

Seller: Rochelle L. Good Trust

Buyer: Brent and Elaine Stickrath

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $597,500

Property description: 1,928-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bath lot B Timbers Villas Townhomes on Rabbit Ears Pass.

1430 Steamboat Blvd.

Seller: Timothy S. and Ann A. Westby

Buyer:  Fred A. and Kathy A. Nau

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $523,000

Property description: 2,185-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath lot B Link Townhome. Last sold for $540,000 in 2015.

1144 Longview Circle

Seller: Carol P. and Jacque D. Harvey Trust

Buyer: Scott and Page Zahorik

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $278,000

Property description: .31-acre lot 8 Longview Highlands. Last sold for $190,000 in 2013.

1875 Medicine Springs Drive

Seller: Paul and Carol Ciolino

Buyer: Allen Family Trust

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $600,000

Property description: 1,538-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath condo 4203 Aspen Lodge at Trappeurs Crossing. Last sold for $700,000 in 2009.

2300 Mount Werner Circle

Seller: Harvey and Nancy Ahitow Trust

Buyer: Drasler Trust

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $75,500

Property description: Quartershare at Steaboat Grand.

2300 Mount Werner Circle

Seller: Elke O. Bass

Buyer: Robert and Brenda Vruggink

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $50,000

Property description: Quartershare at Steamboat Grand.

306 Harvest Drive, Hayden

Seller: Cross Mtn Partnership

Buyer: Megan and Jesse Zech

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $310,000

Property description: four-bedroom, three-bath home on .24-acre lots 1-2 Golden Meadows. Last sold in 2007 for $389,000.

Phippsburg

Seller: Dale and Barbara Bostock Trust

Buyer: Robert and Anita Hawkins

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $36,000

Property description: Un-developed .21-acre lots 32-34 Phippsburg

31225 Broken Talon Trail

Seller: Deana Von Almen

Buyer: Johana Hermanson

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $575,000

Property description: 4,488-square-foot, six-bedroom, four-bath home with two kitchens on 72-acre lot 42 Eagles Watch, sold for $675,000 in 2007 and $365,000 in 2015.

1476 Morgan Court

Seller: Kelli J. Root

Buyer: Karen and Robert Ammon

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $397,000

Property description: 1,087-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath cond 1806 Villas at Walton Creek

Elk River Valley

Seller: Chris and Gillian Paxson

Buyer: Melvin Binstock

Date: Sept. 5

Price: $156,000

Property description: 35.57 acres of grazing land in lower Elk River Valley

116 E. Virginia St., Oak Creek

Seller: Larry Bereznak

Buyer: Ciara Bartholomew

Date: Sept. 6

Price: $373,000

Property description: 2,112-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home on .32-acre lot 1 Bereznak subdiv.

645 Parkview Drive

Seller: William and Margot Paraskewich

Buyer: Halsted Vanderpol

Date: Sept. 6

Price: $521,000

Property description:  1,584-square-foot, three-bedroom, three bath, condo 50 Longview Park, sold for $378,200 in 2006.

51127 Smith Creek Park Road

Seller: Joan and Ernest Soper

Buyer: Kurt Garbin and Maddie McKinley

Date: Sept. 6

Price: $654,000

Property description: 3,416-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath home on lot 20 Smith Creek Park

Rural Routt County

Seller: Thomas and Nancy Clapsaddle

Buyer: Maria Jose and Lawrence W. Shipley

Date: Sept. 6

Price: $229,000

Property description: .97-acre lot 6 Elk Ridge Homesites

1798 Harmony Lane

Seller: Michelle Hana Linet

Buyer: Tenesha and Mark Fisher

Date: Sept. 6

Price: $870,000

Property description: 2,394-square-foot, three-bdroom, 2.5-bath home on .29-acre lot 2A Trouvaille Subdiv. f3

Rural Hayden

Seller: William and Jill Montieth Trust

Buyer: Larry and Elis Layne

Date: Sept. 6

Price: $1,225,000

Property description:  rural property near Hayden

38870 Main St., Milner

Seller: John Trovinger and Michael Bravdica

Buyer: Amy Flynn

Date: Sept. 6

Price: $329,000

Property description: 2,464-square-foot, four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home built in 2008 on .145-acre lots 5-6 Town of Milner

270 Hillside Drive

Seller: Emily Brust and Mark Schenk

Buyer: Kellen and Courtney McLoughlin

Date: Sept. 6

Price: $715,000

Property description: 2,410-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home on lot 12 Hillside Dr. Subdiv. Sold for $380,000 in 2014

Storm Meadows Drive

Seller: Wheels Automobiles Inc.

Buyer: James Ullom

Date: Sept. 7

Price: $340,000

Property description:  781-square-foot, two-bedroom, two bath condo 215 Storm Meadows Club.

Whistler Road

Seller: Robert W. Burden and Katherine Bauer

Buyer: Erik B. Petersen

Date: Sept. 7

Price: $165,000

Property description: 565-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath Omicron condo 12 Walton Village

2300 Mount Werner Circle

Seller: Harvery Plosker

Buyer: SVMHC LLC

Date: Sept. 7

Price: $495,000

Property description: Unit 615 Steamboat Grand

Stagecoach

Seller: Colorado Associates Inc.

Buyer: Artine and Sydney Yapoujian

Date: Sept. 7

Price: $10,000

Property description: lot 173 South Shore Subdiv.

371 Vista Verde Drive

Seller: Joseph and Cynthia Mosciaro

Buyer: Jennifer C R Holloway

Date: Sept. 7

Price: $29,500

Property description: .3-acre undeveloped lot 16 Vista Verde

440 Ore House Plaza

Seller: Booker Family Trust

Buyer: Carol D. Carlson

Date: Sept. 7

Price: $409,000

Property description: 1,234-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo 102 Pines at the Ore House Plaza.

700 Yampa St.

Seller: Howelsen Condominiums Inc.

Buyer: Galen Redinbo

Date: Sept. 7

Price: $555,275

Property description: 1,032-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath condo A306

32055 Mack Lane

Seller: George A. and Ruth R. Dietrich

Buyer: Marc and Regina Musyl

Date: Sept. 7

Price: $1,000,000

Property description: 3,309-square-foot, three-bedroom, 3.5-bath home with subdivision out buildings and common areas 10.1-acre lot 27 Creek Ranch

Total sales: $ 24,144,866

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Strawberry Park home tops Colorado Group’s show

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The 2017 Steamboat Springs Parade of Homes, presented by Colorado Group Realty, took place Aug. 12, providing an opportunity to visit six stunning properties located in five different Steamboat neighborhoods.

After the tour, parade-goers voted for their favorite home. The Strawberry Park home of Brad and Ronda Fox was voted the 2017 honor of Steamboat Springs Home of the Year.

"Brad and Ronda requested a design that allowed for easy living as a couple, with quiet, private quarters for their two grown children. They wanted a tasteful, comfortable home of a reasonable size that fit the site and their way of life," said Joe Robbins, architect with Joe Patrick Robbins & Associates. "I am proud that we were able to create an innovative house that relates so well to the sun, the views and the environment."

The Parade of Homes saw more than 500 parade-goers. Participants were able to experience a slice of mountain living not usually seen by the public, and the different residences represented a variety of styles exhibited in mountain homebuilding.

Those interested in showcasing a home on the 2018 Parade of Homes are asked to e-mail Kara Larrabee, director of marketing, at karalarrabee@mybrokers.com.

SSIR AGENTS RANKED AMONG BEST IN U.S.

In partnership with Zillow and Trulia and sponsored by Zillow Group, REAL Trends recently released its 2017 ranking report of America's most productive real estate agents, placing Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty among the best in the U.S.

REAL Trends America's Best Real Estate Agents ranks more than 12,600 residential real estate professionals based on their performance in calendar year 2016.

In the "Individuals by Sides" category, Cheryl Foote was ranked 17th in Colorado, and Cam Boyd was ranked 33rd, taking the top two ranking positions for Steamboat Springs brokers. In the "Individuals by Volume" category, Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty was the only Steamboat Springs firm represented. The seven associates in Steamboat ranked among the top in the state include Cam Boyd, Pam Vanatta, Cheryl Foote, Ren Martyn, Charlie Dresen, Colleen DeJong and Lisa Olson.  

"This group represents less than 1 percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States," according to Steve Murray, publisher of the report and president of REAL Trends.

To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2016. The individuals ranked in America's Best Real Estate Agents had an average of 73 transaction sides and an average sales volume of almost $37 million.

YVSC offers hard-to-recycle service for businesses

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting a Commercial Recycling Drop-Off event from 1 to 4 p.m., Sept. 23 in the Meadows Parking Lot, following the annual community recycling event.

For the first time ever, local businesses can responsibly recycle electronics, mattresses, hazardous waste, appliances, books, yard waste, light bulbs and more. This special event for the commercial sector is by appointment only, and those who arrive without an appointment will be turned away.

There is a flat $25 fee per business to drop off, plus additional fees for some items. Cash, check and credit card will be accepted.

A comprehensive list of items accepted and fees can be found at yvsc.org. For more information and to make an appointment, businesses can email cameron@yvsc.org or call 970-871-9299, ext. 107.

Colorado Group raises $11,000 for STARS

Colorado Group Realty presented Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports with an $11,000 check following the 11th annual Parade of Homes. The funds were derived from ticket sales and sponsorships.

Kelly McElfish, volunteer and events director for STARS, was excited to have STARS be a part of the Colorado Group Realty Parade of Homes for the second year.

"This event allowed us to showcase our programs and the new STARS Ranch to potential donors in Routt County and beyond," McElfish said. "The funds will go to provide scholarships to locals and help purchase winter adaptive equipment."

"Colorado Group Realty was honored to work with STARS; it's such a fun event for people to tour distinctive homes, while supporting such a worthy cause," Steve Goldman, CEO of Colorado Group Realty said. "This was by far our best Parade of Homes yet."

Colorado Group Realty has already begun planning for the 2018 Parade of Homes and is accepting applications for potential homes, as well as sponsors. Those interested are asked to e-mail Kara Larrabee, director of marketing, at karalarrabee@mybrokers.com.

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