Family Fun in Steamboat Springs, CO

Family Fun in Steamboat Springs, CO

So you plan on visiting Steamboat Springs with the family this winter and are looking for things to do with kids? Or you live here and are not sure how you are going to keep your children entertained while out of school for the holidays? Here are a few suggestions for kid-friendly activities and events:

Ice Skate / Bumper Cars on Ice

When:  Various times. Check the December 2015 ice rink calendar here.

Where:  Howelsen Ice Arena

What:  Steamboat’s Howelsen Ice Arena is the only ice skating facility in Colorado with bumper cars. Kids love it! Call ahead or check the ice rinks public skate and bumper car schedule before going.

Cost:  Varies

 

Lyon’s Drug Store & Soda Fountain

When:  Open 7 days a week

Where:  Lyon’s on 9th and Lincoln Avenue

What:  Treat your children to a kids’ ice cream cone, chocolate malt or a cherry limeade at this old fashioned soda fountain. “Ice cream in the winter?”, you say. “Yes”, I say. Kids love ice cream any time of year.  

Cost:  Varies

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Old Town Hot Springs

When:  Open 7 days a week

Where:  136 Lincoln Avenue

What:  Family friendly fun and relaxation. A variety of pools and hot springs, water slide, climbing wall and on-site childcare. This place is a no-brainer for families.

Cost:  Depends on what you do. Click here for prices.

 

Sledding at Saddleback Ranch

When:  Open 7 days a week during peak season

Where:  Saddleback Ranch, 15 miles west of Steamboat. Saddleback Ranch offers free transportation to tubers who tube for at least 1.5 hours.

What:  Yee-Haw Hill at Saddleback Ranch is sure to have kids hootin’ and hollerin’ as they tube down this groomed hill. Saddleback Ranch also offers snowmobiling for the family, horseback riding, sleigh rides and more. Not only is Saddleback Ranch geared for fun, it is also a 4th generation working cattle ranch. Experience a little of Steamboat’s western heritage for yourself. 

Cost:  Varies

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Story Pirates at Strings Music Pavillon

When:  Sunday, December 20 at 3:30 or 5:30pm

Where:  Strings Music Pavillon

What:  A holiday performance for the whole family. The Story Pirates celebrate creative writing by students from coast to coast in a loud, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians. Both shows will feature special holiday songs and sketches dreamed up by children in Steamboat Springs.

Cost:  $15/adult, $3/juniors  Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

 

Holiday Festival in Gondola Square

When:  Sunday, December 20  2:00 – 5:30pm

Where:  Base of Steamboat Ski Resort in Gondola Square

       Schedule of Festivities

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Holiday Cookie Decorating
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Stocking Scramble
2:15 p.m. Santa Parade on Horseback
2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Meet Santa at Santa’s Workshop
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Face Vocal Band Performance I
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Steamboat Story Time
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Face Vocal Band Performance II
5:15 p.m. Torchlight Parade
5:25 p.m. Fireworks
5:30 p.m. Open for Night Skiing

Cost:  FREE

 

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Kids’ Vacation Center (KAC) at Steamboat Resort

When:  8:15am – 4:00pm Daily / KAC at Night when available

Where:  Kids’ Vacation Center at Steamboat Resort

What:  If you just need to drop the kids off for a few hours so that you can do your own thing, the fun and enthusiastic staff at Steamboat Resort’s Kids’ Vacation Center are here for you. They will entertain and care for youngsters ages 6 months to 15 years old. Various on the snow programs and childcare options available.

Cost:  Varies. Check out the KAC website for details.

 

There is no shortage of family fun to be had here in Steamboat. Between the activities listed above, the Top 10 Winter Activities That Do Not Involve the Ski Slopes and the annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival happening in February 2016, you will be lucky to experience everything our community has to offer in one winter season.

Want the locals’ scoop on the places to go and things to do? Check out my video, Top 10 Winter Secrets of Steamboat Springs Locals:

 

Stay warm,

Charlie

Charlie Dresen

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Luxury Lives at Highmark Steamboat Springs

Luxury Lives at Highmark Steamboat Springs

There is a difference between an average ski condo and a LUXURY ski condo. You know the difference the moment you walk through the doors, like at the Highmark Steamboat Springs.

Luxury [luhk-shuh-ree, luhg-zhuh-]:  a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity.

Luxurious Location

This luxury ski condo at the Highmark Steamboat Springs is the epitome of luxury. Located across the street from the world-class Steamboat Ski Resort, you can literally walk to the gondola for your first run of the day, but because this is luxury, there is no need for YOU to schlep your skis. Leave it to Highmark’s ski valet to transport your skis to the base of the gondola where they will be waiting for you.

Luxurious Amenities

A luxury ski condo offers amenities that create a refined lifestyle. Some of these such amenities offered at Highmark include:

  • Indoor/outdoor heated pool
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Private health & fitness club
  • Steam rooms, locker rooms, etc.
  • On call personal trainers
  • Front desk concierge
  • Airport pick up/drop off
  • City bus stop on-site
  • Trail system on-site
  • Secured ski/snowboard storage & valet service

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Another really special on-site amenity at Highmark is Wild Plum, a gourmet grocer with deli & spirits located at the base of the building. I’ve heard they even deliver to your condo if you are too exhausted to walk downstairs after a day outdoors in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. Now, how is that for luxury?!

Luxurious Accommodations

Unit 4E at Highmark is a beautiful 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath condominium.

The rich Old World style decor is both warm and inviting, reminiscent to a private mountain retreat. What would a ski town home be without a fireplace. This one has a gas fireplace with an elegant sandstone surround.

Appliances are stainless steel and finishes are high-end, including alder wood cabinetry, granite, solid wood doors and trim, and hand-troweled texture.

Travertine, a large glass-walled shower and a jetted tub in the master bath certainly add to sumptuous living.

There are plenty of average condos out there, but if you are looking for elegant, refined living, this Highmark Steamboat Springs condo is hard to beat. Oh, did I mention that Highmark has been voted the #1 lodging destination in Steamboat for 6 years in a row? Or that this particular condo generates fantastic rental income? For more information, give me a call/text or send an email.

Regards,
Charlie Dresen
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Real Estate Market Update for Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Real Estate Market Update for Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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Routt County Real Estate Analysis

Routt County is seeing resurgence in new home builds, echoing the national uptick in new home starts. According to an article in the Steamboat Pilot & Today on October 27, there were 5 new home building permits issued in September, all for homes with valuations of $829,000 to $1.4M. Two of those are for land initially purchased in 2004 before the market slowdown. Construction crews around town are busier now than they have been in years, not just with new builds, but also with remodels and additions. All good signs for the Routt County real estate market.

September was a good strong month for Routt County real estate transactions. Gross sales for the month was $58.9M, although that is down -27.6% compared to September 2014, that month last year was kind of anomaly with two $30M transactions. Overall, gross sales are up +4.2% for the year. 133 transactions were closed in September, up +3.69% YTD. 


Residential Transaction Price Point Analysis

 

Price Point

# of transactions

% of transactions

Previous month % of transactions

% of volume

Previous month % of volume

Under $500K

63

72%

59%

39%

32%

$500,001 – $1M

16

18%

32%

25%

39%

$1M – $3M

6

6%

8%

24%

21%

Over $3M

1

1%

1%

12%

9%

 

This chart notes single family and multi family residential sales, 86 total transactions for the month of September. Not shown here are the 19 timeshare transactions, 17 land, 8 commercial and 3 miscellaneous transactions for a total of 133 transactions. There were 3 bank sales along with 3 new unit sales.

September 2015 Routt County real estate stats

 National Real Estate Market

U.S. home prices continued to rise over the past 12 months according to the August 2015 S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index. The national index, covering all 9 census divisions, rose 4.7% in the 12 months ending August 2015 versus 4.6% for July 2015.  The 10-city composite gained 4.7% year-over-year while the 20-city composite had higher gains at 5.1%.  San Francisco (10.7%), Denver (10.7%) continue to hold the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities. Portland beat out Dallas for third place with the biggest jump in year-over-year gains going from 8.5% in July to 9.4% .

“Most other recent housing indicators also show strength,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “Housing starts topped an annual rate of 1.2 million units in the latest report with continuing strength in both single family homes and apartments. The National Association of Home Builders sentiment survey, reflecting current strength, reached the highest level since 2005, before the housing collapse. Sales of existing homes are running about 5.5 million units annually with inventories of about five months of sales.”

S&P Case Shiller Home Price Index for August 2015

Regards,

Charlie
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How to Design a Great Kitchen

How to Design a Great Kitchen

The hub of any home is undoubtedly the kitchen. Used for far more than just meal preparation, today’s kitchen serves as a gathering space, a work space, a relaxation space, the place where multiple cooks and helpers work together and a hospitality hub. Because of its multiple uses, good design is critical in order for this, the heart of the home, to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

 

4 things that make this a great kitchen:

 

1.  Open and bright

A great kitchen offers open space, not only for more than one person to be able to work together in the same room, but for guests to be able to gather around. Likewise, it is nice for the kitchen to open up to other rooms in the home so that the cook is not separated from others every time he/she is in the kitchen.

Lighting is oh so important in this particular room. Ideally, kitchen lighting is layered with natural light, task lights, ambient light and under cabinet lighting, like here at 41850 Double Buck.

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2. Quality materials and appliances

Because of the wear and tear we put on our kitchens, it is important to buy quality appliances, cabinets and other materials. This professional grade Wolf 6-burner gas range top is one of the best on the market. Above it is a stainless steel exhaust hood with built-in task lighting. The multi-colored glass backsplash is not only beautiful but durable and easy to clean. Granite is one of the most durable surfaces for countertops. These countertops are honed, a polishing process that creates a matte finish, giving this gourmet kitchen a more casual feel.

3. Function

Having a kitchen that functions well is arguably the most important element of a great kitchen. Nothing is more frustrating than having to close the dishwasher you are loading every time someone needs to get by for a glass or to get to the refrigerator.

The great kitchen in this Strawberry Park home is equipped with multiple work zones. The u-shaped design provides various work zones as well as abundant counterspace and cabinetry. A large center island adds additional cabinetry for storage and counterspace while a prep sink in the island offers another work zone. A pull-out spice rack next to the cooktop and a cabinet for waste and recycling next to the sink keep things organized and out of sight.

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4. Character

Adding something unique and special to your kitchen will brighten your day every time you walk into the room. For instance, coffee lovers will love this built-in Miele espresso maker. Not only does it brew a consistent shot of espresso at the push of a button, guests will certainly marvel over this luxury item. Likewise, the built-in television on the opposite corner is a nice touch. Bring in your own style by mixing textures, materials and color which also add character.

The kitchen is one of the most important, if not THE most important, room in any home so it is essential to plan ahead and do it right. Well thought out design incorporating good lighting, functionality, quality materials and appliances and a touch of character are keys to  a great kitchen.

Click here to see the full-length video of this incredibly designed home on 15 acres in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Regards,
Charlie Dresen

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Halloween Tradition For All Ages

Halloween Tradition For All Ages

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here in Steamboat Springs, CO. We never know if it will be unseasonably warm or freezing temperatures and pounding snow, but the latter does not stop this community from gathering in the streets of downtown for our annual Halloween Stroll.

This time-honored trick-or-treating tradition is fun for the entire family. In fact, you don’t need to have kids to enjoy this one. Last year, Phoenix, Routt County’s fire-breathing dragon made an appearance, along with a brigade of green Army soldiers and two Planet of the Apes characters on horseback no less. Steamboat’s Halloween Stroll is fun for all.

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Other things to do in Steamboat Springs over Halloween week include:

Echoes of the Past: Lantern Tour of the Hayden Cemetery
Hayden Heritage Center
Museum & Hayden High School Fundraiser
No children under age 12 please
Saturday, Oct. 23 & Sunday, Oct. 24

Screamboat
Colorado Mountain College
Saturdays, Oct. 23 & 30 and Sundays, Oct. 24 & 31

Night of the Living Dead” Classic Film Screening
Chief Theater
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7pm

Big Lebowski Festival
Chief Theater
Friday, Oct. 30

Scream Contest & “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” Screening
Chief Theater
Saturday, Oct. 31

Downtown Halloween Stroll
Lincoln Avenue
Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 – 7pm

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Happy trick-or-treating,
Charlie

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado Real Estate Analysis

Steamboat Springs, Colorado Real Estate Analysis

 

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Routt County Real Estate Analysis

August continued the trend of strong real estate numbers and transactions for Routt County. Gross sales for the month was $62.4M, up +24+% compared to August 2014 and up +11.79% year-to-date.  150 transactions were closed in August. That’s the most transactions August has seen in 5 years.


Residential Transaction Price Point Analysis

 

Price Point

# of transactions

% of transactions

Previous month % of transactions

% of volume

Previous month % of volume

Under $500K

57

59%

63%

32%

37%

$500,001 – $1M

30

32%

31%

39%

40%

$1M – $3M

8

8%

6%

21%

16%

Over $3M

1

1%

1%

9%

7%

 

Not shown here are the 19 timeshare transactions, 18 land, 7 commercial and 10 miscellaneous transactions for a total of 150 transactions. There were only 4 bank sales along with 6 new unit sales.

August 2015 Routt County real estate stats

 

Colorado Real Estate Market

Denver’s real estate market has been hot, hot, hot for a while now. Stories of sellers getting up to 30 offers on their home and homes selling for far more than the asking price have become common place for Denver’s market. Most recently, however, we are seeing a bit of a slowdown among Front Range real estate and for the first time in years, single family homes in Denver are lowering their prices.

Typically Steamboat Springs’ real estate trends lag behind national and Front Range Colorado markets. So if the slowing of the Denver market, not halting or stalling by any means but slowing, is any indication of what’s to come, we will see our real estate sales and inventory slow a bit as well over the next few months.

National Real Estate Market

The July 2015 S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed that U.S. home prices continued to rise over the past 12 months. The national index, covering all 9 census divisions, rose 4.7% in the 12 months ending July 2015 versus 4.5% for June 2015.  The 10-city composite gained 4.6% year-over-year while the 20-city composite had higher gains at 5.0%.  San Francisco (10.4%), Denver (10.3%) and Dallas (8.7%) had the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities.

“Prices of existing homes and housing overall are seeing strong growth and contributing to recent solid growth for the economy,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The S&P/Case Shiller National Home Price Index has risen at a 4% or higher annual rate since September 2012, well ahead of inflation. Most of the strength is focused on states west of the Mississippi. The economy grew at a 3.9% real annual rate in the second quarter of 2015 with housing making a major contribution. Residential investment grew at annual real rates of 9-10% in the last three quarters, far faster than total GDP. Further, expenditures on furniture and household equipment, a sector that depends on home sales and housing construction, also surpassed total GDP growth rates.”

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Strongest home price gains are in the west

 

As of July 2015, average home prices for the metropolitan markets within the 10-city and 20-city composites are back to their winter 2005 levels.

S&P Case Shiller Home Price Index for July 2015

 

Regards,

Charlie

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Preparing Your Mountain Home for Winter

Preparing Your Mountain Home for Winter

Autumn has been beautiful here in Steamboat Springs, CO – sunny, blue sky days with temperatures in the mid-upper 70s and cool nights with clear skies. The aspens are golden and vibrant.

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Fall colors on Rabbit Ears Pass

While it is easy to get lulled into the false sense that these days could last forever, anyone who has lived in Steamboat Springs, or anywhere in Colorado for that matter, know that these warm days are numbered. At a moment’s notice, the cold and snow will blow in and we will all shift our sights to skiing and playing in the snow.

Don’t let Old Man Winter catch you off guard. Here is a checklist and a short video with tips to help prepare your home for colder days and nights.

Checklist to Winterize Your Steamboat Springs Home

  •      Lawn, Garden & Deck
    •  – Fertilize lawn prior to snowfall
    •  – Put away outdoor cushions, furniture & toys
    •  – Drain & winterize outdoor faucets & irrigation systems
    •  – Trim branches that hang over house & power lines
  •      Windows & Doors
    •  – Seal gaps & cracks with weatherstripping & caulk
    •  – Put up storm windows & doors if you have them
  •      Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
    •  – Replace furnace filters & humidifier
    •  – Have a professional inspect heating system
    •  – Have chimney swept
    •  – Reverse ceiling fans
  •      Tools & Machinery
    •  – Drain & winterize lawn mower & other lawn machinery to store for season
    •  – Pull out the snow shovels and snowblower & prepare for winter
  •      Gutters & Roof
    •  – Clean & inspect gutters & downspouts
  •      Plumbing
    •  – Drain exposed pipes
    •  – Wrap pipes with insulation
  •       Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
    •  – Test and replace batteries as necessary

 

I made this video a couple years ago but it is still pertinent today. Enjoy!

Now that your home is ready for winter, you will have time to get out there and play in the snow.

 

Regards,

Charlie

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