Is a Celebrity’s Home Worth More Money?

Is a Celebrity’s Home Worth More Money?

Werner home video

Recently the N.Y. Times wrote about Calvin Klein’s new home in the Southampton, New York. There’s an obsession with celebrities and real estate. But is a home worth more that has a unique history to its ownership?

In Steamboat Springs, Colorado, I recently listed a home that’s rich in Steamboat Springs history and also extends to the history of skiing in the United States. So I wanted to make sure I captured and utilized the history of this home in the marketing.

Steamboat’s First Family

Buddy Werner, one of the most accomplished ski racers in American history was raised in this home in downtown Steamboat Springs. But it’s not just Buddy who is decorated, his two siblings, Skeeter and Loris, were also Olympians. The Werner family made such an impact on Steamboat Springs that the City named the mountain where the Steamboat ski area is located after them, Mt. Werner. The Werner’s have been dubbed “Steamboat royalty”.

Buddy Werner on Sports Illustrated

But it doesn’t stop there. Skeeter Werner married NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner, Doak Walker. Doak and Skeeter also lived in the home.  And then there was the time former President Gerald Ford had dinner in the home while secret service waited outside.  It’s also talked about that the Kennedy clan, Robert Redford and even Clint Eastwood spent time in Steamboat with the Werner family.

Marketing a Note-Worthy Home

Celebrities aside, the home at 844 Aspen Street in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is a wonderful home and on one of the best lots in town.  Located in downtown Steamboat Springs on 1.47 acres, bordered by Soda creek on three sides, the lot itself is an oasis in the heart of Ski Town, USA.

Making this video, I wanted to capture both the history of the Werner home while displaying the original craftsmanship and recent upgrades that go into making this a very special home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I was fortunate to have one of the Werner’s personal friends narrate the video.  Showing pictures of ski legend Buddy Werner is one thing, but having someone talk about the home’s history just adds another level.

I sent the video to the local paper and because the Werner family is so significant to Steamboat Springs, they wrote a piece about the home being for sale. The stories are wonderful and so is this listing.

Is a Celebrity’s Home Worth More Money?

There is no doubt that our culture is intrigued by celebrities, what they are wearing and what their homes are like. Fellow Rainer, Jeffrey Ditri, wrote about Famous Homes on Sale featuring homes like the one from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the beach home from the Sex in the City movie.

But is a home worth more when it has celebrity status?  I’m not sure, but it certainly helps in the marketing.  Yet, I will say that listing the “first family of skiing in Steamboat Springs” has brought a lot of attention to the home and when there’s more activity in real estate, that always helps in the sale.

Click here to watch the video of the Werner family home for sale.




Charlie Dresen
Real Estate Associate Broker |Prudential
Local Knowledge | Global Exposure| Defining Service 
970-846-6435 |
610 Market Place Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487


Originally from Seattle, Washington, Charlie relocated to Steamboat Springs with his wife Carol and their son, Finn, to become a Steamboat Springs realtor eager to share the joys of Colorado. Charlie is a second generation realtor and is proud to be a member of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Charlie worked in the high-tech industry in Seattle for several years before deciding to follow his father's lead and began his career in real estate. Working for Windermere Real Estate in Seattle, Charlie had a great, innovative career in the highly competitive Seattle market before moving to Steamboat in 2005 and delving deep into Steamboat Springs real estate. At Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, Charlie has become one of the top agents with his innovative style and tireless perseverance.
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