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It's peak time for gold in Summit County

by The Mountain Living Team

Changing leaves in Summit County ColoradoSeptember in Colorado is a beautiful time of year.  All the leaves on the aspen trees change to a beautiful gold, sometimes with a little more orange in them.  Combine that with the deep blue sky, the green pine trees and sometimes, if we are lucky, a light dusting of snow on the mountain tops and it's absolutely gorgeous around here!

The leaves seem to be changing a little earlier this year, maybe it's because of the lack of moisture we've had this summer, I don't really know.  It's mid September and the gold patches are everywhere.  Like normal, there are still some reluctant green leafed aspen around and some that have already dropped their leaves and are ready for winter but most are donning their gold in all their glory.

If you're not sure where to go to check out the leaves, here are a couple of my favorite spots.

  • Boreas Pass Road in Breckenridge.  As you head all the way to the top of the pass the road will turn to dirt and the aspen line the road.  It's hard to drive too far down this stretch without stopping several times to take photos.
  • Eaglesmere in Silverthorne.  Near Heeney and Green Mountain Reservoir is the Eaglesmere Trailhead.  Just a few steps on the trail and you are in a huge aspen grove.  If you catch it just right, the gold leaves will cover the ground and still shimmer in the sunlight on the trees. While you're here, check out Cataract Lake.  The trailhead is very close to the Eaglesmere trailhead.  You can combine the beautiful aspen groves with a reflective mountain lake.

There are aspen all over the high country.  Take a drive down any road in a residential area or on a highway and you're bound to see areas that just take your breath away.  It's a beautiful time to be in Summit County but be prepared for anything.  We can have warm, sunny days or cold and snowy days in September.  

New development is everywhere in Summit County

by The Mountain Living Team

It's hard to go anywhere in the county without seeing homes being built.  New construction is going strong.  Here's a little information on some of the new developments.

Summit Sky Ranch - This development in Silverthorne has been underway for a couple of years now.  It is a neighborhood of single family homes near The Raven Golf Course. See what's for sale in the neighborhood now.

Blue River Flats - Small buildings of condos with garages on the Blue River in Silverthorne.  The first building is nearly complete but there are more buildings to be built.  See current properties for sale.

Smith Ranch - Mostly deed restricted homes, for local employees, located below Ruby Ranch in Silverthorne.

Mattox Triplex -  Located around 2nd & Granite in Frisco, these townhomes aren't completed yet. 

Alley Shacks - A duplex at 4th and Galena Alley in Frisco to be completed this year. Each has 3 bedrooms and a 3 car garage.

Library Lofts - Construction hasn't even started yet on these luxury townhomes at Madison & Galena in Frisco.

Estates on Galena - 13 single family and duplex homes located in Frisco at 2nd & Granite. Construction is underway.

Mary Ruth Cabins - This is a deed restricted development in Frisco that is nearly complete. These new homes will be available to rent by Frisco or Copper Mountain employees and they allow pets!

Sail Lofts - A condominium high rise in downtown DillonSee listings here.

Uptown 240- A high rise at the entrance to downtown Dillon that will house a restaurant, hotel, work out facilities, viewing deck and more.  These aren't slated to be done until 2020.

New Seasons at Keystone - A condo devleopment near Keystone Lake.  See what's available for sale now.

Cucumber Creek Estates - A high end single family home development in Breckenridge. See homes for sale in Cucumber Creek Estates.

Shores at the Highlands - Construction has been underway for a couple of years in this development of luxury homes on the north side of Breckenridge. See these luxurious homes that are for sale.  

This list just touches on the new construction in Summit County.  If you'd like more details about these or other new development projects around the county, contact Mountain Living Real Estate today.




Hiking McCullough Gulch

by Meredith Adams

We try and get out for a hike every week.  Last week we hiked McCullough Gulch.  It's a very popular trail that starts south of Breckenridge.  In about 1.5 miles you can get to a waterfall, a lake beyond that, and many more higher lakes after that.  We went to the second lake this time making it a 7 mile hike.  The wildflowers were pretty in the meadow before the second lake.  This year has been a dry year and they were still good.  On a wetter year I bet they are spectacular!  Take a look at the video below for a glimpse of what this hike offers.  There's nothing like seeing it in person though so add this hike to your list.

McCullough Gulch Hike from Meredith Hanson on Vimeo.

Race of the Santas and more weekend fun in Summit County

by The Mountain Living Team

​​Running of the SantasAre you in need of some holiday spirit this season? If so, Breckenridge has the cure this Saturday. Join in a sea of Santas as they run down Main Street Saturday, December 3rd.  There are young Santas, old Santas, female Santas, thin Santas. You have never seen so many Santas!  The race starts at 4:30 but you'll find them roaming the streets at the holiday market that begins at noon, or maybe walking the dog that is dressed as a reindeer during the dog parade.

After the Race of the Santas, stick around for the Lighting of Breckenridge when the holiday lights are turned on and the town tree in Blue River Plaza lights up.
If you're still feeling festive, head to Frisco's Main Street for a taste of Wassail from local merchants during Wassail Days.  Wassail is a mulled cider that dates back to midieval times. Two traditions are connected with it.  One awakes the apple trees and ensures a good harvest next season, the other offers blessings in exchange for food and drink.  Recipes vary, some with alcohol, some without but It is typically served warm during the holidays.  Stroll along Main Street and try them all and then vote for your favorite.  Wassail Days runs from December 1 thru 10 so get out there and try this historic drink.



The 2017 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Champions have been chosen!

by The Mountain Living Team

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

If you haven't been to Breckenridge during the snow sculpture championships you need to make it a point to get here soon.  It's amazing what these people can do with a block of snow.  I can barely build a snowman let alone sculpt some of the intricate designs these artists carve out.  The winner of the 2017 International Snow Sculpture Championships; China2017 is no exception.  This years sculptures are worth a visit!  Consider a night time viewing too.  Colored lights shine on the whittled snow creating beautiful displays and a completely different experience than you'll have during the day.  It's free to see the sculptures located in RiverWalk in Breckenridge.  These warm temperatures make it hard for the artwork to last the entire week so wait until the last day to visit.  Weather permitting, they will be around through Super Bowl Sunday, February 5th.  This year's winner was China although my personal favorite was created by the local Breckenridge team.Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge Colorado

Another beautiful sculpture

Pay Parking in Breckenridge

by The Mountain Living Team

Passport ParkingIf you want to park on Main Street in Breckenridge you've got to pay.  

In an effort to eliminate long term parking happening on town streets, the town of Breckenridge has rolled out pay parking.  Main Street as well as surrounding roads now have parking meters requiring registering your license plate and/or payment.  Rates vary based on location but generally the first 15 minutes are free, although you do need to register your plate.  You don't need to have change in your pockets to feed the meters these days but you will need to have a credit card or have a smart phone with the Passport Parking Mobile Pay App installed and payment set up within the app.  The mobile app offers great features like adding time from your phone and storing all your license plates.

The feedback I have heard so far is all positive.  There are more parking spaces available on Main Street making finding a spot much easier.  The app makes it easy to pay and rates are reasonable.  

I haven't tried to park in Breckenridge since the meters have been implemented so I don't have first hand experience yet.  Any comments about your experiences with the new pay parking are welcome.

Market Comparison: Frisco vs The Highlands

by The Mountain Living Team

With the low inventory levels in the real estate market buyers are being forced to look outside their initial target area in order to have more to choose from.  That means the area that they have been following during their search may not be where they end up looking and/or buying.  As a result, they can be less informed about the area and what to expect in property values.  

Recently, buyers we have been working with expanded their search from Frisco to The Highlands in Breckenridge.  They were curious as to how The Highlands compares to single family homes in Frisco.  I did a little research and put together a few charts to help them determine if The Highlands was, financially, a place they wanted to be. 

Average Sale Price

The average sale price in the Highlands is much higher than it is in Frisco.  Because of the higher price point I think it makes the market more volatile; reacting more substantially to economic trends.  

Average Price Per Square FootThe  average price per square foot is surprisingly similar given the difference in sales prices.  Frisco is more inconsistent.  I believe that is because the single family homes in Frisco vary more in age and quality than we see in The Highlands.  An abundance of any type of home sales can swing the averages for that year. 

Average List to Sales PriceThe average list price to sales price ratio tells us how much sellers are coming off their list price.  This is based on the current list price at the time of the sale and doesn't include any price reductions made prior to an offer being accepted.  More properties on the market typically will push sellers into deeper discounts in order to secure a buyer.

Average Days on Market

This chart tells us that most of the time a Frisco home will sell quicker than a home in the Highlands.  It also shows us the average days on the market is a largely fluctuating number and that we are currently in a downward trend meaning homes are selling quicker than in the past.  

As with any averages, it must be understood that before making matter of fact claims the numbers must be dug deeper into.  A few sales can impact an average made from a limited section of data.  The Summit County market is a small market making it more susceptible to a few sales.  If you have questions about any of these statistics we are happy to dig deeper into them and provide you the information you need.  Just let us know via email or a comment on this post.

You can now catch the bus from Blue River

by The Mountain Living Team

The Summit Stage has added bus service from Breckenridge to Blue River.  Blue River is an unincorporated town located south of the town of Breckenridge on Highway 9. The new service began November 22 and will run through the winter.  Currently only limited service is being offered with two buses running in the mornings and evenings. Ridership will determine if the route continues or is extended.  For more information on where and when you can catch the bus, visit the Summit Stage website.

The Summit Stage already offers free bus service all across Summit County.  Routes include Silverthorne, Frisco, Keystone, A-Basin, Copper Mountain, Dillon and Breckenridge.  Commuter service is also offered between Leadville and Frisco and additional commuter service expansion to Park County is being considered.  The active lifestyle is understood and the buses have bike racks in the summer and transport a lot of skiers and riders to the various mountains in the winter.

Last minute 4th of July plans

by Meredith Adams

If you haven't made you plans for the 4th of July yet this year, just come up to Summit County.  It's cooler than the Denver Metro area and there's a lot going on.  Click on the town name to link to their website with details about their activities & events.

7am  10k trail run
9:30am  Firecracker 50 bike race
10am  Parade
12:30pm  Viper car show
1pm  Kids water fight
2pm  Live music
8pm NRO at Riverwalk
9:45pm  Fireworks

Dillon Amphitheater
7pm  Forever in Blue Jeans, Neil Diamond tribute band
10pm  NRO Performance

8am  Pancake breakfast
9am  Fishing Derby
10am  Summit Concert Band
12:30pm  Parade
1:30pm  Live music by Guild of Ages
3:30pm  Drum circle
7:15pm  The Long Run, Eagles tribute band
9:30pm  Fireworks

8am  Fishing Derby
9am  Super Slimy Science
10:30am  Bike decoration party
11am  Bike parade
11am  Ala carte BBQ
12pm  Live music by Trout Steak Revival
7pm  Live music by The Burroughs
9pm  Fireworks


Frisco's 4th of July Parade



Dinner at The Canteen in Breckenridge, Colorado

by Meredith Adams

The Canteen Tap House & Tavern

The old Steak & Rib restaurant is now The Canteen Tap House & Tavern.  Recently, a dinner out with our friends meant an opportunity to give the new, Breckenridge restaurant a try.  We suggest you stop in when you get a chance too.

Our dinner consisted of a variety of drinks, appetizers and entrees.  The drink menu was extensive.  The margaritas and dark & stormy were served in tin cups that looked like something you would use to scoop your water out of the well with back in the day.  Both the ahi tuna and BBQ flatbread appetizers were hits at our table and disappeared in no time.  The tuna was served on a bed of guacamole ready to be scooped up with the tortilla chips served with it.  Our entrees were the southwest chicken salad, ribs, a burger topped with chiles and cream cheese and a Reuben.  Jason is a Reuben guy and can be pretty particular about them.  This one was a big hit with him resulting in the best compliment that can be given; that it will be ordered again.  The burger was equally as good resulting in more rave reviews.  The salad was pretty good, I mean it is a salad afterall, although it was served in a bowl that was a little small making it hard to eat without it spilling over the sides.  The ribs were reported to have a hint of spice in the sauce and rub.  

The service we received in the bar was also good.  We even had a visit by one of the owners, Mike Steger.  He chatted with us for a while even though I'm sure he had to be very busy.  He even went out of his way to provide 4th of July event information to our friends that just moved to Colorado.

If you haven't had the opportunity to stop in to The Canteen yet, make it a point to do so.  Now that they are also open for lunch, it's even easier to give it a try.

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