Posted on April 3, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy April from Aspen Snowmass! While it feels like springtime in the mountains, we can’t help but look forward to summer. It may not seem like summer in Aspen and Snowmass will be the same without Food and Wine, Aspen Institute Ideas Fest, or an abbreviated Aspen Music Festival schedule. There are still plenty of events to look forward to a fun summer in Aspen Snowmass. Read on for the top three to keep you motivated!
One of Aspen’s best and longest summer traditions is the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade on Independence Day. Aspen celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation’s birthday in true American style. Festivities include a parade, concerts and family fun in Wagner Park. The parade is free to enter, but registration is required. Floats start to parade down Main Street promptly at 11am.
Another you can start training for now while you’re sheltering in place is the Audi Power of Four Trail Run. This year’s race is Saturday, August 1st. This race is a premier endurance race series utilizing the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains. The race starts at Aspen Mountain and ends at Snowmass. For more information and registration, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival is the event which says goodbye to summer and welcomes gorgeous fall with awesome concerts over Labor Day weekend. This year, Stevie Nicks, Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Kings of Leon are headlining. More acts and official times will be announced later this summer. Tickets are still available. For more information and tickets, please visit www.jazzaspensnowmass.org.
Posted on March 31, 2020 by Chris Klug
It's a sunny springlike day in Aspen Snowmass today. It is an ideal day to take advantage of going outside, whether its hiking, biking, skinning, or just a simple walk in the neighborhood. Watching Netflix and Hulu can get a little repetitive while practicing social distancing. Read on for four exciting ways to see the world, from the comfort of your home!
1. National Park Virtual Tours
Have you ever wanted to see the nation’s treasures? How about from the comfort of your couch? Get your fix of the great outdoors from the safe indoors, as the CDC recommends with these five national park virtual tours. Explore Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, and Dry Tortugas National Park down in Florida. Click here to begin your national tour!
2. International Museum Virtual Tours
With international, and even domestic air travel not possible right now, there is no better time than to do an international tour of the world’s most famous museums. If you’re ready for some culture and art in your quarantine, click here for twelve virtual museum tours. Go from Musée d’Orsay in Paris to Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil to National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul instantly!
3. Virtual Tour of Aspen
Missing Aspen and all of its beauty? Are you craving a certain spot in town but can’t leave your house to look around? Lucky for you, Aspen Chamber has launched a 360 degree virtual tour of Aspen! You can use this tool to plan your trip from afar, or to venture back to your favorite spots, such as the John Denver Sanctuary, the Maroon Bells, and even the Grottos! Click here to start exploring now.
4. Klug Properties Virtual Home Tours
Have the urge to look at beautiful interior design, architecture, and coolest style? We are working remotely, but are here to help, and can accommodate showings and open houses virtually. Please visit our newly updated www.klugproperties.com/virtual-tours page for a virtual showing of our exclusive listings.
Posted on March 26, 2020 by Chris Klug
It is always top priority to take care of your mind and body, but especially now during these tough times. If you’re finding yourself a little restless while working from home, do not worry. Read on for four easy tips on how to take care of yourself.
1. Yoga, Home Workouts
Whether or not you currently have a favorite exercise routine, you’re probably ready to try something different. New practices in a new environment can be intimidating, so now is the perfect time to try from the comfort of your home. Local favorites such as Pure Barre, O2 Aspen, and Aspen Shakti are hosting live classes on virtual platforms such as Zoom and Instagram Live. For more information on class types and schedule, head over to Instagram and check out @purebarreaspen, @o2aspen, and @aspenshakti, respectively.
2. Stay Clean
Anytime you return home, it is essential to wash your hands properly. It's also a good practice routinely clean surfaces that you touch regularly. If you’re affected by the buying frenzy of toilet paper and cleaning products, click here for homemade recipes to create your own detergent, dish soap, window cleaner, toilet cleaner, and multi-purpose disinfectant. Its easy and fun!
3. Stay in Touch
It’s easy to feel lonely during self-isolation and shelter-in-place orders. We are so fortunate to live in a time where staying virtually connected is so simple. Whether you prefer FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, or the newly popular Zoom, staying connected to your loved ones is easier than ever to connect with one, or over 30 of your loved ones.
4. Plan Your Meals
Do you find yourself snacking more and more with less frequent but more fruitful grocery store runs? Are you out of quarantine snacks? Now is the ideal time to get into the long-standing practice of meal planning. With plenty of time to prep and cook meals, this is an easy hobby to pick up and a good practice to curb your quarantine snacking.
Posted on March 24, 2020 by Chris Klug
Hello from Aspen Snowmass. While springtime is different this year, Aspen and Snowmass has come together as a community to get through this uncertain time. Pitkin County recently called for a shelter in place order. There is a lot of unknown, but there is also a lot of hope. Read on for some inspiring community moments on how we are coming together, separately.
Aspen Skiing Company shut down all four mountains and ancillary businesses on March 14th, per the Governor of Colorado’s statewide order. With ski season effectively over, they’re still finding ways to connect to those affected. The skiing company hosted a market-style food giveaway over the weekend. Goods included dairy products, fresh vegetables and fruits, and much more. The Little Nell, one of Aspen’s finest hotels and an Aspen Skiing Company ancillary business, donated food to over 300 of their employees after they announced their closure until Summer 2020. For updates on summer scheduling, head over to www.aspensnowmass.com
Local restaurants are getting into the community spirit as well. Mi Chola closed their doors for the rest of the winter season, but donated their food, such as rice, salsa, chips, and fresh vegetables to employees and community members over the weekend during their closing processes. Mr. Grey and Meat & Cheese are donating fresh soup outside their doors daily during lunch hours. Some restaurants in Aspen have elected to stay open for take-out and delivery during the shelter-in-place order. For a full list of restaurant hours and take-out menus, go to www.eataspen.com
Everyday, there is an amazing and inspiring story of hope and resilience in our small, tight-knit community. We look after each other, all the time. There are food drives, help centers, and many more resources for those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. For more up-to-date information on how our Aspen Snowmass community is doing, please check out www.klugproperties.com/blog, www.aspentimes.com, and www.aspendailynews.com. Please stay safe and healthy. Be sure to get outside, socially distanced of course. Wishing you all the best from our Klug Properties team!
Posted on March 18, 2020 by Chris Klug
Hello from Aspen Snowmass! I hope you are doing well and staying healthy and safe during these unusual times as we all figure out how to get through this together. We’re enjoying beautiful spring-like weather in Aspen Snowmass, but winter is forecasted to return in the days ahead. The mountains are open for skinning and uphilling and the main slopes are still being groomed to maintain the surface for a possible reopening. While Buttermilk Mountain is closed for the season, we’re holding out hope that the other three mountains can re-open in a limited capacity. Lots of folks are taking advantage of the fun spring ski and snowboard conditions the past days. You’ve gotta earn your turns, but it’s worth it. It feels like early season November on the mountains with no lifts operating. What a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors while supporting social distancing and helping to protect our communities from the spread of this disease, while getting some exercise and taking in the Elk Mountain majesty.
Our Klug Properties team is staying busy communicating with our clients and friends and working remotely. I wanted to share with you some exciting things we’re doing virtually to showcase our properties and help our clients while everyone is adapting to this new paradigm. If you’re still dreaming of your perfect Aspen Snowmass home, but recent events have changed your travel plans, don’t worry. Klug Properties offers solutions to view all of our exclusive property listings without ever leaving your house. Read on for exciting ways to view this Aspen Snowmass paradise.
If you’re getting tired of watching old sports highlights and make-up tutorials on YouTube, check out www.youtube.com/klugproperties. Tour properties in Aspen and Snowmass inside, and out! Get a feel for everything in the home, the furnishings, the layout, the location, even the lifestyle and outdoor recreational access and amenities that a particular property offers. It’s easy to binge on these videos, since each one is only a few minutes long.
Looking for a more detailed property experience for a specific home? Check out our Matterport Tours, a three-dimensional virtual reality tour that we provide for all of our properties at www.klugproperties.com. These tours are created with 360° camera providing a realistic in-home experience. The virtual reality Matterport experience also offers a “dollhouse” view, and a room-by-room tour. You can watch the Matterport on your phone, tablet, computer, or even “walk-through” the home with a virtual reality headset. For Klug Properties exclusive Matterports, visit www.klugproperties.com
Professional photography and video is an essential part of real estate marketing. We use only the best photography and video to showcase our exclusive listings. Klug Properties regularly posts fabulous photos of our current listings and recent sales activity on all of our social media channels. If you’re interested in luxury mountain homes, alpine architecture, Aspen style and “Living Aspen” and experiencing the four season Aspen Snowmass mountain lifestyle, culture, arts, entertainment and culinary delights and happenings head over to www.facebook.com/klugproperties, www.instagram.com/klugproperties, and www.twitter.com/klugproperties.
Stay tuned for live weekly virtual showings and open houses at all of our properties in the coming months on our Instagram and Facebook channels. We have the most expansive social media reach in the local brokerage community and we will continue to get the word out about what makes these properties, neighborhoods and locations special. Tune in for valuable insights from the upper Roaring Fork Valley.
Please feel free to reach out to Klug Properties on our website, via email or phone, at any time should you have questions about any of our amazing properties, or need our help in anyway. Sending love and prayers from Aspen Snowmass to all of our clients and friends. We are here to help get through this together. I am so grateful for the friendships we have developed together through our shared passion for the Aspen Snowmass and greater Roaring Fork Valley community. I look forward to catching up with all of you again soon and welcoming you back in the Roaring Fork Valley again this summer.
Posted on March 6, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen Snowmass! It feels like springtime here, and we couldn’t be more excited for longer days, warmer temperatures, and more outdoor activities and events. There is more snow forecasted this weekend, but that can’t stop the spring fever. Read on for some exciting events going on this weekend and this upcoming week!
A long time Aspen local favorite returns to town this weekend. Partake in America’s Uphill, this Saturday March 7th at 5pm. This event attracts hundreds of racers each year. Whether you snowshoe, run, nordic ski, telemark, Radonne ski, or simply walk, you will enjoy this event. The course is 2.5 miles long and has over 3,000 vertical feet up Aspen Mountain. Race entry fee also includes a delicious Sundeck breakfast and goody bag. For registration, visit www.aspenspecialevents.com
This Saturday is International Women’s Day. Aspen Skiing Company is of course celebrating with a parade, panel discussion, and an art auction. Meet at Chair 9 on Ajax at 1:15pm this Saturday for the ski parade, which starts from Silver Bell down Spar Gulch. The panel discussion with ski industry female leaders will immediately follow this year’s parade. Enjoy an art auction from local female photographers throughout the day. Go to www.aspensnowmass.com for more information on this year’s celebrations.
Next week, yet another Aspen local favorite comes to town. The Apres Ski Cocktail classic returns starting March 12th through the 15th. This four day event is an annual slopeside celebration that blends all things apres with craft spirits. Participants can expect tasting experiences, fabulous craft cocktails, mixologist seminars and brand ambassadors, snow parties, pop-up bars, demonstrations, fireside chats, special dinners, on-mountain events and so much more. For a full run down and more information, please visit www.apresskicocktailclassic.com
Have a safe and fun Spring weekend!
Posted on March 6, 2020 by Chris Klug
It has been a slower start to 2020 for the Snowmass Village single-family market with only one single-family sale so far this year at 150 Baby Doe, a Sweeney Redevelopment, that sold this week for $7,050,000, $1,373 sold $/SF after 235 days on market. There are currently 72 active single-family listings in Snowmass Village available today. Two homes are pending sale at 462 Maple Ridge Ln. asking $2,575,000 and 432 Fairway Drive at $1,995,000. We just put 776Divide.com under contract as well, which makes three. Unfortunately, our WildridgeSnowmass.com property at 104 Wildridge fell out of contract earlier this week. We’ve been showing it multiple times a day; I’m confident we will get it back under contract soon and sold this spring. The entry level below $3 million single-family market remains the most active in Snowmass Village with locals moving up the market and second home owners needing more space and wanting to spend more time in Snowmass Village, perhaps upgrading from a condo.
Forty-five single-family homes sold in Snowmass Village the past year at an average sold price of $3,869,057, 91% sale/list, $909 avg. sold $/SF and 403 ADOM. There is currently a 19.2-month supply of single-family inventory in Snowmass Village. Over $4 million there are 47 active listings with only one pending sale. Twenty homes over $4 million sold in Snowmass Village the past year. There’s a 28-month supply of $4 million plus priced product in Snowmass Village today. Lots of options for buyers today! With all of the investment at Base Village, and the future of the Town Center and the Snowmass Club I’m very bullish on the future of Snowmass Village. I think part of the problem is that a lot of the existing inventory is dated. There are only three completed homes available today built after 2015. Our 1627WoodRoad.com and 353Terrace.com sales support that new contemporary product that checks all of the boxes is moving in Snowmass Village.
With an average single-family home price in Aspen of $7.523 million today, Snowmass represents a great value at almost half the average sold price. The future is bright and there’s lots of great options, especially if you’re not afraid of a remodel. There’s no more vibrant neighborhood than Melton Ranch I, II and III and Wildridge and Fairway Drive. If you’re looking for a ski-in/ski-out single-family property, of which there’s not a lot in Aspen - outside of Highlands, Snowmass offers some great opportunities. Call or email today if you’d like to go take a look at a few of our favorites.
Posted on February 28, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday! It’s another perfect bluebird day in Aspen Snowmass, with more to come this weekend as well as snow in Saturday night’s forecast. With spring weather practically upon us and chair lifts spinning, it may feel like winter is coming to a close. This is hardly the case. Read on for exciting events happening this weekend!
Big Wild, a local favorite, is playing at Belly Up this Friday night at 9:30pm. Big Wild is an electronic artist with his hit songs “When I Get There,” “Show Me” and “6’s to 9’s” brings “funk guitar, synth-pop sheen and disco house hooks at every turn”(Billboard) on his new album ‘Superdream.’ This show is sold out, but if you have friends or can find someone at the door- definitely check it out. For more information, head over to www.bellyupaspen.com
2020 is a Leap Year, and what better way to commemorate than Audi Power of Four and Power of Two Ski Mountaineering race series. The Audi Power of Four Race Series is a premier endurance race series utilizing the unique and amazing terrain of each of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains. Each race is designed to test the limits and skills of both elite and recreational athletes. The Power of Four Sport Division has a 6:00 AM race start in Snowmass Base Village. The Power of Two Rec Division begins at 8:00 AM at the base of Aspen Highlands. For more information and registration, go to www.aspensnowmass.com
If you’re not too exhausted from Power of Four (participating or supporting), enjoy Sunday funday back at Belly Up Aspen, this time with G. Love and Special Sauce. This alternative hip-hop trio blends “old-school blues and jazz into modern-alterna-hip-hop” (AllMusic) and brings their new album “The Juice.” Tickets are still available at www.bellyupaspen.com
Have a great Leap Day weekend!
Posted on February 21, 2020 by Katie Shapiro
With a new year underway, many of the interior design trends that have had a strong footprint in the Roaring Fork Valley in the recent past — think mountain modern and monochromatic grey on grey palettes — are already on their way out. And while many of us are still focused on New Year’s resolutions dedicated to personal refreshes, the dawn of a new decade is also the perfect time to consider updating your home. Whether you’re contemplating a one room revamp or embarking on a new property project, we tapped five of the leading local interior design experts to share what’s caught their eye most and what clients are asking for in 2020:
OPEN FLOOR PLANS, WARMER TONES
Kristin Dittmar Doremus
Kristin Dittmar Design
Courtesy Kristin Dittmar Design
The main changing trend I’m seeing is adding shades of brown. As a designer, I am seeing that more people are interested in warmer tones and a beige/brown finish provides comfort and coziness to a home. Especially looking at flooring, a natural wood finish is just so beautiful and adds warmth to a home. Clients tend to like open floor plans; we have been remodeling a lot of homes and an open floor plan is almost a must. I think people like it because it makes a home more welcoming. Instead of each room being designed for a single task, these spaces are now used for multiple activities and users are able spend time together as a family and entertain guests. 616 E. Hyman Ave., Suite 201, Aspen, 970.300.4688, KristinDittmarDesign.com
Luis Menendez Architecture: Photo by Patricia Martinez Arquitetura
We have been getting more requests from clients for amenities usually found in spas. The requests are an extension of current lifestyle choices that have a greater focus on health and wellness. Our approach to meeting these new found interests is multifaceted and the features we are incorporating in many of the new projects take different forms. Many of our designs now contain a fitness room that accommodates a variety of exercise equipment and space for yoga. Dedicated massage rooms, designed to enhance a relaxing experience, allows for a getaway within the home. While steam rooms are still the preferred sauna type in our environment, dry heat saunas are making a comeback and we have incorporated them in two recent projects. Indoor swimming pools and indoor multi-person whirlpools are also popular, along with cold plunge pools. Indoor air quality is also essential to enhancing the wellness aspect of the interiors. Selecting finishes and furnishings made of natural materials with low VOC finishes is critical to preserving the air quality. To further enhance the air quality at our high altitude, there is now the option of using central oxygen delivery systems. Blackout shades to promote better and longer sleep are the new standard in every bedroom. 715 W. Main St., Suite 104, Aspen, 970.544.4851, MenendezArchitects.com
FUN WITH WALLPAPER
Each space we design is unique and personal to each client. We love getting to know our clients and helping their mountain home come to life. An interior design trend we are having fun with is the addition of wallpaper in spaces to add visual interest, layer in texture and be playful in the space. The wallpaper we all remember growing up has been replaced with inspiring designs and textures. The wallpaper of yesteryear was a commitment that was very hard to remove if you got tired of the design and pattern. Now, Benjamin Moore has a new primer that makes wallpaper easy to remove should you decide to change the design or function of a space, thus making the wallpaper experience way more fun. 530 Basalt Ave., Basalt, 970.927.6556, CathersHome.com
Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors
Courtesy Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors
We at Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors see a turning towards the modern looks that are coming from Europe. Sleek, high performance kitchens; modern furniture that is comfortable to sit on, not just cool to look at in photographs; and amazing light fixtures. Our clients are embracing the idea that lights are the “jewelry of the home” and manufacturers are providing a vast array of interesting options. The materials and colors are being mixed more now than ever. We see two and even three metals combined gracefully into one fixture as designers are getting more bold in their use of materials. 418 E. Cooper Ave., Suite 201, Aspen, 970.925.2252, KimRaymondArchitects.com
John Rowland + Sarah Broughton
Rowland + Broughton
Courtesy Rowland + Broughton
Search “biophilia” and you’ll find references as far afield as Icelandic singer Björk’s album by that name, exploring the links between nature, music, and technology. Go deeper, and you’ll discover that psychoanalyst Erich Fromm popularized the term in the 1960s, coining “bio,” meaning “life” and “philia,” meaning “friendly feeling toward,” to describe the biological drive toward self-preservation. In the late 1970s, American biologist Edward O. Wilson expanded on the meaning, using it to describe “the rich natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.” Now you’ll find explanations and ruminations about biophilia as it relates to architecture and interior design today. Design firms worldwide, including Rowland + Broughton, are emphasizing the importance of connecting with the natural environment in their work. Encouraging personal well being by strengthening the indoor-outdoor connection in homes has become second nature, shall we say. Establishing an environment that is pleasing to the eye, soothing to the psyche, and physically comforting. As a concept, biophilic design may incorporate numerous elements and practices, such as:
- Providing direct connections to the outdoors via panoramic bifold door systems, terraces and decks
- Encouraging natural light through well-positioned windows, doors and skylights
- Utilizing natural materials, finishes and furnishings
- Incorporating the element of water by integrating natural streams or ponds, or designing water features and/or pools
- Incorporating the warming element of fire with the addition of fireplaces or firepits
- Creating abundant green areas, such as outdoor gardens and greenhouses or indoor living walls
The end result; healthy lifestyles, nurturing environments. 500 W. Main St., Aspen, 970.544.9006, RowlandandBroughton.com
Posted on February 13, 2020 by Chris Klug
Happy Valentines and Presidents weekend! We have you completely covered for the delicious decadence of Valentine’s Day, your intellectual and creative brain, as well as the need to blow off some steam during a long holiday weekend. Read on for all of the must-do’s (and eats!) in the days ahead.
Hoping to take out that special someone in your life but don’t know where to go? Check out these romantic restaurants perfect for Valentine’s Day! Snowmass Kitchen in the Westin in Snowmass Village is offering a three course meal, with three different seating times for $50 per person for the special occasion. This price includes a glass of sparkling wine. If you’re looking for an absolutely decadent meal, go to Mawa’s Kitchen located in the ABC. Enjoy a three course dinner for $85 per person featuring all of the romantic staples. Wine pairings can be added for an additional price of $45 per person. Named one of the top five most romantic restaurants in the country by Food Network, French Alpine Bistro in Aspen is the hot spot on Valentine’s Day. You do not want to miss their curated 4 course Valentine’s dinner menu, which is available for $175 per person with a wine pairing option. Visit www.eataspen.com for more information on these delicious Valentine’s dinners.
If you’re looking to delve into your creative side, take part in Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program: 2020 Winter Seminars. From an opening reception on Friday, February 14th and concluding Monday afternoon following the final seminar session, enjoy three four-hour seminar sessions with free time and morning activities. This year’s moderators include Thomas Chatterton Williams, José M. de Areilza, Dina Temple-Raston, and Harvey Rishikof. To learn more, go to www.aspeninstitute.org
Needing to burn a few calories for a good cause after all of the Valentine’s sweets? Enter the 8th Annual Ski for the Pass on Sunday, February 16th. This scenic 4.2 mile/ 7 km classic ski race starts at the Winter Gate on Independence Pass and ends at Lincoln Creek, and benefits the Independence Pass Foundation. For more details and registration information, please visit www.independencepass.org
Have a wonderful, safe, and happy long weekend!