Posted on September 13, 2019 by Chris Klug
Another gorgeous Fall weekend is upon us, and it is once again full of enjoyable events! Off season is slowly approaching, and the gorgeous golden colors are starting to appear. There is still plenty to do as the seasons turn.
Starting September 12th through the 15th, Lead with Love hosts their Aspen Retreat at the Aspen Meadows Resort. This popular event is centered around restorative workshops, yoga, and mediation. The retreat also features adventures in and around Aspen, farm to table meals, biking, and even forest bathing! To register and learn more about this retreat, visit https://ileadwithlove.org/aspen2019
One of Snowmass Village’s most popular Fall events is this weekend. Since 1991, the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village has been hosting the Snowmass Wine Festival. The Wine Festival has grown from just the Grand Tasting to a weekend-long event including an exclusive Wine Dinner. This year’s Wine Dinner at the Viceroy Hotel has sold out, but there are still tickets available to the Grand Tasting, on Saturday September 14th! (https://www.snowmasswinefestival.com/) Enjoy the changing fall colors and some of the best views of Snowmass Village from Town Park while sipping wine and savoring delicious bites from various local restaurants. There will be over 35 wineries represented, plus six distilleries for those who don’t prefer wine. Some of our favorite featured restaurants include Home Team BBQ, Il Poggio, Jimmy’s, The Edge, and Toro. Stop by these booths early to get the best portion size, and before they run out of yummy food! In case wine, food, and great views weren’t enticing enough, partake in the stocked silent auction featuring local art, goods, and wine from the participating vendors. This event is a local’s favorite, don’t miss out!
After the Grand Tasting, head up to Snowmass Base Village for the Aspen Snowmass Motoring Classic. Come check out this car show from 9am-12pm on Sunday, September 15th. Swoon over luxury cars from Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, Audi, Corvette, and Viper. This year, the Ducati Club of Denver will be showcasing 30 different types of motorcycles. The best part? This event is FREE and family-friendly.
Some may say off season is here, but it sure doesn’t feel like it! Enjoy the weekend!
Posted on September 6, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy End of Summer! After a jam-packed Labor Day weekend with beautiful weather and awesome music, we are ready for fall, and even looking forward to winter!
This past Wednesday, Aspen Chamber Resort Association hosted their annual event the Afternoon Blend at the Sundeck on top of Aspen Mountain. Aspen Skiing Company officials spoke to the local business crowd about the past, memorable winter and the upcoming winter season.
Last season was the longest recorded season at Aspen, with 168 days. Two people logged 167 skier days. One skier, not a patroller, logged 115 Highlands Bowl laps. Skier visits at all four mountains were up 20% from last season. Wow! Beyond all of these impressive records, Aspen Skiing Company made history by joining the Ikon Pass last season. This season, Premier Passholders will also have the base Ikon Pass. Passholders must redeem this benefit online by December 12th.
Winter is quickly approaching (only 83 days until ski season!), but there are still plenty of fun ways to enjoy the gorgeous Fall season in Aspen Snowmass. This weekend is filled with classic and soon-to-be classic events in Snowmass.
The 44th annual Snowmass Balloon Festival kicks off on Friday, September 6th. Each morning from 7-10am, over 30 hot air balloons will be on display and launching from Town Park. Balloon Night Glow, the festival’s most popular event, is tonight. Stop by Town Park between 6-9pm to see the balloons all lit up against the night sky, kids activities, pilot games, and enjoy food and drinks from local vendors.
The 2nd annual Cidermass is also this weekend on the Snowmass Village Mall from 1-4pm. Taste hard ciders from over 20 different vendors and enjoy a (hopefully) beautiful fall day. Tickets are available online for $35 or $45 day of and include the tasting plus your own glass.
After Cidermass, take the Skittles Gondola down to Snowmass Base Village to enjoy Snowmass Septemberfest from 4-7pm. Kids and adults alike can enjoy lawn games and activities, plus face painters, a bouncy house, and a petting zoo- just for kids! Enjoy food and beverages from Base Village restaurants, peruse local vendors showcasing and selling goods- there is truly something for everyone at this awesome FREE event!
Posted on January 11, 2019 by Chris Klug
Happy 2019 Wintersköl from Aspen! The 68th Annual Wintersköl takes place January 10-13, 2019. This is an incredible community event with fun activities for kids and adults. Get excited for snow sculptures, a bonfire at Wagner Park, music, fireworks, an evening torchlight descent on Aspen Mountain, and much more! Check out the full Schedule of Events Here. I hope to see you around Aspen this weekend at all the great events.
Posted on March 16, 2018 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen! We got a little more spring snow last night with more in the forecast for Sunday. March is a great time of year in Aspen for many fun spring events. Kick of the weekend tonight with sunset skiing on Aspen Mountain followed by a party under the stars at the Sundeck. Click here for more details. If you want to continue your Friday night, G. Love and Special Sauce are playing at Belly up. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $65 for reserved seating. Doors open at 9:00 PM. For a more relaxing experience on Saturday morning, check out Morning Meditation at O2 Aspen at their new location at 408 S. Mill Street. On Saturday evening, Bumps restaurant at the base of Buttermilk Mountain hosts their annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, which benefits the charity assistance fund for the needy in the Roaring Fork Valley. Enjoy traditional Irish cuisine and live Irish music by The Crowlin Feries. On Sunday check out Clicquot in the Snow on the patio at Ajax Tavern. This fun spring party offers the perfect place to apres-ski with locals and visitors alike.
Check out my exclusive listing below at 633 W. Francis Street in Aspen’s West End. Traditional meets contemporary in this home located on a 6,018 sq. ft. corner lot. Enjoy Aspen and Shadow Mountain views from the south facing walkout living room deck. Every room connects to the outdoors with almost 1,000 sq. ft. of decks and patios. An architectural glass elevator accesses all levels. The completely renovated main level master features an open layout with a TV lounge area warmed by a gas fireplace. Calcutta gold marble adorns the master bath with steam shower and dual vanities. It is just a few blocks to the Aspen Institute and the Benedict Music Tent. You can't beat the quality and location of this home! www.633WestFrancis.com
Posted on December 16, 2016 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen! It’s snowing hard outside and expected to continue all day. Bring it on! I’m hoping for a white Christmas! I wanted to share some of great events going on this weekend! The Aspen World Snow Polo Championships take place this weekend at Rio Grande Park. The tournament is one of the most prestigious snow polo events in the world and attracts top players from around the country. Polo enthusiast from around the world as well as the local Roaring Fork Valley fans will be participating. For more information click here. This Saturday, the St. Regis is hosting their Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony between 5-7p.m. This is the third leg in the local tree lighting circuit. Sardy House and Little Nell were both big hits the past two weekends. The hot cocoa at Little Nell’s tree lighting was among the best. With a three and a five-year-old I don’t miss local tree lightings and cookie and cocoa opportunities. I’m hosting open house today, Friday, December 16th from 2-4 p.m. at 1096 Waters Avenue, a spectacular contemporary downtown Aspen dream home. Have a wonderful weekend! Keep doing your snow dance. Happy holidays ahead!
Please Join us for an Open House TODAY Friday December 16th | 2-4 PM
4 bedrooms \ 4.5 bathrooms \ 2,435 livable, heated sq. ft.
Posted on August 4, 2016 by Chris Klug
After a slow first half of 2016 our town is full and buyers are looking. There's no better place to be this time of the year than Aspen Snowmass. Real estate activity really increased in July; I put almost fifteen million under contract the past weeks. There were a number of macro economic factors that sidelined buyers through the first two quarters of 2016 including: the strength of the Dollar, fluctuating equities markets, the price of oil, and an election year. On the heels of a great 2015, buyers were on edge; you could find reasons not to purchase a new home the first half of 2016. I had a great conversation Tuesday morning with my co-workers. We discussed why now is a great time to purchase a home in Aspen Snowmass. Here are the Top Ten Reasons it makes sense today:
Top Ten Reasons Now is the Time to Buy in Aspen Snowmass:
- Quality of life. There is no better!
- Recreational opportunities abound including endless uncrowded single-track.
- Great property choices with increased inventory. Increased selection, encourages offers.
- Use it now. Don't postpone memories and chapters!
- Safe harbor. Shelter. Not volatile. Preservation of wealth. Preserver of individual wealth and ability to use and enjoy opposed to stock or treasury certificate. Historically appreciation strong in Aspen.
- Interest rates all time low.
- Opportunity cost - yield is so low for safe income instrument such as bond or CD.
- August is a great time to make offers with off-season approaching.
- Security! Colorado first choice, easy to get to, safe, secure, and beautiful winter and summer.
- Looking long term - buying this for your family for a long time.
I anticipate a very busy August and September ahead. Call or email me today to learn more about the best values and properties in Aspen Snowmass today and get your memories started.
Posted on July 21, 2016 by Chris Klug
Aspen is an adventurous place with incredible surroundings and an active community. Our alpine community is chock-full of wilderness, world class hiking, and biking. However, every so often you need some motivation for that last trek up the mountain or push up the hill. If conveniently placed, local taverns and restaurants can be the perfect source of that motivation. Here are a few hideaways to help you earn that greasy burger and ice-cold brew.
Hike to the top of Aspen Mountain. Take switchbacks or the steep face up to find incredible views, giant chess, frisbee golf, ping-pong, and the famous Sundeck. Feed camp robber birds french fries from your hand, while surrounded by a beautiful mountainous view. It is a somewhat challenging hike that can take up to 3 hours, but the spectacular views, games, cold drinks, music and good food make it worthwhile. Don't miss live music on the weekends.
For the cyclists, there is a simple ride to the Woody Creek Tavern. A bar made famous by the legendary local writer Hunter S. Thompson, and his mad run for Mayor of Aspen. It is a simple casual ride that is about 4 miles down the Rio Grand Trail. Today, the restaurant offers a mix of American and Mexican influenced dishes and is ideal for an icy margarita on a sunny day.
Lastly for those looking for a challenge, consider riding the distance to the Pine Creek Cook House at Ashcroft. A stunning mountain dining experience complete with spectacular views of the Elk Mountain Ridge, and gourmet lunches and dinners.
Enjoy our beautiful summer while it lasts and take advantage of the plethora of outdoor activities, refreshing drinks, and fantastic food.
Posted on August 14, 2015 by Mary Kate
Aspen is still in full summer swing, hotels are at 100% occupancy with visitors and adventurers here to enjoy the outdoors as well as music, art and activities. We’ve had lots of sunshine and perfect temperatures this week. I have been taking advantage of the summer by hosting many open house luncheons and lots of showings. Showing activity has really ramped up the past two weeks. This week was the busiest week of summer for me in terms of showings. I am excited to share an awesome new listing that I just launched, Timber Ridge 1-E.
We’ve had a strong start to August sales with another nearly $3,000 a sq. ft. sale at 250 Willoughby Way, a 9,196 sq. ft. brand new contemporary home on Red Mountain that traded this week for $26,723,833, $2,906 sold price per sq. ft and it’s uncompleted. 150 Difficult Lane also closed this week in Morningstar for 10.6 million, just over $2,000 a sq. ft. This was one of my favorite homes, a beautiful contemporary Zone 4 designed home on 2.25 acres overlooking the Roaring Fork River and Difficult wetlands with east facing views of Sunshine and New York Peaks. Here’s a look at August real estate activity in Aspen Snowmass and upcoming events. I listed this week Unit 1-E at Timber Ridge; I’ve already had a few great showings and a very busy open house. A complete Rowland + Broughton contemporary remodel was done to this spacious one-bedroom Aspen Condominium. I love the clever use of space - a Rowland + Broughton signature characteristic. It’s located at the base of South Aspen Street with easy ski access to Lift 1A – home of World Cup Ski Racing in Aspen, and the 2017 World Cup Finals. This 680 sq. ft. condo has bamboo flooring throughout, and Carrera Marble countertops and cherry cabinetry finishes in the kitchen. It’s sold furnished with modern Room and Board appointments. Low HOA dues, strong rental history with no short-term restrictions, and pets allowed for owners make this a versatile property that’s walking distance to everything Aspen.
Tomorrow I am racing in my sixth Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race. I’m proud to be racing with seventeen teammates in support of Chris Klug Foundation and organ and tissue donation awareness. We are raising funds and awareness to help the 123,000 people awaiting a life-saving transplant across our country today. I’m still doing some last minute fund raising if you want to support Team CKF, https://www.crowdrise.com/2015Leadville100MTBTeamCKF/fundraiser/chrisklug
My goal is to break eight hours and show the world what’s possible after a liver transplant. I celebrated fifteen years last week since my liver transplant at University Hospital in Denver. Tomorrow I race in honor of my donor family and to show the world what’s possible after a transplant.
The Ride for the Cure is also happening in Aspen tomorrow which tours some of the road biking classics in Aspen: Maroon Bells, Castle Creek, Owl Creek, Snowmass Creek and Capital Creek and back over McLain Flats. It’s a great ride for a good cause. The USA Pro Challenge returns to Aspen next week. On Wednesday, August 19th cyclist ride from Copper Mountain over Independence Pass finishing in downtown Aspen. Don’t plan any downtown Aspen showings that day because town will be shut down for a giant cycling party. Thursday racers head back over the pass out of town. Next weekend is the final weekend of the Aspen Music Festival. Throwing a blanket on the outside lawn with my family and enjoying a drink is a favorite summertime tradition. Also I’d recommend checking out the new Hummingbird mountain bike trail in Hunter Creek Valley. The wildflowers are beautiful in the high country now too. Have a fun weekend. Call or email anytime if I can be of help in anyway. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Posted on July 17, 2015 by Mary Kate
Happy Friday! The weekend is supposed to be warm, sunny and beautiful so get out outside and enjoy it! Take a look at some of the events going on over the weekend.
Le Freak Lounge Summer Benefit for Jazz Aspen Snowmass Music Education and Performing Programming starts at 6 pm tonight, Friday July 17. Buy your tickets here! DeVotchKa is playing at BellyUp Aspen tonight, Friday, July 17 at 8 pm. Click here for tickets! Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has a performance tomorrow, July 18, 2015 at 8 pm. Click here for tickets. The Aspen Music Festival has plenty of performances at the Benedict Tent this weekend. Click here to view the calendar of events.
Let's look at what's going on with the Aspen Snowmass Real Estate Market. It continues to be hot! Forty-one properties are currently under contract in Aspen, with an average list price per sq. ft. of $1,508. Two properties closed in Aspen this week. 1300 Red Butte Drive, listed by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty, sold yesterday for $6,500,000, $1,286 sold price per sq. ft. 205 South Galena Street #13 sold for $2,375,000, $3,321 sold price per sq. ft. Another Penthouse, 623 E. Hopkins Avenue, went under contract and sold for $8,301,500 before hitting the Aspen MLS. Six properties have closed in Aspen this July, with an average sold price of $5,247,917 and an average sold price per sq. ft. of $1,581. The average sold price per sq. ft. has consistently been increasing every month since the beginning of 2015. Snowmass has also been seeing more action. Two properties closed over $7,000,000 in Snowmass last week. 849 Serviceberry Lane closed for $7,200,000, $1,387 sold price per sq. ft. 511 Edgewood Lane closed for $12,000,000, $2,424 sold price per sq. ft. This is the highest sold price per sq. ft. in the history of Snowmass Village. The Aspen Market is really strong and we're seeing more activity in Snowmass Village.
I am excited to announce a great new listing at Smuggler Park! 321 Oak Lane is listed for $849,000. The spacious home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a laundry room, lots of natural light and south facing views of Aspen Mountain. Aspen School District, low HOA's, and an easy walk or ride to everything in Aspen are a few of the advantages of this single-family Smuggler Park home. You can't find a better deal anywhere in Aspen. Call me if you are interested. The property is getting lots of interest.
Please contact me if you would like my receive my monthly Aspen Real Estate Market Reports. I am an expert on the market and would love to share my knowledge with you. Have an awesome weekend! Thanks for checking in.
Posted on July 10, 2015 by Mary Kate
Two properties over ten million dollars closed within the last two days in Aspen and Snowmass. 1110 E Waters Avenue located in the Aspen core closed for $11,000,000, $1,515 sold price per square foot. 511 Edgewood Lane located in Snowmass Village off of Wood Run closed for $12,000,000, $2,424 sold price per sq. ft. This is the highest sold price per square foot in the history of Snowmass Village! Fourteen properties priced over ten million dollars have sold since the beginning of 2015. 991 Moore Drive, listed for $16,950,000, $1,695 list price per sq. ft., by Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty just went under contract located in Five Trees. The Aspen Real Estate market is hot!
We are in full summer swing here in Aspen! Town is packed and there is plenty of fun activities and events to see and do. Saturday Market starts tomorrow morning at 8 am - 3 pm in downtown Aspen. Check out local artwork, crafts, jewelry and food. Hike up the Ute Trail to the top of Aspen Mountain and enjoy free live classical music on Saturday or free live bluegrass on Sunday 12-3 pm both days. Country Folk Legend John Prine plays Belly Up tonight, Friday, July 10th at 8:00 pm. The Aspen Chamber Symphony is playing at the Benedict tent tonight at 7:30 pm as well. A recital by Tacaks Quartet is playing on Sunday, July 12 at 8:00 pm. Click here for more information about the Aspen Music Festival!
Have a fun and safe weekend. Happy Living Aspen!