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About Bob Essin

Family, Friends, and Country. Texas and Colorado. Sports and mountain activities.

Skied Thursday.  Snow was great.  Stayed on fresh and one day groomers.  Snow started at 7:30 am this morning, Saturday, and already we’ve had 5 or 6 inches.  I’m working in the office today but I’m planning to get on the slopes again tomorrow.  When I walked from the parking structure to the office this morning, I was regretting that the streets are free of snow because of the underground melt.  Just doesn’t look right, but it is a lot easier to walk with your ski boots on without slipping I guess.  I recently checked into buying a parking space practically on the slopes which included a great locker for ski gear, but it was being sold “AS IS” and “WITH ASSUMPTION OF ALL RISKS”.  What’s with that?  Are they expecting it to cave in because of snow load or fill up with water from an underground river or whatever???  It’s a pretty new structure.  I was spooked and found a CD doing 2 percent for new money.  Not much return these days but I guess I’m glad I didn’t put it in stocks since the market just dropped over 2500 points in a few days.  Prices in the Village for real estate went up dramatically in 2017 and now it is filtering out to outlying areas on the bus route.  Pretty soon if this keeps up we will outstrip prices reached in 2007.  If you enjoy Vail, summer and winter, and plan to be here, it is a good plan to buy property here.  It’s not what I would call a traditional investment that pays for itself over 20 years from rentals so you need a pretty strong nut of discretional wealth to do it or steady high income.  Still snowing, GREAT.  It[s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob


Big News in the Ski Industry!!!  Vail Resorts has contracted to buy Whistler in Canada.  The Epic Pass will not include it this year unless they can figure out a way to do it before or possibly soon after the deal closes.  Lots of stock certificates and cash are getting ready to change hands.  This can’t just be another funny money deal since I live here in Vail and it’s news that affects what’s happening here, right?  Maybe I should sell out or maybe I should double down and buy another property or maybe I will probably just sit tight?  How much, if any, will it affect what happens here now or in the future?  It’s kind of a one horse town, except for the mountains and the streams and the summers and the falls when many locals hardly know that Vail Resorts exists.  For 5 months we have skiing.  For a month on either side it is pretty quiet.  Then we have the wonderful summer and fall in the rockies.  The ski mountain is trying to justify its existence with activities that help it and the local communities and retail shops and restaurants do well when the skiing stops.  That would happen without the summer ski mountain but maybe it helps some.  Gives the parents and kids another resource for a day or two.  Gives some employees a job and full health insurance coverage I think.  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob.

Bob Essin, Gateway Land and Development Real Estate,,, 970.376.4484





Vail Lifeitsownself August 1, 2016

Vail Valley hiking and biking trails

This is a wonderful time to visit the Vail and Beaver Creek areas.  July and August and even September are great.  Mountain weather, shops, restaurants, activities hiking, biking, fishing, mushrooming, festivals, it’s all here, the best.

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Get out of that heat you are living in for a little while.  Getting into properties to show them is sometimes difficult, but this is the best time to buy and sell except for a few months in the winter during ski season.  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Land and Development Company,, 970.376-4484,, Let Me Be Your Realtor


Another Bluebird day in Vail.  When I got to the office this morning about 8 am, a fisherman was working Gore Creek for trout.  You can usually see them pooling from the International Bridge which is on the north side of the Sitzmark Lodge.  We are in a great location on the west side.  Stop in any time at our separate entrance.  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Land and Development,,, 970-376-4484


Lifeitsownself, Vail, July 24, 2016

If you are not in Vail today, maybe you should be.  It’s starting out as a blue bird day but will probably cloud up some later with a chance of showers.  Temperature should stay below 80 degrees but in the direct sunlight it will feel warmer.  Last night it was in the 50s.  Gore Creek looks great.

The Merchants were setting up their tents and tables for today’s market, besides the retail shops, extra food, art, clothes, and fresh veggies.

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We had a nice meeting on Thursday with our National and International Partner, LEVERAGE.


Look them up on line or just go to our website,  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin,, 970-376-4484,



Fireworks tonight in Avon!

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Fireworks in Vail tomorrow night.  The farmer markets vendors are setting up in Vail for the day as I write this.  Food, Clothing, Art Work of all kinds.

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My favorite is Bob, the Hawaiian Crispy Wafers vendor from Alamosa, CO, 719.587.3892.  I have a nice selection for people to enjoy at our office in Vail during the 4th of July Parade tomorrow.  I’m still peddling real estate here in Vail if you have a mind to check it out.  The internet is great but a little talking can go a long way too in finding what you want and can afford that fits you fast.  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

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Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate,,, 970.376.4484

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The Town of Vail looks great with the trees all out and the flowers in bloom and Gore Creek with big flows.  The Fourth of July Parade is this Monday and the office is by the International Bridge and will be a great place to see it.

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If you read this and are in Town come by for a place on the deck or in the street and have some refreshments.  The weather forecast is great.  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate,,, 970.376.4484

Lifeitsownself Vail 6-25-16


It’s starting out like another Blue Bird Day, not a cloud in the sky, cool, shirt sleeves or t-shirt or sleeveless.  Streams are running high but clear, lots to do.  Nice article in the Vail Daily about fishing.  Do it, come to Vail.  Get out of the heat where you are now.


It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate,,, 970-376-4484

GO PRO was last week.  This week it is KING OF THE MOUNTAIN, the USA’s largest  2- person VOLLEYBALL tournament.  It isn’t summer on the calendar yet but it feels like summer.  It is a great time to be in Vail.  The high trails and lakes above 10,500 feet have not melted of ice and snow, but snow shoes are fun, easy to rent.and use.  The creeks and streams are high but running clear.  The last several mornings have been in the high 40s with the daily high in the 70s. The golf courses and restaurants and shops are all open.   The River Rafting on Gore Creek is great and we can see it from our office window on the North side.  Come and see us.  Have a great Father’s day tomorrow.  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate,,, 970-376-4484