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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Within the Vail Valley, few neighborhoods have the variety of properties with such commanding views like Wildridge does.? Located north of Avon and across from Beaver Creek, Wildridge faces south getting great sunshine all day long with magnificent views?above Beaver Creek to?the Sawatch range.

Great View from Wildridge

There are currently 27 duplex or single family homes in Wildridge available for purchase in the Vail MLS system.? Prices range from $650,000 up to $1,875,000.? There are many new constructions in this area, as it is one of the last upvalley?locales that had affordable land prices.? (please note the word:? had)? Many of these new constructions have crossed the $400/sf barrier, while some of the older properties represent a good value below $300/sf.

There are currently 6 single family?or duplex?homes?under contract, ranging in list price from $739K to $2.65M.? And since the beginning of the year, 3 homes have sold with an average price just over $1.7M.

To learn more about Wildridge and the real estate market, please contact me anytime.

Just a couple exits down the I-70 from Vail, Avon is well known as the gateway to Beaver Creek.? For locals, it?s a stop on our weekly to do list as the home of the most price sensitive grocery & everything else stores in the Valley. ?While other area of the valley shy away from big chain names, Avon proudly homes well known names like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Outback Steak House, Pier 1, Sports Authority and Radio Shack.? At the center of town, Nottingham Lake lends a beautiful and peaceful side to balance out the town and gives us a perfect place for community festivities including Colorado?s largest display of fireworks on the 4th of July.? Avon also offers a library, recreation center and plenty of pocket parks and playgrounds.?

Not far from the lake the new gondola from the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa offers skier access to Beaver Creek Mountain without having to drive up to the lift.? In fact, the former skier shuttle from the parking lot at the bottom of Beaver Creek has been redirected to the new gondola so unless you want to pay for parking up top, you?ll end up checking out the new ride.

Moving forward with the newly developed master plan, the town will incorporate the Westin Resort into a pedestrian friendly downtown area, including a Main Street, something Avon has always lacked.?

For the homebuyer, Avon is an excellent location within walking or bus ride distance to everything.? There are numerous condos and town houses around the lake and near the gondola that are perfect for second home owners, rentals and locals wanting to be in the middle of it all.? Across the interstate from Eagle-Vail, a new development is under works that will result in 2,400 homes, a cultural and recreation center, a new school and over 500 acres of open space and parks.?

For more information on Avon or other Vail Valley real estate contact Karen Gilbert at 970-331-1482 or karen@gatewayland.com, or visit my website www.karensellsvail.com.

The Vail Valley will?now see a new planned development in Wolcott.? For generations a sleepy ranching community, Wolcott is set to be the last large (2600 acres) upper valley acreage that will see a master planned community.? Wolcott will be developed with its history as?a factor, an important factor for the Jouflas families that have owned this land for decades.

The plans are in their infancy, but both?Eagle County and the developer, Hermes Resort Properties,?want?to do it right.? This beautiful stretch of the valley is home to Red Sky Ranch, has miles of river frontage, and acres of valley floor and alpine ranch sites.? Located just west of Edwards, Wolcott could become the new heart of the Vail Valley if built out well.

Stay tuned for more updates as this exciting project becomes more detailed and works its way through the county.

When it comes to families, Eagle-Vail has it all: quiet neighborhood streets, pocket parks, a swim and tennis club, a Par-3, 18 hole golf course, a community pavilion, a pond, Battle Mountain High School and Meadow Mountain Elementary School.? This residential neighborhood, just 5 minutes from Beaver Creek and 10 minutes from Vail is part of the Town of Avon.? It backs up to the National Forest, providing access to numerous hiking and biking trails.? Previously a?backcountry ski route, Polly’s Plunge is now a?marked trail?off of?Beaver Creek’s Rose Bowl that drops skiers off on the Eagle-Vail Golf Course.? In the winter, the golf course becomes a haven for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.?

One of Vail?s older neighborhoods, Eagle-Vail homes come in every type, shape, size and age.? Many have been remodeled and plenty have not so if you?re looking for a fixer upper, or want it all done for you, you can find it here.? A nearby business area gives residents access to shopping, dining and services and is home to one of our favorite Italian restaurants ? Ti Amo.?

For more information on Eagle-Vail or other Vail Valley real estate contact?Karen Gilbert at 970-331-1482 or karen@gatewayland.com, or visit my website www.karensellsvail.com.

Find your Mountain Home online!? Go to www.karensellsvail.com/PropertySearch.cfm for a free, no obligation Vail property search.

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To get to know more of the Vail Valley, read some of my other blogs:

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: East Vail

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Nestled against the Gore Range at the bottom of Vail Pass

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Vail Golf Course

Small, quiet golf course neighborhood walking distance to Vail Village

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Vail Village

The heart of the ski town, Vail Village offers more than just skiing

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Sandstone and Potato Patch

Sandstone and Potato Patch have sunny days and amazing views

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Glen Lyon / Cascade Village

Glen Lyon / Cascade Village neighborhood west of Vail boasts chairlift and upscale homes.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: West Vail

West Vail is a close-knit community with easy access to world class outdoors.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Minturn & Red Cliff

Minturn and Red Cliff give small town Western influence to Vail?s resort community

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Eagle-Vail

Eagle-Vail is a family oriented neighborhood between Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Avon

The gateway to Beaver Creek, small town Avon has big city convenience.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Wildridge

Quiet and sun baked, Wildridge offers breathtaking mountain views

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is full of fun with Village to Village skiing and unlimited summer festivals

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Bachelor Gulch

Ultra exclusive and luxurious Bachelor Gulch is the mid-point of Beaver Creek?s village-to-village skiing

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Arrowhead

Private and intimate, Arrowhead is perfectly situated for outdoors and convenience.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Edwards

The popular one stop town, Edwards, has it all: shopping, dining, businesses, parks and recreation

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Homestead

Whey we love Homestead: location, convenience, club and family community

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Singletree

Singletree lends fantastic golf, incredible views and a southwestern flair to the northern side of Edwards.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Lake Creek

Lake Creek property is secluded and sought after and its trials are a big hit with local athletes.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Cordillera

4 luxurious and unique neighborhoods make up the private golf community surrounded by national forest.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Wolcott / Bellyache Ridge

Ranching heritage meets new development in the Valley’s last undeveloped town, Wolcott.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Eagle

Warmer temps and bigger spaces draw us down valley to Eagle.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Eagle Ranch ?

Warmer climate, majestic mountain views and space to enjoy draw us to Eagle Ranch.


Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Eby Creek Mesa

Surrounded by open space, the small and sunny Eby Creek Mesa is the gem down valley.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Gypsum?

Warm and sunny Gypsum offers a traditional neighborhood within a mountain setting

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Avon’s newest luxury residences on Nottingham Lake has spectacular views of Beaver Creek. These world class residences feature gourmet kitchens with Wolf and Subzero appliances, custom?knotty alder cabinetry, hand hewn hickory wood flooring, private garages, air conditioning?and much more!?

There are 10 large, open floor plans in Bel Lago ranging in size from 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms, with some featuring lofts.

Enjoy all that Avon has to offer from?ice skating, world class skiing, fishing, mountain biking and the best views of the Fourth of July Celebration.? For a tour of Bel Lago please give Betsy Randall a call at (970) 401-3011 or email: betsy@gatewayland.com.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary season, the Vail Valley Foundation has once again booked many outstanding performers for the summer 2008 season at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.? Here are a few of the artists you don’t want to miss.

Richard Marx & Matt Scannell????June 29???

Clint Black???????????????????????????? July 12

Emmy Lou Harris???????????????????? July 17

The Music of Abba????????????????? July 23

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo???????? Aug 11

Al Green????????????????????????????????Sept 1

You can view all the concerts coming to the Beaver Creek Vilar Center at www.vilarcenter.org.

Many of the events sell out quickly, you tickets should be purchased soon.? You may order tickets on line at: www.vilarpac.org or call: (888) 920-ARTS (2787).

For information on what’s coming up for the summer season in the Vail Valley, please call: Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 or email: betsy@gatewayland.com.

Located along the banks of the Eagle River just 10 minutes southwest of Vail, the historic town of Minturn has kept its old west personality.? Signs of the town?s former mining and railroad identity abound amongst the shops, galleries and restaurants that line the quaint and personable Main Street.? During the winter Minturn is most known for the Minturn Mile, a backcountry ski run that takes you from Vail Mountain right past the Saloon where the chips and margaritas take the edge off sore ski legs.? In the summer, Minturn vibrates with activity from kayak races, the Minturn Jazz Festival and the Minturn Farmers Market (one of the biggest social scenes in the Valley).? The Turntable restaurant reminds us of what made Minturn a town over a century ago with a miniature train set that runs around the restaurant above the booths.

10 miles past Minturn, Red Cliff is tucked back in the surrounding rock.? With its sheltered location and higher altitude Red Cliff enjoys beautiful privacy and the quiet sounds of nature.? It also gets less sun so it stays colder and holds the snow longer.? On a scenic drive between Vail and Leadville, or to see Camp Hale (where the WWII 10th Mountain Division soldiers trained), stop in Red Cliff at Mangos for fish tacos.?

While Minturn and Red Cliff step slowly towards Vail?s modern day standards of homes, and you can find newer constructed homes, there are just as many older homes with more charm and character than the old trucks sitting in their front yards.?

With Ginn Development Company?s new efforts to build Battle Mountain Resort, a private ski and golf resort on the south side of Minturn, heading towards Red Cliff, more rapid change is in the towns? futures.? The old houses are being bought up, remodeled or ripped down and re-built.? Whether Ginn Resorts has sped up the process, or if Vail?s New Dawn was bound to spread southwest, Minturn and Red Cliff are on the train to a facelift of their own.

For more information on Minturn, Red Cliff or other Vail Valley real estate contact please call or email me or visit my website below.

Heading west from Vail Village the valley opens up, lending to West Vail?s greater size and number of pocket neighborhoods compared to East Vail and Vail Village.? Popular with locals and second homeowners alike, West Vail offers conveniences of groceries, dining and free transportation into town, along with world class outdoor activities of biking, fly-fishing and hiking.?

Separated by the interstate, the northern and southern sides of West Vail are quite unique.? The southern side (the Vail Mountain side) in an alpine setting amongst tall trees and fields of wildflowers (or snow).? The Matterhorn and Intermountain neighborhoods of south West Vail sit along the recreation path that runs along the creek from East Vail to Minturn.? Advanced skiers can ski home to these southern neighborhoods and everyone else can take the free Town of Vail bus.

The northern, exposed, side of West Vail boasts long days of sunshine and breathtaking views of the Gore Range Mountains and the Vail Valley.? With world class biking trails and hiking trails above, the shops and restaurants below and the post office down the street, this side of town is bustling with activity.

West Vail?s close-knit community attracts all types of residents.? Each neighborhood has a multitude of properties from condos to single family homes ranging from older & outdated to new & updated.? West Vail homes those who want to live and play in the mountains without paying the downtown Vail premium.?

For more information on West Vail or other Vail Valley real estate contact?Karen Gilbert at 970-331-1482 or karen@gatewayland.com, or visit my website www.karensellsvail.com.

?Find your Mountain Home online!? Go to www.karensellsvail.com/PropertySearch.cfm for a free, no obligation Vail property search.

To get to know more of the Vail Valley, read some of my other blogs:

Getting to Know the Vail Valley: East Vail

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Nestled against the Gore Range at the bottom of Vail Pass

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Vail Golf Course

Small, quiet golf course neighborhood walking distance to Vail Village

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Vail Village

The heart of the ski town, Vail Village offers more than just skiing

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Sandstone and Potato Patch

Sandstone and Potato Patch have sunny days and amazing views

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Glen Lyon / Cascade Village

Glen Lyon / Cascade Village neighborhood west of Vail boasts chairlift and upscale homes.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: West Vail

West Vail is a close-knit community with easy access to world class outdoors.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Minturn & Red Cliff

Minturn and Red Cliff give small town Western influence to Vail?s resort community

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Eagle-Vail

Eagle-Vail is a family oriented neighborhood between Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Avon

The gateway to Beaver Creek, small town Avon has big city convenience.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Wildridge

Quiet and sun baked, Wildridge offers breathtaking mountain views

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is full of fun with Village to Village skiing and unlimited summer festivals

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Bachelor Gulch

Ultra exclusive and luxurious Bachelor Gulch is the mid-point of Beaver Creek?s village-to-village skiing

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Arrowhead

Private and intimate, Arrowhead is perfectly situated for outdoors and convenience.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Edwards

The popular one stop town, Edwards, has it all: shopping, dining, businesses, parks and recreation

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Homestead

Whey we love Homestead: location, convenience, club and family community

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Singletree

Singletree lends fantastic golf, incredible views and a southwestern flair to the northern side of Edwards.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Lake Creek

Lake Creek property is secluded and sought after and its trials are a big hit with local athletes.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Cordillera

4 luxurious and unique neighborhoods make up the private golf community surrounded by national forest.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Wolcott / Bellyache Ridge

Ranching heritage meets new development in the Valley’s last undeveloped town, Wolcott.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Eagle

Warmer temps and bigger spaces draw us down valley to Eagle.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Eagle Ranch ?

Warmer climate, majestic mountain views and space to enjoy draw us to Eagle Ranch.


Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Eby Creek Mesa

Surrounded by open space, the small and sunny Eby Creek Mesa is the gem down valley.

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Getting to Know the Vail Valley: Gypsum?

Warm and sunny Gypsum offers a traditional neighborhood within a mountain setting

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The first quarter of 2008 has come and gone, and the sales numbers are down across the board, except for the high-end market.? The high end market is seeing one of its best years ever.? There have been 25 residential transactions over $4 million through March 2008.? It would seem the segment of the population not affected by unstable financial markets are acquiring resort property in earnest.

The total sales volume of $228 million for March was 86% of last years March total.? The total number of transactions for the month, 145, is down 31% from last year and down over 50% from 2005.? The current trend is a decreasing numbers of transactions, with somewhat stable prices, leading to increasing average sales prices.? (this is somewhat misleasding, as individual homes are not seeing this price appreciation in the current market.)

Please contact me to recieve the March 2008 and the Year-To-Date sales statistics for Eagle County in PDF form,?or to discuss the Vail Valley real estate market.