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Arrowhead Condominium for Sale

When browsing the MLS today I found the lowest price per square foot condo in Arrowhead, the Seasons 106. It is located in the heart of Arrowhead, within walking distance of the community’s greatest amenities: the Country Club of the Rockies golf course, the Alpine Club, restaurant Vista, and the base of the Arrowhead ski mountain (which connects to the world class Beaver Creek mountain.) Seasons 106 is surrounded by gorgeous landscaping, ponds, and waterfalls, and the condominium features a club room, pool table, and TV.

A ski/golf/mountain condo under $700,000? Too good to be true.

To view the Vail MLS and more Colorado homes for sale, visit Vail Property Search.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa’s grand opening party was a hit!? One of the best events of the summer to be sure.? Over 1000 people are sure to agree; the food, service, music and atmosphere all were top notch and highlighted this beautiful property!

Party goers had many venues to choose from:? the champagne and caviar on the 4th floor inside one of the well appointed guest suites;? the spacious spa with natural foods and work out equipment, the Restaurant Avondale for desset fondue and drinks aplenty, the conference rooms with wedding band sounds and veggie apps., and of course the ice bar martini slide on the deck overlooking the Eagle River.?

The?hotel’s interior?is comfortable and inviting in a mountain modern style, offering many places to sit and enjoy the massive mountain views towards Beaver Creek.? The “green” bar in the lobby area offers only organic beverages (wine, beer and spirits etc.)?and the Restaurant Avondale exceeded expectations both in food and design.? Inside this excellent property, one feels in a different place and time slows down; a sanctuary unto itself.

To learn more about the grand opening, or on how to purchase your own condo within this great new hotel, please contact me anytime.

Related Article😕 Avon’s New Westin Open For Business!

Avon’s newest and most anticipated hotel is open for business!? The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is located in the heart of Avon, with gorgeous views south across the Eagle River to Beaver Creek.? This hotel is comprised entirely of whole ownership condominiums, ranging in price from $330,000 for a studio up to $2.6M for a 3 bedroom unit.? Approximately 70% of the units have sold or are under contract.

A large grand opening party is planned for tonight; I’ll let you know how it goes!? Music, amazing food, and drinks are promised and Westin parties are not to be missed (just ask anyone who has been to the 4th of July events)? The hotel’s signature restaurant, the Restaurant Avondale, located right next door to the new gondola, is the latest venture by local chef Thomas Salamunovich and has already created a great local buzz.

To learn more about owning an amazing property in Avon’s best new neighborhood, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, please contact me anytime.

Related Article:? Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Sales Stay Strong!

According to Land Title’s market report,? sales are remaining strong in the High Country.? It has been a good summer for home sales especially the multimillion dollar homes.?

Fall is a great time to get out and house hunt.? The weather is perfect, crispy and full of indian summer sun.? What a glorious time to get out and nail down that home for the ski season.??

For a tour or more information on what the Vail Valley has to offer please contact:

Jill Hopkins or 970.376.8692

East Vail ( a favorite of mine) is one of the only communities here in the Vail Valley that still feels like a ski town.? Mountains and trees dominate the views, with only very limited commercial development.? (the liquor store complex by Pitkin Creek and the Bighorn Bistro at the Vail Racquet Club)? Ski bums still live side by side with millionaire vacationers.

East Vail View

East Vail View

There are currently 15 properties in East Vail listed on the MLS under $500K. (properties we would consider entry level for this market)? Many of these (9) are located in the Vail Racquet Club, a recently renovated athletic club with many tennis courts and amenities.? Starting at $319K, these units represent one fo the few opportunities to enter the East Vail market under $400K.? Pitkin Creek?Park?is another condo complex that has a few (4) entry units available, with one under $300K? (ha; $299,999).? Both of these complexes rent well, have pools, and feel like you’re in the mountains.

Please call me anytime with real estate questions you may have.??Click on the following links to learn more about why I like East Vail so much, or to view any of these great entry level properties in East Vail.

Ranching heritage has been preserved in Wolcott with a wide open valley floor, natural sloping hillsides and perfectly unimproved banks of the Eagle River. That?s all slated to change as Rick Hermes of Hermes Resort Properties has purchased over 2,600 acres of land in the valley floor and in the mountainside around the town.

As it is now, Wolcott homes a few neighborhoods – Bellyache and Red Sky, a few good golf courses – Red Sky Golf Club and Eagle Springs Golf Club, and a restaurant/market ? the Wolcott Yacht Club, but overall, there?s not much to this little town. Located on the banks of the Eagle River in the middle of the Vail Valley, Wolcott has the potential to become the area?s largest, most popular and certainly most logically planned community.

Hermes? plans include moving highway 6 next to the interstate to open up the riverfront, creating a boardwalk and pedestrian path to promote community access and focusing the town?s center along the river. The future project will include all levels of housing from affordable multi-unit complexes to large ranches and everything in between. The 825 is Hermes Resort Properties? first release – 14 ranches ranging from 35 to 81 acres that sit on the south side of Wolcott. Click here to read my blog on The 825.

For more information on the Wolcott or other Vail Valley real estate contact Karen Gilbert at 970-331-1482 or or visit my website at

With easy access to skiing through Arrowhead and all the amenities of bustling downtown, Edwards Colorado residents have a way of saying ?Why go into Vail??? The newest addition to the community, The West End project, will build out the 4th, the northwest, corner of downtown Edwards, giving us more reasons to stay and support our local community.? A residential and commercial development, The West End will blend city life conveniences with a casual mountain lifestyle.? The project is located 3 miles from skiing Beaver Creek, and 12 miles west of Vail, and will have a bus stop right out front to access both.? ????

The West End offers two types of ownership opportunities.? Market rate units are the standard type and workforce are deed restricted, capping annual increase in property value.? The West End consists of 113 market rate and 72 workforce residences.? Both types of homes consist of studios, one, two and three-bedrooms with variations including dens, lofts and (my favorite) roof top patios.?

Not only will the urban center emphasize pedestrian access, but it will provide a pedestrian core we lack in other areas.? A pedestrian square with fountains, fire pits and a kids? play zone will serve as the main corridor to the Eagle River Preserve open space, trails, walkways and the Eagle River.?? Bottom level homes in the two northern buildings will sit right on the open space, giving them the luxury of a 72 acre backyard. ?Residents of The West End will enjoy a fitness center, outdoor hot tubs, and underground assigned parking and storage units.?

It?s not just locals that have fallen in love with Edwards.? Read a New York Times blog Down To Earth in the High Country.

And click her to find more information on Edwards


For more information on The West End, Edwards or other Vail Valley real estate contact Karen Gilbert at 970-331-1482 or, or visit my website

The powers that be are looking into the possibility of a new I-70 exchange here in Edwards.? Traffic in recent years has gotten much more congested at certain times of the day, namely the morning and afternoon commutes.? I do feel that the Edwards Spur Rd. and Highway 6 are often overly crowded, and a new exchange may be able to alleviate some of this.? I’m just glad we don’t live somewhere where traffic is really bad, like Washington D.C or Eagle. (ha, ha.? Just a friendly jab at my friends west of here.)

A recent article in the Vail Daily goes into a bit more detail.? The estimated cost of the study is $500,000.? (That’s a lot of studying; I’m not sure what a 4 year degree currently costs, but?this might be?close.? What is your degree in?? The Edwards I-70 interchange.)

Stay involved.? If you live here, let the powers that be know your opinions.? Contact the Edwards Community Authority and the Eagle County Commissioners

A few miles west of downtown Edwards, Lake Creek sits in an absolutely beautiful alpine setting in one of the most scenic and sought-after communities in the Vail Valley.? Named after the rushing creek that runs through this valley of lush forests, the neighborhood consists of ranches, gated communities and a few dozen (mostly single family) homes with amazing views of the snowcapped Sawatch Ranch.?

With prime outlets for road and mountain biking and road and trail running, Lake Creek attracts locals looking for a place to spend the day.? We head up to both Lake Creek trailheads (East and West Lake Creek) regularly to hike, showshoe or just let the kids run around.? Of course, I?m slightly biased, since I can run out my door and hit a shortcut to be running next to the creek in a few minutes, but my favorite runs, road and trail are all in Lake Creek.?

Residents of Lake Creek enjoy larger parcels of land, a sense of space in the mountain valley, fewer architectural regulations and freedom of land usage, while living just a few minutes away from downtown Edwards? amenities.

For more information on the Lake Creek or other Vail Valley real estate contact Karen Gilbert at 970-331-1482 or

Homestead is a great neighborhood.? I know this because I live here.? And currently there are many opportunities for good values.? Whether it is an entry level condo, or a custom single family home, this Edwards neighborhood has it all.

Click Here For Homestead View!

There are currently 23 single family or duplex homes listed on the Vail Board of Realtors MLS, as well as 14 condominiums or townhomes.? Prices range from $439K for a townhome in lower Homestead (LoHo) to $3.175 million for a stunning single family residence at the top of Homestead.? (HiHo)? Compared to other neighborhoods in the Vail Valley, the relative prices in Homestead (the price/sf) are significantly lower and represent a great value.? The majority of properties are listed around the $300/SF level.

For example, Terrace Ridge Townhome Unit 1B is now listed at $549,900 for 3 bedrooms/3.5 baths + a large office with built-ins, high ceilings, new carpet, a 1 car garage, and plenty of storage, with a price per foot of $277/SF (per county)? And 49 Andover Trail is now listed at $895,000? ($297/SF per county) for a great (MidHo) duplex with 3 bedrooms/3.5 bathrooms, an end of the cul-de-sac location, lofted ceilings, an upper level master suite, multiple decks, and a large 2 car garage.

Call me to learn why locals and 2nd homeowners love Homestead, or to learn more about the Vail Valley real estate market.

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Terrace Ridge Townhome Unit 1B
? (A Beautiful TH in Edwards, CO)