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Monthly Archives: February 2016

It appears spring has made it to the Vail Valley a little early this year. The frozen tree branches now drip with melting snow. The “crunch” of the hard packed powder has transformed into the soft “swish” of slush. The solid frozen ice rinks that bound the riverbanks have melted into pools of flowing water that trickles over boulders, providing the perfect grounds for prolific hatches of fish. For the hardcore skiers, this time is a mournful goodbye to the ski season. For fly fishing enthusiasts, however, this is time to rejoice with euphoric anticipation of the upcoming quest for the trophy catch!


Spring is the ideal time to start looking for your families’ private river property as the warm weather patterns melt shelf ice and open up the water to the Eagle River’s largest fish like Rainbow Trout as they become active before the March spawn. Although Colorado fly fishing is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike, owning your own river property puts you a cast before the rest!

Private fishing waters = less anglers = more water to explore! 

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Raw land with private fishing and water frontage is rare in the Vail Valley, however there are still two of the most premier lots available. Here are some the Vail Valley’s rarest and most pristine waterfront properties to build your dream home, or just to use enjoy the tranquility of Colorado’s beautiful rivers.

21600 Highway 6, Lot #8 | Eagle, CO | $650,000 

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This 2.01 acre property located in the Eagle River Estates in Eagle is a fly fisherman’s paradise at an extremely accessible price! The river frontage is flanked by views south to the red river cliffs and the Diamond S Ranch. Only minutes east to golf at Eagle Springs Golf Club and skiing at Arrowhead and Beaver Creek Mountain. To the west, the property is minutes to the convenience of the Eagle Airport. Zoned for outbuilding and animals, this lot is the perfect horse ranch property!

14239 Highway 6 | Eagle, CO | $3,800,000

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For those with a taste for acres upon acres of Colorado land to play on, the crème de la crème of Riverfront property awaits! Eagle River Estate’s 14239 Highway 6, 99 acres of mature trees, irigated pastures, a 1900 restored Homesteader’s cabin, and over 3,680 feet of river frontage! This gated lot is accessed through a private gate and bridge and enjoys vistas west to the flat tops and east towards the Gore Range. The 4 parcels can be subdivided.

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For more information on Riverfront Property or Vail Real Estate, please contact Aubrie Apple at 970.376.5016 or


February 12, 2016, Spring Skiing!  What?  The weather is great today.  Bet the Back softened up?  In the office and could not get up there myself but I’m planning to tomorrow afternoon unless I am showing property.  When you live and work here, sometimes with real life things happening you just have to stop and make yourself go up even for a while.  It helps get everything back into perspective.

It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate,,, 970.376.4484


It’s a blue sky day in Vail.  New snow is out of the forecast for the week but we don’t need any for a while.  We live here for the blue sky days, winter-spring-summer-fall.  They always add a little zip to your skiing, extra carry to your golf ball, and a little spring to your step on a hike or trip of any kind to the high country,  The only draw back to a blue sky day is getting the fish to hit.  If you get tired of skiing or golfing or biking or hiking or touristing in the shops, get a guide and try the fishing.  For the last few years, there have been national and international fishing contests in the Eagle and Pitkin County streams and creeks.  There are also great entertaining and intellectual opportunities in the area.  When you need a break from having a great time, give me a call and lets check out the local real estate scene.

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