When your Mom told you to go outside and play, she knew what she was talking about. Hanging outside is good for the mental and physical well being. According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) “What Buyers Really Want” are patios and front porches. So why do we not use our decks and patios more? Our lives are wrapped up with our fascination of digital devices such as tablets, computers, televisions and games, according to a UCLA study as described in the book “Life At Home in the Twenty-First Century.”
Even though summer is coming to a close, you can still make your outdoor living space an oasis or start planning for next summer. HouseLogic suggest taking these 7 steps to transform your outdoor space so that you may never want to leave.
Go Overboard on Comfy – Make your outdoor seating as comfortable as your indoor furniture. Add some outdoor rugs so it’s comfortable on your bare feet. Create some privacy with shrubs, bushes or prefab screens.
Create a Broadband Paradise – Boot up your outdoor space with a wireless Wi-Fi antenna. Wireless speakers make it easy to bring music outdoors and all weather outdoor TV’s let you stay outside for the big football games.
Blur the Line Between Indoors and Outdoors – creating a seamless transition between your home’s interior and exterior is the most effective way to enhance your enjoyment of the space. Replace a standard door opening with a sliding or French door. Use weatherproof flooring such as stone tile or scored concrete from the room leading to your back yard.
Light the Way – Illuminate walkways and steps with landscape solar lights. Hang fairy lights in the trees.
Make your Mark – Paint a faux rug with your favorite colors or create a path of colored glass, brick or personal décor that makes you happy.
Don’t Give Anyone an Excuse to Stay Inside – A Fire pit is a proven winner. An outdoor playhouse is great for kids.
Rebuff the Elements – Install an awning or pergola. Windscreens help keep your BBQ fires burning and screen in your porch or deck helps against bugs.
It is a good time to make an offer on a property in the Vail, Colorado.
Today alone there are 11 price drops on various properties. There have been additional price drops in previous days. What this potentially means for you as a buyer is the ability to get into a property for less than what you may have previously thought.
There may be motivated sellers out there and this could be your change to take advantage of it.
Don’t wait, contact me today and I will help you find the property you want and make an offer!
It’s that time of year again to dust off your lederhosen, tie up the dirndls and grab your steins because Oktoberfest is approaching quickly! Oktoberfest is the world’s greatest celebration of beer, music and autumn which is an important part of Bavarian culture which originally started in Munich, Bavaria, Germany in 1810. Oktoberfest is family affair with events for adults and kids alike. Crowd favorites include Klement’s Bratwurst Eating Contest, Stein Lifting Competition presented by Vail Vitality Center and the ever popular Keg Bowling Competition. Guests will be delighted with Bavarian music and dancing, yodeling, authentic Bavarian food and beverages including Klement’s bratwursts, pretzels, beverages from Hucker-Pschorv and Jagermeister and more.
Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest is September 3 and 4th and Vail’s Oktoberfest is September 9 through 11th in Lionshead and September 16 through 18th in Vail Village. For more information on the Oktoberfest in the Vail Valley please visit: www.vailoktoberfest.com
WOW! Has the U.S. been performing well or what, 50 Medals and leading the pack! Many examples of great, incredible, unbelievable efforts and wonderful stories of athletes from the US team with the wide range of different sports competitions already in the history books with several World & Olympic records made.
It is truly difficult for me to comprehend the dedication both physical & mental strengths of these individuals participating in these games. Several 1st timers are on the scene, but it is the old timers which continue to make incredible and unbelievable performances leaving me in awe.
Now with the Track & Field events beginning more enjoyable time to watch and revel in all who are participating!
I am also pleased to see the Venues and the smooth running of the events and the security which has been provided thus far, let it continue! Enjoy the games if that is what you like and witness more good history in the making!
World Class athletes in Rio, World Class properties in the Vail Valley! Let me help you find yours.
Red Draw Ranch is a 74 acre ranch located 10 minutes from downtown Edwards. Two private ponds, stocked with huge Rainbow Trout. Irrigated pastures with extensive water rights and augmentation plan. Luxury two bedroom, two bathroom guest house with high-end finishes sitting on a five stall concrete garage for all of your toys. Historic antique log cabin, totally restored for a truly authentic pioneer experience. Brand new outdoor riding arena and horse stall. Offered for $5,995,000
Please contact me for your private tour of this magnificent hobby ranch!
Ashley Apple Smith 970.376.5742 / Ashley@GatewayToVail.com
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, gatewaytovail.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970.376.4484
Vail Resorts announced early morning Monday, of their intent to acquire the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in Canada, the biggest ski resort in North America. The deal is expected to close in the next two to four months. The terms of the deal which a Vail Resorts release calls a “strategic combination” add up to close to $1.06 billion in U.S. currency paid in both cash and stock to Whistler Blackcomb stockholders. Operations for the up coming season will be business as usual for both Whistler Blackcomb and Vail Resorts’ properties. Vail Resorts will continue it’s support for a master development agreement with parties including Squamish and Lil’wat Nations, as well as the Province of British Columbia and the city of Whistler. Whistler will continue to have “principally local Canadian leadership” for the day to day operations run from Whistler. Vail Resorts will invest substantially in resort improvements and continue the resort’s current and planned environmental sustainability initiatives.
Whistler Blackcomb is around 8,000 skiable acres and leads all North American resorts in skier visits. The Epic Pass will be accepted at Whistler Blackcomb in the 2017-18 season.
Wall Street seems to greet the news warmly with Vail Resorts stock on the New York Stock Exchange closed the trading day at $153.46 per share, which was an increase of almost 8 percent.
For more information on the Epic Pass please visit: www.snow.com.
Hustle and bustle is the description of activity in the Vail Village this morning…The sun is shining and the skies are clear and it looks as if rain may hold off till later today, maybe completely?
Lots of vendors are setting up for the Vail Farmer’s Market (10a-330p) and displaying their goods and do they look GOOD, yum! Produce, baked goods, prepared foods, art & much more to mention a few…
I am ready to display the goods of LOCAL REAL ESTATE up and down the Vail Valley and additional areas nearby in the Gateway RE office today till 5p. We easy to find and are located by the International Bridge across the Gore Creek and closer to the hill from Solaris. Look up and you will see our blue window canopy/awning as we are on the second floor and easy access just up the steps.
Doesn’t matter if you’re just looking, seriously looking, or ready to sell, come on in and I’ll be happy to take a few minutes, or as long as it takes, to search current listings with you to see what is on the market and available today and prices. I’ll help you get a feel for the lay of the land is you are not familiar with this area.
WANT OR NEED TO CATCH UP WITH THE OLYMPIC EVENTS & STATNDINGS…I’LL HAVE THEM ON, COME ON IN…
Too busy today? You can call me @ 313.600.8330 to set up a better time to connect.
The Vail International Dance Festival kicked off it’s 28th season on July 30th and runs through August 13th in Vail, Colorado and celebrates the 10th anniversary of Damian Woetzel as Artistic Director. The festival is a two week celebration of exceptional artistry taking place in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Isabella Boylston is the 2016 Artist in Residence of the American Ballet. Boylston is known for her beautiful lines, powerful jumps and expansive range so that she may perform more diverse roles.
For more information on the schedule and ticket availability please visit: www.vvf.org.