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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Having a well maintained and functional mudroom is essential when living here in the High Country. When every season is a “play” season residents seem to accumulate A LOT of gear and clothing, with a well kept mudroom you can easily get to your go – to seasonal accessories without creating too much clutter!

Initially setting up your mudroom with barriers or compartments that distinguish storage areas so you can easily stash your wet boots, ski jackets, hiking gear or whatever seasonal accessories desired.
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Cubbies, coat hooks, or even storage bins can be used to help separate mudroom gear and make it easy for your family or guests to get to what they need without shuffling around.

As the gateway into your home a mudroom can be stylish as well as a functional storage space! Blending themes you already have in your home into your mudroom keeps nice, well balanced consistency. However, giving your mudroom a different splash of style is also exciting; brightening the space with a little paint and a few other updates such as new boxes or baskets, you and your family will be re-energized to stay organized!

Maximizing space by layering your storage compartments makes for an efficient mudroom and optimal space for storing gear. Such as; on top of a locker like set up purchase small baskets or boxes to hold stray items. Place those boxes above your head but still within reach (like the above image!).
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Alos, encourage guests to slip off their shoes to come into your cozy home by leaving a basket of slippers in the space.

For more renovation tips please don’t hesitate to contact me at, Maxine@GatewayLand.com or pop into our Vail Village location near the International Bridge so I can set you up with an expert broker to discuss Vail Real Estate! 

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Great news for Beaver Creek lift, Drink of Water….Soon renovation begins to cut chair lift times IN HALF as well as add more riders to the lift by making the chair larger!

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Updates to the hill pump up riders as we are all advantageous to get as many turns in on the hill as possible. Vail Resorts is reportedly spending nearly $100 million dollars in the guest experience for the 2016-2017 Winter season.

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For more information on whats happening around Vail contact me, Maxine at Maxine@GatewayLand.com

For more information on Vail Valley Real Estate please call our Vail Village office at 970-790-6777

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Vail Mountain School is excited to bring back the Telemark Sprint Classic!!!

This awesome family events is open to the public; the course includes a unique 360 degree banked turn called a , “reipelokke” and an uphill skate at the end of the course.  Even if you aren’t a participant it’s a neat event to spectate!
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We’re so lucky here in Colorado for our schools to have opportunities for students that include neat sports like telemark skiing. Enjoying our states surroundings is what it’s all about here!

This event takes place at Golden Peak in Vail and will begin after registration hours that are; 8AM-9:30AM. Cost is $40 which includes a BBQ after the race!

For more information on community events in wonder Vail OR for any answers to your real estate inquires please contact me, Lai at Lai@GatewayToVail.com 

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Free your heel, free your mind, telemark skiers say…..

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis, affecting more than 1.3 million Americans.  Rheumatoid arthritis, RA is a chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and limited motion of many joints.

For the last six years Vail hosts the Blue Sky Cup which spreads awareness on RA.  The event was founded by Jim Nollsch and Hayden Fisher, and in 2015 collaborated with the National Arthritis Research Foundation to raise money for the cause.

The Blue Sky Cup is back in Vail for their sixth annual skiing event benefiting rheumatoid arthritis research. On February 10, skiers will take to the slopes to test their endurance and raise awareness. By partnering with CureArthritis.org, the Blue Sky Cup creates an exciting and unique day of skiing at Vail, while making an impact for the estimated 1.5 million Americans afflicted with RA. You can join in the fun and make a difference by registering at BlueSkyCup.ski today.

On February 10th skiers and snowboards will have open range on the slopes; sharing stories and discussing further research on a cure for RA.
In addition to raising funds, the Blue Sky Cup is a celebration of riding, with focus on helping others and having a lot of fun!

You can register at BlueSkyCup.ski TODAY!

For more information on awesome activities in Vail Valley please don’t hesitate to contact me at Maxine@GatewayLand.com 

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According to House Beautiful, the new year is the perfect time to make changes to the décor in your home. Most of the trends came from thousands of pins from Pinterest.

Marble wallpaper is making its way to the walls.

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Navy Interiors – the dark shade gives your home a modern fresh vibe, whether you use it on a kitchen island or reupholster your couch.

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Hygge – pronounced “hoo gu”, this is a Danish concept that roughly translate to feeling of cozy contentment and it’s how the Danish survive their long, cold winters.  It’s time to upgrade your throws and light some candles and hunker down til spring.

Indoor Vines – a new plant can freshen up a room.  Climbing plants have gained popularity.

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Copper will be the metal of choice for 2017, according to Pinterest.

The white tile is out, the rustic take on tile is the trend for 2017.

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Farmhouse Style – country chic will be the trend for 2017.

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Heated Floors can also heat entire rooms using less energy than traditional heating methods.

For more information on real estate in the Vail Valley please feel free to call:  Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 or visit our website:  www.gatewaytovail.com.

With snow piling up on our roadways; and more snow on it’s way… Vail re-enforces snowplow regulations.

Living in a quaint mountain town you may see many residents with plow trucks in their drive ways, if you’re lucky you might just have a nearby friend to help plow your driveway.
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Here are some tips and rules that will help you organize your heaps of snow :)

By town ordinance in Vail, property owners and residences are responsible for maintaining their drive ways and side walks following a snow storm.  For pedestrian safety the town of Vail does not permit on the shoulder or on street parking. The town of Vail has a no tolerance attitude and automobiles parked illegally will be ticketed or even towed.
Please be cautious when driving on streets that have snow pilled high on the street corners; it may be difficult to see on coming traffic. Be careful! 

Other ideas include, being mindful of snow loads on roofs, keeping fire hydrants clear of snow and making sure kids’ snow caves are built a safe distance from the road.

Be careful out there!  And for more information on Town of Vail happenings stop in and visit me at our Vail Village location! Located near the international bridge on Gore Creek Drive! 

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We have incredible listings this Winter 2017 season, including beautiful ski-in/out estates, golf course homes, stunning Colorado ranches, and everything in between!

Please contact us for your own personal copy! Also, for a personal tour of any of these properties, please feel free to email me at Ashley@GatewayToVail.com.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

To view the entire Vail Valley Real Estate MLS, please visit: GatewayToVail.com

Living in Vail there is so much to do outside of the office during any season… if you don’t ski, (like me!) then maybe winter hiking is more your speed…

With sunshine to guide the trails Vail has copious Winter hikes that are just breathtaking, let me share my favorite!
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Hanging lake is a must-do while visiting Vail, Colorado. This moderate to difficult ranked hike is more like a “day trip”! Covering roughly 2.5 miles plan for the route taking close to two hours.  With many accessible picnicking spots  I usually pack snacks and lots of water to refuel along the way. With altitude increase please be aware of altitude sickness symptoms.  Views of cascades and canyons fill your vision from the moment you park at the trail head. The Hanging Lake trail head is located approximately 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs along Interstate-70 in Glenwood Canyon. The hike is very well groomed so to speak, along side steps are railings for support when needed.  At the summit you reach a beautiful frozen lake that is crystal clear, awesome spot for photos! Remember, there is no cell service at the lake or on the trail, so come prepared.

Living in Vail the scenery and surroundings encourage exploration, make time for yourself or get outside with friends and family to full see all that beauty Vail has to offer!

For more information on what to do in Vail OR with any of your Real Estate inquires please call me, Lai White, at 970-471-2207
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Property Tax notices will be going out this month and will reflect an increase after Eagle County voters approved four separate taxes increases in 2016.  The four property tax increases this year include:  Eagle County School District, Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle River Fire Protection District and Gypsum Fire Protection District.

Your property tax increase will depend on where your property is located.  Everyone in the Eagle River Valley from East Vail to Dotsero pay the tax increase for the schools and the ambulance district.  The tax increase for the Eagle River Fire Protection District will be paid by property owners from Tennessee Pass to Wolcott and areas north and south inside that district.  They will also pay the increased school taxes and ambulance district taxes.  The Gypsum property owners will pay the increased school taxes and ambulance district taxes along with the Gypsum Fire District taxes.

Under Colorado’s tax structure, residential property is taxed at 7.9 percent and Commercial property is taxed at 29 percent.  The commercial property owners will pay considerably more in property taxes.

Property values continue to rise but your residential property tax rates will not go up more than the 2017 increase.  According to Mark Chapin, Eagle County assessor, your residential property tax rates may decrease and here is why:  Under Colorado Gallagher Amendment, residential property taxes are limited to 45 percent of all property taxes in Colorado.  Every other kind of property covers the other 55 percent.  To keep that equation balanced, residential property tax rates will likely decline in 2018, according to Mark Chapin.

For more information on real estate in the Vail Valley, please feel free to call:  Betsy Randall at (970) 401-3011 or visit our website:  www.gatewaytovail.com

Here at Gateway Real Estate we work with our clients in covering all aspects of home ownership; Radon testing and awareness is typically over looked so we’re here to promote this months advocacy in Radon Action Awareness
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You can easily purchase an at home Radon testing kit online that gives detailed information on how to execute these at home kits. Shaw Regional Cancer Center has joined forces with Energy Smart Colorado and the Eagle County Department of Environmental Health to highlight the problem.  In particular, with January being federally recognized as Radon Action Month, the health center has designated its location in Edwards as one of the places in the county to pick up a testing kit for free!
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is caused by the breakdown of uranium. It’s odorless and colorless and extremely prevalent around the state of Colorado and is the second leading cause of lung cancer…Radon is a dense gas, so it tends to leak into lower areas of the home — basements and crawlspaces — and while these might not be the spots where household members congregate, the accumulation of radon throughout time can still have a toxic effect on in-home air quality.
Share these notes with friends and family to promote Radon Action month and to avoid major issues in your home!

Mitigating the problem – the fix is fairly simple…
Some building codes in Eagle County regulate that homes must be built with a passive mitigation system — a pipe from a lower building level — that makes it even easier to lessen high levels of household radon if they’re detected.
Gateway hopes this knowledge will encourage you to become more familiar with the affects of Radon and preventative measure you can take to avoid danger in your home!

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