Monthly Archives: April 2011

Vail’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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VAIL RECREATION DISTRICT’S ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT SET FOR TOMORROW, SATURDAY, APRIL 23 IN LIONSHEAD (Vail) – Families and their children, ages two to 10, are invited to join the Vail Recreation District (VRD) for its annual free Easter Egg Hunt taking place Saturday, April 23 in LionsHead. The free event will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a visit by the Easter Bunny followed by a quest for prizes and eggs at 10 a.m. The event will be held rain, snow or shine and complimentary bags will be handed out to carry the eggs and prizes. For more information, contact VRD Youth Services by email or call 479-2292. # # # Following the hunt, stop by the Ron Byrne & Associates office in Vail Village to say hello or to discuss real estate in the valley!

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394 Beaver Dam Road

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A perfect blend of old-world charm and new-world luxury, 394 Beaver Dam Road is an artistic showplace in the heart of Vail. Owning a home on Vail’s exclusive Beaver Dam Road has always had a certain cache, especially when a family is able to create an estate for generations to come. Over two decades ago, the owners of 394 Beaver Dam did just this, superimposing their ideal design on a virtual blank canvas in one of the most desirable locations in Vail. With a strong Swiss heritage, and an even stronger sense of family, the owners wanted a cozy family home in the alpine tradition. To achieve this look on the exterior, they personally hand painted the shutters, copying a flame and cross design from the grandparents’ home in Gorgier, Switzerland. Traditional architectural details copied straight from Swiss chalets perfected the look. The home’s interior design was crafted by Sudie Woodson out of San Francisco who, with the owners’ help, spent endless days unearthing fabulous antiques and accent pieces that represented traditional alpine living. Locating European rugs with traditionally subdued colors was the most difficult of the design tasks, according to the owner. She also shared that “We really wanted…

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Local real estate remains on pace with 2010 results

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EAGLE COUNTY — The February real estate numbers for Eagle County had 82 transactions and just more than $82 million in dollar volume, creating an overall average sales price of $1 million. These numbers remain on pace with 2010. While 45 percent of all transactions are still being sold for less than $500,000, there were five transactions for more than $5 million that helped catapult the average sales price for the county to the $1 million figure. Bachelor Gulch had one sale in February for $8.9 million. Solaris in Vail Village continues to sell at an average price of more than $7 million, with three sales in 2011 totaling $22 million. The Ascent is also playing a large role in the 2011 statistics, with 19 sales totaling $10 million; the Ascent units are averaging $362 per square foot. Avon was the area with the most transactions in February with 18. There were six sales in Vail Village accounting for 80 percent of the total dollar volume in Eagle County. To learn more about real estate opportunities in the Vail Valley, please visit Ron Byrne & Associates.

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USA Today News – 216,000 jobs added; unemployment rate dips to 8.8%

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Employers added 216,000 jobs in March, more than expected, as broad-based gains led by professional and business services, health care and restaurants more than outpaced continued losses in the government sector. The unemployment rate edged down to 8.8%, a two-year low, from 8.9% and has now fallen a full percentage point since November — the largest four-month drop since 1983. “The report clearly adds to the evidence that the labor market has picked up significantly in recent months with momentum still upward,” says Jim O’Sullivan, chief economist of MF Global. INTERACTIVE: Jobs forecast “It is no longer appropriate to call this a jobless recovery,” Chris Rupkey, chief economist of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi said in a research note. The private sector added 230,000 jobs, more than the 208,000 anticipated by a consensus of economists. The 216,000 overall gains also slightly exceeded estimates of 190,000. Payrolls The payroll growth followed job gains of 192,000 in February. But many economists said February’s additions were exaggerated by the return of employees who stayed home during January’s snowstorms. Last month’s total thus offered the first unvarnished proof that the job market has turned, though O’Sullivan says it might have been buoyed slightly by residual weather…

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