Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Lodge at Vail to Undergo Significant Renovations

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Ron Byrne and Associates has the exclusive listing for Lodge at Vail #143. An excellent opportunity to own a one bedroom residence in the heart of Vail Village. The Lodge has significant renovations planned. The Lodge at Vail to Undergo Significant Renovations Since 1962, The Lodge at Vail has been a prime destination for visitors both frequent and new. Combining a perfect location and exemplary service with the famously classic ambiance of an alpine-inspired Vail hotel, The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort prides itself in being the first lodging establishment in Vail.  While maintaining its historic charm, The Lodge at Vail constantly strives for ways to enhance the experience and quality of service offered to hotel guests. In 2008, The Lodge at Vail’s International Wing underwent renovations, and this August through December 2014 our remaining 56 hotel rooms will be completely renovated. Renovation Scope: The renovation includes interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, lighting and the installation of air conditioning. Additionally, the hotel’s corridors, main stairways and lobby will receive upgrades as well. The lobby’s refresh will include new furnishings, textiles, paint, artwork and lighting designed to maintain the authentic character and cozy ambiance for which the boutique hotel is known. The property will…

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Friday Afternoon Club on Vail Mountain

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The Friday Afternoon Club on Vail Mountain’s Adventure Ridge is fun for everyone. With live music, dancing, a climbing wall, lawn games, and delicious barbecue, there is no better place to be at the end of the week than at the Friday Afternoon Club. Gather the troops, and head up Vail Mountain this Friday! A family-friendly weekly event, the Friday Afternoon Club is referred to as a family happy hour. The Friday Afternoon Club takes place at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, which means that all of the fun happens at over 10,000′. Come prepared for a high altitude, adventure-filled afternoon and evening by packing extra layers for everyone, as well as sunglasses and sunscreen. As the afternoon turns into evening, Friday Afternoon Club attendees have the best seat in the house for watching the spectacular colors of the sunset. To get to the Friday Afternoon Club, families can ride the gondola, or they can make a day of it by hiking to the top of the mountain via the Berry Picker Trail. If taking the gondola, families must purchase lift tickets, whereas opting for the trek on Berry Picker is free. This summer, spend quality time with…

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Art Walk through Vail Village

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Looking for something to do today?  The team at Ron Byrne & Associates would love to give you an idea!  Enjoy an art walk through Vail Village — The free art walk meets at 11 a.m. in the Vail Village Welcome Center on the top level of the parking structure for an hour-long guided tour of Vail Village and the public art collection. After an introduction to the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, the tour winds its way through the village with discussions of the history of the Vail Valley, the founding of Vail Mountain, the master planning of the village and the importance of site-specific art.

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Mountain county home sales showing strength

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Vail real estate is seen sprawling from the Village to West Vail in the distance. Buyers in the high-end market favor either new or freshly-remodeled property.  However, Ron Byrne & Associates has still been able to move a lot of older homes, especially if the older homes are priced competitively with the newer inventory. By the numbers 16 percent: Home sales in Eagle County to international buyers. 50 percent: Drop in bank sales in Garfield County from the first quarter of 2013. $153.3 million: First-quarter real estate sales total in Summit County. $329.1 million: First-quarter real estate sales total in Eagle County. EAGLE COUNTY — Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. Looking at real estate sales in the mountain region, Eagle County is doing pretty well. But others areas are doing better in some elements of the business. According to the Land Title Guarantee Co. report about first-quarter real estate sales in the mountain region — Eagle, Summit, Grand, Routt, Pitkin, Garfield and San Miguel (Telluride) counties — the market is improving, but it’s still well short of the peak revenue years between 2005 and 2007. How short? In the peak years, the…

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N.Y. Phil wows crowd in opening

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VAIL — Friday’s afternoon rain clouds parted right in tempo with the opening night of the New York Philharmonic, lending to a crisp and clear evening at Gerald R. Amphitheater in Vail for Yefim Bronfman’s riveting rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Carl Nielson’s overture to the opera “Maskarade” opened the show in the hands of conductor Alan Gilbert. The bright theme welcomed a full audience, with hardly a seat to be found amid the covered seats and the open-air lawn. Violins initiated an answer to the overture’s intro with a folk-dance melody, moving the theme into side-by-side sound interplay between carnival brass and pleasing strings. Opening night was originally set to feature the renowned violinist Midori Goto, who goes simply by Midori; the same musician who just over 30 years ago originally debuted with the New York Philharmonic at age 11. Midori was to play the Violin Concerto in D Major, by Tchaikovsky. According to a freshly printed show program, Bronfman and his Beethoven piano concerto replaced Midori due to complications with her pregnancy. Concert-goer Monika Perry said she was aware of the program change, but that the show was perfect anyway. “I would have enjoyed Tchaikovsky, but…

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Vail economic recovery is strong

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Pedestrians walk along Bridge Street in Vail on Thursday. Although Vail’s average daily rate of occupancy in the winter is lower than its competitors like Breckenridge and Jackson Hole, Vail’s summer occupancy rates lead the average of all its competitors. By the numbers 70 percent: The proportion of Vail’s annual sales tax collections that come during ski season. 26 percent: Gain in Breckenridge sales tax collections in 2013 over 2008. 11 percent: Gain in Vail sales tax collections in 2013 over 2008. $173: Average daily rate for summer lodging in Vail. $186: Average daily rate (on average) of competing mountain resorts. VAIL — Mountain resorts have recovered in many ways from the financial bust of 2008 and the slumping economy. Vail has been one of the leaders in that recovery. The competition is fairly obvious. Other studied resorts included Breckenridge, Telluride, Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, Park City, Utah, and Jackson, Wyoming. Vail is doing pretty well in many ways compared to other Colorado resorts. Since the 2001-02 season, Vail’s share of the Colorado ski market has grown slightly, from 13.8 percent to 14.5 percent. That’s the biggest share of any resort in the competitive group, although just more than Breckenridge’s 13.5…

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Colorado’s rosy economic prospects just got rosier

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The outlook for Colorado’s economy is even better than it appeared six months ago. The latest edition of CU’s twice-yearly economic-outlook report says Colorado is likely to add 68,000 jobs by the end of this year. That’s up from the estimate offered last December of 61,300 added jobs in 2014. Back then, CU placed Colorado in the top five states for projected growth in 2014. Now, CU has raised that to the top four. “The growth for Colorado that we are forecasting for 2014 would make it the fourth fastest-growing state in the country,” said economist Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the Business Research Division, which compiled the midyear outlook report. “Colorado is growing at roughly twice the pace of the national economy in terms of job growth,” said Wobbekind, who is also senior associate dean for academic programs at Leeds. “It continues to be a shining star in the grand scheme of things, as it was in 2013.” Colorado employment grew 3 percent in the year ending in May, the latest report said. It projects 2014 growth in every business sector in the state except information, which includes publishing and telecommunications.  

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Ron Byrne & Associates welcomes a new broker to the team

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Ron Byrne and Associates is pleased to welcome Sara Divya to its sales team. Sara grew up in the Vail Valley and brings more than 17 years experience in luxury real estate sales, including over 100 transactions and several years ranked as a top-producing broker at previous agencies. Sara was raised in a real estate environment, as her father was a founding managing real estate broker for Vail Associates. Later he managed his own brokerage where he mentored Sara early in her career. “I was fortunate to have worked closely with my father who emphasized basics such as absolute integrity and customer service. Many successful realtors in Vail attribute my father’s mentoring to their success.” Located on Bridge Street, Ron Byrne & Associates has over 35 years of marketing, developing and selling Vail’s most prestigious properties. “Sara’s experience compliments our strong boutique team”, states Ron Byrne. “We are a unique firm and look forward to working with such a genuine individual who possesses strong knowledge of Vail real estate.”

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