Monthly Archives: February 2015

Vail Real Estate has its best year since 2007

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$1.78 billion: Value of Eagle County real estate transactions in 2014. 1,802: Number of 2014 transactions. $55.5 million: Sale price of the Wyndham time share project in Avon. 54 percent: Decline in sales of bank-owned property from 2013 to 2014. It really has been seven years since the world’s economy fell off a cliff, taking the Vail Valley real estate market with it. After that many years looking for a market bottom, followed by a slow recovery, the local real estate business in 2014 had its best year since 2007. The value of sales in Eagle County’s real estate market hit its recent bottom in 2009, when those transactions generated less than $1 billion. The sales volume generated in 2014 came within a hair’s breadth of $1.78 billion — the largest total since 2007, the county’s last year of $2 billion or more in sales. The dollar volume for 2014 was more than 25 percent more than the total revenue generated in 2013. That increased dollar volume came from virtually the same number of transactions completed in 2013. On the other hand, a big part of the volume increase from 2013 to 2014 came from just one sale — the…

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Chair Lift or Gondola? The New Centennial Express Lift Offers Both

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If you love to ski Vail and Beaver Creek we have some exciting news. After 34 years, the Centennial Express Lift at Beaver Creek has been replaced by a new high-speed lift. Ron Byrne and Associates recognize that resort improvements like a new lift may be the icing on the cake when purchasing a home in the Vail Valley. We enjoy the mountains to the fullest by residing in the community where we are energized. The New Lift: “The First of Its Kind” With a capacity of 3,400 passengers per hour, the Centennial Express Lift has increased performance by 35%. The new lift is the first of its kind to combine a series of 6-passenger chairs, alternating with 10-passenger gondola cars on the same cable. The two options are served by two different lift lines and accessed by a moving conveyor, making it simpler to load and unload. The new gondola is significantly easier to board for beginners, lesson clients and children. Hard core skiers might favor the chairlift, but on windy days, even veterans may seek the shelter of the gondola. Another advantage occurs after the lifts close. While having dinner at Spruce Saddle Lodge, a wonderful chalet on…

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So far so good for world ski championships

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These two weeks highlight human excellence, along with our love for joy, not to mention a good party. And you know, we spectators, we fans, we have our jobs to do, too. It’s not all about the ski racers, the musicians, the moguls, the celebs and various other VIPs. Who’s gonna fill those stands, medal ceremonies, concerts, house parties at this hotel or that? We might have the most important job of all. There’s no star or celebrity without an appreciative audience. The news media alone could fill one of the bigger hotels. They’re a village onto themselves. The unofficial kickoff had to be Margie Hamrick and team’s Super Bowl fundraiser at the Four Seasons for Michael Franti and fiancee Sara Agah’s Do It For the Love Foundation. The organizers put it together in about a finger snap, competed capably with a close Super Bowl game without the Broncos for time and enough attention to raise a pirate’s loot. The thing capped off with a raucous concert in the truest Franti standard. That is, full of generosity, good humor and a lot of jumping around. Promising, and the Alpine World Ski Championships hadn’t even started yet. The world of ski…

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All you need to know about the women’s downhill

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Some races are more equal than others. And even though we’ve had two fantastic super-Gs at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Beaver Creek, this is the downhill. More specifically, this is the women’s downhill and Lindsey Vonn is in the house, wearing bib No. 22. Yes, she won bronze on Tuesday in the super-G, which was great, but this was the race we were all imagining when we first heard that this area was getting these races back in 2010. This is pressure, people. It’s not fair, but there is some truth to the following — she needs to win this race to complete her comeback from that knee injury during the 2013 Worlds in Austria. Yes, she has five wins on the World Cup circuit this year and leads the points in both downhill and super-G, but once she couldn’t make it back for the 2014 Olympics, this was the goal. There’s also the sneaking feeling that the Austrians are starting to throw down as they normally do at Worlds. Anna Fenninger and Hannes Reichelt were golden in the super-Gs, and Fenninger won training on Thursday. (Yes, it’s only training, but Fenninger’s looking like she’s in the…

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