Posted on September 6, 2018 by Chris Klug
In a place tucked into one of the most majestic pockets of the world—surrounded by natural beauty, national forest land and protected open space—living green is the way of life. With renewable energy roots dating back to the 1980s when the city built the Maroon Creek and Ruedi hydroelectric plants, Aspen is undoubtedly a model citizen in how communities can reduce the carbon footprint of its residents.
In 2015, Aspen reached a major milestone in achieving 100 percent renewable energy to power its electric utility—the third city in the nation to reach such a designation. While the City of Aspen’s Climate Action Office leads the charge, the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) —an independent non-profit organization— has helped teach Roaring Fork Valley residents how to conserve energy in their own homes. In 2000, this became the first program of its kind in the world.
Funded in part by the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP), CORE distributes funds in the form of rebates and grants and has awarded more than $8.2 million to the community for smart energy compliance. In 2011, CORE launched its official home energy assessment program to increase efficiency awareness and implementation even more.
With Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty’s prospective homebuyers weighing sustainability in their purchasing decisions now more than ever, we reached out to CORE’s Kate Henion, BPI (Building Performance Institute) building analyst and marketing manager for her advice. Here are Kate’s top tips to help clients going through the process of selling or buying a property in Pitkin County:
- A home energy assessment is the first step. The assessment looks at the whole picture of your home— heating systems, windows and insulation levels. It provides you with a comprehensive report outlining opportunities for energy improvements that are specific to your home. Plus, homeowners get free “quick fix” installations and combustion analysis testing.
- Once you get the report, give CORE a call to go over the top priorities for the home. CORE offers free energy advising and cash-back rebates and its knowledgeable Energy Advisors can connect you with local, qualified contractors and help you with utility rebates
- Easy projects to knock-off first include air sealing & insulation. By air sealing and insulating your home correctly, you can establish a thermal boundary, heating and cooling only your desired living spaces.
- Swapping out your incandescents for LEDs is another no-brainer, considering they use 75% less energy.
- Controls, like programmable thermostats, can save on your monthly utility bills. Smart thermostats provide you with those same savings, but with the added convenience of controlling your home by phone
Since the program’s inception, CORE has performed 2,106 assessments and issued 1,380 rebates in the Roaring Fork Valley. Homeowners are eligible for up to $1,000 in rebates for energy efficiency upgrades, up to $5,250 for renewable energy, and larger properties are offered custom rebates.
Thanks to Aspen’s forward-thinking approach to sustainability and the work being done by organizations like CORE, new-build homes are also incorporating environmentally-conscious design elements from the start. One standout example of just how green a residential project can get? “Game On,” the personal home of John Rowland and Sarah Broughton, principals of their eponymous, award-winning architecture and interior design firm Rowland + Broughton. Read the full article with more photos...
Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's Elevated Living Blog
Photo Courtesy: Aspen CORE
Posted on July 23, 2018 by Chris Klug
Whether you’re a budding collector looking to add art to a new home, a realtor with staging needs or an experienced enthusiast shopping for a new piece, there is no better time to visit Aspen than late summer.
In recent years, Aspen has solidified its position on the international scene as one of the leading art destinations in the world. But its high-brow reputation has roots dating back to 1949, with the start of one of design’s great movements—the Bauhaus.
Now, the Bauhaus movement is coming full circle thanks to longtime local Lissa Ballinger, curator for The Aspen Institute. In 2019, the world will collectively celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus with a slew of special events to partake in locally.
Ahead of official festivities next year, the 1978 sculpture created by renowned Bauhaus architect and artist Herbert Bayer, was unveiled on Aspen Institute’s West End campus. Bayer hand-selected the Carrara marble from Central Italy for this seven-piece geometric sculpture that measures 32 x 8 x 8 feet. The sculpture was acquired from the Denver Art Museum in 2017, through the support of Melony and Adam Lewis, Aspen-based philanthropists and members of the Aspen Institute Society of Fellows.
Aspen Institute President and CEO, Dan Porterfield, shared in a statement, “The Anaconda sculpture is a wonderful addition to the Aspen Meadows Campus for the enjoyment of the whole community and to share in celebrating Herbert Bayer’s legacy. We are thrilled to install this sculpture as we gear up for next year’s celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus School.”
Prior to spearheading the Bauhaus centennial exhibition, Ballinger worked with private clients, local galleries and non-profit organizations through her company, Walnut5 Art Advisory. Ballinger started her company in 2010 and offers services ranging from collection management and preservation planning to curation and placement consulting.
Before her “An Introduction to Bauhaus” art talk on Wednesday, July 25 at the Wheeler Opera House, we caught up with Ballinger to get tips for collectors, her favorite spots for finding art and learn what sets Aspen’s art scene apart from anywhere else in the world.
Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Real Estate: What first brought you to Aspen?
Lissa Ballinger: The reason that I came to Aspen [in 2002] is because there is literally no place on earth—that is also a mountain town—which has this range and quality of cultural opportunities. Period.
ASSIR: What sets Aspen art scene apart and how has it changed over the years?
LB: I wrote my thesis on the visual arts in Aspen [she obtained her Masters of Art Administration from Columbia University] and at that point, I was talking about this influx of second home owners and how that had changed the viability of it being a year-round community. But now, 15 years later, it’s so interesting for me to reflect about how much it has changed since then. Art is all over the Roaring Fork Valley, our artistic achievements are being recognized on a much higher level and we’re truly a cultural center destination.
ASSIR: Where are your local, go-to spots to shop for art?
LB: The recurring shows at the Red Brick Center for the Arts and the Aspen Chapel are stocked with work from local artists. Anderson Ranch’s “Lunchtime Auctionette” every Friday in the summer is the biggest gem! And I always find something at their Annual Community Picnic. Downtown, Maker + Place and the Skye Gallery are each owned by young women entrepreneurs and Aspen natives. And the level of art-making down valley is incredible! The ArtBase in Basalt has a fantastic rotating gallery of local artists. I also love The Launchpad and SAW [Studio for Arts + Works] in Carbondale.
ASSIR: And on the gallery side?
LB: Gallery Maximillian, Baldwin Gallery, Harvey/Meadows Gallery and Boesky West.
ASSIR: What trends have you observed in the past year? Do you think the societal shift in the preference of “shopping local” has affected the art world?
LB: I would love that to be an art trend, especially as prices continue to go haywire…the relationship between money and art fascinates me. While Aspen has a thriving scene, there just haven’t been many venues for local artists to showcase their work. I’ve seen that change recently, which is really exciting. Overall in contemporary art, there was this departure from photography for awhile—it can be ubiquitous and people seemed less interested, but it’s coming back around.
ASSIR: What’s your biggest piece of advice for new collectors?
LB: Entering the world of art collecting can be overwhelming, intimidating even. My first thing I tell new collectors is to do research and be curious. Find out what specifically you’re interested in to keep your search narrow. I also encourage people to study art movements, which can help influence decision-making. Unabashedly right now, it should be all about the Bauhaus! And for more serious collectors, art advisors can play a really important role in helping guide you to discovering your personal taste. If you’re just beginning to collect, there are so many unbelievable and affordable experiences here to discover art if you seek them out.
UPCOMING ASPEN ART HAPPENINGS
16th Annual Aspen Arts Festival
Saturday, July 21–Sunday, July 22
Rio Grande Park
An Introduction to Bauhaus: Lissa Ballinger Art Talk
Wednesday, July 25, 5:30pm
Wheeler Opera House
Friday, July 27–Sunday, July 29
Aspen Ice Garden
Aspen Art Museum ArtCrush 2018
Wednesday, August 1–Friday, August 3
28th Annual Art Auction and Community Picnic
August 4, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Aspen Chapel Gallery Artist Talk
Wednesday, August 15, 5:30 p.m.
Art and Walking Tour of the Aspen Institute hosted by Lissa Ballinger:
Herbert Bayer Mountains and Convolutions, 1944–1953
September 12, 11 a.m.
Meets at the Aspen Institute Resnick Gallery
Every Friday through September 21, 11:45 a.m.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro
Posted on July 2, 2018 by Chris Klug
Wishing you a wonderful Independence Day Celebration! Be safe and have fun! Check out the full event schedule below!
||BOOGIES BUDDY RACE
Rio Grande Park
Free Vendor Village, race is $45/$50 to enter.
Boogies Buddy Race is one of the most widely anticipated activities of the Fourth of July week in Aspen. In its 32nd year, the event will take place on the morning of July 4th, with a 5-mile USA Track & Field certified competitive race and a 1-mile Family and Canine run/walk. Over 1,000 participants (50% local, 50% national), along with hundreds of observers and celebrants, kick off the Fourth of July in style at
this family-friendly event.
Online registration available here!
Buddy Program, www.buddyprogram.org, 970-920-2130
|9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
||KID’S PARADE BICYCLE DECORATING
PAEPCKE PARK (South East Corner)
Kid’s bicycle decoration for the 4th of July Parade! Helmets are REQURIED to ride in the parade! (this includes adults!)
FREE to participate!
10 a.m. -
18TH ANNUAL “AMERICA'S BIRTHDAY CARNIVAL"
Early Learning Center’s kids’ carnival in Paepcke Park featuring carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, snow cones, music, silent auction, and BBQ lunch.
Early Learning Center, earlylearningaspen.com, 970-920-9201
OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY PARADE
Parade Begins on Main Street
Aspen celebrates Independence Day with a whimsical twist. Local residents and visitors come together to honor the nation’s birthday in true American style. So grab the kids & come on down!
FREE to participate, mandatory registration.
Parade Entry Forms – City of Aspen, www.aspen4th.com, 970-429-2093
12 - 3 p.m.
AVSC JULY 4TH COMMUNITY PICNIC
Koch Lumber Park (corner of Garmisch & Cooper Ave.)
$20 Adults; $10 for kids 12 & under
AVSC invites all Roaring Fork Valley residents and visitors to join us for an old-fashioned July 4th BBQ in the Park. Please join us after the parade for a festive holiday in the park. Rock out to live music, kids games, volley ball, dunk tank, an adult beverage garden, and delicious Crystal River Meats grass fed burgers.
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, www.teamavsc.org, 970-205-5100
THE ASPEN MUSIC FESTIVAL & SCHOOL'S FREE FOURTH OF JULY CONCERT
Benedict Music Tent
The annual FREE Fourth of July event brings the AMFS band to the Tent stage with stirring patriotic favorites in this beloved tradition.
Aspen Music Festival and School, www.aspenmusicfestival.com, 970-925-9042
||RAGTIME (early performance)
The Hurst Theatre in Rio Grande Park
Change and progress crescendo in 1900s New York as the voices of celebrities, anarchists, immigrants, the rich, and the poor intertwine in this epic musical. The promise of a brighter tomorrow unites an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring Harlem musician. Ages 10+.
Purchase tickets in person, by phone, or via our website
Theatre Aspen, www.theatreaspen.org, Box Office: 970-300-4474
5 - 9 p.m.
ASPEN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. BLOCK PARTY & FUNDRAISER
In front of Aspen Volunteer Fire Station (Street Closure)
FREE to attend community concert and fundraiser for the Aspen Volunteer Fire Dept. & Mountain Rescue. Join the AVFD and Mountain Rescue for live music, food and beer garden after the parade.
Free to attend, and all food & drink proceeds go to the AVFD and Mountain Rescue.
4TH OF JULY DRONE LIGHT SHOW
Join ACRA in Wagner Park to watch the drones light up the sky choreographed to Patriotic music.
More Info contact Aspen Chamber Resort Association www.aspenchamber.org or 970-925-1940
**PUBLIC NOTICE: NO PERSONAL DRONES ARE PERMITTED IN THE DOWNTOWN CORE AREA**
Belly Up Aspen
Returning for their annual 4th of July Shows! Five of their albums peaked within the top 3
on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart & five album reached top 10 on the Independent Albums chart! Festival plays include Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits & Bonnaroo. Check the Belly Up website for additional shows!
Belly Up Aspen, Box Office, www.bellyupaspen.com , 970.544.9800
Posted on June 29, 2018 by Chris Klug
I was proud to be recognized by Real Trends and The Wall Street Journal in the 2018 Thousand Rankings representing Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's alongside the best real estate brand and professionals with Sotheby's International Realty.
Posted on June 28, 2018 by Chris Klug
Below average snowpack has raised wildfire concerns and increased the associated risk this summer throughout Colorado and the West. Your home insurance policy does cover you for wildfire, but some carriers offer complimentary Wildfire Defense Services. Please take the time to review your policy and make sure that your home or condo policy offers the necessary coverage to rebuild your home if you have a total loss. Construction costs have increased substantially in the valley over the last several years. Check out some information Here on how to protect your home. For more information, you can contact Clifford Hansen, the Principle at Roaring Fork Insurance.
Clifford C. Hansen | Principal
Roaring Fork Insurance
O: 970.429.5700 | F: 970.429.5701 | M: 970.683.1120
434 E Cooper Ave #203 | PO Box 4313 | Aspen, CO 81611-4313
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Posted on June 27, 2018 by Chris Klug
Aspen was the first-ever resort community in the country to adopt an official bike sharing system in 2013. Fast forward five years later and it’s hard to imagine Aspen and Basalt without WE-cycle and its many docking stations around town.
And Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty has been along for the ride since the very beginning, supporting WE-cycle as its first corporate sponsor in a partnership that’s now in its sixth season. This year marks another milestone for the non-profit organization: it’s the first bike sharing program in the world to be completely free for all users (for rides 30 minutes or less).
Made possible from a $145,000 grant from the City of Aspen, $45,000 each from Eagle County and the Town of Basalt along with robust sponsor support, WE-cycle ridership has already soared since it’s reopening on May 1— ridership is up 197 percent in Aspen and 44 percent in Basalt during the same time period last year according to director and founder, Mirte Mallory.
“Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty has been the most tremendous supporter from the very beginning. As our earliest adopters and believers, joining us as a system-wide sponsor has been transformative for what we’ve been able to accomplish at WE-cycle,” says Mallory.
Inspired by the benefits she saw bike sharing create for cities like Paris and Amsterdam, the Aspen native wanted the same solution available in her hometown. “Although we are a small community, we still face a lot of big-city challenges—traffic, air quality and especially parking,” she says. “Our hope is to continue to build on the bike culture that had already existed here and have both locals and visitors use WE-cycle as a viable transportation option.”
She credits Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty co-owner Ernie Fyrwald’s similar vision from having experienced bike share programs in cities he had visited over the years as the impetus for such a successful relationship. “He truly values the importance of supporting bike vitality and what it can do for a community’s livability,” says Mallory.
What started as a 12-station system in Aspen has since grown to more than 40 stations stocked with 190 bikes to work in conjunction with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) bus system, plus the implementation of access in El Jebel, Willits and Basalt. Under Fyrwald’s leadership, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty has aligned with the program way beyond just putting branded panels on the back of WE-cycle’s bikes. For many brokers, using the system is essential in their daily commutes and also in showing clients prospective properties around Aspen and Basalt.
"Doing most of my business in the downtown core and adjacent neighborhoods, WE-cycle has been a great way to get around. It's also a handy way to show clients a new neighborhood and how accessible it is,” says Lex Tarumianz.
Chris Klug, a passionate pedaler both on and off the clock, explains, “I have toured downtown and the West End together with my clients on WE-cycle bikes … they absolutely love it. Not only does it help reduce cars on our roads and lessens the impact on our spectacular natural alpine environment, but it’s also a far more efficient way to get around town during the busy summer months when you’re in a hurry. Overall, it just further sets our community apart and makes Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley such a special place.”
For Craig Ward, WE-cycle has been on his “must-support” list since the inception of the program. "I am thrilled that it is now publicly supported, so the bikes are free throughout the community!” he says.
Although she often tours clients around on WE-cycle bikes, supporting bike sharing for Tory Thomas isn’t just about “what it does for me and my business. What I love most about WE-cycle is what it does for our community and environment at large.”
If you haven’t already, sign-up for your free WE-cycle season pass and download the mobile app here: we-cycle.org.
Blog Credit to Katie Shapiro
Posted on June 22, 2018 by Chris Klug
Today, June 22nd is the grand opening of Lost Forest adventure camp in Snowmass Village! This exciting new outdoor adventure park offers an alpine coaster, zip line, rope challenges, climbing wall, 15.1 miles of added bike trails, two disc golf courses and ponds to fish in. This is such a great new addition to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola for kids and adults alike. I can't wait to take my kids out for a day of these fantastic adventures!
Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Check out the activity highlights below!
Breathtaker Coaster – Go as fast as you like down the track in a coaster car dropping over 400 vertical feet!
Canopy Run Zipline Tours – Soar high among the trees in this thrilling ride!
Treeline Trial Challenge Course – The ropes course offers 5 different paths and difficulty levels taking you 40 feet in the air.
Rugged Ascent Climbing Wall – Opening Mid-July – This wall offers dozens of routes of varying difficulty and auto belay.
Trout Hook Fishing – Try your hand at casting a fly rod!
Aerial Approach Disc Golf – This 18-hole course winds down the mountain from Elk Camp to Base Village.
Timber Territory Paintball – Full of various features and 300 paintballs
Posted on May 24, 2018 by Chris Klug
I was proud to interview Klaus Obermeyer, who founded Sport Obermeyer in 1947 and opened its first Aspen factory warehouse in 1961 at the Aspen Business Luncheon. It was a wonderful conversation with a very iconic figure in Aspen's history! Check out the full article here.
Posted on April 4, 2018 by Chris Klug
Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's has been compiling exclusive data on the buyers we represent. I am excited to share the report from our company's research. The report will show you what their primary use of the property will be and what state they come from. Click here to view the full report.Disclaimer: The data shown here is derived from the Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty Post-Closing Survey, an optional survey our brokers have been filling out upon closing since December 2016. The data shown here does not represent all closings in the MLS, only those within Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty and furthermore, not all closings within our company. The information provided by the brokers does not disclose any personal information about our clients; just the demographics the broker may be aware of.
Posted on March 29, 2018 by Chris Klug
Happy Friday from Aspen! It’s hard to believe March is almost over and the mountains will be closing soon. Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to close on April 8th while Aspen and Snowmass Mountain stay open for another week with an April 15th closing date. We received a few good spring snowfalls to get us to the end! The mountains have plenty of fun events to check out in the final weeks of the 2017/2018 season. Here are a few of my favorites for this weekend, March 30 - April 1. Today, check out Freestyle Friday ski competition at Highlands Mountain. On Saturday, Helly Hanson will host their Four Mountain Mission. Participants team up to navigate between designated checkpoints on Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain. The checkpoints will be assigned a point value and prizes. Click here for more information. For a little less extreme Saturday adventure, check out the Aspen Ascent Experience uphill and festival at Buttermilk. On Sunday, the Aspen Chapel hosts a Sunrise Easter Service at the top of Aspen Mountain. This year will be the annual events 31st year. Happy Easter and Passover! I will be enjoying the famous Hotel Jerome Easter Sunday Brunch with my family Sunday. I hope to see you around Aspen this weekend! Happy springtime!