Bluebird Days Magazine | Winter and Spring 2024

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contents events


market snapshots 6


community spotlight: sleds and kegs


gunnison valley life


eric larsen: a living journey


meet our team


featured properties


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introduction Everyone around here continues to say, “it never gets old!” My mom lives in Santa Fe and her kitchen window overlooks the mountain range, and she has always said, “It never gets old!” We choose to live in a beautiful place as well, and it is often awe inspiring. We are grateful to be able to offer these spectacular properties in this publication. Enjoy the majestic photography and feature story on a local legend, Eric Larsen, who shares his adventures of global expeditions and world records, and who is now giving back to our community in a meaningful way. We are excited to now be connecting both ends of our valley. In addition to Crested Butte, we are now serving Gunnison with our new office on Main Street. There is more connectivity than ever throughout the valley, and we are honored to be a part of it. Our intimate community reflects a purposeful people who are well traveled adventurers and worldly conscious. Bluebird is locally operated with a level of excellence in marketing, acumen and connection that is world class.

Bud pictured at the 2023 Bluebird Fall Hike

Let’s get together so that we can share with you how we are bringing dreams home. Happy trails,

Bud Bush Principal

On The Cover: “The Second Attempt of Three on Jabou Ri in the Rolwaling Valley, Nepal” by Ryan Waters 3

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winter & spring events Crested Butte Mountain Resort Opening Day

Sleds and Kegs

CB Nordic’s Thanksgiving Week Camp

The Grand Traverse

Gunnison Night of Lights


CB Nordic’s Alley Loop Marathon

Crested Butte Mountain Resort Closing Day

Gothic Mountain Tour

WCU Commencement Ceremony

November 22nd Kick off the winter season with skiing and riding! To purchase lift tickets, go to

November 23rd – November 26th This Nordic ski camp offers intimate group clinics with personalized coaching that caters to all ability levels. Register at

December 1st Join the fun as Santa lights the Christmas Tree in downtown Gunnison! To learn more, visit

February 3rd This Nordic race starts and finishes in the heart of downtown CB, winding through snow covered streets, alleys, and bridges. Register at

February 18th This backcountry ski race travels around Gothic Mountain and finishes with a party in a backcountry yurt. To learn more, visit 4

March 23rd We sled, we celebrate, we give back to the community and non-profits. Keeping Crested Butte Wild since 2015. To learn more, visit

March 30th – March 31st A 40-mile backcountry ski race that climbs over 6,800 vertical feet from Crested Butte to Aspen. To learn more, visit

April TBD A spring holiday that was started in 1969 by George Sibley, among others, to celebrate the “flushing out of winter and welcoming of spring.”

April TBD Enjoy the sun, music and costumes. This is the last day to ski or ride on the resort for the season!

May 4th Celebrate the accomplishments of Western Colorado University students in completing their degrees! To learn more, visit


Experience the magic of Crested Butte Nordic.

Xavier Fane photo

50 KM. OF CROSS-COUNTRY SKI and SNOWSHOE TRAILS Rental Equipment - Lessons - Ski and Snowshoe Tours Fine Dining at the Magic Meadows Yurt and more!

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gunnison market snapshot fall 2023 The fall colors around Gunnison signify cooler temperatures, football games and hunting season. With holidays approaching, the Gunnison market is “steady Eddie.” Demand remains strong and purchasers are absorbing available homes in normal marketing periods of less than six months. Prices of homes continue to rise through the third quarter in Gunnison, averaging $650,000 and surrounding rural areas at over $850,000 per property. Condominium sales have slowed to 44 this year to date from 57 this time last year, probably due to affordability challenges with rising interest rates.


properties listed over $1 million. The firm has also contracted to sell the most expensive residential property in the history of the area. The Gunnison community is vibrant and growing with new downtown restaurants and bars on the horizon, a new EMS station under construction for the hospital and a newly renovated regional airport. Also, Bluebird is the exclusive marketing representative for Gunnison Rising, a premier 650 acre master planned community in the early development stages.

Land sales are consistent with 35 transactions year to date, averaging just over $350,000 per property.

Bluebird is grateful for its community connections and proudly supports our neighbors in causes such as the Community Foundation, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, Gunnison Trails, Gunnison Food Pantry and the Western Colorado University Foundation.

Bluebird celebrated the opening of its newly renovated office on Main Street this summer. Bluebird agents are leading the market with 33 listings, that represent over $54 million in volume, half of which are luxury

Bluebird Real Estate is the exclusive regional member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest network of independent brokers and residential properties in the world.

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crested butte market snapshot fall 2023 As we transition through one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, we are enjoying one of the most vibrant displays of fall color that we have seen in years. Real estate right now is displaying the peak hues of the year as well and business has been bustling. Following a significant pause in sales starting this time last year, activity has rebounded through the third quarter with strong sales this summer and into fall. Expensive property closings and cash transactions less influenced by interest rate increases have excelled. Bluebird participated in the highest ever sale in Crested Butte this summer with a closing price of over $8.5 million in Aperture. Although inventory has been growing, which has been a real benefit to purchasers, average home prices in Crested Butte ($2.8m) and Mt Crested Butte ($2.5m) continue to rise. This is the same for mountain condominiums, now averaging nearly $720,000. Mid-level sales are steady and

prices have stabilized in rural Crested Butte averaging $2.3 million, CB South averaging just over $1 million and area land averaging nearly $650,000 per property. Crested Butte is an emerging market in the ski resort sector that is being recognized by investors and purchasers for its relative value, peaceful culture, quality of life, and picturesque setting. Bluebird continues to lead the regional market with Gunnison and Crested Butte offices serving the entire valley and the most experienced and highest producing agents in the area. We are grateful for our loyal and steady community that we value and serve in every way possible every day. Bluebird is the exclusive regional member of Luxury Portfolio International, the leading collection of independent brokerages and luxury properties in the world. 7

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$1,395,000. Enjoy the best mountain views from town in a neighborhood that affords space and privacy with the convenience of living a few blocks from Elk Avenue. Augusta Park offers some of the very last available homesites in the town of Crested Butte. These oversized and elevated sites are located on the north side of town, accessible from Pyramid Avenue, and each homesite is ready to build. Charlie Farnan

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community spotlight sleds and kegs

by nancy bush There are a lot of things that make Crested Butte unique and magical; it possesses a counterculture framed by athletes, nature-lovers, freethinkers, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs unconstrained by societal norms. These creatives form the heart of the community. As Crested Butte grows and faces the challenges that come with that growth, there is an event dedicated to maintaining and celebrating that true, original Crested Butte vibe – Sleds and Kegs. Hosted each Spring in the Town of Crested Butte, Sleds and Kegs is a local event and fundraiser like no other – created by locals for locals. It’s an 8-hour party, with a carved out sledding luge and ski and snowboard jump, outrageous costumes, DJs, fantastic food and drink, dancing, human sledding chains spiriting down the course, fire dancers, face painters, and big air competitions. If you haven’t been, it’s the epitome of Crested Butte – outdoor playfulness and free-spirited fun! Many locals call it the most fun day of the year! Sleds and Kegs was started in the Spring of 2015 by co-founders Trevor Bona and Neil Opalinski, after Neil lost his beloved dog, Mac. Trevor and Neil had previously talked about building their own sled 10

course and inviting friends, but with the loss of Mac, that idea was kicked into full gear in Mac’s memory. The first Sleds and Kegs for Mac in 2015 was a success! Trevor and Neil built their first sledding luge, offered food and drink, and set out a donation jar to help cover the costs. What they realized is that people came, people loved it, and there was extra money to give to others. Over the years, Sleds and Kegs has grown from a few local friends attending in 2015 to over 600 attendees last year. Trevor and Neil’s very first charitable donation from Sleds and Kegs was $2,000 to Oh Be Dogful Rescue in Crested Butte, a non-profit that fosters homeless animals, in honor of Mac. Moving forward, in 2023, they raised and donated $25,000 to local non-profits in the Gunnison Valley, including Oh Be Dogful Rescue, CB State of Mind, Coal Creek Watershed Coalition, Wild Peaks Adventure Program and Mental Madness. CB State of Mind and Mental Madness also had tables set up at last year’s event, to reach out to anyone in need of, and to bring awareness to, their mental health services. Continued on page 11

Neil Opalinski and Trevor Bona

Sleds and Kegs also gives annually to both the Charlie Parr Outdoor Education Scholarship and the PCK Memorial Scholarship, both formed in memory of, and with love for, Crested Butte locals, Charlie Parr and Paden Castles Kelley. In fact, Sleds and Kegs made the first installment of $2,000 to Paden Castles Kelley’s Crested Butte Sports Foundation Scholarship in memory of Paden’s work as a ski instructor on the mountain. Sleds and Kegs also has the support of several local sponsors, including Ace Hardware, Zuni Street Brewing Company, Irwin Brewery, Rocky Mountain Cannabis, Log Dawgs Wiener Wagon, CB Inferno Fire Dancers, and many DJs, including Slippin’ Jimmy, Deezy Le Phunk, Beat Kitty, P Lilly and Walter Balltell. Founder Trevor Bona, Realtor at Bluebird Real Estate in Crested Butte and Owner of Elevate the Media – a national multi-media videography and photography company, puts countless hours into organizing and implementing Sleds and Kegs every year. Co-founder Neil Opalinski, an avid outdoorsman who grew up riding dirt bikes and ATV’s is the “goto” with respect to course design. It takes about 100 locals (an average of 5 – 30 people a day) one week to build the course. Those putting in long hours to help with the build get a free ticket! Trevor describes his work with Sleds and Kegs as one of his proudest accomplishments. “I am an advocate and proud supporter of Crested Butte.” But, for him, the event “is not about just raising money, it’s about creating happiness and a special day where you can let go of all of those adulting, serious elements of life and just enjoy time being a kid with your friends.” The 8th Annual Sleds and Kegs event will be held March 23, 2024, from 12 PM to 8 PM. You can buy tickets and learn more about Sleds and Kegs at 11

“With our passion and your vision, the opportunities are endless. Let’s begin your elevated experience.”

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eric larsen:

a living journey by nancy bush It’s hard for most of us to imagine the mindset of an extreme athlete and global expeditioner. It’s a mindset that seeks and embraces challenges with seemingly insurmountable odds and difficulties and redefines those uncertainties and adversities as ripe with opportunity for problem solving and growth, for bolstering individual capabilities, and for motivating change. There is an unyielding will, determination, resiliency and discipline. There is also gratitude, respect for nature, and heart. Those qualities describe world renowned adventurer and explorer Eric Larsen, a Crested Butte local, who – among just a few of his accomplishments – holds the world record for skiing to the North Pole and South Pole and climbing Mount Everest in the same year. And, Eric doesn’t just apply those awe-inspiring qualities to his extreme sporting adventures, he applies them in every aspect of his life; qualities clearly embedded in his core that enable him to withstand and conquer the extreme obstacles he faces in his profession, that urge him forward in his relentless dedication to bringing the world’s looming environmental issues to the forefront of our minds, that push him through not only his courageous fight with


Colorectal cancer, but his commitment to helping others dealing with the devastating effects of cancer, and that foster him in growing a loving and thriving family that supports and sustains him through it all.

arctic expeditioner and environmentalist Over the last 25 years, Eric has traveled to the most remote, frozen regions of this earth – documenting how those regions are dramatically changing and working to draw the world’s attention to the effects of global warming. Among his many expeditions, in 2006, Eric was part of the first and only team to successfully reach the North Pole in Summer, and, Eric reached it again in 2010 on his “Save the Poles Expedition” when he set a World Record becoming the first person ever to ski the South Pole and North Pole and summit Mount Everest (often referred to as the 3rd pole) in one year. The “Save the Poles Expedition” was just part of Eric’s continuing work to Continued on page 19

Larsen nearing Camp 1 on Mount Everest

advocate for the environment and draw attention to the melting ice pack. Eric also led an expedition to the South Pole in 2008 becoming one of few humans to have skied both poles. As documented in Eric’s captivating book, On Thin Ice, in March 2014, Eric and his friend, experienced mountaineer and climbing guide, Ryan Waters, began a 419 nautical mile (a little over 500 standard miles), unsupported and unassisted trek over the frozen, but rapidly melting, Arctic Ocean ice pack to reach the North Pole. “Unsupported” meaning no outside power, no dogs, no snowmobiles, and no outside food or supply drops allowed. They skied, snowshoed and, at times, swam in the ocean for 53 days – each pulling their own food and supply sleds weighing over 300 pounds each at the start – to make their way from the shores of Ellesmere Island (on the tip of northern Canada) to the geographic North Pole at the 90th parallel. Their trip was considered one of the most difficult and dangerous expeditions on the planet because they faced the harshest conditions on Earth. Many people think of the North Pole as snow covered land, but it is not. There is no land north of the 84th parallel and, thus, their entire journey to the pole is on frozen ice covering the Arctic Ocean. An ice pack that used to be many feet deep creating a large crust over the ocean is now melting at an alarming rate and significantly reducing the ability for anyone to reach the North Pole from land. Melting, thinning ice sheets create increasingly dangerous and continually changing, unstable conditions. Crashing ice sheets create huge pressure ridges that can be over 20 feet high and miles long. Thinning ice sheets also break apart - dangerously exposing the ocean below. The ice sheets also constantly drift with the ocean current below, often taking the expeditioners miles away from their goal while they rest or sleep. Eric’s expedition partner, Ryan Waters, is a very experienced mountaineer, having climbed the highest peaks on all 7 continents and traveling unsupported across Antarctica in 2010 to reach the South Pole. For both of them, however, this was the harshest

and most mentally and physically trying expedition of all. In addition to the extreme weather conditions, walls of ice pack, temperatures reaching 60 degrees below zero, white outs and unrelenting storms, there was also the occasional hungry polar bear. Eric’s book is a riveting read. Eric and Ryan also filmed their journey to the North Pole themselves for Animal Planet in its documentary entitled Melting: Last Race to the Pole. Their story of taking on such insurmountable odds, and of friendship, trust and survival in a place where one small mistake can be deadly is amazing. Through their film, you are able to see one of the most unique and beautiful places on earth. You are also able to witness a rapidly changing and melting environment that may no longer exist in years to come. Since Eric and Ryan’s return from the North Pole, no other expeditioners have been able to successfully reach the North Pole from land. Since their 2014 expedition, Eric has continued his work to bring immediate and impactful awareness to climate change. While acknowledging the continued high level of harmful emissions and non-renewable resource use, Eric points to some very positive advancements in recent years with new technologies providing more cost-effective and available renewable energy sources, the implementation of new, environmentally-based statewide economic initiatives for industry, and growing nonprofit organizational work reaching across the globe. While these and other compelling forces continue to work to help protect the environment and to help people understand our human impact on the environment, Eric encourages everyone not to discount the importance of their own individual roles. “Top down and bottoms up!” says Eric. “Even on an individual basis, [our role] is not insignificant. There are all little things we can – as individuals – do to help, to have an impact, because there are a lot of us.” Continued on page 20 19

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an unexpected life challenge In meeting with Eric Larsen in person, you discover a humble, positive, highly thoughtful individual. He is now 52 years old and a dedicated husband to his wife, Maria, and father of two children, ages 10 and 8. He has always loved the wilderness and the unique places of this world. He came to Colorado from a small northern Minnesota town located on Lake Superior and near the Canadian border. He loved living in Minnesota and the surrounding wilderness, but ultimately came to Colorado for mountaineering training. In Crested Butte, he found the old, small town feel of his home, a setting that offered incredible wilderness adventure opportunities, and a community that he and his family love. In January 2021, 3 days before Eric was set to leave to guide a training course, he was diagnosed with advanced Colorectal cancer. In an instant, his whole world changed. “My doctor told me that I wasn’t going anywhere,” Eric admitted. And, he began what became a two-year process of intense chemotherapy, radiation, and multiple surgeries to fight the cancer. He also learned that cancer runs in his family. He has Lynch Syndrome, a hereditary condition that predisposes individuals to Colorectal cancer and also creates a very high risk for uterine and other related cancers in women. Finding out this information was very valuable for his children and other family members so that they can be tested early and routinely. Colorectal cancer is very curable if caught early; and, very life-threatening if not. Despite all of Eric’s extreme mountaineering and expedition experiences, he reflects, “My battle with cancer was the hardest and scariest experience of my life, a lot harder than any expedition.” Twelve weeks of chemotherapy followed by six weeks of radiation was brutal. Surgery and complications led to more surgeries and grueling hospital stays. He was

so fatigued that he couldn’t carry an empty box across a room. He recalls laying in his bed at home, listening to his wife and children downstairs – living life – without him. The chemicals involved in the chemotherapy treatment made him highly and painfully sensitive to cold. This is ironic considering his years of experience with polar expeditions. He could not open his refrigerator door without gloves on his hands. With illness, treatments, multiple surgeries and related complications, his whole professional life shut down. Now, in remission for months, Eric is reckoning with the obvious physical effects of cancer and his treatment on his body – as well as age. He describes himself as the same adventure seeker, but changing slightly. He still looks for new and unique adventures that challenge him to analyze and problem solve the uncertainties, however, he believes his risk tolerance has waned after becoming a father and facing a life-threatening illness. As an expeditioner, he has always been very thoughtful to “travel with his body” and the environment, and to be very self-aware of his physical condition and mental stamina. “Arrogance can get you into trouble.” Eric is okay, however, with where he is now and his current limitations. He feels very grateful to be in remission, recognizing others who have not made it through the fight. In comparing his fight with cancer to prior extreme adventures, Eric does find some close similarities. “In cancer, you are going to a point with an uncertain outcome, over an uncertain amount of time and that’s the exact same thing as an expedition. Those parallel each other very closely. You’re “In cancer, you are basically doing the same things. going to a point You are just getting through the next with an uncertain hour and getting through the next treatment.” Through his expedition outcome, over an experiences, Eric is also used to uncertain amount of being very uncomfortable and trying time and that’s the to find little ways to get through each exact same thing as moment. This experience helped him navigate step by step through his an expedition.” cancer treatment as well. Eric also credits his amazing medical team who helped him through his journey and the amazing love and support he received from his family and the Crested Butte community, including, the support he received from Living Journeys.


living journeys During Eric’s illness, Julie Reid, Executive Director at Living Journeys - a local non-profit working to ensure that no one in Gunnison County has to fight cancer alone – contacted Eric and his family to provide support. “Julie reached out to my wife, Maria, and said, ‘hey, here’s what we can do.’ It was the most amazing thing ever for our family. There are a lot of national organizations and bigger groups, but there are a lot of aspects of getting treated for cancer where there are gaps in the support – just having a meal delivered, just having access to some counseling.” Living Journey’s programs focus on reducing stress and meeting the needs of the family. Financial grants assist with economic burdens. Professionally facilitated support groups and private therapy grants provide emotional support for patients, caregivers, and the bereaved. Living Journeys also provides delivery of thousands of healthy meals for its clients and their families each year in coordination with local chefs, restaurants, and farmers’ markets. The organization also offers transportation, lodging assistance and other travel resources for clients receiving cancer treatment. As Living Journeys provided invaluable assistance and support to Eric and his family throughout his illness, Eric is now actively committed to helping others in their battles with cancer as well. Currently joining the Board of Directors at Living Journeys, among other things, Eric offers his time to speak at Living Journeys events, describing his journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery and the invaluable resources provided by Living Journeys to Gunnison Valley’s community members. To learn more about Living Journeys, visit

moving forward These days, Eric is still figuring out life. His body may not be the same, but he has the same fundamental qualities at his core. He continues to seek opportunities to challenge himself in the wilderness and to bring those experiences to others. He is involved in multiple ventures related to his mountaineering and expedition adventures, holding training courses in guiding – with self-supported, expedition style travel training being his niche. He works with various sponsors including a current project designing a whole line of polar gear for the German company, Jack Wolfskin. He writes and speaks, and recently, with the help of his wife, organized a gravel biking/media trip with Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism and Prosperity Partnership (TAPP) to highlight gravel riding and recreational opportunities around Gunnison County. Eric is looking to expand his training in cold weather, expedition-style travel in the Gunnison Valley as well. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills learned in cold weather adventures with others. Eric loves Crested Butte, being with his family, coaching soccer and riding his bike. He feels that Crested Butte offers endless possibilities for wilderness adventure in his own backyard. “You don’t have to do this crazy stuff to have a unique and compelling adventure. . . Crested Butte has a lot of that – opportunity for unique experiences, to be challenged and enjoy nature – all great things that come out of adventure.”

When asked what life lessons he has learned based on his incredible experiences, Eric responds, “Life teaches all of us lessons in one way or another. When you are on an expedition, all the clutter gets removed and, by default, you are able to see things more clearly.” Adding, “the way to find out what’s important is to remove everything in your life, and that’s what really happens on an expedition.” For his children, he thinks it is important for them to know that “people are capable of a lot of pretty incredible things. It’s just a question as to whether you want to or not. As to those big problems, just take the small pieces and begin one step at a time. I’m a big fan of doing hard things. . . learning how to deal with adversity is really valuable.” Eric encourages his children to find their own passions and loves that Crested Butte presents a multitude of options for such endeavors. Finally, Eric states, “Expeditions have taught me a lot about ‘what we need to survive versus what we want.’ There is a big difference between those two things and I talk to my kids about that.” As for local, young adventurers, Eric advises them to define their goals. That will define all you do going forward and help create a structure and a system to get there. “Also, as a young person, do what you want, because even with a year or two in the wrong direction there’s a learning experience. Don’t be afraid to fail. Therein is another learning experience. Ultimately, it’s about the journey. Even getting to the North Pole, there’s nothing there. The journey is the destination.” Read more about Eric’s adventures at 21

No one in Gunnison County has to fight cancer alone.

LIVING JOURNEYS community cancer support

Since 2020, Living Journeys has provided Gunnison County residents affected by cancer with: Over $500,000 in direct financial assistance; More than 7,500 home-delivered meals and produce boxes; Over 1,000 individual therapy sessions & access to almost 150 support group meetings.

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May 18 Golf Tournament at Dos Rios July 27 Summit Hike & Trail Runs at Crested Butte Mountain Resort


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about bluebird Bluebird Real Estate is a local brand serving the local region with international reach through our affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International. We are strategically located in downtown Crested Butte and Gunnison in modern buildings with superior street visibility. Working with Bluebird is an engaging experience that creates trusted and lasting relationships through consistent, quality care, furthering your connection with us and the community. Bluebird contributes a portion of every property closing commission to the Bluebird Charitable Fund. At the end of the year, the fund bestows grants to local non-profits our agents nominate for the impactful initiatives they foster within our community.


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bluebird associates Meet the best and most experienced real estate brokers in Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colorado! Bluebird keeps the interests of our clients our highest priority, delivering successful results every day through exceptional service, distinctive marketing, and teamwork. Our knowledgeable and thoughtful agents use clear and confident communications to create seamless transitions in a team-centric and collaborative environment. Built on a vision of bringing dreams home, we are here to respectfully serve and support you, whenever you are ready. Your property closing is just the beginning of your relationship with Bluebird.


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gunnison Trent Bona Trent has lived in the Gunnison Valley for over 15 years. What started as a plan to “kill a few months” skiing in Colorado after business school has evolved into a family of four with two dogs, an abundance of outdoor adventure, and a career in real estate. Trent brings a friendly, sincere approach to everything he does and a strong drive to succeed for his clients. His network in this valley runs deep, and he takes pride in knowing who to contact to get things done right. Before real estate, Trent spent over ten years as a professional filmmaker and photographer—skills he still uses to create stunning photos and videos of his clients’ listings. When not helping folks buy and sell properties, he can be found volunteering at one of several local non-profits, fishing for trout, skiing powder, riding singletrack, or exploring the surrounding mountains, usually with his two sons and wife. He is rooted in this community and proud to call the Gunnison Valley home.

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Steve Mills Steve first came upon Crested Butte in 1979, and soon after, it became home. In 1980, he opened a sports store on Elk Avenue. Then in 1991, he transitioned into a career in real estate. He served as a board member on the first Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce during his time in CB. In 1996, he and his three children moved down valley to Gunnison, where he resides to this day. While living in Gunnison, he has volunteered for the Gunnison Country Food Pantry, as well as on the Cattlemen’s Days board and has served as a president (2015) and board member (2006-2019) for the Gunnison/ Crested Butte Association of Realtors. In the warmer months, you will catch Steve pursuing his passion for road cycling, hiking and backpacking. In the colder months, you will see Steve touring his favorite Nordic ski trails and downhill skiing. “We enjoyed working with Steve selling our home in Gunnison. Steve was there to answer any and all questions that came about. He communicated with us promptly pertaining to all showing times and worked around our schedule. Our experience selling our home was beyond our expectations and we are thankful for Steve’s tireless efforts.” — David & Jayne c 970.596.0292 25

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Mindy Costanzo Mindy Costanzo has been a Gunnison-Crested Butte Realtor Board Member for 46 years and has experience navigating all real estate market phases. Since 1977, Mindy has been building her career in the Gunnison Valley, focusing exclusively on buyers’ and sellers’ real estate goals. Mindy has continued her real estate career for the past ten years with her former franchise company, United Country Gunnison County Realty and Auction. Mindy began her residency in the Gunnison Valley at Western Colorado University, where she earned her business degree and graduated in 1975. She then raised two children and now resides in the Dos Rios community in Gunnison with her dog, Miley, and cat, Star. When Mindy is not out listing or selling, she likes to play pickleball and golf, loves to travel and garden, and takes in the recreational pursuits of Gunnison County. She claims her greatest reward is spending time with her four grandchildren! As a long-time resident and full-time broker, Mindy’s professional career is powered by service, knowledge of the Gunnison Valley, and unparalleled professionalism. c 970.209.2300

Erin Croke Operations and Marketing Manager to Mindy Costanzo Meet Erin, a true Colorado native with an unquenchable passion for the great outdoors. For over a decade, she has called Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley her home, embracing every opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes that surround her. Erin is Mindy’s dedicated assistant, operations manager, and marketing specialist. She brings with her 12 years of experience in banking holding positions such as Personal Banker, Small Business Specialist, and Mortgage Lender; all with a large national bank.

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Josh Young Josh moved from North Carolina to the Gunnison Valley in 2010 to continue his education at Western State Colorado University. As an avid fly fisher, skier, mountain biker and overall outdoor enthusiast, the move to the Gunnison Valley was a perfect fit. Over the past eight years Josh has been selling real estate in the Gunnison Valley, where he specializes in commercial, residential and mountain recreation properties. In his free time, Josh can be found out with his dog, Abe, hiking in the high country or floating the river. Grateful for the community that has supported him, Josh makes sure new residents are welcomed with open arms and good times ahead. “My wife and I want to thank Josh Young for helping us buy our first home. We were in a time crunch to get the deal closed and he made it happen! Not only did he make the process quick, but easy for us to understand every little step along the way. Josh was great from the first steps of looking at houses and all the way to closing. We would highly recommend him for anyone looking to buy a house here in the Gunnison Valley.” — Chavez

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Holly Zahand In 2019, Holly embarked on a new chapter in the breathtaking Gunnison County, drawn by the warm embrace of her son, who is a Western Colorado University graduate. After 25 wonderful years in the bustling Northern Virginia and DC area, it was the perfect move. With over two decades of real estate experience, she helps her clients navigate the ever-evolving realm of property. Her journey began with a triumphant “Rookie of the Year” title received after her first year practicing real estate. She has always found immense joy in building relationships because, to her, real estate is about more than transactions; it’s about weaving connections that last a lifetime. Leading with warmth, integrity, and excellent communication helps her uphold her belief that every client deserves an experience beyond expectations. Holly enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, mountain biking, and snow skiing in her free time. As your partner in real estate, her commitment extends far beyond property; it’s about crafting a future filled with joy and contentment. Whether selling your home, finding your haven, or simply seeking guidance, she is here to be your advocate and confidante.

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Brian Cooper Meet Brian Cooper, your Gunnison Valley real estate expert. His vast experience covers residential, investment, and commercial properties. What sets Brian apart is his client-centric approach, offering honest advice and transparency. He’s at the forefront of real estate technology, ensuring swift, professional service. Whether you’re a firsttime buyer, investor, or business owner, trust Brian to make your Gunnison Valley real estate dreams a reality. “First and foremost, Brian is a top-notch realtor - he knows his business and the Gunnison Valley market inside and out and every step of the process from his side was smooth. Beyond that, he is an incredible and generous human being - he went above and beyond more times than I can count during the sale of my home. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend Brian.” — Lori J.

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Chrissy Mitchell Sales Assistant to Brian Cooper Chrissy Mitchell, a Colorado native originating from Fort Collins, followed her heart to Gunnison in 2013, where she pursued her education at Western Colorado University. Today, she partners with Brian Cooper as his sales and marketing assistant, excelling in transaction management and strategic marketing. Her background in town development and her professional network from Western Colorado University are valuable resources. Chrissy’s unwavering drive, motivation, and passion for helping others excel in the real estate industry make her an essential asset to the Brian Cooper team. “Chrissy has been amazing to work with. She is attentive, professional, and responsive. She has an amazing career ahead of her. I would highly recommend working with her.” — Maggie W.

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Bobby Overturf Bobby grew up in Colorado Springs and attended college in Denver. He always knew he wanted to make his way further west to the Gunnison Valley. His dream became a reality in 2015, when he and his wife were able to call Gunnison home. His local knowledge, understanding of the real estate market, and connection to the community are what make Bobby an asset to his clients. One of the reasons Bobby finds this place so special is the endless opportunity to explore the outdoors. Whether it’s skiing, biking, hiking, fly fishing, or hunting, it’s hard to beat this mountain lifestyle. Every season has something to offer and these small towns have big hearts. “Bobby is professional in every sense of the word, timely with communications and highly knowledgeable of the area. I highly recommend him!” — Jason

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crested butte Willy Coburn Willy is a Crested Butte native with deep family ties to the area. After completing school at CBCS, he attended The University of Colorado in Boulder. He met his wife while working in CB, is a father of two, and is the older brother of Olympic medalist and World Champion Steeplechase runner Emma Coburn. Willy grew up watching community projects being built from the ground up. In 2017, he embarked on his own professional journey, setting down roots in Asheville, North Carolina. While there, Willy specialized in helping first-time homebuyers navigate the often confusing and daunting home-buying process as well as helping investors find that perfect income-producing property. He has an extensive background in sales and negotiations and always puts the needs of his clients first. Buying a home is the largest purchase a person makes, and Willy works tirelessly to make the process as smooth as possible.

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Trevor Bona Trevor’s vibrant and engaging disposition creates and maintains a comfortable, carefree atmosphere throughout the typically arduous negotiation process. His infectious excitement and steadfast dedication to each individual client guarantees the highest level of customer service and satisfaction. “We want to express our sincere gratitude for all the hard work and dedication Trevor has put in throughout the entire home buying process. His expertise and professionalism truly made a difference and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. His attention to detail and excellent communication skills made the entire experience, smooth and stress-free. His guidance and advice was invaluable, and we always felt like we were in capable hands. We greatly appreciate his willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and answer our questions. He was a pleasure to work with and we wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of a top-notch realtor. A big thank you to Trevor Bona for making this journey such a positive one.” — Rhonda & Vic

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Ryan Bak Ryan’s real estate career began more than a decade ago, after his competitive nature and desire to achieve results drove him to excel as a professional distance runner representing Team USA at world championship events. His drive helped him propel a start-up company into the #1 selling brand in its category in the US. Ranked in the Top 1% of all real estate agents nationally by total volume, Ryan has been a top producer since launching into real estate, selling more than 500 properties and nearing half a billion dollars in total sales. The desire to give their children the opportunity to grow up exploring in the mountains in a safe small town where they could walk to school and enjoy the freedoms of old times drew Ryan and his family to move to Crested Butte several years ago from Bend, Oregon. Long before relocating full-time, Ryan began investing in the local real estate market and strongly believes in the long-term value of owning property in Crested Butte. Ryan’s clients appreciate his commitment to fast, professional, 5-star service, so they can have an amazing real estate experience and achieve their desired results. “Ryan was wonderful to work with. At every turn he was helpful, patient, informative, supportive, and advocating on our behalf. ” — Chris & Wendy B.

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Ross Tunkey Originally from Miami, Florida, Ross moved to Crested Butte in 2000 and has been working as a licensed Colorado real estate agent in the Gunnison Valley for the past 19 years. He has extensive experience in residential, luxury, commercial, income and local deed-restricted properties. Ross’s hobbies and recreational interests include playing music, outdoor adventuring, and being an active member of our community. He has volunteered and worked with various local non-profits including the Adaptive Sports Center, Crested Butte Arts Festival, Mountain High Music Festival and Tough Enough to Wear Pink. In 2009 Ross was selected by the Town of Mt. Crested Butte to be the town’s agent for the sale of their newly constructed Prospect Homestead subdivision. An awardwinning Realtor, he has successfully helped many full-time residents and second homeowners alike.

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Patti Miller Originally from the Southeast, Patti learned to ski as a young girl at one of the southern-most ski areas in the US, located in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. She graduated with honors from the University of Georgia and is proud to be a fourthgeneration bulldog. While managing events at the ski resort for many years, she learned that perseverance, creativity, and flexibility are essential to success. Patti is extremely resourceful and creates an upbeat and engaging experience. Her passion for beautiful mountain properties, innate ability to bring people together, and intimate understanding of the local area help bring her clients’ dreams to life. Patti enjoys Nordic skiing with her dog “Hoss,” volunteering with the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley, and exploring the Western Slope with her husband Travis and their son Roc. “I could not have asked for a better fit than Patti! She’s not only an overall lovely person to work with but is an extremely knowledgeable realtor, and quickly and accurately answered all questions. When we finally found the right home, Patti skillfully helped us win a bidding war to secure our property. Most importantly, I always felt that Patti was truly looking out for my best interest.” — Molly

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Natalie Hatchett As an industry innovator and seasoned real estate agent, Natalie recognizes and values her clients’ trust in her. She strives every day to exceed their expectations and make every transaction simple and fun. Natalie’s real estate career began in 2005. Since then, she has been a top producing agent in Dallas, Texas for over a decade. Real Estate is her passion, so it has been a natural evolution to bring her work to Crested Butte, a town she treasures. She loves all things Crested Butte, the crisp mountain air, beautiful vistas and incredible community. She is here to make selling or buying a home as exciting as possible because what is more thrilling than owning a piece of paradise?! “Natalie Hatchett is the consummate professional. Effective, knowledgeable, creative, hardworking, connected, and efficient. She does it all with style, charm and grace. She knows her market, has a great strategy and is always responsive. A++.” — The Lisbon Family c 469.733.6442 32

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Maggie Dethloff Maggie moved to Crested Butte in 1987 after graduating from the UW-Madison. Originally from the Chicago area, after one winter in this magical valley Maggie knew she had found her home. With 22 years of selling real estate in Crested Butte, Maggie’s top priority is developing strong relationships with her clients so they feel fully supported throughout their real estate experience. Maggie’s relatability, paired with her reliability, ensures results. Consistently a top producer in the market, Maggie gains much of her business from repeat clients and referrals. Giving back to the community is paramount to Maggie. She is currently a member of Rotary, serves on the Crested Butte South Metro District Board & supports many local charities. “Maggie is a consummate professional as well as a really lovely person. Thank you Maggie for handling the sale of our beautiful mountain home with such care!” — P. Norris

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Jennie Barry Assistant to Maggie Dethloff Jennie arrived in the Gunnison Valley in the fall of 1997 when she attended Western Colorado University. In 2017, she joined Bluebird Real Estate as their Office Manager. For four years, she managed various aspects of the office’s operations. During this time, her commitment to the real estate business motivated her to obtain her license. In 2021, she expanded her responsibilities within the company by joining forces with Maggie Dethloff. Her commitment to exceptional client service, coupled with her deep understanding of the real estate market, played a pivotal role in helping Maggie’s business flourish. Jennie’s innate desire to assist and support others in achieving their real estate goals is a driving force behind her and Maggie’s accomplishments. “Jennie is passionate about her work and always brings a positive “can-do” attitude. She is a team player that develops strong relationships with both co-workers and clients. Jennie was a joy to work with!” — Suzanne B.

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Lisa Lenander Lisa arrived in Crested Butte in the winter of 1983/84 in a blizzard and fell in love with the area. Prior to relocating to Crested Butte, she earned her BA in Communications from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has been providing professional real estate services throughout Crested Butte and Gunnison County since 2004. Lisa’s commitment to her clients is to provide exceptional real estate knowledge and services in buying and selling real estate. Her personal real estate experiences include purchasing vacant land, building a custom home and then selling the home. Lisa is involved in her community and currently serves on the Mt. Crested Butte Planning Commission and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Crested Butte/ Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and Gunnison/Crested Butte Association of Realtors. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out in the mountains by way of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.

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Karen Allen A 42 year resident, Karen feels Crested Butte is an incredibly beautiful and special place to live, work and play in every season. With 22 years as a real estate professional, Crested Butte continues to give her great pleasure to introduce her customers to a lifestyle that is both rich and rewarding, many of whom become good friends in the process. Karen founded the annual Bill Allen Golf Tournament in her late husband’s name at the Club at Crested Butte. The popular event provides college scholarships to Club employees and sells out quickly every year. “She always made us feel like we were her top priority. We never felt pressure from Karen... only optimism, positive thoughts and support.” — Robert W. & Shawn Z.

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Jordi Sendra Jordi is passionate about serving his clients, whether looking to find their dream home, invest in property, or helping folks who wish to relocate to this valley as his family did almost 30 years ago. Raised in Crested Butte, Jordi has gained extensive knowledge of the local market. Jordi’s top priority is ensuring clients feel comfortable, confident, and proud of their decision to go with Bluebird for their real estate needs. This is demonstrated through his competent professionalism, energetic personality, and loyal dedication. At the end of the day, Jordi is there for you as your broker, and will continue to be there as your friend. “I have been consistently impressed by Jordi’s integrity, customer service and performance on the job. His interpersonal and communication skills allow him to excel. Jordi possesses the ultimate “can do” attitude while taking on all tasks with a positive energy and a smile. His upbeat personality and engaging personal style enabled him to build a natural rapport with me throughout the process.” — Robin S.

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Jenny Knox Jenny moved to Crested Butte in 1992 from Houston, Texas. Continuing her professional track, she built a highly successful title company, serving as President until selling in 2006 allowing for advanced knowledge of a multitude of subdivisions. She thrives in supporting her clients with multi-faceted expertise to ascertain all transactions are seamless and to deliver superior service. She also has a strong understanding of the highly detailed arena of water rights. Her number one goal is to have happy clients. She spends her spare time giving back to the community by supporting numerous nonprofit organizations, along with hiking, biking and skiing. “Jenny’s help and advice was especially valuable because we bought our vacation home sight unseen. Jenny went above and beyond, making multiple trips to check out the home for us, arranging inspections, etc. Jenny also helped to ensure that the contract negotiation, execution, and closing all went more smoothly than we could have imagined. Jenny even continued to help us out after we closed, as we prepared our home for vacation rentals. I highly recommend that you contact Jenny.” — Josh T. c 970.596.3402 35

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Joel Vosburg The Mountain Office Team Joel moved to Crested Butte in 1980 and is a family man with two grown kids born and raised in Crested Butte. Joel is a partner with Charlie Farnan in the Mountain Office, a 30 year market leading team committed to excellence and service. With a big heart for real estate and community service, he has served as Titan Booster Club President, on the Rotary Club, on the board of Living Journeys, a cancer support group in our community, and was elected to the Mt. Crested Butte Town Council and MET Rec District board. He is also the local coordinator of the annual Emma Coburn Elk Run 5K. “Joel provides truly tremendous service and has impeccable knowledge about the real estate market in the CB area.” — Mickie B. “His knowledge and expertise are exceeded only by his sound judgment and wisdom. We trust him, and we value his personal friendship and professional service.” — M. King c 970.209.1581

Charlie Farnan The Mountain Office Team A Colorado native, Charlie graduated from Western Colorado University in Gunnison. He enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking, family, and friends. As a former Director of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski & Snowboard Schools for 15 seasons and on the board of the Mt. Crested Butte Water and Sanitation District for 16 years, Charlie is connected with the community of year-round and part-time residents of the valley. As one of the top producing brokers in the Crested Butte real estate market for the last thirty plus years, Charlie is actively engaged with each one of his clients selling and listing homes, land, condominiums, acreage, and businesses. Building a network of relationships is the key to Charlie’s businesses, friendships, family and life experiences in Crested Butte. Charlie and Joel Vosburg make up the Mountain Office Team, successful long-standing producers – committed to excellence and service. “Thanks to Charlie’s knowledge of the community and relationships, we found our CB home! We recommend Charlie to everyone for real estate in CB!” — Jeff & Jen F. c 970.209.0609 36

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Jenna May Jenna’s business acumen, progressive marketing approach, commitment to excellence, and genuine care for her clients has placed her among the top agents in Gunnison County and has helped her achieve the fastest sales growth rate in the history of her brokerage. Jenna was born and raised in Texas and developed a passion for real estate by growing up in a real estate-based family. After graduating from The University of Texas, she embarked on a 4,600+ mile bike journey to Alaska to raise money for cancer research. Ultimately, her passion for adventure and travel landed her in Crested Butte, where many of her closest friends have been made through her real estate business and clients. Jenna is honored to have represented the sellers of 101 Pyramid Avenue, the highest-priced home sale to date in Crested Butte, and is excited to continue providing exceptional service to her clients. “Working with Jenna was absolutely the best decision. We would have zero reservations in choosing her to represent us in the future.” — Sellers of 101 Pyramid Avenue c 970.901.3601 @jennamay_realestate

Jana Martin Jana has a passion for real estate. She started her career with Intrawest, one of the largest resort developers in the world at the time. Serving as an Operations Director, she was responsible for executing real estate contracts across the US and Mexico. Today, Jana is an active Colorado and North Carolina real estate broker living fulltime in Crested Butte, Colorado. A homeowner and long-time real estate investor herself, she understands the importance of finding just the right property. That’s why she is devoted to her clients, using her knowledge and negotiation skills, to help them achieve their real estate goals. Jana loves the outdoors and can be found with her husband and two kids hiking, biking, snowboarding or volunteering with the Crested Butte Community School. “Jana made our relocation and home sale feel effortless. Her depth of knowledge and expertise in the industry shined with her innovative approach. Jana’s incredible attention to detail was invaluable as she ensured everything went smoothly.” — R. Cook c 970.531.9448 37

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Jana Barrett Since moving from Oklahoma, Jana offers 30+ years of experience selling real estate in the Crested Butte area, leading to numerous sales accomplishments on a yearly basis. Jana is an avid outdoor enthusiast with expert knowledge of all the hidden gems the mountains have to offer. Jana has a background in Business/Economics but has found her true passion lies in meeting with clients, helping them find their dream property, and connecting personally on all things Crested Butte. When she is not working, you might find Jana and her husband enjoying watersports at the lake, hunting, or hiking and exploring new areas. Jana’s goal is to fine-tune her fly fishing skills she is learning from her two sons. “My wife and I worked closely with Jana on both a purchase and a sale. She is well connected in Crested Butte and was always friendly, available and committed to getting the best for our family. She is the best person to work with for real estate in the valley.” — B. White

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Diane Aronovic Diane moved full-time to Crested Butte after living in Princeton, NJ, Durham, NC, New York, San Francisco and London and enjoying having a second home in Crested Butte. She went to Duke University, and was a double major in Economics and Psychology. As a 16 year veteran of Wall Street trading desks, Diane is well versed in handling complex and sophisticated transactions for experienced and inexperienced clients. She has seen many local changes and is excited about the future of Crested Butte. Make sure to ask her for recommendations for great hiking trails or ski runs! “Diane was the best. Purchasing a condo long distance can be a daunting, intimidating and stressful process, but Diane made it a much different experience. Diane was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and responsive as our agent. The entire process from start to finish was smooth and professional. She assured us that even after we closed, she would be a resource for whatever we needed in CB. Her expertise and excellent interpersonal skills make her a wonderful agent for anyone attempting to purchase property in CB.” — Judge E. c 970.209.0405 38

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Dalynn Trujillo Dalynn is passionate about her work and athletic activities, including golf, hunting and mountain biking. As a youth, she was a nationally ranked BMX racer! Her clients appreciate her persistence and dedication as well as her fun energy. Dalynn has been selling real estate for 21 years and has lived in Crested Butte for 32 years. While working for Prudential Real Estate, Dalynn won the President’s Circle award 3 years in a row, which is given to the top 7% of the 44,000 real estate agents licensed with Prudential. Now with Bluebird Real Estate she was also in the top 8% for sales volume in Gunnison County in 2021. “Dalynn was the best realtor we have worked with in Crested Butte. Not only did she sell 6 new townhomes for us when no other realtor could sell them, she turned around and sold our mountain home in a matter of a few short months. Her expertise in the area, her willingness to work and her determination and ethics are unmatched by any other realtor in the area. We would not consider working with anyone else!” — Maureen & Keith G.

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Cynthia Wolff Cynthia has been involved in real estate her entire life! She even had a real estate license her senior year of high school, as her family owns a well-established brokerage in Houston. After graduating from Tulane, Cynthia attained her law degree from Louisiana State University and handled both residential and commercial real estate transactions. Enjoying life in Crested Butte for over 17 years, Cynthia loves the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, and wildflower tours. She has competed in ten marathons and relays approaching 200 miles. In addition, Cynthia is community minded. She has served on the Mt. Crested Butte Metropolitan Planning Commission, the board for the Center for the Arts, and she is a current board member of the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley. Cynthia has two daughters, one of whom resides in Crested Butte. “With Cynthia, your dream home will not slip away even in this crazy market. I cannot recommend her enough!” — L.S.

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Bet Egelhoff Bet hails from a small town near Barcelona, Spain, and originally came to Crested Butte as an international high school student. After graduating from Colorado State University, she worked as a real estate agent in the fast-paced and competitive Denver market for five years, where she developed the skills and knowledge to help her clients succeed in any market conditions. She then continued to grow her real estate business in Crested Butte and earned her Luxury Homes certification as well as a Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist certification. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Association, and also guides Gunnison County’s Spanish-speaking population through the homeownership process as a native speaker herself. Bet prides herself on her attention to detail, effective communication, and creative problem-solving skills; and likes to use her marketing eye and social media expertise to benefit her clients. Bet enjoys all the adventure and beauty that is at her fingertips every day living in Crested Butte. You can find her running or biking on the trails, hanging out by a lake or a river, skiing, or playing outside with her husband, their two sons and their dog. c 970.306.5556

Allison Lee Allison is a fifth-generation Colorado native from the Telluride/Montrose area. She grew up on a working cattle ranch overlooking the beautiful San Juan mountains, which is still family owned and operated. She spent 20 years working as a court reporter in district courts throughout Boulder and Denver. She was then fortunate to move to Crested Butte and join the dynamic Bluebird team to share her love of mountain life with prospective homeowners. Allison is a marathon runner, an enthusiastic cyclist and Nordic skier, and she loves traveling to Europe and spending time with her Boston Terriers. Allison is dedicated to universal integrity and is focused on her clients’ needs while understanding the strong desire to live within this stunning valley, as the love of the Colorado mountains is embedded into her heart and soul. “Allison is such an asset for Crested Butte real estate. We are thrilled to have someone we can trust in this market space!” — Charles & Taylor K.

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staff Bud Bush Principal Bud and his wife, Nancy, met when they were in high school chemistry class together in Houston, before settling in Dallas to raise their two boys. Bud enjoys everything outdoors, as well as writing music and poetry. He sold real estate and managed several real estate offices in Dallas for nearly thirty years, prior to founding Bluebird. Bud is driven by creative marketing, inspired agents and happy clients.

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Joe Summerville Office Manager Joe joined Bluebird in 2019 as a sales associate and became a full-time staff member last fall. A graduate of Indiana University, Joe’s keen sense of business and marketing acumen allow him to provide a top-level service. Joe’s creative thinking process, detailed market knowledge and an innate desire to help others make Joe an excellent resource. When Joe is not providing the highest level of service, he can be found on the ski slopes, on the golf course, off-roading on a 4x4 trail, on a river or exploring another remote area around the globe!

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Mary Hakala Marketing Manager Mary moved to the Gunnison Valley to attend Western Colorado University as a Graphic Design major. After graduating, Mary led several mission-based projects for non-profit organizations in Crested Butte and Gunnison, including Gunnison Valley Mentors, Mountain Roots Food Project, and the Adaptive Sports Center. Mary loves to spend time outdoors with friends, skiing, mountain biking, climbing, or backpacking in her free time. Mary has a strong passion for design and enjoys contributing to Bluebird’s exceptional marketing and brand awareness. She believes that outstanding design can help foster the connection between agents, clients, and our community, creating an impactful experience for all.

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Emma DeHaven Marketing and Office Coordinator Emma is a forth generation Colorado native, who discovered Gunnison County through her enrollment at Western Colorado University in 2004. Since then, she has nurtured a strong connection with the community and fully embraced the abundant public lands this region offers. Emma’s time in Gunnison County has been evenly divided between Gunnison and Crested Butte, where she has undertaken several entrepreneurial endeavors. Recently, she has cultivated a strong foundation in design and marketing, thanks to her Graphic Design degree and diverse employment experiences. Emma loves spending her free time with family and friends, hiking, rafting, biking, camping, and skiing. When she is not immersed in outdoor adventures, she devotes her personal time to various design projects or professional development.

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featured properties Enjoy previewing Bluebird’s listing portfolio and picture yourself taking in the views from one of these spectacular properties! From tranquil ranches to ski condominiums and premier mountain estates, Bluebird delights in “bringing dreams home” for you! See more photos and complete property details at

42 Gold Link Drive, Mt. Crested Butte, 5 Beds, 5.5 Baths, 5,974 SF, 2+ Car Garage, 1.16 Acres, Ideal for entertaining, Large windows frame this home’s magnificent mountain views, Move-in ready and fully furnished with timeless and classic décor, Offered for $7,500,000, Charlie and Joel, The Mountain Office 45

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10 Butte Avenue, Town of Crested Butte, 5 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 3,320 SF, 1 Car Detached Garage, Built in 2019, Luxury home in town, steps from Peanut Lake Drive, Being sold furnished, Offered for $5,300,000, Diane Aronovic, 970.209.0405

516 Teocalli Avenue, Town of Crested Butte, 5 Beds, 4.5 Baths, 3,163 SF, 2 Car Garage, Brand new build, Walking distance to Elk Avenue, Offered for $5,225,000, Joel Vosburg, 970.209.1581, Willy Coburn, 828.707.1523 46

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312 N Avion Drive, Buckhorn Ranch, Rural Crested Butte, 3 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 3,427 SF Main residence, The first offering of its kind in Crested Butte! Located “beachfront” at the Crested Butte Airpark, This 1.69 acre runway lot features a custom-crafted high-mountain home, Taxi off the runway onto your 9,500 SF concrete aircraft ramp where you’ll enter the 3,233 SF hangar complete with 477 SF pilot’s quarters, Quality finishes, Expansive views, Beautifully landscaped grounds define this one-of-a-kind luxury home, Offered for $5,100,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880 47

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30 Summit Road, Mt. Crested Butte, 5 Beds, 4.5 Baths, 4,428 SF, 2 Car Garage, Ski-in/out neighborhood, Short walk to the slopes and hiking trails, Fully furnished, 360° Wrap around views of the surrounding peaks and the CB valley, Ground level patio area with an oversized hot tub, Offered for $3,995,000, Joel Vosburg, 970.209.1581 48

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830 Whiterock Avenue, Town of Crested Butte, 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 2,538 SF, 1 Car Detached Garage, Recently renovated with meticulous attention to detail, Offered for $3,750,000, Dalynn Trujillo, 970.596.3397, Willy Coburn, 828.707.1523

29 Maroon Avenue, Town of Crested Butte, 5 Beds (2 non-conforming), 3.5 Baths, 3,708 SF, 2 Car Garage, A historic treasure: The Malensek Home is located in the quiet Northwest section of town, This lovingly and meticulously maintained Crested Butte home offers spacious living on an elevated, corner site with unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains, The adjacent lot is also owned by the seller and is able to be purchased separately, Offered for $2,900,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880 49

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23 Jacquelyn Lane, Rural Crested Butte, Main House: 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,092 SF, 2 Car Garage + 2,092 SF To Finish Out, Guest House: 2 Beds, 1 Baths, 1,061 SF, 3 Car Garage, Welcome to your Crested Butte East River retreat, Complete with mature trees and spectacular views, this 2+ acre home-site is nestled along the river and provides that unique and special setting you’ll enjoy sharing with friends and family for years to come, Offered for $2,900,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

17 Paradise Road, Mt. Crested Butte, 5 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 3,313 SF, 2 Car Garage, Separate 1 bedroom accessory dwelling unit above the garage, Bus loop location makes it convenient for transportation to the ski area and town, Offered for $2,650,000, Dalynn Trujillo, 970.596.3397 50

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17 Maroon Avenue, Town of Crested Butte, 4 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,812 SF + Add’l 712 SF to build detached apartment, One block from Elk Avenue, Quiet west-end location, Rare 4.5 lots on .32 acre, Below Lower Loop, Offered for $2,500,000, Jenna May, 970.901.3601

117 Sopris Avenue, Town of Crested Butte, 5 Beds, 4 Baths, 2,160 SF, Located just 1 block from the vibrant shopping and dining options of Elk Avenue, Surrounded by a beautiful yard and mature trees, Offered for $2,295,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

324 Haverly Street, Crested Butte South, 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,670 SF, Incredible private backyard, Cozy home on a quiet street in the flats of CB South, Close to restaurants and trails, Offered for $893,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

11 Second Street, Town of Crested Butte, 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,050 SF, Brand new in 2021 this mobile home is in exceptional condition, Convenient to downtown and the free shuttle, No HOA dues, Offered for $696,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880 51

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14 Hunter Hill Road, WestWall Lodge #A307, Mt. Crested Butte, 3 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 2,060 SF, 1 Underground Garage Space, Ski-in/ski-out access via the West Wall Lift, Open floorplan with fireplace, Washer and dryer, Generous covered outdoor deck, Outdoor pool and hot tub, Offered for $3,900,000, Jana Barrett, 970.209.9510

131 Snowmass Road, Mt. Crested Butte, 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 2,486 SF, 1 Car Garage, Primary suite includes vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace and jacuzzi tub, Offered for $1,785,000, Lisa Lenander, 970.209.1603

23 Links Lane, Links #23, Skyland, Rural Crested Butte, 3 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 2,366 SF, 1 Car Garage, Furnished and immaculately maintained, Offered for $1,775,000, Charlie Farnan, 970.209.0609

24 Hunter Hill Road, Treasury Point Townhomes #7, Mt. Crested Butte, 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 1,736 SF, 2 Car Garage, Modern and fully furnished, Short walk to West Wall Lift, Offered for $1,750,000, Jenna May, 970.901.3601

17 Treasury Road, Ponderosa Condos #1E, Mt. Crested Butte, 4 Beds, 2.5 Baths, 1,773 SF, 1 Garage Space, Desirable short-term rental property, Offered for $1,325,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

721 Gothic Road, Out Run Condos #E2, Mt. Crested Butte, 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,294 SF, 1 Car Garage, Additional loft area, Great views, On free condo bus loop, Offered for $889,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

11 Snowmass Road, Plaza Condos #331, Mt. Crested Butte, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,046 SF, 1 Car Garage, Walk to ski slopes, Front door is steps from outdoor hot tub, Offered for $875,000, Joel Vosburg, 970.209.1581


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11 Morning Glory Way, Eagle’s Nest Townhomes #14, Mt. Crested Butte, 3 Beds, 2 Full + 2 Half Baths, 1,191 SF, 1 Car Attached Garage, Unobstructed views, Successful rental, Offered for $868,000, Jenna May, 970.901.3601

721 Gothic Road, Out Run Condos #A1, Mt. Crested Butte, 3 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,197 SF, 1 Car Garage, Recently renovated, Fully furnished and move-in ready, Offered for $859,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

713 Gothic Avenue #4, Town of Crested Butte, 2 Beds, 1.5 Baths, 1,006 SF, Top floor unit with exceptional CB Mtn views, Vaulted ceilings, Convenient location, Offered for $750,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

421 Whiterock Avenue #5, Town of Crested Butte, 2 Beds, 1 Bath, 871 SF, Top-floor mtn views, Expansive deck, Low HOA fees, Offered for $680,000, Jenna May, 970.901.3601

117 Seventh Street, Silvanite Condos #6, Town of Crested Butte, 2 Beds, 1 Bath, 780 SF, Newly remodeled, Fully furnished, Offered for $639,000, Josh Young, 970.596.7030

20 Marcellina Lane, Timbers Condos #304, Mt. Crested Butte, 2 Beds, 1 Bath, 552 SF, Contemporary finishes, Private deck, Fully furnished, Great Short Term Rental, Offered for $639,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

350 Country Club Drive, Skyland Condos #224A, Rural Crested Butte, 2 Baths, 586 SF, Two levels, Steps away from golf course, Offered for $425,000, Lisa Lenander, 970.209.1603

701 Gothic Road, Three Seasons Condos #137, Mt. Crested Butte, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 719 SF, First floor condo, Amenities: pool, hot tub, sauna, storage, Offered for $399,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

6 Emmons Road, The Grand Lodge #355, Mt. Crested Butte, Studio, 1 Bath, 443 SF, Nestled behind large aspen trees in the summer, Views of Whetstone Mtn, Offered for $230,000, Joel Vosburg, 970.209.1581 53

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Augusta Park, Town of Crested Butte, 6 Oversized town lots, .20 to .22 Acre with their own HOA, Secluded building sites with privacy and easy access to Elk Avenue, Unobstructed views, New price opportunity! Lots 1, 2, and 3 offered for $1,295,000, Lots 4 and 5 offered for $1,395,000, Lot 6 offered for $1,195,000, Charlie and Joel, The Mountain Office

Lapis Lane Lots 1-3, Gold Link North, Mt. Crested Butte, Each lot ranges from .34-.41 acre, Direct ski-in, Close to ski lift, Elevated views, Starting at $645,000, Charlie and Joel, The Mountain Office

455 Phoenix Way, Smith Hill Ranches, Rural Crested Butte, 35.13 Acres, Views overlooking Nicholson Lake and endless views up the Slate River Valley, Level site ready to build, Offered for $2,250,000, Charlie Farnan, 970.209.0609

231 Pyramid Avenue, Aperture, Crested Butte, .32 Acre, Subdivision has fishing and boating rights on the Slate River, Neighborhood gazebo on the river, Walk or ride your bike to town, Offered for $2,000,000, Diane Aronovic, 970.209.0405

5 Aperture Lane, Aperture, Crested Butte, .5 Acre, Easy access to town, Level site that is easy to build on, Several subdivision amenities, 2.5 Miles to Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Offered for $1,950,000, Charlie and Joel, The Mountain Office


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565 Saddle Ridge Ranch Road, Rural Crested Butte, 2.47 Acres, Top of the world views, Driveway approved, Bordered by open space, Easy access to hiking and biking directly from your front door, Offered for $1,950,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880


1668 Skyland Drive, Lot S-192, Skyland, Rural Crested Butte, 1.39 Acres, Building site above Lake Grant, Great views of Whetstone and Town of CB, Easy access to golf course and the Club at Crested Butte, Offered for $1,750,000, Charlie Farnan, 970.209.0609

49 Willow Court, Rural Crested Butte, .32 Acre, Enjoy unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains from this quiet cul-de-sac home-site nestled along the banks of the Slate River, Offered for $1,200,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

794 Red Mountain Ranch Lower Loop, Rural Crested Butte, 35.69 Acres, Driveway in place, Epansive views to the north from the private building site, Offered for $995,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

168 W Silver Sage Drive, Rural Crested Butte, .82 Acre, Nestled in between the Robert Trent Jones II golf course and the Slate River, 360° views, Offered for $899,999, Lisa Lenander, 970.209.1603 55

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1250 Red Mountain Ranch Upper Loop, Rural Crested Butte, 40.52 Acres, Well and partial driveway, Beautiful views of the mountains from the private building envelope, Offered for $897,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

92 Anthracite Drive, Lot 44, Elk Run Subdivision, Mt. Crested Butte, .487 Acre, Building site with architectural plans available, Ski-in/ski-out neighborhood, Great views, Offered for $895,000, Joel Vosburg, 970.209.1581

1251 Red Mountain Ranch Lower Loop, Rural Crested Butte, 35.10 Acres, Surrounded by mature pine trees, Perfect CB Mountain views, Partial driveway installed, Offered for $895,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880


1 Summit Court, Mt. Crested Butte, .76 Acre, Topof-the-world forever views and direct access to the ski area from this spectacular fence-line lot, Offered for $825,000, Ross Tunkey, 970.209.9046

11 Wapiti Way, Skyland, Rural Crested Butte, .58 Acre, Overlooking the 12th hole at The Club at Crested Butte, Neighborhood amenities, Offered for $785,000, Karen Allen, 970.209.2668

555 Meadow Drive, Meridian Lake Meadows, Rural Crested Butte, 1.21 Acres, Borders National Forest, Big views, Offered for $749,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

726 Lariat Road, Danni Ranch, Rural Crested Butte, 39.38 Acres, Includes a flat building envelope nestled in a small aspen grove, Offered for $625,000, Trevor Bona, 970.319.5092

TBD Round Mountain Road, Jacks Cabin Area, Best price for 35+ acres in North Valley, Easy access to National Forest, Building design subject to Gunnison County, Offered for $559,000, Jenna May, 970.901.3601

91 Larkspur Loop, Lot 25, Rural Crested Butte, .29 Acre, Open space and endless views, Minutes from town and right across the street from the Club at Crested Butte, Offered for $499,000, Charlie Farnan, 970.209.0609


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410 Country Club Drive, Skyland, Rural Crested Butte, .66 Acre, Located in the Skyland neighborhood, Hillside lot with big views, Convenient to hiking/biking trails, Offered for $495,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

25125 State Highway 135, Rural Crested Butte, .67 Acre, Unique multi-family building opportunity, Less than 2 miles from the Town of Crested Butte, Offered for $475,000, Jana Barrett, 970.209.9510

8 Aspen Lane, Mt. Crested Butte, .49 Acre, Short walk to Gold Link Homeowner’s Ski Trail for winter skiing and summer hiking/biking, Offered for $433,000, Jana Martin, 970.531.9448

901 Red Mountain Road, Danni Ranch, Rural Crested Butte, 47.29 Acres, Panoramic views from building site, Fishing on the East River, On-site Ranch Manager, Offered for $400,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

10 Huckeby Way, Crested Butte South, .5 Acre, Oversized building site that will nicely accommodate a duplex or single family home, Offered for $310,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

35 Appaloosa Lane, Buckhorn Ranch, Rural Crested Butte, .16 Acre, Ready to build your dream home, 360° views of the surrounding mountains, Offered for $310,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880

3726 Bryant Avenue, Crested Butte South, .35 Acre, Slightly elevated parcel in CB South offers protected mountain views in all directions, Offered for $225,000, Ross Tunkey, 970.209.9046

2369 Bryant Avenue, Crested Butte South, .38 Acre, Oversized residential home-site with beautiful views of Whetstone, Axtell and Emmons Mountains, Offered for $199,999, Lisa Lenander, 970.209.1603


2646 Bryant Avenue, Crested Butte South, .33 Acre, Enjoy big views of the iconic peaks surrounding Crested Butte from this elevated building site, Offered for $249,500, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880


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gunnison area homes

43110 US Highway 50, Gunnison Ranch, 87 +/- Acres operational ranch with senior water rights, 3 Bed, 3 Bath Luxury Residence, 2 Bed Guest House, Private Tomichi River access and sweeping views of the Gunnison Valley, 3 miles to downtown Gunnison, Homestead offers barns, shop space, storage and corrals, A complete turnkey ranch or equestrian facility, Offered for $2,900,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022 58

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1851 Sioux Road, Wilderness Streams, Rural Crested Butte, 4 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 4,585 SF, 2 Car Garage, 9.22 Acres, Exquisitely built, hand-crafted, custom log home nestled in the aspens, Sweeping views of the famous rock formation called the “Castles,” 2 Wood burning fireplaces on two separate levels, Peeled log detail throughout, 3 Living areas, Private trailhead access into the Gunnison National Forest and the West Elk Wilderness Area, Offered for $2,295,000, Jana Barrett, 970.209.9510 59

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710 Hawk Drive, Star Mountain Ranch, Gunnison, 3 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 3,435 SF, 3 Car Garage, 35.07 Acres, Beautiful custom built home, Breathtaking views in every direction, Offered for $2,200,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

Needle Creek Ranch, Saguache County, 160 acre In Holding-surrounded by Gunnison NF, 3 Dwellings, 2 Buildings, Creek runs through from nearby Needle Creek Reservoir, Excellent hunting and fishing opportunity, Offered for $1,995,000, Mindy Costanzo, 970.209.2300

43191 US Highway 50, Gunnison, 5 Beds, 3.5 Baths, 3,150 SF, 2 Car Attached Garage, 3 Car Detached Garage, 2,400 SF Heated shop, 20 Acres with public land on 2 sides, Offered for $1,490,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

27048 County Road 12, Kebler Pass, Rural Crested Butte, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 1,472 SF, 1 Car Garage, 60.74 Acres, 1500 ft +/- of private fishing on Anthracite Creek, Yearround access, Offered for $1,399,000, Bobby Overturf, 719.216.2524


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10178 State Highway 114, Rural Gunnison, 2 Beds, 2 Baths, 2,324 SF, 20 Acres, Hunting access, Cochatope Creek runs through property, Surrounded by wildlife, Offered for $1,195,000, Steve Mills, 970.596.0292

518 E Georgia Avenue, Gunnison, 5 Rental Units, 6 Beds, 5 Baths, 3,841 SF, 1 Car Garage, Historic Victorian on the corner lot adjacent to Western Colorado University, Great investment opportunity, Offered for $995,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

131 County Road 11, Gunnison, 2 Beds, 1 Bath, 1,298 SF, 1 Car Garage, Located on nearly an acre, Completely remodeled, Abundant live water, Thriving wildlife, Offered for $849,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

215 S 7th Street, Gunnison, 3 Beds, 1 Bath, 1,191 SF, Hardwood floors throughout, Open concept floor plan, Huge fenced-in back yard, R3 zoning gives you the ability to expand in the future, Offered for $437,500, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

310 S Main Street, Downtown Gunnison, 2 Beds, 1 Bath, 959 SF, Historic single family home on large lot, Ability for future expansion and improvement, Offered for $399,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

51513 US Highway 50, Rural Gunnison, Log cabin with year-round access, Built in 1911, 11 Miles east of Gunnison, Newly updated roof, Perfect for seasonal RV parking, Offered for $98,500, Steve Mills, 970.596.0292 61

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gunnison and surrounding area land

Gunnison Rising, Phase 1 Commercial Park, 4 Lots ranging from 2.37-3.1 acres with future offerings to come, Gunnison Rising is the place to live, work, and play in a safe, walkable environment, It’s an escape from big city living, offering the opportunity to exhale and breathe in fresh, mountain air and a small-town environment with all the amenities to support a lifestyle most people only dream about, Lots starting at $950,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

TBD W Denver Avenue, Gunnison, 27.06 Acres, Parcel is adjacent to City of Gunnison, 1,300 feet of river frontage with development opportunity, Offered for $1,900,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

255 Riverwalk Drive, Riverwalk Estates, Rural Gunnison, 1.79 Acres, On the river, Fishing access, Public transportation to CB stops near the development entrance, Offered for $470,000, Steve Mills, 970.596.0292 62

32 Bench Road, Green Mesa Ranch, Parlin, 12.4 Acre home-site with tremendous Quartz Creek private fishing, Year-round road, Underground electric installed on the property, Offered for $550,000, Mindy Costanzo, 970.209.2300

TBD Kokanee Court, Rural Gunnison, 4.98 Acres, Close to downtown Gunnison, Oversized building envelope surrounded by abundant vegetation, Offered for $425,000, Steve Mills, 970.596.0292

120 Tomichi Creek, Rural Gunnison, 1.23 Acres, Located near Back 9 Dos Rios Golf Club, Tomichi Creek flows in your backyard, All utilities, 10 minutes from Gunnison, Offered for $425,000, Mindy Costanzo, 970.209.2300

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30 Caddis Fly Lane, Riverwalk Estates, Gunnison, 1.12 Acres, A perfect spot to build your dream home, Trails and fishing access along the Gunnison River, Offered for $265,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

TBD County Road 864A, Cimarron, 32.02 Acres, Touches BLM on two sides with National Forest down the road, Great hunting, Perfect place to build your off-grid cabin, Offered for $249,000, Bobby Overturf, 719.216.2524

TBD County Road 17, Gunnison, 11.57 Acres with existing driveway to a flat building site with sprawling valley views, Offered for $139,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022


309 Belleview Avenue, Town of Crested Butte, Excellent location for this multi-use, multi-unit building, Offering 3 commercial units below and 3 deed-restricted residential units above with good cash flow, Offered for $3,000,000, Jana Barrett, 970.209.9510

811 N Main Street, Gunnison, 5,400 SF Commercial building located in a visible area on Main Street, Multiple finished offices, reception and secured storage lot, Building only offered, Business not included, Offered for $1,350,000, Brian Cooper, 970.275.8022

101 N Main Street, Downtown Gunnison, Location, location, location! On the corner of Main Street and Tomichi, this 11,118 SF commercial building boasts 9 fully occupied units and is meticulously maintained, Offered for $1,275,000, Maggie Dethloff, 970.209.7880 63

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