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PROPERTIES OF THE SUMMIT Each office is independently owned and operated.

Welcome Home Frisco Heights / River Views

Breckenridge Peak 8 Building site / $1,195,000 Inventory of One | OFFERED AT $2,395,000

Less than 150 Steps to River Run Gondola

Golf course living with scenic vistas | $2,875,000

Price Reduced!

Building site & Modular Home on 2.86 acres | $349,900

Nancy Burniche Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist 970.389.1212 REMAX Properties of the Summit 220 S Main St Breckenridge

Slopeside 2BR + Murphy 3BA Corner Unit | OFFERED AT $599,000

On island in Ten Mile Creek

Upgraded this Fall! 3 BR | 3Ba at $749,000

Voyd J. “Butch” Elich II Broker Associate 970.389.4005 RE/MAX Properties of the Summit 305 Main Street, Frisco

Properties Exclusively Offered by Laurie Williams

Properties Exclusively Offered by Kouri Wolf



Huge ski slope view, open large floor plan, murphy bed, gorgeous décor, hot tub, underground parking make this a ski home of choice. 2 bed/2 bath 1179 sq ft. Tenderfoot Lodge 2630.

Walk to village, activities, shops and dining. Spacious 3-bed/3-bath, 1900 +/- sq ft w/attached garage. Exquisite furnishings included. Red Hawk Townhomes, River Run Village

Offered at $390,000

Now Offered at $945,000




Spacious condo in Keystone. Professionally staged, abundant natural light, shuttle to ski lifts. 4 bed/3 bath, 1718 +/- sq. ft. Trappers Crossing 8755

Great 4 Bed/3 Bath TH with 1 car garage + family room, plus all new stainless steel appliances. Lake and mountain views from huge south facing deck. Will sleep all your family and friends this ski season! Completely furnished!

Offered at $620,000


Now Offered at $389,000

Laurie Williams Kouri Wolf


A Managing Broker MRE Broker Associate

970.485.3994 970.333.0303 135 Dercum Dr., U6, Keystone

4615 sq. ft. all on 1 level on ½ an acre, fenced, just around the corner to Keystone ski lifts, & NO HOA dues. 2, 2-car garages. 4 Bd/5 Ba, 248 Wild Irishman

Elevated Resort Living

Offered at $1,500,000


If you want the most stunning, panoramic views of rugged peaks & plenty of land to call your own in Silverthorne, see this unique Santa Fe style home on 40 acres, 4 car garage, barn and horse property, 4 bed/3 bath, 2357 +/- sq ft. 208 Lindstrom Rd

Offered at $899,000

305 Main Street, Frisco

Incomparable residence with private, mountain setting surrounded by panoramic views. 6 Bed/5 Bath. Entertain a crowd beautiful gourmet kitchen. Furnished.

Offered at $1,895,000


Peak Ten Bluffs is the newest luxury development coming to Breckenridge. 8 single family residences to start construction soon. Great location, views and unique setting yet walk to town. Reservations now being taken. Visit

Prices starting at $1,225,500

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Market Report Summit County pulled ahead by 17% in transactions from 2012.

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ON THE COVER This slopeside property is in the Timber Trail neighborhood near Peak 8 in Breckenridge. PHOTO Courtesy of Pinnacle Mountain Homes

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10 SKI IN, SKI OUT From slopes to golf courses, amenities at your fingertips!

17 CONDO STAGING Tips on how to tempt buyers while selling your condo.


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historical Transaction breakdown

year end

market snapshot single family

multi family

- number of residental transactions -

1563 1314 1176


Full year 2013

full year 2012

Full Year 2013

full year 2012





Overall, for 2013, Summit County pulled ahead monetarily by 15% ($888,858,406) and ahead 17% with transactions (1908) from 2012. 2013 had the most transactions since 2007 and monetary volume since 2008



The most active price points in December were between $200k-$300k. December had 45 Single Family, 68 Multi-Family and 6 Vacant Land transactions.

Purchaser Highlights second homeowners for real estate transactions for all of 2013



Single family is $751,240 in 2013

Multi-family is $344,578 in 2013

Vacant Land is $324,137 in 2013

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Average Residential pricing for

A Look Back at 2013: How Local REALTORS® Support the Community WHAT IS SAR? The Summit Association of REALTORS, as the leading advocate of the local real estate industry, provides its members with education and resources that enables them to conduct business professionally, promotes and enforces ethical standards, encourages and protects real property ownership, and improves the quality of life in our community. SAR represents nearly 500 realtors in Summit County, providing them with opportunities to stay up to date on ethical, legal and political issues that may affect homeownership.

SPOTLIGHT ON FRISCO BY TOM HARMON, FRISCO DIRECTOR FOR SAR • What makes Frisco a great place to live? Frisco is the center of the county and is convenient to everything that Summit County has to offer. The town has everything that a resident needs for their everyday life and yet has all of the tourist activities that make Summit County an exciting place to live and visit.

• What makes Frisco unique? Frisco is unique for the Adventure Park that features a Nordic center and the tubing hill. Main Street ends in a wonderful marina with a lake front experience that is unique and special in Summit County. The historical park, with museum, attracts many people to the west end of Main Street with summer concerts and many Main Street events. The town has a full service hospital. A great place to live.

2013 SUMMIT COUNTY REAL ESTATE MARKET HIGHLIGHTS PROVIDED BY LAND TITLE GUARANTEE COMPANY OF SUMMIT COUNTY Year to Date Market Analysis: There were 1908 real estate transactions in 2013, and $888,858,406 in gross volume. • • • •

The average transaction price for all recorded transactions in 2013: $471,164 Average residential price: $492,621 Median residential price: $380,000 Average residential price per square foot (PPSF): $300

Market Snapshot for 2013: In summary, Summit’s residential prices are fairly flat to 2012. Average values are as follows: • Single Family: -2% • Multi- Family: -2% • Vacant Land: +5%

Frisco is in many ways home town America. There is a real community that attracts a variety of people to a bit slower town / city atmosphere in the mountains. A good friend of ours described it as the ultimate “Urban / Mountain Experience”. People do not notice this until they experience Main Street and the surrounding neighborhoods first hand.

• What is the best thing about living in Frisco?

2013 Average Price History: Average residential pricing is reasonably strong for all three sectors for the full 2013 year. • Single family: $751,240 • Multi- family: $344,578 • Vacant Land : $324,137

• Is there a terrific feature about Frisco that someone might not notice at first?

You have everything you need for your mountain life. Hiking nearby, a real downtown with restaurants and night life, shopping, grocery stores large and small, access to a beautiful lake front, winter and summer activities at the peninsula park, ten mile creek with excellent fishing, a kayak park, excellent “walk to” neighborhoods all within 30 minutes of 5 world class ski resorts – how much better can it get!


The mountain REALTOR® associations have been carefully monitoring possible legislative action on the Governor’s Task Force on Wildfires and Forest Health recommendations that recommended individual risk ratings for homes and properties, mitigation requirements, and statewide building code requirements. At this time, the Governor is not recommending any components of the Taskforce recommendations, but instead is focusing on incentives. The State legislative Wildfire Matters Interim Committee recommended offering property owners a tax credit for mitigating property from wildfires and legislation, to this end, is expected to be introduced shortly. The State currently offers a tax deduction for mitigation. The Mountain REALTOR® associations continue to monitor any legislative activity that could implement any of the Task Force recommendations which would be harmful to the housing and tourism industries in the mountain resort areas.

Community Challenge Summit County realtors are making a tremendous difference in the lives of people and our community everyday. From volunteering for their favorite charity to donating time and money to support low-income residents with emergency housing needs, our local realtors are dedicated to creating positive changes in our community. We invite you to join us in this month’s “community challenge” where we challenge each other to perform a random act of kindness… it’s the little things that we do for each other every day that can make an impact on the community around us.

This month’s challenge: Dig your neighbor out of the snow! If you know someone who could use a little help when it comes to snow maintenance, make their day and do it for them!

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PROPERTIES OF THE SUMMIT Each office is independently owned and operated.

Amon Team

SILVERTHORNE, 1436 Blue Ridge Road, Sierra Bosque Sub, $685,000. Quality built 3 BD, 3 BA home on nearly 2 treed acres. Mountain views ADJACENT TO NATIONAL FOREST. Beautiful finishes, open floorplan with beamed vaulted ceilings. Main floor master w/ jetted tub. Sun room off the dining room over looks National Forest.

SPECTACULAR! Western Red Cedar Log Estate on 2.78 acres in the exclusive & gated Ruby Ranch. Completed in 2010. Home features 6 suite bedrooms, gourmet kitchen and oversized great room. Home theater, recreation and fitness rooms, library, wine cellar. Panoramic views of the Gore and Williams Fork Range. 101 Pearl Ln. Ruby Ranch $2,149,000

Don’t miss this top floor two bedroom plus loft Mountain Side condo in Building I. Featuring a washer & dryer, new appliances, new paint, new furnace, new doors & windows and new tile flooring. Sleeps 8! Owner financing available. $387,000

Bret Amon (970) 376-3813 220 S Main St, Breckenridge

Best Buy in Keystone Forest


SILVERTHORNE, 503 Bighorn Circle, Willowbrook Meadows, $374,900. Enjoy mountain and Keystone ski slope views from the many windows in this 3 BD, 2 BA duplex home that feels like a single family. Open & spacious great room with vaulted ceilings & gas fireplace. Nicely landscaped yard with wrap around deck. 1 car garage has extra storage plus crawl space.

Henry E. Barr & The Barr Team RE/MAX Properties of the Summit 970-368-7643 305 Main Street | Frisco Cozy up to the rustic fireplace featured in this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,316 sq ft duplex. The entry level offers 3 bedrooms, a full bath, washer & dryer along with a cast iron gas stove. A spiral staircase leads the way to the upper level opening to the living room and kitchen. Floor to ceiling windows open to a treed mountain view. Close to shuttle stop & hiking.

3 BR / 3 BA | $299,500

Ski-in/Ski-out ~ Walk to town


PINEGLEN | 126 S. Fuller Placer Rd. Unit B, Breckenridge, CO 3 bed, 2 bath | $329,900

1 BR / 2 BA | $495,000

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Lisa R. Angell RE/MAX Properties of the Summit 970-453-7000 220 S Main St | Breckenridge



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DO EVERYTHING Condos with access to ski slopes, lifts, golf, gondolas and more by jessica smith


ne only needs to look out the window to understand why thousands of visitors come to Summit County every year, snow or shine. Many have returned season after season, and among them are those who have decided that they absolutely must purchase their very own, personal slice of paradise. A popular choice for making the most out of owning property in Summit County is a ski-in/ski-out condo. These domiciles teeter on the edge of the action, allowing residents immediate access to trails, ski lifts and gondolas. The comforts of home sit mere yards away from the fun and excitement that the resorts have to offer. Myriad choices await the potential buyer of a ski-in/ski-out condo, from location at a specific resort (Summit County is home to four) to nearby amenities (Want to go golfing or biking in the summer? Interested in theater or art?). We took a look at three different locations to get a feel for what’s out there, but bear in mind that they represent just a fraction of what Summit County has to offer. PHOTOS COURTESY JESSICA SMITH 13

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Copper Mountain


rom the ski slopes to the golf course, plus miles on miles of biking and hiking trails, Copper Mountain Resort has both winter and summer seasons covered when it comes to outdoor activities. Fortunately, it’s filled with housing options for those who want to live right in the middle of the action. Carmen Yonn, with the Carbonate Real Estate Company, is an enthusiastic guide to all things Copper. Not only has she been selling in the area for years, but she also lives there, providing an insider’s perspective. When she pulls up the blinds on the first condo, one can clearly see the chairs moving smoothly up and down the Super Bee chairlift across a snowy field. Come summer, that snowy field will be the Copper Creek golf course. A trail leading to the chairlift passes right past the garage, offering residents a straight shot at the slopes. Inside, the living area features a tall stone fireplace, with cozy couches and stairs leading to the second story and the master bedroom (one of four), which also offers a view of the Super Bee. The condo is among the Masters at Copper Creek, a development of single family homes. Yonn has an array of condos — all with quick access to the slopes — in her docket, and each one offers a slightly different angle, emphasis or access to amenities (being near the West, Central or East Villages at Copper, for example). Many offer views of Copper’s groomed slopes, their closeness tantalizing through paned glass.

The interiors consist of living areas, sometimes more than one, several bedrooms, baths and kitchen areas — all one would need when visiting, whether with just the family or several guests in tow. Some owners choose to rent their properties when they aren’t around, using them as money making opportunities and sharing their wonderful locations with others. On the other hand, some owners prefer to keep their condos private, and have them open and ready for whenever they take a trip to the mountains.

For more information, contact Carmen Yonn at (970) 968-6854 or 14

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addlewood is one of many ski-in/ski-out neighborhoods to be found in Breckenridge. It is comprised of townhouses, rather than condos, meaning there is nobody living above or below you, just to the side. “Saddlewood is a wonderful complex,” said Re/Max real estate agent Sandy Levine. “It’s very unique because it offers these townhomes that feel very private. You’ve got your own garage, which is a nice perk, you can walk to town and you can ski in and ski out, and that’s unusual because most of the ski-in/ski-out properties are not really walking distance to town, and it doesn’t feel like a hotel.” The townhome shown by Levine featured tall ceilings and typical Breckenridge views, augmented by scattered trees nearby offering some privacy. In addition to its three bedrooms, the townhome has two living areas on separate levels, allowing, for one example, kids and adults their own space. The floor plans of townhomes and condos are carefully thought out to best utilize every single square foot. From the back door of this townhome, residents can make their way down a short trail leading to the Snowflake chairlift and in minutes, be on the slopes. Like many vacation and second homes, the townhouse comes completely furnished, as is. “You can move right in and start having a great time right away,” Levine said. Even if the décor isn’t exactly to one’s taste, they can still make use of the space while changing out what they don’t like, she added.

For more information, contact Sandy Levine at (970) 485-2814 or


“They can add their own accessories and gradually change out things that don’t suit them, but they can just move in and start enjoying the lifestyle.”






utch Elich has lived in Summit County for a long time, and it shows in his knowledge of the area. On the drive into Keystone, he points out the different buildings and their histories — when they were built, their style, utility and various incarnations over the years. He’s also quick to highlight quality restaurants and activity opportunities nearby. When it comes to amenities, this condo has some pretty enticing options. Located in The Springs complex, residents are just a parking lot away from the Keystone Resort gondola. Exiting the back door offers two options: straight ahead to the slopes, or to the right, across a footbridge to Warren Station and River Run village. That is, if one makes it past the outdoor common area, with its tropically blue swimming pool and slide, steaming hot tub, fire pit, grill and gazebo. The owner has admitted, said Elich, that sometimes the family didn’t make it to the mountain, but remained behind at the condo to enjoy the rest. And the view doesn’t hurt, either.

For more information, contact Butch Elich at (970) 389-4005 or

It’s even better from the condo itself. From one bedroom, the kitchen and living area, the windows open up on the pure white, dazzling spectacle of the mountain. Skiers trail puffs of sprayed snow as they carve their way down the slope to the waiting gondola below. “The on-site manager works very hard to make sure that the place is kept in good shape for the owners. ... That’s why it looks the way that it does, because there’s somebody there all the time keeping it up,” said Elich. Having that year-round maintenance is yet another perk of the complex. “It’s a place that you can come up and go ski or you can just hang out there and be around the pool and work out and do whatever you want, and be equally happy with the amenities that are there,” said Elich. “(The owner) says that’s her daughter’s favorite thing to do, is to just come up and chill. She is going to be missing it.”



Making the choice


here are a lot of important factors to consider when making the choice of buying a ski-in/ski-out condo or townhouse. When helping clients make this decision, Levine said she asks them to consider just what it is they’re looking to do. “First of all, I ask them what’s important to them, because all the towns in Summit County have something to offer,” she said. “A lot depends on what their activities are. So if Breckenridge fits their wish list, then I will definitely show them how they could live in Breckenridge and what kinds of activities (they could do) and just the lifestyle they would have here. But when you live in any one of the towns in Summit County, you end up having friends in all the other towns.” Levine also advises buyers to do some research before making a decision, particularly into the Homeowners Association (HOA) for each complex. An HOA consists of an elected board of homeowners who have meetings and supervise the upkeep and financial health of the complex.


“It’s important to look at the financial health of the HOA before you buy a place. That’s part of the due diligence that any buyer needs to do,” said Levine. This can usually be done online, where the organization’s financials and meeting minutes can be perused to understand the level of satisfaction and complaints expressed by people already living in that complex. “If you read the meeting minutes you’ll see — what are the owners talking about, what are they complaining about, what are they happy about. It really gives you an insider’s view,” she said. In the end, the benefits of a ski-in/ski-out condo speak for themselves, from the convenience of direct access to the slopes to the wide array of amenities within easy reach. With conveniently organized floor plans and fantastic views, these properties provide the perfect place to make memories that last a lifetime.




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Best Place to People Watch Breckenridge Main Street From extravagant furs to funky footwear, you never know what kind of fashions you’ll see on Main Street in Breckenridge. The town’s zany Ullr Fest parade in January and its Fourth of July parade are must-see events. Whether it’s a pro snowboarder or retired couples from Florida, you’ll see a diverse mix of locals and visitors. Our voters agree it’s the best people-watching place in the county. Just remember, it’s not very polite to stare, so try to keep the gawking to a minimum.


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Best steak Pug Ryan’s Brewing Co. Even though the brewpub recently changed its name from Pug Ryan’s Steakhouse Brewery to Pug Ryan’s Brewing Co., the steaks are still the tops, according to Summit County readers. “We have a spice blend that’s made for the steaks that’s custom made for us by a local spice company, and the meat is choice, the top end of what we can buy,” said Annie Holton, co-owner of Pug Ryan’s. Pug’s famous prime rib is available in three cuts, ladies, regular and king, or choose a petite shoulder steak, flavorful rib eye or bacon-wrapped filet mignon. If surf and turf is your thing, try the crab filet, an 8-ounce beef tenderloin, grilled and topped with snow crab and béarnaise sauce.

Best LOCAL BAND/ ENTERTAINER Arnie J. Green Arnie J. Green has been a staple of funky soul and blues in Summit County for years. His powerful vocals and sweet guitar licks wake and shake up any bar scene or venue. He grew up in California, where his mother’s daily singing and the Bay Area’s secular and religious music inspired him to make music his life. Though he’s released two albums, he thrives on live shows, which have led him to perform with the likes of the Subdudes, Shakedown Street, Melvin Seals, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many others.

Best day spa Serenity Spa & Salon For as long as Serenity Spa & Salon has been open, it has swept all “Best of Summit” categories for spa treatments. From hair to nails to massage to skin, Serenity offers the ultimate in luxury, style, relaxation and beauty. A variety of top-quality products, unparalleled customer service and expert technicians make Serenity the No. 1 choice for spa experiences in Summit County.

Carbonate Real Estate Company TOM MALMGREN ~ CARMEN YONN

Copper Mountain, Colorado Tom Malmgren Owner/Managing Broker Realtor

970-968-6854 1-800-526-7737 SELLING COPPER SINCE 1974

Carmen Yonn Broker Associate Realtor




Ski-in/ski-out at Copper Mountain in this slopeside & golf single family home! 2013 construction, 3, 696 sq/ft, 5 bed, study, 5 baths & oversized 4 car garage. INCREDIBLE VALUE, OFFERED FOR $1,495,000

Ski-in/ski-out at Copper Mountain in this slopeside & golf single family home! 3,300 sq/ft with lodge style decor. 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, high-end finishes, plus private hot tub! $1,795,00

Ski-in/ski-out at Copper Mountain in this slopeside & golf single family home! 5,532 sq/ft of MOUNTAIN LUXURY. Elevator to all levels with 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, 3 car garage! $3, 100,000


Ski-in/ski-out at Copper Mountain! View of Lodge at Copper from American Flyer lift! 2 level, 1 bed + loft, 2 bath for $437,000 or HUGE 2 bed, 2 bath corner condo for $499,000!


Ski-in/ski-out at Copper Mountain! Slopeside & on golf course with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths and double garage. JUST REDUCED $45,000 NOW OFFERED AT $949,000!


Ski-in/ski-out at Copper Mountain! View of Super Bee lift from Foxpine Inn. Double lock-off, 1 bed + loft, 2 bath for $349,000! Triple lock-off, 2 bed, 3 bath for $389,000! Double lock-off, 2 bed + loft, 3 bath for $499,000!


Ski-in/ski-out at Copper Mountain! Directly at the base of the Super Bee! HUGE 1,300 sq/ft condo on 2 levels with 2 bedrooms, 3 baths +den. HUGE SUNNY DECK & AMAZING VIEWS $499,000!



Ski-in/ski-out at Copper Mountain! Backs up to golf course and features 2 levels with sunken living room. 5 bedrooms, 3 baths & garage. JUST REDUCED $100,000 - NOW OFFERED AT $1,165,000!

Ski to building at Copper Mountain! 2 bedroom, 2 bath condos all over 1,000 sq/ft + ski & golf views with pricing starting at $379,000. 3 bedroom, 2 bath with rooftop deck + ski & golf views starting at $489,000.



to Staging Whether selling your home or simply sprucing it up, follow these simple steps for maximum impact By Jasmine Listou Bible BEFORE


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hen it comes time to sell your home, the main objective is to make the space as appealing and inviting as possible. Through a process called “staging” you can create an environment that will be welcoming and captivating to potential buyers. We’ve broken down this process into seven steps that will bring your space from outdated to on-trend. Not ready to sell? These same steps can be applied to your home to freshen things up and make your space feel new again. Don’t be intimidated. We aren’t tackling tearing down walls or installing new countertops. We’ll stick to surface changes that can be accomplished using a minimal budget to achieve maximum potential. We recently had the pleasure of staging a slopeside condo in the Snowbridge Condos at Copper Mountain for local real estate agent Mollie McCarthy, of Chuck Leathers Real Estate. While the interiors may have been a bit daunting, we were confident that if we focused on the positive aspects of the space, we could help the buyers envision this as their future second home. The condo is filled with beautiful natural light, a spacious and open living room and kitchen area, two full bathrooms and an incredible outdoor patio with views of the ski slopes. We knew we could turn this retro gem into a modern stunner. Follow along as we show you how we implemented each of these steps in this Summit County condo.


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Clean Slate Removing all clutter and un-personalizing your home is the first and most important step. This may seem obvious, but it’s the quickest way to make the largest impact. Stand back and take an honest look at the space — which objects are enhancing the space and which are cluttering it? Try snapping a picture with your phone and examining the room through the image. When you’ve occupied a space for years, it can be hard to objectively see what’s in the way and what’s important — viewing the space through a picture may help. Next, remove personal artifacts. The personal touches that make your house into a home should be removed and packed for your next home. You want to create a clean slate that allows the buyers to envision the space with their own personal touches. Unclutter all “tops” — kitchen countertops, dresser tops, desktops, etc. The last piece of this first step is to clean. Clean, clean, then clean again. Nothing will turn off future buyers as quickly as a dirty bathroom or kitchen. Bring in a professional cleaning service or carpet cleaners if that helps you get the process started.



Unified Color Scheme Establish a unified color scheme. Chances are you have a favorite color that appears throughout your home. Work with this, rather than against it, by choosing the most prominent color in your home and create a sophisticated color palette around this color. In the Copper Mountain condo, the vibrant orange was already in place. We chose complementary colors to enhance the shade and bring it from dated to modern. Once you’ve established a small color palette (2 - 3 colors), stick with it and try to use these colors predominantly throughout each room. When it comes to patterns, stick to just one. Keep in mind that the main goal is to create a cohesive look and soothing energy throughout the home, so introduce one pattern that coordinates with your chosen color scheme, then try repeating this pattern on pillows in the living room, placemats in the dining room, shower curtain in the bathroom, etc.







Highlight Strengths So maybe your home isn’t perfect, but surely there are some great features. After all, you bought the place, right? Think back to the things that originally drew you to the home. Play up these strengths. In this condo, the countertops were dated and the bathrooms could use an upgrade, but the gorgeous natural light, large rooms and killer views were easy to focus on. We tied back the curtains to make sure buyers get a full view of the huge glass panels. We accessorized each countertop, sticking to our color palette, added minimal accessories and created an outdoor seating area that’s alluring to potential buyers. Find the unique and appealing features in your home and focus attention on those.


Define Areas While open floor plans are very appealing, it’s important to show the buyers that the space can still be broken up into functional zones. We established a dining area in the large living room, and created a small bar area along an open wall. We also defined an inviting entryway with a seating area for potential buyers to sit and remove coats or snowy boots and enjoy the space. If there are unused rooms or spaces in your home, don’t kill yourself trying to fill the space, instead use simple pieces to hint at the possibilities of how the new owners could use the space. Large open spaces can be daunting to buyers, so give them some general ideas on how to utilize the rooms.


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Reflect Light A simple and easy trick is employing mirrors to visually double your space. By using mirrors and reflective surfaces, you can amplify a home’s natural light and create a more open feeling lay. In this condo, we scattered large mirrors throughout, including a large round mirror above the mantle, not only brightening the space, but also creating a focal point for this large feature in the room. We opened the curtains all the way, and used tassels as tie-backs to add a touch of glam. In your home, try placing mirrors across from windows to bounce natural light around the room.


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Ron Teke

at Pisces Builders has personally been building homes for Summit County. We ask for the opportunity to work with you on your next remodeling, major repair or custom home.

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Recycle Rethink how you use the objects you already own. Create a fresh feel by simply moving furniture around and finding new ways to use pieces. We took the dresser from the guest room and turned it into a bar top in the living room. Since this is for staging, the pieces don’t have to entirely fit the bill, as long as they are hinting at the idea for the buyers to recreate. While they may not opt to have a bar in their new home, it shows that the space can be utilized as its own area — possibly a small desk, bookshelf or reading zone. We also removed a second bunk bed from the guest room and used the lower half of it to create a daybed / lounge in the living room. This allowed for additional seating without blocking the stunning views. Look at the pieces in your home with a new eye; swap out your nightstands for your end tables in your living room, move a lamp to a different room, or if the space can survive without it, remove it!



Functionality Make awkward spaces functional and utilize every square foot of your home; turn a wacky small area into an intimate reading nook, make a designated ski boot zone in the entryway, or turn a small bedroom into a dressing room ... and you’ll have the future woman of the house hooked. In this condo, there is a large master bedroom with beautiful glass windows, but there were two twin beds in the room when we started. So we simply pushed the beds together and rotated them to be on the longest wall in the room. This created a more romantic atmosphere and lets buyers know that their bed will fit into the room. Getting to see the slopes from bed is an added perk.

For more information on this unit, contact Mollie McCarthy at (970) 668-2359.




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Lisa Bennison Noll Re/Max Properties of the Summit Managing Broker 970-389-6115 220 South Main St, Breckenridge



Eye on the Artist:

Jennifer Buchanan and Lisa Bernal

“The word people kept saying is ‘unique,’ because it is such unique art, everything is so one-of-a-kind,” said Buchanan. “That’s the sort of feedback we continually get, is, ‘Wow, what is that?’ (Then) people go in for a close-up A knack for jewelry making has turned lucrative (look), because it’s so different.” The two created a website, utilizing Bernal’s design talents, and quickly began for local artists receiving orders for the pieces they put up and requests for custom design. They also began displaying their jewelry at Rocky Mountain Gem and Fine Jewelry in Arvada. By Jessica Smith Their big break came when their web host,, went public on the Nasdaq last fall. It held a contest among its users, with a handful of winners to be placed in its Times Square advertisement. Colorado artists Jennifer Buchanan and Lisa Bernal had an experience that not very Bernal and Buchanan were elated when they learned they made many just-starting-out artisans do — they saw their faces, several stories tall, broadcasted the cut. “It’s just really cool,” Buchanan said. across a billboard in Times Square, New York City. “We are still shaking our heads. How did this happen?” said Bernal. They had just started selling their jewelry online and at festivals. What started as a hobby had grown into a business plan and suddenly exploded into national exposure. “Something is definitely working,” Buchanan said. “Something is definitely working. ... It’s just been incredible, the things that have been happening and the feedback we’ve been getting.”

How it happened The two artists met each other about seven years ago in their ‘real world’ jobs at a mental health clinic in Denver. Buchanan was a therapist and Bernal a manager. As they got to know each other, they discovered their mutual love of jewelry making and soon began creating new pieces together as gifts for friends and family. When the clinic was bought out, both lost their jobs, which ended up giving them free time to dedicate to their art. Though now they’re both back working in their respective fields, they have worked to maintain time to set aside for jewelry making. “It’s nice that we have that time to devote to it,” Buchanan said. Now, Buchanan lives in Keystone, so she and Bernal commute between Summit County and Denver to get together for jewelry making. From a friend, Buchanan learned about the Roots Retreat Festival taking place in Summit County in August. The two decided to use the music festival as a chance to sell some of their pieces in public. “We liked the idea that it was small,” Buchanan said, offering them the opportunity to get their feet wet without diving headfirst into something too overwhelming. The festival was a success. Not only did they sell a lot of jewelry — and turn down offers on their artistic booth setup — but they received enough positive feedback to give them the confidence to take the next step in their jewelry making business.


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Unique natural style

Buchanan and Bernal don’t work from molds. Every piece they design is unique, incorporating a varied collection of stones, sea glass, semi precious stones and driftwood, connected by chain or, more often, straps of leather. They currently produce necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, with plans for a men’s line coming soon. “We like to work with as much natural material as we can,” Bernal said. Recently, driftwood has become their main passion and focus. Both nurture a love for the sea — Bernal from childhood memories of visiting the Atlantic in Maryland and Buchanan from trips to the Texas gulf coastline. When they discovered driftwood could be a component of their artwork, they jumped at the chance and never looked back. “We got it and instant passion/love affair started happening,” said Bernal, who calls the beach “a little part of my heart.” While Buchanan has made several trips out to the Pacific coast, they get much of their driftwood pieces from a personal beach comber, who sends them her beach finds. They also order pieces from shores as far off as England and Greece.

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When starting a new piece of jewelry, they choose an element such as piece of driftwood or stone and allow it to dictate its creation. “It’s just a continual source of inspiration to pick up a piece of wood and sit with it and find out what it wants to be,” Bernal said. The two artists do everything by hand, from wrapping their own wire to drilling holes through the driftwood, a practice that Bernal has unexpectedly found to be therapeutic. Both she and Buchanan enjoy the entire process of creating their jewelry — that’s what started the whole endeavor, after all. A single piece of jewelry can take up to several hours to design, depending on its size and intricacy. But rather than view it as a chore, the two artists thrive on the time they spend creating. Bernal said, “There’s something about it where you’re taking it from something found to—“ “— this little unique piece of art,” Buchanan finished. Art has been a lifelong passion for both women, grabbing them at an early age and never letting go. Bernal recalls begging her mother for a pair of jewelers’ pliers at age 11. She still uses that exact pair today. Rocks always fascinated Buchan, and she often saved up her allowance money to buy geodes and split them open. Their jewelry can be viewed in person at the Rocky Mountain Gem and Fine Jewelry shop in Arvada, as well as various festivals in the mountains and on the Front Range. Online ordering can be done through their website at

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A sunset brings out brilliant colors above North Peak and the lights of Keystone Ski Resort, as seen across a frozen Lake Dillon.


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Photo courtesy of Bill Linfield

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EXTRAORDINARY ADDRESS. YOURS. With inventory levels at a five year low, now may be an excellent opportunity to sell your home. With decades of experience, prominent real estate sales and local knowledge make us a Summit County real estate leader. Trust our team at Slifer Smith & Frampton to market and sell your home.


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The February/March 2014 edition. Real Estate & Mountain Lifestyle Monthly