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

343 HIGH MEADOW DRIVE, SUMMERWOOD, DILLON

BRECKENRIDGE PEAK 8 BUILDING SITE

5BD / 4BA / $899,900

WWW.325TIMBERTRAILROAD.COM / $1,195,000

365 MIDDLE FORK VISTA, REDHILL FOREST, FAIRPLAY

38 N AMBER CT, AMBER RIDGE

3BD / 2BA / $225,000

4 BED/4 BATH, SKI-IN, SKI-OUT SUBDIVISION $675.000

Price Reduced!

194 RANGE ROAD, BRECKENRIDGE

BUILDING SITE & MODULAR HOME ON 2.86 ACRES

3+ ACRES WITH BUILDING PLANS / $150,000

WWW.248BEARINGTREERD.COM / $349,900

Lisa Bennison Noll

Nancy Burniche Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

Re/Max Properties of the Summit

970.389.1212

Managing Broker

Nancy@NancyBurniche.com

970.389.6115

REMAX Properties of the Summit

220 South Main St, Breckenridge

220 S Main St Breckenridge

YOU ARE HERE

YOU COULD BE HERE

Laurie Williams A Managing Broker RE/MAX Properties of the Summit 970.485.3994 Laurie@SummitCountySkiProperty.com SummitCountySkiProperty.com To buy or sell real estate in Summit County, please contact me. Avoid road rage and enjoy luxurious leisure!

SANCTUARY AT KEYSTONE | NEW 3BD/3BA | LUXURY RESIDENCE

Elevated Resort Living

On the River, Walk to Lakeside Village. Seasons 1840 $469,000. 3 bed/3 bath. 1416 sq ft., Keystone.

Lake Dillon Views. Backs to National Forest. Upscale Finishes in Remodeled Single Family House. Corinthian Hill. $690,000. 5 BD/3BA/2894 sq. ft. Dillon.

Horse property and Huge Gore Range Views. $899,000. 4 bed/5 bath 2357 sq ft on 40 acres. Silverthorne.

Walk to Keystone Gondola and River Run Village. Expedition Station. $239,900. 1BD/2 BA + murphy bed. 635 sq. ft. Pool. Hot tub. Fitness. Keystone.

Laurie Williams

A Managing Broker RE/MAX Properties of the Summit 970.485.3994 Laurie@SummitCountySkiProperty.com SummitCountySkiProperty.com Quiet retreat - Room for Family Gatherings. Trappers Crossing 8755. $620,000. 4 bed/3 bath. 1718 sq ft., Keystone.

Ski Slope Views/Walk to Lifts, large open kitchen/dining. Tenderfoot Lodge 2630. $390,000. 2 bed/2 bath + murphy bed, 1179 sq ft. Keystone.

Spacious Keystone Single Family Home On One Level, $1,500,000. 4bed/5 bath/4615 sq. ft. Half acre fenced. Access to pool. 248 Wild Irishman.

Saddle Ridge Townhomes in Silverthorne for $389,000. 3 Bed/3 Bath. Family Room 1 car garage ~1,900 sq ft. All new stainless appliances. Perfect get away!

Privacy, Views and Best Location at Keystone!. 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. Now Offered at $945,000

Kouri Wolf

MRE Broker Associate RE/MAX Properties of the Summit 970.333.0303 Kouri@kwolfrealestate.com KWolfRealEstate.com

Luxury at Keystone Ranch Golf course for $1,895,000. 326 Mountain Bluebell 6 Bedroom / 4 Bath / 4,539 +/- Sq Ft. Panoramic Views, Open Floorplan, Gourmet Kitchen.

6561 Settler’s Creek Townhome for $170,000 per Ÿ share. 3 Bed / 3 Bath / 1585 +/- Sq Ft 1 Car Garage, Sunny, private, views, shuttle stop.

New Development in Breckenridge: Peak Ten Bluffs. Starting at $1,282,500 Now Under Construction! 3 Bed/ 3.5 Bath. Family Room, Two Car Garage, Views, luxury interiors, mountain design

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BUILDER Magazine’s 2012 AmericA’s Best Builder

New Construction & Renovations

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

25 MAKING SUMMIT

17 WATER HOUSE

ON MAIN STREET From slopes to golf courses, amenities at your fingertips!

Tips on how to tempt buyers while selling your condo.

32 Service

Directory

An extensive list of local professionals, brokers and REALTORS®.

34 The View An icy glimpse at the Blue River in Winter.

ON THE COVER Phase One of Water House on Main Street offers residents quick access to downtown Breckenridge and the slopes of Breckenridge Ski Resort. PHOTO Courtesy of Slifer, sMITH & fRAMPTON rEAL eSTATE photo courtesy Slifer, smith & frampton real estate

COUNTY ENERGY SMART

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market report

MAR KET PER SPECTI VE

historical Transaction breakdown

YTD GROSS VOLUME BY YEAR

- number of residental transactions -

market snapshot

89 83

79

2012 2012 $37,827,700

2013 $48,299,200

2013

2014

2014 $38,988,500

The most active price points in January were between $200k-$300k.

January monetary volume ($52,155,100) was down 2% from January 2013. Transactions (102) were down 6% from January 2013.

Purchaser Highlights YTD TRANSACTIONS 26 Single Family

57 MULTI Family

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VACANT LAND

2014 AVERAGE PRICE HISTORY

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Single family is $736,719 YTD

Multi-family is $347,961 YTD

Vacant Land is $276,643 YTD

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COURTESY OF LAND TITLE

Average Residential pricing for

Town/County Manager Forum SUMMIT ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® HOSTS TOWN/COUNTY MANAGER FORUM SAR hosted a Town Manager Forum at the Frisco Day Lodge in early February. The event featured updates from each of the Towns and the County on issues and priorities they are focusing on during 2014. Attendees included: Gary Martinez, Summit County; Tim Gagen, Breckenridge; Bill Efting, Frisco; Joe Wray, Dillon; and Ryan Hyland, Silverthorne. “This is a ‘Must Attend’ annual event for our local REALTORS® so they can learn about what’s going on in their communities and effectively communicate this information to their clients,” says Sarah Thorsteinson, SAR Government Affairs Director. “Our REALTORS® are continually working to stay abreast of changing issues that affect all property owners.”

Become an affiliate member BECOME AN AFFILIATE MEMBER OF SAR As an Affiliate Member of the Summit Association of Realtors, you will gain access to resources that will enable you to conduct your business professionally and be part of a voice that advocates on behalf of the local real estate industry. Affiliate Members have numerous opportunities to get their name out to the entire S.A.R. membership and access to the SAR Website where they can review association events and sponsorship opportunities. Affiliate members may also participate in the “Listserv” program that is available for all members of the Summit Association of REALTORS to use for free. MLS Sold Data is also available to our Affiliate Members for an additional fee. For more information on becoming an Affiliate Member, please visit: www.summitassociationofrealtors.com.

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Local REALTORS® turn out for the SAR Town Manager Forum on February 6th at the Frisco Day Lodge

SPOTLIGHT SPOTLIGHT ON KEYSTONE BY RYAN WALSH, KEYSTONE DIRECTOR FOR SAR What makes Keystone a great place to live?

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Breckenridge Town Manager Tim Gagen addresses local REALTORS® at the annual Town Manager Forum

As the saying goes ‘People come for the winters and stay for the summers!’ This is because Keystone has year around activities for all ages… From Alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, ice skating and the tubing hill in the winter to golfing, fly fishing, biking, hiking and 4 Wheeling in the summer. Not to mention award winning fine dining, music festivals such as Wine & Jazz, Blues and Brews and much more! There’s something for everyone!

What makes Keystone unique?

Com m un it y C hallenge This month’s challenge: be a reading buddy. The Rotary Reading Buddy Program inspires young students to become effective and enthusiastic readers. Community volunteers who love to read are paired with elementary school-age students to increase their reading and writing skills. Reading Buddies offer encouragement and support to students in the process of becoming successful readers. Contact: Mary Anne Johnston, PhD, majohnstoncolo@gmail.com. Summit County realtors are making a tremendous difference in the lives of people and our community every day. 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 random acts 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.

Keystone is the ONLY resort that offers night skiing/riding which provides one of Colorado’s longest ski days.

Is there a terrific feature about Keystone that someone might not notice at first? Most people don’t know it but Keystone is the largest ski resort in Summit County offering nearly 3,200 acres of terrain including Area 51 which is consider one of America’s best terrain parks.

What is the best thing about living in Keystone? Simply said, Lifestyle! If you enjoy the outdoors and like to live an active lifestyle, there’s no better place to be! Keystone is truly a family oriented resort and affords an intimate town feeling. It’s also the most convenient drive from Denver and still only 20-30 minutes from all the other resorts in the area.

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With the Wyndham Home Exchange program you can trade weeks in your property for a vacation in amazing destinations around the world! SM

At Wyndham Vacation Rentals, our valued owners can take up to five weeks of their season and exchange them into any of the thousands of vacation properties* we have across the globe. Couple this amazing benefit with our heightened service levels from an experienced, local and professional team, plus national marketing reach, and it’s not hard to see why more and more owners are joining Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

Find out more today, call Blythe Rahm at 877-225-1230 or email us today at newowner@wynvr.com. *These vacations are limited. Destinations and travel times are subject to availability and confirmed on a first come, first served basis. Offer includes only accommodations and specifically excludes travel costs and other expenses that may be incurred. Taxes, additional fees and charges may apply. Promotional discounts and offers may not apply to all properties. Cannot be combined with other offers and is valid on new reservations only. This promotional offer may be discontinued at the discretion of Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Other restrictions may apply. Offer void where prohibited by law. CST: 2081369-50. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. Fla. Seller of Travel Reg. No. ST-36515. Nevada Seller of Travel Registration No. 2006-0006. Washington Seller of Travel Reg. No. 602560941. Rental offer and rental inventory is made available by Resort Rental, LLC (operating as Holiday Rentals, LLC in MD and T X), an Indiana-licensed limited liability company, whose principal broker is Donald J. Killingback. ©2013 Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, LLC. Wyndham Vacation Rentals and related marks are registered trademarks and/or service marks in the United States and internationally. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. 7 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054

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Broker: Allison Simson Company: Summit Real Estate The Simson Team Contact: 970.468.6800 Allison@SummitRealEstate.com

“CREAM PUFF” listed: $429,000 What’s a Cream Puff? Good question! A cream puff is the property everyone is looking forit is priced right and in super condition! Cream puffs are not staying on the market long right now. So, when you see a cream puff and you really like it and can see yourself making family memories there – I would advise you to take action on it. Cream puffs don’t last. The seller had this property staged to a “T.” They didn’t spend a lot of money- not much at all, really, but they artfully placed the furniture and moved in some nicer stuff that they had in their Denver home. They also spent time fixing anything that needed maintenance prior to putting the home on the market. It was a Cream Puff. Interesting news: Predictions around the country for housing prices are looking up. What does this mean for Summit County, CO? Historically, our market tends to lag behind the national economy by about 12-18 months. We are starting to see our prices stabilize in many segments of our market and we will continue to see multiple offer situations on the “cream puffs” that come on the market.

PROPERTY PROFILE: BUCK RIDGE TOWNHOMES 3BD/3BA 1729 sq. ft. Sold Price: $425,000 Days on Market (DOM): 29 Average Summit County DOM for Townhomes: 220

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Agent: Kouri Wolf Company: REMAX Properties of the Summit Contact: 970.333.0303 Kouri@kwolfrealestate.com KWolfRealEstate.com

127 Rose crown circle | frisco listed: $975,000 With the architectural character of this home, the owner wanted the creative angles, sprawling main level floorplan and vaulted ceilings to be the focal point of the home. Removing any personal items that might be a distraction, the Seller made certain this home was show ready the day the sign went in the yard.

This home was located in the Reserve at Frisco. A community of high end single family homes, the lifestyle of caring neighbors and social environment makes this an exceptional spot in Frisco. The true Colorado Ranch style home with warm tones, natural materials and expansive windows bringing the outside in, created a tranquility to be enjoyed by family and friends. Adjacent to the Frisco bike path, the ride to town for a summer event is a breeze.

By de-cluttering your home, you are allowing the details of the home to be the focus of the Buyer tour. To decrease the time your home is on the market, de-clutter your home before calling your real estate professional. Yes, once you have removed all the excess that you can see, call your Broker for your personal review of what needs Less is always more when to transpire next. Typically, a lot more! preparing your home for sale. What a homeowner sees in their own home is amazingly different than that of the public or potentially, your new owner. It is truly better to complete this process before activating your listing, seek the advice from your real estate Broker and then de-clutter again. Less is always more when preparing your home for sale. That first tour through your home is critical to get the chatter going around the brokerage community so you want to shine right out of the chute.

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This home was under contract within 60 days and closed less than 100 days after placing on the market. If you spend the time on the market staging your home, you risk the chance of losing a potential Buyer on the onset of the listing.

Agent: Sandy Levine Company: RE/MAX Properties of the Summit Contact: 970.485.2814 Sandy@SandyLevine.com

Property Profile:

78 Bluff Court | Saddlewood condo breckenridge | listed: $949,900 Conventional wisdom says that there are four drivers for home sales: price, location, condition, and terms. When a home has had several showings and still does not come up as anyone’s number one choice, it’s time for the broker and the owners to start “tweaking” those drivers. We did that successfully with 78 Bluff Court, a lovely home in a great location. A bit more staging was the first step: I shopped all the re-sale stores until I found the perfect dining table, a more size-appropriate fit; I added place settings, art and accessories from my own collection of staging supplies, and a colorful area rug to brighten up the living room. The owners made sure the home was spotlessly clean and always available for showings, move-in ready for a new family. Shortly after our extra staging, a couple chose this home because they loved the space and the location, and especially because they could move right in and start enjoying the Summit County lifestyle. We went from contract to closing in 10 days! If you’d like this to be YOUR story, contact me for a free consultation-- I love to help.

Approximately 1815 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath, 2 living areas, 1 car attached garage

selling points: Ski-in/ski-out near the Snowflake Lift Walking distance to town Fully furnished Turn-key ready to move-in

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Property Profile Water House on Main Street • Main Street, Breckenridge • Phase One complete • Phase Two sales in progress, construction to begin in summer • 894 sq. ft. to 2,115 sq. ft. • One to four bedroom luxury residences

Breckenridge’s latest development features classic design styles By Jessica Smith

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF SLIFER, SMITH & FRAMPTON REAL ESTATE

For more information Slifer Smith & Frampton 117 Main Street Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-9090 www.WaterHouseOnMainStreet.com

Water House on Main Street

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hen it comes to selecting a new residence, whether it’s a house, a condo or even a rental, the process usually requires a balancing act of decisions. Do you want to be close to town or in a quieter, secluded area? Do you want sweeping mountain views or a nearby water element? But sometimes, all of those aspects come together into one place, fitting together like the pieces of a puzzle. Water House on Main Street, in Breckenridge, is such a place.

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All in One

Water House is the final phase of the Main Street Station Resort, situated on the south end of Main Street. When completed, it will consist of two buildings with a total of 55 luxury condominiums. Each condo differs from the next, with options of number of bedrooms (one to four), location within the building (north, south, west, penthouse, etc.) and interior design. Phase One of Water House began in 2007 and was finished in December of 2009. Phase Two, the final phase, will start vertical construction this summer, with the goal of completing by the summer of 2015. The developer is Real Capital Solutions. Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate officially launched sales for Phase Two on February 11. Interest has been high, with multiple reservations recorded in the first week. This does not surprise Slifer Smith & Frampton branch broker John Pfeiffer, as the residences come with a variety of benefits. They have easy access to downtown Breckenridge just down Main Street, with its many shops, restaurants and art galleries. The property has water frontage on two sides, from the Illinois Creek, which was redirected in 2007 by East West Partners and runs along the

north side of the building, as well as the Maggie Pond on the west side. The building is also in close walking distance to the Quicksilver Super Chair “You essentially have the big views, the sun, the in-town location, walk to slopes and the waterfront. It’s a bit unique compared to anything else,” said Pfeiffer. All of that is in addition to amenities such as hot tubs, an Olympic-sized pool, ski valet and underground, heated private parking. “It’s a great opportunity for buyers right now,” he said. Buyers can choose to rent their properties, or keep them private, which many in Phase One have chosen to do. “It’s a blended demographic of people who use them as summertime second homes,” Pfeiffer said of Phase One owners, “and there are a lot of skiers, and we have a lot of families from Denver that come up a lot as well.” One of the highlights of the location of Water House is that its variety of surroundings means owners can choose their favorite aspect. “In the new building, the southern side gets views of (Mount) Baldy and Peak 10, they get all-day sun. The northern side, they get the village view and the waterfront, and then the western residences get the big Maggie Pond and that million dollar ski area view, so every side of the building is great to be on,” Pfeiffer said.

You essentially have the big views, the sun, the in-town location, walk to slopes and the waterfront. It’s a bit unique compared to anything else – John Pfeiffer

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Designing the Interior

For the Phase Two building, the developer brought in a new designer — Griffith Wood, a partnership between designers Colin Griffith and Andrea Wood, based out of Denver. Wood has 30 years of experience in interior design, including many jobs in resort communities. “We have worked in all the mountain resorts from Beaver Creek, Vail, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Deer Valley, Telluride,” she said. “We have never really worked in Breckenridge and that’s one reason we’re so excited about this project. What we do know is what the mountain resort home buyer is looking for and what they respond to.”

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The design team created two furniture packages and two fixed finish packages for owners to choose from — Fresh Powder and New Rustic. The term “fixed finish” refers to fixed surfaces, such as countertops and floors. The Fresh Powder palette features a soft gray look mixed in with soft blues, while the New Rustic tends toward deeper tones like dark rich red, ochre and brown. The design team was careful that both looks were classic rather than trendy, said Wood. “We have work from 30 years ago that is still absolutely current, so our work does not go out of style. And we

feel like it never should, because if you want to keep that for the next 20 years, it will still look absolutely great,” she said. Other features that each residence will have include wide plank wooden floors, 100 percent New Zealand wool carpet and natural textural wall coverings in every bedroom. The design team also created finish boards, which showcase what each package looks like and how it all ties together. “(Buyers) will be able to see all the gorgeous slab granite countertops — each one’s different, they’re so pretty,” said Wood. “Each bathroom has a different tile and granite, and they’ll be able to see the finish of the floor and the carpeting and all the fixed finishings. It won’t be, ‘Oh my god, what’s my unit going to look like?’ No, they will have an absolute idea on what every single unit will look like. It’s not like they will have to take this giant leap of faith.” Part of Wood’s job is to monitor the trends, updates and changes throughout the design world. “It’s a continual process of observing what is out there, what are people responding to in the market, what do we think people are going to (like) in a particular market, what are they going to see and get really excited about and feel proud of,” she said. “Of course, we want people to feel very proud of these places. And we want them to feel like they got so much for the money that they spent.” Wood’s favorite part of the design process is the beginning, when the project is just taking shape. “It’s developing the identity of each project and what makes this project different from another one, what makes it work in this particular place, how does it fit into its location and its environment. That’s our favorite part,” she said. The identity developed for Water House is that of a high level mountain resort, Wood said. “Within that framework of classic traditional mountain finishes and construction, we have been able to infuse it with a bit of a fresh updated mountain look that will appeal to any age, any kind of person from anywhere,” she said. “We believe that. We think it’s really going to be terrific.”

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Tom Malmgren tjmalmgren@aim.com

Carmen Yonn carmenyonn@aim.com

SALE PENDING

COPPER - ELK RUN TOWNHOME

COPPER - BEELER PLACE TOWNHOME

COPPER - TAYLORS CROSSING

Ski in / ski out at Copper Mountain!  Slopeside & on the golf course with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths & double garage. Offered at $949,000

Gorgeous resort townhome with sweeping ski area views! High-end finishes throughout. Always available to see! Offered at $649,000

Ground level one bdrm / one bath condo with strong rental history in heart of Copper’s Center Village! Offered at $229,000

COPPER - TOGWOTEE LODGE TOWNHOMES

COPPER - MOUNTAIN PLAZA

COPPER - WOODS TOWNHOMES

Lowest priced townhomes in Copper! Ski in location w private garages!   Pricing starts at $369,000!

Triple lock-off options in Copper’s Center Village! Two bdrm / 3 bath condos starting at $415,000

Perfect mountain townhomes with hardwood  floors and mountain decor. 2 levels, 3 bdrms, 2 baths & private garages from $659,000

Carbonate Real Estate Company TOM MALMGREN ~ CARMEN YONN

Copper Mountain, Colorado 970-968-6854 www.skicopper.net 1-800-526-7737 SELLING COPPER SINCE 1974

COPPER - TELEMARK LODGE

COPPER - TIMBER CREEK

COPPER - PASSAGE POINT

Close to 2 major ski lifts & within a two minute walk of dining & shopping! Vaulted ceiling & gas fireplace $229,000

Experience true ski in / ski out  convenience from this large 2 level condo! Outdoor hot tub $344,900

Corner condo with extra large balcony perfect for outdoor dining! 2 bdrms, 2 baths, fireplace, fully furnished $389,000

COPPER - WHEELER HOUSE

COPPER - THE CIRQUE 

COPPER - THE GREENS AT COPPER

2 & 3 bedroom condos with extra large square footage, all season balconies & convenient  ski in location starting at $379,000

25% fractional ownership opportunities! Owners enjoy year-round use of all amenities incl free onsite parking from $99,000

Steps from Super Bee Lift & on golf  course! Best VIEWS! Fractional ownership  opportunities from as low as $11,900

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

Team Brooks Placer Valley - SHORT SALE

Phenomenal Frisco Location! 3 BD + den + loft OFFERED AT $339,000 NEW PRICE $295,900 EVEN LOWER! $273,400 Family room. 2 car garage. Incredible views!

Ski Condo - Lift Across the Street!

4.4acre Working Ranch

3 BD / 3 BA $699,000 Newer condo is close to everything Frisco has to offer. Views extend over Lake Dillon and surrounding mountains. Soak in the private hot tub off the master suite. 2 car garage + 2 covered parking spaces.

3 BD / 2.5 BA $699,000 Home is warm & inviting featuring marble countertops and custom accents throughout. Main floor master bedroom. Oversized 3 car garage. Across the street from State Wildlife area & Blue River.

1 BD Condo NOW OFFERED AT

$389,900

Mary and Randy Brooks

Henry E. Barr & The Barr Team

Brokers/GRI/CRS/Realtor-Stager

RE/MAX Properties of the Summit

970-390-6160 | maryb@colorado.net

970-368-7643

www.breckenridgearearealestate.com

www.henryebarr.com

220 South Main St, Breckenridge

305 Main Street | Frisco

$2,149,000 Best Keystone Single-Family Value!

Spectacular! Western Red Cedar Log Estate 5 BD REDUCED TO

$929,000 Keystone Ranch

Great Rental Property!

Owner Financing Available

$387,000

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!

4 BD $899,999 Penthouse in River Run Village

John Pringle

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

Amon Team

Keystone Specialist

Bret Amon

970-389-0645 | johnpringle2@msn.com

970-376-3813

www.KeystoneResortRealEstate.com

www.amonteam.com

135 Dercum Drive, Unit 6, Keystone

220 S Main St, Breckenridge

Making Summit County

ENERGY Local nonprofit High Country Conservation Center adopts new energy efficiency program for residential buildings By Jessica Smith

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ummit County is a beautiful place. Its sweeping vistas, flowering meadows, crystal clear water and natural ruggedness pull in thousands of visitors every year. And once they’re here, it’s not unusual for them to decide they want to stay, whether moving here full time or purchasing a part-time residence to enjoy whenever the mood strikes. Therefore, it’s not surprising that protecting and conserving the environment in Summit County is a priority for homeowners and visitors alike. By taking steps to reduce pollution and lessen human impact, the surrounding environment can maintain its pristine conditions for years to come. The High Country Conservation Center (HC3) is a local nonprofit dedicated to waste reduction, energy efficiency and clean energy, and sustainable food production. Recently, the organization has taken steps to introduce a program that improves the energy efficiency of houses around the county.

Becoming energy smart At the very beginning of 2014, HC3 launched a new program related to energy efficiency, called Energy Smart Colorado. The program focuses on providing energy audits for residential buildings and then follows up with potential rebates for energy-related improvements. Energy Smart Colorado, while new to Summit County, got its start in Eagle and Gunnison counties three years ago, with groups like the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability. From those organizations, news of the program and its successes spread to HC3, and the organization decided it would be a good fit for Summit County. Although the program shares the same name and energy-saving mission across its four participating counties, each program is locally supported and funded. Support for Summit County’s program comes mainly from Summit County government and the towns of Breckenridge and Frisco.

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How We Use Energy In Our Homes 9%

Space Cooling

6% Computers & Electronics 6% Lighting 5% Other

45% sPACE hEATING

4% Cooking 4% Refrigeration 3%

Wet Cleaning

18%

Water Heating Source: 2010 Buildings Energy Data Book, Table 2.1.1 Residential Primary Energy Consumption, by Year and Fuel Type. (www.energy.gov)

Photo: AP Photo/The Denver Post, Andy Cross

How it works

Energy Smart Colorado focuses primarily on residential buildings rather than businesses. HC3 currently has energy savings programs in place for local businesses in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne. “The program benefits residents, energy auditors and local contractors,” HC3 executive director Jennifer Schenk wrote in an email. “Energy efficiency programs encourage homeowners to save money, and that money is often invested in the local economy. In contrast, money spent on power bills leaves the community at the rate of 80 cents on the dollar. The Energy Smart program also benefits local energy auditors and contractors performing the energy improvements on residents’ homes.”

The average energy audit takes anywhere from two to four hours to complete, according to HC3 energy operations manager Kevin Berg. During that time, the auditors use a number of tools to inspect the home’s energy efficiency, including evaluating mechanical systems, electrical loads (from appliances and lighting), insulation and air leakage. Once the energy audit is complete, the auditor will fill out an evaluation form, which includes recommendations for how the homeowner can update the house to increase energy efficiency. Updates could include boiler or furnace replacement, crawlspace or basement improvement, wall and attic insulation, window replacement and air sealing. From there, homeowners can decide whether or not they’re willing to make those changes. The main factors that prohibit homeowners from taking action after an energy audit, according to Berg, include cost of improvements and not knowing how to find or choose contractors to make those changes. HC3’s Energy Smart Colorado program tackles both of those conundrums. Homeowners may already be eligible for energy-related rebates after audits by Xcel Energy. In addition, Energy Smart Colorado offers rebates for 50 percent of all changes, up to $200. Those who have had an energy audit during the 2013 calendar year may also be eligible for the Energy Smart Colorado rebate, so long as any related improvements are done from Jan. 1, 2014 and onward.

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ENERGY SMART

To learn more about Energy Smart Colorado, visit: www.energysmartcolorado.com

To sign up for an audit go to the Energy Smart Counties tab and select Summit County. To answer any questions about Energy Smart Colorado or how to sign up, call HC3 at (970) 668-5703

Spreading information Education is an important factor in the energy program, and HC3 is ready to step in and assist homeowners in firstly, understanding exactly what all those pages of their energy audit mean, and secondly, who to contact to make improvements. That job falls to Berg and energy programs coordinator Marty James. “Our job is coaching (homeowners) and looking at their priorities and opportunities to improve, looking at the costs and advising them what direction they could take to get their best savings and best comfort, and guiding them towards contractors that are under this program,” Berg said. Berg and James will be on hand to analyze the audit results with the homeowner, and then put them in touch with local contractors who can make the improvements. HC3 plans to offer training programs throughout the year to local contractors in the building science field. HC3 also hopes to foster connections between the contractors themselves, across all fields. For example, if during a boiler installation the contractor notices issues with insulation, they can mention that to the

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homeowner and even recommend another local business to help them out. “It’s getting the interconnectivity of the contractors to understand each one’s profession to really promote one another,” said Berg. Having HC3 energy experts look over the audit should also help homeowners feel they’re getting the best advice “without the sales pitch,” he added. “I think we lend some credibility in that regard. People trust us; it’s a third party objective view.” Berg and the HC3 hope to meet their goal of at least 120 audits and 50 improvements during the program’s first year. They’re positive that homeowners, local contractors and auditors, and the environment will quickly notice benefits. Schenk estimated that over the next two years, the Energy Smart Colorado program would help homeowners save more than $70,000 in power bills, and reduce carbon emissions by more than 600,000 pounds. “We want people to save energy, save money and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Berg said.

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