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Welcome, Winter!

This year, we luxuriated in an extended Indian summer and glorious, dry fall that had everyone hiking, biking, and otherwise enjoying Aspen’s warm-season offerings well into November. But luckily for us, visitors who’ve planned a ski vacation, and all those businesses that rely on winter, it started snowing. So what can you expect weather-wise and on the mountains, this month and into the holidays? Continue reading

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In Other News: A Roundup of Local Election Results

While this year’s surreal presidential election kept many of us glued to the news, the Clinton/Trump show also overshadowed local elections to some degree. In case you missed the local papers on November 9, here’s a roundup of how voters dealt with local issues and candidates on a fairly extensive Pitkin County ballot. Continue reading

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Basalt Investment on the Rise

Investment in the Basalt community is at an all-time high. Even as this small mid-valley town continues to wrestle with how to redevelop parts of its downtown core, at least 200 affordable housing units are in the pipeline, while upgrades are in process for pedestrians and the schools, and the business community is booming. “What’s notable about many of the changes, whether they’re development plans or some other type of investment, is that they focus on long-term livability,” emphasizes our broker, Kristen Maley, a Basalt resident for many years.

Here’s a look at some of the more significant projects in the Basalt pipeline: Continue reading

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Snowmass Turning the Corner With Sale of Base Village to Skico, East West Partnership

Perhaps the most welcome news to emerge from Snowmass in some time came in late September, when it was announced that a joint venture comprising Aspen Skiing Company, East West Partners, and its parent company KSL Capital Partners is under contract to acquire the Snowmass Base Village project from Related Companies affiliate Snowmass Acquisition Company. Continue reading

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What’s Developing in Aspen?

With no major development proposals in front of Aspen City Council these days, one might think things are quiet on the land-use front in Aspen. It’s not. There’s a lot going on under the surface, with advisory boards and staff, and with major land-use planning efforts not tied to one particular property. In this post, we’re attempting to provide a big-picture yet nutshell summary of the major developments — and the latest developments thereof — in Aspen. It doesn’t and can’t include all of them. Read on … Continue reading

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What’s In Our Name? Our Berkshire Hathaway Story

This December will mark one year since our affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) officially launched. And for all the excitement there’s been over it, there’s also still some confusion we’d like to clear up.

No, we did not sell BJ Adams and Company to Berkshire Hathaway, as some have asked. Our company remains independently owned and operated by BJ and Michael Adams. Continue reading

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Past the Peak? Thoughts on the Local Market

With myriad factors in play, it’s challenging to neatly summarize the trajectory of our distinctive real estate market for any short period of time. That’s why, after a near-record year in 2015 with over $2 billion in real estate sales in Pitkin County, we are cautious about how we discuss the comparative slowdown of overall activity in the first half of 2016, a narrative which periodically grabs the local headlines and one that is endlessly interesting to Aspenites. Continue reading

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Summer Is Still Hot … For Culture

There’s only a few weeks left in Aspen’s summer cultural season, and while some of the big-name events have passed, plenty of hot shows remain on the local events calendar. We chatted with Andrew Travers, arts editor of The Aspen Times, about his picks for the most anticipated events left in the summer season. These performances have a high probability of selling out, so the time to buy tickets is now! Continue reading

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More Ideas to Feast Upon: Aspen Ideas Festival

This year’s Aspen Ideas Festival featured around 400 speakers — experts, scholars, and pundits — leading discussions, engaging in dialogues, answering questions, and generally provoking thought on a wide variety of topics. It was the first time a sitting vice president spoke at the event (Vice President Joe Biden’s conversation with Walter Isaacson can be watched here), and other big speaker names included Secretary of State John Kerry, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. While it’s impossible to summarize an event of that magnitude — themes of conversation over the seven days spanned the spectrum from global insecurity to sex in America, from the mysteries of the universe to the university at a crossroads — we attempt to offer a glimpse into the ideas and issues discussed over the seven days of the Aspen Institute‘s flagship event Continue reading

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Ideas to Feast Upon: Spotlight Health

Every year after the Aspen Ideas Festival, we look back on ten days’ worth of stimulating talks and dialogues, mind-expanding discussions, big ideas, small ideas, prescient ideas, and everything in between. Combing through our notes, we bring you the highlights of the Aspen Institute‘s flagship event, in the form of quotes and explanatory nuggets. In this post, we focus on Spotlight Health, the three-day exploration of ideas related to health and well-being that kicks off this annual feast of the mind. Look for a selection of ideas on broader topics in the next edition of The Aspen Skinny. Continue reading

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