Skip to comments.Michelle Obama in Aspen for Ski Vacation
Posted on 02/18/2012 9:43:40 AM PST by kristinn
First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Aspen on Friday afternoon and is here with her daughters for a ski vacation.
Few details about her trip were available. Sources said she is staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. She is reportedly skiing at Buttermilk today, where the Crowns, of Chicago, own a home on the Tiehack side.
Several people have known about the low-key vacation, with the Secret Service in town for the past few days scoping out places for the family to relax and enjoy what the resort has to offer.
Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo confirmed that he has met with the Secret Service and has loaned seven deputies to help protect the first lady and her family.
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Ms. Perone goes skiing.
Does this broad ever stay home?
She couldn’t squeeze a visit to Daytona or tribute to Whitney in? wow.
Who’s getting her garden ready for spring planting?
And she learned to ski when??
Do these people do anything besides vacation?
Headline: Michele Obama to take break from ski trip
to relax at Palm Springs.
I want to know the Weight Watcher scores on her meals there.
It’s good to be Queen.
She needs to take a few vacations after expending so much energy telling people what to eat. She’s probably getting a bit hoarse screaming at us.
It gives new meaning to the term “ski bum”.
I don’t see how it will be but this really should be part of the campaign. Nobody is going to bring this up. Nobody.
She hasn’t had a vacarion for at least five days.
Now there’s a vision I’ll never get rid of!
Now there’s a vision I’ll never get rid of!
The kids might go down the slope, but I doubt Ms. Chicago would tolerate the falling down part of the learning process.
Providing security for the spoiled on the slopes can be a mental challenge.
You could bleed to death from biting your lip.
mooch-elle lives up to her moniker. The Worst Lady continues to mooch off the taxpayer. What’s new?
Hope she doesn’t fall on butt....could cause an avalance....
Is the MIL along for the ride this time or is she back at the Hut keeping an eye on the meat/seafood locker?
Gee, I thought only the 1% went skiing in Aspen.
And here I can’t even afford to run my a/c (in S. FL)!
Having idiots choose our admin. is a nightmare.
Yesterday there was a car with two giant Øbama-Yes-We-Can stickers on the back. Yeah who was driving, a big fat black woman.
“It gives new meaning to the term ‘ski bum.’”
I was thinking “snow job”
Living just like the rest of America in a deep recession!
A few of our own dollars are saved this way as Obummer is back at the hut with the dog. No extra aircraft needed to fly him and the dog separately.
Jesus...why is Moochbutt’s face SO ****ING UGLY!?
I mean, just look at that damn thang!
I thought Baraq was on the west coast campaigning?
I’m surprised they’re not at Whitney’s funeral, soaking up votes!
They were probably threatened with global calamity and political disaster if they did not put the muslim one in office.
Another of those evil one percenters.
man they live large
all they need is a dacha and a big black Zil to haul em around
Would I be a racist if I compared Moochelle number of vacations with Mrs. Bush ?
I wonder if her favorite Secret Service agent is going to provide service for her there.
With feet the size of hers the wookie won’t need skis.
“Few details about her trip were available. Sources said she is staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. She is reportedly skiing at Buttermilk today, where the Crowns, of Chicago, own a home on the Tiehack side.”
James Schine Crown (born June 25, 1953) is an American businessman. He is president of Henry Crown and Company, a private investment company. He is a director of JPMorgan Chase & Co., General Dynamics and Sara Lee as well as being the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Chicago. A member of Chicago's Crown family, James’ father is billionaire Lester Crown. He earned his BA from Hampshire College in 1976 and his law degree from Stanford in 1980. It is believed his family holds ownership in the following companies: Aspen Skiing Company.
Real Estate Picking Up? Aspen Property Managment
Posted on March 26th, 2011
Aspen Property Management
If the current employment market is a sign of the times, it looks like there will be more Aspen property management. Several of the bigger architectural firms in the Aspen area are hiring this spring.
The design firms of Poss Architecture and Planning, Harry Teague Architects, Cottle Carr Yaw Architects and Design Workshop have each hired additional employees in recent weeks. These companies each indicate that business is up this year and have new projects to design.
Poss Architecture said 2007 and 2008 were the best years in the companies 35-year history. They dont think business will get back to that level in the near future
Architectural firms are a good predictor for the construction industry. Their design projects equate to work for contractors and subcontractors a half a year or so later.
Poss Architects are designing a large hotel in North Carolina. This project was placed on hold during the recession. It is a good sign that the developers felt the economy improved enough so they can move ahead with the design.
Clients are looking for the best prices. Poss Architects has reduced its prices and at the same time reducing its costs. That resulted in laying off employees and reducing salaries for the remaining staff. Aspen property management companies are also optimistic.
Poss Architects has already hired additional staff. At its peak Poss employed 56 people. Then it went down to 22 people and is currently back to 30 employees.
Harry Teague Architects, who does not do Aspen property management, has also had his firm shrink and grow over the years. Employees would sometimes go from one firm to another depending on who had work at the time.
This tim, however business fell off for almost all of the architectural companies at the same time.
Teague Archtiects is also picking up this year. His firm has hired four people, an increase of 50%.
Cottle Carr Yaw Architects added four employees. Aspen property management is not in their scope of work. They had 38 employees in 2008. They are now back up to about 20 employees.
Design Workshop has hired 4 new employees.
Lets all hope for the best in the near future.
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The State Of Aspen Real Estate
Posted on February 14th, 2011
Aspen Real Estate
The real estate market in the upper Roaring Fork Valley showed some signs of recovery in 2010, but a lack of improvement over 2009 would have been a disaster since 2009 was so bad.
The dollar volume of all Aspen real estate sales in Pitkin County increased 17.75 percent in 2010 to $1.26 billion, up from $1.07 billion in the prior year, according to research by Land Title Guarantee Co. But the number of transactions countywide fell almost 2 percent in 2010 from 2009. It was the fourth straight year of fewer sales.
High-end buyers are driving the improvement in the Aspen real estate market. Sales of condominiums and single family homes in Aspen through the Multiple Listing Service used by real estate agents was up 15 percent in 2010 over 2009. However, the sale price per square foot continued to decline while the average number of days on market continued to increase.
Recovery is coming slower to the midvalley real estate market, according to multiple real estate agents. A flood of inventory and low prices have started to spur buyers interest. Activity should increase in 2011, particularly on properties priced below $500,000.
Foreclosures and bank-owned sales continue to influence the midvalley market. There have been about 110 foreclosures initiated in the Basalt zip code since the effects of the recession were felt in early 2009, according to the Eagle County Public Trustees web site. Roughly one-third of those foreclosures were withdrawn, indicating the lender and borrower worked out a solution. Roughly another third were resolved by foreclosure sale or were deeded to the lender. The remaining third are pending or are held up by bankruptcy of the borrowers.
The foreclosure sales are one factor that make it hard to determine whether midvalley prices have bottomed out.
The flood of homes on the market in recent years has slowed the construction of new homes to a trickle. Some local contractors have disappeared; others have expanded their services to survive.
David Brown, owner of High Con Inc., a 24-year-old firm that pours concrete foundations, sidewalks and driveways, said 2007 was one of his busiest years ever. He specializes in custom homes and also does commercial buildings. Work fell off drastically for the next three years, 2008-10, but he was positioned to weather the recession, in large part because he paid off debt and replaced equipment when times were good.
If something like this would have hit me in my first 10 years, I probably wouldnt have survived it, Brown said.
The recession forced him to lay off about 20 percent of his crew and cut pay 5 percent across the board. The belt-tightening paid off. Activity has picked up in 2011 and High Con is now working two big jobs on large custom homes and two smaller jobs. Brown said he is confident he will have plenty of work into the summer and, signs indicate, beyond. This years looking better, he said.
He has hired five workers in the last 30 days and is up to a crew of 27 compared to 18 one year ago.
He is accustomed to earning jobs through strong relationships with contractors and his firms reputation for high-quality work. Now, bottom-dollar bids are required because so many companies are competing for so few jobs.
Statistics from the city of Aspen building department confirm that point. There were roughly the same number of city-issued building permits in 2009 and 2010, but the median and average value of projects was drastically lower last year.
The total estimated value of the permitted work in 2009 was $101.31 million, compared to $96.23 million last year, according to the building department. The average value per permit was $113,743 in 2010.
This is the lowest average permit value that weve been able to quantify since 2003, said Stephen Kanipe, chief building official for the city of Aspen.
In 2007, during the boom years, the average permit value was nearly $800,000. In 2009, the average permit had a value of $375,223.
The median value of permitted work was $9,000 last year compared to $35,155 in 2009, the citys data shows.
What the statistics suggest, Kanipe said, is homeowners and commercial building owners are being cautious with their money.
People are still using Aspen property management companies.
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Aspen Real Estate Improves In 2010
Posted on February 5th, 2011
Aspen Real EstateIt wasnt the glory days of a few years ago, but Aspen real estate sales activity signaled a rebound in 2010, a new report shows.
The total dollar volume of Aspen real estate sales in Pitkin County was $1.26 billion for an increase of nearly 18 percent over recession-ravaged 2009, according to a year-end report issued this week by Land Title Guarantee Co.
The prior year topped out at sales of $1.07 billion. In 2008, when the recession struck, sales were $1.37 billion.
The last three years were in contrast to the boom in the market during the middle of the prior decade. Aspen real estate sales volume peaked in 2006 at $2.64 billion.
There were 689 total transactions in the county in 2010, a decrease of 2 percent from the prior year, the report said.
The average sale price for single family homes in 2010 was $4.34 million. That was a decrease of 11 percent from $4.90 million in 2009, Land Title Guarantee Co. said.
The average median price of single-family home sales increased 1 percent to $3.18 million.
The real estate market ended up on a roll in the fourth quarter of 2010. Sales were up 56 percent in October, 45 percent in November and 54 percent in December. For the year, dollar volume was up in eight out of the 12 months.
In Garfield County, the dollar volume for 2010 was $248.88 million. That was an increase of 5.5 percent over 2009. The number of transactions in Garfield County in 2010 was 699, an increase of almost 11 percent from the prior year.
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Wanna Buy Beatles Real Estate In Aspen?
Posted on January 16th, 2011
Aspen Real Estate
Ringo Starr is selling his Aspen, Colorado real estate that he has been enjoying for more than 20 years. This includes a three-bedroom, 3,200 sq. ft. home with 16 acres. It is listed for sale for a mere $4,500,000.
Ringo Starr was the drummer in the Beatles. He and his wife, Barbara Bach, bought the this Aspen real estate in 1991. The home was built in 1987. It is on the Roaring Fork River a few miles outside of downtown Aspen.
There are other high profile people that have homes nearby including Don Henley of the Eagles, musician John Oates of Hall and Oates, actor Don Johnson, the late Ed Bradley, and former U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
The home is not going to be publically listed but will be available by word of mouth to qualified buyers.
The home sits on the river and with 16 acres has a ranch like feeling.
Aspen Real Estate Ringo Starr home
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So, How Was Aspen Real Estate In 2010?
Posted on January 2nd, 2011
Aspen Real Estate Property Management
The real estate market across the US didnt do so great in 2010. But Aspen, thats another story. We continue to make headlines for the Aspen real estate market not only for high end sales, but for other news as well.
Two of the most expensive custom homes sold in Aspens history this year. A West Buttermilk property was sold in October for $31.5 million. In addition hedge fund manager John A. Paulson bought a luxury home on McLain Flats Road for $24.5 million. Paulson is a billionaire who made his money betting against the subprime mortgage sector. You may have seen a segment about him on 60 Minutes. He was also named in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against Goldman Sachs.
The sale of this Aspen real estate was publicized when a local news website originally stated that the former U.S. Treasury secretary Henry Paulson bought the McLain Flats estate. Then as things often happen in the news world, that erroneous story was reported by Huffington Post and many other websites.
Sales of high end Aspen real estate sales were one of the dominant trends in 2010. There were several high end sales in addition to the McClain Flats deal that sold before the end of the year.
There were also real estate auctions that took place in 2010. Not all of them were successful. The properties that were successful included Aspens Stage 3 theater property which sold for $3.6 million and a 530 acre Rifle ranch which was subdivided into 14 separate parcels. There was a luxury home at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale that did not sell at its auction.
A Main Street Victorian home that was unoccupied for years because of a family disagreement may be turned into an employee housing project. Two sisters-in-law each owned half the house. This was an interesting situation. There was a for sale sign on the property and at the same time a sign in the window of the home stating that one half of the property was not for sale. The two sisters finally resolved their differences. Then a developer bought both interests for $1,900,000 and would like to build affordable housing on the property.
There is now another luxury home getting ready to be auctioned this month. It also happens to be off of McClain Flats Road. It has previously been on the market for almost $14,000,000. It was built as a spec home. The advertisements state that there is no minimum bid. But what they dont talk about is whether or not there is a reserve price. If there is a reserve then buyers can bid any price they want however the low bidder is not guaranteed to own the home if the reserve (minimum acceptable) price is not met.
What do you think about the auction process? Should you even make the effort if there is no reserve price?
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More Downtown Aspen Real Estate Purchased
Posted on December 17th, 2010
Aspen real estate
Two pieces of Aspen real estate in downtown Aspen which includes consignment shop Susies Limited and the adjacent property were purchased by developer Greg Hills Austin Lawrence Partners.
Austin Lawrence Partners consists of Greg Hills and wife Jane Hills. They bought 623 E. Hopkins Ave. in November for $2.5 million. Three buildings sit on the property, including Susies, a hair salon, and Susies on the Alley. Susies owner Susan Harvey has had the consignment shop for 20 years.
In September, Austin Lawrence Partners bought 205 S. Spring St. That is the corner lot next to Susies where the Victorian house sits. For almost 40 years the house belonged to William R. Adam Walton. He passed away in 2009, leading the Hills to buy the house from his estate for $4.6 million. They have bought several parcels of downtown Aspen real estate in the last few years.
The Hills now own half of the 600 block of East Hopkins Avenue.
Im not trying to be evasive but Im not sure, Hills said regarding future plans. Austin Lawrence Partners real estate projects include the Conner Cabins a block away and the Crandall Building which is on the corner of Spring Street and Hyman Avenue. This building is being renovated and will include a third floor condominium.
We bought these as investments we like the historic nature of the properties, Hills said of the latest purchases.
Hills said he would keep in place the two years that Susies has remaining on the lease with the previous landowner.
We always try to work with the existing people and figure out what their goals are, Hills said.
The historic home is presently undergoing a remodel with an upgrade to the electrical systems, kitchen and interior walls. The home is going to be rented out to family when the renovation is finished.
Both properties are in the C-1 zone district. This means that there is potential for more commercial and residential development. Austin Lawrence Partners might consider an Aspen real estate expansion to the Walton house, or maybe a project that uses both properties. That would be similar to the Conner Cabins project on Hopkins Avenue. Here existing structures share the lots with new development of up to 2,500 square feet per lot.
We like the combo of the two properties, Hills said. We want to re-energize that corner. Theres going to be a lot of activity at that end of town.
Hills referred to the Aspen Art Museum development a block away, and his Crandall Building project, which has the same alley as the Hopkins Avenue properties. With the consolidated ownership in the alley, Hills said they will look at the alley commercial concept that the city would like to see for retail mixture.
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Another 8 Figure Purcahse Of Aspen Real Estate
Posted on December 9th, 2010
Aspen Real Estate
The Crowns from Chicago have closed on the 42 acre Moore property at a price of $13 million.
This piece of Aspen real estate is located on Maroon Creek Rd. on the right as you are going up to the Aspen Rec Center. It is one of the largest pieces of land in Aspen that has development potential.
This acreage was the home for many years of Alberta Moore. The Moores are one of Aspens old ranching families. The property is accessed from Maroon Creek Road across from the high school football field. It currently has one home built on this great piece of Aspen Real Estate.
The Crown family owns the Aspen Skiing Company. They also have hotels, sports teams and are owners in JPMorgan Chase and the government defense contractor General Dynamics. The sale of this property closed on Nov. 22 in the name of S&J Investments, LLC, according to the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorders Office.
The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation was also trying to purchase the property for a continuing care retirement facility for housing and health care for Aspens senior population.
The Aspen Valley Medical Foundation offered $12 million to the Moore family but it was already under contract.
This valuable Aspen real estate also garnished interest from Aspen Country Day School, the citys open space program and several other groups. Tom Moore had been presented with six legitimate offers for the property.
Jim Crown, Steven Crown, William Crown are on the title. Jim Crown is involved in the Aspen Ski Company. He is brother to Steven Crown. William Crown is Jims cousin.
The Crowns bought the land for themselves and not for the Aspen Ski Company. David Bellack said I think they are going to study all their options, Bellack said, when asked what the Crowns intend to do with the property. Its a beautiful, unique piece of property Its the last large piece of property in town They are in Aspen for the long term and looked at it as a one-of-a-kind opportunity.
The Crowns also own other real homes in the Aspen area.
NO, and you can bet your ass dozens of her friends are there on the gratis of the government also.
Oops ... meant to excerpt just the last paragraph.
Begs the question:
Vacation from WHAT?
Better check the local seismometers.
Right on, maggief, GF!
I’m so sick of those peeps I could spit nails!
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