Aspen is spiked with sensory overload. The region boasts a breathtaking panorama of majestic mountains, beautiful people, a cloudless cerulean sky, fresh air, and irresistible culinary flavors.
If you live or play in Aspen, there are plenty of practical reasons to make the 40 minute trip down valley to Glenwood Springs: cheaper gas prices, a trip to Target or Wal-Mart for an inexpensive kitchen appliance, or a hassle-free and scenic mode of transportation to Denver or points west via Amtrak’s famous “California Zephyr” as it winds through a breathtaking alpine landscape and remote mountain passes.
Practicality aside, visitors to Aspen will find ample reasons to visit Glenwood Springs other than shopping at a discounted big box retailer or a quick petro fill-up after getting off I-70.
Newsflash: Aspen, Colorado is expensive. As many ski vacationers discover whiling planning an Aspen winter getaway, cheap places to bunk up in America's priciest and poshest ski town are few and far between. Most vacationers cope with this bittersweet reality long before touching down at the Pitkin County Airport, usually while booking hotel or airline reservations. Nonetheless, the savvy and penny wise ski traveler may be surprised by the diverse array of relatively affordable hotels, motels, condos, and ski lodges for a comfortable, warm, and restful slumber. Like finding a fistful of quarters between sofa cushions, one just has to know where to look and book.
Aspen, Colorado Real Estate: Sold for $43,000,000 - A Private Red Mountain Residence Breaks Real Estate Records
A gloomy global economy has not deterred the purchase of a residence at the base of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado for a staggering $43,000,000.
Aspen-based real estate broker Jen Engel announced the closing of the purchase on Monday, July 13th via a press release and blog post. The sale was arranged and coordinated by Christie's Great Estates affiliate Joshua & Co. The 21,477 square foot estate is located on a 4.5 slender acres at 421 Willoughby Way on Red Mountain.
New this summer to the town of Basalt is the Basalt Sunday Market, modeled after similar events that have achieved a measure of success in Aspen and Carbondale in summers past. Running every Sunday rain or shine from June 21 to October 4, the Sunday Market takes over Midland Spur Road in downtown Basalt from 9 a.m.
There was a day when the town of “Aspen” as we know it was known as Ute City and the silver dynamited out of the hills was much more valuable than a timber and stone McMansion-lodge with alpine-views, Jacuzzis, and a heated driveway on Red Mountain. Aspen’s ski and tourism-era building boom has resulted in a plethora of development up and down the Roaring Fork Valley.
It doesn’t take much to picture the scene in office buildings around the country: talk of the latest basketball gossip over the water cooler while eager middle management overlords distribute Xeroxed brackets. The intern or mailroom clerks organizing company-wide betting pools.
The ballots for Aspen’s election have been cast, the weather is fair with daytime highs in the mid-60s, and a sizable portion of downtown looks like either a ghost town or an ominous industrial construction site. Nonetheless, there are still a myriad of reasons to make the trip to Aspen during the month of May, or at least what is left of it.