The Best Ways to Explore Homes from Your Home

Posted on March 25, 2020 by emilee kelloff

With 4.13 billion internet users worldwide, there is no doubt the internet dominates our everyday life, our business functions and even our free time. We rely on the internet and technology for almost everything we do, including making our businesses stronger and more effective. Sotheby’s International Realty is leading the front on incorporating modern technology and the convenience of the internet into the real estate business. With features like Virtual Experiences, Curate and branded social media platforms, Sotheby’s International Realty gives brokers and affiliates the opportunity to be top of mind and top of feed. While people are browsing the internet for real estate, they are taking part in a unique, branded experience that guides and elevates their search. 

Virtual Experience

Sotheby’s International Realty gives anyone the opportunity to fully experience a property on any device with Matterport, an all-in-one 3D data platform. Using Matterport, brokers have the opportunity to create ‘virtual twins’ of a property, giving potential buyers a one of a kind experience. With a few shots, a broker can create a virtual tour of a house, a dollhouse view of the house, its floor plans and allow viewers to measure anything in the house. Matterport allows viewers to see and get a feel for a house without having to step a foot in it. 

 

Social Media

From Sotheby’s International Realty verified social platforms, to paid social media advertisements and our own curated Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty pages, meeting clients on their feeds is our specialty. With one billion monthly users on Instagram and 2.37 billion monthly users on Facebook, it is imperative to have an active and engaging presence on social media. Our properties are featured on the Sotheby’s International Realty social pages, which have 96K followers on Facebook, 258K followers on Instagram and similar numbers on Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and their podcast. Our exposure is increased almost monthly thanks to these features. Other features like affiliate takeovers allow us to engage audiences across the world while still staying relevant to our audiences at home.

Curate

Showing a property with no furniture in the rooms or pictures on the walls makes it hard for a client to imagine themselves in the house. In comes Curate, an immersive augmented reality app that allows users to stage the home and curate their experience. Brokers can stage the home in many different styles to show versatility and clients can pick pieces based on their style to really imagine themselves in the spaces. Home buyers even have the option to pick furniture through the app, allowing them to put the whole space together on the app before buying a single thing. The days of guessing and stretching your imagination are over. Put the entire picture together with Curate. 

To watch Curate in action, click here. 

We strive to take advantage of all the internet offers. Meeting home buyers where they are - in their feeds, their mailboxes and their smartphones – allows us to create a unique and effective experience for all potential buyers and sellers alike. Platforms like Virtual Experience, Social Media and Curate are a few examples of how Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty seeks new and innovative opportunities to be the best at helping our clients.

 

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5 Interior Design Trends For 2020

Posted on February 19, 2020 by Katie Shapiro

With a new year underway, many of the interior design trends that have had a strong footprint in the Roaring Fork Valley in the recent past — think mountain modern and monochromatic grey on grey palettes — are already on their way out. And while many of us are still focused on New Year’s resolutions dedicated to personal refreshes, the dawn of a new decade is also the perfect time to consider updating your home. Whether you’re contemplating a one room revamp or embarking on a new property project, we tapped five of the leading local interior design experts to share what’s caught their eye most and what clients are asking for in 2020:

 

OPEN FLOOR PLANS, WARMER TONES

Kristin Dittmar Doremus

Kristin Dittmar Design

Courtesy Kristin Dittmar Design

The main changing trend I’m seeing is adding shades of brown. As a designer, I am seeing that more people are interested in warmer tones and a beige/brown finish provides comfort and coziness to a home. Especially looking at flooring, a natural wood finish is just so beautiful and adds warmth to a home. Clients tend to like open floor plans; we have been remodeling a lot of homes and an open floor plan is almost a must. I think people like it because it makes a home more welcoming. Instead of each room being designed for a single task, these spaces are now used for multiple activities and users are able spend time together as a family and entertain guests. 616 E. Hyman Ave., Suite 201, Aspen, 970.300.4688, KristinDittmarDesign.com

 

IN-HOME SPAS

Luis Menendez

Menendez Architects

Luis Menendez Architecture: Photo by Patricia Martinez Arquitetura

We have been getting more requests from clients for amenities usually found in spas. The requests are an extension of current lifestyle choices that have a greater focus on health and wellness. Our approach to meeting these new found interests is multifaceted and the features we are incorporating in many of the new projects take different forms. Many of our designs now contain a fitness room that accommodates a variety of exercise equipment and space for yoga. Dedicated massage rooms, designed to enhance a relaxing experience, allows for a getaway within the home. While steam rooms are still the preferred sauna type in our environment, dry heat saunas are making a comeback and we have incorporated them in two recent projects. Indoor swimming pools and indoor multi-person whirlpools are also popular, along with cold plunge pools. Indoor air quality is also essential to enhancing the wellness aspect of the interiors. Selecting finishes and furnishings made of natural materials with low VOC finishes is critical to preserving the air quality. To further enhance the air quality at our high altitude, there is now the option of using central oxygen delivery systems. Blackout shades to promote better and longer sleep are the new standard in every bedroom. 715 W. Main St., Suite 104, Aspen, 970.544.4851, MenendezArchitects.com 

 

FUN WITH WALLPAPER

Denise Taylor

Cathers Home

 

Courtesy Cathers Home

Each space we design is unique and personal to each client. We love getting to know our clients and helping their mountain home come to life. An interior design trend we are having fun with is the addition of wallpaper in spaces to add visual interest, layer in texture and be playful in the space. The wallpaper we all remember growing up has been replaced with inspiring designs and textures. The wallpaper of yesteryear was a commitment that was very hard to remove if you got tired of the design and pattern. Now, Benjamin Moore has a new primer that makes wallpaper easy to remove should you decide to change the design or function of a space, thus making the wallpaper experience way more fun. 530 Basalt Ave., Basalt, 970.927.6556, CathersHome.com

 

EUROPEAN MODERN

Kim Raymond

Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors

 

Courtesy Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors

We at Kim Raymond Architecture + Interiors see a turning towards the modern looks that are coming from Europe. Sleek, high performance kitchens; modern furniture that is comfortable to sit on, not just cool to look at in photographs; and amazing light fixtures. Our clients are embracing the idea that lights are the “jewelry of the home” and manufacturers are providing a vast array of interesting options. The materials and colors are being mixed more now than ever. We see two and even three metals combined gracefully into one fixture as designers are getting more bold in their use of materials. 418 E. Cooper Ave., Suite 201, Aspen, 970.925.2252, KimRaymondArchitects.com

 

INDOOR-OUTDOOR CONNECTION 

John Rowland + Sarah Broughton

Rowland + Broughton

 

Courtesy Rowland + Broughton

Search “biophilia” and you’ll find references as far afield as Icelandic singer Björk’s album by that name, exploring the links between nature, music, and technology. Go deeper, and you’ll discover that psychoanalyst Erich Fromm popularized the term in the 1960s, coining “bio,” meaning “life” and “philia,” meaning “friendly feeling toward,” to describe the biological drive toward self-preservation. In the late 1970s, American biologist Edward O. Wilson expanded on the meaning, using it to describe “the rich natural pleasure that comes from being surrounded by living organisms.” Now you’ll find explanations and ruminations about biophilia as it relates to architecture and interior design today. Design firms worldwide, including Rowland + Broughton, are emphasizing the importance of connecting with the natural environment in their work. Encouraging personal well being by strengthening the indoor-outdoor connection in homes has become second nature, shall we say. Establishing an environment that is pleasing to the eye, soothing to the psyche, and physically comforting. As a concept, biophilic design may incorporate numerous elements and practices, such as: 

  • Providing direct connections to the outdoors via panoramic bifold door systems, terraces and decks
  • Encouraging natural light through well-positioned windows, doors and skylights
  • Utilizing natural materials, finishes and furnishings
  • Incorporating the element of water by integrating natural streams or ponds, or designing water features and/or pools
  • Incorporating the warming element of fire with the addition of fireplaces or firepits
  • Creating abundant green areas, such as outdoor gardens and greenhouses or indoor living walls

The end result; healthy lifestyles, nurturing environments. 500 W. Main St., Aspen, 970.544.9006, RowlandandBroughton.com

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Mastering Mega-Remakes

Posted on January 13, 2020 by Katie Shapiro

Mega spec homes — large projects primarily built by developers for immediate resale—have everything…except buyers. While the Aspen Snowmass market outperformed 2018 in terms of sales volume by 5% in 2019, the supply for high-end luxury homes valued at over $10 million has reached a six year supply at the current absorption rate. 

 

Instead, new buyers of homes falling into the 10,000 square foot plus range are tackling large-scale residential renovations as an often less expensive and more customizable workaround. Enter Pembrooke & Ives, the Manhattan based interior design firm that specializes in overhauling massive residences into bespoke multigenerational secondary homes.

We talked to Francis Nicdao, one of Pembrooke & Ives’ design directors, to see how the firm approaches such mammoth remakes, two of which were recently completed nearby.

What is the typical timeline for projects of this scale?

Pre-construction is usually six months, with anywhere between 18 to 24 months of construction.

Outdoor sofas and dining table by David Sutherland; chairs by Janus et Cie.
Photo credit: JC Buck

Where do you begin with the renovation process?

Both of these homes were renovations for new buyers. In approaching the design process at this scale, it is really important to understand how the client wants to use the house, their lifestyle and their overall wish list. We also examine how they are currently living in their existing home(s) and start the personalization process from there. 

The living room features a Ferrell Mittman sofa and lounge chairs, custom coffee table by Pembrooke & Ives), Hudson Furniture nickel side table, and sculptures by Fernando Botero.
Photo credit: David Marlow

What interior strategy is essential when sourcing accessories and furniture?


Scale is critical. You need furniture that does not feel dwarfed by the architecture. Oftentimes, in these cases, bigger is better. Aspen lends itself to furniture that has texture and that is made from natural materials used in a modern application. Because there is such an indoor-outdoor connection in these homes, we also have to be sensitive to the fact that the home will feel different in the summer versus the winter, and that the furniture and finishes should feel relevant and appropriate in all seasons.

Kelly Wearstler custom chairs accent the dining room and surround a custom dining table by Pembrooke & Ives. 
Photo credit: JC Buck

What do you love most about working on homes in Aspen?

It’s such a special place, and the view of Aspen Mountain from both homes on Red Mountain is spectacular. Working in this setting is an exciting challenge for us; with a large focus of our business on urban residences and buildings, it is a great opportunity to be able to infuse our style and expertise into a mountain-specific home. We also always appreciate working alongside the local contractors and architects here who we have found to be incredibly professional and proficient.What was the inspiration behind each project?

Cobalt Mark Albrecht pendents accent a Kenya black stone bar and backsplash. 
Photo credit: JC Buck

Willoughby Way (nine bedrooms, 20,000 square feet) was for a couple who live in a formal, more traditional way. They wanted a contemporary design that felt glamorous, and we wanted to pay respect to the architecture by using clean lines and very luxurious materials. We used a beautiful onyx stone throughout, alongside warmer tones of wood and metal, and soft lighting to create more intimate spaces. The home is both comfortable and elegant, with layers of materials and textures that give it a certain richness.

 The master bathroom tub was crafted from polished Taj Mahal stone. 
Photo credit: JC Buck

Aspen Modern (four levels, 14,000 square feet, sleeps 28) was for a young family that loves to entertain in a more casual way. They wanted every space to feel comfortable and easy to live in. We really stripped everything back and installed larger windows to take in the expansive views. We used what would traditionally be used in mountain homes, but in a more refined and tailored fashion. The thoughtful juxtaposition of materials was also crucial—using chiseled stone against polished marble. Natural materials like the stone and wood beams brings an element of the outdoors in, but the strong geometry and clean lines keeps it modern. 

 

A custom bed by Pembrooke & Ives in the guest master bedroom sits next to the existing fireplace. 
Photo credit: JC Buck

This feature originally appeared in the Holiday Issue of Aspen Magazine. Pick up a copy around town, find it online at mlaspen.com, and follow socially @aspenmagazine.

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Give The Gift Of Restoration Hardware

Posted on December 16, 2019 by Katie Shapiro

If you receive mail in the Roaring Fork Valley whether at home or at your neighborhood post office, you might have received Restoration Hardware’s new RH Ski House catalogue by now. Thanks to an inspiring collaboration between Sotheby’s International Realty and the high-end home furnishings company, it likely came compliments of your favorite local broker thanking you for being a top client.

“A curator of design, taste and style, RH elevates the way people think about and furnish their homes,” shared Isadora Badi, Sotheby’s International Realty’s Vice President of Global Marketing. “Together, Sotheby’s International Realty and RH have partnered to enhance access to RH products and its modern design services.”

With the mailing serving as the official introduction of the SIR x RH collaboration, clients will soon also have the option to sign up through Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty brokers for an annual membership along with invite-only access to Sotheby's International Realty events at RH stores across North America. Brokers will also have the ability to purchase client gift memberships at a discounted rate of $80.

While all of RH’s Design Galleries (there are close to 50 stores in the United States and Canada) are open to the public, the RH Members Program offers a multitude of benefits. For $100 per year, RH Members receive:

  • 25% Savings on all full-priced items
  • Additional 20% savings on all sale items
  • Complimentary services with RH Interior Design
  • Concierge service to manage your orders
  • Preferred financing with the RH Credit Card (subject to approval)
  • Early access to clearance events

So whether you have an entire new ski house of your own to furnish or simply want to spruce up the space you’re currently in, now is the perfect time to give the gift of Restoration Hardware. Whether it’s through a gift card, annual membership card, or personal product pick, there is something for everyone. To help you narrow it down, we’ve selected the most swoon-worthy items from RH Ski House — a companion publication to its big, beloved RH Source Books sent throughout the year; also available online and via its mobile app.

 

THE YETI SHEEPSKIN CUSTOMIZABLE SECTIONAL

$3695-$9995 REGULAR / $2771-$7496 MEMBER

ULTIMATE FAUX FUR THROW

$209 REGULAR / $156 MEMBER

 

SOREN HAIR-ON-HIDE CHAIR

$1995 REGULAR / $1496 MEMBER

 

ASPEN STYLE

$85 REGULAR / $63 MEMBER

 

TETON MERINO WOOL PILLOWS

FROM $129 REGULAR / FROM $96 MEMBER

 

And if your travel plans find you in Denver this month, you can shop the stunning store in Cherry Creek North in person and meet with one of the experts on the RH Design Team.

RH DENVER

The Gallery at Cherry Creek Shopping Center

2900 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Hours: Sunday (12pm-6pm), Saturday (10am-7pm), Monday-Friday (10am-8pm)

Phone: 303-331-1938

Email: denver@rh.com

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The 2019/2020 ski season is so close we can hardly stand it! Aspen and Snowmass open on Thursday, November 28 and Highlands and Buttermilk open on December 7. With more than one million photos tagged #aspen on Instagram and innumerable international media outlets also circulating editors’ picks around the Internet, pre-planning to make the most of your time in Aspen/Snowmass and the Roaring Fork Valley is a daunting challenge.

Enter Aspen Bucket List — an Instagram account curated by an Aspen native, who’s called the Roaring Fork Valley home their entire life. While we can’t reveal their identity, they launched @aspenbucketlist on June 1, 2017 and have since amassed 26,000 followers for stunning photography, insider pro-tips, local knowledge, exclusive partner offers, and more.

Powered by Bucket Listers, a national network of city guides around the world, its local account manager is a friend of founder and CEO Andy Lederman, who started the digital company in Chicago in 2016. Self-described as “the world’s largest adventure club,” each city’s official Bucket List is compiled with reliable, bucket list-worthy events and experiences that admins personally experience to give their stamp of approval. This strategy has garnered 10 million explorers that now follow their lead in more than 15 cities through social media, online, and email newsletters to take their own adventures.

So to help you narrow down your itinerary for the season ahead, we turned to Aspen Bucket List to share their top 10 picks for the ultimate winter in Aspen. And if you’re not already following, find Aspen Bucket List on Instagram @aspebucketlist and tag them in your posts for a chance to be featured using #aspenbucketlist.

1. Ski Highland Bowl

For anyone who's a good enough skier or snowboarder, a powder day Bowl lap (or three) is a must. aspensnowmass.com

2. Winter X Games

Attending X Games or just being in town during the long-running annual competition is a definite winter Bucket List event to attend. The energy around town is infectious. Aspen is alive with extreme things to do around every corner — from seeing live music slopeside to parties celebrating athletes at the Sundeck to watching the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe live (an Aspen Bucket List personal favorite). xgames.com

3. Uphill Traffic

Skinning, aka “uphilling,” at any of the four mountains on an early morning or late afternoon is so fun and gratifying. Start with Tiehack on Buttermilk and progress from there. Dinners at the Cliffhouse on top of Buttermilk are an added bonus and happen periodically throughout the winter on full moon nights. aspensnowmass.com

4. Hike to Weller Lake

Drive to the bottom of Independence Pass and hike with your favorite pal or pet up the road to the Weller Lake trail. Go up to the lake and back while enjoying all of the beauty and serenity that Indy Pass has to offer during the winter months. independentpass.org

5. Snowmobile to the Maroon Bells

You absolutely can't beat the Bells in the winter. Ask a buddy with a sled or book a guided tour with TLazy7 to see the spectacular views without the crowds. tlazy7.com

6. Dine at Pine Creek Cookhouse

This experience is nothing short of incredible. Cross-country ski, walk, snowshoe, or ride a horse-drawn carriage to the Pine Creek Cookhouse in Ashcroft — just about a 15 minute drive from downtown Aspen. Find 5-star everything from the food to the views to the service. And tell 'em @aspenbucketlist sent ya. pinecreekcookhouse.com

7. Aspen Powder Tours

Check out the backcountry terrain on the backside of Ajax and ski powder all day long via snowcat service. Great turns, good vibes, and a private experience that you'll never forget. aspensnowmass.com

8. Wintersköl 

Held January 9-12, 2020, this classic Aspen tradition turns downtown into a spirited celebration of the Nordic lifestyle with a parade, fireworks, ice sculpting, and more. aspenchamber.org

9. Dinner at Maru

There’s nothing like fresh sushi and hot saké after a long day in the mountains. Check out Maru, a locally owned hot spot with the highest quality ingredients in town. Chef Taylor Hale brings decades of experience and passion to his food set in a local’s atmosphere.  maruaspen.com

10. Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs

For a relaxing day off, or to warm up your bones after completing items #1 — #9 on our Aspen Bucket List, take a drive down to Carbondale and check out Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs. Rejuvenate the body in their private pools along the Crystal River. Differing temperatures provide everyone with a perfect place to decompress and soak in the views. Make sure to make a reservation. avalancheranch.com

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A Wonderful Winter Ahead At One Snowmass

Posted on October 16, 2019 by Katie Shapiro

After its much-anticipated and celebratory debut season last year, Snowmass Base Village is readying for another wonderful winter ahead with new happenings, restaurants, boutiques, and real estate opportunities.

At Aspen Skiing Company’s annual “Upload for the Download” summit in September, Skico executives and Town of Snowmass Village officials shared the successes from 2018/2019, highlighting the Ikon Pass as a driver of new visitors. The focus was on the ongoing development of SBV, which beginning in November, will officially welcome One Snowmass.

The two buildings (One Snowmass East and One Snowmass West) will be joined by an enclosed walkway that allows the buildings to essentially “live as one.” One Snowmass will also serve as the new arrival center for SBV, featuring a central check-in, hospitality welcome area, and transit center for the Roaring Fork Transit Authority. RFTA will add a free shuttle service to and from downtown Aspen with stops at Aspen Pitkin County Airport, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and more along the way.

One Snowmass’s partnership with Inspirato — a Denver-based global leader in luxury travel — is the first of its kind, combining Snowmass home ownership with access to its exclusive collection of private homes, hotels, resorts, and bespoke experiences around the world.

One Snowmass West

 One Snowmass West

Comprised of two-, three- and four-bedroom residences ranging in approximate size from 1,620 to 3,770 square feet, the 41 total units exude a mountain modern aesthetic with an emphasis on familiarity, comfort, and timelessness using details like high ceilings, rustic wood floors, warm textures, and carved accent tiles. A soon-to-be-announced fractional ownership program (1/15th interest) will be offered in One Snowmass East. Both new fractional and whole ownership buyers will also receive a five-year Inspirato Membership, which includes access to the in-house Inspirato Lounge on the ground floor of the building. Offering an exclusive, slopeside hangout, owners and Inspirato members can après-ski, mingle, and relax after a day on the mountain. A private fitness center and rooftop terrace with an infinity-edge spa and fire pits are also available to owners and renters.

With a bevy of additional benefits, we caught up with Andy Gunion, East West Partners managing partner for the Roaring Fork Valley, to break down the most commonly asked questions about SBV’s latest real estate offering for you:

  • Can I buy my residence furnished? One Snowmass will feature two model residences that are fully furnished and can be purchased at an additional cost of the furnishings. As most residence owners prefer to select their own furnishings, One Snowmass does not offer furniture packages, but we can connect you with designers who can help you complete your residence.
  • Can I rent my residence? Yes, you can rent your residence if you would like. The One Snowmass partnership with Inspirato offers world-class property management through Inspirato. In addition, Snowmass Mountain Lodging will be managing the HOA and offers a premier rental program.
  • Will One Snowmass be pet friendly? Absolutely. Residents at One Snowmass are allowed to have two pets. There are no restrictions on breeds, but all pets must be safe, and their existence cannot create a nuisance to other residents. Of course, you must be diligent about picking up after your pet.
  • Will there be charging stations available to charge my electric vehicle? Yes. The garage features charging stations that owners may utilize.
  • Where can I store my skis and boots? Owners will have access to a private ski locker room located on the second level in One Snowmass East. Each owner will have a locker for ski and boot storage.
  • What do you mean when you say One Snowmass is a healthy building? We partnered with Certified Healthy to ensure and validate that One Snowmass is a healthy and safe place to live. And we held ourselves to the highest standards for healthy design and construction. The LEED rating and certification system is the industry standard for environmentally sustainable building. This process offers third-party verification that One Snowmass has been designed and built using strategies aimed at reducing energy and water usage, promoting better indoor air quality and improving quality of life. One Snowmass is pursuing a Gold certification from LEED.
  • How do I get more acquainted with the HOA? Prior to closing, the HOA will offer a new resident orientation, where we will provide you with a homeowner handbook, which explains everything and includes a copy of the rules and regulations. Upon closing, you’ll begin to receive communications to keep you informed of upcoming meetings and other important events and information.
  • How much are the HOA dues? Current estimates indicate an average of $17 per square foot annually (including both One Snowmass and Base Village Master Association). This amount includes the annual allocation to reserves for long-term repair and replacement of common elements.
  • What will my HOA dues include? The HOA dues include all of the amenities and services in One Snowmass, including utilities: property insurance, engineering services, water, sewer, trash/recycling, gas, electrical services, snow removal, common area property maintenance and parking assessments from the Master Association.
  • What additional costs will I be responsible for as an owner? In addition to the individual HOA dues, each homeowner is responsible for their home’s phone, TV and internet access, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance for furniture, art or any residence upgrades performed by the homeowner after initial closing.
  • Who is handling the property management at One Snowmass? Snowmass Mountain Lodging will lead property management duties at One Snowmass. SML operates numerous other properties in the Base Village.
  • Who are the brokers representing One Snowmass? SV Real Estate LLC is the listing brokerage for One Snowmass representing the seller, but we work with all cooperating brokers, so you are welcome to have your own representative.

Snowmass Village - Base Village

Photo: Matt Hobbs

Perhaps the biggest draw is all of the action residents will find right outside their door. In addition to the interior completion of The Collective — a vibrant community hub with special events and an in-house bar and restaurant — the following amenities will round out the already-bustling SBV scene this season on the plaza level of One Snowmass:

  • JÜS Snowmass will open its second location (the first is in downtown Aspen), with hand-crafted cold-pressed juice blends, smoothies, and dairy-free drinks. The menu also includes healthy breakfast and lunch options.
  • A full-service salon and spa (TBA) will offer haircuts, manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, and high-end beauty products.
  • Locally beloved King Yoga reopens to the public offering daily yoga classes that combine healing practices with music to help students find balance between body and mind.
  • Eye Pieces, a Colorado-based optical boutique chain, offers everything from designer frames and prescription lenses to high-performance sports frames and goggles. 
  • The Snowmass Medical Care Clinic, open seven days a week, year-round, is available to locals and visitors alike as a walk-in facility owned, operated and billed as an outpatient department of Aspen Valley Hospital. 

Five whole ownership residences remain in One Snowmass West with One Snowmass East coming to market this winter. For advance sales opportunities or to take a tour, contact Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty at 970–925–6060. And for more information, visit allinsnowmass.com.

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Inside The Sky Residences at W Aspen

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Katie Shapiro

Welcome to altitude, W Hotels. Where the beloved Sky Hotel once stood, the just-opened W Aspen now marks the spot. And unlike its Kimpton predecessor, you can now call this piece of paradise a part-time home.

As part of W Hotels Worldwide’s first-ever North American alpine destination — the hotel group opened its first Mountain Escape property in Verbier, Switzerland in 2014 — The Sky Residences at W Aspen offer an exclusive shared real estate opportunity with 11 slopeside units. Upon its grand opening celebration in August, the inventory was already 40% sold, indicating a much-needed niche for fractional ownership.

Ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen Mountain is punctuated by a private, Residences-only roof deck with spa, lounge seating, BBQ grills, outdoor kitchen and fire pit, as well as on-property amenities including concierge, 24/7 security, in-residence dining, housekeeping, ski lockers, valet, and fitness center. W’s signature “Whatever/Whenever” service promise provides residents and hotel guests with “whatever they want, whenever they want it!”

 

The Sky Residences portfolio features five 2-bedrooms (approximately 1,567 square feet; starting in the mid-$500K price range) and six 3-bedrooms (approximately 1,993 square feet; starting in the $800K price range), available for a 1/10th shared ownership interest in real estate. Enjoy five weeks of usage — four of which are guaranteed Planned Vacation Weeks within the winter and summer (two weeks per season). The fifth week of ownership, Space Available Nights, can be either dedicated to the winter or summer season, depending upon ownership preference and availability.

“The Sky Residences at W Aspen feature compelling statements of space and design that defy expectations,” says R.J. Gallagher, Jr. of Forte Aspen, the agency managing sales. “It’s where an owner can get away from it all, while having it all. Effortless ownership, where quality time with family and friends is the only order of the day. And night.”

The building itself — Aspen’s first new luxury hotel in 25 years — was brought to life by locally-based architecture and design firm Rowland + Broughton, resulting in an environmentally sustainable, modern mountain chalet with long, sloping roof lines drawing inspiration from the Rocky Mountain landscape. W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen are owned and were co-developed by Washington, DC-based Northridge Capital (also owner of the Sky Hotel for 16 years), which financed the buildout and also tapped locally based Sarpa Development as a project partner. 

The W brand’s signature luxurious, energetic vibe interior was dreamt up by global interior design firm nemaworkshop that pays homage to Aspen’s storied inhabitants from the silver miners of the late 19th century to the swinging counterculture of the ‘60s and ‘70s to the current crop of globe-trotting billionaires.

Each of the W Aspen’s 11 Sky Residences exude a cozy warmth reminiscent of a Swiss chalet through the use of rustic wood finishes, sloped ceilings and fireplaces, complete with decor channeling Herbert Bayer, Thomas Benton, and the Ute Indian Tribe mixed with modern industrial touches and rich, ski-wear-inspired fabrics.

Gallagher adds, “This shared ownership opportunity offers a unique combination of the hip W brand and the prime Aspen location. All of these amenities right at an owner’s fingertips — in one of the greatest locations, in one of the most desirable towns in the world.

Additional owner benefits include access to the Living Room restaurant and bar, 39 Degrees (a nod to the Sky Hotel’s beloved lounge, and the WET Deck — an open-to-the-public rooftop bar with a pool, cabanas and hot tub. Already proven to be Aspen’s hottest new spot, there’s no closer commute home than to a Sky Residence of your very own.

For more information about The Sky Residences at W Aspen, or to take a tour contact Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty at 970–925–6060 or visit waspenskyresidences.com.

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Courtesy Forte Aspen
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A Reminder For Responsible Landscaping

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Katie Shapiro

As the Roaring Fork Valley’s vivid green surroundings turn to glowing gold in the coming month, residential, commercial and public space landscapes will face a transition, too, which require special attention to sustaining the season ahead.

While summer is notorious for seeing the biggest spike in construction activity, local development continues to increase year-round and a landscape ordinance recently implemented by Pitkin County and the City of Aspen has presented a new set of guidelines for home builders to keep in mind. An 18-month pilot phase began on June 22, 2017, and ended on December 31, 2018, with the Landscape Ordinance made official on January 1, 2019.

“The idea behind it is to restrict water use and through the program as a result, we’ve already seen how that is influencing landscape design. We are limited to a more drought-tolerant palate, which is a positive thing, but it’s restrictive,” says Christine Shine of Connect One Design, a conservation-minded landscape architecture firm with offices in Aspen and Basalt.

Connect One Design recently completed the Snowmass Roundabout, which was planned to include drought-tolerant, fire-wise plant varieties and materials. Photo credit: Dallas & Harris Photography

She adds, “More attention is being paid to planting and after last year’s [Lake Christine Fire], we’re designing specifically for wildfire risk. We are using FireWise materials and building roads more creatively for barriers. Codes have always been in place for this, but what happened here was a reality check and put it in the forefront for us.”

 Shine credits the Renewable Energy Mitigation Program (REMP)—a groundbreaking carbon fee program adopted in 2000 to mitigate the environmental impacts and greenhouse gases produced by large homes—as further support for local landscape architects to execute projects as efficiently and environmentally-friendly as possible.

Under REMP, which works with and supports the area nonprofit CORE, homeowners and commercial property owners who choose to install energy using systems such as snowmelt, outdoor pools, spas, or large square footage have the option of installing a renewable energy system on-site, or choosing a mitigation payment option instead. Installing solar photovoltaics (PV), solar water heating, or geothermal heat pump systems are examples of renewable energy projects that can earn on-site renewable credits toward REMP fees.

 The principals of Connect One Design have also developed a software program, The Plantium, to aid with plant selection, which largely helps with choosing species to help avoid properties like fruit-bearing (to prevent bear attraction) or identify FireWise and water-conscious varieties required per the new landscape ordinance.

 As far as how landscapes overall will fare this year, Shine explains, “Heavy snow coverage always relieves the possibility of plant material drying out due to a lack of coverage. In this year’s case, blooming was delayed due to late snow and coverage, which wasn’t necessarily the most positive outcome. The summer rains were more beneficial than the heavy snow season.”

 Here are her top three tips for late-summer season projects:

  • For planting itself, there is limited availability with varieties. Do your research before planting anything.
  • Let plants that you want to proliferate and spread go to seed.
  • Start composting in the fall for good soil health and cutback or leave plants for winter interest.

For more information on Connect One Design, visit connect1design.com.

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FIVE WAYS TO FOOD & WINE WITHOUT A PASS

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Katie Shapiro

The annual FOOD & WINE Classic (June 14-16) is undoubtedly Aspen’s tastiest… and toughest ticket of the summer. Now in its 37th year, more than 5,000 foodies will descend upon the downtown core to indulge in the three-day culinary celebration. The Grand Tasting Pavilion is the epicenter of the festival, with endless food and wine tastings, while lively cooking demonstrations, interactive seminars and panel discussions are held at additional venues. Snowmass Village plays host to a tour stop from Cochon555, an ongoing series of authentic, hyper-local food events in 15 cities across the country focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs. It is unaffiliated with the Classic, but is always a cornerstone of the weekend. The Food & Wine Classic pass has a $1,700 price tag and access is exclusive. But, if you’re a local sans pass or decide on a last-minute weekend getaway, you can still be a part of the action with open-to-the-public events added into the mix of other unofficial festivities. Here are five ways to Food & Wine without a pass:

Heitz Cellar Legacy Dinner

Friday, June 14, 7 p.m., Element 47 at The Little Nell

This evening brings a trio of wine industry titans together for a meal not-to-be-missed. It  includes the return of former Little Nell Wine Director Carlton McCoy, in his new role as the CEO of Heitz Cellar, joined by the estate’s winemaker, Brittany Sherwood. Together, they will guide guests on a journey through the decades of the classic wines of Heitz Legacy Collection and share details about the history of The Heitz Cellar, which was founded in 1961 by Joe Heitz whose objective was to make California’s most elegant, well balanced and pure Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines. The evening will be anchored by a seasonal tasting menu from Element 47’s executive chef Matt Zubrod. $1,200, thelittlenell.com

Rustic Grind  

Thursday, June 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m., Snowmass Base Village

The annual Snowmass Free Concert Series has again teamed up with Cochon555 for an ultimate al fresco evening on Fanny Hill to kick-off Food and Wine Classic festivities. Pairing musical guests SEE-I Reggae Funkmasters with culinary experiences curated by the dynamic team behind Heritage Fire. Nationally-acclaimed chefs along with local all-stars, Kyle Wilkins of Home Team BBQ and Michael Coco of Snowmass Tourism, will be loading up wood-fired grills with heritage breed sausages paired with artisanal wines and hand-crafted cocktails from El Tesoro Tequila and Courvoisier. $40 wristband (all-inclusive), free (music only), cochon555.com

 

Food & Wine Classic 5K

5K Charity Race 

Food & Wine Classic 5K Charity Race

Friday, June 14, 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., Rio Grande Park

Earn those extra calories for later during this early morning jaunt through downtown Aspen with your favorite foodies. Proceeds from registration benefit both the Jacques Pépin Foundation and Wholesome Wave, the national non-profit dedicated to supporting small and midsize farms, and making fresh, healthy, locally grown produce available to underserved communities. This year’s fun run is hosted by chefs Richard Blais, Stephanie Izard, and Michel Nischan. $35 (advance), $45 (on site), foodandwine.com

 

Heritage Fire

 Heritage Fire in Snowmass Village

Heritage Fire

Saturday, June 15, 4:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Snowmass Base Village

This epic live-fire feast showcases local pitmasters Andrew Helsley (Aspen Skiing Company), Jim Butchart (Aspen Skiing Company), Eddy Chimal (Venga Venga), Alberto Figueroa (Viceroy Snowmass), Kyle Wilkins (Home Team BBQ), Jason DeBacker (The Edge Restaurant) and Dan Foster (Westin Snowmass) along with more than 50 notable others chefs and butchers who go nose to tail on 3,500 pounds of heritage breed meats en plein-air with plenty of wine and cocktails to wash it all down. $150 (general admission), $200 (VIP), cochon555.com

Farewell Feast: Best New Restaurants

Sunday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Hotel Jerome

Each year, Food & Wine editors embark on an epic year-long road trip, traveling the country in search of America’s most exciting, important and delicious new restaurants. The July 2019 issue of Food & Wine officially reveals the exceptional list, but this culmination of the festival will welcome the winning chefs themselves to offer up a once-in-a-lifetime walk-around tasting for guests—all at the historic Hotel Jerome. $150, foodandwine.com

For the complete schedule, visit: classic.foodandwine.com and cochon555.com and follow all of the action on social media @foodandwine / #fwclassic and @cochon555 / #heritagefire. For lucky pass-holders, don’t forget to download the official Food & Wine Classic app to help you navigate the tents.

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Photographer: Jeremy Swanson

Spring has sprung, albeit in between bouts of snow, with May's flowers in full bloom. And if you stop to smell the roses around Aspen's downtown core, chances are the team behind Busy Beavers Gardening planted them.

Longtime locals Arabella Thoyts-Beavers and Jason Beavers co-founded their business more than 15 years ago and since then, have brought boundless beauty to the community through creative colorful, custom gardens large and small.

Their biggest undertaking is in the form of the famed "Living Wall" at The Little Nell, where Arabella also serves as the resident gardener. Now in its fifth season, the Beaver's are putting the finishing touches on the massive, poolside installation.

Born and raised in Great Britain, Arabella uses her background in traditional English gardening in the way she approaches every project. It was at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, which she attends every spring, where she originally learned about living walls. In 2014, she came back with an idea for The Little Nell to cover up its concrete façade.

Working with Botany Lane in Denver, Arabella and Jason oversee the growth of the flower and plant mural in six separate panels. Upon completion, it will be sent up to Aspen on a flatbed truck for the Busy Beavers Gardening team to carefully position the 24-by-6 foot work of art in place.

Each year, Arabella dreams up a different theme and this year, the Living Wall is a celebration of color as it mimics a rainbow. Officially titled "Over the Rainbow," Arabella explains, "The bands of colors arc just like a rainbow would. The design inspiration came from my love of color and one of my favorite contemporary artists, Zhuang Hong Yi, whose work I noticed in the Opera Gallery and immediately saw the next Living Wall in it. His portrayal and understanding of flowers and color are blended together to create incredible beauty."

“We will be using more dahlias that we have specially grown, as well as many popular Colorado natives such as the state flower, the columbine. We are also going to show a wonderful display of shade tolerant annuals such as begonias in our hillside shade gardens that will be just stunning," she adds.

The Art of The Garden

Courtesy: Rizzoli 

The Little Nell's marvelous gardens are just one of fifteen North American Relais & Châteaux properties featured in a recently published coffee table book, The Art of the Garden, by Rizzoli. The gorgeous collection of images, food and drink recipes and stories connects each chapter with its surroundings and is available in the Little Nell’s in-house boutique ($55).

"Jason and I and our entire team are so proud to work with The Little Nell — Simon Chen (General Manager) has encouraged us to look at new global ideas and innovation in gardening, enabling us to bring them to life in our little piece of paradise. I don't know any other ski town in the world that has world-class gardens like Aspen."

"Over the Rainbow" is slated to debut the week of June 3 when the surrounding gardens and new herbaceous border garden will also be in full bloom. Guided by Arabella herself, The Little Nell also hosts complimentary, weekly garden tours every Friday at 4:00 p.m. from June 21 through August 30 — the perfect way to inspire ideas for your own home.

Photographer: Steve Mundinger

Photographer: Steve Mundinger

Until then, we asked Arabella for her top 5 tips for home gardeners:

  1. SUN VS. SHADE

"Putting the right plants in the right aspect is essential. Always be aware of where the sun or shade lies around your garden and never put a sun-loving plant in a shady aspect or vice versa. The right plants thrive in the right place."

  1. SOLID SOIL

"It's key to have good soil amendments whether through composting or other organic materials like manure or sulfur. We are lucky to live in a region very rich in clay soil, which makes plants and flowers very happy, too!"

  1. WHEN TO WATER

"Be very mindful of the times of day when you are watering. With water becoming more scarce and with the danger of wildfire that we saw last season, always water in the early morning and late evening hours. And NEVER water during the middle of the day when the heat of the sun is the strongest. It causes the water to evaporate and can burn flowers and plants."

  1. PEAKING PLANTS

"Knowing the mature height of your plants before you plant them is important. You don't want to put plants that have the potential to be tall in the front and realize it when it's too late. Tier and layer your plants accordingly."

  1. GO ORGANIC

"Last and most important to us at Busy Beavers Gardening is being green. We are incredibly proud to be as organic as we possibly can. Chemical-based products like Roundup and pesticides should never be used in a garden … and just because a product claims it's innate doesn't mean it's not doing damage to the earth. Every time a chemical is put into the ground, there are serious repercussions for songbirds and animals and us. The fewer chemicals in our environment the better. Physically pulling weeds out of the ground is my philosophy! An amazing local resource is Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel, which has a huge selection of organic alternatives and super helpful staff to help you choose what's right for your garden."

 

For more information visit bbgaspen.com and thelittlenell.com.

 

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