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Aspen Market Takes a Tumble

The 2008 numbers are in, and Pitkin County – the bellwether market for high-profile, high-dollar real estate in the Colorado Rockies – has gone downhill. Dollar volume? Down 46 percent from 2007. Real estate transactions? Off 40 percent.

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Topics, West

Jeff Gordon to Sell Aspen Ranch?

The Aspen Times is reporting that four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon is under contract to sell his 2,000-acre Aspen ranch. The buyer? John MacDonald, a Dallas developer who created the Dallas National Golf Club. According to the report in the

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Golf, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

Forest Service Paving the Way for Plum Creek?

The nation’s largest landowner may be getting a last-minute, going-away gift from the Bush Administration. The Forest Service may amend existing easements, a step that would allow Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) to pave roads through USFS land.  Such a move would facilitate an

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, West

Plum Creek Completes First Phase of $150 Million Montana Timber Sale

The nation’s large private landowner — Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) — took the initial step towards completing the sale of an estimated 130,000 acres of Montana forestlands last week. In the first step of a three phase plan, the company received

Posted in Conservation, Equities, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

More Details Emerge on the Crested Butte Mountain Resort Sale

Last Friday’s sale of Colorado’s Crested Butte Ski Resort, part of a three-ski-area package acquired by CNL Lifestyle Properties from Triple Peaks LLC for $132 million, marks the second change in ownership for the Gunnison County landmark in less than five years.

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Golf, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

Resilient Montanans Rally Around Timber

Worthwhile read in the New York Times today by Kirk Johnson for the National Desk. The focus of the article is less about timber or timberland as an investment and more about the Montana logging communities whose lifeblood has been altered by

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

CNL Lifestyle Properties to Pay $132 Million for Crested Butte, Okemo, and Mount Sunapee

CNL Lifestyle Properties, an Orlando-based real-estate investment trust (REIT) will announce today that it is acquiring Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado (pictured), Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont, and Mount Sunapee Ski Resport in New Hampshire from Triple Peaks LLC

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Posted in Feature, Golf, News Desk, Northeast, Recreation, Regional News, South, Topics, West

More Coverage on the Yellowstone Club Bankruptcy Case

It wasn’t two years ago that every media outlet known to man was clamoring over one another to give more column inches to the biggest, gawdiest monstrosity in the West: the Yellowstone Club’s record-breaking $155-million home. Though we’ve banged the drum

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Posted in Feature, Golf, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, West

For Sale: Colorado’s Hunt Ranch Back on Market for $30,000 Per Acre / $17 Million

In a surprising turn of events that is the norm in real estate development, the investment group that paid $8 million for an historic cattle ranch downvalley from Aspen was denied crucial development rights by Garfield County. Hunt Ranch LLC had applied to develop

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Equestrian, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

Pinon Canyon: “One Colossal Land Grab”

Folks in Southern Colorado don’t trust the Army. And with good reason. In 1983, when the Department of Defense established the 500-square-mile Pinon Canon Maneuver Site (PCMS), the Army acquired almost half the 285,000 acres by using eminent domain. It

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Posted in 2008 Fall, Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

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