The Crested Butte Connoisseur November Edition

Happy Holidays Everyone!

May the joy of the Holiday Season be with you and your loved ones. I know I'm going to be enjoying my holiday as we have received over 48 inches of snow in the last week. Yep, I said it, over four feet of the most beautiful, dry and fluffy white stuff you can imagine. Who says we don't get snow? We received more than any of the major resorts in Colorado! Extremely cold nights, down to -10 degrees, have created the perfect environment to keep the powder in great shape for anyone who wants some. Our base is now over 50" so If you haven't made your plans to come to Crested Butte for the Holidays, do it now! Click here for current snow and weather reports.

Crested Butte Market Update

Moving right along toward year end totals we have sold another $8.16mil worth of condos and homes since my November edition. We have completed 202 transactions so far this year totaling $87,799,030 remaining at an average reduction off list of 9.5%. Another 32 properties are under contract totaling $15,080,049 so we have the potential to match or surpass last years totals. Median price has risen slightly to $320,000 from $275,000 last year and average reduction off list remains 2.5% lower.

With the onset of winter land sales have slowed producing only five additional closings since last edition with 58 transactions closed for the year worth $11,220,500. Five more parcels totaling $468,900 are under contract. 2011 experienced 55 land sales in the upper valley with a median price of only $82,000. With almost the exact same number of sales this year we managed to almost double the median price to $155,000.

Benson Sotheby's International Realty Update

I'm very pleased to announce we are moving to our new location at 401 Elk Avenue at the end of the month, doubling the size of our office. You may still recognize it as the previous Coldwell Banker building but it will be receiving a new coat of paint this coming Spring to a palette more pleasing to the eye. Currently undergoing a beautiful interior remodel this new space will undoubtedly be the premier real estate office in the valley. No time is better than the present for our move as our company continues to experience considerable growth. Some notable statistics for our sales so far this year:

~ Our office has sold just over $59,000,000 worth of real estate transactions so far. This is $19,000,000 more than our closest competitor.
~ With over $34,000,000 worth of listing transactions sold we have out performed our closest competitors by nearly two to one. I, personally, have sold over 50% of my own listings this year. So, if you are looking to sell your home, condo or land here in Crested Butte or surrounding areas give me a call as Benson Sotheby's International Realty is the preeminent real estate service choice.

I wanted to take this opportunity to announce the recent launch of my newly designed website I now believe my website is the most comprehensive and easy to use website in the valley. Please take some time and browse through it and let me know what you think as your opinions are extremely important to me and drive my continuous website evolution.

Also just released is Sotheby's International Realty Ski Properties and Farm and Ranch Properties. These destinations, with their own dedicated URLs, provide unrivaled access to the full gamut of ski and ranch type properties offered within the Sotheby's brand. Just one more way I can present your property in a fully synchronized and collaborated method.

Crested Butte Airline, Lodging and Ski Deals

Free Conference Space
For a limited time, enjoy complimentary meeting space and morning coffee breaks with room rates start at just $159 per night at the premier Elevation Hotel & Spa. Click here for info.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Telluride Ski Resort have teamed up to offer the Telluride Crested Butte Ultimate 6 Pass, a 6-visit pass good for 3 days of skiing and riding at Crested Butte and 3 days of skiing and riding at Telluride. Click here to order.

The Grandest Christmas
Four nights at the full-service Grand Lodge Crested Butte. Three days of lift tickets for two adults and two children (17 and under). Adventure Park Tickets. Only $999. Click here.

American Airlines Fare Sale
Fly to Gunnison-Crested Butte starting from $263 based on round trip. Click here for more information.

4th Night & 4th Day Free
From January 5  through March 7, purchase 3 nights of lodging and 3 days of lift tickets and receive your fourth night and day compliments of CBMR. Click here to purchase.

Kids Stay & Ski Free
Valid March 16 - April  7, 2013.  Kids 12 and under stay and ski FREE when you book your lodging through Crested Butte Vacations. Reserve online.

New air service on Allegiant Airlines from Phoenix, AZ (Mesa Airport) and Oakland, CA to Montrose, CO for 2012-13! Regional transfers available via Alpine Express and CB Specialty Services!

Exclusive Property of the Month - A Home Ahead of it's Time

4 Peakview Drive - Mt. Crested Butte

Masterpiece of modern contemporary design this home exemplifies "The New Anti-Ski House" as seen in The Wall Street Journal. A truly exceptional offering by any measure, this residence represents the very best in modern architecture, construction and interiors that Crested Butte has to offer. Employing an incomparable selection of materials, finishes and fixtures this home sets a new standard for quality and detail in one of Mt. Crested Butte's finest neighborhoods. Easily expanded into a vast seven bedroom home with a simple completion of 1,189 square feet located on the third level. The home is set within a private wooded setting with over five acres just moments from the ski slopes. A remarkable collaboration between renowned architect Michael Helland and builder John Sloan this home will be a timeless and prized possession for years to come.

329 Maroon Avenue - Crested Butte - Living Room

329 Maroon Avenue - Crested Butte - Master Bedroom

329 Maroon Avenue - Crested Butte - Kitchen

Crested Butte in the News

Today's Colorado Snow and Ski Report - Examiner
Telluride and Crested Butte Ultimate 6 - Mountain Weekly News
Five Unbelievable Ski Houses for Sale - NewsOK
Find the Snow in Colorado - Snowboard Colorado

Current News of the National Real Estate Market

Anticipating Tax Implications of the Fiscal Cliff - Red Lady Capital Management
Luxury Housing Market Surges - KCM Blog
Short Sales make up Bigger Share of the Market - Realtor Magazine
Home Prices: Biggest Rise in More than Two Years - CNNMoney
Home Prices Rise Again as Housing Recovery Continues -

Upcoming Area Events


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Holiday Bazaar, Crested Butte Community School
Holiday Downtown Open Houses, Gunnison
First Friday Gallery Crawl & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison
Citizens' Race ? 10 K Classic, Crested Butte Nordic Center
Light Up Night & Holiday Parade, Downtown Crested Butte 
Citizens' Race ? 10K Skate, Crested Butte Nordic Center
The Rock on Ice team returns to Mt Crested Butte for an ice carving festival.
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte
Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte
New Year's Eve Yurt Dinner Party, Crested Butte Nordic Center
New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Crested Butte Mountain Resort


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College Week, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Learn to Skate Ski for Free! Crested Butte Nordic Center
First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison
Citizens Race: 15K Skiathalon, Crested Butte Nordic Center
Military Appreciation Week, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Citizens Race: 15K or 30K Class/Skate Race, Crested Butte Nordic Center
USASA Giant Slalom, Slalom & Slopestyle Competitions, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Beads & Bubbly Workshop, Gunnison Arts Center
Crested Butte Songwriters Festival, Crested Butte
Scenes from Beautiful Crested Butte, Paintings by Dawn Cohen, CB Center for the Arts
Citizens Race: 15K or 30K Class/Skate Race, Crested Butte Nordic Center
Herb Class Series - Organic Lip Balm, Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte
Junior Extremes Freeskiing & Snowboarding IFSA Regional Competition, CB Mtn. Resort
Full Moon Yurt Dinner (Nordic skis/snowshoes), CB Nordic Center's Magic Meadows Yurt
Moonlight Snowshoe Tours, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Crested Butte Ski Mountaineering Race (part of the COSMIC series), CB Mountain Resort
ARTrageous Day of the Arts, Lodge at Mountaineer Square, Mt. Crested Butte
Kenny Mac Ski Fest (various lengths of races & tours), Mill Creek, Gunnison area
Suzy Bogguss Concert, Crested Butte Center for the Arts
ArtTalk (free), Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, Crested Butte
ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte

Please Visit My Favorite Art Gallery in Crested Butte

Oh Be Joyful Gallery

Shaun Horne - Red Buildings
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Red Buildings

Shaun Horne - Aspens and Lupines
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Aspens and Lupines

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In This Issue

48" of Snow in the Last Week
Real Estate Market Update
Benson Sotheby's Update
Airline, Lodging and Ski Deals
Exclusive Property of the Month
Crested Butte in the News
National Real Estate News
Dec/Jan Schedule of Events
Oh Be Joyful Gallery
Winter Edition of The Collection
Ski and Snowboard Rentals
Red Lady Capital Investments
Get Bent Blacksmithing
Sweet Spot Open at the Base

Featured Listings
Global Listings

Featured Homes

4 Peakview Drive - Mt. Crested Butte 329 Maroon Avenue,
Crested Butte
$1,095,000 - Price Reduced

309 Third Street,
Crested Butte
$899,000 - Dogwood Cocktail Cabin Building

20 Snowfall Drive - Mt. Crested ButteA2 Snowfall Point Condos,
Mt. Crested Butte

Carbon Creek Parcel

Summit - Mt. Crested ButteLand on the Mountain,
Mt. Crested Butte
$188,700 to $495,000

72 Hunter Hill Road, Unit I102 - Mt. Crested ButteI102 San Moritz Condos,
Mt. Crested Butte
$200,000 - Ski In/Ski Out

142 Larkspur Loop - Crested Butte
142 Larkspur Loop

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The Collection | Exclusive Properties Represented by Benson Sotheby's International Realty

Ski and Snowboard Rentals
Adults save 25% and juniors 50% off ski and snowboard rentals with renting adults! Click here to reserve now.

Red Lady Capital InvestmentsChristy Eaton with Red Lady Capital Investments can provide invaluable investment insights. Click here for more information.

Get Bent Blacksmithing
If you are looking for beautiful custom metal railing, fireplace doors or furniture please visit Get Bent Blacksmithing. Ben Eaton is the most talented blacksmith in the valley and an incredible artist.

Sweet Spot Now Open!
Check out the Sweet Spot in Mountaineer Square. From specialty martinis to a candy shop, ice cream stand, a handful of arcade games and food from the LoBar, Secret Stash, djangos and the Avalanche - the Sweet Spot provides fun for the whole family.