July, 2012 Issue   

The Crested Butte Connoisseur
Brought to you by Corey Dwan of Benson Sotheby's International Realty

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

I hope you are Crested Butte for the 4th! Mother nature has blessed us with some moisture over the last week but unfortunately not enough to have some fireworks. But Crested Butte will be anything but quiet this 4th of July. Summer bookings have been better than we have seen in years and first time visitors, second home owners and returning guests are flocking the streets, hiking the trails, fishing the rivers, boating and swimming in our beautiful lakes. Below is the schedule for today's events. Have a great day!

4th of July Events and Schedule
6:30 a.m. FREE shuttle departs to Gothic for start of 1/3 Marathon race at the 4-way stop in Crested Butte (Elk Avenue and 6th Street)
7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Crested Butte Fire & EMS Department's Pancake Breakfast at the fire station in Crested Butte
8:00 a.m. 44th Annual Gothic to Crested Butte 1/3 Marathon (proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab)
10:00 a.m. Food Court Open
11:00 a.m. Parade
12:00 p.m. (ish and following parade) - Band "Dr Robert"
1:00 p.m. Stryder Cup
1:30 p.m. Sawdust Coin Hunt
2:00 p.m. (when band is done)  Hot Dog Eating Contest
2:30 p.m. Pie Eating Contest
All above events will take place between 2nd- 3rd and Elk Avenue in Crested Butte
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Band "Boston Brass" Center for the Arts outdoor stage
6:00 -  9:30 PM Band "Amber Leigh" Red Lady Stage Crested Butte Mountain Resort (Glow sticks, Food and Fun for all!)

Crested Butte Market Update

So far this this year the Crested Butte real estate market has seen some incredible activity. Regarding homes and condos in the upper valley we have closed 106 transactions totaling $47,398,513. That's a 19% increase over the same period last year and we still have another 25 properties under contract totaling $8,349,400. Land has picked up considerable over last year as well with 32 transactions closed since January 1, 2012 worth $6,040,500 and one more under contract. That is an incredible 66% increase over the same period last year. With many of the high end single family homes selling the inventory has diminished and land is now again attractive. Bring your cash as land loans are still not desirable.

Keeping it short today. It's a holiday, get out there and enjoy yourself!

Visit the Evolution Bike Park on Mt. Crested Butte for some of the best mountain biking in the nation. And visit my mountain bike page on my website to view all of the valley's incredible mountain bike trails.

Crested Butte in the News

Zipline through the Treeline - Men's Journal
Where to Find the Best of Everything Worldwide - Fall Foliage
The Best Summer Festivals - Outside Magazine - Wildflower Festival
Crested Butte Finds Silver Lining for Summer Activities - Examiner
Bike Trails Open and Lodging Specials - Examiner
USA Today - Travel Blog

Current News of the National Real Estate Market

New Indications Housing Recovery is Under Way

Pending Home Sales Climbed More Than Forecast
Buffett Extends Real Estate Bet
Harvard - Home Sales Finally Poised to Improve

Stage 2 Fire Ban in Effect
A Stage 2 fire restriction prohibits open burning of any kind, the use and sale of fireworks, use of charcoal grills and chimineas, any other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, all campfires including those at developed campgrounds and picnic areas and smoking unless in an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building. A Stage 2 fire restriction also places restrictions on the use of chainsaws and welding torches and the operation of any internal combustion engine without an approved spark arrester. A Stage 2 fire restriction allows for cooking on gas or liquid fueled stoves and grills. For more information on all the restrictions visit www.gunnisoncounty.org.

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2012 Community Calendar

In This Issue:

4th of July in the Butte
Real Estate Market Recap
  Crested Butte in the News
National Real Estate News
Stage 2 Fire Ban in Effect
Oh Be Joyful Gallery
July Schedule of Events
Price Reductions
New Land Listings

Featured Listings
Global Listings

1 Sage Hill Spur Road, Almont
Price Reduced!

Carbon Creek Parcel


329 Maroon Avenue, Crested Butte

49 Cinnamon Mtn. Road, Mt. Crested Butte

309 Third Street, Crested Butte

504 Mtn. Edge Condos, Mt. Crested Butte


Mt. Crested Butte Homes
Mt. Crested Butte Condos
Mt. Crested Butte Land
Crested Butte Homes
Crested Butte Condos
Crested Butte Land
Rural Crested Butte Homes
Rural Crested Butte Condos
Rural Crested Butte Land
Crested Butte South Homes
Crested Butte South Condos
Crested Butte South Land
Gunnison Area Homes
Gunnison Area Condos
Gunnison Area Land
Global Real Estate

Mountain Bike Trail Report
Mt. Crested Butte Snow Report
Mt. Crested Butte Ski Trail Report
Crested Butte Weather Report

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1,8,15,22,29                 Sundays @ 6 (Free Concerts) Presented by Gunnison Arts Center, Legion Park
1,8,15,22,29                 Crested Butte Farmers? Market, Elk Avenue & Second Street
1,8,15,22,29                 AWEFest Presented by Artists of the West Elks, Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
2                                   Black & White Ball Presented by Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
2,9,16,23,30                 Alpenglow (free outdoor concert), Crested Butte Center for the Arts
4                                   Independence Day Celebrations in Gunnison, Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte
4                                   Gothic to Crested Butte 1/3rd Marathon, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
4 ? Aug. 12                  Crested Butte Music Festival, Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte
5 ? 15                           Cattlemen?s Days, Gunnison
5,12,19,26                    Exploration Experiences at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (interactive science
                                     programs & lunch), Gothic
5,12,19,26                    Crested Butte Farmers? Market, Crank?s Plaza, Maroon Avenue & Second Street
6                                   First Friday Gallery Crawl & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison
6,7,13,14,20,21,27,28  Gunnison Valley Observatory Open for Public Viewing, Gunnison
6,13,20,27                    Fridays @ 5 at the Gunnison Art Center, Live Music on the Courtyard
7,14,21,28                    Gunnison Farmers? Market, Virginia Avenue & Main Street
9 ? 15                           Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Crested Butte
11, 18, 25                     Wednesdays at Western State College, Different Activities/Topics Each Week, Gunnison
11, 18, 25                     Live! From Mt. Crested Butte (Free Outdoor Concerts), Crested Butte Mtn. Resort
13 ? 15                         Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational Exhibit, Oh Be Joyful Gallery
14 ? 15                         Bluegrass In Paradise Presented by Crested Butte Music Festival, Mt. Crested Butte
17 ? Aug. 3                  Opera In Paradise Presented by Crested Butte Music Festival, Mt. CB/Crested Butte
19 ? 20                         Crested Butte Land Trust Caddis Cup Fly-Fishing Tournament
20 ? 21                         Epic Rocky Mountain Relay, Colorado Springs to Crested Butte
22                                 Gunnison Art in the Park, Legion Park, Gunnison
26                                 ArtWalk Evening, Studios & Galleries in Downtown Crested Butte
26                                 Celebration of Conservation Dinner/Auction Hosted by Crested Butte Land Trust
26 ? 28                         Crested Butte Land Trust Wine & Food Festival, Crested Butte & Mt. Crested Butte
26 - 30                         Writing the Rockies: Gunnison Creative Writers Workshop, Western State College
28                                 Living Journeys Summit Hike & Half-Marathon, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
30 ? Aug. 3                  Citizen Scientist Symposium ?The Biology of A Changing World,? Rocky Mountain
                                     Biological Laboratory, Gothic
31                                 Kickball Tournament Presented by Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

Please Visit My Favorite Gallery in Crested Butte - Oh Be Joyful Gallery

Shaun Horne - Red Buildings

Shaun Horne - Aspens and Lupines

Shaun Horne - Tamale View

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Corey Dwan
Benson Sotheby's International Realty
433 Sixth Street
Crested Butte, CO 81224
970-596-3219 Cell
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