Strategy In Colorado Luxury
''Breckenridge has very limited developable land left available.''
An Interview with Maureen Evans & Eric Dahman
Broker-Associate - Keller Williams Top of the Rockies
Partner - Breckenridge Associates Real Estate
We catch up with MAUREEN EVANS, Broker Associate at Keller Williams Top of the Rockies, and ERIC DAHMAN, Partner at Breckenridge Associates Real Estate to discuss current opportunities in Colorado luxury real estate, with a particular focus on Summit County.
EG: What in your opinion are some of the main characteristics that make Frisco a wonderful location for real estate?
Maureen Evans: Frisco has easy access from Denver International Airport and only 90 miles from the city of Denver. Being surrounded by National Forest, there are endless year-round possibilities for biking, hiking and x-country skiing, many golf courses nearby, as well as crystal clear rivers for fly fishing, also the highest marina in the country for boating and lake activities along with the most convenient access to over 5 major ski resorts within 40 miles.
EG: And what are the distinctive qualities that are unique to mountain real estate that may not be found in other forms of luxury property?
ME: Mountain Modern is what we specialise in, using the best products for the environment at high elevations. Such as oxygen systems, photovoltaic and solar thermal panel systems for radiant heating while using high end insulation packages.
EG: How do you implement strategies to ensure the successful sale of homes in this market at the maximum asking price?
ME: We only build the best quality homes in the most sought after prime locations so these homes appeal to the most distinguished buyers.
EG: Are there any particular tax benefits associated with owning a second home in Summit County?
ME: Summit County offers some of the Lowest Property Tax Rates in the region, with Annual Taxes averaging around .4% of the Market Value.
EG: For interested buyers, can you compare and contrast the communities of Frisco and Breckenridge?
ME: They are both amazing mountain towns with endless options for outdoor activities year round. Breckenridge is a much larger community with the ski area at its forefront allowing year round activities using the Free Gondola that takes you from town to the Base of Peak 8 Ski Area and in the Summer to the Family Fun Adventure Park. Breckenridge also has 2 amazing nordic centers, a Jack Nicolas 27-Hole Golf Course, plus the magnificent fly fishing Blue River runs through the valley to feed the fabulous Lake Dillon. There is also a unique Art District in the Downtown Historic District, professional Ice Rink, Rec Center and Music Pavilion with top performances throughout the year. Frisco is right off I-70 with easy access to any of the surrounding areas which makes it very convenient. Main Street is quaint, full of fine restaurants and boutique shops. The Frisco Marina offers all types of boating and lake activities including pontoons, sailboats, kayaks and paddle board rentals.
EG: What can wealthy clients look forward to when being represented by you?
ME: My husband's company, New West Partners, are the homes I represent. We have both lived in Summit County since 1989 building and selling the finest properties Breckenridge has to offer to date. We have now extended our residential building and development arm of New West Partners into Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen and Telluride.
EG: The largest town in Summit County is Breckenridge. Tell us about some of the most exciting opportunities for luxury real estate in this market that investors should be aware of?
ME: Breckenridge has very limited developable land left available. New West Partners are now in the market to find suitable tear downs of older homes which are located on pristine lots. EG