The advantages of purchasing a home in Breckenridge Colorado expanded this spring when Breckenridge landed its first PRCA ProRodeo events. It all means that Front Range families involved in 4-H can enjoy ski-in/ski-out Breckenridge real estate that doubles as a summer getaway. Or they can ask about horse properties in Blue River and other areas of Summit County real estate.

The Breckenridge PRCA ProRodeo events will be held for five weekends beginning at 5:00 PM August 4-5, 2012. Doors open at 3:30 PM. The family fun rodeo events will fill Breckenridge real estate lodging options with avid equestrian participants and fans. A cowboy barbecue dinner and tours by the PRCA ProRodeo clown glad to be exciting events.

Rodeo events include Saddle Bronc, Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping, and Barrel Racing.These exciting events include bucking horses and bulls, conquering steers, and adept barrel dodging.

Children can sign up for the Mutton Busting or the Calf Scramble. The child holds on to the back of a sheep while the sheep is running in an attempt to throw the child off. Calf Scramble features young animals with prizes tied to their tails running loose in the arena; children chase for the prizes.

Breckenridge is geared up to provide free transportation from Breckenridge Station to the rodeo grounds every half an hour. Performances will be held August 4-5, August 11-12, August 18-19, August 25-26, and September 1-2, 2012 at the rodeo grounds located at 730 Airport Road, Breckenridge CO 80424. The rodeos will last approximately 2 hours.

Season tickets for the five weekends are available at Breckenridge Stables, Breckenridge Welcome Center, Breckenridge Resort Chamber, and Breckenridge Ski Resort—or by calling 970-389-1701. Prices for adults aged 16 and over range from $20-$180. For children ages 7-15, prices range from $15-$120. Children 5 and under are free. Residents of Breckenridge with a photo ID receive a $5 discount on the first four tickets purchased.

The VIP tickets feature stadium seating with backrest beside the bucking chutes. A portion of the ticket sales will be used to rescue horses in the area.

The premier signature event is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Breckenridge Ski Resort is the Title Sponsor of the 2012 Breckenridge PRCA ProRodeo.

For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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Values for Breckenridge Colorado real estate sustained by the Breckenridge Vision Plan adopted in 2002 emphasize the preservation of natural resources and the importance of sustainability. Citizens of Breckenridge homes have partnered with others in nearby Summit County communities to launch several efforts that encourage more green personal and business habits.

Appreciation of Breckenridge real estate–from Main Street, to ski homes and condos on Peaks 7, 8, and 9, to golf course homes and Blue River properties near fishing and equestrian facilities– greatly depends on the preservation and protection of the pristine natural environment homebuyers so love. Consequently, the Town of Breckenridge proactively offers initiatives to ensure future community stability.

An overview of green initiatives listed on the Town of Breckenridge website includes: Sustainable Breck Business Program, Open Space, River Restoration, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles and Biodiesel, Green Team, Carbon Footprint, Energy Audit, Recycling and Reducing Waste through Conservation, 2009 CAST Reusable Bag Challenge.

The Town of Breckenridge partnered with the Town of Frisco, Town of Dillon, Keystone Resort, and Summit County to purchase recycling tents that allow for quick recycling set ups during events. Summit County took third in the competition to distribute reusable shopping bags donated by the Colorado Association of Ski Towns.

To preserve natural resources, Breckenridge, Blue River, and Summit County adopted master plan for cooperative planning regarding land use issues in the Upper Blue Basin. Density increases, a back country protection strategy, transfer of development rights program, and density reduction targets are addressed in plan. Town of Breckenridge Comprehensive Plan also addresses the towns land use, transportation systems and other important issues.

Preserving the neighborhoods, a task force in 2009 addressed housing limitations for homes in subdivisions in the Historic Conservation District and outside of it. In 2007 the Town developed a way finding plan with BEA killer and pedestrian signage reflecting the communities mining history.

The Sustainable Breck Business Program helps local businesses and organizations reduce the impacts on the environment and save money. The Town partners with Hi Country Conservation Center to help businesses reduce operating costs, including energy, waste, supplies, water, and transportation. The program offers free energy and environmental assessments and coaches members who desire to become Certified Green Businesses.

For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

Breckenridge Real Estate in Blue River area for sale

Forest enthusiasts are working on plans to the Central Colorado wilderness, including areas around Breckenridge real estate or Summit County homes. It doesn’t sound like values for real estate in Summit County would be affected much by any new designation. Recent discussions include the Tenmile Range and Quandary Peak in Summit County and portions of Eagle and Pitkin counties.

Gorgeous mountain real estate Breckenridge to Vail Valley is surrounded by the White River National Forest, state parks, and other protected areas. On July 3, 2012, the Colorado Roadless Rule took effect. This legislation identified 4.2 million acres in Colorado that will be protected, including stronger protections for 1.2 million “upper tier” acres. This legislation ups the ante of protection allowed by an existing national plan that passed in 2001.

Sponsored by Sen. Mark Udall,the Central Mountains Outdoor Heritage Proposal endeavors to shield public lands, fish and wildlife habitat and vegetation from increasing infringement upon the natural environment. Some local officials want to include the 14,265-foot Quandary Peak and the Tenmile Range in this or another wilderness proposal. However, there are too many conflicts with in-holdings to include the Tenmile Range. In addition, Breckenridge Ski Resort lies on four peaks of the Tenmile Range.

But Quandary is another story. According to today’s Summit Daily News article entitled “Locals push to have Quandary included in fed wilderness proposal,” Quandary Peak May end up receiving additional protections. Details are being discussed by local officials, environmentalists, and the mountain-biking community. Breckenridge Mayor John Warner clarified some of the discussions in the article by Caddie Nath.

“Quandary’s inclusion in the wilderness bill likely would not have any impact on hiking, mountain biking or skiing in the area, but might prohibit hiking with dogs on the peak, Warner said.” Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge own many of the in-holdings on Quandary Peak. The mayor says that Breckenridge does not have plans to put roads in these areas.

In Eagle County, which is west of Summit County Colorado land, the Central Mountains Proposal designates 200 square miles with the highest level of wilderness protection. When land is designated as Wilderness Area, mechanized vehicles such as mountain bikes and motorized vehicles such as ATVs, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles may not traverse the lands.

Udall’s wilderness proposal addresses Bull Gulch, Castle Peak, Pisgah Mountain, Freeman Creek, Spraddle Creek, West Lake Creek, Adam Mountain, Woods Lake, and No Name – all west of Breckenridge. Again, hunting, hiking, fishing, backpacking, camping, or spec writing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, and livestock grazing would continue to be allowed. Restrictions would affect mountain biking, snowmobiling, ATV riding, and motorcycling. The legislation is still open for discussion.

For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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Residents of Breckenridge CO homes and sister communities in Summit County Colorado are increasingly sought out during the summertime. Real estate in Breckenridge Colorado began development during the gold rush, resurrected itself with the white gold of world-class skiing, and now it’s a destination haven for summer recreation.

What do the numbers say about Breckenridge real estate? Looking numbers for lodging during May 2012 were up 59 percent year-over-year. June 2012 is already 49 percent up, according to a recent article in the Summit Daily News (06/20/12), “Summer Business Looking Up for Mountain Towns.” Looking numbers for July are up 17 percent as well, but could go even higher.

Breckenridge Resort has been marketing itself as a year-round opportunity, especially an escape during hot weather months. The Daily article cited the impact of high temperatures and lower gas prices. They quoted the president of Breckenridge Resort Managers, Toby Babich. “The kickoff to summer 2012, Kingdom Days, brought with it a hopeful sign of another record-breaking summer for Breckenridge in terms of early booking patterns and heat-weary visitors.” Your organization hopes the record July and August 2011 bookings will trend into 2012.

One organization tracks lodging performance by compiling data from property management companies in destinations across Colorado, Utah, California, and Oregon. Compared to midyear 2011, the Mountain Travel Research Program (MTRP) is seeing a strong upward pattern. Several future months of reservations are up. The director of MTRP Ralf Garrison told the daily, “Destinations that have established lively summer calendars are attracting guests and very solid early bookings.” His cohort Tom Foley made an important point. “It seems those devotees of Mountain recreation who love the outdoor lifestyle are remaining loyal to mountain destinations.”

Established in 1859, the historic town of Breckenridge is the county seat of Summit County. Its population is about 4,600 plus part-time residents. Breckenridge Ski Resort offers multi-difficulty ski slopes across four peaks of the Rocky Mountain’s Ten Mile Range.

Summers in Breckenridge attracts outdoor enthusiasts with hiking trails, wildflowers, fly-fishing in the Blue River, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, alpine slides, nearby Lake Dillon for boating, and a vibrant Main Street. Breckenridge summer events include Breckenridge Festival of Film, annual Fourth of July parade, concerts by National Repertory Orchestra and other artists at Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge Music Institute, art fairs, and much more.

For information about buying Colorado real estate in the scenic mountain villages of Summit County, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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Last month’s article in the Summit Daily News, “Giving Back,” raises the possibility of leaving or giving Breckenridge Colorado real estate to charity. Many owners of second or third homes in Breckenridge could be interested in the benefits of contributing Summit County real estate versus cash giving.

Steve Smith’s article on May 20, 2012 poses thoughtful questions:

  •  How much shall we plan to give?
  • Which causes will we support?
  • What kind of property shall we used to fund our contributions?

Vacation homes in Breckenridge, Keystone, Silverthorne, and the outlying areas of Summit County comprise a considerable portion of the average portfolio for second-home owners. Across the United States, real estate comprises over 35 percent of total household assets. Numerous senior property owners stew over what to do with excess real estate.

Whether a property owner is holding residential, commercial, ranch land, or undeveloped properties, there are a variety of vehicles for charitable contributions commonly used by people who donate real estate: Direct gifts, remainder and lead trusts and retained life estates, or flexible choices for funding planned gifts.

Smith, a principal at RightPath Investments & Financial Planning in Frisco is a member of the Summit Foundation Board of Trustees. He recommends consulting with one’s financial advisor and favorite charities. A first step may be speaking with one’s favorite charity or foundation to see if they accept gifts of real estate. Also, find out how such a gift can be structured. Then, the beneficiary must investigate the title, condition, and marketability of the property.

The size of the tax deduction is determined by the current market value of the property, not the purchase cost of the property. A real estate donation significantly reduces the legal and tax liabilities on the properties that are donated.

There are also ways to donate homes while still enjoying them during one’s lifetime. A life estate allows the owner to live in the house and receive the charitable tax deduction while they are still living. Upon death, the property title is transferred to the charity. Also, using a life estate, some donors are able to get a lifetime annuity to avoid passing a tax burden to family members when they pass on.

On July 13, 2012,during the Summit Foundation Peaks Society event 9:00-11:00 AM at Beaver Run, lawyer and author David S. Fry will speak about how to hand down a ski home to the next generation without creating family friction. The presentation should be quite informative.

Come on up to see Summit County Colorado real estate for sale to fit your budget and dreams. For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

Residents and visitors to real estate in Breckenridge Colorado choose from an awesome series of hiking, cross-country ski, and snowshoe trails. High country trail routes through Eagle County and Summit County real estate and national forests hop the Continental Divide and continue along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

Starting with huts built by the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army during training, the trail systems into the high country now boast a series of 31 mountain cabins that can be reserved by the public. Owners of Breckenridge ski homes and other vacation homes in Summit County and Eagle County take advantage of off-season to enjoy the history and legacy of the 10th Mountain Division huts. Activated in 1943, the 10th Mountain Division fought during World War II in the some of the roughest mountains of Italy.

Although they are referred to as “huts,” some of the Summit County mountain properties, including the new Point Breeze Cabin on Tennessee Pass, are very comfortable. The new cabin is located across Highway 24 from Ski Cooper. Point Breeze is owned by Lee Rimel, an Eagle County local. The new cabin sleeps eight. It features a completely furnished kitchen with three gas burners, a wood-burning stove with an oven, and a gas grill outside. The entire cabin may be rented for $340 per night.

On another “hut” note, near the Vasquez Wilderness, residents just built an 1800-square-foot 16-person bunk hut along Second Creek drainage of Berthoud Pass. This is a mile and a half from US Hwy. 40. Through an amazing old-fashioned barn-raising effort, the Fraser Valley community erected the new Broome Hut to replace a dilapidated shack on the site.

Berthoud Half is located west of Denver between the upper Clear Creek Canyon and the upper valley of the Fraser River in Middle Park to the north. It passes the Continental Divide on the border between Clear Creek County and Grande County, northeast of Summit County.

The hut association in that area plans to add four more backcountry huts stretching from Berthoud Pass to Grande Lake. The huts will host overnight backcountry travelers, avalanche educators, students learning about the alpine environment, and daytrippers. Overnight cost is $35 a person.

Come on up to see Summit County Colorado real estate for sale to fit your budget and dreams. For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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So far in 2012, sales in the luxury market of single-family homes in Breckenridge Colorado and other areas of Summit County real estate improved approximately 15 percent year-over-year.  Homebuyers must be partially motivated by the record-low interest rates, but they are also noticing how resort and luxury home prices are no longer on the decline.

This is the time for buyers to pick up Breckenridge dream homes or elegant mountain homes in Blue River while the prices are right.  Available inventory is decreasing.  Inventory for single-family homes in Summit County is at the lowest level since 2007.  The president of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World noted that the combined elements are “creating a sense of urgency” for buyers.

Sales of condominiums in Breckenridge, Frisco, Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Dillon have been slower.  According to a Press Release by PRWEB, the improved sales of single-family homes—especially high-end luxury homes in the resort markets—is the best news in the current market.  Nonetheless, the average sale price for previously owned condominiums in Summit County Colorado is also in positive territory this year, up 3.2 percent from last year.

Prices are stabilizing, partially because foreclosure filings are down 20 percent. The PRWEB release reports that Breckenridge has the second-lowest foreclosure rate in the Colorado resort markets.  Only Aspen is lower.  For added perspective, only 63 foreclosures completed the process during the peak of the Summit County housing crisis in 2010.  And there are over 25,000 residences in the County.

Overall, compared to 2011 the average Summit County real estate sales are on track.  The average sale prices are up nearly 4 percent in comparison. The ratio of sale prices to list prices is up one percent in 2012 to 92.9 percent.

For information about buying Colorado real estate in the scenic mountain villages of Summit County, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

Many people who buy Breckenridge Colorado real estate for skiing also take up fishing in Summit County.  Besides the wonderful Blue River CO homes and neighborhoods, the Blue River flows along several communities near Highway 9, including homes in Breckenridge itself. Near Keystone Colorado real estate, the Snake River offers fly-fishing.

According to Dave Coulson, the Colorado State editor for, the rivers continued to run low this year.  They are very fishable especially in the morning when runoff is low.

The Dillon Reservoir is another option for those searching for Breckenridge ski real estate with nearby fishing opportunities. Several spacious neighborhoods of Silverthorne Colorado homes are also near the lake. In a Special to the Summit Daily News (05/22/2012), Coulson says Dillon Reservoir was stocked this spring and suggests a couple of strategies for catching fish. First of all, work using typical bait around the inlets. Next, watch for action on the surface and respond by using a fly and bubble rig such as a small, black ant pattern.

Coulson says the Colorado River as usual is one of the better options. The salmon fly hatches tapering off and the off-colored large nymphs are successful. Below Dotsero anglers are using silver slab spoons and in-line spinners.

Driving south from Blue River or Breckenridge on Highway 9 into South Park, offers anglers to more reservoirs. Antero Reservoir is being conquered by trolling. Most fish are 20 inches or shorter. Fly-fishing is popular at Spinney Reservoir, where jigging small tube jigs.

Last weekend children age 14 and under participated in the annual fishing Derby at Trent Park Pond on the Blue River Parkway. The pond was stocked by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department. The department also hosted a learn-to-fish day for children 12 and under at Kaibab Lake in Granby. Wildlife officers teach the basics of casting, lowers and eight, and the importance of angling.

For those who make the leap to purchase a Summit County vacation home, mark your calendars for the annual free fishing weekend held in the beginning of June. Anglers are not required to have a valid fishing license during this one weekend.

Otherwise, anglers ages 16-64 must have a valid Colorado fishing license before casting a line. The annual license for residents costs $26. Children fish for free and senior anglers pay only $1.

Come on up to see Summit County Colorado real estate for sale to fit your budget and dreams. For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

Summit County mountain homes in Breckenridge offer Colorado vacation home buyers something for everyone all year round.  Take the rivers.  In spite of this year’s low, rocky waters, kayakers ran a fun course down the high waters of Homestake Creek during the Teva Mountain Games last week.

The rivers were high in 2011 and down in 2012.  No matter the water levels, the Teva races are challenging.  Local residents joined visitors to Summit County real estate in cheering on the international competition.  Organizers awarded $7000 in prize money.

Lots of kayakers venture to Summit County homes and condos to experience the exhilarating lines of force.  Summit County’s Blue River kayaking activities contributed nearly $2 million in economic impact, according to statistics reported by the Colorado River Outfitters Association.

KODI Rafting, located in Frisco Colorado real estate near Lake Dillon, is taking the low waters to a new level.  In an entrepreneurial use of the low waters, residents of Breckenridge homes are donning wetsuits, life-jackets, and helmets to ride stand up paddle-boards through the Class I rapids in the Upper Colorado River.  The boards are like extra-wide surfboards without fins.

The Summit Daily News (05/29/2012) interviewed Campy Campton, owner of KODI Rafting, about standup paddle boarding.  “It’s an activity that makes Class I rapids of thrill when you’re standing up through them.”  He knows from personal experience.  Campton purchased standup paddle boards to ride the Green River with his family for a few days.  They had a great time!

Now KODI Rafting offers lessons for beginners on North Pond Park, preparing them for the Upper Colorado River.  Like snowboarding, beginners catch on a day or so.  “Initial training can be tied into learning how to maneuver small currents before hitting the four miles of Upper Colorado between Rancho Del Rio and State Bridge.”

A second article in the Daily (06/02/2012), “How Whitewater feeds Colorado’s Economy,” reports that whitewater rafting generates 16 percent of the amount of Colorado tourism dollars that are associated with the world-class skiing industry.  “In the Colorado Basin–including the Blue, Eagle and Roaring Fork rivers–direct spending totals over $12 million, generating a total of over $31 million in economic activity.  These figures do not include other water recreation such as fishing and pleasure boating.

Outfitters are finding activities that go with highs and lows and the flows of the rivers and creeks.  Campton is considering adding paddle-board-launched yoga classes and marriage ceremonies to the services offered by KODI Rafting.  Others are adding zip lines.

Come on up to see Summit County Colorado real estate for sale to fit your budget and dreams.  For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

Blue River area homes for sale

Investors of Colorado real estate in Breckenridge often begin with one useful condominium. Many of the Keystone and Breckenridge condominium owners enjoy years of personal ski trips and they help recoup expenses by renting their Summit County properties or lockouts to visitors. Ski resort Breckenridge/Keystone real estate requires occasional updating to maintain property values.

Summer season is a comfortable time to get it done. Here are some ideas for redecorating a Keystone or Breckenridge home or condominium suggested by Kalyn Johnson in her Special to the Summit Daily News (05/26/2012). It is entitled “Home Trends: The future of furniture and design.” Johnson encourages readers to incorporate the classic retro style to freshen up the Summit County mountain home design.

The Home Trends article also discusses space-saving ideas. The Murphy bed and other dual-function furniture offer owners of smaller Breckenridge properties options in design and improved function. The minimalist theme moves into the closet space with the flare for style. From unique hardware and metallic colors to zebra wood and two-tone veneers, fashionable and well-organized closets make small places easier and much happier than their disheveled predecessors.

In design, possibilities are unlimited. During April 2012, the High Point Market in North Carolina presented 10-million square feet of showroom space filled with new colors, styles, and textures.

Johnson described major trends from the show.  One noticeable trend incorporates clean shapes and lines for furniture that lend a contemporary feel to the modern room. Another is a complementary retro design. They marry to create a sort of vintage swank with a “hip and funky” appeal. The new design eliminates the need to hunt for “authentic furniture pieces from the ‘60s or ‘70s that are still in good condition.” One way to pull off vintage style is incorporating patterns and contrast.

The color blue is on trend. Various hues of blue for sofas and other pieces in the living room blend effortlessly with neutrals to give a structured yet laid-back ambience. Fun patterns, contrast welting, textured fabrics, and pronounced seaming each add subtle pop to the blue color scheme.

Good news for the wallet, too. Companies are able to manufacture innovative furniture from designer-inspired vintage concepts at affordable prices.

For information about buying Colorado real estate in the scenic mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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