The Aspen Buzz

The Aspen Buzz – March 2016

MARCH 2016

Springtime in Aspen: More snow, more sun, more fun.

Bluebird powder days and longer light make this my favorite time of year.

Dear Clients & Friends,
If there’s one thing you learn after living in the Rockies for many years, it’s to resist the urge to put your winter clothes away–at least until June. Just when the days get longer and the weather gets warmer and you think the ski season might be over, it snows. And then it snows some more.
This last week we got over 18″ of snow for some of the best powder days all season. Spring skiing is here and couldn’t be more fun. Warm sunny days and late afternoon light make this a special time of year. Everyone is enjoying cocktails on the decks outside after some great runs.
There’s still a good month of skiing left, so you know where you can find me! Still, we have our eye on summer which is our busiest season. Summer rentals are almost gone, but if you give us an order, we will fill it.
Please stop by to say “hi” when you are in town this spring or summer. We always love seeing and hearing from you, especially if you want to go take a few runs.
My best regards,
Lorrie B. Winnerman
Broker/Owner
Lorrie B. Aspen Real Estate
600 E. Hopkins, Suite 305
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-0020
C: (970) 618-7772

MARCH MADNESS!
So many cool happenings and events, so little time.
The Wheeler Opera House has amazing events all month long offering unique films and happening live music. Check out Monday night documentaries featuring Cartel Land on March 21, How to Change the World on March 28 and other films. Get your hook into the Fly Fishing Film Tour on March 24, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on April 1 and our favorite, the Aspen ShortsFest April 5 – 10. Los Lobos Boys will rock the stage on March 29 and Under the Street Lamp will play a special show on April 2. Check out S.T.E.A.M. by the Aspen Science Center March 20 & 27, April 3 & 10 at the Crystal Palace. March 21 is Astronomy Night at ACES, followed by Physics Lectures and Physics Café March 23 as well as Full Moon Dinners at Buttermilk. On March 24, the Aspen Art Museum is hosting Curator Talk: Elena Filipovic. On March 25th don’t miss the Aspen Cares Theatrical Fashion Show benefitting the Aspen Hope Center. Celebrate the art of dance with Encore! a performance by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet on March 26. Find your Easter eggs buried in the snow on March 27. Check out Rene Marie with the James Horowitz Trio on March 31 – April 1st. April 5th brings us Aspen U – Why History Matters at the Limelight. Aspen Words and the Winter Words series features a reading and talk with author Sandra Cisneros. The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Skiing History Week begins with the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony being held on April 9. Buttermilk closes April 3 with Aspen Highlands & Snowmass closing April 10 and Aspen Mountain closing on April 17.
Chef Barclay Dodge
ASPEN RESTAURANT ROUNDUP
The restaurant shuffle continues with some new good eats.
Mi Chola co-owners Adam Malmgren and Darren Chapple are veterans of the local restaurant scene – in fact, they used to run La Cantina which occupied the same space on Main and Mill Streets where the new restaurant is now, opening on May 5th with a Cinqo d’Mayo celebration. Mexican fare is still their game so get your margarita on and warm up with some spicy dishes from South of the Boarder. On June 1, Chef Barclay Dodge will open Basque, his newest Aspen eatery in the space currently occupied by the Meatball Shack. The Aspen Cooking School is up and running with can’t miss events all season long and even more to look forward to this summer.
EASTER IN ASPEN: BLOODIES AND BRUNCH
Easter services on top of Aspen Mountain.

Start off your Easter right with services on top of Aspen Mountain with The Aspen Chapel. Over 1,500 people attend this community event.

The service will be led by Nicholas Vesey with music by Mack Baily and Ellen Stapenhorst and Aspen Noise with Barbara Lynn Bloesmtha. Bring a blanket to sit on, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Ticket sales and Gondola open from 7:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m. The Sundeck will open for breakfast following the event. Discounted foot pass: $20 adult/$10.50 child/teen/senior/ Free 6 yrs and younger. After a few runs, head out for a decadent brunch. Element 47 at The Little Nell will offer an Easter Brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for $85++/person Easter egg hunt at 1 pm and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. Reservations recommended, please call 970-920-6330. They don’t mess around at Prospect at the Hotel Jerome. This huge Easter Buffet Buffet includes fresh pancakes, Virgina Ham, Prime Rib, Trout, Eggs Benedict & more. $85/adult $35/kids under 12. Egg Hunt at noon. Reservations recommended. 970-429-7610. At Trecento Quindici Decano you can drink your Easter Brunch,with bottomless mimosas & Bloody Marys. $30 per child, $65 per adults. Complimentary Easter Egg Hunt for Children from 12pm-3pm.

SUMMER 2016 CAN’T MISS EVENTS
The Aspen Food & Wine Classic
Food & Wine kicks off the summer June 17 – 19 as the can’t-miss event of the season, if not the year. Aspen Summer Words brings the literary world to the mountains June 19 – 24. The esteemed Aspen Ideas Festival brings world leaders to town June 23 – July 2. Get your disco jam on for the JAS June Experience headlined by Diana Ross June 24 – 26. Theatre Aspen presents Momma Mia for opening night on June 27. The Aspen Music Festival & School season of concerts runs June 30 – August 25. July starts with a bang with Motown icon Smokey Robinson performing at the Benedict Music Tent. Don’t miss the parade and fireworks on Aspen’s Old Fashioned 4th of July. Wine Women & Shoes benefitting Shining Stars Foundation is on July 6. The Bash for the Buddies benefiting the Buddy Program on July 7. La Boheme in Aspen July 14, 16 & 18. The Emerson String Quartet celebrates their 40th Anniversary on July 19th. The Django AllStars play July 20 – 21. John Denver Bash will be held July 27 at the Hotel Jerome. The Aspen Opera Center presents A Wedding on July 28 & 30. Michel Camilo plays at the Aspen Art Museum July 29 and the Aspen Art Museum hosts Aspen ArtCrush August 3 – 5.
It’s All About The Numbers: The Real Estate Report
The market is off to a slower start… IT MAY BE TIME TO MAKE AN OFFER!!!

ASPEN SINGLE FAMILY HOMES SOLD BY DOLLAR VOLUME YTD 2016 VS. YTD 2015:
$0 – $2,000,000: 1 for $ 740,000 vs. 1 for $ 507,500
$2,000,001 – $4,000,000: 0 for $ 0 vs. 3 for $ 9,400,000 $4,000,001 – $6,000,000: 5 for $24,100,000 vs. 6 for $29,835,000 $6,000,001 – $8,000,000: 0 for $ 0 vs. 11 for $53,160,000 $8,000,001 – $10,000,000 2 for $16,160,000 vs. 0 for $ 0
Over $10,000,001: 0 for $ 0 vs. 5 for $63,425,000 Total: 8 for $41,000,000 vs. 26 for $156,327,500
ASPEN CONDOS/TOWNHOMES SOLD BY DOLLAR VOLUME YTD 2016 VS. YTD 2015:
$0 – $2,000,000: 17 for $20,000,500 vs. 17 for $15,089,000
$2,000,001 – $4,000,000: 2 for $ 5,100,000 vs. 4 for $11,380,000
$4,000,001 – $6,000,000: 0 for $ 0 vs. 5 for $22,597,500
$6,000,001 – $8,000,000: 0 for $ 0 vs. 1 for $ 6,800,000
$8,000,001 – $10,000,000: 0 for $ 0 vs. 1 for $ 7,700,000
Over $10,000,001: 1 for $15,000,000 vs. 2 for $22,247,000
TOTAL: 20 for $40,100,500 vs. 30 for $85,813,500

ASPEN SINGLE FAMILY HOMES PENDING:
4 for $49,694,000ASPEN CONDOS/TOWNHOME PENDING:
25 for $84,991,152

TOTAL ASPEN PENDING:

29 for $134,685,152

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