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Monday, July 23, 2018   /   by Megan Luther

Summer 2018 Bucket List

It may be hard to believe summer will be coming to an end soon. Still, there’s still plenty of time to fulfill your bucket list of summer fun activities…and no better place to do it than Grand County!

Here are 10 “must do” items to help you turn the Winter Park area into your summer playground!

1. Paddle Board on Grand Lake: You KNOW you’ve been wanting to do this! Experience the scenic beauty of one of Colorado's oldest tourist destinations and the state's largest natural body of water on a rented paddle board.

2. Camp at Arapaho Valley Ranch: Rent a tipi, glamping tent or rooms in a historic lodge which houses Colorado's smallest bar, The Red Dog Saloon!

3. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride: Low-level flying will allow balloonists to spot wildlife, pick pine cones from treetops, fly over the train, and "splash & dash" into a pond or river. At higher altitudes, the spectacular peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Continental Di ...

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Thursday, July 5, 2018   /   by Megan Luther

Here’s a “Crappy” Topic - Septic Systems

If you live in an isolated or rural area, chances are you are the proud owner of a septic system. But while most homeowners want to do what’s best and right for their home, most have no idea how to treat or maintain this vital home component. 

In the most basic explanation -- the septic system is made up of two parts - the septic tank and the leach field. Water from your home goes into the system in two forms: black water (toilet waste) and gray water (kitchen, sink, bath and laundry waste). A septic system uses natural biological processes to treat this waste. 

As wastewater from your home flows into the tank, heavy solids settle to the bottom into a “sludge" layer while fats float to the top forming a layer of “scum”. Between these two layers is a zone of liquids. Bacteria are found in all three of these layers and work to treat and reduce the sludge and scum. They literally “eat and digest” the solid materials. The treated solids a ...

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Thursday, May 17, 2018   /   by Megan Luther

They Say You Can’t Have it All

…but they are wrong!

You want a mountain retreat.

You want your money secured in a good investment.

You want to live/retire in a small town but be close to big-city life

You CAN have it ALL… in Grand County!  

Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash, Granby and Grand Lake are not just a winter playland. Grand County living offers four-season activities…and it’s just a little over an hour away from Denver. 

With the recent development of Aspen Skiing Co and KSL Capital Partners acquiring Intrawest (the previous operators of the Winter Park Ski Resort - read more at, there has been a surge of interest in what Grand County has to offer.

Local realtor Parnell Quinn was raised in Grand County. As co-owner of The Simple Life Real Estate Company and on the City Board of Trustees for Fraser (the town adjacent and directly west of Winter Park), he&rsq ...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016   /   by Megan Luther

Sky Hi Daily News Article - Intrawest eyes real estate opportunities at Winter Park

Hank Shell
March 8, 2016
Intrawest eyes real estate opportunities at Winter Park
Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc. is focusing on real estate opportunities at Winter Park Resort and Steamboat Ski Area, according to a presentation made available last month.
The presentation highlights profitable land sales in fiscal years 2014 and 2015 and Colorado’s improving real estate market as signs that the time may be right to restart real estate development at the two resorts.
Year over year condo sales are up while inventory is down more than 30 percent, according to the presentation.
Intrawest, which named Craig Cohn its new president of real estate effective Feb. 1, hopes to capitalize on Steamboat and Winter Park’s proximity to Denver by developing new master plans for both resorts.
Intrawest, which owns $21.4 million in real estate holdings at Winter Park Resort, plans to invest between $43 million and $48 million in its resorts in 2 ...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016   /   by Megan Luther

Grand County Article in Denver Post

Grand County's languid real estate recovery gets spur from developers
Several new construction projects underway in Winter Park promise to bounce Grand County back from the recession
By Jason Blevins 
The Denver Post
The Denver Post
Posted:Sun Feb 28 00:01:00 MST 2016
WINTER PARK — In the last couple of years, real estate sales in Colorado's resort communities have enjoyed healthy rebounds from the recession, climbing close to the heyday peaks hit in 2006 and 2007. Grand County's Granbv, Winter Park and Fraser, however, have lagged in that celebrated recovery.

Want to buffalo a broker or daze a developer in the Fraser Valley? Ask them why that is.

"That's been an enigma a little bit," said Walter "Buz" Koelbel Jr., whose 17-year-old, 1,100-acre mixed-use Rendezvous project wraps around both Winter Park and Fraser. "I'm a little surprised it has taken as long as it has when you look at our proximity to Denver."

It's a well-named place, Gran ...

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