Aspen Updates from Sally Shiekman

I am regularly espousing the deep value of the Aspen, Snowmass, and the Roaring Fork Valley, and it is clear that I am not alone. 

It's time to dig out those skis and if you are ready to move closer to the lifts, give me a call. 

Aspen Airport Grounded, for two weeks in May

January 31, 2022
Aspen airport closing for two weeks in May

The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport will close its runway and all taxiway connectors for two weeks in May to do annual airfield maintenance and repairs, the county announced.

The closure will be from May 2 to May 16, and aircraft operations will be limited to emergency medevac and mountain rescue operations. The runway is set to reopen at 7 a.m. May 16.

Commissioners Concerned With The Hotelification of Local Neighborhoods

January 27, 2022
Pitkin County commissioners are concerned about the “hotelification” of local neighborhoods and are set to take public comment and vote Wednesday on a new proposed ordinance that would impose restrictions on short-term rental properties in Old Snowmass, Woody Creek, Brush Creek Village and other unincorporated areas of the county. If passed, the ordinance would take effect on April 30, 2022 and only owners of properties used as primary residences in unincorporated Pitkin County will be able to be rented out on Airbnb, Vrbo and other short-term rental sites.
Read more in the article below. Information about how to make a comment on this ordinance is also contained in the article.

Sally's 2021 Sold Listings Showcase

January 17, 2022
Download and review the wonderful mix of sold listings Sally handled in 2021.

Click here to view the pdf.

Emergency didn’t cause moratorium, but moratorium caused emergency

January 13, 2022
The Aspen Board of Realtors seek an injunction to stop the City of Aspen’s moratorium on the issuance of building permits and allowing short term rentals. Read the article below which cites that already over $40MM in real estate sales has been lost as Buyers didn’t proceed with purchases due to the moratorium.

2021 Commercial Property Sales Bring Back Memories

January 3, 2022
The numbers are starting to finalize for real estate sales which occurred in 2021. Sales volume topped $4 billion including over $300 million in commercial sales. Of these sales, five were either hotels or commercial buildings. The sale of one of the hotels brought back very fond memories.
As a kid, my family would come to Aspen for the 2 week Christmas/New Year’s holiday. This was in the days before the Silver Queen gondola. It took 3 chairs and almost 45 very cold minutes to ascend from the bottom to the top of Aspen Mountain. We’d get on the lift at 9am and catch the FIS/6 chair up for the last run at 3:45pm. We’d dine at restaurants no longer in existence, such as the Shaft, Lauretta’s, the Golden Horn and Takah Sushi. The popcorn wagon actually had popcorn! But the most memorable part of our trip was our lodging. We’d make our annual return to the homey Mountain Chalet, where massive breakfasts and Quick read more or view full article hot chocolate and gluehwein apres skis were the norm. At the time, the lodge was owned and run by Marion and Ralph Melville and then the reigns were passed on to their 5 children. There were no kinder lodge owners than the Melville family. In 2021, the Mountain Chalet sold for $68 million. Please read the Aspen Times article below for more information.
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I received your gift card, and want to express my appreciation. Quite a nice surprise! Also to acknowledge all your help with our transactions and rentals over the past few years. It turns out that, directly and including the new Tahoe home, you were involved with five different properties we have had owned over the years. (And you have seen Owl Meadows as well, making six.) Which is quite a few for small time investors. You got us out of the properties we needed to get out of, and into one that was just fine for as long as we needed it. Then out again, as we moved on. We hope to see you on our next Aspen visit. And we will toast you at Valenti’s!
Tom & Jan Restaino
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Sally and her team were such a pleasure to work with. When deciding to sell our home, she gave some excellent advice on what we could do to improve how it shows without any pressure to do so. She’s a realist who tells it as it is and we very much appreciated that. She gave great advice when we asked for it, and led us to a surprise free closing on a timeline that worked best for us. If we are back in the roaring fork valley again, Sally will be our first call!
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Dan & Judi Smith
Sally was very professional, persistent without pressuring, and handled all details necessary to complete the sale. When it came time to sell that property and purchase another, although both my husband and I had become good friends with many other local realtors, we both felt strongly that Sally should be our listing and buying agent.
Anne & Mark Grice
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Betty Hoye
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Kim Nuzzo and Eileen Kinkelaar
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Karen E. Crepps
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Dave Shinneman
Sally is a consummate professional who knows her market and takes great pride in being thorough, direct, and positive. I was particularly impressed with her ability to balance patience with execution, given the property we were selling was quite old. I also appreciated the frankness around expectations, and I am sure that pace of closure for our sale agreement in a matter of days, was due to her. If you want to best, she is it.
Buck Byrum
Sally recently helped my wife and I to purchase a building site in the Missouri Heights area. Sally made the purchase a great experience; she showed us much of what the valley had to offer over a several days time frame. Sally presented us with information on what was currently on the market. We have since purchase a property and are already projecting an increase in value. Sally has kept in touch since the purchase providing valuable information.
Donald Russell
Sally always carefully explained each part of the selling/buying process, answered every question patiently, and was completely honest about the possible outcome(s) of the entire event. Buying/selling a home is an emotional and exciting time; Sally has the ability to keep things calm while retaining that important sense of excitement.
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