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Sunbeam Estates Luxury Homes for Sale

Sunbeam Estates Luxury Homes for SaleSunbeam Estates offers an ideal location for luxury homebuyers who love to be close to everything Breckenridge has to offer.

Nestled among tall trees on the south side of town, between the ice arena and Carter Park, Sunbeam Estates offers an easy walk to both of these recreational hubs, as well as to the boutique shopping, award-winning dining, and year-round festivals and events on Main Street Breckenridge.

Learn more about this prestigious subdivision below today’s listings of Sunbeam Estates Luxury Homes for Sale.

4
Beds
2 | 2
Baths
3,569
SqFt
(23)
 
 
#S1003402 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Breckenridge Associates R.E.
3
Beds
3 | 1
Baths
3,507
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1003967 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Keller Williams Top Of Rockies
© 2017 Summit MLS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Summit Association of REALTORS®. All rights reserved.
The information being provided is for the consumer's non-commercial, personal use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumer may be interested in purchasing. The information provided is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. You may not reprint or redistribute the information, in whole or in part, without the expressed written consent of Summit Association of REALTORS®.
Summit MLS data last updated at March 28, 2017 7:23 AM MT

With 43 parcels in all, lot sizes in Sunbeam Estates range from 0.2 acres to 1.7 acres. Single family home sizes range from around 2800 square feet to 6700 square feet. Many of the luxury homes here feature ski area views and are not far from Breckenridge’s free shuttle route for easy access to the ski area and connections to the rest of Summit County. On its south end, Sunbeam Estates is also home to a popular 9000 square foot, 12-bedroom lodge/chalet on a larger, 3-acre parcel. (Little Mountain Lodge, located at 98 Sunbeam Drive.)

The luxury homes in Sunbeam Estates are all custom builds, and many feature the luxury amenities a discerning Breckenridge buyer has come to expect: wine room, fitness room, gourmet chef’s kitchen with top of the line appliances (Subzero, Wolf, Viking), outdoor kitchens and outdoor seating areas. Architecture and designs make clever use of view corridors and natural light.

Building in Sunbeam Estates began in 1992, so this luxury subdivision features newer homes than some of its nearby counterparts… The Weisshorn, Warrior’s Mark West and Gold Flake, for example. Exteriors feature rich natural elements, from soaring timber trusses to meticulous masonry.

Nearby Recreation and Amenities

As mentioned above, Sunbeam Estates is just across Boreas Pass Road from Breckenridge’s Stephen C. West Ice Arena where patrons enjoy an outdoor ice rink, as well as an all-season indoor rink. Hiking and biking trails wind through the Sunbeam Estates subdivision and connect to main arteries near Carter Park as well as beyond the ice rink.

Carter Park features several nice playgrounds, in conjunction with adjacent Breckenridge Elementary, along with picnic tables, four outdoor tennis courts, and a day lodge, which is available for rent through the town of Breckenridge. Visitors also love Carter Park’s sand volleyball in the summer and Breck’s most popular sledding hill in the winter.

Sunbeam Estates Luxury Homes for Sale

Properties in luxurious Sunbeam Estates don’t come along too often. It is one of the most coveted areas in Breckenridge. When homes in Sunbeam Estates are available for sale, they will appear below. If you have particular interest in this community, please let me know. I’ll make sure to notify you about any new listings in this area.

You might also enjoy nearby Breckenridge Historic District HomesGold Flake luxury homes, or the Weisshorn, a neighborhood of single family homes just to the north of Gold Flake. You can also browse more Breckenridge luxury homes and neighborhoods or read my article Buying a Luxury Home: 11 Important Questions to Ask Before Making an Offer

4
Beds
2 | 2
Baths
3,569
SqFt
(23)
 
 
#S1003402 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Breckenridge Associates R.E.
3
Beds
3 | 1
Baths
3,507
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1003967 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Keller Williams Top Of Rockies
© 2017 Summit MLS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Summit Association of REALTORS®. All rights reserved.
The information being provided is for the consumer's non-commercial, personal use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumer may be interested in purchasing. The information provided is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. You may not reprint or redistribute the information, in whole or in part, without the expressed written consent of Summit Association of REALTORS®.
Summit MLS data last updated at March 28, 2017 7:23 AM MT

Buying a Luxury Mountain Home – 11 Important Questions to Ask

buying a luxury mountain home

Buying a luxury mountain home in Summit County can mean not only quick convenience to five world-class ski resorts but also a legacy home for generations to enjoy.

Of course, you’ll want to locate your luxury mountain home in an area that is most appealing to you, whether that’s a ski in, ski out Breckenridge home or a luxury equestrian property north of Silverthorne. But there are a number of additional considerations – and important questions to ask – before you make an offer on a luxury mountain home.

I am a Summit County Realtor, certified Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS), and a long-time Breckenridge local. Additionally, I work alongside my husband, Ty Cortright, who has been involved in the construction of fine luxury Breckenridge homes since 1997.

Today I want to share with you some questions to ask before buying a luxury home in a mountain community, whether you plan to make it your primary residence or to occupy it as a second home or a rental/investment property.

Question 1: What is the real estate market outlook for luxury homes in this particular area/subdivision?

Generally speaking, luxury homes in resort communities, such as Summit County, are poised for long-term appreciation. After all, they are located in areas that are consistently popular among visitors and other second homeowners, so there’s consistently high demand.

In addition, the supply of homes in resort areas like ours is limited. Of the 619 square miles that make up Summit County, about 80% is public land – managed by either the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. That leaves just 20% of land in Summit County to be privately owned and managed.

So, when you own a piece of property in Summit County, you buy something with great appeal and strong potential for resale value. You can realize strong appreciation over the long term. And, in the meantime, you get to enjoy the property, the vacations, and the tax advantages.

Of course, no one can predict the future and what the real estate market will do, but we can have a good understanding of the past. As of this writing, prices are trending upward. See today’s market stats.

Of course, all of our luxury properties and luxury subdivisions have statistics individual to them. Please know that you can always request the latest Market Report for the subdivisions you are most interested in. I personally create these reports, which feature properties currently for sale, properties under contract and sold properties, along with year-to-date and historic sales and trends. (Simply email me to request these.)

Specifically, you’ll want to understand the absorption rate for the luxury home market in the area you’re looking. Many times, the absorption rate for luxury homes is different from the market as a whole simply because you are among a smaller pool of buyers. It’s very possible for there to be a seller’s market for homes under $1M, while homes of $2M are experiencing a buyer’s market. A buyer’s market means a greater likelihood that you can negotiate on price and inspection items. You may even have more say over contract dates and deadlines.

Question 2: Have you considered all of the neighborhoods and areas that might appeal to you?

A good Realtor will be able to provide information and guidance about additional communities and subdivisions that may fit your criteria, simply by learning about your lifestyle and the type of homes you are looking for.

Here in Summit County, we have impressive luxury homes in Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne, as well as north of Silverthorne and south of Breckenridge. Each of these subdivisions and communities has a different feel.

When we first start talking, expect to have a long conversation about exactly what you are looking for. Are you interested in a historic property? New construction? In town or on a larger land parcel? Are gravel roads okay? I have a series of about 20 questions to get us started. We’ll talk about the real estate market trends in each of these various subdivisions as well as any new development and revitalization projects that may be on the horizon so you can get a sense for not only the current value but the future value, as well.

You’ll also want to make sure that you are considering the needs of everyone who will be using the home. Especially if you have in mind that the home will be in your family for generations, it’s important to consider the needs of all. If you have a number of older people in your party with any health concerns, you might want to choose a home at a slightly lower elevation, for example, or you might wish to look at properties with at least one bedroom on the main floor – or perhaps an elevator.

Question 3: Who designed the home, and who built the home?

Ideally, you’ll be working with a luxury agent who is familiar with the work and the reputation of the area’s custom home builders and architects. When I preview new luxury homes that come on the market, it’s the first question I ask, if I don’t know already – because it’s important.

Even if the home is not new construction and is outside the warranty, a luxury builder with a stellar reputation will do what’s necessary to keep that reputation and will often, at the very least, help you troubleshoot and solve problems. If you ever want to add on to the home, or do a remodel, it’s nice to have this information, as well.

Question 4: What community amenities/features are most important to you?

Just as with any property, when shopping for luxury, the “bones” of the home are going to be of utmost importance. You want solid, quality construction on a parcel of land that offers good exposure. You want a good floor plan, perhaps a timeless design.

Beyond these basics, there are bound to be particulars that the home does not have, but if these are easy to integrate, it doesn’t have to be dealbreaker. A home can often be retrofitted with modern technology (see below.)

It’s common in our luxury market to have stellar views and premiere locations, along with home theater, fitness room, wine room, gourmet chef’s kitchens with top of the line appliances (Viking, Subzero, Wolf), private hot tubs and outdoor seating areas with gas firepits. Expect to see outdoor kitchens, spa baths and steam showers.

Heating on luxury homes in Summit County is nearly always in-floor radiant and the building process here so prizes environmental building standards that you can expect to see a number of ecological considerations and features, especially in newer construction. These include passive and active solar, as well as “smart” features that allow owners to control lighting and window shades, temperature and humidity, electronics and entertainment, security systems and more either remotely or via an ipad on site (or both).

Again, some older luxury homes can be retrofitted with this technology fairly reasonably, but this might be something you want to get an opinion on before you purchase. One thing that can be difficult to retrofit: an antiquated heating system. If the luxury home has older heating systems or even certain in-floor heat tubing (a couple have had class action lawsuits), you might want to opt for a home that’s newer and potentially more efficient.

New construction is very popular in our luxury market, in part because it provides the latest in trends and technology, which can be particularly useful if you are not occupying the home full time.
A good luxury agent will help you understand what to look for in a luxury custom home, from the mechanical room to the roof design, and what problems you could potentially run into down the line.

And that leads us to another question: Nearly all luxury buyers have grappled with whether they would be better off buying land and building a custom home themselves. Your luxury realtor will be able to give you an idea of the current building costs and timelines as well as the general procedures you can expect in your area.

More Great Resources on Buying a Luxury Home:
Tips for Buying a Luxury Home, by Ryan Fitzgerald in Raleigh, North Carolina
8 Things That Must be Considered When Selling a Luxury Home, by Kyle Hiscock in Rochester, New York
Ten Tips for Buying Luxury Homes, by Debbie Drummond in Las Vegas, Nevada

Question 5: What are your likely costs for home care?

The HOA fees for single family homes will likely be fairly minimal, as there is often little in terms of common amenities and services. There are luxury subdivisions in our Colorado resort market with higher HOA fees, charged monthly (Cottages at Shock Hill, Columbia Lode, Angler Mountain Ranch cabins, Peak Ten Bluffs, and Muggins Gulch, for example) because they provide true lock-and-leave convenience and some even provide an on-site property manager. Services vary for each of these communities but they can be a nice option for luxury homeowners who come and go frequently throughout the year.

Keep in mind that, with so many second homes in our area, property management and home care is big business, so it’s fairly easy to make any property into one you can easily lock-and-leave – as long as you have a contract with a good caretaker who can make sure to take care of heat tape, snow removal, roof inspections and basic maintenance on your home. You can even have someone stock the fridge before you get here. I’ll help you with recommendations on professionals like this when the time comes.

Question 6: Do you wish to rent the home when you aren’t here, and, if so, what is the potential for rental income?

Luxury mountain homes in Colorado make for popular short-term rentals, and this rental income can help to offset the expenses of your mountain home. Among luxury homes in our community, it’s not unusual to see gross rental incomes in the six figures, and there are a great variety of vacation rental management companies and home care companies that can help you maintain and easily facilitate your mountain rentals, for a fee.

If you think you might want to rent your luxury home on a short-term basis, make sure you talk to your Realtor about this before the search begins. Some of the exclusive luxury subdivisions in our market restrict short term rentals, per the HOA.

In a resort market like ours, rental income can vary greatly, across the seasons and across the years. When we start looking at luxury mountain homes together, I can provide you with historic or projected rental income and we can talk about the outlook for the future in a particular subdivision. Read more about potential rental income or download my Summit County Buyer’s Handbook to learn more.

Question 7: What are the potential tax advantages of owning a luxury home?

I’m careful not to give tax advice, but it’s important to discuss your plans for buying a luxury mountain home with both your financial advisor and your tax professional. Purchasing a luxury home in Colorado may allow you to take advantage of certain tax deductions, and – if you rent the home, you’ll be able to take advantage of even more. (Read my explanation of potential tax deductions for your mountain property.)

Question 8: Has the home been tested for radon?

Radon is an odorless and colorless gas from granite deposits in the earth that contain uranium. This radon gas can move into your home, causing potentially serious health effects, including cancer. Many homes in Summit County already have a system installed to mitigate this problem (read more about radon from Colorado Department of Public Health & the Environment), but if the home you’re looking at does not, it’s important to make a note of that ahead of time and to understand the likely costs and strategy for mitigation. Radon mitigation is routinely done on new construction, and there is generally a way to mitigate on existing homes, but costs and effectiveness will vary, depending on the way the home was constructed. Summit County has free radon test kits, and you can have a radon inspection as part of your inspection process before closing. We can talk about that more as the time comes, as well.

Question 9: Is the luxury home located in a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)?

A number of luxury homes in Summit County are in the Wildland Urban Interface: that zone that exists between unoccupied land and developed land where there is an increased risk of wildfires. If your home is located here, you could be subject to higher insurance premiums or even non-renewals or cancellation of homeowner’s insurance policies. We will make sure that your purchase offer includes a property insurance contingency, so you can verify that you will be able to find affordable insurance on the home.

As we look at homes, we will be looking at certain items to evaluate the home’s potential wildfire risk. The state of Colorado has published a comprehensive document with details on exactly how individual homeowners can reduce their risk, and we’ll talk about these details more as we start looking at prospective properties, but – among the considerations:

1. Roofing material. Wood and shake shingle roofs can be highly flammable. Instead, you’ll want asphalt shingles, metal sheets and metal shingles or tile, clay, concrete or slate shingles. Da Vinci and CeDUR are two companies that make synthetic shingles that closely resemble cedar shakes, and we are increasingly seeing these on new construction – and on roof replacements of high end luxury homes.

2. Defensible space. This is the area around the home that has been changed or modified to reduce the fire hazard. Wildfire experts set recommendations for tasks a homeowners should complete in Zone 1 (from 0 to 30 feet from the home); Zone 2 (from 30 to 50 feet), and Zone 3 (100 feet from the home.) See the publication noted above for specific recommendations in these areas in regard to tree spacing, pruning of tree branches, etc.

If you see that the home will require some fire mitigation after you take possession, it doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker (provided you can get reasonably priced property insurance on the home), but it’s a good idea for you to know what tasks may lie ahead. These tasks can range from simple and free to complex and costly – especially considering the cost of cutting and removing a single tree on your property can exceed $100.

Read more about purchasing property in Summit County’s Wildland Urban Interface.

Question 10: Are you planning to pay cash or finance?

Approximately 43% of the transactions in our market are paid in cash, but with interest rates low, many people choose to leverage their investment and finance. As a luxury buyer, you likely have existing relationships with loan professionals, but if you need a recommendation to a few good local lenders, just say the word.

With luxury condos, a local lender can help make for a smoother transaction in part because the underwriter will need to approve the complex and a local lender will already know which buildings are approved. Luxury single family homes in our market do not tend to have the same hurdles. Still our market does have its idiosyncrasies when it comes to financing. For example, right now, appraisals are taking an unusually long time so you want to make sure your lender is aware (and that your Realtor and lender are communicating), so everyone can understand what is realistic in terms of appraisal dates and closing dates.

It’s important to talk with your lender early in the process – even before you start looking for your second home – because a pre-approval letter will strengthen any offer you write. It’s highly likely that you will need to furnish some kind of letter from a lender early in the process of buying a luxury mountain home, or a proof of funds if you are paying cash.

As you know, with loans on a luxury property, even a fraction of a point can cost you or save you thousands over the life of the loan, so it’s nice to have some time to shop around, and perhaps get a recommendation on a lender who is based locally.

Question 11: Who will you be using as your Realtor?

Ideally, you will work with someone who understands the unique trends in the luxury home market. A realtor with contacts and experience in the luxury homebuilding industry can help you after the sale, as well, in case you’d like to do some future updates. A Realtor who is constantly showing and previewing luxury homes will help you to know where the best homes are for your unique situation and needs.

Again, I work alongside my husband, Ty Cortright, a great deal. He has 20 years of experience with some of the finest luxury homes in Summit County and, as we narrow down the choices on a custom home, it’s nice to call him in to walk through the homes with us. He lends a very valuable perspective on everything from the mechanical room to the roof design and everything in between. He can help point out the advantages and disadvantages of various features and is a great resource for my clients, from that initial walkthrough to long after the sale.

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime and we can discuss the possibilities for you in Summit County.

Here’s a little more information on how I work with buyers:

 

You might also like:

Breckenridge Luxury Homes Explore the luxury and ultra-luxury communities of Breckenridge.

Breckenridge Luxury Condos Learn more about the most luxurious buildings in Breck and see today’s listings. (Many of these units deliver exceptional rental income).

Tips for Buying a Second Home in Colorado

Gold Flake Homes for Sale

Gold Flake Homes for SaleGold Flake Homes for Sale are Custom Luxury Homes with Spectacular Views of Breck – and just a Quick Walk to Town

Four individual subdivisions exist in the area commonly known as Gold Flake, just up the hill from downtown Breckenridge. These beautiful luxury homes face the ski mountain and offer breathtaking year-round views.

Scroll down below today’s listings to learn more about the Gold Flake Subdivision:

5
Beds
2 | 4
Baths
5,081
SqFt
(22)
 
 
#S372760 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Coldwell Banker Mtn Properties
4
Beds
1 | 4
Baths
4,859
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S392421 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Coldwell Banker Mtn Properties
4
Beds
2 | 2
Baths
4,220
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1001596 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Donald Picard
© 2017 Summit MLS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Summit Association of REALTORS®. All rights reserved.
The information being provided is for the consumer's non-commercial, personal use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumer may be interested in purchasing. The information provided is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. You may not reprint or redistribute the information, in whole or in part, without the expressed written consent of Summit Association of REALTORS®.
Summit MLS data last updated at March 28, 2017 7:23 AM MT

Gold Flake – Luxury, Views, and Convenience

The custom luxury homes here have been built over more than three decades, in four different filings, so there is a diversity of sizes, styles, and vintages. Lot sizes in Gold Flake range from one-third of an acre to 3 acres. Homes vary from 2500 square feet to nearly 9000 square feet.

The original Gold Flake subdivision saw construction beginning in the 1980s. Gold Flake II features homes built in the 1990s and beyond, and Gold Flake III and Gold Flake Filing 3A are home to the newest homes in the development, beginning right around 2000 and continuing today, especially along Stillson Placer.

Homes in Gold Flake are custom built and many include the stunning alpine grandeur you would expect from a custom luxury Breckenridge neighborhood. Rustic textures, timberwork, and rich natural elements combine with soaring panes of glass to maximize the spectacular view corridors.

Many Gold Flake homes for sale also feature expansive west-facing decks and outdoor living areas — some beautifully terraced into the hillside — designed to capture the sun-drenched afternoons and the magnificent views of the Breckenridge Ski Area and the Ten Mile Range. Just below can be seen the bustling town of Breckenridge.

And while views are spectacular from your perch in Gold Flake, you’re just a quick walk (downhill) to town. Take one of two quaint and forested footpaths and arrive at the shops and restaurants of Breck within around 10 minutes. The return walk, of course, will be uphill, so you could opt for the free Breckenridge shuttle, which will drop you off at nearby Wellington Road.

This bus stop can easily connect you to skiing, as well. The Breckenridge Free Ride, Breck’s free shuttle service, stops along Wellington Road at least twice an hour, making it easy for many Gold Flake owners and guests to access the galleries, shopping, and dining of Breckenridge, as well as the ski mountain. (The final stop along this convenient bus route is the Breckenridge station, which is adjacent to the Breck Connect gondola.)

Hiking and biking trails abound in the Gold Flake subdivision. If you prefer to go, not into town, but deeper into the forest, another series of paths and trails will take you into open space, connecting you eventually into the Golden Horseshoe and acres and acres of national forest.

To explore the Gold Flake subdivisions, from Wellington Road, head south on Pine Street or Gold Flake Terrace. Street names within the Gold Flake Subdivisions, in addition to Pine and Gold Flake Terrace, include Gold Flake Court, Hermit Drive, and Stillson Placer Terrace.

Like other Breckenridge properties, homes in Gold Flake are subject to a 1% transfer tax. HOA fees are minimal and are assessed annually.

Gold Flake Homes and the Vacation Rental Market

As you can imagine from its magnificent views, spacious properties, and proximity to town, homes in the Gold Flake subdivisions tend to do quite well in the short term, vacation rental market. Learn more about renting your Gold Flake home when you aren’t in town to enjoy it yourself. And contact me for historic or projected income for any properties you might be interested in.

Gold Flake Homes for Sale in Breckenridge

When there are Gold Flake Homes for sale in Breckenridge, they will appear below. If you have particular interest in this area of Breckenridge, please send me an email or give me a call so I can be on the lookout for new listings on your behalf.

Contact me anytime to learn more about this popular custom home community or to schedule a showing and private property tour.

You might also enjoy Sunbeam EstatesThe Weisshorn, a neighborhood of single family homes just to the north of Gold Flake and the Breckenridge Historic District Homes just to the west. Or browse more Breckenridge luxury homes and neighborhoods.  Or read my article Buying a Luxury Home: 11 Important Questions to Ask Before Making an Offer.

5
Beds
2 | 4
Baths
5,081
SqFt
(22)
 
 
#S372760 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Coldwell Banker Mtn Properties
4
Beds
1 | 4
Baths
4,859
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S392421 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Coldwell Banker Mtn Properties
4
Beds
2 | 2
Baths
4,220
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1001596 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Donald Picard
© 2017 Summit MLS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Summit Association of REALTORS®. All rights reserved.
The information being provided is for the consumer's non-commercial, personal use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumer may be interested in purchasing. The information provided is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. You may not reprint or redistribute the information, in whole or in part, without the expressed written consent of Summit Association of REALTORS®.
Summit MLS data last updated at March 28, 2017 7:23 AM MT

River’s Edge Homes for Sale

River's Edge Homes for SaleRiver’s Edge Homes for Sale: Along the pristine banks of the Blue River is a new construction development from one of Breckenridge’s most successful developers, Breckenridge Lands.

Properties here are primarily duplexes, with one single family home. Groundbreaking occurred in the summer of 2016, and construction will take place in 2 phases. When there are properties available in prestigious River’s Edge they will appear below:

Scroll down below the listings to learn more about River’s Edge.

4
Beds
1 | 4
Baths
2,803
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1002421 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Coldwell Banker Mtn Properties
4
Beds
1 | 4
Baths
2,803
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1001790 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Coldwell Banker Mtn Properties
© 2017 Summit MLS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Summit Association of REALTORS®. All rights reserved.
The information being provided is for the consumer's non-commercial, personal use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumer may be interested in purchasing. The information provided is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. You may not reprint or redistribute the information, in whole or in part, without the expressed written consent of Summit Association of REALTORS®.
Summit MLS data last updated at March 28, 2017 7:23 AM MT

River’s Edge Homes and Duplexes for Sale

Imagine throwing open your window in the summertime and hearing the steady and soothing rush of the Blue River.

The developer of River’s Edge, Breckenridge Lands, is well-known for its luxury homes in Shock Hill, Corkscrew Flats and The Highlands. Now, development is underway on River’s Edge, just one-half mile south of Main Street Breckenridge.

HOA fees in River’s Edge will cover the home’s exterior maintenance, so you can enjoy true lock and leave convenience (like in Breckenridge’s Peak Ten Bluffs and Silverthorne’s Angler Mountain Ranch). HOA fees, at the time of this writing, are slated to be $500/month and include the common area maintenance, exterior home maintenance, snow removal, and trash removal.

The luxury enclaves in River’s Edge boast high-end finishes with rich, natural elements. In addition to four bedrooms and five baths, each home will boast two distinct living areas, as well as a deck and outdoor patio. Each home will feature a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, and Wolf and Sub Zero appliances. Bathrooms will be handsomely finished with quartzite, slate, and granite.

Floor plans are cleverly designed with well-placed windows, allowing natural light to flood the indoor spaces.

Riverfront properties in Breckenridge are as desirable as they are rare. River’s Edge homes for sale offers this plus a stunning mountain setting, beautiful views, proximity to numerous hiking and biking trails, fly fishing out your door, and just minutes from Main Street Breckenridge and the Breckenridge historic district.

Once completed, River’s Edge will be home to 24 duplexes and one single family home. Duplexes are 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths at 2803 square feet.

Current listings in River’s Edge

When there are River’s Edge homes for sale in Breckenridge, they will appear below. If you have particular interest in this area of Breckenridge, please send me an email or give me a call so I can be on the lookout for new listings on your behalf.

Contact me anytime to learn more about this popular custom home community or to schedule a showing and private property tour.

You might also enjoy: Corkscrew Flats, Shock Hill, or Columbia Lode or Peak Ten Bluffs and Angler Mountain Ranch in Silverthorne (for its lock and leave homes). Or browse nearby Warrior’s Mark or Blue River homes for sale or all new construction in Breckenridge. Note, there is also a new condo development called River’s Edge in Silverthorne by developer Larry Feldman. Learn more about Silverthorne’s River’s Edge and new construction in Silverthorne.

4
Beds
1 | 4
Baths
2,803
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1002421 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Coldwell Banker Mtn Properties
4
Beds
1 | 4
Baths
2,803
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1001790 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Coldwell Banker Mtn Properties
© 2017 Summit MLS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Summit Association of REALTORS®. All rights reserved.
The information being provided is for the consumer's non-commercial, personal use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumer may be interested in purchasing. The information provided is not guaranteed and should be independently verified. You may not reprint or redistribute the information, in whole or in part, without the expressed written consent of Summit Association of REALTORS®.
Summit MLS data last updated at March 28, 2017 7:23 AM MT

Lewis Ranch Homes for Sale

Lewis Ranch Homes for SaleLewis Ranch Homes for Sale in Copper Mountain feature privacy and seclusion yet are mere steps from the lifts. These true ski in ski out luxury homes represent the pinnacle of real estate in Copper Mountain.

One of only a few gated communities in Summit County, the prestigious address of Lewis Ranch is home to several Parade of Homes award winners and new construction continues here today.

The custom architecture of Lewis Ranch spotlights the vast and impressive view corridors and incorporates timbers and beams with rich natural elements. Styles of Lewis Ranch homes range from rough-hewn and rustic to sleek and contemporary, but all finishes are high-end with gourmet chef’s kitchens and luxuriously appointed baths. Many homes in Lewis Ranch feature custom wine rooms, home theaters, and slopeside Jacuzzis.

Scroll down past these listings to learn more about this prestigious luxury subdivision.

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4 | 4
Baths
6,009
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1001674 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Real Estate At Copper Mountain
5
Beds
4 | 2
Baths
5,357
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1003051 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Colorado R.E. Summit County
5
Beds
5 | 1
Baths
5,253
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1003986 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Slifer Smith & Frampton R.E.
4
Beds
1 | 3
Baths
3,613
SqFt
(22)
 
 
#S1003360 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Real Estate At Copper Mountain
4
Beds
2 | 3
Baths
3,655
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1001749 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Real Estate At Copper Mountain
4
Beds
2 | 3
Baths
3,561
SqFt
(23)
 
 
#S388187 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Real Estate At Copper Mountain
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Lewis Ranch Homes for Sale

Luxurious as they are, custom homes here in Lewis Ranch represent a solid value among Summit County ski in, ski out homes. The 2016 list price to square foot ratio in Lewis Ranch was $525. Compare that to $782 in Breckenridge’s Shock Hill and $980 in Breckenridge’s Timber Trail.

Properties in Lewis Ranch are duplexes or single family homes. Duplexes range from 2600 to 3700 square feet; homes from 4100 square feet to 6600. Lot sizes are from .08 acres (duplex lots) to around one-half an acre.

Stringent architectural guidelines ensure that all homes in the subdivision embrace the high alpine luxury aesthetic. No outbuildings or accessory buildings or apartments are permitted in Lewis Ranch. Ask me for a copy of the architectural design guidelines for the Lewis Ranch subdivision.

In the winter, enjoy alpine skiing right from your home, and, of course, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Vail are all less than 30 minutes away. In the summer, explore the nearby hiking and biking trails. Golfers will enjoy Copper Mountain’s Copper Creek Golf Course. See this Copper Mountain Resort Map to see Lewis Ranch’s proximity to the runs, lifts and Copper villages.

Lewis Ranch HOA

HOA fees are low and are assessed annually. Fees cover Common Area Maintenance, Security, and Trash Removal. Additionally, there is a quarterly neighborhood/resort fee paid to Copper Mountain which, for the most luxurious homes, is assessed at $1016 per quarter. Lewis Ranch Homes for Sale are also subject to a 1.5% transfer tax (a one-time fee paid at closing.) Owners here will also need to arrange for snowplowing and snow shoveling services as this is not taken care of by the HOA.

Vacant Land in Lewis Ranch

Building a Luxury Custom Home in Lewis Ranch
If you are interested in building, browse or search for available land and homesites in Lewis Ranch here.

Short Term Rental Income/Investment Property in Lewis Ranch

Many of these homes are offered fully furnished with strong established short-term rental histories, so new owners can have a turnkey experience, both as a second home or a rental/investment property. Read more about offering your luxury Copper Mountain home on the short-term rental market. I can show you one Lewis Ranch home for sale with gross annual rental figures exceeding $220,000. (Or see more property with exceptional short term rental income.)

Today’s Listings in Lewis Ranch

Please contact me to arrange a private showing at any of the properties listed below. If you are looking for the most luxurious homes in Summit County, you may also enjoy visiting Dercum’s Dash in Keystone, and Shock Hill and Timber Trail in Breckenridge. Or browse all listings for Summit County Ski In Homes.

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Beds
4 | 4
Baths
6,009
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1001674 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Real Estate At Copper Mountain
5
Beds
4 | 2
Baths
5,357
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1003051 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Colorado R.E. Summit County
5
Beds
5 | 1
Baths
5,253
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1003986 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Slifer Smith & Frampton R.E.
4
Beds
1 | 3
Baths
3,613
SqFt
(22)
 
 
#S1003360 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Real Estate At Copper Mountain
4
Beds
2 | 3
Baths
3,655
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1001749 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Real Estate At Copper Mountain
4
Beds
2 | 3
Baths
3,561
SqFt
(23)
 
 
#S388187 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Real Estate At Copper Mountain
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Summit MLS data last updated at March 28, 2017 7:23 AM MT

Muggins Gulch Land and Homes for Sale

muggins gulch homes and land for saleLush sundrenched meadows and sweeping alpine views.

Muggins Gulch Land and Homes for Sale offer buyers the opportunity to own larger (3-acre) parcels, which provide the ultimate in privacy and showcase some of Summit County’s most exquisite vistas and mountainscapes…all within 15 minutes of Breckenridge’s ski resort and town core.

Scroll down to see today’s listings of Muggins Gulch Land for sale and Muggins Gulch Homes for Sale

This exclusive enclave offers the ultimate in luxury: Nine carefully selected homesites, each approximately 3 acres in size, surrounded by 130 acres of dedicated open space and enclosed in National Forest.

Owners and guests in Muggins Gulch enjoy unspoiled vistas and a feeling of being away from it all, yet they are a quick 15-minute drive from downtown Breckenridge. Located about 4 miles from Highway 9 down Tiger Road, Muggins Gulch lies within the famed Golden Horseshoe, an area so named for its abundance of gold treasure. Today the treasure is of a different sort: peace, solitude, and a great abundance of recreational opportunities, winter and summer.

The famed Colorado Trail intersects the northwest corner of the Muggins Gulch subdivision and connects you to many more miles of trail, including the many that crisscross this famed Golden Horseshoe region.

In the summer, enjoy the unspoiled alpine vistas while hiking and biking. In the wintertime, enjoy those same trails with your snowshoes or backcountry Nordic skis.

The Swan River here at Muggins Gulch offers some good fly fishing, and golfers will love Muggins’ proximity to the 27-hole Jack-Nicklaus-designed Breckenridge Golf Club. (Learn more about this golf course and view Golf Course homes).

The Breck Golf Club is located just a couple of miles down Tiger Road. In the winter, the golf course transforms into the Gold Run Nordic Center, featuring 30 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails (both classic and skate), as well as 13 kilometers of snowshoe trails, plus an ice skating pond and sleigh rides

The Muggins Gulch site plan calls for a caretaker’s unit in the subdivision, as well, which will help second homeowners breathe a little easier. Muggins also plans to have a common area tentatively and affectionately termed “The Rendezvous.” This will be an outdoor place for owners and guests to gather.

Here is an aerial flythrough of the area and viewing platforms at various home sites, showcased below in Muggins Gulch Land for Sale.

Muggins Gulch Amenities

Muggins Gulch offers the best of all worlds: Breathtaking landscapes and the ultimate in seclusion, while still embracing the spirit of what many of us settle in the resort area for: world-class skiing.

Membership to the Pioneer Club is available to owners at Muggins Gulch. The Pioneer Club is an exclusive ski club at Main Street Station, located in downtown Breckenridge and at the base of Peak 9. (Read more about Main Street Station and the Pioneer Club here.)

Membership at The Pioneer Club extends your luxury lifestyle to your day at the slopes, with hassle-free parking and much more. The Pioneer Club brings its members more than 8,000 square feet of facilities, including a private member’s club with patio; an outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs overlooking Breckenridge ski resort and nearby Maggie Pond, a fitness center with steam shower; a 16-seat theater that you can reserve for your family and friends; a ski valet and guest services/concierge staff.

Of course, Breckenridge isn’t the only ski resort near Muggins Gulch. Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain aren’t far. And neither, for that matter, are Vail and Beaver Creek.

Homes for Sale at Muggins Gulch

At the time of this writing, there is a single new construction home for sale. Designed by acclaimed architect Suzanne Allen-Guerra, the home at 164 Imperial Way is an exquisite example of the ultraluxury properties to be developed in this area. This 7300 square foot home boasts a mountain modern design and brings the spectacular outdoors in with its soaring glass and cleverly designed outdoor living spaces. Contact me to arrange a private showing.

If you like this area, you might also enjoy Summit Estates, The Highlands at Breckenridge, and Shock Hill. Or explore more of the luxury and ultraluxury communities of Breckenridge in my post, Breckenridge Luxury Homes for Sale.

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Beds
2 | 6
Baths
7,327
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S394085 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Breckenridge Associates R.E.
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Muggins Gulch Land for Sale

See today’s listings of Muggins Gulch Land for Sale
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Juniata Luxury Homes for Sale

Juniata Luxury Homes for Sale feature the best of all worlds: premiere custom homes with dazzling views of the Ten Mile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort, yet just 3.5 miles by car from Main Street.
Juniata Luxury Homes for Sale

Scroll down for today’s listings in the Juniata subdivision.

Owners and guests at Juniata also enjoy easy access to the complimentary town shuttle system as well as a wealth of hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing trails.

The popular Juniata trail connects the neighborhood to numerous hiking trails in the area, and connects hikers to downtown Breck, just 1.5 miles down hill by way of the trail.

With 21 properties on more than 80 acres, lots in Juniata are spacious, especially considering the relative proximity to town. Lots range from 1.2 acres to 8.2 acres and offer some of the best views anywhere.

There are two duplexes in Juniata, but the rest are single family homes, ranging in size from 2400 square feet to 7200 square feet.

The Juniata subdivision is a little less than 4 miles from Main Street Breckenridge and is served by the free Summit Stage Bus system, which comes up Baldy Road every 30 minutes, both winter and summer, to connect these magnificent view lots with the Breckenridge town core and with the ski resort.

juniata luxury homes for sale are close to the Breckenridge town core

The town in Breckenridge is depicted in pink, the Juniata subdivision in aqua.

Juniata is home to some of the most striking and luxuriously beautiful homes in all of Summit County, along with nearby subdivisions in The Ranch at Breckenridge, Goldenview Estates, Miners View Estates, Woodmoor, and Baldy Ridge Estates.

Architecture makes use of the spectacular view corridors and incorporate massive logs and beams and rich natural elements. Finishes are high-end with gourmet kitchens and luxuriously appointed baths.

Note that short term rentals are not permitted per the HOA of Juniata, so this area stays quiet even during the holidays and the month of March, when the rest of Breckenridge can feel a bit crowded.

Because Juniata is just outside the town limits, there is no transfer tax. The area is served by natural gas, but homes here are on well and septic. Association fees, at the time of this writing, are $300/year.

Juniata Land for Sale

With just 21 parcels in all of Juniata (over more than 80 acres), a listing for land is rare. When available, Juniata land will be listed here.

Search all Breckenridge Land for Sale.

Juniata Luxury Homes for Sale

Available luxury homes in the Juniata subdivision are below. Reach out to me with any questions, or to schedule a private showing of these or any other properties in the Breckenridge area.

If you have particular interest in Juniata or the surrounding area, please send me an email or give me a call so I can be on the lookout for new listings on your behalf.

You might also like Woodmoor, The Ranch at Breckenridge, Goldenview Estates, and Miners View Estates. Or read  my post Breckenridge Luxury Homes for Sale to explore the luxury and ultraluxury communities of Breckenridge.

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Beds
3 | 2
Baths
5,453
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1003365 | Single Family Home
Listing Broker: Slifer Smith & Frampton R.E.
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Breckenridge Luxury Condos

Breckenridge luxury condosBreckenridge luxury condos offer first-rate amenities and premiere finishes, alongside the best access to everything our picturesque ski village has to offer.

Breckenridge Luxury Condos for Sale

Below, please find the latest Breckenridge Luxury Condos for Sale. These are condos in the Breckenridge area that are currently priced at $1M or higher and that offer the finest in finishes, location, and amenities. Many of these luxury properties feature exceptional rental income, as well. (Contact me to learn more about rental income history or projections on the properties below.)

After you browse the available properties, I invite you to scroll down to learn more about the luxury condo complexes in Breckenridge, with links to my personal write-ups on the buildings, including amenities, locations, and special features.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for additional information or if you wish to schedule a private showing.

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2 | 3
Baths
2,390
SqFt
(22)
 
 
#S1003833 | Condo
Listing Broker: Tom Langseth & Assoc. R.E.
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Beds
1 | 2
Baths
1,653
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1003150 | Condo
Listing Broker: Slifer Smith & Frampton R.E.
4
Beds
3 | 1
Baths
2,524
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1003807 | Condo
Listing Broker: Paffrath & Thomas R.E.S.C
3
Beds
1 | 3
Baths
2,086
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1001862 | Condo
Listing Broker: LIV SOTHEBY'S I.R.
3
Beds
2 | 1
Baths
2,017
SqFt
(24)
 
 
#S1002174 | Condo
Listing Broker: Breckenridge Associates R.E.
4
Beds
3 | 2
Baths
2,800
SqFt
(24)
 
 
#S1003522 | Condo
Listing Broker: Slifer Smith & Frampton R.E.
4
Beds
4 | 1
Baths
2,248
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1000736 | Condo
Listing Broker: Paffrath & Thomas R.E.S.C
2
Beds
1 | 1
Baths
1,209
SqFt
(15)
 
 
#S394599 | Condo
Listing Broker: Breckenridge Real Estate Group
4
Beds
4 | 1
Baths
2,356
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S1004011 | Condo
Listing Broker: LIV SOTHEBY'S I.R.
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Beds
3
Baths
1,690
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S386695 | Condo
Listing Broker: Slifer Smith & Frampton R.E.
2
Beds
2 | 1
Baths
1,458
SqFt
(20)
 
 
#S1001877 | Condo
Listing Broker: DC Realty
4
Beds
3 | 1
Baths
2,458
SqFt
(25)
 
 
#S394975 | Condo
Listing Broker: Re/Max Properties/69
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Luxury Breckenridge Condos

Many of the luxury condos featured above are located in the following Breckenridge luxury condo developments:

One Ski Hill Place Luxury Condos
This is Breckenridge’s premiere address. At One Ski Hill Place, you’ll choose from four chair lifts, just steps from your front door. The One Ski Hill Place complex was completed in 2010, and features a private owner’s lounge and locker room area; Aquatics Center featuring panoramic glass walls and ceilings, two swimming pools (a soaking pool for adults and a gradual “beach entry” pool for children), a sauna, an indoor hot tub, an outdoor hot tub with a fire pit and in-your-face views of Breckenridge ski resort at Peak 8. One Ski Hill Place also offers a two-lane bowling alley designed to mimic a Breckenridge mine shaft, two movie lounges, game room with pool table, a fitness center that leaves nothing to be desired, and the T-Bar, a popular and bustling après ski spot, where you can enjoy your cocktail inside or by relaxing in the outdoor plaza, complete with fire pit. Interiors here are artfully designed and feature graciously appointed kitchens — knotty alder cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. See today’s listings at One Ski Hill Place.

crystal peak lodge luxury breck condoCrystal Peak Lodge Condos
Built in 2007, Crystal Peak Lodge is Breckenridge’s Peak 7 ski in, ski out condo complex. Each of the 45 condos in Crystal Peak Lodge is handsomely appointed and beautifully designed. Condos feature knotty alder doors and trim, radiant in-floor heat, travertine tile, and well-designed kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Parking is heated and underground and owners and guests enjoy complimentary shuttle service into town. Crystal Peak Lodge owners and guests may also utilize the amenities at One Ski Hill Place on Peak 8. See today’s listings at Crystal Peak Lodge 

Bluesky at Breckenridge Condos
Bluesky has the feel of a boutique resort. True ski in, ski out convenience, as well as heated underground parking, lift-side ski lockers, and concierge service. Bluesky is just a few blocks from town and offers complientary shuttle service,as well. Business travelers will enjoy access to conference facilities and business services, and everyone enjoys the fitness center, heated outdoor pool and outdoor hot tubs. See today’s listings at Bluesky at Breckenridge.

Main Street Station
Main Street Station offers condos in a variety of sizes and finishes. Located at the base of Peak 9 and with easy access to Main Street, Main Street Station combines ski in, ski out convenience with everything the town of Breckenridge has to offer. Main Street Station was completed in 2000. Condos feature cherry cabinets, granite countertops and quality appliances. Amenities include a large heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool with beautiful views, six hot tubs, a fitness center with eucalyptus steam room, a 25-seat movie theater, and 24 hour bell service and front desk. See today’s listings at Main Street Station.

The Water House on Main Street
Near Main Street Station is the newer Water House on Main Street, which also provides easy access to the base of Peak 9, as well as the sights and sounds of downtown Breckenridge. Condos feature natural finishes and hardwood floors, stone fireplaces, European-style soaking tubs, and private balconies with sweeping views. Gourmet kitchens feature slab granite and stainless steel. Amenities at The Water House include those shared with Main Street Station, from fitness room to pool and hot tubs. Plus ski valet and heated underground parking. See today’s listings at The Water House.

You might also enjoy Breckenridge ski in ski out condos for sale or Breckenridge Ski In Ski Out Homes for Sale. Or read my article Buying a Luxury Home: 11 Important Questions to Ask Before You Make an Offer

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Selling Your Luxury Home – 12 Things the Best Luxury Realtors Do to Sell a Home

Selling your luxury home

When you are selling your luxury home, there are certain nuances to the listing process that may not be present when selling a more traditional home. Here are 12 secrets the best luxury agents know and tasks they complete to get a high-end home sold.

1. Craft a Highly-Customized, Comprehensive Marketing Plan.
A top luxury agent will have a marketing plan that is specific and customized for every home.

Most luxury agents will have a boilerplate marketing plan – the services they always provide — but there should also be some aspects that are unique to your property and your home’s overall story and theme.

A luxury home calls for a unique and exclusive level of marketing. Chances are, the buyers who are qualified to purchase your luxury property are not wandering aimlessly into open houses or mindlessly flipping through the real estate classifieds. The most well-suited prospective buyers for your luxury home or luxury condo may not even reside in your community, or they may visit only seasonally, and that means your luxury Realtor will need to employ a variety of innovative strategies to make sure as many prospective buyers as possible are able to see the home and the precise way its purchase would enrich their lives.

Fortunately, the online marketplace has made this easier than ever. The online marketplace for luxury homes and properties has made it vastly easier for homes to gain exposure to a nationwide and worldwide audience. But we are talking about far more than the standard listings on Trulia, Zillow, Homes.com, and Realtor.com. These websites are important, but they should be only the starting point for your luxury home Realtor.

Your luxury Realtor should have a web presence all her own, and she should employ cutting-edge promotional techniques. Studies show that 88% of buyers search online for a new home. (Compare that to the 21% who rely on print newspaper ads.) The best luxury real estate agents have the best internet strategies to promote the sale of your home.

the best luxury real estate agents know how to market well, online and offlineThese more innovative marketing techniques are exclusive to luxury realtors with a particular skill set. They require a keen eye, and, often, a background rich in marketing. These agents have a way with words and with visual imagery. They also have good working relationships with photographers and videographers who are the top in the unique industry of real estate photography, and they are willing to pay top dollar for their exceptional services.

2. Listen Well – and Often
When a good agent begins the conversation about potentially marketing and selling your home, she will ask a variety of questions about your interests as well as the aspects of your home that truly set it apart. She will then use this information as a springboard to come up with effective marketing ideas that go above and beyond the competition.

A good luxury agent will craft an entire campaign around your home. This campaign will likely have a clear theme, which ties into those aspects that set it apart. This theme will be consistent among brochures, mailers, and the customized website the agent creates about your property. Of course, the entire campaign should be designed to appeal to the luxury buyer.

Many of the large custom homes in my marketplace have been given unique and individual names for marketing purposes. Recently, in our marketplace, we had the Shock Hill masterpiece, Le Chatel de Breckenridge and Sunrise Point’s L’Aubaine.

Regardless of whether your luxury home has an official title, make sure your agent highlights each feature of the property – and has committed each to memory. If someone calls your agent on the phone and asks what kind of icemaker the listing has, she should know and be able to rattle off its characteristics.This is the service you should demand from the luxury agent.

3. Sell More Than the Home
The best luxury realtors know that they aren’t selling simply a home. They are selling a lifestyle. The theme your agent chooses for the campaign should emphasize this lifestyle. In our Colorado resort market, many times it centers on alpine skiing, but some homes are more suited for avid Nordic skiiers, others for golfers, others for equestrians… or people who love their cars and want space to work on them, oenophiles who dream of an expansive wine cellars, grandmothers who dream of multiple bunk rooms, history buffs who dream of a historic home. Perhaps your home is perfect for entertaining. Again, these special features should be obvious in your agent’s marketing of the home.

A great luxury agent uses the special features of your home to find potential buyers… to reach the proper group of prospects. The modern world is ripe with opportunities to target specific, niche groups more than ever before. Offline, an agent can advertise in niche-specific magazines. A luxury historic home may find its buyer in the pages of the Smithsonian, or the National Trust for Historic Preservation, for example. A home with lavish gardens in Fine Gardening. A home for with particular architectural grandeur in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine.

The online ad space is perfectly suited for this type of highly targeted advertising. There is a particular type of advertising, for example, that allows you to control the demographic your ad will show to the finest, most granular level. You can set the ad to show only to those people with a certain annual gross income in a certain zip code with an interest in a particular hobby and in a particular region. For example: car collectors in a suburb of Houston, Texas, who earn upwards of $400K per year and like to ski. Your luxury agent should know which online advertising venue this is, and they should be well versed in how to use it.

A top luxury agent will also know where the luxury buyers are hailing from, in your marketplace. If your market has a number of second home purchases, are there particular zip codes where these buyers tend to come from? In our market, second home owners come primarily from a single place, followed closely by two others. Knowing this makes it even easier to offer highly targeted – and very effective – niche advertising.

Top luxury agents learn a product’s special features and design the marketing around those special features. They determine which demographic could be most interested in the home, and they advertise accordingly. This is the fundamental basis of good marketing, and a good luxury agent will be employing this as a fundamental strategy.

Your agent may also have special luxury advertising opportunities that are unique to agents in their particular brokerage. In markets like mine, it makes sense to choose a luxury agent with the power (and referral network) of a large multinational brand. RE/MAX, for example, has a huge global presence, and online and offline marketing pieces set up for you to easily target these luxury buyers. The RE/MAX Collection is a luxury magazine distributed regionally. The brokerage also offers exposure at global.remax.com and offers exclusive advertising discounts for its brokers in The Wall Street Journal, duPont Registry and Unique Homes.

Top luxury agents are also accustomed to pitching stories to media for additional exposure. Press releases, local and national, can be very helpful in getting the word out about special homes. In order to do this, the agent must discover the story in the home. The agent must discover the unique hook and create a story that is truly newsworthy.

4. Know How to Tell a Good Story
Stories are powerful. A top luxury agent knows not only how to use them, but how to discover them.

Marketing truly is about storytelling. It’s about evoking a particular feeling for a particular product, and nowhere is that more important, impactful and effective as in the marketing of fine luxury homes.

The best luxury agents know how to capture the attention of the people who feel the home was built just for them and their needs – and the people with the means to purchase such an exquisite property.

To do this, they must, once again, find the hook. What is the story of the home? To do this, top agents might ask you to take them on a detailed room by room showing of the home, asking for details and even stories about the construction of the home or special memories created there. Top agents will reach out to the builder and to the architect. They might solicit stories about how the home was created and aspects of the home that they personally love the best.

My husband is a fine custom home builder. For one property, it became necessary for him to meld the look of antiqued reclaimed timbers with the clean lines of a contemporary style. In short, he needed beams with an old-world appearance that were entirely straight and that maintained complete structural integrity. The antique reclaimed wood he was accustomed to using simply timbers-4wouldn’t work in this application. So he began with a series of new Douglas Fir beams and, using an innovative, artistic process – he successfully replicated the appearance of reclaimed, distressed timbers. Not only that, to ensure the highest accuracy, he located an antique photograph of a newly constructed bridge, circa 1848. He posted the photograph in the home and instructed his crew of carpenters to create timbers that resembled various and specific timbers from this bridge.

During the Parade of Homes that year, I watched as he led prospective buyers through the home, and there were oohs and aahs throughout, but it was this story that had their complete attention. It was this story that stopped them and made them feel like they owned a piece of this home, because they knew a secret about it. They knew, in part, the degree of thought, care, and craftsmanship that had gone into the home. And this has a striking effect. In some small way, they each had a little bit of ownership in the home. They had a little stake in it. They watched others point upwards and say, how did the carpenters do this? Where on earth did they get this wood?

stair-with-railing3In another instance, Ty was called upon to install a sculptural stair, imported from an artist in Switzerland. The stair led to a tiny crow’s nest, and the obvious question was frequently asked: How did the builder get this set of stairs in here, surrounded by all the masonry and glass? The answer is a good one. It’s a story, involving danger, intrigue, a little mystery (and more than a little Swiss chocolate).

 

People love stories. Agents can choose to relate them to clients during the showings, and listing agents can write a narrative – made available to all showing agents – that perfectly encapsulates the home.

5. Get Professional Staging Help, if Necessary
Many luxury homes have interiors that have been professionally and artfully designed. A top luxury Realtor will provide ideas on what your prospective buyers will expect to see, paying particular attention to outdoor areas, formal dining areas, as well as the kitchen and great room. Again, the goal is for the buyers to imagine themselves becoming part of the story of the home, imagining themselves eating Thanksgiving dinner at the table and summer picnics in the garden.

6. Know Every Inch of Your Property
The best luxury agents know each of the features, benefits, and selling points of the property. They have them committed to memory and available to all who visit the property in the form of a bound property brochure book. The agent should also have full color brochures, a well-crafted narrative about the home, supporting documents such as an ILC or survey, and bulleted lists of special features. Make sure your agent has these available in PDF form, as well, for easy distribution via the MLS.

7. Know How to Attract Online and Social Media Exposure.
Most Realtors can easily make sure your home appears on Zillow.com, Trulia.com, Homes.com and Realtor.com, but today’s high end properties should also be featured online, in a featured listing on the agent’s website and blog, for example, as well as in social media.

Once the luxury agent has a good understanding of what sets your property apart from all the rest, this information can be used in social media to drive additional traffic. Your property should be a featured listing on your agent’s website and blog, as well as on your agent’s social media sites, with the proper use of keywords and hashtags to effectively reach the luxury market.

8. Provide Global Exposure.
International buyers routinely browse luxury property in the United States. Some brokerages, such as RE/MAX, have a significant online presence and agents and brokers who love to refer clients within the firm. Global.remax.com, for example, has listings from across the world and translates into 57 different currencies.

print ads luxury homes9. Utilize Print Advertising & Direct Mail
Even in this digital age, direct mail and print advertising remain integral to reaching particular demographics. A top luxury agent will create high-quality marketing brochures to highlight the features and benefits of your home, both for cooperating agents and potential buyers. The agent will also send direct mail postcards for select neighborhoods and target areas, and will provide you with email brochures for you to share with friends & family or post on social media. The agent will also consult with you regarding print campaigns, as discussed above.

10. Host the Right Kind of Open Houses & Broker Events
Whether your luxury home is best marketed through open houses is something that will depend on your market and your comfort in having the public in your home. Some realtors will say that open houses don’t sell luxury homes. Many times, you’ll get a lot of visitors who just want to look at your fine furnishings and finishes, like a home tour. Talk to your realtor about her recommendations regarding whether an open house can help to sell your property. One thing is true: open houses often get neighbors to come through, and neighbors might have friends or relatives they’d like to share information about the home with. Realtors know that is not just the people who come in to the open house, it’s the people they know.

One type of open house that is vital in all markets: the Broker Open House. These events are designed for real estate agents to preview your home, ask questions and provide feedback. Top luxury agents will make sure a broker open house is scheduled as soon as possible after listing, to create buzz in the broker community. These events may take the form of an afternoon luncheon, a private cocktail party, or an educational event, depending on the home, the hook, and the creativity of your luxury agent.

11. Always Use Professional Photography and Videography
To properly showcase a luxury home, a top luxury agent engages the services of a professional photographer. This photographer can not only showcase your home in the best light (literally) – but can and should also provide a quality video tour.

With Internet exposure so critical to the sale of your home, quality photographs are simply more important than ever before. They are essential. Clients will judge whether they want to look at your home based on the photos they can click from their laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The best luxury agents use the services of a top professoinal real estate photography, and they are present during the photography session to ensure that the proper amenities and features are showcased. Video tours are also very helpful in the promotion of luxury real estate. There is often a limit to the number of photographs that can be included in an online listing (for our MLS, that number is 25), but we can link to a video, which can show the entire property as well as the flow from room to room.

12. Ensure that the Pricing is Right.
Make sure your luxury agent provides data to back up any pricing recommendations. It should be apparent in your realtor’s Comparative Market Analysis that a great deal of time when in to getting to your luxury home and the surrounding market. The pricing report should, ideally, discuss such details and statistics as absorption rate in the area as well as in the price range so you can get a sense ofr how long homes in this price range reasonably take to sell.

Make sure your realtor has taken into account all of the features so important in the luxury market, from smart home features, to the gourmet kitchen, to outdoor entertaining spaces, steam showers, spa baths, hot tubs, water features, landscaping…. Your agent might solicit the services of an appraiser who specializes in luxury or custom homes simply to get a gauge or touchstone for pricing.

As with all homes, if a luxury home isn’t priced right from the beginning, it can be detrimental not only to the timing of the sale, but to the overall price.

Summit County's Pricing Strategy Advisor Susie CortrightCheck to see if your Realtor is a certified Pricing Strategy Advisor. This designation, earned by the National Association of Realtors, allows your agent to draw on enhanced tools, education and expertise to help her clients with what can be one of the most difficult pieces of the real estate process – properly determining the accurate value for a home. You’ll gain the confidence that you house is presented and sold at the most accurate price, which will help you get the most for your home, while minimizing time and hassle.

Learn more from other Realtors nationwide who understand the intricacies of the luxury home market:

 

 

Warriors Preserve Luxury Homes for Sale

warriors preserve luxury homes for sale in BreckenridgeSeclusion, privacy, convenience. On Breckenridge’s southwest side is a small and prestigious collection of fine luxury homes: Warrior’s Preserve.
(Scroll down to learn more about this prestigious subdivision.)

Luxury at Warriors Preserve

Positioned to showcase stunning views of majestic Mount Baldy, these custom homes, all boasting an address of “Victory Lane,” range in size from just under 4000 square feet to just under 6000 square feet.  From contemporary masterpieces with sleek lines and modern elements of polished stone and glass – to the most rustic of retreats, with massive Douglas Fir timber trusses and hand hewn log pillars. Regardless of architectural style, all homes here are graciously appointed with fine finishes and furnishings.

Lot sizes here in Warrior’s Preserve range from 1/3 acre to 2/3 acre, and there are 11 homesites in all. Construction here began in 2006 and continues today, with a nice selection of buildable lots still available. (Browse available vacant land in this subdivision.) Lots in Warriors Preserve are heavily forested and the slopes can be steep, which can make for smaller building envelopes. I can help refer you to local professionals who can give you a good idea of the opportunities with these available lots.

When we view property together here, I’ll show you the (somewhat hidden) quaint footpath that leads to the bus stop or on into town, making Warrior’s Preserve better connected and more convenient to town and to the slopes than you may initially think – judging from its secluded and exclusive location.

map of warriors preserve neighborhood in Breckenridge

Warrior’s preserve is denoted by the number 1 in the map above. Note that the Breckenridge ski mountain is just to the west and the downtown area is just to the north. Owners here at Warrior’s Preserve enjoy a lifestyle that is very close to a ski-in ski out convenience, at a lower price.

As we look at individual properties, we can determine if there are any ski-in possibilities from this location.

The subdivision of Warrior’s Preserve is just above the Warrior’s Mark subdivision, in the town of Breckenridge, so  the 1% real estate transfer tax applies. Homes in Warrior’s Preserve enjoy City Sewer, City Water, Electricity, Gas. Association fees are around $1,000/year (at the time of this writing) and cover the snow removal on streets in the subdivision.

Warriors Preserve Luxury Homes for Sale

Below, you’ll find the currently available homes for sale in the exclusive Warriors Preserve subdivision. I’m happy to arrange a private showing of any properties you see below – or any properties in Breckenridge or Summit County. (You might also enjoy: Warrior’s Mark and Warrior’s Mark West Homes for SaleShock Hill Homes for Sale, and Timber Trail Homes for Sale. Browse New Construction for Sale in Breckenridge or view all Luxury and Ultraluxury Homes for Sale in Breckenridge)

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