Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation, needed more than ever!

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation is doing well, but we still need your help. We have donated nearly $500,000 to local nonprofits, (Steamboat Pilot and Today) but what I’m most proud of is how quickly our brokers, clients and friends rallied to help raise about $10,000 for the victims of the Marshall fire in Boulder County this past December. And thanks to for matching the funds. 

Colorado Charitable Foundation Marshall Fire DonationsWe hope to never see anything like this again, so please - Protect your Colorado home by downloading this Wildland Fire Action Guide (A checklist to help you prepare and gain awareness in the threat of a wildland fire.)

My long-time friend and real estate partner Eliese had moved to Superior and had this to say below. I thought it would be good to post for all to see so we don’t forget, these families are still in need.

“We witnessed the fires as they ravaged this area on Dec 30th.  On that day, the grassy open spaces were bone dry (we only received about an inch of rain between July and the end of December when the fire started) giving the fire a path to homes located next to the open areas.  Combined with winds so strong people had to brace themselves to stand upright, homes didn’t have a chance once the embers started blowing.  The burned areas are mostly in clusters where 10 or 20 adjacent homes burned to the ground next to neighboring homes that are still standing.   Old Town Superior had over 300 homes destroyed.

The next day, Boulder County got eight inches of snow and temperatures dropped to single digits.  Xcel shut off the gas in every home in both towns then had to go house-to-house re-lighting the pilot lights.  Even though workers came from all over the country, it took days to get heat.  FEMA brought in semi trucks full of space heaters that people could pick up at the shelters.  Water was also shut off so pipes didn’t freeze and some people didn’t have electricity for days. 

The National Guard tanks rolled in to block off areas and we had to show ID with a Superior or Louisville address to get through checkpoints.

What people don’t realize is that even though 1000 people lost their homes, so many others are affected in different ways.    Many people with intact homes still have smoke damage and toxic ash in their homes.  They are also displaced until remediation crews can come in, and those companies are booked out for weeks.  Families with children may not have housing in their school district and are having to transport the kids long distances to school.  Pets are still missing or worse.  Everywhere smells like smoke.

My heart just aches for EVERY family affected, not just the ones that lost homes.  I feel especially bad for the kids who lost over a year of normalcy with Covid, now their lives are interrupted again in an even more terrible way.  I can’t even begin to imagine the toll it will take on them. 

Mike and I downsized when we left Steamboat and had everything important in our cars within 20 minutes.  Our area had a mandatory evacuation for 2 days, then water and gas took another 2 days, and the boil water requirement was lifted a day or two ago.   We had no kids at home or pets and we weren’t out of town for the holidays like many families who weren’t able to grab anything.   The winds died down as the fire got to our complex and firefighters were ready.  I mention this because even though we are just fine and everything is back to normal, it’s still been tough living with all the devastation in the area.

The Superior Community Center became one of many locations for people to pick up water, heaters, and home-cooked food.  Restaurants were closed and there weren’t enough food trucks to meet the demand, so community volunteers rallied together to help.   I’ve made over 125 meals so far because there is a shortage of places people could go to get ready made food.  If you are a family living temporarily in a hotel, having a place to go to get something to eat took one task off your list of making it through the day.

Yesterday I saw two fit young guys standing next to the disaster center with a homemade sign that said, “Two guys and a truck.  How can we help?”  and a Facebook post from a homeowner who lost their home saying, “We don’t need the money raised in our Go Fund Me site.  Who can we give it to that is  uninsured/underinsured/needing help?”

Seeing the outpouring of support and financial donations is a wonderful thing. The Boulder County Wildfire Fund as of three days ago has collected over $17 million from 52,000 people around the world.  Each family that lost a home has a Go Fund Me site, and the area has been declared a federal emergency area freeing up additional funds.  Many people will benefit from the donations all of you at Colorado Group Realty are making. 

We live in a world full of kind, generous, compassionate people!  So please keep all the families affected by the Marshall Fire in your thoughts as this area rebuilds, and have a wonderful, healthy, successful, happy 2022!”

Another good friend’s brother lost his home and his cat. 


If you can help out Morgan directly, here is his GoFund me site.

Colorado Group Realty Charitable Foundation website, to support our foundation.

Thank you.

Dean Laird, Broker/Owner

Colorado Group Realty, LLC



Inventory for homes downtown Steamboat is up over last summer

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Downtown Steamboat Springs by Michelle IdeusSingle family home listings in downtown Steamboat are up over summer 2018. Is our market cooling off or maybe just a sign of Seller’s over reaching?

Summer 2018 we were down to under 10 single family listings in downtown Steamboat Springs.  There are currently 24 homes listed in the downtown area

The result of more inventory is welcomed news to buyers that were seeing very few choices last year and not so good news for Sellers who priced over what the market could tolerate.

With new inventory in Sunlight and other new developments coming on the market west of Steamboat and the mountain area, combined with the Denver market showing signs of slower sales, the opportunities to find a home in Steamboat Springs Colorado under $1 million are increasing. 




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Steamboat mountain area homes median price approaching $800,000

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sanctuary log home saleSteamboat Springs real estate sales volume for Routt County in 2014 was over $540 million with single family homes a major contributer. The mountain area (near the ski slopes) had 44 single family home sales and the median price approached $800,000. Out of 50 homes currently listed in the mountain area, only 15 are priced under $1,000,000 as of today’s date.

The Steamboat Pilot reported that 62 homes priced between $1 million and $2 million had sold in Routt County as of the end of November, however, when they say “62 homes”- that statistic must have included multi-family like condos and townhomes. 39 single family homes sold in 2014 between $1 million and $2 million according to data posted to the Steamboat Springs MLS.  Fourteen of the the Buyers were represented by Colorado Group Realty Real Estate Brokers which includes the log home pictured - listed for $1,989,450 and sold for $1,909,500 in July 2014.







One Steamboat Place has 32 million in sales for 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

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One Steamboat Place real estateOne Steamboat Place fractional and whole ownership totaled over $32M in sales in 2014 and there are only fourteen residences remaining before they are completely sold out. 

Three of their remaining whole ownership residences are furnished and ready for immediate possession. There is currently a waiting list of renters ready to book any inventory that comes available. Don’t miss out on the best Steamboat has to offer for Ski-in Ski-out real estate.

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Elkins Meadows in Steamboat Springs, amazing location, amazing views

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Steamboat Springs Elkins Meadows real estateElkins Meadows is a 105 acre ranch redeveloped into a gated community of 20 home sites, each on a 2-3 acre lot. Located between Fish Creek Falls and 2 miles to Downtown Steamboat Springs, this location offers a remote feel with-in the Steamboat Springs city limits. The building envelopes are placed at the edges of the meadow and tucked into or against the trees for privacy - as you drive along Fish Creek Falls Road, you notice the beauty is in that a majority of the meadow is left undisturbed.  This is a criteria built into their design guidelines. “Respect and enhance views of the meadow and hillsides, for residents as well as the public that passes by on Fish Creek Falls Road”

Elkins Meadows real estate in steamboat springsAmenities include a  large pond, with a boat house and beach area serving as the community gathering spot.  Surrounded by 55 acres of open space and transected by Little Fish Creek, a tributary of Fish Creek,  the meadow contains a number of wetlands attracting wildlife including elk, deer, moose, bear, sandhill cranes and more.


Luxury steamboat real estate Elkins MeadowsFeatured Home:

Steamboat Springs mountain architecture with a Contemporary feel. You cross a covered bridge entry over water running below. Through the front door you are greeted by a steel floating staircase. The high ceilings draw your attention to the main living area, where design elements and views including Steamboat Ski Area are priceless. With a dining room just off the kitchen, dinners come with a full serving of Flat Top Wilderness and Yampa valley views. Over 1,200 square feet of concrete decks, 1,000 square feet of patios, an outdoor fire pit and outdoor fireplace - enjoy the natural surroundings! Six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and one half bathroom. MLS 140038 at 2555 Wildflower Court, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. $4,175,000.  

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Buy real estate at One Steamboat Place and visit 12 other resorts by trading your weeks.

Friday, May 30, 2014

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One Steamboat Place fractional ownershipThe luxurious, ski-in / ski-out One Steamboat Place is located at the base of the ski slopes and has become the premier property in a newly revitalized Mountain Village. You can buy a 1/8th share fractional ownership that includes the Catamount Ranch and Golf Club membership for $345,000. This guarantees 2 weeks in the winter and 2 weeks in the summer with plenty of opportunities to book anytime when space is available.  Ownership includes the opportunity to exchange your weeks for a vacation in one of Timber Resorts other properties.

  • Dancing Bear Aspen
Equal parts high-country getaway, private retreat and live-in art gallery - a singular blend of rugged alpine charm and sleek sophistication.
  • Timbers Bachelor Gulch 
A majestic mountain lodge both grand and intimate located on the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain in the heart of the exclusive Bachelor Gulch community.
  • The Residences at Esperanza
Residences, hotel, and spa from Auberge Resorts where the California Baja kisses the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
  • The Residences at Kapalua Bay 
Above the water’s edge on the northwest shore of Maui, a collection of residences are paired with incomparable amenities and personal services.
  • The Orchard at The Carneros Inn 
A vineyard oasis in the heart of California Wine Country, impeccably operated by the PlumpJack Group.
  • The Rocks Club
Located in the heart of the desert golfing Mecca, Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • The Timbers Club at Snowmass
Ski-in, ski-out residences on the slopes of Snowmass, Colorado.
  • Mayacama Residences
A private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in the indescribably beautiful Sonoma wine country.
  • The Villas at Rancho Valencia
An escape into elegance among Southern California’s most beautiful beaches, perfect climate, and world-class services and amenities.
  • One Steamboat Place
Luxurious residences replete with restaurant, boutique and a state-of-the-art spa at the base of the slopes in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
  • Castello di Casole
Sun-drenched country estates fit for a Medici in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.
  • The Sebastian - Vail
Set in the heart of Vail Village’s pedestrian district, charming residences and hotel suites are complemented by a spa, restaurants and bar.

One Steamboat Place amenities include a members only hearth room and lounge; restaurant, bar and private dining area; full-time slopeside ski concierge and ski facilities; state-of-the-art fitness center with private yoga and Pilates studio, year-round swim and hydro pools; and a soothing Zen-inspired wellness spa with personal treatment rooms and pampering services. 

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Real Estate in Steamboat walking distance to the ski slopes still a bargain at The Lodge condominiums

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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There are some soft spots in the real estate market for two and 3 bedroom condos walking distance to the Steamboat Ski Area.

The Lodge living room condo 

The Lodge, located a close 5 minute walk (in ski boots) to the gondola lists four, 3 bedroom condos with prices from $375,000 to $399,000. The Lodge condo showing the highest rental income is under contract.  The high sale closed in 2008 for $575,000.  

If you are in the market for a 2 bedroom walk to ski condo, there are currently 8 listings at The Lodge priced from  $255,000 to $349,000.  The broad range is somewhat affected by quality of the condo furnishings,  finishes, views and floor level location.  In the past year from the date of this Steamboat Springs real estate blog, twelve two bedroom condos have sold at the Lodge at sale prices from $219,000 to $322,000.  One condo was a short sale, and no bank owned sales. A high sale at $507,900 was posted in 2007.  

Steamboat Springs Real Estate the Lodge

Colorado Group Realty mountain office is located walking distance to the Lodge condos. Contact Dean Laird for a tour 970-846-8284.


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Elk enjoying the view in Steamboat Springs

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Two large Elk were hanging out in my neighborhood close to downtown Steamboat yesterday. It was hard to tell from a distance, but I bet Boone and Crocket would score this one high.

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