Real Estate Values

There are so many ways to value your real estate.  Every engineer that I’ve ever worked with wants to use the cost per square foot.  Logically, how else could you do it?  Estes Park, Colorado is different.

What kind of value do you place on this?

How Much?

The reason people come to Colorado, and particularly Estes Park are the mountains.  The good news about those gorgeous mountains is that they are owned by the public.  Land is one of Estes Park’s most valuable resources.  We only have five square miles to sell, the rest is owned by the National Forest or the National Park.  The five things that we do have to sell in Estes Park is rocks, trees, water, view and lifestyle.  The better the view, the more the property costs.  If it is on a river, stream or has a pond – the value goes up.  The more trees you have or rock outcroppings that are on the property – the better the value.

We have a lot of customers that come into the office that want five or ten acres with a pond for two hundred thousand dollars.  I simply tell them we have that, but it’s really close to Nebraska –

Have a nice day


Little Breezy

I could hear the wind last night which is not unusual, but we are having a little more wind this year than normal.  The forecast is that it is going to be warmer and along with the warmer comes more wind.

Tree falls to high winds in Estes Park, Colorado


I must have been sleeping fairly soundly as I didn’t hear the tree come crashing to the ground. 

Main base is about six foot tall

The portion of the trunk that you can see standing is approximately six feet tall.  This should give some perspective on the size of the 40 foot plus tree that was the victim of  last nights wind. 

Branches were severed from the trunk in the fall


It looks like someone took a chain saw and cut the branches away from the trunk of the tree.  It fell with such force and violence it stripped all of the major branches from the trunk in the fall.
Enjoy your day –

The Safeway Fuel Station is open for business and selling lots of gasoline. 

Gasoline prices in Estes Park, Colorado

Posted Gas Price Today

I actually didn’t have enough gas to make it to Fort Collins for a meeting last week and the station was close to the office.  I’m in a hurry and stop to fuel up.  Gasoline that day was posted on their sign at $2.45 per gallon.  With the 10 cent discount the price became $2.35.  I had to pick up some office supplies at Sam’s Club and their price was $2.53. 

That means I purchased gasoline in Estes Park for 18 cents a gallon cheaper than the “Valley”.  I’m guessing that is the first time Estes gas prices have been cheaper than those in the Valley in my lifetime.  I guess if you live long enough you can see many changes.

Have a great day-

This is not quite as spectacular as yesterday, but I thought it was still worth passing along.  It’s a tough job living in Estes Park, but someone has to do it!

Sunrise over Olympus Mountain in Estes Park, Colorado

Another Day in Estes Park, Colorado

You have a great day today –


I took this picture this morning as I was leaving the house.  I had every intention of getting it out right away.  Oh, the best laid plans of men often go astray.  It wasn’t right away, but I did want you to be able to enjoy the view.

Estes Park Colorado Sunrise

Another Estes Park beauty!

Have a wonderful evening and a terrific day tomorrow

Going Home

Just thought I’d share this picture with you.  I shot it in our back parking lot as I was leaving for home.  What a great place to live.

Going Home

Enjoy your day-

It happens when you live in Estes Park – you have to wait for the animals.  Tonight, the elk had Highway 7, Highway 36, and Highway 34 all blocked at the same time this evening.

Elk Crossing Highway 34 towards Loveland
Elk Crossing Highway 34
Elk seem to have this crossing the road one at a time, head to tail down pat.  Takes a heard of 200 a while to get across the road.  Visitors like to watch, and locals get mad, honk their horns and attempt to drive through.  They really don’t appreciate what they have.
Estes Park Elk Crossing

Elk continue to traverse highway 34

They seem to like stopping the traffic on Highway 7 and Highway 34 as well this evening all at the same time.
Traffic halted for blockade

Traffic Blockade on Highway 7 & 36The Blockade Continues

Have a really great weekend – we are!