A Long Weekend in the Rockies

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A Long Weekend in the Rockies


     When getting licensed to do mortgage financing, one thing that's important to me is that I do business where I want to do business.  I believe in forming real relationships with people, knowing something about the markets I serve, and having the ability to relate to local conditions from afar.  For that reason, I try to visit all of the markets I work in a couple of times each year to learn, meet, and enjoy what different areas of our country have to offer.  This past weekend, I took a little trip to Colorado.


...and fell in love.


     My mortgage license was approved in CO a couple of months back, and though I've had a few loans there, I'd never visited aside from driving through Denver & the Rockies on my journey moving to the west coast.  I'm so glad that I changed that this past weekend.


     Thursday I flew into Denver and met a cousin who I haven't seen in a couple of years.  I stayed in Evergreen, a quiet (everywhere seems quiet compared to SoCal) mountain town about a half hour west of Denver, and about a half hour east of the Rockies and the different ski resort areas.  Beautiful is an understatement.  I stayed in a mountain house, and was pleasantly surprised to have a local herd of elk swing by to say hello as they traveled through the yard.  I was even more surprised to see a small herd of buffalo road side.  Having lived most of my life in the northeast and now in SoCal, I sometimes forget how much natural wonder our country has to offer, and seeing these awesome animals so close in the 'wild' was a reminder that we still have somewhat of a 'wild west'.  And speaking of wild west, my goodness....those mountain views!  I imagine driving down the highway never gets old when the amount of panoramic mountain views along the roadways.  Filling up at just north of $2/gallon and having "rush hour" traffic that resembles a 4am drive up the 405 in LA made it even better.


     Having never snowboarded in the Rockies, I took a trip up to Breckenridge on Saturday and spent the morning and afternoon on the mountain.  While not as snowboarder-friendly as our local Mammoth mountain, Breck was Breckenridge CO snowboardingHUGE, and looked like a paradise for skiers.  Lots of good runs down the mountain (and through the trees), perfect weather, and decent snow made for a great day, followed up with a nice hotel stay in town right next door to the Breckenridge brewery.  Before I even knew Breckenridge was a town, I knew it was an incredible beer brand - if you're a craft beer lover, and haven't had their Vanilla Porter, go out and find it!  Not only were the brews at Breck great, I enjoyed a stellar dinner as well.  What better after a long day on the slopes than great beer and food?

     Sunday, before heading home, I spent some time exploring the town of Frisco, about 15 minutes outside of Breckenridge.  The theme of awesome food continued with an amazing breakfast at Bread+Salt (their truffle oil scrambled eggs and breakfast burrito are alone worth the price of a plane Frisco Coloradoticket!).  I spent some time with Chris Zierhut at Coldwell Banker and learned a few things about the local markets, specifically the high percentage of second home & investment property purchases.  It also came as no surprise to learn that in Frisco & the surrounding markets, they need inventory (Hellooooooo home owners, time to cash in!).  



     Sunday evening was time to head back to Orange County, and though it was a quick trip to the Centennial State, it won't be long before I head back.  Between the views, the snow, the space, and the natural beauty, it's safe to say Colorado has a piece of my heart.  While SoCal is and will remain home, I could definitely see Colorado being a home way from home in the very near future.


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Those are beautiful photos, and your description certainly makes it all sound so appealing...but of course we already know that from our many Colorado friends! Do I see a vacation home in Colorado on the radar screen?


Mar 08, 2017 01:41 PM #1
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

John Meussner , I am sure there are several Active Rain agents who would be happy to help find your Colorado dream home. 

Mar 08, 2017 01:45 PM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE hit the Rockies 2 years ago and plan on goin gback in a year or 2

Mar 08, 2017 02:01 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What beautiful photos.  Ron's sister and extended family lives in Denver.  It is lovely there, and the Rockies are superb, as as our your shots.  A

Mar 08, 2017 03:52 PM #4
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi John - Glad you made it out here - it is a special place. Let me know the next time you're here and I'll show you around Rocky Mountain National Park - and introduce you to a few more craft brewers you need to know.

Mar 08, 2017 04:00 PM #5
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

It is always wonderful when you go somewhere new and find happiness there! Looking forward to hearing about your future trips to CO and all the stunning pictures I'm sure you'll take.

Mar 08, 2017 04:11 PM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It sounds like a great trip. Now I just have to ask, did you line up any future clients?

Mar 08, 2017 04:35 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

John- I'd be inclined to move there just on your description from your post!  Hope you get back to Colorado soon!!!

Mar 08, 2017 06:27 PM #8
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Excellent share, John Meussner ! Colorado is a beautiful state, particularly for someone that enjoys the outdoors.

Mar 08, 2017 07:06 PM #9
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

John - I would have to agree that Colorado is a beautiful place for many reasons. Our son will be attending the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs this fall, so we are hoping to spend a lot more time there in the future.

Mar 08, 2017 08:29 PM #10
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Your feeling about Colorado is exactly how I felt the first (and second) time I saw Montana. I feel "home" with the mountains, forests, rivers.

Mar 09, 2017 05:02 AM #11
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