There is a different feeling at Prudential Steamboat Realty since the company moved to its new location at Wildhorse Marketplace.
Agents no longer bustle back and forth behind support staff, files aren't stacked to the brim of offices, and assistants aren't crammed into corners.
The atmosphere in the roomy, two-story building is open, relaxed and organized -- exactly what clients expect of one of the most prominent real estate companies in Steamboat Springs.
"When you're dealing with high-end real estate, people expect to walk into a nice office," owner/broker Cameron Boyd said.
After more than 10 years at Central Park Plaza, Prudential recently opened for business in a leased space nearly twice as big across the street.
Since the company first moved into the new Central Park location, it has grown from 10 to 33 agents. There also are more assistants and office staff.
Although the space allows some room for growth, the intent was to maximize efficiency and business within the present-sized company, Boyd said.
"I feel we can do a lot more business now than in the other space," he said. "One of the goals is to improve working conditions so agents can run their businesses better and add help if they want it."
Prudential occupies three-quarters of the building at 610 Wildhorse Marketplace, on the northeast corner of Mount Werner Road and Central Park Drive. Project developer Whitney Ward's offices will comprise the remainder of the building on the second floor.
Prudential has 20 private offices, four work stations, three conference rooms and a large office area for support staff and equipment. Guests enter an airy waiting area with slate floors and large windows.
Workers are putting the finishing touches on the space, and there soon will be furnishings in the waiting area.
The company was considering remodeling its former location when Ward approached Boyd and co-owner Pam Vanatta to move into his project. It was an attractive alternative to running a business during a remodel, Boyd said.
Prudential also liked the unique look of Wildhorse and the building's location at the gateway to the ski mountain.
"It's different, but I didn't want something ordinary," Boyd said about the project's design.