On the Market: Meg Firestone joins Prudential Steamboat

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— Meg Firestone, a 15-year Steamboat Springs local, has joined Prudential Steamboat Realty as a full-time broker associate. The announcement was made last week by broker/co-owners Cam Boyd and Pam Vanatta.

Before her real estate career, Firestone was a commodity broker and partner at Telluride Group, an independent brokerage firm on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Firestone is involved in the Steamboat community as a member of the Board of Trustees at Yampa Valley Medical Center, treasurer and board member of the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association, and eighth-grade girls volleyball coach.

“I chose Prudential Steamboat Realty because of their superior client customer service and dedication to being the top real estate office in Steamboat,” Firestone said. “The opportunity to work with the top brokers in the Yampa Valley played a large role in my decision.”

Pooch problem slows Jackson housing picks

County commissioners in the Jackson, Wyo., area will hold a workshop to discuss whether dogs will be allowed at the new affordable homes in the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club development.

According to a story by reporter Cara Rank in the Jackson Hole Daily, lottery selections for the new homes have been delayed because of a question about the ability of affordable-home buyers to own pets in the development.

Christine Walker, executive director of the Teton County Housing Authority, said commissioners scheduled the workshop because there is some confusion about whether dogs are allowed in the 22 new units.

When the housing authority advertised for applicants for the homes, potential homeowners were told they could have one dog but that it had to be restrained at all times. A condition in Golf & Tennis’ master plan states that free-roaming, unrestrained domestic pets are prohibited. After applications had been accepted, some residents said the master plan prohibits dogs in the affordable part of the resort.

The housing authority received 130 applications for the homes. Although lottery winners were scheduled to be announced Monday, that will be postponed, Walker said. Commissioners will hold a hearing on the matter Tuesday, and owners will be selected after the board decides whether the master plan allows dogs, Walker said.

Opening of Viceroy raises hopes in Snowmass

The recession has put the redevelopment of the ski village at Aspen’s Snowmass on ice. But the recent opening of a new luxury hotel is spreading some holiday cheer, according to a report in The Aspen Times.

The 173-room Viceroy’s Thanksgiving Day debut makes it the first hotel to open in decades at the Roaring Fork Valley’s biggest ski resort, reporter Carolyn Sackariason wrote, and it has added sophistication at the same time.

Sackariason wrote: The large, contemporary hotel may well change the perception of Snowmass as an aging, family-oriented resort full of shag-carpeted condos and outdated amenities.

The Viceroy is part of a multiyear building effort by Related WestPac, the real estate development firm behind Snowmass Base Village.

“We are a springboard for what’s to come,” Viceroy General Manager Jeff David said. “We hope to be the anchor for the renaissance of Snowmass.”

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