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"Unless they have friends who live there, most Steamboat residents have probably never glimpsed it."
If you live here any amount of time you will know someone who lives at West Acres. It is people who live and work in the community. I can think of 700 reasons this road should not have been built.
How many dozens of condos and homes advertise "walk to bars" as a perk? what a shock that people who bought these condos, possibly at the peak, could be crying sour grapes so easily. I bet that the year round residents of SS enjoy the ghost ranch more than the howelson place demolition and construction.
The pilot frequently goes to some realtor (advertising customer) for comments.I think Steve Elkins in wrong. If Steamboat is going to become aspen, then is Hayden or Oak Creek going to become Glenwood or Carbondale? He is probably just sick of stagnant, overpriced, speculative real estate listings like so many other folks in Steamboat. Some people make a crapload of money living in Steamboat and like it, some people just like living in Steamboat. Looks like the majority just like living in Steamboat.
I say Good for Steamboat for voting for what they wanted for the community, lots of people make their money on people from out of town coming here, but those same people chose quality of life over profit.
sb700 committed to this development before the real poo hit the fan in the housing market, I am glad Steamboat didn't cave so they could make good on their investment at the town's expense.
If Steamboat needs so much housing inventory, why are the real estate ads taking up half of the newspaper, while the help wanted ads are the tiniest in many folks memory? SB 700 committed their chips to this project in 2006??? Think how the country has changed. Think about how Steamboat has changed! If you committed to real estate in almost every market in 2006, I'd bet you are upside down if you still have it. 700 bought and made the gamble in another economic era, don't let them sell you on it in todays.
If the pilot paper had any journalistic integrity they would publish danny's lies and corrections after being caught in a lie in the hardcopy.
There just isn't the need for all that housing out west. If you think you are getting financed right now as a teacher or a laborer for a house, it is a sad realization that it isn't happening. Nobody's getting loans- look at Intrawest!!!! noone wants risk on their books right now.
Affordable housing has not been the biggest success. The wildhorse building had such a hard time selling their units as "affordable" that they wanted to put them on the market without deed restrictions. Iron Horse Inn? Speaks for itself. Right now the people that these are "affordable" to are not getting loans either, say what you want to about interest rates, but a first time homebuyer who is living and working in Steamboat will have a hard time getting the money down for one of these.
Ask around to landlords in town and there are quite a few properties available, is the market really demanding more homes? Ask realtors. Few people want to drop their prices to what the market will bear right now, that is the problem. I think that homes that were bought at the peak of the market are going to become either bank owned in the next few years, or speculator owned. The homes that could be available to families who are valeable to the community that would like to purchase a home, not a 1000 or less sq/ft condo, are being competed for by a now worldwide and city wide group of either second home purchasers or speculators. The past few years of shark-like lending has made everyone think that anyone can own a home, in reality, maybe that isn't so realistic. So, now everyone thinks that they should own a home, subsidized or not, and the possibility of this is the carrot that 700 is holding out. I am sure people who live and work in the community and live at West Acres are going to be really excited to drive past their old homes and out the big road by the airport to a newer place, farther out. Maybe it will lower their rent.
What a sad thing going on in Steamboat right now.
Not a good sign for any business. I would rather see a business whose owner lives AND works in the community do well. With a staff of 5 high school kids they aren't offering anyone a benefitted job so I see it as no real loss to members of the year-round-resident work force.
Some really interesting ideas about the gravel pit. surely fog could be a potential danger at the wrong times. I bet a lot of that gravel will make it's way across downtown, not many building sites left by the ski area.
I think that when the old 131 gravel pits were operating, they were doing so on a much smaller basis, and their neighbors were people who lived and worked nearby, and there were fewer neighbors. Now, their neighbors might not even work, and they might not live nearby, and they probably have way more money than the old ranching neighbors of the past and don't want a gravel pit putting their "water" at risk.
If you look at the picture on top of this article, I see what I think is a small part of the demographics of steamboat. Get off your computers and let your voice be heard. Protect your hometown.
Seriously, where are there jobs in the valley that can provide any type of living, especially the skiing and living this valley is known for? Has anyone who is posting on here looked for a job lately? Just a job to get by, or a 3rd job that has been the way many people have made ends meet around here for many years? Those jobs aren't around any more, or are more competitive, and frankly, they don't make enough to afford a 2000 sq ft home.
But on a side note, Steamboat has started using a different barn on some of its mailings. The end of an era, Steamboat isn't a cow town anymore, it is a place for not just speculators from Denver, or Texas, or even NY. It is a place for world wide speculators.
Exhibit A: Intrawest
Exhibit B: Steamboat 700
How could the paper publish this idiotic letter after publishing several articles recently about bears are being killed because they are habituated?
Is she trying to show her worth because she didn't shoot it, because it is as good as dead if it is eating human food.
I guess if a bear gets the taste of apples from her trash and attacks a kid on the way to school with an apple in his bag, it is no big deal because she was tired after work to take care of her own trash like the law says.
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