Memorial Day Weekend Open Houses

What a beautiful day for a stroll through Vail Village. Make sure you swing through the SSF Memorial Day Vail Village Open House Tour! We have two of our listings open to see:


TALISMAN 370 | Vail Village
 $3,850,000 | 3-bed | 4-bath | 1,845+/-sq.ft.


The views from this rare 3-bedroom Talisman Condominium will take your breath away. Situated in the heart of Vail Village, this two-story unit has a nice open floorplan with a cozy wood burning fireplace. This amazing opportunity will not last long!
$1,525,000 | 2-bed | 2-bath | 1,175+/-sq.ft.


Unique top floor unit in the Holiday House right in Vail Village. Huge potential. Two-bedroom plus a large 2-room loft with it’s own living area. Lower level could be a lock-off as well. Steps to the chairlift with Vail Mountain views!
We look forward to seeing you there.

Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival



May 28 – 29, 2016

As the unofficial launch of summertime in the mountains, top barbecue chefs from around the state join local chefs in serving up mouth-watering barbecue complemented by thirst-quenching brews at the 13th Annual Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival.

The Blues, Brews and BBQ event offers free admission to the Beaver Creek plaza and food and beverage are available for purchase. Musical highlights include headliners John Mayall and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, with opening acts Gary Allegretto and Shari Puorto!

Barbecue masters from right here in Beaver Creek and all over Colorado fill the village plaza, selling all the BBQ classics – from wings to ribs, pulled pork to brisket! All barbecue vendors will be competing for bragging rights and $1,750 in cash prizes. Attendees will have the chance to vote on Saturday and Sunday to determine the People’s Choice winner for Best Barbecue Vendor. Selected winners will be crowned on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. on the main stage in Beaver Creek Plaza.

Don’t miss the Microbrew Festival on Saturday featuring more than 80 special concoctions from over 30 Colorado-based breweries! On Sunday, amateur pit masters will be able to showcase their talents at the Big Green Egg Backyard BBQ Competition.


SOURCE: Beaver Creek Mountain Resort

Homes That Are Designed To Sell

Check out this great article from our friends over at Slifer Designs sharing tips for sellers on how to make your home stand out to buyers so you can go from “for sale” to “sold” quickly!



It’s no secret that the Vail-area real estate market is hot, and Colorado overall is one of the busiest real estate markets in the country. Coupled with low interest rates, buyers are ready to make a move. Everyone, it seems, wants a piece of what we all have. However, buyers are savvy and aren’t ready to purchase a home that is lackluster and dated.

Remodeled, comfortable properties are selling, but a home that is outdated and overpriced will languish on the market. So, what’s a seller to do? We have a few tips to help make your home stand out to the flood of buyers so you can go from “for sale” to “sold.”

If the bones of your home are solid, updating doesn’t require a huge outflow of cash. We get it — it’s hard to spend a lot when you know you’ll be moving, hopefully sooner than later. There are a few styling tips that work and make your home more appealing to potential buyers. First and foremost, declutter, tidy and deep clean. Look around with a critical eye and purge — remove accessories from the tabletop, which will help your home present as stylish and clean.

Next up, de-personalize your home. A few photos and personalized accessories are fine, but you want the buyer to come in and be able see their family in the home, making their own memories. If your home feels crowded, take away a few pieces of furniture.

If you have a bit of a budget, spend it wisely where your dollars will have the most impact. Clean, updated kitchens and bathrooms make the largest impact. An update doesn’t necessarily translate into ripping out the old one and starting afresh, each project is as unique as its owner.

Again, evaluate your home. Look at it like it’s not yours. Start in the kitchen and check out your appliances. Are they in good working order? Are they clean? Are they more than 10 years old? Cabinets obviously attract the eye. Instead of replacing them, paint them. It’s amazing how much better a kitchen looks with freshly painted cabinets and new hardware. Design tip: White kitchens are red hot right now. They look modern, clean and new. Not bad for a few days of work.

Bathrooms can also make or break a sale. Make sure yours is up to par: Get rid of the horrible wooden toilet seat, and add a new medicine cabinet that is sleek and clean. Most of all, though, make sure your bathrooms are clean and clutter free — no bottles of lotions and used make up lying around. Leave the countertops clear so the bathroom looks spacious. Paint the bathroom a light color so it feels fresh, and replace old towels with fluffy, white ones. Add a scented candle and voila: You’ve created a spa-like bathroom.

Next up: your bedroom. Clear it out to make it feel like a retreat; get rid of old clothes from closets. The smaller it is, the less you want to have in it. Paint it a light, neutral color. Replace dark bedding with a white duvet and pillows. Add a punch of color with an accent pillow.

Spending time and money strategically always pays off when selling a home. It’s proven that updated properties sell faster and net the seller more. The return on investment for remodeling or updating will pay for itself.

Team Gotthelf loves to think outside of the box and will set you up with a killer design team at Slifer Designs to conceptualize smart and affordable ways to give your property a face lift before putting it on the market!



Give Local | The Cycle Effect

The Cycle Effect is one of our favorite local non-profits with a mission statement focused on empowering young women through mountain biking to achieve brighter futures and build stronger communities. Such a special group of young ladies!

If this video doesn’t make you want to get involved, we don’t know what will! Enjoy