Archive for 2015

How Does a Professional Luxury Real Estate Broker Benefit You?

Luxury Real Estate Broker

Luxury Real Estate Broker

When it comes to dealing with the purchase of a luxury home, or putting one on the market, it can often become very stressful, both as a buyer and a seller.  Selling your luxury home for the first time can especially seem quite daunting, even if this isn’t your first time listing a home on the market. There are numerous details that need to be considered; so many details, that one could actually end up losing money trying to sell a Colorado luxury home on their own.

This is the part of the process where it becomes extremely important to work with a highly-qualified and experienced luxury real estate broker.  Having the knowledge and guidance from such a source can be the difference between making the sale, and being stuck with a luxury property for months and potentially years without any potential suitors.

Let’s take a quick look at what you would be up against when considering selling a luxury home or estate on your own.  Recent statistics first state that close to 89% of individuals ended up utilizing a realtor to sell their property; so right off the bat you are in the minority! You would also need to end up taking care of the various tasks and jobs that a professional realtor would normally be able to take care of. Also consider time management: would your job interfere with showing the property to potential buyers? What if you end up losing out on a sale just simply for the fact that you cannot be two places at once? These are just several points to consider, but the reality is that overall it is an extremely stressful and difficult proposition to sell your home on your own.

So when we take a look at the market for Steamboat Springs real estate, we see an opportunity to help guide you in the selling of your luxury or high-end property.  With the goal of guiding you through the critical steps of selling your home, my top Steamboat Springs real estate team are geared to present you with a marketing strategy that will reach potential buyers both online and in person.

There is a golden opportunity out there for you to list your Steamboat real estate, and the time to act is now.  If you are ready to experience an extremely smooth and seamless process for the sale of your home, as well as work with a luxury real estate broker who has over thirty years of experience in luxury real estate, then contact Pam Vanatta today!

Make Your Steamboat Vacation Spot Your Vacation Home

Snow is falling and winter is here. Steamboat Ski Area will open for 2015/16 season in a matter of days. Envision yourself sitting by the fire, sipping on something warm in your slope side condo after a long day of swishing through Steamboat’s legendary Champagne Powder®. There is still time to find that special winter vacation home in Steamboat Springs, CO just in time for the ski season. Not to mention that a vacation home in Steamboat can prove to be a great real estate investment opportunity. If you find something now, you could take advantage of it come the New Year.

There is a diverse mix of options sure to meet the needs of any prospective Steamboat real estate buyer. From a slope side, ski in/ski out condo to a mountain lodge chalet that can fit everyone in the family, there are choices waiting to become your slice of Steamboat heaven. You just can’t beat the convenience of being steps from the slopes, steps from the shuttle that drops you at the base area or steps from the Wildhorse Gondola that transports you right to Gondola Square.

Location, location, location! Check out these amazing Steamboat real estate deals that are perfectly located near the Steamboat Ski Area and that you can make your vacation spot be your vacation home.

Ski In/ Ski Out
Slope Side Luxury Condo
$3,425,000 | #139617
Rare and exclusive 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath unit at Edgemont. Slope side deck with a fireplace, grill and private ski access. This unit features a formal dining room, media room, mud room, and has stunning custom furnishings throughout, offered turn-key.


Christie Club Full Ownership Steamboat CondoChristie Club Full Ownership
$1,398,000 | #133246
4 bedroom, whole ownership unit at Christie Club. Corner unit, deck, private entrance, slope side pool, gym, and ski valet. This is an easy Steamboat vacation home with rental income potential.


Ski-In/Ski-Out Edgemont Condo Steamboat SpringsSki-In/Ski-Out at Edgemont
$699,000 | #139835
Gorgeous 1 bedroom, 2 bath unit with great mountain and valley views. Direct ski in/ski out access from Edgemont with deluxe amenities.



Trailhead Lodge- A Wildhorse Gondola ride away
Trailhead Lodge Real Estate3 Bedroom at Trailhead Lodge
$775,000 | #140043
This over-sized 3 bedroom unit hosts beautiful living spaces and a unique, full-length, collapsible glass wall opens to a large covered patio. Luxury finishes, A/C, turn-key with amazing amenities.



1 Bedroom Trailhead Lodge CondoFurnished at Trailhead LodgeJust Reduced
$456,000 | #139819
1 bedroom plus den with mountain views, large deck, elegant finishes including wood floors, stainless appliances and granite counters. Fully furnished with fantastic amenities.



Walk to the Slopes
Ski Trail Lodge Steamboat Springs, CoSki Trail ChaletJust Listed
$2,195,000 | #141924
Beautiful ski chalet for the whole family close to the mountain. 5 bedrooms, 4,630 sf with open living area, large kitchen, separate family room downstairs and fully furnished with the potential to sleep up to 16 people.


Penthouse Real Estate at The
$1,245,000 | #140272
6th floor 2,285 sq. ft. penthouse located across the street from the Steamboat Ski Area with exquisite finishes and beautiful furnishings. 4+ bedrooms, 4.5 baths with five-star services at this boutique condominium.


Luxury and Location Highmark SteamboatLuxury and Location
$644,000 | #140717
2+ bedbroom, 3 bath unit with great rental income at The Highmark. Every room in this unit benefits from abundant light with clean, crisp and timeless design. Steps from the Gondola with boutique amenities and high end services. *Co-list with Anne Mayberry


Short Shuttle/Bus Ride Away
The Porches Steamboat SpringsPerfection At The Porches
$1,895,000 | #141992
Most popular Lodgepole floorplan 5 bedroom duplex at The Porches. Offered fully furnished with luxury mountain lodge décor. Includes main level master, huge downstairs recreation room with fireplace and media area and premier services.


1165 Eagle Glen, Steamboat Springs, COLuxury At Stonewood
$1,500,000 | #141751
Gorgeous Stonewood at Eagleridge townhome with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Upgraded finished in this model unit, beautifully furnished with views and walk to the slopes convenience or utilize the seasonal shuttle.


Single Family Home Steamboat SpringsApres Ski Chalet
$459,000 | #141356
Completely remodeled, 1,520 sq ft single family home with beautiful upgrades. 3 bedroom, 3 bath home featuring custom cabinets, granite tile counters and all new doors and trim. Great location close to the slopes and right on the bus route to the Steamboat Ski Area.


Fall in Steamboat Springs

Fall has finally arrived in Steamboat Springs, despite the warm temperatures that we have been experiencing this week. The high 70s and low 80s come blazing in the afternoon after cool, crisp mornings. The colors in town will probably peak this weekend and it is a perfect time for scenic drive out of the Valley.

Another good indication of the season change is the appearance of blaze orange on the hunters along the road, at the gas station and in the stores and restaurants. From guided hunting expeditions to thousands of acres of National Forest access, Northwest Colorado is a hunter’s paradise. Many hunters fall in love with this area and return year after year and even make a permanent investment in the area with a purchase of a hunting property.

Whether hunting is your sport or not, this is absolutely one the best times of year in Steamboat Springs with the smell of wood burning fireplaces getting fired up for the impending winter, or the sound of leaves blowing on the trail, to the excitement of snow flying in a matter of weeks and time to hit the slopes.

Hunting Real Estate Property Opportunities

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 8.16.18 PMSinging Elk at Five Pines Mesa
428 acres with 5 bedroom cabin, fishing lake, and recreational amenities
$4,500,000 | #139289




1 McKenzie 1 MLSStagestop at Five Pines Mesa
113 acres with beautiful cabin, barn and guest quarters
$2,500,000 | #138964





1Snowy Mountain Ranch
210 acres overlooking Steamboat Lake with 14,000 sf home and guest house
$9,800,000 | #138737




Elk_River_-_Bull_Arial_only_size_Elk River Ranch
800 acres, 2 miles of river, 2 luxury homes, saloon, barn, equestrian facilities- Sold in various configurations
$22,000,000 | #136691




SeedHouseRanchLots CRESTSeed House Ranch
Four 5+ acre North Routt lots with views and access to a 1/2 mile of the Elk River
Starting at $175,000 | #140168-#140170




1Lazy K Ranch
271 acres with 4 ponds, 11,100 sq ft log home, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife
$8,000,000 | #138803




1 G Edit MIDCharming, Energy Efficient, Private
4,270 sf timber frame home on 41 acres with full solar power system
$1,150,000 | #139765





Click here for a list of all of the Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty hunting properties

Backyard Fairway

What is one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in Steamboat Springs in the summer? Some may say hiking, some fishing, adventurous types say camping or biking, but many people in Steamboat say golf. Steamboat boasts a cult-like following to the sport of golf, Pam being a very avid golfer herself. The serenity, concentration and devotion to practice seems to be the draw.

Steamboat offers three 18-hole golf courses with varying styles of course design suited for all levels of players. The Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones II designed course set on Fish Creek. Haymaker Golf Course is a 233-acre link-style public course that embraces the ranching history of the Yampa Valley set amongst native grass fields and open spaces. Catamount Ranch & Club is a private 18-hole course spanning alpine meadows at the edge of the valley. Not to mention, the 9-hole course west of town that is a great little course along the Yampa River with a relaxed atmosphere.

The quiet of the game and the beautiful Rocky Mountain setting makes having a course as your backyard appealing to many that purchase real estate on the fairway. Take a look at some the golf course real estate opportunities that we have listed, from a custom built home with a modern design to beautiful Sanctuary lots making the perfect place to build your dream home.

Acanthus 001 The Acanthus Estate
$5,475,000 | #12327
6BD/ 8.5BA/ 9,792 sf





1828992_Great-Room_1800x1200  Completely Remodeled Contemporary Townhome
$745,000 | #141068
3BD/ 4.5BA/ 2,240 sf





Jack Best small  Old World Sanctuary
$1,950,000 | #139928
5BD/ 5.5BA/ 6,327 sf





Krause Golf Shot 1_Cropped  Sanctuary Lot on the 12th Fairway
$469,000 |  #136106
.49 ac







European Style Luxury Home

Check out this amazing new video of a European Style luxury home in Steamboat Springs:

Experience a truly amazing home with fabulous views atop Steamboat Springs. This home is built of the highest quality materials and the finest finishes in an unbeatable location above town. All the bells and whistles have been included in this European style masterpiece. The great room is bathed in natural light from the oversized south facing windows which lead out on to the huge snow melted deck which also offers breathtaking panoramic views. Rich Walnut graces the floors and custom Alder cabinetry is installed through the home. Unique features include a pop-up TV hidden in a custom bench to be viewed on demand, custom fireplace fronts, vent hood and railings fabricated by a local welder/artist, plus an outdoor kitchen and a full butler’s pantry for ease of entertaining. The house offers air conditioning and a snow melt system in the concrete drive and upper deck and 3 laundry areas for ultra-convenience. A smart main level office/den has its own fireplace and the lower level recreation room offers a full bar and access to the covered patio, fabulous water feature and kids play area.

Call us for more details or to schedule a private tour.


Air Conditioning in Steamboat Springs

I was asked by a client today if a house that she liked had Air Conditioning. This particular one did not and priced at $450,000 it got me thinking about how many homes in Steamboat actually do have Air Conditioning these days.

In our MLS, of the 768 active residential listings, only 172 have A/C. That’s 22% which was actually more than I thought would have it. If you take out the Steamboat Grand and the newer developments including the downtown residential buildings, Wildhorse, The Highmark, Edgemont, Chadwick Estates, One Steamboat Place, the Porches and Trappers Crossing, that leaves you with 49 homes/condos with A/C.

If you only want to know how many single family homes and townhomes have A/C, then that number is 40. And besides one new live/work development in Hayden that has A/C and is priced at $169,000, the single family homes in Steamboat with A/C start at $889,000. If you want to know how many single family homes (no town homes) in Steamboat have A/C, that number is 23. So, this is definitely more of a luxury feature in Steamboat than in other places. Of those 23 homes with air conditioning, we have 7 of them listed:

European StyleEuropean Sytle

Timber frame masterpiece with the highest quality craftsmanship and finishes. Great decks and Incredible views of the Ski Area. $1,595,000| #139317





Drahota small

Minutes from world class skiing. Luxurious gated property with 38 fenced and cross fenced acres. 7,746 sq ft home, caretaker unit, over-the-top barn and premium equestrian facilities; adjacent to 1000’s of acres of open space. $4,900,000 | #140372


1 Carlisle MLS

Catamount Ranch Masterpiece

Extraordinary fusion of nature and luxury showcasing the ultimate indoor and outdoor living spaces. Enjoy privacy and space in this large 7 bdrm family home perfect for entertaining family and friends. Set on the edge of the Catamount Golf course with wildlife and nature all around. Gorgeous finishes and offered furnished. $5,100,000 | #140207




Exquisite craftsman detailing and beautifully appointed finishes at this amenity-rich property. Inside you’ll find a wine cellar, designated home theatre, elevator, exercise room with steam shower, office/library as well as a two bedroom family suite above a four-car garage. Each of the four bedroom suites has access to a private deck and a two-tiered exterior infinity spa framed by massive stone columns compliments the view. This spacious 9,792 sq. ft. home overlooks the 10th fairway on the Catamount Golf Course and the Flat Tops. $5,950,000 | #123272



1 Ball

Incredible custom designed Pioneer Log Home solidly built on the banks of the Elk River. The distinctness, size and use of logs is breathtaking. This masterpiece has 7 bdrms, theater, game room, wine cellar, multiple living areas and great outdoor space. Luxury finishes and comforts abound throughout the home. A fishing paradise ideal for multi-generational family or corporate retreats. $7,900,000 | #139184




1Snowy Mountain Ranch

Immaculate luxury log home set on 210 acres near the recreational paradise of Steamboat Lake and bordering more than 20,000 acres of National Forest. Over 15,000 finished sq ft with amazing log work, beautiful lake views, ponds, maintained trails, a large barn with caretaker quarters, and a separate 2 bdrm guest house. $9,800,000 | #138737


Traditional materials create a grand mountain estate only minutes from downtown Steamboat. Relax and enjoy serenity in high style on 155 acres. You’ll be astonished by the meticulously landscaped setting. Every inch of this 10,308 square foot mountain estate has been thought through and features six bedrooms offering generous space and six and a half baths. The 6,000 sq ft auto-plaza features a six-car garage, a great place to store all of your toys. There is also a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a pond at the entrance of the property. Recreational amenities abound right on the property with a private lake and tennis court. This property is one of a kind in Steamboat. $13,295,000 |  #138263



Please give us a call if you have any questions, would like more information or to schedule a tour.

The Vanatta Group
Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty
Bringing you the best in luxury real estate on an international level

Shoulder (Mud) Season in the Rockies

There was a push a few years back to start calling Mud Season, “Shoulder Season”.  This is the time frame after the mountain closes and

Paddleboarding in spring offers a whole new challenge

Paddleboarding in spring offers a whole new challenge

before summer really starts and the time frame after the summer ends and before the ski season starts.  This name comes from the fact that these times of year truly are muddy.  You never know if it’s going to snow, rain, hail, blow, or turn out to be a beautiful sunny day  – sometimes you can see every weather pattern mentioned above in a 24 hour period.  So a lot of people do leave town, and some restaurants do close down, and there may not be as many activities as you’re used to in the peak seasons, but that’s no reason not to love mud season! Here are the Vanatta Groups top mud season activities:

1. Hike – but be prepared for all kinds of weather

2. Dine out – the deals offered during this time of year are unmatched!

3. Road Bike – break out the bike, tune it up, and explore the country side

4. Catch a movie – if it’s rainy and cold, why not check out the latest blockbuster

5. Golf – You never know when opening day for golf season will come, but get ready to get back out there!

6. Kayak – this takes some guts and experience because the river is flowing, but it fun even if your just watching from the river bank.

7. Spring Cleaning – there’s no better time to get your property in order and trash or sell some of the old stuff

8. Garage Sales – Once your done spring cleaning, go refill your stuff from what your neighbor is getting rid of

9. Local Beer Tour – Hit up the new breweries on the west end of town, then make your way to Mohagany Ridge and The BARley

10. Hike the mountain – if there’s still snow left, strap on your skis and may your way up for some very uncrowded spring skiing!

In honor of this special local season, here are 3 amazing real estate deals that you should check out right now:

Just Reduced

Just Reduced!


Luxury at Edgemont

This spectacular luxury condominium at Edgemont is truly one of the finest Ski in/Ski out properties available. Located in the newly built Edgemont development, this unit has decks on three sides with views overlooking the ski area, the swimming pool and the entire South Valley. With private slope side access, you can ski from the patio and stop home for a quick lunch. Or retire at the end of the day by the outdoor fireplace and watch the night skiers. The interior finish was custom designed and is complimented by an exquisite selection of fine furnishings. The property is being sold furnished and adds tremendous value to the unit. Interior appointments include hardwood and natural stone tile flooring, beamed ceilings, granite counters, stainless appliances, custom cabinetry, custom closets, central sound system, security system, and fireplaces in each of 2 master suites. The Ski House at Edgemont is truly one of the most convenient, luxurious ski-in/ski-out properties available.

$3,425,000 | #139617



Just Listed

Just Listed!

Duplex Lot by the Gondola – 2725 Ski Trail Lane

Duplex lot located on Ski Trail Lane and near the Gondola with panoramic views and excellent southern exposure. Enjoy plenty of natural light and stunning Yampa Valley sunsets from this 1.04 acre lot overlooking the Steamboat base area, the entire south valley and Emerald Mountain. This lot is located in a million-dollar neighborhood of high-end homes and is ready to build with all utilities to lot line.

$999,500 | #140666

Just Reduced!

Just Reduced!


2954 Clearwater Trail in the Sanctuary

Exceptional Home site, superb views, great golf all in a wonderful central location. Save your driving for the fairways! Easy access from this 2.11 acre lot to the public trail system, Fish Creek, hiking and biking. Southern Exposure and all utilities are to the lot line. Golf Membership included in purchase price.

$374,500 | #131033

Ski Resorts in Summer

This is a great article from about ski areas in the summer. It’s no wonder that many of the locals come for the winter and stay for the summer!Flowers on Emerald Mountain

In the old days, after the snow melted at ski resorts, all that remained was grass, a gondola and the occasional alpine slide.

“The summer isn’t really considered the off-season anymore,” says Loryn Kasten, a spokesman for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. in Colorado. “There’s a big push to take advantage of the terrain and make communities four-season resorts.”

The U.S Forest Service, which authorizes permits to 122 ski areas, from Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire to Snowbird in Utah, has encouraged resorts in recent years to expand summer activities. Four years ago, Congress passed a law insisting that resorts “encourage outdoor recreation and enjoyment of nature” outside skiing.

Take a look at the full article here.

Here are the Vanatta Groups to 10 activities of the summer:

1. Golf – Catamount, Haymaker, Rollingstone, and Steamboat Golf Course are all within 5 mi10 South Routtnutes of downtown Steamboat

2. Tubing the Yampa River and the newest activity, Stand Up Paddleboarding

3. Fishing and boating at Stagecoach Reservoir

4. Hiking up to Fish Creek Falls (especially the 2nd falls!)

5. Hitting up all the activities at Howelsen hill including sand volleyball, alpine slide, mountain biking, hiking and more

6. Summer sports leagues – Soccer, volleyball, softball, rugby, ect.  They’re super competitive AND fun.

7. Hiking in the Sanctuary and taking in spectacular views

8. Hanging out on Yampa Street and all the new bars and restaurants that have turned this street into Steamboat’s hottest spotyampa street

9. Gondola rides up the mountain followed by some of the most amazing hiking you can imagine

10. Riding the gondola up the mountain and speeding back down on you bicycle. There’s no rush like it!

11. Bonus! Take a ride with Wild West Balloon tours and see Steamboat from a whole new perspective.


Another bonus – here are two great properties that are perfect for summer enjoyment and they have both recently been reduced in price:

Sanctuary Home in Summer

Unique Sanctuary Home

4,400 sq ft contemporary home near golf, hiking and Fish Creek. Huge picture windows media room, potential caretaker unit. Reduced to only $1,295,000 | #137292




1 Davis Ext Best MLS

Spacious Big Valley Ranch

Exceptional 7,727 sq ft home in on 44 acres with an additional 70 acreage available. Endless activities and nature right out your backdoor, but still close to town. Reduced by over $300,000 to $2,475,000 | #139462

Spring Time Land!

Land Deals in and around Steamboat Springs, CO

More land deals! With spring in the air it seems like people are truly getting ready to sell their buildable parcels of land.  We’ve had a few price reductions recently that should really get any buyers who are sitting on the fence to jump into the market!

Five Pines Mesa Ranch

This Recreational paradise offers everything outdoors. Build a home, outbuilding or use as it is. Common facilities and caretaker make this a family retreat to enjoy for years It’s a home, It’s a ranch, It’s a cabin in the woods, It’s a equestrian facility, It’s a private camp. IT IS ALL THESE WRAPPED IN TO ONE! Community cabin affords owners enjoyment before building. The ranch location borders One Million acres of National Forest. On-site caretaker/ranch manager assures ease of ownership. Ag lease for association members keeps the property in agricultural status. Reduced to $950,000| #138838



Coyote Run Lot

Great lot in Coyote Run. Access to this lot is completely on paved roads. The water and tap fees have been paid which is currently a $16,000 value. This lot is ready to build with super views looking back to Young’s Peak. These lots are good sized at 1/2 an acre with plenty of room for creating the ultimate back yard and your new dream home. Reduced to $49,500 | #138172






Sanctuary lot in summer

Ready to build in the Sanctuary. This lot is above the road with views from Fish Creek Canyon to Emerald Mountain and overlooking the golf course. An abundance of trees on the lot gives you that true Alpine feel. A golf membership is included subject to the transfer fee. The home to the west has built their home straddling two lots which provides and open feel this this property. Close to skiing, shopping, golf and hiking! Reduced to $374,900 | #138258








A view and a pond in the countrySecluded Log home on 53.8 acres at end of road with privacy and big views. Vaulted ceilings with large log construction and custom counters. Master bedroom on main floor and walk out deck. Outbuildings, pens and cross fencing ready for your animals. Spring fed water supply and ponds. Big views to continental divide and plenty of wildlife. Acreage suitable for detached caretaker unit and plenty of trails for riding. Located in picturesque middle Elk River area about 19 miles up elk river road from town and 24 miles to the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Reduced to $575,000 | #140019








Sanctuary lot with mountain views

This gorgeous lot in the Sanctuary provides huge potential to custom-build your dream home! It has outstanding views in all directions of Steamboat Mountain, Yampa Valley, and Emerald Mountain. Intimate Little Fish Creek runs through the back of the property allowing for a relaxing atmosphere. This prime lot is located on the cul-de-sac for ultimate privacy. Preliminary house plans have been completed by Mike Ramsey and are available upon request! Reduced to  $429,000 | #138546

Time to Build Your Dream Home

Sanctuary Steamboat Lot

This gorgeous lot in the Sanctuary provides huge potential to custom-build your dream home! It has outstanding views in all directions of Steamboat Mountain, Yampa Valley, and Emerald Mountain. Intimate Little Fish Creek runs through the back of the property allowing for a relaxing atmosphere. This prime lot is located on the cul-de-sac for ultimate privacy. Preliminary house plans have been completed by Mike Ramsey and are available upon request.  Just Reduced!

589 Forest View Drive  |  $429,000 | #138546  |  *Co-List with Darrin Fryer

Marabou Ranch Lot, Steamboat Springs

Arguably the best lot at Marabou. Flat building site overlooking the Elk River, plus a short walk to the River House Lodge and amenities. Amenities include six owner cabins, River House Lodge, day spa, fitness center, theater, outfitter’s cabin, equestrian center/barn and kid’s activity center. Marabou is Colorado’s preeminent shared ranch community, comprising of 1,700 total acres of which 1,300 acres is dedicated to shared open space, including two miles of frontage on the famed Elk River.

42125 Home Street Path | $1,895,000 | #140380  |  *Co-List with Tony Walton