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5 Best Ways to View Aspen’s Fall Colors

 Aspen’s natural beauty is second to none and while Labor Day marks the season’s end, for many it signals the start of Colorado’s famous Indian Summers, another reason to get out and enjoy everything Aspen has to offer. It’s hard not to get a great view of the ever-changing colors as they dance along the mountainsides.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to see the fall colors.  

 Fall Helicopter Tour- take advantage of the blue mile high skys for unparalleled views of Aspen Snowmass Wilderness, Independence Pass, Ashcroft, Maroon Bells and every mountain top in between. Alpine Aviation is ready to take you to the sky, with amazing local based guides, where all the hidden gems are. Alpine Aviation has easy access to both Aspen and Glenwood airports.

Hot Air Balloon Ride- Nestled in the basket of a hot air balloon skipping over the autumn mountaintops is pure magic. It’s easy to picture your self in a hot air balloon shorty before sunrise with the autumn colors making the valley below glow with gold—feel the peace and serenity as you float effortlessly over the Elk Mountain Range of the Aspen and Snowmass areas,  Above It All Balloon Company has you covered with over 30 years in the Balloon business.

Horse Back Riding- Explore the beautiful changing colors as many of Aspen settlers did; on horse back. Maroon Bells Guides and Outfitter offer hourly, daily, lunch, dinner, and over night rides around Maroon Bells, Pyramid Peak, and Maroon Creek. Enjoying a relaxing ride through thick Aspen’s, glowing in autumn colors, it’s the perfect cowboy way to explore the most gorgeous countryside in the west.

4-Wheeling Adventures- for those of us who know they have to do a little more traveling to get to some of the pristine, remote, exquisite place , a 4-Wheeling Blazing Adventure Tour is a delightful way to get away from it all. Join some of Aspen’s friendly and knowledgeable guides while discovering some of the most picturesque places in the valley on our Scenic and Historic Driving Tour. Being immersed in the fall foliage, aroma, scenery, and history is an experience you will never forget!

Cycle though the colors- Biking around town and on the many bike trails Aspen has to offer is a great way to experience the colors. Aspen’s bike trails system is vast, to say the least, ranging from expert to moderate trails. We love the ease and convince of Rio Grande Trail, but our favorite is the scenic  East of Aspen Trail, this easy dirt trail is accessible from town, and parallels the Roaring Fork River Southeast of Aspen for over 3 miles. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful colors and wildlife. Aspen Bike Rentals, as well as many others around town, offers hourly, half and full day rates. 

Don’t have a helicopter, a hot air balloon, a horse, a 4×4, or a bike? 

Go for a hike! By now you should know that Aspen has hundreds of miles of trials! Cathedral Lake, American Lake, Hunter Creek and Crater Lake are just a few of the wonderful hikes to enjoy nature’s show. Rio Grande Trail, Hunter Creek, Smuggler Trail, Sunnyside Trail and Ute Trail are easily accessed from town. But a quick drive in any direction will take you to countless other trails. Don’t understand maps, don’t worry, all of Aspen’s hiking trails can be access through the free app, called Pitkin Outside.

With so many ways to get out and see the changing colors, we don’t care what you do, just as long as you get out and experience the fall colors in Aspen!!!!


Pat’s Top List of Real Estate in Aspen


It’s not only important to understand the housing market you are looking to buy into, but it’s just as imporatant to find an agent who has their ear to the groundand a network you can count on; Pat has that ear and has the network of Sotheby’s International Reality in her back pocket! With weekly private showeings to the most exclusive and newest listings in Aspen and the surrounding areas, she truly is the first to know before a listing even hits the market and creates a full Comparable Market Anaylsis for each listing. Which in turn can be one of the greaest investments you make when buying a luxury home. 

We have put together a list of the most recent listings in Aspen. Which on will you buy? 


AspenOne             $8,500,000


3 Beds            4.5 Baths

PERMITS RECEIVED! CONSTUCTION COMMENCES 9/15! FINISHED PRODUCT TO BE DELIVERED BY MARCH 2017. Where it all began! Located at the base of Aspen mountain and adjacent to the prized Lift 1A, OneAspen is a highly anticipated offering and the last of its kind. The collection of fourteen mountainside residence is as close to recreation paradise as it is close to the downtown heartbeat. With mondern lines, spacous layouts, coveted outdoor living space, 2 car garage and just under 5,000 square feet, it might just be the best Aspen address yet. 


574 Johnson             $4,495,000

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Starwood’s Garden of Eden! Enjoy a touch of the Tropic in the Rocky Mountains. Savor Starwood’s best panoramic views from Highlands to Mount Sopris from the 3.83 acers of rolling green grass and wilderness. Magical sunsets appear over Mount Sopris, Capital Peak and Mount Daly from the four bedrooms, and four and half bath, 6,350 square foot Bill Poss designed contemporary home. A cascading waterfall flows from a custom rock Jacuzzi into the “blue grotto” indoor pool. Glass slider oper from the pool area to a front pation and a lush green grass yard, embracing the outdoors, and ideal enteraining venue. A wood-burning fireplace creates a warm ambiance in the great room. The formal dining area with artwork built-ins and two serving buffets overlooks the great room. 


533 Hallam Street             $4,995,000

4 Beds            3.5 Bathspats-hwy82-1

In the heart of the West End…533 W. Hallam is an authentic Victorian home built in the 1800’s and is situated on a 6,000 sq ft corner lot. Its location is perfact: just out of the chaotic downtown core, but still within walking distance. The home can be lived in as-is or remodeled to your taste. With approval from the Historic Perservation Commission, the lot allow for up to 3,740 sp ft above grade + garage and below grade space. A true jewel in Aspen’s best neighborhood.

77 Westview             $5,375,000

4 Beds            4.5 Bathspats-Westview_1 (1)

A breathtaking mountain home only minutes from Aspen core. This multi-level home is located  in a peacefull and private neighborhood. Fully renovated with a contemporary flair, the living spaces have been throughtfully designed to capture and abundance of natural light and private mountains view. With an oversize garage that could accommodate 4 cars, mudroom, laudry room, and plenty of storage. Open kitchen style with granite countertops, extra large island, and custome Alder cabinets. The kitchen is shared with the main living room, which has high vaulted ceilings, a fireplace and Aspen mountains views. On the same floor is a guest wuite, which has a steam shower and wrap around porch. Complete with large office area and an oversized dinging space.       


43251 E. Highway 82             $12,900,000

5 Beds            5.5 Bathspats-hwy82

To be completed Spring of 2017. New, contemporary home on 3.3 acers with a stream and pond. Very private! Across from North Star Natur Perserve and the Roaring Fork River, walk home from the take out, close to town with a country feel. Walk to town and the Nature Preserve, get a head start on your friends biking to Independence Pass. Poss Architects + Planning, Iglehard Construction. 


926 Durant Ave #2             $5,955,000

4 Beds            3.5 Bathspats-Silverstream-1

Contemporary, light-filled, great room with vaulted veiling, large fireplave and spectacular views of Aspen mountain, gondola and Red Mountain. Located on a peacefull cul-de-sac in Aspen’s Central core with 2 south-facing balconies plus a large patio with a private hot tub. An abundance of natural light throught out this 3-level town home, it is truly a cut above all others. Enormous master suite with fire place, large walk-in closet and a very large master bath. With 3 additional bedroom, a 2-car carport and many other great features, this is one of the best properties on the market in Aspen’s central core.


170 Falcon Road             $13,500,000

pats-170_falcon5 Beds      5 Full Baths      3 Half Baths

This Five Trees Estate combines the majesty of Tuscan Style with Colorado materials & design.  170 Falcon is a Tim Hagman Architects masterpiece. The home’s design starts with a Tuscan village influance by joining the common areas and private rooms with stone archways, large wooden beams and soaring valted ceilings. The property enjoys exceptional privacy and western mountain views. Relaz on the magnificent stone patio amid your waterfall and breathtaking views of the Tiehack Cliffs. With almost 9,000 sq. ft. of living space, the home also includes a wine tating room, media room, club room and self-contained office-suite. Located just minutes from Aspen Airport, skiing, and downtown Aspen core. 

Pat offers keen insight regarding Aspen real estate market with the facts that back it up. She know what it takes to properly analyze the market; finding the best property for you, negotiating the best price and managing the contract througha a smooth closing. You will also appreciate her expertise in positioning, pricing, staging, and marketing your current property for an effective sale.

With Pat, you’ll benefit from her perspective, attention to detail, resources and insight to current opportunities in the real estate market. She is 100% dedicated, ethical, hard working and experienced in all aspects of the real estabe business. Coupled with the exceptional global marketing pwoer of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, you will maximize your success when working with this top-producing broker. 

Staging for Success

The number one reason why so many want an Aspen home is the lifestyle; they’re buying a dream, and I love selling that dream. Staging a home to sell is critical to your success, especially in luxury real estate markets like Aspen. I execute every new listing with certain key strategies an proper staging is the first and sometimes only impression you have with a potential buyer is the difference between selling a listing or watching DOM (“days on market”) climb.


It’s common for homes to be very personalized, many owners have taken years to decorate and customize their property. It’s very uncomfortable for an owner to want to undo everything that has made their property their home. However, providing a blank canvas for a property gives the buyer a chance to paint their own memories in their new home. We want potential buyers to envision living in this home. 

After years of successfully selling luxury real estate from Beverly Hills to Aspen, I have compiled a few vital tips to staging high-end real estate.

Original artwork: Hanging original artwork in various’ location can give 
your home a world-class luxury feeling that will inspire potential buyer to imagine where they would hang their art collections. Often times these pieces of art can be rented directly from the gallery or artist.


Spotless garage:  It’s safe to say that many luxury homebuyers are also owner of luxury car(s). To many luxury homebuyers the garage is just as important as the rest of the house, serving as their showroom to house their own luxury cars. Fabric, finishes, linens: Luxury bedding, plush towels and rich fabrics will give a warm and inviting feeling to enhance the space. By using fabrics, finishes and materials to your advantage, creating an additional layer.

Incorporate culture: It is important for the home to have a connection to an elevated culture. This can easily be done with display original artwork, musical instruments, artifacts or Aspen historic photos and relics. 

Highlighting the lifestyle: Aspen lifestyle second to none and is most likely the reason to why a potential homebuyer is buying in Aspen; hiking trails just steps away, local venues’ with world wide musicians that you won’t want to miss, and over 70 resturants just around the corner. Highlighting the Aspen lifestyle in your home will give homebuyers the chance to envision their ski’s parked by the door, or their mountain bike on the porch. 

Fabrics, finishes, linens: Luxury bedding, plush towels and rich fabrics will give a warm and inviting feeling to enhance the space. By using fabrics, finishes and materials to your advantage, you’re creating an additional layer of luxury.


Non-matching furniture: Most luxury hones often times are professionally decorated, while furniture and accessories have a common thread, there is no need for matching furniture sets. These homes use texture, color and materials to convey luxury that will make you want to curl up by the fire with a book after a long day of skiing or hiking. 

Outdoor spaces and views: If you’re anywhere in Aspen or Snowmass and don’t see a majestic view, you must be sleeping. It’s no secret that adding an outdoor space, and easily doubles your living area. Using the season to your advantage when showing, have your outside fire pit on and crackling and the hot tub should be warm and ready.

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If serious offers are your goal, let me help you to carve out a budget to sell the buyer’s dream! A small investment in your staging will be paid back multifold. The goal is a full-ask offer, or even better, a bidding war between multiple buyers who envision your property as their Aspen dream home. 

Aspen, Colorado is a very desirable real estate market.  When competition is high, your choice of a real estate agent can make all the difference in you getting the property that you desire.  To increase your chances of finding the perfect property, seek the assistance of an experienced real estate agent.  If you need assistance finding the perfect property in the Aspen Snowmass area, I am here for you.