Aspen Updates from Sally Shiekman

Sally's 2021 Sold Listings Showcase

January 17, 2022
Download and review the wonderful mix of sold listings Sally handled in 2021.

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Emergency didn’t cause moratorium, but moratorium caused emergency

January 13, 2022
The Aspen Board of Realtors seek an injunction to stop the City of Aspen’s moratorium on the issuance of building permits and allowing short term rentals. Read the article below which cites that already over $40MM in real estate sales has been lost as Buyers didn’t proceed with purchases due to the moratorium.

2021 Commercial Property Sales Bring Back Memories

January 3, 2022
The numbers are starting to finalize for real estate sales which occurred in 2021. Sales volume topped $4 billion including over $300 million in commercial sales. Of these sales, five were either hotels or commercial buildings. The sale of one of the hotels brought back very fond memories.
As a kid, my family would come to Aspen for the 2 week Christmas/New Year’s holiday. This was in the days before the Silver Queen gondola. It took 3 chairs and almost 45 very cold minutes to ascend from the bottom to the top of Aspen Mountain. We’d get on the lift at 9am and catch the FIS/6 chair up for the last run at 3:45pm. We’d dine at restaurants no longer in existence, such as the Shaft, Lauretta’s, the Golden Horn and Takah Sushi. The popcorn wagon actually had popcorn! But the most memorable part of our trip was our Quick read more or view full article lodging. We’d make our annual return to the homey Mountain Chalet, where massive breakfasts and hot chocolate and gluehwein apres skis were the norm. At the time, the lodge was owned and run by Marion and Ralph Melville and then the reigns were passed on to their 5 children. There were no kinder lodge owners than the Melville family. In 2021, the Mountain Chalet sold for $68 million. Please read the Aspen Times article below for more information.
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Tree farm grows traffic and opportunities

December 23, 2021
In June of 2017, after a hard-fought land use battle, mid-valley landowner Ace Lane acquired approvals from the Eagle County commissioners by a 2-1 vote for a project known as the Tree Farm. The project is approved for nearly 135,000 square feet of commercial space and 340 residences, including a hotel and an independent living facility. The fourth out of four parcels is now under contract with upcoming closings scheduled. Contracted by out of area developers, construction is slated to begin this spring. 
Concerns about the density of the project, the number of homes and the fact that the amount of traffic would drastically increase at this already dense area of Highway 82 where traffic already gets backed up were main points of contention from those who opposed the development.
Please click on the link below to read the Aspen Times article for more information.
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Citizen Initiative Seeks Repeal of Hasty Moratorium

December 22, 2021
It’s not surprising that two Aspen real estate developers have filed a citizen initiated ordinance to repeal the hastily passed legislation which imposes a six month moratorium on residential redevelopment within the city of Aspen. In order for the ordinance to succeed, the two developers must collect 993 signatures over the next 180 days. The halt on residential redevelopment could have far reaching impacts on all those involved in the construction industry, including contractors, laborers, architects, designers, etc.  

To read more, see the attached article from the Aspen Times below.


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Margo Chisholm
Sally went above and beyond to at first find us a home to suit our needs and finally to sell our home in a timely manner… Sally guided us through all of the details of our sale and was a terrific advocate for us in the process. We wouldn’t consider using anyone else in the future.
Ericka & Joseph Meade
Sally worked with us to understand our needs, out architectural preferences, and our financial capabilities. She patiently showed us properties from Aspen to Glenwood Springs, and we fell in love with our house in Carbondale.
Randi Lowenthal
Sally always carefully explained each part of the selling/buying process, answered every question patiently, and was completely honest about the possible outcome(s) of the entire event. Buying/selling a home is an emotional and exciting time; Sally has the ability to keep things calm while retaining that important sense of excitement.
Wally & Kris Graham
Searching for real estate in the Roaring Fork Valley can be a daunting prospect for any buyer, but you and your associates made the process fun rather than overwhelming.
Cassia R. Furman
I want to thank you for all the work you did to sell my Aspen condo. Now that I have worked with you as a buyer and a seller, I am definitely impressed with your professionalism. I know that you are busy, but you are very organized and thorough so that your clients get excellent service. I think the hardest part of any real estate deal is negotiating a contract and getting that contract to closing. I appreciate you helping me get a full price contract with only minor contingencies, and then following each deadline so that nothing fell through the cracks.
Betty Hoye
Sally is a true professional. Her open manner, honesty and knowledge of the real estate market are outstanding. I would highly recommend her to any potential buyer or seller in the valley.
Nancy Albert
Sally recently helped my wife and I to purchase a building site in the Missouri Heights area. Sally made the purchase a great experience; she showed us much of what the valley had to offer over a several days time frame. Sally presented us with information on what was currently on the market. We have since purchase a property and are already projecting an increase in value. Sally has kept in touch since the purchase providing valuable information.
Donald Russell
Your knowledge of the market and advice were very helpful as I came to a decision. I also appreciated your attention to detail and immediate response to each of my questions and needs.
Jenny S. Morton
I received your gift card, and want to express my appreciation. Quite a nice surprise! Also to acknowledge all your help with our transactions and rentals over the past few years. It turns out that, directly and including the new Tahoe home, you were involved with five different properties we have had owned the years. (And you have seen Owl Meadows as well, making six.) Which is quite a few for small time investors. You got us out of the properties we needed to get out of, and into one that was just fine for as long as we needed it. Then out again, as we moved on. We hope to see you on our next Aspen visit. And we will toast you at Valenti’s!
Tom & Jan Restaino
I love our real estate agent. The first week we moved in she provided awesome dinners and moral support everyday. She only had our best interest in hand through the entire transaction. Now a month later she swept us off our feet for a phenomenal Saturday night dinner with all family members included. Thanks Sally Shiekman for going above and beyond as you always do. You are not just a great realtor but a caring, smart, and on the ball agent. By the way she was also just voted the best female real estate agent in the Aspen Valley area. Thanks Sally!
Whitson Alexander Smith
I highly recommend Sally Shiekman as a realtor. She was always available to answer any questions I had and was on top of every deadline in the contract. I am a busy mortgage lender and so I appreciate Sally’s attention to detail, integrity and genuine concern.
Karen E. Crepps
Sally was very professional, persistent without pressuring, and handled all details necessary to complete the sale. When it came time to sell that property and purchase another, although both my husband and I had become good friends with many other local realtors, we both felt strongly that Sally should be our listing and buying agent.
Anne & Mark Grice
The most important thing that Sally did for us was to make us comfortable with the experience. She answered all of our novice questions and understood that we were truly starting from the beginning. She showed us a wide range of property so that we had a full view of the valley real estate market.
Jenny & Simon Elliot
We feel that Sally is always looking out for our best interests. She has a great knowledge of the market, is diligent, honest and has integrity. We would not consider making another move with out Sally’s help. She is the best!
Gigi & Tim Durand
Through Sally’s efforts our transactions went through without any problems and we received the highest sales price for a unit of our size in the complex. Sally is a true professional in all respects and provided us with top quality service. She made the process easy and painless. Should we ever require a real estate broker in the future, you can be sure we will call Sally.
Kim Nuzzo and Eileen Kinkelaar
I wanted to express my sincere appreciation for the fantastic job you did in helping me find a home. I had been through the process several times before, and my experiences have been mixed. However, after working with Sally, I believe I have truly seen someone who wants to consistently provide the absolute best service for their client. Sally’s professionalism, concern for my specific needs, and consistency in following-up on every detail went beyond my expectations.
Scott Crawford
Sally was there with guidance throughout the process of purchasing our home in Snowmass Village. She is knowledgeable about the markets from Aspen to down-valley. We definitely recommend Sally for anyone who is looking for a real estate professional.
Dan & Judi Smith
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