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Featuring Area News & Information about Summit County & Surrounding Mountain Communities.


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Jan. 23, 2023

Summit County Market Update January 23, 2023

Summit County Real Estate: Record High Prices Despite Declining Transactions in 2022


Home transactions in Summit County declined significantly in 2022, according to the Land Title Guarantee Company report. Despite this, the average home price still reached an all-time high, with prices more than doubling over the last 10 years. There is some hope that buyers may find relief due to an increase in inventory for single-family homes, townhomes and condos. The months’ supply of inventory has also increased from between 1 and 2 months to more than 3 months. Yet the market is still 2 to 3 months away from reaching a balanced supply.


Further changes in home prices may come this year as housing stock increases, allowing buyers more negotiating power. The economic uncertainty caused by inflation and rising interest rates may also affect house prices, especially if the Federal Reserve raises rates again soon. That said, many of Summit County's homebuyers are unaffected by these changes due to 33% of all real estate transactions being paid in cash.


If you have additional questions about the Summit County housing market, please contact us anytime. 



Posted in Market Updates
Dec. 2, 2022

3 Reasons to Move to Silverthorne

3 Reasons to Make Silverthorne, Colorado Your Home 


SilverthorneSummit County is home to many beautiful mountain towns, each with its own unique charm. One of the most popular destinations for people looking to buy a home in the area is Silverthorne, Colorado. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a full-time residence, Silverthorne  (including the Wildernest neighborhood) has much to offer. Let’s take a look at three reasons why you should consider making this town your home. 

Silverthorne Colorado elevation is around 8,730 ft and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. With its stunning mountain views, warm climate, and countless recreational activities to choose from, it's no wonder Silverthorne Colorado real estate is in such high demand.


Real estate opportunities abound in Silverthorne with a variety of homes for sale including single family homes, condos, townhomes and more. Whether you're looking for a vacation home or a permanent residence, Silverthorne real estate has something for everyone. You can find properties ranging from affordable starter homes to luxurious mountain retreats.


Silverthorne is located in the heart of Summit County and just minutes away from major ski resorts like Keystone and Breckenridge. Additionally, it’s close to many other activities like fishing on the Blue River, hiking trails in White River National Forest, and mountain biking at Frisco Adventure Park. No matter what type of outdoor adventure you’re looking for, Silverthorne has something for everyone! 

See all single-family homes for sale in Silverthorne


Silverthorne offers a wide range of amenities that make living here comfortable and convenient. There are numerous restaurants and shopping centers nearby, as well as medical facilities if you need health care services. Additionally, there are plenty of recreational activities available if you like to stay active – from swimming pools and golf courses to ice skating rinks and soccer fields! 

See all condos for sale in Silverthorne


The residents of Silverthorne are friendly and welcoming – not only will you find yourself surrounded by amazing natural beauty but also by an amazing community that makes living here all the more enjoyable! From local events like farmers markets and music festivals to volunteer opportunities within the community – there’s always something going on in Silverthorne! 

Wildernest properties for sale

When it comes to buying a home in Summit County Colorado, no place compares with the small mountain town of Silverthorne. You can enjoy easy access to some of the best ski resorts around as well as countless other recreational activities throughout the year – all while being surrounded by a friendly community with plenty of amenities nearby! Whether you’re looking for an escape from city life or just want to be closer to nature – there are plenty of reasons why purchasing property in Silverthorne may be right for you! Contact us if you would like additional information about Silverthorne or are interested in touring a property! 

Posted in Summit County
Dec. 1, 2022

7 Things to Consider When Buying a Luxury Condo

7 Things to Consider When Buying a Luxury Condo in Summit County

If you're looking to buy a luxury condo in Summit County, it can be hard to know where to begin. There are so many factors and considerations to keep in mind, but some are more important than others. Here's what you need to know before signing on that dotted line:

(Tip: Feeling overwhelmed? Contact us and we can do the heavy lifting for you by researching properties and providing you with up-to-date information or helping you find a suitable investment that meets your budget and needs.)

Copper Mountain condo watercolor

1. Location is key for a Summit County condo.

It is important to consider the location of your Summit County condo, ideally somewhere that's convenient to what you do on a daily basis.

  • Commute: Consider how long it'll take for you to get to work or the ski slopes and back each day.  Or is having easy access to I-70 and the Front Range an important consideration for you? If staying local in Summit County is your main goal, keep in mind that while free parking can be found throughout the County, many parking lots in the area charge a fee, and finding parking can be difficult during peak hours and seasons in the resort towns around Summit County. Even though driving your own car to work is often necessary, there are other ways to get to work in Summit County.
    • The Summit Stage offers free public transit options all around Summit County (including services to and from Park and Lake counties)  to provide people with access to parks, lodging, shopping, and medical centers. If you haven’t yet taken a ride on the Summit Stage, I’d highly recommend trying it!
    • In addition, there is a comprehensive network of recreational pathways, the Recpath, connecting towns in Summit County with a paved trail that is relatively flat, family-friendly, and popular with both pedestrians and bikers. Finding a condo that is walking distance to this Recpath offers the convenience of non-auto transport around Summit County.
  • Restaurants: From gourmet to down-home, there are plenty of amazing restaurants nearby when you buy a condo in Summit County. In Frisco and Breckenridge, you’ll find bistros, bars, cafes, and more. If you’re looking for a more relaxed atmosphere, Silverthorne and Dillon both offer many delicious restaurants that won’t break the bank either. With so many great dining options nearby, it's easy to find the perfect place for a romantic dinner or a family meal. Whether you prefer Italian cuisine, Mexican fare, or something in between, Summit County offers something for everyone.
  • Shopping: If boutique shopping is more your style, look for condos near Frisco or Breckenridge, where there are plenty of shops within walking distance. Larger shopping centers are located in Silverthorne and offer even more convenient options.
  • Local Attractions: Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Frisco—the most popular tourist attractions in Summit County—are full of things to do. From skiing in the winter to hiking in the summer, these towns offer a variety of activities and entertainment options. Whether you’re looking for nightlife or just a quiet stroll through the downtown area, condo living in Summit County provides plenty of options for relaxing and exploring. 


2. A condo must suit your lifestyle.

If you are buying a condo, there are several things to consider. One of the most important factors is whether or not the condo will suit your lifestyle. Think about what views you'd like to enjoy from your condo in Summit County. Mountain views, lake views, ski-in ski-out access, or proximity to a bustling resort will help set the tone for "home sweet home"—make sure to check out that view before signing a contract!

Another factor to consider is condo amenities. Many Summit County condo complexes, especially those in the resort towns of Keystone, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge, offer a variety of features such as an indoor or outdoor pool, hot tubs, fitness centers, and more. Have a look at the community rules and regulations before you buy; some condo communities have restrictions on rentals, pets, or certain activities that may not suit your lifestyle.

If you plan on living in the condo alone, then it's important to think about how many people will be visiting and if they will be staying overnight. If you're only going to be using your luxury Summit County condo for work purposes, then it's fine if there isn't an extra bedroom available for guests at all times (though having an extra room never hurts).

Buying a condo in Summit County is an exciting decision! Just remember, your condo should suit your lifestyle, so make sure to consider all the factors involved when looking for the perfect place.


roof3. The building must be well maintained. Look at the roof, the parking garage, and other visible areas of the condo to see how it is being taken care of.

When you are looking for a luxury condo in Summit County, it is important to make sure that the building itself is well maintained. You should check out the roof and parking garage of the building you are interested in to see how they are being taken care of. Look for signs of wear and tear, maintenance, damage, and repairs. Look for any signs of neglect on these things, too. If you see anything that looks like it needs some work done on it or something that has been damaged over time, this could be an indication that there is less attention paid by management to other areas as well.


4. Review your apartment's homeowners' association (HOA) fees to make sure there aren't any upcoming expenses about which you weren't told.

From vibrant ski resorts and mountain towns to secluded lakefront properties, you can find the condo of your dreams here in Summit County. Whether you're looking for a winter wonderland or a peaceful summer escape, there's something for everyone in Summit County. Just make sure to research condo complex fees and taxes before you buy—a condo in a resort area may come with higher associated costs. 

After you've reviewed the financial documents, you should ask the HOA Board members and manager about any upcoming expenses that have not been included in your annual budget.

They may be able to give you more information than is available on their website or in the financial report, including:

  • How much money has been spent on capital improvements in recent years?
  • what projects are currently in the works; and
  • the exact amount of money that will need to be raised from existing homeowners in order for those projects to be completed.
  • In addition to researching condo fees and taxation information, you should also take some time to walk around the condo complex. If possible, meet with residents who have been living there for a while and ask them questions about their experience. Ask them what they like most (and least!) about living in the condo complex, as well as any problems that they have encountered. This will give you a better idea of what to expect when you move in. 
  • Finally, make sure that you read through the condo documents thoroughly before signing on the dotted line. You'll want to understand exactly what rights and responsibilities come with condo ownership in Summit County. Knowing what you have to do as a condo owner will help make sure that buying a condo is a positive experience. 


5. Is the building pet-friendly? If so, what are the limitations? If not, consider a single-family home instead.

If you have a pet, consider whether the building is pet-friendly. If so, what are the limitations? Be sure to ask about any fees or restrictions that could affect your decision to buy.


6. Make sure there are enough parking spaces and storage areas available.

As you seek a new luxury condo in Summit County, you'll want to make sure that there are enough parking spaces and storage areas available. This is especially true if you have a large family or plan to keep more than one car in the building's garage. If this is not possible, then it may be time for you to look into getting your own storage unit just outside of where you live.


7. Are short-term or long-term rentals allowed in your Summit County condominium?

That depends on both the condo community, and the town, that you live in. When purchasing a luxury condo in Summit County and intending to rent out your unit for a portion of the year, it's critical to understand whether there are any municipal or HOA restrictions on short-term rentals.

Many condo communities have rules and regulations regarding rental agreements that must be followed by their residents. Check the condo association’s governing documents to see if there are any restrictions or special requirements for short-term or long-term rentals of your condo unit. If you do want to rent out your condo, you must comply with whatever rules and regulations are in place.

In addition, many communities in Summit County have recently imposed limitations on short-term rentals. Notable exceptions (at the time of this blog post) include most areas of the resort communities of Keystone and Copper Mountain. Our website has the information you need to learn more about the rules and regulations regarding short-term rentals in Summit County. View short-term rules and regulations. 

family biking in Copper Mountain



The luxury condo market in Summit County is booming, and there are many reasons why. Luxury condos offer buyers a lot of benefits that they wouldn't find in other homes. But with so many options available, how do you know which one is right for you? The best way to ensure that your next purchase is a good one is to do your research ahead of time so that when the time comes to buy, you'll know what questions need to be answered before signing paperwork! Good luck condo shopping in Summit County!

Pro Tip: Get in touch with us, and we'll do the legwork for you, investigating available properties and giving you up-to-date information on the Summit Colorado condos for sale based on your interests and budget. You're sure to find the perfect condo for your Colorado mountain dreams.


Posted in Summit County
Nov. 9, 2022

5 Tips to Prepare for Winter

5 Tips to Prepare Your Summit County, Colorado Mountain Home for Winter


family sitting outside mountain cabinHere in Summit County, Colorado, we love our winters. The snow-capped peaks, the crisp mountain air, the endless outdoor activities… there’s just something about winter that makes us feel alive. But as much as we love it, winter can be a tough season on our homes. That’s why it’s important to take the time to prepare your mountain home for the long winter months ahead. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our top tips on how to prepare your Summit County, Colorado mountain home for winter.


1. Inspect Your Roof and Gutters

The first step in preparing your mountain home for winter is to inspect your roof and gutters. In the high country, we get a lot of heavy snowfall, and that snow can put a lot of strain on your roof and gutters. So before the snow starts flying, take the time to clear out any leaves or debris from your gutters and inspect your roof for any loose or missing shingles. If you spot any damage, now is the time to make repairs. Trust us, you don’t want to wait until the middle of a snowy winter night to discover a leak in your roof!


2. Service Your Heating Equipment

Next on our list is servicing your heating equipment. Whether you have a furnace, a boiler, or a wood-burning stove, it’s important to have it serviced by a professional before the start of winter. This will help ensure that your heating equipment is operating safely and efficiently all winter long.


3. Winterize Your Plumbing

Another important step in preparing your mountain home for winter is winterizing your plumbing. This helps prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting when temperatures plummet. 


How to winterize your plumbing:

  • Insulate all exposed pipes, including those in the basement and attic.
  • Drain all outdoor faucets and hose connections.
  • Bring in all hoses and store them indoors.
  • Close all vents around the foundation of your home. 
  • Open cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms to let warm air circulate around plumbing.
  • Winterize your well: when the temperatures start to drop, it's time to start thinking about how to winterize your well. Depending on the type of well you have, there are different ways to go about this. But in general, you'll need to take steps to prevent your pipes from freezing and ensure that your pump doesn't overwork itself during the colder months. If you're not sure how to winterize your well, it's best to consult with a professional. They can assess your particular situation and give you specific instructions on what to do. 

Following these tips will help you avoid costly repairs due to frozen or burst pipes.


4. Stockpile Firewood

If you heat with wood, now is the time to stockpile firewood so that you have plenty on hand when the cold weather hits. Nothing is worse than being stuck in the middle of a cold snap with no wood to burn! So make sure you have enough firewood to last you throughout the entire winter season—you can never have too much!


5. Bring Outdoor Furniture Inside

Last but not least, don’t forget to bring all of your outdoor furniture inside before the first snowfall hits. This includes patio furniture, lawn chairs, potted plants—anything that isn’t designed to withstand cold weather should be brought inside or stored in a protected area like a garage or shed. Once summer comes around again, you’ll be glad you took the time to do this!


Preparing your mountain home for winter may seem like a lot of work, but trust us—it’s worth it! By taking the time now to do things like inspect your roof and gutters and winterize your plumbing, you can help prevent big problems down the road. So what are you waiting for? Get started today on preparing your Summit County mountain home for another wonderful Colorado winter!

Posted in Resources
Oct. 1, 2022

Three Amazing Hikes in Breckenridge

Three Amazingly Awesome Hikes to Enjoy in Breckenridge this Autumn


Just because the summer crowds have thinned out and the kids are back in school doesn't mean Breckenridge has nothing to do. In fact, some would say that autumn is the best time to visit this quaint mountain town.

Breckenridge is home to gorgeous hiking trails that wind through aspen groves and offer stunning views of the valley below. Autumn is the perfect time to hit the tracks since the temperatures are milder and the leaves change color. Not to mention, the courses are less crowded now that summer is over. 


Here are my top three favorite hiking trails near Breckenridge:

Pro tip: bring a jacket for when you reach the summit! Take water and dress for inclement weather (layers). It can turn quickly. Be prepared, and don't forget your camera.


Hoosier Pass Loop

Hoosier Pass view from trailShort but sweet! The Hoosier Pass loop Trail is located about 15 minutes South of Breckenridge, Colorado, right off Highway 9 at the top of the pass. There is ample parking, and the trails in this area are clearly marked. The whole loop is around 3.5 miles. 


The trail leaves on two tracts and forks right and left from the parking lot. It loops around and connects (not shown on the map) to itself. I prefer turning left and returning to the small peak on the continental divide west of the parking lot. It gets you above the tree line quickly. 

SPECTACULAR 3600 VIEWS of five fourteeners and the Placer Valley! "Wow" is probably the best word to describe this hike. There is some elevation gain and steady rise on this moderately strenuous hike, so you may need to take it easy (it starts at about 11,500 feet). If you consider hiking here, be aware of the weather. It can turn quickly.


Black Powder Pass Trail


Black Powder Pass Trail viewA 3.4-mile out-and-back trail. It starts 9 miles up the Boreas pass road from the ice rink in Breckenridge, Colorado. It is a moderately challenging route taking a little longer than 2 hours to complete (unless you are a trail runner). 


The trailhead is just above 11,500 feet and takes you to the saddle between Baldy and Boreas Mountains. Summiting Baldy is only a short additional hike. The best times to visit this trail are June through October.


The drive to get there is impressive and connects Breckenridge and Como along the old narrow gauge railroad bed. The dirt road is one lane wide but is in moderate condition. You will be standing on top of the continental divide at the trailhead. The road is closed in winter, so you will need back-county, touring gear, or a snowmobile to reach the saddle.


Some old station buildings are situated on the divide and can be rented nightly during winter. Don't forget your camera! Views are GREAT!


Monte Cristo Gulch and McCullough Gulch


Monte Cristo Gulch trail viewsStarting from the McCullough Gulch Trailhead, you will find yourself alongside Monte Cristo Creek as you hike up to the Blue Lakes. The short trip is 2.8 miles each way, which is very popular and relatively forgiving. 


You will need to go up a few short steep sections, but it is not too bad. Going past the Blue lakes, Monte Cristo Gulch gets more demanding with uneven footing followed by very steep terrain. 


You may want to bring safety ropes to the top. But lets you know what being in the Colorado Wilderness really feels like. You will be across from Quandary peak, the closest fourteener to Breckenridge.


Reach out anytime if you need other tips or information about Summit County. I'm always here to help! 


- George, Owner of Perfect Mountain Home

George Friou on Monte Cristo trail

Posted in Breckenridge
Sept. 30, 2022

Short-Term Rental (STR) Market Update

Update on Short-Term Rental (STR) Regulations in Summit County


The real estate market is constantly changing, and staying current on the latest regulations and news can be challenging. This article will summarize the latest rules regarding vacation rentals in Breckenridge and Summit County. The new regulations state that short-term rentals (STRs) are only allowed in exempt condominium complexes and locations. Therefore, owners who wish to rent their properties for less than 30 days must comply with these new regulations.


The market is gradually shifting from one Seller's market to one that is more balanced, as evidenced by the average sales price to the original asking price ratio dropping to 98% in August. Our current stock is 134% larger than last year, which is excellent news for potential buyers. 


Additionally, the Town of Breckenridge has adopted a new law regulating short-term rentals, which has increased the demand for properties in Zone 1. Check out the Town of Breckenridge's website for more information. 


The various zones are shown on this map. 


Breckenridge Short-Term Rental (STR) Updates

The revised Breckenridge short-term rental code, which includes the new overlay areas, was passed by the town council unanimously. This new law sets limits on the number of short-term rental licenses that the town can issue in each of three areas: Zone 1 (tourism/resort properties / “exempt" properties), Zone 2 (downtown core), and Zone 3 (single-family homes). 


Breckenridge STR Limits by Tourism Zone

Resort properties (also known as “exempt”): 100% of the homes are permitted to be rented out to short-term guests.

There is currently availability in Resort properties for new permits.


Zone 1: 92% of housing stock allowed to be short-term rentals.

There is currently availability in Zone 1 for new permits.


Downtown core (Zone 2): 51% of the homes are allowed to be used as short-term rentals. 

Zone 2 has 55% of homes currently permitted as STR, and the town is reducing that to 51%.


Single-family (Zone 3): only 10% of the homes are allowed to be used as short-term rentals. 

Zone 3 currently has 32% active permits, and they are reducing that to 10%. They hope that attrition will eventually lower the total permits in these areas that are above saturation. These new regulations may vary depending on the type of property involved. 


The Tourism Overlay Zones are also available as a searchable GIS tool.


The date of September 27, 2022, has been set as the start date for the new ordinance. 


Please view the updated ordinance in full


Summit County STR Updates

Summit County has implemented a moratorium on new short-term license permits until late February 2023. They are in the process of writing new rules during this period. Keystone and Copper Mountain Resort areas are currently exempt from this moratorium. Expectations are that these areas will continue to allow unlimited STR licenses in the future.


Frisco STR Updates

On the first reading on September 27, 2022, the town of Frisco decided to adopt a 25% limit on short-term rental permits within the Town. The present level is somewhat less than 22%, giving some possibility for new licenses.  View Frisco regulations here


The municipality is allowing new licenses to properties under contract before October 11th. The municipality enables units under construction to get STR licenses as long as they have a building permit and are being reviewed by October 11th.


Silverthorne, Blue River, Dillon & Park County STR Updates

Silverthorne, Blue River, Dillon, and Park County have not yet changed their rules. However, Silverthorne is discussing possible limits to STRs.


Property Management Options for Longer Rentals

Property management companies are already servicing the new "longer" short-term rental breed. A resource is Peak Property Management, servicing all of Summit, Eagle, Park Counties, Pitkin (Aspen area), Grand, and Lake Counties.


For more information about short-term rental regulations, visit our STR resource page, with helpful links to community pages. 


Please let our management partner know that Perfect Mountain Home sent you and receive a $100 credit towards management services 😊 .



As a reminder, Perfect Mountain Home blog is educational in nature and is meant to provide a general update of current events in our real estate market. Because rules and regulations are subject to change, it is the buyer and/or seller’s responsibility to verify and perform due diligence regarding all zoning, rules and regulations for a property of interest.

Posted in Market Updates
Sept. 8, 2022

Get Ready for Ski Season

How to Get Ready for Ski Season in Summit County


IKeystone skier in village artt's that time of year again! The leaves are changing color, the air is getting crisp, and the snow will soon be starting to fall. That can only mean one thing: ski season is just around the corner! Here in Summit County, Colorado, we're already getting excited for another season on the slopes. After all, with six world-class ski resorts right in our backyard, there's no better place to hit the powder than here. 

But before you can start enjoying all that our beautiful county has to offer, there are a few things you need to do to get ready for ski season. From stocking up on supplies to making sure your vehicle is winterized, here's everything you need to do to prepare for a fun-filled season on the mountain. 

Projected opening dates are posted below.


6-8 Weeks Before Ski Season

Stock Up on Supplies

No matter how experienced of a skier or snowboarder you are, there's always going to be a few basic items that you need before hitting the slopes. This includes things like sunscreen, lip balm, goggles, gloves, and a hat. Be sure to pack extras of each of these items in case you lose them on the mountain or someone else in your group needs them. 

Get Your Equipment in Order

Get your equipment in order. Make sure your skis are tuned and your bindings are adjusted properly. If you're renting equipment, be sure to get it early so you have time to get used to it.

Get in Shape 

Skiing is a physically demanding sport, so it's important to be in good physical condition before hitting the slopes. Take some time to build up your endurance and strength by doing some cardiovascular and strength-training exercises.

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter Driving 

If you'll be driving up to the mountain yourself, it's important to make sure your vehicle is properly winterized before hitting the road. This includes things like making sure your tires have enough tread and are properly inflated, as well as getting your battery and brakes checked. You should also keep an emergency kit in your car in case you get stranded in bad weather. This kit should include things like jumper cables, flares, a first-aid kit, and blankets. 

Plan Your Trip and Make Accommodations 

Once you've taken care of all the logistics, it's time to start planning your trip! If you're coming from out of town, be sure to book your lodging well in advance. Ski season is one of the busiest times of year in Summit County so accommodations fill up fast! Once you've secured your lodging, start planning out which resorts you want to visit and which trails you want to ski or ride. 

Ski Pass

Last but not least, don't forget your ski pass! Whether you're planning on buying a single-day pass or a season pass, be sure to have it with you when you head up to the mountain. Nothing puts a damper on a day of skiing quite like realizing you left your pass at home.


Projected Opening Dates for Summit County Ski Resorts

Keystone - October 28, 2022

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area- October 23, 2022

Loveland- October 29, 2022

Breckenridge- November 11, 2022

Copper Mountain- November 21, 2022

Visit On The Snow for updates on when lifts are set to open so you don't miss opening day! 


Tips for a Great Day on the Slopes! 

Learn the Basics 

If you're new to skiing, or if it's been awhile since you've been on the slopes, brush up on the basics. Take a lesson or two from a professional instructor to learn proper technique.

Stay hydrated and well-nourished 

Skiing can be taxing on your body, so it's important to stay hydrated and well-nourished while you're on the slopes. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy snacks and meals to keep your energy levels up.

Pace yourself

Don't try to do too much too soon when you're first getting back into skiing. Start with shorter runs and gradually build up to longer ones as you become more comfortable on your skis.


Now that you know how to get ready for ski season here in Summit County Colorado, all that's left to do is start packing your bags! With six world-class ski resorts right in our backyard—Keystone Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Breckenridge Ski Resort Loveland Ski Area, and Copper Mountain Resort—there's no better place spend your winter vacations than here. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

Posted in Summit County
May 24, 2022

10 Tips for Summer Home Maintenance in Colorado

10 Tips for Maintaining Your Home in Colorado This Summer

Home maintenance is important, no matter what time of year it is. But when you live in a place like Colorado, where the summers are hot and the winters are cold, it's especially important to make sure your home is in good shape! In this blog post, we will discuss 10 tips for maintaining your home this summer. Follow the tips on this summer home maintenance checklist and you can rest assured that your home will stay in good condition all season long!


1. Make sure your gutters and eaves are clear of debris to prevent water damage.

gutters Colorado winters can bring lots of snow! Unfortunately, this extreme weather can wreck havoc on your gutters. Gutters and eaves are crucial for keeping water away from your home's foundation. If gutters become clogged with leaves or other debris, they can't do their job properly. As a result, water can seep into your home's foundation and cause serious damage. That's why it's important to clean gutters and eaves of accumulated sediment regularly, especially before the start of summer.

You can clean gutters and eaves yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. Whichever option you choose, make sure to do it at least twice a year (spring and fall) to prevent water damage.


2. Trim any overgrown branches or shrubs 

pruning treesMaintaining trees and shrubs are an important item on the home maintenance checklist. Overgrown trees and vegetation can not only be unsightly, but they can also be a fire hazard, especially in Colorado. Pruning trees for fire prevention and to create a defensible space around your home is an important step to creating fire-resistant landscaping. To learn more about landscaping defensible space around your home, visit the Colorado State University Extension page on Fire Resistant Landscaping. So take some time to trim any overgrown vegetation around your home. It's a simple task that can make a big difference in the event of a fire.

Remove any branches or shrubs that are blocking your windows or doors. Pruning trees and maintaining shrubbery around the home can allow more light to come in the windows.

Remove any diseased, damaged or injured branches or plants and consider xeriscaping or replacing with newer and healthier plants. Falling branches can be a hazard for people and property. 

Trimming overgrown vegetation will also help improve the appearance of your home. And if you have any bushes or shrubs that are getting too big, trim the plants back to size. Shaping trees and shrubs can encourage plants to grow more vigorously and produce flowers and fruits more productively. 

Trimming overgrown vegetation is also important for maintaining the appearance of your home. So take some time to trim any overgrown branches or shrubs around your property today!


3. Inspect the roof

roofThe roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so it's important to inspect it regularly for any damage. Have a roofing professional look for any missing or damaged tiles or shingles and replace them as soon as possible. They will also check the roof for any signs of leaks or water damage. If you find any, make sure to repair them immediately to extend the life of your roof.

Regular roof maintenance is important for keeping your home in tip top shape. So take the time to inspect your roof today and make any necessary repairs. Your roof will thank you!


4. The attic's insulation should be checked to ensure it is still adequate.

attic insulationDuring the summer in Colorado, your home's attic can get extremely hot. This is because heat rises, so the attic is one of the hottest parts of the house. If the insulation in your attic is not adequate, it will not be able to keep the heat out. As a result, your home will be hotter and your energy bills will be higher.

To prevent this, it's important to check the insulation in your attic regularly. If it is not adequate, you should add more insulation or replace deteriorating insulation. This will help keep the heat out and save you money on your energy bills.

So if you haven't checked the insulation in your attic recently, now is the time to do it. 

Solar attic fan:

A solar attic fan is a great investment because it will help keep your home cool in the summer. solar attic fan uses the power of the sun to ventilate your attic and remove heat. Solar attic fan is also energy efficient, so it will save you money on your energy bills.


5. The exterior of your home should be given a fresh coat of paint, especially if it's showing signs of aging and wear

man painting exterior of homeA fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the exterior siding of your home. If your home is starting to show signs of aging and wear, a fresh coat of paint can help it look new again. Not only will this improve the appearance of your home, but it will also protect it from further damage.

If you're not sure whether your home needs a new coat of paint, it's always a good idea to consult with a professional. They can inspect your home and give you their opinion on whether or not it needs to be painted.

If you decide to paint the exterior of your home, be sure to use high-quality paint. This will ensure that the job is done right and that your home looks its best. 


6. Sweep and mop all floors, inside and out, to get rid of any dirt or dust

mopping hardwood floorsSweeping and mopping your floors is a great way to get rid of dirt and dust. This is especially important in the summer, when there is more dust and pollen in the air. By sweeping and mopping regularly, you can help reduce allergies and keep your home clean.

When sweeping, be sure to use a soft-bristled brush. This will prevent damage to your hardwood floors and make it easier to remove dirt and dust. When mopping, be sure to use a clean mop head (we like the O-Cedar spin emop) and warm water. This will help prevent the spread of dirt and bacteria.

Sweep dust, debris and cobwebs from your garage floors and basement floors as well. Use a power washer to power wash exterior walkways and patios (follow manufacturers instructions if you have a wood patio as power washing at a high setting can cause damage to the wood). 

7. Service your AC / Central Air Conditioning

air conditionerIt's important to tune up your AC unit so it can run efficiently all summer long. This means changing the air filter, cleaning the coils, and making sure that the unit is properly charged and in working order. By doing this, you can help ensure that your AC runs smoothly all summer long.

Your AC unit requires an annual inspection and maintenance. If you're not comfortable servicing your AC yourself, you can always hire an HVAC professional. They will be able to do the job quickly and efficiently. A dirty or damaged AC unit can become very expensive to operate.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your home is cool and comfortable.

8. Weatherproof windows and doors

Weatherproofing your windows and doors is a great way to keep your home cool in the summer and is an easy and affordable way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. This involves adding weather stripping or caulking around gaps and cracks. By doing this, you can help reduce drafts and keep cool air in the summer from escaping your home (we believe that a nice breeze should be experienced outdoors not indoors!).

Consider replacing old windows if necessary. While this may be a big investment, this can help you save money on your energy bills and keep your home cool all summer long and for years to come. 

Lastly, take a close look at your garage door to ensure it's working smoothly and that no gaps in the weather stripping seal are evident. 


9. Test smoke detectors & CO alarms

smoke detectorTo prevent a house fire or carbon monoxide poisoning, it's important to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly. This will help ensure that they are working properly and that you and your family are safe.

If it has been more than 6 months since you last replaced the batteries, change them now. Follow manufacturer recommendations for device testing, and battery changing instructions and frequency. 


10. Check sprinklers and irrigation

irrigation and sprinklersIt's important to check the sprinklers and irrigation system regularly in Colorado homes. The extreme winters and fluctuating temperatures in the spring can cause pipes to freeze and sprinkler heads to become damaged. This will help ensure that they are working properly and that your lawn is getting the water it needs.

To check your sprinklers, and to make sure there is no damage from frozen pipes last winter, simply turn them on and watch to see if they are spraying evenly. If you see any areas that are not being sprayed, or if the spray is weak, it's time to adjust the sprinklers or replace broken sprinkler heads. If you notice any leaks or water pooling, it's time to repair the irrigation system.

Look over all the outdoor faucets and check the garden hose for leaks.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your lawn is healthy and green all summer long. In early fall, don't forget to winterize your irrigation system to reduce the risk of pipes freezing. 

Summer is a great time to get your home in order for the colder months ahead. By following these 10 tips and creating a summer home maintenance checklist, you can ensure that your biggest investment stays in good condition all season long. Thinking about selling your home or need tips on home maintenance to increase your home's value? Don't hesitate to contact us! Thanks for reading!


Posted in Resources
May 17, 2022

Summer in Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain is So Much Fun! Summer Activities for the Whole Family at the Copper Mountain Resort


Are you looking for a place with unlimited options for the entire family this summer? Look no further than Copper Mountain CO! This charming village offers something for everyone. Copper Mountain is the perfect place to enjoy the natural mountain environment, from zip-lining to fantastic hiking and biking trails. There's always something going on, from concerts and festivals to mountain biking and golfing.

See Copper Mountain live via webcams.


Summer Activities

In addition to world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter, there is a variety of summer, family-friendly activities on Copper Mountain. So grab a snack at Sugar lips mini donuts or City Pop Popcorn and specialty sweet shops and browse the family fun activities below!


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Alpine Rush Zip Line

Copper's newest summer thrill is one of the most popular attractions at Copper Mountain. This high-speed zip line takes you on a thrilling ride under the blue skies, and through the trees, providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains.


Quad Power Bungee Jumping

In this kid-friendly event, you may enjoy trampoline and bungee jumping! The Quad Power Leap enables people to jump and do gravity-defying movements like flips and somersaults simultaneously. Participants may range in age from 18 months to 210 pounds for the quad power bungee jump. The Bungee is situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountain Coaster in the Flyer Lot.


Woodward Copper

This is an action sports training ground that offers classes and camps for all levels. Woodward Copper Mountain is a paradise for snowboarders, skiers, and skateboarders throughout the whole year. The Barn was the first indoor snowboard training and indoor ski training facility designed specifically for advancement in terrain parks and pipes. It included trampolines, foam pit, and snowflex jumps in addition to other features. Learn some new moves in the Barn, then test them out in Copper Mountain's terrain parks and pipe to see how well they hold up.


Woodward Wrecktangle

Ever dream of being a ninja? In the heart of Copper's Center Village, this outdoor ninja obstacle course offers nine separate sections of exciting and fun-filled challenges to accomplish. Cargo nets, balancing beams, rope swings, and more are included!


Participants must be five years old, 36 inches tall, and weigh at least 30 pounds.

WreckTangle is an immersive experience for kids and adults that includes exhilarating hurdles, supportive teachers, companionship with friends, and the pleasure of completing a new and enjoyable task.


Create an account with the new Woodward WreckTangle app. The World's Fastest Ninja Competition is open to anybody who purchases a WreckTangle session and an RFID bracelet. Please see or the WreckTangle app for qualifying rules and regulations.


Mini Golf

An 18-hole course is located near the center village. This 18-hole course is great for both kids and adults. Test your putting skills and see who can get the best score.


Copper Creek Golf Course

Copper Creek Golf Course- The Copper Creek Golf Course is perfect for a day on the links. Challenge yourself to a round of golf and see who can come out on top.


Scenic Lift Rides

Views of the mountains and fresh air are the best of both worlds. Woodward Express and American Eagle chairlifts provide a relaxing way to see the mountain without exerting effort. Pack a lunch and plan to trek back down to make the most of your time.



The only Go-Kart track in Summit County lets you compete with loved ones and friends! Register at Copper Sports in Center Village or at the track in the Chapel Lot by filling out an application. To drive a Go-Kart, you must be at least 56 inches tall.


Climbing Wall

Test your climbing skills on the tallest outdoor wall in Colorado! The climbing wall is perfect for both beginners and experienced climbers. There are routes of varying difficulty, so you can challenge yourself as much or as little as you like.



The trampoline is a great way to get some air and fun. You can practice your flips and tricks or just bounce around enjoying the view.



There are also various shops and restaurants to explore at the Copper Mountain Resort. So whether you're looking for the perfect souvenir or a delicious meal, you'll find it here.


Tennis & Pickleball

The public tennis and pickleball courts are perfect for challenging your friends and family to a match.


family Hiking in the mountainHiking

There are many hiking trails to choose from, so you can explore the beautiful scenery at your own pace. Copper's mountain hiking routes are open to the public for free. Alternatively, arrange a picturesque chairlift ride to the summit of the American Eagle lift and then trek from there! In addition, guided hikes are frequently available. See the summer hiking trail map here.


Track your stats and find your friends. Download the Copper Mountain Tracking app here.


Popular Hiking Trails:

Mountain Roads:

Hiking is permitted on all of our mountain roads (and biking). These roads have a novice rating (green).


Chickaree Way:

Intermediate level (blue). Head west down I-Road from the top of Woodward Express Lift to the base of Timberline Express Lift, where the path begins. After crossing the Colorado Route, the trail returns to West Village.


Trail in Colorado:

From west to east, towards the foot of Copper Mountain, the Colorado Trail runs through it.


Alpine Overlook:

At around 12,000 feet, leave the A-Road towards the top of the Super Bee & Resolution lifts. The route separates, with one branch continuing east to Spaulding Bowl and the other west to Union Bowl. Views of Copper, Union, and Jacque Peaks and the Ten Mile, Gore, and Sawatch Ranges are spectacular. 


Hallelujah Loop:

The 3/4-mile track begins at 11,250 feet at the top of the American Eagle lift and ascends to 11,350 feet. Cross the A-Road by following the gravel route parallel to the road. Continue up the stone stairs and through sub-alpine woods, following the arrows until you reach the edge of Hallelujah Bowl.


Family mountain biking copper mountainMountain Biking in Copper Mountain

Biking in the mountains is a great way to see the sights and get some exercise. There are trails of varying difficulty and diverse terrain through the White River National Forest to go at your own pace. The downhill biking at Copper Mountain is some of the best in the state. The mountain is also home to world-class terrain parks, making it a mecca for freestyle riders. Bike rentals are available in town at Copper Sports Bike Rental and Repair, located in Camp Hale Outfitter, Center Village.

The Union Creek Quad bike haul, which operates daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will transport you with your mountain bike to the top of the chairlift, and then you may ride down. Riders have the option of choosing between Easy and Intermediate Terrain.


West Lake Water Sports

Bumper boats and hydro bikes! 


The Rocky Mountain Alpine Coaster

The Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping. You can race your friends or enjoy the ride. The Rocky Mountain Coaster, at 5,800 feet in length, is one of the longest alpine coasters in North America.

During the 430 vertical feet of decline, the altitude decreases by an average of 10.9%.


Because the roller coaster is operable in both winter and summer, it is an attractive option for a fun activity regardless of when you choose to come.



If you're an avid fisherman, then Copper Mountain is your place. The town is located right on the Blue River.

If you're an avid fisherman, then Copper Mountain is your place. The town is located right on the Blue River and is home to various fish, including trout, salmon, and more.



Copper Mountain hosts many festivals throughout the year, most notably the Winter Dew Tour and the Union Peak Festival, the Red, White, Brews, and Tunes festival. Festivals such as the Winter Dew Tour give athletes a chance to show off their skills while also providing entertainment for spectators. In addition, the festivals bring in many visitors to the small mountain town and offer an excellent opportunity to experience the unique culture of Copper Mountain.


Copper Mountain events and festivals are posted on the resort's website. So if you are looking for a fun way to spend your vacation, be sure to check out the celebrations in Copper Mountain.


Just a Short Drive Away

Copper Mountain is conveniently located in central Summit County and is just a short drive from Denver. This means that you can quickly get to the mountain for a day of skiing or boarding and then head into the city for nightlife and dining.


Copper Mountain is also close to other major ski resorts, including Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, and Beaver Creek. This makes Copper Mountain the perfect place to base yourself when exploring Colorado.


Frisco Adventure Park 

Frisco Adventure Park is a great place to spend a day with your family. There are hiking trails, biking trails, and various other activities to choose from.


Copper Mountain is the Perfect Destination

Whether you're looking for a place to learn new skills or just have some fun, Copper Mountain is the perfect destination. Check out our Copper Mountain real estate listings! We have a wide variety of properties to choose from, all conveniently located near the best that Copper Mountain offers. So whether you're looking for a cozy condo or a luxurious ski chalet, we've got you covered. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect place to call home.


What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Copper Mountain today! You won't regret it.


Posted in Summit County
April 28, 2022

Frisco Colorado- Your New Home Base?

7 Reasons to Make Frisco Colorado Your Next Home Base: The Most Central and Convenient Location in Summit County

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Looking for a place to call home in Summit County? Look no further than Frisco, Colorado. Frisco is known as the "Main Street of the Rockies" due to its great dining and convenient shopping all year round.  This charming town is located just off of I-70 and is only 10 miles north of Breckenridge. With its prime location and endless amenities, it's no wonder why Frisco CO is such a highly sought after real estate market! Whether you're looking for a luxury custom estate or an efficient studio condo, Frisco has something to offer everyone. Come check out what this amazing town has to offer! You won't be disappointed. 

Colorado is a beautiful state with endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and families alike. If you're considering a move, you may be wondering if Colorado is the right place for you. In this blog post, we'll outline seven reasons to consider Frisco, Colorado as your next home base. First and foremost, Frisco is centrally located in the state and offers easy access to both the mountains and the plains. Additionally, Frisco has amazing amenities and a thriving community spirit that make it an ideal place to call home. Keep reading to learn more!

1. Frisco is centrally located in Summit County and just a short drive to all the best ski resorts

Copper Mountain ski area near Frisco Colorado RedfinOne of the best things about Frisco is its central location. It's just a short drive to world-renowned ski resorts like Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Keystone.  But that's not all! Frisco is also close to world-class hiking, biking, and fishing. So whether you're looking to hit the slopes or take a leisurely stroll around town, Frisco is the perfect place for you. 

2. The town is home to a variety of businesses, including restaurants, shops, art galleries and services

There's always something to do, whether you're exploring the historical downtown area or checking out one of the many art galleries. Frisco is also home to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. 

Art Galleries in Frisco Colorado  

-Gatherhouse Studio and Gallery  Come check out glassblowing classes for all levels!

-Summit County Arts Council- Arts Alive Gallery

-Frisco Art Collective

-The Sunny Side Up Studio

-Todd Powell Photography Gallery

These are just a few of the many art galleries in town! Come visit Frisco Colorado to see them all. 

Frisco Colorado Has Restaurants for Every Taste

Frisco has a variety of restaurants that will suit any taste. From upscale dining to casual cafes and coffee shops, there's something for every taste and budget.  

- The Lost Cajun- Cajun: gumbo, etoufee, beignets, and more!

- 5th Avenue Grille

- Outer Range Brewing Co

- Ollie's Pub & Grub

- The Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe- Bakery

- Hacienda Real

- Silverheels Bar & Grill

- Vinny's Restaurant

These are just a few of the many great places to eat in Frisco, Colorado.  

3. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in Frisco, from hiking and biking to fishing and skiing

Frisco colorado view of lake real estateIf you're looking for a town with endless outdoor activities, look no further than Frisco Colorado. With its close proximity to world-class ski resorts, hiking trails, and fishing spots, there's something for everyone in Frisco! So come experience all that this amazing town has to offer and make Frisco your new home today! 

-Frisco is located just a short drive from world-renowned ski resorts like Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, and Keystone. 

-Frisco is also home to a variety of fishing spots, so be sure to bring your rod and reel! 

Frisco is home to some of the best hiking trails in Summit County! Some of our favorites include: 

-The Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area Trail 

-The Rainbow Lake Trail 

-Sapphire Point Overlook Trail

Frisco Colorado is a great place to go snowmobiling. Some of the best places to go snowmobiling near Frisco include: 



- Copper Mountain 

-Arapahoe Basin 

No matter what your interests are, you'll find plenty of things to do in Frisco Colorado. So come see why so many people are choosing to call this amazing town home!

4. The town hosts several events throughout the year, including music festivals and holiday celebrations

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You'll never be bored in this town! There's always something to do, whether you're exploring the historical downtown area or checking out one of the many art galleries. Frisco is also home to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. No matter what your budget or taste, Frisco has something to offer everyone. 

Festivals in Frisco Colorado

Frisco is home to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. Some of the most popular festivals in Frisco include: 

-Concert in the Park Series- June through September

-The Frisco BBQ Challenge- Held annually in June, the Frisco BBQ Challenge is one of the most popular events in Frisco. 

-Frisco's Fabulous 4th of July Celebration

-Frisco BrewSki 

-The Frisco Gold Rush Days - Nordic races for all ages held annually in February.

-Frisco Fall Fest- September  

-Wassail Days - An event celebrating hot, spiced, cider held annually in November-December.

Many other events fill the calendar, so mark your calendars and come on down to experience all that Frisco has to offer! You won't be disappointed.

5. Frisco is a great place to live or visit for those who love the outdoors and want easy access to all the action in Summit County!

Frisco Colorado downtownIn addition to its endless amenities the town of Frisco, Colorado is also a great place to raise a family or retire. With its low crime rate and high quality of life, it's no wonder why so many people are choosing to call Frisco home. So if you're looking for a safe and friendly community to settle down in, look no further than Frisco! 

Family activities in Frisco Colorado 

There are a variety of family activities to enjoy in Frisco Colorado. Some of the most popular activities include: 

-Frisco Adventure Park 

-Frisco Historic Park & Museum 

-Tenmile Range Traverse 

-The Frisco Nordic Center 

So if you're looking for a place to call home in Summit County, look no further than Frisco Colorado real estate. With its prime location and endless activities, it's no wonder why Frisco is such a highly sought after real estate market for families!


6. Accessible Public Transportation 

-The Summit Stage provides free buses that run throughout Frisco, Breckenridge, and Dillon.

-The Summit Stage also runs from the Frisco Transit Center to Copper Mountain Resort.

-For those who want to explore further, the town of Frisco is just a short 1hr 40 min drive from Denver International Airport (about 95 miles).   Denver International Airport is the main airport serving the Denver metropolitan area.

Vail Eagle Airport is the closest airport to Frisco, Colorado and is located just 45 minutes away.


7. What's the Real Estate Market Like in Frisco Colorado? 

The real estate market in Frisco Colorado has something for everyone.  Whether you're looking for a luxury condo or a cozy mountain cabin, you'll find it all in Frisco. So come see why so many people are making this town their new home and contact a Frisco real estate agent today!

Some of the most popular neighborhoods in Frisco, Colorado are: 

-Bill's Ranch Neighborhood 

-The Water Dance & Wooden Canoe Neighborhood 

-The Main Street / In Town Neighborhood 

Each of these neighborhoods has their own unique charm and amenities that make them special. So come see why so many people are making Frisco their new home and contact a Perfect Mountain Home real estate agent today!

Contact us today for more information on Frisco Colorado Real Estate.

Frisco, Colorado is a town that has something for everyone. So come see why so many people are choosing to call this amazing town home!  And if you're thinking about buying or selling a property in Frisco, contact the real estate experts at Perfect Mountain Home for more information on Frisco Colorado. Browse all Frisco homes for sale.

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Posted in Summit County