It’s about the altitude in the High Rocky city of Aspen, which at almost 8,000 feet above sea level, offers a bird’s eye view of the world. And it’s about the lifestyle. Building on a reputation for its world-class slopes and the best in Colorado luxury homes for sale, Aspen draws not only ski-lovers but also many for its leadership in environmental stewardship. Residents never take their breathtaking natural assets for granted.
Aspen was first developed around the 1880s as a silver mining camp. By the 1940s it became better known for white powder than silver, in large part to Chicago industrialist and philanthropist Walter Paepcke and his wife, Elizabeth. The two became Aspen’s cultural ambassadors, touting Aspen’s natural aesthetics as a place where the body, mind and soul could thrive. Minions joined them creating an Aspen renaissance. Today, this alpine village nestled at the head of Roaring Fork Valley and surrounded by the public lands of White River National Forest, is an eco-oasis.
It has, at once, both a small-town charm and an urban sophistication, among the reasons international second and third-home owners are drawn to one of the priciest real estate markets of luxury ranches, private estates, mansions, ski homes and condos in the country. That only a small percentage of land can be developed due to zoning laws and the physical constraints of the surrounding mountains keeps values strong. Fine dining abounds, along with cultural amenities and institutions, arts, culinary and food festivals and exclusive shopping.
A long-time Aspen local, Chris Klug knows a thing or two about mountain living. As a three-time Olympian, a Bronze Medalist Snowboarder in 2002 in Salt Lake City, and an eleven-time US National Snowboarding Champion Chris has visited most of the best mountain resorts in the world. He believes there is no place like Aspen. He knows the best places on and off the mountain. Chris takes being your real estate agent seriously. He brings the same positive attitude, determination and dedication that made him an Olympic Champion to his real estate clients.
In 2000, after six years on a waiting list, Chris received a life-saving liver transplant. While waiting for a second chance Chris committed to helping make a difference to those awaiting the gift of life. In 2003 he founded the Chris Klug Foundation dedicated to promoting the importance of organ donation. Chris acts as chairman of the Chris Klug Foundation, and is the creator of the Aspen Summit for Life, a night-time uphill snowshoe race to the top of Aspen Mountain to celebrate life and help raise funds for Chris Klug Foundation.
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