Fall Is In The Air!

 My Blog, by Tim Currin

The Summer activity is waning in Ouray.  On the drive to work yesterday there was snow on the San Juan Mountains and today it is Fall like with low hanging clouds up Yankee Boy Basin.  Traffic during the week is less than in early and mid-Summer but weekends are busy as ever. We expect temporary closures on Red Mountain Pass in September to complete the cleanup from the slide last Winter.  The Labor Day rodeo is in Ridgway this weekend with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bleachers, which look great!  God bless the anonymous doner who made the project happen.  The 4-H auction is Saturday.  Ouray Brokers will be there to help a hard working 4-H kid out!

Three weeks ago I closed on the sale of the St. Elmo Hotel on Main Street in Ouray and just this past Monday I sold the building where O’Brien’s Pub is located.  St. Elmo is now owned by a family from San Antonio.  They are excited to bring new energy to the historic hotel.  The Bon Ton Restaurant was purchased too but only the real estate.  The business at Bon Ton is still being operated in a fine fashion by Chris Lee and his partners.  It is the best restaurant in Ouray!

Many new properties are offered in Ouray County.  Our late Summer issue of  “Property Guide to Ouray County” came from the printer a week ago.  This issue is the biggest yet with 16 pages of color listings!   Now we need to match buyers with those listings.

Historically most sales each year occur between August and November, closing as late as December.  That is confirmed by my sales history at Ouray Brokers and in a conversation with Jeanne Boots at Land Title Company.  Hold on, sales are coming in the next ninety days.  Stay tuned for more updates.

This BLOG is at http://ouraybrokers.com/blog/ and there will be weekly updates on developments in the Ouray County real estate market.  Our blog has detailed statistical data on the Ouray County real estate market.  Our quarterly publication, “Property Guide to Ouray County” is set to have an issue published in the middle of May.  A property owner who wants to get their property sold this summer needs to be in this issue!  Approximately half of the homes that were featured in our property guide last summer were sold!


Best regards,

Tim Currin



Ouray Brokers


970.389.0002, cell


P.S.  Being the middle of winter I want to share something from Thoreau:    “I frequently tramped 8 or 10 miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or an old acquaintance among the pines”.  Amen, I think I’ll go out on snowshoes tomorrow!


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