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Vibrant Interiors – Living Large at Home

Designer Andrea Monath Schumacher Celebrates Living Vibrantly in Her First Book of Interiors

By Lisa Klein & Luxury Portfolio International 

Andrea Monath Schumacher has been creating personality-filled spaces for over two decades.

Last week she  released  her first book, Vibrant Interiors: Living Large at Home, detailing six playful projects that embody the layered and bold yet balanced style of her design firm,  Andrea Schumacher Interiors, based in Denver, Colorado, with a new outpost in Santa Barbara, California.

Below, she discusses her design philosophy and new adventure as a book author with Luxury Portfolio.

Photo courtesy of Gibbs Smith from Vibrant Interiors. Interior design by Andrea Monath Schumacher/Andrea Schumacher Interiors. Photo by Roger Davies

First of all, can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got started as a designer?

I founded my design firm in 1999 almost by accident.

I had been working as an intern set designer for “Days of Our Lives” and Columbia Pictures and decided to continue my education. I was taking courses towards a masters [degree] in architecture at the University of Colorado when clients started approaching me to design their homes. From there, things took off, and now we are a firm of 11 and growing.

Vibrant Interiors is your first book – what made you decide to write it?

I feel honored to work in design and to be able to touch the lives of so many through creating beautiful, livable spaces.

Our environments hugely impact our emotions, and I want to create spaces that make my clients feel wonderful. This book includes tips, tricks and insight into how others can do the same for themselves.

What can readers expect to find in the pages?

My grandmother was an artist who taught me the importance of living beautifully. I learned so much from her, and I always like to imbue artistry into the home, whether it be with antique Chinese doors or captivating snake candleholder sconces. Great design is all about the details.

Photo courtesy of Gibbs Smith from Vibrant Interiors. Interior design by Andrea Monath Schumacher/Andrea Schumacher Interiors. Photo by Roger Davies

So, what  does  make an interior vibrant?

Going back to my days as a set designer, we were always thinking about the stories we were conveying through the spaces we designed. I do this today with my clients. I think an interior is vibrant when it tells your story authentically and lets you live to the fullest.

How would you describe your design style?

My style is all about mixing colors, time periods and inspirations to create elegant, layered interiors.

Growing up, my dad was a virologist for the CDC, so we lived everywhere from Atlanta to Nigeria. Living in so many corners of the globe was essential to developing my design eye and is backed by my education.

What are some of your favorite design elements to work with?

I really enjoy working with unusual, unique furniture pieces and art. I’m also no stranger to pattern and color.

You do use a lot of color in your designs. What do bright, bold colors lend to a space?

I love color. It makes everything more exciting, but it is all about using color correctly and achieving a balance. Too much of a good thing is never good.

I typically begin by finding one element in the room that will serve as the foundation of the palette – for example, a piece of art or a fabric. From there, color can be splashed across the walls or used more restrainedly, like on a lampshade.

Photo courtesy of Gibbs Smith from Vibrant Interiors. Interior design by Andrea Monath Schumacher/Andrea Schumacher Interiors. Photo by Roger Davies

What do you do to balance out louder elements such as color and pattern?

I think about how all elements interact with one another, including the room’s flow and the architecture. The careful attention to scale allows for a nice foundation upon which to add color and pattern. It is methodical so as not to tip the scale too far.

I will also create visual pauses – for example, solid pillows or fabrics for color blocking.

How do you inject some personality into each space?

I do this by creating interiors that reflect the lives of the homeowners. Where have they been? What do they collect?

Conversation pieces are also an important part of the storytelling process. They can be rare or simply out of place and unexpected. They allow for connection with others and with our homes.

How does  Vibrant Interiors  reflect your work overall?

The book focuses on six projects. They all have their own unique spirit but reflect my love of the mix to create truly inspired spaces with a wink.


 

COVER STORY: Colorado Landmark, Realtors receives global recognition for Marshall Fire recovery efforts

 

BOULDER (April 18) – Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® recognizes Colorado Landmark, Realtors as their April 2022 recipient of “Leading RE Good Things” for their recovery efforts of the Marshall Fire. This global recognition was shared on Friday, April 15, across 70 countries and with more than 150,000 real estate agents across the globe in an “Inside Track” announcement by Leading Real EstateCompanies of the World President and CEO Paul Boomsma.
Mr. Boomsma recognized Colorado Landmark’s “incredible efforts” in the recovery of the Marshall Fire noting the huge difference the company made in the community in the month of January 2022. “Just hours after the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history destroyed more than 1,000 homes and displaced more than 15,000 people, the Colorado Landmark, Realtors team went to work raising more than $175,000 in less than 3 days, negotiating more than 1,000 hotel rooms for evacuated families, setting up an aid station in their Louisville office and assembling a free pop-up shop providing more than 400 community members with collected donations.”
Colorado Landmark, Realtors has been a Boulder Valley based boutique Real Estate brokerage specializing in luxury properties since 1977. Receiving the recognition, Colorado Landmark’s President and Co-owner, Orly Ripmaster, acknowledged being a support system for the community was paramount and that recovery efforts superseded any other business activity for the firm in the wake of the fire. “This is the community where we live, work and play, so when this community needed us, we were there,” Ripmaster stated. She noted that across their boutique organization of more than 40 local agents, Colorado Landmark served more than 600 volunteer hours in less than 30 days. The “Leading RE Good Things” program highlights the incredible people in the LeadingRE network, which includes more than 550 member brokerages across the globe, and the “good things” they are doing around the world. Being selected is an honor that Ripmaster believes is shared with all the survivors and those impacted for their strength and resilience. “Colorado Landmark is proud and humbled to be a part of the recovery efforts and help rebuild this incredible community. It’s a tremendous honor for a local, independent firm to earn a global recognition, and this recognition is one we share with our entire community who have truly demonstrated the best of all Good Things.”

 

If you would like more information about Leading Real Estate Companies of the World or the selection process, please visit its website at:
marketing.leadingreresources.com/goodthings or contact Orly Ripmaster at orlyripmaster@coloradolandmark.com.

Source: https://www.athomecolorado.com/marshall-fire-boulder-county-colorado/colorado-landmark-realtors-receives-global-recognition-for-marshall-fire-recovery-efforts/

Two Cities in Northern Colorado named among Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Emerging Housing Markets for Spring 2022

The Hottest Places to Live Now Are Often the Most Affordable 

By Nicole FriedmanThe Wall Street Journal

Less expensive cities with strong local economies climbed The Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com Emerging Housing Markets Index in the first quarter, another sign that many home buyers are giving priority to affordability.

Fast-rising  housing prices  have pushed buyers from expensive coastal cities into cheaper housing markets in recent years.  Expanded remote-work opportunities  and a search for different lifestyles during the Covid-19 pandemic have accelerated the trend.

The migration is poised to continue as home prices set new highs and  rising mortgage-interest rates  increase borrowing costs for home buyers, economists say. The average 30-year mortgage rate jumped from 3.1% at the end of 2021 to 5.0% by mid-April, adding hundreds of dollars to the typical monthly mortgage payment.

“People are chasing affordability,” said Sam Khater, chief economist at mortgage-finance giant  Freddie Mac. In response to high housing prices and increased remote-work flexibility, he said, “people are reordering where they live.”

The Rapid City, S.D., metro area of about 145,000 people near the Wyoming border was the top-ranked market for the quarter. It was followed by Santa Cruz, Calif.; North Port, Fla.; Santa Rosa, Calif.; and Naples, Fla. The top 20 cities in the ranking have an average population size of about 600,000.

The Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com Emerging Housing Markets Index identifies the topmetro areas for home buyers seeking an appreciating housing market and lifestyle amenities.

The top-ranked markets in the first quarter had faster home sales, higher wages and shorter commute times than the market as a whole, said George Ratiu, manager of economic research at Realtor.com.  News Corp, parent of the Journal, operates Realtor.com.

North Port and Naples  were the top two markets in the fourth quarter  and held in the top five as Florida continues to attract migration from other states. Some of the top-ranked markets  are also desirable vacation destinations, including Santa Cruz, Naples and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Rapid City, South Dakota’s second-biggest city, is a tourist and retirement destination because of its proximity to the Black Hills mountain range and Mount Rushmore. The metro area’s economy also depends on education, military and the healthcare sector, with Monument Health as the largest employer, Mr. Ratiu said.

Buyers have flocked to Rapid City in the past two years from Colorado, California and the East Coast in search of  fewer pandemic-related restrictions, access to outdoor recreation and a small-city feel, said Shauna Sheets of Keller Williams Realty Black Hills. Investors also have been drawn to the market’s affordable prices and rental demand, she said.

“What I hear more and more [is], ‘Rapid City is what Fort Collins used to be, it’s what Colorado Springs used to be, it’s what Denver used to be,’ ” she said. “What I’ve heard is, ‘Now we know how our state will react in a crisis, and I don’t like how my state reacts.’ ”

Rapid City’s house prices have climbed in response, making it more difficult for local buyers to compete, said Stuart Martin of Re/Max Results in Rapid City. The average sale price in the area hit $364,000 in the first quarter, up from $311,000 in the same quarter a year earlier, Ms. Sheets said.

About 77.5% of page views on Rapid City-area property listings came from outside the metro area in the first quarter, according to Realtor.com. The top metro areas for interest in Rapid City listings were Washington, D.C., Denver, Omaha, Neb., and Sioux Falls in eastern South Dakota.

In Topeka, Kan., which ranked 16th in the first-quarter rankings, affordable prices also are attracting out-of-state buyers and investors, said real-estate broker Abbey Wostal. The median sales price in the Topeka metro area was $155,000 in the first quarter, down 1.6% from the same period in 2021, according to the Sunflower Association of Realtors.

“Topeka, we’ve always said, we’re kind of a great little secret,” she said. “It may not be where you choose to vacation, but it is a great place to live, because it’s affordable.”

The Wall Street Journal/Realtor.com Emerging Housing Markets Index ranks the 300 biggest metro areas in the U.S. In addition to housing-market indicators, the index incorporates economic and lifestyle data, including real estate taxes, unemployment, wages, commute time and small-business loans.


 

Q2 Trends: Sinking inventory, Russia and China’s impact, return of cities and millennials on the move

By Mickey ALAM KHAN

The prime property market is ablaze as agents worldwide continue to experience record levels of activity.  But increasingly, concern is mounting around inventory, which remains at an all-time low – even at prime price points. This trend is the most palpable in the United States, where bidding wars on select properties are still prevalent and aspirational buyers continue getting priced out of lower-tier luxury properties.

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), only 6% of all home sales are for properties in the $1 million+ price point.

Because of this supply-and-demand imbalance and subsequential spike in prices, markets that were once subsidiaries – i.e., satellite towns – have now become luxury destinations, such as areas outside New York City or around Seattle.

The post-COVID landscape – where remote or partially remote work environments remain in place – will continue to magnify this trend.

For example, pre-COVID, a 90-minute commute from Manhattan would have been considered an outlier. But now, if someone needs to be in the city two or three times a week, a longer commute is no longer considered onerous. That has “stretched” the commute to particularly more suburban areas, even rural communities in Northern Connecticut.

Where else is the money going? Atlanta’s luxury real estate sector has become quite pricey as tech companies, such as Microsoft, open new campuses there.

Charlotte, N.C. is also feeling the pressure of a hot housing market, fueled by banking industry business and an uptick in new residents.

Yet the most compelling markets to watch include Florida, which has become the posterchild for unbridled growth, as well as Texas and Tennessee –Nashville is currently one of the most sought-after markets for high-end homes.

While inclusive of all price points, the National Association of Realtors reports that the South accounts for 46% of all home sales.

And while the Sun Belt is certainly a literal hot-bed, New York is back. Prices of condos in the city are up 20% in many cases, and in the suburbs, it is nearly impossible to find a reasonably priced, move-in ready home.

It is a similar narrative in Chicago, where sales are up between 10% and 15%. Internationally, all eyes are on Dubai, which is seeing record activity levels, fueled, in part, by Russian investors. London, too, is seeing sales coming back in upscale neighborhoods.

Looking ahead, we see the next phase of luxury growth being powered by wealthy millennials.

The amenities they want in their properties – for example, completely wired homes that are fit for remote work as well as more space, “green” access and a great location –will be major influencers on the industry and give way to important opportunity zones.

Co-primary markets will continue to be a mainstay as high-net-worth individuals work from home and seamlessly go between residences. And despite the explosive growth in housing, office districts in major metros such as New York will continue to struggle.

We do not foresee the spike in interest rates – now at 4% – acting as a deterrent for high-net-worth home purchasers in the United States, but it will hamper aspirational buyers.

As a whole, the biggest threats on horizon are geopolitical, tied to Russia and China.

Affluent individuals in Europe may be thinking about moving their assets to safer havens, such as the United States.

Most foreign purchasers of real estate in the U.S. in the last couple of years happened to be affluent consumers from China, Canada, India, United Kingdom and Mexico.

China accounted for the biggest drop of foreign investment in New York real estate as the pandemic hit. So, the absence of Chinese money will be far more impactful than the sanctions or retreat from Russian buyers in the New York market.

It bears keeping in mind that the U.S. and European sanctions only apply to freezing the targeted Russian oligarchs’ assets, not seizures. It is difficult to totally seize the sanctioned Russian oligarchs’ wealth unless governments have established a paper trail linking the purchase of those assets to illicit wealth.

Overall, demand in the market is there, but supply is not. Expectations are high, and the next few months are sure to offer an intriguing glimpse into how the industry will continue to adapt to market gyrations and disruptors on a global scale.

This article originally appeared on rismedia.com.

Happy Earth Day 2022

As we face an accelerating climate crisis, and many other challenges affecting our dear Mother Earth today, the message of Earth Day is as important as ever.

Join the celebration of our great planet by planting a tree, exploring the city’s mountain parks or by participating in a local event.

Here is a fantastic list from the City of Boulder  of local events and celebrations to get involved in climate action today and every day! 


Cool Boulder

Join in a community-wide effort to implement natural climate solutions. Cool Boulder is mobilizing and supporting our community to regenerate our soils, trees, and habitats for a resilient community, climate and future.  Sign up to join an action team or become a community resource specialist.

 

Spring Fest and Earth Day Celebration with Jeff and Paige

Bring the family to the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for fun activities led by Thorne Nature Experience educators and a performance by kid-favorites, Jeff and Paige.  Learn more and register for the free event online.

 

Ride Boulder BCycle for Free

April 22 through 24, get free access to Boulder BCycle. Enjoy unlimited 60-minute e-bike trips with your 3-Day Weekend Pass. To get the pass, download the  BCycle App  and select Bosch Earth Day Pass.

 

Tree Planting throughout the spring and at the Columbia Cemetery

Even though they’re not having Earth Day-specific events, the city’s Forestry team in the Parks and Recreation Department is focused on sustainability by planting trees! Approximately 400 trees in city parks and public street rights-of-way, at both residential and commercial sites, will be planted this spring.

The team is also working with Flatirons Elementary School to plant 10 trees at Columbia Cemetery on April 29 as part of their Arbor Day events.

 

Resource Central

Celebrate our planet with Resource Central and Eco-Cycle at 6400 Arapahoe Ave from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tour Resource Central’s renovated reuse facility, get inspired for your summer DIY projects, and rock out to local bands. There will also be food and free family activities to enjoy.  Check out Resource Central’s website for more information and  RSVP on Facebook.

 

Community Cycle’s Bicycle Film Festival

Watch a series of short, international films that celebrate the bicycle. The festival will also feature panel discussions about cycling topics, local food and drink, and the opportunity to chat about biking with other Boulderites.  Learn more and purchase tickets.

 

Community Calendar

Access the  Boulder.Earth community calendar  for even more ways to get involved.

 

Looking for something you can do yourself?

If these events aren’t the right fit for you, access  the city’s guide to climate action. There, you’ll find ideas on how to live a more sustainable life and create positive change for our climate.

 

Happy Earth Day!

 

Using Your Tax Refund to Achieve Your Homeownership Goals This Year

from KEEPING CURRENT MATTERS

If you’re buying or selling a home this year, you’re likely saving up for a variety of  expenses. For buyers, that might include things like your  down payment  and closing costs. And for sellers, you’re probably working on a bit of spring cleaning and maintenance to spruce up your house before you list it.

Either way, any money you get back from your taxes can help you achieve your goals. Using a tax refund is a common tactic for buyers and sellers. SmartAsset  estimates  the average American will receive a $2,897 tax refund this year. The map below provides a more detailed estimate by state:

Using Your Tax Refund To Achieve Your Homeownership Goals This Year | Keeping Current Matters

If you’re getting a refund this year, here are a few tips to help with your home purchase or sale this season.

 

How Buyers Can Use Their Tax Refund

According to  American Financing, there are multiple ways your refund check can help you as a  homebuyer. A few include:

  • Growing your down payment fund – If you haven’t started saving for your  down payment, let your tax refund kick off the process. And if you have a fund already, the money you get back could put you closer to your  goal.
  • Paying for your home inspection – Your home inspection can save you a lot of headaches down the road by helping you determine the condition of the house. As a buyer, you’ll typically be responsible for paying for your  inspection, and it’s definitely worth the investment.
  • Saving for closing costs –  Closing costs are additional expenses you’ll need to pay once it’s time to close. They  average  anywhere between 2-5% of the purchase price of your home.

This list is a great start, but it isn’t exhaustive of all the costs you may encounter as you set out on your  homebuying journey. The best way to prepare is to work with a trusted real estate professional to make sure you understand what’s to come in the process.

 

How Sellers Can Use Their Tax Refund

If you own a home and are planning to  sell this spring, your tax refund can help you make sure your home is  ready to list. Here are a few ways current homeowners can put their tax refund to good use:

  • Making small upgrades –  NerdWallet provides a list of great ways to use your tax refund, including tackling small projects or boosting your curb appeal to help your home stand out.
  • Making repairs – If there’s anything in your house that needs to be fixed,  American Financing  notes that completing repairs is another great use of that money.
  • Buying your next home – Whether you’re selling to  move up  or downsize, you can use your tax refund to help pay for any costs on the purchase of your next home.

Of course, it’s important to talk with your trusted real estate advisor before taking on any projects. They’ll make sure you can focus on areas that’ll help you receive the best possible price when you sell.

 

Bottom Line

Funding your home purchase or sale can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Your tax refund can help you reach your goals. Connect with a local real estate advisor today to discuss how you can start on your journey.


 

PANEL: Political and Economic Reactions to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

By Lisa Klein, Luxury Portfolio International

 

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been devastating for the European nation and its consequences are being felt the world over.

A group of panelists discussed the potential impacts of the ongoing crisis on the world economy, luxury market and beyond during a Luxury Daily webcast earlier this month.

“Russia as a nation is quite integrated with the rest of the world,” said Astrid Wendlandt, founder and editor of luxury news site  Miss Tweed  and author of How Luxury Conquered the World. “The prospect of the Iron Curtain falling again is beyond words.”

The webinar was hosted by Mickey Alam Khan, editor in chief of Luxury Daily.

 

Political Turmoil

Countries across the globe have responded to Russia’s actions with a flurry of  sanctions  against it and its ally, Belarus.

“The sanctions that have been imposed have probably been the most significant in history,” said Robert M. Appleton, a partner at New York-based legal firm  Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP.  “The most important one has been the SWIFT sanction banning Russia from the SWIFT system.”

SWIFT is a global organization that sends secure financial transmissions. All global economies belong to and use the system, with the U.S. dollar as the reserve currency.

With Russia and its citizens effectively cut off from any cross-border financial activity, the country’s economy has shut down.

In addition, a wave of companies has also cut Russia off, with many shutting down their stores and restaurants there.

“I’ve been surprised to see that there are the official sanctions, and then there’s what the rest of the world is doing on top of that,” said Marci Rossell, chief economist for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.

“You have brands saying, ‘We don’t want anything to do with Russia, sanctions or no sanctions,’” she said. “And that’s a really different story for the world than anything we’ve seen before.”

While Russia, and its civilians in particular, will likely not be permanently shunned from the rest of the world, the sanctions and other actions against it may have a ripple effect on certain aspects of geopolitics.

“Long term, my sense is that this is going to spur real innovation with currency and cross-border financing,” Mr. Appleton said. “Looking at unintended consequences, I think the biggest risk and the biggest potential here is the Chinese.”

For years, China has been looking to get away from the SWIFT system and the U.S. dollar as reserve currency, as that leaves it vulnerable to global sanctions itself. It is closely watching the Russian situation unfold, potentially giving an extra push to make an exit.

Economic Reaction

The sanctions have hit the world economy as well – Russia is second only to Saudi Arabia in oil exports – with  oil  prices crossing $100 per barrel. Global inflation could reach 6 percent in the next few months, impacting the stock market, assets and discretionary spending.

“Everything is impacted by higher prices of oil and gas,” said Marie Driscoll, managing director for luxury and retail at data and advisory firm  Coresight Research.

“We came into this year, before we were concerned about Ukraine, worried about inflation,” she said. “Prices are being raised across the board, and now you have this whammo effect of $100-a-barrel oil, and then the impact on our collective psyche.”

While higher costs affect lower income and “aspirational buyers” more than the affluent, it does at least cause some short-term concerns for the well-to-do.

“The bigger risk is that global luxury consumer really depends on a stable global economic market,” said Omar Saad, senior managing director and head of soft lines for the luxury and department stores team at  Evercore ISI,  a research and advisory firm. “Wealthy people want stability as much as anything.”

In the near-term, even luxury brands will take a hit, as consumers are less likely to buy when they feel uncomfortable – something magnified at the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think the growth that we predicted coming into the year will be muted,” Ms. Driscoll said. “What we thought 2022 was going to be – getting COVID behind us, returning to travel, international growth, and spending – all that may be truncated.”

Luxury Consumers

Numerous luxury brands have joined the retail and hospitality throngs and  closed  up shop in Russia for the time being, a move heralded by many global consumers.

“Companies as diverse as T.J. Maxx to Gucci are standing in solidarity with the Ukrainians,” Ms. Driscoll said. “I think luxury brands have responded as they should. These are brands that we personify, we have relationships with them.”

One consumer, however, has maybe been left out of the discussion – the Russian buyer, who in luxury spends on real estate, yachts, jewelry, spirits and other goods.

“There’s a lot of anti-Russian sentiment around the world,” Ms. Wendlant said. “And that’s very interesting because for a lot of luxury brands Russians were some of the best, most favorite customers. I mean, these are people who love to spend millions. The Russians love to show off, they love to buy, they love luxury goods.”

The panelists agreed that the average Russian citizen seems to be against the invasion and is unfortunately facing penalties meant for their leaders.

“There is a lot of repression right now, and the Russian people are thinking, ‘When will we just be allowed to live?” Ms. Wendlandt, who has covered the country extensively as a journalist, said. “They want to live normal lives.”

IN THE LONG TERM, the luxury market should come through fairly unscathed.

“I think still there’s too many degrees of separation to have any meaningful impact,” Mr. Saad said. “I tend to take a skeptical view that this is really going to change anything for the luxury consumer other than a temporary blip.

“Luxury real estate is one of the safer long-term bets, as is luxury in general,” he said. “You know, our entire society is designed to create wealth, war or no war.”


 

Women’s History Month

Each year, the U.S. recognizes March as Women’s History Month. This year, Women’s History Month is particularly celebratory at Colorado Landmark as the first year in our four-decade history that we are a Women-owned company.


2022 marked the welcoming of Orly Ripmaster, a second-generation Ripmaster but a first-generation female owner. Prior to joining Colorado Landmark, Orly was a Top Executive at Denver-based KSL Capital Partners, a $16B private equity Real Estate fund that specializes in Travel & Leisure investments around the globe. Private Equity is still a heavily male dominated field with only 12% female executives, according to research done by Bloomberg in 2021.

“That feels like an empowering statistic to be among the female leaders in an industry and have successfully found a seat at the table. But that seat, and my path to it, were carved by generations of bold and brilliant women before me. I’m forever grateful for their sacrifice and tenacity and feel a great responsibility to continue that fight.”

 

Orly’s return to Boulder to lead a woman-owned company was in many ways inspired by that responsibility earned in reaching those elusive executive levels.

“For me, coming back home to Boulder to lead and own a business and bring my knowledge and experiences felt important and personal. This community helped carve my path. Being the woman behind a woman-owned company, especially in a male dominated field, comes with the privilege and the responsibility of continuing to widen and pave the path for future generations of female leaders and business owners.”

 

When it comes to Women’s History Month, we asked Orly what the most important thing is to celebrate. 

“Mentorship, both being a mentor and having a mentor, is the single most important and impactful tool we have”  was her response. 

 

St. Patricks Day in Boulder

from bouldercoloradousa.com

Looking for unique ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day?

Why not come to Boulder and play outside, followed by some great beer on a sunny patio. Here are fresh ideas for things to do on St. Patrick’s Day 2022.

 

World’s Shortest St. Patricks’ Day Parade

Sunday, March 13, 2022, noon
A block-long celebration will take place on Sunday, March 13 at noon. The parade route is on 16th Street, between Pearl Street and Spruce Street, along the east side of The Odd Fellows Lodge (1543 Pearl St.). Watch for the Lawn Chair Brigade, a group that uses foldable seats as percussive elements in their costumed routines, plus Irish dancing, hula dancers, live music and more.

 

St. Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run at Avery Brewing

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Avery Brewing Company will be making their “Dry Irish Stout” in addition to hosting a 5K fun run on Thursday, March 17, 2022. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund. Participants receive two free drink tickets. Sign up here.
Sample Beer and More

Boulder has 22 breweries, four distilleries, three wineries, two cideries and a meadery. So yeah, there’s plenty to taste here for St. Patty’s Day. Here’s a complete list of Boulder’s libations destinations.

Sanitas Brewery Firepit

Hiking and Nature Walks

Go for a hike on dozens of trails including these easy nature outings. Make sure to choose one that is not crowded, even if that involves additional driving or a change of plans.

Hiker with a baby backpack overlooking the Boulder valley in the Winter

Just 20 minutes from Boulder, Eldorado Canyon State Park is open sunrise to sunset (entry fees apply). Rocky Mountain National Park is about an hour away and is partially open. For information on how to visit, go to the RMNP website. Face coverings are required for both.

Rattlesnake Gulch Eldorado Canyon at Sunset/Sunrise

 

Mountain Biking 

Go mountain biking on six major trail systems. The same important reminders above apply. In winter, try a fat bike.

Woman Fat Biking in the snow in Boulder, Coloardo

Bird-Watching

Read our bird-watching guide for where to go and what to look for.

 

Mural Tour

Woman taking a picture of the Liquor Mart Murals Street Wise Boulder

Photo Tour

Go on a self-guided photo tour of Boulder.

 

Art in the Park at Chautauqua

Walk or drive around Colorado Chautauqua Historic District to see 15 bear cub sculptures, each decorated by a different artist. Don’t miss the new 8-foot bear installation near the Chautauqua Auditorium, too. There’s even a cyber scavenger hunt you can complete at Chautauqua Park to discover the bear cubs and fascinating bits of Chautauqua history.

Play a Round of Disc Golf

Boulder has a great disc golf course with beautiful Flatirons views that could be the scene of a fun, new family activity. All you need is a frisbee and yourselves. The course is located off Valmont Road, across the street from the amazing Valmont Bike Park (another great option that even has a toddler course).


Colorado Landmark, Realtors is proud to announce our 2021 class of Top Producers. As Boulder Valley’s #1 Boutique Real Estate Brokerage & Luxury Leader since 1977, being recognized as a Top Agent at Landmark has a deeply rooted history of being recognized as a Top Agent in Colorado. Several of our Top Producers are also ranked among the Top Agents in the country.  The 2021 class of Top Producers are awarded and recognized for more than just the outstanding results, expertise, and dedication they consistently deliver for their clients, they are also recognized for their tireless dedication to their communities, a cornerstone attribute to our local, independent and boutique heritage.

We are proud to recognize the following 2021 Top Producers for continuing to build upon the time honored & trusted legacy of Colorado Landmark, Realtors


Marybeth Emerson – Boulder


Deborah Read Fowler – Niwot


Joel Ripmaster – Boulder


Candace Loving – Boulder


Maria Scroggs – Louisville


Wendy Daniel – Boulder


Brett Sawyer – Louisville


Phil Booth – Boulder


Ed Weaver – Niwot


Scott Ripmaster – Boulder


The Scott Team – Boulder

David Scott & Amy Scott


The Gonzales Team – Louisville

Mitchell Gonzales & Antonio Toledo


The Spreder Team – Niwot

Ed Spreder, Karlynn Spreder & Mayoura Phannadeth