Announcing the 2020 Real Trends Superstars

The 2020 Real Trends Rankings have been released, and Colorado Landmark has some superstars on the list!

 

America’s Best Real Estate Professionals honors America’s finest real estate agents from all across the country! Over 18,000  U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured in America’s Best.

Those ranked are among the top 1.5% of 1.4 million real estate professionals in the United States!


 

Marybeth Emerson – #1 INDIVIDUAL IN BOULDER and #37 individual in Colorado by Volume

 

 


 

 

Kim Thompson Group – #8 SMALL TEAM IN BOULDER and #43 small team in Colorado by Volume

 

 


 

 

The DRF Team – #1 MEDIUM TEAM IN BOULDER & NIWOT and #19 medium team in Colorado by Volume

 

 


The entire list of winners from all over the country can be viewed here

 

Landmark Moment: Colorado Landmark, Realtors VP & Agent Jennifer Fly Serves as a Panelist at Luxury Portfolio International’s REimagine Conference

Colorado Landmark, Realtors Vice President and Agent  Jennifer Fly  recently presented at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International’s  REimagine Conference. 

With over 20 years of experience in real estate, Jennifer is recognized as an industry expert, and served as a panelist on the main stage at the Wynn in Las Vegas. The session she spoke in was dedicated to helping agents from all over the world understand how to best prepare their buyers to win during multiple offer situations, a scenario our industry is experiencing now more than ever, given current market conditions.

As a firm, we are grateful for Jennifer’s leadership and guidance when it comes to creating Landmark moments in the lives of our clients, agents, and staff!


Top Home Sales: Featuring Marybeth Emerson & Kimberly Thompson

By Lily O’Neill
Five months after it sold for $6 million in November, this Boulder home sold again in April with a price tag of $6.4 million. (Courtesy of Colorado Landmark-Boulder)

 

Colorado Landmark, Realtors agents Marybeth Emerson and Kimberly Thompson were recently recognized by BusinessDen’s Top Home Sales list for the sale of 2299 4th Street in Boulder. 

 

An excerpt from BusinessDen: 

 

2299 4th Street, Boulder: $6.4 million

Listing agent: Marybeth Emerson, Colorado Landmark-Boulder
Buyer’s agent: Kimberly Thompson, Colorado Landmark-Boulder

Five months after it sold for $6 million in November, this Boulder home was back on the market again. The 5,365-square-foot home is located in the heart of Historic Mapleton Hill and was once featured on the cover of Luxe Architecture & Design Magazine. The five-bedroom, four- bathroom house offers surrounding views of the Flatirons, Red Rocks and Mt. Sanitas, according to the listing.


 

Driving Sustainable Design in the Luxury Home

By Linsey StonchusThe luxury industry recently has been more conscious of the planet, with sustainability making it into the ethos of numerous  brands.

Luxury homes are no exception – everyone from interior designers to architects, and their respective clients – are demanding a more sustainable way of living.

“Architects and designers are becoming more and more comfortable with [sustainability],” said Duan Tran, partner at  KAA Design Group. “Homes are becoming much more thoughtfully designed and less impactful on the environment and everything else that goes along with it.”

California-based KAA Design Group prioritizes both overall wellness and sustainability as it considers its architecture projects.

“We’ve seen that the government regulations are getting tighter and more thoughtful in terms of ensuring that we’re designing homes that are sustainable and responsible moving forward,” Mr. Tran said.

 

More Than Ethical

In some regions, incorporating eco-friendly design is not just ethical – it is legal. California, for instance, has among the strictest regulations in terms of environmental consciousness.

“We’ve seen that the government regulations are getting tighter and more thoughtful in terms of ensuring that we’re designing homes that are sustainable and responsible moving forward,” Mr. Tran said.

“A lot of this has to do with things that relate to water conservation measures, which relate to the drought issues that we have here in California,” he said. “Also, they’re making sure that these homes are net-zero energy homes.”

Energy conversion is one of the most frequent forms of sustainability, with tactics that include alternative forms of energy and simply, smarter architectural design that organically minimizes the need for heating or cooling.

KAA Design incorporates a handful of these ideas in many of its projects.

In terms of clever design, one practice is to design a home with passive ventilation. Essentially, windows are placed on either side of a room, which creates a natural cross-ventilation and reduces the need for air conditioning.

ETHICAL LIVING IS a no brainer, considering the environmental benefits of sustainable design, renewable energy and native plants, along with the wellness benefits that a natural home provides.

 

Taking Heat

Similarly, deep overhangs from the exterior provide shade and minimize the reach of the sun, further keeping a space cool.

Looking at greener forms of energy, solar is often the go-to in California, which is ideal, of course, because of its abundance of sun, but also because many new homes feature flat roofs, making them perfect for solar panels.

Roofs at a 15-degree angle, specifically, maximize solar energy.

Geothermal, too, is another alternative energy source that uses the Earth itself to both heat and cool, rather than energy-consuming mechanical equipment.

Sustainability, however, goes beyond energy.

Looking at natural materials, using FSC-certified wood ensures that the tree is sustainably grown and harvested.

Also, when planning a garden, including native plants, instead of those not natural to the surroundings. This is better for the local ecology and easier to maintain.

ETHICAL LIVING IS a no brainer, considering the environmental benefits of sustainable design, renewable energy and native plants, along with the wellness benefits that a natural home provides.

Mr. Tran describes the beauty of a project of his, Tower Grove Drive, which featured a vegetated roof made of native succulents and terraces of outdoor living space to match the hillside placement of the home.

“In the case of Tower Grove, the project was uniquely sited because it was along a hillside,” Mr. Tran said.

“When we first started the project, we fundamentally wanted to create a house that was of the site of the hill and not necessarily on top of the hill,” he said. “It allowed us the opportunity to bring the garden from the hill up onto and through the house.

“The idea of having a vegetated roof was an extension of bringing the landscape through the house so that the house felt really connected and contextual to the site – it didn’t feel alien.”

 

Creating a Memorable Garden Combining Form & Function

By Linsey Stonchus

A beautifully done garden extends the livability of a home outdoors, offering wellness benefits, beauty and an overall sense of tranquility.

Creating an unforgettable garden requires a balance of function and form – first considering the necessary must-haves for living, and then plants, art and other elements that enhance the overall space.

“Set up for function first – [clients] see the landscape and the garden as an extension to live in from the interior space,” said Richard Hartlage, founding principal and owner of  Land Morphology, Seattle.

“We don’t do a project without a fire feature these days and, then, dining and the outdoor kitchen,” he said.

Mr. Hartlage has decades of experience in landscape architecture, working on residential and commercial projects from coast-to-coast in the United States. What are some of the latest garden trends he has witnessed?

“All of those functional elements go in first and then we build up that theme with plants,” Mr. Hartlage said.

 

Safe Arbor

Outdoor dining, lounging and kitchens are among the top requests, according to Mr. Hartlage, along with swimming pools or spas for smaller yards.

Frequently requested in the Seattle area are arbors, which extend the usefulness of gardens by a month or two during colder months. Mr. Hartlage often installs heaters and roofs for extended longevity.

“All of those functional elements go in first and then we build up that theme with plants,” Mr. Hartlage said.

“If you have more space, it’s really the plants that then you can expand on, now that you have crossed the threshold of creating the living spaces,” he said.

Currently, popular plants include grasses such as bamboo, calama and hakone.

Particularly popular in Seattle are broadleaf evergreens, holly trees, magnolia trees, camellias, hellebores and pittosporum.

Additionally, Mr. Hartlage notes hedges were not trendy for a long time but are making a return as they act as “the frame that holds the picture” with their crisp lines and structure.

Mr. Hartlage also observed a greater demand in color, both in plants or painted accents, with blue, orange and yellow being among those frequently requested.

The use of color is all about creating a certain ambience, adding a playfulness to the overall design.

Florals, too, ensure a garden offers fragrance, further enhancing the overall atmosphere of the garden.

Activities ranging from swimming to basketball can be prefaced with a pleasant stroll through the garden.

 

Material Changes

In terms of materials, bluestone is a top choice throughout the U.S., whereas concrete is received differently among various regions.

In Seattle, concrete is very popular, while Northeastern clients perceive it as “cheap” and prefer asphalt or gravel.

Where concrete is in high demand, Mr. Hartlage makes the material bolder through distinctive score patterns.

One of the most exciting things to incorporate within a garden of sufficient size is trails.

Trails transform art displays or amenity placements into destinations of their own, rather than positioning everything just outside the home. Mr. Hartlage recommends at least two acres to accomplish this, but preferably more than five.

Activities ranging from swimming to basketball can be prefaced with a pleasant stroll through the garden.

Meanwhile, large art pieces will be better enjoyed individually with plenty of air around it, rather than kept cluttered together.

Mr. Hartlage’s advice is to consider function first: What are the most essential amenities? Where will they fit? How shall the theme relate to these essentials?

Following that, the theme can then be expanded through plants and art, while also taking into consideration the size of the space.

Accents and art should never clutter smaller gardens.

Meanwhile, larger properties can take advantage of acreage through the installation of trails, turning everyday use of a home’s amenities into mini-events.

BALANCING FUNCTION and form is essential to the overall feeling that a garden facilitates.

“You know when a place feels right,” Mr. Hartlage said.

“You can tell if it’s beautiful, that you’re comfortable or inspired,” he said. “You don’t have to be trained in a design tradition. It all holds together.”

 

Top Agent Magazine Features Candace Loving

Top Agent Candace Loving – of Colorado Landmark, Realtors in Boulder, Colorado – is a truly dedicated real estate professional who consistently provides her many clients with the very best customer service possible. Specializing in farms, ranches, land and residential luxury properties, Candace has built an impressive business on a sturdy foundation of honesty, integrity and deep industry knowledge, and has more than earned her reputation as a trusted, caring real estate advocate.

Candace began her journey in the world of real estate in 1990, initially working with her father on some of his development projects prior to taking on her own. After finding great success in that area, Candace obtained her real estate license in 2007, and the rest is history. Serving a wide swath of the Centennial State, Candace can currently claim that the lion’s share of her business is based upon referrals from past clients, positive word of mouth, and her reputation as an expert in the ranch, farm and land sales sector.

“I think it’s because I truly care about my clients,” says Candace, when asked how she has managed to achieve such impressive levels of trust and loyalty amongst those she works with. “I sincerely care, and it’s my compassion for them that really drives me. I think they feel very supported and know that they can count on me to have their best interests at heart. Also, treating people fairly is very important to me.”

In addition to her extensive development, investment, construction and design knowledge that provides her clients with extra value, there are many factors that come into play when assessing Candace’s impressive and ever-growing success story. Chief among them would be her expertise on water rights and title issues as well as negotiating skills and thorough, intelligent marketing strategies that maximize exposure for her many listings, translating into fast sales for top dollar, not to mention happy – returning and referring – clients.

Candace, who hold a perfect, five-star over-all rating on Zillow.com, truly enjoys what she does for a living. “I love helping my clients,” she says. “I love learning new things about the real estate industry, and I like being challenged and being a problem solver for my buyers and sellers.” Just one of many glowing reviews she has received reads in part: “Candace was the perfect agent for me and my situation. She was patient and supportive in the initial stages with my house hunting and decision making when I was still sorting out the best path forward and determining what the best solution was for my needs. When it came time to make an offer, she was extremely responsive which allowed me to secure my dream home in the incredibly competitive Boulder market… I highly recommend Candace.” 

When she’s not busy making her clients happy, Candace enjoys spending time with her daughters and friends, and she enjoys horses and skiing. She also loves to travel, particularly to the south of France.

Looking to the future, Candace’s plans include becoming licensed in Wyoming, and to continue building her already-thriving business. Above all, however, remains her longtime commitment to providing each and every one of her clients with the unparalleled customer service that has long been her calling card.


Candace Loving

REALTOR®

303-332-4530

CandaceLoving@gmail.com


 

The Spring 2021 Luxury Portfolio Magazine is Now Available

NEW LUXURY PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE: NATURE AND HOME DESIGN

Just released, LPI’s Spring edition of Luxury Portfolio magazine explores biophilia, or the desire to be near nature, and how it relates to home design. The issue also notably features second home market trends, sustainable luxury brands, celebrity homes, and more.


NATURE AND HOME: BIOPHILIA IN DESIGN

Biophilia has been steadily trending in home design for years, and it’s only been exasperated with greater time at home and the need for a tranquil and healing space. In our exclusive four-page spread “Nature and Home: Biophilia in Design,” we explore the definition and its incorporations by exceptional designers and architects. The piece offers everything from eco-friendly design tips to a Disappearing Pool (yes!).

The nature theme is found throughout the issue, also showcasing outdoor furnishings, our favorite houseplants, and tips for exterior living.

 

A LOOK AT ETHICAL LUXURY

In our latest edition of recurring article “Jet Set,” we looked at four ethical luxury brands from around the world, including recognizable names Stella McCartney and Bobbi Brown, as well as beautifully crafted sustainable jewelry and clothes made from seaweed.

Additionally, LPI conducted a Q&A with the Chief Sustainability Officer of Tiffany & Co., Anisa Kamadoli Costa, to gain insight into how Tiffany has been influential in promoting ethical practices among luxury brands.

 

BREAKING TRADITION: THE SECOND HOME MARKET

Second home markets have shattered expectations in 2020. To gain insight into various markets, we interviewed experts from Brown Harris Stevens – The Hamptons; Chase International; John R. Wood Properties; Turks and Caicos Property; VALLAT; and The Whistler Real Estate Co. Ltd. The article explores how the markets are performing and the most popular amenities within the respective regions.

 

NOTABLE OWNERS

Every issue, we make a point to showcase celebrity homes. The most recent lineup includes athlete Derek Jeter and popular musical artists, like John Lennon, Katy Perry, and Sonny Bono.

 

BONUS: EXTENDED INTERVIEWS

In the coming weeks, be sure to keep up with our blog. Every week for six weeks, LPI will share extended interviews from the issue. Including designer insight on biophilia, a look at various second home markets, and an extended interview with Tiffany & Co.

 

Read the  digital edition, request your  print copy, or view our  press release for additional details.

 


 

Landmark Moment: CLR Wins Two Prestigious LeadingRE Awards

A big shout out and congratulations are in order for all of our amazing Colorado Landmark agents for making 2020 such a successful year in more ways than one!

Together, we are celebrating a monumental Landmark Moment: winning both the 2020 Million Dollar Club Award AND the 2020 Momentum Club Award through LeadingRE. It is an honor to be a LeadingRE-affiliated company, and highlighted as leaders within this incredible, unmatched network of independent brokerages.


CLR earned The Million Dollar Club Award, which is presented to the affiliate with the most outgoing closed referrals with an actual sales price of $1,000,000 or greater.


We are grateful to be recognized with the Momentum Club Award for achieving notable improvements in our broker-to-broker referral production in 2020.


 

Landmark Moment: atHome Colorado – Luxury Edition features CLR Agent Mia Ness

from atHome Colorado – Luxury Edition February 2021

Mia Ness, Colorado Landmark, Realtors

atHome Colorado – Luxury Edition recently featured Colorado Landmark, Realtors agent Mia Ness in a fun and informative Q & A feature. Check out the full publication and download here!


Known for discretion and privacy, Mia Ness will use her broad network and expertise to find you the perfect luxury home.

Give us a brief background on you. How long have you lived in Colorado? How did you get into real estate?

Having moved a family twice myself, I understand that the packing and unpacking can be the most stressful part of a home move. My passion to get into real estate came from my career background in the luxury hotel industry. I realized I am so client focused and hands-on with attention to detail that I would offer a more personalized, boutique, luxury, white-glove service than what we experienced when we moved.

 

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of being a Real Estate Advisor is walking into a home with a buyer and seeing their face and reaction that “This is the one.” The greatest compliment and most rewarding part of my career is repeat clients and my clients’ network referrals. I am so thankful and grateful that they put their trust in me and lean on my market knowledge and strategies to achieve their real estate goals.

 

What is your favorite luxury activity in our region? 

One of my favorite places to visit and where we visited over the holidays was the Westin Avon in Beaver Creek, Colorado. What better place to enjoy the sunshine after a day of skiing than by their salt water pool and salt water spas? It was great to relax by their cozy fireplace, meeting others that traveled here from around the world while enjoying conversations over spirits and charcuterie while listening to live music.

 

 


5 Home Must-Haves According to Millennial Buyers

Millennials are becoming leading influencers in the luxury real estate market and, with that, comes along a new list of desired amenities and design elements such as minimalism, smart technology, wellness, entertainment, and more. The below list of homes, of which can all be seen on Luxury Portfolio International‘s website, showcases such trends and is worthy of Millennial swooning.


WELLNESS AMENITIES

Crete, Greece | Price Upon Request

Wellness is of vital importance to Millennials. Stay active within multiple calming spaces throughout this property – for instance, walking the private sandy beach or the garden with shady paths complete with Mediterranean flowers and centuries-old trees. A dip in the infinity pool is yet another activity, serving both as a place to get fit, as well as to unwind.

 

SMART HOUSE

Malibu, California, USA | US $6,885,000

The smart house is growing in popularity, allowing Millennials to customize and automate much of their living environment. This newly built, Malibu home is fully automated and 100% off-grid through solar energy. The Ring security system is another highly desired smart home benefit this abode has to offer. Along with the smart house amenities, this home is beautifully designed with 17-foot ceilings and walls of glass overlooking mountain and ocean views.

 

MINIMALISM

Chicago, Illinois, USA | US $6,750,000

Millennials always seek ways of simplifying their busy lifestyles, which has resulted in the rise in minimalism in design. But keeping it simple doesn’t have to be boring. This award-winning Chicago penthouse showcases remarkable, 12-foot ceilings with dramatic arched windows and doors. The open floorplan prioritizes sleek design, but in a truly mesmerizing fashion.

 

AMAZING KITCHENS

Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA | US $3,585,000

Millennials consider kitchens to be among one of the most important rooms within the home and enjoy experimenting with different cuisines. What better space to cook than this sleek and contemporary kitchen? Offering an oversized refrigerator, two large sinks, and abundant storage space, this kitchen opens to other stunning living areas. Cooking can also be taken outside on an expansive wood deck, complete with a built-in grill, plus a gas fireplace, saltwater pool, and views of Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, and Seattle.

 

NATURAL ELEMENTS

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA | US $2,350,000

Nature-related design is expected to be huge among Millennials in the coming years. This Colorado home, built by the award-winning Brannen Homes, offers a stunning and intimate backyard with beautifully styled outdoor living and dining spaces. The surrounding, lush vegetation provide an additional nature connection, while nearby parks and walking paths allow residents to explore nature within their residence and beyond.


For more home inspiration, check out Luxury Portfolio International’s list of  favorite  work-from-home amenities.