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Representing Crested Butte’s Finest Properties
Channing Boucher
Broker Associate
Benson Sotheby’s International Realty
130Whetstone Vista Drive
A Crested Butte Masterpiece
426 Red Mountain Ranch Road
Grand Lodge Style and Elegance
Nothing turns a stranger into a friend faster than when a
connection to Crested Butte is made. You can be halfway
around the world, start a carefree conversation that turns to
Crested Butte, and instantly you’ve got a common connec-
tion to a place that’s special.
I was in a coffee shop in San Francisco this past year and
started talking to the owner while I waited for my order.
After a few minutes of chatting, where I lived came up in
conversation. And, no kidding, this guy had lived in Crest-
ed Butte in the ’90s, was a graduate of Western State, and
helped start the Backcountry Gourmet. After figuring out
our mutual friends, he said something that has stuck with
me. Every morning when he wakes up, he looks at a huge
framed photo of the mountains of Crested Butte. It’s the
first thing he looks at every day because it’s the place he
most wants to return to.
There’s a pull to the place. You may leave Crested Butte, but
Crested Butte doesn’t leave you.
This issue of The Peak highlights some gorgeous homes in
the valley, and it also explores the stories behind them. Take,
for instance, Mary Gordon’s house. She was one special lady
who poured her heart and soul into her historic remodel on
Sopris. Now her sons carry on her spirit in that house, as
told by writer Dawne Belloise.
We get to see inside a beautiful property out at Hidden Riv-
er Ranch, where the homeowners’ dream to return to this
Colorado town became a reality. Writer Seth Mensing takes
us on this tour.
I had the pleasure of talking with some pros in the remodel-
ing world, from builders to interior designers to real estate
professionals. There was a theme throughout all those con-
versations: People buy, build or remodel here because they
want their families to make memories in this special place.
We are truly lucky to call this place home.
Enjoy this year’s issue of The Peak.
-Melissa Fenlon,
c o n n e c t i o n s