‘It is Going To Be A Actual Shock’: Carrie Wells On Aspen’s Luxurious Crackdown

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Since launching her actual property profession greater than twenty years in the past, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse’s Carrie Wells has constantly been ranked as one of many prime brokers in Colorado and throughout the Coldwell Banker community.

Through the course of her profession, she’s offered greater than $3.5 billion in actual property, and in 2022 she ranked because the No. 33 agent within the nation and No. 1 in Colorado, in response to RealTrends/The Wall Avenue Journal.

The Aspen-based agent has change into the go-to luxurious skilled in her market over time and has developed deep ties in the neighborhood by serving on advisory boards for a lot of neighborhood teams, together with the Aspen Music Competition and College and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

Wells can be at the moment within the midst of a sea-change in her dwelling market, the place on June 6, the Community Growth Advisory Committee submitted a report to county commissioners of serious proposed modifications to land-use laws in Pitkin County. Amongst them was the suggestion that the utmost dimension of a home within the county’s rural areas be lowered from 15,000 sq. ft to eight,750 sq. ft, and throughout the county’s city development boundary, all the way down to 9,250 sq. ft.

As she gears up for summer season and prematurely of her look at Inman Connect Las Vegas this August, Wells sat down with Inman to share a few of the issues which can be top-of-mind going into summer season, together with these impending land-use code modifications. Right here’s what she needed to say, edited for brevity and readability.

Inman: What are the large issues occurring in your market proper now?

Wells: Most likely one of many largest information objects is about to hit, and plenty of brokers and householders don’t know that. The county we’re in, in Aspen — Pitkin County — is rewriting the land-use code. We at the moment are in a position to construct as much as 15,000 sq. ft and they’ll decrease that, and we don’t know what the quantity goes to be however rumor is it could possibly be 10,000. [When Inman spoke with Wells, the Community Growth Advisory Committee had not yet submitted its proposed land-use changes to Pitkin County commissioners.]

That’s going to be an actual shock to a whole lot of householders and a whole lot of brokers. We dwell in an space, each the town of Aspen and Pitkin County, the place development codes are very, very strict. As an illustration, the town of Aspen, they simply modified their land-use code in order that there are solely six demolition permits within the metropolis of Aspen per 12 months. We’ve got traditionally seen anyplace from 12 to 19 demo permits.

So each time we flip round, they’re making issues extra restrictive. What’s fascinating about that’s it simply makes costs go up extra. So I feel it can make bigger properties extra beneficial as a result of it’s possible you’ll not be capable to create them [in the future]. So that’s a few of the huge information, what’s occurring with zoning and land use that impacts properties which can be already constructed and impacts initiatives that haven’t been constructed but.

Very fascinating. Do you assume that may encourage people who find themselves developing their very own properties to try to construct taller properties? 

There’s no query that sadly, individuals who have the precise to construct extra sq. footage most certainly will soar and get a constructing allow and try this whereas they will earlier than the brand new zoning is adopted. So that they’ll come out with these new laws after which we’ll undergo a strategy of them saying it to the neighborhood.

There might be discussions, first studying, second studying, after which it is going to be adopted sooner or later. So I feel there might be an enormous quantity of pushback, however I feel we’ve got to be ready that it’s going to occur and it’s going to drive those who don’t even desire a greater home to construct an even bigger home, as a result of they’ll lose their proper in the event that they don’t.

Wow, that’s positively one thing new you’ll all need to take care of. As we gear up and get nearer to the summer season market, are you seeing a giant improve in visitors in Aspen?

Sure. We at all times begin our summer season promoting season in mid-June after we begin off with the Meals & Wine Basic. Then, it’s adopted by the Aspen Institute Concepts Competition, which is the top of June and goes into the primary few days of July. July 4 is a large time to be in Aspen. We’ve got a giant parade on the town and everyone appears to wish to be right here.

Then, we’ve got a summer-long, seven-week music pageant that runs from the top of June till the top of August, and that’s one of many world’s foremost classical music festivals. We’ve got an artwork museum profit in early August with Artcrush. We’ve got jazz concert events, each in June and on Labor Day, that usher in huge artists.

So culturally, we’ve got a whole lot of thrilling issues taking place in the summertime, after which in fact, we’ve got all of the great issues to do for recreation, whether or not it’s climbing, biking, mountain biking, {golfing}, fishing and on and on. That’s why individuals are drawn to this space.

Sounds just like the place to be. Because the market has shifted within the final 12 months or so, have you ever seen any modifications within the sorts of consumers coming to Aspen?

All of us noticed the shift available in the market round June a 12 months in the past right now. And I actually haven’t seen a change in the kind of purchaser who needs to be right here. It may well actually be younger billionaires to multi-generational households to individuals who have a number of properties throughout to individuals who wish to change their major residence to Aspen, for a lot of causes, whether or not it’s for tax functions, popping out of high-tax states, the terrific colleges we’ve got right here or simply the security of dwelling in Aspen.

That’s nice. Is there something particular you might have deliberate whereas in Vegas for Inman Join, or one thing you’re notably wanting ahead to?

I really like seeing my dealer pals from throughout who’re with all completely different manufacturers and love assembly new brokers and growing that community of dealer relationships. In order that’s the principle factor I’m wanting ahead to.


I’m very honored to have received the Inman Golden I Award for Prime Luxurious Agent final 12 months. That was an enormous honor. I really feel very humbled and grateful about that. Inman is my primary supply for actual property information — that and The Wall Avenue Journal — and I’m very appreciative of all of the work that you simply guys do maintaining us all knowledgeable and up-to-date.

We’re blissful to assist.

E mail Lillian Dickerson