An avid Minnesota outdoorsmen, I was drawn to the mountains during college, for skiing, but have stayed in Colorado for all of the variety of outdoor sports! I have found a way to turn my passion for sports, into a wonderful life! In addition, I am an avid member of the Crested Butte/West Elk Hockey Association and volunteer with the Adaptive Sports Center. I also guide inner-city youth canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
I was very fortunate to have grown up in one of the most trusted families, in Minnesota real estate, as the #1 Broker in the Twin Cities. Though real estate is in my blood, I took the corporate path at 3M . I gained a wealth of experience running 3M businesses in the US, Asia, Central & South America and lived for five years in Brussels, Belgium with my young, growing family. Upon my return from Europe, I spent ten years in the mergers and acquisition field, buying and selling businesses in the US & Canada.
Currently, my clients benefit from over a decade of residential real estate experience. I work with buyers, who are looking for a luxury single family home in historic downtown Crested Butte, or a ski in/ski out condominium in Mt. Crested Butte or possibly a golf course residence in nearby Skyland. I also have extensive experience in new construction, if you want to find that perfect mountain or riverfront parcel, to build your dream home. I will be your real estate market expert, skilled negotiator and so much more.
When it comes to selling your home, choosing the right realtor can make all the difference. I understand that selling is more than just a change of address and I want to learn your unique story. By understanding your goals and tapping into our extensive Bluebird Realty network and experience, I’ll work hard to make sure your story ends in success. I am deeply committed to delivering exceptional service to my clients. Together, we can formulate a plan to sell your home for its maximum value. As your Bluebird Associate I will eliminate all the guesswork and the stress, whether you’re buying your first home, or downsizing. Please let me help you find your home in the Colorado Mountains.
“We have worked with Rich Kelley many times over the years and at this point, I can't imagine working with anyone else. He seamlessly allows us to feel out the properties while offering expert and reasonable advice and notions to consider, then acts on behalf of our requests with the realization that timing iseverything when it comes to home buying. He has gotten to know our preferences very well with a natural intuition and has helped us see dreams come to reality by placing us in some extraordinary homes that were not necessary easily to obtain. Every step along the way, and there are many steps, I had full confidence that if we do what we need to on our end, Rich will be taking care of the rest and so I never felt worried that there were loose ends. It is a pleasure to spend time with him. He is funny, congenial and has a ton of world experiences that make it easy for him to relate to anyone I imagine. Hire him. You will not be disappointed!” Bryan and Cole Williams
“My wife and I contacted Rich Kelley in 2018. It was our plan to list and sell our house in the spring of 2019. We are very happy that we contacted Rich when we did. Besides the obvious wealth of Real Estate experience, he had many additional suggestions of what we could do to maximize the sale of our house. We took Rich’s suggestions and started crossing them off over the winter. When spring arrived and it was time to list our property on the market, our house sold in 3 days with multiple offers! Rich also represented us for the purchase of our new home. Rich was very knowledgeable and responsive throughout the both processes. I highly recommend Rich Kelley for anyone’s real estate needs. He will not disappoint!” Chad and Mara Swager
“I played College Hockey wiht Rich Kelley and it was fun to work with him on a professional level. Richs' enthusiasm on the ice translates well to his high energy "get it done" approach in Real Estate! Rich did a great job in advising us on the sale of our home and helped us purchase a Lakehome as well. He offered great staging ideas, followed up promptly with interested buyers and was willing to hold frequent open houses, which were well attended. Very happy with everything that Rich did for Deb and I!” Bill and Deb Kennedy