nourishing our neighbors

by Parker LaDue When the chips are down, someone always seems to rise to the occasion. This is the story of a passionate New York Italian transplant who runs two of the most successful restaurants in Crested Butte and decided to feed the people when their jobs were lost and... more »

Birdseye View | Market Snapshot | Mid-Year 2020

Thankfully, as we anticipated, real estate sales have taken off since a very modest level of activity in Crested Butte this spring. Three factors seem to be playing in to our explosive surge in sales. First, we had a high level of pent up demand from visitors who had to... more »

Birdseye View | Market Snapshot | April 2020

Everybody is probably ready for some hugs and high fives. This distancing is not natural, and it feels like we can see some light towards a return to more traditional interactions and happenings. Our sympathies go out to those impacted by the coronavirus. Our region was hit early and hard... more »

Bluebird goes anti-viral

Life is sure to throw us curve balls from time to time, and it’s all in how we respond – especially to the things we can’t control. Crested Butte was hit early and hard with the COVID-19 Coronavirus, and it is heartwarming and inspiring to see how our community has... more »

Bluebird’s 2020 Advisory Board

Bluebird’s associates recently voted on the new Advisory Board for the new year. Pictured left to right are Bud Bush, Principal and board members Karen Allen, Maggie Dethloff and Charlie Farnan. Selected by their peers, the Advisory Board provides counsel to management and resources to the agents in the office... more »

Birdseye View | Market Snapshot | Year End 2019

Crested Butte real estate was hopping again in 2019, with continued strong sales through the holidays. The new decade is starting off with great momentum as well. Bluebird already has 28 transactions in the pipeline. And, although we had a record year, sales in the region were slightly lower last... more »

Vogue features Crested Butte and Bluebird Office in article

Crested Butte was recently featured in an article on written by Mallory Farrugia, titled “Why Crested Butte, Colorado Should Be Your Next Ski Destination”. The article featured a few highlights of our ski resort and end-of-the-road town and explains how Vail Resort’s newest acquisition is one you should not... more »

Bluebird issues grants from charitable fund

Bluebird maintains a charitable fund for giving opportunities to local charities and families in need. The fund is comprised of small amounts set aside from every Bluebird closing, and the monies are contributed by the associates as well as the company. “Everyone in the company has a hand in our... more »

Bluebird Days Issue 4 On Stands

Winter is coming, and that means our 4th Issue of Bluebird Days is now on the stands! One of the great things about living in our paradise is the spectacular change of seasons. As we are writing this post, we are dusting off our coats... more »

Bluebird sponsors food pantry event

This past weekend Bluebird sponsored the third annual Soup Stone event benefiting the Gunnison Country Food Pantry. The name of the event has its origin from a European folk story which emphasizes the value of sharing ingredients and meals. This year’s function was hosted by the... more »

Birdseye View | Market Snapshot | Fall 2019

Farmers live and breathe on precipitation, and it dominates the talk around the rural coffee shops. Similarly, it’s funny what an impact snowfall has on life, activities and real estate around the Crested Butte region. Last winter, we experienced a heavy year for snow, which happily coincided with Vail Resorts’... more »

Bluebird hosts film producer's party

Bluebird recently hosted the third annual “Bluebird Intermission” party for supporters and film producers participating in the Crested Butte Film Festival. The firm is an ongoing lead sponsor for one of Crested Butte’s most significant cultural happenings, which hosts nearly 80 screenings featuring narrative, documentary, outdoor... more »

Bluebird welcomes new Broker Associate, Rich Kelley

Bluebird is pleased to announce our newest Broker Associate, Rich Kelley.Hailing from Minnesota, Rich Kelley brings over a decade of real estate experience to the Gunnison Valley. His roots run deep in real estate—his family is one of the most trusted names in Minnesota real estate. Though real estate... more »

Bluebird Sponsors the Inaugural Trek For Life

This past weekend, Bluebird was honored to be a sponsor of the inaugural Trek for Life, to help fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health services for individuals living at high altitudes. All proceeds from this one day, one way hike from Aspen to Crested Butte via the... more »

Bluebird floats the Big Duck for Rotary

The Crested Butte Rotary Club just celebrated the 30thanniversary of its Rubber Duckie Race. Roughly, $60,000 dollars is raised each year in support of student scholarships and local charities. To commemorate the landmark anniversary, the Club added a new sponsor race which preceded the 5200 rubber duckies, called the... more »

Birdseye View | Market Snapshot | Summer 2019

The summer real estate market had a bit of a delayed start, due to a big winter snow season. Our ski area received over 300 inches of snow last season, fifty percent higher than average. This translated to later openings for hiking trails and river fishing, causing some visitors to... more »

Bluebird Days Issue 3 Out Now

Summer is here! We are thrilled to announce that Issue 3 of Bluebird Days, a premier visual lifestyle magazine for Crested Butte, has hit the stands! This issue highlights local skier and Olympian, Aaron Blunck. As you flip through the magazine, you will see a preview... more »

Birdseye View | Market Snapshot | Spring 2019

It’s the calm before the storm. Since Vail Resorts purchased our ski area last fall, we have observed lots of new visitors with accents from afar. Through Vail’s marketing and their Epic pass, which allows members to ski at participating resorts worldwide, many visitors are discovering Crested Butte for the... more »

New Advisory Board slated

The Associates of Bluebird have elected new team leaders for 2019. Karen Allen returns to the Advisory Board from 2018. Maggie Dethloff and Dan Estey are new to the Board. “Bluebird congratulates our new advisors,” notes Bud Bush, Principal of Bluebird. “Maggie is one of the most experienced and hardest... more »

Bluebird celebrates 2018 at team luncheon

The agents and staff of Bluebird met at Slopeside at the base of Crested Butte resort yesterday for a company luncheon to celebrate a record year of sales and growth.  The event commenced with the presentation of a new company video.  The production was filmed by more »

Birdseye View | Market Snapshot | Year-end 2018

The best word that describes 2018 real estate sales was “steady”. And, steady is always healthier than extreme, in either direction.  Following a light snow year for the ski season, the Crested Butte area enjoyed a nice, long summer season with great visitor traffic.  And, the early winter months in... more »

Bluebird Days Issue 2 Now On Stands

Happy Thanksgiving! We are pleased to announce the release of Bluebird’s “cooler” winter edition of Bluebird Days, a premier visual lifestyle magazine for Crested Butte.   This issue highlights local Olympian Wendy Fisher powder skiing on the cover, courtesy of Trent Bona at Meyvn... more »

Birdseye View | Market Snapshot | Third Quarter

Prices and sales have been steady this year compared to previous periods. The average selling price per square foot continues to rise, with the Town of Crested Butte peaking at $580/ square foot. Even if this sounds high locally, our prices are half of our neighbors in Aspen and Telluride. ... more »

Bluebird is growing

Bluebird is excited to announce the addition of three veteran associates to the team!  Maggie Dethloff is consistently one of the highest producing agents in the valley, having worked in the area for over 30 years. Known as one of the hardest working realtors in the market, Maggie... more »

Bluebird sponsors Emma Coburn’s Elk Run 5k

Bluebird is pleased to be a lead sponsor for the second annual Emma Coburn Elk Run 5k benefiting Living Journeys in Crested Butte on September 29, 2018. Below is the feature story on Emma from the recent issue of more »

Birdseye View | Market Snapshot

We are half way through an exciting year of big news, real estate sales and peak summer fun. Real estate has been buzzing with summer visitors contracting properties in record numbers. Adding to the normal selling season momentum, is the announcement that more »

Bluebird Treats on July 4th

Bluebird welcomed the annual Crested Butte 4th of July parade and festivities with complimentary popcorn and lemonade in front of its downtown office on Elk Avenue. Approximately 450 cups of lemonade and 200 bags of fresh popcorn were served to visitors and locals at the event.  more »

KBUT Donor Event

The Bluebird Real Estate office in historic downtown Crested Butte recently hosted a reception for local community radio station KBUT. Major donors were treated to hors d’oeuvres from Creative Catering which is operated by KBUT disc jockey Josephine Kellett. Live music... more »

Bluebird welcomes Jenny Knox

Bluebird is pleased to announce the association of Jenny Knox with the firm. Jenny is a delightful professional with deep connections and experience in the valley.  Originally from Houston, Jenny’s career includes many years in the oil and gas industry. A resident of Crested Butte for... more »

Chamber recognizes Bluebird

Bluebird expresses a heartfelt thank you to the people of Crested Butte and the CB Chamber for voting the firm the Best New Business Member for 2017. Bluebird recently celebrated its first anniversary in business in the historic district of Crested Butte on Elk Avenue. Since its... more »

Bluebird launches new lifestyle magazine

Introducing Bluebird Days, a new visual lifestyle magazine for Crested Butte. The publication features beautiful photography, exceptional properties and the team of Bluebird Real Estate.  The first issue debuts with an exclusive interview with Emma Coburn, world champion steeplechase athlete and Crested Butte native. She talks... more »

Happy Bluebird Anniversary!

Happy Bluebird Anniversary!  No, it couldn’t have been a year! Well, yes it actually has!  Bluebird Real Estate celebrates one year today, April 26, 2018, of “bringing dreams home” in Crested Butte and the surrounding valleys.  “It truly has been a remarkable team effort in building a brand and embracing the... more »

Birdseye View: Market Snapshot

Despite a modest year for snowfall and skier visits, the real estate market charges along with strong activity during the first quarter of 2018.  Bluebird is pleased to report that our agents participated in three of the top seven residential sales in the north end of the Gunnison valley. Bluebird also... more »

Bluebird introduces Marketing Coordinator

Parker LaDue, an accomplished graphic designer in the valley has recently joined Bluebird Real Estate as Marketing Coordinator.  Parker has completed work for many area businesses including Soupcon restaurant and Romp Skis.   She has visited Crested Butte for most... more »

Great Perches

One of the main attractions in Crested Butte is the natural beauty and endless views in every direction.  Great views often seal the deal for home purchasers looking for the perfect “nest” with a great “perch.”  So, here we showcase our homes for sale with some of the best views... more »

Bluebird welcomes top agent

Bluebird is pleased to announce the association of Corey Dwan, a high ranking veteran to the team!  Corey’s infectious laugh and steady drive have proven a successful combination in building relationships and closing a lot of real estate over the past thirteen years.  He has been a leader in many... more »

Associates elect new Advisory Board

Bluebird has a newly seated advisory board elected by the associates in the office.  The board is tasked with advising management with important strategic decisions and being a liaison and support center for the office.  The agents in the office selected Karen Allen, Jana Barrett and Joel... more »

Happy new year, winter market update

The Crested Butte real estate market is enjoying “bluebird days”!  Home buying visitors have recognized the relative value of property in a pure resort community like Crested Butte, compared to the congested front range resorts and pricy neighbors to the north and south.  We are seeing increased sales to buyers... more »

Bluebird Associate, a Professional Drone Pilot

Trevor Bona might be the handsome face with the smile that seems to be everybody’s friend in the town of Crested Butte.  But lately, you’re more likely to see his FAA licensed drone hovering over the mountains than Bona hovering over the “bar-muda triangle”.  Between selling real estate with Bluebird... more »

Food for Thought

Bluebird was excited to support the inaugural Soup Stone event last Sunday benefiting the Gunnison Country Food Pantry.  A festive and cozy environment at the Guild Cafe greeted the full house of guests, with mostly local patrons during this fall season.  Spirits... more »

Bluebird Welcomes Dan Estey

Bluebird is pleased to welcome Dan Estey to the team this fall.  Dan brings fifteen years experience as a successful top producing Realtor, having closed over 400 transactions mostly with Wright Kingdom, a market leader in Boulder.  He has also been a resident of... more »

Bluebird #1 in New Listings

Of the $70 million in volume that was listed during the last 60 days in the Crested Butte area, Bluebird posted over half of the total, leading the market in new offerings.  Bluebird is pleased to announce Aperture, a premier home site development situated on the Slate... more »

The Best View in the Valley

The Mountain Office team of Bluebird Real Estate presents a landmark offering to the Crested Butte community.  188 Bethel Road in the Smith Hill Ranches is undeniably one of the finest properties in the Gunnison Valley, and it is now available for... more »

Run with a World Champion

Bluebird was honored to be a leading sponsor of the inaugural Emma Coburn Elk Run 5K on Saturday benefiting Living Journeys, a cancer assistance and support network in the Gunnison valley.   Between winning the World Championships in Steeplechase and getting married in two... more »

You Can Do This

Bluebird hosted an intermission party for the Crested Butte Film Festival at their office in downtown Crested Butte on Friday evening.  Film producers, sponsors and clients of Bluebird celebrated the world class festival of 100 films with hors d'oevres from Crested Butte Personal Chefs and... more »

Bluebird Agents Elected to Realtor Board

Congratulations to Bluebird Associates Lisa Lenander and Trevor Bona who were recently elected Directors of a seven member Board of the Gunnison Country Association of Realtors, serving Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley, as well as Lake City and Pitkin.   Lisa... more »

Bluebird welcomes the Colorado 500!

The 42nd annual Colorado 500 rolled through Crested Butte Monday afternoon from Aspen and on Thursday evening, returning from Ouray.  The yearly pilgrimage founded by Indy race car veteran Wally Dallenbach Sr., supports Colorado children's organizations and hosts over 130 riders during each event... more »

Smith Hill Ranches featured in Luxury Portfolio

One of the premier properties for sale in the Crested Butte area is recently featured in the latest edition of Luxury Portfolio International Magazine (page 87).  115 Bethel Road offered for $5,375,000 is listed by Joel Vosburg and Charlie... more »

Bluebird kicks off Arts Festival with the Center for the Arts

Bluebird Real Estate co-hosted a kickoff reception with the Center for the Arts on Friday for the Crested Butte Arts Festival. The Arts Festival celebrated its 45th year of hosting art, cuisine and entertainment on Elk Avenue in the heart of downtown Crested Butte... more »

July 4th Popcorn and Lemonade

Bluebird welcomed the participants and spectators of the annual Crested Butte Fourth of July Parade with fresh lemonade and popcorn outside of the office at 211 Elk Avenue.  Lisa Lenander, Trevor Bona and Bud Bush were on hand to serve the visitors.  "Everyone wanted to pay us for the goodies,"... more »

Bluebird Spring Open Houses

Enjoy our bluebird skies and some exciting open houses today through Wednesday in the Crested Butte area! Homes ranging from $445,000 to $3,250,000. more »

Bluebird Real Estate Takes Flight

With an exceptional location in the heart of downtown Crested Butte, Colorado, and a dynamic team of dedicated professionals, Bluebird plans to introduce to the valley, a premium home buying and selling experience based on exceptional marketing and successful results for its clientele. The company is founded by Bud Bush... more »