High Flyin' Fun

Apparently, our little private Granby Airport is making the news--it will air this Friday, April 22nd at 5 pm on Denver's CBS Channel 4. What could be so newsworthy about our little airport? Well, our own Emily Hanrahan Warner will be inducted this weekend into the Irish American Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois.

Never heard of Emily? Well, in 1973, she became the first female commercial airline pilot in America's history. On May 20th, from 11-2, our brand new Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum will be officially opened--giving honor to this pioneer of the skies, and offering a wonderful bit of history and high-flying memorabilia to the community.

Here's what the Airport Journals had to say about her:

"After marrying Jay Warner, the pilot taught her new husband how to fly. The couple has a mountain retreat in Granby. Emily Howell Warner plans to retire in October 2001. She’s earned a long and prestigious list of aviation awards. In 1973, she was named the Amelia Earhart “Woman of the Year.” In 1983, she was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. Her other achievements include being inducted into the Woman’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 1992.

Emily Howell Warner oversees the region’s operations of United’s 737 program, which includes a fleet of 185 aircraft and 1,500 pilots.

Howell Warner was the first woman pilot to become a member of the Air Line Pilots Association and the first member of the Colorado Pilots Association. She’s an active member in the 99’s, a group of woman pilot founded by Amelia Earhart and others in 1929, and a member and cofounder of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, as well as a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Colorado Aviation Historical Society and the Silver Wings Fraternity. Besides her uniform displayed at the Air and Space Museum, there’s one displayed at the Prima Air and Space Museum and an “Emily” collection at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.

Emily Howell Warner stays current for her job with the FAA by putting in sim time and flying a friend’s Cessna 182. In the past, she has been a partner in a Steen Skybolt biplane and has belonged to the Aspen Flying Club at Centennial Airport. To date, Howell Warner, who still lives in the Metro Denver area, has flown more than 30 different types of aircraft and accrued more than 21,000 hours of flying time. More than 14,000 of her flight hours were accrued as an airline pilot."

What an amazing and accomplished woman! We invite you to check out the news report on her induction and to come on out for the grand unveiling of our new aviation museum that bears her name!

If, by chance, you fly yourself, Granby is a fabulous little private airport by which you can enjoy all of the amenities of mountain living--whether returning to your mountain retreat, or just enjoying a scenic getaway--without navigating Berthoud Pass! The Granby/Grand County Airport is located in open terrain atop the Granby Mesa. It is an easy-in, easy-out mountain airfield that offers the convenience of a flight planning facility, courtesy car, and restroom.

Whether by land or air, we hope that you will come check out our little piece of heaven and bask in the beauty and peacefulness that Grand County has to offer!

Creating a Waterfront Mountain Cabin Village

Back in 2003, we did something a little bit crazy--we took a huge leap of faith and bought a property that was loaded with potential. It was 40 acres, with easy access to town, surrounded by views of the Continental Divide, with four ponds, and the Fraser River running right through it.

It had three building on it, and needed a LOT of work. We made one of them our home and raised our kids kayaking down the river, fly-fishing in the ponds, and exploring on daily nature hikes on the 40-acres. It was so peaceful and perfect...except for one thing. We felt guilty for keeping this treasure all to ourselves. We imagined how it could change the lives of families to...just...slow...down and enjoy time together...roasting s'mores, catching fish, splashing in the ponds while wading in to catch minnows in a net. This isn't only the stuff that memories are made of--this is the stuff that LIFE is made of!

So, we started designing and planning, and doing exactly what everyone told us was impossible. We built a sustainable cabin on a river community that won the Parade of Homes "Best Development Concept Award".

We turned one of the homes into a spectacular log clubhouse with a pool, hot tub, game room, gym, and private spa. We left 60% open space for a natural wildlife preserve. We created amazing fish habitats and expanded wetlands. We designed breathtaking, highly efficient, green-built three bedroom/ three bath cabins right on the water, where you can hear the rippling sounds of the river right from your deck.

Every cabin was designed to be everything you need in a cozy second home in the mountains, with a small footprint, long before there was a tiny house movement. And best of all, this fabulous vacation cabin community is smack-dab in the middle of it all--just minutes from skiing, golf, lakes, and the National Forest.

We quickly sold out almost all of the river lots, and a few waterfall lots, and built an adorable cabin village, where you can find families on any weekend smiling, laughing, and playing outside together--biking, walking dogs, canoeing, kayaking, and fly-fishing in the summer; and sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, making snowmen, having snowball fights, and ice fishing in the winter. It really is a dream come true--and not just for us.

Everyone has fallen in love with their little piece of heaven so much, that these cabins have almost never come back on the market. But right now, because their kids have grown up and moved away to go to college, one family realized that they weren't coming up as much as they used to. Now, their beautiful, fully furnished cabin is available---and it is RIGHT ON THE RIVER!

For just $389,000, someone can move in now and still enjoy spring skiing in the Rockies, while being right on the Fraser River, with a 40-acre backyard! Check it out here!

Whoever snaps up this rare gem will sure be glad that we were just crazy enough to follow our dreams--to create a place where families rediscover each other and all that is truly important!


New York Times: Granby is Decidedly Unpretentious

According to an article in the New York Times, Granby "is decidedly unpretentious, more a traditional Western mountain town than a resort community." I like that. And even though "Granby is becoming known as a second-home destination, especially for buyers from the Denver area, about 85 miles or a 90-minute drive away," there is something so sweet, pure, and unspoiled in Granby's 7,000 acres of downhome, western appeal.

This same article in the New York Times also quoted several individuals who bought vacation property in Granby because they loved the lifestyle, the beauty, and the convenience to local amenities. But the one thing that surprised and thrilled them was that they got something much more valuable--the things that really matter in life.

Anna and Steve Conrad of Castle Pines stated, "We looked at each other and said, "Wow, this is where we want to raise our kids." They bought a two-bedroom condo at the 5,000 acre family-friendly golf and ski resort, Granby Ranch, so they can hike, fish, kayak, and mountain bike in the summer and enjoy the gentle terrain of the family-friendly ski area in the winter. "Some of our best friends are people we've met up there. We feel like it's an extended family," Anna Conrad added.

Sunday Mann, an interior designer from Denver, bought a three-bedroom riverfront cabin at Edgewater so that she could just walk outside her door and fly-fish in the half-mile of private gold-medal river and four stocked fishing ponds. What she also found was that she made great friendships with the other homeowners, while enjoying potlucks with other neighbors on her deck and roasting s'mores at the community's fire pits.

The Tieges of Aurora, bought a four-bedroom townhome in the 437-acre golf course community of Grand Elk. They get to enjoy golfing in the summer and take a shuttle owned by the Grand Elk Alpine Club, to the base of Winter Park's Ski Area to enjoy champagne powder and more challenging terrain, while spending about 40% less than a comparable property in Winter Park. "It's the best of both worlds," stated Mr. Tiege.

I have to agree. I have lived in Granby and I have lived elsewhere. Granby is better.

At Mountain Realty Group, we are the only real estate agency in Grand County that specializes in Granby properties--particularly the hottest properties in Granby, like Granby Ranch, Edgewater, Grand Elk, Legacy Park Ranch, and C Lazy U. We also sell in Winter Park and Grand Lake, and all over Grand County, for that matter, but Granby is our favorite area because it is decidedly unpretentious!


*All quotes were taken from the March 5, 2009 New York Times Article, "The Old Mountain West in Ski Resort Alley" by Cindy Hirschfield. Click on the link above to see the article for yourself.






Have a Blast This New Year's

I know it's kinda late, but if you haven't already made plans for New Year's Eve, you really should check out family-funtastic Granby Ranch. Kick up your heels from 4-9:30 at Granby Ranch's family dance party! Then, bundle up and head out to the snow, because you won't want to miss out on the glow wand parade and torchlight ski parade down the mountain! In years past, kids have often carried red flares as they weave in and out of the trees, coming down the mountain in a gorgeous procession, sometimes accompanied by Granby Ranch's Siberian Tiger Mascot.

Then, at 6:00, the moment you've all been waiting for--an incredible fireworks display! Now, I have to say that this is such a family-friendly, and even romantic moment, as you are bundled up in the snow with the ones you love and the fireworks are cracking right over your head. It is so beautiful and inspiring! One year, a young man even used this incredible moment to get down on one knee and propose to his love in front of the whole crowd, who all cheered for him when she said, "Yes!"

This truly is an event you won't want to miss! And as a bonus, it gets you off the roads before all the crazies come out, so you can ring the New Year in with fabulous fun, style, and safety for all you love!

Some properties, including the ski-in/ski-out homes and condos at Granby Ranch and Edgewater Cabin Community, can see the fireworks from their balconies. What an awesome place to call home!

Have a wonderful and safe New Year! I hope to see you at the Base! :)