No Invitation?

squirrelWell….I waited….and waited….and then waited some more.  But received no invitations from my good friends;  Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise.  These well-known folks all own property in or near Telluride, Colorado.

I remember watching Oprah’s special when she visited Ralph Lauren’s 17,000 acre ranch just outside the town of Ridgway.  The scenery resonated through the camera lens and was spectacular and it’s even more stunning in person.  Ah, to call this home!  Well, I can….at least for the week.

Ralph Lauren
part of this valley is the Double RL Ranch – Ralph Lauren’s Ranch

As Al and I head west on Highway 62; destination Telluride, hubby somewhat perturbed by my slow driving speed and wandering eye, finally asks, “What are you looking for?  You know we have at least 10 to 12 miles before our turn to the Last Dollar Road?”  “I’m looking for Ralph Lauren’s place”, I quietly comment.  In a rather sarcastic tone, Al says, “And why?  Oh, let me guess.  We’ve been invited for dinner…..whatever shall I wear!”

Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren enjoys an unobstructed view of Mt. Sneffels

I proceed to tell Al about the Oprah special.  My natural curiosity in all things Real Estate related, has me being a nosey-kins.  Come on….I made my living by buying and selling Real Estate and just because I live in an RV does not negate my general interest in Real Estate.  I have and will always have an interest in Real Estate.Last Dollar

teepee at Ridgway SP

“Look Al, look…. that’s Ralph Laurens fence”, I exuberantly exclaim.  “Ooh, ah….and what a lovely fence it is”, Al responds in that I don’t give a crap kind of tone.  I’m happy.  I’m excited.  I comment, “Now look for Teepees, honey. I wonder if we can see his Teepees or buildings.  Wow, this fence just doesn’t end, does it”.  We turn onto Last Dollar Road and somewhere along the way the fence style changed, leading us to believe one ranch property ended and someone else’s began.

The land around here is gorgeous.  As we come around a bend in the road, I come to a screeching halt….well not exactly screeching…..  I’m on gravel after all.  I did form a cloud of dust though from the sudden stop.  “Now there’s a fixer upper”, I exclaim.  Al tilts his head to the side, raises an eyebrow, and smiles giving me that look of, “you can’t be serious”.  Ok, moving on.fixer upper

For the next hour and a half we travel through some gorgeous back country accompanied by numerous side roads clearly marked Private Property or No Trespassing.  During the 19th and early 20th centuries mining, agriculture, and ranching were the primary industries.  Mining disappeared, but ranching and agriculture are still big business around here, as evidenced by all the cattle we saw today.

Last Dollar Ranch- it’s actually For Sale….if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it –              So I’ve been told 😉


Aspen Tree

As we exit the forest of Aspen trees, we are greeted with an amazing vista.  The road eventually widens and improves.  We start passing a home here and there.  Some small and some LARGE.  I’m drawn to a huge house positioned on a mesa surrounded by mountain views.  It has all the rustic elements of Colorado architecture with all the grandeur you would expect from a celebrity.  “Now THAT has got to be Tom Cruise’s house”, I matter of factly exclaim.  Al says, “How do you know?”  “It kind of looks like it from Oprah’s show“, I respond.  “Sounds like you and Oprah have been spending a lot of time together”, Al quizzically comments.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise’s house – well it could be!

In all reality, I rarely watched Oprah but when she would visit a celebrity in their home, well this nosey Real Estate loving person just couldn’t resist watching.  Since we’ve already established I’m nosey about Real Estate, allow me to share some information I found extremely interesting regarding Telluride Real Estate.  First, between two Real Estate offices, I counted 81 Real Estate Agents and there are more than 2 offices….

  • For the first six months of 2013 – Jan-Jun
  • Number of houses sold – 7 ; average sold price $1,700,000
  • Number of condos sold – 16 ; average sold price $650,000
  • Residential land sold – 4 ; average sold price $1,500,000

Suffice it to say, I won’t be getting involved in Real Estate in Telluride in any way shape or form anytime soon.  The amount of Real Estate available For Sale is incredible.  I guess one can make a purchase in five minutes, but it could take five years to sell.  Not my kind of odds.  Architecturally speaking, most of the homes are stunning……old and new and it’s always fun to look.Rocky Mountains

Although we didn’t receive an invitation from any famous people, we did receive an invitation from my brother and his wife.  They pulled into camp late yesterday and invited us over for dinner; New York Strip Steaks….yum.  And the company wasn’t too bad either!

Oh, and FYI….on our return to Ridgway State Park, we saw the Double RL Ranch entrance and the teepees.  Fun ending to a great day 😀

Rocky Mountains