Christmas is in the air!

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Durango Christmas weasel seen in the window at Sorrel Sky

Just a quick walk down Main Street says that the Holidays are certainly on their way!

The merchants are in full celebration mode! Some have already put up festive colorful decor. Some are marking sale items brightly and boldly.

The creativity abounds!

The bead shop has colorful glass baubles hanging on various lengths of bright ribbons. Many shops have added twinkly lights and fake snow. Soon each and every shop will have some semblance of cheer.

Our favorite of the day featured this holiday weasel. He absolutely screamed greetings as we walked briskly toward lunch opportunities. You can visit him too! He is at “Sorrell Sky Gallery”

Durango is always fun and festive, so the approach of holidays is just one more reason to celebrate being here!

Transportation??? OK

Ride to Work in Durango

Bicycles in Durango

There is a large banner across Main Street. It is advertising “ride your bike to work day.

Sure! That would be lovely if you lived close to work… Like next door.
It might be more realistic if you had ridden a bike in the past twenty years, and if you owned a bike.

It is amazing how even the thought of a lengthy bicycle ride makes the muscles in my legs tighten up! This is right up there with “to dream the impossible dream!”

To be honest, my bicycle riding days ended with the acquisition of a drivers license.

I rode one for years and then traded the discomforts of wind sweat and weather for the comforts of enclosed transportation .

No doubt I was healthier before my advance in comfort, but those days are so far past, it does not seem practical to try to return to my youth.

So, while I take my hat off to the idea and to those who can embrace the concept, but, at least this year, the bike day will not see me participating! For the rest of you… Ride on!

Nathaniels Hat Shop in Mancos CO

Have you ever been inside a Hat shop? Granted…. it’s not in Durango but it’s close enough over in Mancos CO. I am talking about one of those rare shops where hats are custom made.

Whether you have, or have not, it is an experience that you would probably enjoy.

The process is an intensive art form. The choices of fabrics are greater than I had dreamed. The choices of designs and styles are wide and varied.

Everyone really need’s a hat in this climate. In fact each season should have its own. Sunburned scalp is not attractive or comfortable.

Since we lose heat through our head, winter also begs for protection. It is not so much a fashion statement as it is a health accessory. We just do feel more comfortable when we dress correctly.

The art of hat making requires a combination of tools, knowledge and skill.

Would it surprise you to know that there is a master craftsman in a small shop in downtown Mancos?

We stopped in to take a look a couple of months ago. Look evolved into purchase. Ralph was able to select a beautiful beaver pelt to have his custom masterpiece made from. It will be ready for wear in October. By then we may be able to decide what sort of hatband would look best.

Be assured that Ralph is looking forward to his new winter hat. We will share its completion with you then.

Durango Diner in Durango CO 81301

Durango Diner Counter

Durango Diner shot of breakfast counter

Your momma probably told you not to judge a book by its cover.

It is also a good idea not the judge a dining establishment by its exterior.

We had heard about the Durango Diner all the years we lived in Durango before, but we never went there. It was not that it looked bad, it just did not appeal to our senses.

Since we have been back, having found that we preferred living in Durango to anywhere else, we have eaten a lot of breakfast meals.

When our favorite two places proved to be waaaayyyy too crowded last week we decided to give the Durango Diner a try.

What a neat experience! Nothing fancy, just really good food and plentiful amounts of it! We had a heaping plate full of hash browns, bacon, eggs and toast at a reasonable price. There were many other choices too.

Not only good food was found , but an entertaining wait staff is there too. We can say that we did not have a single dull minute during the entire time we were there.

If you walk out of this diner without a pleasant attitude, you just flat are not trying!

Vintage cars heading toward Durango!

Antique cars to Durango

Antique cars headed to Durango

Hwy 160 runs from Durango to Pagosa Springs and features scenic vistas. Sometimes it offers even more.

Today on our return trip to Durango from Bayfield we noticed several vintage vehicles ahead of us. Very Vintage! Then as luck would have it, we ended up stopped behind two of them at a highway construction happening.

Turned out the vehicle was a 1920 beauty from Iowa! Who would have thought of traveling that far in a car of that vintage? What would you do for parts in the event of a break down? Where would you find a mechanic who could work on something of that age? How brave to make that drive! Wonder what kind of gas mileage those cars get? It seems incredible that they have made it this far from where ever they started out!

There must be an antique event somewhere in Durango, but we have not heard anything about it. We will be looking all around when we get back in town this evening.

Vintage cars have always been an interest of mine. In my youth I even indulged in building vintage model cars. The oldest I ever attempted was a 1932 Ford. Imagine one in Candy Apple Red with rolled and Pleated seats.

There is something incredibly splendid about the lines of those Vintage Vehicles.

How many times have you encountered a convoy of Antique cars? Just one more of the super perks of living in Durango Colorado!  In the event a trip to the Durango area is in your future don’t forget to call us 970-759-1007!  We’re Ralph and Jeanne…. The Durango Home Team
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Durango Mountain Resort aka Purgatory

Durango Mountain Resort

Grand Entrance to Durango Mountain Resort

 

One of the most spectacularly gorgeous places around Durango is Durango Mountain Resort.

It was known for years as Purgatory. The resort consortium decided that “Purgatory” had a negative connotation and spent millions of dollars to build a new image and the new name.

As far as we can tell, the area is still known as Purgatory, but it does have lots of new attractions attracting tourists. Now if we can just have some snow this year!!

This area whatever you know it as, is full of investment opportunities from cozy condos to magnificent mansions. Everything has stunning views!

If owning a full year round home or a vacation condo or townhome is your dream, call the Durango Home Team at Keller Williams Realty @ 970-759-1007 and share your desires with us. We, Ralph and Jeanne Janisch are the Durango Home Team, combining 60 years of Real Estate experience so we can lead you down the home path with caring and expertise. We will put together a Durango Dream tour for you and watch for any pitfalls along the way.

Feel free to browse at will on this site and then if you have questions or concerns, give us; “The Durango Home Team” a call! We also work evenings and weekends to make the journey to home ownership quick and easy for you!

After all, no one wants to experience a slippery slope or icy surprises even when it comes to Durango Mountain or Purgatory… however you know it!

Vroom-Vroom!! Durango CO 81301

4 Corner Motorcycle rally

Four Corners Motorcycle rally in Durango CO

 

Every year around Labor Day, the town of Durango Colorado becomes varoom central.

Thousands of motorcycles worth millions of dollars in total descend upon this usually tranquil place with all the thunderous vibrations they can muster.

All the parking places become display points for these two and three wheeled vehicles. And the riders strut up and down Main Street showing off themselves and their magnificent machines.

The owners of these marvelous machines tour the main streets both on bikes and off.

The costumes for riding are colorfully displayed for days both before the rally and after.

The town welcomes these visitors with open arms as they also kindly and generously stimulate the economy. They frequent all the foodies, stores and campgrounds.

This year most of the festivities and the host campgrounds are in Mancos Colorado, a short but beautiful 25 mile drive from Durango.

The highways all around will resound with varoom noises of various intensities. This will probably help keep wildlife off the roads!

Durango always has a lot going on. There are always a lot of motorcycles around. Labor Day weekend just has more variety and more varoom! The sights and sounds are pretty interesting!!

Get it SOLD!

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Clip Art courtesy of Bing free clip art

Just a couple of basics made themselves obvious when we were showing a couple of days ago.

When we arrived at one of the scheduled properties, we knocked on the door, rang the bell and waited. When there was no answer we exercised our lock box key and entered. We toured the kitchen, half bath and living area. Suddenly we heard our client talking to someone.

She said, ” there is someone here!” The someone asked me if our appointment had not been earlier. I told her that we had asked for 1-5 since the properties were spread out a good distance. She said that was not what she had been told. She then said that we had not knocked on the door. I explained that we had knocked, rung the bell and called out when we opened the door.

Our client asked me if she would rather we not be there. I asked the owner if she would prefer that we reschedule. In a hostile voice she said that since we were there, she would just leave us to look around.

We told her that we were sorry to have inconvenienced her and that we felt bad about the missed communication. She huffed around and left.

The experience should not have happened. The seller had been told a different time of day for the showing. When we did not appear when she thought we should she shut herself off in a back room. No doubt she did not hear our opening efforts.

The welcoming tainted the showing. To make things worse the write up on the listing failed to mention that the three bedrooms in the walkout basement were not finished. The house w as built in the late 1990s. The Sheetrock was not finished, the flooring was not finished and the bedroom windows were not up to code. Had we known those details, we probably would not have chosen to show that house.

In failing to mention the details we found upon showing, the agent did not set up a positive showing experience for any of us.

Getting properties sold require communication and truth. Nothing short of those two elements create less than positive results.

Easy access to all the information about Durango Colorado 81301

Welcome to Durango

Welcome to Durango Colorado

This website has been designed for you! Your convenience and your ease of finding answers that work for you!

Our goal here is to provide easy to access information about all the best values in the greater Durango area. That includes: Bayfield, Ignacio, Hesperus, Hermosa, Mancos and Dolores.

We love this area more with each passing day. We were not blessed with being born here. We had to wait and work hard to make our dream of living here a reality! Then we foolishly allowed it to be removed. It did not take long to discover there’s no place else that felt as much like home. No place else will ever work for us. Getting back was a struggle, but we are back to stay.

Along the way to living our dream, we accumulated 60 combined years of real estate experience. That included lots of marketing seminars in a big city setting. It has been said that you never learn anything that you do not need. All we know is that we learned lots in and out of classes. We would have preferred to spend all that time here!

Learning the area is an on going experience. We have now logged almost eight years and counting. Being where you love makes a huge difference. We understand that love factor inside and out!

Putting all our energy into our work is a daily drive!

If you will share your Durango Dream with us, be assured that we will consider it a sacred privilege to help you make it come true! It may be that the property you seek is not currently on the market. It may also be that we know of one that is coming on soon, or one that the sellers do not even know they want to sell…yet.

Durango was once a mining town. Today we prospect for properties that are like gems. Some are rough, but with a little polish and vision, they can sparkle and shine.

If you would prefer to do your own searching, the tools are right here on this site. We won’t bother you. Your privacy and individuality will always be respected! We understand that even prospecting for just the right gem of a home is fun!

Feel free to browse at will. Exercise your dreams and have fun! We will continue to fine tune the site and make it available for you. If you need answers to questions, directions, or to view anything… Let us hear from you. We truly want to be of help.

Now, if you are a seller, you also can access information to help you assess the value of your present property. If you want help, we will happily provide you with a personal market evaluation and market plan. We do these at NO Charge…. As in free! Really!

No two properties are the same so we believe that each one merits its very own market plan. We think you will be pleased that you gave us an opportunity to audition for the sales job you need to have done. Yep! That gives you ultimate control.

Since we have done 300 to 400 broker price opinions yearly for banks and savings and loan entities, and have done them since 1982, we have a pretty good handle on the market. We will honestly show you what you can expect to walk away from the closing table with.

Should you decide that you wish to position your property for sale, we offer special services and two agents for the price of one. Since our affiliation with Keller Williams we find that as The Durango Home Team we can offer even better marketing services than ever. Know that we will handle every phases of your listing or property search if you desire. We never hand things off to assistants. We assist each other in achieving your goals. Your total satisfaction is our goal from day one for as long as it takes to get there.

You have nothing to lose by granting us a chance to visit with you. Our goal in everything we do is to make everyone we work with feel like they are truly a winner. 95 percent of our closest friends have been our clients in buying , selling, or both. Read the testimonials elsewhere on the website. Then, let us know when and how we can help you.

We can and will help your property be an outstanding value in the Durango market! Imagine having it available for people to look at and study twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty five days of the year.

Wait til you see how we position it on the website! Love it, or we will change it for you! Remember! This website was designed for YOU! How will you make use of it?

It starts with a call to 970-759-1007 to set up a Durango Home Team dream evaluation and grows from there! If you prefer to email us, those addresses are: ralph@durangohometeam.com or jeanne@animas.net.

Plans grow from dreams, and plans help move us all to real good times. After all, any move in Durango is a dream destination.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Our other websites are up and running! Durango Colorado 81301 MLS

We have two other websites up and running. Search for your new or second home there while we tinker with this website. Those sites are http://www.durangocoloradohometeam.com and http://durangohometeam.kwrealty.com Jump on over there and enjoy searching around for your new place!!