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Montage Deer Valley Tree Lighting 2013

Montage Deer Valley Ut

Annual Tree lighting Ceremony 2013

Tonight was the Montage Deer Valley 3rd Annual Tree lighting ceremony. 

The Montage was ready with rich hot chocolate, hot cider, cookies and smores for all who attended. A roaring firepit out front kept us all warm while we waited for the moment of lighting. Promptly at 5:30 the lighting ceremony took place with 110 trees and more than 266,000 lights going on with a flick of a switch.  

While we were there I took the opportunity to show my clients one of the Montage Residences. Beautiful and what a fabulous location on the mountain.

For more information about the Montage Residences

see listings below and call me for a showing. 435-731-0803

Below are a few pictures my son Daniel and his friend Eric took. Ok- we photoshopped them for fun!


14 Things to consider before buying a home

14 Things to consider before buying a home

Things to consider before buying a home in Park City Utah

Check out the link to an article from about what to think about before buying a home. Of course, it has all the regular considerations... get an inspection, check the utility bill history, check the taxes, etc. All good things. However, this article does not specifially address things to consider when buying a Mountain home in a ski town like Park City or Deer Valley. 

Driveways in a ski town are often overlooked as something to pay careful attentention to, especially if you are buying in the summer. An extremely steep driveway can be treacherous in a heavy snow year and can also be a factor for the next buyer of that home. 

Most of Park City sits at about 6500 to 7000 ft elevation...

Amount of snowfall. Most of Park City sits at about 6500 to 7000 ft elevation and even that 500 ft differential can mean several inches of snow during a storm. Consider your tolerance for shoveling and dealing with snowfall. Most will hire a snow service to come plow the driveway and clear sidewalks, but the higher in elevation you get the more snow you will have and the longer it will stick around. 

4 Wheel drive needed! In Park City our snow plows clear our roads beautifully and quickly. That doesn't mean they are always clear and dry. In a heavy storm ( the kind we pray for) snow can fall so quickly that the plows can't keep up and you would be smart to take your 4 wheel drive car out. One or all of the family cars should be all or 4 wheel drive preferrably with all terrain or snow tires for the winter. 

Park City Snowplow...

Camp Woodward comes to Park City!

Camp Woodward to break ground in Spring 2014 in Park City, Utah!

Not only is Park City the best place to ski with the best snow on earth, now we have a training/playground for our kids and teens they can use year round. 

My 13 year old son tells me Camp Woodward is "sick" and he can't wait for it to be finished. Powdr Corp., the parent company of Park City Mountain Resort is also the owner of Camp Woodward and has finally decided to give our kids a place to play locally. 

Andy Miller, Director of Public Relations at PCMR told me on Tuesday that the camp will be located in the First Time parking area. Check out Park Record article and the About Woodward video to get an idea of what our kids in Park City will get to experience. 

Park Record Camp Woodward article


Tips to Save Energy and Add Value

When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.

1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.

If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset. 

2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.

And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges. 

3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Flourescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.

Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.

4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.

You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors  and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit for more tips.