Black Diamond Lodge, Penthouse #341

Black Diamond Lodge is right at the base of lower Deer Valley, the last property up the mountain past Snow Park Lodge. The location is ridiculous. You drive PAST the St. Regis to get to Black Diamond. It’s the end of the road. Any farther and you’d just be driving up the mountain. Take a look at this map and see just how ridiculous said location is:

As such, it’s a prime property for summer and winter: winter because it’s ski-in/ski-out. But summer is an interesting one, not because of conventions or long summer bookings like we see at other properties. Nope, Black Diamond is where you want to be in the summer because you are looking down at the Snow Park amphitheatre and maybe you’re new to this but Deer Valley puts on some amazing concerts ALL. SUMMER. LONG.

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This property is listed by a colleague of mine at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, and for the moment, listing details can be found here.

And here is a casual video showing. Many times great properties will come to market and if you’re out of town, you can’t just drop everything and come walk through. So, one of the services I provide is to walk through properties you’re interested in and film them so you can get a much better feel for the floorplan. If you see a property online that you’d like more information on, please let me know and I’m happy to film a walkthrough for you.

Just Sold at Lodges at Bear Hollow Village!

Congratulations to my buyers on their recent purchase! What a gorgeous time of year to own a beautiful Lodges at Bear Hollow Village condo, just in time for the summer concerts and the mountain biking season. Let me know if you’d like me to keep an eye out for something special for you too!K Watkins JL 5501 Lillehammer 4206

Ready for a credit score change?

Interesting news from the lending world; your credit score could be going up thanks to changes by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Whether you are waiting for your score to improve to qualify for a loan, or if you are looking to take advantage of a little bit better rate when you leverage your money, this is good news. Here is some information from a local lender, Justin Coleman at Fairway Independent Mortgage.

As of April 16th all three credit bureaus have removed tax liens and judgements from credit files. This was in response done by the CFPB to rectify erroneous credit items that nearly 90% of Americans face under the system. Many borrowers will see a significant jump in their credit scores. As much as 50 points.

On the surface this seems to be a really good thing, especially for those that are challenged when it comes to paying taxes. If you had tax liens prior that prevented you from obtaining a mortgage, they will not show up on your credit. However, mortgagees have the ability to search public records without a credit file and they are doing just that. And that is also a good thing. If Lenders were not able to discover these items, the cost of credit would have to be increased to cover the risk – resulting in higher rates for all.

“Winnie-the-Pooh’s Original Hundred Acre Wood – Unseen for 50 Years”

Of the many things I’m proud of as a Summit Sotheby’s International Realty agent, one is my affiliation with the storied auction house of Sotheby’s. Their auction items are fascinating, from fine furniture to vintage cars to antique manuscripts and drawings. In next month’s English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations auction, among other amazing offerings they are presenting a carefully curated collection of illustrations for the world of Winnie the Pooh:

Winnie-the-Pooh’s Original Hundred Acre Wood – Unseen for 50 Years

As the setting for the cherished adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore, the Hundred Acre Wood is possibly the most famous map in children’s literature.

On 10 July, Sotheby’s will offer for sale an original sketch of this memorable backdrop to A.A. Milne’s classic creation, after it has remained unseen for almost half a century.  Drawn by illustrator E.H. Shepard, the sketch encompasses unforgettable locations from the “Pooh Trap for Heffalumps” to the famous spot “where the Woozle wasn’t”.



5 Things to Know about e-Bikes in Park City

I finally experienced the Summit Bike Share program, which has sat literally across the street from my office for months. The key here is that they’re not just bikes. They’re e-bikes. Bicycles with electric pedal assist (“Pedelec”). What this means is that when you’re moving up hills or across tougher terrain, the bike itself kicks in and moves you along. You still have to pedal, but it’s not really any work at all. Which opens up a world of opportunity for those of us with good intentions but more taco chips than gym reps.

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1. Fancy gear not needed. It’s fine! They’re made for people in shorts or suits or jeans or the full spandex bike outfit. Look at me, jeans and loafers and a blazer.

2. They are heavy. So don’t leave the coverage zone because the Pedelec assist ends and you have to pedal this heavy bike back in all on your own strength.

3. Helmets are good. Ok, so when you take off on a bike, you do so by having one foot on the ground, the other on a pedal, and you step that foot down while lifting your other foot and you move forward and start pedaling, right? On an e-bike, that initial motion forward is assisted and IT IS FAST HOLY COW. I stumbled off and lowered the seat because I realized I was probably going to fall off the damn thing and I wanted to be that much closer to the ground when I did.

4. Texting is bad. I KNOW. But the last time I was on a bike phones were not this big and I realized mine was probably falling out of my back pocket and so I pulled it out and when I did I saw that somebody who was going to meet up with us might still be coming so I was sending a quick response as I rapidly approached a stopped car at a stop sign. Realizing I was holding the phone in the hand that operates the brake handle I ruminated briefly on my life decisions before ditching the phone as close to the basket as I could and skidded to a halt. Pro-tip: glass screen protectors are the best.

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5. App required. The app is easy to use (Summit Bike Share), and very interactive, it shows you all the places you can pick up or drop off a bike. I had no idea there were so many locations.



It also tracks exactly where you went and, how long you were riding and how far you went. It also calculates the number of calories you burned, but if I really burned 200 calories tooling around effortlessly on an electric bike with my scarf blowing in the breeze then this is the best weight-loss solution I’ve ever seen.

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Moral of the story? SUPER FUN BUT KIND OF SCARY BUT MOSTLY FUN. Everybody should try it, and it’s a brilliant example of Park City’s commitment to greener initiatives and getting people outside. In fact, the next time you want to look at property and it’s a beautiful day in the mountains, don’t be surprised if I hand you a helmet and bottle of sunscreen.

Let’s ride.

The Old Dutch Store in Sugarhouse

Sometimes it takes driving past a store a hundred times to wonder what they do in there. Sometimes it takes a sign saying “fresh stroopwafels.” And sometimes it takes a big-ass windmill on the roof.


This little gem is on Highland Drive and just north of 27th S (that’s 2700 S, come at me anti-grid bros). And on Wednesdays, they make fresh stroopwafels, which are two thin waffle-pressed cookies held together with a smear of caramel.

Yesterday, they made them into hearts for Valentine’s Day. Of course I told them to keep mine as circles because let’s not be wasteful.


As a reasonably (I thought) seasoned Norwegian, I thought I could roll in here and appropriate that joint up. NOPE. If I could identify 8% of what that store sells I’d be impressed with myself. At the back of the store is a deli case with all the northern European cheeses and meat products you could hope for.


Deli sandwiches, named “The Bavarian,” The Copenhagen,” and “The Transylvania.” Or make your own, with meats as pedestrian as Turkey and as wild as Cervelaat (no clue). Cheese? Gouda to Butter Kase (again, no idea but I like the sound of it).


Of course I spent $10 on a jar of pickles. It’s like you don’t even know me.


German Pretzel Mix! German Bee Sting Cake Mix! Butter Cookies! Yes, ok this island I can figure out.


Not this one. Hello, culinary horizons, PREPARE TO BE EXPANDED.


And this! WTF is this? “Salmak powder, salty,” contains licorice root extract, sugar, ammonium chloride, rice flour and salt and ought not to be used by people with high blood pressure. I have actually eaten Lutefisk and I don’t have a clue what this is. There is so much googling in my future.


A huge chocolate selection of course, including Icelandic brands. And now I know where people are getting their decorative clogs and Oktoberfest hats from.


Verdict: Crazy place, full of nostalgic products and I’m sure impossible to find ingredients.

Was I out of my element? Yes.

Did I order $30 in stroopwafels? Yes.

Will I be going back? Yes (after I google some stuff though)

Do they sell Lutefisk? No. But they do get some requests for it around Christmas.