ASPEN REAL ESTATE- “Droste”…For years the name has been synonymous with contentious wrangling with the Pitkin County commissioners over the prospect of luxury homes on the ridge that separates the Brush Creek and Owl Creek valleys.“It goes back to my father,” said Peter Droste. “He called them communists. They downzoned him on Red Mountain.” So in 1963 the late Albert Droste left Red Mountain and went looking for another piece of land. He bought two square miles of land on either side of Brush Creek before there was a “Brush Creek Road” or a “Snowmass Village.”..What is now left of the Droste property — the 924-acre Brush Creek Ranch, affords stunning panoramic views of Snowmass Ski Area and peaks from Aspen Mountain to Mount Sopris.He has recently applied for permission to build 10 homesites on the ridge.
By Brent Gardner-Smith, July 9, 2009 Aspen Daily News

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