ASPEN REAL ESTATE – Pitkin County officials expressed hope Monday that a “wildlife-friendly” buyer will come forward and purchase some 900 acres of ranchland in the lower Brush Creek Valley.Longtime owners Peter and Bruce Droste received county approval (for nine 80-acre lots plus open space on total of 900 acres – editor) in August after years of contention between the family and government officials which included a moratorium, a lawsuit that went to the Colorado Supreme Court and various unsuccessful development proposals. But, “before the ink was even dry” on the development approvals, the Drostes put the land on the market, Pitkin County Commissioner George Newman said during a joint meeting Monday between the commissioners and Snowmass Village Town Council. According to a local real estate firm’s website, the nine-lot package is listed for $25 million. Interested buyers can also purchase five of the lots for $15 million, the other four lots for $10 million, or individual single-family lots for $3.3 million. Some lots have approvals for 8,250-square-foot homes while others have approvals for 10,000 square feet of living area.
By Catherine Lutz, April 6, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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