Elite Agent: James Lucarelli

James Lucarelli


970.728.0213 | 970.708.2255 | jim.lucarelli@compass.com | JimLucarelli.com

With over 30 years of experience in Telluride real estate, I am the only 3-time Telluride Association of Realtor’s Realtor of the Year and I have a vast array of market knowledge  you can’t find online. 


Featured Property: 167 Adams Ranch Road

Mountain Village, CO  

New construction in Mountain Village! Set on a .58-acre lot, this property is surrounded by stunning mountain vistas, in-your-face Wilson views, and all-day sun. The home’s thoughtful design features expansive glass windows in the living areas and seamlessly incorporated outdoor living space. Breaking ground spring of 2021. Call for details! $7,950,000. 



James Lucarelli originally appeared as an Elite agent in Unique Homes Spring ’21: Elite edition. See the ad here.

Maroon Bells ASPEN / COLORADO 

Photo: Vkoulampet / wikimedia commons

Originally named for the abundance of aspen trees in the area, Aspen’s abundance has grown exponentially in terms of luxury, from fine restaurants and world-renowned ski resorts to some of the most artistic and culturally stimulating experiences. These aspects and more are appealing to buyers and continue to shape Aspen’s diverse, high-end lifestyle.

Though the market is plentiful with a large inventory of luxury property options, the Aspen market is finite due to local and state development rules that restrict building in certain areas of the town, according to Craig Morris of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty. “Supply and demand are always in favor of our sellers,” he says, but adds that what people want is nearly always achievable. These demands result in an interesting balance of both classic, historic homes with original architecture, and newer construction primarily built on “teardown” properties.

This interweaving of old and new structures is special to Aspen, says Carrie Wells of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate, as it further adds to the character of the town and continues to bring in affluent buyers seeking luxury amenities. She notes that particularly in downtown Aspen, the “core,” new residential developments are not permitted and current properties have become more valuable. Wells, and other agents like Robert Ritchie of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, say buyers have grown to cultivate lifestyles in Aspen to fit their own needs. Bespoke estates are either renovated internally, increasing their worth, or new homes are being built more beautiful and upscale than the last. Though Aspen seems to be constantly changing, Ritchie says changes help “shine it up” and ultimately makes the town look good.

And truly, “looking good” is an understatement when considering the luxury and culture that exist in every corner of the city. From an exclusive G650 club and top-rated restaurants to a variety of world-class ski resorts and outdoor amenities, Aspen’s elite can find their true home in a place like this. Whether you hit the slopes or visit the Aspen Music Festival every year, Aspen is a place that can fit any lifestyle, which to buyers is often a priority. “We live in our own little fantasy world and people often suggest that living here is not ‘the real world,’” Morris says. “It’s the ‘real world’ to those that decide to put living and lifestyle at the top of their list, and when they do, they never look back.” 


Carrie Wells

Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate




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Craig Morris

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty





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Robert Ritchie

Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty





The Transition

Of all the changes brought on by the pandemic, what is here to stay?

Mindful Drinking

A movement started across the pond is reshaping the relationship people have with alcohol, and starting new conversations about the topic.

Q&A with Chris Goddard of HGTV’s Design Star

Chris Goddard credits his appearance on HGTV’s Design Star for reigniting his passion.

Dazzling Diamonds

Vanleles Diamonds offers a variety of jewelry styles, including rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, each crafted by skilled jewelry makers.

Tidal Waves of Elegance

Find your perfect lifestyle at one of these 10 extraordinarily refined places, each with distinctly different waterfront experiences.

Completing the Collection

From smartphones to staying at home, the way we experience art has metamorphosed. Now, we’re getting an inside look at entire collections, and it’s easy and accessible.

Car-Free Communities

Long commutes, congested traffic routes, parking fees, and pollution have all encouraged a whole new way of thinking when it comes to cars — car-free communities. These communities are designed for those looking to reconnect with the outdoors and spend less time stuck in traffic.

Glass Ceilings: Designed to be Broken

In the male-dominated field of architecture, the prominence of iconic women architects has inspired a new generation of pioneer females, but that path is still laden with roadblocks.

Personalized Pergolas

Customized pergolas bring the best of the indoors out — whether used as an airy yoga studio, home theater, or al fresco living space.

Elite Agent: Mariann Cordova

Mariann is a multi-award-winning Realtor and marketing expert with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.

The Transition

Of all the changes brought on by the pandemic, what is here to stay?

The Legends of Ultimate Homes

As we take a look at this year's Ultimate Homes magazine, we also look back at the exceptional properties and agents who have been a part of the annual celebration of the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Car-Free Communities

Long commutes, congested traffic routes, parking fees, and pollution have all encouraged a whole new way of thinking when it comes to cars — car-free communities. These communities are designed for those looking to reconnect with the outdoors and spend less time stuck in traffic.

FIABCI: A Network that Works

One thing to know about the FIABCI network, the U.S. chapter of the International Real Estate Federation; it works

H&E Undercover with Craig Hogan and Gilles Rais

Craig Hogan, vice president of luxury for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, goes undercover — literally — with South Florida real estate star Gilles Rais for our first-ever reveal of the Homes & Estates cover property.

Custom Gulf-front Home in Casey Key, Florida up for Auction

With 123 feet of private beachfront away from the crowds in Casey Key, Florida, this home offers a place to get away from it all.

Under Pressure

On Unique Homes' first exclusive virtual panel, real estate agents discussed how the real estate markets of America endured (and continue to endure) through the turbulence that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused.

Under Pressure

During the mid-year height of the Covid-19 pandemic, real estate agents comment on how the market stood, and in some cases prevailed, under enormous pressure.

New, Charming Community in Brick Township, New Jersey

With three stunning models designed by Arya Properties, Pioneer Estates can be where families can call "home."

A Peaceful Haven in New Hampshire

Custom-built elegance can be found in this immaculate log home in the desired Tuttlebrook Log Home neighborhood.

The Legends of Ultimate Homes

As we take a look at this year's Ultimate Homes magazine, we also look back at the exceptional properties and agents who have been a part of the annual celebration of the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Tidal Waves of Elegance

Find your perfect lifestyle at one of these 10 extraordinarily refined places, each with distinctly different waterfront experiences.

Car-Free Communities

Long commutes, congested traffic routes, parking fees, and pollution have all encouraged a whole new way of thinking when it comes to cars — car-free communities. These communities are designed for those looking to reconnect with the outdoors and spend less time stuck in traffic.

The Beauty of Victoria

Privately nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this rare discovery awaits in Victoria, British Columbia’s Capital City on Beautiful Vancouver Island.

Dream Home in Illinois

This warm and inviting 1918, Georgian-style home will great you with modern elegance. Architectural detail and classic style await the future homeowner.

North Cottage in Norton Shores, Michigan

Stunning Lake Michgian views await with this waterfront cottage featuring three florors of renovations and miles of beach along the lake.

Beautiful Luxury in Rich, Historic Istanbul Turkey

Live among the rare Bosphorpus mansions in Istanbul, Turkey in this seven-bedroom, four-bath Andonaki twin mansion (built in 1890).

Majestic Luxury Living in the Bahamas

With 170 feet of beachfront and a 98-foot private dock, this 5-bedroom, 6-bath estate home sits on 1.5 acres on the longest natural beach on the northeast shore in Nassau, Bahamas. The majestic home greets all with a grand circular, brick-paved driveway with an electric gate.

Equestrian Escape in Edmond, Oklahoma

Majestic family estate on 18 acres in the gated equestrian addition of Qua Vadis in the Edmond city limits.

Under Pressure

On Unique Homes' first exclusive virtual panel, real estate agents discussed how the real estate markets of America endured (and continue to endure) through the turbulence that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused.

Energy efficiency is a top priority for many architects, but Scott Rodwin, founder of Rodwin Architecture, seamlessly blends green building techniques with elegant contemporary aesthetics to design breathtaking residential and commercial buildings.

His Colorado-based firm is responsible for the creation of multiple near net-zero energy homes, and makes energy efficiency a priority in all of its structures that shine against the mountainous landscape.

Among the projects that the Rodwin Architecture team has completed, “Deck House” stands out as an imaginative and whimsical hillside residence.

The 4,200 square foot home, which was originally built in the 1970s, was completely remodeled by Rodwin Architecture and Skycastle Construction. The home’s previously choppy and confined floor plan was switched out for a brighter, more airy design with new views of the surrounding mountains, higher ceilings and of course some added outdoor decks.

There are plenty of places to entertain in Deck House, including the elegant dining room and large great room, which are anchored by a double-sided gas fireplace. Hosting social events at Deck House is made even easier by the home’s gourmet kitchen, complete with a bright breakfast nook, and a jewel-box wet bar, accessible behind a custom barn door.

Deck House features several quirky amenities that delight homeowners and visitors of all ages. Next to the home’s great room is a raised platform bed called a “bonco,” which serves as a cozy reading nook. The bonco has a hidden door that leads to a secret playroom for the kids of the house, but adults can enjoy some of the home’s secret features too. In the master bathroom, there is a secret window that offers stunning views of the Flatirons, and there is a hidden laundry chute in the main hallway that is concealed by a picture frame.

The home’s settings are adjusted to the owner’s liking via smart home technology, while passive solar design, LED lights, high-efficiency HVAC and “Tuned” Energy Star windows help Deck House score high in energy efficiency.

Deck House is one of many dreamy Colorado creations for Rodwin Architecture and Skycastle Construction. However, the project stands out for its transformation into a sunny, expansive home rich in mountain views that maintains hidden treasures from its past.




Photos courtesy of Scott Rodwin. 

Chalets originated in Switzerland and other alpine regions and are best known for their wooden features, prominent eaves, and convenient proximity to ski slopes. These cozy yet high-end chalets have something for everyone.

The careful decor paired with ultimate comfort is ideal for a secluded vacation among the mountains and nature. The spacious rooms and added details are also perfect for entertaining family or friends.

Photo courtesy of Ultimate Luxury Chalets.

Photo courtesy of Ultimate Luxury Chalets.

Choose a chalet for a romantic getaway, a cozy family gathering, or an exciting stay away from home with friends.

Top photo: Ultimate Luxury Chalets

Bottom photo: Firefly Collection

Chalets usually offer stunning views of the mountains and easy access to world-class skiing, but it is becoming more and more common for chalets to include a pool or spa area as well. Whether it’s a hot tub, jacuzzi, infinity pool or other water feature, they are as luxurious as a resort. Outdoor pools and spas are nestled among the finest views, offering a truly serene experience.


Why Choose a Chalet

Chalets are great for entertaining family and friends. The spacious homes allow each guest to have their own privacy while keeping everyone together. The large rooms are perfect for relaxing after a great meal or a long day on the slopes.

Surrounded by mountains, nature, and most likely plenty of snow, chalets are a world away from the hustle and bustle. Whether you’re escaping the city or trying to reconnect with nature, the gorgeous views and surrounding wilderness is sure to impress.

Photos courtesy of  The Firefly Collection.

Find Unforgettable Chalets Around the World

Options for chalets are plentiful, but these are the top locations that offer luxury and more.

Verbier, Switzerland

Les Gets, France

Courchevel Tourisme, France

Megeve, France

Oberlech, Austria

Aspen, Colorado

Davos, Switzerland

Photo courtesy of Ultimate Luxury Chalets.

Start planning your next dream vacation in a luxury chalet!



47 Lost Bear Trail in Wolcott, Colorado is on the market for $3.695 million, listed by Mac McDonald of Keller Williams Mountain Properties.

The property at 47 Lost Bear Trail is located in the community of Red Sky Ranch in the heart of the Vail Valley. This beautifully designed custom home sits on 12-plus acres and features 7,538 square feet of living space, seven bedrooms (including two guest rooms), eight baths, a main-floor master, three fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook, hearth room, lower-level recreation room with kitchenette, custom wine closet, two laundry rooms, three-car garage, outdoor hot tub, large beams, vaulted ceilings, reclaimed oak floors, high-end finishes, top-of-the-line appliances, and approximately 1,400 square feet of decking to enjoy the panoramic mountain views, “red sky” sunsets, and abundant wildlife that roams the property.

The community of Red Sky Ranch offers homeowners an active lifestyle throughout the year. In the summer, Red Sky homeowners enjoy two nationally-ranked golf courses at Red Sky Golf Club. In the winter, homeowners enjoy all that the world-class ski resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek have to offer. Red Sky Ranch is a Vail Resorts Signature Club community located in Wolcott, CO. This low-density private community features 87 homesites over 880 acres, a Ranch Manager, gated security, two clubhouses, a fitness center, and over three miles of hiking trails.

This property was recently featured as the cover property for the Spring 2018 issue of Keller Williams Domain. See the full digital issue here!

James Lucarelli

Real Estate Affiliates of Telluride

657 W. Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435
O. 970.728.0213 | C. 970.708.2255 | Jim@TellurideAffiliates.com | www.TellurideAffiliates.com

James F. “Jim” Lucarelli has more than 27 years of experience in the Telluride real estate market. In that time, he has served 3 terms as president of the Telluride Association of Realtors and is the only 3-time Realtor of the Year. In February 2002 he founded Real Estate Affiliates of Telluride, a company committed to providing respectful, professional service to its clients, and it quickly became one of the region’s top boutique real estate offices. In addition to his work as Broker/Owner of Real Estate Affiliates, Jim also has been involved in construction management and project development, building single-family residences and overseeing the creation of neighborhoods in Mountain Village and Telluride.

Listing by James Lucarelli


E. Pandora Avenue

This is a must-see view lot on the sunny side of Telluride. The property offers sweeping views of Bear Creek, Mt. Ballard, Ingram and Ski Area, as well as sunrises over Ajax and spectacular western sunsets. With 6,548 square feet, the lot is located on a paved, quiet Town of Telluride road with cul-de-sac type qualities. Duplex zoning (2 kitchens but not subdividable) in a multimillion-dollar neighborhood. Best available vacant lot in town for its size, location, and views.



James Lucarelli originally appeared as an Elite agent in the Unique Homes Spring ’18: Elite edition. See his page here.

State capitals are oftentimes thriving cities with a lot of economic and cultural value. In fact, they can be some of the best places to live in America. But not all state capitals are created equal. WalletHub has put together a list of 2018’s Best State Capitals to live in. And though 17 of them are the largest cities in their states, the biggest population doesn’t always represent the best quality of life.
In order to determine which state capitals make the best homes, WalletHub compared all 50 across 51 key indicators of affordability, economic strength, quality of education and health, and overall living standards. Our data set ranges from cost of living to K–12 school-system quality to number of attractions.

Best State Capitals to Live In

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Madison, WI
  3. Boise, ID
  4. Lincoln, NE
  5. Bismarck, ND
  6. Raleigh, NC
  7. Denver, CO
  8. Salt Lake City, UT
  9. Juneau, AK
  10. Concord, NH
  11.  Columbus, OH
  12. Helena, MT
  13. Olympia, WA
  14. Oklahoma City, OK
  15. St. Paul, MN
  16. Cheyenne, WY
  17. Montpelier, VT
  18. Pierre, SD
  19. Des Moines, IA
  20. Phoenix, AZ

Pictured above: Columbus, OH waterfront; Oklahoma City, OK

Out of these places:

  • Juneau, Alaska, has the highest median household income (adjusted for cost of living), $67,310, which is 2.6 times higher than in Hartford, Connecticut, the city with the lowest at $26,264.
  • Bismarck, North Dakota, has the lowest unemployment rate, 1.7 percent, which is 4.6 times lower than in Hartford, Connecticut, the city with the highest at 7.8 percent.
  • Providence, Rhode Island, has the lowest share of state-, local- and federal-government employees, 8.4 percent, which is 4.6 times lower than in Juneau, Alaska, the city with the highest at 38.4 percent.
  • Madison, Wisconsin has the highest share of adults 25 years and older with at least a bachelor’s degree, 56.3 percent, which is 4.7 times higher than in Trenton, New Jersey, the city with the lowest at 11.9 percent.

For the full story, and the entire list of best small cities, visit WalletHub.com.

Phoneix, AZ

Denver, CO

Located in Northwest Colorado, Cross Mountain Ranch is one of the largest and most diverse recreational and operating ranches on the market today.

Cross Mountain Ranch, one of the largest and most ecologically diverse recreational and operating ranches in the nation, spanning four counties in Northwestern Colorado near Steamboat Springs is on the market for the first time in nearly 3 decades. Listed for $100 million, the Ranch is one of the largest and most diverse ranches on the market in the United States and features 20 miles of river frontage.
The family homestead of development tycoon Ronald Boeddeker, Cross Mountain Ranch is the confluence of history, nature, recreation and agriculture.
In addition to a working cattle and sheep ranch, the property offers a range of recreation options including trophy hunting, fly fishing, snowmobiling, whitewater river rafting and kayaking.
“Cross Mountain Ranch is an incredible legacy ranch and investment,” says listing broker Ken Mirr of Mirr Ranch Group. “On their own, components such as water rights, hunting and recreation offerings and agricultural operations make for a strong investment opportunity, but linked together, as they are at Cross Mountain Ranch, it creates a property with invaluable potential. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase one of the most significant and diverse properties in the west.”
Cross Mountain Ranch consists of two distinct ecosystems stretching across four counties, abutting thousands of acres of national forest, BLM, state and park service land and rising more than 2,500 feet in elevation. The Upper Ranch, with alpine landscapes, rich game and rushing rivers includes the historic Pyramid Peak Guest Ranch, a former stagecoach stop at the base of the 13,000-foot Pyramid Peak. The Lower Ranch encompasses the genesis of western ranch settlements including the historic Victorian Sevens Ranch.

Other key features of this legacy ranch include:

  • Numerous homes including a 9-bedroom and 9.1-bath, 11,000-square-foot main lodge
  • A substantial agricultural operation rich in water resources and hay production with a carrying capacity of 2,000 cows and 10,000 sheep grazing on 224,000 acres of deeded and adjoining National Forest, BLM and state land  
  • World-class hunting with unlimited big game hunting, an abundance of fly fishing rivers and several stocked trout ponds
  • Valuable and historic water rights that irrigate hundreds of acres of meadows and pastures that rest alongside the rivers
  • Close proximately to Steamboat Springs and Yampa Valley Regional Airport
  • A commitment to the conservation of America’s rich western heritage in the form of a 16,000-acre conservation easement
  • Shared borders with hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands including the acclaimed Dinosaur National Monument, Flat Top Wilderness Area and the Routt National Forest

The perfect blend of agriculture, livestock, hunting, fishing and recreation, Cross Mountain Ranch is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of the historic Great American West.

Photos courtesy of Mirr Ranch Group.

Every detail of Kimpton Hotel Born Denver — from Bavarian inspired materials to exposed concrete ceilings, from floor-to-ceiling windows to 700 original works — has been crafted to impart an elevated, urban vibe that is uniquely Colorado.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brings dynamic luxury to Denver with the opening of Kimpton Hotel Born Denver.
“Denver is one of the most dynamic places in the country right now and the opening of Hotel Born is another major milestone for the Mile High City,” said Hotel Born General Manager Von DeLuna. “We sit at the end of the Union Station platform, but in the heart of the city, making Hotel Born the hub of Denver’s incredible arts, culture, dining and entertainment scenes, as well as, of course, the outdoors.”

Developed by Continuum Partners and designed by Denver-based Semple Brown in collaboration with Ellen Bruss of Ellen Bruss Design, Hotel Born has been modernly crafted. A balance of handcrafted wood, concrete and metal capture Denver’s sophisticated locale. With pine paneling, custom millwork and walnut herringbone floors, the lobby is contemporary yet inviting. Hand-woven rugs, textured materials, warm lighting and custom furniture pieces make it feel like a home.
The exterior of the building reflects the brick masonry of LoDo’s original historic warehouses while the floor-to-ceiling windows give the hotel a striking presence distinct from any adjacent buildings.

Hotel Born’s 200 guest rooms — including 40 suites and 2 premier suites — feature dark brown and gold herringbone patterned carpet and a mix of traditional and modern furniture offset by fresh white walls. To merge indoor and outdoor spaces, each room features large floor-to-ceiling windows.
“Continuum Partners has been at the center of Denver’s urban evolution for the last 20 years, including our role as co-master developer of the Union Station Transit Station,” said Mark Falcone, CEO and founder of Continuum Partners. “We designed Hotel Born to reflect a spirit and aesthetic that we see as distinctly Denver and the opening of its doors today is a culminating moment not only for our team, but also for the Union Station neighborhood and the entire city.”
One of the most unique aspects of Hotel Born is the art collection, which is composed of more than 700 original works by Denver-area artists. Adam Lerner, director of the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art, asked 32 of the most talented artists in the city to produce work specifically for the hotel. Approximately 300 works are displayed in the hotel’s public spaces and corridors, with the rest in guest rooms.

Photos courtesy of Cris Molina

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