40 years local and still loving it

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Arleen Boyd, owner and broker for Pine Cone Realty, has been in the real estate business for the last 13 years and says she absolutley loves it.

“It is extremely rewarding finding homes for people and fitting them with the right properties,” she said.

A longtime local, she’s been in San Miguel County for 40 years. According to her, that’s enough time for her to know the local real estate market well. Did you know she arrived from California?

“I moved to Norwood from Malibu in 1979 and never looked back,” she said. “I fell in love with my home just east of Norwood and purchased it in 1981 and have lived there ever since.”

She didn’t always work in real estate, however. Previously she worked as a dental hygienist in both Norwood and Telluride for approximately 30 years. She said she tried for a while to do both careers, but it became apparent to her that real estate required a full-time commitment from her. She said she’s missed the patients she left in the dentistry field, but she’s very glad she made the change.

When she decided to go full-time in real estate, she then purchased the Victorian building, 1533 Grand Ave., next to the U.S. Post Office in Norwood for her business Pine Cone Realty.

“It’s been a great fit for me,” she said.

She’s been involved in the community in other ways too. Over the years, she’s worked as a personal fitness trainer. And, for the last 27 years, she’s been a paramedic and volunteer for the Norwood Fire Department.

The last few decades especially, Boyd has seen many changes happen in Norwood. She said after 2008, when the market crashed, things looked very dim for the town. She said for eight or nine years she witnessed business closures. She said she was disappointed that the town didn’t have a hardware store of its own then. During that time period, she said, there was very little work and many housing foreclosures were occurring.

Now, thankfully, things are quite different. Norwood’s market is doing very well and property values seem to have increased. Lots of buying and selling appears to be taking place.

“Lately, the market and economy have picked up so much, and the young people that are moving here are so refreshing to see,” she said. “They love our town and are becoming very involved, and many are opening up new businesses.”

Boyd, who loves “matching people with properties” said besides her work, she also loves Norwood.

“I love Norwood and this community,” she said. “Besides the wonderful weather we have and the recreation opportunities, it’s the people in this community that make it such a wonderful place to live.”

She said she has traveled to other places, and sometimes she’s wondered if perhaps she should move to another place someday. To her, though, nothing ever seems to compare.

“I always come home to Norwood with the feeling that this is where I want to be,” she said.




Local real estate agent loves her life and work on Wright’s Mesa

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Linda Avery is a real estate broker in the Norwood area who is working to support those in this region, which she says has much to offer in terms of resorts and recreation. She’s been listing and selling properties here on Wright’s Mesa for the last 17 years — since she and her husband Doug moved to town from the Washington, DC area.

She prides herself in helping people to locate or sell the right piece of property, whether that be a ranch, mountain land, a lakefront property, a house or condo.

Linda is an active participant in the Telluride Association of Realtors and the Montrose Association of Realtors, and she is an Accredited Land Consultant through the Realtors Land Institute. She said with her affiliation in these groups, she is able to continue her work in promoting Wright’s Mesa overall, and specific listings too.

Her marketing outreach includes in-person broker-to-broker promotion, extensive internet promotion and selected print advertising.

She enjoys her career.

“What I love in real estate here is the diversity of property I can offer to buyers, from smaller land parcels and homes to very large tracts of land and larger ranches. There is something for everyone to come enjoy the lovely area,” she said. “In working with my sellers, I am so passionate about marketing what their unique property (and everyone here does have a unique piece!) can offer in the beauty of both their specific location and concept, as well as the general area.”

With more than 30 years of consultative sales and international experience, she has lived and worked in the U.S., Western Europe and Asia. She speaks English, French and German, and has an MBA in International Management.

In addition to her real estate work, Linda is a class agent for The American School in Switzerland, on the board for the Uncompahgre Medical Center in Norwood, active in the Telluride Rotary Club and is a member of the Norwood Chamber of Commerce.

She’s been a chamber member since 2002 and was the past chamber president from 2002-2006.

She and her husband love what Wright’s Mesa has to offer.

“It’s such a beautiful and tranquil place to be,” she said. “Every day the beautiful mountain, lake, valley and plateau vistas are just incredible, and change with the season. I have never been in another location that offers up such (almost daily) vibrant sunrises and sunsets.”

Linda said the abundant wildlife also make the Norwood area special. Outdoor activities are also something they cherish.

“Virtually every day of the year offers some great outdoor activity: from the winter cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, to the hiking, biking, boating and horseback riding most of the year,” she said. “The town of Norwood, right in the center of Wright’s Mesa, offers so much.”

She said Norwood offers beauty and serenity with access to important amenities, and while other important attractions and services are close by in larger, surrounding towns.

Linda also said she’s proud of what the Norwood Chamber of Commerce is now accomplishing. That includes participating in town beautification efforts and increasing Norwood’s exposure to the world.




Town sees growth; town officials encouraged

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People living on Wright’s Mesa may or may not know that the Town of Norwood incorporated in 1905. The first building in town was established by a Mr. Harry Copp more than a century ago, and since then Norwood has continued to evolve. The town celebrated its 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary in 2005, right around the Pioneer Day festivities. Looking back, Town Administrator Patti Grafmyer said she has seen Norwood grow — especially in the last several years. And, the town, she said, wants local businesses to be successful.

Town officials, in their respective departments, work to make sure businesses have the utilities they need to stay open and serve the public. That includes things like clean running water, trash removal, sewer — and now the new raw water system that is under construction, a project that will make having lawns and gardens possible in town.

Many people see Grafmyer, along with Town Clerk Gretchen Wells, running local parades, organizing the behind-the-scenes work it takes to pull off town festivities. Grafmyer, who has worked for the town for the last 26 years, said it takes all of the town’s offices working together.

“We all have to work well together to make everything happen, like a parade,” Grafmyer said. “It starts out with Gretchen getting the permit, then Public Works shuts the roads and barricades, the Town Marshall is closing the highway — We all work together along with the entities that produce the event.”

For new business that first open, it’s not uncommon for Grafmyer and Wells to deliver a plant or flowers as a congratulatory gift. Grafmyer, who owns Hi-Country Motor Sports with her husband Mike Grafmyer, said without businesses, the town would not thrive.

“When you talk about ‘it takes a village,’ it takes everyone to make a successful town, and business — and to make the chamber be successful also,” she said. “My husband and I have a business, and we can’t be successful if our town is not. We all need each other, and that’s why it takes all of us.”

At the town’s monthly meetings (that happen the second Wednesday of each month), town officials also work to approve liquor licenses and permits for special events. Officials want to support business and other activity taking place in Norwood.

Grafmyer said the last census put Norwood at about 550 people in the incorporated area. She said what’s unique about the town, however, is that people consider the whole mesa their community.

Right now, about 30 businesses have licenses. Any business that operates in the town must have one.

Grafmyer said she has seen Norwood grow in the nearly 30 years she’s been helping to run the town.

“Since I have been here, we’ve added the new forest service, the clinic, the build-on at the school, we’ve added Cottonwood Creek, and added Homestead,” she said. “So, yes. I believe it may not look like it’s expanding a lot, but it has grown.”

Grafmyer said while the population and local business slowly grow, she’s impressed with how diverse the town is. She said the diversity that exists in Norwood is something to be proud of.

“It gives anyone who wants to move here a niche that will make them happy here,” she said.