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Rockies 2018

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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B ack to serendipity: "A very good friend of mine was a realtor in town," John continues. "I reached out to him, and he started showing us some properties. He showed us this one particular property in Woody Creek, and it was literally raw land with two dilapidated cabins. Basically, a barn and a cabin. We thought it felt right. We fell in love with it and, as it would turn out, it was actually owned by one of my friends from London. At that time we didn't know it. We didn't realize he owned it. So when we started doing due diligence on the property, I realized it was owned by a guy that I had known for 20 years who lived in London. He had always planned to develop it and build a vacation home on it, but he never got around to it. So I literally called my friend over in England and said, 'Hey, we're looking at your property. What's the deal? Can we make this simple?' He goes, 'Yeah, man. Let's just do this.' So it was this seamless and incredibly easy situation where we ended up buying the property from my friend and that was it," John tells me during a 20-minute call from his home in Nashville. When John and Aimee bought the land in 1994, they quickly found out that they had a friendly squatter. "Our neighbor across the street, Hunter S. ompson, was keeping his legendary Red Shark Cadillac convertible in the garage on our property. I guess he needed a place to park it, which I thought was indicative of what the neighborhood was going to be like, and I was right." John says with a very good-hearted laugh. When I asked John to elaborate, he chuckles. "Woody Creek has always been the bohemian suburb of Aspen. When I lived in Manhattan, I lived in Greenwich Village and, of course, it was full of artists and musicians and actors and various creative types. So I felt right at home in Woody Creek from the very beginning. Don Henley lived down the road. Don Johnson lived not far from him. Jimmy Ibbotson from e Nitty Gritty Dirt Band lived up the road from us — still does — and Hunter ompson lived across the street. My closest neighbor was Bob Beattie, the legendary ski coach, who we shared a lane with," he says. "It was this really great community of well-known but down-home people," he says. THE HIDEOUT. Little Woody Creek Ranch sits tucked away in the heart of Woody Creek just minutes from downtown Aspen via McLain Flats Road. 22 The LandReport | R O C K I E S 2 0 1 8 LANDREPORT.COM Wonderful accents are found throughout the property, which is home to Aimee's chickens, llamas, alpacas, emus, and peacocks.

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