Three of California's biggest real estate sharks return to Bravo next week for the sixth season of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Cast members Josh Altman, Josh Flagg and Madison Hildebrand find themselves in fierce competition since the market has rebounded, but inventory is low as they try to find sprawling estates for high profile clients.
Altman calls Aspen his second home. Here are some of his thoughts on the local market.
So, why Aspen?
We've been vacationing here for over eight years now. Matt went to the University of Colorado in Boulder and after our family started visiting him out there, we fell in love with Colorado and especially Aspen. Our parents loved it so much, they ended up buying a place in Aspen as a vacation home. A few years later they made it their permanent home.
What are some of your favorite Aspen hangouts?
Most the time you'll find us at The Caribou Club?we love to unwind on the comfortable couches. You'll also see us at Pacifica, Jimmy's and Cache Cache.
Ski or snowboard?
We're all skiers. My brother and I have been skiing since we were three years old and now we tend to enjoy the more open trails of Snowmass and stay off the moguls. After years of kicking footballs for the Colorado Buffaloes (him) and Syracuse Orangemen (me), our knees don't like the hard slopes as much!
What's your experience in the Aspen market?
We've done quite a few deals in Aspen and get a lot of calls. People know we are familiar with the area and have the best overseas reach to buyers through Million Dollar Listing and through Christies Great Estates. We consider it our second home so love to co-list and co-market with local agents and are able to get them very high profile clients.
What are your overall impressions of the real estate market in Aspen?
I feel the market keeps getting better and better and will continue to strengthen. Coming into the 4th quarter, we should see some good movement. I think it's a great time to buy and invest here. Anyone who thinks other resort towns are hotter, obviously have never been to Aspen – in my opinion it's the most beautiful place in the country.
Would you ever consider buying a home here?
I would love to! But we have so much fun staying at my parents house in Snowmass that there is no need at the moment...until they kick us out! We look forward to bringing our own families here forever.
Season six of Million Dollar Listing premieres on Wednesday, August 7 at 9/8c on Bravo.
-Words and interview by Katie Shapiro