Durwood & Carol Marshall walked into my office in 2015 to talk about real estate, and we have been friends ever since. At the time that I met them, they were living in New Hampshire, and considering their permanent retirement in Summit County. They built their dream home in Silverthorne and moved into it in December, 2016.
Durwood’s favorite thing to say to me was “no friends on a powder day”. The last time I saw him, the Saturday before he left us, he had skied 29 days. Durwood died on Christmas Day this year, doing what he loved – skiing. In the few short years that he lived here, he skied Arapahoe Basin and Keystone as much as possible. He could be found chatting it up at the dog park in Breckenridge with his black poodle, Duff. On other days, he was hanging out at the Affordable Record Store with Gary in Dillon. For a hobby, he would visit our house and upgrade our turntable and stereo equipment. I am blessed to have a Durwood Sound System.
One of the things he shared with me at the end of 2017 was some statistics he had been working on. I think he would be excited to know I am sharing them with you. Of course, there is no way I could ever explain them as eloquently as he did, as we spoke about them at great length over many hours.
Retired from Tufts University, he loved working at things like stats in his spare time. He was especially curious about the effects of short term rentals on the valuation of real estate in the area. One of the things that we discovered together is that the age of a home has a direct correlation to the value. Please see some of the statistics he shared with me, and file it away for your own information moving forward.
Durwood lived in paradise for two full years after retirement. He showed so many of us what it means to relax, have fun, and enjoy the area. We will miss him. I only hope we can all have the time and adventures that he had here.