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Summit Sometimes

NICOLE FORMOSA

Rich and Nancy Klein first came to Breckenridge on Easter Sunday three years ago and decided that day they were going to buy a home. “I ran into a Realtor who I fell in love with. He had been there since the 1970’s and knew everything about the town,” said Klein.Shortly after, they bought 15 acres near Boreas Pass and now have another home in Breckenridge where they’re planning to stay while they build their permanent residence on the pass. After several years of vacationing in Summit County, the Kleins are now hoping their favorite getaway will make a great place to live permanently. “We’ve been working on this (move) for two years. We owned three businesses, five apartment buildings and two houses. All of that had to be sold to move out there and it’s been a two or three year process to dispose of everything,” said Klein.

Rich said the primary reason for the move is to get out of the city, but also because next year all three kids will be going to college in Colorado.When did you first visit Summit County?The Kleins were helping their son get started at the Air Force Academy in 2001 when they decided to take a drive in the mountains. They drove on Highway 24 past Vail and came back on I-70 and stopped in Breckenridge.”We had lunch in town and I decided to stick my head in a real estate office and we’ve been coming back ever since,” remembered Rich.

Why did you decide to buy in Breckenridge?”I used to go to Vail in high school, but we’re leaving Florida to get away from too many people, so going to Vail was not an option. We like that (Breckenridge) is an old historic town that predates ski days, with very few permanent residents. We loved the history, the scenery, and the people on our first time through town.”What are you looking forward to about moving west?”We have almost as many crooks as we do lawyers in Florida, so we’re looking forward to not having to lock our car doors when we go into the grocery store. We’ve lived in Florida for 20 years, we’ve had three cars stolen and two houses broken into, most of those things are unheard of in Breckenridge. We’re trying to get away from the crime, crowds and craziness, I’m trying to give up being in a hurry.”

What activities does your family enjoy out here?”We started skiing again, the kids have taken up snowboarding and we’ve started snowshoeing around Boreas Pass. We hike in the summertime.”What are your employment plans?Rich plans to start a structural engineering consulting firm, having already had three successful firms in Florida, and Nancy will continue working as a pediatric nurse in Colorado Springs or Denver.


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