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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Linda and Bruce Jackson.

Lives in the military have moved Bruce and Linda Jackson all over the world. Now their favorite spot is Frisco, where they have owned a second home for four years. The Highlands Ranch couple bought the place from a friend and are fixing it up new. Even if they leave the Denver area, and can no longer make it for weekend getaways, they will likely hang on to the place for vacations alone.Linda represented the couple.Why did you buy a place in Summit County?

Well, my husband is an avid skier, and he had been going to Summit County since the early 1980s to ski. We’ve lived all over the world; we’re retired military. That was just always his favorite – the Rockies for skiing. It’s interesting how we bought it. Bruce had been going to this house probably since ’92 or ’91 because we knew the previous owners really well. How often are you there?Just about every weekend. We stay a couple weeks over Christmas.

How does Summit County compare to Highlands Ranch?It’s a world apart. I don’t know, if we didn’t have Summit County to go to, whether we would lose our minds. There’s too many people in (Highlands Ranch). You go up there and it’s like instant relaxation. It’s like an instant getaway. You can spend three days in Summit County and feel like you’ve been away for a couple weeks with none of the hassles, and that’s the beauty of the whole thing. Do you follow Summit County political issues?

Bruce does. We always try to come up and do whatever it is you need to do in the community associations. How much of a voice should second homeowners have?Whether I’m living here or living up there, I think it should be the same because you’re still paying all the taxes, you’re just not living there 24 hours a day like you are here, but you’re still paying there 24 hours a day like you are here. So I think you should get the same status. The concerns are going to be different for a local resident because they have concerns about the schools and their kids and all that and everything. But we’re all contributing to the tax base. It may be unpopular, but … I don’t have any kids in school but I’m still paying all the taxes for them (in Highlands Ranch).

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