Prince Bandar still alive, insiders say

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, chief of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency and still an Aspen property owner, is apparently alive and well despite rumors in early August that he had been assassinated in an explosion.

Top end of the Aspen market strong in 2011

ASPEN – For many watching Aspen-area real estate, 2011 will be remembered for its large volume of high-end home sales. Twenty-two residential properties in the upper Roaring Fork Valley changed hands for $10 million or more last year — equivalent to nearly two each month. Those sales added up to more than $325 million, roughly one-quarter of Pitkin County’s $1.27 billion worth of property transfers — on less than 3 percent of the number of transactions. Clearly, the buyers of these luxury properties have not been too badly hurt by the Great Recession — yet they are price savvy, as many of the estates changed hands for significant discounts. Many of the properties had also been for sale for quite some time.