Are there any Brookside condo owners on the forum?  Would love to know what you have done for management.  The whole complex looks fantastic!  I took a walk through there the other day and the grounds are beautiful, very nicely landscaped and the pool is very clean and wonderful furniture around it.

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Yes. We hired our own management team and it appears to be working out very well. We were up this past weekend and were very pleased with how things have progressed. I should add what you see on the outside is in addition to our team finishing the water heater updates to the majority of building II as well (that mountain management failed to complete last year I should add).

The only possible negative for some is the area of Building II where many use to boot up is no more, as that area was repurposed into our management office. Overall, they are doing a great job. And our dumpsters are now locked with one of them keyed to our owner's club room key to prevent non owner dumping. I believe you had mentioned that issue Escape where you are, seems it was a concern at Brookside as well.

Who is your management Team.  I'm very impressed with the work, I explained to our Board members that your complex is looking like the premier property of all the complexes.  Could you tell me what your monthly fees are?  Ours went up significantly.  Studio is now $800 quarterly.  I'm seriously thinking of selling, except so many in Cascades are already for sale, and buying at Brookside.  Now that SR is out of the picture and everyone has different management, it's really becoming an important issue.  We have old tires outside of our dumpsters, no landscaping whatsoever, filthy inside, no vaccuming of common areas in who knows how long, they shut the pool down whenever they don't feel like opening it, the pine trees in the front are all dead.  I suspect the property values at Brookside are going to increase very quickly.  

We hired Mark Wigley as our property manager and he has a team already in place for maintenance and cleaning/upkeep. Our dues stayed the same this year, I think we are about $560/qtr for our Studio. Now, with that said, no guarantees they won't go up next year. Our board felt with all the changes that we should hold dues steady this year (our financial position is such that we could do this and ride out any increased costs with the surplus cushion the association is carrying) for some stability. The landscaping was a targeted area, but the new furniture and paint on the interior of the clubhouse was all part of the upgrade plans that have been at work for several years now. I know the association also locked in septic with the mountain for the next 5 years. We may decide to do our own still (a la Fall Line) but we negotiated a fixed rate that allows us to explore this in depth with stable costs for now. I have to give credit to the BOD at Brookside. They have done a phenomenal job. Prior to this year it was like pulling teeth to get new peke interested in running for positions. This change over brought out so many new board members with excellent backgrounds for this, I have to think this will be a great thing for Brookside. And honestly Escape, it may be great for Cascades too even if out of the gate things aren't moving as fast as they are at Brookside. I know there are a few Studios for sale at Brookside but most of those haven't had many if any updates.

Thank you for the information!  I am very interested in running for a Board position, our BOD has been basically the same for 15 plus years.  I get it, it's hard to complain without being active, so my reason for getting involved.  If you don't want to help or participate in the decision process, be quiet.  When I mentioned this to one of our Board Members, the response was "Good luck", I asked what that meant, wouldn't they want new people involved?  I also started a FB page for Cascades and that was met with strong opposition.  WE DID NOT APPROVE THAT!  I told them anyone could do a FB page as owners or anything else for that matter.  I just felt social media is a wonderful free tool to utilize.  I post current photos, what is being done or not done.  It's definitely a time for change at Cascades, just because people don't attend the meetings doesn't mean that are not entitled to an opinion and we need to get out of the dark ages.  I would love to see other owners get involved but if the only option is the few meetings a year, that is difficult.  Our Board has no real form of communication, no one answers e-mails, it's snail mail.  When I asked for the budget, I was told it was handed out at the April meeting, with I think 5 members, including the Board present.  Apparently that was my only opportunity to see the budget.

We added a FB page as well, done by our management team and with Board's blessing. Tough when things seem static, I would suggest to not go it alone without the board on social media outlets. But if they are opposed, getting yourself on the board is a good start. Sad the turnout you had I April. Our meetings were a bit better attended until the mountain announced the pull out. Then you almost couldn't fit all the owners who showed up in our clubhouse! Hopefully more of your fellow Cascade owners will become more energized to be part of the solution moving forward. Based on things Brookside has already accomplished, I think the road forward for all associations that get energized is an exciting opportunity.

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Thank you for the information!  I am very interested in running for a Board position, our BOD has been basically the same for 15 plus years.  I get it, it's hard to complain without being active, so my reason for getting involved.  If you don't want to help or participate in the decision process, be quiet.  When I mentioned this to one of our Board Members, the response was "Good luck", I asked what that meant, wouldn't they want new people involved?  I also started a FB page for Cascades and that was met with strong opposition.  WE DID NOT APPROVE THAT!  I told them anyone could do a FB page as owners or anything else for that matter.  I just felt social media is a wonderful free tool to utilize.  I post current photos, what is being done or not done.  It's definitely a time for change at Cascades, just because people don't attend the meetings doesn't mean that are not entitled to an opinion and we need to get out of the dark ages.  I would love to see other owners get involved but if the only option is the few meetings a year, that is difficult.  Our Board has no real form of communication, no one answers e-mails, it's snail mail.  When I asked for the budget, I was told it was handed out at the April meeting, with I think 5 members, including the Board present.  Apparently that was my only opportunity to see the budget.

I should have mentioned that was the MOST attended meeting in the past few years.  SR came in five years ago and said we needed internet to keep us in the rental program.  The comment from the Board, we come up here to get away from that stuff.  That pretty much shut out alot of owners.  I've owned for over 15 years so I know many of the owners, but the opinions for change were so strong from the Board and we are all such avid skiers, having a meeting in the morning vs. skiing was just not happening.  Skiing comes first, honestly, I'm not sure if our Board members even ski, one said they hadn't skied in years.  Have a meeting after the lifts close, do a pot luck, don't make people feel as though their opinion is invaluable.  I think with all of the changes with all of the condo complexes and lack of work at Cascades things will quickly change, especially when people see their property values going down and dues going up.

 

Meeting times were set previously for the resort's staff to be able to attend in their management capacities (they didnt do after hour meetings). Given the new Paradigm, more flexible meeting times seem to be a real possibility.

Escape said:

I should have mentioned that was the MOST attended meeting in the past few years.  SR came in five years ago and said we needed internet to keep us in the rental program.  The comment from the Board, we come up here to get away from that stuff.  That pretty much shut out alot of owners.  I've owned for over 15 years so I know many of the owners, but the opinions for change were so strong from the Board and we are all such avid skiers, having a meeting in the morning vs. skiing was just not happening.  Skiing comes first, honestly, I'm not sure if our Board members even ski, one said they hadn't skied in years.  Have a meeting after the lifts close, do a pot luck, don't make people feel as though their opinion is invaluable.  I think with all of the changes with all of the condo complexes and lack of work at Cascades things will quickly change, especially when people see their property values going down and dues going up.

 

I never knew that.  Maybe it's just time for me to sell and buy something at Brookside.  I love the idea of so many homeowners involved and obviously the fact that the complex looks amazing.  I really like that so many of the units (lower) can be entered directly vs walking up so many stairs.  

You need to do more than just get on the board - you need to get other like minded people on the board to change how the majority thinks.

It has been difficult to keep up with our buildings with so many things needing repair as they age with some of the original construction materials not being the greatest. It's been a constant trade-off with those that want lower fees and those that want repairs/improvements and many things get pushed off for years.  I'm very hopeful that with our new management company at Sunrise (and Cascades) that we will be able to get more done for our money and things will gradually improve. Personally, I'd like to replace most of our siding, hallway carpeting, repaint, redo bathrooms, and do some real landscaping.  We can't afford all that in 1 year so we have to be plan it out and hopefully get it done before the next round of roof replacements come due...

I realize that and I also realize it may just be time to sell and buy at Brookside or Fall Line. But there are so many of our units for sale already and as you know, with a fee increase people may be willing to take much less (me included) just to get out, which drops the value for everyone.  Sometimes it's just best to cut your losses.  I'm looking at saving over $50 a month just in monthly fees and Brookside looks amazing and Fall Line is very appealing as well with the restaurant there.

Brookside and Fall Line will always have an advantage in fees just because of the number of units to pool ratio.  The pool is probably one of our biggest expenses almost every year.

Yes I just looked at the various complexes.  Fall Line has 128 units, Sunrise 61 and not sure about Cascades.  When I bought at Cascades 15 years ago,  my priorities were different, small children, wanted a pool in the building, etc.  Now a pool outside and a large hot tub is very appealing.  But there are five studios for sale in my building ranging from $84 to $97, I could price it under $80 and hope to get a buyer, that would give me more than enough to buy something at Brookside.  Obviously Brookside has the most units of all the complexes.  I think I have a new plan!

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