Based in Denver, Colorado, Koelbel and Company has been a force in shaping Colorado’s commercial and residential real estate since 1952. The longest-operating family-owned real estate development firm in the region, Koelbel has a slate of developments stretching from Vail and Winter Park to Louisville and Boulder, as well as all across metropolitan Denver.
Under the leadership of Walter A. “Buz” Koelbel since 1985, the company continues to place its indelible mark on the Colorado landscape, blending ageless values with pacesetting design.
Now in its seventh decade, Koelbel has seized visionary leadership in 21st-century sustainable concepts such as self-sufficient urban neighborhoods, transit-oriented residential/retail complexes, and the emerging trend toward dynamic collaborative office design.
Koelbel Family Ties to Grand County
Buz Koelbel’s father, Walt Koelbel, and maternal grandfather, Denver industrialist Carl Norgren, understood the value of Colorado’s land resources.
Norgren built a ranch in Grand County in the mountains west of Denver that became a favored retreat of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950s. The ranch was dubbed “The Western White House” throughout Eisenhower’s time in office.
Norgren’s ranch initiated a tradition of imaginative mountain resort projects that are a continuing passion of Koelbel and Company.
Both Norgren and Buz’s father passed along their love of the land to their heirs, a gift that has been mutually rewarding to the Koelbel family and Grand County. In addition to the Grand Elk project near Granby, Koelbel is also the developer of nearby Rendezvous Colorado, a stunning second-home community on the edge of Winter Park.