Sangre de Cristo Real Estate
A premier brokerage serving niche markets in Colorado
Vivia Lawson, Broker-Owner, moved to the San Luis Valley in 2000, and has lived in Alamosa and Crestone. Before entering real estate, Vivia was a marketing professional in the GIS and Satellite Image Processing field in Denver and Atlanta.
When Vivia joined the real estate industry in 2012 the local market was still in the throws of the 2008 economic downturn that rocked the country. At the same time, the real estate industry was being equally jolted by innovation in consumer access to real estate date through digital data portals such as Zillow, Realtor.com, and digitized assessor databases. These trends give the consumer unprecedented access to information. Buyers and sellers now expect and deserve a techno-savvy advocate who understands and can explain market trends, can advocate, and can strategize in a fast-moving environment. At the same time, the regulatory environment for consumer real estate has become increasingly complex. Given these realities, the real estate professional must support buyers and sellers with a higher level of sophistication and knowledge. This is especially true in rural areas, where every property can be very different, and a broker’s knowledge is often key to a successful transaction. As a result, Vivia believes in professional development for herself and her agents, and a cooperative office environment where the skills and knowledge of all agents are part of the toolkit for everyone in the office.
Vivia has served on the Board of Directors of Realtors of Central Colorado since 2014 and served as Board Chair in 2019. She has strong relationships with agents throughout the region. She is knowledgeable of many aspects of rural real estate including water and well issues, new construction, market trends, marketing, and legal and security issues unique to rural transactions.
Vivia holds a Master’s degree in Studio Art/Painting, from Adams State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Stanford University. In her spare time, she enjoys getting out in nature, hiking, bicycling, and camping in her boyfriend’s 1984 VW bus.
Specialties: Crestone and all Saguache county, listing and buyer’s agent, Colorado Front Range homes and leisure properties, expert in rural Colorado horse and ranch properties, rural commercial and income properties, vacation homes and investment property.
In 1972 while attending Broward Community College, and finding an interest in real estate, and the opportunities it presented, I decided to take their real estate courses, and become licensed. Realistically, it was the time of my life that I also decided to start a family. Small children, and real estate and hard to meld! I finished the course of study, and did not do anything with it at the time, but the bug didn’t go away. After moving to Colorado in 1990, I immediately enrolled in real estate school again, and this time finished the course, got licensed, and went to work for Century 21.
I spent quite a few years specializing in equestrian properties, and ranches, as I had horses, and lived in an equestrian area. After working about 17 years up ad down the front range of Colorado, for several companies, I decided I wanted to transition more to the mountains, and went to work for Prudential in Woodland Park. This was a beautiful area to work in, and still however, went farther into the mountain area moving to Park County, and going to work for Sothebys in Breckenridge. A very competitive market! but lots of fun, and new territory to see and learn about. After years of hearing about Crestone, and the spiritual retreat centers, I was fascinated. I fell in love my first trip down. I will never forget how beautiful I thought it to be, and so easy to sell, with all the beauty, and amenities it had to offer. 9 years later, I have built a home here, and found my destination. I find Crestone so easy to sell to newcomers, because I find it has so much to offer. It was love at first sight for me with Crestone, and it still makes it easy and exciting to sell real estate here.
A Crestone resident since 2018, Nick has become ingrained in the community through various non-profit groups, including the Crestone Energy Fair, the Crestone Energy Exchange, and involvement in feeding the community through the Little Shepherd on the Hill Episcopal Church. As a designee of the National Association of Realtors’ Green Designation, he specializes in educating buyers and sellers in the benefits of owning a home with green features, including off-grid and non-traditional construction. Prior to living in Crestone, Nick had a prolific 12 year career producing corporate events and music festivals in New Orleans, which he left to find a more rewarding life in the Colorado mountains. In his off time he spends time on home improvements, rockhounding and hiking the bountiful trails throughout Colorado.
Ruth Baranowski bought her first house in Colorado Springs in 1996, and that home purchase led to a lifetime love of real estate. She purchased her first duplex in 2005 and has been investing ever since along Colorado’s Front Range corridor, from Denver to south of Pueblo. She also called Crestone home for a decade.
Ruth is experienced in land purchases and parcel consolidations in Crestone’s Baca Grande subdivision and can provide valuable insight into vacation home and investment property purchases. She owned and managed her vacation home rentals in Crestone for several years and loved hosting guests from all over the world who were drawn to this stunning location.
When she’s not working to advance renewable energy or help people find the mountain properties of their dreams, Ruth can be found enjoying incredible Colorado landscapes with her family (including rescue dogs) and a camera in her hand. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of her favorite places on earth, and she’s always excited to talk to newcomers about it and other magical places in the San Luis Valley.
Ruth has a B.A. in mass communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and an M.S. in technical communications from the University of Colorado-Denver. She pursued her Realtor’s license to help others realize their real estate dreams.