Episode 7

Ep. 07: Bob Bowden — A Design-First Approach

Published on: 10th March, 2021

Legendary Aspen broker and developer Bob Bowden graduated from Valparaiso University with a BSEE in electrical engineering. He became involved in the family electronic manufacturing business and attended graduate studies at the University of South Dakota and Stanford. In the mid-80’s, he sold his interests and moved to Aspen, CO where he invested in real estate, including a nightclub, and became a fixture in the community.

Bob went on to obtain his real estate license, became a successful broker, and eventually moved into general contracting and built spec homes under the flag Bowden Homes. With success in development, Bob saw a need to offer residential and commercial design services and opened the Aspen Design Room. Along the way, Bob raised four kids in the Aspen school district and currently serves as chairman of the Aspen Education Foundation board of directors. 

In our conversation we discussed a design-first approach to residential development. The pressing need for additional affordable housing inventory in mountain communities. The evolving nature of clientele for mountain homes and the trends currently driving the luxury market.

You can learn more about Bob at www.BowdenHomes.com or connect with him on Instagram @BowdenHomes. 


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Selling The Mountains
Welcome to Selling The Mountains — a podcast about the booming mountain town real estate economy and unique personalities fueling it. Your host is Christian Knapp, a lifelong mountain town enthusiast and resort marketing leader based in Aspen, Colorado who has worked for the top destinations in North America. Each episode is an insider’s perspective on market trends, lifestyle, success stories, and the business of buying and selling property in the mountains.

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Christian Knapp is the former chief marketing officer of Aspen Skiing Company and a lifelong mountain town enthusiast. He is an accomplished marketing and sales leader who has worked for the top resorts in North America — including Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. Christian is currently an independent consultant, podcaster, and principal at Moment of Truth — a boutique marketing firm specializing in brand development, strategic planning, and digital execution.