We Are As Local As It Gets
It was the early 90’s on a bluebird Colorado day when we literally bumped into one another on a steep mogul run in Telluride called O’Reillys. A few months of skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking later we were both thinking Life in Telluride just got way more fun, if that’s even possible ! Lee had attended Telluride High School, graduating 1984 and left home to become an ER Nurse. Lee’s professional career was focused at Denver’s St. Anthony’s Hospital Level One Trauma Center as an Emergency Room Nurse before he returned to his roots to be where his family had settled. He continued to work in ER medicine at the Montrose Hospital and obtained a Colorado Real Estate Broker license. The years in the ER offered an environment where he honed his people skills and critical thinking capabilities. He developed his aptitude to manage his stress response under pressure and the invaluable life lesson; Where The Outcome Becomes The Priority. He approaches challenges with an ingrained solution based approach. Sheilagh’s family had also settled down the valley and it was the perfect base camp for a post-National Collegiate Ski Champion to make a living, continue to train, get a real estate license, and pursue ski racing at the pro level. Many years later, after having established our businesses’, we raised our daughter, Kendahl, here who graduated from Telluride High school in 2020 and now ski races NCAA DIV 1 back East. During Kendahl’s childhood, Sheilagh coached Kendahl and her friends starting at age 6. Lee is also the Managing Broker, Owner/Operator of the local Engel Volkers Real Estate Shop located on Main Street Telluride.
Keeping It Local!
When we were in our twenties, the two of us began maintaining homes and we called it Kastle Keepers- a name Lee’s sister Kris had coined the new venture. The caretaking/property care concept started when Lee’s father, Ed Roufa, also a veteran real estate broker, noticed that there was a link missing in the vacation homeowners’ experience here. From this gap between the ownership experience and the challenges for owners not living here full time the idea budded. Kastle Keepers filled the void in the ownership experience, while preserving the integrity of their investment and providing the attention to detail luxury homes require- ever since 1991. With a lot of boots-on-the-ground ingenuity, a roll up your sleeves mindset and community connectedness, we slowly turned a vision into a thriving year-round business model with 365/24-7 coverage for our clients. We are the original company that is 100% locally founded, owned & operated. Many companies have come and gone or sold, but we remain local and strong. We are the one that engages the service of literally hundreds of locals and serves the needs of discerning clientele whose presence in turn greatly benefits the community at large. It has been both exciting and our privilege to be of service! We have a downtown main street Telluride location near the US Post Office so drop by for a cappuccino!