In 3 words: A True Local. What you need to know: Lydia McIntyre has lived around these parts for a long, long time. She moved to Aspen in 1974 for love, and that’s the same reason she stayed. For the Pennsylvania native, it was love at first sight on all counts. “When I saw the blue skies with snow up to your knees I thought, I am never going back to Pennsylvania.” By 1976, she was married and working as a licensed real estate broker in Aspen.

She eventually settled outside of Carbondale with her two daughters (and later, their husbands and four grandsons) on Flying Dog Ranch, a storied property at the base of Mount Sopris. “We’ve been ranchers for a long time,” Lydia says. “You couldn’t find a better place to raise your children than in this valley.” She’s been selling real estate for just as long and finds it a natural fit to sell not just real estate, but the lifestyle that has defined her. “People come here because this is where they want to be,” she says. “It’s not a pit stop along the way. It’s a place to come to stay for a lifetime.”

What she brings to the table: As a longtime rancher, Lydia has intimate knowledge of buying and selling ranch properties, from water rights and land rights to conservation easements, specifically in Pitkin County. She also considers herself a good mediator. “I know how to bring buyers and sellers together if there are any problems,” she says. “I’m a good listener.”

When she’s not in the office …

“I love all the outdoor things the valley has to offer. I’m a big hiker and I love Nordic skiing and downhill. I have four grandsons who are really active, so I spend a lot of time with them. I’m also a forest conservancy ranger, so I do a lot of hiking and trail work. I also love to play tennis and I’m a knitter. I do CrossFit and yoga for exercise, and I’m an avid gardener and tend to all the landscaping at the ranch, which is mostly used as a wedding venue and guest ranch these days.”

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