From LoHi to mountain high...
From the ultimate in urban living to the ultimate escape - Koelbel is where you want to be. And we have what you want to experience.
For more than 60 years, Koelbel and Company has played a consistent role in evolving Colorado real estate – and for good reasons:
  • We listen to buyers and meet their needs.
  • We don’t wait for trends to develop; we help them evolve and come to fruition.
There’s never been a better time to be in Colorado. And there’s never been a better time to go with Koelbel to achieve the lifestyle of your dreams.
1952 - A legacy begins
Twenty-six-year-old Walter A. Koelbel founded Koelbel and Company as a residential brokerage firm in 1952, just as America’s love affair with the automobile began bursting into full bloom. Coinciding with a massive expansion of highways across the nation, a new era was born when more and more people would make their escapes beyond city limits.
President Eisenhower, Carl Norgren and President Hoover enjoy a delightful rendezvous at Byers Peak Ranch, also known as the Western White House. Circa 1954
Because young Koelbel had both the gift of vision and patience, he began acquiring properties – basically undeveloped expanses of farmlands and former ranch properties – south of downtown Denver along a highway that would eventually become the city’s I-25 corridor. It wasn’t long until Walt had nurtured his business into a full-service land development company. And thus was born a rich history of real estate excellence.
Within a few years, Koelbel and Company began planning Pinehurst Country Club and Pinehurst Estates, its flagship property, several miles southwest of the city. Pinehurst laid the groundwork for Koelbel’s enduring philosophy of respecting the land by building communities with respect for distinguishing natural features.
In 1990, bucking a strong national trend favoring walled-in residential neighborhoods, the company created The Preserve at Greenwood Village, a national award-winning community that includes public trails leading to a 60-acre nature preserve at its center. Now in its seventh decade, Koelbel and Company is the longest operating family-owned real estate development firm in the region with 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, Jr., since 1985, the company continues to place its indelible mark on the Colorado landscape, blending ageless values with pacesetting design.
Our Philosophy
Under all, lies the land.
Buz Koelbel’s father, Walt Koelbel, Sr., and maternal grandfather, Denver industrialist Carl Norgren, understood the value of Colorado’s land resources. Norgren built a ranch in the mountains west of Denver (just west of Rendezvous) that became a favored retreat of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, initiating a tradition of imaginative mountain resort projects that are a continuing passion of Koelbel and Company.For the good of family and more, both men passed along their love of the land to their heirs.
“We have to protect the land and use it wisely,” Walt Sr. told members of the Urban Land Institute in an address late in his life. “What we do literally affects everybody in how they live, work, shop, study, worship, recreate and travel.”
The collective of the Koelbel family and Koelbel and Company employees are committed to upholding our founder’s philosophy in everything we do.
Governor Bill Owens with Walter Koelbel and Buz Koelbel proclaiming October 3, 2002 Koelbel and Company Day.