Steve Cardinale, Sr.

Branch Broker

Steve Cardinale, Sr.

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  • Cell:970-376-4090
  • Direct:970-845-3832
  • Office:970-845-9400
  • Fax:866-532-6504
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Beaver Creek - Park Hyatt
148 Beaver Creek Plaza
Beaver Creek, CO 81620

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Originally from Peekskill, New York, Steve Cardinale came to Vail in 1976 as a school teacher. He never envisioned that in 1979 he would begin his real estate career and ultimately become one of the elite residential brokers in the Vail Valley. Out of nearly 110 Slifer, Smith & Frampton brokers, Steve ranked the 5th Top Producer in 2015 with nearly $34 million in sales and the #1 Top Producer for Beaver Creek. Steve has consistently been in the top 10 or top 20 brokers at Slifer, Smith & Frampton for 15 of the past 19 years. Ranked #39 among 20,000 Colorado realtors, Steve was acknowledged by REAL Trends as one of the Best Real Estate Agents in America in 2013. In the past 10 years he has participated in over 950 transactions. With over 38 years of experience selling residential real estate, this certainly makes him one of the top brokers in the Vail Valley. Steve is also the Branch Broker for all Slifer, Smith and Frampton real estate offices in Beaver Creek.

Steve is well known for successfully listing and selling luxury mountain resort properties, high-end fractional ownership, and everything in between. He has been the listing broker for two residential developments in the prestigious neighborhood of Arrowhead and was also the listing broker for East West Partners at The Residences at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek offering luxury fractional ownership.

Steve resides in the Singletree community of Edwards with his wife, Mo. He enjoys tennis, biking, motorcycle touring and spending time with his family, especially with his grandsons, Mason and Otto.




We were very happy to work with Steve Cardinale and his assistant Lea Zugschwerdt on our recent condo purchase in East Vail. Steve has been working in the Vail Valley real estate business for many years, and his skills were apparent. He couldn’t have been more knowledgeable about the area and market, or generous with his time to help us find, purchase and close on a wonderful condo. We were fortunate to be introduced to Steve and Lea and recommend them very highly.

— Dick & Becky Strauss

We had the pleasure of working with Steve Cardinale and his staff on the recent purchase of a property in Avon. We could not have asked for a better experience from start to finish. We had a long time frame for our purchase and Steve took the time to get to know us and understand our needs. He was patient and extremely knowledgeable throughout the entire process and had our best interests in mind every step of the way. With Steve's guidance and support, we were able to find and purchase our ideal place - and he went above and beyond to make sure the process was seamless. We highly recommend Steve Cardinale and his staff for any real estate needs and look forward to working with him in the future.

— Darcie and Peter

Steve did a great job with a difficult seller. He answered all of our questions and stayed in touch until our purchase was complete. Excellent broker and staff.

— Bruce G.

Steve and Lea were great to work with. I very much appreciated their diligence and professionalism.

— Tom B.

We recently purchased a condo in Avon, and Steve and Lea made the transaction as stress-free and enjoyable as possible! They are both very professional and extremely responsive, while at the same time calm, laid-back and friendly, which is a great combo for a real estate transaction! We really appreciated Steve's significant experience in and knowledge about the Vail Valley real estate market. He made us feel confident in our decision as first time buyers of a second home. We highly recommend Steve and Lea to anyone looking to buy or sell in the Vail Valley!

— Cara and Bernie N.

If you are looking for a truly professional realtor, who really enjoys his work, in Beaver Creek I would highly recommend Steve Cardinale. From our first contact via email, to our local tours of properties, to finally working on through our closing, Steve was utterly fantastic to work with. He never tired of our constant questions and needs. He was always very prompt with his responses and anticipated possible issues and questions. Our entire process could not have been more professional, more engaging, and more pleasant of an experience. I would highly recommend Steve and his assistant Lea as your buying or selling realty professional.

— Blake & Laura Linders

Both Steve Cardinale and his assistant Lea Zugschwerdt were a delight to work with. They were a help in deciding which unit (interval ownership) to buy, took pictures showing location and views and had provided a good indication as to the current market and prices. The entire experience was seamless and went off without a problem. I would highly recommend Steve, Lea and the firm to any friends.

— Scott McFadden

Working with Steve Cardinale and his team is a seamless, pleasant experience. The decision to buy is a significant one, and Steve has continuously taken the time to help us find the right place. He understands individual buyers' needs, and does the research to make each search worthwhile. We think this third purchase in the Beaver Creek area is our last; but if we are ever in the market again, we would definitely want to work with Steve and his team.

— Maureen and Barry S

Steve Cardinale and his assistant Lea Zugschwerdt were instrumental in assisting my family in finding a home in the Vail area that met all of our specific needs and desires. Steve consistently obtained answers to any and all questions we had and did so in a timely, thorough, and patient manner. Although it took over a year for us to locate the ideal property there was never any pressure from Steve who always had pleasant and easygoing demeanor despite the wide range of properties we explored. We look forward to working with Steve and Lea should we have future reality needs in the Vail area.

— Joyce

Thanks again for managing the sale of my St. James condo, hard to believe you and I met 20 years ago when I first purchased the unit! As expected, everything went flawlessly with the closing thanks to your insight and foresight. I will continue to refer you to friends and family who are interested in real estate here in our beautiful community. As in prior experiences, I know they'll be treated to a professional experience with utmost care and concern. Your attention to detail never goes unnoticed by those you touch. Thank you Steve.

— Lin Bercher

Steve, I wanted to thank you for another great transaction! You and Lea did an outstanding job marketing and selling my property in Singletree. I appreciate your diligence, constant communication, and outstanding support during the negotiations, and through to closing. This is the 3rd transaction I’ve done with you, and your professionalism is unparalleled. Again, I appreciate the great job. Look forward to the next deal.

— Eric Hersh

Closings can be a real pain, especially in the fractional ownership realm. Your professionalism and skills caused that not to happen. In addition, the continuous communication was fantastic which makes a retired "Type A" really feel comfortable! It was easy and painless. I really appreciate the work you did.

— William Dean

This is my third transaction with Steve Cardinale, and he was outstanding regardless of whether the price was $230K or $1mm plus. Just a good guy who knows the valley very well, and is always available. He never tried to talk us into a property, is never pushy, and offers excellent perspective on the various developments, because he was around when many were built.

— Anonymous

"I have worked with Steve and his team for 20 years and through several transactions. He is responsive, attentive and a true professional. I highly recommend Steve as the person to do business with in the Vail Valley."

— Harry P. Hoopis

"Steve's experience and attention to detail is second to none. His patience and persistence helped my family find the perfect piece of real estate that will create memories that will last for generations to come."

— B. Cornell

"Over the last 25 years, we have had the pleasure of being assisted in all of our numerous Beaver Creek and Vail Valley property purchases and sales by Steve. The experience has been consistently stress-free, pressure-free and seamless. Steve's easy going nature coupled with his peerless knowledge of the market has been a tremendous benefit to us. Whenever we need any real estate information about the Vail Valley, Steve has become our #1 go-to person. We have no hesitation in recommending him."

— Linda S.

“…He really does take the clients interest to heart and has a sense of reality guided by an experienced timing perspective. An advisor with insight and that can be trusted is a valuable asset…”

— Peter Goodson

“… the consummate professional who listens to your wants, desires and preferences and makes things happen. He is knowledgeable, laid-back, and a delight to work with…”

— Patricia Abram

“…honest, reliable, and extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market. What was an added benefit, Steve turns out to be one of the nicest people I have dealt with in any business dealing...”

— S. Goldberg

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