Growing up in Northern Minnesota, Megan grew up loving the outdoors. So after college, when she was offered positions in Boston and Denver, it was an easy decision. But she found herself constantly coming up to the mountains, so she finally decided to take a new position and move up to Grand County full time; she’s now been here over 12 years and is still loving it.
She jokes that she came from the Headwaters of the Mississippi River and settled by the Headwaters of the Colorado River. She said, “This small mountain town has it all: four seasons and tons to do in each one of them. Winters up here have the snow I dreamed about as a kid. Real snow days! There’s so much room up here you can always find a spot to get away AND you can also always find a friend (or ten!) to go play with you! It’s a laid back, wholesome, friendly and fun-loving place that reminds me of the small town I grew up in – and I couldn’t be happier to call it HOME.”
Originally from Denver, Parnell’s family started vacationing in Grand County in the early 1970s. Up for a Christmas vacation in 1979…or so the kids thought…on Christmas morning his parents asked them if they liked the house we were staying in. The four of them said “yes” and the next thing he knew, the moving truck pulled into the driveway and they were home!
Parnell attended Middle Park High School and wasn’t too far from home when he went to college in Durango. But shortly after graduation he headed to Japan. After a year there, he came back to Fraser and started working with his dad in his real estate office.
In 1994, he put on his backpack again and this time headed to Australia. He got word that his older brother was getting married and came back for the wedding. Driving over the pass and seeing the Fraser Valley, he knew he was home…for good.
He said, “When we were kids, we used to joke that the Fraser Valley is like the song Hotel California, ‘You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave’.”
Parnell has raised his three children here. He chose to get involved with the Fraser Town Government because after living here for all but 10 years of his life, he felt a calling to help guide the community’s future so that his children and their children will continue to call Fraser their hometown.
Marc was “all corporate” before moving from the Denver Tech Center area of Denver to Grand County. The reasons for the move were many; there’s no 9-5 mentality here, traffic and commuting is not a problem and everything is just…simpler!
After growing up in the mountains, everywhere else just felt dull and monotonous. Around here there’s something to do every day, every weekend, all year round – so the temptation to return was just too much for him. And when he needed to be alone for peace and solitude, there’s that, too. He says, “Grand County is one of a kind, the locals are one of a kind, and I am proud to be a part of such an amazing community.”
The oldest of six children — and mother of three — Samantha Wise knows a lot about dealing with people, time management and meeting expectations. A graduate of Colorado State University, she previously owned and operated a property and rental management company for over 5 years. Now a licensed real estate sales associate — this TRUE Grand County native knows all the reasons why you would want to call Grand County home!
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Daphne decided she wanted to explore the world. Her journey took her coast-to-coast and in 1984 she finally decided that Colorado was the place for her. A former international endurance racer, she settled into sales and got involved in real estate in 2003 in Denver. But Fraser became her forever home” in 2018 because she found out “this is what’s life’s all about — living and working ‘The Simple Life’. I’m loving it!”
Originally from Missouri, Autumn wasn’t a fan of the humid weather or the uneventful winters. She grew up skiing and had visited Grand County multiple times…each time finding it harder and harder to leave. Other family members obviously felt the same – Autumn’s uncle is a ski instructor at the Winter Park Resort. “It’s a family tradition to live in Grand County at least once a lifetime — so I moved to spend as much time as possible skiing and learning about real estate from the people who know it best around here — Parnell and Megan!”
BIGGER IS NOT BETTER
The Simple Life Team is not large by some standards. But their Grand County “pedigree” more than makes up for the lack of numbers.
Keeping the agency small is intentional — as each member works as a team player for the benefit of the buyer or seller. And, just as too many
cooks can be in the kitchen – too many agents dilute the service. We don’t strive to have the most listings…We don’t strive to list the most expensive properties…
We strive to have the most satisfied customers.