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Most Inspiring Real Estate

It is difficult to narrow this down to just one parcel of real estate; there are so many awe inspiring, beautiful, and fascinating places in the world. I’m choosing to focus on a place called American Basin. It is in the San Juan mountains of southwestern Colorado. It lies on a scenic drive called the Alpine Loop, which has over 150 miles of trails. Many of these trails are open to any vehicle, while some are restricted to 4-wheel drive vehicles only. American Basin is a relatively small basin with a base elevation of approximately 10,000 feet. It is located on a offshoot of the Alpine Loop, surrounded by tall peaks, some of which exceed 14,000 feet. 

What is fascinating about American Basin and the Alpine Loop in general is its ease of access. Very rarely is one able to drive a car that far into the backcountry. The nearest town is 2 hours away. As you may imagine, this creates interesting preservation challenges. While damage is evident in some of the more highly trafficked areas of the loop, most of the loop, American Basin included, remains relatively untouched. The San Juans remain one of the most preserved, least tourist affected areas in all of the Colorado Rockies, but some are worried that this may change in the future. There has been increased tourist traffic in recent years, as well as increased pressure to allow access to private developers.

American Basin is famous for its abundance of wildflowers during the summer months, and lies at the base of Handies Peak, one of the more popular peaks to climb in all of Colorado. Last summer, I worked at a summer camp in the San Juan mountains and had the pleasure of visiting American Basin twice. My grandmother used to travel to American Basin every summer, and claims that this piece of land is the most beautiful on earth.ImageImage


About Me

My name is Lloyd Marshall. I’m a senior finance major from Argyle, TX and this is my last semester at Texas A&M. By taking this course, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the real estate market and the factors that move it. Real estate is one of the driving forces behind the whole economy, and I admittedly do not have a firm grasp on the underling principles of real estate decision making and analysis. I’m excited to gain a more thorough understanding of real estate and how it affects all other types of assets.

The single most important thing you should know about me is that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I hope that this fact will be apparent through my work ethic, demeanor, and integrity throughout this course.

I love anything that involves the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, running, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, and pretty much anything else that gets me out in the woods or up in the mountains. I have a rather adventurous spirit, and my friends can convince me into almost any foolhardy adventure if they try hard enough. Some adventures on my bucket list include peaking a 20,000 ft mountain, climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, finishing an Iron Man Triathlon, catching a marlin, shooting something really really big (moose, bear, elk, etc), going dove hunting in Argentina, and going on a backpacking ski trip.

My career plans and goals are far from certain. I am planning on starting law school either next fall or the fall after that. However, those plans could easily change. Transaction law interests me, as does financial persecution and litigation. In addition, one issue that I am very passionate about is removing unethical labor and environmental practices from supply chains. A career in law would place me in a strong position to help affect change in that area.

I have trouble answering when people ask me for unique facts abut myself; I always seem to default to the gross story of how I almost lost my big toe in a weight lifting accident in high school. I’ll spare you the details.

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