“Rox Star” Spotlight: Ed Yeats

BY KIMBERLY MARTIN

 

We recently sat down with Ed Yeats, a long-time Roxborough resident and Re/Max Professionals agent. Ed is one of those guys who, when you first meet, you feel as though you’ve known him your entire life. He has the ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease in your skin (few people have that effect on individuals).

But that’s just part of the reason we decided to feature Ed. Not only does he have a vivacious and outgoing personality—he has a genuine and sincere heart to match. Ed has proven this not only in word but also in deed. We invite you to peer into our interview with Ed and see what it means to be a genuine “Rox Star”!

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So Ed, please tell us a little bit about your background.
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I was born in Brownsville, Texas in 1951. My parents were dirt farmers and raised cotton. In 1957, the family moved to Odessa, Texas and all four siblings graduated from Odessa Permian High School. That was the high school portrayed in Friday Night Lights.

From 1969 to 1975, I served in the Navy. However, in 1973, I started college accounting and info systems. I soon realized that it wasn’t the right course for me and made the decision to go right into real estate. Working real estate gave me some flexibility, which led to me working in publishing as well (that ended up being my mainstay for a while). Then, after deciding I didn’t want to be in that “heavy” corporate environment, in 1999 I decided to go back into real estate.

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What brought you to Roxborough?
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In 1995, I saw a little sign on the side of the road while traveling on Santa Fe Blvd. and it read, New Homes. I figured, “Well…why not check this out?” And…I’ve lived ever since, 25 years now in the same house. I think I’ll pretty much stay here…forever.

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What do you love about living in Roxborough?
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I’d have to put the people first, and second the location. There is nowhere to be compared with Roxborough in the metro Denver area.

It has a rural mentality and it’s different than anywhere else in Denver. People tend to take care of our area and the people inside of it, more so than the hustle bustle of the big city…it’s like a little farming community.

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Why are the needs of this community so important to you?
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It’s my passion in life. I’ve been a philanthropist for children my whole life. I’ve done a lot of stuff in Texas for children and here too.

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How did The Village Voice get started?
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Some thirty-three years ago, some homeowners started it and then in 2004 it became too much for them to handle, so after a year I started up with them. I wrote up a set of editorial requirements. Recently, however, our printer moved out of state so it was cost prohibitive to continue with the publication.

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With regards to our current growth and Sterling Ranch, what are your thoughts?
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Sterling Ranch is making us the destination where the appreciation on our houses will go up more than it did in the past. Our market is getting better because of SR. That’s a fact! Roxborough has always been considered “too far” [from Denver] but Sterling Ranch is helping change that perception…it’s becoming “not too far” anymore.

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What do you think Roxborough offers new families—or anyone, for that matter?
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Roxborough offers a “style of living” different than anywhere else in the metro area. It’s a way of life that you cannot compare to any other community. It’s quiet, peaceful, unique…and has good people. The community takes care of itself; it takes care of our kids. The outstanding schools and people learn that they can depend on their neighbors and others in the community…it’s just fascinating and beautiful here!

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What organizations have you been affiliated with over the years?
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I’ve served 20 years on school accountability committees in the Roxborough feeder as chairperson of One Roxborough, chairperson of Public Safety Committee of the Sheriff’s Office, co-founder of Keep our Douglas County Schools Safe, and chairperson of the Roxborough Easter Egg Hunt (organizer), and I sponsor a community softball team.

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With a full plate of responsibilities, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
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I love spending time gardening in my backyard; that’s where you’ll find me typically early weekend mornings.

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