Steve Cardinale, Sr.


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.


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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

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