A Colorado tipster sent us a piece on Skankatron’s involvement in the wootastic Starhouse that appeared in the Boulder County News:
From the StarHouse property on a cloudless morning in June, a visitor could see clearly eastward to the high plains, still a vivid green from the spring rains. To the west loomed the Indian Peaks, graced by the shrinking aprons of last winter’s snow.
But as another summer hits full simmer along the Front Range, the future of a unique Boulder County property is harder to discern, after a scheduled closing on a long-awaited sale came and went in late April without a done deal and left its ultimate destiny still shrouded by questions.
Efforts to find a buyer have been ongoing for about the past seven years.
Occupying land previously owned by the late Gilbert White, revered as a pioneer in floodplain management and natural disaster research, the StarHouse sits on a saddle barely more than 10 minutes west of downtown Boulder but a world away if measured by vibes, not miles.
“It’s certainly unlike any property I’ve been involved in, in residential real estate in Boulder,” said real estate broker Roger Walker of Re/Max Alliance Downtown, the lead listing agent for the three parcels totaling 105 acres that are advertised for sale at $5.2 million.
“I’ve experienced so many different incredible reactions to the property, people brought to tears, people saying they can cure cancer based on the energy and the medicinal plants that grow on the property.”
Enter Skankatron 3000B, always eager to promise what she can’t deliver:
Moving around within the center of the circle that evening in May was Alexis Neely, who also goes by Ali Shanti.
Neely, an attorney, California transplant and the founder of Law Business Mentors, recorded video of the whole presentation on her smartphone, seeming to reflect her deep personal investment over the past year in the Tresemers’ ongoing deliberations.
It was a nonprofit group spearheaded by Neely, One Nation of Life, that had a date at the closing table April 24 to buy StarHouse and two additional associated parcels, one including a two-story 6,300-square-foot residence called Morning Star, another parcel consisting of 35 virgin acres that features a gathering space the Tresemers call “Council Grove.”
Why didn’t the sale go through?
“There were terms of the contract that were not able to be met. That’s the bottom line,” Lila Tresemer said.
Walker, the real estate broker, said, “It had more to do with, the buyers just weren’t able to complete the deal.”
Neely, in the wake of the scuttled sale, composed a long and detailed email that someone, to the dismay of both the Tresemers and Neely, forwarded unsolicited and anonymously to the Daily Camera. Neely said the piece was only a draft that was accidentally sent out before it was completed.
Responding to comments that the One Nation crew did not come through as promised, her email said “It hurts my heart to read those words given what I feel we did accomplish in the last six months.” Her note detailed those efforts, including plans for what leadership might look like under the “stewardship collective” her ownership plans called for, including efforts at mustering the funds to cement the transaction.
Offering further detail on the scuttled closing, she wrote, “Our intentions were good here and we played FULL OUT, but between everything it took to handle all the negotiations for the purchase, the paperwork, the transition of (All Season’s Chalice), the activation of the revenue model, etc., we were only able to give a very small amount of attention to fundraising” most of which she said came from the Boulder community, although there were also interested donors from outside the area.
Boulder resident Steven Dedrick, a board member of All Seasons Chalice, is now the group’s director of operations and would have held the same role under the “stewardship collective” Neely had envisioned.
“This idea of like, ‘The terms weren’t met and so the deal didn’t go through,’ I think there’s something deeper, and I think that it kind of gets into more of a mythic way of looking at things,” Dedrick said.
“There was a valiant effort to raise the money and put together a business model and a narrative that would bring in the funding to meet those objectives. And I think that even moreso, what we’re realizing is the need to slow down a little bit. The goals of One Nation were ambitious, and maybe a little too much, too fast.”
U.S. District Court records show that Neely filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in August 2012 in Colorado, and that the bankruptcy was discharged in 2014, with $4,381 paid to creditors against $337,035 in claims allowed.
“I never saw it as a factor,” Dedrick said of Neely’s bankruptcy, in terms of her subsequent efforts toward a possible StarHouse purchase. “I knew parts of her history, and she is also really successful, right now. That just seemed like part of the rise and fall of her life.”
Neely said the hoped-for stewardship collective that ultimately takes control of the StarHouse property might or might not include her. She doesn’t see her own ultimate role as what’s most important, now.
“I see the purpose of the land itself as a catalyst for helping people to remember who they are, why they are here and what is theirs to do,” she said.
“When people say, ‘Why is she doing this?’ That’s the return I get. It anchors all three of those things into me; regularly and consistently keeps bringing me back to the answer to those questions. I think that is the most important discovery we can make, especially during these very challenging times. That’s the most important thing to know about this land.”
Gosh, if Ali/Alexis is “so successful,” why couldn’t she put this deal together? Surely she has millions on hand?