Shhhh, don’t give away one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets:
we live in a state that sees more than 300 days of sunshine, 300 inches of snowfall annually, and add to that our world-class resorts and restaurants rival those found in large cities—we truly are in a paradise. Even in paradise, though, decisions need to be made… such as, what neighborhood to call home? From east to west, each neighborhood has a distinct feel to it, and prized reasons it’s called home.
More and more, there is little reason to leave Beaver Creek once you enter through its (hallowed) gates: The village, elevation 8100 feet, is home to art galleries, gourment restaurants, parks, festivals, events, not to mention miles of hiking and biking paths, and the Vilar Performing Arts Center where shows range from opera to flying dogs…. Oh and how about 1,832 acres of powder to explore?
The exclusive Meadows Townhomes, in The Highlands area of Beaver Creek, is as close to Beaver Creek Mountain as you can get—just steps from the Centennial Lift (and the free daily cookies). Expansive mountain views bring the outside in.
The hardest part about buying in Vail Village isn’t finding a home, it’s deciding just what amenities are most important to come home to. From a custom-designed penthouse with access to pools, spas and even afternoon cookies all the way to Austrian-inspired homes on almost an acre of land, the selections are bountiful. Being in the heart of Vail allows for impromptu dinners at favorite restaurants, strolling through the gently falling snow with a cappuccino in one hand and croissant in the other, or knowing there will be little reason for you to miss the first chair—if you so desire. Vail has a free in-town bus, a public ice skating arena, a variety of restaurants, bowling, movies—all the conveniences most towns have but taken up a notch.
Come summer, enjoy a ballet or the New York Philharmonic at the
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. If you can imagine the place you want to call home, then Vail more than likely has it.
Hidden in plain sight is the Potato Patch neighborhood in Vail—barely five minutes from town. The houses back up to open space and overlook Vail Mountain—it’s an amazing place come home to, or wile away the afternoon while your out-of-town guests hit the slopes. Homes range from stunning single-family homes to luxurious duplexes and even spacious townhomes with an outdoor pool and tennis courts.
High above the little whistle-stop town of Wolcott is Bellyache Ridge: remote, removed and a little slice of heaven in the Vail Valley. Bellyache has spectacular mountain views and is nestled deep in the Rockies. With an average grade of 7.5 percent, this road s-curves past the exclusive Red Sky Ranch and leads to a mountain paradise. Houses range from high-end single family homes in the Travis Creek subdivision to duplexes on large lots surrounded by aspens and evergreens.
The top of Bellyache is at more than 9,000 feet, with houses with names like ‘Casa en el Cielo’ (house in the clouds), you feel like you can touch the sky as you look out on the valley below.