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Elevation: 7,500 feet
Lush and cool in the summer and the snow-covered alpine picture on the postcard in the winter – East Vail is the lovely residential area nestled at the bottom of Vail Pass, just 5 miles east of Vail Village. The area is bordered by open space and White River National Forest land and claims mature landscaping which adds to the unique character and beauty of the area. Waterfalls tumble down the mountainside and Gore Creek rushes through, all providing the exquisite backdrop for this eclectic community of single-family homes, duplexes, townhomes and condominiums that range in scope from quaint traditional cabins to contemporary mansions. Residents of East Vail enjoy a unique feel of small town seclusion, yet an extensive bus system keeps them conveniently connected to the rest of the Valley.
The community flows with a constant stream of activity as residents enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities just outside their doors. The popular recreation path winds from East Vail to West Vail and is an ideal spot for a walk, jog or bike ride. The path meanders along the peaceful Gore Creek, a mountain stream that is perfect for fly fishing. Along the way, the Beaver Ponds are a terrific location for an afternoon or evening picnic.
East Vail is also the staging point for many of Vail’s most popular hiking trails. Home to the trailheads for the Pitkin Creek, Deluge Lake, Gore Creek, Bighorn, and Booth Falls trails; East Vail can be considered the gateway to the Gore Range.
East Vail is a favorite neighborhood for families with children. The area has very little traffic and plenty of open space for children to play and explore. East Vail is also the home to the Vail Mountain School, a K-12 private school set in a serene mountain setting.
Linking East Vail to Vail Village is the 18-hole Vail Golf Course. Homes dot the landscape of this public play, par-72 golf course; and, the area remains a popular family neighborhood. During the winter months the Vail Golf Club also hosts the Nordic Center: a terrific winter activity center where equipment can be rented and that boasts 18 km of groomed ski trails for both classic, and skate, cross-country skiing as well as 10 km of snow shoe trails – both perfect for accommodating the beginner or the advanced skier.
Also at the golf course, enjoy the spectacular views of the Gore Range from the outdoor patio of the Happy Valley Bar & Grill, open during the summer months but available for private weddings, corporate events and group dinners year-round.
Vail is the international resort destination that has no rivals attracting guests and residents from all over the world. Real estate continues to attract people from around the globe due to the beauty of the area and the boundless amenities provided by this matchless town and mountain. Vail has a rich and vigorous history, one that has often placed it on the leading edge of change. Earl Eaton and Pete Seibert purchased the Hanson Ranch in 1957, which was to become what is, now Vail. Vail opened Colorado’s first gondola in 1961 and established the first quartet of high-speed quad ski lifts in 1985. Vail expanded their skiable area by 33% in 1999 when they installed the first lifts in Blue Sky Basin.The very heart of Vail includes Vail Village and Lionshead; the two largest access points to Vail Mountain. The relaxed cosmopolitan feel of the Tyrolean-inspired Vail Village and the more contemporary Lionshead, both offer tremendous shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities; an overall incredible lifestyle experience.
Vail Village, the cultural and geographical center of Vail, is simply the place to be. You are never more than a few steps away from the bustling nightlife, world-class ski slope or an escape to mountain serenity. Familiar faces soon become friends eliciting that real small-town feel; but with a cosmopolitan flare.
With the most expansive and acclaimed ski mountain in the world, Vail is abuzz with winter snow-seekers. And the activities of the area certainly augment those on the slopes. However, summertime offers activities as interesting and exciting as those in the winter: concerts, festivals, street fairs, and the open market all serve to draw people to gather. The traditional festivities on the 4th of July are highlighted by a hometown parade and several days of entertainment and concerts. The smooth sounds of jazz can be heard throughout the streets during the summer as part of the annual Vail Jazz Festival. And Oktoberfest celebration has crowds enjoying traditional Bavarian music, food and beverages.
The newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater-Vilar Pavilion is a summer hot spot. The scenic outdoor amphitheater sets the stage for performances offered through Bravo! such as Vail Valley Music Festival, the Vail International Dance Festival, and the Hot Summer Nights concert series.
Adjacent to the amphitheater is the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the nation’s highest public garden. The area is also the home to the Vail Nature Center, Colorado Ski Museum/Skiing Hall of Fame, and the Vail Interfaith Chapel.
For something more heart pumping take Lionshead Eagle Bahn gondola to the popular on-mountain family activity center. The staging point for summer and winter activities, the fun includes hiking, mountain biking, lawn sports, trill sledding, tubing, ice skating, and snowmobiling.
In the past 50 years, Vail Village, and Vail Mountain, have undergone dramatic growth, serving to take Vail to the international prominence and elite status that it now enjoys. Today, the towns “New Dawn” development plan is creating a billion dollar renewal for the Vail and Lionshead Villages.
Below are some of the exciting changes that have already taken place in this exciting makeover:
Heated, cobblestone pavers now cover the streets and weave throughout Vail Village lending to the old-world European ambiance.
The new Lionshead skier bridge is complete.
The replacement for the Crossroads commercial center, the Solaris development in the heart of Vail Village, is underway; and, will include 69 condominiums, a three-screen movie theater, a 10-lane bowling alley, ice rink, a half-acre public plaza, and stores and restaurants.
One Willow Bridge Road located in the town’s center across from Crossroads, is complete and is unique among the larger complexes because it is exclusively ownership occupied.
The long-standing, prestigious Sonnenalp Resort of Vail greatly expanded their hotel, added retail space, the Swiss Chalet restaurant, and underground parking.
Tivoli Lodge, on Hanson Ranch Road next to the Vista Bahn ski lift, was scraped and rebuilt. It is now sporting European style architecture for the 62 hotel rooms and amenities.
A large section of earth at the base of Vail Mountain is being cut away to make room for the Lodge Chalets at Vail, 13 duplex homes that will be located to the west of the Vista Bahn Lift, at the top of Bridge Street.
Also next to the Vista Bahn lift a mountain-front building has been erected – the Vail Mountain Club. It houses a luxury spa and social club; and, offers 150 parking memberships.
A new Skier Services and Plaza center is at the base of the Vista Bahn lift and contains a ticket office, rental services, ski school, storage lockers, and warming room.
In the same vicinity, the 11,600 square foot mountain front Avanyu Spa has been built onto The Lodge at Vail.
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences-Vail is being built and is located at the gateway to Vail Village, formally occupied by the Holiday Inn and long-standing Alpine Standard Gas Station. It will offer both a resort and residential facility.
Also located at the gateway to Vail Village is the new Vail Plaza Club with their unique “fixed ownership” concept. It is a 100-room hotel with fractional residences and offers all luxury amenities.
Located at the village center of Lionshead, the Arrabelle at Vail Square, is front and center as one of the larger projects. It has taken up residence on the 2.27-acre central site at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Arrabelle replaced the Sunbird Lodge and the old Gondola Building; and, consists of a Rock Resorts luxury hotel, privately owned condominium units, a European-inspired plaza, approximately 32,000 square feet of dining and shopping facilities, meeting spaces, spa amenities, restaurants, and underground parking. There is also a public outdoor ice skating rink.
Elevation: 8,150 feet
Residents of West Vail seem to have a desire to live in a community that has a connection with neighbors as well as with Mother Nature.West Vail, normally thought to include Vail Das Schone and Buffehr Creek to the north of I-70 and Matterhorn and Intermountain to the south of I-70, has maintained a unique sense of itself in the incredible versatility of the Vail Valley.There is a small-town feel as the roads roll and wind past numerous pocket parks such as Stevenson and Ellefson. The newest addition to the West Vail area is Donovan Park which has maintained the mountain essence with its beautifully designed community pavilion (a common choice for wedding receptions and events), athletic fields and children’s play area. The expansive upper parcel of Donovan Park remains undeveloped meadowland.
Gore Creek rushes through West Vail where many homes sit on its banks and are offered the delectable sights and sounds of the cascading waters. People fly-fishing along the creek can be seen in their concentrated reverie. Bikers and hikers flow along the path lining the creek side giving non-motorized access into the Village and beyond. West Vail is also one of the recipients of the 15 miles of recreational trails that run through the Valley.
It is not just the beauty; but, also, the convenience that is the draw to the area. Commercial and retail properties in the neighborhood, such as grocery stores and restaurants, are easily accessed and located within walking or biking range. Locals appreciate the reasonably priced restaurants as well as the one-stop shopping convenience.
The close proximity to Vail Village and Vail Mountain is a huge plus; and, just five minutes away, Vail’s bus system services the West Vail community making transportation simple and easy into the Village as well as throughout the Valley. Especially during ski season the bus provides easy, no-fuss access to the ski slopes.
With many quiet neighborhoods, little traffic, and numerous outdoor pocket parks, West Vail is a wonderful location for families. Located in West Vail is the Red Sandstone Elementary School, the primary public elementary school for Vail’s children.
The emphasis from the Town of Vail has remained determined that redevelopment should remain community oriented.
Elevation: 7,861 feet
Just two miles south of I-70, and only 10 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek, Minturn is the historical gem of the Vail Valley area. A funky old railroad town developed in the late 1800s, Minturn’s quaint shops and historic Colorado architecture offer a peek at the past while the town bustles with contemporary business activity and attractions.
Minturn was developed primarily as a railroad town in the late 1800s. The Rio Grande railroad line extended across the state of Colorado and Minturn was an important railroad division point.
The Town of Minturn was incorporated in 1904, making it one of the oldest towns in Eagle County. During Colorado’s mining boom, it was an essential crossroads for the mountain railroad system. Over the decades, Minturn has gradually transformed into a tourist-based economy. One of the most popular events in the community is the Minturn Farmer’s Market, which runs weekly during the summer. The Minturn Market annually hosts more than 5,000 visitors.
Elevation: 8,750 feet
Red Cliff is a former mining camp situated in the canyon of the upper Eagle River just off U.S. Hwy. 24. The town is concealed below the highway (which passes over the Red Cliff Truss Bridge) and is accessible by a side road leading to Shrine Pass. It was founded in 1879 during the Colorado Silver Boom by miners from Leadville. The name derives from the red quartzite cliffs surrounding the town.
The town consists of a cluster of older homes and converted trailers on the flanks of the canyon around the river as well as a post office and older wooden structures along the main street of the town. Several of the older structures have been converted, in recent years, into modern businesses; including a restaurant. The town is located within easy driving distance of nearby ski areas and the revival of the town has given rise to a new inn housed in one of the downtown structures.
The town serves as a popular access point to Shrine Pass for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Elevation: 7,500 feet
Located near Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts, Eagle-Vail draws comparisons to the quintessential neighborhood community. Quiet streets line family neighborhoods contributing to a charming small town feel. Children can feel safe playing in, and around, the area and the scent of neighborhood barbecues often fills the summer air. Eagle-Vail is unique in the Vail Valley in that the area maintains a very high percentage of full-time residents. Families choose Eagle-Vail for its quiet atmosphere, proximity to Vail and Beaver Creek, eclectic parks, convenient shopping, and outstanding value. The wide variety of property opportunities throughout the community includes single-family homes, duplexes, townhomes and condominium residences. Also unique is the mature landscaping this 37-year-old community boasts. Its lushness sets Eagle-Vail apart from many of the newer developments.
Located in-between Vail Village and Beaver Creek, the area is not only easily accessible to the two international playgrounds; but, also, has extensive neighborhood recreational amenities of its own.
The community surrounds a 18-hole golf course and Par-3 nine-hole golf course. The driving range and putting green will help you to hone your game. In winter, the golf courses become a playing field for Nordic skiers and snowshoers alike.
Summer athletic choices include a swimming pool, kayaking pond, tennis courts, softball and soccer fields, and volleyball and basketball courts.
Six pocket parks are a big draw, while fly-fishing is popular on the Eagle River that meanders through the community. Kayakers and whitewater rafters also enjoy launching and floating through the area.
A community center/pavilion is available to the community. Beautifully located on the kayaking pond, the facility is used for community meetings and residents can rent the facility for private meetings, weddings, and events.
Eagle-Vail has been the home of Battle Mountain High School – recently moved to a newly built facility in Miller Ranch. The fate of the school building in Eagle Vail remains to be determined. Meadow Mountain Elementary School is also located in Eagle-Vail.
In addition to being great for families, Eagle-Vail has proven to be a very successful area of business. Eagle-Vail’s business center features a variety of shops, restaurants and services that offer all of the conveniences of city living in the comfort of a small town atmosphere. Contained within the business center and throughout Eagle-Vail are approximately a half dozen restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining.
Public transportation makes accessibility easy to all points in the county.
Elevation: 7,480 – 8,400 feet
A central location along the Interstate-70 corridor, the Town of Avon – at the base of the world-class ski resort of Beaver Creek- is a growing residential and commercial community. Avon has evolved into an impressive residential and commercial center in the Vail Valley, both geographically and economically with the small-town feel remaining. Avon’s centralized location has filled the town with a wide variety of shopping opportunities. The addition of Home Depot and Super WalMart make Avon the headquarters for convenient “big city” shopping. Other major national retailers offering great shopping are City Market grocery, Gart Sports and Pier I Imports. Augmenting the big-store convenience is a vast variety of lovely boutiques, specialty stores, and wonderful restaurants.Chapel Square and Traer Creek Plaza house some of the valley’s favorite restaurants and shopping locations.
Residential homes consist of a wide array of condominium complexes, duplexes, and single-family homes.
Avon is also a terrific place for families; and, Avon’s Nottingham Park is a center for summertime activity. The park includes 48 acres of open space and features a stocked lake where families can fish or spend an afternoon floating in a paddleboat. In the winter, many delight in ice-skating across its frozen surface. Children can in-line skate or bicycle around the lake on a paved path, converge on the playground, shoot hoops, or play volleyball on sand courts.
Nottingham Park is the location for many of the area’s favorite special events. On July 4th, over 20,000 people annually attend Avon’s Salute to the USA celebration, the state of Colorado’s largest display of fireworks. Exquisite pyrotechnics explode against Avon’s night sky with the slopes of Beaver Creek as the backdrop; and, are choreographed to a rousing musical score.
Another great destination for folks of all ages is the Avon Recreation Center. Water-loving little ones can learn how to swim and dive in the 15,000-square-foot aquatics area, with a five-lane, 25-yard lap pool for adults and more serious swimmers. The Recreation Center also features a leisure pool, kiddy pool, and a 150-foot water slide. It also has an extensive workout facility that is open to the public at a nominal fee.
Next door to the Avon Rec Center is the extensive and much-used public library.
Riverfront Village is the $500 million multi-use complex recently completed in Avon at the base of Beaver Creek. Located along the Eagle River, The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa is part of this exclusive project and boasts a ski gondola that now connects Avon to Beaver Creek Mountain. The complex includes residential condominiums, timeshares, retail and service shops, restaurants, and hotel rooms.
The Gates Residences is another major project recently completed. The $73 million luxury condominium project is located at the base of Beaver Creek to the east of the east entrance. The complex includes a fitness center, recreation room, indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, library, and concierge services.
Perched high on the north ridge towering above Avon sits the residential community of Wildridge. A quiet, removed community, Wildridge presents the most expansive, powerful, picture-perfect views to be found anywhere. Straight-on views of Beaver Creek, Arrowhead, Bachelor Gulch, the back bowls of Vail Mountain, Edwards, and the Swatch Mountains all stretch out in a visual display that is inspirational.
As part of the Town of Avon, Wildridge is a family oriented community with abundant wildlife. Sidewalks are rare but there is little traffic on the curving roads weaving through the ravines and ridges. Residential only, Wildridge has easy access to all of the services and amenities of the Town of Avon, just minutes down the hill.
Elevation: 8,300 – 9,400
Mountain Star is the elegant and captivating area with an inimitable blend that is custom made for the person wanting that rare combination of high mountainside residence, where privacy is treasured and the terrain is lush – AND, is close to the ski mountains and town. Situated in the mountains above Avon, awash in peaceful groves of Aspen trees, Mountain Star is a relatively new community in the Vail Valley. Among the Valley’s most private areas, Mountain Star features large, single-family homesites and exemplifies rustic, mountain elegance. The drawing point of the area is the uncommonly low density, made even more unique by its close proximity to the area’s ski resorts and town amenities. Rarely will you find large acreage so close to the ski mountains. Ninety single-family homes reside on the 1,300 acres within this exclusive gated community.
The community has a commitment to environmental integrity and 75 percent of Mountain Star’s 1,300 scenic acres will remain untouched in their natural state. For this reason, open space, seclusion and serenity, will remain the primary draws for the community.
The community is bordered to the west by Avon open space and to the north by the White River National Forest, accessible via community trails and adding to the exceptional privacy and quiet. Integrated hiking and biking trails meander throughout the community so residents can enjoy the outdoors from their doorstep year-round.
A full-time onsite caretaker oversees the area year-round and provides a variety of services. At Ranch Central there is an elegant community great-room where the residents can hold meetings or parties. It is complete with a kitchen and is available for catered events.
Elevation: 8,100 – 11,440 (at the Mountain summit)
Beaver Creek Village, one of the most renowned international ski resorts in the world, is located 10 miles west of Vail and directly south of the Town of Avon. Known worldwide for its ski mountain, the vast and extensive ski landscape now encompasses 1,680 of developed acres and 2,320 acres of undeveloped acres property. The White River National Forest increases the undeveloped land by adding 4,662 acres. The diverse ski terrain offers an enjoyable experience for beginners to experts and operates one of the best ski schools in North America. It boasts 109 trails and 16 lifts. Not for beginners, The Birds of Prey is respected as one of the three most difficult World Cup Ski Championship venues and is now an annual stop on the World Cup circuit.
With their popular village-to-village ski expansion, Beaver Creek has incorporated two other villages, Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch, in both their range of ski terrain as well as the accessibility to other village amenities. It has also provided entirely new opportunities for slope-side living.
The mountain is not restricted for skiers only – it is laden with numerous snowshoe trails in addition to the on-slope Nordic Center which adds to the abundance of outdoor activities available for the entire family.
Beaver Creek Village, and surrounding homes, reflect the international design influence of European resorts such as Switzerland’s St. Moritz, Italy’s Cortina, and Spain’s Val d’Aran. The size of the Village has grown to seven square miles with three areas of community park lands.
The graceful European style Village is the center of exciting activities that run throughout the year and make this a sought-after year-round destination.
The streets of the picturesque Village are lined with something for everyone: restaurants (24 at last count), bars and clubs, an extensive variety of shops, quaint boutiques, and exquisite art galleries. At the center of the Village in the town square is a skating rink.
The Vilar Center for the Performing arts, inspired by a small, turn-of-the-century opera house in Munich, Germany, is an intimate venue, seating about 563, and hosts world-class performing arts in music, drama, dance, film, and children’s entertainment. The cultural events range from dance-to-theater-to-symphonies-to-rock concerts.
Outdoor activities consist of a summer concert series, chairlift rides, a hiking center which includes nature hikes and Nordic walks along mountainside trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, bungee trampoline, miniature golf, climbing wall, fly-fishing, and tennis courts.
The Beaver Creek Golf Course twists up the center of the Beaver Creek Valley and is a semi- private resort course that accommodates members, as well as the guests of Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, and Arrowhead. Beaver Creek Golf Course was named a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2003 by Audubon Society, meeting requirements to be designated as a wildlife sanctuary, an honor achieved by only 4% of the courses in the United States.
There are approximately 2,500 guest and owner units in Beaver Creek and the full-time population of about 250.
Beaver Creek is an ideal mountain retreat offering both a relaxing and an exciting place to live and play in the Vail Valley. It’s wonderful for people of all ages who enjoy adventures as diverse as backpacking to Bach, snowshoeing to Shakespeare, skiing to spas.
Elevation: 8,100 feet
Bachelor Gulch, the central ski village of the popular village-to-village skiing at Beaver Creek Resort, is among the most pristine alpine neighborhoods in the Vail Valley. Beginning in 1995, Bachelor Gulch Village has been developed to link Beaver Creek Mountain to the east and Arrowhead Mountain to the west, offering some of the best ski-in/ski-out real estate in the valley. This European style village-to-village skiing is a true ski-in/ski-out residential enclave. The Bachelor Gulch Express chairlift takes skiers and snowboarders to 1,700-acres of ski trails. Located in the small village center, it is easily accessed on skis from most homes. Bachelor Gulch offers 85 percent of its resident’s ski-in/ski-out access, a rare anomaly. Bachelor Gulch Village is aptly named after a group of single men who settled the area in the 1900s. This group of adventurous bachelors made a living off the land pursuing numerous endeavors including logging, farming and raising cattle and chickens. By the 1920s, Bachelor Gulch was awash in fields of lettuce, a crop that proved to grow exceptionally well in the high-altitude. Eventually, the Great Depression caused the residents of Bachelor Gulch to leave the area, and the beautiful mountainside would remain quietly tucked away for nearly 50 years.
Carefully planned by the Vail Resorts Development Company to complement the natural mountain environment, the architecture of Bachelor Gulch Village is inspired by the grand lodges of many of America’s National Parks. With ideal ski-in/ski-out accommodations, Bachelor Gulch Village also features uniquely designed and unobtrusive skier bridges that weave throughout the community of 1,400-acres and 600 residences.
The luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a wonderful addition to the mountain landscape. The hotel property features 180 spacious guest rooms, 7 first-class meeting rooms, a 7,200-square-foot ballroom, a children’s center (the Ritz Kids room), three restaurants, and an exclusive spa. Guests at the resort have access to tee times at the Vail Valley’s newest golf development, Red Sky Ranch (the beautiful new development features two world-class courses, one designed by Tom Fazio and the other by Greg Norman).
During the winter ski season, Zach’s Cabin located slope-side in Bachelor Gulch, is a perfect resting point for Bachelor Gulch Club members (an exclusive ski club for the community of Bachelor Gulch.) Named for Zach Allen, a Colorado Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty in 1876, Zach’s is an elegant ski-in/ski-out private dining facility. Not your typical on-mountain burger and fries joint, Zach’s menu offers contemporary cuisine featuring many signature Colorado specialties.
Elevation: 7,400 – 9,100 feet
This beautiful neighborhood provides both on-site golfing and on-site skiing; in an area that has maintained its serene nature; and, it is only five minutes from shopping conveniences. One of the most unique aspects of Arrowhead is the community’s village-to-village ski connection, operational since 1996. Linked by ski slopes in the winter, and hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer, Arrowhead Mountain connects to Bachelor Gulch and Beaver Creek Village. Located in the heart of the community of Arrowhead, the ArrowBahn ski lift takes skiers beyond the 180 acres on Arrowhead Mountain to access 1,700-acres of the most renowned skiing in the world – Beaver Creek Mountain.Also available to residents is the luxurious Alpine Club providing a health club and spa facility, elegant locker rooms, valet ski storage, concierge/activities desk, member lounge and Après ski bar. Adding to the community’s amenities is a year-round outdoor pool and hot tub as well as tennis courts.
The Country Club of the Rockies, a Jack Nicklaus signature 18-hole golf course, spreads throughout the length of the community with the Eagle River bordering the course to the north as play criss-crosses the river. Serving this year-round resort community is a 27,000 square foot full-service clubhouse and restaurant, Vista at Arrowhead. Open to club members and the public, Vista at Arrowhead creates a beautiful dining experience entertained by a relaxing pond complete with waterfall surrounding the outdoor patio, laden with flowers in the summertime.
The gated community is located just east of Edwards. Bordered to the north by the Eagle River and to the south by the forested Arrowhead Mountain, it is home to over 700 residences, a large portion of who are fulltime residents; consisting of a blend of high-end single-family, duplex, townhome, and condominium homes. There are approximately 68 homes in Arrowhead located directly on Arrowhead Mountain with ski/in ski/out access, with additional condominiums and townhomes located in the village area walking distance to the lift.
Residents also gain access to a stretch of private fly fishing on the Eagle River that flows through the Arrowhead property. During the summer, scenic hiking and mountain biking trails can be accessed on Arrowhead Mountain as well as along the Eagle River into Avon and Edwards.
Edwards Elevation: 7,226 feet
It was not long ago that Edwards and Lake Creek were sleepy ranch communities, lying roughly 15 miles west of the popular ski resort of Vail. Edwards had a gas station, the longstanding Gashouse restaurant and not much else. Today, Edwards has emerged as one of the Vail Valley’s most bustling commercial centers as well as one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in Eagle County. Over the last 10 years, few areas in Eagle County have attracted more new residents than Edwards. The area has grown as longtime locals, and new families alike, have slowly made the move down valley, giving Edwards its unique personality. Edwards offers residential opportunities for everyone, from first-time home owners to those looking for the home of their dreams.Unincorporated Edwards has become a commercial center for the county and this, in conjunction with the fast-growing surrounding residential areas, is why many locals now call Edwards “the heart of the Valley.”
The commercial center hosts an ever growing plethora of unique and inviting shops and eateries. Lively breweries to fine dining, boutiques, art galleries, specialty shops, antiques, home furnishings, multi-plex theater, Edwards Village Market grocery store, The Inn at Riverwalk, and on and on – and all are very pedestrian-friendly.
One of the major centers, Riverwalk at Edwards, is a mixed-use development reflecting a Victorian flare. Along with extensive retail exposure Riverwalk also includes numerous residential units varying in scope from exclusive penthouses to delightful one-bedroom condominiums. The complex is bordered by the Eagle River, boasting a recreation path that travels along the bank making biking and jogging a scenic pleasure.
The educational hub for the county has come to rest in the Edwards area, another testament to the growth. Nine schools from pre-school through high school and one local college, both public and private, are located within the Edwards area. These schools include: Edwards Elementary, St. Clair of Assisi (K-8), Vail Christian High School, Berry Creek Middle School, Eagle County Charter Academy, June Creek Elementary School, newly built Battle Mountain High School (which also hosts the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy), Red Canyon High School, and Colorado Mountain College.
Edwards is also home to seven churches providing places of worship for families of various religious backgrounds.
Miller Ranch, the newest residential community in the area, and lies just northeast of Edwards’s center. Their concept embraces all of the features that make a community great: natural landscape, recreational parks, ball fields, playgrounds, and the interaction between the residents. This is a community-oriented neighborhood with single family homes, duplexes, row houses, and mill loft condominiums. There are several parks, a great sport complex and a dog park. As well, the community is just a short walk from Riverwalk. Miller Ranch is home to five of the local schools.
Homestead is the charming community located on the southern slope directly south of Edwards’s town-center. The neighborhood consists predominately of single-family homes and duplexes with several well-maintained townhome complexes. An impressive 70% of the development is designated to open space; and, with the pocket parks this is an inviting family community.
The Homestead Court Club, one of the most versatile sports clubs in the Valley, is within walking distance of most residents, whom automatically become members upon purchase.
Lake Creek is located in one of the Vail area’s most serene mountain valleys and is just minutes from the business center of Edwards. With wide-open views of the towering New York Mountain range, miles upon miles of open space and roaming wildlife, Lake Creek has a quiet country feel. Ranches dot the landscape, and homes range from simple single-family to high-end luxury homes. Lake Creek remains beautiful and secluded, and boasts some of the valley’s most remarkable homes and real estate.
Within the Lake Creek area are 2 gated neighborhoods, Pilgrim Downs and, in the lower meadows, Creamery Ranch.
Trailheads for scenic hiking lead out of Lake Creek and into the mountains. The wildness and isolation of Lake Creek harbors a unique situation; the solitude of secluded county living residing just minutes to the energy and amenities of Edwards.
Elevation: 7,226 feet
Singletree (Berry Creek Ranch), one of the most popular communities in the Valley, is ideal for locals and second homeowners, singles, young families, and retirees. Singletree is perfectly located in close proximity to all three ski resorts; Vail, Beaver Creek, and Arrowhead; minutes from the exciting commercial centers in Edwards; 15 minutes from the Eagle County Regional Airport; and only one hour and 15 minutes from Denver. The distinctive residences of Singletree are predominately single family and duplex homes with several townhome and condominium complexes, yet each is tailor-made to fit individual personalities and lifestyles. Singletree is a sun-drenched neighborhood overlooking Edwards from the north; on the south-facing slope with a varying elevation to insure wonderful views of the New York Mountains and Arrowhead ski mountain. The drop in elevation at the base of Singletree, resting at 7,226 feet, affords warmer temperatures so residents enjoy a more moderate climate with longer summers and milder winters.
Singletree benefits from a wonderful geographic diversity with beautiful sloping dry land featuring a sagebrush environment that has inspired much of the southwestern architecture found in the area. Topped by open space, there are many hiking trails, and neighbors take full advantage.
Panoramic views are prevalent in Singletree as are picture-perfect sunsets, a specialty of the neighborhood.
Winding its way through Singletree is the Sonnenalp Golf Club’s 18-hole, par 71-championship course designed by Jay Morrish and Bob Cupp of Golf Force, a company headed by Jack Nicklaus. The warmer temperatures compared to some local resort areas allow golf to commence as early as March. The golf course and clubhouse serve as the centerpiece of Singletree, remodeled and boasting amenities such as swimming pool, tennis courts and a wonderful restaurant and bar, Balata, which has one of the best patios in the Valley.
The neighborhood is alive with outdoor activities throughout all the seasons. The parks and bike paths present ample opportunities to explore, and in the warmer months the neighborhood is teeming with people walking and biking the pathways. In the winter months, snowshoers and cross-country skiers can be seen gliding around the golf course.
A buzz of activity can always be seen at the large, recently built community center and park. Year-round, this family park is enjoyed by neighbors where soccer games are being played, kites are being flown, and snowballs are being thrown.
And one need go no further than a two minute drive to enjoy the paths along the Eagle River or the new Edwards skate park. The commercial centers in Edwards offer a broad mix of the best shopping, dining, and exciting entertainment offered anywhere in the Vail Valley.
Elevation: 7,800 – 9,000 feet
Cordillera, a development many consider one of the Vail Valley’s finest golf resort communities, is divided into 4 distinctive areas: The Ranch at Cordillera, The Divide at Cordillera, The Summit, and Cordillera Valley Club; each boasting their individual attributes.Each neighborhood enjoys its own unique character through diverse topography and architectural design guidelines. The Ranch, the Summit and Cordillera Valley Club feature early American West elements like stone, logs, and timber in the neighborhoods architecture while the Divide expresses characteristics more distinctive to European styling. Three of the four Cordilleras are gated; three are located in Squaw Creek, west of Edwards, while the Valley Club is located to the north of I-70, west of Singletree and Edwards.
Cordillera is home to four premier golf facilities including three award-winning championship golf courses created by designers Tom Fazio, Hale Irwin and Jack Nicklaus. The fourth Cordillera golf course is a challenging par-3, 10-hole course and practice facility known simply as the Short Course.
While Cordillera has established itself as one of the premier golf destinations in the world, the community within Cordillera has quietly made a name for itself. With spectacular homes dotting the mountain landscape, Cordillera offers a great escape from the bustling towns of Edwards and Avon while remaining just a short drive from both Vail and Beaver Creek.
The signature aspects of Cordillera’s homes are their relationship with the golf courses, the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, and the White River National Forest. Boasting spectacular views of Vail’s back bowls, the Gore Range, the New York Mountains, and enough open space to require binoculars; Cordillera’s homes remain both singular and unobtrusive to golfers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
The community of Cordillera has focused on preserving the pristine valley of Squaw Creek. As such, the low-density community has allowed for the preservation of the majority of its land with approximately 70 percent of the acreage allocated to open space and wildlife corridor.
Owning a home in Cordillera affords recreational activities indicative of the wide variety of terrain within Cordillera: hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and horseback riding on 17 miles of well-maintained trails. Horses are boarded at a public equestrian center on the property.
Located in The Divide at Cordillera is the famous and luxurious The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera.
Residents are eligible to become members of the Club at Cordillera. The full golf membership includes play on all four of golf courses. Club Membership includes access to tennis courts, swimming pools, personal training, and general workout facilities. Club members also have the opportunity to receive instruction in golf, tennis, swimming and hiking.
Children and holiday programs are also very much a part of the Club at Cordillera’s identity. Children program’s are plentiful and include such activities as camps, theme weeks, field trips, private lessons, and birthday parties. Cordillera offers incredibly popular holiday programs for residents to celebrate together.
Social memberships in this close-knit community include access to the Short Course as well as all other Club amenities.
Cordillera also is the home to some of the Vail Valley’s finest dining opportunities: restaurants include the Mirador, Chaparral, Timber Hearth Grille, and the Grouse on the Green. The wide variety of dining options ranges from the luxurious to the quaint and casual.
Elevation 7,000 – 8,000 feet
Located just 10 miles west of Beaver Creek, the sleepy river town of Wolcott sits among some of the most picturesque landscapes in the Vail Valley. Originally settled in 1886, it was located directly on the railroad line and offered the main access to Steamboat Springs and was one of the largest cattle shipping centers west of the Mississippi. The town later faded into a quiet little sheep ranching community but has rebounded back to prominence – now an area hosting the relaxed, resort living of Red Sky Ranch and the more mature communities of Bellyache Ridge and Red Canyon Estates. Wolcott itself consists of a post office, a gardening center and the famous Wolcott Yacht Club (boasting a long history of being voted “Best of Vail Valley” in several categories). The Yacht Club has no boats and is not on the water but for years has been the summer congregating center of family and friends, all enjoying a great time eating, drinking and listening to live music under the Rocky Mountain sky.
The Wolcott community is known for its many entertainment activities:
4Eagle Ranch is very popular and offers a western experience featuring horseback riding and an expansive ranch house ready for hoedowns, bar-b-ques, and private events.
The Lazy J Ranch houses the Vail Rod & Gun Club where skeet shooting, horseback riding, guided fishing and hunting tours, and snowmobiling can be enjoyed.
Eagle Springs Golf Club is located east of Wolcott on the Eagle River and is one of the area’s most exclusive private golf clubs.
Red Sky Ranch hosts the two additional golf courses that grace the area. A varied terrain with rolling landscape of sagebrush, juniper and groves of aspen rise to the alpine forest of Bellyache Ridge, which lies above Red Sky Ranch. Years of design preparation and a project price of $100 million place Red Sky Ranch in very exclusive company. This 780-acre high-end community has 87 homesites featuring tremendous vista views, including overlooks of Castle Peak and the back bowls of Vail. While the views are spectacular, golf is what truly makes Red Sky Ranch a one of a kind opportunity. Home to two of the finest golf courses in Colorado; Red Sky Ranch provides the perfect getaway for summer golf and winter skiing. The first course is designed by Tom Fazio, and the second by Greg Norman. Home ownership secures a place in the Red Sky Ranch golf club, which includes access to a private clubhouse and golf range. Membership privileges also include play on each Red Sky Ranch course, and one of the two courses is reserved every day exclusively for member play.
Bellyache oversees Red Sky Ranch from its vantage point up the mountain. It is an eclectic mix of homes as diverse as original log cabins and contemporary estates. The views are expansive and the snow is pervasive in the winter, creating the alpine ambiance for which the Rocky Mountains are known.
All of these communities are within a 20-minute drive of Vail and Beaver Creek and the services and luxuries of Edwards and Eagle. Plus, there is the convenience of the Eagle County Regional Airport that is just a 20-minute drive away. These areas have the feel of country seclusion but they are convenient to all of the amenities of town.
Elevation: 6,605 feet
The first reliable account of European presence in the Eagle River Valley was in 1840 when Kit Carson guided the Fremont party through the region. During the settlement of Eagle County, the area was established as a ranching community. Today, Eagle strives to maintain their charming western heritage while balancing a recent evolution of both residential and commercial growth. Historic Eagle, the county seat, is the quintessential small-town America while continuing to boast some of the county’s most beautiful ranches. There is a traditional main street lined with shops and restaurants that complement the new town hall, swimming pool and ice rink. Eagle embraces the west, hosting numerous special events that include the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo, a summer tradition at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The rodeo is touted as one of the best rodeo events this side of the Mississippi.
The Eagle County Trail program creates a scenic recreational path linking Eagle to Gypsum and is ideal for walking and biking. It runs along the Eagle River where joggers can view fly-fisherman, kayakers, and river rafters.
There are numerous and delightful individual neighborhoods in the Eagle area – the following is a taste of some of those areas:
Eagle Ranch is truly a town within a town. It has been developed to replicate a typical small town in both design and ambiance. Nestled in Brush Creek Valley this beautiful family-oriented neighborhood hosts an Arnold Palmer designed 18-hole golf course. The course is public with special rates for Town of Eagle residents as well as Eagle County residents. Many Eagle Ranch homes line the course to provide open, spectacular views for homeowners. Especially significant to golfers is the mild climate that provides about three and a half months a year of additional playing time.
Eagle Ranch consists of 650 homesites and 1,300 residences. About 80% of the community consists of locals, with about 20% second homeowners. The largest portion of the community consists of young families falling within the 30 to 40 age group. There is also a substantial segment of the population at Eagle Ranch who are ’empty nesters’, and fall in the age group range of 55 to 65.
There are 25 miles of hiking and biking trails within the Eagle Ranch community and a 145-acre park along with four pocket parks. Athletic fields provide the neighborhood with lots of play areas to access the great outdoors.
There are organized programs: Brush Creek Park consists of four community centers focusing on neighborhood activities; the Community Center building, the Arts and Crafts Pavilion; the old Dairy Barn for hosting summer Bravo! events; and a Gardening Center.
Along with ranchettes that dot the Brush Creek drive out of Eagle, Adams Mountain Country Club, located 7miles east of town, is a new, gated, luxury, low-density community consisting of 1,107 acres whose centerpiece is an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf designed golf course. It includes an equestrian center.
And to the north ridge of the Town of Eagle lies Eby Creek, a delightful area with single-family homes, large lots, pocket parks, and vista-wide views.
Eagle is one of the fastest growing areas in Eagle County.
Elevation: 6,322 feet
Long-time locals recall a time when they placed signs on the Gypsum exit on the interstate advertising the need for a doctor in Gypsum. This was also a time when a trip to the grocery store meant a drive to Glenwood Springs. Now, there’s a Costco, a medical center, a new recreation center, and a plethora of residential and commercial development that leaves Gypsum lacking for nothing.The town was incorporated October 17, 1911; and, in 1930, the Eagle County Regional Airport had its first grass emergency landing strip. Now major airlines, and private jets alike, fly into, and out of, the airport on a daily basis.
Gypsum was named for the presence of nearby gypsum deposits and is the home of American Gypsum drywall plant and mine, which is the largest industry in town.
The family oriented community is an eclectic array of neighborhoods that range from affordable housing to exclusive resort-type communities.
Among the popular areas in Gypsum are Gypsum Estates, located across the street from the Gypsum Elementary and High School and the Gypsum Creek Center; Eagle River Estates leading to Willowstone has pocket parks, playgrounds, bike paths and many mature trees and vegetation; and, Willowstone is a 32-acre subdivision with 75 homesites, many with Eagle River frontage.
Among the larger developments in Gypusm is Buckhorn Valley to the east of Gypsum, which has just introduced the new phase of their development, McHatten Creek Ranch. It will add over 600 residential units and is centered on a community-based core that will include when complete lakes, parks, hiking and biking trails, a recreation center, and an elementary school.
Stratton Flats is a community that offers an affordable lifestyle with Victorian inspired townhomes, condominiums, and single-family homes. The 47 acres includes two community parks.
Cotton Ranch south of Gypsum is a 415-acre deluxe community that centers around the Pete Dye designed 18-hole golf course and surrounded by a quaint neighborhood of single-family homes with panoramic views. There is a clubhouse with restaurant, lounge, tennis courts, and outdoor swimming pool.
A bit further south is an exclusive gated development that is underway, Brightwater, which will offer lakes, 18-hole golf course, water frontage, several on-site restaurants and recreational facilities, BLM access, and a vast array of luxury amenities.
Commercial opportunities in Gypsum are as flourishing as are those in the residential arena.