How to Choose Your Vail Valley Home

May 12, 2019
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Whether you are relocating to the Vail Valley permanently or purchasing a second home, you are making a wonderful choice. The Engel & Völkers team lives and works in the Vail Valley, and we love our perfect mountain getaway. The Vail Valley boasts magical winters full of skiing and relaxing summers of golfing and outdoor dining. Time spent in the Vail Valley is sure to result in new traditions and lifelong memories.

In addition to the Vail Valley’s great culture and amenities, the area is growing in popularity, meaning your real estate purchase is also a great investment. Just look at our market reports — year-to-date real estate sales in the area are up 128 percent in dollar volume over last year. Now is a great time to become a stakeholder in the Vail Valley community.

If you don’t have a specific home, townhouse or condo in mind for your Vail Valley residence, you have a tough decision to make — but that’s a good thing! The Vail Valley is expansive and includes many communities: Vail Village, East Vail, Beaver Creek, Edwards, Eagle, Avon, Gypsum… The list goes on. There is truly something for everyone.

We put together a short guide to choosing the perfect home in the Vail Valley for your family, from ski-in ski-out homes in Beaver Creek to undeveloped land in Dotsero.

You are purchasing in the Vail Valley for access to skiing.

If you live for powder days, you don’t want to make any compromises with your Vail Valley ski home. The benefits of a ski-in ski-out home are plentiful — quick access to the mountain, lunches at home, no packing a car or walking around in ski boots. The only hard choice you have to make for your ski-in ski-out residence is on which mountain you want to live: Vail? Or Beaver Creek?

Choose a ski-in ski-out home on Vail Mountain if you like to be in the heart of it all. Vail has 5,289 developed acres, 31 ski lifts and is famous for its seven “Back Bowls.” It’s easy to get remote on Vail Mountain but still find yourself in-bounds — a great feeling when you have an on-mountain residence to return to. Explore Vail properties for sale >

Choose a ski-in ski-out home at Beaver Creek if you want to avoid the crowds. Beaver Creek is about a third of the size of Vail, but still has incredible glade skiing and powder. The ski area boasts diverse terrain, with both groomed runs for beginners and a challenging World Cup downhill course — Birds of Prey. Find properties in Beaver Creek >

You’re not coming to the Vail Valley for skiing — but still love winter.

The Vail Valley might be a ski/snowboard destination, but you don’t have to enjoy those snowsports to love winter. Consider buying in Lionshead Village, next to Vail Village. The second “base area” for Vail Mountain has heated brick walkways, upscale shopping and world-class dining. And, Lionshead is centrally located and close to ice skating, nightlife and entertainment. Explore properties in Lionshead Village >

Your passion is golf.

The 18-hole Vail Golf Course has 6,766 yard of mountainous golf, set along the Gore Creek. The par-71 public course offers daily rates as well as season club passes. Living there guarantees more time on the course, as well as dramatic vistas. That’s Colorado living at its best! Find properties currently available on the Vail Golf Course >

You want to build your own home.

Yearning for wide open spaces and the mountain home you’ve always imagined? Consider undeveloped acreage in the Vail Valley. We have everything from a 10,000-square-foot lot to a 19,000-acre parcel, so you can build a small cabin or a working ranch.

You want to have a year-round community.

Ready to make the Vail Valley your permanent residence? The area has a large proportion of full-timers, especially in the western Vail Valley. From Gypsum to West Vail, you will find year-round, close-knit communities, as well as public and private school systems.

You plan to spend only a few weeks per year in the Vail Valley.

It’s great to have a “home away from home,” and with fractional ownership, you can return to the same Vail Valley condo/apartment year after year — with a reduced financial commitment. Fractional ownerships come in a variety of ownership stakes and schedules, from three weeks per year to guaranteed Christmas and New Years holidays. Find the perfect partial ownership for your family or group. Browse partial ownership opportunities in the Vail Valley >

You don’t need much space.

Consider a small condo or townhome if you don’t need the space — or don’t want the maintenance. We have properties as small as studios, though they still have enough room for living, dining, cooking and sleeping. Think of it as your “tiny home” in the Vail Valley.

You plan to have lots of friends and family visit.

Chances are, your real estate purchase in the Vail Valley will bring together lots of family and friends — sometimes all at the same time. If you’re expecting guests and need a couple of extra bedrooms, consider a larger Vail Valley property.

Whatever your preferences, Engel & Völkers has a property for you. Our goal is to provide “premium service at all price points.” Our group of local leaders and advisors has significant knowledge of Vail, Beaver Creek and the surrounding area, so please reach out with any questions you might have. We look forward to sharing our love for the Vail Valley.

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