Coloradans spend so much time in the mountains, it comes as no surprise to learn just how many people are in the market for a mountain property. Anything to keep us in the trees just a little bit more is a good idea, if you ask us. But with the Denver market being so strong, is it even possible for the average family to own their own weekend getaway spot in the mountains? The truth is, if you know where to look you can actually find some pretty great deals.
It is always best to know what features are most important to you when looking for a mountain home as well, but if you would enjoy a place away from the hustle and bustle of the most popular mountain towns such as Breckenridge and Vail, you can find some gems. Things to consider in your list of priorities include distance to amenities, privacy desired, acreage, distance from home, and what creature comforts you want in the actual home.
Our Favorite Spots To Score A Deal On A Mountain Property:
Cripple Creek, CO - median home price: $96,000
This cute little town is rich in Colorado history - gold history, to be exact. And while there are some newer casinos in town, it is far from the main attraction of this area in our opinion. Even if you wanted to be out of the town a ways, into the trees, there are plenty of deals to be found on property around here. The outdoor recreation certainly doesn't disappoint either. With plenty of hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, climbing and more to be enjoyed in this off-the-beaten-path location. You also have all of the amenities you would need for your weekend getaways just down the road, making it especially convenient.
Paonia, CO - median home price: $147,900
Though a bit of a drive to reach it, this town easily captures the hearts of visitors every single day. Surrounded by beautiful country scenery, this unique climate is ideal for organic farming. It is famous for the large variety of fruits grown here: cherries, apricots, grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, and apples will all be found here. Hiking, cycling, cross country skiing and snow shoeing are all popular here, as is the surprisingly vibrant art scene.
Craig, CO - median home price: $171,400
Only a 45-minute drive from the wildly popular Steamboat Springs, Craig offers a much more cost-friendly option for buying a getaway home in this area. Here you can enjoy the peace and quiet that a weekend getaway deserves, while still enjoying the beauty of NW Colorado (and the champagne powder Steamboat is known for!).
Leadville, CO - median home price: $171,400
This adorable town is proud of its wild west roots and offers a variety of experiences for visitors and locals alike. With restaurants, breweries and the most amazing antique store we've been to in the mountains of Colorado, there is plenty to keep you entertained. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks in Colorado, the scenery and recreation opportunities are pretty impressive. We personally love to go hiking and cross country skiing up here, though the mountain biking, climbing, and fishing are also a big hit in this area.
Fairplay, CO - median home price: $217,000
A short drive from Denver, this town and the surrounding areas mean you can make it up here nearly every weekend to enjoy mountain life. Enjoy the drive out on beautiful Highway 285 and pick up any necessities at any of the great towns along the way (Conifer is our favorite for the variety). Fairplay is smack dab in the middle of some pretty cool landscape, offering a variety of outdoor activities no matter the season. Hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and much more are right at your doorstep. Want to explore some of the cute mountain towns in the area? Salida and Buena Vista won't disappoint!
Silverton, CO - median home price: $233,600
This postcard-worthy town is truly inspiring and one you won't be disappointed spending all of your free time in. While the drive time might seem daunting, the incredible scenery of the San Juan Highway and the mountains that surround this charming little town make it all worthwhile. Several great places to shop and eat mean you won't have to go far to get the necessities. It also goes without saying that the recreational opportunities here are truly spectacular.