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Welcome to Colorado! At LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, we understand that relocating to a new area can often be an exciting yet somewhat daunting process. Our award-winning team is committed to providing you with comprehensive relocation services to help make your move as seamless as possible. This guide will provide you with helpful information about Colorado’s many spectacular destinations. Please contact your LIV Sotheby’s International Realty broker or our Relocation and Referral Services team for more information. Kim Taylor VP of Relocation and Referral Services relocation@livsothebysrealty.com Direct: 720.488.6035


The Areas We Represent From the metropolitan city of Denver, to the ski slopes of Telluride, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty is the leader in Colorado real estate and lifestyle. As a local, independently-owned firm with an unmatched commitment to marketing, creativity and innovation, we are able to leverage the Sotheby’s International Realty network to deliver global reach at a local level.


Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty 3 Offices

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty 23 Offices Cherry Creek Cherry Creek / Clayton Downtown Denver Downtown Denver / Spire Denver Tech Center

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Castle Pines Village Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty 11 Offices

The Village at Castle Pines Castle Rock Boulder Boulder / 29th Street Evergreen Breckenridge


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Vail Vail / Mountain Haus Beaver Creek Edwards Telluride / Main Street (2) Telluride / Oak Street Gondola

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Mountain Village / Heritage Plaza Mountain Village / The Peaks Resort & Spa Crested Butte Dillon Legacy Properties West Sotheby’s International Realty 1 Office


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It’s no surprise that Colorado has become one of the most sought-after and fastest growing places to live in the U.S. Its thriving economy; a seemingly endless array of adventures; and emphasis on an active, healthy lifestyle make it easy to see why Colorado consistently ranks among the very best places to live, work and raise a family in the country. • More than 300 days of sunshine each year • A vibrant economy that remains one of the strongest in the nation • A thriving cultural scene, numerous professional sports teams and quality educational institutions



Colorado invites an active and avid lifestyle with an abundance of trails, parks and recreational opportunities. Learn more about Colorado’s outdoor activities.

• 41 state parks • 53 peaks over 14,000 feet, the most in North America • More than 30 ski resorts, many of which are ranked among the best in the world • More than 100 public and private golf courses • Outdoor activities ranging from skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in winter, to hiking, mountain biking, golf and whitewater rafting in summer 5



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With its flourishing job market, rich cultural scene and dynamic outdoor lifestyle, it’s easy to see why Denver is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the country. Denverites pride themselves on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and it shows in their warm smiles and adventurous spirits. #1 Best Places For Business And Careers (Forbes) #2 Best Places To Live (U.S. World & New Report) #5 Healthiest Cities (Forbes) #4 Best Cities For Startup Growth (Inc. Magazine) Top 20 most educated populations in the country Top 20 cities for young professionals Top 20 cities to retire 8

Did You Know? Metro Denver has a population of 3 million people Metro Denver’s growth rate has consistently outpaced the national rate every decade since the 1930s Per capita personal income is $65,424 Median household income is 25.8 percent higher than the national median household income The cost of living is 12 percent above the national average, but well below many other major cities




The capital of Colorado, Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 feet) above sea level. Its high elevation, relatively mild climate and more than 300 days of sunshine per year make it the perfect spot for enjoying outdoor activities year-round. Many golf courses, tennis courts and outdoor cafes stay open throughout the year, so active Denverites can ski in the morning, play a round of golf in the afternoon and enjoy cocktails on the patio at sunset. More than 250 parks within city limits 11 world-class ski resorts within 100 miles of Denver More than 100 public and private golf courses More than 100 miles of bike paths One of two cities in the nation to have seven major professional sports teams 11


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DENVER REAL ESTATE SNAPSHOT Average price of a single family home: $475,571 Average price of a condo: $312,000 Average rental rate: $1,503/month Apartment vacancy rate: 5.1% Vacant apartment units: 24,663



Denver International Airport Located 23 miles northeast of downtown Denver, DIA is the 5th busiest in America and the 20th busiest airport in the world. An iconic Denver landmark with 23 commercial carriers, DIA provides nonstop service to more than 190 domestic and international destinations. The Westin Denver International Airport Hotel is now conveniently located just steps from the main terminal. RTD (Regional Transportation District) Metro Denver is in the process of building out its entire mass transit system, adding 122 miles of rapid Light Rail transit and expanding its existing bus network. Currently, the RTD serves 2,342 square miles over 142 fixed routes. Train To Plane A new rail line running from downtown Denver to Denver International Airport in just 37 minutes makes local and international travel easier than ever before. Union Station Offering an extensive network of convenient options, Union Station serves as Denver’s energetic transportation hub. Locals, tourists and business travelers alike are welcome to partake in RTD’s Front Range bus route, Light Rail line networks and a full Amtrak train schedule. 14


Metro Denver is Home to Some of the Finest Hospitals and Medical Research Facilities in the World UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital | Ranked as state’s best hospital and nationally ranked in 11 specialties, including #1 in pulmonology. SCL Health | Operates 4 hospitals, including Saint Joseph Hospital and Lutheran Medical Center, ranked in the Top 1% nationwide by HealthGrades 2018. National Jewish Medical and Research Center | Currently ranked #1 respiratory hospital in the nation and top tier for the past 20 years. Craig Hospital | Ranked a top 10 rehabilitation hospital for the 29th consecutive year. Children’s Hospital Colorado | Ranked ninth nationally in pediatrics. Centura Health | Over 15 hospitals across Colorado delivering high-value care. Anschutz Medical Campus | Ranked top 10 in two categories for medical school programs. Porter Adventist Hospital | Full service, acute-care referral center. 15


The region’s K-12 education system includes 19 public school districts, as well as a number of private and parochial school systems. The system offers many educational choices, including high-quality public schools with alternative learning environments such as charter and magnet schools. Although excellent private schools are available in Metro Denver, they are not utilized as highly as in other cities due to the quality of our public school system. About 10% of the total student population attended private schools in Metro Denver in 2017. Metro Denver schools all offer open enrollment, meaning students living in one school district can attend a school in any other district. This allows parents to select schools that match each student’s individual needs.




The Metro Denver region provides a wide range of higher education opportunities, encompassing a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at 11 public and private four-year colleges and universities. Included are world-class research institutions, such as the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and the University of Denver. Colorado’s community colleges offer employers customized training opportunities to meet changing workforce needs. 17

DENVER SPORTS E M P O W E R F I E L D AT M I L E H I G H Denver Broncos | Three-time Super Bowl champion NFL team Denver Outlaws | Three-time Steinfeld Cup Major League Lacrosse champion

PEPSI CENTER Colorado Avalanche | Two-time Stanley Cup champion NHL team Denver Nuggets | NBA team Colorado Mammoth | Champion Cup winner National Lacrosse League




Colorado Rockies | MLB team

Colorado Rapids | MLS team


Denver is Home to World Class Cultural Attractions Denver Center for Performing Arts Hosts Broadway musicals, world-class plays, educational programs and inspired events Ellie Caulkins Opera House Home to the Colorado Ballet Boettcher Concert Hall Home to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Denver Art Museum Designed by world famous architect Daniel Libeskind, the Denver Art Museum is now one of the area’s most impressive landmarks, and is home to an impressive collection of art For additional activities: colorado.com/things-to-do 19


16th Street Mall | This 350,000-square-foot pedestrian mall includes the Denver Pavilions and other retail shops, residential and office buildings, hotels and services. A free shuttle serves the area. Larimer Square | Located in the heart of downtown Denver, Larimer Square is an area that is not only rich in history, but also features fine shopping and dining. As the Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block, its buildings tell the charming story of the city. Cherry Creek North | Home to more than 320 independently owned businesses, a unique collection of boutiques, spas, restaurants, galleries and other specialty shops in the heart of central Denver. Cherry Creek Shopping Center is one of the region’s most popular shopping destinations with 160 restaurants and stores. Park Meadows | Dubbed a “retail resort”, the 1.6 million-squarefoot Park Meadows mall has the warm and rustic feel of a beautiful mountain lodge, and offers more than 185 shops. 20

Pearl Street Mall | More than 1,000 locally-owned and national businesses fill the red-brick, pedestrian-only thoroughfare, which runs roughly along Pearl Street. It is also home to much of Boulder’s nightlife, including musicians, performers and holiday lights. Belmar | A 103-acre downtown district in the City of Lakewood. This project took an old mall and revitalized it into a destination that now combines retailers, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, theaters, offices, residences, artist studios, parks, and plazas – all within 22 city blocks. Flatiron Crossing | The views of the Flatirons of Boulder are reason enough to visit this 1.5 million-square-foot, indoor/outdoor shopping center, featuring a pond and sandbox for the kids, plus a skating rink that is open in winter. Colorado Mills | Colorado Mills is a 1,100,000-square-foot indoor outlet shopping mall in Lakewood, Colorado.


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Overview | Located just 30 minutes northwest of Denver, tucked into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is often ranked among the top place to live in the country, due to its exceptional beauty, array of outdoor adventures, thriving startup and tech scene and unparalleled quality of life. In fact, National Geographic, working with scientists at Gallup, recently ranked Boulder “the happiest city in the United States.” Boulder is a uniquely magical community made up of residents that embrace a love of the outdoors, intellectual curiosity and a healthy, culturally enriched lifestyle. On a sunny day (of which there are many), Boulderites can be found hiking and biking among the city’s 300 miles of trails and 45,000 acres of open space; relaxing with friends at the many hip restaurants and outdoor cafés on Pearl Street; or enjoying popular cultural events ranging from lectures at the University of Colorado to performances at Boulder’s renowned Colorado Shakespeare Festival to concerts at nearby Red Rocks. 22

Things to Do | Surrounded by 36,000 acres of open recreational space, Boulder is the perfect spot for nearly every outdoor adventure. In the warmer weather, there is outstanding hiking and rock climbing in the city’s popular Chautauqua Park and nearby Eldorado Canyon; miles of family-friendly bike paths along Boulder Creek; and kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding at Boulder Reservoir. And in winter, there is easy access to alpine and Nordic skiing at Eldora, located just 20 miles west of the city.

In addition to its many outdoor activities, Boulder is known for annual film and music festivals, such as the Boulder International Film Series and the Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival. It’s also highly regarded for its award-winning restaurants, which feature creative contemporary cuisine, locally sourced produce and craft beer, and stylish yet laidback environments that reflect the Boulder lifestyle. Continued on next page...


Real Estate | Boulder’s stunning beauty, exceptional livability and economic vitality have made it one of the country’s most popular places to live. Boulder offers a variety of distinctive communities – from the bustling Downtown scene around Pearl Street; to quaint familyfriendly neighborhoods nestled against the Foothills; to the youthful energy of University Hill (“the Hill”) – and has something for everyone. Regardless of the neighborhood, most areas reflect the laid-back lifestyle that defines this uniquely idyllic town – where homeowners are warm and friendly, and grateful to live in a place that offers such a rich and healthy lifestyle.


Schools | Since its founding in the late 19th century, the University of Colorado, has continued to shape Boulder’s cultural identity and youthful energy. The school’s beautiful campus, with its redsandstone buildings and sprawling green lawns, covers 786 acres, in the heart of the city. Students, locals and visitors alike enjoy everpopular CU Buffs sporting events, as well as lectures, opera, theater, music and dance performances throughout the year. Transportation | Most people who work in Denver or on the Highway 36 corridor drive to and from the office. And while traffic has significantly increased over the past few decades,

it’s a relatively easy and stress-free commute. Boulderites can also easily hop in their cars to visit Rocky Mountain National Park (less than an hour away) and numerous worldclass ski resorts (less than two hours away). In the city itself, biking and walking are the primary forms of transportation. In fact, Boulder has won numerous awards for being a bike-friendly community and, with more than 300 miles of bike lanes and multi-use paths weaving through the city, it’s no wonder!


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Overview | Located 65 miles south of Denver, at 6,035 feet above sea level, Colorado Springs offers a delightful mix of stunning natural beauty, rich cultural history, outdoor adventure, and Western charm. The state’s second-largest city, Colorado Springs is home to an array of iconic landmarks and tourist attractions, such as 14,115-foot mountain, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, the United States Air Force Academy, and 24 national sports governing bodies, including the United States Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Training Center, and USA Hockey. Over the years, Colorado Springs has become an extremely popular place to live, thanks to its high quality of life, relatively low cost of living, strong job market, and variety of outdoor recreation and entertainment options. Its economy is primarily fueled by the military, technology, and tourism industries, which have been flourishing for several decades.


Just this year, Colorado Springs was named at the “Hottest Zip Code in the U.S.” by USA Today. And for the past several years, U.S. News & World Report has listed it as one of the top three “Best Places to Live in the U.S. In addition, Colorado Springs has been recognized as the fastest-growing city for millennials, one of the fittest cities in the U.S., and one of the most businessfriendly cities in the country.

Things to Do | Colorado Springs sits at the foot of Pikes Peak, one of the country’s most renowned 14ers, whose summit inspired Katharine Lee Bates to pen the words to “America the Beautiful.” Thousands of visitors from around the world ascend this breathtaking 14,115foot mountain by car, bicycle, or foot each year. Nearby, Garden of the Gods—with its towering, 300-foot, red sandstone spires, framed by snowcapped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies—attracts visitors who enjoy rock climbing, hiking, cycling, and horsweback riding among its otherworldly rock formations. Dubbed “Olympic City USA”, Colorado Springs is the headquarters of the United States Olympic Committee and is home to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Centers. Visitors can watch world-class athletes

in action (and maybe talk to them as well!) as they train at topnotch facilities including swimming pools, gymnastic gyms, basketball courts, wrestling arenas, and more. They can also visit the newly opened United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum, where they can learn about history’s finest Olympic athletes and their unique personal stories. Other can’t-miss Colorado Springs destinations include the U.S. Air Force Academy, an elite university and military training academy located just north of the city, as well as the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and The Broadmoor Seven Falls. Continued on next page...


Real Estate | Throughout its history, Colorado Springs has attracted people looking for natural beauty, sunny conditions, a mild climate, and a healthy lifestyle. In recent years, the city—which has often been overshadowed by Denver—has seen an influx of high-tech companies, start-ups, military installations, as well as arts and cultural institutions that have provided thousands of new jobs for its residents. As such, Colorado Springs has finally begun to garner the much-deserved attention that it deserves.


popping up every week. Some of the most popular neighborhoods— desirable due to their proximity to great parks, schools, and other amenities—include Broadmoor, Old Farm, Colorado Centre, Kissing Camels, Falcon Heights, Rockrimmon, Fountain Valley, Pikes Peak Park, Briargate and Flying Horse Ranch, among many others.

Today, people are flocking to Colorado Springs, the state’s second-largest city, in search of the ideal work-life balance: a satisfying and lucrative professional career, a relatively low cost of living, a vibrant arts and cultural center, and an endless array of outdoor adventures.

Schools | There are a number of well-regarded public school districts in Colorado Springs (i.e., Cheyenne Mountain, Lewis-Palmer, Fountain, and Academy) as well as several award-winning charter schools and private schools. Colleges and universities such as Colorado College, the Unites States Air Force Academy, and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, offer exciting programs where students can earn bachelor and graduate degrees.

Construction in Colorado Springs is booming, with new residences

Transportation | Traffic in and around Colorado Springs has

significantly increased over the past decade; however, compared to other major cities, commutes remain relatively stress-free. Residents can easily drive to Denver, located directly north of Colorado Springs via Interstate 25, for a football game, cultural event, or night on the town. They can also escape to Colorado’s popular ski resorts (i.e., Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain) for the weekend in under three hours. For cross-country travel, Colorado Springs Airport, the second-largest commercial airport in the state, offers direct flights to and from major cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, and Dallas. Closer to home, Colorado Springs features an abundance of wellmaintained trails throughout the City, including 230 miles of bike trails, 160 miles of park trails, and 105 miles of urban trails.


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Overview | One hundred miles west of Denver sits the majestic mountains of the Vail Valley, an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts, cultural aficionados and city dwellers looking for an inspiring mountain escape. With an average annual snowfall of almost 20 feet, the Valley features some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. In the summer, 30

abundant wildflowers and wildlife create the perfect backdrop for hiking, mountain biking, golfing and fly fishing. Add to that a thriving cultural, music and arts scene; outstanding shopping and dining opportunities; and a variety of can’t-miss events year-round, and it’s no wonder the Vail Valley is considered the ultimate Rocky Mountain getaway.

Things to Do | In winter, skiers and snowboarders have access to Vail’s legendary Back Bowls and Beaver Creek’s prestigious Birds of Prey World Cup downhill ski course, as well as snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, sleigh rides, Snowcat tours and tubing. In the warmer months, locals can explore nearly 600 miles of hiking trails throughout the Valley, plus mountain biking, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, golf and more. Off the slopes, the Vail Valley offers an extraordinary array of high-end shops, from luxury boutiques to art galleries. It also features world-class dining, popular farmers’ markets, and nationally recognized events, such as the annual Vail Dance Festival and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, hosted at Ford Amphitheater, one of the most picturesque outdoor entertainment venues in the world. Schools | Eagle County is an innovative school district comprised of diverse educational options. Public schools such as Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain High Schools offer many AP and college Dual Enrollment courses. Vail Mountain School (K-12) and Vail Christian High School are two examples of the Valley’s prestigious, independent schools. And Colorado Mountain College offers an extensive list of two- and four-year degrees. Transportation | Visitors can fly into Denver International Airport (DIA), located about 100 miles east of Vail, or into Eagle Country Regional Airport (EGE), which is located about 35 minutes west of Vail and offers direct flights from New York City, Dallas, Miami, Phoenix and other major cities. Getting around the valley is simple, even in the snowy winter months. In the town of Vail, you can ride the free in-town bus that runs 21 hours a day, year-round. In the summer, residents and tourists can take advantage of the extensive bike paths that weave throughout the Valley.


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Overview | Summit County, located just over an hour from Denver, features several stunning mountain ranges, including portions of the Gore Range, Tenmile Range and the Front Range. Towns like Breckenridge and Frisco, with their rich mining histories and charming Victorian homes, make visitors feel like they just stepped into the Wild West. And Lake Dillion, the highest deep-water marina in the world, majestically sits in the center if it all.


Things to Do | Summit County is an outdoor-lovers paradise. In winter, the picturesque peaks and recordbreaking snow conditions of resorts such as Keystone, Copper and A-Basin offer world-class skiing and snowboarding. Breckenridge ski resort, which boasts North America’s highest chair lift with a peak elevation of 12,840 feet, is consistently ranked one of the most popular resorts in the nation. When the weather warms up, there is hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and golf at renowned Keystone Ranch Golf Course and The River Course at Keystone, plus kayaking, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Dillon. In addition, there are free festivals, live music, art class and museums throughout the county.

Schools | Summit County Schools have six elementary schools, a middle school and a high school, plus a public alternative school for grades 7-12 and a local private school for grades 6-12. Transportation | Getting around is easy with the help of the county-wide free bus system known as “The Summit Stage.” All the ski resorts provide free shuttles throughout their respective resorts. The popular bus system, Bustang, connects communities along I-25 and I-70, and there are several shuttle services for rides to and from Denver International Airport.


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Overview | With both Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park less than an hour away, Grand County is an exceptional destination – close enough to the city to make it an easy getaway, and close enough to the 34

national park to feel a world away. A beautiful spot with hundreds of acres of unspoiled wilderness, Winter Park and its surroundings are a laid-back, easy-to-access destination for all types of travelers.

Things to Do | Winter Park is known for its expansive skiing and snowboarding, and its infamous bump runs at Mary Jane. In summertime, there’s more than 600 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails; kayaking, sailing, Jetskiing, waterskiing and fly fishing on Grand Lake; and easy access to breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park. Schools | The East Grand School District serves Fraser, Granby and Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, Tabernash and Winter Park. This school district has several school options for students including the Fraser Valley and Granby Elementary Schools, East Grand Middle School and Middle Park High School. Transportation | Just over 60 miles from Denver, Winter Park is one of the easiest resorts to get to by car. Added bonus: On weekends throughout the winter, skiers and snowboarders from Denver can take advantage of the Amtrak ski train.


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Overview | Set in Southwest Colorado, Crested Butte is a stunning mountain resort community renowned for its rugged peaks, end-of-the-road location and unparalleled outdoor activities. The town, born of the gold and silver booms of the late-1800s and designated a National Historic District in 1974, maintains a colorful, Wild West character all its own.


Things to Do | Surrounded by Gunnison National Forest, and within easy proximity of Blue Mesa Reservoir, Crested Butte is a haven for adventure

Transportation | Although Crested Butte is located deep within the Rocky Mountains, it is not difficult to get to. Several major airlines offer either direct flights or

seekers looking for a quintessential Rocky Mountain experience. When it snows, skiing, snowboarding and Nordic skiing are popular. In the summer, there’s rock climbing, hiking, biking, river rafting, horseback riding, kayaking and more. Crested Butte’s charmingly historic main street features quaint shops, galleries, restaurants and distilleries.

Denver connections into the nearby Gunnison Airport, which is just 30 minutes from town. From there, it’s just a shuttle ride away. Once in town, the free bus system shuttles people to and from the ski area, town and many residential areas.

Schools | Crested Butte’s K-12 Community School is consistently ranked as a top 5% performer in Colorado and the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


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Overview | The historic town of Telluride, designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1964, sits near the end of a picturesque box canyon surrounded by majestic 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks. Just a mile 38

and a half long by six blocks wide, downtown Telluride is an idyllic combination of colorful Victorian homes, independent boutiques and galleries, and iconic historic buildings.

Things to Do | Telluride is, of course, home to the ski resort, but many other opportunities for recreation abound in the box canyon. There are a wealth of trails and old mining roads in the mountains and basins surrounding Telluride. In winter, they can be used for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, while in summer, they are great for hiking and mountain biking. There are also many opportunities for fishing and horseback riding, and a variety of well-known events such as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Schools | The Telluride R-1 School District is one of the top-performing districts in the state and has been recognized nationally as well. In 2019, it was ranked #1 in all of Colorado and, in 2018, U.S. News and World Report awarded a gold medal to Telluride High School and ranked it 9th in the state. Transportation | The Telluride region has two local airports, Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) and Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ). Travelers can fly on a 30-seat passenger jet from Denver to Telluride on Denver Air Connection. Several airlines offer direct flights into Montrose from major cities throughout the country, including Dallas/Fort Worth, LA and Chicago.


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Overview | Located among the Elk Mountains in the Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen sits at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains in the state. Founded as a mining camp during the 1880s Silver Boom, and revitalized in the mid-20th century with the development of Aspen ski resort, Aspen has a long and storied history filled with colorful characters— ranging from counter-cultural icons, to world-renowned intellectuals, to affluent celebrities who enjoy hitting the slopes and the après-ski scene. Today, Aspen is one of the most popular and sought-after destinations in the world. Recognized for its breathtaking alpine setting, seemingly endless outdoor recreation opportunities, sophisticated shopping and dining establishments, and world-class cultural festival and events, Aspen truly has it all. 40

Things to Do | Aspen is an outdoor-lovers’ paradise, with a wide range of activities available year-round. In winter, there are four outstanding mountains for skiing and snowboarding: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk. Other winter activities including Nordic skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, snow tubing and more. During the summer, there is exceptional hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing – particularly around the Maroon Bells, two majestic fourteeners located about a dozen miles from town. Aspen’s festivals, events and cultural activities are unparalleled – from the Aspen Art Museum and the Aspen Institute, to the Aspen Music Festival, Food & Wine Classic and Snowmass Balloon Festival. Aspen also features topnotch restaurants, serving everything from fancy fusion cuisine to simple pizza parlor, and vibrant outdoor cafes and bars.

Schools | The Aspen School District has a pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school, and charter school for grades K-12. Aspen Country Day School, with its beautiful forested campus along Castle Creek, welcomes approximately 250 students (preschoolers through 8th graders) each year. Transportation | Aspen is easily accessible from both Denver and Grand Junction. It’s approximately three and a half hours by car from Denver International Airport, and just over two hours by car from Grand Junctional Regional Airport. For those interested in flying into Aspen, there’s the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport located just three miles away. From the town of Aspen, there are a variety of options, including free buses throughout the Valley and a 42-mile bike path called the Rio Grande Trail, which connects Aspen to Glenwood Springs.



Colorado Income Tax Colorado posted the 7th lowest individual income tax rate in 2018 – 4.63% flat tax. Property Tax The State of Colorado assesses property taxes based on individual school districts. Colorado has some of the lowest residential property taxes in the country, with an average effective rate of just 0.57%. Vehicle License Fees Colorado charges a yearly licensing fee for your vehicle. The fees are dependent upon the type and year of vehicle and the county in which you live. New residents have up to 90 days to obtain Colorado license plates. Colorado Driver’s License New residents have 30 days to obtain a Colorado Driver’s license. Details regarding Colorado licenses can be found at www.colorado.gov/dmv. 42


With so many unique communities to choose from, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty provides you with an insider’s look into the performance of the real estate market in Denver Metro, Boulder County, the Foothills, Summit County, Telluride, Crested Butte, and the Vail Valley. The Colorado real estate market performs quite differently than the national average. Market trends can vary dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood. When you are contemplating as large a financial commitment as the purchase or sale of a home, micro-market data on your neighborhood can make a big difference. LIV Sotheby’s International Realty compiles quarterly and year-end reports of micro-market statics. View all reports at ColoradoMicroMarketReports.com. 43

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