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Telluride Guide

Towns & Villages

Telluride Area Overview

There's something special about Telluride. Everybody says so, whether vacationing for the first time, returning for an umpteenth visit, or having called the region home for decades. The San Juan Mountains are undoubtedly among the most beautiful peaks in the Lower 48 and rival many found around the globe. Additionally, the character and charm of Telluride and its residents are hard to beat. Incorporated as a town in 1878, people came to Telluride at the turn of the century in hopes of finding their fortunes. Gold and silver ran rampant in the mountains above town and with that came a hearty crowd full of personality. History was made regularly with Butch Cassidy robbing his first bank in town and Telluride being the host-site of the world's first commercial-grade AC power plant. But whether scientist or criminal, people were bright, determined and loved having a grand time. Telluride, even then, was known as a town that appreciated the good life.

Bouncing back from a post-mining slump in the mid-1900s, a similar crowd arrived in the early 70s-smart, passionate and fun-loving-in time for the start of the ski area in 1973. Now more than 30 years later, Telluride is renowned for its fantastic ski terrain (which virtually doubled in size with an expansion in 2002) and superb community. Both Mountain Village and Telluride are generously doused with gourmet restaurants, sassy boutiques and impeccable architecture; a progressive political/environmental consciousness permeates the alpine air; outdoor activities come in all shapes and sizes; and cultural events/festivals happen year-round. And with air service continuously expanding and improving, this once hard-to-get-to spot in Colorado's southwestern corner (that's still 37 miles from the nearest traffic light) is easier to get to than ever before. Major airlines like United, America West, Delta, Continental and American fly into the Telluride and Montrose airports (thanks to the Airline Guarantee Program), connecting the region to metropolises like Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas and Newark.

Yet although "growing up," so to speak, from a rugged mining settlement, to a safe-haven for hippies and urban renegades, to a sophisticated, world-class mountain resort, Telluride has managed to cling firmly to its rustic mountain roots and sincerely appreciates its past.

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Town of Telluride (278 listings available)

The Town of Telluride is on the National Historic Register requiring historic buildings to be rebuilt; not demolished. Strict design guidelines for new construction must be followed and are enforced by HARC (Historical Architectural Review Commission). Small two bedroom cottages to renovated Victorian estates can be found in Telluride that range from $500,000 to $3,500,000. Condominiums can be purchased from $80,000 to $2,650,000 ranging in size from studios to four bedrooms. A limited supply of vacant lots can also be found within town limits. Residential lots are priced from $250,000 to $1,500,000.
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Mountain Village (359 listings available)

Elegant homes, many ski in/ski out or located on a fairway of the golf course, dot the Mountain Village landscapes. Telluride Mountain Village sits at mid-mountain (9,545 ft) on the ski resort. Skiers and boarders can ski/ride past some of the finest ski property in the United States. Prices range from $995,000 to $9,800,000. Condominium prices range from $115,000 to $3,750,000. Vacant residential lots can be had for between $365,000 for a small residential lot from the center of town to $4,800,000 for a 1.8-acre parcel high on the ski area overlooking the Mountain Village core and Wilson Peak.
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Surrounding areas (874 listings available)

Regional Mesa, Ranches and Subdivisions - Homes in Ski Ranches, Greyhead, West Meadows, Aldasoro, Elk Run, Raspberry Patch and Last Dollar surround the Telluride Mountain Village and the town of Telluride. All are within ten minutes from the ski area and are sited on half acre to 35-acre parcels of land. Greyhead has a shared equestrian center and an extensive trail network. Homes range in price from $495,000 to $8,250,000. Vacant land ranges in price from $179,500 to just over $10,000,000.
Down Valley - Homes down valley in Illium, Sawpit, Fall Creek and Placerville have the red rock canyon formed by the San Miguel River as their backdrop. These quieter neighborhoods are within twenty minutes from the town of Telluride. Homes range from $250,000 to $600,000. Land prices are between $125,000 for a small parcel to $1,400,000 for a 72-acre parcel.
Ophir to Trout Lake - South of Telluride and Telluride Mountain Village lie the tiny villages of Ophir and Trout Lake. Ophir sits in its own pristine valley on the southern side of the ski resort. Trout Lake is near Lizard Head Pass and is in the midst of thousands of acres of national forest service land. Ophir and Trout Lake are within twenty minutes of Telluride Mountain Village. Homes range in price from $215,000 to $$1,375,000. Land prices are between $165,000 to $1,250,000.
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