Choosing Your Location In Crested Butte – Location, location, location! That’s something you often hear when you start considering where you want your dream home to be in the Crested Butte Area. But what do people really mean by that? Location is often the thing that makes or breaks whether you are going to love your new home or not. If you find your absolute dream home, but it’s not in the right location, it might not be your dream home… But how do you go about deciding on a location when buying your home? Or even if you are trying to decide on location when it comes to building your dream home?
You need to decide what is important when considering the location of your home. I often tell people to consider how they will use the home in the winter and the summer, who they will invite to be with them during the different seasons. Do you want that perfect mountain view you always dreamed of? Or is ski-in and ski-out or skier access important to you? Or maybe you want to have a home with access to a stream or river so you have easy access to fly fishing. Here are the things that I have found are most important to buyers, although everyone prioritizes them differently –
Choosing The Location That Works For You
There are lots of location choices in every mountain town – and especially in the Crested Butte Area. Many times when working with buyers who have not spent much time in the Crested Butte area we take the time to look at the different locations, subdivisions and talk about the pros and cons. This is very much an individual decision and important to think and talk about what you want, and how you will use your home with family, friends, and guests. The good news is the Crested Butte area offers lots of choices in location, amenities, (and price points).
Proximity and Your Dream Home in Crested Butte
What if you were going to go ski for the day? How would you get everyone to the slopes and back? What if someone wanted to sleep in, or come back from the slopes early? Is ski-in/out important to you? Is a remote riverfront home just what you want? How about a place in town so you can walk to get a coffee or breakfast? Does it make sense to a home in downtown Crested Butte for your group so you can walk or ride your townie bike to get coffee or to the shops, and everyone can walk home at the end of a late-night? Do you want to be in the Skyland area and either on, or close to the golf course, the Club at Crested Butte clubhouse, and Lake Grant…? Some buyers I work with start looking in town, then realize that the homes in town are the most expensive for the size and finding a larger home in Mt. Crested Butte that has access to the free Mountain Express shuttle bus is a good alternative.
Is a secluded mountain home in the woods with great views and on thirty-five acres your dream home? Will your remote mountain dream home have cell service? How about high-speed Internet service? Do you want to be close to town, but not right in town where it may be noisy and there may be lots of dogs barking? There are lots of variables and lots of decisions to be made, but thankfully there are lots of proximity and amenity options to choose from when choosing your location in Crested Butte.
Views, Views, Views
Compared to a home in the suburban USA where views are not typically even an item on the checklist, this can be the deciding factor between two homes in the Crested Butte area. Some homes are tucked in an aspen grove, and while this can be a beautiful setting, others offer panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. It is hard to find a home that doesn’t have some sort of nice view, but again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There may be a western facing view and you will be blessed with magnificent mountain sunsets. All of this should be considered when choosing the location of your Crested Butte home.
A home that has great exposure and views facing to the east is nice as well because there is something special about having coffee on the deck on a crisp morning with the sun warming you up. Be very keen on looking at the views of a home and asking, “Are these views protected? Who owns that land in our ‘view shed’? What can be built there?” It can be deceiving in a new development when there are very few homes built to visualize the changes to the views once other homes are built. It is not uncommon for homeowners to buy adjacent lots to guarantee privacy, open space and to protect their views. Great, unobstructed views will positively impact the value of a home or property, and homes on a National Forest fence line are also very desirable.
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