Willow Creek Highlands is beautiful enclave of larger custom homes in Silverthorne Colorado. Located above the popular Willowbrook subdivision, backing to open space, and very near the Eagles Nest Wildernest area, owners here enjoy peaceful seclusion – along with convenience to town and six world class ski areas.
Some owners here in Willow Creek Highlands enjoy views of the Williams Fork Range and some can see clear to Keystone. Others enjoy views of Buffalo Mountain and still others have access to Willow Creek.
Development here began in the early 1990s and continues today. Homesites range between .17 and 2 acres with the majority of properties about 0.5 acres in size, and this lends a true community feeling.
Willow Creek Highlands is a community in which everyone has some space to themselves, but there are neighbors in relatively close proximity, as well. And it’s one of the few Summit County communities with postal service to the neighborhood – so you won’t need to go to the Silverthorne post office to retrieve your mail.
Residents in this area enjoy Trent Park, at the base of the Willowbrook neighborhood, at the intersection of Willowbrook Road and Blue River Parkway. They also enjoy the the Willow Creek trail system, with the trailhead at the top end of Willowbrook Road – in the Willow Creek Highlands area. Read the trail description from The Dillon Ranger District.
To reach Willow Creek Highlands, drive north on Highway 9 (Blue River Parkway). Turn left on Willowbrook Road. Continue toward the end of this road.
Willow Creek Highlands Homes Currently on the Market
When available, the active listings in Willow Creek Highlands will appear below. Contact me if you are particularly interested in this luxury Silverthorne subdivision. I’m happy to arrange for a private tour of the homes you see below – as well as to point out some other areas or properties that you might want to consider, as well.
The Ranch at Breckenridge is one of Breck’s best kept secrets. This exclusive and secluded gated community is located less than 4 miles from Breckenridge Main Street, and yet feels a world apart. And the views truly don’t get any better.
Scroll down to see today’s listings in this exclusive luxury neighborhood.
This is mountain living at its finest. The Ranch at Breckenridge features luxurious homes on large homesites, ranging from 5 to 12 acres. With just 12 homesites in all, half of these homesites have been built on, which further contributes to the peaceful solitude this subdivision is known for. (When available, vacant land listings in The Ranch at Breckenridge will appear here.)
[As a side note, the property commonly referenced as the Ranch at Breckenridge PUD Phase 1 consists of 12 homesites in all. There is a second area, commonly referenced as The Ranch at Breckenridge Phase II, consisting of approximately 284 acres allowing 16 units of density. This land has not yet been developed. The entire parcel was listed in June 2016 and withdrawn from the market in July 2017 at a list price of $10,995,000.]
Properties at The Ranch at Breckenridge offer jaw-dropping views of the entire Ten Mile Range including Breckenridge Ski Resort. Soaring panes of glass and high ceilings are common, designed to take advantage of the majestic view corridors.
Homes feature the finest in high-end finishes and incorporate a variety of rich natural elements… from stone masonry to enormous timbers, beams, and logs. Designs here fit within closely defined architectural guidelines and most embrace a classic mountain aesthetic. You’ll see more than one home from illustrious local architect Jon Gunson, for example.
On your way to the neighborhood from Breckenridge Main Street, you’ll pass the exclusive luxury neighborhoods of Juniata and Baldy Ridge Estates. You’ll be near Goldenview Estates, with its gorgeous luxury homes, along with the view lots and properties of Woodmoor at Breckenridge.
The Ranch at Breckenridge is located at the top of Baldy Road. Roads up to this area are well maintained, year round. In the summertime, fields of wildflowers welcome you home. In the winter, you’ll be greeted by views of majestic snow-covered peaks and the rich scent of pine. Once inside the Ranch at Breckenridge gate, you will pass the iconic cabin that has become the signature for this prestigious subdivision.
Per HOA covenants, short term rentals in the Ranch at Breckenridge are restricted to 30 days or more, so seasonal rentals are permitted, but not weekly rentals – and this means you can count on peace and quiet even during the busy seasons in Breckenridge (especially the holidays and the month of March.) See more luxury neighborhoods that restrict short-term rentals. Some of the finest hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing in the county are nearby.
Properties in The Ranch at Breckenridge subdivision are situated along two roadways: Little Sallie Barber Trail and Cumberland Drive.
To reach The Ranch at Breckenridge, from Breckenridge Main Street South, take a left at the last stop light in town (Boreas Pass Road). Follow this road approximately two miles to take a left on Baldy Road. In approximately one mile, take a left on North Fuller Placer. The entrance gate to The Ranch at Breckenridge is about one-half mile up this road.
Also note that, because The Ranch at Breckenridge is outside the town limits, these properties are not subject to the typical Breckenridge transfer tax of 1%.
The Ranch at Breckenridge Luxury Homes for Sale
When there are homes available for sale in The Ranch at Breckenridge, they will appear below.
If this location is particularly appealing to you, please let me know. I’m happy to set you up for automatic notification of new properties as they come on the market, and I may have some other areas or possibilities to share with you, as well.
For many luxury buyers, a Summit County home purchase represents an investment opportunity where the cost and maintenance of the real estate is offset by vacation rental income.
But for others, Summit County represents a true respite… a place of peace and seclusion where they can meet other likeminded full-time residents and second homeowners and create lasting friendships with community members and neighbors as they enjoy their mountain home.
For these buyers, the return on investment is derived from any gain in appreciation, the potential tax benefits, and the lifestyle and memories they enjoy as their real estate increases in value over time.
While the majority of Breckenridge and Summit County neighborhoods allow short term rental activity, some neighborhoods restrict it or disallow it entirely – aiming to create the peaceful getaways that some buyers are specifically looking for.
Why would a luxury subdivision restrict short term rentals?
In our luxury home market, the best vacation rental management companies do a very good job of vetting the prospective renters of a home – to protect your investment. However, there exists the potential for noise and additional traffic when large groups gather in one location. And when these groups change from week to week, the impacts can be unpredictable.
How does a luxury subdivision restrict short term rentals?
A subdivision’s HOA documents – more specifically its Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, also known as the HOA’s Declarations or CC&Rs, will lay out the guidelines for the community, including, any restrictions on short term rentals, if any such restrictions are in place.
In Breckenridge and Summit County, when these restrictions exist, they tend to be highly specific. In Highland Meadows, for example, the HOA declarations specifically state that a lease can be no shorter than 4 months and there can be no more than 2 leases in any given year.
Are these short term rental restrictions enforced?
Like any association rule, enforcement will vary with the HOA – its membership and its leadership.
You may even notice VRBO listings with homes for rent in some of these neighborhoods. But whether or not a rule is enforced, it’s essential that you know the rules that govern a community before you buy, as enforcement can change at any time – and so, for that matter, can the rules if enough community members wish to change them.
In any offer we would write on a luxury home, we would make sure to have a contingency for the review of Association Documents.
With this contingency, you have a predetermined length of time to look over the association documents in their entirety (from declarations to financials and meeting minutes), and you would be granted the ability to terminate the contract and get your earnest money back if you were to find anything objectionable in these association documents, including the restriction or allowance of short term rentals, provided you made such an objection before the predetermined deadline.
To that end, it’s very helpful to read the minutes of the Association meetings, both board meetings and member meetings, so you get a sense for what the hot buttons are in the association. You may find some members wishing the restriction would be taken away – or that an additional restriction be put in place.
This is something we’ll talk more about as we get further into the process – along with other contingencies designed to protect you, as the buyer.
Which subdivisions in Summit County restrict short term rentals?
It can be difficult to keep track of the restrictions over time, as each is governed by individual HOAs and their corresponding documents. Some neighborhoods have a number of homes that are deed restricted against short term rentals and others that are not. Some neighborhoods, such as Angler Mountain Ranch in Silverthorne, restrict such rental activity in some filings but not in others.
Among the Summit County subdivisions where there is at least some degree of restriction:
In Silverthorne, Snowbird Condos, Spyglass at Wildernest and Hideaway Townhouses. In Dillon, Glen Cove Townhomes and Soda Creek Condos, as well as Whispering Pines Ranch and Soda Creek at Lake Dillon PUD, both of which restrict rentals to 30 days or more. In Frisco, Cobblestone Condos. In Breckenridge, Highland Meadows, Farmers Grove, Powder Downs Townhomes, Juniata Subdivision, Kingdom Park Townhomes, and Kenington Place Townhomes.
In addition, Summit County’s many deed restricted neighborhoods, discussed here, allocate most if not all of their properties for the local workforce, defined as individuals working 30 or more hours per week in Summit County, so short term rentals are disallowed here, as well.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of properties that restrict short term rentals. Restrictions on short term rentals is always an important topic to investigate when purchasing resort real estate, and the best Summit County luxury realtors will know the ins and outs of this topic.
This will be one of the first questions I ask you when we begin talking about Summit County real estate: Will you be renting the property when you aren’t here to enjoy it yourself? And if that answer is “no,” would you prefer a neighborhood where no one does?
Luxury Homes in Areas with Restricted Short Term Rentals
Here is more information on homes in luxury subdivisions where short term rentals are restricted in some way by the HOA. Note that some subdivisions define short term rental as those less than 30 days; others as less than 60 days or less than 6 months, or some other definition. Once you identify a neighborhood or home you are interested in, we will make sure to look at the fine print together.
Highland Meadows Highland Meadows is a lovely subdivision located in the heart of Summit County, between Frisco and Breckenridge, and Keystone and Dillon are just a quick drive over scenic Swan Mountain Road. These peaceful, sunny homesites (30 in all) boast tremendous views, some of Mt. Baldy and Mt. Guyot and others of Lake Dillon. According to the covenants in Highland Meadows, any lease must be four months or longer, with no more than 2 leases in a single year. Highland Meadows Homes for Sale Highland Meadows Land for Sale
Juniata Juniata is home to some of the most beautiful custom homes in Breckenridge, enjoying some of the most impressive views of the Ten Mile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Main Street Breck is just 3.5 miles down the hill by car, and owners enjoy easy access to the town shuttle system as well as a wealth of hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. Juniata features 21 properties on more than 80 acres with lots ranging from 1.2 acres to 8.2 acres. Peace and quiet, and no short term rentals per the HOA. Juniata Homes for Sale Juniata Vacant Land for Sale
The Ranch at Breckenridge
One of Breck’s best kept secrets, in my opinion. The Ranch at Breckenridge is a prestigious gated community offering larger homesites (many are 5+ acres) close to town – up the hill from Juniata – with fantastic views. Owners here enjoy seclusion, privacy and convenience. The covenants here are less restrictive when it comes to short term rentals. Owners can rent for a length of time equal to or greater than 30 days (so seasonal rentals are allowed, but not weekly rentals.) The Ranch at Breckenridge Homes for Sale The Ranch at Breckenridge Land for Sale
Pebble Creek Ranch
A unique subdivision: Pebble Creek Ranch is 170 acres with 19 home sites. Home sites are 0.4 acres in size and they share the open space. There is an equestrian center here, as well.
The Ranch at Eagles Nest
This planned subdivision of single family homes Is located near the first and ninth fairways of the Raven Golf Course at Three Peaks. The area’s Duplexes at The Ranch is also subject to this HOA restriction, which requires rentals to be 30 days or longer.
Nestled in a private setting less than one mile to Main Street, Corkscrew Flats Homes for Sale offer a sense of community and larger home sites, all within walking distance to town.
Breckenridge’s free shuttle service stops along Wellington Road, at the mouth of the subdivision, for easy access to the Breck Connect gondola and ski resort as well to the town core.
Main Street Breckenridge is all downhill from here, so take the easy walk down into town, about one-half mile along paved sidewalks, to enjoy shopping, dining, and nightlife, and know that you can always opt for the bus on the way home.
Scroll down below today’s Corkscrew Flats listings to learn more about this unique subdivision:
Luxury Breckenridge Homes for Sale along Corkscrew Drive
Each of the homes in Corkscrew Flats is newer construction (beginning in 2006) and is arranged alongside a nice long street, which ends in a cul-de-sac – so there is no drive through traffic. A walking path connects you to the paved sidewalk leading to town. The French Creek runs along one side of the neighborhood, as well, completing the picturesque setting.
Corkscrew Flats is comprised of 38 parcels in total, with lot sizes ranging from 0.3 acres to 0.8 acres. Properties here are all single family homes, ranging in size from 2500 sq. ft. to 4000 sq. ft. (Three bedrooms to five bedrooms.)
Floor plans in Corkscrew Flats are open and cleverly designed to capture the view corridors and the abundance of natural light. Finishes are rich and inviting in a natural rustic mountain style. Expect to find soaring windows, stone and granite, heavy timbers, and rustic metal accents. Inside: gourmet chef’s kitchens with granite countertops and high-end stainless steel appliances.
Corkscrew Flats homes take full advantage of the views and outdoor living, as well, with well-placed decks and patios.
The subdivision of Corkscrew Flats features more than 14 acres of open space thoughout the subdivision, plus nearby access to miles upon miles of biking and hiking trails in the Golden Horseshoe area.
Like other Breckenridge properties, homes for sale in Corkscrew Flats are subject to a 1% transfer tax. At the time of this writing, association fees are just $550 per year and cover common area maintenance.
Corkscrew Flats Homes and the Vacation Rental Market
Short term and long term rentals are permitted here in Corkscrew Flats. As you might imagine, homes for sale in Corkscrew Flats can potentially do very well in both of these rental markets. The subdivision is also home to several long-time locals.
Learn more about renting your Corkscrew Flats home when you aren’t in town to enjoy it yourself. And contact me for historic or projected income for any properties you might be interested in.
Corkscrew Flats Homes for Sale in Breckenridge
When there are Corkscrew Flats homes for sale in Breckenridge, they will appear below. If you have particular interest in this area of Breckenridge, please send me an email or give me a call so I can be on the lookout for new listings on your behalf.
Contact me anytime to learn more about this popular community or to schedule a showing and private property tour.
Southside Estates offers true exclusivity, featuring just six beautifully treed lots over 24 acres. Individual parcels are large and many feature incredible views of the Ten Mile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort. Owners and guests may hike, bike, snowshoe, and cross country ski directly from the back door.
Positioned as it is just over the hill from the Breckenridge Ice Rink, owners and guests in Southside Estates are able to walk into town during the summer on a forested hiking path. Or hop in the car and be on Main Street in moments.
The land parcels of Southside Estates are outlined in green, from Summit County’s GIS mapping tool. Note their size and relation to Main Street Breckenridge.
To reach Southside Estates from Breckenridge and Highway 9, take the first left (on Southside Drive) after the stoplight near the Conoco on the south side of town.
Association fees at the time of this writing are around $210 per month and include common area maintenance and subdivision snow removal.
Homes here are large and feature the lavish amenities you would expect from the finest custom homes in Breckenridge, depending on the property and ranging from sprawling gourmet kitchens, home theaters, home fitness centers, hot tubs, saunas, wine rooms, and expansive outdoor living areas.
At the time of this writing, only two of the six estates have been built on.
Nearby Recreation and Amenities
As mentioned above, Southside Estates is just over the ridge from Breckenridge’s Stephen C. West Ice Arena where patrons enjoy an outdoor ice rink, as well as an all-season indoor rink. Hiking and biking trails are never far from away in the Southside subdivision.
Southside Estates Luxury Homes for Sale
Properties in luxurious Southside are rare. When homes here are available for sale, they will appear below. If you have particular interest in this community, please let me know. I’ll make sure to notify you about any new listings in this area.
Sunbeam Estates offers an ideal location for luxury homebuyers who love to be close to everything Breckenridge has to offer.
Nestled among tall trees on the south side of town, between the ice arena and Carter Park, Sunbeam Estates offers an easy walk to both of these recreational hubs, as well as to the boutique shopping, award-winning dining, and year-round festivals and events on Main Street Breckenridge.
Learn more about this prestigious subdivision below today’s listings of Sunbeam Estates Luxury Homes for Sale.
With 43 parcels in all, lot sizes in Sunbeam Estates range from 0.2 acres to 1.7 acres. Single family home sizes range from around 2800 square feet to 6700 square feet. Many of the luxury homes here feature ski area views and are not far from Breckenridge’s free shuttle route for easy access to the ski area and connections to the rest of Summit County. On its south end, Sunbeam Estates is also home to a popular 9000 square foot, 12-bedroom lodge/chalet on a larger, 3-acre parcel. (Little Mountain Lodge, located at 98 Sunbeam Drive.)
The luxury homes in Sunbeam Estates are all custom builds, and many feature the luxury amenities a discerning Breckenridge buyer has come to expect: wine room, fitness room, gourmet chef’s kitchen with top of the line appliances (Subzero, Wolf, Viking), outdoor kitchens and outdoor seating areas. Architecture and designs make clever use of view corridors and natural light.
Building in Sunbeam Estates began in 1992, so this luxury subdivision features newer homes than some of its nearby counterparts… The Weisshorn,Warrior’s Mark West and Gold Flake, for example. Exteriors feature rich natural elements, from soaring timber trusses to meticulous masonry.
Nearby Recreation and Amenities
As mentioned above, Sunbeam Estates is just across Boreas Pass Road from Breckenridge’s Stephen C. West Ice Arena where patrons enjoy an outdoor ice rink, as well as an all-season indoor rink. Hiking and biking trails wind through the Sunbeam Estates subdivision and connect to main arteries near Carter Park as well as beyond the ice rink.
Carter Park features several nice playgrounds, in conjunction with adjacent Breckenridge Elementary, along with picnic tables, four outdoor tennis courts, and a day lodge, which is available for rent through the town of Breckenridge. Visitors also love Carter Park’s sand volleyball in the summer and Breck’s most popular sledding hill in the winter.
Sunbeam Estates Luxury Homes for Sale
Properties in luxurious Sunbeam Estates don’t come along too often. It is one of the most coveted areas in Breckenridge. When homes in Sunbeam Estates are available for sale, they will appear below. If you have particular interest in this community, please let me know. I’ll make sure to notify you about any new listings in this area.
Today I want to share with you some questions to ask before buying a luxury home in a mountain community, whether you plan to make it your primary residence or to occupy it as a second home or a rental/investment property.
Question 1: What is the real estate market outlook for luxury homes in this particular area/subdivision?
Generally speaking, luxury homes in resort communities, such as Summit County, are poised for long-term appreciation. After all, they are located in areas that are consistently popular among visitors and other second homeowners, so there’s consistently high demand.
In addition, the supply of homes in resort areas like ours is limited. Of the 619 square miles that make up Summit County, about 80% is public land – managed by either the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. That leaves just 20% of land in Summit County to be privately owned and managed.
So, when you own a piece of property in Summit County, you buy something with great appeal and strong potential for resale value. You can realize strong appreciation over the long term. And, in the meantime, you get to enjoy the property, the vacations, and the tax advantages.
Of course, no one can predict the future and what the real estate market will do, but we can have a good understanding of the past. As of this writing, prices are trending upward. See today’s market stats.
Specifically, you’ll want to understand the absorption rate for the luxury home market in the area you’re looking. Many times, the absorption rate for luxury homes is different from the market as a whole simply because you are among a smaller pool of buyers. It’s very possible for there to be a seller’s market for homes under $1M, while homes of $2M are experiencing a buyer’s market. A buyer’s market means a greater likelihood that you can negotiate on price and inspection items. You may even have more say over contract dates and deadlines.
Question 2: Have you considered all of the neighborhoods and areas that might appeal to you?
A good Realtor will be able to provide information and guidance about additional communities and subdivisions that may fit your criteria, simply by learning about your lifestyle and the type of homes you are looking for.
When we first start talking, expect to have a long conversation about exactly what you are looking for. Are you interested in a historic property? New construction? In town or on a larger land parcel? Are gravel roads okay? I have a series of about 20 questions to get us started. We’ll talk about the real estate market trends in each of these various subdivisions as well as any new development and revitalization projects that may be on the horizon so you can get a sense for not only the current value but the future value, as well.
You’ll also want to make sure that you are considering the needs of everyone who will be using the home. Especially if you have in mind that the home will be in your family for generations, it’s important to consider the needs of all. If you have a number of older people in your party with any health concerns, you might want to choose a home at a slightly lower elevation, for example, or you might wish to look at properties with at least one bedroom on the main floor – or perhaps an elevator.
Question 3: Who designed the home, and who built the home?
Ideally, you’ll be working with a luxury agent who is familiar with the work and the reputation of the area’s custom home builders and architects. When I preview new luxury homes that come on the market, it’s the first question I ask, if I don’t know already – because it’s important.
Even if the home is not new construction and is outside the warranty, a luxury builder with a stellar reputation will do what’s necessary to keep that reputation and will often, at the very least, help you troubleshoot and solve problems. If you ever want to add on to the home, or do a remodel, it’s nice to have this information, as well.
Question 4: What community amenities/features are most important to you?
Just as with any property, when shopping for luxury, the “bones” of the home are going to be of utmost importance. You want solid, quality construction on a parcel of land that offers good exposure. You want a good floor plan, perhaps a timeless design.
Beyond these basics, there are bound to be particulars that the home does not have, but if these are easy to integrate, it doesn’t have to be dealbreaker. A home can often be retrofitted with modern technology (see below.)
It’s common in our luxury market to have stellar views and premiere locations, along with home theater, fitness room, wine room, gourmet chef’s kitchens with top of the line appliances (Viking, Subzero, Wolf), private hot tubs and outdoor seating areas with gas firepits. Expect to see outdoor kitchens, spa baths and steam showers.
Heating on luxury homes in Summit County is nearly always in-floor radiant and the building process here so prizes environmental building standards that you can expect to see a number of ecological considerations and features, especially in newer construction. These include passive and active solar, as well as “smart” features that allow owners to control lighting and window shades, temperature and humidity, electronics and entertainment, security systems and more either remotely or via an ipad on site (or both).
Again, some older luxury homes can be retrofitted with this technology fairly reasonably, but this might be something you want to get an opinion on before you purchase. One thing that can be difficult to retrofit: an antiquated heating system. If the luxury home has older heating systems or even certain in-floor heat tubing (a couple have had class action lawsuits), you might want to opt for a home that’s newer and potentially more efficient.
New construction is very popular in our luxury market, in part because it provides the latest in trends and technology, which can be particularly useful if you are not occupying the home full time.
A good luxury agent will help you understand what to look for in a luxury custom home, from the mechanical room to the roof design, and what problems you could potentially run into down the line.
And that leads us to another question: Nearly all luxury buyers have grappled with whether they would be better off buying land and building a custom home themselves. Your luxury realtor will be able to give you an idea of the current building costs and timelines as well as the general procedures you can expect in your area.
Question 5: What are your likely costs for home care?
The HOA fees for single family homes will likely be fairly minimal, as there is often little in terms of common amenities and services. There are luxury subdivisions in our Colorado resort market with higher HOA fees, charged monthly (Cottages at Shock Hill, Columbia Lode, Angler Mountain Ranch cabins, Peak Ten Bluffs, and Muggins Gulch, for example) because they provide true lock-and-leave convenience and some even provide an on-site property manager. Services vary for each of these communities but they can be a nice option for luxury homeowners who come and go frequently throughout the year.
Keep in mind that, with so many second homes in our area, property management and home care is big business, so it’s fairly easy to make any property into one you can easily lock-and-leave – as long as you have a contract with a good caretaker who can make sure to take care of heat tape, snow removal, roof inspections and basic maintenance on your home. You can even have someone stock the fridge before you get here. I’ll help you with recommendations on professionals like this when the time comes.
Question 6: Do you wish to rent the home when you aren’t here, and, if so, what is the potential for rental income?
Luxury mountain homes in Colorado make for popular short-term rentals, and this rental income can help to offset the expenses of your mountain home. Among luxury homes in our community, it’s not unusual to see gross rental incomes in the six figures, and there are a great variety of vacation rental management companies and home care companies that can help you maintain and easily facilitate your mountain rentals, for a fee.
In a resort market like ours, rental income can vary greatly, across the seasons and across the years. When we start looking at luxury mountain homes together, I can provide you with historic or projected rental income and we can talk about the outlook for the future in a particular subdivision. Read more about potential rental income or download my Summit County Buyer’s Handbook to learn more.
Question 7: What are the potential tax advantages of owning a luxury home?
I’m careful not to give tax advice, but it’s important to discuss your plans for buying a luxury mountain home with both your financial advisor and your tax professional. Purchasing a luxury home in Colorado may allow you to take advantage of certain tax deductions, and – if you rent the home, you’ll be able to take advantage of even more. (Read my explanation of potential tax deductions for your mountain property.)
Question 8: Has the home been tested for radon?
Radon is an odorless and colorless gas from granite deposits in the earth that contain uranium. This radon gas can move into your home, causing potentially serious health effects, including cancer. Many homes in Summit County already have a system installed to mitigate this problem (read more about radon from Colorado Department of Public Health & the Environment), but if the home you’re looking at does not, it’s important to make a note of that ahead of time and to understand the likely costs and strategy for mitigation. Radon mitigation is routinely done on new construction, and there is generally a way to mitigate on existing homes, but costs and effectiveness will vary, depending on the way the home was constructed. Summit County has free radon test kits, and you can have a radon inspection as part of your inspection process before closing. We can talk about that more as the time comes, as well.
Question 9: Is the luxury home located in a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)?
A number of luxury homes in Summit County are in the Wildland Urban Interface: that zone that exists between unoccupied land and developed land where there is an increased risk of wildfires. If your home is located here, you could be subject to higher insurance premiums or even non-renewals or cancellation of homeowner’s insurance policies. We will make sure that your purchase offer includes a property insurance contingency, so you can verify that you will be able to find affordable insurance on the home.
As we look at homes, we will be looking at certain items to evaluate the home’s potential wildfire risk. The state of Colorado has published a comprehensive document with details on exactly how individual homeowners can reduce their risk, and we’ll talk about these details more as we start looking at prospective properties, but – among the considerations:
1. Roofing material. Wood and shake shingle roofs can be highly flammable. Instead, you’ll want asphalt shingles, metal sheets and metal shingles or tile, clay, concrete or slate shingles. Da Vinci and CeDUR are two companies that make synthetic shingles that closely resemble cedar shakes, and we are increasingly seeing these on new construction – and on roof replacements of high end luxury homes.
2. Defensible space. This is the area around the home that has been changed or modified to reduce the fire hazard. Wildfire experts set recommendations for tasks a homeowners should complete in Zone 1 (from 0 to 30 feet from the home); Zone 2 (from 30 to 50 feet), and Zone 3 (100 feet from the home.) See the publication noted above for specific recommendations in these areas in regard to tree spacing, pruning of tree branches, etc.
If you see that the home will require some fire mitigation after you take possession, it doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker (provided you can get reasonably priced property insurance on the home), but it’s a good idea for you to know what tasks may lie ahead. These tasks can range from simple and free to complex and costly – especially considering the cost of cutting and removing a single tree on your property can exceed $100.
Question 10: Are you planning to pay cash or finance?
Approximately 43% of the transactions in our market are paid in cash, but with interest rates low, many people choose to leverage their investment and finance. As a luxury buyer, you likely have existing relationships with loan professionals, but if you need a recommendation to a few good local lenders, just say the word.
With luxury condos, a local lender can help make for a smoother transaction in part because the underwriter will need to approve the complex and a local lender will already know which buildings are approved. Luxury single family homes in our market do not tend to have the same hurdles. Still our market does have its idiosyncrasies when it comes to financing. For example, right now, appraisals are taking an unusually long time so you want to make sure your lender is aware (and that your Realtor and lender are communicating), so everyone can understand what is realistic in terms of appraisal dates and closing dates.
It’s important to talk with your lender early in the process – even before you start looking for your second home – because a pre-approval letter will strengthen any offer you write. It’s highly likely that you will need to furnish some kind of letter from a lender early in the process of buying a luxury mountain home, or a proof of funds if you are paying cash.
As you know, with loans on a luxury property, even a fraction of a point can cost you or save you thousands over the life of the loan, so it’s nice to have some time to shop around, and perhaps get a recommendation on a lender who is based locally.
Question 11: Who will you be using as your Realtor?
Ideally, you will work with someone who understands the unique trends in the luxury home market. A realtor with contacts and experience in the luxury homebuilding industry can help you after the sale, as well, in case you’d like to do some future updates. A Realtor who is constantly showing and previewing luxury homes will help you to know where the best homes are for your unique situation and needs.
Again, I work alongside my husband, Ty Cortright, a great deal. He has 20 years of experience with some of the finest luxury homes in Summit County and, as we narrow down the choices on a custom home, it’s nice to call him in to walk through the homes with us. He lends a very valuable perspective on everything from the mechanical room to the roof design and everything in between. He can help point out the advantages and disadvantages of various features and is a great resource for my clients, from that initial walkthrough to long after the sale.
Gold Flake Homes for Sale are Custom Luxury Homes with Spectacular Views of Breck – and just a Quick Walk to Town
Four individual subdivisions exist in the area commonly known as Gold Flake, just up the hill from downtown Breckenridge. These beautiful luxury homes face the ski mountain and offer breathtaking year-round views.
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The custom luxury homes here have been built over more than three decades, in four different filings, so there is a diversity of sizes, styles, and vintages. Lot sizes in Gold Flake range from one-third of an acre to 3 acres. Homes vary from 2500 square feet to nearly 9000 square feet.
The original Gold Flake subdivision saw construction beginning in the 1980s. Gold Flake II features homes built in the 1990s and beyond, and Gold Flake III and Gold Flake Filing 3A are home to the newest homes in the development, beginning right around 2000 and continuing today, especially along Stillson Placer.
Homes in Gold Flake are custom built and many include the stunning alpine grandeur you would expect from a custom luxury Breckenridge neighborhood. Rustic textures, timberwork, and rich natural elements combine with soaring panes of glass to maximize the spectacular view corridors.
Many Gold Flake homes for sale also feature expansive west-facing decks and outdoor living areas — some beautifully terraced into the hillside — designed to capture the sun-drenched afternoons and the magnificent views of the Breckenridge Ski Area and the Ten Mile Range. Just below can be seen the bustling town of Breckenridge.
And while views are spectacular from your perch in Gold Flake, you’re just a quick walk (downhill) to town. Take one of two quaint and forested footpaths and arrive at the shops and restaurants of Breck within around 10 minutes. The return walk, of course, will be uphill, so you could opt for the free Breckenridge shuttle, which will drop you off at nearby Wellington Road.
This bus stop can easily connect you to skiing, as well. The Breckenridge Free Ride, Breck’s free shuttle service, stops along Wellington Road at least twice an hour, making it easy for many Gold Flake owners and guests to access the galleries, shopping, and dining of Breckenridge, as well as the ski mountain. (The final stop along this convenient bus route is the Breckenridge station, which is adjacent to the Breck Connect gondola.)
Hiking and biking trails abound in the Gold Flake subdivision. If you prefer to go, not into town, but deeper into the forest, another series of paths and trails will take you into open space, connecting you eventually into the Golden Horseshoe and acres and acres of national forest.
To explore the Gold Flake subdivisions, from Wellington Road, head south on Pine Street or Gold Flake Terrace. Street names within the Gold Flake Subdivisions, in addition to Pine and Gold Flake Terrace, include Gold Flake Court, Hermit Drive, and Stillson Placer Terrace.
Like other Breckenridge properties, homes in Gold Flake are subject to a 1% transfer tax. HOA fees are minimal and are assessed annually.
When there are Gold Flake Homes for sale in Breckenridge, they will appear below. If you have particular interest in this area of Breckenridge, please send me an email or give me a call so I can be on the lookout for new listings on your behalf.
Contact me anytime to learn more about this popular custom home community or to schedule a showing and private property tour.
River’s Edge Homes for Sale: Along the pristine banks of the Blue River is a new construction development from one of Breckenridge’s most successful developers, Breckenridge Lands.
Properties here are primarily duplexes, with one single family home. Groundbreaking occurred in the summer of 2016, and construction will take place in 2 phases. [update 9/28/2017: there is only one property left in Phase 1. The second and final phase has just been introduced. Phase 2 is located on the opposite side of the river from Phase 1, and pricing starts at $1,615,000.]
When there are properties available in prestigious River’s Edge they will appear below:
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Imagine throwing open your window in the summertime and hearing the steady and soothing rush of the Blue River.
The developer of River’s Edge, Breckenridge Lands, is well-known for its luxury homes in Shock Hill, Corkscrew Flats and The Highlands. Now, development is underway on River’s Edge, just one-half mile south of Main Street Breckenridge.
HOA fees in River’s Edge will cover the home’s exterior maintenance, so you can enjoy true lock and leave convenience (like in Breckenridge’s Peak Ten Bluffs and Silverthorne’s Angler Mountain Ranch). HOA fees, at the time of this writing, are slated to be $500/month and include the common area maintenance, exterior home maintenance, snow removal, and trash removal.
The luxury enclaves in River’s Edge boast high-end finishes with rich, natural elements. In addition to four bedrooms and five baths, each home will boast two distinct living areas, as well as a deck and outdoor patio. Each home will feature a gourmet kitchen with custom cabinetry, and Wolf and Sub Zero appliances. Bathrooms will be handsomely finished with quartzite, slate, and granite.
Floor plans are cleverly designed with well-placed windows, allowing natural light to flood the indoor spaces.
Riverfront properties in Breckenridge are as desirable as they are rare. River’s Edge homes for sale offers this plus a stunning mountain setting, beautiful views, proximity to numerous hiking and biking trails, fly fishing out your door, and just minutes from Main Street Breckenridge and the Breckenridge historic district.
Once completed, River’s Edge will be home to 24 duplexes and one single family home. Duplexes are 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths at 2803 square feet.
Current listings in River’s Edge
When there are River’s Edge homes for sale in Breckenridge, they will appear below. If you have particular interest in this area of Breckenridge, please send me an email or give me a call so I can be on the lookout for new listings on your behalf.
Contact me anytime to learn more about this popular custom home community or to schedule a showing and private property tour.
Lewis Ranch Homes for Sale in Copper Mountain feature privacy and seclusion yet are mere steps from the lifts. These true ski in ski out luxury homes represent the pinnacle of real estate in Copper Mountain.
One of only a few gated communities in Summit County, the prestigious address of Lewis Ranch is home to several Parade of Homes award winners and new construction continues here today.
The custom architecture of Lewis Ranch spotlights the vast and impressive view corridors and incorporates timbers and beams with rich natural elements. Styles of Lewis Ranch homes range from rough-hewn and rustic to sleek and contemporary, but all finishes are high-end with gourmet chef’s kitchens and luxuriously appointed baths. Many homes in Lewis Ranch feature custom wine rooms, home theaters, and slopeside Jacuzzis.
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Properties in Lewis Ranch are duplexes or single family homes. Duplexes range from 2600 to 3700 square feet; homes from 4100 square feet to 6600. Lot sizes are from .08 acres (duplex lots) to around one-half an acre.
Stringent architectural guidelines ensure that all homes in the subdivision embrace the high alpine luxury aesthetic. No outbuildings or accessory buildings or apartments are permitted in Lewis Ranch. Ask me for a copy of the architectural design guidelines for the Lewis Ranch subdivision.
In the winter, enjoy alpine skiing right from your home, and, of course, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Vail are all less than 30 minutes away. In the summer, explore the nearby hiking and biking trails. Golfers will enjoy Copper Mountain’s Copper Creek Golf Course. See this Copper Mountain Resort Map to see Lewis Ranch’s proximity to the runs, lifts and Copper villages.
Lewis Ranch HOA
HOA fees are low and are assessed annually. Fees cover Common Area Maintenance, Security, and Trash Removal. Additionally, there is a quarterly neighborhood/resort fee paid to Copper Mountain which, for the most luxurious homes, is assessed at $1016 per quarter. Lewis Ranch Homes for Sale are also subject to a 1.5% transfer tax (a one-time fee paid at closing.) Owners here will also need to arrange for snowplowing and snow shoveling services as this is not taken care of by the HOA.