If you love Colorado, chances are you love the outdoors too. It’s hard to resist the magic of the Rocky Mountains, so too for the thousands of visitors who flock here each year to explore all they have to offer. Colorado real estate, and particularly the mountain market, only seems to get more popular, but living that “mountain lifestyle” is more than a cultural trend; it’s a tried-and-true brand. A way of life that requires certain sacrifices, but whose rewards are rich. Here’s our list of the Top 5 Reasons to Live in the Mountains:
1. Nature – There is nothing quite like the smell of the woods, the old pines, the taste of a fresh, cold creek cascading from an alpine lake. To live in the mountains is to be one with the natural beauty of our planet. The majesty of watching a herd of elk or a big bull moose meander in your front meadow is without measure. To be surrounded by the wild of the wilderness is the primary perk of mountain living.
2. Recreation – Being surrounded by the great outdoors means being surrounded by endless recreation: National Forests, State & National Parks, BLM, and more. The Rockies are the heart of thousands of miles of interconnecting trails for hiking, camping, biking, backpacking, not to mention fishing, hunting, 4-wheeling, and popular winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. The closer you are to nature, the quicker you can get to your favorite outdoor activities, and the quicker you can get home to rest and relax.
3. Seclusion – Typically, mountain properties are bigger and more spacious than in cities, which affords an unrivaled kind of privacy. There’s more room between you and your neighbors, if you have neighbors at all. Things move a little slower, there’s a certain peace and quiet that are the hallmarks of calm seclusion. Living away from the hustle and bustle means more room to breathe that crisp, clean mountain air, and most likely less traffic to navigate.
4. Freedom – With seclusion and space comes more freedom to do as you wish. Some mountain communities have less restrictive HOA’s, or even none at all. This translates to more flexibility in designing your home or remodel, or doing with your property as you please. Whether it be horseback riding, target practice, or what have you.
5. Room to Roam – When you have an acre of land or more, there’s plenty of room for all the biggest joys of life. You’ll have the space for your 5-10 rescue dogs, or larger animals like horses and cows, bigger beds for gardening, extra facilities for storing recreational toys and campers, and more. Owning the room to roam is truly an American dream.