World-class skiing, a lush alpine setting, knee-high champagne powder – this is what comes to mind when people think of Steamboat Springs. But there’s a new trend taking shape in the family-friendly resort town that’s hard to deny. The lifestyle-driven community is gaining massive popularity among buyers investing in primary and second homes, not only for the classic winter pursuits, but for the abundant warm-weather activities stretching across the Yampa Valley.
The result? A mecca for luxury buyers who want it all. We’re talking year-round indoor-outdoor recreation, exceptional world-class amenities, and all the laid back charms of a bustling mountain destination.
“The community and lifestyle here are infectious,” says Chris Paoli, owner/broker at Colorado Group Realty. “Steamboat is different than most communities because our outdoor amenities are just a few minutes from the front door. In Steamboat, you can do an hour ski or bike ride at lunch and only lose 75 minutes out of your day including set up and travel. You can’t do that in other places, and luxury primary and second homebuyers seeking lifestyle opportunities and convenience continue to take notice of that.”
Looking for a premier spot to invest in? Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club reigns supreme. The residential ranch community is situated just five minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs and showcases the best of what mountain living offers, regardless of the season. And the 1,216-acre Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club isn’t your average mountain enclave.
The Ranch affords 63 five-acre homesites, a 900-acre wildlife preserve, five miles of pristine trails that meander throughout the property, and impressive hiking and horseback riding opportunities right outside an owners’ front door.
Paoli says, “Summer is a far bigger driver of our luxury purchases than winter. The majority of our high-net-worth clients spend bigger chunks of their time here in the summer.”
Some of the major attractions at the Ranch include world-class equestrian facilities, private ski-in/ski-out, Alpine Mountain Summit Club access, an owners’ lodge, a guest cabin, and a private backcountry retreat. One of the privileges of ownership at Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is access to a private 1.5-mile stretch of the Yampa River, renowned for its gold-medal trout fishing.
Residents also enjoy an on-site lake for fishing, paddleboarding or relaxing on the dock and soaking up expansive views of the surrounding Steamboat ski resort and national forest. There’s even the neighboring Tom Weiskopf-designed Catamount golf course for those who prefer life on the green. It’s one of three 18-hole tracks in the area and conveniently connects to the Ranch via cart path.
Evidence of this growing trend is apparent in the two recent homesite sales at $1.7 million and $1.8 million in 2018, which preceded the recent completion of Moonlight Run, a stunning, Mountain-Contemporary market home currently listed for sale at $4.495 million.
“We’re seeing owners who bought a slopeside condo for temporary use now want more time and space in Steamboat,” Paoli adds. “More and more, buyers appreciate the location and proximity of Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club to town and the ski area.”
Scenic hikes, fly-fishing, and mountain biking are great, but what else is there to do off the Ranch, you ask? Well, there’s Steamboat’s Winter Carnival for starters. It’s legendary, and a can’t-miss event that brings the whole town together! And the thriving community spirit lives on throughout the year with outdoor concerts, farmers markets, the weekly Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series, and the popular Steamboat Marathon.
Local hot spots include Fish Creek Falls and Strawberry Park Hot Springs, where adventurers hike to catch the snowmelt of the falls and then head for a therapeutic dip in the area’s all natural, spring-fed pools.
New listings available for purchase at the Ranch include two, custom, market homes from $4.5+ million, as well as home sites from $1.5 million. For more information, visit alpinemountainranchsteamboat.com. You’ll be glad you did.