223 Beaver Dam Road Vail, Colo., is currently listed for $11.95 million. (Photo Credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty)

For those who seek an ultra-luxe Colorado retreat, this picture-perfect, four-bedroom, six-bathroom Vail duplex epitomizes what resort buyers crave. Here we name the top five reasons to love this exclusive ski home, ideally situated on desirable Gore Creek.

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373 Strawberry Park, Beaver Creek, Colo., is currently listed for $13.995 million by Andie Ohde and Malia Cox Nobrega of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

On the hunt for an idyllic mountain retreat? Well buckle up, because we zeroed in on one of the most exclusive, luxurious, action-packed, ski-in/ski-out properties on the market. Meet 373 Strawberry Park, an impeccably designed mountain retreat located in Beaver Creek’s most prestigious, gated enclave.

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Queue the James Bond music …

Perched 1,600 feet above the St. Lawrence River, any James Bond villain would be at home plotting the fate of the world in this modern luxe pad.  Just looking at the exterior, it’s no wonder it was the winner of a 2014 Nobilis prize awarded by Provincial Association of Quebec Homebuilders. It’s doubly no wonder it was seen in the pages of Wallpaper and Architectural Digest.

This aerie is located about 90 minutes northeast of Quebec City. By the numbers, it has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms within a generous 4,059 square feet of genius architecture.  It’s listed with local Christie’s rep Profusion Realty LLC agents Guillaume L’Ecuyer and Stéphane Caron for C$1.988 million.  Thanks to a strong US dollar, that’s more like US $1.57 million to you and me.

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Mountainside at Northstar is an exclusive ski-in, ski-out residential community perched aside Northstar California Resort near Lake Tahoe. At this location, over 40 miles of trails spread through 3,000 acres await resident skiers, hikers, and bikers just steps out the door. The Truckee, Calif., project is 15 minutes away from the famed lake, which affords boating and water sports. There’s plenty of golf in the area, too. And Mountainside at Northstar homeowners have nearby access to the amenities of the local Ritz-Carlton hotel, such as its spa and fine restaurants.

It’s amazing to see the facilities luxury developers come up with to make the most of environs. Mountainside at Northstar caters to outdoor adventure and nature lovers. Posh huts for campers join the standard pool, lounge, and workout facilities you’d expect to find at any luxury spot. Yoga and meditation enthusiasts will find dedicated buildings for indoor activities and outdoor platforms to practice asanas and reflection out of doors. Borrowing from collaborative business work spaces, a “Zen Cube” is in the works, a place where groups can gather to brainstorm collective ideas. The aesthetic of the project is alpine-village-gone-thoroughly-modern, incorporating natural wood and stone elements in contemporary industrial design that suits the setting with aplomb.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vacation home or remodeling one you already own, you’ll find inspiration in photos of a luxe home for sale which showcases outstanding modern mountain design. More here:  (more…)

1003 Boreas Pass Rd - Exterior

1003 Boreas Pass Road Breckenridge, Colorado is currently listed for $2,300,000. Photo Courtesy – LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect vacation home in the mountains, Breckenridge, Colo., has a newly constructed modern masterpiece just minutes from a Free Ride Transit System that will take you directly to the slopes.

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Golden Peak Penthouse Vail Colorado

458 Vail Valley Road R2, Vail, Colo. — Photos: Courtesy LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

Nestled on the majestic slopes of Vail Mountain in the coveted Golden Peak building, lies one of the few ski-in/ski-out penthouses in Vail, boasting unrivaled Gore Range views, and privileged membership to the Gold Peak Passport Club, offering exclusive perks like mountainside parking, ski valet, and impressive après ski opportunities.

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Steamboat Springs Hot Springs

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Tourism Office

Every ski town seems to have its own appeal. It’s easy to get to, or it’s isolated and exclusive.  It’s snowboarder heaven, or it’s snowboard-free. It a great place for beginners, or  it’s dominated by advanced-level runs and black diamond-lovers don’t have to navigate around skiers like me.

Steamboat Springs in northwestern Colorado is known as an exceptionally family-friendly town. It’s known for lots of programs for children, kids-only lifts, and play areas and parks designed with juveniles in mind.  But,  the area has a unique natural feature with special appeal for adults: mystical natural hot springs where skiers, snowboarders, and hikers can relax and soak away tired muscles and aches and pains.  Click here for a look at these therapeutic wonders and a gorgeous new vacation home listing in Steamboat Springs:

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Photo courtesy of Telluride Tourism Board

Photo: courtesy of Telluride Tourism Board

As Candy Evans reported last week,  the consensus of vacation housing  experts speaking at the NAREE (National Association of Real Estate Editors) Conference which took place in New Orleans in June is clear — these days vacation housing is all about the family.

Children are accompanying parents on vacations and second home buyers are looking for properties that are comfortable for all ages. Among the most family-friendly mountain destinations in the U.S. is the southwestern Colorado city of Telluride, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its free public gondola system this year.  

What’s the big deal about this unique coach in the sky?

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