8 Best Neighborhoods to Live in Telluride


Telluride, nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the San Juan Mountains, offers a diverse array of neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm and appeal. Whether you're drawn to the historic charm of downtown Telluride or the serene mountain vistas of Mountain Village, finding the perfect neighborhood to call home is an exciting journey. Let’s delve into some of the best neighborhoods in Telluride, guiding you toward the ideal setting for your mountain lifestyle.

1. Downtown Telluride: Where History Meets Vibrancy

Steeped in rich history and bustling with energy, downtown Telluride is a vibrant hub of activity and community. From the iconic Victorian architecture to the quaint shops and art galleries lining the streets, this charming neighborhood exudes a timeless appeal that captures the essence of Telluride's heritage. Residents of downtown Telluride enjoy easy access to a plethora of dining, shopping, and entertainment options, as well as the convenience of being just steps away from the renowned Telluride Ski Resort. Additionally, the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Telluride is enhanced by its lively events and festivals, which draw visitors and locals alike to experience the town's dynamic cultural scene throughout the year.

2. Aldasoro Ranch: Tranquil Luxury in a Serene Setting

Nestled amidst rolling meadows and majestic pine forests, Aldasoro Ranch offers a secluded retreat just minutes from downtown Telluride and the ski area. This exclusive community boasts expansive lots(average 3 acres in size) and custom-built homes, providing residents with privacy and tranquility in a pristine mountain setting. With arguably the best views in North America  and convenient access to hiking and biking trails, Aldasoro Ranch is the perfect choice for those seeking a peaceful escape without sacrificing proximity to town.

3. Ski Ranches: A Haven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Situated just a short drive from downtown Telluride and minutes to the ski area, Ski Ranches offers the perfect blend of convenience and outdoor recreation. This residential neighborhood features a mix of single-family homes and vacant land, allowing residents to customize their mountain retreat to their exact specifications. With its close proximity to the Telluride Ski Resort and miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing, Ski Ranches is an ideal choice for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure at their doorstep.

4. West Meadows: Family-Friendly Living in Telluride

Offering 35 acre parcels, West Meadows offers a picturesque setting for family-friendly living minutes from downtown Telluride and the ski area. This residential neighborhood features a mix of single-family homes and vacant parcels.   With its tranquil and private setting, close-knit community atmosphere, and easy access to downtown Telluride, West Meadows is the perfect place to put down roots and create lasting memories with loved ones.

5. Elk Run: Tranquil Living with Unparalleled Access

Immediately adjacent to USFS and minutes to the ski area, Elk Run is a gated community offering a tranquil escape with unparalleled access to outdoor recreation. This residential neighborhood features spacious homes on larger, average 7 acre  estate sized parcels and  estates surrounded by pristine wilderness, providing residents with a peaceful retreat in the heart of nature. With its close proximity to hiking trails, fishing streams, and skiing opportunities, Elk Run is the perfect choice for those seeking a balance of serenity and adventure in their mountain lifestyle.

6. Idarado: Historic Charm in a Mountain Paradise

Experience the legacy of Telluride's mining heritage in the historic neighborhood of Idarado. Nestled amidst the towering peaks of the San Juan Mountains, this unique neighborhood features restored miner's cottages and historic homes that offer a glimpse into Telluride's past. With its rich history, stunning scenery, and convenient access to hiking and outdoor recreation, Idarado is a treasure trove of charm and character.  Walking distance to downtown Telluride and located at east end of our valley with breathtaking scenery.

7. Cortina: Where Luxury Meets Alpine Charm

Tucked away amidst towering pines and pristine wilderness, Cortina offers an unparalleled blend of luxury and alpine charm. This exclusive neighborhood, located in the  Mountain Village, features lavish mountain estates and elegant condominiums, providing residents with a tranquil retreat in the heart of Telluride's natural splendor. With its private ski access, breathtaking views, and world-class amenities, Cortina epitomizes mountain living at its finest.

8. Mountain Village: Elevated Living with Spectacular Views

Perched high above the valley floor, Mountain Village offers a luxurious mountain lifestyle amidst awe-inspiring natural beauty. With its ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes, upscale dining and shopping options, and a vibrant community atmosphere, Mountain Village is a coveted destination for those seeking the ultimate in alpine living. From spacious single-family homes to luxurious condominiums with panoramic views, Mountain Village presents an array of residential options to suit every taste and preference.  Telluride and Mountain Village are connected via the  Gondola system, a 13 minute ride between the towns

Finding Your Dream Home in Telluride

As you explore the best neighborhoods in Telluride, let Eric Saunders be your guide to finding your dream home in this mountain paradise. With 25 years in Telluride real estate and his in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market and commitment to personalized service, Eric is dedicated to helping you navigate the homebuying process with ease and confidence. Whether you're searching for a cozy mountain retreat or a luxurious estate with panoramic views, Eric has the expertise and resources to make your Telluride real estate dreams a reality. Contact Eric Saunders today and let him help you find the perfect neighborhood to call home in Telluride.


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