In addition to the many areas that are not incorporated, we have two towns that are separate entities with their own elected officials. The Town of Crested Butte which is an 8 block by 8 block area that is entirely an historic district. This is where the majority of our restaurants & stores are. The Town of Mt. Crested Butte is where the ski area and the base area are with ski shops, restaurants, and condos.
The Town of Crested Butte offers many unique and interesting real estate opportunities, including vacant land parcels, condominiums, duplexes, single family homes, and commercial property. Many folks purchasing property in the Crested Butte area prefer being “In Town,” for convenience and close proximity to the schools, grocery store, movie theater, shops and restaurants. One can easily walk or bike around town to access almost all services and amenities available. Free transportation to the ski area is available on the Mountain Express bus system, providing service every fifteen minutes during the busy seasons.
Here are a few great websites that will give you more information about things to see and do in the Crested Butte area.
Mt Crested Butte:
The town of Mt. Crested Butte is located 2 miles from Crested Butte and is the home of Crested Butte Mountain Resort which is the ski area. The base area boasts a number of shops and restaurants as well as a year-round zipline course, mini golf course and kids adventure park with a climbing wall, bungy trampoline and new outdoor music playground. The shuttle from the town of Crested Butte stops right in the center of the base area and there are several “condo loop” buses that access areas beyond the center.
As you might expect, there are a number of condominiums in Mt. Crested Butte in complexes both large (over 50 units) and small (as few as 4 units). The ski area was started in the 1960’s and many of the complexes were built in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. These vary in how much they have been updated since they were built – both the buildings overall and the individual condos. There are also many newer complexes with modern layouts, finishes and amenities. When considering a condominium purchase in Mt. Crested Butte you will want to look at proximity to the slopes, amenities available in the complex and the association dues which can range from $150 per month to over $1,000 per month.
Mt. Crested Butte also has single family homes which dot the mountain beyond the base area. There is a large variety here as well from small 1970’s homes with 1,500 square feet up to brand new 6,000 square foot homes. Homes that are on the bus route are limited, but the homeowner’s trail allows for skiing access to many areas even if they aren’t exactly ski-in, ski-out. The newest area of Mt. Crested Butte is Prospect which opened up a new ski-in, ski-out area of 1 acre homesites as well as the Wildhorse at Prospect managed community.
CB South is located about seven miles south of Crested Butte, and is a bedroom community with single family homes, duplexes, and condominiums, largely owned by locals. The addition of a few commercial establishments including a general store, restaurant, liquor store, pre-school, coffee shop, and summertime nursery have added a few conveniences for the residents of CB South. Other amenities include a community park, hockey rink, and new fire station.
Real estate opportunities in CB South include vacant land homesites, single family homes, duplex residences, condominiums, and commercial land in the Pioneer Plaza. Both new construction and re-sale residential properties are available. Given its location away from town and the ski area, real estate in CB South is less expensive and can provide a great opportunity for locals to own their home or for people living elsewhere to have a property in the area.
The commercial area has many available lots that have not been developed, but currently has a General Store, Tully’s Restaurant, Little Red Schoolhouse preschool, storage units, Red Mountain Liquor Store, Camp 4 Coffee and Alpengardener Nursery. These businesses are wonderful to have in the neighborhood because they make it so you don’t need to leave to get the basics taken care of.
Close to Town:
Meridian Lake Park and Meridian Lake Meadows, collectively known as the Meridian Lake area, are located about one mile south and west of Mt. Crested Butte. The Meadows subdivision is newer, and the lots there are considerably larger than in the older area. Its location offers some of the most beautiful views of Crested Butte Mountain from anywhere in the valley. Just recently, the residents of Meridian Lake passed an issue to pave the county access road and the subdivision roads within the neighborhood. In addition, an upgraded utility system was installed, providing natural gas and cable television services.
The neighborhood consists largely of single family homes, with a few duplexes mixed in. There are still some undeveloped vacant lots in both subdivisions. Real Estate opportunities here are re-sales of single family homes, and vacant land homesites.
Glacier Lily & Saddle Ridge
These small subdivisions are perched just off the road near the turn to Washington Gulch. Glacier Lily has been around for a long time and properties there are just over 1 acre. Saddle Ridge is a relatively new subdivision with only one home built there. The lots there are just over 2 acres and look a bit more towards town then those at Glacier Lily. Other than a couple of homes that are not in a subdivision, there aren’t many properties with this aspect & view so Glacier Lily and Saddle Ridge offer a limited and unique location.
Moon Ridge is an exclusive subdivision with a unique perspective. With only 9 lots and the only residential development at the bottom of the hill between Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte you would be hard pressed to find a better location. The recreation path between the two towns crosses Moon Ridge Lane and makes it very easy to get places without your car if that is important to you. The views of town as well as down the valley towards Gunnison are vast and impressive.
Skyland, Rivergreen, Silver Sage
Skyland is located about two miles south of the Town of Crested Butte, and is home to the Club at Crested Butte, a country club facility featuring a Robert Trent Jones designed golf course, and a year round tennis facility. The clubhouse facility includes the golf pro-shop, a restaurant and bar, an exercise and spa facility, and large year round swimming pool.
Real Estate opportunities in Skyland include vacant land homesites, single family homes, townhomes, duplexes, and condominiums. This upscale area incorporates strict design guidelines and protective covenants, giving a consistent appearance to the developed properties in the community.
The relatively new “Back Nine” development consists of single family homesites near the back nine of the golf course, and nearly every parcel offers outstanding views of the surrounding mountains, the golf course, and Town. Many unsold parcels and re-sale parcels are still available.
A unique 280 acre ranch subdivision is located just south of Crested Butte. The ranch is surrounded by 13,000 foot mountain peaks, and includes a beautiful four acre lake for unmotorized boating. Also featured is a private 4,000 foot paved runway, which allows owners to park their plane on their own property. There are some lots that have access to the East River and fishing.
The Larkspur Community Association is a community of single family homes and multi-family structures along Brush Creek Road in Crested Butte, CO. Larkspur has paved streets, a tennis court and a man-made lake; the subdivision has small lots but beautiful single family homes. The HOA board and two sub-committees work closely together to lead and maintain the community. The views of the surrounding mountains are spectacular.
Outlying Areas – 35 Acre developments
Rural Crested Butte consists of several ranch type properties, individual multi-acreage tracts, and several developments of individual 35 acre parcels. These outlying areas offer acreage, animal rights, fishing rights, privacy & seclusion, incredible views, and lots of open space. As you may expect, in general the prices for these properties increase the closer you get to Crested Butte.
Popular 35 acre parcel developments include:
Roaring Judy Ranch – Roaring Judy Ranch is located across the highway from the Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery and is off the Jack’s Cabin Cutoff to Taylor Canyon. There is still a working ranch in the valley bottom and the property has everything from pasture land to sagebrush to aspen groves. Because of the distance from Crested Butte (about 10 miles to the turn off), the prices are generally lowest here as compared with other 35 acre developments between here and town.
The Danni Ranch – Located about 12 miles south of Crested Butte, just off Hwy 135. This development consists of 19 thirty-five plus acre parcels, most offering spectacular views of the surrounding vistas. Owners within Danni Ranch have private fishing rights and access to the East River, for some of the best trout fishing in Colorado.
Reserve on the East River – Located about 11 miles south of Crested Butte, just off Hwy 135. If you desire privacy and like fishing, this is the place for you. Over twenty parcels of 35 acres or more, all with private fishing rights on the East River. World Class trout fishing, along with full-time on-site management, and a guest lodge, make this development unique and special.
Red Mountain Ranch – Located about 10 miles south of Crested Butte, via Hwy 135. This development consists of 25 treed parcels of thirty-five or more, all offering the privacy and seclusion desired from a much larger parcel. Many of the parcels offer spectacular views towards Crested Butte Mountain, while several offer other views of the surrounding vistas. Bring the horses!
Crested Butte Meadows, Crested Butte Highlands, The Ridge – These properties are located in the hills above CB South. Located on the hillside above CB South, properties in Crested Butte Meadows (CB Meadows) and Crested Butte Highlands (The Highlands) provide spectacular views up and down the valley. The area is mostly sagebrush with groves of aspen trees scattered throughout.
Hidden River Ranch – Hidden River is made up of 17 parcels that are each around 5 acres. There is 160 acres of common pasture land which provides a barrier between Highway 135 and the homesites which are perched above the East River. This common area can be used to keep horses within certain parameters.
East River Ranches – Located only 5 miles south of Town, East River Ranches is a small collection of 35 acres parcels, located on the East River. Each parcel offers privacy and seclusion, and has private fishing rights on the East River.
Whetstone Mountain Ranch – Located about 2 miles south of Town, this newer development consists of eight 35 acre parcels, all with easy access to Town, and the Golf Course.
Trappers Crossing – Located about 2 miles west of Town via Kebler Pass Road. This development consists several 35 acre tracts, all treed with pine, spruce, or aspen. Many of the parcels offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from the building envelope. Consider this development for views and easy access to Town.
Smith Hill Ranches – Located up Meridian Lake Road near Long Lake, about 2 miles southwest of Mt. Crested Butte. These 35 acre parcels offer privacy and seclusion, along with incredible mountain views.
Saddle Ridge – Perched high on a south-facing hillside 1 mile between Crested Butte and the ski resort, Saddle Ridge Ranches have some of the most awe-inspiring views around and are divided into 18 two to three acre estate lots parcels to build your dream home on. There is 70 acres of open space with trails & a private horse barn with 18 stalls for the owner’s use. Saddle Ridge Ranch is the entry to the Lupine Trail, a coveted local favorite.
Glacier Lily – Glacier Lily Estates is located at the intersection of Gothic Road and Washington Gulch Road just south of the ski area. There are 36 acres in this subdivision divided into 20 individual homesites and very few lots are left and all lots are over one acre. Glacier Lily Estates has stringent covenants which protects the homeowner as it ensures a high quality development. All utilities are installed underground.
Irwin – The elevation of Irwin is 10,197 feet and it was founded in 1880. Irwin is nine miles west of Crested Butte and silver was discovered in 1879 and within six months, the town grew from 50 to 5000. Irwin was a busy place with hotels, sawmills, stores, churches, stamp mills and many dance halls and saloons. Today, many people have made Irwin their primary residence although it does only have seasonal access. In winter, you can have guided back country cat skiing tours through the Irwin Group. In the summer Irwin Guides creates custom-designed guided experiences. There is a beautiful lake that many people visit or camp next to in the summer.
The City of Gunnison is home to Western State Colorado University, Gunnison Valley Hospital, and Gunnison Crested Butte Airport. It was almost the capital of Colorado and has a personality that is separate and different from its smaller sister to the north. The city itself offers a wonderful variety of shops – from small boutiques to Walmart – and an increasing number of good restaurants as well as a thriving arts scene.
The area surrounding Gunnison offers rolling pastures, hills of sagebrush and world class fishing from beautiful riverfront properties. The town of Almont is between Gunnison and Crested Butte and is where the Taylor River comes together with the Slate River to create the Gunnison River. The Ohio River Valley winds its way from Highway 135 up to meet Kebler Pass and offers everything from small ranchettes to large working ranches to wilderness properties that are only accessible seasonally.
With lots to offer and only a short distance from Crested Butte, the Gunnison area may be the perfect place for your Colorado home.
Located between Crested Butte and Gunnison, Almont is the base camp for some of the best fishing and rafting around. When searching for properties, the area called “Almont” covers a large area – basically from the center of Almont south through the canyon and east up the Taylor Canyon. The terrain is quite varied with riverfront property with large cottonwoods to sagebrush fields. Properties also vary from large, trophy homes to mobile homes.
If you are looking to be close to Crested Butte and Gunnison, but want to be a little more remote, Almont may be an affordable place to consider.
The Ohio Creek Valley is traversed by a winding road that connects Gunnison to Kebler Pass. As you drive up the valley you pass through a pastoral landscape with grassy fields and large cottonwood trees. Properties range from under an acre to small ranchettes to working ranches with 100’s or 1000’s of acres.
The landscape changes as you climb into the mountains and you approach Kebler Pass. Properties with seasonal access are available and provide a lovely location for your mountain cabin.