LIV SIR’s Insider’s Guide to Buying a Resort Home

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LIV SIR’s Insider’s Guide to Buying a Resort Home

Mountain resort towns offer a welcomed retreat for many and an escape from life’s fast-paced, every day demands. A resort home should offer the same level of leisure as the mountains themselves invite – a space for family traditions to spark, connections to be made, and an opportunity to enjoy the much-needed down time.

With more and more buyers interested in the attractive lifestyle that resort homes represent, purchasing a mountain getaway can be challenging. Connecting with a real estate professional is pivotal to a successful transaction, however some initial questions you can ask yourself when searching for a mountain home are:

  1. Is there close access to an airport?
  2. Is the property ski-in/ski-out or what kind of access does the home offer to the slopes?
  3. What are the amenities – pool, gym, golf, etc.?
  4. Are there HOA or member dues? Any additional fees?
  5. What do similar homes in the area rent for? (Make sure you discuss the rental details with a real estate professional if this is part of your long-term plan).
  6. Does the home offer adequate space to fit your family’s needs?

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty (LIV SIR) specializes in Colorado real estate, with an expertise in vacation and resort homes. Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Aspen, Winter Park, Telluride, Crested Butte, or Steamboat Springs – there are more ideal mountain locations available in Colorado than most states within the U.S.

Beyond deciding which of the beautiful resort towns you want to reside in and asking yourself those six key questions, there are still many considerations prior to purchasing a slope-side retreat. One factor is finding the right style of home so you can move in without the worries of remodeling. Mountain Modern style is an increasingly popular and sought-after design trend. Clean lines with indoor-outdoor living concepts offer a contemporary look with a rustic vibe. Each room that holds a Mountain Modern arrangement will feel warm and welcome, but also sleek and sexy. This mix of mountain architecture with contemporary design creates a stunning result that blends right in with the Colorado mountains.

“We are seeing a contemporary and modern design approach for both new construction and renovation projects,” says Dan Fitchett Jr., vice president and managing broker of LIV SIR’s Vail Valley offices. “Organic materials such as stone and wood are being combined with metal accents in order to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition, oversized windows are being used to capture the majestic views, while creative light sources are being implemented throughout the home.”

Another element to consider when searching for a home is the ease of relaxation after a day outside. Are there heated floors to warm up your feet after pulling off the boots? What about ski locker rooms and mudrooms for storage? Incorporating spaces that the outdoor accessories can live in will help the rest of the home maintain a clean and inviting ambiance.

One financial aspect to keep in mind is the long-term plan of the home, will this be a rental, a year-round home, or a vacation home – consulting with a real estate professional will set you up for success and provide assistance with this often-complicated process.

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in Colorado homes, both within the Denver Metro and the resort towns. To view current listings, visit To service all of your real estate needs call 303.893.3200.

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