A room with a view in Mountain Star

Being a little out of the way is the whole point of living in Wildridge or its gated neighbor, Mountain Star, a five-minute drive (and an elevation gain of 1,650 feet) up Metcalf Road from Avon on the north side of I-70. What awaits are stunning, unobstructed, south-facing, multimillion-dollar vistas of Beaver Creek and the Sawatch Range. Bonus: there’s no highway noise. None. You can’t say that for some of the valley’s tonier communities, including West Vail.

Because of its relative remoteness (without a golf course or bus access to resorts), Wildridge appeals primarily to locals who occupy this hamlet of single-family homes (one, priced at $1.5 million, recently sold for $50,000 over the asking price), townhomes, and duplexes year-round and stroll its rambling streets and trails. Mountain Star, one drainage to the east, cultivates sprawling second and third homes owned by empty-nesters from afar, with 90 homes on three to four acres each, from 6,000 to 10,000 square feet, scattered about 1,300 gated acres. 

The view from Beartrap Road in Wildridge

“It’s a very peaceful setting up there, with almost airplane views,” says BHHS broker Page Slevin. “People who spend $20 million here don’t need to be in the resort; they’re happy to be in their own private, many-acred location looking at the ski resort.”

Number of active listings on the market, at press time: 14

Median home price of active listings: $7.13M

Number of homes sold in 2020: 45

Median price of homes sold: $1.17

Average number of days on the market: 141

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