By all accounts, the local real estate boom some are calling the pandemic gold rush started in late May, when agents who had been idle since March suddenly were hosting multiple showings, fielding full-price offers that resulted in clean, fast closes. As inventory evaporated into summer, prices spiked, culminating with 298 transactions in August totaling $418 million, dwarfing a previous record set in 2005 at the height of Vail’s vaunted New Dawn. “This market is completely different,” says Michael Slevin, president of BHHS Colorado Properties, whose grandparents relocated to the valley before Vail’s first winter. “It’s about lifestyle, safety, and community. People are buying here to live here, not as an investment.” Ron Byrne, president and CEO of Ron Byrne & Associates, explains it this way: “What people want now is a return on enjoyment rather than a return on investment.” To help with that quest for ROE, we’ve compiled a buyer’s guide to the valley, from East Vail to Gypsum.

In This Feature:

East and West Vail Real Estate

These communities along the outskirts of bustling Vail Village combine proximity to the ski town's action and enough separation to relax.


Vail Village Real Estate

At the heart of one of Colorado's most celebrated ski destinations, Vail Village exudes refinement, luxury, and Old World hospitality.


Lionshead Real Estate

Centrally located at the base of Colorado's ski mecca, Lionshead boasts the convenience, comfort, and variety of a quintessential alpine village.


Minturn/Red Cliff Real Estate

These small towns in the shadow of Vail Valley ski resorts evoke the laid-back Colorado mountain vibe of decades past.


Eagle Vail Real Estate

This family-first enclave near Colorado's Vail Valley resorts provides mountain pastimes in all seasons.


Wildridge/Mountain Star Real Estate

These Vail Valley communities attract locals and families with their seclusion, stillness, and jaw-dropping views.


Avon Real Estate

At the base of Beaver Creek resort along the Eagle River, Avon provides a practical and attractive haven for locals in the Vail Valley.


Beaver Creek/Bachelor Gulch Real Estate

The resort community and its neighbor Bachelor Gulch offer top-class amenities and a family-friendly vibe tucked into the Colorado mountains.


Edwards/Arrowhead Real Estate

This thriving community boasts great dining, local shopping, and schools just downvalley from the resorts at Vail and Beaver Creek.


Singletree/Homestead Real Estate

These communities outside Edwards, Colorado, combine views and activities with a decidedly local feel.


Lake Creek Real Estate

Expansive properties, striking architecture, and an authentic rural feel distinguish Lake Creek among neighboring communities in the Vail Valley.


Cordillera/Wolcott/Red Sky Real Estate

Abundant championship golf and luxury homes draw buyers to the communities of Cordillera and Red Sky Ranch, outside Wolcott, Colorado.


Frost Creek Real Estate

Upscale resort amenities and wide-open spaces draw families and escaped urbanites to Colorado's High Country.


Eagle/Eagle Ranch Real Estate

Small-town charms, upscale eats, and an extensive mountain biking network attract home buyers to Eagle, Colorado.


Gypsum Real Estate

Opportunity abounds at the far western end of the Vail Valley, where the real estate market has blossomed.