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Basalt versus Edwards

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Hi all:

 

I was wondering if any one can talk with first hand knowledge about what communities in Basalt and Edwards are like and ideally compare/contrast the two. My wife and I are getting closer to our ultimate and planned retirement in the rockies. We're looking for a cohesive community that maybe very close to but possibly outside of the resort area. We've haven't ruled out Steamboat or PC, but its not at the top of the list. I've visited both Edwards and Basalt..and it seems like they have some similarities.  I thought Basalt was very cool little town and a self-contained community with great destination resort a stone's throw away. Edwards didn't feel like as much a community per se--more of out post of Vail. But I don't know for sure. One thing I guess that is important is presence of people like us---I am sure you can grasp the profile as a fellow member of the board.Any ideas comments are appreciated. Thanks David

post #2 of 8
Don’t know either real well, just as a tourist doing recent stays for vacations and/or from passing through by motor vehicle to go skiing. In many ways they seem pretty similar, satellite communities near major ski resorts with year-round recreational/leisure activities, same general climate. Here are a few pros and cons:
Edwards: under Vail sphere of influence with more resorts/terrain on one season pass, busier ski slopes although Beaver Creek is pretty chill, more cruising terrain, closer to I70 and DIA (~130 mi), very close to Eagle airport, elev 7200’, pop 10,000, median house income ~$70k.
Basalt: under Aspen sphere of influence with less but not insignificant resorts/terrain on one pass, less busy ski slopes, more double black diamond terrain, further from DIA (~200 mi), very close to Aspen airport, elev 6600’, pop 4,000, median house income ~$70k.

I am more familiar with Edwards/Avon area than Basalt and dined and snooped around there. Edwards seems like a chunk of American suburbia plunked next to some fine ski areas. Since I am a suburbanite I am comfortable with that environment. That could be a con for some folks looking for a more mtn/ranch environment like Basalt. I didn’t get past the Whole Foods Market next to Route 82 to see the actual town of Basalt, so I don’t have a feel for it. I know nearby Carbondale a little bit and it seemed to have a more rural feel than Edwards. The proximity of Edwards to busy I70 could be a con for some folks, but a pro for others desiring quicker access to inexpensive flights out of DIA. If you lived at Basalt or Edwards you would likely be visiting nearby ski areas via your car and FYI after a lengthy stay five miles from Vail/Beaver Creek last winter I eventually found free parking with very convenient access to both Beaver Creek and Vail ski lifts. The year before I visited Aspen while staying in Carbondale and had to use free, but time consuming satellite lots and shuttle bus service to get to slopes except for one Sunday of free parking next to Aspen Mtn. But heard rumors of close free parking to Snowmass/Elk Camp. I think you could easily fall in love with either place. Does Edwards have a greater variety of real estate for sale including less expensive condos? If you planned to use your place primarily on holiday weeks then the lower crowds of Aspen might be a strong pro. If you planned to host many budget minded visitors then Edward's proximity to I70 and lower DIA airfares might be a pro. The variety of resorts in CO and elsewhere on the Epicpass is a pro in most folks minds.

PS: Forgot one pro for Beaver Creek with respect to older retirees, they have escalators;)
post #3 of 8
Talked to lots of retirees resident or semi resident in Edwards. Edwards struck me as more suburban than Basalt but if you like your conveniences the Riverwalk is pretty good ( even met people who'd bought apartments there to enjoy the walk to benefits of "downtown" living). Guess it ultimately depends on whether you want to throw your lot in with Vail or Aspen, if you prefer Wholefoods over City Market and Walmart and how much travel to Denver and eastwards you are planning.
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Longtime CO resident here.  I think Jamesj's observations of the two towns are spot on. As a within-a-decade-to-be-retiree, and former river rafting guide on the Roaring Fork and short-time Aspen resident, I would pick Basalt over Edwards.  Part of the sentiment, of course, is based on the anti-I70 bias many of us long time Coloradans have, and Edwards suffers from that.

post #5 of 8

I've lived in both Aspen and Vail.  I much prefer Aspen.

 

I'm currently selling a rental home I have in Carbondale and tentatively buying a ranchette, outside of Basalt.

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/313-Cerise-Ranch-Rd-Carbondale-CO-81623/65476725_zpid/

 

Real estate in Aspen's core is currently on fire. Sales are improving in certain segments down valley, but there are still some good buys.

 

Have you considered Glenwood?   It's also a very nice town!

post #6 of 8

For me It is a no brainer as I prefer the terrain in Aspen over Vail resorts and the fact that Aspen is one of the least crowded major resorts in North America makes it even sweeter.

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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

I've lived in both Aspen and Vail.  I much prefer Aspen.

I'm currently selling a rental home I have in Carbondale and tentatively buying a ranchette, outside of Basalt.
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/313-Cerise-Ranch-Rd-Carbondale-CO-81623/65476725_zpid/

Real estate in Aspen's core is currently on fire. Sales are improving in certain segments down valley, but there are still some good buys.

Have you considered Glenwood?   It's also a very nice town!
The house you linked above is incredible especially after looking at homes on Redfin in Santa Cruz/Capitola area that are approaching $1000/sq. ft.
Edited by tseeb - 7/31/15 at 7:49am
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Yeah, that was an incredible price. Makes the house up the hill from me look overpriced. Very reasonable.
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