Altitude: 9,545 feet | Population: 1,150
Mountain Village is a spectacular neighborhood filled with big backyards and winding, tree-lined streets. Homes have privacy, yet are close enough together for neighbors to share the day's events in the driveway or pass each other on a morning jog. In winter, skiers and snowboarders pull right off the slopes and up to their door-steps, while on summer days kids toss footballs in the road without having to worry about traffic. As one of Colorado's youngest communities, incorporated as a town and home-rule municipality in 1995, Mountain Village rests on the northern end of sunny Turkey Creek Mesa, encompassing more than 2,100 acres of forested mountainside.
Prior to earning its very own spot on the map, the town underwent a significant research, development and design phase, having been conceptualized as a ski resort village for more than a dozen years. From there, a cobblestone pedestrian plaza at the base of the ski resort became the bustling Village Core, lined with boutiques, restaurants, hotels, spas, a fire pit, bouldering area and skating rink. In addition, the Village Core is home to the state-of-the-art Telluride Conference Center, Telluride Ski & Golf Company's headquarters, the Ski & Snowboard School, three chair lifts, and the Gondola — the transportation system linking Telluride and Mountain Village together in a stunning 13-minute ride. Surrounding the core of town is the 18-hole Telluride Championship Golf Course, as well as beautiful alpine residences that abut both the golf course and the ski area. Mountain Village is renowned for its panoramic vistas and elegant sophistication, with new developments and amenities popping up constantly, the most recent of which include a grocery store, post office and several new hotels. Some of the amenities the town of Mountain Village has to offer include: