Some of the Major Benefits of Telluride

Benefits of Telluride - Telluride Mountains

Benefits of Telluride

– Authentic western gold & silver mining town largely intact and one of just a few National Historic Landmark District’s in the USA
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– World class ski resort in operation since 1972 and offering a variety of beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert terrain with rarely any lift lines.
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– Consistently rates as one of the top if not the best ski town and resort in America by various readers and publications.
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– Remoteness – the closest traffic light is 40 miles away and the closest cities are 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours away yet there are several nonstop commercial jet flights into the local airport from Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, San Francisco, Atlanta and Newark.
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– Small town setting – Telluride is six blocks wide by about 15 blocks long with a year-round population of about 2,500 people. The county population is about 8,500 people and San Miguel County is one of the least populated in the state of Colorado.
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– Open space – About 66% of all land in San Miguel County is open space and the remaining 34% is in a handful of subdivisions with some of the development forever limited through land conservation easements which eliminate or significantly reduce density. This creates strong demand and limited supply for Telluride Real Estate.
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– An innovative gondola transportation system connecting the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village and the ski mountain. It takes less time to ride the gondola than to drive between the two towns.
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– No urban sprawl – Because of the topography and box canyon surrounded by National Forest along with the creation of open space along the valley floor west of town, there will never be a sprawl of cookie cutter malls and buildings. The quaint nature is preserved forever.
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– Natural attractions – Telluride is blessed to be amid a vast array of amazing natural activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, climbing, ice skating, horseback riding, four wheeling, camping and more. The area is also within a day’s drive to several National Parks and Monuments including Black Canyon, Mesa Verde, Arches, Canyonlands, Canyon De Chelly, Grand Cranyon, Bryce, Zion, Hovenweep and Dinosaur. There are also several other natural attractions and towns nearby including Silverton, Durango, Santa Fe and Lake Powell.
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– Telluride’s festivals are second to none and have been around far longer than most others in the Rocky Mountains and beyond. They include three film festivals (different genres), several music festivals (Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Blues) and several other top notch festivals that keep the calendar of events overflowing with options throughout the year.
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– Strong school system – The Telluride School District has consistently been rated a top school district in the state of Colorado for several years and personnel from the school system have been bestowed top state honors for best Teacher of the Year, Librarian of the Year, Athletic Director of the Year and Superintendent of the Year. In addition, the town’s library was recently voted a five star quality designation – just one of three in Colorado by a national library association.
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– Dramatic scenery – Telluride is situated in a remarkable and unusual natural setting, surrounded by the largest concentration of 14,000 foot mountains in North America and numerous waterfalls including Colorado’s longest waterfall at 365 feet.

Mike Shimkonis

After growing up surfing in Florida, Mike Shimkonis decided to give higher ground a try and settled in Colorado over 25 years ago, first in Vail, then moving to Telluride in 1993. Prior to working with Telluride Properties, he was a senior sales and marketing executive for the Vail and Telluride ski companies.

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