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Why Telluride?

Why Telluride?

Discover what makes Telluride, Colorado one of the most unique destinations in the country. Not only is Telluride a world class ski resort with some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the world, it is also an adventure-filled summer vacation spot with events, music, arts, culture and outdoor recreation for the whole family. Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty is the local real estate services provider that offers unrivaled access to qualified people and distinctive properties around the world. If you are interested in seeing what Telluride has to offer you, please contact one of our professionals at 970.728.1404 or inquire by using this form.

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The Town of Telluride

Main Street

Telluride’s renowned Main Street (Colorado Avenue) begins just passed the rustic, historic shack welcoming you to town. The award- winning Telluride Middle/High School can be seen to the north as you continue passed multi-family condominiums, Hotel Telluride and bed & breakfasts. Enjoy the colorful, historic Victorian homes that line Telluride’s western Main Street before the lively commercial district begins at Aspen Street. Telluride’s Main Street is historically wider than others and was constructed to accommodate the mining traffic, mule trains and horse drawn wagons of the mining era of the late 1800’s. In addition to The Sheridan Opera House, shops and restaurants, this is where you’ll find many of the town’s most desirable penthouses and rooftop decks that are the crown to many buildings, including Blackbear, Mahr and Wasatch.

West End

This neighborhood is located near the entrance to town, along Mahoney Drive to West Pacific Avenue and extending east to Davis Street, all convenient to Coonskin Lift 7. It includes the Victorian residences of Bachman Village, Owl Meadows Townhomes, Lulu City, Telluride Lodge, Double Diamond and Cimarron Lodge at the base of the ski area. This area is zoned for nightly, weekly and longer terms of rentals and occupancy.

Pacific Avenue Corridor

The street just south of Main and a step closer to the mountainside is Pacific Avenue. It contains a mix of historic homes, newer condominiums and townhomes including West Pacific Campus and Pacific Street Townhomes. Small pockets of retail include Siam Thai restaurant at the corner of West Pacific and Davis Street and the Telluride Post Office at East Pacific and Willow Street.

Gondola District

Located near the Oak Street Gondola Station, the district features many historic properties on Oak Street in addition to retail, restaurant and hotel accommodations including Hotel Columbia, Camels’ Garden and private residences.

East End

The East End refers to properties located east of the Main Street retail/commercial area and Alder Street. The area is noted by its proximity to Town Park, Bear Creek and box canyon views with residences on East Pandora and Columbia Avenues.


The San Miguel River begins in the mountains above Telluride’s box canyon and flows west through Telluride to the preserved 570-acre Valley Floor. Telluride’s River Trail is a 4+ mile graded pathway that begins just east of Town Park and follows the river through town. Just west of Town Park you’ll find several condominium residences located close to and alongside the river including Ballard House, Ice House and Riverside. Townhomes and single-family residences in The Depot area border the river and continue toward Lift 7, with properties that overlook the year-round beauty and sound of the San Miguel River.

The Sunnyside

The Sunnyside of Telluride is north of Main Street and includes Columbia, Galena, Gregory, Pandora and Dakota Avenues. This northern neighborhood naturally receives more daylight as it is further from the shadow cast by the ridge of the ski area. The area is zoned for residences and longer term living with restrictions on short-term or nightly rentals less than 30 days. This is where you will find restored historic homes, including Old Waggoner House, L.L. Nunn House and Davis House. Also included in this area are newer, larger residences such as those perched with a view overlooking town and ski area with access to the hiking trails of Jud Weibe Trail and Tomboy Road.

Mountain Village

At over 9,500 feet of elevation, Mountain Village stands in contrast to the historic Town of Telluride. The town was founded in 1986 to serve the growing ski resort. The Village Center is home to shops, restaurants, hotels and condominiums designed around a European-style village complete with cobblestone plazas and European street lamps. Ski runs intersect much of the town and give direct access to the slopes for many residences. Mountain Village is contemporary alpine sophistication in comparison to the rustic charm that is the Town of Telluride.

In 1995 Mountain Village became incorporated into its own municipality. The town’s full time year-round residents number around 1,400. Mountain Village has become a progressive community with green initiatives, energy conservation, recycling and sustainable growth. In the winter, the Village serves as the hub for the ski resort with events, activities and outdoor recreation where one can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating and holiday festivities. Summer brings many other happenings, entertainment and recreational opportunities. Take in the summer sunset concert series, downhill bike park, golf course, hiking, festivals and a farmer’s market.

The Gondola

The Gondola is the only free transportation system of its kind in North America. The “G” was completed in November 1996 in order to diminish traffic between Telluride and Mountain Village and to eliminate the associated vehicular pollution. It has been touted as the most innovative transportation system in North America, receiving the Mountain Sports and Living 1998 Design Award for Resort Access Innovation and being named the 1999 Outstanding Transit Project by the Colorado Association of Transit Agencies.

Locals use the Gondola to get to work, children use it to get to school and visitors use it to access the slopes in the winter and numerous on-mountain activities in summer. Traveling from Station Telluride, at the south end of Oak Street, the 13-minute Gondola ride stops first at Station St. Sophia, on the ridgeline atop the ski area, and then continues down to the Mountain Village Center. The Gondola has pet and handicap accessible cabins.