Where Luxury Homebuyers Are Shopping In Breckenridge, Colorado

The luxury real estate scene in Breckenridge, Colorado, is attracting affluent buyers from around Denver, as well as Texas, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma and California.

Breckenridge, Colorado, has a decidedly more low-key vibe than ski resort areas like Aspen or Vail. Still, the luxury real estate market there is plenty active, with the average sale price in June rising to $1.4 million.

Breckenridge has the advantage of being closer to Denver International Airport, making it attractive for buyers—both vacationers and year-round residents who have the flexibility of remote work.

As inventory continues to tighten, as it has in many popular mountain communities, luxury homebuyers have been expanding their searches beyond central Breckenridge. Victorian architecture reminiscent of the area’s mining past has drawn buyers to nearby Keystone, Copper Mountain, Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne in Summit County, said Eric Klein, a broker in the Frisco office of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate.

slifer smith and frampton breckenridge active sales and summit county data 2021

Sales volume at every price-point is on the rise in Breckenridge, while inventory remain incredibly tight (SLIFER SMITH & FRAMPTON REAL ESTATE).

“Luxury is no longer defined as being on the ski hill,” Klein said. “There is high desire for [access to] our summer activities like golf, mountain biking, fly fishing, sailing and hiking, as well as our famous mountain town festivals.”

Here’s what’s available, what’s selling and who’s buying at the entry, middle and high ends of the market in this mountain community.

mountains and mature trees surround a luxury breckenridge home at 305 royal tiger road

In 2021, the high-end luxury market in Breckenridge starts at about $4 million. This 6,430-square-foot residence at 305 Royal Tiger Road has a view of the ski area and an asking price of $4.8 million (SLIFER SMITH & FRAMPTON REAL ESTATE).

High — Above $4 Million

Many of the buyers in the ultra-high-end market are from the Front Range area around Denver, as well as Texas, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma and California. Modern homes with the requisite panoramic mountain views and outdoor living areas, plus access to open space, are the most sought-after among wealthy buyers.

These buyers “are amplifying value into price points Summit County has never seen before,” said Jeff Moore, a broker in Slifer Smith & Frampton’s Breckenridge office. He also notes that Breckenridge offers “an incredible value proposition compared to other mountain locations within the central Rocky Mountain region.”

Moore defines the high-luxury sector in Breckenridge as anything above $4 million. This updated six-bedroom home, surrounded by gardens and with dramatic views of the Breckenridge Ski Area, is on the market for $4.8 million with Slifer Smith & Frampton.

new construction home inspired by Victorian architecture in breckenridge colorado

Mid-range luxury homes in Breckendridge now cost in the $2-4 million range. This newly built, Victorian-inspired home in the Breckenridge Historic District sold earlier this year for $2.05 million (SLIFER SMITH & FRAMPTON REAL ESTATE).

Medium — $2 Million-$4 Million

While most buyers in the mid-range luxury segment are based up and down the Front Range of Colorado, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, more and more are from the Midwest, Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida, driven by flexible work.

“A recent luxury buyer we worked with said, ‘Keystone has always been our jam, and now that we committed to buy, we can be here even more often.’ They love the flexibility,” Klein shared.

Mid-range luxury homes range from $2-4 million. A redesigned and modernized three-bedroom in Breckenridge’s Historic District sold for $2.05 million this spring.

mountains and snow surround 379 Meisel Drive, a luxury home in keystone near breckenridge

Entry-level luxury buyers Breckenridge are generally second-home owners and investors. Prices at this level run from $1-2 million. This single-family home near the slopes in Keystone is listed for $1.649 million (SLIFER SMITH & FRAMPTON REAL ESTATE).

Entry — $1 Million-$2 Million

In a vacation market with tight inventory, even condos are selling fast, says Renee Imamura, a broker in the Breckenridge office of Slifer Smith & Frampton.

New construction is also selling out. “Buyers typically can buy at pre-construction prices and gain equity at a quicker pace,” Imamura says.

Entry-level luxury homes in Breckenridge start at about $1 million and run upwards of $2 million. In Keystone, a rare single-family home near the slopes, restaurants and shops, as well as mountain views and a hot tub, is asking $1.649 million.

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I’ve been working as a journalist in the New York metro area for more than a decade and have developed a specialization in luxury real estate, writing about everything from the post-recession housing market in Fairfield County, Connecticut, to the third-home market in the Hamptons. I’m currently also a regular contributor to Newsday and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. If you spot me in my Brooklyn neighborhood and I’m not knitting, I’m probably admiring the beautiful Victorians that surround my apartment building (and trying to figure out what they would sell for).

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