Posted by JanL on December 16, 2016
There are many different types of homes to choose from when looking for a property in Breckenridge, Colorado. From style to location to features, the options are endless. It can be tough to narrow down which home is just right for you, but by asking yourself the “who, what, where, when and why” of real estate, you can start determining which type of property is ideal, and take the next step to purchasing the mountain home of your dreams.
One of the first steps to determining the Breckenridge mountain home that best suits you, is determining who will primarily be using your new high country castle. Remember: this is your vacation getaway – your home away from home. The last thing you want to do during a weekend getaway is loading our car up with air mattresses and pillows to accommodate your extra guests. If you have a large family, teenage children with lots of friends, or you’re just a party animal by nature; look for properties that offer multiple guest rooms with flexible sleeping options and large entertainment spaces. If you plan on entertaining often, prioritize size over location. Your vacation getaway needs to cater to you – not the other way around. If your primary goal isn’t to own a vacation home but to invest in real estate for an extra source of income, take time to think about your future endeavor. Do you want to rent seasonally to locals, or short-term to tourists? Figure out who you want the residents to be.
Consider what type of home best accommodates your lifestyle, priorities, and budget. For example, if you really want a specific decorative style, a pre-existing home might not offer up exactly what best suits your interior design style. Consider the amount of money you are willing to invest in renovations, decorating, and re-designs. If that extra budget combined with down payment, mortgage, and expenses exceeds or even comes close to the cost of a new lot plus construction, consider purchasing a plot of land and designing the home of your dreams so you don’t have to retrofit the property later. Is going green your modus operandi? There are several energy efficient and smart home option in Breckenridge (and greater Summit County) to fulfill your waste-not, want-not mentality. And, of course, it’s crucial to keep your budget in mind. Work with a Breckenridge real estate expert to determine a realistic price range.
After narrowing down the price range, style, and size of the mountain home you’re looking for, determining where you want to buy is the next step. Choosing an ideal location will help you narrow down your search even further. Are you a wilderness-loving, wildlife-watching recluse? If so, a secluded home in Blue River may be the relaxing getaway of your dreams. Do you enjoy being close to downtown dining, shopping and a wild night out on the town? Rule out properties that aren’t located in historic Downtown Breckenridge. Fortunately, Breckenridge and Summit County have very few locations that aren’t desirable, so where you want your mountain home to be located is really a matter of personal preference and what’s important to you and your family.
Since the advent of time travel doesn’t yet exist, we don’t actually mean you can determine the ideal era in which to live. (Although, how cool would that be?) When we say when, we’re talking about era. Believe it or not, “mountain décor” doesn’t just apply to all those kitschy animal carvings, deer antler decorations, and wooden wall decor that say “Relax, You’re on Mountain Time.” There are in fact, many different styles that capture the essence of the Rocky Mountains, from traditional to contemporary to lodge to modern mountain. You’re probably not familiar with all the different style options when it comes to mountain homes, and that’s OK. Your Breckenridge real estate agent can show you a variety of different options to give you an idea of what’s out there, and what satisfies your inner tastes.
Lastly, it’s imperative to think about why you’re looking for a Breckenridge mountain property. What purpose will a home in the high country serve you? Be it a primary residence or second home, how will this purchase add value to your life? What about the prospect of owning a home in the mountains appeals to you? Are you an avid skier? Do you love to hike? Will it be a place to make family memories? Or is solitude your major goal? Maybe you want to own a property in a vacation destination close to your heart, or maybe you simply want to settle down in a place surrounded by natural beauty and outdoor adventures. Whatever your reasons are, take the time to determine exactly why Breckenridge appeals to you. Once you do, your Breckenridge mountain dream home will be right around the corner.
Slifer, Smith & Frampton
Real Estate Agent