Breckenridge: Historic Victorian town with 21st Century Spirit.
Breckenridge offers the benefits of a sophisticated city with recreational opportunities as great as any in the the world starting with a world-class ski resort that encompasses peaks 10 through 6 of the Tenmile Range. Breck is surrounded by national forest but the following guide should help you navigate its privately-owned land when searching for homes for sale in the Breckenridge area. Breckenridge, in the eyes of a local, is everything from Farmers Korner to Hoosier pass
As this guide grows we'll offer links to hiking trails and access to great skiing from these neighborhoods, info about views and the micro climates of Breckenridge neighborhoods as they spread out from the historic downtown to the backcountry.
Breck Atlas of the Subdivisions and Neighborhoods
Tour around the compass points in the following brief summaries of the neighborhoods in what locals would call Breckenridge - the 16 miles from Hoosier Pass to Farmers Korner. Find links (in red) to geographic regions of town and what makes them special. You can get more detailed information when you visit these pages including thumbnails of the real estate actively for sale in this area, as well as a list of all the neighborhoods and subdivisions, with links to more specific info about each one. The oldest part of Breckenridge is the historic district, but let's start looking into the sun.
Neighborhoods on the Southside of downtown Breckenridge
Heading south from downtown, you have the option to turn right into Warriors Mark. Turning left at this intersection marked by a stoplight and a gas station that's been there forever, will take you up Boreas Pass Road through cluster of single-family homes and up to Woodmoor.
Within the first mile real southside 'hoods come into view - with big home sites, lots of tree cover, access to the Blue River that runs through them, and great views of Baldy to the east and the Tenmile Range to the west. Many families live in this area year round, although it was originally built as a summer vacation mecca.
Ski and hiking trails start in these neighborhoods and go east to Boreas and Baldy mountains and west into the Tenmile Range. If hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing are more a priority to you than getting on the gondola, this is a great part of Breckenridge to search for homes for sale.
Southwest - the Warriors Mark Neighborhood
Warriors Mark is a diverse neighborhood of condos near the Peak 9 base area, townhouses and single-family homes that often go up in price as they get higher in altitude. You'll find condos around the Maggie Pond, condos on the Columbine Loop, then townhomes and single-family homes as you head up the main road, Broken Lance, which meanders along the Blue River and heads up to Warriors Mark West, where you'll find some bigger, single family homes with excellent views and a fun way to get back to the ski resort.
West - Slopeside Breckenridge
The first ski runs cut were just west of Main Street, Breckenridge, on the west side of the Blue River, where little development existing in 1960. To access the new Breckenridge Ski Resort, the westerly road out of town was improved and is now called Ski Hill Road, a gentle set of switchback that runs from Main Street to the base of Peak 8. A parallel ski run call Four O'Clock Run (and road) covers similar distance more directly. All around this run, all along the lower pitches of the ski hill are a variety of ski condos, single-family homes and townhomes, some closer to downtown, some higher up the slopes.
Northwest, adjacent to national forest and settled on the flanks of peaks 7 and 6 of the Tenmile Range is the neighborhood called Peak 7. Mostly single-family homes, and a few duplexes, Peak 7 is populated largely by year-round locals and families. Peak 7 is a neighborhood made up of several small subdivisions developed over the course of the past 50 years. There are some dramatic, steep lots but many cul-de-sacs of flat home sites with varying amounts of sun and tree cover. Trails from this area link quickly to the popular Peaks Trail that runs from Breckenridge ski resort to the town of Frisco.
On the east side of Highway 9, the main road through Summit County, newer subdivision like the Highlands, mingle with some older single-family homes near the Breck. Public Golf Course along Tiger Road. We working on a Tiger Road Homes for Sale guide, but it's currently grouped with some other unique subdivision in the northeast quadrant of Breckenridge. Homes for sale in northeast Breckenridge have access to the public open space called the Golden Horseshoe and are located in and just outside it. The Swan River was a major mining area in 1880s Breckenridge and dredge boats, old mines, ghost towns and great hiking and biking trails are the backyard for homeowners in this area.
The Highlands at Breckenridge is an animal with its own stripes, and so we have a page just for this big lots/big homes neighborhood that encompasses all the various iterations of Highland @ like Gold Run, Gold Course, Discovery Hill, etc.
East of downtown Breckenridge
Boreas Pass Road takes you up to Woodmoor, but through some close and convenient single-family neighborhoods like Breck South and Brooks Hill. You'll find these suddivision lists under the Breckenridge community page.
Downtown Breckenridge and Near Ins
Breckenridge is a designated National Historic District, and takes in the streets on a traditional grid for about 4 blocks east of Main Street. West of Main and the Blue River suffered huge fires and wasn't rebuilt until the ski area came into existence, and became the slopeside neighborhood. In additional to refurbished and enlarged old homes, infills and new homes in the core, the downtown expanded to a plateau east of High Street that is called Weisshorn or Gold Flake. Great views and a steep trail to town make these neighborhoods feel nearly like in-town living.
How Breckenridge Real Estate Developed
The Breckenridge real estate landscape today evolved from decisions made in the early '60s when Kansas lumber tycoons and European ski instructors came together to design and build the Breckenridge Ski Resort. The perfect ski runs they imagine were just west of the historic Main Street Breckenridge. They improved the westerly road out of town, making Ski Hill Road, a gentle set of switchback that now take skiers, walkers and buses to the base of Peak 8. Wisely, they created one long run that connected the top slopes with town, and the private land on these lower pitches of the ski hill became the perfect place to develop ski homes and condos.
The downtown expanded to the west with homes for locals and families that needed a ski home larger than the classic ski condo. Family homes were also build adjacent to forest service land on Peak 7. Today, the ski resort has grown to nearly meet those homes to the north, and large chateau-style condo buildings sit at the base areas of Peak 7 and 8.
In the 1980s ski lifts were strung over Peak 9 and several multi-story condo buildings were constructed at the base of these lifts on the southwest side of the historic town. Here, around the Maggie Pond, condo complexes in many different styles of architecture fan out around the bottom of the Beaver Run and QuickSilver ski lifts. Single-family homes are arrayed in outlying tiers and spread almost as far as Hoosier Pass.
Across the pass, you'll find, in this order, Placer Valley, the town of Alma, Valley of the Sun and other Alma-Fairplay subdivisions, then the town of Fairplay, and several Park County communities accessible from Colorado Highway 285.
Breckenridge History in Brief
Founded in 1859, Breckenridge is the oldest continually occupied community in the Colorado mountains. Its past includes gold and silver mining, dredge boats, the itinerant preacher John Lewis Dyer, a daring daylight robbery by Pug Ryan and his band of desperados, the discovery of Tom's Baby, Colorado's largest gold nugget and of course, skiing since the 1960's. The Victorian town includes one of the state's largest Historic districts, with 254 registered buildings, including the Carter Museum, the Barney Ford Museum and the Briggle House Historic Center.
Other towns sprung up in the 1860s to support the miners working to find gold and silver. A train came from Denver and point afar over Boreas Pass, and gave rise to towns like Dyersville and other ghost towns that still remain and give a faded version of what life might have been like during the mining boom that continued through the 1890s. The Panic of 1893 started the Bust that followed the Boom, silver lost its value and many Colorado mining towns dwindled to the uninhabited ghost towns they are today. Many of the mines around Breckenridge produced gold and as its value rose, mining became more sophisticated and the dredge boats came to town, and remnants of one those can be found on the Tiger Dredge trailhead.
Dredging turned the Blue River valley into a rockpile and sent the river underground. The Blue wasn't restored to the river it is today, until the Army Corp of Engineers and Breckenridge town government completed the job in the 1980s.
Hydraulic mining took many forms and reshaped some of the foothills as well as the Blue River. The Iowa Hill trail gives a great look at this historic mining and particularly the project that took over this hill until 1918. Mechanized mining was a boom of its own.
The depression and WWII burst that bubble, but skiing brought everyone back. Starting in 1946, Arapahoe Basin built the first post-war lift in Colorado, lumber magnets from Kansas City started Breckenridge ski resort and opened for business in December of 1961, some of A-Basin's founders opened Keystone Resort in 1970 and last to the party, Copper Mountain became the fourth of the Ski the Summit resorts in 1972.
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