Breckenridge Near-In Southside
Along Boreas Pass Road & Before Blue River
Boreas Pass Road began as a train line that came in town to the Breckenridge depot, on the south side of town. This train connected the state's capitol, the Platte River Valley to Breckenridge, and so the area around the depot and tracks had some industrial uses and early hospitality, similar to the hospitality you see here today.
The old Breck Mountain Lodge was a secondary use of one of the rail-related industries, and it has since been replaced by small lodging, an outdoor train museum sits nearby, and an ice rinks was built in the 1990s. Several hiking and biking trails start in town and go to the near-in southside neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are reachable with a short hike, although most people drive from the homes in these neighborhoods:
- Southside Estates - south of the ice rink
- Breck South - along Boreas Pass Road
- Brooks HIll - at the bend on Boreas Pass Road
- Bekkedal - most lots west of Hwy 9, south of town
- Gold King Placer - west of Bekkedal, south of Warriors Mark
- River's Edge - on the shores of the Blue River, just south of downtown.
Gold King Placer and Bekkedal are on the west side of Highway 9. Bekkedal is an older neighborhood and has the feel of the Blue River neighborhoods just south of this, but there is evidence of smart neighborhood planning in it that organizes driveways off looping roads that feel enclosing. Out the backdoor of the properties on the boundary of this subdivision are community trails that lead to the Blue River, to the town of Breckenridge and to trails that crisscross the national forest. Gold King is likewise, large lots and custom-built homes, but is in-fill between what is officially inside town of Breckenridge boundaries and the incorporated town of Blue River, and for all these lots there are social trails through the area that also connect to the public trails - all of which are single-track ways through dense pine and spruce forests. Forested is how you feel about these westerly neighborhoods.
Also to the south, but on the eastern side, Boreas Pass Road rises up Baldy Mountain slowly at first, and this is where you'll find the first three subdivisions in this list plus a few lots that are at the base of what is called Little Mountain. The road, if fact, was a railroad and so makes a gradual climb all the way to the pass named Boreas -- a pass between Boreas and Baldy mountains, both very tall 13,000 foot peaks. There are some homes located on steeper ways up the pass, more like old mining trails, like Robber's Nest Road. But once the first plateau is reached, locals would call the area Woodmoor. There are many condos, townhomes, duplex and single-family homes up in this neighborhood, and it has a much different feel than the near-in homes.
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