3 Reasons Why People Love Living in Aspen

Aspen, Colorado, is one of the most popular vacation cities in the U.S., so if you like the excitement of meeting new people, this upscale community might be the perfect destination for your new home.

Numerous dwellings, like contemporary or classic ranch homes and modern condos, are available for the right price. With so much to do in this beautiful community, it’s no wonder more potential residents flock to this coveted area in hopes of securing their dream home among the mountains. Let’s look at a few reasons why people love living in Aspen.

Snow or no, Aspen has the best of both worlds

Aspen isn’t only for snow bunnies — this popular Colorado town experiences all four seasons, and each one boasts perfect weather. Winters explode with fresh powder for the slopes, and residents enjoy cozy evenings by the fire in their ski-in and ski-out homes. Spring brings new outdoor activities to explore, like mountain biking once the snow melts or cross-country skiing well into April. Even on the hottest summer days, temperatures rarely exceed 83 degrees, and while the winter days skew cold, it's usually nothing too extreme. Residents never complain during the winter, as the weather conditions make for the perfect ski retreats on the mountain.

If you’re searching for a community that experiences all four beautiful seasons, Aspen is the ideal destination. There are plenty of outdoor activities that celebrate each season’s unique features — and the scenery makes for perfect photo opportunities!

World-class restaurants and events

Aspen’s dining scene is incomparable to other cities throughout the United States. If you’ve got a craving for something specific, you’ll find it within this perfect gastronomic community. A few dining favorites include:
  • Matsuhisa — The precursor to world-class Nobu, this Aspen restaurant features sushi and Japanese classics with a twist.
  • Bear Den Aspen — The den carries decadent breakfast options and functions as an open bar all day long.
  • Catch Steak — This fine-dining restaurant exudes a traditional steakhouse vibe, and its casual floor plan beckons families with children.
One of the most well-known foodie events in the nation features high-profile guests, including Brooke Williamson, Andrew Zimmern, Maneet Chauhan, Nancy Silverton, and Tyler Florence. The Aspen Food and Wine Classic is a famous food festival that features standouts from “Top Chef,”  “Master Chef,” and “Iron Chef” television shows. This three-day culinary experience offers game-changing recipes, workshops with award-winning chefs, and the opportunity to wine and dine with the community. This can’t-miss Aspen event occurs annually in the summer, and there is often a waitlist for tickets.

A sense of community and culture

If you love the arts, you’ll flourish in Aspen. There is no shortage of experiences in this idyllic mountain community. From local theater performances to international art shows and festivals, you can experience it all within the mountain ranges of this Colorado town.

Residents enjoy many cultural events held throughout the year, and nothing beats the sense of community in Aspen. With such a variety of events, whether community-sponsored or international, these unique opportunities bring neighbors together. From days spent skiing down the mountain to concerts at Belly Up and exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum, there is something for everyone of all ages to experience in Aspen.

The winter months are busy with tourists and vacationers, but the other three seasons are just as busy for long-term residents. And once you start attending these community events, you get to know your neighbors and build camaraderie in one of the most beautiful places to live in the country.

Is Aspen your own personal Shangri-la?

If you think Aspen is right for you — if the skiing, the summers, and the adventures are precious as trips back to childhood — you’ll feel right at home here. Just think about the fun you’ll have.

If you know you’re going to return to Aspen again and again, be aware that home prices continue to rise. With that in mind, trust the brokers at this high-end firm to help you find the home of your dreams. Ready to take the next step and start looking at homes for sale in Aspen? Reach out to one of the local real estate experts at Saslove & Warwick for guidance.

About the Authors

Joshua Saslove

Joshua Saslove is the undisputed luxury real estate leader in Aspen, Colorado. Saslove routinely outperforms all other brokers in one of America's most exclusive, and most competitive, real estate markets when it comes to Aspen real estate. With over 40 years of experience and an unwavering commitment to the perfection of client service, he has sold an estimated $3+ billion in real estate while accumulating a client list of some of the world's most influential individuals.

Joshua Saslove has been featured on the cover of New York Times for his representation of the Prince Bandar $135 million estate. During 2009, the worst economic year in decades, Saslove made headlines for seller representation of the largest residential home sale in the United States for that year, a $43 million Aspen estate.

A Detroit native, Joshua is a proud Harley guy who enjoys cross-country skiing and spending time with family.

Riley Warwick

Riley Warwick is co-founder of the Aspen-based brokerage team, Saslove & Warwick, at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, with his partner Joshua Saslove. Saslove & Warwick approaches Aspen’s real estate landscape with an auspicious blend of experience, deep community ties, and forward thinking. Together, The Saslove & Warwick Team has over 60 years of experience and $4+ billion in closed sales.

Riley’s uncanny ability to find off-market opportunities for his clients is one trait that sets him apart. Recent examples include his record-setting sale of 421 Willoughby Way for $72.5M, 132 Placer Lane for $55M, representing buyer and seller, and numerous other off-market sales. 

Crediting his success as an Aspen real estate agent to a relentless work ethic, responsiveness, and deep market knowledge, Riley also adheres to the primary principles of discretion, honesty and continual improvement. Ultimately, Riley judges his success by the number of clients who would recommend him to their friends and family.

His success thus far has not gone unrecognized. The Saslove & Warwick Team maintains standing as the #1 Colorado Team by sales volume for 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019. Riley was ranked #1 Douglas Elliman Colorado Agent in 2021, 2020 and 2019 for gross sales volume, #2 Douglas Elliman Colorado Agent in 2019 for GCI, voted the #2 Aspen Times Realtor of The Year in 2017, and received the Team Player Award from Douglas Elliman in 2018. 

A graduate of Purdue University and an Indiana native, Riley has been a downtown Aspen resident for the past eight years. When not working on real estate, Riley is an avid reader and cyclist. His other interests include art, architecture, design, vintage watches, and cars.


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