Welcome to the Central Core
Aspen’s Central Core is a bustling downtown area nestled amidst the Rocky Mountains. What began as a mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom in the 1880s has transformed into a stylish and sophisticated hotspot for arts, shopping, and culinary excellence. With access to four ski mountains, this winter wonderland boasts cobblestone streets, quaint alpine-inspired lanes, and a dreamy, luxurious atmosphere. In the summer, Aspen blooms with vibrant flowers, and the mountains shed their snow in favor of stunning hiking trails. No matter what time of year, Aspen’s Central Core is the beating heart of the city. Homes in Central Core range from penthouse suites above prestigious Aspen storefronts to iconic Victorian historic estates and contemporary homesteads with both glamour and grandeur.
What to Love
- Towering mountain views
- Everything from condos to estates
- Year-round entertainment, outdoor recreation and shopping
- Access to all of Aspen’s best ski trails
- Arts and cultural hub
- Mouthwatering culinary catalog
People & Lifestyle
This Central Aspen neighborhood is easily accessible and extraordinarily walkable, which makes it perfect for anyone who wants to be near the heart of the action. Whether you’re enjoying a decadent, organic brunch at Bear Den
, enjoying a massage at the Remède Spa
, or browsing Central Core’s glitzy boutiques, there is something for everyone in this vibrant neighborhood.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Central Core is home to luxury restaurants, boutique retailers, and après-ski nightlife. Betula
fuses Pan-American cuisine with French traditions to create a menu unlike any other in the city. With an array of bold, inventive flavors and a chic dining room designed by architect and restaurateur Juan Carlos Pérez Febres that boasts stunning views of Ajax Mountain, this restaurant offers an elegant culinary experience. At The Little Nell, one of Aspen’s most renowned resorts, Ajax Tavern
offers a selection of sophisticated yet casual menu options and the perfect people-watching destination at their mountainside location. Clark’s Oyster Bar
is one of Aspen’s favorite raw bars that has a selection of both East and West Coast oysters. If you’re craving North Italian food, Casa Tua’s
Aspen location offers an elevated rustic dining experience with a cozy, wood-accented atmosphere and a seasonally-focused menu.
Central Core also houses a variety of high-end fashion brands, including Gucci, Dior, Prada
, and Ralph Lauren
. For ski wear and luxury men’s and women’s apparel, swing by Gorsuch.
Things to Do
Central Core hosts numerous annual activities, such as Aspen’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
. This Independence Day tradition brings together over 20,000 Aspen residents to celebrate the nation’s birthday with a parade, a kids’ carnival, picnic lunches, and live music entertainment. The Meeting FilmFest
showcases a carefully-curated selection of films and has been an Aspen favorite for over 15 years. The Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race
is a heart-pounding event that challenges both professional and recreational skiers. With over 24 miles of terrain and more than 10,000 vertical feet of climbs, this endurance race is a premier athletic endeavor that utilizes all four of Aspen’s mountain peaks.
Aspen is internationally-recognized for its wealth of outdoor activities, but there is more to this mountain city than its signature ski slopes. Numerous stunning hiking trails lead outdoor explorers through the Roaring Fork River Valley to the highest peaks.
Central Core offers proximity to many of Aspen’s most widely-renowned schools, recognized for their academic prestige. A few of the most notable educational opportunities nearby include: