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About Mountain Village Colorado

Situated in the heart of the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, Mountain Village was incorporated in 1995 as a Home Rule Municipality. Its founders envisioned a European-style ski-in/ski-out, pedestrian-friendly destination resort that would complement the historic mining town of Telluride. A three-stage gondola transportation system connects the Town of Mountain Village with the Town of Telluride. Situated at 9,500 feet, Mountain Village is comparably a world apart from other resorts: it is innately spectacular, beautifully orchestrated and planned, and overflowing with style, charm and sophistication.According to the 2010 Census, Telluride Region’s total population is 5,865 with almost 4,000 people between the ages of 25 and 64 living here.
The towns of Mountain Village and Telluride are two separate, distinct towns with their own government. Mountain Village sits at 9,545 feet and Telluride sits at 8,750. They are joined by a gondola system, which is owned and operated by the Town of Mountain Village. Mountain Village became a Home Rule Municipality March 10, 1995. Before 1995, it was an unincorporated country area. Colorado schools are organized by school districts. Mountain Village is part of the Telluride R-1 School District, which has won many accolades over the years. The schools are located in the Town of Telluride. There are many world class restaurants bars and hotels and Coffee houses to enjoy as well as exceptional music venues and outdoor activities. though Mountain Village is relatively small in size it belies the depth of its dining scene. Here, you can find just about everything you’re craving, from Thai and Mexican to Middle Eastern and New American. There’s also Detroit-style pizza, steak house fare, stacked sandwiches, and damn good bloody Marys to discover. The total actual value of all real property in Mountain Village is $2.4 billion, and the current average price of a single-family home, excluding deed restricted homes, is $4.9 million.Call today to find out more and to begin the journey of a life time, Buying your next home in Mountain Village Colorado.

The story of how Mountain Village Came To Be:

Although we never forget our heritage, Mountain Village has certainly come a long way from its days as a sheep ranch to being named one of the world’s top resort destinations. We here at Telluride Realty & Investment have been in the Mountain Village since the very start. Having watched Mountain Village grow from it’s infancy to it’s present day glory gives Telluride realty & Investment a complete perspective that can be of great value to you.

The Ski Resort
1969 To 1978

In 1968, entrepreneur Joe Zoline began to assemble the land needed to build a world class ski resort including Gorrono Ranch and Adams Ranch. With the purchase of the land, he then convinced the Town of Telluride and the United States Forest Service of his choice for the location of an “official winter sports site” in the present Mountain Village. Enlisting the expertise of former French world champion skier Emile Allais, Zoline planned to develop the ski resort in stages. In 1972, the first of the lifts and ski runs opened. In 1978, Ron Allred and Jim Wells purchased the Telluride Ski Resort from Zoline.

Allred & Wells
The 80s

Allred and Wells set out to create a pedestrian-friendly, European-style resort village above the Town of Telluride on 3.5 square miles of land that was then sheep ranches. Their vision included a commercial center that is known today as Mountain Village Center (or to some, Village Core), single-family estates dispersed carefully within the natural landscape, and a meandering network of winter and summer trails, walking paths, and golf fairways throughout. Their original vision also included housing for the local workforce and civic amenities to support a small, but thriving, year-round community. San Miguel County approved the Mountain Village Planned Unit Development December 22, 1981.Allred and Wells knew it would be necessary to pay for the installation, operation and maintenance of the essential infrastructure. Thus, the Mountain Village Metropolitan District (MVMD) was established in 1983 for the purpose of collecting property taxes and providing services and amenities for health, safety and welfare. Such services and amenities included water, drainage, public parks and recreational facilities, roads, transportation and wastewater treatment. MVMD was essentially the local government of the community. Then in 1984 Mountain Village Metropolitan Services, now known as Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), was established to be a master homeowners association. This entity was responsible for the aesthetics of Mountain Village and continues to be responsible for the ongoing operational and maintenance costs of the gondola system which is funded by TMVOA’s Real Estate Transfer Assessment (RETA). As TMVOA’s largest revenue stream, RETA is assessed at a rate of three percent on certain real estate transactions.

Present Day
1995 To Now

A decade later, it was evident that Mountain Village was no longer just a “company town” supporting the building and development of a world-class resort community – it was a world-class resort community. The Town of Mountain Village was incorporated in 1995, and gradually took over the functions of MVMD which was formally dissolved in 2007, the same year that the town separated from TMVOA. It’s undeniable; this may be one of the prettiest places we’ve ever set our eyes on. Wouldn’t you agree? We are fortunate for sure to be situated in the heart of the San Juan Mountains where the scenic allure is unparalleled. And what better way to relish in Mother Nature than to be in the thick of it every chance you get. With an abundance of winter and summer recreational opportunities, our mountains provide a gateway for adventure. So do yourself a favor, with so many things to do in Mountain Village and Telluride, put away the phone and tablet and get outside. Soak it all in because that’s what you are supposed to do when you’re in the mountains and in Mountain Village. Bonus: post your recreation photos to our Facebook page using the hashtag #getoutside.