Red Mountain is one of, if not the premiere neighborhood in Aspen, Colorado. The famed Willoughby Way lies at the foot of Red Mountain, which has recently attracted the likes of notable tech billionaires, hedge fund CEOs, and other recognizable names. What is it that makes this south-facing hillside so popular? It is a combination of three things: Views, Grandfathered Home Sizes, and Proximity to Town along with easy access to Hunter Creek Trail and Rio Grande Trail, and the Roaring Fork River.
Red Mountain owners enjoy all-day sunshine and panoramic 180-degree views from Independence Pass to the East to Mt. Sopris to the West. All four Aspen Snowmass ski areas are visible from most Red Mountain properties, making the phrase "Million Dollar View" seem less than adequate to describe the sights from Red Mountain. Take in Winterskol, New Year’s Eve, and World Cup fireworks and the torchlight parade from your living room.
Grandfathered Home Sizes
Many of the homes on Red Mountain were constructed before the city of Aspen implemented square footage restrictions on new builds. In some cases it’s impossible, or much more difficult and expensive to recreate the iconic, sizable properties that currently exist in this neighborhood. So, in the Aspen market that inherently has low inventory due to being surrounded by USFS and BLM lands, homes of this stature are even lower in inventory, making them the most desired in Pitkin County and the last to be affected by a declining market.
Proximity to Town
There may be other neighborhoods (Starwood, Wildcat Ranch, Chaparral) that offer similar views with more acreage. None of them, however, are within 5 minutes of downtown Aspen and nearby trails. The ease of access to Aspen Mountain, restaurants, and retail as well as Hunter Creek Valley and Rio Grande Trail - which runs the length of the Roaring Fork Valley, is what sets this neighborhood apart from any other.