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There is no denying to it that Aspen homes are very expensive. An average home costs more than $4 million, and most of the elegant mansions and picturesque residences sit empty for the remainder of the year. Though the whole town was caught in recession in 2008 after the slow market on Wall Street and the national real estate crisis, sales finally went down to 60 per cent. However, as of this time, the market has recovered significantly and the asking price  for an Aspen home is up to $10 million. 

So how does the working class survive here? It’s not that easy, for sure. Asking price for rent can rival those in Manhattan and San Francisco. The local authority realized that the employees there need affordable housing. Their solution is to make a lottery and whoever wins in the lottery will only pay a small amount of its asking price in the free market. Should the winner sell it later on, he cannot sell it in the free market. 

  • The West End 

The West End has the beauty no other place can rival. Its homes are Victorian style inspired with yards that are so carefully maintained. At some point, the lawns are full of activities. Kids were playing while their parents were mowing the lawns. There were picnics and cocktail parties in every neighborhood.  Today, on the other hand, the neighbors would only show up few weeks in a year. The West End has become famous also because of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Aspen Institute. The Aspen Music Festival is being held each summer for nine weeks playing classical songs patronized by music lovers around the world. The Aspen Institute on the other hand holds the renowned Ideas Fest every July which attracts a lot of well-known members of the royalty.  The West End looks like the Macdonald Highlands luxury home village in Nevada. Famous landmarks in the West End include the Yellow Brick Schoolhouse and the Red Brick Center for the Arts.  

  • The East End 

This is a stark contrast to the West End.  Here you can see aging properties owned by different classes and demographics. This is the home of the locals. However, it also shares a picturesque view of Aspen Mountain and Snyder Park is a paradise for kids and picnic goers. The whole town can be toured either by foot, a bike or a bus.  




A Perfect Holiday in Aspen

When it comes to spending winter holidays, one place comes to mind- Aspen. But it is worthy to know that Aspen is also a beautiful destination even on summer. It can be a perfect place to bike, hike, or horseback. Newlyweds find Aspen a great place to go on a honeymoon. Because the place is touristy most of the time, there are so many lodging houses and hotels in the ski-resort.  

Once you visit Aspen, you cannot help but admire the grandeur and symmetry of Maroon Bells. The bell-shaped peaks tower more than 14,000 feet above the glacial Maroon Valley. It is still one of the most photographed mountains in the United States and houses some of the most spectacular views in the world.  There is a biodiversity of living creatures in Maroon Bells. Depending on its height from the ground, a tourist can enjoy vibrant wildflowers, lush Aspen trees, alpines, and can be greeted by both friendly and ferocious animals. 

Independence Pass or Hunter Pass is a high mountain pass that is still part of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is 12,095 ft. above sea level and serves as a boundary between Pitkin and Lake counties. State Highway 82 is the name of the paved highway that traverses Independence Pass. It is the fourth highest paved highway in the US.  During wintertime, the road is unpassable, isolating Aspen from the east part of the region. On warmer weather, the pass is a popular destination where a tourist can enjoy a scenic view of the alpine tundra environment and the eastern part of Mount Elbert, Colorado’s highest summit. Independence Pass serves as the venue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge since 2011.   

If you like a flower garden, don’t forget to visit the John Denver Sanctuary. It is located in the center of downtown Aspen, right after the Roaring Fork River. It houses the largest collection of a perennial flower garden in the world. John Denver Sanctuary has become even more beautiful after engraved rocks have been artistically placed around the area. On summer, the Theater Aspen located inside the park provides live stage entertainment to visitors. 

Last on the list is the T-Lazy-7 Ranch. This is a favorite spot for adventure seekers who visit Aspen since 1938. It is the gateway to Maroon Bells and has romantic views perfect for weddings. It became even more popular after serving as the location for the famous Marlboro commercial.   


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