Basalt is a haven for relaxation. Fishing, Golfing at the Roaring Fork Club, Hiking, Dining at Cuvee or Brick Pony. Many families call Basalt home, it’s closer to Aspen but yields the benefits of less expensive living maximizing easy exposure to a Colorado Mountain town.
Basalt is a progressive community situated at the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley on Colorado’s Western Slope. Settled by European immigrants and incorporated in 1901, Basalt was the regional hub for the Colorado Midland Railroad, built to carry coal and silver ore between Aspen and Leadville. It was named for the black volcanic rock that forms Basalt Mountain just north of town. Historically a boom-bust economy rocked by an erratic mining industry, contemporary Basalt flourishes in a solid real estate market and strong business environment.
Today, Basalt extends across Highway 82, the Valley’s main artery, into Historic Downtown, Southside, Mid Valley Design Center, Mid Valley Medical Center, Willits and Orchard Plaza. Surrounded by wilderness, Basalt sits at the gate of the Frying Pan Valley along the Gold Medal waters of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers in the White River National Forest at an elevation of 6,610 feet. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy camping, boating, fishing, hiking, golfing, biking, snow shoeing and cross-country and downhill skiing, all within a 15 mile radius and Ruedi Reservoir offers the most beautiful setting for windsurfing, sailing and skiing. Restaurants and eateries serve everything from picnic lunches to gourmet dinners, galleries showcase local and international artists, and shopping abounds with boutique shops offering great keepsakes and specialty items.
In 2007, the median price of a single-family home was $860,000. Primary residents number approximately 3,200, and are for the most part evenly split between single and married, with the median age being 49. Visitors and second home owners bolster the community, particularly in summer when town celebrations and recreational activities hit high gear. With an average high temperature in July of 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit and 242 sunny days a year, we draw talented teachers to the valley, enriching the lives of children in grades K thru 12 through the Roaring Fork School District. Basalt is also home to an extended network of medical and health professionals ranging from traditional specialty clinics to yoga, massage, acupuncture and muti-service spas.
what your money buys in Basalt, Emma and El Jebel
$350,000 – Find that special smaller condo or land to build your dream home.
$500,000 – Blue Lake, Shadow rock or the Willits
$600,000 – A three-bedroom duplex with room to spare or single family home in Blue Lake or Willits.
$800,000 – $1,000,000 – A little bigger home, maybe horses in emma or basalt river frontage.
$1,400,000 – A 5500 sq. ft. custom home that watches over mountains. Hilcrest luxury with views of Sopris await your dreams.
$2,000,000 – $7,000,000 – Your paradise awaits. Hooks Lane/Emma with Horses, a Roaring Fork Club Cabin perhaps; expand your vision because your going to need it.