History & Location
Located 170 miles west of Denver and 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains is Carbondale. Carbondale was first occupied by the Ute Indians then by silver prospectors cattle ranchers and potato farmers.
Discussed as one of the “Top 12 Towns” in the “50 Next Great Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure magazine. Also listed as one of the 50 Best Places to Live/Most Active Towns by Men’s Journal magazine. Carbondale is a great base camp for recreation enthusiasts. Resting in the shadow of 12,953-foot Mt. Sopris there is plenty to do in Carbondale. This includs biking, hiking, gold medal fly-fishing, kayaking, and world class skateboarding. In winter excellent cross-country skiing can be found at Spring Gulch and beautiful snowmobiling and snowshoeing trails are accessible in all directions. World famous downhill skiing and snowboarding is 30 miles away in Aspen/Snowmass and also 15 miles away at Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs.
For a spectacular driving experience take the West Elk Loop that is a Colorado Scenic Byway. It starts and ends in Carbondale and wanders on the edge of town. The commercial airports of Aspen, Eagle/Vail and Grand Junction offer convenient access to Carbondale.
At an altitude of 6,181 feet, the Carbondale area is characterized by an average of 295 days of sunshine, low humidity, cold but mild winters and comfortable summers. Carbondale often avoids storms that can inundate the surrounding mountains creating its reputation as the “banana belt” of the Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys. There is a significant day to night temperature swing and precipitation can vary greatly from year to year. Average snowfall is approximately 69 inches. The growing season averages 98 days with the last spring frost about June 1 and the first killing frost about September 15. Carbondale residents embrace a sense of community. This manifests itself in the promotion of recreation, great dining, art and artists, public radio, renewable energy and resources, community gatherings and events. It also boasts a wide range of economic, social, and philosophical viewpoints.
Carbondale Colorado Real Estate
Carbondale, located in Garfield County, Colorado, is home to 6,492 people and is a suburban community. The median household income is $60,597. 54% of residents of Carbondale are married and 35% are families with children. Half the residents in Carbondale commute just 30 minutes or less to work, with 31% of residents holding white collar jobs and 69% residents holding blue collar jobs. The median age of homes is 19 years. In Carbondale, 54% of homes are owned, 37% are rented, and 9% are not occupied. Last year, 133 Carbondale properties were sold and the median sale price of a home was $437,934.
Carbondale Colorado Real Estate is fairly diverse in nature. Because of the mid-valley location offered by Carbondale, it attracts all kinds of real estate action. Only 10 miles from Glenwood Springs and 30 miles from Aspen makes for an appealing location to many people. In addition to location Carbondale offers a culture that is second to none in Colorado.
If you are in the Carbondale Colorado Real Estate market than chanced are you are shopping for something $300,000 or more. With high demand comes high pricing unfortunately. We start to see real estate prices increase significantly as you leave Glenwood Springs and head towards Carbondale. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this phenomena.
As of today there are 27 listings in Carbondale under $500,000. By increasing the budget to $1,000,000 there are currently 77 listings. In Carbondale we see a huge diversity among properties offered. Starting at $315,000 you can purchase a 1,248 square foot 3 bedroom 2 bathroom condo. There are several condos and town homes located near the downtown area of Carbondale.
As you approach the $500,000 mark you start to break into the single family home market. Single family homes in Carbondale range from small lots and properties to large ranch properties. Very few single family homes come with HOA covenants. This sometimes is a big deciding factor for buyers.
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