Telluride and San Miguel
Telluride is 37 miles southwest of Ridgway, and situated at 7,000 to 10,000
feet above sea level. Telluride is rated in the top ten ski resorts in
nation, offering dry powder snow, and operating Thanksgiving to April 15.
Population in Telluride and its Mountain Village approximates 3,500
residents, with a total of 5,500 in San Miguel County, including Norwood..
Telluride’s airport has air service to and from Denver, Montrose and
Phoenix, plus accommodates smaller prop jet & Lear jets.
This is resort country so expect higher prices for land and homes, ranging
from $500,000 for a 1,000 square foot condo to $5,000,000 for large custom
or spec-built homes on the ski slopes.
In education, Telluride operates a kindergarten through high school, plus
there are charter schools. Local activities and events include summer
festivals, winter sports, top-of-the-line summer camp and entertainment.
Community services include a medical clinic, police and fire services. The
views in and from Telluride are spectacular and memorable.
Shopping in Telluride may be considered among the best in the business, with
a wide range of specialty stores and services.
Count your stars in Telluride as this is the ski resort “home” for many
movie celebrities, world figures and corporate executives. Among the regular
cast to be seen are Tom Cruise, Oprah, Keith Carradine, in addition to
William Ford and General Schwarzkopf.
Telluride provides and supports countless activities and programs for its
youth, and the kids are considered far safer here than most anywhere in the
nation. If the community wants something, they’ll stage a benefit event and,
for sure, have the budget. Crime rate is moderate, mainly because some of
the very affluent visitors use “designer” drugs.
Telluride has highly regulated building codes, architectural guidelines and,
all conforming, many upscale residential developments. The cost for new
construction approximates $400 to $600 per square foot. A two- to five-acre
lot may price at more than $1,000,000.
Telluride has one golf course as part of a hotel and spa, but is not open to
the general public.. Many mansions and lodges border the fairways. Another
proposed golf course is currently being debated.