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Telluride and San Miguel County
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.

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