There are several different areas that make up our local real estate market. For sake of clarity, we'll call these "neighborhoods" and you'll find that each one comes with its own vibe. If you're searching for property in and around Steamboat, you'll often see reference to these neighborhoods. So here is some additional information on each to help you with your search.
Downtown Steamboat, also known to locals as “Old Town” is a bustling area of town where you will find the Yampa Street and Lincoln Avenue (“Main Street”) shopping and dining district. Imagine a place that has everything that you love about Steamboat Springs right out your front door. Living in Old Town Steamboat offers that eclectic mix coupled with the heritage of a Western community. There are many recreational amenities located downtown as well, including the Yampa River, Old Town Hot Springs, Howelsen Hill, and Bud Werner Memorial Library. No matter what activities you enjoy, downtown will have something for everyone – mountain biking, skiing, fishing, rafting, hiking, or just enjoying a day of shopping and dining. Soda Creek Elementary School is located in the heart of the downtown area, and is in an ideal location for kids to walk or ride their bikes to school through the City of Steamboat’s “Safe Routes to School” program. “Old Town” features an eclectic mix of older historic homes, newer and remodeled homes, and some new condominium developments. No matter where you are in Old Town, you are just a short walk or bike ride from endless activities and community events.
The “Mountain Area” is just what it implies. These are the neighborhoods in the closest proximity to the Steamboat Ski Area. If you enjoy being just a few blocks away from your hot tub after a long day on the slopes, or if you are looking for a vacation property that will generate good nightly rental income, the mountain area is the place for you! The mountain area offers a wide variety of year-round activities ranging from World Cup ski events, professional mountain bike races, and a large amount of fantastic concerts all surrounded by a vast amount of restaurants and local boutiques. For your convenience, several properties offer seasonal shuttle service to get you from the mountain area to downtown, and the free bus offers year-round service. There are a multitude of different types of properties to choose from in this area. From luxury ski-in/ski-out condominiums to smaller vacation rentals, from primarily owner-occupied condominiums & townhomes to multi-million dollar second homes, the choices include a wide range in the level of services and amenities offered.
Residents living in the Fish Creek area find the true family-oriented community that brought them to the Yampa Valley. There are options for first time home buyers, as well as luxury multi-million dollar estates. The proximity to both downtown and the ski area is ideal, while still offering the feel of a residential community and the convenience of a new bus route through the area. Steamboat Springs High School sits on the western edge of the Fish Creek area, bordering downtown Steamboat Springs. Spring Creek Trail, Rita Valentine Park and Fish Creek Falls are some of the more popular spots for recreation in this area. A great trail system meanders throughout the area leading from downtown to Steamboat Boulevard filled with hiking and biking opportunities. Since this area includes many neighborhoods that sit high above the valley floor, many of the properties offer spectacular views to Howelsen Hill, downtown and across the South Valley.
Located just one mile from downtown Steamboat, Strawberry Park is located within walking or biking distance to the conveniences of town, but it feels like you are miles away from civilization. At the turn of the 19th century this farmland was filled with strawberry and cabbage fields. Since that time, Strawberry Park homesites have been divided into large parcels of 35 acres and more. The sunshine, the space, the views, and the proximity to Buffalo Pass draw residents to this area. With wide open fields and long, winding roads, it is one of the more peaceful places in Routt County. Home to the Lowell Whiteman School, Buffalo Pass recreational area and Strawberry Park Hot Springs. The properties in this area are primarily single family homes on larger parcels or acreage. There are several horse properties, homes tucked into the woods, and properties on Buffalo Pass with spectacular views.
“West Steamboat” generally refers to all of those neighborhoods on the western edge of city limits, extending out to Steamboat II, Heritage Park and Silver Spur. These neighborhoods consist primarily of single family homes in residential neighborhoods with full-time, year-round residents. West Steamboat offers the newly built Bear River Bike and Skate Park, and the Steamboat Springs Community Center. There is also a 9-hole golf course and the private Christian Heritage School.
ELK RIVER VALLEY
The Elk River area is located northwest of downtown and follows the Elk River to Clark, about 17 miles from Steamboat. This area is largely comprised of 35-acre parcels but includes a mix of single-family homes on small plots, ranchettes, and cattle ranches made up of several hundred acres. There are some smaller subdivisions, rural properties, working ranches and guest ranches, most on larger acreage parcels. The “Elk River Area” extends up CR 129 until you get to the small community of Clark, Colorado.
Stagecoach is a residential community located approximately 20 miles from the town of Steamboat Springs, adjacent to Stagecoach Lake State Park. This area offers a myriad of recreational opportunities, including boating, fishing, ice fishing, biking, hiking and more. This is a beautiful area overlooking the Stagecoach Reservoir where several subdivisions include a little bit of everything: condos, townhomes, single family homes, small ranches, “off-grid” properties, rural vacant land, and large acreage parcels.
The South Valley stretches south of Steamboat Springs and encompasses Highway 131’s surrounding areas. Bountiful and picturesque, the area boasts high-end developments with low-density living. A portion of these developments are Land Preservation Sub-Divisions, which offer large acreage but concentrate the housing to a specific zone in order to leave superior open space for wildlife preserve and aesthetic appeal. The area has two golf courses; Catamount (private), and Haymaker (public). Many of the ranches in this Valley are under conservation easement and are protected from any future development. Overall, the South Valley offers large lots, expansive common areas and panoramic views of the ski mountain and the meanders of the Yampa River.
NORTH ROUTT COUNTY
Situated north of the charming town of Clark, North Routt is an outdoorsman’s paradise for fishing, hunting, running snow machines, trail riding and more. Ranging from Clark to Columbine, North Routt is at a higher elevation than Steamboat and generally receives more snow, resulting in a slightly longer winter season. This area offers incredible recreation, including the beautiful Pearl Lake and Steamboat Lake State Parks, Hahn’s Peak, and Sand Mountain for boating, fishing, hiking and hunting. If you like to be close to Steamboat Springs but also have a sense of privacy and seclusion, North Routt may be the spot for you.
SOUTH ROUTT COUNTY
The South Routt area of the Yampa Valley encompasses Oak Creek, Phippsburg, Yampa, Toponas and rural properties between. This area begins roughly 25 miles from Steamboat Springs as you head south on Highway 131. These smaller communities have a history and tradition of mining and railroading. National Forest surrounds many of these towns, which include everything from older single-family homes to large ranches and small 35-acre parcel subdivisions. The Flat Tops Wilderness area is easily accessible from the South Routt area, and hunting, fishing, camping, and river rafting are popular with locals and visitors alike.
SOUTH & WEST
Although Steamboat Springs is only 20 minutes away, the distance to the South & West areas is just enough to offer a feeling of seclusion and remote relaxation. You’ll find cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing in the winter, hiking or biking in the summer, and abundant wildlife within stunning landscapes year-round. Homes in this area sit on lots that run from five to 35 acres, interspersed between large ranches. The setting is rural and agricultural, and the landscape includes wide-open ranges and dense aspen forests. Some of the ranch homes often date back to the 1940s and 1950s, while most homes in subdivisions were built during or after the 1970s. There are many year-round residents in the subdivisions with smaller acreage lots. Areas with larger land parcels tend to have more second-home owners.
The town of Hayden lies approximately 25 miles west of Steamboat Springs along Highway 40. This is a wonderful small-town environment which offers older homes, smaller acreage parcels, and some subdivisions with newer homes. Hayden High School is located in the center of town, and the Routt County Fairgrounds and Yampa Valley Regional Airport are located here as well. The homes in Hayden are more affordable than in Steamboat Springs, so this is a great option for those looking for a nice family home in a quiet area, but still close to the amenities of Steamboat Springs.