In 1962, Vail Mountain opened to the public with one gondola and two chairlifts. Today, 31 lifts have the capacity to transport more than 60,000 skiers uphill per hour.
One of the largest ski resorts in North America, Vail has come to be one of its most popular–and most prestigious, a reputation it continues to invest in. Past the half-century mark, Vail has been getting a makeover with millions reinvested in infrastructure upgrades.
Much of the town’s sales tax revenues is generated during ski season, which experiences some 200 inches of snowfall per winter. However, the Alpine-style, pedestrian-friendly resort has year-round recreational and cultural activities, too, such as fishing, festivals, whitewater rafting and golf. Six courses are located within an hour’s radius. Summer weather is dry and comfortable.
Vail’s dramatic Rocky peaks and 5,000 skiable acres are surrounded by 350,000 federally protected acres of the White River National Forest. Limits on development have contributed to keeping residential real estate values stable.
In 2013, Barron’s ranked Vail 11th in its list of “20 Best Places for Second Homes” and called the destination a good fit, “for those who want the high life rather than the quiet life.”
A two-hour drive west of Denver, Vail is all about the concierge lifestyle with an emphasis on ease, service and comfort. Even the sidewalks are heated.
A collection of micro-communities enjoys easy access to the mountains and offers a range of ownership opportunities. They include premium condominiums featuring fitness centers, pools, hot tubs and ski valets. In some cases, older developments are being torn down and replaced with full-service resorts. Single-family residences in low density areas push the definition of mountain architecture with reinterpretations that are as sustainable as they are stunning. Some even come with memberships to private clubs. If there’s a downside to owning a vacation home in Vail it may be the temptation to beg off the slopes and, instead, nest at home enveloped by the gorgeous Rocky Mountain views.
David McHugh is recognized as a luxury and lifestyle real estate powerhouse in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado. With more than 25 years of experience, he has crafted his practice by transforming an industry-wide shift to remarkable client experiences, launching properties on the world stage and providing expert care far beyond the sale. At the end of the day, it’s the relationships he builds that create a strong foundation for generations to come.
A visionary with boundless enthusiasm and knowledge, David has championed the collaboration of art, architecture, film and contemporary culture as a tool to communicate and showcase the most extraordinary lifestyle properties across multiple platforms around the globe. In doing so, he has created an industry disrupting model that redefines the business of luxury real estate. As the founder of McHugh & Co and Colorado Ski Towns, he has shaped an ever-growing mountain home experience for those who value and breathe a different air. McHugh & Co seamlessly and successfully delivers a streamlined, custom approach, whether a client is here locally or halfway across the world. Colorado Ski Towns is David’s brainchild allowing him and his team to add value to realtors and customers around the country and around the world by showcasing the best properties and the best real estate brokers in each of our luxury ski markets. He also holds a deep and developed network garnered from years of groundbreaking creative projects and collaborations with the best in the industry.
Jeff Morgan is a master at matching people with Vail Valley homes. As a resort expert, he goes above and beyond in every experience and has a loyal following of buyers and sellers who come to him for superior service, knowledge, and results.
A Vail Valley resident for nearly a decade, Jeff left city life behind to embark on his dream of living the mountain lifestyle, where fresh mountain air, incredible views and nature-filled adventures are right outside his door. With extensive experience as a property manager, and a proven background in customer service, sales and marketing, Jeff is able to provide clients with a comprehensive approach to buying and selling that is unmatched in the Vail Valley.
“My priority is the client. Finding the right home means as much to me as it does my clients.”
Heather Losa takes great pride in sharing the natural beauty and extraordinary lifestyle that two of the world’s most renown mountain resorts offer. As a sought after Vail Valley broker, she brings nearly twenty years of proven expertise. Superior local knowledge and exceptional levels of personalized service are among her most valued assets, but to Heather, it’s the personal relationships she relishes most.
“The most rewarding part of my profession is developing lifelong friendships and sharing in those special, lasting memories with my customers.”
Heather is a dedicated client advocate, offering world-class service and value. She personally assisted in closing over a half billion in local real estate transactions with a specific focus and knowledge of the Beaver Creek, Bachelor Gulch, Arrowhead, Mountain Star, and Vail markets.
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“There is a difference in the Broker you choose. Throughout the sales process David counseled us. We give him the highest marks in every category. He was a joy to work with and we highly recommend his services.”
“David helped us with the purchase of our property over ten years ago and has stayed in touch since then. When we decided to sell he leaped in and handled the process extremely well and got us a price we were quite happy with. His team made the whole process simple and easy.”
“I really don’t like dealing with realtors. Their incentives aren’t aligned with the buyer and seller, and they often don’t have a good business sense. Jeff is one of the exceptions. Jeff is hard-working, honest and has many good insights. Additionally, he is willing to roll up his sleeves and do things that other realtors might not do (like get a remote control programmed so that the new buyer is happy, or help clean up the house to make sure it shows well). He helped us buy and sell 2 expensive properties; I’d use him again in a heartbeat.”
— Joel Hylen, Saint Louis
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