Cordillera Valley Club: It’s all in the family |

Cordillera Valley Club: It’s all in the family

Kathy Filgo
Preston Utley/

The story of the Cordillera family began with the vacation trip of Felix Posen and his wife Jane in 1985. They immediately fell in love with the area and shortly after their initial visit The Divide was born, with its charming flair for refined elegance. The “family” has been extended over the years to include The Ranch with its rugged good looks, and The Summit with its wild nature. Cordillera Valley Club brings its own serene and sunny personality to stand distinct among the four Cordillera members. North of I-70 and west of Singletree, this high mountain desert setting offers the 136 Cordillera Valley Club residences the beauty of dramatic rock foothills covered in juniper and sage contrasting with the emerald green of the golf course centering the community. This gated community provides the convenience of location combined with a character of privacy and serenity settled against the rocky hillside. And from its northern slope vantage point and broad southern exposure, the views focus on the towering snow-capped peaks of the New York Range as they rise to the sky.At an elevation of 7,200 feet, comparatively lower than any of her sister members, nature has set a different stage for Cordillera Valley Club. But the design of the homes bears a family resemblance to those of The Ranch and The Summit. They carry the same likeness using natural stone, rough-sawn wood siding, logs, timber elements, and covered porches, all emphasizing the traits of the American West. Like the rest of the Cordillera family, this is a golf community. In 1997 the Valley Course, designed by Tom Fazio, opened. The 18-hole championship course is located on the valley floor and affords club members a longer playing season because of the primarily southern exposure. The course features a clubhouse that takes after the communitys residences by exuding a rustic yet elegant atmosphere and entertains sun-drenched terraces from which to enjoy the exquisite mountain views.There is an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis complex for a complete summer outdoor activity package. And as with the golf course, warmer temperatures lengthen the experience of outdoor enthusiasts at the pool and on the courts.The Chaparral, a casual club grill, joins the host of amenities and offers residents a convenient community eatery.For a more expanded menu, Cordillera Valley Club is a two-minute jaunt from Edwards and a plethora of additional dining options. The close proximity to town creates exceptional convenience, making a dash to school with a forgotten soccer uniform or a quick run to the grocery store for a carton of milk a breeze. A host of entertainment choices, a variety of shops and services, and recreational opportunities are also close at hand.The location also places the sports and cultural activities of Vail and Beaver Creek just a 10-minute drive away and the Eagle County Regional Airport only a 20-minute drive. This easy access to these locations, as well as Edwards, makes Cordillera Valley Club the choice of many Cordillera residents.The first homesite sold in Cordillera Valley Club in 1995 for $318,000. Currently on the market are seven single-family residences ranging in price from $1.95 million to $4.25 million. There are also seven homesites on the market ranging in price from $575,000 to $885,000. The homesites are sized from .45 acres to .96 acres.Cordillera Valley Club is one of the four distinct golf communities of Cordillera, each suggesting its own unique style, elevation, and ecosystems: The Divide where it all began with its European ambiance and centerpiece Lodge & Spa; The Ranch with its wooded terrain, open meadows, and expansive views; The Summit with its compelling 360-degree mountaintop scenes and generously sized homesites; and Cordillera Valley Club with its sun-drenched serenity, valuable location, and striking views of the New York Range.Cordillera communities comprise more than 7,000 acres with approximately 70 percent of the acreage consisting of open space and wildlife corridor. This combines with the adjacent 3 million acres of Forest Service land. Amenities such as the four golf courses, numerous restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts, skating rink, equestrian center, and organized community activities provides for a spirit of kinship among its members. Cordillera is a family of communities where each member expresses their own individuality while maintaining a common core of values in lifestyle. They flow well together offering something different for everyone and sharing many playgrounds fully equipped for creating happy occasions. Cordillera a real family affair.Vail, Colorado

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