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East Vail: Postcards from a winter wonderland

Kathy Filgo
Shane Macomber/Vail Daily

It’s the picture on the postcard ” pine trees with boughs heavy with snow; frozen waterfalls caught in icy mid-cascade; and glistening flurries adding to the deep snowfall. It’s the world’s fantasy of a winter wonderland ” this is East Vail.

The community of East Vail flows with a constant stream of activity as residents, the young and the young-at-heart, are seen enjoying the plethora of outdoor activities just outside their doors. Compared with many of the Valley areas, East Vail seems a place where activities abound but not in a structured way. There’s a very natural, free-flowing enjoyment of all aspects of the great outdoors; jogging, walking, fishing, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, climbing – it appears at a glance to be a running, jumping, playing kind of place, one in which everyone happily indulges.

There is a sense throughout the community of connectedness and an interesting intermingling of calm and action. Surrounded by incomparable beauty, there seems to be camaraderie among those who are drawn to this area. This is a neighborhood well-used and the residents recognize they share this little corner of paradise.

One of the early neighborhoods in the Vail Valley, East Vail is a community to be enjoyed year-round. The summers are lush and cool and winters beauty lingers longer. It is also a community in a state of rejuvenation.

Always a popular living choice for locals, second-home owners, and vacationers alike, there is an evolution taking place. Adding to the flavor of the established neighborhood with its winding, tree-lined streets of aspen and century-old blue spruce and lodgepole pine, there is an array of new luxury homes springing up, bringing a new vibrancy to the alpine area.

East Vail is an eclectic community of single-family homes, duplexes, townhomes and condominium complexes ranging in scope from quaint ancient cabins to new contemporary mansions. There is an equally diverse mix of residents from students to families to retirees. There is also a merging of lifestyles from relaxed and casual to the intense and competitive as each resident approaches their communication with nature in their own individual ways.

Approaching East Vail on I-70, the valley narrows and the community rests at the base of the Gore Range. The natural environment is stunning. The area is bordered by open space and White River National Forest land. The community compared, with some other newer neighborhoods, has a little more shade, a little more snow, and a little more time to develop its landscaping, all adding to the neighborhood’s unique character.

Athletic activities abound as the community hosts endless biking and hiking trails for the beginner or the hardcore outdoors person. The bike path leading over Vail Pass can be ridden, if you choose, all the way to Denver.

Gore Creek runs though the neighborhood with its unsurpassed fishing opportunities. Charming bridges cross the creek at intervals and add interest and ambiance to any walk or run.

Bordering the west end of East Vail is the public Vail Golf Course and driving range. The winter offers groomed trails and cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing trails twisting throughout the golf course as well as an outdoor, lighted ice-skating rink to entertain the entire family.

There are convenient services located in the community such as a grocery store, liquor store, and coffee shop, just a short walk from home.

Bus routes that loop though the community, making commuting throughout the Valley a breeze. In the wintertime, skiing becomes a no-hassle pastime for those not wanting to make the 5-mile sojourn in their own form of transportation.

Transportation extending outside of the Valley is another convenience where East Vail stands supreme. The drive to Denver and all of its metropolitan advantages is barely an hour away. The location is also an advantage that makes East Vail a favorite for those on the Front Range seeking an easily accessible second home in the Vail Valley.

Currently listed on the market in East Vail are 44 residential properties: one townhome, 12 single-family homes, 10 duplexes and 21 condominiums. They range in price from $375,000 to an 8,300-square-foot home listed at $8.4 million. There are three homesites also listed from a .27-acre property at $549,000 to $1.8 million for .92 acres.

In East Vail there is the grand appeal of the environment, there is pride of ownership reflected in the community, and the residents exhibit an exuberance for living and playing in a place that is exactly where they want to be ” and where they want to be is in the middle of that picture postcard that is East Vail.

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