Letter: Guess we’ll take our talents elsewhere
Three and a half years and 29 bids later, my wife and I are in eighth place at Miller Ranch. Deed-restricted housing that is meant for people like us here in the valley — and we have been as close as second, only to drop to ninth the following bid.
My wife and I are both teachers with Eagle County Schools. I am in my sixth year here and she’s in her third. We both work beyond our normal jobs, typically working 10-12 hour days — either for me coaching four sports and for her working with travel club and link crew as well as managing a bar back home during the summer. Every time a new listing pops up, we are so excited to bid, only to hear the inevitable response of crickets. However, every half-mile of I-70 and every other month in the news we either see or hear of new construction going up, “Employee housing starting in the high 300s!”
Wouldn’t be a bad deal if this was for a house but rather it is for one to two beds. It has been well over 10 years since Miller Ranch has been built on roughly 30 acres of land with minimal talks of another neighborhood going up in the area. As far as my school is concerned, we are a couple of landlord’s decisions away from needing to rehire an entire eighth-grade team of five teachers. There are multiple teachers who live together like college students in dorms throughout the valley and I’m sure this goes for other professions like nurses, firefighters, police and paramedics.
I’m not looking for a handout by any means, and I know where we live is expensive, but that is not a solution to what is slowly becoming a ghost town. It should not take three and a half years and 29 bids to still be house hunting anywhere.
Eighth-grade teacher, Berry Creek Middle School