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Vail Daily column: Eagle: A picturesque mountain community

Kim Bradley

As the resort community of Vail continues to grow, local people migrate west to Eagle, to find affordable housing. Just 30 miles away, it provides a family-friendly community for young professionals in the Vail Valley.

Old Eagle was established in 1905 as a ranching town which later became the county seat in 1921. Head a little farther south and you will stumble across Eagle Ranch, which was established in 1998. This combination of old and new sets the stage for an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops and breweries.

The mild climate and an abundance of outdoor activities are attracting people of all ages and demographics. Surrounded by approximately 1,020 acres of town-owned open space and adjacent Bureau of Land Management property, Eagle has multiple public parks, outdoor stage venues, a public pool, an indoor ice rink, a BMX track, two golf courses and plenty more. As the gateway to Sylvan Lake State Park, Eagle creates the setting for a high quality of life.

The Eagle events calendar is packed for the coming months with concerts, races, parades and festivals. Residents especially look forward to the free Thursday night concerts in the park, where it's encouraged to pack the cruiser bike with a picnic and favorite beverage to share with friends. Or spend an evening on the deck of Seven Hermits or the Dusty Boot listening to live music while taking in the westerly views.

With all that Eagle has to offer, it is understandable why this community had 226 residential and land real estate transactions in 2016, a 7.6 percent increase from 2015. Comparing the first quarter of 2017 against 2016, Eagle has seen a 15 percent increase in residential and land transactions, and a 35.7 percent increase in sales volume, according to data from the Eagle County Multiple Listing Service.

Eagle is constantly improving and has 22 homes currently under construction and nine homes in the review process. Now is the time to check out Eagle. If you're curious about the Eagle real estate market, then I encourage prospective buyers and sellers to visit the Slifer Smith & Frampton office in Eagle Ranch Village to meet our knowledgeable team of brokers.

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Kim Bradley is the Eagle branch broker for Slifer Smith & Frampton.