A broad variety of housing types can be found in Region 12. Many homes support traditional family units. Some are single family homes that serve as the homes to the workforce in the community such as teachers, healthcare workers, police officers, and property managers. Some serve as vacation/second homes to part time residents or those that may just come for two weeks to ski or spend a week of the summer. Still others are made up of seasonal workers renting and living together.

Some homes are deed restricted to remain affordable due to the progressive programs of housing authorities in the region recognizing the need to create attainable housing opportunities in this resort region due to the high cost of housing. The amenity-rich, resort-oriented nature makes it an attractive place for second homes,whcih drives up the cost of housing.

Overview of Housing in NWCCOG's Region

  Eagle Grand Jackson Pitkin Summit
Total Housing Units (2015) 31,392 16,381 1,273 12,984 30,078
% Occupied 57.5% 31.8% 50.6% 56.7% 34.5%
% Vacant (Total) 42.5% 68.2% 49.4% 43.4% 65.5%
% Vacant (for Seasonal/Recreational Use) 37.2% 54.3% 31.5% 30.3% 55.1%
Owner Occupied 38.7% 24.1% 34.8% 38.1% 23.3%
Renter Occupied 18.7% 7.7% 15.8% 18.6% 11.2%
Building Permits          
Building Permits Total (2015) 188 128 4 103 195
Single Family Permits 162 115 4 73 154
Two Family Permits 0 2 0 0 0
Three and Four Family Permits 0 0 0 4 0
Five Families and More 26 11 0 26 41

Median Home Values

source: US Census, Quickfacts (2010-2014)
Area Medain Home Value
Eagle County $435,600
Grand County $292,700
Jackson County $124,800
Pitkin County $570,700
Summit County $461,100
Colorado $239,400
U.S. $175,700

Median Gross Rent

source: US Census, Quickfacts (2010-2014)

Area Median Gross Rent
Eagle County $1,231
Grand County $982
Jackson County $708
Pitkin County $1,242
Summit County $1,143
Colorado $969
U.S. $920

Second Homes

With its 10 world-class, internatinally known ski resorts, abundant public lands, natural beauty, and countless outdoor recreational opportunities, the NWCCOG region is a popular place to purchase a vacation/second home.  Over 10 communities in the NWCCOG region have 50% of housing units being used for "seasonal/recreational use", a term suggesting a vacation/second home.


Workforce Housing

The traditional family unit in the Region – i.e. those families that are in the workforce that contribute to the essential basic services in the Region including teachers, healthcare workers, childcare workers, police officers, emergency medical workers, etc. (i.e. middle-income professional wage earners)– often have the biggest challenge finding housing that suits their needs. Often the high cost of housing makes it extremely difficult for these local workforce families to afford a single family home. To illustrate, the bulk of the housing in Region 12, or 55.9%, is priced between $300,000 and $999,999. This price range is very difficult for a family of 4 earning a household family income of $70,000 to afford (approximate average in Region 12). To further show the high cost of housing in the region, 15% of the housing in Region 12 is priced over $1 million. To respond to this need, local governments have responded, through housing departments and housing authority programs, by creating opportunities for the local workforce family to afford a single family home. These opportunities come from the development of deed-restricted housing, which refers to housing for local residents or employees, and has some type of restriction attached to: occupancy standards, appreciation or resale value, or incomes.

Some examples of Workforce Housing options available in the region include:
  • Eagle County: Miller Ranch - Edwards, Colorado
  • Eagle County: Chamonix Townhomes - West Vail, Colorado
  • Eagle County: Lions Ridge Apartments - Vail, Colorado
  • Eagle County: Solar Vail - Vail, Colorado
  • Piktin County - Burlingame Ranch
  • Pitkin County - Aspen Highlands
  • Pitkin County - Hunter Creek
  • Summit County: Wellington Neighborhood - Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Summit County: Lincoln Park Neighborhood - Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Summit County: Peak One Neighborhood - Frisco, Colorado
  • Summit County: Lake Hill Neighborhood (Coming Soon!) - Frisco, Colorado
  • Summit County: Huron Landing - Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Summit County: Valleybrook Neighborhood - Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Summit County: Wintergreen - Keystone, Colorado
  • Summit County: Dillon Ridge Vista - Dillon, Colorado
  • Summit County: Dillon Flats - Dillon, Colorado

Seasonal Rental Housing

Due to the seasonal nature of the region and the demand for service workers during the busy months the ski resorts are in operation (October through April generally), there is a need in the Region for temporary seasonal housing for these workers. Local governments and private resort owners have responded to this need by creating seasonal employee rental housing. Most ski areas in the region have employee rental units. Many counties and towns have incorporated requirements into their permitting structure requiring developers to build employee housing units if their business will generate a need for new employees, or pay fees in lieu of building these units.

Senior Housing

  • Castle Peak Senior Care Community in Eagle, Colorado
  • Golden Eagle Senior Apartments in Eagle County
  • Grand Living Senior Home in Granby, Colorado
  • Castle Creek Terrace in Aspen, Colorado
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