An enclave nestled at the convergence of the scenic East River, Slate River, and Cement Creek.
This charming, family-oriented community is on the rise thanks to its plethora of stunning landscapes and enviable homes
A mere seven miles south of Crested Butte lies the emerging community of Crested Butte South, an enclave nestled at the convergence of the scenic East River, Slate River, and Cement Creek. Flush with gorgeous vistas and plenty of desirable amenities, Crested Butte South is regarded as one of Gunnison County’s premier residential communities for family living in a rustic mountain environment.
From its position in the flat sweep of Cement Creek Valley, Crested Butte South offers expansive, 360-degree views of mountain peaks and wild terrain. The community’s Property Owners Association takes care to ensure locals are outfitted with recreational facilities, amenities, and even a few convenient commercial establishments.
There’s a great deal of diversity when it comes to residential real estate in Crested Butte South, and the population is a mix of long-time locals, first-time buyers, and second-home owners. More affordable than properties in town and around Crested Butte Mountain Resort but still incredibly lavish, options include new-build construction and impressive land lots as well as custom homes, spacious executive abodes, and condominiums.
Those living in Crested Butte South enjoy a tight-knit sense of community that heightens the residential experience into one of connection and togetherness. Wonderful amenities like more than 30 acres of open space and local Nordic ski trails keep residents active and engaged. Simultaneously, the large property lots and the small population keeps the area feeling private and secluded.
Though Crested Butte South locals might not have the abundance of commercial offerings of a larger city, the community still maintains a small business district that ensures that all the day-to-day needs of residents are easily met. Most importantly, these friendly independent businesses are on par with the neighborhood’s warm, personable atmosphere and provide a welcome space for friends and families to connect.
Camp 4 Coffee — which also has a location in the town of Crested Butte to the north — supplies residents with a menu of locally roasted coffees, decadent espresso beverages, and satisfying smoothies to help them power through the day. Tully’s off of Elcho Avenue dishes out delectable American cuisine and offers the occasional live music performance, and Crested Butte’s Personal Chefs catering is the go-to for supplying special occasions with phenomenal food.
Prefer to dine at home? Red Mountain Liquors is well-stocked with all the best imported wines, beers, spirits, and mixers, and a quick trip north to Crested Butte will put hungry locals within reach of several grocers, including an all-organic market.
One of the biggest attractions in Crested Butte South is the surplus of open space, parks, and recreational amenities. Spanning more than 12-acres, the centrally located Red Mountain Park is replete with options for activity. Morning community yoga classes, lively soccer matches, pick-up basketball games, open tennis courts, and a large playground are available for visitors and residents alike.
The Huckeby Conservation Area is a tranquil swath of open space ideal for viewing the abundant Southern Rocky Mountain wildlife, including roaming elk, great blue herons, and dozens of songbird species. Reserved exclusively for quiet recreational activities, the easement is a relaxing retreat into nature.
The community of Crested Butte South comes together from June through September for the Thursday evening Farmers Market held in Red Mountain Park. In addition to a collection of local produce and merchandise, visitors can expect to find a slew of vendors, food trucks, and even live music performances.
Crested Butte South residents have the option to attend any of the schools in the Gunnison Watershed School District. Top educational opportunities include:
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