Are you thinking about moving to the mountain town of Edwards, Colorado, but you aren't sure what to expect?
In this video, I'm going to share five reasons why you may want to consider making that move. We'll look at everything from the cost of living to traffic so you're best prepared for the dark side of living in Edwards.Verify my mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
A High Cost Of Living
Edwards, Colorado is a beautiful, picturesque mountain town right here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. There are a ton of outdoor activities to do and lots of things to see. Before you make that move, though, there are a couple of things that you’re going to want to consider.Verify my mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
First, it might be time to redo that budget. The cost of living in Edwards, Colorado is really high. In fact, the cost of living in Edwards is about one and a half to two times the national average in the United States. Real estate prices can be really steep here, and renting isn’t cheap either. If you want to know what home or rental prices look like, stick around to the end and we’ll tell you.
It’s also worth noting that the high cost of living here is balanced out by the surrounding beauty. You'll get to enjoy gorgeous scenery every day when you live in Edwards, Colorado. It's definitely a balance of pros and cons, but know that buying a home in Edwards can be challenging
If you’re planning on making the move and you can't work remotely - or you plan to find a job when you get here - watch out. Edwards is a small town, so job opportunities may be limited. This is especially true in certain industries.Verify my mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
Job opportunities fluctuate seasonally and with the economy, so having stable employment before moving here would be a good idea. If you’re looking for a career change, it might be worth researching the job market in Edwards before making that move.
A lot of our clients that work and live here in Edwards, Colorado are blue-collar workers that have excavating companies or construction companies, which allows them to work on-site here in Edwards. Other clients work in big tech or sales, where they have the ability to work remotely and live a good lifestyle. So if that fits your situation, we’d love to have you here in Edwards.
Let’s face it: the winter months in Edward can be quite harsh with heavy snowfall and low temperatures. While it’s a winter paradise for some, it can be difficult for those who are not used to the cold and snow. The likelihood of injury in a mountain location during winter is much higher as well.Verify my mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
I slip and fall at least one time every winter - if not more. If you’re not stable on your feet or you’re in really bad shape, the winter months in Edwards can be particularly challenging. In fact, just last week, one of our clients up here was walking her dog and her dog pulled her. There was ice, and she ended up falling and breaking her ankles.
This is really common up here, especially in the winter. So be careful if you’re not stable on your feet or if you’re out of shape. You’re going to want to be really mindful before moving to a winter location like Edwards, Colorado. If you do end up hurting yourself, the good news is the Steadman Clinic is located right here in the Vail Valley.
It's one of the premier rehab locations in the United States. In fact, our cameraman tore his Achilles; ankle and he’s been getting treatment there for the last couple of months. Thankfully, he’s almost back to 100%.Verify my mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
Traffic And Tourists
For those looking at Edwards as a mountain solace town, the town can get quite crowded and traffic can become a problem during peak tourist seasons. If you’re someone who enjoys a quieter lifestyle, it’s important to keep this in mind.
Also, it’s important to note that Edwards is over 100 miles from Denver and the Front Range. Commuting can be unreliable in the winter months, so be aware that your travel plans should remain flexible. A lot of our clients that have moved to or bought a home here have actually purchased a second home here in Edwards and live primarily along the Front Range.
This gives them the opportunity to spend long weekends here in beautiful Edwards, Colorado and have the flexibility to return to the Front Range when the traffic and weather are better. Having that flexibility is really key. If you have a second home in Edwards, you can really take advantage of the mountain living but also remain close and accessible to the Front Range.Verify my mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
If you’re a night owl and you thrive in a bustling nightlife scene, I've got news for you: there aren’t too many late-night spots here in Edwards to dance the night away. Edwards is a small town and may not have the same level of light nightlife and entertainment options as larger cities. So if you’re someone who enjoys lively nightlife, you might want to look towards a different town.
That being said, there are all sorts of live events that you can find all up and down the Vail Valley during the daytime of the winter and summer months. This is especially true in Edwards. There are farmer’s markets, outdoor music festivals, and a ton more to do. Oftentimes, you’ve got so much to do during the day that you don’t even have the energy to party the night away.
If you’re really itching to get out and you need to find something to do at night, Beaver Creek is just 10 minutes up the road. Additionally, Vail is just another 10 minutes up the road. During the fall and winter ski seasons, a lot is going on at night. So if you want to take a little drive, you can definitely find something to do at night.Verify my mortgage eligibility (Feb 28th, 2024)
Is Edwards Right For You?
I hope this helped you understand the dark side of living in Edwards, Colorado. If we missed anything that you think is the worst thing about living here, please leave us a comment down below and let us know.
If you’re still considering making that move to Edwards and you want to know what the next step is, here's what you need to do. First, request a pre-qual certificate to find out what your buying power is if you want to purchase a home, condominium, or townhome here in the Vail Valley. From there, our team will reach out to you and we’ll get you on the calendar for a quick Zoom chat.
Next, we’ll get you all the financial tools that you need to run some calculations on your own. We’ll also help you develop a really specific action plan tailored to your needs and wants. You a get a custom home search setup sent directly to your inbox every week. Make sure to subscribe to our channel to learn about some of the cities here in the Vail Valley. We also talk all about living the Colorado lifestyle. Stay tuned to see what we cover next!Show me today's rates (Feb 28th, 2024)