Durango, Colorado 

Real Estate and Community Information

Durango's motto is particularly apt. "Open Spaces and Familiar Faces" is the perfect description of this welcoming town that is nestled in the midst of the scenic Animas River Valley. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts are particularly drawn to this community. It is the ideal place to raise children because of its fresh air and great schools. Residents also love the live music, art galleries and many museums. With so much to do and so many friendly neighbors, it's no wonder that more people are seeking homes in Durango. Contact Chris Willhelm, an experienced local Realtor, if you'd like to know more about this exciting city.

With a population of about 17,000, Durango is large enough to offer plenty of services and attractions, yet small enough that no one ever feels particularly crowded. It's a very different place than it was in 1880 when the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad founded the townsite. They named the new community after Durango, Mexico, which was named for Durango, Spain. The three are now sister cities that frequently trade gifts and formal visits. At the end of the 19th century, Durango, Colorado was a prospering city thanks to all of the silver and gold discoveries that were occurring in the region. Durango had the advantage of plenty of water and coal, making it a more attractive settlement than others in the area.

Of course, prospectors weren't the first people to settle here. Ancient Native American tribes had been living in the region for centuries. Nearby Mesa Verde National Park is a major tourist destination. Between 600 and 1300 AD, it was the home to thousands of Ancestral Pueblo people. The awe-inspiring remains of their buildings are among the most famous and popular sites around the Durango region today.

Those ancient people might have difficulty recognizing their home today. Durango now has an airport, is the site of Fort Lewis College and the home of many fantastic ski resorts. The Purgatory Resort is the closest one to town. Including many spectacular amenities and challenging runs, the resort is a popular place for locals and visitors to play. Ski and snowboard lessons are offered for all ages and ability levels.

With its location in the Animas River Valley, Durango is the perfect place for virtually every kind of outdoor adventure. Mountain biking, hiking and fishing are just the beginning. Kayaking and whitewater rafting are immensely popular. In fact, the Animas River runs right through Durango's downtown, making it a convenient spot for all sorts of recreation. People also spend their leisure hours hunting, riding off-road vehicles, golfing and rock climbing. If you adore the outdoors, chances are good that you will fall in love with Durango.

The city also boasts plenty of places to have fun indoors. At the Animas Museum, it's possible to explore the lives of the region's earlier residents while a visit to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum takes a look at the history of local transportation. The highlight for this particular attraction is always a ride on the historic narrow-gauge railroad. Families love exploring the Powerhouse Science Center and there's almost always an engaging performance taking place at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. The city hosts an independent film festival each year, and it also holds the impressive Music in the Mountains Festival every summer.

Durango features a particularly robust Parks and Recreation Department. Residents of all ages can sign up for fun and informative community education classes or join a sports league. Facilities include Chapman Hill with its winter ice rink that becomes the spot for rollerblading in the summer. Gymnastics is taught at Mason Center while the Recreation Center boasts a swimming pool, indoor track, climbing wall, a gym and much more. The city also oversees many parks and miles of trails. Thanks to the Parks and Recreation Department, everyone in Durango has plenty of opportunities to stay fit and get involved.

Contact Chris Willhelm to learn even more about this community and the beautiful homes that are available here. Most of these properties are single-family dwellings that are located in beautifully maintained neighborhoods. Additional properties are found a little more outside of town, and many of these include extensive acreage. Some people prefer to live closer to Main Avenue with its exciting collection of boutiques, restaurants and attractions. Whatever kind of lifestyle you're looking for, you're bound to discover it here.

When you contact Chris Willhelm, you'll discover that you're working with an experienced local Realtor who understands the area's real estate market. You'll be the first to know about new properties as they become available, and you'll always have all of the information you need to make an informed buying decision. Contact Chris Willhelm today to begin the search for your new home.

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