7.3 out of 10

Breckenridge

39.4966007661128 -106.043505086249
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A fun and lively little ski town"

I had the pleasure of living in Breckenridge in my younger days when I worked at the resort. It is such a cool little town that has so much to offer. The nightlife is ongoing, even during the summer months, there are some really great restaurants, and the people are all so friendly. Although it is so much busier in the winter it has enough charm to keep many people in the summer months as well. If anyone were considering moving to the mountains I would definitely suggest Breckenridge.

One drawback to living here is the cost. The homes are beautiful and the area scenic, which the price reflects. Many single family homes are near the one million mark and if you're looking for rentals it can be tough to come by, especially during the peak skiing season.

What I remember most about living here is how laid back it was. It seemed as if people just wanted to enjoy life and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind. I once got pulled over by a state trooper because I had a light out and she and I ended up talking for about a half hour. Then she let me go with just a warning. That's the general attitude of the place, which is so refreshing.

There are numerous restaurants and bars along the main road which draw a lot of people. Waiting times can be tough some nights, but most of the restaurants are worth it. There are the typical tourist and ski/snowboarding shops as well. For more serious shoppers there is the Outlets at Silverthorne Mall just down the mountain about 25 minutes. There are numerous shops such as Coach, Coldwater Creek, Kenneth Cole, and Ralph Lauren. In all, there are probably about 50 different shops here.

During peak skiing season parking can be pretty tough, but if you need to park farther out and walk, it is always a great view.

The schools in Breckenridge all post excellent scores on state testing.

Overall, I think this is a really neat little town that has a lot to offer. Both tourists and residents alike can enjoy the great nightlife, good restaurants, incredible scenic views, and laid back charm of this little town.
Pros
  • gorgeous views
  • real mountain town
  • skiing/boarding
  • sunshine and friendliness
Cons
  • costly
  • tourists
  • traffic
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Breckenridge is a real mountain town"

Breckenridge is one of my favorite ski town, unlike Keystone, Copper or even Vail for example Breck is a real town not just a ski resort. It is of course a ski town but it is a real town. There is a major grocery store, lots of shops tourist or otherwise, restaurants, lively bars, gyms, galleries and neighborhoods in town and up in the surrounding mountains.

It is just fun in Breck! The ski slopes can get really busy, the cost to park if you are lucky enough to find a spot is annoying and the cost of your lift ticket even more depressing but if you are going up to Breck to chill or visit friends it is a really fun place. It is also a great place in the summer.

The snow is great and if you catch the slopes on the right day the resort is a blast! It has a family atmosphere and a party atmosphere, the board park is great and people are laid back and friendly. Happy hour apps and drinks on the slopes or in town can't be beat as well as live music.

If you are relatively young (or at least young at heart) open minded, like snow and want to move to a lively town where you will meet a lot of people with character consider moving to Breckenridge. Getting a job on the mountain would be ideal or one of the restaurants or bars or even doing snow removal or working for the park service? The sun is shining and the world is your oyster.

The neighborhoods around Breck are pretty touristy (lots of seasonal rentals) but if you go out of town a bit there are some sweet places to buy or rent, some more affordable than you might guess. There are no suburban sprawls in Breck, it is all character and each street has a different look and feel. It is another world compared to suburban Denver just a couple hours away.
Pros
  • skiing/boarding
  • sunshine and friendliness
  • real mountain town
Cons
  • traffic
  • costly
  • tourists
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish

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