Welcome to Aspen Core
Aspen’s magnetic epicenter, perfect for diving into the arts, culture, and the rustic-chic ambiance of the city
Central to a city rich with vitality, Aspen Core is a mecca of high-end shopping and radiant nightlife right in the heart of Aspen. As the upper valley’s most energetic neighborhood, Aspen Core is where residents searching out convenience and a chance to be in on all of the action find their perfect niche.
Aspen Core’s incredible walkability has brought people of all walks of life flocking to its Downtown residences, where everything from the grocery store to the hottest new bar is right around the corner from home. Though the city itself began some of its earlier settlement in the 1870s, this effervescent neighborhood is packed with contemporary flair.
Downtown Aspen is known for its extravagant condominiums and lavish penthouses, which pare down on space in comparison with the more rural estates but come with unequaled access to the city’s magnificent entertainment scene. Single-family homes and contemporary, light-filled styles abound, as do privacy-laden apartment buildings.
What to Love
- Luxury name-brand shopping and premier dining steps from home
- Views of Elk Mountain right outside the window
- A dedication to the arts and education
As the indisputable pulse of Aspen, Aspen Core is overflowing with ways to engage in the arts, placate one’s inner foodie, snag the latest fashion trends, and simply revel in the city’s staggering setting. A busy social calendar in the summer and the sports-driven fun of winter both taper down in the off-seasons of fall and spring, when locals can come together and enjoy the laid-back, mountain lifestyle.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
High fashion and culture go hand-in-hand in Aspen Core, as evidenced by the plethora of designer brands, museums, and dining facilities. Names like Gucci and Prada stand out as shopping beacons along the streets of downtown, flanked by brands such as Valentino and lululemon.
On Restaurant Row — the colloquial term for the area surrounding East Hopkins Avenue — Michelin star chefs dish out life-altering meals certain to satiate any palate. From the aromatic delights of Jing Aspen’s authentic dim sum to the trattoria feel and delectable pasta of Acquolina, Aspen Core has your taste buds covered.
Connoisseurs of the fine arts are always enamored with the collection at the Aspen Art Museum. Wander the stately halls to encounter breathtaking works of contemporary art, or attend the museum’s biannual events dedicated to local artists.
Things to Do
The great outdoors beg to be explored in Aspen, and despite its distinctive, big-city personality, Aspen Core is just moments away from enthralling natural escapes. Even in town, the John Denver Sanctuary beckons, a quiet slice of nature surrounded by the distant mountains that frequently act as the stage for family picnics and outings.
In town, too, is access to the Gondola Plaza Skiing, with lifts up the mountainside. Those unfamiliar with the Après Ski scene will quickly find their footing in Aspen Core thanks to the abundance of settings to enjoy post-skiing socializations.
A tiny venue showcasing big performances, Belly Up Aspen is well-known for its convivial atmosphere. The club has been ranked among the best in the nation by Rolling Stone Magazine, and residents are never without ways to discover new music. A destination for all styles of artists, Aspen is also home to the Aspen Words writer’s foundation, which seeks to educate and uplift generations of creators.
Aspen Core is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Aspen High School, 9-12, the highly-rated public high school ranked #22 in the state, graduates of this school regularly attend Ivy Leagues and other top-ranked universities
- Aspen Middle School, 5-8, highly rated public middle school among the top 50 in the state
- Aspen Elementary School, PK-4, well-rated public elementary school
- Aspen Country Day School, PK & K-8, highly rated private school
- Aspen Community School, K-8, highly rated private elementary school among the top 50 in the state
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