Welcome to West End
History and modernity find harmony in this trendy, welcoming neighborhood sheltered by the mountains
Travel back in time with a bold, contemporary stride by traversing Aspen’s West End neighborhood, a bounty of historic houses, and friendliness that’s absolutely irresistible. Strong preservation laws keep the quaint miner’s cabins and Victorian homes lovingly preserved, while an influx of families is generating a neighborhood-wide revival.
As Aspen came into the public eye during the Colorado Silver Boom and in later years established itself as a resort paradise, West End solidified as a hotspot for intellectuals and the artistically inclined. The historic structures in West End become trendy as new owners build additions and add contemporary designs, however, the neighborhood retains its down-home feeling through its strictly residential zoning.
West End, which once had a majority of part-time occupiers, is now becoming a stand-out location for full-time residents, families, and retirees. Opulent new-build, single-family homes and renovated, 19th-century Victorians sit side-by-side in West End, their hefty price tags denoting the strong market demand for property in this covetable slice of Aspen.
What to Love
- Premier public schools on par with elite private institutions
- Within walking distance of all of Aspen’s best and brightest spots
- Low-key, quieter lifestyle without sacrificing convenience
Living in the West End puts residents just steps from cultural centers such as Harris Concert Hall and the Benedict Music Tent, and within walking distance of Aspen Core’s restaurant row and high-end shopping. When they’re not taking up activities in the city, locals can make a quick stroll to the lifts and entrance for the Aspen Mountain Ski Resort for effortless winter excitement.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Start your morning in West End with a walk into town and a revitalizing class at Pure Barre, where healthful practices are shaped with enthusiasm. Charmingly French and popular among locals, Jour de Fête is a beloved café with a menu of deluxe coffees and gourmet breakfast items.
Shopping is a treat on any afternoon in the West End, due in part to the ideal mixture of upscale boutiques and high-end designers like Gucci and Ralph Lauren. Though the shops and eateries are set apart from the bulk of residential West End, they’re still within easy walking distance.
Lunch and dinner have endless options, and Restaurant Row is right around the corner from this laid-back neighborhood. Plato’s Aspen serves up decadent New American fare from its spot in the Aspen Meadows Resort. Meals crafted by the mind of executive chef Jason Thompson come replete with astonishing mountain views and unbeatable service, all heightened by the airy ambiance. For an all-in-one, quintessentially “Aspen,” experience, Hotel Jerome offers fine dining, skiing, and resort amenities.
Things to Do
West End caters to the intellectual side of Aspen’s culturally-informed residents. Those who live here have the advantage of close proximity to landmark establishments like the Aspen Institute, a world-famous center for humanitarian efforts and a powerhouse for change. Aspiring scientists have access to the Aspen Center for Physics, an esteemed research facility that regularly hosts international conferences.
The Benedict Music Tent and Harris Concert Hall is a revered music venue, an outdoor event space tied to the Aspen Music Festival and School that features classical performances in a range of styles. The two separate venues each provide their own special ambiance — from romantic perfection to intimate warmth.
Craving a smaller-scale outdoor experience that doesn’t necessitate the hours of hiking that further excursions in Aspen require? Hallam Lake is the ideal blend of sprawling preserve and a well-contained educational center, and at 25-acres it offers a sizable swath of nature to explore.
West End is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Aspen High School, 9-12, 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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