Congratulations on your decision to live and work in one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Move to this stunning and welcoming mountain valley town and enjoy a world close to nature. Aspen, Colorado is world famous for its healthy lifestyle and culture with world renowned activities including skiing, dirt biking, hiking, gold medal fishing, and white water rafting. The City and surrounding valley offers theater, film festivals, and food, wine and beer festivals. While Aspen is a destination resort, it is also indicative of a true western town with horseback riding, ranches, rodeos, hunting and endless camping. Aspen also offers a plethora of free entertainment and amenities such as concerts, a cross-country ski trail system, paved trails between valley towns, and a bus system. Aspen maintains a varied population of year-round and seasonal residents and tourists with around six-thousand full-time residents.
Although it is not uncommon to see a home listed in Aspen well above a million dollars, the City
Housing in the Roaring Fork Valley is competitive but you will find that there are many options up and down the valley at various price points. Most employee’s in the Aspen area commute from the many neighboring towns and communities below:
- Snowmass Village – 15 minutes
- Woody Creek – 15 minutes
- Old Snowmass – 20 minutes
- Basalt – 25 minutes
- Willits – 30 minutes
- El Jebel – 30 minutes
- Carbondale – 35 to 45 minutes
- Glenwood Springs – 50 to 60 minutes
House Hunting Helps
Whether you are looking to rent or buy, there are many resources that can assist you in finding a place to call home. Please explore the below and good luck house hunting!
- Aspen / Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA)
- Facebook Group: Roaring Fork Rentals & Roommates
- Newspaper Listings: Aspen Times, Aspen Daily News, Glenwood Post Independent
- Local Brokers/Real Estate Agents
Housing Resources Benefits
The City of Aspen has two great policies to help getting a home in the Roaring Fork Valley a reality. You will need to be a current employee with the City of Aspen if you request this assistance.
A full-time or part-time employee may apply for an interest free rental advance loan for one-half of the cost to secure housing including first and last month's rent plus damage deposit. The loan must be repaid in biweekly payroll deductions within one year.
Homeowner Assistance Loan Program
The City of Aspen helps to provide a secured, subordinate loan to assist regular full-time employees in good standing with down payment, closing costs, and/or interest rate buy down of a primary mortgage for an Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority (APCHA) housing purchase in the amount of 10% of the purchase price or $30,000, whichever is less. The maximum loan term is 15 years and the fixed interest rate is equal to the most recently published 10-year U.S. Treasury rate. Contact human resources for further information.
With three types of schooling from which to choose: public, private and charter, children in Aspen are afforded the best education possible.
Childcare programs are also held to high standards. Programs such as Kids First can answer questions about licensed daycare centers in Aspen and provide valuable information on raising children in our area.
Find information about local school districts and childcare.
If you do live outside of Aspen we strongly encourage public transportation, car pooling, and the Car to Go program. The City offers free bus zone passes and a commuter cash program to qualifying employees. Some employees participate in car pooling programs with other employees as well. Check out the Benefits page to learn more.
Find more transportation resources on our resources directory.