Beyond the recognition, however, if one looks closely they will find a special place that is totally unique in a resort town --- a real neighborhood with real full-time residents and real sense of community and place.
What makes the Wellington Neighborhood "real" and creates a real "sense of community and place?"
Perhaps it is the award winning design --- architectural patterns drawn from early Breckenridge, narrow streets, alleys, greens, and plentiful connections.
Perhaps it's the neighborhood's location in historic French Gulch. Around 1860, miners came and proceeded to settle French Gulch. Over the next century French Pete, Ben Stanley Revett, Harry Farncomb, Barney Ford and even the Phipps family of Denver Bronco fame, sought riches in French Gulch. The largest nugget ever found in Colorado --- Tom's Baby --- came out of French Gulch and now is on display in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Perhaps it's the neighborhood's location in Breckenridge --- an unpretentious historic town with diverse community facilities including the The Riverwalk Center (home to the Breckenridge Music Festival), the Stephen C. West Ice Arena (host to a NHL pre-season training camp), the Breckenridge Recreation Center (with a 25 yard indoor pool, water slide, climbing wall, tennis courts and sports rehabilitation center), a Jack Nicklaus designed, 27-hole golf course, and skiing that has consistently ranked the mountain as one of the top two most popular resorts in North America.
Perhaps it's the neighborhood's location within the town limits yet immediately adjoining the largest open space acquisition in the history of Summit County --- 1,840 acres of land stretching from the eastern boundary of the neighborhood and wrapping around through the Golden Horseshoe - an area rich in history, habitat and recreational opportunities. Literally out your back door are some of the best mountain bike trails in Colorado. And just up the valley, genetically pure cutthroat trout.
Perhaps it is the quality of full time residents who make the Wellington Neighborhood their home. The neighborhood has a diverse group of permanent residents including a town manager, district attorney, small business owners, lawyers, nurses, police officers and teachers. Although diverse, they all share a common interest in small town quality of life and the seemingly unlimited array of mountain sports and activities.
Or, maybe it's just the unobstructed views of the Breckenridge ski area and the Ten Mile Range…
In any event, at a time when new mountain development typically consists of contrived Bavarian villages --- the Wellington Neighborhood is different. It is a real neighborhood with a real sense of community and place.
If you're interested in becoming part of a historic mountain community, we'd like to hear from you…