The offseason in Aspen is noticeably busier this year — gone are the quiet streets in the downtown core that locals long for come every October. A lingering effect from the pandemic, it could be attributed to factors like a stacked fall festival schedule to the influx of new full-time residents.
According to a recent Bloomberg report, “Aspen real estate is still booming” with “the only thing slowing down its luxury tier, brokers say, is lack of supply.” Inventory is equally as scarce on the rental side, especially during the always-at-capacity holiday season.
“[Holiday home rentals this year] are extremely limited due to this ongoing high demand and longer-than-usual stays,” explains Christie’s International Real Estate broker associate Fiona Hagist. “When people do finally muster up the courage to return to their hometowns, it is often not before securing their next stay.”
She added, “Because second homeowners, and locals alike, are clearly aware of the desirability of their properties, coupled with tenants willing to pay high rental rates, there is a somewhat constant, yet slow trickle of new inventory replenishing the maxed out rental market.”
So if you’re looking for a home away from home for the holidays, don’t fret, Christie’s International Real Estate Aspen’s dedicated luxury rental team still has a number of options to consider. However, Hagist cautions, “People should make their plans and book quickly. Those who wait around for the right property that ticks all the boxes, might be left with nothing at all.”
Here are eight rentals with peak week and/or month-long availability to consider for a picture-perfect Christmas vacation:
728 S. Galena Street
Unit B201, Aspen
Details: 2 bed/2bath; 1,100 square feet
Amenities: Located in the central downtown core of Aspen, you can walk everywhere (dining, shopping and ski slopes of Aspen Mountain included!). Take advantage of the complex pool, ski out access on an adjacent trail and unobstructed views of Aspen Mountain and Shadow Mountain from the unit.
800 S. Monarch Street
Unit 4, Aspen
Details: 3 bed/3 bath; 1,550 square feet
Amenities: This ski-in/ski-out condo on Aspen Mountain offers the highest levels of finishes in a rare ground-level unit with state of the art features and outstanding views of Aspen Mountain. A gourmet kitchen from Italy is equipped complete with a brick pizza oven, Viking and Sub-Zero appliances and butcher block style counter tops.
447 E. Cooper Avenue
Unit 1, Aspen
Details: 3 bed/3 bath; 2,017 square feet
Amenities: This newly renovated, never before offered, penthouse in the heart of Aspen's downtown core features artistic finishes and contemporary, comfortable furnishings throughout an open-living area, a spectacular kitchen, wet bar and two living rooms. Step out onto the deck for views of Aspen Mountain and to gather around the fire pit. Other perks include assigned off-street parking, full laundry room, a steam shower in the primary bathroom with two gas fireplaces, flat screen TVs throughout.
809 S. Aspen Street
Unit 7, Aspen
Details: 2 bed/2 bath; 940 square feet
Amenities: Enjoy ski-in, ski-out access to Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain at this multi-level condo featuring open living, dining and kitchen areas with newly renovated bathrooms, a vaulted ceiling and large windows that overlook downtown Aspen.
155 Lone Pine Road,
Unit 5, Aspen
Details: 3 bed/3 bath; 1,901 square feet
Amenities: This spacious townhouse offers the convenience of in-town living with stunning views of Aspen Mountain. A three-level floor plan — all above grade with an open floor concept in the living room, kitchen and dining room — also boasts a southern facing patio.
1205 Tiehack Road
Details: 4 bed/6 bath; 6,702 square feet
Amenities: This newly renovated luxury home is perfect for a family seeking the ultimate Aspen experience. Located in a convenient neighborhood, just steps to world-class skiing on Buttermilk, the Tiehack lift is a short walk from the doorstep. One side of the home features two spacious primary suites (one comes with a private office) with the opposite end including two adorable kids' rooms, each with private bathrooms. The entryway, dining room and living rooms all open up to gorgeous views into the sizable backyard and back patio.
716 W. Francis Street
Details: 5 bed/7 bath; 4,925 square feet
Amenities: This high-end home in the exclusive West End neighborhood of Aspen is just a short drive downtown or to the slopes with all of the bells and whistles: media room with projector movie screen, modern appliances, gas fireplace, outdoor hot tub, flat screen TVs, pool table and roof deck.
293 Heather Lane
Details: 5 bed/6 bath; 5,797 square feet
Amenities: Starring brag-worthy views of Aspen Highlands and Tiehack, the exceptional location of this recently renovated mountain contemporary home is second only to the inspired layout and finish of the interior living spaces. The expansive great room flows seamlessly into the formal dining room with glass-enclosed and climate-controlled wine storage to the casual and comfortable kitchen with adjacent sitting area, butler's pantry, large eating island and all of the necessities for any home chef. The main floor primary bedroom with a private sitting area, spa-like en suite bathroom, patio and hot tub set the standard for opulent living, while the two additional bedrooms offer access to the outdoors and a shared sitting area with overflow built-in beds perfect for larger gatherings. Complementing the additional upper level areas (more bedrooms and media room) is a two-car garage and abundant storage.