Forget Chocolate for Valentines: I Want a Ski Home in Telluride at the Villas at Cortina

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Chocolates make you fat, flowers wither away after a week. Why not make a sound investment in love and get your Valentine a vacation home that you can actually make some moola on? I just saw this report from HomeAway: did you know that second home owners are monetizing their vacation homes and covering 75% or more of their mortgage by renting it out just 18 weeks out of the year, which still leaves them plenty of time to enjoy the home as well.

As a result, more owners are listing their homes with the goal to cover all of their expenses (73% in 2014 vs. 46% in 2008) or generate a profit (11% in 2014 vs. 3 in 2008).

My choice du jour is Telluride.

I know it’s 72 degrees in Dallas, but the ski season is in full swing just a few hundred miles north of us.  And I have become quite fond of the town of Telluride, Colorado. I would prefer a little ski in/ski out place at the Villas at Cortina. It’s a place where we could escape in winter OR summer, bring the kids and grand-kids, and make it a family fun time. When your children grow up and work, their time becomes incredibly precious and cannot be parsed out enough.A care-free second home at the Villas of Cortina in Telluride provides the perfect family getaway with the cleanest, most wholesome family sport of all times: skiing. This photo is of 2014 Olympic silver medalist in Slopestyle skiing, hometown Telluride boy, Gus Kenworthy in the Villa’s ski tunnel.

Gus Cortina

First of all, it’s easy to get to Telluride from Dallas. Dallas snow seekers are taking advantage of increased service to Telluride (MTJ) this winter on American Airlines. Telluride has announced a 20% overall increase in flights to the destination for the 2014-2015 winter season, and the Dallas flight leads the way with a 51% growth in seats.

“We are thrilled to provide such a significant increase in flights this winter,” said Colorado Flights COO Matt Skinner. “With daily direct flights, Dallas residents have easy access to the best skiing in the Rockies.”

American/US Airways offers daily direct flights out of Dallas through April 6, 2015, with an added Saturday flight (through March 28, 2015) to accommodate the growing number of Telluride enthusiasts in the Dallas metro area. And there are many!

“The new and increased flights are a game changer for North America’s #1 resort,” said Telluride Ski & Golf President & GM Greg Pack. “We are pleased by the significant added access from Dallas. We already have the easiest ski town to get around in with our two free gondolas and free public transit system, so making it easier for our guests to get here falls in line with our core strategy — make it easy for our guests.”

Cortina great room

That’s another great thing about Telluride, when you own a home at the Villas at Cortina: it’s a truly walkable community and if you need a car, they’ll give you a lift! More on this amazing place to own a piece of paradise in Telluride over on our sister site celebrating vacation homes,…


Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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