Signs of change are surfacing in a major way in Denver’s luxury real estate scene. This spring, competition among buyers looks to be heating up, so if making a move in or around the Mile High City is on your 2024 vision board, start shopping now. 

According to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors (DMAR), January saw a flurry of new listings, up by nearly 173 percent over December and 40 percent over last January. Buyers’ appetite is meeting the increase in inventory, too. Pending sales were up approximately 46 percent over last month and 23 percent over last January. 

“Competition between buyers is picking up and will continue to do so in the months ahead as we enter our busier time of year in Denver Metro and can expect buyer and seller activity to ramp up further after the Super Bowl,” said Nick DiPasquale, realtor and DMAR Market Trends Committee member. 

Below, a handful of eye-catching homes along the Front Range and a jaw-dropping ski home in Vail for early-bird buyers.

The Hiker’s Haven

2355 Cragmoor Road, Boulder ($8.5 million)

With 6,217 square feet, this modern home’s open and spacious floor plan offers panoramic views at every turn. A double-sided fireplace creates a distinction between the living and dining areas, while maple-grain cabinetry anchors the kitchen. A raw steel and oak staircase leads to the primary suite, which boasts an unobstructed view of the southern Flatirons. From the patio, walk directly onto the Cragmoor Connector Trail to miles of park land and open space near the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Downtown Boulder is about five miles north.

The Modern Family Home

16018 W. 11th Ave., Golden ($1.125 million)

Only a mile and a half from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, this brand-new four-bedroom house awaits its first owners with an open-concept living room and kitchen on the ground floor. Out the back door, a generous fenced-in yard is perfect for corralling kids and pets. Inside, black accents in the interior design, including the overhead lights, staircase railing, and kitchen hardware contrast against the white canvas walls. From the primary suite, a balcony overlooks the foothills, while a large free-standing tub offers a sense of tranquility. In close proximity, South Table Mountain Park allows easy access to hiking, while I-70 summons skiers this time of year.

The Foothills Charmer

548 Utica Court, Boulder ($3.95 million)

Nestled in a cul-de-sac in the coveted Wonderland Hills neighborhood in North Boulder, this property backs up to protected open space. The kitchen—with plentiful counter space, walnut cabinetry, and a dedicated bar—were made for entertaining, and the flagstone patios offer views of the Flatirons. Built in 1988, the contemporary house spans 4,424 square feet across four bedrooms and many areas to unwind. Situated between Wonderland Lake Park and Foothills Community Park, recreational activities are virtually endless, while being a short drive or bike ride to downtown Boulder.

The Mountain Mansion

107 Rockledge Road, Vail ($49.5 million)

In a town full of objectively perfect vacation homes, this true ski-in, ski-out, 12,447-square-foot mansion along Vail Ski Resort’s Bear Tree run stands out. With its modern timber-frame aesthetic, the great room impresses with a 42-foot ceiling, a grand double-sided stone fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of aspen trees, and custom wildlife artwork. Designed by the architect Kyle Webb in 2007, amenities include a lap pool, ample wine storage, and room to spread out and entertain or recover after skiing. Restaurants and the town’s amenities are a mere few blocks away.

Rebecca Bratburd
Rebecca Bratburd
Rebecca Bratburd is a contributing writer for 5280 Home and writes the Hot Properties column, which showcases the best luxury listings in the Denver metro area.