If you’re still unsure whether to take the plunge and purchase some Durango real estate, check out Outside Magazine’s feature in their October 2011 issue. Titled “Where to Live Now: 19 Perfect Towns,” the article lists 19 great places to live that were selected from the magazine’s archives based on factors like stress-free living, reasonable home prices, jobs, culture, and of course, proximity to the outdoors. The selected towns were then posted on their Facebook page, where readers voted for their favorites, resulting in the final list that included some towns listed as the “next big thing.”
Durango, Colorado was included in the list as one of the finest places you’d ever want to call home, and we couldn’t agree more. Described as the next big thing, the magazine calls Durango “a border town with Southwest underpinnings,” due to the fact that Mesa Verde National Park is just nearby, about 47 miles to the west, and more importantly, serves as the geographic and cultural link between high desert and high country.
The article mainly highlights Durango’s numerous outdoor and recreational opportunities, including the thousand miles of biking trails around the city, and two ski resorts that are an easy drive away. The Animas River is correctly described as “paddle-friendly,” with a more appropriate and funny description that it almost flows down Main Street. The Weminuche Wilderness area, one of the largest in Colorado, is also mentioned as located to the north of Durango. Finally, there is an absolutely breathtaking photo of the Animas River Valley near the town that will most certainly win over anyone else who has been having doubts that Durango is a perfect place to live.