Central Core

Central Core is Aspen’s downtown haven for residents that prefer a more fast-paced lifestyle.

Welcome to Aspen’s Central Core

Fast-moving downtown with peaceful surroundings
The surrounding mountainous landscape makes this a premier ski and resort destination for those who love the great outdoors. Central Core is Aspen’s downtown haven for residents that prefer a more fast-paced lifestyle.

Once a community inhabited by Ute Indians, Aspen later became a mining town discovered to be rich in silver. With silver becoming a significant trade, Aspen became a well-developed town with churches, banks, schools, and an opera house. In the 1940’s Aspen’s modern-day founders—Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke—moved to Aspen and dreamed up a ski and art-centric community. 

According to the Aspen’s Board of Realtors (ABOR) market report as of November 2021, the median price for a single-family home in Aspen was $13,390,401. For townhomes and condos in Aspen, the median price was $2,900,000.

What to Love

  • Stunning luxury homes
  • Plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife
  • Quaint cobblestone streets
  • Walking distance to Ajax’s Silver Queen Gondola

People & Lifestyle

With a combination of urban and suburban living, the Central Core is an excellent place for families and professionals alike. Highlights are world-class shops and restaurants, along with the Aspen Art Museum, all within walking distance. These amenities make Central Core the perfect destination for those who enjoy a refined and cultured fast-paced way of life.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Aspen’s Central Core has a popping nightlife and dining scene that never stops—fit for anyone who enjoys the hustle and bustle of urban living. 

For those with expensive tastes, Gucci and Prada are available for all your retail therapy needs. If you are more of a free spirit and want a bohemian wardrobe to match, The Little Bird designer consignment shop is the shop for you.

Prepare for a day of skiing and snowboarding on one of Aspen’s four mountains by making your first stop at Ute Mountaineer, where you can rent the necessary equipment and buy all your outdoor recreation apparel to match.

Cache Cache is an upscale restaurant suited for those with sophisticated tastes, featuring dishes like butter-poached Alaskan king crab risotto and Colorado rack of lamb. You’ll also enjoy delicious meals at popular restaurants like Mezzaluna, which serves pizza prepared in wood-burning ovens, and Steakhouse 316, the best spot in town for a delicious, juicy steak. Stop by Campo di Fiori for a classic Italian dinner where you can enjoy a glass of chianti with your penne vodka.

Things to Do

From skiing and hiking to art galleries and local events, you will never run out of activities for you and your family to take part in.

The Aspen Saturday Market happens every Saturday from 8:30 am to 1 p.m. during the summer months and features a food court along with many vendors of fresh, local produce, bread, meats, and other handcrafted goodies. In January, Aspen celebrates LGBTQ pride with a nonstop week-long party with concerts, films, symposiums, eats, and so much more with the annual Aspen Gay Ski Week.

Being located within a gorgeous mountain scene, there are many hiking trails to discover. Ute Trail is a 6.2-mile dog-friendly trail that features stunning wildflowers and is great for a day trip and hike. For a more strenuous hike, Aspen Mountain Trail is 8.8 miles and is best to visit during summer and fall.
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