An Architectural Shift: Steamboat Springs, Colorado - Modern Mountain Homes

Real Estate Agent with Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty

When you thinks of Colorado, what comes to mind? The Rocky Mountain, wide open spaces, cowboy hats, aspen trees, or maybe, something western.

Steamboat Springs locals and loyalists are proud of Steamboat’s genuine western charm and ranching roots. Our western heritage is as much of the town’s charm as the beauty of the mountains and open spaces. For many years the popular decorating theme has been the ‘authentic rustic western’ look of log beds, Indian rugs, wrought iron lamps, etc. A signature of the old west and remote mountain living which many visitors expect to fulfill their fantasy of being in the remote Colorado, Rocky Mountains.

What I have noticed in the past several years is a shift, or rather an attraction from the traditional ‘old west’ décor to a more modern and contemporary style aptly named ‘mountain modern’. I'm not saying people are getting rid of the western theme, but homeowners are creating spaces which are more in line with their personal taste and lifestyle; either for a home away from home feel or a for everyday living. And they are starting to embrace a modern-like style.

 The décor is clean, minimal and sophisticated yet the home still feels  warm and cozy. You know your in the Mountains of Steamboat Springs because you can see them from almost every room in the house.

This home on Old Dairy Lane in Steamboat Springs, Colorado is also a good example of modern mountain design where the rooms flow from living to dining and indoors to outdoors. Open plans for entertaining and family living, maximizing the number of windows to take advantage of the incredible views and natural light.

  Incorporating rich walnut hardwood stairs, iron, and concrete to create a more clean, refined look rather than using Cowboy and Indian motifs that have been so popular in the past.

  The modern mountain  style is also proving very popular with guests in the vacation rental market. The shift in design and decorating style is evident in many new developments in Steamboat Springs such as the slope-side Edgemont, the Olympian, and Howelsen Place which are both in the heart of downtown.

Again, I'm not say the "western look" is out, but there's been a definite acceptance of the modern decor and an attraction to contemporary architecture and it's not just a fad. Open a Sunset magazine these days, modern is a way of life.

Modern style in Steamboat Springs

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Hi Charlie,

I like all your recent blogs including this one.  Nice work and I love Steamboat Springs; so I subscribed!


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