Nestled at the base of Mount Royal at 9,097 feet above sea level, high in the Rocky Mountains, the town of Frisco is often referred to as the “Main Street to the Rockies.” With easy access just off I-70 and a little over an hour’s drive from Denver, Frisco is widely considered Summit County’s base camp.
Founded in 1873 as a mining settlement, part of the rush to develop the West, Frisco started out as a quaint little mining town. The mining boom only lasted until 1918 when The Depression hit most towns hard, but Frisco was one of the few old mining towns to take the licking and keep on ticking. Today, Frisco has blossomed to a current population of just under 2,800 full-time residents with a multitude of modern amenities, but the town has tried hard to stay true to its heritage. The free Historic Park and Museum aim to promote and preserve the Town of Frisco’s heritage for future generations by providing a unique and quality educational museum experience to the community through connecting the past, present, and future.
Boutiques, great restaurants, and breweries can be found on Main Street Frisco. Frisco remained a sleepy old mining town until the ski industry and its three million visitors per year brought a new boom era to the town. Now transformed into a thriving family and tourist community, Frisco’s Main Street is lined with charming boutiques and restaurants, all within a one-mile walking distance. The Frisco Lodge, the town's 1880's stagecoach inn, still offers a Victorian-era hotel experience. Complete with over 30 restaurants and bars, the town of Frisco offers ample opportunities for the night owl in you.
Imagine making sharp turns in knee-deep powder snow, or taking the kids out for an afternoon tubing down an exhilarating hill. During Frisco’s winter months, this part of “Colorado’s Playground” really comes alive. The snow brings about a large pull of annual guests and part-time residents, so whether you’re simply visiting or are a year-round resident, access to all the winter activities that Frisco and its surroundings have to offer is right at your fingertips.
Frisco is the crossroads of Summit County’s mountain communities. The town’s central location is ideal for wintertime excursions with its proximity to four world-class ski areas…
- Copper Mountain
- Arapahoe Basin
... and the family-friendly Frisco Adventure Park. With a tubing hill, a beginner ski & ride hill and the Nordic Center offering over 45km of Nordic and snowshoe trails, the adventure park is a nice change of pace for those looking to do something a little different. Round out your high country experience with a scenic or dinner sleigh ride through the majestic Rocky Mountain landscape to give you a taste of the best Colorado has to offer.
Lake Dillon and the Frisco Marina provide lots of fun on the water like paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, and boating. The full-service Frisco Bay Marina hosts a variety of warm weather sports on its 3,300 acres, including sailing, power-boating, kayaking, and canoeing. Its picturesque location is also the perfect spot to enjoy lunch or an evening cocktail by Lake Dillon’s sparkling blue waters.
The Frisco Adventure Park offers summertime activities as well. Stretch your legs in the bike or skate park, take a break from your day of activity at the 4,000 square foot Frisco Day Lodge, test your skills on the free 18-hole Peak One Disc/Golf Course, spend the night under the Colorado sky at the Peak One Campground located at the Peninsula Recreation Area, or just enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the 25 miles of shoreline around Lake Dillon.
In typical Summit County fashion, Frisco also plays host to a number of annual summer events. The free Outdoor Concert in the Park series at the Historic Park on Main Street every Thursday during the summer features some of the hottest up-and-coming musical talents to get you moving to the beat in the mountains. Add the Frisco BBQ Challenge, the Frisco Duathlon, a large-scale Independence Day celebration and the Salomon Run the Rockies, and there is no shortage of things to do.
The Value of Living in Frisco
We can speak endlessly about the amazing amenities and activities that Frisco has to offer, but when it comes down to choosing a new residence for yourself or a family, there’s likely more you need to ask to know about the area. Most frequently, our team is asked what it’s really like living in a mountain town. Why can happily say that Frisco isn’t simply a fantastic place to call home because of its seasonal activities or ***, but because Frisco is simply a highly livable destination?
- Real Estate Value. In terms of both residential and commercial growth, Frisco real estate is on the up-and-up. Although we do love every mountain town in Summit County, numbers don’t lie. Currently, Frisco’s economy is steadily rising, with property values that have climbed nearly 100% since 1990. Real Estate is diverse, from luxury condos, cabins, and homes to highly coveted commercial space along Main Street and beyond.
- Year-Round Residents. Frisco is small, but mighty. Its year-round population sits below 3,000 full-time residents. About 4,000 residents consider their Frisco residence a second-home. Although the peak seasons see a large increase in guests from across the world, Frisco still retains its quaint, small-town feel.
- Family-Friendly. Frisco is home to the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, the Summit County Library, Summit County Community & Senior Center, the Summit County Department of Transportation and the Summit County School District. So, it’s safe to say that Frisco has amenities that strengthen it’s community and are family-friendly. With high performing public and private schooling, reliable in-town transportation, and more than a fair few playgrounds and town parks, there’s a lot that Frisco can offer a family of any size or age.
Simply spend a day in Frisco, and you’ll begin to understand why so many seasonal guests to the area have become seasonal and annual residence. Combining beautiful mountain scenery, small-town atmosphere, a hub of modern amenities and just old fashioned good times for family enjoyment, one can see why Frisco truly is the “Main Street to the Rockies.” The town of Frisco is unique in the fact that its community cares deeply to keep its historic roots alive while still building a modernized hub, and that’s precisely why we love it!
Whether you’re searching for your dream vacation home or relocating to the ever-charming Summit County, the team at Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. With decades of experience working with luxury real estate in Frisco and throughout the rest of Summit County, we know the in’s and out’s of this idyllic mountain town you might just want to call home.