Where pure mountain living awaits
by Jeff Venida & Jen Pellerito
Life in the Rocky Mountains is truly unlike anything else; immersed in Ponderosa pine and fresh, crisp air, it’s easy to understand why moving to the mountains has become more desirable than ever before. Located just north of Durango, Colorado, amidst the majestic San Juan National Forest, lies Glacier, a private community and golf club that is setting an incredibly high bar for mountain living. The last year has been one of Glacier’s most successful to date, with record sales in new-to-market real estate, homesites, and resale listings — all of which offer the natural respite that families are now seeking.
It’s hard to deny the appeal of waking up to views of the pristine San Juan Mountain Range. With an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, families are drawn to year-round recreational opportunities afforded by this magical corner of Colorado surrounded by three million acres of protected wilderness. For those seeking adventure, recreation, and serenity in a high-alpine landscape, this community offers everything you can possibly imagine.
“The market is growing and is showing no signs of slowing down, with a number of exciting new developments coming this year.”
–Michael Gullotti, Managing Broker, Glacier Realty
With demand reaching an all-time high, creating a dedicated real estate team with unmatched knowledge and access to the community was crucial for providing clients with the specialized service for continued success. As a result, Glacier Realty was formed in late 2021, a brokerage exclusively for the Glacier home marketplace. “The market is growing and is showing no signs of slowing down, with a number of exciting new developments coming this year,” says Mike Gullotti, the head of Glacier Realty. “I’m very excited to be devoted full-time to the Glacier community and providing clients with the most knowledgeable and specialized experience possible.”
Gullotti spent the past two years leading Glacier’s sales efforts to record-breaking success, with over 65 residential homes and homesites sold totaling $51 million. The past winter has been one of Glacier’s most active sales seasons to date, with new-to-market properties selling out at unprecedented rates, like the Ironhorse North turn-key golf cabins and Glacier Cliff homesites, perched high above the championship Mountain Course. An introductory offering of Showdown North townhomes was reserved before their official launch announcement.
One of Glacier’s most anticipated new developments is Etta Ridge, a collection of five perfectly sited luxury condominium buildings placed atop a distinct promontory in the heart of Glacier’s community. Breaking ground last year, each Etta Ridge building features six half-floor residences, each with direct elevator access and expansive indoor-outdoor living spaces that immerse their owners in the sights and sounds of the San Juan Range. The first three buildings have already been sold, with the remaining two expected to come on the market this year.
In keeping up with the demand for bigger lots and even greater privacy, Glacier introduced its most prestigious collection of estate homesites last year with The Summit, featuring the largest parcels of ready-to-build land ever offered within the community. Ranging from 1.1 to 3.8 acres and surrounded by undisturbed natural beauty, the first phase of this exclusive enclave consists of just ten homesites, eight of which have already been reserved. Set to become the pinnacle of southwest Colorado living, these expansive homesites offer the rare chance to imagine an uncompromised dream estate with unlimited possibilities and views that span the horizon.
“It’s a really exciting moment for us as more people around The country discover everything this region and our community has to offer.”
–Michael Gullotti, Managing Broker, Glacier Realty
From lock-and-leave luxury condominium residences to aspen-lined acres for creating a world-class mountain retreat, Glacier presents an array of real estate opportunities that are designed to fit every lifestyle, whether you’re a second homeowner seeking an adventurous getaway or a semi-retiree looking for year-round living in Colorado’s majestic wilderness.
Of course, becoming a member of Glacier’s coveted community comes with added benefits, including access to two clubhouses for casual and fine dining, 36 holes of world-class golf, three swimming pools, two hot tubs, a fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, and easy access to Purgatory Resort’s 1,500 skiable acres and 260 inches of snow every winter. In the summer, Glacier offers endless high-alpine hiking trails right in your backyard, along with fly fishing, mountain biking, and many more outdoor recreational possibilities.
“It’s a really exciting moment for us as more people around the country discover everything this region and our community has to offer,” says Gullotti. “Opportunities move quickly, so be sure to give us a call. We look forward to helping you secure a spot here at Glacier.