Living in the Mountains

Many people dream of an idyllic mountain home where they can breathe the clean air, live more off grid, commune with nature, and finally retire to the “good” life. However, that perfect peak property has some traits that may not be the bees knees for everyone. Here are some things to note to make sure that romantic, rustic lifestyle is for you.

1. Wind

The higher you are in the mountains, the windier it can be. Winds can be affected and directed by the landscape and the weather, so you might want to check out that plot on several occasions before thinking it will be smooth sailing. Some folks are soothed by a stiff breeze in the trees but others can be harrowed by strong extensive winds. They can make travel dangerous too, not to mention lower the wind-chill factor so make sure your home is properly insulated.

2. Here Comes the Sun

Depending on what side of the mountain you live on, you may be getting less sun than your far side neighbors – and even less if you live in a canyon. Calculate the home’s orientation and surrounding terrain before you build that sunroom. You might also note that fall generally comes earlier and winter stays later in the higher altitudes, however that can be a boon during a hot lowland summer.


Though wild animals have been known to occasionally wander into Boulder proper, you might be mindful that you are moving into their neighborhood with a mountain home. Make sure you keep those kitties inside and a good eye on your pets and children as wild animals, like you, can be defensive against home invaders. Securing your trash is not an option, it’s a must. The tradeoff? Some pretty spectacular photos!


These aren’t just what you call nice abs, they are serious road ripples caused by traffic traveling faster than 5 mph on dirt roads. The busier your road, the worse they will be. They are dangerous, decreasing traction and increasing bumps which aren’t ideal, especially if you drive up steep roads with a drop off on the side. Repeatedly driving on them could also cause damage to your suspension system. The moral of the story? Drive carefully.


Leaving the home is a planned event in mountain living. Unless you reside in Nederland, shopping access even for the smallest of items could be many miles out, lengthened by the slow travel of dirt roads. It’s a must to stock up in case of emergency and we recommend taking a list to the grocery store so as not to forget the toilet paper. A long workday commute is another factor to consider. Mountain living is the perfect place for an in home office.


Cell phone and internet access can be limited in the peaks and valleys of the Rockies. You may have a better chance of communication yodeling in the canyon than picking up service on your cell. Depending on the internet availabilities in your area those conference calls might be had on a trusty landline. Check the service options so you can plan ahead of time.