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Magnificent Views of Vail Valley and Gore Range

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, Game Room, Hot Tub with Mountain Views (Sleeps 6-8

Bordering the National Forest in sunny West Vail, Alpine View is a three bedroom, three and a half bath European-style home, custom built in 1980 with Old World craftsmanship. Our mountain home is a fairy-tale house; it is funky and full of surprises. We have a caretaker on the property who will be able to help you with anything you need and will respect your privacy otherwise.

Our home is perfect for adults and children eight and older who will understand how to use the indoor hot tub, climb a spiral staircase, and be careful in the third floor sitting room with its open view to the great room below.

The great room welcomes you with a cathedral ceiling and large expanses of glass for viewing the spectacular scenery. Enjoy the comfortable seating around the gas fireplace for reading, relaxing, listening to beautiful music on the Sony stereo system, or watching DVDs or movies on the HDTV.

Off the great room is a cozy octagonal room with glass walls and ceiling that offers fantastic views of the Gore Range and the south side of the Vail Valley. It's perfect for dining or playing cards. Sliding doors open to extensive outdoor spaces that include a patio with a gas grill and a turret/gazebo, along with a fire pit that seats eight to ten people. These places are ideal for sipping a favorite beverage and enjoying the dramatic views that surround this idyllic site.

The home has a dining room that seats six, an octagonal room seats six, and a breakfast bar that seats three. A wet bar is well-placed for entertaining, in between the breakfast bar and the game room. The game room offers a professional ping pong table, along with comfortable seating so people can gather to watch the game.

The fully equipped kitchen includes both gas and electric stoves, oven, microwave and dishwasher.

WI-FI is available throughout the home, and downstairs is an office space ideal for working with your laptop computer in a private place. Next to the office is a laundry room with a large washer and dryer.

The master bedroom offers a king size bed, gas fireplace, TV and a en-suite bath with a large shower for two people and an indoor hot tub to enjoy after a long day of skiing or hiking. On the same level is a second bedroom with a queen bed and TV that opens onto a spa room with a sauna. The bath off the spa room has a tub/shower combination.

The third floor includes an open loft sitting room with a queen sleep sofa, a cubby with a king-size mattress, a third bedroom with a queen bed and TV, and a bath with a tub/shower combination. The bedroom opens onto a very private deck overlooking the large meadow that is part of the National Forest. Relaxing in the afternoon sun is a special treat.

The attached garage has room for one car, and a second car can be parked behind it and will be mostly sheltered from snow. This fabulous mountain escape is three full blocks to the bus stop on Chamonix Lane. The hike back up the hill from the bus stop can be difficult for people who have been living at sea level, however, especially in winter.

We hope you will enjoy our mountain home and that it will get to feel as if it's yours, too.

Keywords: House, Condo, Villa

More Details

Fonya Helm
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Fonya Helm

Neil is a retired space scientist, with special expertise in satellites. He is now on a second career and has almost finished a doctoral program in transpersonal psychology. Fonya is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice, offering therapy in person and also by telephone, FaceTime or Zoom. Our permanent home is in Virginia Beach, VA. We enjoy skiing on warm sunny days in winter and spring. In the summer, we play golf and enjoy long evenings outside dining on the patio. We also have found wonderful restaurants in Vail and the surrounding area in all price ranges.

Fonya Helm purchased this house in 2007

Why Fonya Helm chose West Vail

We have been coming to the Vail Valley for more than thirty years and finally have been able to buy our own home in the mountains. We chose a house with an original design, constructed over time by a European craftsman, who began building it in the 1980's; and we were captivated by the charming, interesting, and fanciful spaces. The use of skylights and large windows creates light throughout the house, making it very welcoming and offering many beautiful views. Gas fireplaces in the master bedroom and the great room make it cozy and add extra warmth in the winter.

What makes this house unique

The views of the surrounding mountains are very special and create a sense of inner peace. In the summer, the outdoor spaces on the patio with the turret/gazebo make outdoor living and dining a pleasure. Even on hot days, the evenings in the mountains are cool. In winter, the house has light and is warmed by the sun during the day. While we are high up on the hill with beautiful views, we also are only minutes away from fine restaurants, movies, the Colorado Ski Museum, ski lifts and golf courses.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fonya was wonderful to work with in booking our vacation! The house is AMAZING...great views that you cannot appreciate from the photos and the location is incredible. We walked to the Vail shuttle every night, didn't have to pay to park in the village and got to know some of the local secrets from those rides and our conversations with locals. She has a great list of recommendations as well. There is a lot of space, a great kitchen to cook in~just a great place owned by such a nice couple! "
Dec 2010
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West Vail House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) King bed in master bedroom and a king mattress is available in a cubby with low ceiling off the third floor sitting room. Children love to sleep there., Queen size Beds (2) The other two bedrooms have queen beds., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleep sofa in the loft sitting room off the third floor bedroom. King size mattress in cubby with three foot ceiling.
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Extensive outdoor space includes a patio with a gas grill and a gazebo, along with a fire pit that seats eight to ten people.


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Magnificent Views of Vail Valley and Gore Range
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 20 reviews
Jamestown, CO

Unique and comfortable accommodation

  • 4 of 5

A spacious and comfortable home, with an absolutely unique floor plan, and plenty of room for everyone. Views of the Vail valley and the Gore range. A trail head is adjacent to the property.

Marc was very nice.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Funky cool place

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay. Not little kid friendly but Marc did a great job making it safe. Very convienant to Lift # 20. Interesting floor plan. Really enjoyed it!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alpine View

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed with our 3 adult children and truly enjoyed this unique home. It is larger than we expected, with spaces to spread out or go to for privacy, but also cozy when the family was all together. The living room area with the fireplace and beautiful views was the perfect place to unwind at the end of a day of skiing, before taking advantage of the hot tub and sauna to sooth aching muscles. Very convenient to both Vail and Beaver Creek. The steep drive to the garage can be challenging if icy; we were glad we had a 4X4. The home has everything one might need and Marc, the caretaker, was very accommodating to any request. We hope to return to Alpine View in the spring or fall as it would be wonderful to be able to take advantage of the outdoor spaces at this special retreat in the trees.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin Powers goes skiing - Great place to stay and meet with friends

  • 5 of 5

Three of us shared this home, to meet with old classmates and do a lot of skiing. The first night, we had everyone over for dinner, and it worked out great. So great, that we ditched our plans to eat at Vail restaurants and just took turns hosting dinner. The living room/great room is plenty big enough to entertain, and the setting of the house is great. Some mornings, we got a late start skiing just so we could sit in the octagon (the card room) and see the morning coming up over the Vail valley. We also really appreciated the indoor hot tub after skiing - college was quite a few years ago ;-). The layout of the place and decor is kinda funky and 70s-retro, but we liked that. We call it "Austin Powers goes skiing"

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely views, with a few surprises

  • 3 of 5

We had a lovely time in this quirky home. Marc, the caretaker, and Fonya, the owner, are lovely people who were very helpful during our stay. The views were lovely. There were a few things we would have liked to know before we got there which would have made our stay easier. The driveway is VERY steep and difficult to clear when it snows. Without 4 wheel / all wheel drive and good tires, you can't get up.

The house you see in the photo is actually a multi-family dwelling. The apartment described here is good-sized, with many rooms that run next to each other. We had to go through one bedroom to get to another because one of the rooms (the game room) was closed downstairs. There are electric heaters in the back for this bath and bedroom that have to run all the time if you are there in the winter.

There is a nice bedroom with attached bath upstairs. Outside the door in the loft are a sleeper sofa and a cubby with a king mattress in it. The spiral stairway to get to the loft and bedroom would be challenging and potentially hazardous for young children.

Be sure you get a tour of the electrical switches from Marc when you check in. They are not intuitively placed and we never did figure out how to get the overhead lights on for the living room. Bring a hairdryer -- we eventually found two. The kitchen is not really well-equipped compared to some, but it does have two cook tops -- one gas and one electric, which was nice. The dining area is smallish, and the other table is on the other side of the living room, so a large group cannot easily eat together. The table expands (ask Marc how) and we did manage to cram 10 around it, but it was very tight.

The living area was a terrific place to gather and was perfect for our multi-generational family gathering. We loved the gas fireplace! We used the smaller table in the octagonal room for a craft and game area and it worked beautifully. The floor to this room is heated (ask Marc).

Everything was very clean and there is a great washer and dryer in the lowest level.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls trip

  • 4 of 5

We picked the best time of year to go to Vail.The house offered us a beautiful view of the changing of the trees from the patio.All of us girls enjoyed the house.We had our own space and the house was clean and well equipped for all our needs.Marc the caretaker was very nice and helpful.We,really enjoyed our stay at this property.Would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Eagle Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Holiday Inn
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Car: necessary


We have enjoyed all these restaurants, and we hope you find dining that adds something special to your trip. Most of them have websites, so you can google them to see the menus. All parking in Vail Village, Lionshead and Beaver Creek is free after 6 PM.

We hope you enjoy dining in Vail and Beaver Creek as much as we have!

Fonya and Neil Helm

Alpenrose in Vail Village serves European cuisine in an intimate atmosphere. The bakery offers delicious pastries. Lunch and dinner are served. 970-476-3194

100 East Meadow Drive, Suite 25, Vail, CO 81657

Bart and Yeti’s in Lionshead offers spare ribs and hamburgers in a rustic atmosphere. 551 E Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657.

(970) 476-2754

Chili Willy’s in Minturn has great fajitas and other Mexican food in a casual atmosphere. 970-827-5887

101 Main Street, Minturn, Colorado

China Garden at the Lodge in Avon Center offers both Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Dine In or Take Out. 970-949-4986

100 W Beaver Creek Blvd # 125, Avon, CO 81620

Game Creek Club is an adventure. First, take the Eagle’s Nest Gondola in Lionshead Village, and then take a short ride in a snow cat to the restaurant. Enjoy a fabulous four-course contemporary American dinner in this elegant restaurant in a large log cabin setting. Reservations are available on the hour and half-hour, starting at 5 PM, Thursday through Saturday. 970-479-4275.

Left Bank Restaurant in Vail Village offers fine French cuisine in a very elegant and cozy setting overlooking Gore Creek. Famous for souffles, and also offering a fine wine collection. Open for dinner, closed Wednesdays (no credit cards accepted). 970-476-3696

183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO 81657

Mirabelle Restaurant is at 55 Village Road, Avon, CO 81620 at the bottom of Beaver Creek Mountain. Belgian Master Chef Daniel Joly prepares Belgian and French cuisine. 970-949-7728.

The Montauk Seafood Grill in Lionshead has been voted by locals and returning guests the #1 Seafood restaurant in the Vail Valley. Fresh seafood, mainly from Hawaii, as well as choice steaks, chops and original pasta dishes. 970-476-2601

549 E Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657

Ore House is a family oriented steakhouse that serves hand carved steaks, prime rib and seafood. The Chataubriand for two is excellent, and often an early dinner is half-price. 970-476-5100.

232 Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657

May Palace, in the West Vail Mall, serves good Chinese food. 970-476-1657

2109 N Frontage Rd W # A, Vail, CO 81657

Nozawa Sushi Bar and Restaurant, in the West Vail Mall, is a Japanese restaurant with excellent dining.

2211 N Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657-3937


Pazzo’s Pizza, in both Vail Village and Avon, is the local's favorite. It offers a full breakfast, pizza, pasta, subs, calzones. The signature dish: Pizza (Azteca or Corfu).

82 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon - (970) 949-9900

122 E Meadow Dr # 9, Vail - (970) 476-9026

Delivery Service (970) 949-4000 (Slow and Expensive)

Red Lion Restaurant and Night Club is a local gathering place for burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. It is located in the heart of Vail Village, open daily. Apres Ski Entertainment. 970-476-7676

304 Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657

Russell’s in Vail Village, is next to Gore Creek, and serves Angus beef and fresh seafood along with chicken and pasta. 970-476-6700

228 Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657

Sandbar Sports Grill, sports bar and live music venue, is down the hill from Alpine View in the West Vail Mall. Lunch, dinner and drinks. Call for specials. 970-476-3418

2161 North Frontage Road, Vail, CO, 81657.

Sweet Basil in Vail Village is an elegant bistro style restaurant, serving contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the world. One of the best restaurants in Vail, according to Wine Spectator. Gourmet magazine featured its spectacular hot sticky toffee pudding cake. 970-476-0125.

193 E Gore Creek Dr # 201, Vail, CO 81657

Up The Creek Bar and Grill is located in Vail Village on Gore Creek and specializes in fish and game. Its roast lamb is also delicious, and it boasts an award winning wine list. 970-476-8141

223 Gore Creek Dr # 103, Vail, CO 81657


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.