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Basalt Vista

Basalt Vista Housing Partnership to provide affordable homeownership for teachers and other workers.

The wide gap between our high resort area cost of living (especially for housing) and actual wages makes it difficult to recruit and retain teachers, and essential personnel within our community—all who hold jobs that are key to the well-being of our children and community, but cannot afford to live close to where they work. While our local Habitat has been building homes with lower income families for almost 20 years, we have become increasingly aware of the acute need for housing for middle income workers who provide vital services to our community. This need is what brought about an extraordinary collaboration with the Roaring Fork School District, Pitkin County and the Town of Basalt to build the Basalt Vista Housing Partnership—located behind Basalt High School—which will provide 27 affordable homes for teachers and others in our local workforce. Through this effort, we hope to create a model that can be adopted in communities throughout Colorado and across the country.

“We know that the most important factor in educating our children is their teachers. Affordable staff housing in Basalt through this project will help us keep great teachers in our schools.” ROB STEIN, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, ROARING FORK SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1

  • Applications for Phase II will be available early summer. 

    The APCHA winners can be found here.

    The Roaring Fork School District winners:

    2 Bedroom- 

    Katela Moran & Jair Bravo

    Natasha Walker

    3 Bedroom-

    Beth Greiser

    Jackie Fraser



    1. Basalt Vista will provide affordable homeownership-not rentals
    2. 14 homes reserved for the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) teachers and support staff, 13 for other local workforce working within Pitkin County
    3. Families must have at least one member who works for RFSD or in Pitkin County
    4. Families will be selected by lottery- separately for the RFSD and Pitkin County
    5. Phase I includes: 2-, 3-, and 4- bedroom units (1,1510-1,675 sq ft.)
      1. RFSD: two 2-bedroom, two 3-bedroom, one 4-bedroom, click here for purchase prices and income guidelines.
      2. Pitkin County: two 2-bedroom, one 3-bedroom (accessible), one 4-bedroom, click here for purchase prices and income guidelines.
    6. Homes will be built by Habitat staff, sub-contractors, volunteers and homeowners. Sweat equity down payment opportunity available, click here to learn more.
    7. A $1,000 non-refundable reservation fee will be required from lottery winners at the time the Reservation Agreement is signed, these funds will be transferred to earnest money when the purchase contract is signed.
    8. The first Net Zero community in rural Colorado. Click here to learn more.

    Considering applying for Phase II, before you apply:
    A pre-qualification letter will need to be submitted with your application for both programs, click here for a list of preferred lenders.
    Background checks will be completed for all non-RFSD employees within the household, for all lottery winners.

    Interested in Volunteering? As volunteer opportunities become available we will update our Volunteer page. If you would like to schedule a group or be a regular volunteer on this project please reach out to Amy French, AmyF@HabitatRoaringFork.org.

    Interested in making a Monetary Gift to this Development? We are currently looking for donations to make this development a reality, if you are interested in making a significant, tangible difference within our community please reach out to Scott Gilbert at 948-8264 or ScottG@HabitatRoaringFork.org to learn more about this development and to make a gift. Or click here to donate.

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