Quick, what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the state of Wyoming? Drawing a blank? Most folks might be able to come up with the state capitol (Cheyenne). Skiing fans might recall that the state is the site of Bill Briggs’ greatest accomplishment (Briggs was the first to ski the 13,772 foot Grand Teton in 1971, and that feat contributed to his being inducted into the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame twenty eight years later). Not many people would have likely brought up the opportunities to be found in owning one of the beautiful Jackson Hole Wyoming homes that are currently on the market.
Jackson hole realtors have been working overtime in recent months, and this is largely due to the many financial and social benefits in moving to Wyoming. “We have a lot of folks leaving big cities who are fed up with the crime where they are from,” said local buyers agent Glenn Silvestre. “The crime rate here, and you can check city data dot com on this, is less than half of the national average.” Instead of bumping into a mugger, new owners of Jackson Hole luxury real estate are more likely to bump into one of the celebrities who call Jackson Hole home, including Harrison Ford, Sandra Bullock, and Dick Cheney.
For John and Frieda Tuttle, a retired couple hailing from Battle Creek, Michigan, the peace, quiet and natural beauty drew them to Jackson Hole. “We looked for the perfect place to spend our retirement,” said Frieda, “and nowhere else came close. We bought one of the luxury log homes, and John spends half his time hunting and fishing.” There is plenty for John to do, as there is an abundance of wildlife in the area, including more than 60 species of mammals, 100 avian species and more than half a dozen species of game fish, all native to the Jackson Hole area.
Jerry Browning, a young entrepreneur and first time homeowner who moved to one of Jackson hole wyoming homes from Rochester, New York, simply followed his grandfathers advice on buying a home. “Grandpa just kept saying to go where the money made sense, and this area has that in spades,” said Browning. “No personal or corporate income tax? I was able to get my consulting business off the ground months before I would have been able to do it back home.”
Whether taking advantage of the zero tax rate for business, or the area to spread out (Wyoming has the second lowest population density in the nation) for pleasure, it is becoming ever more clear that Jackson Hole Wyoming homes are rapidly becoming one of the hotter regions in real estate.