You've had some great answers to your question but there is a bit morei nformation needed to really help you find the right neighborhood for you. Are you married (or with a significant other) and do you have children? Obviously schools would be a priority and that would help determine the best place for you.
Aspen is a very small community-8000 in the Aspen area and 2000 more in Snowmass Village. Snowmass Village is, just that, a Village. There are restaurants (with many more to come once our "new" development gets going again, shops and lots of entertainment BUT not in the traditional sense. We don't have a movie theatre, bowling alley, or things that a bigger city might have. What we do have is wonderful special summer events, like chili fest, the balloon festival, the Labor Day Music festival and on and on. We have outdoor activities galoure.
Aspen itself has many wonderful restaurants, lots of shopping, one movie theatre with three screens, and we have the old Wheeler Opera house that offers films, live concerts, music, etc. We have one private night club and one public one. We have wine bars and coffee houses.
You must remember that we are a resort so many of these thins are seasonal. We definitly have different seasons-the high seasons are mid December through the end of March where you will find so many people and things to do it will boggle your mind. Then we have the quiet season-May, September, and October where there are still things to do but there are fewer people and some of the restaurants close. Then we have off season-the rest of the months were it is super quiet and a lot of locals are on vacation.
So you can see it is not a traditional "city". But if you are looking for beauty, los of special events, lots of outdoor activities, good health, and practically no crime, we are what you are looking for!