By Penny Stine
There are lots of potential horse properties available in the local market, with a big emphasis on the word potential. There are few properties set up and ready to immediately accommodate new owners to live with a good space for their horses to live, work and train.
This week’s unique property at 1046 19 1/2 Road in Fruita is ready for everything! It has plenty of space for any four-legged friends potential owners may have. It has an updated house for the humans, a huge horse barn, a chicken barn, a play area for goats, a riding arena and plenty of outbuildings for gear, tractors and equipment, all on more than five acres.
Built in 1972, the house has been remodeled and updated in 2004 and 2017, and has an open floor plan in the common area that utilizes every square inch of living space, making the house seem larger than its size of 1,488 square feet.
The hardwood floor in the living room and all the bedrooms are true hardwood, not a laminate-look alike, and there’s tile in the kitchen, dining, and bathrooms. With no carpet anywhere in the house, the floors are easy to clean up no matter how many people track through the kitchen with mud on their boots, which is a great feature for an agricultural property.
The common area includes an open kitchen that opens to both the dining area and the living area. The dining area can easily fit a table set for 10, and the kitchen has plenty of granite tile countertop space and cabinetry. It’s a great working kitchen, and big enough for multiple cooks to collaborate. The gas range has a double oven, and all the appliances are stainless steel.
There’s a laundry/mud room off the kitchen that gives a great place to come inside from doing chores and remove shoes and muddy clothes. There’s additional storage in the laundry room, as well.
The master bedroom has a patio door leading to the backyard and access to a bathroom that could be shared, with a second door that leads to the home’s common areas. The master closet is large, with a window to bring in additional light, and even a desk area for those who need a private office area.
The home has two additional bedrooms and another bath that was recently remodeled, with new flooring, new cabinetry and a new counter on the vanity.
A Unique Property
Although the home is great, it’s what’s outside is what makes this property unique and adds value. Every outbuilding has electricity, and most of them also have heating and cooling. There’s a detached one-car garage right next to the house, and a much larger storage shed behind the house. There’s also a large, 24 X 29-ft shop, and an older barn that’s been converted into a large chicken coop. The old barn has two stalls, a fenced yard and two automatic, year-round livestock waterers.
There’s also a bunkhouse/office building that could easily be a home gym or office, with additional storage and a metal carport. The crown jewel of the property, however, is the great horse barn and riding arena on the property. In addition to the six large stalls, which each have their own automatic watering system, the barn has a heated office and two upstairs storage rooms and a half-bath with a composting toilet. The barn also has a horse-washing station, with both hot and cold water.
Your animals will stay protected with an entirely fenced acreage. A bonus! Five shares of irrigation water are included with the property. An all-season sand and rubber mixture covers the arena ground for consistent horse footing, regardless of the weather.
The back half of the property is a playground for goats. Suggestions for new owners: grow a garden, grow grass or hay, leave it as pasture for horses or cows, or bring their own goats and let them run free.
The property’s location also makes it appealing, as it sits between Fruita and Grand Junction about a mile north of Interstate 70 or Highway 6. It’s a quick and easy commute to Grand Junction and an even quicker commute to Fruita.
Ann Friedly with Bray Real Estate is listing this 5.2-acre country property for $525,000.