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FEATURED PROPERTY: Real Estate Weekly - CB/Brandon Palmer

2019-02-12 16:53:31 hbanwco_77dnth


Take a closer look at this massive Ranch style home with a full walkout basement on an acre right off 1st Street and tucked quietly at the end of a cul-de-sac! This home boasts TWO Masters plus an attached secondary dwelling unit complete with a kitchen, bedroom, living room, laundry room, and private entrance. The remodeled basement offers a large family room and yet another separate entrance with a large mudroom. In the back yard, enjoy a private setting overlooking the large lot with mature landscaping, large storage shed, and an RV shelter. The location is hard to beat and is close to shopping, restaurants, Colorado Mesa University, and nearby hospitals.


Information about the Listing Agent
Agent Name: Brandon Palmer
Listing Office: RE/MAX 4000
Phone Number to be Published: 970-712-6868
Address: 2245 Idella Ct
Area: City
List Price: $675,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
SqFt: 4,664
Lot Size: 1 Acre
Year Build: 2004
Garage: 3 Car
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Palisade property presents opportunity to farm

2018-12-27 20:34:45 hbanwco_77dnth

Bounty of Beauty

Some people dream of living on a sailboat while others dream about living on a farm. While Real Estate Weekly can’t help buyers find ships setting sail at Corn Lake, it can help buyers find those agricultural properties that provide room to spread out, land to cultivate and the satisfaction that comes from raising animals or crops.


This week’s unique Palisade property includes a house, several outbuildings and almost four irrigated acres planted in 400 cherry trees and 400 peach trees. A few acres of fruit trees may not be enough to provide full-time support for a family, but it’s enough to provide extra income or an experimental toe in the irrigation water to pursue the Palisade lifestyle.

Palisade Orchard


The home at 3507 G Road, built in 2002, is a modest three-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,800 square feet of living space. The home has very little wasted space, with a split floor plan and wide open, welcoming common areas between the bedroom wings. It also has an inviting, covered front porch and a covered back patio, too.

The living room has a wood-burning stove, and it’s large enough to provide lots of space for a family. The dining area opens to the kitchen, and both areas have ceramic tile flooring for easy cleanup, maintenance and long life. The kitchen has a good pantry closet, lots of working space on the countertops and plenty of room for storage, as well as a fridge, microwave and five-burner gas range.

Palisade Property Kitchen

One exterior door leads from the dining area to the back patio, which is convenient for summertime barbecues. Another doorway off the kitchen leads to a mud room/laundry area that also has outside access. The mud room has lots of storage, a double sink, room for a fridge and places for muddy shoes, hats, coats and produce from the farm.


Outside the property has an oversized, detached two-car garage, which has plenty of additional room for bikes, boats, a motorcycle, tools, and also has a separate bedroom with a full bath. The garage has a cooling system, while the bedroom and bath have both heating and cooling.

There are three large, exterior produce coolers that go with the property for storing the bulk of the fruit after its picked, and there’s also a shop behind the garage with drive-through doors and nearby electricity.


There are six varieties of peaches, the oldest of which were planted in 2006 and the youngest which were planted within the last two years. There are five varieties of cherries, many of which were planted four years ago. There’s also a row of plum trees. The orchard also has a wind machine to protect the trees against late spring freezes and a newer irrigation system.

According to a report written by CSU professors Rod Sharp, Host Caspari and Amaya Atucha with the Western Colorado Research Center – trees in an orchard should produce about 20 pounds of fruit by their fourth year. They will trend on increasing every year up to their sixth year. In years six through 20, well-maintained orchard trees should produce about 70 pounds per year. Of course, many factors, including late spring frosts, pests, diseases and other issues, can reduce the yield.

The owners of a neighboring orchard have managed the trees at this property for the last season. They have indicated to the listing agent that they would continue to lease the orchard from the new owner, if the new owner had no knowledge or experience in farming.

Karie O’Connor with Metro Brokers is listing this Palisade property for $699,900. Buyers who act before spring may have room to negotiate, close the deal and get settled before the cherries begin to bloom.

Looking for a lender or builder? Call the HBA of Western Colorado at (970) 245-0253 or visit www.hbanwco.com.

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Love snow sports? Think about owning property on Grand Mesa

2018-12-12 20:01:01 hbanwco_77dnth

So Far, Snow Good

While the Grand Valley has plenty to offer for those who love the outdoors and want to live in an area where they can easily pursue their favorite outdoor activities, those who love winter sports might want to look beyond the valley. Fortunately, they don’t have to look far to find a delightful winter playground. Grand Mesa, less than an hour away from Grand Junction, has plenty of snow and plenty of places for everyone to play in the snow.

Although much of the land on Grand Mesa is part of the Grand Mesa National Forest, there are quite a few pockets of private land and leased land where those who love to live in winter can buy a main residence or a second home.

If you’re thinking of buying real estate in the winter wonderland that Grand Mesa is shaping up to be this year, here are a few considerations.

Remember, Grand Mesa is big, hence the inclusion of the word ‘grand’ in the name. The huge area offers downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, and plain old walking in the woods on a beautiful snowy day in an area that’s about 500 square miles. Some places on Grand Mesa are better suited to those who love to ride snowmobiles, while others are better suited to those who love to ski.

Snow Blowing at Powdehorn Ski Resort

Those who love downhill skiing might want to look for a cabin, a lot or a home on the Grand Junction side of Grand Mesa, close to Powderhorn Mountain Resort. The ski area doesn’t have hundreds of second homes or vacation condos, like many of the other Colorado ski resorts, but there are a few single-family housing areas near the mountain, as well as some condominiums.

Horizon Estates is an area almost directly across Highway 65 from the ski area, where some homeowners have built homes they live in year-round, and others have built vacation cabins. There are currently a few existing homes available for sale at Horizon Estates.

Powder Ridge and Wildwood Estates are two housing areas at Powderhorn Resort. Although both neighborhoods have been around for dozens of years, there are still a few lots available in both areas. Lot sizes vary, but generally start at a quarter-acre and go up to an acre or two. Available utilities include water, electricity, and propane.

Condos at PowderhornThere is one condo development with units for sale at Powderhorn, Valley View Condominiums, which was built several decades ago, but which often has units available for sale.

Those who want to have a vacation home close to the cross-country ski area may want to keep the housing near Powderhorn in mind, as the areas where the Grand Mesa Nordic Council manages and grooms are on nearby national forest property, where there is no housing.

There are a few areas on Grand Mesa that offer cabins and second homes on leased national forest land, including the cabins near Alexander Lake, Baron Lake and Lake Eggleston that are part of the Grand Mesa Resort Company. Those cabins range from extremely rustic to fairly modern, but none of them have year-round road access, nor do they have year-round water, as the water pipes that service the area are above-ground, and are winterized in the fall.

Snow-loving and snowmobile-owning cabin owners who aren’t afraid of a more rustic experience use their cabins year round, thanks to old-fashioned outhouses and a willingness to haul in groceries and water on snowmobiles. Their reward is access to an area that’s absolutely fantastic for snowmobiling, with areas of groomed trails and miles and miles of backcountry wilderness and powder to explore.

There are also vacation cabins and lots that occasionally come onto the market near Vega State Park, where county-maintained roads provide year-round access. Snowmobile trails connect the Vega Lake area to other routes on Grand Mesa. Visitors to the Vega area can also enjoy ice-fishing at the state park, and cross-country skiing on a 2.32-mile in-park trail. Of course, anywhere there is a hill can be a great place to enjoy sledding.

Snowmobiling on Grand Mesa

Those who think they’d enjoy the backcountry snowmobiling experience but would like confirmation before making an offer on a cabin, may want to check out Thunder Mountain Lodge, near Ward Lake on Grand Mesa, which has both snowmobile and cabin rentals. Jeff Kieper, who bought the lodge three years ago, also offers guided tours of the area for those who are unfamiliar with the backcountry routes.

Vega Lodge, Grand Mesa Lodge, Alexander Lake Lodge, and Mesa Lakes Lodge also offer year-round cabins.


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Want to live close to recreation and agriculture? Head west to Loma and Mack

2018-08-15 22:25:19 hbanwco_77dnth

At Home-ah in Loma

By Penny Stine

Loma and Mack Agricultural Land

The west end of the Grand Valley is a great place for people who want an agricultural lifestyle or who simply want to be out in the country, away from noise, neighbors, and traffic. Loma and Mack are home to few urban or suburban conveniences, although there was recently a planning hearing for a new 300-foot cell tower north of Loma that could improve telecommunications to residents in the Lower Valley. Loma has a school, a post office, and a general store, while Mack has a liquor store and a post office. Loma is also home to the Western Slope Cattlemen’s Auction, although that isn’t exactly a suburban amenity.

Loma does, however, have a food truck, which is pretty urban for the laid-back farm community. Of course, the food truck serves barbecue, offering traditional offerings like ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and all the traditional sides.

“I live out there,” said Beth Burt, who operates Double B Barbecue and first set up her barbecue trailer at the Western Slope Cattlemen’s Auction on Wednesdays during the auctions while the restaurant was closed. “I developed a Loma following.”

Lifestyle in Loma - BBQ Food Truck

Burt has been operating at the Loma Country Store Thursdays through Sundays since April, and she’s pleased with the amount of business she’s had.

“I’m meeting so many different people,” she said. “It’s funny how much traffic is through that little place.”

Although the urban amenities in Loma might be lacking, there’s no shortage of recreational opportunities. Loma is home to the famous Fruita mountain biking trails at Horsethief Bench, which have garnered Fruita a world-class reputation for mountain biking, even though the trails are in Loma. A majority of the riders in the area are from out-of-the-area in the spring and fall, but this time of year, it’s mostly locals who go out and ride early in the morning before the heat makes it unbearable. According to statistics from the BLM, there were 58,000 people visiting the Kokopelli trailhead in 2017.

The city of Fruita is currently building a bike trail that connects the Colorado Riverfront Trail system from where it currently stops in Fruita to Loma. The trail is paved, with a single track trail running roughly parallel to the paved portion for mountain bikers who are in Fruita and want to ride to the trails. The opening of the trail has been delayed due to various construction issues, but the final bridge over Reed wash is scheduled to be built on Aug. 1, and the trail should be open to mountain bikers and road bicyclists the following week.

Loma is also home to Highline Lake, which is a refreshing, nearby place for locals to go for boating, fishing, paddle boarding or swimming, especially this time of year when the heat is relentless. Those who prefer their water recreation on a river can also find adventure in Loma, where there’s a boat launch on the Colorado River that takes adventurers on the 25-mile, Ruby-Horsethief section of the river to Westwater, Utah. Thanks to the permitting system for campsites, the BLM is able to track the number of people who float that section of the river, as well as where they’re coming from. In 2017, 21,000 people came through that section of the river, and according to Collin Ewing with the BLM, about 85 percent of them are from outside Mesa County.

Real estate in Loma and Mack is selling, although not as briskly as in other parts of the Grand Valley where buyers can find 2,000-square foot homes in neighborhoods full of other, similarly priced homes. Because the tiny Mack sewer system is not accepting new taps and there is no sewer system for Loma, most available tracts of land or properties for sale come with acreage. Some are small acreage parcels of one to five acres, and others are larger parcels with hundreds of acres that are used strictly for agricultural production.

“Hay prices have doubled in the last year,” said Mandy Rush, a RE/MAX 4000 agent who handles many horse and agricultural properties across the Grand Valley. “There’s a lot more interest now than in past years in productive farm ground. So much farm ground in the north and in Fruita has been developed; if you want a large parcel of farm ground, you have to go to Loma and Mack.”

Rush has a Mack property with 295 acres in six parcels, with a shop and utilities, as well as gated pipe and pivot irrigation that’s currently in grass alfalfa hay production. The property has been on the market for about three months, and she’s already received three offers on it, although none of them have been accepted at this point.

The drought and fires in many hay-producing areas across the western United States have led to increased hay prices, which Rush said has been good for agriculture in the Lower Valley.

“It’s brought attention to the importance of maintaining our agriculturally productive land,” she said. “There’s importance and value in farm ground.”

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Home on Little Park Road blends in and stands out

2018-07-23 21:24:09 hbanwco_77dnth

Part of the Landscape

Glade Park view

Those who are looking for a home that doesn’t sit on a cul-de-sac filled with similar-looking homes on manicured lots that could be in Anytown, U.S.A. might be interested in this week’s unique property at 164 Little Park Road. The home, which fits in beautifully with the surrounding desert landscape, wouldn’t look appropriate anywhere else. The exterior is true adobe and rock, and many of the rocks that are part of the house, the patio or the surrounding walkways were pulled from the ground on which the house sits.

Although the home borrows a few Santa Fe style touches, like Saltillo tile flooring in the common areas and lathe and plaster interior walls painted in bright colors, it’s a true Grand Valley marvel. Built more than 60 years ago, the home has been meticulously maintained and treasured, and its age adds to the home’s character and style.

Glade Park Casita

In addition to the main house, which has three bedrooms and two baths in more than 3,000 square feet, there are four casitas on the 3.75-acre property. One is a complete guest house, with a small kitchenette, a full bathroom and an open living/bedroom. Another is an artist studio, while the third casita is a playhouse and the fourth is used for tool storage. The casitas are all stone with wood accents, and they all look like historic structures that should be in a national forest somewhere in the southwest, as they’re surrounded by cacti, pinions and junipers.

The inside of the home is as unique as the outside, with architectural finishes and amenities that would simply be too costly to replicate today. The interior walls that aren’t lathe and plaster are stone, rustic wood or metal. The ceilings are a gray-toned aspen plank that has aged marvelously, while the floor in the living area is flagstone.

The views from the living window are also impossible to replicate. Sitting above the Grand Valley off Little Park Road, the northern walls of the living area are all windows, with views that start in Palisade and run all the way to Mack. Because of the home’s unique position almost right next to Colorado National Monument, it has views of that, too.

The kitchen has bright tile countertops, an island with a sink and storage, great cabinetry and top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, including a six-burner Wolf range. There’s a small, informal eating area next to the kitchen, and a larger, more formal dining area off the main living room.

The home has several fireplaces, including a large rock fireplace that serves as a partial wall separating the living area from a smaller, private sitting area. The living room also has access to the patio on the back side of the house, which features those same fabulous views, along with room for a table, two built-in barbecues, and a wood-burning stove. There’s also a stone walkway along the entire back of the house, with access doors to the master bedroom, the man cave, and the wine cellar.

The master bedroom is large, with a unique master bath that includes a sunken, traditional Japanese-style bathtub. The man cave, which is large enough for a pool table and an office suite, shares a wall with the master suite but must be accessed from the outside door. Likewise, the climate-controlled wine cellar, which shares a wall on the opposite side of the house with the private sitting area, must also be accessed from the outside.

The house has evaporative cooling and baseboard hot water heat, but the thick adobe and stone exterior walls tend to keep the interior of the house at a fairly moderate temperature, regardless of what the weather is outside.

Craig Huckaby with Bray Real Estate is listing this unique desert home for $699,000. There is no sign on the property, and the house is impossible to see from Little Park Road, but interested buyers are welcome to call the Huckaby Team at 970-640-9918.

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