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Fly-fishing at core of new Granby real estate

Allen Bestspecial to the daily

GRANBY – Fly-fishing has become big business in the last 20 years. Now, a land developer in Granby is branding a project with a well-known fly-fishing name, Orvis, to create a high-end project mixing golf, fishing, and horseback riding.The project is called Orvis Shorefox, and if that name sounds a bit like Starbucks, it’s probably not coincidental. It was minted with the possibility of franchising at other locations.Orvis is a partner in the project, but the on-the-land developer is a consortium headed by Jerry Jones, a former ski industry executive at Vail, Keystone and Snowmass. As now configured, the Orvis Shorefox project at Granby will get 600 dwelling units, a golf course, and two hotels (one of them 80 feet tall). The property also will have an equestrian center, a fishing lodge and a large (25,000 square feet) store that sells Orvis flyfishing gear.All of this is to occur in the crook of land west of Granby formed by the Colorado River and the Fraser River. The location is equidistant between the Winter Park Ski Area and the western portal to Rocky Mountain National Park. Final annexation into Granby is expected in late June.This Orvis Shorefox targets a higher income bracket somewhat comparable to that hit by the high-end resorts along the I-70 corridor. A nearby project called Grand Elk, which includes Jones and several other partners, has a lower price. It has a potential 800 units.’Play through’ takes on a new meaning CANMORE, Alberta – The golfing expression of “play through” takes on a whole new meaning at the SilverTip golf course near Canmore.When the golf course was built in the early 1990s, bears and other wildlife were known to frequent the area. Indeed, the golf course is part of a giant wildlife migration corridor. As such it was the original intent that wildlife would be permitted to pass through. No grizzly bears were in the area then, but they are now.Southwest Colorado studies second homesDURANGO – The council of government in the Durango-Pagosa Springs-Cortez area is launching a study of the economic impact of second homes, similar to what was done in the ski counties along the I-70 corridor.Planners first want to determine how many properties fall into this category. Anecdotally, the answer is many – and growing rapidly. For example, the energy boom in Texas and Oklahoma is producing more money for vacation homes. As is, the area around Pagosa Springs, called Archuleta County, has been one of the faster growing places in the nation during recent years, precisely because of this boom in vacation and retirement homes.Sources tell The Durango Telegraph that vacation homes, while they seem to be driving up real estate prices in the Durango area, are not the same tsunami as is found in Telluride. Telluride housing costs range from $600 to $1,200 per square foot; in Durango the high end amounts to $300 to $400 per square feet.

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