Great time for land |

Great time for land


If you’ve always dreamed of building a Summit County dream home, this may be the perfect time to invest in land. There are many opportunities out there, so the first thing to establish is the type of home you are thinking about and then, where in the County to set down those roots.

There are a myriad of choices which offer any combination of topography, exposure, sun, trees, prices, and neighborhoods. With warmer days just ahead, this is a terrific time to buy land, allowing you the opportunity to tailor plans for your home and work with an architect and designer, apply for necessary permits, and be ready to break ground when the weather breaks in warmer weather.

Among the great options for building sites, for example, are the lots in the Highland Meadows subdivision close to Farmers Corner. This newer neighborhood offers a great central location just north of Breckenridge as well as great access. The parcel available at 663 Alpensee Drive, for example, offers nearly two acres, plenty of sunshine and views which stretch from Baldy Mountain to Lake Dillon. The free bus stop is close by, as is the bike trail which offers convenient year-round recreational opportunities. In this particular case, water tap fees are already paid and there are even architectural drawings available. This lovely piece of land is offered at $359,000.

On the other side of the scale are the parcels at Western Sky Ranch. Just over two miles north of Breckenridge, this enclave of sites ranges from three acres to twenty three acres and enjoys views which include the ten Mile Range, the Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Lake. The amenities include carefully designed building envelopes to protect privacy and view corridors, buried utilities and paved roads. These special sites begin at $799,000.

If a home on the ski run is of interest, there is a fabulous lot in the new neighborhood at Lomax Estates in Breckenridge. The site at 71 Lomax is .68 acres with the Skyway Skiway running by to bring you home at the end of the day or to allow you to ski down all the way to the Gondola. With good views of the mountains and of town, the land is located on a quiet cul de sac and is offered at $1,295,000. As an added bonus, town is only a short walk and the free bus system runs nearby.

Once you have determined which type of home and lifestyle are fueling your dreams, this will direct your choices. As we all know, “they aren’t making land anymore,” so an investment in land is a terrific step toward realizing your dreams of a piece of our Rocky Mountain paradise.

Bonnie Smith-Allen, ABR, CIPS, CRB, CRS, GRI, MRE, ALHS is Owner/ Managing Broker of Exclusive Mountain Retreats Real Estate, the Exclusive Summit County Board of Regents Member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. She is a Director of the National Assn of Realtors, 2007 District VP for the Colorado Assn of Realtors, and 2007 Summit Assn Realtor of the Year. Bonnie can be reached at 800.871.0765 or 970.453.0765 or by visiting

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