Let’s talk ranches
When many people think of their Rocky Mountain dream home, a rugged Colorado ranch comes to mind. Unlike some parts of the world, where working ranches are king, this can be a wide range of properties from an actual working ranch with cattle or horses, to a private gated community which shares common amenities like horses, barns and a clubhouse area.
The first challenge is to define how you will be using the property and how often you will be there. If you are seriously interested in a working ranch or even a horse property with resident horses all year, you will either have to live there full time or hire a ranch manager to attend to animals, property and crops. There are many issues attendant to this type of property and they require the help of an expert. Water rights in Colorado are a critical issue and you may also need a water rights attorney, as well as your expert Realtor, to weigh in on the adequacy of the rights conveyed with the property.
On the flipside, perhaps you just want a small spread with some horses, a little fishing, and a beautiful piece of ground. Some of us in the ranch business might call this a “cocktail ranch,” where the setting is the most important aspect of the property. These are plentiful in Colorado in several forms, from a true ranch feel to a parcel with a house that enjoys the serenity of a ranch setting with horses allowed.
The next consideration might be the location and, more specifically, how far you want to be from the “beaten track,” or a WalMart or Target. In Silverthorne, for example, there are beautiful properties just thirty minutes or so from the Interstate but a world away in terms of solitude and scenery. In Guffey, however, you will have to plan your grocery or ski trips carefully, but the value factor may be an important consideration.
Some of the offerings available right now include a 281 acre parcel in Hartsel with a four bedroom, four bath home with mountain views, a three car garage, and a horse barn. Approximately ninety minutes from either Breckenridge or Colorado Springs, the price is $1,000,000. Another option, offered at $1,100,000, is a 38.5 acre property in Fairplay with a 6000+ square foot home that is zoned for horses.
One of the gems presently offered is Tall Pines Ranch in Woodland Park, just 45 minutes from the Colorado Springs airport and across from the golf course. Bounded on three sides by National Forest, this 82 acre spread has a new horse barn, stocked fishing pond, four guest cottages, three car garage, a managers house, and a 4800 square foot main home that has been recently remodeled. Offered at $2,879,000, the home comes complete with views of Pike’s Peak.
A thirty five acre ranch with a beautiful log house in Fairplay at Four Mile Creek Ranch has a price tag of $1,195,000 and some of the most peaceful acreage in that valley. Finally, if you want the ranch vibe without the drive, Two Rivers Ranch is just outside the “city limits” of Breckenridge on 15.4 acres at the confluence of the Swan and Blue Rivers with a breathtaking setting. It backs to national Forest and has private blue medal trout fishing outside the door. It also has a rustic ten bedroom, ten bath lodge, barns, and is just five minutes from golf and ten minutes from skiing. This unique property is offered at $3,700,000.
Whatever your ranch dream, there is truly something for everyone in Colorado. This could be the perfect summer to live your dream and put down roots in our mountain paradise.
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