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Luxury Property: Build your dream home

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With ski season here, but spring just a few months away, it’s the perfect time to consider building your dream home. Right now 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.

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 excellent views of the mountains and of town, the land is located on a quiet cul de sac and is offered at $895,000.

As an added bonus, town is only a short walk and the free bus system runs nearby. Grab your skis or snowshoes and walk out toward the east and look at Baldy Mountain. Open space adjoins the property, ensuring your privacy. You can just picture skiing home at the end of the day or hosting happy hour on a sun drenched deck in warmer months.

Among the great options for building sites, are the parcels at Western Sky Ranch. Just over two miles above Breckenridge to the north, this enclave of sites ranges from three acres to ninety-four acres and enjoys views which include the Ten Mile Range, the Breckenridge Ski Resort and Lake Dillon. The amenities include carefully designed building envelopes to protect privacy and view corridors, buried utilities and paved roads. The largest parcel allows several homes, guesthouse and barn, all within minutes of world class skiing, fishing, golf, dining and shopping.

These special sites begin at $579,000 and range up to $9.38 million. The area has been carefully planned to ensure privacy and protection from the neighbors, with set disturbance envelopes to make certain that future homes will enjoy the views as well as the remote feel of the surrounds. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the changing seasonality of our Summit County beauty. One of the most beautiful sites boasts three acres on Southern Cross Trail with sweeping views and southwestern exposure. Nearby, open space, hiking, biking and cross country trails offer recreational opportunities in every season. Offered at $1,195,000, this parcel sits atop a ridge waiting for your new residence.

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 is owner/managing broker of Exclusive Mountain Retreats Real Estate. She can be reached at (970) 453-0765, or on Twitter at @skismith.

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