At some point in their lives, many people look to the hills for a mountain retreat, a home away from home where they can enjoy peace and quiet among aspen groves and pine trees.
Most buyers, however, cannot afford multi-million dollar homes or are not prepared to maintain large pieces of land.
Lots at the Pioneer Project near Stagecoach offer a more affordable option for residents from the Front Range, or even from Steamboat Springs, looking for a break from the everyday hustle.
"Those are the people that I really think have been interested in these lots, people that just want to get away," listing broker Crystal Staepel of Anchor Realty said.
About four miles east of Stagecoach Reservoir off Routt County Road 16, the Pioneer project is part of the Black Horse II project, originally developed in the 1970s.
One of the biggest advantages of the eight Pioneer lots are the utilities. Water, sewer and electricity have been established in the subdivision -- something of a rarity in the Stagecoach area, Staepel said.
Water and tap fees, which recently doubled in Stagecoach to about $7,000, also have been paid.
Pioneer lots range from 1.3 acres to 1.73 acres and are priced at $67,750. Seven lots are available.
Thick stands of trees provide privacy between lots, which look over Green Ridge in the Routt National Forest, and Bushy Creek runs behind them.
The subdivision also includes about 51 acres of shared open space.
Although the project offers the serenity many buyers are looking for, it also will provide the comforts of a friendly neighborhood, Staepel said.
Russell Dashow, president of Bushy Creek Associates development company has written covenants for the subdivision that will ensure it blends into natural surroundings. The guidelines stipulate that homes be between 1,900 and 3,200 square feet excluding basements. Aspen trees removed during the building process also must be replaced elsewhere on the property.
The guidelines encourage non-traditional fire-resistant building materials. Dashow also suggests buyers build energy efficient homes using solar, wind and geothermal systems.
When all the lots sell, a Pioneer homeowners association will take over covenant requirements and maintenance issues for the project, Staepel said.
For more information, call Staepel at 879-9212
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