It's a common gripe among Front Range residents: They love the mountains but must live and work in the city.
So on weekends and vacations, these residents want aspen and pine trees, meadows, valleys, views and good access to national forests.
They are finding it in large-lot subdivisions such as Greenridge Ranch near Stagecoach Res-ervoir.
"Because they are Colorado folks ... they recognize the tremendous amount of value of buying mountain property, especially with these types of amenities," said Scott Eggleston, listing broker for the project.
Eight 35-acre parcels comprise Greenridge Ranch, south of the reservoir off Routt County Road 16. Three lots border the Routt National Forest, and a nonmotorized trail allows other lot owners exclusive access to the forest for hunting and recreation.
Two lots have sold in the subdivision, and four others, including two bordering national forest land, were listed for sale in March. Prices range from $365,000 to $450,000.
It won't be hard for prospective buyers to imagine a comfortable dream home or vacation abode perfectly situated for privacy and views.
In addition to building well-designed, quality roads, developers have cut in and reseeded potential driveways, allowing buyers a good sense of amenities and terrain on each lot.
To highlight potential building sites, developers also have cleared small areas as windows into views of Dunkley Pass, Sarvis Creek Wilderness and other areas.
"From the road, you'll never appreciate what's on these lots unless you get into them," said Eggleston, who has helped plan and sell subdivisions near Stagecoach since the 1980s.
Trees lend privacy to each lot and also allow for large building envelopes. The subdivision has electric and phone lines, and residents in surrounding areas have had good luck digging wells with good quality and quantities of water, Eggleston said.
Greenridge Ranch has a strict set of covenants dealing with the most important aspects of the subdivision, such as fire mitigation and architecture.
However, buyers are not required to build on their lots within any time frame. If they prefer to play awhile, covenants allow buyers to build a barn or detached garage before the main structure as long as all buildings eventually blend together and fit architectural guidelines.
"The fact that someone can come up and play has been a huge selling point," Eggleston said.
Another selling point is the higher temperatures in South Routt County.
Greenridge Ranch is about 23 miles from Steamboat Springs. That's about the same distance between Steamboat Springs and Hahn's Peak to the north, yet residents in the South Yampa Valley enjoy about three additional weeks of spring and fall, Eggleston said.
"Buyers are amazed at how much warmer it is down there for the same type of country," he said.
A virtual tour of lots in Greenridge Ranch is available at www.egglestonproperties.com.
For more information, call Eggleston at 879-5100, ext. 27.
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