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Orchard Mesa

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It looks like construction season in many parts of Orchard Mesa, where construction has started on the new, $40 million middle school and where homes continue to be sold as fast as construction companies can build them.

The construction fence and office trailer were installed at the middle school in late July, and the foundation is getting dug and built for the new building, which will be in front of the old building on Unaweep Avenue. The existing school will continue to be used throughout construction of the new school, which is scheduled to be complete by December, 2019.

Construction may disrupt a few schedules and activities, and may impact where parents can pick up and drop off their children. For the most accurate information, check the school’s website.

Although the existing school will be demolished after the new school is built, the building that houses the community swimming pool will not be. It will continue to serve as a city-operated facility and will no longer be a safety issue for the school, since the community pool and the school will no longer share a building.

New homes on Orchard Mesa continue to sell well. Michael Maves with Maves Construction has several homes under construction at Chipeta Heights, east of 29 Road and south of B 1/2, and the developers behind Mountain View Estates are doing infrastructure construction for the next filing.

“We’re doing filing three at Mountain View,” said Rick Wagner, one of the development partners for the neighborhood. “They will all be developed and finished by the end of August.”

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Hot real estate market moves to Glade Park

Glade Park

Glade Park is a hidden gem on the Western Slope and most full-time and part-time residents of the area would prefer to keep it that way.

“Glade Park is distinctive for its lack of change,” said Kaye Simonson, senior planner for Mesa County.

Although land use and zoning haven’t changed for Glade Park, the real estate market has made a complete turnaround.

“Twenty properties have sold since the first of the year,” said Lynn Grose with Chesnick Realty, who typically has multiple listings in the area. “I only have two listings left.”

Of the twenty properties that sold, most of them were for vacant land sales. One was a hunting cabin, and only six were for existing homes.

Most of the area on Glade Park is zoned agricultural, with lot sizes at least 35 acres or more. Many of the parcels of land that are currently for sale or that have recently sold are much larger than that.

“It’s the world-class elk hunting that drives the market,” said Brian Mason with Mason Real Estate, who has multiple large-acreage listings. “That, and the convenience to the Grand Junction airport.”

Glade Park, Colorado

Part of a ranch currently for sale in Glade Park for $13 million.

Mason has has several multi-million dollar listings of land on Glade Park, including one parcel with more than 1,700 acres, which has three lakes, and year-round creeks in a normal-precipitation year. He recently sold a 481-acre parcel of hunting land for more than two million.

“Typically, recreational buyers will run livestock or lease it to someone who wants to run livestock,” Mason said.

Read more about homes and property for sale in the Glade Park area of Grand Junction, Colorado.

New neighborhoods under construction in the Redlands


The Redlands area is a popular place to live due to the nearby beauty and the recreational opportunities. It has been a difficult place to buy a new house in the last few years, however, as there were only a few neighborhoods with lots available for building. That’s beginning to change.

Dave Bagg and John Thomas, who partnered together to bring several Redlands neighborhoods along South Camp Road to market more than a decade ago, are working together again, along with new partner, Quint Shear. The three partners are developing Granite Falls, a 52-acre subdivision that will have 104 total lots.

There will be 31 lots in the first filing, and most of them are already taken by builders who plan to build spec homes. Right now, builders who have expressed an interest in the project include J. Howell Custom Homebuilder, Lopez Construction, Canyon Creek Builders, Canyon Vista Homes and Alegria Homes.

Redlands area Peaks Subdivision Grand Junction

Sales have been brisk at The Peaks at Redlands Mesa, a townhome community at the Redlands Mesa golf course.

Infrastructure construction in the neighborhood is underway, but Bagg hopes to have a few lots ready at Granite Falls for residential construction by September. The address for the subdivision is 413 South Camp, but it’s on the west side of South Camp, across the street from the Trails West subdivision.

A new project at the Redlands Mesa Golf Course Community should also be ready for home construction in the fall. Ventana at Redlands Mesa is a new sub-community within the greater golf course community. Maves Construction will be the exclusive builder for the new neighborhood, which is off West Ridges Blvd., across the road from The Ledges at Redlands Mesa, another sub-community at the golf course.

Read more about homes for sale in the Redlands area of Grand Junction. 

Palisade sees new activities in housing, business


  • Penny Stine

The festival season has begun in Palisade and will continue throughout the summer and into the fall, with the next scheduled festival, Palisade Brews and Cruise, on May 5. This will be the fourth year for the beer festival, which will be at the Veteran’s Memorial Park.

In addition to the festival in the park, where attendees can sample more than 100 different beers, there will be a brewmaster’s dinner on Friday, May 4 at the new 13 Brix Cider Bistro in downtown Palisade.

The Grand Valley Marathon will also be on May 5, with a 5K and a 10K runs starting and ending in Palisade. Part of the proceeds from the run will benefit the Fruit and Wine Byway, which will replace signs for the popular driving and biking route.

 Palisade, Colorado
The Golden Gate gas station should be open in Palisade by mid-May, just off I-70 at exit 42.

There are several new businesses that are planning to open or have opened their doors in Palisade, including Spun Fiber Arts Studio, which keeps limited hours on Friday and Saturday only, and Peaches Coffee Shop, which had its building and health inspections last week and hopes to open this coming week.

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Real estate companies renew investment in the valley


Penny Stine

In addition to helping residents find a place they want to call home, the local real estate industry has also contributed to the area’s economy in the last few years via construction and remodeling projects. Several companies have purchased and remodeled buildings, signed long-term leases in more visible locations and generally put their money where their mouth is by making significant investments in a new home for their businesses.


Downtown has become a hot spot for real estate offices, starting with Hummel Real Estate’s purchase of its office three years ago, and continuing with the opening of River City Real Estate downtown in 2016, the Mountain Coast Group at Keller Williams’ purchase of a downtown building in 2017 and the relocation of both Coldwell Banker Prime Properties and United Country Real Colorado Properties.

 “Everybody likes being downtown,” said Ronda Hummel with Hummel Real Estate, who added that the walkability of the location, both for employees and customers, has been a huge plus. Her office is the first real estate office many of the visitors at the downtown hotels see when they stroll downtown for dinner.

Read more about how Grand Junction’s Realtors are investing in Downtown and other Grand Junction areas. 

The reality of real estate in the Grand Valley throughout 2017

Year in review

Penny Stine

A decade ago, Mesa County’s economy and housing market were on the rise, thanks to a natural gas boom that brought jobs, workers and a housing shortage. Builders were frantically building in 2007, with 669 new single family building permits issued, and 2,866 total home sales in 2008. When natural gas prices plummeted at the end of 2008, jobs disappeared, workers began to leave, and plans for new subdivisions were put on hold.

The real estate market began a steady dive, bottoming out in 2010, when there were 179 new home starts and only 1,696 homes sold. Sales of existing homes started to pick back up in 2011, along with the number of new housing starts. The growth was slow, however, with small increases in property values, the total number of homes sold and the number of new housing starts. The Front Range boomed, while the Mesa County housing market seemed to crawl.

Fast forward to 2017. The market found its legs and began to run, with more than 3,500 sales through November and 664 new housing permits through Dec. 27.

 “It feels a lot like 2006,” said Darrell Bay with Mesa County Building Department. “The difference is in the staffing level.”

2017 Grand Junction Real Estate

Trail Edge Townhomes is the first residential development built to take advantage of the recreational opportunities available at Las Colonias Park, including access to the Colorado Riverfront Trail, the disc golf course, and the amphitheater. There will be 14 units total. Ray Rickard with RE/MAX 4000 is the listing agent for the development.

PENNY STINE/ Real Estate Weekly

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