Archive for September, 2010

What can lure a couple out of Highlands Ranch to Anthem Ranch near Boulder? Modest-priced ranch plans with view

How do you get couples who have spent the last 20 years living in south metro Denver to take a serious look at a community in Broomfield bordering Boulder County? You offer them a big, new ranch plan with views, maybe a walkout, at prices they can’t possibly find down in Littleton or Douglas County – from around $300,000.
Tim and Barbara Husby, who moved to Anthem Ranch from Highlands Ranch, brief on a release of sites backing to Boulder County Open Space, by Del Webb’s Melanie McKenna.

Tim and Barbara Husby are doing more than looking. After a visit to Anthem Ranch, Highway 7 at Lowell, the Highlands Ranch couple put their house on the market, and their names on a list for a new release of sites backing to Boulder County Open Space. (Their Highlands Ranch house sold rapidly…and now they’re renting in Anthem Ranch, meeting the neighbors, while getting ready to build). more »

Near Salida, gem of a mountain town, buy a patio ranch on a scenic new course, with membership, for $295,000

You could play a lot of Colorado golf and never come across a hole as pretty as No. 2 on the Bent Tree course near Salida, beneath a cascade of cottonwoods that frame 14,229-foot Mount Shavano above the pin, with the Little Arkansas River winding the inside edge – part eye candy, part water trap. You may find a hole that pretty; but you won’t find a builder willing to do a patio ranch nearby for $295,000.
Bent Tree
Realtor/fishing guide Dennis Saffell (left) and Managing Partner Gary Findlay show off Fairway 2 at Bent Tree near Salida, with a view of Mount Shavano and Little Arkansas River.

That’s what you can explore three hours south, near the scenic Victorian town off Highway 285 at U.S. 50. Bring your clubs and you can actually play that signature hole today, tour the rest of the front nine near-ready to play, and see sites for view-swept patio homes and customs (acre lots with city taps from $59,500) that wander a scenic route through piñons and junipers. Wrapped by 14ers, with world class rafting, fishing and Monarch’s deep-powder skiing to boot, Salida had only a nine-hole course built back in 1926, before developers launched this 18-hole design by Ric Buckton, at Poncha Springs in 2007. more »