I can’t tell you how many people I have talked to that would love to have a getaway in the mountains. Most people have no clue just how cheap it is to own land up there. In the metropolis of Denver, you can spend up to 6 figures for an empty lot. If you price properties near the resorts, it’s about the same. You can spend a hell of lot less for empty property with some altitude, acreage, and even trees. You can also find places that you don’t need 4 x wheel drive to get to. Most people probably figure mountain properties are out of their reach pricewise. If you stay away from the places like Vail and Breckenridge, there is a good chance you can afford it. Affordable places are only a couple of hours away.
My wife and I own land at 8,400 ft altitude near Westcliffe, CO. One summer a few years ago, it was 100 degrees here in the Denver region, and when we went down to our property, the high at that altitude was 80 degrees. The night was cool enough that I needed a light sweater. It doesn’t take much altitude for the temperatures to . We love to go down there and sit on the “veranda” of our RV (under the awning on our rolled out carpet), while watching the hummingbirds and deer, partaking of cheese and wine, and enjoying the weekend.
Can you imagine owning multiple acres on a gently sloping property, covered with young aspens and mature pines, with a view overlooking a valley, and deer or herds of elk walking past you? You can hang out under the trees watching the animals and listening to the wind. Even if you never put up a cabin or house, you can park your RV or simply pitch your tent, after all it’s your property. I am listing such a rural property up near Como and Jefferson, CO (75 Rawhide Court, MLS# 3927839). It has two acres, young aspens, mature pines, and nice views. There are a few neighbors that live in that neighborhood year round. Electricity and telephone are near. One thing that surprised me was I received a cell phone call while walking the property – I had a strong signal (I use Verizon). That doesn’t happen at all on my own property. There are deer, rabbit, elk, and one neighbor told me about an early morning visit of a bobcat the day I was up there. What does your own piece of paradise cost? This lot is advertised for only $20,000. There are cheaper lots up there, but they don’t have the trees or the views. Take a look.