Rocky Mountain Real Estate Road Trip
By Steve Gillman - 2007
We have had an interest in Rocky Mountain Real Estate ever
since we bought a home in Anaconda Montana in 2002 for under
$20,000 (see the photo on the home page). After briefly returning
to Michigan and then moving to Tucson, Arizona, we now live in
Canon City, Colorado. We have returned to the mountains we love,
but over the years we have always wondered what happened to Anaconda.
So in August of 2007 we took a road trip to see.
While we were at it, we decided to stop along the way, picking
up real estate guides and driving around the streets of the towns
we passed through. We wanted to get a feel for what it costs
to buy a home in various parts of the Rockies. Here are some
quick notes on what we found.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
We love this city, which is only 40 minutes from us. There
are colleges, arts, night clubs, and more. As you walk through
the downtown area, you continually see beautiful Pikes Peak to
the west. Although most homes are well above $100,000, there
are still a few at the moment that are listed for less than that.
Also, condos are a bit cheaper for the space than houses.
We had a great time in Boulder. The mountains are nearby,
and the downtown is wonderful. We stopped to watch street performers
and went to a farmers market and food event in a park, where
we had Vietnamese and Mexican food. But Boulder is expensive.
There are no decent homes below $250,000. However, there some
condos priced below $150,000.
This is another nice city in the mountains (or at least near
them). Houses and condos seem to be priced about the same for
the space here, based on what is for sale at the moment. You
can find several decent ones listed in the $120,000 to $150,000
Nice town. Real estate is roughly the same price as Longmont.
There is one two-bedroom house under $100,000 at the moment,
but it appears to be a true fixer upper.
Fort Collins, Colorado
This may be one of the more affordable towns along the Front
Range of the Rocky Mountains. As I write this there are several
houses and condos that are below $100,000. Example: "$99,900
- 3 Bed, 1 Bath, 1,070 square feet; Remodeled home on a corner
lot. New paint in & out, new appliances, new floor coverings,
newer light fixtures. New furnace and central air conditioning.
Note: Continues with more on Rocky Mountain Real Estate, on
the page Wyoming Real Estate.
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