New housing, safer routes to recreation on the horizon in the Redlands

Redlands

Construction is finally underway at the Peaks at Redlands Mesa, a 40-unit townhome development on Ridges Blvd. between Shadow Lake and Ridges Blvd. Vona Murphy, the Coldwell Banker llisting agent for the townhomes, has already received several reservations for the homes.



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Construction is finally underway at the Peaks at Redlands Mesa, a 40-unit townhome development on Ridges Blvd. between Shadow Lake and Ridges Blvd. Vona Murphy, the Coldwell Banker llisting agent for the townhomes, has already received several reservations for the homes.

Mesa Land Trust is working with the city of Grand Junction to develop the best route for the bike path which will be built along Monument Road to connect it to the Colorado Riverfront Trail and downtown. Supporters hope the trail will be similar to the one built along Highway 340. There will be a public meeting to discuss the propsed trail on June 28 at the Mesa County Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30.



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Mesa Land Trust is working with the city of Grand Junction to develop the best route for the bike path which will be built along Monument Road to connect it to the Colorado Riverfront Trail and downtown. Supporters hope the trail will be similar to the one built along Highway 340. There will be a public meeting to discuss the propsed trail on June 28 at the Mesa County Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30.

This pedestrian/bike route makes Highway 340 a little safer for walkers and cyclists on the Redlands, although the pathway stops and starts in several places. The county is hoping to connect this stretch of the path to the roundabout which will be built at the intersection of Redlands Parkway and Highway 340.



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This pedestrian/bike route makes Highway 340 a little safer for walkers and cyclists on the Redlands, although the pathway stops and starts in several places. The county is hoping to connect this stretch of the path to the roundabout which will be built at the intersection of Redlands Parkway and Highway 340.

Although there may be a few preliminary steps undertaken for the construction of the roundabout for this intersection at Highway 340 and the Redlands Parkway, the bulk of the construction will happen next summer after the school year ends.



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Although there may be a few preliminary steps undertaken for the construction of the roundabout for this intersection at Highway 340 and the Redlands Parkway, the bulk of the construction will happen next summer after the school year ends.

The Redlands is about to get a variety of new housing options, thanks to a townhome development near Redlands Mesa Golf Course currently under construction and a few single-family home projects that are also in the works.
Existing housing, especially if it’s priced anywhere close to the median Grand Valley price of $215,000 for a single family home, moves quickly in the Redlands.
“I put a house on the market (in the Redlands) for $279,000 and it had two showings immediately,” said Janice Burtis with RE/MAX 4000, “and six the next day.”
Burtis said that she’s also seeing more expensive properties selling quickly and selling above the asking price.
“It’s good news for sellers, but really hard on buyers,” Burtis said.
Burtis is the listing agent for the lots at Pinnacle Ridge, a 70-lot subdivision that is still in planning stages near Mariposa Drive. The developer is waiting for final approval from the city planning office to begin infrastructure construction on the first two phases, which total 21 lots.
“We anticipate the first filing will go very quickly,” said Robert Jones with Vortex Engineering. Lots in this first phase are priced from $75,000 to $100,000, and range in size from 7,100 square feet to 38,000 square feet. Some lots are level, while others are hillside lots that would be great for walkout basements or reverse walkouts.
The ownership group has owned the land for about a dozen years, but the Great Recession interrupted development plans until now.
There will be a total of five phases in the development, and the latter phases will include the lots with the best views. Prices will most likely rise due to the demand once people see the development and the incredible 360-degree views from the lots in the last filing.
Construction is finally underway underway at the Peaks at Redlands Mesa, a 40-unit townhome development at Redlands Mesa Golf Course.
“I’m so excited about it,” said Vona Murphy, the Coldwell Banker listing agent for the property. “It’s a hot little project that took a while to get through the city planning process.”
The first phase of construction includes 12 townhomes in three different buildings. The smallest floor plans have two bedrooms and two baths in 2,000 square feet, with a starting price of $289,000. The three-bedroom townhomes have more than 2,500 square feet and start at $345,000. There are also a few four-bedroom homes with more than 3,000 square feet starting at $423,000.
“We’ll be completing the buildings in October, November and December,” Murphy said. “As soon as I get a few more contracts, we’ll open up phase II.”
The townhomes are all two-story, but there are elevator options. Some models can accommodate rooftop patios.
“Once people see them up and there’s something to show, they’ll go like crazy,” Murphy said.
Over on Little Park Road, just a couple miles west as the crow flies from Mariposa, homes in Park Mesa, a small, bike-friendly subdivision of one and half-acre lots, are completed or nearing completion.
“We closed two weeks ago on the two-acre lot,” said Jen Pederson, Coldwell Banker listing agent for the development.
There is, however, a spec home that’s currently under construction, with drywall happening this week. The spec home, at 317 Little Park Road, isn’t in the MLS system yet, but Pederson expects the price to be $529,900.
There are four more lots available in the subdivision.
There are also a few lots available at High Pointe Estates, where Darren Caldwell has been the exclusive builder for more than a decade.
“It’s close to downtown and close to the riverfront,” Pederson said. “The neighborhood has a pond and a kids’ play area. It feels off the beaten path.”
Redlands Hollow, a six-lot single home subdivision off 22 1/2 Road in the Redlands, was also recently approved by the city planning office.
Although there isn’t much commercial development in the Redlands, there is some attractive commercial space, thanks to the recent remodel of a commercial building at 417 Monument Road. Although one of the restaurant spaces has been leased, as have two of the professional suites, about 7,500 square feet of space is still available.
“We would love to see some more restaurants,” said Brian Bray with Bray Commercial, the leasing agent for the project. Prior to its renovation, the building had been a movie theater and a dance studio.
As more people flee from the Front Range and congestion in other hot real estate markets, prices will continue to rise in the Grand Valley, especially in coveted areas like the Redlands, which haven’t seen much new construction in years.
“The Redlands has always been a destination place and an area that retained its values,” said Pederson. “We had such a lack of development for so many years. There’s a pent-up demand for new development.”
One of the reasons why the Redlands has retained its value and remained a popular place to live is the proximity to recreation and open space. A trail connecting downtown Grand Junction to one of the most popular open space areas in the Redlands, the Lunch Loops, has been discussed for several years, and backers are having two public meetings to discuss progress and next steps on June 28. Since that day is also Bike to Work day, the first meeting will be from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at City Hall, where local cyclists have already been invited for a free breakfast as they cycle past on their way to work.
The second meeting will be at the public library, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“We’re putting out renderings and design concepts for people to comment on,” said Libby Collins with Mesa Land Trust, which is working in partnership with the city of Grand Junction on the project.
Funding sources are still being considered, but Collins said the trail could potentially be constructed within two years.





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