Preservation and development coexist in the Redlands
Those who’ve always wanted to live in a new house on the Redlands have plenty of opportunities, with several existing subdivisions where builders are bringing houses to the market, and a few new subdivisions in the works.
There are several homes under construction at Redlands Mesa Golf Course. While some are custom homes already under contract, several builders, like G.J. Gardner, Zag Built and Porter Homes are doing both custom and spec homes at the golf course community.
“We’ve had tremendous feedback,” said Mike Zagrzbeski with Zag Built, who is building seven golf villas across the road from the clubhouse. Currently, Zag Built has two villas under construction. One is sold and the other is available and should be ready for occupancy in a few weeks.
“We have plans to start a 2,500-square foot spec house below the sales center,” Zagrzbeski said.
In designing the golf villas, Zagrzbeski was exploring what he calls the “step-down” concept - homes for people who don’t want a big lot or a lot of maintenance, but they do want expansive views and higher end finishes.
Zag Built will feature one of its golf villas in the 2014 Parade of Homes in October.
Nate Porter is also building several homes at Redlands Mesa Golf Course, with plans to put one in the upcoming Parade of Homes. Two of the Porter Homes houses at 10 Overlook are sold and occupied, while the one currently under construction has a contract. Porter is getting ready to start construction on two more homes at 10 Overlook and two additional ones on Redlands Mesa Drive.
In addition to the homes at Redlands Mesa Golf Course, Porter Homes is also building a spec home on a large, secluded lot near Scenic Elementary School.
“There aren’t a lot of good lots available right now,” Porter said.
Cliff and Teresa Anson with Redlands Investment Properties are hoping to bring some new lots to the market sometime in the fall of 2014. Anson recently submitted a rezoning petition to the city planning office for a four-acre parcel near South Rim Drive and 23 Road.
“We should close in late July,” Anson said. There is an old house and several large tree trunks that need to be removed prior to the rest of the infrastructure construction for the neighborhood, which will be called South Rim Hollow. The 14 lots will have irrigation water, with an average size of about 9,800-square feet.
Developments in the Redlands that were started before the bust are continuing to attract builders, who are happy to find available lots. Brian Fisher with Fisher Construction and Development has been building in Panorama Terraces for a couple of years.
“Last year, we built three homes,” said Kirk Roemer, the listing agent and an investor in the homes at Panorama Terraace. “This year, we’ve built and sold four, and have a fifth one under construction.”
While some people are excited about new homes getting built in the Redlands, others are are excited about the efforts of Mesa Land Trust to conserve additional land near the Three Sisters and Lunch Loops trail area off Monument Road in the Redlands, which takes it off the table for future development forever.
“We’ve had multiple landowners call us with offers to sell land,” said Libby Collins with Mesa Land Trust, who added that community members want to see the view shed preserved and want multi-use trails that connect downtown Grand Junction and the Colorado Riverfront Trail to the Lunch Loops.
The land trust is currently raising money on a project it calls the Bookends, 63 additional acres flanking the Lunch Loops parking on the west side and the Three Sisters on the east side. The total cost of the acreage is $825,000, and the land trust has just $65,000 left to go.
“We want to close on the properties in late July,” Collins said. As it did with the Three Sisters, the land trust will close on the property, put a conservation easement on the land and deed it over to the city of Grand Junction.
“We’re trying to benefit the community by doing this work,” Collins said. “Research supports the idea that proximity to open space boosts and stabilizes land values.”
Like other areas within the Grand Valley, the Redlands is managing a balancing act between preservation of the qualities that make it an attractive place to live while also making it possible for more people to live in the area.