Remote living just 25 minutes from town

Glade Park

This home at 14711 Sage Brush Lane has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, an office and a bonus room in more than 2,800 square feet. It has a Quadrafire wood stove, as well as geothermal heat. It sits on 35 acres and is listed by Lynn Gross for $549,900.



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This home at 14711 Sage Brush Lane has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, an office and a bonus room in more than 2,800 square feet. It has a Quadrafire wood stove, as well as geothermal heat. It sits on 35 acres and is listed by Lynn Gross for $549,900.

This home at 3853 16 1/2 Road includes a 2,479 square foot house with three bedrooms and four baths, a pole barn, a two-car garage, a small tree farm, a wheelchair-accessible guest house and 36 acres. Joanna Little with RE/MAX 4000 is listing the property for $585,000



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This home at 3853 16 1/2 Road includes a 2,479 square foot house with three bedrooms and four baths, a pole barn, a two-car garage, a small tree farm, a wheelchair-accessible guest house and 36 acres. Joanna Little with RE/MAX 4000 is listing the property for $585,000

The Glade Park Movies Under the Stars series is the only fundraiser for the Glade Park Volunteer Fire Department, so visitors are encouraged to buy dinner at the grill or snacks at the concession stands. The movies are always family-friendly, there’s plenty of entertainment before the movie, and admission is free.



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The Glade Park Movies Under the Stars series is the only fundraiser for the Glade Park Volunteer Fire Department, so visitors are encouraged to buy dinner at the grill or snacks at the concession stands. The movies are always family-friendly, there’s plenty of entertainment before the movie, and admission is free.

There’s a lot to love about Glade Park. It’s beautiful, with little traffic, so while the commute may be longer than some have in the Grand Valley, it’s a pretty commute, especially when the weather cooperates. Neighbors are generally far-flung, thanks to the minimum 35-acre lot size zoning, but there are opportunities for neighbors to get to know each other if they wish.
Glade Park has a small community center, which is the place where neighbors can socialize for coffee, picnics or cowboy poetry.
Glade Park also has a volunteer fire department, which holds it annual fundraiser throughout the summer at the “Movies Under the Stars” program. Entrance to the movie is always free, but the concession stand is operated by the fire department, and all proceeds go toward training and equipment for the department. The concession stand opens at 5:30, while the grill opens at 6 p.m. and remains open until the movie starts.
Movies at Glade Park are always family-friendly, starting whenever it gets dark enough to see the big screen. There’s also family-friendly live entertainment from 7 to 8 p.m., as well as a hayride, volleyball and drawings for prizes.
Glade Park is often a little cooler than Grand Junction, so everyone is encouraged to bring a jacket or blanket to use after the sun goes down. Although the movies often attract visitors from the Grand Valley, they’re also a great way for neighbors on Glade Park to keep in touch.
The real estate market on Glade Park is different from the market in the Grand Valley. It’s an area with large cattle and hunting ranches, many of which have been in families for generations.
“I’ve sold eight to nine ranches in the last 10 years,” said Brian Mason with Mason Real Estate in Delta. “For some, the landowners have simply been ready to retire.”
Mason currently has a large, 10,542-acre ranch listed for sale at $21 million; the land can also be split into smaller, less expensive parcels.
In Mason’s experience, buyers of large acreage parcels on Glade Park have seen the area more as a prime hunting area rather than a prime place to run cows.
“They have to run cows to keep the ag status. They either run cows themselves or lease it out,” Mason said. “Glade Park is renowned for elk hunting, and there’s also deer, bear and turkey.”
Glade Park isn’t known for being a place where a prospective buyer can find a variety of choices and housing options, and that’s even more true today. There are 55 available parcels in the real estate MLS, and that includes both vacant land and parcels with homes, as well as a few large and expensive ranches.
“I had two new listings this spring and both sold right away,” said Lynn Gross with Chesnick Realty, who lives on Glade Park and has historically sold a lot of property in the area. “There’s not much on the market right now.”
Although people from the Grand Valley might balk at the 25-30 minute commute through Colorado National Monument to get to work, Gross said the drive doesn’t deter buyers from elsewhere, and has seen an influx of people from the Front Range who aren’t put off by the commute, and who relish the idea of living in a more remote area.
“We’re also seeing a huge influx of mountain bikers and hikers up here,” Gross said. “They’re becoming more familiar with Pinyon Mesa.”





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