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This Santa Fe style home on this week’s unique property has almost 1,900 square feet and includes an upstairs office, as well as three bedrooms and two baths, with great Santa Fe-style architectural features. The property also includes 60 acres, with almost 50 acres in irrigated alfalfa. There’s also direct access to BLM areas, and outbuildings for equipment, hay or animals.



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This Santa Fe style home on this week’s unique property has almost 1,900 square feet and includes an upstairs office, as well as three bedrooms and two baths, with great Santa Fe-style architectural features. The property also includes 60 acres, with almost 50 acres in irrigated alfalfa. There’s also direct access to BLM areas, and outbuildings for equipment, hay or animals.

The windows face east, the kiva fireplace is gas-fed, the wood beams and flooring give the home a warm, welcoming feel, and the floorplan has no wasted space. It’s a great home for a rural lifestyle.



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The windows face east, the kiva fireplace is gas-fed, the wood beams and flooring give the home a warm, welcoming feel, and the floorplan has no wasted space. It’s a great home for a rural lifestyle.

The property has already been seeded with an alfalfa mix that’s supposed to be higher yielding than traditional grass hay. The side roll irrigation equipment, which is designed to be more water-wise than flood irrigation goes with the property. The trees on the property are irrigated with a separate drip system.



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The property has already been seeded with an alfalfa mix that’s supposed to be higher yielding than traditional grass hay. The side roll irrigation equipment, which is designed to be more water-wise than flood irrigation goes with the property. The trees on the property are irrigated with a separate drip system.

There are a lot of people in the Grand Valley who’d love to live on a hobby farm, with just enough room for a horse or two, along with a small garden and a big house that’s more suburban grandeur than ranch house reality. This week’s unique property out in Mack isn’t for them.
The property at 1708 8 Road is perfect for someone who wants to farm or raise animals, and not just one cow or a horse. The property includes an almost 1,900-square foot home, along with 60 acres, about 50 of which are irrigated and already planted in alfalfa hay. The property normally yields four cuttings of hay per year.
There are several outbuildings on the property, too, and one has fencing and a water tank for animals, while the another one is a great place to store large farm equipment. There are plenty of trees on the property; some of which were planted to offer shade, some for decoration, and a few pear, apple and plum trees offer a small crop. There is a year-round creek that runs across the bottom of the property, and it is fenced in such a way that animals out in the pasture can get to water, but they can’t wade downstream and escape to the neighbor’s property.
The property has good irrigation rights, with water that has about 70 pounds of pressure naturally for gravity-fed irrigation. There are side roll sprinklers for the alfalfa fields, and drip lines to the trees at the front of the property. All irrigation equipment is included with the property.
A portion of the property is under a conservation easement, which is an ideal location for someone who wants to farm. It also keeps the taxes low.
The Santa Fe style home was built in 2008, and has several upgraded features and architectural touches, like the kiva-style gas fireplace in the living area, the wood beams in the living room ceiling and the wood-burning stove in the dining area. Although the flooring in the entryway, hallways, kitchen and appears to be some sort of Saltillo tile that blends well with the overall southwestern look of the home, appearances can be deceiving. The floor, along with all the countertops in the bathrooms and kitchen, are stained and textured concrete, which will last longer and never need to be re-caulked. They’re also easily cleaned, which is always an appealing feature on a rural property.
The home has huge, eastern-facing windows in the living and dining room, which make the rooms cheerful and bright, without being uncomfortable in late afternoon. The kitchen, which is open to the dining and living room, has great work spaces, along with a pantry closet and access to the garage.
The master suite includes a roomy walk-in closet with built-in shelving, a large, five-piece bath and a double door that opens to a back patio.
The property includes a few acres on the other side of 8 Road, and is bordered by BLM land on that side of 8 Road, making it a great place for ATVs. Baxter Pass is just a few miles up the road, where there is more wilderness for riding, exploring, hunting or appreciating the bravery of the intrepid souls who once built and used a narrow gauge railroad line through that end of the Bookcliffs.
The price on this great farm property has recently been reduced to $540,000. Contact Hal Heath with Heath & Co., Metro Brokers for a tour of the property.





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