Unique property offers history, convenience and room to play
A truly, unique and one-of-a-kind property is available for sale in the Grand Junction market, offering buyers the chance to live in a home with plenty of history and character. Even better, the home has a convenient, close-in location on a lot that feels like it’s out in the middle of the country — until you look up and see Saint Mary’s Hospital less than a mile away.
Our unique property at 2624 F 1/8 Road could be the perfect home for a family that wants to spread out and explore gardening, raising chickens, growing fruit trees or playing soccer in the backyard, but doesn’t want to live halfway to Loma. The house is tucked away, off a dirt driveway through the Northridge subdivision near First and Patterson, sitting up on a hill on a lot that’s almost an acre and a half.
The house was originally built around 1900, but was given modern upgrades to its plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems in the early 1970s when the current owners purchased it. They also had insulation blown into the walls to ward off the winter chill. In addition to the 2,432-square feet home, there are also two storage sheds on the property, one workshop with both electricity and heat and one 720-square-foot guest house that’s currently rented on a monthly basis.
As a thoroughly modern and upscale home in 1900, the home has both a large, eat-in kitchen as well as a formal dining room. In addition to the informal living room, the home also has a more formal parlor. Closets weren’t the thing in 1900, but since they were in demand when the current owners revamped the house in the 70s, three of the four upstairs bedrooms have been given fairly large ones. A mudroom entrance at the back door also gives storage for stuff, as does the laundry room off the kitchen. A widow’s walk sits on the roof, with access from one of the upstairs bedrooms.
The living room has a wood-burning stove, while the parlor or more formal living room has a gas-burning fireplace. The home also has baseboard hot water heat. The current owners have furnished the home with unique antiques that fit in well with the home’s design.They are not included in the price of the home, however, some of the pieces may be negotiable.
Although some of the fixtures, like the interior doors on the main floor, are original, others, like the front windows, are more modern and efficient. There’s a wood-burning oven in the kitchen that most likely still works, but is currently used more for decoration than for baking the weekly supply of bread. The kitchen also has a modern stove, fridge and dishwasher. The kitchen cabinets were constructed from an old walnut tree that died sometime before the current owners bought the house. That walnut tree also furnished wood for one of the mirrors that hang in the dining room.
Outside, the entire property is irrigated and it has five shares of irrigation water. When the children of the current owners were young, chickens ran around in the yard and chicken coop, a large garden supplied the family’s table and the apple, cherry, peach and plum trees supplied enough fruit to can and get through the winter. There’s plenty of room for that RV or boat, and the storage sheds give plenty of room for lawnmowers, bicycles, rototillers, sports equipment or woodworking tools. There’s even a gazebo in the back yard, where two of the children who grew up in the home got married.
“From the very beginning to this day onward, the good Lord has blessed us,” said Beverly Jones, the home’s owner. From the stories the grown children tell of growing up in such a unique home, it’s obvious this home has a history of love and family togetherness, as well as a few stories of what children will do when they’ve got time to explore and a big enough space to house their adventures.
Jeff Hanson with RE/MAX Two Rivers is listing the home for $342,000. For more information or a tour of this home, contact Hanson at 241-3939.