Unique Whitewater and Gateway ready and willing for growth

Whitewater and Gateway

This property near Gateway includes two acres, a three-bedroom, two-bath home with 2,540 square feet, gorgeous landscaping that includes 17 raised bed garden boxes, amazing scenery and a secluded location next to West Creek. Linda Kramer with RE/MAX 4000 is listing the property for $549,000.



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This property near Gateway includes two acres, a three-bedroom, two-bath home with 2,540 square feet, gorgeous landscaping that includes 17 raised bed garden boxes, amazing scenery and a secluded location next to West Creek. Linda Kramer with RE/MAX 4000 is listing the property for $549,000.

Although Whitewater is primed for urban growth, with the necessary infrastructure available, there are thousands of acres in Whitewater that are still rural farm and ranch lands.



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Although Whitewater is primed for urban growth, with the necessary infrastructure available, there are thousands of acres in Whitewater that are still rural farm and ranch lands.

Many places in Whitewater enjoy incredible views of Grand Mesa and a sense of being way out in the country. In reality, Whitewater is only 15 - 20 minutes from downtown Grand Junction.



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Many places in Whitewater enjoy incredible views of Grand Mesa and a sense of being way out in the country. In reality, Whitewater is only 15 - 20 minutes from downtown Grand Junction.

Whitewater is close to recreational areas, with the nearby Dominguez-Escalante Recreation Area just a few miles down Highway 141. There’s also access to Uncompahgre National Forest on the west side of Highway 50 and Grand Mesa National Forest on the east side of Highway 50.



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Whitewater is close to recreational areas, with the nearby Dominguez-Escalante Recreation Area just a few miles down Highway 141. There’s also access to Uncompahgre National Forest on the west side of Highway 50 and Grand Mesa National Forest on the east side of Highway 50.

The Whitewater area is zoned, approved, and ready for growth, with available sewer and water to many areas.
“There’s been plenty of planning done in Whitewater,” said Linda Dannenberger with the Mesa County Planning Department. “Clifton Water is ready for growth; there’s a sewer district. Land’s End Fire has been formed as a taxing district. CDOT did a highway access plan. We put a land use plan in place with zoning.”
The only thing missing from the pro-growth agenda is people who are committed to living or opening businesses in the area.
“There’s so much land that’s ripe,” Dannenberger said. “We need someone to develop a piece of property.”
Dennis Krueger, a Colorado businessman who represents a small group of partners who purchased their first parcel of land in Whitewater in 2009, would love to be that person who develops a piece of property. His ownership group owns two separate parcels totaling about 25 acres. He envisions that one parcel would be primarily commercial, while the other one could be residential.
“My subdivision is fully approved and engineered, construction bids are in place,” said Krueger, whose plans include a road that loops through his commercial proposal. “If I build the road it may limit what someone else has in mind.”
Although Krueger has seen a lot of interest in the property, especially within the last year, no one has made a firm commitment to purchase or build, so Krueger has been reluctant to complete the final infrastructure.
“It’s a considerable investment. We’ll spend another million dollars to build out the infrastructure, but we would like to have a firm commitment before we do it,” Krueger said.
According to Krueger, his ownership group is not panicked about waiting, and they’re prepared to wait another 10 years if that’s how long it takes.
“We’re open to partnering with a residential developer,” Krueger said. “If we can find a good partnership where someone needs lots, we’ll be open to that.”
Although there is an overall inventory shortage everywhere in the Grand Valley and the days on the market are getting shorter in almost every area, properties aren’t moving as quickly in Whitewater or along Highway 141 heading toward Gateway.
“The market is slow and steady,” said Olan Clark, with the Vaughn-Clark Team at Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties. “There is decent inventory.”
According to Clark, there are currently 21 active listings in the Whitewater area, with only three under contract.
Prospective buyers from elsewhere in the Grand Valley may be hesitant due to the perceived longer commute times from both Whitewater and Gateway, although from some areas in Whitewater, it takes less than 15 minutes to get to Grand Junction.
Some of the challenges of buying and selling residential properties in the Whitewater and Gateway area is that each property is unique, with varying amounts of land. Because there aren’t a lot of total properties in either area, there aren’t as many sales as in other areas, making it tough for Realtors to do a market analysis using comps.
Gateway is home to Gateway Canyons Resort, which caters primarily to an out-of-area clientele. The resort is a nice stopping point for those who go for a scenic drive down Highway 141, however, and there are a couple of dining options.
Although Whitewater doesn’t have commercial development or amenities, it’s a great location for those who love the nearby BLM and national forest recreational opportunities or for hobbyists who love drag racing, trap shooting or flying radio controlled aircraft, since the county leases about 119 acres on Whitewater hill to clubs that have built facilities to pursue their passions.
Whitewater hill is also home to a regional public safety training center, which is jointly operated by Colorado Mesa University, the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County.





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