20th Mar, 2013

How to Find and Develop Denver Area Equestrian Real Estate

Searching for a horse property in Denver?  Whether your dream of owning a Denver home with equestrian facilities is on the front burner or part of your long-term plan, we recommend contacting our specialized Denver horse property Realtors to help sharpen your vision and evaluate options in Douglas County, Jefferson County and throughout the rural suburbs of Denver.  For more information about equestrian real estate along the Front Range, call Michael Paul at 303-814-9546.

It is important for your Denver real estate agent to be experienced with rural development regulations, zoning requirements, permitting, water systems, and other important elements.  In addition, our highly qualified Colorado Realtors are able to offer referrals based on local experiences with erecting barns, laying out fencing and irrigation systems, installing wells and septic systems, etc.  Also, it’s nice to have nearby horse trails.

Just as every property features the best site to build a home, the major equestrian facilities such as a barn and arena need to be placed in convenient locations for access.  These include the horse barn, arena, a barn, and loading areas.  The layout for a horse property is important for your peace of mind and the success of the operation.  Owners of Front Range Colorado horse properties must also consider the danger of forest fires, how to protect every corner of their acreage, storm runoff pathways, and soil erosion.  There must be adequate access for vehicles, thought about wind patterns and their effect on planting, and many more considerations.
The size of your ideal horse property can be partially determined by how many horses you desire to accommodate.  Two acres per horse is a good rule of thumb.  Equestrian properties are ideally a combination of flatland acreage and sloped or hilly pastures.  Rainy season can turn a flat or low pastureland into muddy mass.  An aerial photograph of a property can show buyers exactly where water flows and sits after rainy season.  Even a slight slope of 2-5 percent can be helpful but too much slope keeps animals away.
A property profile can help your Realtor determined the setbacks and access easements, parcel boundaries and separation limits between facilities.  Plans need to be examined for setback violations.  For example, if the arena must be placed a certain distance from all water features, then check to be sure the original or previous owner has not violated the distance.

Water supply is very necessary for a successful equestrian property.  Variables to consider include water available through the well system and the aquifer, water in storage for fire protection, fire sprinkler systems, and quality of the water supply.  Water needs may also change depending on the amount of precipitation during each season and the types of pasture grasses existing or planned.

Rural mortgages are available for purchasing real estate in many of the Douglas County small communities.  These are available for little down payment through government FHA programs in towns with populations under 10,000.

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