From nice Colorado ranches near Denver CO real estate, the imagination can ride into the Rocky Mountain adventures of a lifetime.  If you’ve had Colorado on your mind, chart yourself a course.  Ask about Denver Colorado real estate—property for estate dream homes outside Denver along the Front Range or for small farms or Colorado ranches complete with horses and a rooster to wake up your adventurous side.  We’ll help you zero in on the right Denver real estate, anywhere from Elbert to Sedalia (near our offices) to Larkspur, Franktown, Parker, or Castle Rock and beyond.

Then, groom a favorite horse (or hire a guide) to giddy you up into the Colorado Fourteeners.  At the top of the list is Mount Elbert, the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains of North America.  As the high point in the Sawatch Range in the San Isabel National Forest, Elbert peaks out at 14,433 feet into the clouds.  Mount Elbert is the second highest peak in the nation, with Mount Whitney in California measuring 63 feet higher. 

The nine-mile trip is rated with a Difficulty of 6, primarily because of the 4,500-foot gain in elevation.  Hikers need to be somewhat fit to conquer it.  Of course, the climb is much easier on horseback, a splendid way to absorb the panoramic views and appreciate the tiny wildflowers.  During spring and summer from May through September, the trek is easier but backcountry skiers and the very adventurous can accomplish the feat during colder months, too.  With harsh conditions and a short growing season, above the timberline the quietude of the thin air tells the hushed story of the mountaintop experience.

Add to the adventure by adding in an exciting whitewater rafting trip down the nearby headwaters of the Arkansas River. 

Mount Elbert is located about ten miles southwest of Leadville in Lake County.  The conquering of this Fourteener is a wonderful getaway whether camping, staying in a cabin, or living it up in a Leadville hotel.  Leadville is North America’s highest incorporated city.  The downtown is designated a National Historic Landmark with charming shopping and dining establishments.  A trek to Mount Elbert makes a nice three-day weekend. 

Now, the next Fourteener on your list…think about tackling Mount Massive also in the Sawatch Range, which peaks at 14,421 feet.  For more information about farms, horse properties, and real estate in the metro area, call Michael Paul of Realty Oasis at (303) 268-6052.

Take a look at this stunning home in the foothills of southwest Denver Colorado real estate.  The contemporary design features splendid views of the majestic Rocky Mountains, expansive open spaces, city lights, and luxurious Ken Caryl Colorado neighborhoods.  Easily accessible to Denver real estate and business areas such as the Denver Tech Center, the beautiful home at 2 Silver Aspen is just west of C-470.  The mailing address is Littleton.

The 6,073 square-foot home enjoys a 43,037 square foot home site in Manor Ridge, the only gated community in Ken Caryl Valley real estate.  The professional landscaping is fenced and directly accesses open space.  Spacious and open, this wonderful home features an expansive sunny living room, remodeled kitchen, master bedroom on its own level, fully finished walk-out basement, six bedrooms, five bathrooms, main floor study, a 3-car garage.  Recently painted and carpeted, the home also features hardwood floors.  It is air conditioned.

Ken Caryl Valley with a population of 31,000 includes the large Ken Caryl Ranch master-planned community with over 10,000 residents.  There are more than twenty miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding wind through the nearby Dakota Hogback.  In addition, this is habitat for visiting coyotes, grouse, elk, deer, and turkey.  Once in a while, black bears wander down the mountain.  The community offers an Equestrian Center, playgrounds, softball diamonds, soccer fields, an inline hockey rink, volleyball courts, greenbelts, and parks.

The larger Ken Caryl community is a census-designated place in Jefferson County and boasts an interesting history.  At one time, the property was a famous Hereford cattle ranch.  Industrialist and newspaper tycoon John Shaffer lived here in the beginning of the 1900s and named the property for his sons Kent and Carroll.  Shaffer’s lavish home, the Manor House, is now a fine restaurant.  The Ken Caryl Ranch Historical Society documents much more history including the archaeological findings from the Plains Indians and the travels of gold miners.

Students are served by the top-rated JeffCo School District at Bradford Primary and intermediate, Deer Creek Junior High, and Chatfield Senior High Schools.

For more information about farms, horse properties, and real estate in the metro area, call Michael Paul of Realty Oasis at (303) 268-6052.

In October 2008, the market for homes and horse properties in the Denver Colorado metro area looks to be improving, even while we await the end of the foreclosure and stock-market hysteria.  We are seeing slightly decreasing inventory for available Denver CO real estate.

For several reasons, there is improvement in the housing equation.  The number of homes in Denver Colorado that are available for sale declined 20 percent between the end of summers 2007 and 2008.  Since the number of homes sold decreased from 5,123 to 4,542, we did not just sell more real estate in Denver.   In fact many homeowners simply decided not to put their homes on the market.

More good news comes from the reduction in foreclosures of Denver CO homes and mortgages along with fewer delinquencies.  By the end of August 2007, Colorado had about 6,550 foreclosure filings compared to approximately 4,700 by August 2008.

Since January 2005, the rate of Denver homes sold has ranged from about 12 percent to 22 percent.  During summer 2008, the rate reached 20 percent, harking back to the summer of 2005 when the inventory in the Denver metro area was reduced by a record-breaking 22 percent. 

According to, the entire nation saw a 7-percent decrease in inventory.  At the end of August 2008, the United States had about 10.4 months of inventory on hand, down from 10.9 months in July 2008.  Nationwide, overall new construction starts declined August 2008.  But in the western part, housing starts increased 10.8 percent.

Another plain and simple reason for the improvement is that many of us have learned some necessary lessons during the housing crisis.  Buyers, sellers, lenders, and realtors are better informed than they were a few years ago.  Many are more cautious.  But smart buyers are taking advantage of the market while it is dipping a bit to move forward with their investment goals.  It may take a few years for the marketplace to see the dramatic changes that we saw in the last five years, but prices will keep rising in the long run.

Real estate continues to be a good, practical investment when we buy for the right reasons, in the right places, and for the right price.  Buyers are into their home investments for the long-term benefits, more so than the house flippers from a few years ago.  For more information about horse properties and real estate in the metro area, call Michael Paul of Realty Oasis at (303) 268-6052.

Oh, for a respite from the wild broncos of our Denver and Colorado real estate markets!  Let’s take a few moments to marvel over the International Reining Festival October 15 – 19, 2008 in downtown Denver Colorado real estate.  Denver is home to some of the most exquisite and most humble Colorado horse properties in the nation—all pleasantly located near fabulous rodeo competitions and horse shows held at the National Western Complex (NWC).  Our Denver CO homes and Colorado ranches enjoy a prime location along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

As the fastest growing sport in the equine industry, reining events are designed to showcase the maneuvers of a working ranch horse.  The judging of what is called “Western Dressage” highlights the athletic ability of a horse through the performance of required elements such as small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, and 360 degree spins.  Watching the horses execute sliding stops is a highlight of the competition.

This year’s includes a full slate of ancillary classes, the NRHA Mountain Regional Affiliate Finals, Mile High Derby, Stallion Select Futurity, and Challenger’s Cup Freestyle Reining.  Athletes from all corners of the globe participate in the world-class equestrian event.  The International also includes an expansive trade show, numerous hospitality events and outstanding spectator experiences.  New this year is the $100,000 Lot for Grassroots Non Pro Awards Program.

Located near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 25 and the Denver International Airport, the National Western provides educational opportunities and provides opportunities for producers and consumers throughout the world and hosts the premier Stock Show, Rodeo, Horse Show and other year-round events.  In 2006, the first International Reining Festival offered a thrilling equestrian sport and the reining discipline is now an Olympic sport. 

The NWC has recently completed a $30 million expansion program and with more than 600,000 square feet, it one of the most modern, user-friendly facilities anywhere.  So, when we host an event at the National Western Complex, it is well attended by happy crowds.  The metro trade area showcases a growing market with disposable income.  Besides residents of real estate within the Downtown and Greater Denver regions, affiliates come from the Reining Horse Associations of the Central Plains, Cowboys States, Eastern Plains, Idaho, Intermountain, Montana, Northern Rockies, Rocky Mountain, Western Slope, and Yellowstone, in addition to the Snake River Reining Alliance.

Maybe we can transfer skills developed reining in a horse to reining in our spending habits and our economy?   For more information about horse properties and real estate in the metro area, call Michael Paul of Realty Oasis at (303) 268-6052.

Nov 4, 2008

Photos of Colorado

Located just south of Denver Colorado, the exclusive gated-community of Banbury Cross is an extraordinary opportunity for Colorado horse property lovers to buy small Colorado ranches.  We are proud to offer these large 14-to 21-acre home sites in a pastoral setting, classic Sedalia Colorado real estate with sweeping mountain vistas.

Owners of this luxurious Greater Denver real estate can opt to have up to six horses.  Ideal for equestrian use, the nine Douglas County Colorado horse properties at the end of a road offer sunset horseback rides through a community trail easement as well as designated access to the planned Douglas County regional trail easement.

Nestled between rolling hills and water lands, the fairytale setting on the renowned Banbury Cross Farm harkens back to the English countryside.  It is recognizable by its turret monument and ornamental iron gates along tree-lined Plum Creek on Old Banbury Road.

The lovely community features elegant white fencing, rich terrain with grasslands, gently sloping hills, meadows, and extensive grasslands that allow for ideal grazing.  Options exist for outdoor arenas, barns, and a select few sites may also accommodate indoor arenas.  Each site features individual characteristics and unique views, offering owners a variety of creative choices for site plans.

Conveniently away from it all, Banbury Cross is only three miles south of Titan Road with easy access along Highway 85 and just ten minutes from the Light Rail Station at Santa Fe and Mineral.  The quaint town of Sedalia is two miles south where residents can pick up mighty fine hamburgers, groceries, and tend to some business.

The Banbury Cross Development Company and Banbury Cross Home Owners Association assure that Design Guidelines and oversight enhance and maintain the quality of life for all residents.  There are no restrictions on building timelines and this is a great opportunity for luxury retirement.

A few select builders have been approved as custom builders and one gorgeous home graces the land.  The home sites are serviced by underground electrical service, individual wells, and septic systems.  Propane gas may be used if the receptacle is buried.  Geothermal heating and cooling is recommended.  Fire protection is in place and each home will be equipped with internal fire sprinklers.

Families will be delighted to know that the Douglas County progressive academic opportunity includes Sedalia Elementary, Castle Rock Middle School, and Douglas County High School.  Several private academies are also within easy reach.

For more information about farms, horse properties, and real estate in the metro area, call Michael Paul of Realty Oasis at (303) 268-6052.

We will drive ourselves crazy if we try to keep our binoculars on the constantly wavering Denver Colorado real estate market.  But at this point, every little improvement that reassures us of the stable investment in our Denver CO homes is reassuring.  Let’s take a look at the Denver CO real estate market without dissecting it or getting too caught up in the details.

The Denver Business Journal on September 9, 2008 looked at the Metrolist Inc. data and remarked, “The average selling price of single-family homes and condominiums in metro Denver rose in August from the previous month, but fell from a year ago.”  More specifically, single-family homes sold for an average of $284,531 this August and during August 2007 they averaged something like $316,000.

Generally speaking, it is best to look at median home prices instead of the average.  The median price is the price of a home in the middle of the scale of sold properties.  Half sold for more and half sold for less than that figure.  Just one $20-million estate or several $5-million Colorado horse properties will readily skew those averages.

Good thing that our homes in Denver are long-term investments. Looking back over several years, however, median Denver home prices are holding their own.  During the decade of the 1990s, the median home price in Denver grew from $100,000 to the $200,000s.  Not a bad investment.  By August 2005 the median price was $220,000, by August 2006 $228,000, by August 2007 $239,000.  Several articles posted online report declines in prices during the same period of time, a natural sine wave fluctuation.  When we keep our horses in step for the long-term, we just ride through the storm without panic.

The condominium market did a little better over the last year as more people decided to purchase properties at lower price points.  That’s not to say that there aren’t some very pricey condos around here but rather that builders have needed to lower prices to move inventory.  Metrolist reported that the supply of homes has finally dropped in the last year from 30,827 to under 25,000—another bit of good news for sellers.

For more information about horse properties and real estate in the metro area, call Michael Paul of Realty Oasis at (303) 268-6052.

With mortgage rates hovering around 6 percent, today is a great time to invest in Denver Colorado real estate, at least for those who can afford to invest and who can qualify.  The vital signs for investing in real estate around the Denver community remain strong in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder-Longmont, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties.  If you’d like to find out about great deals for your Denver real estate investments, especially for Colorado ranches and Denver horse properties, just call me at the number below.

The average sales price in August 2008 for single-family Denver CO real estate was tracked as follows:  Denver $245,753, Aurora $167,069, Englewood $293,399, Highlands Ranch $336,810, Littleton $295,640, Lone Tree $710,768, and Parker $322,258.  In most of these communities, Denver CO homes are selling to smart buyers at a slower pace than a year ago.  However, Aurora and Highlands Ranch real estate actually sold more units August 2008 than in 2007.

Below are the total numbers for existing home sales from January 1 through August 31, 2008:  Denver 8977, Aurora 4,923, Englewood 483, Highlands Ranch 1,211, Littleton 1,915, Lone Tree 123, and Parker 1,204.  Quite a few families are taking advantage of the positive aspects of today’s market.

Something must be going right in our communities.  Even though unemployment rates have been edging up in Colorado this year, Coloradoans have a history of morphing to meet the changing needs of the hour.  Some who came out for the gold rush decided to build farms and Colorado horse properties and Colorado ranches.  Traders settled down into mercantile stores and other businesses, one community applied to open a university, and many built places of interest to attract tourists.  We’ve landed several government offices and military training operations.  Our citizens creatively moved into the high-tech industries, into transportation and recreation.  Our creative communities can meet to solve problems and challenges.  After all, who hasn’t moved to this state to find excitement and a better quality of life?

So we see that in our state this year, the number of jobs has increased—in spite of everything going on.  Jobs have increased in Boulder-Longmont County and we are waiting to see just how the rest of the counties in our metropolitan area discover new ways to serve the sectors of need in today’s world during this challenging time.

For more information about horse properties and real estate in the metro area, call Michael Paul of Realty Oasis at (303) 268-6052.

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