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Old 01-22-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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There isn't much land in the downtown area of Durango
Yeah, I overlooked your comment about wanting acreage and seclusion. If you like the area though, there must be other properties around there that don't have pipelines or other negatives. If it were in your situation I'd probably stick to finding something in that area rather than looking in a whole new place. Perhaps find a local realtor who will help you zero in on something.

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Old 01-22-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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Wink North, but not to Alaska

If you like Durango, or at least the vicinity, then no reason not to choose it.

The area north of Durango, up US 550, is attractive, and as far as I know suffers no oil activity. Most of that is centered from Farmington, NM out like a bad smell. The one significant downside I can see to living in such an area is cost, since it is desirable.

However, never fear. In briefly looking I discovered an 1,890 sq. ft., 3 bed, 2 bath home on 4.26 acres for only $599,900. Among other amenities, a lovely view of pine trees and terraced red rock cliffs off the deck. It is located a short distance south of Hermosa, on the east side of the Animas River.

There are a number of attractive properties in that region, with as said the only real negative higher costs than many can afford. Also, anyone local to the area for decades possibly not thrilled with the recent steady growth of housing in an area once largely open meadow. But last time I was there still largely open country, if intruded upon in places, and quite beautiful. Durango is a lovely town with all the amenities, or at least all you'll find in the Four Corner region, and an easy drive from this upper valley.

If preferring something more remote and wild, just keep heading north towards Silverton.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:43 PM
 
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My wife & I just closed on a 5 acre lot south of Durango (near the DRO airport) last week. 10 mins from downtown Durango & 5 mins to the new hospital. There is quite a bit of land for sale in the area both raw & developed. If you have a budget up to 900K, you won't have any difficulty finding something. That's far in excess of what we had available to spend.

Our lot is developed so it already has a water well and gas & electric to the property line. We have gorgeous LaPlata & San Juan mountain views and are waterfront (pond) as well.

We currently live in PA but plan to retire to Durango and build a home in 3-5 years.

Good luck with your search. You should have quite a bit to pick from.

SoButCounty
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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Since you don't "like" wells, I assume that you hoof it or ride a bicycle. Living inside the city limits of Durango would be more desirable. Sure there's less land, but the wide open vistas are amazing.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Nederland, CO
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Elan, we drive we don't hoof it or ride bicycles, we aren't green over the top, but are environmentally conscious of our surroundings. We understand that things aren't perfect either if we can find that particular area with that kind of home without the drawbacks we'd make an offer right away I'm sure.
Hesperus was still very quiet and the new Ute reservoir is 5 minutes form the home we like so it does have it's ups.
Any other city like Durango/Hesperus suggestions?
Thanks again everyone for all your responses it helps out alot!
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Nederland, CO
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Does anyone have a more up-to-date app other then Google Earth-SkyTruth.org? It's a few years old and we want to check the most recent gas drilling sites in LaPlata?
Thanks
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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If you're interested at all in the local history of the area, this came out last year:

http://www.co.laplata.co.us/sites/de...ut_Jan2010.pdf

As to your question, you could call someone at the county office there to see if they might have a schematic they can send you of what you're looking for.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Pagosa Springs CO
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I know some one suggested it already, but your story sounds all to familiar to me. My in laws were singing the same tune in 2004 when looking very hard in Durango, they came east 60 miles and found Pagosa. Bought a home right away and now I have lived here for 4 years with my wife and 2 kids. It is the best place I have been so far. I grew up back east (Upstate NY) and really love it here. Area is beautiful, people are fantastic and the outdoor lifestyle really fits us.

Mike
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