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Old 10-23-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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There might be a couple houses in Canon City that meet your requirements. Canon City is affordable and surrounded by mountains and is 35-40 minutes from Pueblo and about an hour from Colorado Springs. Some people avoid the Lincoln Park area on the south side of town because of an old uranium mill south of town and underground contamination. It is limited to a small area and the rest of town is fine. Even so, I've known people who have bought in that area anyway. I'm on the north side of town and have found it to be a good place to live with friendly people and what seems to be a very low crime rate. We even have a dirt road that goes north out of Canon along 4 Mile Creek to the casinos at Cripple Creek.

 
Old 10-24-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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Saguache is part of the San Luis Valley. It's one of the coldest places in Colorado in the winter. Mostly open space and some ranch land. Very isolated, just a few small towns. I don't know what the crime situation is down there. I believe a few other posters have said it's not safe to leave houses unattended in the San Luis Valley.
There are few places in rural Colorado where leaving a home in isolated locations unattended for extended periods of time is a good idea. It invites problems and law enforcement in rural Colorado is stretched very thin--deputy sheriffs literally having many hundred of square miles to patrol--when they are not trapped at their office doing paperwork, etc. Would-be thieves or vandals can often have hours if not days to "do their thing" at such properties with little chance of being noticed or apprehended. I know a number of people who have been the victim of such crime. Unfortunately, what often happens is the value of property stolen is less than the damage done to the structure to gain access. One fellow I know thought he was smart when he heavily secured the windows and doors to his very nice, but isolated log cabin (really, a pretty nice home). Imagine his reaction when he went up to his cabin after several weeks and found that persons unknown had broken into it by taking a chain saw to the exterior wall and cutting about 6' x 8' hole in the logs. Structural damage in the tens of thousands of dollars to steal a few hundred dollars of stuff from inside the house.
 
Old 10-25-2011, 02:25 PM
 
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If you want to avoid the crime that Jazzlover is talking about live in an area where there are a lot of year-round working class residents. If you want the peacefulness of the country live in a semi-rural area. Where I live many of the residents are unable to afford meat at the store and hunt for it instead. People are friendly, help each other out and if you talk to them and get to know them they will watch your property while you're away. If someone breaks into my house they better HOPE the sheriff gets there before my well armed neighbors around me take care of business. I, of course, return the favor for my neighbors when they are away.
 
Old 10-27-2011, 12:50 PM
 
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There are few places in rural Colorado where leaving a home in isolated locations unattended for extended periods of time is a good idea. It invites problems and law enforcement in rural Colorado is stretched very thin--deputy sheriffs literally having many hundred of square miles to patrol--when they are not trapped at their office doing paperwork, etc. Would-be thieves or vandals can often have hours if not days to "do their thing" at such properties with little chance of being noticed or apprehended. I know a number of people who have been the victim of such crime. Unfortunately, what often happens is the value of property stolen is less than the damage done to the structure to gain access. One fellow I know thought he was smart when he heavily secured the windows and doors to his very nice, but isolated log cabin (really, a pretty nice home). Imagine his reaction when he went up to his cabin after several weeks and found that persons unknown had broken into it by taking a chain saw to the exterior wall and cutting about 6' x 8' hole in the logs. Structural damage in the tens of thousands of dollars to steal a few hundred dollars of stuff from inside the house.
Good commentary!

One incident happened just recently on the Uncompahgre Plateau regarding something just like this. A man (Fred Barnette) was arrested by the U.S. Marshalls office and Montrose County law enforcement people. Barnette had been living in a cabin up on the plateau ( 25 miles west of Montrose and pretty remote in spots) for a long time.

In 1979 he escaped from a Florida prison as he was serving a life sentence for murder and had been on the run ever since. I'm having problems picking up the story from the Montrose Free Press but will try to track it down and include a link, I learned of this several days ago on KKCO-11 News, Grand Junction's NBC affiliate.

The one thing I remember is law enforcement disguised themselves as U.S. Forest Service employees just meandering along the plateau. I can't recall what the situation was regarding the authorities being tipped off. I do remember authorities looking for another individual who apparently lived with him, to date that person hasn't been found yet and there was no immediate comment as to whose cabin that belonged to.
 
Old 11-23-2011, 04:15 AM
 
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oh my gosh! Just makes me want to live in a condo in downtown denver.
There are also "isolated" subdivisions that one can live in as well.
It gives you the illusion that your secluded and in the wilderness, but it is actually a gated community spanning thousands of acres.
Could be worth looking into.
 
Old 01-26-2012, 02:15 AM
 
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You started another thread a few weeks ago, saying

Has your life and what you're looking for in a place to live changed that drastically in the last month? No mention of your winter home in Arizona in the earlier post. . .
I live a very busy life. None should concern you my dear.
 
Old 01-26-2012, 02:34 AM
 
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Colorado Springs has the best of the South West and the Alpine in one, I left my heart and mind there... Body is going back to claim them soon
 
Old 01-26-2012, 02:43 AM
 
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facing North East... Co Springs below and Denver area to the north in that treeline somewhere.

 
Old 01-28-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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We are on a similar quest, but looking at 5,000+ sq/ft in the 500-800k range.

What do you want to do with the land? Is it just for privacy, or do you want use it for hiking/biking hunting etc? Heavily treed land full of lodge poles pines on a northern facing block will be cheaper than a more open diverse south facing block. But that north facing block will be cold and the trees too close to do much with the land - winter access may require plowing and your house will require more heating - no passive solar. Tree-less blocks are also going to be cheaper but offer little privacy.

I think you could get a nice house in the mountains at your price range with 1-2 acres and great views. 10 acres should be doable but the land will be north facing with less impressive views, or be in open country.

Check your internet options before buying. Wild blue satellite is your only option in a lot of areas. It's not so great, it's expensive and they employ a FAP (fair access policy which limits your downloads). But that is supposed to change with the new satellite Viasat-1 that was launched late last year.

Be aware that short sales are usualy not for sale at the advertised price. It's more about bait and switch and/or REA's fishing for leads. I've pursued several of them and they ALL wanted 20-100% over the asking price when an offer was made.

Inspections on rural properties are more expensive as you have to get your well and septic systems inspected.

Good luck!
 
Old 02-03-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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We are on a similar quest, but looking at 5,000+ sq/ft in the 500-800k range.

What do you want to do with the land? Is it just for privacy, or do you want use it for hiking/biking hunting etc? Heavily treed land full of lodge poles pines on a northern facing block will be cheaper than a more open diverse south facing block. But that north facing block will be cold and the trees too close to do much with the land - winter access may require plowing and your house will require more heating - no passive solar. Tree-less blocks are also going to be cheaper but offer little privacy.

I think you could get a nice house in the mountains at your price range with 1-2 acres and great views. 10 acres should be doable but the land will be north facing with less impressive views, or be in open country.

Check your internet options before buying. Wild blue satellite is your only option in a lot of areas. It's not so great, it's expensive and they employ a FAP (fair access policy which limits your downloads). But that is supposed to change with the new satellite Viasat-1 that was launched late last year.

Be aware that short sales are usualy not for sale at the advertised price. It's more about bait and switch and/or REA's fishing for leads. I've pursued several of them and they ALL wanted 20-100% over the asking price when an offer was made.

Inspections on rural properties are more expensive as you have to get your well and septic systems inspected.

Good luck!


Thanks for your input.
I've been thinking of upping my budget to get what I want.
I simply want land for the privacy and the "isolation" feel of it. I do plan of gating the property to ensure privacy. So if it isn't really treed, that wouldn't bother me. And I don't mind not having views also.
But finding the perfect home is kinda difficult. Maybe I'm to picky.
II have seen land ranging from 40 to 80 acres around $100K –– $300K. It is in the middle of nowhere in rural RURAL open country Colorado. Places I never heard of. I mean beyond secluded, and pretty near isolated!!
I am seriously considering buying the land, fencing and/or gating the perimeter of the property and building a contemporary home. I've talked to some people and building a 4,000 sq. ft. to 7,000 sq. ft. could be doable if I decided to shell out the dough.
The purpose of this is that I intend in building a "miniature" family compound.
But I don't want a place that seems rural but is actually 40 minutes from Denver. I want isolated, and would most likely be used during March to October. (Live in Arizona during the cold months.)


But right now, my plan is to buy cheap isolated land under $300,000 with 40 to 80 acres and just develop it.

Hope we both find what we are looking.
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