Custom home in Glade Park on 35 acres. by Penny Stine.
Hot Real Estate Market Moves to Glade Park
By Penny Stine
Glade Park is a hidden gem on the Western Slope and most full-time and part-time residents of the area would prefer to keep it that way.
“Glade Park is distinctive for its lack of change,” said Kaye Simonson, senior planner for Mesa County.
Although land use and zoning haven’t changed for Glade Park, the real estate market has made a complete turnaround.
“Twenty properties have sold since the first of the year,” said Lynn Grose with Chesnick Realty, who typically has multiple listings in the area. “I only have two listings left.”
Of the twenty properties that sold, most of them were for vacant land sales. One was a hunting cabin, and only six were for existing homes.
Most of the area on Glade Park is zoned agricultural, with lot sizes at least 35 acres or more. Many of the parcels of land that are currently for sale or that have recently sold are much larger than that.
“It’s the world-class elk hunting that drives the market,” said Brian Mason with Mason Real Estate, who has multiple large-acreage listings. “That, and the convenience to the Grand Junction airport.”
Mason has had several multi-million dollar listings of land on Glade Park, including one parcel with more than 1,700 acres, which has three lakes, and year-round creeks in a normal-precipitation year. He recently sold a 481-acre parcel of hunting land for more than two million.
If your view of Glade Park stops at the Glade Park store, or the Glade Park Movies at Night, then you haven’t experienced the beauty of the place. (Above) One of the hidden lakes on available ranch listed by Brian Mason with Mason Real Estate for $13 million. Photo by Penny Stine.
“Typically, recreational buyers will run livestock or lease it to someone who wants to run livestock,” Mason said.
According to Mason, about half of the buyers he’s seeing on Glade Park are from out-of-state and the rest are from Colorado, which is what Grose has also seen.
“I’ve had buyers from New York, and quite a few from the Denver area,” Grose said. “They’re people who want space.”
Grose had a recent listing for a unique custom home on Glade Park that went under contract within 10 days to cash buyers from out of the area. Another listing, which had been on the market for multiple seasons and then taken off the market during the winter, was listed for the same price as the previous year, and it sold within 54 days. She’s also seen sales activity during the winter months, which is typically not when Glade Park shows favorably.
“It’s been great up there,” Grose said.
Although Glade Park residents typically enjoy the sense of remote isolation they get from living above Colorado National Monument, there’s also a strong community spirit, fostered by the Glade Park Volunteer Fire Department and the community center.
Many residents are volunteers with the fire department, and many others enjoy the opportunity to mingle with neighbors and valley-dwellers who drive up on Friday nights in the summertime for Movies Under the Stars, the department’s long-standing fundraising effort. This summer, the first movie was shown on June 1, and there are family-friendly movies every Friday, (except for July 6 due to the 4th of July holiday) through Aug. 10. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to buy dinner at the grill, which is manned by firefighter volunteers and benefits the fire department.
Part of the $13 million ranch for sale: prime elk habitat, as well as a couple of small lakes and streams. Photo by Penny Stine.