New housing bringing affordability to the northwest

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Rosebud Estates, 12 lots from 2-5 acres, between J and K Roads, 21 1/2 Rd. Photo by Penny Stine.

By Penny Stine, Real Estate Weekly, The Daily Sentinel

The northwest area has been an interesting combination of farms and mini-estates on small acreage parcels, combined with industrial and commercial areas closer to Interstate 70 for years. That could begin to change, however, with new, denser housing options coming to the area.

Some parts of the northwest area fall within the Persigo Boundary, which is the boundary for the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant in Grand Junction. New developments that lie within the Persigo boundary have to first get annexed into the city of Grand Junction, get rezoned and then begin the development process. All of that takes time and money, which is why developers have been a little slower to bring more urban housing options to the northwest.

That is changing, however, with two new developments currently under construction in the northwest that are using city zoning and offering urban amenities like sewer, street lighting, curb and gutters.

Northwest Development

“We are halfway through infrastructure,” said Steve Hejl, who is developing Apple Glen, a 51-lot subdivision next to Appleton Elementary School off H Road near 24 Road.

All 51 lots are being developed at the same time, and Hejl hopes to bring them to market by late September. Ross Beede and Eileen Turner with Coldwell Banker will be the listing agents for all the lots, which are about 7,000-square feet in size, and have prices ranging from $70,000 to $80,000. Smith Estates: 4 lots approx. an acre in size, have been sold out of 35, there is a paved walking path around the perimeter and through the middle. Julie Somerville with Joe Hicks Real Estate will be selling the lots. Photo by Penny Stine.

Hejl has no plans to build any of the homes in the subdivision, nor does he plan on taking reservations for the lots. He anticipates that the subdivision will have a minimum square foot requirement of 1,600 square feet for homes.

Darin Carei is also working to develop Brookfield, which is a 60-lot subdivision between 21 and 21 1/2 Road, south of I Road.

Northwest Development

“We’re putting in water and sewer,” said Carei. Neither utility had capacity for a neighborhood of that size, so part of the infrastructure has included bringing in utilities from H 1/2 Road, which has added to both the time and cost of the development.

Lot sizes will range from 8,000 to 12,000 square feet, and Carei anticipates that home sizes will range from 1,500 to 1,800 square feet, with a three-car garage. Carei’s company, Senergy Builders, will build some of the homes on the smaller lots, but Carei also hopes to find a builder who will build the larger homes on the larger lots. 4 lots out of 35 lots have sold in the Smith Estates. There is a walking path around the perimeter and through the center. Julie Somerville with Joe Hicks Real Estate will be representing the property.

The subdivision will have a half-acre park in the center, with pressurized irrigation to the lots, Energy Star rating on the homes and available solar.

“Our goal is to be building houses by August,” Carei said.

Outside of the Persigo boundary, there are two small acreage neighborhoods with lots available for sale.

Rosebud Estates, between J and K Roads off 21 1/2, is a small development of 12 two to five-acre lots. Prices for lots are higher, starting at $165,000 and going up to $199,000 for the larger lots and the views. One lot sold and has a home under construction; others are available and listed by Priscilla Studt with Studt Realty Metro Brokers.

Smith Estates, at 23 and J Road, has 35 one- to 1.63-acre lots, with prices starting at $155,000. Four of the 35 lots have sold, but the others are available. The neighborhood has walking paths around the perimeter, with a detention pond and available irrigation water. Julie Somerville with Joe Hicks Real Estate is listing the lots at Smith Estates.

Although commercial construction has been slower to get rolling, there is a new industrial building under construction in the northwest area on Bond Street. The 6,250 square foot building will sit on a one-acre lot, giving users plenty of yard space. The builder plans on including an office area in the front portion of the building, and is building it as a single-tenant space. Mike Foster with Coldwell Banker Commercial Prime Properties is the listing agent for the building.