Wide open spaces at Grassy Creek west of Steamboat
June 2, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Grassy Creek at Mount Harris represents a rarity in the current Routt County real state market. It's a rural subdivisions offering 35-acre-plus homesites in a gated community at prices from $151,00 to $226,00.
Narrowing the property search to include a subdivision within 4 miles of a commercial airport with a long list of direct flights in ski season, makes Grassy Creek stand out even more.
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty Steamboat Springs broker Michael de Jong observed that Grassy Creek would be an ideal place for private pilots and aircraft owners to build a retreat within 25 miles of Steamboat Ski Area.
The first residential construction of a 3,036-square-foot home is scheduled for this year at 36625 Aspen Bluff Terrace.
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The terrain in Grassy Creek is mountainous, but instead of being forested with aspens and evergreens, the landscape is covered with sage, montane shrubs and wild grasses. Shale escarpments slice through the hills.
De Jong and his wife, Colleen, have listed 19 lots in the subdivision on behalf of a limited liability company, OP Adventure Properties. In all, there are 40 35-acre homesites on the total 1,500 acres. There are currently six lots listed for sale, with a future release to come.
"We're pitching it for all the reasons buyers seek out 35-acre parcels (privacy, views and quiet), and want the amenities of asphalt roads and electricity to the lot lines, all about 25 minutes form Steamboat with no mountain passes and a solid HOA," he said.
And then, there is the wildlife viewing and limited big-game hunting Grassy Creek affords. Grassy Creek's rolling mountainous terrain is etched with sandstone escarpments and covered with the native shrubs that attract large numbers of elk and mule deer. Mountain lion sightings on the property are not a rarity.
De Jong explained the principal in OP Adventure Properties is offering property owners a lottery for autumn hunting privileges on his land.
Cyclists will enjoy 7 miles of rolling paved roads in the neighborhood, not to mention numerous mountain bike routes.
He acknowledged that Grassy Creek went through a rough stretch beginning in 2004 and 2005 when lending banks took over some of the lots from early buyers. The Oregon-based construction company that built the subdivision roads and put in some of the infrastructure, ended up owning a number of lots.
The principal in OB Adventure Properties was one of the original buyers and believed in the project enough to acquire those lots from the contractor, de Jong said.
Lot owners will need to arrange to have water wells drilled and septic systems built in connection with building a home at Grassy Creek. Thus far, de Jong said, two of three wells drilled in the development have produced good water.
Maintenance work that has taken place at Grassy Creek in 2018 includes new electronic gates at each of the entrances, road sealing and improvements to drainage on the roads.